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Big day for Cavallaro family, Denoncourt

It’s safe to say the Cavallaro family of North Andover won’t soon forget March 7, 2017.
There was a family reunion of sorts at Mt. Wachusett in Princeton and the skiing Cavallaros celebrated in fine fashion.
Maria placed second in the slalom in 39.78 seconds and fourth in the giant slalom in 57.83 seconds to lead the Scarlet Knights to an oh-so-close second-place finish at the State Meet. Her twin sister, Rachel placed eight in the GS and 12th in the slalom. Their brother, St. John’s Prep senior Nolan, took 10th in the giant slalom in 58.25. 
On the boys’ side, Andover sophomore Jason Denoncourt was brilliant, winning the giant slalom in 55.37 while taking the silver in the slalom in 39.30.
The Knights were shaded by Marblehead 3:02.86-3:03.67. So the margin among the four girls for each team doing the two events was less than a second (81/100ths of a second). 
The Knights looked like the championship was coming back to Turkey Town for the second time in three years but disaster struck on their final race of the day.
Knights coach Jerry Marchegiani said, “We just needed an average run for the final run in the slalom and the girl straddled the gate. We just needed 43 seconds.”
That was the difference and the Headers had the come-from-behind win, giving Marblehead both the boys and girls crowns.
Overall, though, the 42nd-year North Andover head coach was more than pleased.
He said, “The girls (the Cavallaros, Emma Callamaro, Cameron Deery) came totally prepared and focused. It was a laser focus. They left everything on the hill. I was so pumped and excited. Maria was phenomenal. You can’t get much better.”
There is no official combined individual score, but Denoncourt and Maria Cavallaro had the lowest combined times.
Everything went right for Maria, who also received a “promposal” yesterday from a member of the North Andover boys team.
This was also her first major giant slalom since sophomore year. She missed last year after surgery for a partially torn labrum in her hip joint.
She explained, “Bradford (Ski Hill) is like 20 seconds and this is a minute. I was obviously nervous. My legs were exhausted.”
As for the tough break teamwise, Maria said, “Honestly, I’m happy with how we did.”
Maria still had her sense of humor.
Her brother, Joey, drove the three hours from UVM to watch his skiing siblings.
She said with a big laugh, “My brother was there to remind us of his glory days but they weren’t so glorious!”
Well, yesterday was glorious for the Cavallaros, that’s for sure.
Denoncourt a state champ
Second-year Andover coach Jackie Guy said, “Jason (Denoncourt) took advantage of his early starts (when the course was particularly fast). He skied to best of his abilities and skied hard and did well.
She continued, “He skied a very clean run. He took an aggressive straighter line than most. The slalom we were expecting him to do well. We didn’t expect much in the giant slalom vs. the bigger skiers.”
Haverhill got a strong effort from senior exchange student Filip Matijevic, who placed 30th in the giant slalom (59.87) and 24th in the slalom (42.01).

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Boys Skiing, 03/07/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hyvonen shines

Mikka Hyvonen took seventh in the giant slalom and fifth in the slalom to lead the Astros to a fifth-place finish Tuesday at the Division 1 state ski championships. Owen Sezgin was the No. 2 Astro on the day. Londonderry's Joshua Galluzzo was second in the GS and seventh in the slalom. Patrick Healey took a 15th and a 23rd to lead Timberlane.

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Boys Skiing, 02/15/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Denoncourt, Cavallaro take first

Andover's Jason Denoncourt and North Andover's Maria Cavallaro were the top skiiers on the hill during Wednesday's Interscholastic Meet at Bradford, taking first in the boys and girls races respectively. Denoncourt clocked a combined time of 48.29, while Cavallaro's time of 49.08 was nearly four seconds faster than the next best girls time and would have been good enough for second in the boys race as well.

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Boys Skiing, 02/15/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights beat Andover

North Andover beat Andover, 88-47, in a meet which had been cancelled four times (Jan 24, Feb. 7, Feb. 9, Feb. 13). The Cooperstein twins powered the Knights while Jason Denoncourt of Andover was the day's top overall performer.

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Boys Skiing, 02/14/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Milestone day on the hill

The local ski teams got an experience three decades in the making, as Thursday marked the first time their league ran slalom in the regular season meet in over 30 years thanks in large part to the addition of new brush base gates that don't pop out, similar to the ones used at the Olympics. Haverhill's Filip Matijevic was the top local finisher (fourth, 23.41), followed by North Andover's Jon Cooperstein (fifth, 23.45) and Cole Masterson (sixth, 23.53).

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Boys Skiing, 01/19/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Denoncourt flies ahead

Andover's Jason Denoncourt was the fastest man on the hill, taking first in Tuesday's skiing opener with a time of 20.55. North Andover's Ben Cooperstein took eighth overall (21.02) and North Andover's Sam Naftal took 10th (21.10).

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Boys Skiing, 01/10/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Marvelous Mastersons

North Andover placed second to St. John's Prep at the Interscholastic ski meet. The Knights were led by Connor and Cole Masterson in fifth and 11th, respectively. Andover's Jason Denoncourt placed fourth.

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Boys Skiing, 02/11/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Big day for Curtis

At the Division 2 States, Windham's Brett Curtis placed third in the slalom and ninth in the giant slalom and teammate Matt Kuczynski grabbed 11th in the GS.

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Boys Skiing, 02/11/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Warriors, Knights earn wins

Jason Denoncourt took fourth overall in 21.89 as Andover skiing closed out the regular season with a 131-4 victory over Austin Prep. North Andover's Connor Masterson was ninth overall, helping the Knights beat Haverhill (133-2).

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Boys Skiing, 02/04/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Morgan Magic

Morgan Seale, Aidan Kallery and Alex Martin shined for Haverhill, which rolled past Austin Prep, 78-55. North Andover downed Andover 78-57. The top local finishers were Andover's Jason Denoncourt in fifth, North Andover's Jason Masterson in sixth and Andover's Neil Resnik in 12th.

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Boys Skiing, 01/26/16 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Halls of Fame

Travis and Austin Hall placed third and fifth, respectively, in the giant slalom as Timberlane won a 10-team meet last Friday.  Other heavy hitters for Timberlane were Cam Collins in 11th, Sam Kappler in 12th and Wes Lisi 16th. Pinkerton's Caleb Easton took fifth overall. Nicole Gonya of Pinkerton won the girls race.

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Boys Skiing, 01/26/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hillies down Austin

The Haverhill ski team opened up its season with a 75.5-59.5 win over Austin. Morgan Seale and Jackson Farmer led the way.

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Boys Skiing, 01/08/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

North Andover 582, Andover 392, Haverhill 198

There were no surprises at Tuesday night's interscolastic Ski Meet at Bradford's Ski Hill. St. John's Prep captured the top spot of the 8-team field in the boy's league, and North Andover capped off its undefeated season by narrowly staying ahead of Andover in the girl's league.

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Boys Skiing, 02/11/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Golden Lannan

Dan Lannan won the slalom and Pinkerton teammate Caleb Eaton placed third at the Division 1 state meet. Timberlane's Travis and Austin Hall placed eighth and ninth, respectively. In the GS, Lannan was third, Eaton sixth and the Halls again took eigth (this time Austin) and ninth.

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Boys Skiing, 02/11/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Cavallaro shines

St. John's easily beat Andover and Austin to complete a perfect 12-0 season. Joe Cavallaro of North Andover starred for the Prep, finishing second overall. Andover's Jake Tarricone placed fifth overall.

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Boys Skiing, 02/06/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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