Undefeated season for Hornets
For only the second time in program history and first time since 1977, North Reading boys basketball went undefeated during the regular season.
The Hornets, behind John Mastascusa’s 17 points, posted a 61-46 victory over Shawsheen to cap off a 20-0 regular season.
It wasn’t easy. North Reading trailed 11-2 early.
Silveira wins MVP
Max Silveira (11 points in the final, 12 in semifinal) was named MVP of the Roche Bros. Roundball Classic after his Andover boys basketbal squad won 60-39 over Somerville in the championship game last night.
The Nugent Show
The fourth quarter was the Steve Nugent show as he scored all 10 of Salem’s points including a bucket in the final minute to send the game to overtime. From there, Jack Hartman hit a quick 3-pointer while Michael Felix’s steal and basket gave the Blue Devils the lead to stay, toppling Exeter, 57-53 in boys basketball. Nugent finished with 22 points and five steals while freshman Matt Vartanian had eight rebounds and five points.
The semifinals of the girls Vo-Tech tournament Thursday has No. 4 Shawsheen at No. 1 Whittier (5 p.m.) while No. 3. Greater New Bedford is at Blackstone Valley (4 p.m.). The final is Friday at 6 p.m.
The semifinals of the boys tournament Friday has No. 4 Bay Path at No. 1 Whittier (5 p.m.) while No. 3 Greater New Bedford plays at No. 2 Worcester Tech. The final is Saturday at 4 p.m.
Five locals advance in D3
In Division 3 wrestling competition at Wakefield, Lynnfield/North Reading sent Eric Kerr (113) and Tom Arsenault (220) to the semis while Pentucket advanced Tom Funk (120), Josh Wesolowski (132) and Jeff Funk (145).
Knights send six to semis
North Andover stands in second place with 73.5 points, just behind Winchester’s 76, and is sending six wrestlers into the Division 2 semifinals. Danielle Coughlin (106), Peter Taylor (113), Zane Melillo (132), Fritz Hoehn (152), Brad Drover (160) and Ryan Neals (182) will all battle today for state championships at Marshfield High. Winchester has four athletes competing for titles.