By Bill Stewart
Our hoopsters qualified for the state tournament again by downing the Marblehead Magicians 59 to 49 to start the week on a high note. The team advanced its record to 10-7. Joe Bertrand led the Sachems with 19 points and 10 rebounds, Brandan Wladkowski notched 12 points and 10 assists, Shane Ripley with 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Ryan Henehan added 10 points, for 4 players with a double double. Dante DelTorto got 7 points and Kory Dominick finished with 1 to close out the scoring. The second outing of the week was against the vaunted Danvers Falcons who flew to victory 64 to 40 over the Sachems. Shane Ripley kicked in 20 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Bertrand got 11 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Henehan chipped in 7 points and Steven Whitehurst added 2.
The girl’s basketball team was not as fortunate as the boys dropping a hard fought battle to Marblehead 48 to 43 in overtime. Norma Waggett again led all scorers with a trey, 8 deuces and 9 foul shots. Gianna Zirpolo and Andrea Davis each contributed 5 points and Lyons got 4 for the Lady Sachems. Travelling to Danvers was not a happy time. The Sachems were routed by a championship team, 52 to 27. Waggett and Davis led the Sachems tossing in 11 points each, Lyons and Mikayla Niles had 1 each.
The girl’s hockey team qualified for the state tourney with a 3 to 2 victory over Everett. Captain Kara Donati saved the bacon with a netter that was the winning goal. Courtney Whyte assisted on the first goal by Flora English, and Ariana Dembro got the assist on Donati’s game winner.
The NEC announced the all-star team this week and Brian Nelson is a member of the squad.
The Sachem boy’s hockey team is our featured team this week. They were shut out by Winthrop 4 to zip on Monday night. Jeff Natalucci who played Little League for me years ago is the varsity coach, assisted by Jeff Mitchel, Sean McGovern, and Matt Serino. The team is made up of seniors captains Anthony LoPresti and Nick Sweeney, assistant captain Joe Grecco: juniors, assistant captain Steve Kay, Kyle Zabrowski, Joe Prince, John Morey, David Aiken and Anthony Allen. Sophomores are Chris Sanderson, Anthony Cieri, Victor DeMatteo, Nik Straticos, Nick Dame, Joe Russo, and Christian Patterson. The freshmen are Dave Andrews, Pat Cross, John Prentice, Nick Landry, and Joe Cauzza. The number of underclassmen speaks for a great future for the team under its very talented coaching staff.