EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 1, 2013

A look back at the highlights that made 2012 special

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — January Highlights

Jan. 7: Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, a native of Andover, was named as the successor to legendary football coach Joe Paterno at scandal-rocked Penn State.

Jan. 7: Salem’s Jerickson Fedrick won the 55 meters at the Dartmouth Relays in 6.39, which is believed to be the top early-season time in the country.

Jan. 13: Phillips senior Tom Palleschi of Haverhill pulled down 16 rebounds to surpass 1,000 for his career.

Jan. 18: Isaiah Nelsen scored 16 points and Zach Karalis dominated late as North Andover stunned East Boston, the fourth-ranked team in EMass., 52-43.

Jan. 18: Bill James won his 300th career wrestling match (183rd at Methuen) as the Rangers whipped Billerica.

Jan. 20: Haverhill’s Carlos Pena signed a 1-year, $7.25 million to return to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jan. 20: Georges Niang of Methuen, a fifth-year senior at prep powerhouse Tilton, scored his 2,000th career point.

Jan. 21: John Heffernan, who hadn’t been able to crack the lineup since Dec. 2, got a chance and made the most of it. His OT goal gave Merrimack a 3-2 win over UNH.

Jan. 21: Lawrence’s Roberto Garcia, Brian Montero Ford, Ruben Munoz and Kelvin Severino won the State Division 1 relays 4x50 yard dash in 21.82, smashing the 6-year-old All-State record by 0.30 seconds.

Jan. 21: With his team trailing 28-6, Marionel Garcia posted an upset win at 182, starting a stretch of six straight wins for defending Division 1 state dual meet champion Lawrence, which beat Division 2 champ North Andover, 30-28.

Jan. 23: Northern Essex basketball star Kyle Davis began serving a six-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to distributing marijuana.

Jan. 25: Brendan Varney led a sweep of the 600 to lift North Andover past Newburyport, 45-41, and snap the Clippers’ 26-meet win streak. The win also clinched a share of the CAL title which the Knights later won outright.

Jan. 28: Julia Mehlman won the dash and high jump as North Andover shaded Masconomet, 45-41, to finish 10-0.

Jan. 29: Zach Karalis scored 11 points and Isaiah Nelsen and Mike Moroney added 10 each as North Andover beat Andover, 45-36, snapping an 11-game, 13-year losing streak vs. the Warriors which dated back to the 1998 Christmas Tourney semifinals.

Jan. 31: Kayla Pellot scored as time expired to give Haverhill a 51-49 win over Lawrence.

February Highlights

Feb. 1: Anthony Giorgio had a big win and Methuen doubled up on Central Catholic, 42-21, to finish 17-0. It was believed to be the Rangers’ first unbeaten season in at least 25 years.

Feb. 1: The North Andover High gym has to be closed for the rest of the winter after a kicked ball broke a sprinkler head and the floor was badly damaged.

Feb. 3: Phillips senior Tom Palleschi of Haverhill scored 15 points to give him 1,012 in his career.

Feb. 3: The Lowell boys basketball team upset Central Catholic, ending the Raiders’ 22-game MVC win streak and a 53-game MVC regular-season win streak.

Feb. 4: C.J. Doherty won his third title to lead Methuen to its second straight Division 1 North wrestling crown.

Feb. 5: Special teams captain-long snapper Zak DeOssie of North Andover earned his second Super Bowl ring as the New York Giants won a thriller over the Patriots.

Feb. 5: The 4x200 relay team of Emmitt Smith, Zach Cicio, Tyler Calderone and Chris DeCarlo won the final event to clinch the Division 1 track title for Pinkerton. It was the first title for the Astros since the 1993 All-State championship team.

Feb. 5: Bishop Guertin junior Betsy Garnick of Pelham was a triple winner at Division 1 States, including a meet and state record 8.21 in the 55-meter hurdles.

Feb. 6: Whittier’s Christina Medley and Greater Lawrence’s Shabeli Villa joined the 1,000-point club.

Feb. 6: Methuen beat Whittier, 54-53, on a double-pumping buzzer-beater by Madison Carroll, which were her only points of the game.

Feb. 7: The unbeaten North Andover girls placed second in the 4x400, the final event to vault past Hamilton-Wenham and capture the CAL Meet title.

Feb. 10: Maggie Mullins smashed the 2-mile meet record with a 10:51.04 clocking to highlight Andover’s win at the MVC Meet.

Feb. 10: Justin Reyes scored 23 points and Ryan Grant added 21 as Whittier beat Shawsheen, 60-55, to clinch the CAC Large title. According to coach Tom Sipsey, it was the Cats’ first title since 1995.

Feb. 11: North Andover’s Jason Ricketts hurt both knees in the championship match but he was treated by teammate Dan Connelly’s father, Dr. Mike Connelly, who popped his left kneecap back in. Ricketts returned to win the match. That helped earn him Outstanding Wrestler at Division 2 States.

Feb. 17: Andover’s Nicole Boudreau pumped in 32 points vs. Central Catholic, making her the first girl in area history with 2,000 career points.

Feb. 17: North Andover whipped Masconomet, 65-50, behind 14 points from Zach Karalis. That clinched a perfect season in the Knights’ final season in the CAL and their fourth straight (outright or shared) CAL Large title.

Feb. 18: Champions Zach Sprague, Tyler Siverhus, Jeff Armstrong and Gage Fenton, led Windham wrestling to the Division 3 state title, the school’s first team championship in any sport.

Feb. 18: Zach Bridson became the fifth wrestler in 21 years to win four straight Division 1 titles and he led Timberlane to its 13th straight team title.

Feb. 18: Unranked Andover got a hat trick from Scott Campbell to stun Central Catholic, the No. 5 team in EMass., 3-0.

Feb. 18: Pinkerton got a 2-3 finish in the all-around from Olivia Bogaczyk and Courtney Thompson to win its third straight state gymnastics title. Just before the Astros received the championship plaque, their coach, Chelsie Veilleux, received a dramatic wedding proposal. She accepted.

Feb. 20: Methuen capped an unbeaten season by beating St. John’s Prep, 36-20, in the Division 1 dual-meet state final. Christian Monserrat and Ryan Savastano had pins to lead Methuen to what was believed to be its first state title in any sports ince the girls basketball team in 1999.

Feb. 20: North Andover tripped Winchester, 35-25, to capture its third straight state Division 2 dual-meet title. Ryan Neals’ technical fall at 182 clinched the win.

Feb. 21: Corey McNamara scored 26 points vs. Marblehead to join his older sister, Erin, in the Pentucket 1,000-point club.

Feb. 22: Dustin Lubinger scored twice and Windham-Pelham handed previously unbeaten Kennett (15-0) a 4-2 loss.

Feb. 25: Timberlane wrestling won its ninth straight Meet of Champions title behind individual champions Zach Bridson (meet’s outstanding wrestler), Adam Corey, Josh Burnham and Harry Denoncourt Pinkerton’s Jean-Luc Lemieux, Zach Daigle and Tanner Burke were also victorious.

Feb. 25: Methuen’s Christian Monserrat, Paul Sughrue (outstanding wrestler for light weights), C.J. Doherty won Mass. All-State wrestling titles.

Feb. 25: Andover, which had placed second five times in the last 10 years, broke through and won its first North Sectional gymnastics title since 2001.

Feb. 27: Mike Kelleher had a hat trick as Central Catholic topped Burlington, 6-4, in the Super 8 play-in game.

Feb. 28: Yadoris Arias, who had been averaging 10.9 points, erupted for 30 as Lawrence beat defending state champ St. John’s Prep, 80-69, in a rematch of last year’s Division 1 North title game.

March Highlights

March 2: Kelsey Schiebel and Kerry White combined for 28 points as No. 9 Windham stunned No. 1 Hollis-Brookline, 61-39, in the Division 2 quarterfinals.

March 2: Salem’s Ben Slepian was 7 for 7 on 3-pointers in the first half and finished with eight treys in a 73-51 win over Bishop Guertin.

March 3: Timberlane won its historic fifth straight New England wrestling title. Timberlane’s Zach Bridson (113), Central Catholic’s Ryan O’Boyle (119, Meet Outstanding Wrestler) and Methuen’s C.J. Doherty (145) win titles.

March 4: Steve Merrick, Central Catholic’s fourth shooter in the shootout, scored and Kyle Williams stopped the next two St. Mary players as the Raiders won a Super 8 thriller.

March 6: No. 15 Dover battled back from a 14-point halftime deficit to stun No. 2 Salem, 63-62, in opening round boys tourney action. Salem won the regular season matchup, 72-42.

March 7: Zach Sanford scored his second goal 5:21 into overtime to lift top-seeded Pinkerton over fourth-seeded Trinity, 3-2.

March 8: Andover’s Nicole Boudreau repeated as Mass. Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year.

March 8: With the season 10 days away, Haverhill baseball coach Chip Forrest, who was hired just a month ago, was fired by Superintendent James Scully.

March 10: J.D. Dudek, Zach Sanford and Dom Corsetto scored to give Pinkerton a 3-0 lead and the Astros held on to beat Memorial, 3-2, in the Division 1 title game.

March 10: Nicole Boudreau scored 29 points as Andover dumped Masconomet, 61-53, to capture its third straight Division 1 North title.

March 10: Sarah Higgins (12) and Alex Moore (10) cracked double figures and Pentucket whipped Ipswich, 49-30, to capture the Division 3 North title.

March 10: Trailing by 9 with 4:11 left, Londonderry tied it up on a Katherine Dzenis 3-pointer with 51 seconds left. But a late missed free throw was costly and BG prevailed 46-43 in the Division 1 title game. BG’s rookie coach was ex-Central Catholic great Scott Hazelton.

March 11: Trailing 3-0 after the first period to Springfield Cathedral, Central Catholic battled back and forced overtime on Mike Kelleher’s goal with 12 seconds left. Senior defenseman Jake Donahue’s fourth career goal midway through the OT gave the Raiders a 5-4 win and the first berth ever for a local team in the Super 8 semifinals. Despite holding the late one-goal lead, Cathedral pulled its goalie because to advance it had to win by two goals.

March 17: Nicole Boudreau scored 31 points with 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals as Andover (27-0) beat Holyoke, 61-45. Andover became the second team in the 36-year history of the Division 1 state tourney to three-peat.

March 17: Sarah Higgins pumped in 22 points as Pentucket blitzed Sabis International 55-32 to capture its first ever state title.

March 20: Merrimack goalie Joe Cannata signed with the Vancouver Cancucks, who drafted him in the sixth-round in 2009.

March 23: Ex-Central Cathoic basketball great Carson Desrosiers announced he’ll be transferring from Wake Forest. He ended up at Providence.

April Highlights

April 4: Central Catholic’s Olivia Antczak, Meg Hanley and Meg Sears combined to no-hit Haverhill 5-0.

April 5: John Iannone’s walk-off single in the seventh lifted North Andover past Lawrence, 5-4.

April 6: Brown hockey assistant captain Bobby Farnham of North Andover won the Derek Hines Award as Division 1 hockey’s most philanthropic college player.

April 6: Merrimack senior goalie Joe Cannata was named a second-team All-American (top 24 players in the country).

April 6: Eric Lacroix made a brilliant bases loaded grab in the third and scored the walk-off run on a throwing error in the eighth as Methuen beat Billerica 2-1.

April 6: Nick DeFusco’s goal at 3:19 of OT gave Haverhill an 8-7 win over Lowell.

April 6: In his first game back with the Rays, Haverhill’s Carlos Pena stroked a walk-off RBI single against all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera of the Yankees. He also cracked a grand slam in the season opening 7-6 win.

April 9: Salem’s Nicole Gubellini no-hit Spaulding in a 14-0 romp.

April 9: Windham’s Kayla Breton scored nine goals in a 17-5 win over ConVal.

April 13: With two strikes and two out, Jake Cameron crushed a tape-measure three-run walkoff homer to give Timberlane a 3-2 win over Bishop Guertin.

April 15: Nikko Ferrara, 19, of Methuen set an age-group world record with a 650-pound dead lift.

April 20: Whittier junior Cassey Glode ripped her 100th career hit with a leadoff home run.

April 21: Mass. power Duxbury took the lead with 25 seconds left but Leah Walter gave Londonderry the tie with a score in the waning seconds.

April 25: Salem’s Dan Peters threw a five-inning no-hitter vs. West.

April 25: Pinkerton’s Heather Pelletier tripled in the tying run in the seventh and crushed a two-run walk-off homer in the ninth to beat Dover 10-8.

April 26: Central Catholic’s Olivia Antczak (15 Ks) got the win as her sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth scored Nicole Howe to beat Methuen 3-2.

April 27: Ashley Adamson rapped three homers as Windham topped Goffstown 11-7.

April 28: North Andover’s Dan Laorenza made up for two earlier errors by lacing a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to beat Pentucket 4-3.

April 30: Trailing Lowell, the No. 1 baseball team in the entire state, 11-9 in the top of the seventh, Andover seemed to tie it on a two-run overthrow. But in a controversial call the second runner was ruled out at the plate to end the game.

May Highlights

May 2: Leslie Moore’s walkoff single gave Central Catholic a 2-1 win over Andover in nine innings.

May 2: Andover’s Ryan Cooney, Mike Maldari, Pat O’Sullivan and Will Klein won the 4x400 relay for a dramatic win over Haverhill.

May 2: John St. Hilaire, Stephen Lulja, Rudy Severino and Keith Erickson won the 4x400 to give Methuen a come-from-behind 73-72 win over Tewksbury.

May 2: Pelham’s Nick Morin scored his 100th career goal.

May 5: Jacquelyne DiTroia of Andover’s walk-off hit gave Brooks the 5-4 win over Phillips Exeter.

May 5: In a battle for first in Division 1 girls lacrosse, Concord topped Londonderry, 14-12, snapping the Lancers’ 59-game instate win streak.

May 6: The Faia brothers from Timberlane, Matt (3 hits, 4 RBIs) and John (3 hits, 3 RBIs), led Northern Essex to a 16-4 win over Bunker Hill in the Region 21 title game and a spot in the Division 3 Junior College Nationals in Texas.

May 7: Pinch runner Nay Done scored on a passed ball giving Haverhill baseball a walk-off win over Billerica.

May 9: Samantha Baron (115-11) broke the 15-year-old school javelin record and North Andover won the 4x400 for the come-from-behind 73-71 win over Hamilton-Wenham.

May 9: Anchor Katie Equi held on in the 4x400 to clinch Central Catholic’s 76.5-68.5 win over Andover in a battle of unbeatens.

May 11: Pinkerton’s Riann Daziel scored 10 goals in a 22-9 thrashing of Nashua North.

May 16: Methuen scored twice in the top of the 10th but Andover won it in the bottom of the frame on a Taylor Farris two-run double and Jordan Day’s game-winning single.

May 16: Andrew Bruno of Andover ripped a walk-off two-run single in the 10th to give Brooks an 11-10 win over Middlesex.

May 17: The Central Catholic boys and Andover girls rolled to titles at the MVC Track Championships.

May 17: Kristy Robertson scored 11 goals but Haverhill lost to Tewksbury 21-20.

May 17: Pinch hitter Colleen Clark doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Londonderry beat Timberlane 7-6.

May 18: Tanner O’Sullivan, 9, of Andover, and his father, Mark, teamed up to catch a foul ball at Yankee Stadium. The highlight-film grab made the SportsCenter Top 10 and surpassed 200,000 YouTube views. They were there to watch Tanner’s uncle, Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan of Andover.

May 20: Kayla Maloney of Windham repeated as tourney MVP as she went 4-0, struck out 46 in 27 innings and drove in six runs to lead Phillips to the Big East Tourney title.

May 21: North Andover baseball was no-hit by Masconomet but Brandon Walsh fired a one-hit shutout and the Knights won 2-0.

May 22: The Northern Essex baseball team fell in the consolation finals in the Division 3 Junior College World Series.

May 23: No. 1 Salem beat No. 2 Londonderry when Brianna Rastello scored from second on an infield hit by Meaghan Williams in the bottom of the 10th.

May 23: Pinkerton senior softball player Kasey Marraffa joined the 100-hit club.

May 25: Rick O’Connor was named MVP as Tewksbury repeated as champions of the Lawrence Invitational Baseball Tourney.

May 25: Chris Poggi, John Keisling, Connor Kwiecien and Chip Sullivan won the 4x400 to give Pinkerton it’s first Division 1 spring track championship since 1994.

May 25: Bishop Guertin junior Betsy Garnick of Pelham broke the 24-year-old all-state record with a 14.48 in the 100 hurdles at the Division 1 state meet.

May 26: Phillips beat Exeter, 5-4, on Will Dymecki’s walk-off single in the seventh. It was the Big Blue’s third straight walk-off victory.

May 27: Lanie Jowett was a double winner to help the Central Catholic girls win the EMass Division 2 track title while Devon Lattrell (javelin) and Matt Fenlon (pole vault) were victorious as the Raider boys also won the title.

May 27: Andover’s Nicole Boudreau was named a Parade Magazine Basketball All-American (top 40 seniors in the country). She’s the first local girl hoopster honored in the 36-year history of the award and no boy has been named in that award’s 56-year history.

May 29: No. 10 Methuen got 46 assists from Zach Branchaud and upset No. 2 Lawrence in the North volleyball quarterfinals.

May 30: Emily Comtois, Makenzie Magee and Ashley Adamson drove in all the runs as No. 16 Windham stunned unbeated No. 1 Hollis-Brookline in the first round of the Division 2 state softball tourney.

May 31: In a match suspended from two days earlier, unbeaten No. 1 Londonderry finished the job, blitzing No. 2 Exeter 7-2 in the Division 1 boys finals. Harrison Max was victorious at No. 1 singles and doubles.

June Highlights

June 1: Kyle Mansour had 17 kills as No. 10 Methuen upset No. 3 St. John’s 3-0 in the Division 1 North volleyball semifinals. The Rangers had previously upset No. 7 Westford and No. 2 Lawrence.

June 3: Bishop Guertin junior Betsy Garnick of Pelham broke her own state 100 hurdles mark with a 14.27 clocking at Meet of Champions. Salem’s Jerickson Fedrick won the 100 and 200.

June 3: Whittier’s Taylor Miller no-hit Greater Lawrence, 12-0, in five innings in its state tourney opener.

June 3: No. 15 Andover belted No. 2 Masconomet, 13-1, on a Cassandra Hunt five-hitter in the first round of the Division 1 North tourney.

June 3: Brian Finney and Anthony Spirou led an inspired defensive effort as Pelham beat previously unbeaten Derryfield, 6-3, in the Division 3 boys lacrosse semifinals.

June 5: Central Catholic scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh and beat Lowell 2-1 in the Division 1 North quarterfinals when Krista Maloney singled in Karoline Leavitt in the bottom of the ninth.

June 6: No. 10 Methuen, which already had upset the No. 7, 2 and 3 seeds lost to No. 4 Cambridge 3-1 in the North volleyball finals. Game 4 was a 36-34 thriller.

June 6: Kyle Boucher plated R.J. Warnock with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh as North Reading beat Saugus, 5-4, in the Division 3 North semifinals. Warnock got the win, throwing 120-plus pitches on two days rest.

June 7: North Andover’s Dan Connelly and Salem’s Jersey Burns were honored as the Moynihan Lumber Merrimack Valley Student-Athletes of the Year. Other winners were The Eagle-Tribune’s Dave Dyer and Salem gymnastics coach Ginnie LaVallo (lifetime commitment awards), Andover’s Carmen Scarpa (postgraduate achievement award) and North Andover High (participation award).

June 7: Ali Connors scored six goals and Kayla Breton five as unbeaten Windham beat Kearsarge, 15-10, in the Division 3 lacrosse title game.

June 9: Brandon Ackroyd and Jonathan Buatti combined for 30 kills as Timberlane held off Pinkerton, 3-2, to capture its eighth straight state volleyball title.

June 9: Methuen’s Sean Furey threw a national-leading 271-5 to win the javelin at the Chicagoland Throws Series Meet.

June 12: Georgetown, which went 9-11 in the regular season, wrapped up its season with an 11-1 win over Harwich in the EMass. Division 4 championship game. Pitching on two days rest, Ryan Browner went the distance, giving him three of the Royals’ five tourney wins.

June 16: Ryley Warnock threw 4 2-3 innings of shutout ball and drove in three runs as North Reading beat Mt. Everett to win the Division 3 state baseball title.

June 25: Methuen’s Sean Furey makes the Olympic team in the javelin.

July Highlights

July 2: Merrimack AD Glenn Hofmann was placed on paid leave. He and the school refused comment why.

July 7: Salem senior Jerickson Fedrick, who won 11 state titles in track and one in football, and Andover junior Jackie Alois, a soccer, basketball and lacrosse standout, were named the winners of the 23rd Max Bishop Awards as the top three-sport athletes in the area.

July 12: Lauren Thibodeau, 12, of Hampstead shot an even-par 73 at Intervale CC to repeat as New Hampshire Women’s Golf Association Junior champion.

July 14: Joe Leavitt, 18, of Atkinson captured the N.H. State Am golf championship with an 8 and 7 romp in the final matchup.

July 18: Lucas Hammel banked in a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to give Central Catholic a 53-52 win over Nashua South in the Bradner Tourney title game.

July 18: Connor Greenleaf, 16, of Windham advanced all the way to the opening round of match play (final 64) at the U.S. Junior Amateur before falling 2 and 1 to Auburn recruit Victor Wiggins of Gastonia, N.C.

July 22: Joe Leavitt of Atkinson beat Nick Maccario of Haverhill on the sixth playoff hole to capture the Healey Memorial golf tourney.

August Highlights

Aug. 2: Kayla Harrison won the first Olympic gold medal in US judo history. She was trained for years by Jimmy Pedro of Methuen and Jim Pedro Sr. of Salem. Jimmy was also the head coach of the Olympic team and he was assisted by his father.

Aug. 8: Sean Furey of Methuen finished 37th in the Olympic javelin competition.

Aug. 11: Tourney MVP Alex Moore and Pentucket beat defending N.H. State champ Bishop Guertin to claim the girls Hoop for Hope title. MVP Chris Dunn led Andover past St. John’s in the boys title matchup.

Aug. 14: Morgan Lumb committed to Hartford, becoming the second North Andover High girl ever to earn a Division 1 basketball scholarship. The other was Sharon Zagorski Karalis in 1978 to UNH. Later in the year Isaiah Nelsen committed to St. Anselm, becoming the first scholarship Scarlet Knight boy since Dick Licare in 1975 (Merrimack).

Aug. 15: Colin Brennan of Andover shot a course record 65 to capture the North Shore Am by four strokes.

Aug. 28: Merrimack A.D. Glenn Hofmann resigned at the conclusion of a third-party internal investigation into misconduct.

Aug. 31: Pinkerton field hockey beat two-time defending Division 1 champion Winnacunnet on Julie Saltamartini’s goal in OT.

Aug. 31: With high-scoring Rob Hart knocked out with a broken nose, freshman Nate Gaw entered the game and tallied three goals and three assists in a 6-0 Londonderry win over Memorial.

September Highlights

Sept. 1: In his first game playing running back, senior Danny Cannone erupted for five first-half TDs and Windham rolled past Laconia 52-6.

Sept. 7: Trailing 35-21 late in the third, Andover reeled off 29 points in a 7:29 span to spoil North Andover’s MVC debut.

Sept. 8: Pelham football beat Inter-Lakes, 21-13, snapping a 20-game losing streak.

Sept. 12: Legendary former North Andover wrestling coach Dave Castricone was sentenced to three months in jail for possession of child pornography.

Sept. 12: Candace Waldie of North Andover scored six goals in Merrimack field hockey’s 7-0 win over St. Michael’s.

Sept. 14: Joe Clancy broke conference records for passing yards (536), completions (50) and attempts (81) but Merrimack fell to AIC 49-34.

Sept. 14: Senior Ryan Quinn, a budding star wide receiver/defensive back who nearly had to give up the sport due to two severe concussions, booted a 41-yard field goal for North Andover.

Sept. 15: Senior basketball star Justin Reyes, a first-year football player, made his first catch a memorable one. He soared for a 12-yard TD pass from Connor Bradley in overtime and Jesus Sanchez added the winning conversion rush as Whittier beat Ipswich.

Sept. 18: Georgetown High officials began making contingency plans for the fall sports season after a Georgetown man contracted the EEE virus. Practice fields were to be closed from 3 p.m.-9 a.m.

Sept. 20: Londonderry’s Taylor Simpson recorded a hole-in-one in a quad-meet sweep.

Sept. 21: Windham avenged last year’s Division 5 state title game loss by blasting fellow unbeaten St. Thomas 51-16, behind four TDs by Kevin Cooney.

Sept. 28: Cincinnati Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan of Andover caught Homer Bailey’s 1-0 no-hit win over Pittsburgh.

Sept. 28: Chance Brady scored 6 TDs as Haverhill beat Somerville 49-21.

October Highlights

Oct. 3: Emily Boyle scored with 1:10 left, giving North Andover field hockey a 2-2 tie with Andover. It was a rare blemish for the for the two-time defending Division 1 state champion Warriors, who were 55-0-3 in their last 58 games.

Oct. 6: Haverhill marched the length of the field in the final 55 seconds and stunned defending MVC Large champion Chelmsford, 30-23, on a 10-yard pass from Tommy Morgan to Jordan Javier with 7.7 seconds to play. Chelmsford was 4-0 and ranked No. 16 in EMass.

Oct. 6: Connor Bradley hit Jaylin Deveau on a 12-yard scoring pass with 19 seconds left as Whittier rallied from 16-6 deficit in the final six minutes to beat Northeast 18-16.

Oct. 6: Windham’s Connor Greenleaf started the day in a three-way tie for fourth, four strokes behind the tri-leaders, but fired a blistering 70 to win the Division 2 state title by two strokes.

Oct. 13: Brooks used three TD passes from K.J. Moore to beat Rivers, 36-7, snapping a 20-game losing streak.

Oct. 18: Central Catholic’s Tyler Nelson edged Haverhill’s Scott Farley, 77-76, to win MVC Open.

Oct. 18: Danielle Smith scored on a pass from her sister Erika with 36 seconds left as Salem field hockey beat Dover in its tourney opener.

Oct. 18, North Andover, which had trailed Dracut 2-0, won 3-2 when Mike Scarbellis headed in an Evan Dudney corner with 30 seconds left.

Oct. 19: Nick rushed for 201 yards and scored five TDs as North Andover ripped Methuen 35-0.

Oct. 20: Joe Clancy threw 7 TD passes and Merrimack posted a wild 81-35 win over St. Anselm.

Oct. 20: Santina Brancato scored on a 30-yard run with 41 seconds left, giving a 28-21 win over Chelmsford.

Oct. 21: Isaiah Nelsen commits to St. Anselm’s, becoming the first Scarlet Knight boys basketball player to sign a scholarship since Dick Licare in 1975.

Oct. 23: Bianca Pena scored and Brittney Marte shined in net as Lawrence field hockey beat Rockport 1-0, snapping a 57-game losing streak dating back to Oct. 6, 2009.

Oct. 27: Colleen Kennedy placed eighth overall as Londonderry won the girls Division 1 cross country title, its first title since 1994.

Oct. 27: Methuen’s Michael O’Donnell broke the Chelmsford course record by 15 seconds and became the first runner to win the 18th annual MVC Meet twice.

Oct. 28: Rachael Charewicz scored with 16.8 seconds left in the first OT to give Pinkerton field hockey a 2-1 win over two-time defending champ Winnacunnet in the Division 1 title game.

Oct. 29: Andover High swimmers Maggie D’Innocenzo (USC scholarship), Ashlee Korsberg (Harvard) and Deborah Daly (Princeton) announced which colleges they’ll be competing for.

November Highlights

Nov. 2: Nick Oswald rushed for a modern area record 402 yards and 4 TDs as North Andover blitzed Dracut, 56-28.

Nov. 3: Olivia Burke (13), Amanda Bickford (11) and Alyssa Kolbert (10) combined for 34 kills as Salem beat Goffstown, 3-1, for the Division 1 state title.

Nov. 3: Salah Baladi and Louis Warner scored to give Methuen boys soccer a 2-0 opening round tourney win over unbeaten Chelsea. It was the Rangers’ first tourney win since 2001.

Nov. 4: Windham boys soccer, which is in its third year as a varsity program, beat No. 1 Milford in a shootout to win the Division 2 state title. Reserve James Baiguy scored the clincher and Andrew Pesci starred in net.

Nov. 9: Nelson Valerio scored with 31 seconds left and after an onsides kick scored again with five seconds left. Then his conversion pass was good to George Urena, giving Lawrence a wild 38-36 win over Methuen.

Nov. 10: Pentucket scored with 32 seconds left but lost to Amesbury on an 11-yard TD pass with one second remaining.

Nov. 10: Methuen’s Mike O’Donnell won the EMass. Division 1 cross country title.

Nov. 10: Haverhill’s Noah Vonleh announced he’d be signing with Indiana, the nation’s top ranked basketball team.

Nov. 14: North Andover fell just shy of sending 40-year coach (22 at North Andover) Bill Tarbox out a state champion. The Knight boys soccer team fell in the Division 2 state semifinals.

Nov. 18: Sarah Bresette of Andover scored with 30 seconds left in the second OT to give Brooks girls soccer a 1-0 win over top seed Nobles in the New England Prep A title game. Amelia Hulshult of Salem posted the shutout.

Nov. 18: Quadruple-winner Maggie D’Innocenzo powered Andover to its fourth straight Division 1 state swimming championship.

Nov. 22: C.J. Scarpa threw for two scores and ran for another as Andover beat Central Catholic, 22-19, forcing a three-way tie for the MVC I title with the Raiders and Lowell. Andover won the tie-breaker and the playoff berth.

Nov. 22: Pat Fullerton of Bradford (5K) and Nate Jenkins of Andover (5-mile) were among the winners at the Feaster Five, which drew 10,720 competitors.

Nov. 24: Methuen’s Mike O’Donnell placed 11th at the Foot Locker Northeast Cross Country Regionals, missing the Nationals by one place.

December Highlights

Dec. 1: Ex-Salem great Terry Doyle, 27, signed free agent contract with Red Sox.

Dec. 7: Dakotah Vondrasek knocked in a 25-footer with two seconds left in regulation and Timberlane girls basketball beat Trinity in OT.

Dec. 9: Siobhan McDonough of Andover and Governor’s Academy was named to the 81-player National Soccer Coaches of America All-American team.

Dec. 15: In one of the most heavily anticipate matches in area history, Timberlane wrestling rolled past North Andover in an inter-state showdown, 41-19.

Dec. 15: Methuen’s Amanda Conway had the hat trick as the Methuen-Tewksbury girls hockey team routed a veteran Boston Latin team, 8-0, in its first ever game.

Dec. 17: Former Haverhill High star Carlos Pena signed a 1-year deal with the Houston Astros.

Dec. 17: Georgetown senior Kristin Hogan scored 19 points in a win over Lynnfield, to give her 1,000 even for her career.

Dec. 22: Freshman Lionel Figueroa Jr. scored 46 points and sank 10 3-pointers as Notre Dame of Lawrence whipped upstart Bradford Christian 96-28. In another blowout, Figueroa had 50 points and eight threes.

Dec. 22: Cody Soucy scored as time expired to force OT. Then Jake Pappalardo scored 1:30 into OT to give Salem a pulsating 3-2 win over Hanover.

Dec. 28: Central Catholic throws a scare into defending MaxPreps national champion St. Anthony’s of Jersey City before falling 54-50.

Dec. 28: Central Catholic gets 13 points from Courtney Walsh and beats Andover, 54-35, snapping Andover’s 42-game winning streak.

Dec. 28: Morgan Lumb scored all 16 of her points in the second half and North Andover erased a 10-point early-fourth quarter deficit to beat Salem, 52-49.

Dec. 28: With the game tied, Alex Newton scored on an offensive rebound with 1.8 seconds left to lift Pelham past Haverhill.

Scholarship Athletes

Nicole Boudreau, Andover, BC basketball; Nevin Cyr, Cushing/Pelham, UMass football- Joe Bramanti, Andover/Brewster, Wright St. basketball; Maggie D’Innocenzo, Andover ‘13, USC swimming; J.D. Dudek, Kimball Union (’14)/Derry, BC hockey; Kate Farnham, Andover, UMass lacrosse; Anne Farnham, Andover, UMass lacrosse;Ally Fazio, Andover, UConn lacrosse; Casey Fitzgerald, Malden Catholic (2015)/North Reading, BC hockey; Ryan Fitzgerald, Malden Catholic (2015)/North Reading, BC hockey; Jordyn Hamilton, Pinkerton, BC field hockey; Ryan Hartung, Haverhill/Phillips, St. Anselm basketball; Lauren Hebert, North Reading, New Haven basketball; Liz Jayne, Merrimac/Pingree ‘13, BU lacrosse

Alex Kiss-Rusk, Phillips, Va. Tech basketball; Morgan Lumb, North Andover ‘13, Hartford basketball; Conor MacPhee, Windham/Kent School, Providence hockey 2013; Siobhan McDonough, Andover/Governor’s, Pitt soccer 2013; Casey McLaughlin, Central, Stonehill basketball 2013; Rachel Moore, Andover, Virginia swimming; Brian Morgan, Windham/Junior Monarchs, Maine hockey; Isaiah Nelsen, North Andover ‘13, St. Anselm basketball; Georges Niang, Methuen/Tilton, Iowa State basketball; Kayla O’Connor, Merrimac/Governor’s (2013), BC lacrosse; Brian Pinho, St. John’s (2013)/North Andover, Providence; Tyler Sifferlen, Malden Catholic (2014)/North Andover, UMass Lowell hockey; Lydia Simmons, Londonderry, Vanderbilt soccer (2014); Noah Vonleh, New Hamption ‘13/Haverhill, Indiana basketball

Pro Draft Picks/Signings

Buddy Farnham of Andover, Orlando Predators of the Arena League; Shawn Loiseau of Merrimack, Houston Texans (free agent); UMass junior pitcher Dennis Torres of Lawrence/Central Catholic, 28th round (No. 852) by Orioles; Jimmy Vesey of North Reading/Belmont Hill, 3rd round (No. 66), Nashville Predators; Vanderbilt junior outfielder Mike Yastrzemski of Andover/St. John’s Prep, 30th round (No. 911) by Seattle; Hobart midfielder Bobby Dattilo of Derry, fourth round MLL’s Rochester Rattlers; Terry Doyle of Salem/free agent contract with Red Sox


Jan. 21: Ralph Van Nostrand, 60, longtime Pinkerton boys volleyball coach/football announcer

Feb. 4: Jeff Fraza, 34, of Haverhill, former boxing champ and star on the reality show “The Contender.”

Feb. 20: Dick Beeley, 87, of Methuen, who had six career holes-in-one.

May 7: Bill LaRochelle, 85, who guided North Andover to the 1958 EMass. Class C Tech Tourney basketball title and then coached Merimack College from 1958-70.

May 19: Evan Dube, 19, a Bates freshman and former Timberlane volleyball player who collapsed while swimming in Scotland.

July 5: Dan Buchholz, 35, Andover native completed Boston Marathon as a 12-year-old.

July. 31: Joe Walsh, 58, of Chester, guided Harvard to five Ivy League baseball titles.

Aug. 12: Tony Ramos, 77, Lawrence Hall of Famer who played football at the University of Montana.

Aug. 17: Colonel (Ret. U.S. Army) Thomas A. Callagy, 92, Lawrence Hall of Famer.

Sept. 12: Bubba Farrington, who caught the winning TD pass in Lawrence’s Famed “Wing and a Prayer” Thanksgiving win over Lowell in 1985

Oct. 15: Chris Serino, former Merrimack hockey coach, 63, of throat cancer.

Oct. 17: Capt. Shawn Hogan, 28, former Salem cross country captain, during a training exercise while stationed at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

Dec. 2: Whittier track captain Lexi Sawyer, 17.

Moynihan Scholar-Athletes

September: Tony Anzivino, Pinkerton cross country; Taylor Farris, Andover field hockey; October: Matt Fenlon, Central soccer; Ally Mills, Timberlane soccer; November: Matt Crush, Andover football; Maggie Mullins, Andover cross country; December: Michael Mena, Lawrence wrestling; Bridget Twomey, Haverhill track; January: Dan Connelly, North Andover wrestling; Hannah Carey, Central track; February: Ben Slepian, Salem basketball; Julia Mehlman, North Andover track; March: Tom Palleschi, Phillips baseball; Jersey Burns, Salem lacrosse; April: Steve O’Gray, North Andover lacrosse; Jacquelyne DiTroia, Brooks softball; May: Eric Lacroix, Methuen baseball; Jaymi Cohen, Andover lacrosse

2011-12 year-end winners: Dan Connelly of North Andover and Jersey Burns of Salem, Scholar-Athletes of the Year; Dave Dyer of the Eagle-Tribune (outside of schools) and Ginnie LaVallo, Salem gymnastics (schools), Lifetime Commitment Awards; North Andover, Participation Award; Postgraduate Achievement Award, Carmen Scarpa of Andover.