Boston High School: Medford

Franklin's Mitchell lifts South to MSHCA All-Star win

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
WORCESTER,Mass. -- Overtime appeared imminent in Saturday's 2nd Annual Aleppo Shriners/Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association girls’ hockey All-Star Classic.

With the North and South girls deadlocked with less than a minute remaining. South, which waited until the final period for its offense to finally erupt, saw that trend continue when it needed to most. Franklin's Alex Mitchell was on the receiving end of a perfect down ice feed from Hingham's Tori Messina. The senior forward broke in alone behind the defense on North goaltender Courtney Davis of Woburn and flipped a shot above the catching glove to give South a thrilling 4-3 triumph at DCU Center.

During the first 30 minutes, North took command, grabbing a 2-0 before South re-discovered its offense at a most opportune time after scoring four times in the final frame.

"I got a really nice pass from the defense and I just went off," said Mitchell. "I saw the top right corner open so I just went for it. We wanted to get this win and prove that South teams can actually play hockey. We all knew we needed to go out there in the third and play as hard as we could because it was the last period for all of us and we didn't want to lose."

South's comeback began at 1:13 of the third. Forward Maggie Layo (Sandwich) got it all started after poking in a rebound from the short side to make it a 2-1 contest. Three minutes later, Falmouth's Alexa Scribner re-directed a Messina blast from the left circle that eluded Davis tying matters at 2-2.

South's offensive rejuvenation continued less than a minute later. Layo netted her second with a hard wrist shot from inside the left circle to put her team on top 3-2. Albeit a bit frazzled having surrendered its lead, the North squad was able to answer back a mere 21 seconds following Layo's tally. Woburn's Emily Lissner, taking a nice feed from Brittani Lanzilli of Medford, broke in behind the defense and beat South netminder Maddie Scavotto to pull her team even at 3-3 at 5:55.

Things quieted down a degree over the next eight minutes. Both teams had chances to move their respective teams in front but failed to convert. That would set the stage for the dramatic finish with Mitchell scoring the game-winner coming at 14:29.

"We went into the locker room after the second period and all the coaches told the girls that the worst lead in hockey is a two-goal lead," said South and Hingham head coach John Findley. "We told them to stop cycling the puck and go to the dirty parts of the rink and to start putting up shots on net. We know anything can happen in this game. We had a lot of scoring chances over the first period and a half but just couldn't put the puck in. We knew our girls could do it so we are happy that plan worked out for us.”

Findley added, “Momentum is huge in hockey and every line takes after the other line's momentum and that's what happened today. I was especially proud of our two Barnstable defensemen [Kylie Hallam and Haley Payne] because both played more-aggressive in the third and both were involved in a couple of nice plays in the end to help keep the puck out of the net for us."

Arlington Catholic's Danielle Kelly gave North the early lead at 2:36 of the first period when the forward put back a rebound off an initial shot by Bridget Kelly. Things remained that way until the 7:10 mark of the middle frame. Ursurline Academy forward Meghan Lawlor, on the power play, positioned herself 20 feet in front of the net and ripped a shot just underneath the crossbar extending North's lead to a pair. Seemingly in control, North lost its grip in the third as South managed to control the tempo for much of the period which led to its highlight-reel finish.

"Things got really wide open in the third," said North and Acton-Boxborough coach Brian Fontas. "That was easily the South's best period. They have some very good players over there. Overall this was a fun experience. It was a good way for a game to end. I just wish we were on the other side of it. This game is great for girls high school hockey and I was honored to be the coach of this team."

South finished with 30 shots while North closed out with 24.
Presenting our MIAA boys' hockey preseason All-State team:

1st Team
F – Ashley Moran, Sr., Woburn
F – Ali O'Leary, Soph., Reading
F – Adrieana Rossini, Jr., Arlington Catholic
D – Tatiana Doucette, Sr., St. Mary's (Lynn)
D – Annie Messuri, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
G –Rachel Myette, Sr., Duxbury

2nd Team
F – Amanda Conway, Jr., Tewksbury/Methuen
F – Emily Lissner, Sr., Woburn
F – Brittani Lanzilli, Sr., Medford
D – Ally Hammel, Sr., Duxbury
D – Caroline Seibold, Soph., Reading
G –Courtney Davis, Sr., Woburn

3rd Team
F – Maggie Layo, Sr., Sandwich
F – Emily Loprete, Jr., Watertown/Belmont
F – Nicole Woods, Sr., Beverly
D – Tori Messina, Sr., Hingham
D – Kendall Stouffer, Jr., Falmouth
G –Madison Scavotto, Jr, Falmouth

Shakeups to girls' hockey conference, teams

November, 19, 2013
Beverly athletic director James Coffey checks in today with a rebranding of an MIAA girls' hockey league.

The GEMIHL will now be known as the Northeastern Hockey League going forward. The 7-team league has also been separated into two divisions as follows:



Also, in somewhat related news, Jim Clark of the Boston Herald today reported that Everett will enter the co-op program hosted by Cambridge, citing dwindling numbers. The Crimson Tide's players will enter into the program which has received players from Somerville in recent years, in addition to Malden in the upcoming season.

The moves leave Medford as the only stand-alone program, which is not in a co-op agreement, in the reformatted conference.

Faradie takes over for Methuen boys hoop

October, 2, 2013
Anthony Faradie confirmed to the Boston area media tonight that he has left his post as the head boys basketball coach at Medford High after six years, and accepted the vacant head job at Methuen.

Faradie, a former star at Framingham State and assistant coach at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, inherited a fledgling Mustangs program and was able to turn it into a competitive outfit by the time of his departure. The Mustangs ended an 11-year playoff drought in 2010, his third year with the program. This past season, the Mustangs went 13-8, losing in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North tournament to Andover; WPI-bound captain Sean Doncaster was named Co-MVP of the Greater Boston League, alongside Malden's Rodney Morton.

Faradie explained his decision in an email to the Boston area media:

I accepted the head coaching position at Methuen High School last Friday and it obviously came official today. It was a really hard decision to leave Medford High School. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears have went into the program over the last 6 years when I first took the job. Prior to arriving at Medford in 2007-08 the team had not made the state tournament since 1999 and the team was coming off a 1-19 season. By the third year we were able to clinch a bid to the state tournament at 12-8. We've been able to add to the resume since by getting to the state tournament 3 out of the last 4 years. We're coming off back-back state tournament appearances and we had our first state tournament win 2 years ago. All of which were firsts since 1999. We've had 2 GBL MVP's and many players move on to play college basketball and other sports.

I've built tremendous relationships with my former players and the current players at Medford High and I will cherish those forever. My coaching staff over the years has been incredible and they deserve all the credit in the world. I've had a tremendous relationship with my athletic director Bob Maloney and he has given me and the program all the support in the world to succeed. I want to thank him and the athletic dept along with the administration and faculty at Medford. The community of Medford has been great. There will always be a special place in my heard for Medford. I'm confident that Medford will continue to steer the program in the right direction.

After coming off a 13-8 season this year I've decided to move on to Methuen High School and the Merrimack Valley Conference. I'm excited about the opportunity. I think it's a program with a lot of support and great potential. The community has great feeder programs, facilities, and they have made great steps as a school district with a beautiful newly remodeled high school and advances in technology.

Uni Watch: Helmet upgrade for Medford

August, 5, 2013
In our ongoing series taking a look at some of the uniform changes around Massachusetts for the upcoming football season, tonight we take a look at Medford's chic helmet upgrade.

Be sure to tweet us your team's new uniforms at @BHallESPN, @ESPNScottB, or @ESPNBostonHS, or you can use the hashtag #UniWatch2013.

With a new state championship era in MIAA football upon us, the Mustangs have done a serious makeover on their helmets. Take a look at its uniquely Boise State-inspired upgrade:

What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments section below:

Shepherd Hill, Central Catholic debut in baseball poll

May, 20, 2013
We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 baseball poll this afternoon. To view it, CLICK HERE.

The next poll update will be Monday, May 27. That will be the final poll of the 2013 regular season. Following the May 27 update, the baseball poll will be updated once more, following the conclusion of the MIAA State Tournament.

A few notes and observations about this week's poll:

Prep stays on top: For the fifth week in a row, St. John's Prep is the No. 1 team in the land, following an excellent win over BC High that swept the season series and kept them ahead in the Catholic Conference. With a game today against Malden Catholic, Prep can wrap up the Catholic Conference title outright.

The top five remains unchanged, with BC High, St. John's of Shrewsbury, Walpole and Peabody rounding out the top five, in that order. Meanwhile, Newton North jumps back into the Top 10, climbing five spots to No. 6, while Amherst makes its first appearance in the top 10 after beating No. 7 East Longmeadow in extra innings.

Shepherd Hill jumps into the poll: Making its debut at No. 15, and perhaps a bit overdue, is Shepherd Hill, with quite the impressive resume. The Rams hold wins over Northbridge and Auburn (twice), and are led by sophomore sensation Brady Ravenelle, who is batting .690 and leads the state with 35 RBI. This also marks the first time in our poll's three-year history that three teams from the Southern Worcester County League.

Central Catholic (20), Westford (21) and Medford (24) -- all respective champions of their leagues -- make debuts this week, while Hockomock Kelly-Rex champ Taunton makes its return at No. 25 following a one-week absence.

Here's how the poll breaks down by league affiliation:

Bay State - 3
Northeastern - 3
Southern Worcester County - 3
Valley League - 2
Atlantic Coast - 1
Cape Ann - 1
Central Mass. Conference - 1
Dual County - 1
Eastern Athletic - 1
Greater Boston - 1
Hockomock - 1
Merrimack Valley - 1
Mid-Wach B - 1
Old Colony - 1
Patriot - 1
Valley Wheel - 1

Recap: Medford 6, No. 24 Everett 4

May, 14, 2013
MEDFORD, Mass. -- John Lavoie wasn't easily distracted.

Against Everett, the Medford High ace had no problem shrugging off gusting winds, a few long innings and the din of the Commuter Rail, which occasionally chugged by a few hundred feet from Playstead Park. In fact, Lavoie only showed emotion as he was mobbed by teammates after striking out Everett's Mike Rossi to clinch a 6-4 comeback win for the Mustangs.

“Lavoie is a tough customer. He's up on the mound, and nothing bothers him. He's always in the game,” said Everett head coach Joe Lento. “He throws a great curveball -– he just throws it for a strike whenever he needs to. It's his safety net. It's his out pitch.”

Lavoie scattered four runs over seven innings and struck out seven Crimson Tide batters. He picked up some much-needed run support in the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore Dom Ramasci hit a bases-clearing triple off of Everett ace Zarief Pajazetovic to put Medford up 6-3.

Ramasci, who pinch-hit for leadoff man Nick Rocco, has been fighting for playing time during the past few games. His game-winning hit was likely good for his campaign.

“Believe it or not, he's been in and out of the lineup so much the past couple of games due to a couple of inconsistencies and struggling at the plate, as you expect from a sophomore,” Medford head coach Mike Nestor said. “Today he went out there, did his job, and the ball went the other way.”

Everett made one final push during its final at bats. Mac Singleton started off the top of the seventh with a deep triple to center field. Pajazetovic then cranked an RBI double to left and was relieved by pinch-runner Omar Graciano. After walking Jamel Vilmont, Lavoie picked up three straight outs on 12 pitches.

Lento said giving up five runs in the sixth inning may have taken the wind out of his team's sails.

“That team stepped up when they needed to and made plays when they needed to. They stepped up, and they won the game,” he said. “I don't want to stand here and take anything away from them, but I kind of think we gave up a little bit during and after that sixth inning.”

Pajazetovic, who shut out Medford during the teams' last meeting on April 26, appeared in control during his first five innings of work. The hard-throwing righty used a combination of fastballs, curveballs and changeups to keep the Mustangs off-balanced.

He retired the first six batters he faced and struck out six Mustangs before getting touched up in the bottom of the sixth.

“It was a typical Everett/Medford, hard-fought baseball game. There were two great pitchers on the mound, and they battled to the end,” Nestor said. “We just lasted a little bit longer than they did.”

Hidden Ace: Nestor believes that Lavoie is one of the more underrated pitchers in the area. The righty doesn't have the most powerful fastball, but he uses a combination of pitches –- and pinpoint accuracy –- to whittle away at batters.

“He's been unrecognized the whole year. He's been our leader. He's our No. 1. Every time he gets on the mound, he just deals,” Nestor said. “He not only knows how to pitch, but he knows what he's throwing, and he knows what he's throwing the next pitch – he can set a kid up. He's just a really smart kid.”

Lavoie said was “missing some spots early” and was “wasting some fastballs.” He eventually settled in and began relying on his looping curve to set aside Everett batters.

Nestor said he wanted to let Lavoie finish the game, especially since he was battling against rival Pajazetovic, who's known as “Z” in the Greater Boston League.

“Him and Z have been battling for so many years together. If it was too blown out, or his pitch count was getting up there, we would have re-evaluated. He earned it, and it was his game to win because he battled,” Nestor said.

Proving Grounds: Everett, which made its first appearance in ESPN Boston's Top 25 this week, has a tough schedule ahead. The Crimson Tide has eight games in 10 days -– all on the road -- and takes on No. 1 St. John's Prep on May 15.

Lento sees it as a defining stretch for his team.

“We're at a point in the season right now where we can go one of two ways,” he said. “We've got eight games in 10 days, 20 bus rides, no home field and no last ups no matter where we go. We're either going to tuck tail and go home or we're going to step up and win some baseball games.”

Porrazzo to WPI: Jake Porrazzo, Medford's senior catcher and captain, will play baseball for Worcester Polytechnic Institute next year, according to Nestor.

“He's been on a tear for us. He leads the league in RBI, and he has two game-winning home runs. He's good, he's solid,” he said.

MIAA girls' hockey preseason All-State team

December, 13, 2012
Continuing our preseason MIAA hockey previews, here's our girls' hockey preseason All-State team:

F - Kayla Smith, Sr., Woburn
F - Alison Butler, Sr., St. Mary’s (Lynn)
F - Hannah Murphy, Sr., Duxbury
D - Hannah Wright, Sr., Arlington
D - Cassandra Connolly, Sr., Woburn
G - Courtney Davis, Jr., Woburn

F - Jane Freda, Jr., Hingham
F - Brittani Lanzilli, Jr., Medford
F - Kaleigh Finigan, Sr., St. Mary’s (Lynn)
D - Brooke Matherson, Jr., Walpole
D - Annie Messuri, Jr., Acton-Boxborough
G - Rachel Myette, Jr., Duxbury

High Schools Podcast: Thanksgiving Edition

November, 20, 2012
This week's special Thanksgiving Edition podcast, previewing all of Thursday morning's biggest matchups, is up and posted.

To check out the podcast, CLICK HERE.

In this edition, ESPN Boston High School Editors Brendan Hall and Scott Barboza discuss the state's biggest Thanksgiving matchups with direct playoff implications, most significantly Andover vs. Central Catholic, St. John's Prep vs. Xaverian and Holliston vs. Westwood. We also take a look at some milestone meetings -- it's the 125th meeting between both Needham and Wellesley, and Malden and Medford.

Be sure to check back with us tomorrow as we unveil the full lineup of our Thanksgiving picks.

Video: Thanksgiving football preview

November, 20, 2012
With hours remaining until kickoff to Thanksgiving rivalries across Massachusetts, we're taking a look at the action in our weekly preview with editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall.

Aside from the historical rivalries, such as Malden vs. Medford and Needham vs. Wellesley which both celebrate their 125th anniversary this year, there's plenty on the line this Thursday with several playoff spots decided. We took a look at some of those CAL/NEC, Bay State, Merrimack Valley, and Catholic Conference games and more:

(Video produced by Greg Story)

Medford Hall of Fame announces Class of 2012

October, 24, 2012
The Medford High School Mustang Hall of Fame has announced its 2012 class. Here's the press release:
They’ve been selected and now they’ll be inducted. The Medford High School Mustang Hall of Fame Executive Board is pleased to announce the Mustang Hall of Fame Class of 2012. They are:

James “Allie” McCormack, Class of 1972, Cross Country, Basketball, Outdoor Track, Soccer

Robert “Bobby” Moore, Class of 1973, Football, Indoor Track

Sean Griffin, Class of 1994, Cross County, Outdoor Track, Indoor Track

Heidi Cushing (Candelario),Class of 1995, Soccer, Tennis, Indoor Track

Jean Bain, Class of 1995, Basketball

Brian Osborne, Class of 1980, Indoor Track, Lacrosse

Kelly Krasco, Class of 2001, Basketball, Outdoor Track, Softball, Soccer

Andrew Defraia, Class of 2003, Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse

Tiago Delboni, Class of 2004, Soccer

Charlie Driscoll, Coach, Hockey 1987-2003

Tom Ryser, Class of 1971,Coach, Basketball 1991-1997, 2002-2004

David Castignetti, Class of 1979, Community Service

The 2012 Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012, at the Irish-American Hall, Malden, MA. Tickets are now on sale. The price is $40 per ticket. Tables of ten are available.

Call Mustang HOF President Mark Romano at 781-393-8275 for tickets and information or email at

Make checks payable to Mustang Hall of Fame, 622 Salem Street, Suite 126, Medford, MA 02155


In Arlington, another Dubzinski family affair brewing

October, 17, 2012
Arlington football coach John Dubzinski Jr.Brendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comArlington head coach John Dubzinski Jr. is looking to build up the Spy Ponders program alongside his father John Sr., who won five Super Bowls over three decades at Leominster High.
ARLINGTON, Mass. -- Growing up in a football enviornment was there any doubt as to whether or not John Dubzinski, Jr. would become a football coach and take his spot in the family coaching legacy?

After serving as an assistant coach at Leominster, Everett and Medford, Dubzinski knew he had the proper credentials and resume to run his own program.

That dream was fulfilled two years ago when he was handed the keys to the Arlington High School football program. Upon accepting the position, one of the first decisions he made was bring his father, John Dubzinski Sr., on board as an assistant.

Dubzinski Sr. is a Massachusetts football coaching legend, having spent the last 25 years guiding a highly-successful Leominster High squad. He cemented a solid record of 181-92-2, which included five Super Bowl titles.

Prior to his time with the Blue Devils, Dubzinski Sr. ran the show at Fitchburg High for five seasons. His list of accomplishements earned him induction into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006, going in with his brother, Walt Dubzinski Jr., who has been the front man at Gardner High School since 1986. Walt Dubzinski Jr’s grandfather, Walt Dubzinski Sr., is another legendary figure, having served as the head coach at Gardner from 1945-1965. He, like his sons, is also Hall of Famer member, inducted in 1970.

Two of John Dubzinski Jr’s cousins, Michael and Steven, hold their spots in the family coaching tree. Michael is head coach at Wachusett Regional High. Steven assists his father Walter in Gardner, and is also the varsity boys' basketball coach at Leominster High.

Not a bad pedigree for Dubzinski to grow up in.

When John Dubzinski Sr. was not retained as the Blue Devils coach two years ago, it happened to coincide around the same time of his son's hiring. These events immediately began the process for the younger Dubzinski to bring his father into the fold at Arlington.

“For me, it's huge having him here,” Dubzinski Jr. said. “I am a history teacher at Everett so I don’t get practices here until 3 o’clock. My dad gets here around 2 o’clock and already has the kids on the field and the practice schedule is up. Everything is ready to go by the time I get here and it’s one less thing I have to worry about.”

The thought of father and son coaching together had always lingered in the back of Dubzinski Sr's mind. However, he admits he wasn't sure if it would ever come to fruition.

“I always had that notion in the back of my head,” he said. “I felt what a great way for me to finish up my coaching career. John worked with me for one year at Leominster, and I really enjoyed that. With him getting the Arlington job last year I felt it was close enough for me (a 50-minute drive from his home in Leominster) to get down here in the afternoons. Fortunately, I had retired from teaching and had some time on my hands. It’s really been a great experience for me here and I am truly enjoying every minute of this.”

Growing up in a football household, Dubzinski Jr. tried to accumulate as much knowledge as he could about football and coaching styles and philosphies. Now with his No. 1 confidant working alongside him, Dubzinski Jr. says there will always be a spot for his father for as long as he wants to continue coaching.

“At the time I was always going for a head coaching job and my father was still coaching in Leominster,” said Dubzinski Jr., who played his college ball at Bates. “If we were ever able to coach together at some point I said to myself if it happens, it happens and if it doesn’t then it doesn’t. But deep down I knew someday he would help me out. As it turned out things fell into place perfectly and it has worked out well for both of us.”

Playing under the tutelage of his father at Leominster is where Dubzinski Jr. developed his ambition to someday become a head football coach. For him, it never was just about running a program, it was about wanting to follow in the footsteps of his father. He says the primary factor behind it all was an opportunity for him to teach kids not only about the game of football, but life lessons as well. It is those values and principles he says he attained from his father.

“I feel the difference a coach can make in someone’s life and the impact that you can make will last a lifetime,” he said. “The main reason I wanted to get into coaching was to try and be a positive influence on kids. I want to try and give these kids the skills in helping them become good fathers, good husbands and good members of the community. If I, as well as my coaches, can do that here at Arlington then we’ve done our jobs. If we win a few games along the way then that's an added bonus."

Dubzinski Jr. goes on to say, “through my father and my family I learned about hard work, discipline,working in a team environment towards one goal, dealing with winning and dealing with losing. All of those things remain with you throughout your entire life. Playing football at Leominster I feel has made me who I am today. It really shaped my personality. It’s pretty cool growing up in football family like I have.

"All of them, my father, my grandfather, my uncle and my cousins, have all helped me develop my philosophies in how to handle kids, etc. I listened to all of them and just soaked it all in like a sponge. I have my own personality but it is the lessons I learned from all of them, as well as (Everett head coach) John DiBiaso, that have helped me become who and what I am today.”

Even though he retired as a teacher, Dubzinski Sr knew he was not ready to step away from football just yet. The unforseen circumstances regarding his termination at Leominster are in the past now. The bitterness from it has since subsided and he now considers it a closed chapter of his life. In retrospect, the chance to coach with his son played an intracle part in the healing process and has rejuvenated his passion to coach.

“I’m very proud of him,” said the elder Dubzinski of his son. “He’s doing a wonderful job here. He’s a very good coach. If you read what he wrote in his high school yearbook, he said he wanted to coach, he wanted to teach and he wanted to be just like his father. He has accomplished those goals. He has taken over a rebuilding project here. It’s a difficult job yet it’s also a very rewarding job to try and get this program on the right track.

"The kids and other coaches here have all been wonderful. The parents and the community have also been great. I’m having a lot of fun here. My wife (Donna) said to me ‘You would go out of your mind if you weren’t coaching.’ She was right. She is very happy that our son is doing what he wants to do and she is happy for me that I’m still doing what I want to do. I think when you work with young people you, yourself, tend to think younger too. You aren’t an old man when you are around and working with these young people everyday.”

Dubzinski Jr says Spy Ponder players refer to Dubzinski Sr, age 64, as "Daddy Dubs." His responsibilities here are coaching the offensive line and assisting on the defensive side of the ball.

“Anytime you have someone who has coached as long as my father has you always want to lean on him regarding various situations and strategies especially when you might be unsure about something,” Dubzinski Jr. said. “He has been such a valuable resource to me. It is truly great having him here with me."

Bay State Games: July 12 recap

July, 13, 2012
Bay State Games communications coordinator Craig Kaufman sends along results from today's plethora of action:

WOBURN, Mass. -– A busy Thursday at the Bay State Games saw the start of the soccer, field hockey, basketball, ice hockey and boys' lacrosse competitions, as well as the continuation of the 2012 baseball tournament and the conclusion of the girl’s lacrosse event. Friday will see all of these scholastic results continue and baseball will draw to a close with all the medal positions still hanging in the balance. Friday night will also see the beginning of the 2012 Bay State Games swim competition at Harvard University.


Bronze Medal Game: Southeast 14, Metro 6
Gold Medal Game: Northeast 13, West 11


Northeast 5, Metro 5
Metro almost pulled an upset by taking a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning but had to settle for a tie as Northeast came back to tie the game and then stranded the winning run on base in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Johnson (Brookline) drew a bases loaded walk and Nick Bruno (Lynnfield) followed with an RBI single before Jonathan Santana Arias (Somerville) knocked in two more runs as Metro plated four runs in the sixth. Kyle Hood (Arlington) had scored an unearned run for Metro in the second.

Northeast scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and then took advantage of three walks and two hit batsmen in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 5. Justin Freeman (N. Chelmsford) drove in a run for Northeast, as did Colby Morris (Newburyport), who drew a walk with the bases full.

Central 4, Southeast 1
Southeast scored in the top of the first when Cameron Hanley (Walpole) doubled home Sean Scales (Weymouth), but Central, led by Jake Ryan (Whitinsville), who went 2-2 with a run scored and an RBI double, had taken a 4-1 lead by the bottom of the fifth. Zack Tower (Auburn) also drove in a run for Central, who got good pitching from their rotation, including starter Christian Doskocil (Sterling), who went three inning s and struck out two.

West 3, Coastal 0
Austin Salnitis (Lenox) went five innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven for West, who ran their record t o3-1. West got on the board in the fourth when Kenny Potts (Southwick) drew a walk and scored on a double by Phillip Jasak (Palmer). They added another run in each of the next innings with an RBI single by Andrew Noonan (Springfield) and an RBI double by Jake LaBranche (W. Springfield).

Coastal was led at the plate by Andrew Mancini (N. Easton), who went 2-2 with two singles.


Metro 1, Southeast 1
Metro scored first in the 20th minute when Thayrone Miranda (Somerville) connected on an assist from Walter Guzman (Chelsea), but the Southeast team equalized in the 67th minute on a connection from Nick Savage (Milton) to Marquardt.

Coastal 2, Central 2
Coastal scored first through Joshua Medeiros (New Bedford) in the 34th minute, but Central scored twice to take a 2-1 lead with Riley Steele (Sutton) and Lukas Ritzer (Sutton) connecting. Coastal salvaged a draw with a 58th minute goal by Ty Catunto (New Bedford).

West 3, Northeast 0
West got three second half goals from Mark Richards (Springfield), David Serafino (Ludlow) and Nicholas Martinelli (East Longmeadow).


Northeast 3, Metro 0
North got three goals in the first half, their first just three minutes into the game. Megan Cullen (Amesbury) scored the first two goals for Northeast and Alexa Cicolini (Methuen) finished the job in the 31st minute.

Southeast/Coastal 1, Central 0
Lauren Farrell (Rockland) scored the only goal in the 48th minute as Southeast/Coastal edged Central.

West 8, Metro 0
Jennifer Delasco (Lenox) and Mary Edwards (E. Longmeadow) each scored twice, with Stefano adding an assist. Jordan Bates (Chicopee) and Kiley Baran (Granby) added two assists apiece as West rolled to their first win of the tournament.

Northeast 4, Southeast/Coastal 1
Megan Cullen (Amesbury) scored four straight goals for Northeast to give them the victory after Jessica Murphy (Norwood) had given Southeast/Coastal a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute. Cullen started her scoring spree just a minute later.

West 4, Central 0
West endured an onslaught of Central possession early before scoring four times in the second half. Sharlotte Pernice (W. Springfield) scored twice, and Christina Ferriter (Springfield) and Brianna Voight (Springfield) also tallied for West.


Metro/Northeast 3, Southeast 2
Central 2, Coastal 1


Southeast 16, Northeast 4
Steve Righini (Weymouth) scored four times for Southeast, while Conor Martin (Plainville), Sean Williams (Scituate), and Jack Vail (Franklin) each tallied twice, with Martin adding two assists. Six other players tallied single goals, including Nicholas D’Innocenzo (Medway), who also added an assist. Tyler Boardo (Weymouth) and Daniel Sprague (Weymouth) combined for nine saves in goal.

Northeast got two goals from Derek Lawton (Bishop Guertin) and a goal apiece from Devlin Crane (Arlington) and John Curcuru (Gloucester). Evan Connolly (Peabody) made 13 stops in net and Joshua Nelson (Medford) spelled him for five saves.

Central 10, Metro 9
Joshua Daigle (Marlborough) and Alex Sabel (Algonquin) each scored twice and added an assist, while Thomas Whiting (Hudson) notched two goals as well. Matthew McIntire (Milford) made ten stops in the winning effort.

Jack Trottier (Tyngsborough), Brian Walsh (Lowell) and Joey Pescatore (Waltham) each scored twice for Metro and Ben Foley (Tyngsborough) added a goal and two assists in a losing effort. Scott Powell (Swampscott) made 9 stops in the Metro net.


Northeast 8, Southeast 7
Metro 6, West 1
Central 12, Coastal 2
Southeast 8, Metro 2


Central/West 9, Metro 1
Southeast/Coastal 4, Northeast 2


Central 82, Metro 47
Central was led by Tyler Delorey (Worcester), who scored 22 points, including four three-pointers. Matt Mobley (Worcester) also chipped in 18 points, including two buckets from downtown.

Coastal 75, West 59
Coastal got 25 points from Chris Green (Taunton), including four three-pointers, while Paul Maurice (Taunton) added 22 points.

Central 89, Coastal 80
Central got 26 points from Delorey, who nailed three shots from downtown and also got 17 points from Jacek Louisville (Worcester). Tommy Keyes (Somerset) led the way for Coastal with 19 points.

Northeast 79, West 78
Northeast’s Devin Thompson (Winthrop) led all scorers with 22 points and two three’s in the fourth quarter. Anthony Smith (Springfield) was the top scorer on West with 17 points.


Central 68 Metro 64
Matt Grose led Central with 19 points and Bobby Flanagan put up 15. The Metro squad was led by Keith Burns (Belmont) with 22 points while Christian Lejuene (Waltham) added 14.

West 73 Coastal 41
The West squad was led by Keith Natale (Hatfield), who had 22 points and Conner Eckstrom (Greenfield) pitched in 15. The Coastal region had Tom Galanek (Plymouth) and Kent Mertz (Dennisport) score 8 points each.

Northeast 72 Coastal 60
Anthony Gilardi (Malden) led the Northeast squad with 24 points while Cody Broges (Dartmouth) picked up the slack with 16. Liam Gerrity (Barnstable) was the leading scorer in the game with 26 points and Pat Danner (Plymouth) had 10 points for Coastal.

West 67 Metro 40
West’s Keith Natale (Hatfield) had 20 while Conner Eckstrom (Greenfield) pitched in 11. The Metro squad had Jaewoo Chung (Arlington) score 11 points.


Northeast 73 Southeast 71
Northeast lead scorer Amanda Williams (North Andover) scored 13 points. Sarah Hood (Burlington) added 12 points to the scoreboard. Katie Lowerre (Sharon) led the way for Southeast with 18 points

Metro 72 Central 24
Melissa Baptista (Somerville) led the Metro region with 15 points. Kaila Duarte (Boston) score 13 points throughout the game which included making both of her free throws in the 4th quarter. Central was led by Kristen Smith (Littleton) chipping in 7 points.

West 66 Coastal 55
Keri Paton (Russell) contributed 17 points to West which included 13 points in the 4th quarter. Tea Spellacy (Belchertown) contributed 11 points to the scoreboard as well. Norma Waggett (Saugus) led Coastal with 25 points.

Southeast 68 Central 39
Lowerre led Southeast to victory against Central contributing 21 points. Montana Burke (Bromfield) and Abrielle Peltier (Leicaster) both chipped in 8 points for Central.

Metro 66 West 32
Metro got 14 points by Maggie Mulligan (Brighton) leading the team. Spellacy scored 11 points for West and Paton added 8 more to the scoreboard.

Northeast 62 Coastal 36
Hood tallied 14 points in Northeast’s last game against Coastal. Williams and Courtney Walsh (Windham) added to the scoreboard. Coastal’s Rachel Camara (Fall River) contributed 10 points and Brianna Camara (Fall River) chipped in 7.


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Bay State Games: July 10 recap

July, 10, 2012
Bay State Games communications coordinator Craig Kaufman sends along results from today's baseball action:

WALTHAM, Mass. -– The second day of the 2012 Bay State Games baseball tournament saw a pitcher’s duel and two convincing wins as the Northeast and West teams picked up their second wins of the tournament. Those two teams will try to stay undefeated tomorrow when they play in the first game of Day 3 at 9:00 pm at Bentley University.

Coastal 2, Central 0
The Coastal Region out-dueled Central and scored the only two runs in the game in the fourth inning to improve to 1-1 in the 2012 tournament. A sacrifice fly from shortstop James Marcello (Duxbury) and an RBI single from right fielder Joshua Cabucio (East Freetown) brought across Cody Younger (Middleboro) and Matthew Peterson (South Dennis). Coastal had loaded the bases on walks to Younger and Peterson and a hit batsman.

Mike Bruemmel (Bridgewater) was outstanding on the mound for Coastal, pitching three innings and scattering just two hits while striking out three.

Central had their best threat in the sixth inning, loading the bases on singles by Owen Shea (Northborough) and Mike Vaitkunas (Auburn) but Bruemmel, who struck out four, shut the door. Central was held to just three hits in the game.

Central starter Jack Riley (West Boylston) went the first two innings and struck out two, allowing just one hit.

West 11, Metro 1
West got on the board early and often and scored six unearned runs in their second win of the tournament. The damage started in the first on a bloop RBI single from catcher Phillip Jasak (Palmer). Andrew Noonan (Springfield) followed with a single through the left side to plate another run, and Mackenzie Hale (Florence) drew a bases loaded walk to give the West a 3-0 lead.

West tacked on another run in the third inning, two more in the fourth and five unearned runs in the fifth, capped by a two-run double by Kenny Potts (Southwick). Metro escaped further damage when center fielder Mark Fusco (Medford) made a spectacular diving catch to end the top of the third inning with West stranding two base-runners.

West got great production out of their four-spot as Evan Delaney (Hadley) walked, singled and hit an RBI double and scored three times. He crossed the plate after his run-producing hit on Jasak’s second RBI single of the day before giving way to Potts.

West second baseman Mike Paleologopoulos (South Hadley) was 3-5 in the game, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Metro grabbed their lone run in the fifth when Tom McDonald (Quincy) doubled to lead off the inning and crossed the plate on after singles by Nathan Spielvogel (Brookline) and Seth Coiley (Arlington).

John Lavoie (Medford) pitched a perfect final two innings of relief for Metro, striking out four.

Northeast 9, Southeast 3
Northeast broke open a tight game with five runs on five hits in the top of the seventh inning to squash a Southeast comeback attempt. The Southeast, down 4-1, had scored twice in the bottom of the sixth.

Rory McHarg (Wayland) smacked a two-run single in the seventh and Jordan Roper (Lynnfield), Colby Ingraham (Georgetown) and Nicholas Comei (Bradford) also drove in runs for Northeast.

The top of the order for the Northeast was on base four times. Leadoff starter Cam Farnham (Andover) singled in the first and fourth, the second time driving in two runs before bein replaced by Ingraham.

Dan Connors was 2-2 with two RBI singles for the Northeast, who got five innings of one-run ball from starter Ryan McAuliffe (North Reading).

Southeast tied the game at one run apiece in the second inning when Gino Larossa (Braintree) doubled and scored on a single by center fielder Jake Fishman (Sharon). They pulled within a run in the sixth when substitute catcher Connor Goetz (Cohasset) delivered a two run single to center, scoring Sean Roche (Rockland) and Mark Saulnier (Norwood).

Northeast leadoff man Cam Farnham (Andover) opened the game with a single and stole second before scoring on a two-out single by second baseman Dan Connors (Danvers).

Southeast could have grabbed a run in the fifth as well on a single by Steven Gilbert (Franklin), but a tremendous play and a great lead by Northeast catcher Jose Cedrano (Lawrence) gunned out Brandon Eccher (Franklin) who was trying to score from second base.

Bay State Games: July 9 recap

July, 9, 2012
Bay State Games communications coordinator Craig Kaufman sends along results from today's action, which included the first games of baseball and softball:

WOBURN, Mass. –- The opening day of scholastic competition saw the softball and baseball tournaments of the 2012 Bay State Summer Games get underway from the campus of Bentley College and the Veterans Field Complex in Waltham, Mass. Three baseball games and six softball games began the showpiece events of the 31st Bay State Games.


Southeast 7, Metro 2
Metro took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on a two-run single by Malcolm Nachmanoff (Boston), but Southeast scored the next six runs, with pairs in the third, fifth and sixth. Pinch hitter Sean Roche (Rockland) scored twice and Southeast took advantage of two late errors to score three unearned runs.

Patrick Hurley (West Roxbury) was dominant in relief for Metro, striking out five in two innings but was victimized by those miscues. Third baseman Cameron Hanley (Walpole) was on base twice for Southeast, scoring a run, stealing a base and driving in a run with a single to left field in the third.

Northeast 4, Coastal 3
Northeast clinched a walk-off victory in the bottom of the seventh when pinch hitter Colby Ingraham (Georgetown) delivered a bases loaded single up the middle to score pinch runner Mike Driscoll (North Reading).

Coastal shortstop Jimmy Gamache (Mattapoisett) was 2-2 on the afternoon, scoring two of Coastal’s runs and swiping a base in the process. He hit a triple in the fourth inning and crossed the plate on an RBI single by Ryan Kowalski (Taunton).

Andrew Deloury (Andover) had himself a 2-2 day and drove in a run in the fifth, scoring Brendon Canavan (Carlisle) to give the Northeast a 3-2 lead, before Coastal re-tied the game a half-inning later.

Coastal starter Matthew Peterson (South Dennis) went three innings of work, yielding two hits and no earned runs, while not issuing a walk and striking out three. Victor Molle (Peabody) got the victory for Northeast.

Coastal had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh, but Drew Wethington (Fairhaven) was tagged out trying to score from third base on a passed ball.

Mike Bruemmel (Bridgewater) and Ian Chaney (Fall River) also drove in runs for Coastal.

West 2, Central 0
Andrew Ringie (Pittsfield) rocked a triple to left center field in the fifth inning to score catcher Dan McGuill (East Longmeadow) and break a scoreless tie. The West added another run in the bottom of the sixth when Justin Carey (Shutesbury) walked, stole second and advanced on a groundout before scoring on a wild pitch. McGuille almost made the score 3-0 with an RBI double, but Liam Nolan (Pittsfield) was called out on an appeal play for missing third base and the teams went to the seventh inning with the West up 2-0, where pitcher Asher Young (Amherst) closed the door.

The West pitching was superb, holding Central hitters to three hits, one by Mike Woll (Millbury) in the fourth, who reached second base but was caught stealing trying to swipe third, ending the best threat for the Central on the day.


Coastal 3, Southeast 1 (10 am)
Coastal scored first in the 4th inning by Julia Sullivan (Sandwich) who also scored in the 6th by an in the park home run by Ashley Truman (Berkley). Sullivan had 2 hits in the game. Southeast got there only run in the 7th taking advantage of two errors by the Coastal team. Danielle Burgess (Millis) who was on base 3 times had the only run for the Southeast team.

Northeast 7 Metro 0 (10am)
After a slow start for both teams Northeast was the first team to score in the 5th inning. Marissa Cammarano (Bedford) came across the plate for Northeast to score their first run followed by Mikayla Wallace (Peabody) and Courtney Green (North Andover). In the 6th the Northeast bats came alive again erupting for 4 more runs to seal the win. Gia Raczkowski (Stoneham) scored twice along with Danielle Moran (Lynn) and Terri Ferrazzani (North Reading) each scored one run. Metro had three hits in the 5th inning but had one runner cut down and left the other two on base.

Metro 5 Central 0 (noon)
Metro came out on fire in the 1st inning scoring two runs by Courtney Leddy (Cambridge) and Marlene Sullivan (Waltham). Sullivan started things off in the 3rd by hitting a single following Allison Caloggero (Medford) hitting a double who both came into score in the 3rd. In the 5th to seal their win, Alexandria Craig (Waltham) hit a single and came into score. Central put up a fight the whole game. Nicole DeFazio (Northbridge) hit a single for them along with Alicia Wagner (Uxbridge) also having a single. Their efforts came up short with Metro getting the win.

West 9 Southeast 1 (noon)
West started things off in the first inning with an inside the park homerun by Tasha Polaner (Orange). Sami Stolar (Hampden) then followed with a double and was driven in by Mary Greco (Hatfield) who hit a double. The West bats came alive again in the 4th where Polana hit her second in the park home run of the day. Stolar and Greco followed with singles. An additional three runs where scored by Rebecca Carkhuff (Amherst), Brooke Fairman (Huntington), Courtney Newsome (Sunderland). Stolar also scored in the 6th. Southeast battled with two hits by Danielle Burgess (Millis) and Meghan Shay (Abington) a piece along with Caroline Shay (Abington) having one hit on the day. Christine scored the Southeast only run off of a double by M. Shay. Due to their efforts they fell short to West.

Coastal 4 West 3 (2pm)
Megan Logan (Westfield) West started things off in the 4th by walking, where she was then driven by MacKenzie Yelle (Belchertown) who hit a double. In the 5th inning, Polana hit a double followed by Stolar hitting a single both players scored in that inning. Coastal came alive in the 7th, where Jackie Kielty (Middleboro) got on base due to a third baseman error. Meghan Riley (North Reading) then came up to the plate; hit a single, which scored Kielty. Mickayla Cobb (Middleboro) hit a single followed by Juliana Fergurson (Sandwich) getting walked. Katie Wood (Westport) and Sullivan both hit singles to score Cobb and Fergurson to win the game.

Northeast 9 Central 1 (2pm)
Northeast started things off in the 2nd scoring three runs by Rachel Couto (Chelmsford), Meaghan Leary (Andover) and Jordan Day (Andover). In the 3rd and 4th inning they scored Olivia Brothers (Peabody) and Couto. In the 5th Leary, Cori Simmons (Salisbury), Day, She Carney and Couto to put the Northeast in good standing to clench the win. Central put up a fight having hits by Olivia Peterson (Westford), Nicole DeFazio (Northbridge), Mackenzie Brisbois (Douglas) and two hits by Samantha Wise (Uxbridge) who was also the only one to score for Central.