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Ferullo on fire

Makayla Ferullo knocked down four 3-pointers on the way to a team-best 20 points and Methuen topped Chelmsford 57-50.

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Central preps for Lawrence with win over Knights




LAWRENCE — With a crosstown showdown looming on Thursday, Central Catholic looked more than ready in Tuesday's tuneup against North Andover.

Colin Bradanese scored 17 of the Raiders' 33 second-half points as Central downed the visiting Scarlet Knights 64-52.

"I thought we played really, really well defensively," Central Catholic coach John Walsh said. "There are obviously some things we need to fix like our help-side defense. But other than that, I thought the effort was there.

"Now, on Thursday, we have a huge one against Lawrence, who many people believe is the most talented team in the state. That's going to be an unbelievable test. Hopefully, we'll be ready to go. I think we will be."

Central (5-1 MVC, 7-3 overall) hassled North Andover defensively, limiting the Scarlet Knights to eight points in the opening quarter and 20 in the half. A 12-2 run capped by a Bradanese layup, provided a 16-point lead with 2:24 left in the second.

"Colin played incredible," Walsh said. "In and around the rim, he's really good."

Dom Keegan and Manny Sanchez helped Bradanese on the offensive end, scoring a combined 16 points as the Raiders grabbed a 31-19 halftime lead.

Bradanese ignited Central in the third. A three from the baseline and a driving layup opened up the Raiders' biggest lead of the night 38-19 early in the period.

"I was just thinking if I got the ball that I was going to be able to make shots, and I think my teammates were thinking the same thing," said Bradanese, who entered the game with a team-leading 19.2 point-scoring average.

North Andover (5-1, 6-3) had trouble finding the bucket, shooting 34.6% from the floor (18 of 52). The Knights had scored at least 65 each of its previous three games and 71 or more in two of them. Jake McElroy scored all 14 of his points after intermission and Chim Ogwuru added 13 for North Andover.

"They did a great job pressuring us," said coach Paul Tanglis, whose squad could not get closer than nine at any point in the final three periods. "They took us out of a lot of things we were trying to run. I thought tonight, we just didn't take good shots, and that's a credit to the way (the Raiders) played defensively. And obviously, we didn't get enough stops defensively to get out on transition."

Keegan and Sanchez each finished with 10 for the Raiders, who will enter Thursday's game with confidence.

"We have to contain Luis (Reynoso) and Juan Felix (Rodriguez)," Bradanese said of the Lancer combo that is aveaging a combined 43.4 points a game. "They are probably two of the best players in the state, so we have to contain them. But I'm looking forward to it. It's a rivalry game, inner city. It should be packed with Lawrence fans and Central fans."

North Andover (5-1, 6-3)   8   11   16   17  —  52
Central Catholic (5-1, 6-3)  14   17   16   17  —  64

North Andover (52): Darren Watson 1 1-3 3, Gabe DeSouze 2 2-2 8, Jake McElroy 3 6-7 14, Ryan Slattery 1 0-0 2, Garrett Murphy 2 0-0 4, Chim Ogwuru 5 3-3 13, Colin Lee 4 0-0 8, Kyle Moore 0 0-0 0, Mike Gorgoni 0 0-0 0, Kellan Murphy 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 12-15 52

Central Catholic (64): Kevin Constant 3 0-0 6, Bret Edwards 1 3-4 5, Dom Keegan 4 0-0 10, Colin Bradanese 9 7-10 26, George Smith 3 0-1 7, Cam Homsey 0 0-0 0, Manny Sanchez 3 2-2 10, Matt Downer 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 12-17 64

3-pointers: NA — DeSouza 2, McElroy 2; CC — Keegan 2, Sanchez 2, Bradanese, Smith

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Hardy scored 20

Evan Hardy scored a team-high 20 points to lead Methuen past Chelmsford 63-55.

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Kirsch in control

Katie Kirsch scored 17 points and Maura Smith added 15 points as Central Catholic edged North Andover 51-45.

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Frantic Finish

Haverhill outscored Tewksbury 24-10 in the fourth en route to a 59-47 win. Devon Cunningham led the way with 18 points and Daejon Pendelton-Mills tossed in 16 and Gabe Polonia-Edwards 10.

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Career High

It was 25-7 at the half as Windham rolled to a 56-33 win over ConVal. Kaleigh Walsh scored 21 points and freshman Sarah Dempsey had a career-high 16.

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Rocker rocks

Kyle Rocker knocked down four 3-pointers on his way to 18 points and Andover rolled past Dracut 59-38.

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Matt Perry pumped in 24 and Sam Hovan added 11 as Timberlane tripped Milford 71-49.

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Awesome Astros

Pinkerton rolled up 138.15 points to capture a six-team meet. Emily Connors and Ashlee Loeffler went 2-3 in the all-around.

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Blackwell nets 4 as Rangers top Shawsheen

METHUEN — Slowly, Methuen is starting to find itself on the ice.
Four goals from senior captain Brett Blackwell powered the Rangers to a 4-2 victory against Shawsheen on Sunday afternoon. 
“He had a career game for us today,” said Rangers coach Bill Blackwell, also Brett’s father. “He was really in the right place at the right time. It was good to see.”
It’s the second win in a row for the Rangers (5-4-1). The loss for the Rams (5-4) snapped a two game streak of scoring five goals in a game, a credit to the Ranger defense.
Shawsheen was making the big step up from the Commonwealth Conference to battle an MVC foe.
“We’ve been Jekyll and Hyde this season,” said Blackwell. “We’ve had a couple of good games, and a couple bad games, so we don’t know which team is coming out. In the first few periods it looked like we were playing and it was going good, but in the third we couldn’t really get it done.”
Blackwell started the scoring on his first goal of the afternoon with seven minutes to go in the first. He took a pass from Aidan Hollingsworth and buried it to make it 1-0. 
Blackwell broke free on a penalty kill to double the lead on a shorthanded goal, the captain’s sixth tally of the year. He found the net again at the end of the second period on a pass from Pat Cooper for a 3-0 lead heading into the final frame.
Ron Page tallied at the start of the third for the first Rams goal of the day, before he scored again three minutes later to cut it to a one-goal game.
After the Rams kept pushing forward, Blackwell iced it with an empty net score for his fourth goal of the game and eighth of the year with 31 seconds left in the contest.
Junior Ed Mrozowski started in net, where he made 18 saves, and survived a few late defensive breakdowns.
“We need to work on team defense,” said Blackwell. “It’s funny too, because we came into the season saying we were going to score a bunch of goals, and we did early on. 
“We scored nine, then seven, then six. Lately, we’ve been down there but haven’t put it in. Consistency scoring goals, and then late team defense.”
Next up, it’s a week off to practice before a match against 6-3-1 North Andover Saturday. 
“We’re going to try to reinforce what we’ve always done, but add some things in,” said Blackwell. “We have to try to put in better forecheck, and add some stuff to our game.”
Methuen 4, Shawsheen 2
Shawsheen (5-4):    0 0 2 — 2
Methuen (5-4-1):    2 1 1 — 4
Goals: M — Brett Blackwell 4
Assists: M — Kyle Mackey, Aidan Hollingsworth, Pat Cooper
Saves: M — Ed Mrozowski
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Three Salem champions


Salem had three champions at the Nashua South tournament, highlighted by 195-pounder Beau Dillon. He dropped down to 195 and got a pin in the final despite a broken nose and stiches near his eyes.

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Valentino, two Astros champs in Rhode Island


North Andover's Joey Valentino remained undefeated, in impressive fashion, winning the 126-pound weight class in the rugged Cumberland, R.I. Tournament, taking a dominating major decision in the finals.

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Owls' B team wins title


The Timberlane B team won the Winnisquam Winter Classic, outdistancing small school power Plymouth.

Jake Rousseau (106), Brent Seavey (132) and Nick Pallaria (138) were champions and Adam Marquis (126) and Nate Szpak (160) were runner-ups. Joe Friel (145) won an exciting 13-11 match over his Plymouth opponent for 3rd place that proved to be the difference.

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Whittier 2nd at Pelham


Whittier Tech flexed its muscles in the upper weights at the Dan Gionet tournament in Pelham to finish second behind Marblehead/Swampscott.

Jon Ahern placed first at heavyweight, with pins in 13 and 56 seconds and teammates Chris McNulty and Erickson Rivas finished third and fourth respectively. Ahern was joined in the winner's circle by 195-pounder Andrew Buzzell.

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Sills, Marino stand out


Windham settled for a split in a tough quad-meet at Quabbin, blasting Northbridge and beating the host team but falling to both Westford and BC High. Sophomore Conner Sills had three pins and was 4-0 at 106 and Vinnie Marino was 4-0 at 126 as the Jaguars finished the day with a 9-5 record.

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