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.
A trio of Central Catholic grapplers advanced: Brandon Desfosses at 120, Pat Lacroix at 126 and Ben Tavitian at 220.
Greater Lawrence’s Luis Mateo joins Tavitian in the 220 winner’s bracket.
Whittier’s Shahib Blount has had a strong start at 170 after finishing third in North last weekend. Blount pinned Metro runner-up Tak Hirayama of Needham at 1:41 and Central champ Jeremiah Woodward of Quabbin in 5:26.
Pena soars to semis
Lawrence’s Sonily Pena provided the Cinderella story in Day 1 of the Division 1 state wrestling tourney at Newton South.
As the 13th seed at 132 pounds, Pena pinned South champion Guillermo Novao of New Bedford in 2:59 then stopped Lincoln-Sudbury’s Jake Galligani — Central runner-up — in 1:07 to make the semis.
Pena’s task gets harder today as he faces returning champ Paul Sughrue of Methuen, who advanced via a pair of technical falls.
Others advancing to the semis include Methuen’s Billy Wehring and Lawrence’s Hector Reynoso at 106, Christian Monserrat of Methuen and Anfrenee Green of Lawrence at 126, 220-pound competitors Samie Al-Ziad of Haverhill and Ian Butterbrodt of North Andover at St. John’s Prep, and Eagles teammate Corey Jean-Jacques of Haverhill at 285.
In its first season, the Tewksbury/Methuen girls hockey team qualified for the tournament, defeating Concord-Carlisle 5-1 to end the regular season with an 8-7-3 record. Amanda Conway had another hat trick to end the regular season with 44 goals and also added an assist to finish with 50 points. Kelly Golini added two goals and goalie Taylor Lirakis added an assist to her 29 saves.