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Lancers win dual tourney


Brandon Santell remained unbeaten and his pin in 48 seconds virtually clinched a 40-30 victory over Salem in the finals of the Merrimack Dual Meet Tournament.

Santell and Jon Velilla alternated between 220 and heavyweight as Lawrence won five meets, clipping Melrose 38-33 in the semifinals, to win the tournament and improve to 19-7 on the year.

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

3-point barrage


Emily Doucette nailed five 3-pointers and Christine Aboujaoude added four of Salem's 11 3-pointers in a 66-33 rout of Manchester Memorial

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

Deminico leads way



Trevor Deminico scored 21 points to lead the way as Salem remained hot (9-1, 7-0 in New Hampshire) with a 59-54 victory over Trinity.

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

First goals

Salem boys hockey had nine different goal scorers in a 9-3 win over Manchester Central. Will Caraccio, Tyler Pratt and Jackson Doughty all scored their first goals, while Cam Smalley saw his first time in net and made two saves.

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

Salem takes 2nd


Salem made it close but just fell short of Essex, Vt. in the 17-team Nashua South Invitational, scoring 159 points, just 4 1/2 points behind the winners.

The Blue Devils had three champions in 160-pounder Tristen Cabinta, 195-pounder Beau Dillon and heavyweight Josh Ozoria while Ryan O'Rourke (106) and George Boudreau (126) were both runner-up.

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Wrestling, 01/12/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

LaBossiere’s high-flying goal gives Salem rivalry win

SALEM, N.H. — Nolan LaBossiere took a pass rushing up ice, and attacked the net.
Then, suddenly, he found himself flying through the air.
“A stick got caught up in my skates and I went down,” LaBossiere said. “(While in the air) I tried to move the puck to the other end of my body. And somehow I got it to go between the goalie’s legs.”
LaBossiere’s mid-air goal — reminiscent of Bruins legend Bobby Orr’s iconic flying score — 1:43 into the third period proved to be the game-winner as Salem beat rival Londonderry 3-2 on Wednesday at the Salem Icenter.
“This was a really tough win,” said Salem (4-6, 3-4 Div. 1) tri-captain Chris Wilson. “The first period was a wake-up call. We didn’t play well. So we went out and kept grinding. That’s what we do best. And we got the win.”
The goal for LaBossiere, a sophomore, was his first of the season and second of his career. He scored once as a freshman.
“Being on the third line, you just have to fight the whole game,” said LaBossiere. “We needed this win if we want to make the playoffs. I had the energy, and when I got the pass off the boards I had to make something happen.”
One player that missed the dramatic goal — however — was LaBossiere, who had yet to register a point in nine games going into Wednesday night.
“It was instinct to pull the puck to the other side of my body,” he said. “I was going for the goal. But after I got tripped I didn’t know if it went in. Then I turned my head and saw the puck in the back of the net. Then everyone rushed towards me, It was so thrilling. It was a big adrenaline rush.”
It was a big day for the young Blue Devils, as all three goals were scored by sophomores.
After Londonderry took an early lead, Ryan Allard tied the game with 1:49 left in the first as he deked the goalie and scored. The Lancers responded with a goal 47 seconds later and took a 2-1 advantage into the second period.
Salem stole the momentum with 6:14 left in the second as Austin Salvetti took a pass from Anthony Survilas and buried a power play goal to make it 2-2.
“That was huge!” said Salem coach Mark McGinn. “The goal by Salvetti was a big momentum boost. Just to tie it up, after being down early and fighting back. Against Londonderry it’s usually one-goal games, so to get the edge going into the third is always big.”
LaBossiere then gave Salem the lead just 1:43 into the third with his acrobatic goal.
“That goal was awesome,” said McGinn. “We worked on that play some, but it doesn’t usually look like that. He flew into the zone, got behind the defense and got the chip off the glass. The guys will believe it works now. 
“We like that three sophomores scored goals today. And (fellow sophomore Ryan) Pappalardo had an assist. It’s good to build their confidence.”
Londonderry mustered one final flurry with the goalie pulled in the final seconds. But Blue Devils goalie Brady Roux was up to the task, his best save a split to kick the puck away with his right skate.
Salem then celebrated in front of its loud fan section.
“We came out and worked hard,” said Wilson. “The younger guys stepped up and are really producing. It’s great to see LaBossiere dropped the shoulder in front of the net. We aren’t getting ahead of ourselves. We just have to keep working hard. But we feel good right now.”

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Boys Ice Hockey, 01/09/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Blue Devil revenge

After its only loss of the season, Salem girls basketball responded with an impressive 56-41 win over perennially tough Bedford. Carly Saif and Jordyn Franzen each had 14 points for the Blue Devils (9-1, 6-1 NH), and Emily Doucette had 12 on three 3s. With the win, Salem also avenges its playoff loss to Bedford in last year's quarterfinal. 

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Girls Basketball, 01/08/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Devils out fast


Salem's boys jumped out to a 13-0 start and never looked back in a 77-58 win over Dover. Kyle Poulin scored 21 points and Trevor DeMinico added 20 to lead the offense for the Blue Devils (7-1) and Michael Ference and Jared Burns played strong defensive games.

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Boys Basketball, 01/07/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights struggle



Missing six starters due to injuries, North Andover struggled at the rugged Sprimgfield duals, going 1-3, but the Knights did edge Salem, N.H. 37-36. Unbeaten Joey Valentino got a major decision in the final match for the one-point win and also bumped up a weight to 132 to beat West Springfield standout Calvin Curtis, 12-5. 

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Wrestling, 01/05/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem wins unbeaten battle

Undefeated Salem girls basketball continued to roll, handing Windham its first loss in NH Division 1, 62-42. Jordyn Franzen poured in 22 points for the Blue Devils (8-0) and Emily Doucette had 14. Sam Adamson had a game-high 24 points for the Jaguars.

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Girls Basketball, 01/02/19 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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