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Lancers 4-2-1!

 

Led by its defense, which didn't allow a shot on goal, Lawrence's surprising field hockey team improved to 4-2-1 with a 1-0 victory over Haverhill. Emily Castillo scored the lone goal for the Lancers. Alex Comeau made 10 saves for the Hillies.

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Field Hockey, 09/20/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover tackles frustration out on Methuen

ANDOVER — The instant the ball popped free, Kevin Chen already had his eyes on the end zone.

“There was no way I was going to dive on the fumble,” said the Andover running back/defensive back. “I knew I was going to scoop it up and score.”

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Football, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pelham loses to Trinity

Pelham led by a touchdown after the first quarter, but was shutout the final three periods.

The Pythons lost 27-13 to Trinity on the road to fall to 1-1.

Pelham was coming off a bye last week and a 49-8 victory over ConVal two weeks ago.

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Football, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lancer defense arrives at halftime

LAWRENCE — Kicked, mangled, eviscerated.
 
The Lawrence High defense hit rock-bottom last night.
 
Ahh, the resilience of youth.
 
After allowing 118 points in its first 10 quarters of action — including 35 to Dracut High in the first half last night —  the Lancers lifted themselves from the depths and put up 22 glorious, scoreless minutes.
 
 The second half whitewash of the Middies proved just enough as Lawrence High move to 2-1, 2-0 in the MVC Small, by rallying for a heart-pumping 38-35 victory before about 400 fans here at Veterans Memorial Stadium last night.
 
"We have good coaches, who wouldn't allow us to get down on ourselves," said junior Eddie Cabrera, whose first two career interceptions denied Dracut drives into Lancer territory last night. "We stepped it up. I'm proud of this defense for what we did."
 
Remember, this is a Lancer team that gave up 42 points to winless Methuen last week.
 
And you have to wonder what they were thinking when Tyler Bassett broke off back-to-back kick returns for TD in the second quarter as the Middies built leads of 28-14 and 35-21.
 
"Kickoffs killed us, we'll need to make some changes on that," said Lancer coach Mike Yameen. "But in the second half, the kids played well. Bassett is so good. We'll take it."
 
Lawrence simply kept fighting.
 
The offense, teeming with weapons, was bound to wear down the Middies, who dress only 35 players.
 
And they did just enough.
 
Bill Belichick would have been proud of the strategy as the Lancers cut the Dracut lead to 35-29 with a score in the waning seconds of the first half then came out and seized their first lead on the opening possession of the third quarter.
 
Nelson Valerio (19 of 26, 226 yards) dove in from the 1 with 18.5 seconds left in the second quarter. Cabrera came on for the PAT kick and ended up getting twice the return on investment.
 
"I kicked the ball into my own guy's back and it came right back to me," said Cabrera. "So I just ran into my own guy, but as I did that he helped push me into the end zone."
 
If the Middies thought that one a bit odd, the winning TD was one for Youtube.
 
Jacob Toledo swept left and broke downfield for a huge gain, but a Middie jumped on his back at the Dracut 40, stripping the ball loose. In a scramble, the ball went forward and bounced free, when Toledo got up, scooped the football up at the 31 and raced to paydirt for the score.
 
Cabrera's kick made it 36-35, a number that would stand until late when the Lancers' put the finishing touches on the defensive masterpiece with a safety.
 
"That's a pretty good offense, (Bassett)'s a fast dude. He can throw it, too," said Cabrera. "The whole week I've been saying that this secondary is a no-fly zone. They completed some passes, but we made the plays when we needed to in the second half."
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Football, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Timberlane snaps losing streak

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PLAISTOW – Watching Timberlane not only stare down fourth-quarter adversity but also come out on the victorious side, you’d think it was used to game-on-the-line pressure.

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Football, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Brooks, Thayer Academy

NORTH ANDOVER — Brooks christened its new field and lights last night with a 38-18 win over Thayer.

Junior Jalen Martinez of Methuen scored two touchdowns. K.J. Moore threw TD passes to Coy Candelario of Haverhill for 42 yards and 27 yards to Nick Konovalchick of North Andover. Chris Cervizzi of North Reading added a 41-yard TD run.

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Football, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

A Ranger rout

Despite being without  three starters and one defensive substitution, Methuen volleyball took care of business against Malden, winning 3-0. 

Because of the injuries, Julia Greenwood moved from outside hitter to middle hitter and recorded 10 kills and 10 blocks.

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Girls Volleyball, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

A for Anziani

In her second ever race, junior Maria Anziani turned it on in the last quarter mile to help Greater Lawrence Tech beat previously-unbeaten Nashoba Tech 27-30. She finished seventh while Rosa Lopez placed second overall.

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Girls Cross Country, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Twice as nice

In a battle of two unbeaten teams, Rachel Rogers tied the game in the second half and then scored the game-winner in overtime to lead Windham to a 2-1 comeback win over Lebanon in girls field hockey.

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Field Hockey, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Spot start

Forward Haley Psareas started in net for Windham because of an injury to starting goalkeeper Jenna Parsons.

Psareas did quite well, stopping 11 shots but the Jags lost 1-0 to Hollis-Brookline. 

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Girls Soccer, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Frosh qualifies

Freshman Sophia Ju qualified for sectionals with a diving score of 184.65. She helped Andover win 99-82 over Central Catholic. 

 

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Girls Swimming, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Brilliant Bailey

Ryann Bailey scored with 4:44 to go in overtime and Timberlane field hockey downed Winnacunnet 2-1. Renee Gallant made 17 saves while the opportunistic Owls scored on two of their three shots.

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Field Hockey, 09/19/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Bellingham, Whittier

HAVERHILL — With the game on the line, there was no question in Kevin Bradley’s mind.

“We were going for the win,” said the Whittier coach. “We were going for two points.”

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Football, 09/13/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Windham crushes Trinity

WINDHAM — Streaking 80 yards to score in just under 90 seconds before the half, Trinity High danced to intermission, energized by the thoughts of an impending victory rally.
 
Windham High put those visions to rest pretty quick, scoring two quick third-quarter TDs to finish the rout of the Pioneers, 41-12, before about 800 fans at the Jags' home opener.
 
"They always have their kids ready, and we knew this was going to be a fight," said Windham QB Brendan McInnis.
 
Trinity has owned this newly-formed grid rivalry, taking three of the four previous games including playoff matches in 2012 and 2013. The Jags made a bit of a statement to the contrary yesterday, racking up 478 yards of offense.
 
Kellin Bail scored three times, cranking out 186 yards on nine carries with one three-yard TD catch. McInnis was has efficiently lethal self, hitting 7 of 12 (with three drops) for 95 yards and a pair of scores. He also broke Trinity's back with a 78-yard across-the-field TD scramble in a 9-carry, 89-yard rushing day.
 
"As much as it hurt them to watch it, our coaches spent a lot of hours watching that November (playoff loss to Trinity) on film. They had us prepared for what they were bringing to us today offensively," said Mcinnis. "The rest was on our offensive line.  It might have been the best game I've seen them play in four years. They played awesome. Guys like Mike Bedient, who literally has played all five spots on the line. Kevin (Curran), Pat Hume, Kyle Adamson. They may be unsung outside the team, but they're our guys inside the locker room."
 
Up 27-12 at the break, Windham was in charge, but had to wonder what the third quarter might bring. But Bail ripped off a 65-yard TD, and Kurtis Jolicoeur ambled 50 yards up the gut on third-and-two as the Jags extended to move to 2-0 on the young season.
 
Next week, the Jags hit the road for Weare with a Saturday matinee date against 1-1 John Stark.




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Football, 09/13/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Andover volleyball's Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado is a standout for the Andover volleyball team — he leads the team in assists and kills — and is also a star in the classroom. He is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, scored a 2,170 on his SATs and will be attending RPI.

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