A two-win week for boys tennis

With the Magicians resting their first singles player on Monday, it gave everyone else a chance to move up and play against Winthrop.

In Marblehead’s 5-0 win, Etan Farfel played singles as a result, winning 6-0, 6-0. Ben Zaltsman got his varsity debut in second doubles, winning with partner Jimmy King 6-0, 6-1.

Marblehead 4

Masconomet 1

The Marblehead boys tennis team prevailed against a strong Masco team 4-1 on Friday, with Mika Garber, Jost Eggebrecht, and Matthew Sherf all cruising to singles wins.

The duo of Jayden Janock and Etan Farfel got the job done in doubles, and that’s all Marblehead needed. The Magicians moved to 5-0 in-conference and 5-2 overall.

St. John’s Prep 5
Catholic Memorial 0

Paul Neal, a Peabody native, led the attack at number one singles without losing a single set, and Prep upped its record to 4-0 in the conference and 8-0 overall.


Danvers 6

Marblehead 5

Early errors came back to hurt Marblehead as Danvers stole a victory with two runs in the sixth inning. Ian Maude pitched all six innings for Marblehead, recording eight strikeouts and allowing seven hits.

Bodie Bartram went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double. The Magicians held a 5-4 lead heading into the sixth inning before Danvers’ rally.

Fenwick 11
Marblehead 1

Costa Beechin and Nick Villano each secured three RBI, and Fenwick rolled over Marblehead 11-1 on Wednesday (April 26) for its sixth consecutive win. Mike Williams got the start, allowing just two hits in four innings to go with six strikeouts.

Bodie Bartram and Charlie Sachs were responsible for Marblehead’s two hits – headlining a quiet offensive showing from the Magicians.

St. John’s Prep 10
Catholic Memorial 1

Jack Difillipo secured a three-run double, Nic Lembo stole four bases and drove in a run, and Deacon Robillard collected two hits in St. John’s Prep’s 10-1 win against Catholic Memorial in enemy territory.

Prep was efficient, scoring its 10 runs on just seven hits and taking advantage of CM’s two errors. Drew McGowan led the way on the mound, striking out four and allowing just two hits across three innings.


St. John’s Prep 14

Xaverian 8

The Eagles defended their home field, earning them a Catholic Conference victory. “Defensively, Alex Perault, Nate Jones and Nick Schibli played well,” Coach John Pynchon said. Jimmy Ayers scored four goals for the Eagles, while Chris Esposito went 13-of-24 on face-offs.

St. John’s Prep 15
La Salle Academy 14

The St. John’s Prep Eagles (10-1), frankly, stole one in overtime from La Salle Academy. In extra time, Chris Esposito’s 29th face-off win set things up, and Jake Vana’s game-winner ended it.

St. John’s Prep opened the game on a 4-0 run, but it was short-lived with the Rams tying it up. The half ended with Will Sawyer potting a rebound goal at the buzzer to give Prep a 9-8 lead.

La Salle built up a four-goal lead in the third quarter, but the Eagles never quit. Jimmy Ayers scored with six seconds remaining in regulation to set up Vana’s overtime heroics.

St. John’s Prep 14

St. John’s Shrewsbury 4

The Eagles’ hot start (9-1) continues with another dominant win. The Eagles led 9-0 at halftime, and Will Sawyer led the way with three goals in total.

Cam McCarthy played the role of the playmaker, tallying four assists to go with a goal. Austin Kitces made nine saves on 10 shots in 26 minutes.


Beverly 13

Marblehead 8

The Magicians found themselves down 10-3 at half and put together a strong second half, outsourcing Beverly 5-3, but it wasn’t enough. Sydney Langton, Lucy Wales, Ramona Gillett, and Maddie Forbes all scored two goals. In net, Kate Santesanio made nine saves.

Marblehead 15

Salem 2

The Magicians picked up their first win of the season with a victory against the Witches. Marblehead led 12-0 by halftime and didn’t look back. Ramona Gillett scored four goals and won six draws.

Sydney Langton and Lucy Wales each netted hat-tricks. Sydney Shull, Cassidy Lubeck, Maddie Forbes, and Gretchen Smith all got on the scoresheet while goalie Addie Lydon made three saves.


Marblehead 5

Winthrop 0

It was a clean sweep for the Magicians to move them to 4-1 in the conference. Pauline Geissler,  Andrea Potvin, and Samara Dosch won their singles matches, while Marblehead’s duos Reese Friedman/Lani Gilmore and Hannah Atkinson/Amelia Singer also won.

Masconomet 5

Marblehead 0

Reigning state champion Masco is off to a strong start this season. That continued Friday, as the Chieftains didn’t concede a single point in singles play against Marblehead.

The Magicians put up a strong fight in doubles, however. Courtney Yoder and Aviva Bornstein lost 2-6, 1-6, while Aoife Bresnahan and Lucia Levin had some long, hard-fought stretches, but lost 4-6, 1-6.

Marblehead still remains 4-1 in-conference.

Newburyport 4

Marblehead 1

Newburyport got out to a fast start, winning the first two singles matches. Charly Cooper won Marblehead’s lone match (7-6, 2-6, 12-10).

“Newburyport is obviously a tough opponent, hats off to them,” coach Tracy Ackerman said. “It was great competition all around [and a] super win for Charly at third singles.”


Nathan Lopez tied his personal record in the one-mile (4:13) and the St. John’s Prep track and field team won the Division 1 state relays for the third consecutive year. It’s the Eagles’ fourth in the last five seasons.

“It was a pretty impressive performance by our entire team,” coach Zachary Lankow said.

Prep totaled 87 points, followed by Lexington with 68. Tireni Asenuga and Drew McStay also recorded first place finishes, and what a Saturday it was for the high-flying Eagles.