The Old Sachem: It’s All About BBall

By Bill Stewart


The SHS boy’s hoopsters started the week with a trip to Revere to battle the Patriots (no not the footballers from Foxboro) and scored a big win toppling the home-towners 62 to 60. Brandon Wladkowski was the hero of the moment tossing in a 3 pointer with under 5 seconds remaining for the victory. Captain Shane Ripley led all scorers with 29 points, followed by Joe Bertrand with 15 including 3 treys. Wladkowski and Ryan Henehan each netted 8, and Dante DelTorto hit for 2. Next up for the Sachems was a foray to Gloucester and they secured a victory 67 to 59 over the Fishermen. Trailing by 3 at the half they roared to life in the second for the win. Ripley netted 24 points, Wladkowski 18, Bertrand 17, Henehan 4, DelTorto and Dan Cacciola each scored 2.

The girls hoop squad was not as fortunate as the boys against Revere, losing 67 to 31. Norma Waggett, the Sachem scoring machine, fired in 22 points with a pair of treys. Mikayla Niles, a freshman, contributed 7 points, Gillian Lyons and Gianna Zirpolo each had a single point for the Sachems. Andrea Davis and Zirpolo were selected to represent SHS at the Celebration of Women in Sports Day held in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall in Boston. The Gloucester Fisherwomen controlled the game besting our team 71 to 56. Waggett had a personal high with 40 of the Sachem points and 13 rebounds, Zirpolo added 11. The team is now 2 and 12.

The Lynn Classical/Saugus swim team won the NEC championship overcoming a strong Marblehead team 382 to 302 who finished second. They finished third in the 200 meter medley relay with a strong move by Captain Brian Nelson from Saugus. Brian also had a second in the 100 meter breast stroke with a time of 1:13.75, 0.4 seconds behind the leader, and he was a member of the 400 meter free relay, finishing second to Marblehead. Our team then went on to win the Lynn City Swim Meet with Nelson leading the way. Brian was the winner in the 200 Individual Medley at 2:30.54, and a third in the 100 breast stroke at 1:13.96. He also anchored the 200 medley relay which finished second to Lynn tech.

The boy’s hockey team hosted the Beverly Panthers at Kasabuski Rink and the undefeated Panthers cruised to a 4 to nil shutout.

Our hockey girls fought to a tie with undefeated Beverly at zero for a moral victory. The Bulldawgs are now 6-4-4 and within 2 points of post season competition.

This week we feature the Sachem girls’ basketball team who are having a rough year but still playing with heart, hoping for a better future. Co-captains are Andrea Davis, a senior, and Norma Waggett, a junior. Janine Bourque is a senior, Gianna Zirpolo, Carissa Contreras, Courtney Hollett, and Gillian Lyons are the juniors on the squad. Sophomores Jessica Allen, Sophia Cogliano and Kathryn White are on the team as are freshmen Mikayla Niles and Gabriella Valente.

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