By Bill Stewart
In my younger days my mother would talk of her days at Saugus High School. One of the activities was singing war chants during football games, similar to those soccer (football everywhere else) fans in England and South America. Two of the chants I remember her teaching me I list for you.
When the team of old Saugus is in the game
And the whole squad is striving to guide its fame
And the crowd roars like thunder as the boys race by
There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight
Old Saugus High fans are shouting with triumph on high
Old Saugus High fans are rowdy and they never will say die
Old Saugus High fans are cheering with of all their might
We are from Saugus and we fight, fight, fight
Maybe its time to instill this kind of support to our student athletes. Now to the sports. Starting with what you readers know to be my favorite student contest, that of our hockey players. Our Sachems started the week with a tie to the Peabody Tanners. The Sachems led one zip as Anthony Cieri scored off a Steve Kay pass. In the second Peabody tied the game at one then Victor DeMatteo with assists to Kay and Cieri put Saugus ahead again only to have Peabody to once again even the score. The Sachems tallied twice more in the second as Christian Patterson found the back of the net with the assist going to Joe Russo then Chris Sanderson from Cieri gave Saugus the lead 4 to 2. The third period was all Peabody as they notched two scores to tie the game; the last was a power play goad near the last minute of the game. Saturdays contest was a trip to Salem to face the Swampscott Big Blue. The Sachems lost a hard fought contest 3 to 2 as the Big Blue tallied 3 in the third period for the victory. The Sachem scorers were Cieri from Anthony LoPresti and Pat Cross then Kay unassisted. In the final clash of the week they were shut out by the Triton Vikings 4 to 0. The Sachem coach, Jeff Natalucci was disappointed and was quoted as stating that the team was not playing with a sense of urgency, heart, or gumption. The girls who represent Saugus on the Winthrop coop team were beaten by Marblehead 7 to 4 with Kara Donati notched a goal and 2 assists to pace the team.
On the basketball front our boys squad defeated Peabody 64 to 54 on the road. The Sachems led by 2 going into the fourth quarter, but surged for the victory. Brandon Wladkowski with 20 points and 5 assists, Shane Ripley with 18 points and 7 rebounds carried the Sachems to victory. Other scorers for Saugus were; Joe Bertrand with 9, Ryan Henehan and Jack Furey with 6 each and Dan Cacciola with 5. The ladies were not as fortunate as Peabody swamped them 77 to 38. Norma Waggett again led the Sachems with 14 points, Courtney Hollett and Gianna Zirpolo five each, Jen Boras with 4, Gillian Lyons and Kathryn White 3 each, Jessica Allen 2 and Sophia Cogliano 1 point.
The Indoor Track team visited the awesome Marblehead squad and suffered defeat on both counts. The boys lost 67 to 19, and the girls 70.5 to 11.5. The boys had second place finishes by Atticus Andruchow in the high jump; Ismael Minaya the 55 meter hurdles, Alex Schrippa 55 meters dash, Nick Monico the mile, and Kevin Powers in the 2 mile. For the ladies the second place finishers were Mikayla Perrella in the shot put, and Ana Andrade the 1,000 meters. Although I hate to see the Saugus teams lose, I did have a chance to talk to Mike Toomey, my godson, nephew and a coach of the Marblehead teams. The teams travelled to Gloucester to take on the Fishermen, the boys lost 51 to 35 and the girls 55 to 31. The boys received wins from Andruchow in the high jump at 5 foot 6, and Dominic DiPesa in the shot put at 39 feet 8. Saugus excelled in the 4X400 meter relay with a time of 4 minutes 8.2 seconds. Among the girls Sachem winners were Ashley Firth in the 300 meters at 46.7 and Emily Monaco in 600 meters at 1:49.3. The boys are now 2 – 3 and the girls 1 – 4. For the season.
Our aquatic members who compete under the Lynn Classical banner are Stephanie Gaglini, Jen Moore, Megan McCarthy, Jacklin Murphy, and Captain Brian Nelson.
The roster for the boys track team are seniors Atticus Andruchow, Justin Barasso, John Beliveau, Dom DiPesa, Derek Joyal, Stephen Leung, Chris Maffeo, Ismael Minaya, Logan Nichols, Kevin Powers, Calvin Reach, and Tom Trainor; juniors Nick Dessalines, Andre Ipojuca, Chris Serio, Steve Sheehan and Mike Swanson; sophomores Nick Monico, Dan Orent, Aleksa Semarjdez, Alex Schrippa and Nick Stevenson; Freshmen Angelo Bellia, Tim Drescher, Brendan Grocki, Kurt martin, Pat Murray, Drew nelson; and middle schoolers Paccem Moise and Nick Silva.
Next week we will feature the wrestling team of the Saugus Sachems.