Girls Skiing

Nasty spill hinders Knights

North Andover had its eyes on a state title, but a scary fall knocked the Scarlet Knights off their game.

Freshman Sydney Schwalm took a "horrific fall," which shook up her teammates at Tuesday's state championships at Berkshire East.

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Girls Skiing, 03/06/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

High 5: Knights dynasty continues

The North Andover domination continued. The five-time regular-season North Shore League champs won their fifth straight Interscholastic (league meet) title. Maria Cavallaro, who is nursing a knee injury, placed second overall with a 46.29 (combined slalom and giant slalom). Masconomet's Faith Stanton was the overall champ in 45.75.
Other top Knights were her twin sister Rachel in third and Sydney Schwalm in eighth. Andover's Anna Souter and Cayley Denoncourt placed fourth and seventh, respectively. Haverhill's Jana Laurendeau, a Billerica High student, placed 11th.

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Girls Skiing, 02/14/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Astros second at ski states

Danielle Martineau placed sixth overall in the slalom and giant slalom to lead Pinkerton a second-place finish as a team at the New Hampshrie Division 1 girls ski championship with 708.5 points. Emily Gardner added a ninth in the giant slalom while Katelyn Bennett was 16th in the slalom for the Astros. 

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Girls Skiing, 02/13/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

5-peat for Knights

North Andover girls skiing wrapped up its fifth straight unbeaten season in North Shore League action. Coach Jerry Marchegiani said that's never happened before in the 45-year history of NS League girls skiing. The 14-0 Knights got another first from Maria Cavallaro while Sydney Schwalm tok third and Rachel Cavallaro seventh.

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Girls Skiing, 02/08/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Still unbeaten


Senior standout Maria Cavallaro was runner-up and freshman Sydney Schwalm was an impressive fourth as the North Andover girls ski team remained unbeaten with two wins to improve to 12-0.

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Girls Skiing, 02/05/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Cavallaro duo go 1-2


The Cavallaro sisters, Maria and Rachel, finished one-two as North Andover's girls skiers remained unbeaten with a pair of wins in North Shore Ski League action. The Knights will square off against also unbeaten Masconomet Wednesday.j

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Girls Skiing, 01/29/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Georgetown ski team splits

The Georgetown girls ski team split its tri-meet at Bradford Ski Area on Monday, beating Haverhill 83-52 while dropping a tight 68-67 score to Manchester Essex. Emily Muzi was the top racer for the Royals, placing 10th overall in the league (25.24), followed by Sammy Quarentiello in 17th (25.57) and Caroline Bortz (22nd, 26.16).

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Girls Skiing, 01/29/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Surprising Soutter


Andover's Anna Soutter, who finished 12th in the North Shore Ski League last year, pulled a stunner to open the season, placing first in a time of 22.73. Overall, however, North Andover rolled to two easy wins, including 84.5-50.5, led by the Cavallaro sisters, Maria and Rachel, in third and fourth respectively. Freshman Jane Freund was sixth for the Knights.

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Girls Skiing, 01/08/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

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

Gonya sweeps, Pinkerton skiing champs again

NEWBURY, N.H. — Friday was a banner day for Nicole Gonya and the Pinkerton girls ski team at the Division 1 state championships at Mt. Sunapee.

Gonya, a senior, won the slalom (1:02.65) and the giant slalom (1:15.04) to lift the Astros to the tight win over Bedford 755-744. Seventeen teams competed including Timberlane (10th) and Londonderry (15th).

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Girls Skiing, 02/17/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Irvin leads Jags

Erica Irvin placed 17th in the giant slalom and 12th in the slalom to lead Windham to a 9th place finish at the Division 2 State ski championships on Tuesday.

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

Perfect Cavallaro

North Andover's Maria Cavallaro finished first for the seventh straight race to complete the regular season, which gave her a perfect score — the first time a girl skier has done that since 1998. She led the Knights to an easy win over Haverhill to give them a perfect 12-0 team record.

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Girls Skiing, 02/06/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ruffen shines

Isaiah Ruffen scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Northern Essex, but the Knights fell to Massasoit 87-77. Eddie Cardona added 17 points, Felix Moore finished with 11, Angelo Pilato had 10 and Grant Bellino chipped in with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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Girls Skiing, 02/02/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Top 4 finishers!


North Andover's girls ski team got the first four places, something veteran coach Jerry Marchegiani can't remember ever happening, as the Knights remained unbeaten (9-0) with a pair of wins. Maria Cavallaro finished first, followed by sister Rachel Cavallaro,  Cameron Deery and Emma Camallaro for the Knights.

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Girls Skiing, 01/30/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sister act

North Andover sisters Maria Cavallaro (21.35) and Rachel Cavallaro (21.74) took the top two spots and teammate Emma Callamaro placed third (22.22) as the Scarlet Knight ski team beat Austin Prep (87-48) and Manchester Essex (87-48).

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Girls Skiing, 01/25/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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