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January 3, 2014

2013 Year End Highlights: January-May

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — January 2013 Highlights

Jan. 1: Nicole Boudreau, who set the area scoring record and carried Andover girls basketball to three straight Division 1 state titles, was named the 34th Eagle-Tribune Sportsman of the Year. She was just the second female winner.

Jan. 2: Pelham beat Con-Val 45-43 on a Becca DeBaldo layup with a second left.

Jan. 4: Javier Franjul’s 3-point play with five seconds left gave Greater Lawrence a 58-57 win over Greater Lowell.

Jan. 8: In a 49-42 win over Oyster River, Windham’s Kelsey Schiebel set school records for points (30) and 3-pointers (8).

Jan. 11: Behind 24 points from Chris Bardwell, North Andover held on for a 57-55 win over Lowell, the No. 2 ranked team in the state.

Jan. 14: Methuen junior Brady Barron had an artery, 12 tendons and several nerves severed when a Gloucester hockey player’s skate accidentally cut his left wrist. Trainer Janielle Martin-Monbleau rushed to the ice to treat him and likely saved his life.

Jan. 16: With Lawrence trailing 31-30 heading into the final match, reserve Rangel Villar won 8-3 at 152 to deliver the Lancers the victory.

Jan. 16: Iowa State freshman Georges Niang of Methuen, who was Big 12 Rookie of the Week last week, beats West Virginia on a lay-up with two seconds left.

Jan. 17: Andover’s Devon Caveney joins the 1,000-point club in style ... on a four-point play in a 45-42 win over North Andover.

Jan. 18: Kiara Rodriguez scored 14 points to lead Lawrence past Haverhill, 58-34. That snapped the girls’ 14-game losing streak overall and 26-game streak in the league.

Jan. 23: Juan Garcia won three events as the Greater Lawrence co-ed swim team beat Minuteman 89-78 for its first win in three years.

Jan. 26: North Andover football coach John Rafferty was fired over protocol in two disciplinary incidents. That set off a firestorm of protests.

Jan. 26: Stony Brook freshman Scott King of Derry’s alley-oop dunk is ranked No. 5 on SportsCenter’s top plays.

Jan. 27: Mike O’Donnell of Methuen ran the fifth fastest time in New England history with a 2:27.22 1,000 meters to win the State Coaches Elite Meet.

Jan. 29: North Andover ended the game on a 33-9 run to beat Central Catholic, the state’s top-ranked team, 58-52. Isaiah Nelsen scored a game-high 20 for NA including a go-ahead, banked 30-foot, 3-pointer with less than a minute to play.

FEBRUary 2013 Highlights

Feb. 2: Sam Marotta stopped 51 shots as Merrimack beat No. 3 UNH in Durham, 4-1.

Feb. 2: Jake Pappalardo scored his third goal with 51 seconds left as Salem beat Londonderry, 5-4, and moved into first place.

Feb. 3: Pinkerton boys won their second straight Division 1 indoor track state title behind three wins from Chris Poggi (1,000, 4x200, 4x400).

Feb. 5: Salem freshman Matt Vartanian sank a 10-foot jumper at the buzzer to beat Londonderry 45-43.

Feb. 6: In a winner-take-all matchup of MVC unbeatens, Lawrence whipped North Andover, 41-20, to capture its third MVC title (outright or shared) in the last four years.

Feb. 6: Gelvis Solano scored 21 points as Merrimack beat Bentley, 71-62, snapping the Warriors’ 18-game losing streak to the Falcons.

Feb. 7: After a huge outpouring of support, fired North Andover High football coach John Rafferty was rehired.

Feb. 12: In a late-season showdown between MVC Large co-leaders, Nick Cambio scored 22 points as Central Catholic tripped North Andover 70-60.

Feb. 13: Timberlane hockey coach Andy Hebert pulls his team off the ice late in the second period while trailing Merrimack 8-1.

Feb. 14: Noah Vonleh of Haverhill was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Basketball Team.

Feb. 15: Connor Toomey scored in OT to give Merrimack a 2-1 win over defending national champion Boston College and vaulting the Warriors over the Eagles for first place in Hockey East.

Feb. 15: Brian Manning won every event as Andover rolled to the boys state gymnastics title, its first title since 1970.

Feb. 16: Nina Whittaker (3rd all-around) and Kadianne Tommasi (6th all-around) led Salem to the state gymnastics title.

Feb. 16: Chris Ferri’s win at 182 clinched Windham’s second straight Division 3 state wrestling title.

Feb. 16: Timberlane rolled to its 14th straight Division 1 state wrestling title.

Feb. 16: Colby Gilbert, who gave up eight goals the last time the two teams met, stopped 43 shots as Andover blanked Central Catholic.

Feb. 16: Amanda Conway of Methuen scored seven goals in Tewksbury-Methuen’s 9-4 win over Waltham.

Feb. 17: Central Catholic roared back from a 21-point third-quarter deficit but St. John’s Prep won when Drex Costello of North Andover snapped the tie with a 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left.

Feb. 18: North Andover’s Morgan Lumb and Pentucket’s Coley Viselli surpassed 1,000 career points.

Feb. 18: Samnell Vonleh was credited with 14 points, 18 rebounds and 21 blocks as Whittier whipped Dracut 72-46.

Feb. 19: Londonderry girls blasted Timberlane, 77-24, giving coach John Fagula his 600th career win.

Feb. 19: An ugly brawl, fueled by Tweeting, involving 200 fans broke out after the Methuen at Haverhill boys basketball game. Seven were arrested.

Feb. 20: Central Catholic lost to Lowell, enabling North Andover to tie Central for the MVC Division 1 boys basketball title.

Feb. 20: Sparked by a big win by Danielle Coughlin at 106, North Andover came back to capture the Division 2 state title. Coughlin became the first girl to win a state wrestling title.

Feb. 23: Methuen’s Mike O’Donnell won the All-State mile in 4:15.81 and Haverhill’s Alex Mayhew took second in the 55 meters in 6.58, smashing a 23-year-old school record.

Feb. 23: Methuen teammates Paul Sughrue and Christian Monserrat (lower weights MVP) and St. John’s Ian Butterbrodt of North Andover and Corey Jean-Jacques of Haverhill won All-State wrestling titles.

Feb. 23: Timberlane won its eighth straight Meet of Champions wrestling title behind champions Adam Corey, Tyler Fitzpatrick, Josh Burnham, Josh Riley and Harry Denoncourt.

Feb. 23: Nicole Stevens hurt her ankle in the first event but persevered to take a second in the all-around and spark fifth seeded North Andover to the North Team gymnastics title. Coach Jenn Mangano said it was a first in school history.

Feb. 25: Trailing Hingham 3-0 late in the second period of the Super 8 play-in game, Central Catholic rallied, tying it on Kevin Regan’s goal with 1:09 left and winning it on Corey Webber’s OT goal.

Feb. 26: Saul Phiri scored 19 points and No. 13 Haverhill stunned No. 4 Westford, 62-59, to advance to the North quarterfinals for the first time since 2001.

March 2013 Highlights

March 1: After a minute long conversation, officials ruled David Giribaldi’s contested lay-up at the buzzer beat the clock and No. 8 Andover went on to stun No. 1 St. John’s Prep in OT in the Division 1 North quarterfinals.

March 1: North Andover’s state title hopes took a big hit when a star junior basketball player was charged with OUI. His car flipped with four passengers in it.

March 2: Methuen junior 126-pounder Christian Monserrat won the New England wrestling title.

March 3: Andover native Dick Kelley, a veteran BC sports information director battling ALS, was honored before the BC-Virginia basketball game for winning the US Basketball Writers Association Courage Award. Then BC pulled off the upset win and coach Steve Donahue said, “This game was for Dick Kelley.”

March 3: Colin Soucy made 24 saves as No. 8 Central Catholic dumped No. 1 St. John’s Prep, 4-1, in their Super Eight quarterfinals opener. But the Prep won the next two games to move on.

March 5: Jimmy Quinlan of Methuen won his first fight on UFC’s “The Ultimate Fighter” broadcast on the FX network

March 9: After his team lost in the Division 2 North final to Brighton, Mike McVeigh, the winningest basketball coach (boy or girl) in area history, announced his retirement.

March 9: The Central Catholic girls rallied from three points down in the fourth to beat Westford, 60-51, and advance to the Division 1 state semis at the Garden. Courtney Walsh scored a team-high 16 points.

March 9: The Garden-bound Central boys pummelled Lynn English 83-58 behind 26 points from Tyler Nelson and 21 from unheralded Austin Hall.

March 9: The third local sectional champ was Pentucket, which used 15 points each from Coley Viselli and Kelsi McNamara to whip Watertown 38-24.

March 11: Braintree went on a late 10-0 run to cut the lead to 2, but Central Catholic prevailed, 55-51, in the EMass. Division 1 final at the Garden when Courtney Walsh hit two free throws with 7.8 seconds left. It was coach Sue Downer’s 300th win at Central.

March 16: Casey McLaughlin pumped in 27 points to power the Central Catholic girls to a 53-48 win over Holy Name in the Division 1 state final.

March 21: The Red Sox assigned pitcher Terry Doyle of Salem to Pawtucket.

March 22: Freshman Georges Niang of Methuen matched his season high with 19 points to lead 10th seed Iowa State over 7th seed Notre Dame in their NCAA tourney opener.

March 27: Connor Reagan made 27 saves as Merrimack lacrosse stunned No. 1 Le Moyne, 5-3, snapping the Dolphins’ 59-game, regular-season conference win streak.

APRIL 2013 Highlights

April 7: Peter Kaasila of Plaistow had six points and seven rebounds and Amherst, coached by Andover High Hall of Famer David Hixon, beat Mary Hardin-Baylor to capture the Division 3 national title.

April 10: In a 12-inning game won by Methuen 3-0, Methuen’s Chrissy Scionti struck out 15 in a 5-hitter and North Andover’s Kim Crucioli K’d 16 in a 7-hitter.

April 12: St. Anselm senior Tucker Mullin of Andover received the Hockey Humanitarian Award. He co-founded the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation.

April 14: Josie Sanchez belted a walk-off grand slam in the seventh and Whittier beat Lowell 17-13.

April 16: North Reading’s Frank Carey won his 700th game. Its believed he’s the second New England high school baseball coach ever to reach 700 wins.

April 16: UNH senior Cameron Lyle of Plaistow sacrificed the final two meets of his career so he could donate bone marrow to help an anonymous 28-year-old with leukemia.

April 17: Joe Murach took off on an end-to-end rush in the third OT and scored to give Whittier a 7-6 win over Nashoba Tech.

April 18: Adam Dolan fired a 5-inning no-hitter as Windham beat Pelham 10-0.

April 22: Haverhill stunned 6-0 Tewksbury on Brett Johnson’s seventh inning walk-off double to score Susan Murphy.

April 26: Kristy Robertson netted 12 goals, lifting Haverhill over Dracut, 21-12.

April 27: Navy sophomore Adam Vetere of Andover cleared a school-record 17-3.5 to win the college pole vault at the Penn Relays.

April 27: UConn tight end Ryan Griffin of Londonderry was drafted in the sixth round (201st overall) by the Houston Texans.

April 29: Londonderry baseball scored 23 runs in the fourth inning and beat Nashua North 33-7.

May 2013 Highlights

May 1: Phillips Academy’s Kayla Maloney of Windham no-hit archrival Exeter.

May 3: Rachel Murphy singled in Rachel Morrissey in the bottom of the ninth as Salem handed 10-0 Timberlane a 3-2 defeat.

May 7: A large number of local hockey stars were taken in the USHL draft: North Andover’s Brian Pinho No. 6, Pinkerton’s Zach Sanford No. 28, Haverhill’s Elijah Harris No. 105, Andover’s David Belluche No. 165, Andover’s Max Prawdzik No. 212, North Andover’s Tyler Sifferlen No. 230, North Reading’s Nolan Vesey No. 300, North Andover’s Joey Daccord No. 307 and Windham’s Connor Moynihan No. 378.

May 11: Nine days after a scary beaning, Georgetown’s Mike Goddu returned to the batting order and collected three hits.

May 11: With former record holder John Janowski in attendance, Methuen’s Mike O’Donnell broke the 40-year-old Andover Boosters Meet mile record.

May 11: Virginia sophomore Moira Cronin of Andover makes area history by high jumping 6-feet.

May 15: Karoline Leavitt’s two-run homer in the ninth lifted Central Catholic past Chelmsford 9-7.

May 15: Brooks pitcher Cassandra Hunt of Andover no-hit Middlesex.

May 16: Trailing by four with two minutes left, Haverhill rallied and eventually beat Masconomet, 17-16 in 3 OTs, on Kristy Robertson’s ninth goal of the day.

May 16: Andover’s Eugenie Moffitt’s first career homer was a memorable one, a walk-off to beat Masconomet 8-7.

May 17: Haverhill scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Billerica 9-8. Patrick Yale singled in Juanel Oriach for the walk-off win.

May 18: Brady Abraham’s two-run, two-out double forced extra innings. Central rallied from three down against Sandwich in the eighth, winning on Nick Gorski’s walk-off two-run double.