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Wheels come off for Central in fourth

LOWELL — If anything can be taken from Raider Rumble I here at the Riddick Field House, it's that unbeaten Lowell High knows how to close.

The 10-0 Red Raiders took charge in the MVC Large with a 20-4 fourth-quarter barrage, sending Central Catholic to its first loss of the year, 61-53, before a standing-room crowd of about 1,500 last night.

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Boys Basketball, 01/17/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Power Rankings, January 16, 2008

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1.Central Catholic (7-0): Lowell showdown looms, but keep an eye on Billy Marsden's tender ankle.

2.Salem, N.H. (8-1): Until somebody in Class L steps up to their level, Devils shoot to the top of the charts.

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Boys Basketball, 01/16/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Newburyport outclassed by North Andover

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Numbers, especially records, don't always tell the whole truth.

Such was the case last evening when Newburyport (6-4) hosted North Andover (6-3).

However, one look at the degree of difficulty of the Scarlet Knights' three losses | a one-point loss to No. 17 ranked Wilmington, a 14-point loss to No. 2 ranked Central Catholic, and a seven-point loss to New Hampshire's No. 2 ranked team, Salem | proved the visitors had a more difficult road to six wins. After all, the three losses came to teams with a combined record of 19-1.

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Boys Basketball, 01/16/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Talk Back: Which teams (no matter what sport) have been the most surprising so far this season?

Which teams (no matter what sport) have been the most surprising so far this season?

Leave your answers below. Make sure to list the sport along with the team you are talking about.

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Boys Basketball, 01/14/08 » 6 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem knocks out Haverhill

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Junior Lugo and the Salem boys basketball squad didn't cool off a bit yesterday against Haverhill. The senior scored a team-high 15 points as the Witches cruised by the Hillies 70-42.

"It was a close game after one, and we really turned the pressure up in the second quarter," said Salem coach Tom Doyle. "We were able to get a ton of steals, and that turned the tide."

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Boys Basketball, 01/14/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem whips Nashua North

Exploding to a 17-point advantage after one quarter, Salem (5-0) glided to a 64-45 triumph over Nashua South. Josh Jones (game-high 21 points) provided the offense, Shawn Stoodley (eight rebounds) and Dan Kinney (10 boards) cleaned the glass, and Josh Federico (four steals) and Mike Kimball (five swipes) provided the defense.

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Boys Basketball, 01/12/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen hits from deep in win

Methuen hit a combined 16 3-pointers on the way to besting Tewksbury, 72-60. Edwin Gonzalez hit six 3-pointers on his way to 26 points while Romeo Diaz (25 points) had five 3-pointers while Mike Gorman (15) also hit five from beyond the arch.

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Boys Basketball, 01/12/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Unbeaten Central pounds Lawrence

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LAWRENCE | Too easy.

Even without leading scorer Billy Marsden (sprained ankle), Central Catholic's boys, the No. 1 ranked team in the region, made it look too easy offensively, shredding Lawrence High's scrambling defense in an 81-55 thrashing last night before a packed house of about 1,200 at Memorial Gymnasium.

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Boys Basketball, 01/12/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hornets thrive on free throw line in win over Pentucket

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Playing without senior point guard and co-captain James Settipane, the Manchester Essex boys basketball team used a stellar team effort to take care of visiting Pentucket. The key for the Hornets (4-5) was the free throw line as they made 20 free throws in the game as a team.

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Boys Basketball, 01/11/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Georgetown outlasts Triton in classic CAL showdown

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Forget the fact that a 1-8 team traveled to a 5-2 team last evening in one of the hardest gyms in which to play in the entire Cape Ann League.

Instead, take a minute to remember some of the down-to-the-wire affairs between Triton and Georgetown during the last two seasons.

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Boys Basketball, 01/11/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Russell battles through multiple heart surgeries

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Andover's Brian Russell knows better than most the twists and turns life can take.

The Phillips Academy junior looked the picture of health on Dec. 8, 2007 when he erupted for a career-high 21 points for the Big Blue against Kimball Union.

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Boys Basketball, 01/11/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ranger woes continue

Injuries have truly put a chokehold on Methuen and the problems continue.

First, the Rangers lost Edwin Gonzalez to a sprained ankle and Matt Merritte to an inadvertent Christmas tourney pop in the jaw by a teammate.

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Boys Basketball, 01/11/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hillies' controversial loss

Haverhill's Trovato admits to being a little shell-shocked after Friday night's 68-67 "loss" in overtime to Lawrence High. The first-year Hillies coach was burned by calling a timeout too many, one he said he was told he had by somebody at the scorer's table at Lawrence High.

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Boys Basketball, 01/11/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Bristol is back, Hillies are elated

Recently-installed Haverhill High coach Mike Trovato spotted Javier Bristol at the first "open-gym" session he saw at Haverhill High this fall.

Long and lean with springs for legs, the 6-3 Bristol was raw but talented. He also was headed for his second straight season without organized ball.

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Reggies rally around their little big man

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Greater Lawrence Tech plumbing instructor Ken Henrick knew what was coming and still showed up to school Wednesday morning.

The lesson for the day was about "humble pie." And the longtime teacher taught this one by example.

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