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.