In a battle of rivals, Marblehead (9-2) got the better of Swampscott on Tuesday, May 9 with a 4-1 victory – the same score as the first meeting between the teams this season.
Like clockwork the past few months, Mika Garber, Jost Eggebrecht, and Matthew Sherf cleaned house in singles to put Marblehead on top 3-0, and a doubles win from Etan Farfel and Jayden Janock gave the Magicians the win.
Marblehead remains undefeated (9-0) in the Northeastern Conference.
“The tennis played on all five courts was of the highest caliber,” Marblehead coach Elisabeth Foukal said.
Behind a dramatic comeback in third singles from Marblehead sophomore Matthew Sherf, the Magicians (8-2) bested Beverly 5-0 for the second time this season.
Mika Garber, Jost Eggebrecht, and Sherf dominated singles, while the duos of Etan Farfel-Jayden Janock and Luke Miller-Anthony Vizy did the same in doubles.
Marblehead prevailed on its home court against a strong Gloucester team on Wednesday, May 3. Winners were Mika Garber, Jost Eggebrecht, Matthew Sherf, and the duo of Etan Farfel and Jayden Janock in doubles.
In the hosts’ lone defeat, sophomore Leo Winocour made his varsity debut, teaming up with senior co-captain Jimmy King. The pair played an excellent first set before Gloucester came on strong to collect the win.
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Prep scored its lone run in the first inning when Will Shaheen brought home Nic Lembo from second, and it was all the Eagles needed on Monday against rival Xaverian.
Henry Hebert was on the mound for the Eagles, throwing a complete-game shutout. Hebert allowed just two hits and retired nine.
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Jack Sarno and Christian Rosa shared the mound for the Eagles, combining for 11 strikeouts in Prep’s 5-2 win against Billerica on Friday.
Nate Marston went 2-for-3 and scored a run, while Nic Lembo, Cam LaGrassa, Aidan Driscoll, and Jack DiFilippo all recorded RBI to help the Eagles emerge victorious.
Marblehead’s baseball team (6-6) battled back and forth with Gloucester for nearly five innings. From there, the Magicians roped five hits in the fifth inning to put things out of reach.
Bodie Bartram and Riley Schmitt combined for five RBI, while Drew Whitman and Chris Cannuscio played well on the mound.
Junior Ruby Calienes pitched all seven innings for the Magicians (5-5), giving up two runs on five hits while striking out six. Luka Bornhorst went 2-for-4 with three RBI, and Isabel Mortensen went 2-for-4 for Marblehead.
For the Sachems (5-5), Lily Ventre went 2-for-2 with two RBI. Danica Schena had a hit, and coach Steve Almquist said she “had a fantastic game in center field making a number of catches.”
Marblehead went on the road and came back home with a solid victory. Behind Connor Cronin’s six goals and four assists, the Magicians’ captain surpassed 200 career points.
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The St. John’s Prep lacrosse team (11-2) couldn’t keep up with BC High on Thursday, May 4 as coach John Pynchon said his Eagles were outplayed across the board.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they only won the turnover category. That said, Chris Esposito won 11 faceoffs, Matt Morrow and Cam McCarthy each scored hat-tricks, and Jake Vana added two goals.
Jimmy Ayers scored a goal with two assists, and Harlan Graber dished out two helpers. Gavin Kornitsky made 11 saves on 25 shots.
The Magicians started strong, leading 11-2 by halftime. Marblehead’s firepower was driven by Ramona Gillett, who scored five goals. Sydney Langton added four goals, and Lucy Wales netted a hat-trick for the Magicians. Caroline Scroope led the team in assists with four.
The win moves Marblehead to 3-10 (3-6 in Northeastern Conference).
Reading jumped out to an 11-3 halftime lead against Marblehead’s girls lacrosse team (3-10), never looking back en route to a 16-3 victory on Saturday.
Lucy Wales, Caroline Scroope, and Ramona Gillett scored Marblehead’s goals, while Gillett and Maddie Forbes dished out assists.
Things were tight in this one, as Marblehead’s girls lacrosse team (3-9) was tied with Danvers 5-5 at halftime. That said, the Magicians pulled away to win an 11-10 nail-biter.
Leading the way for the Magicians were Caitlin Ryan (1 goal), Caroline Scroope (1 goal, 1 assist), and Isabelle Ferrante (1 goal).
Talk about trading shots – that’s exactly what these rivals did on Tuesday, May 9. But in the end, the Magicians (8-1) did their thing against the Big Blue (4-5).
Marblehead got victories from Pauline Geissler and Charly Cooper in singles before Lucia Levin and Aoife Bresnahan put the Magicians on top for good.
“The two matches we lost were super close. Swampscott, in second singles, played really well and showed great athletic prowess to secure that point,” Marblehead coach Tracy Ackerman said. “I knew first doubles would be a battle, as [in] their last match played, they went three sets. They had great points and both teams had to stay focused to keep it close. There were back and forth classic doubles points that were great to watch.”
Swampscott’s two points came from Laine Foutes in second singles (7-5, 6-3), and the duo of
Anna Ratner and Victoria Quagrello in first doubles (5-7, 6-2, 10-7).
Marblehead won a close match against a tough Danvers squad. Marblehead Coach Tracy Ackerman said, “this was a great team win for us. Danvers came out strong, and we were down in all singles matches at first. Charly stayed the course, mixing up consistent and aggressive play, and securing the win.” The Magicians lost the first two singles matches and Charly Cooper needed to win to give the Magicians a chance. Cooper won the match 6-2, 6-3.
First doubles Courtney Yoder and Aviva Bresnahan won their match 7-6, 6-1, while second doubles swept their opponents 6-0, 6-0.
“Our doubles continue to be the spots that have found ways to win match after match, taking the pressure off the singles players,” Ackerman said.
The win moves Marblehead to 7-1 in the Northeastern Conference.
Marblehead’s girls tennis team (6-3) took care of Beverly 4-1 on Friday. Pauline Geissler won first singles (6-2, 7-6, 7-5) while Charly Cooper won third singles (6-4, 6-2).
In first doubles, the combinations of Courtney Yoder-Aviva Bornstein and Aoife Bresnahan-Lucia Levin got the job done.
The two teams paired up to support Beverly Bootstraps by bringing jars of peanut butter. Next season, Marblehead will support the Marblehead Food Pantry.
Pauline Geissler, Andrea Potvin, and Charly Cooper all had their moments in singles play, but Marblehead’s girls tennis team (5-3) ran into a tough group in Manchester.
In doubles, Courtney Yoder and Aviva Bornstein lost a close match (6-7, 5-7), while Aoife Bresnahan and Lucia Levin fell short in second doubles (0-6, 5-7).
“We always have tight matches with Manchester, and today was no exception,” Marblehead coach Tracy Ackerman said. “Our second doubles made some adjustments and played a great second set. First doubles lost by inches [and] it was a super competitive match with both teams playing aggressively.”
Another day, another clean sweep for Marblehead’s girls tennis team as the Magicians rolled over Gloucester 5-0. Charley Cooper, Aviva Bornstein, Courtney Yoder, and the duos of Aoife Bresnahan-Lucia Levin and Hannah Atkinson-Amelia Singer were the victors.
TRACK AND FIELD
In the Catholic Central League’s freshman/sophomore invite at Middleboro High, it was a day full of medals for St. John’s Prep’s track and field team.
Gael Garcia (shot put) and Andrew Bertucci (high jump) each placed first, while Daniel Padley (mile) and Anthony Ragosa (shot put) placed second in their respective events.