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Central Catholic’s hockey team defeated Chelmsford for the second time this season, 5-3, and clinched the Merrimack Valley Conference crown in the process. Alex Lester had two goals and an assist for the Raiders (12-3-3) and Corey Webber and Kevin Regan both had a goal and two assists.
Pinkerton junior Nicholas Bergstrom finished second in the 50 freestyle and fifth in the 100 freestyle as the Astros came in sixth in the boys Division 1 state swimming meet, which was won handily by Exeter.
Also, Astros’ freshman Bernard Suwirjo was fourth in the 100 breaststroke and was the anchor on the 400 freestyle relay that came in fifth and included Bergstrom and Andreas Harb, the latter of whom was fifth in the 100 backstroke.
Third in a row
Salem’s girls basketball team won its third straight game, 57-43, over Manchester Central. Emily Hickey led the way for the Bklue Devils (9-5) with four 3-pointers among her 16 points while Brenna Blakslee added 12 points.
Astro girls 5th
Seniors Jessica Martin and Tori Claverie paced Pinkerton to fifth at the girls Division 1 state swim meet that was won by Dover.
Martin was second in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 freestyle while Claverie was third in the 50 freestyle and they both swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay and runner-up 400 freestyle relay that included Nicole Beals and Kathryn O’Neil. Beals was also fourth in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle.
Individually from the area, Timberlane junior Elise Fredericks had an outstanding meet, finishing second in both the 50 and 100 freestyle while Salem junior Julia Rucker placed third in both the 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
Sophomors Lavar Harewood and Aser Ghebremichael had season highs of 19 and 12 points as Brooks stifled Rivers 58-36.
After leading Boston University to two wins, Rashidat Agboola of Methuen was named America East women’s basketball Player of the Week.
Agboola averaged 15.0 points and 9.0 rebounds to go with 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks for the Terriers.
She started the week with 17 points and eight rebounds in a win over Stony Brook, going 6 of 6 from the field and 5 of 5 from the free throw line with a career-high three steals. The junior followed that with 13 points and 10 rebounds at Binghamton for her seventh double-double of the season.
‘Trick’ for Bauchman
Matt Bauchman continued his recent scoring spree with three goals in a 4-1 victory over Belmont.
North Andover’s hockey team gave talented Lincoln-Sudbury (12-1-2) all it could handle before falling, 4-3. Jake Silk scored twice for the Knights and both Dan Rivet and Derek Hunter had a pair of assists.
OW for Rheault
St. Paul’s senior Ethan Rheault of Salem, N.H., had an outstanding tournament at the Independent School League meet Sunday. Not only did he remain undefeated by coasting to the title at 152 pounds but he was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.