Marblehead athletes to be honored as Item All-Stars

Several Marblehead student-athletes will be honored Thursday night as Item All-Stars at the Lynn Museum (6 p.m.). Between its players, coaches, and team success, what a winter it was for Marblehead Athletics.

Boys basketball

Tyrone Countrymon – Sr.

When you think of a floor general, there aren’t many who epitomize the phrase more than Countrymon of Marblehead. The Magician dished out seven assists per game, and was the heartbeat to Marblehead’s success. A true pass-first point guard, even his coach, Mike Giardi, had to tell him to look for his own shot at the beginning of the season.

Clearly, he listened. Averaging 13.5 points per game, Countrymon helped lead the Magicians to the Elite 8 in the Division 2 state tournament.

Boys hockey

Hogan Sedky – Jr.

The North Shore’s defensive scoring leader, Sedky of Marblehead submitted 13 goals and 22 assists this season – one in which the Headers went 13-5-4 – good enough for a first round bye in the Division 2 state tournament.

Sedky already has 53 points in his career, but that’s merely a glimpse of what he’s capable of on the ice. The 170-pound defenseman knew how to play the physical game, and also scored two game-winning goals this season.

Wrestling

Mason Hinshaw – So. – 138-145 pounds

For Marblehead-Swampscott’s co-op program, Hinshaw is, perhaps, its face. The scary part is – he’s only a sophomore.

Wrestling to a 32-12 record this past season, Hinshaw placed third at the Anthony Lisitano Meet, first at the Daniel Gionet Meet, and also won the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference. Adding to the list, he placed fourth at the Division 1 North Sectionals and seventh in states.

“He is potentially the only wrestler ever to place at Division 1 states for Marblehead-Swampscott as we’ve been Division 3 until last year and could potentially be Division 2 next season,” head coach Michael Stamison said.

Girls swimming and diving

Susan Guertin – Coach of the Year

Marblehead swim coach Susan Guertin said her team’s preseason goal was to win the state title. Fast forward to the Division 2 state championships this past February, and it’s a mission accomplished.

The girls finished in the top three of each relay and Clementine Robins won two events, headlining a victorious day for the Lady Magicians at states.

With Guertin at the helm, Marblehead saw vast development this season. From Robins, to Bella Tanaka, to Anna Coleman, and more, Guertin oversaw a stellar season of growth. Talent is nothing without someone to maximize its potential, and in the state of Massachusetts, there’s no need to look further than Guertin.

Clementine Robins – Sr.

The senior capped off her career by winning the state championship in two different events (200 and 500 free), in addition to being a part of the state championship 400 free relay team.

The Williams College commit was dominant all season. In conference meets, North sectionals, and the state championship, Robins wasn’t beaten in the 200 or 500 freestyle events.

Robins’ 500 freestyle time in the state championship was an impressive 5:06.08, and her 200 time was 1:52.58 to cap off her illustrious career.

Girls track and field

Keira Sweetnam – Sr.

Simply put, Sweetnam had an amazing winter track season. She was a top-50 high jumper in the nation, helping her qualify for New Balance Nationals – something only three Marblehead athletes have done in the past 20 years.
Jumping a 5 ‘4 clearance, Sweetnam placed second in the Division 3 state championship, eighth at all-states, and 10th at New Englands.

  • Joey Barrett is the Daily Item's sports editor. He reports on local high schools, colleges, and professional teams. Prior to his current position, he worked for UMass Athletics, the Cape Cod Baseball League, and Gannett Media, among others. Barrett was also sports editor at Endicott College and treasurer of Endicott's Society of Professional Journalists branch.