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Lewy Baez (182) and Mando Binet (195) continued their fine seasons with a pair of wins as Central Catholic rolled over Beverly and Concord-Carlisle to improve to 15-1.

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Wrestling, 01/19/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

DeRoche on fire


Danny DeRoche won two individual events with excellent times and was on the winning 4x200 freestyle relay team to pace Central Catholic to a 95-83 win over Lowell.

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Boys Swimming, 01/18/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

24-0 quarter


Central Catholic outscored Lowell 24-0 in the second quarter on its way to a 46-20 victory.


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Girls Basketball, 01/18/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Kelley, Central take two

Meaghan Kelley won the beam (9.35), tied for first in the bars and took the all-around (34.8) to help Central Catholic beat Methuen (134.5-130.1) and Dracut (134.5-122.75). Raider Dylan Hale won the vault and tied Kelley in the bars. The Rangers' Adiamis Ramos won the floor exercise and was second in the all-around.

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Girls Gymnastics, 01/17/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Baez pulls through



Lewy Baez prevailed with a 3-2 decision in a key 182-pound match to highlight Central Catholic's 42-22 victory over North Andover. Anthony Mears had a pin with 10 seconds left at heavyweight for the Raiders (13-1). Sean Milovanovic (113) and Jack Carbone (170) had impressive one-point wins for the Knights.

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Wrestling, 01/16/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Jump for Lajoie

Central Catholic boys hockey got a pair of goals from Matthew Lajoie in a 5-2 win over Westford. Sophomore AJ Grenier was a standout on defense and also had three assists. 

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/16/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Porto power

Claudia Porto has a season-high 10 points to lead Central Catholic to a 58-35 win over North Andover. Nadeshka Bridgewater and Claire Finney each have 15 for the Raiders, who are 7-3 overall and 6-0 in the MVC. Norah Connors led the Knights with 12.

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Girls Basketball, 01/15/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover overcomes early two-goal deficit to down archrival Central Catholic

LAWRENCE — The start couldn’t have been worse for Andover boys hockey.
Just 2:19 into play on Saturday, the Golden Warriors found themselves trailing 2-0 after archrival Central Catholic’s first two shots of the game found the back of the net.
“We were shocked when they put in the quick two goals,” said Golden Warrior forward Evan Arpin. “But we still believed it was our game. We were mad, but coach reminded us it could still be our game, and to stick to the game plan. Once we responded, we felt good.”
Andover bounced back with two goals before the end of the first, and it was all Golden Warriors from there on the way to a 5-2 victory over Central at the Valley Forum in Lawrence.
“This is a huge win,” said junior Leo Byers, who scored two goals. “Every win is huge, but this one really meant a lot to us. We’ve really worked hard. To get a win against our archrivals always means a lot.”
Early on Saturday, however, the Golden Warriors (5-2-1) faced an uphill battle after the fast star by Central (2-7-2).
Only 58 seconds into play, senior defenseman Steve Birch gave the Raiders the lead with a goal. Then, just 1:21 later, Matt Lajoie made it 2-0 Central, taking a pass from Charles LeCalin and finding the back of the net. 
Right away, Andover coach Chris Kuchar called a time out.
“I asked them if they were ready to play hockey,” said Kuchar. “We came out flat. Two goals on two shots. We told the kids we had to regroup because there was a long way to go. We had to hit the reset button, take a deep break and start playing hockey because the game was far from over.”
Andover cut the deficit to one with 3:45 left in the first period on a Michael Feeney goal.
Then, with just 0:02 left in the first, Sam Murray beat the buzzer with a shot to make it 2-2 heading into the break.
“That was a huge momentum swing,” said Kuchar. “Instead of going to the locker room trailing by a goal, we go in tied, and that’s huge. We felt like, if we had a few more minutes, we could have scored a few more. That was a big play.”
Andover controlled play to start the second period, and Arpin gave the Warriors the lead when he came off the left wing and fired a shot between the goalie’s pads. It was the junior’s first goal of the season.
“A shift earlier I didn’t take my shot,” said Arpin. “But the next time I took the shot and it went in. It felt great to give my team the lead.”
It stayed that way until the third, when Scott Lachance slid a beautiful pass in front of the net to Byers, who tapped it home for his second goal of the season.
“I came in on the (line change),” said Byers. “Shane brought the puck in from the right and gave me a great pass. I just had to put it in. It was so exciting.”
Byers then iced the victory with 1:01 left, taking the puck from the opposing blue line and flicking in an empty net goal to close out the scoring.
“We knew we had a comeback in us,” said Byers. “We always find a way to fight back. Adversity never gets us down too bad. We never get down on ourselves. We just keep playing.”
Now winners of three straight, the Golden Warriors will look to sweep the rivalry with Central Catholic when they travel to the Salem Icenter on Feb. 9.
“Central is a great rivalry,” said Kuchar. “They are always at the top of the league, and they will be until someone dethrones them. They’re the standard we shoot for. We’ve always had good games against them, and we knew this year would be no different.”

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/12/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover snaps 7-game losing streak to Central

LAWRENCE — Leave it to veteran Andover coach David Fazio to succinctly sum up things:
“Gutsy, that’s what I call it from our guys … Gutsy, that’s a good headline.”
Despite three starters fouling out – two of whom combined to play fewer than four minutes of the second half – Fazio’s Golden Warriors put themselves squarely in the MVC Large mix with a 71-62 win at Central Catholic. 
The win snapped a seven-game Andover losing streak to the Raiders. Andover won 62-55 on Jan. 8, 2016.
“This is big, very big,” said Kyle Rocker, who poured in a game-high 26 points. “In my three years here, I haven’t gotten a win against Central, so this is special. … Having this momentum right now is great.”
Andover (5-1 MVC, 7-2 overall) built a 14-point lead early in the third by harassing the Raiders, who had trouble shooting over the Warrior zone. In the first half, the Raiders were 4-of-18 from distance while missing 19 of 27 total field goals.
But Central (4-1, 7-2) clawed back with a press which forced 11 turnovers the final 12 minutes. Back-to-back buckets by Kevin Constant had the Raiders within three at 56-53 with 4:20 left.
Colin Kirkpatrick, who scored all eight of his points in the fourth, sandwiched a 3-pointer and two free throws around an Aidan Cammann layup to restore order at 63-53. Central was unable to get within six the remainder of the way as the Warriors scored 25 in the fourth.
“Both teams had a lot of guys in foul trouble,” Fazio of the 42 fouls – 27 on his Warriors. “We lost our starting point guard (Emmett Kim) on the second play of the fourth period, and he’s been running the point for us for three years. And, all of a sudden, we have young guys in there, and they were just gutsy.”
One of those young guys was the 6-foot-5 freshman Cammann, the first player off the Warrior bench who scored his team’s final five points from the line and finished with eight points.
“These kids play a lot of basketball, and they know if they’re on the floor for us that we have confidence in them,” Fazio said. “That’s obviously the best game of (Cammann’s) early career. He’s going to be a great player.”

Central ice cold
The fouls didn’t hurt Andover much, however, as Central converted only 10 of its 31 attempts from the line. The Raiders also shot just 33.9 percent from the floor (21-62).
Andover, meanwhile, had a strong shooting night, making 22 of 43 attempts. Stephen Shaw was the second Warrior in double figures with 17.
“We can shoot the ball,” Fazio said. “There’s no doubt. I thought Kyle Rocker was immense tonight. He made big shot after big shot and was strong with the ball. He made great plays for us, and I think he grew up a lot tonight.”
Andover, which also won at Lawrence on Tuesday to avenge a Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic loss, gets a reprieve from conference play Sunday against Lexington before playing host to North Andover on Friday.
Central was paced by George Smith’s 19 points while Kevin Constant and freshman Xavier McKenzie added 13 and 11, respectively.
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Boys Basketball, 01/11/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover downs Central

Energy abounds: A full house of about 1,000, electrified by a pair of buzzing student sections, tuned in for the regular season thrilled, making for a spirited Friday night on the MVC hardwood.

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Boys Basketball, 01/11/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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