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March 10, 2013

Memory Lane: Tardif unstoppable in Owls' first trip to finals

Memory Lane
Chuck Frye

---- — 15 years ago: Tardif erupts in Owls’ first trip to finals

15 years ago: During warm-ups for the Division 1 North finals 15 years ago, three shots from Andover players hit the rim simultaneously and became wedged inside the cylinder. Everything, though, seemed to fall during the game. Andover went on a 28-8 run to close the half and rolled to a 61-46 victory over Methuen.

Twins Charlotte (25 points) and Sarah Muller (16 points) combined for five 3-pointers and 22 points during the six-minute surge, giving Andover a 37-21 advantage going into the break.

“That was the most unbelievable display of basketball,” said Andover coach Jim Tildsley. “We shot lights-out. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Jillian Middlemiss had 13 points for the Rangers.

5 years ago: During Londonderry’s Class L quarterfinal victory over Salem five years ago, Lancer head coach John Fagula passed out.

Fagula, who broke his nose when he hit the floor, was taken to the hospital and needed a pacemaker implanted.

“I’m not quite sure what caused the situation (at the game), but (the next day) I was convinced that I had to go do a surgery,” said Fagula.

The Eagle-Tribune ran a powerful and controversial photo of Fagula down on the floor surrounded by his concerned players.

5 years ago: Local teams rule at Tsongas

Lowell’s Tsongas Arena was the place to be five years ago as four local squads competed for North sectional titles.

Before 5,500 fans, Lowell went on a 14-0 run to lead Central 51-50. Central’s Billy Marsden was the hero, though, with a baseline jumper and free throw with 26.1 seconds left to give Central a pulse-pounding 55-53 win.

“That’s what he does, Marsden hits big shots,” said Central head coach Rick Nault. “He really craves that moment.”

In the girls Division 1 final, Andover jumped out to a 13-point first-quarter lead and never relented, beating Central Catholic, 55-43. Lauren Hughes (12 points), Meghan Thomann (10 points), Camille Fantini and Laura Renfro (11 points apiece) led the way.

Katie Zenevitch led the Raiders with 16 points.

Ashley Viselli sparked Pentucket with 15 points and limited Winthrop’s high-scoring Courtney Finn to 6-of-22 shooting in a 51-42 win in the Division 3 final.

5 years ago: Huge Central comeback vs. Townies

Trailing by 16 points in the second quarter, 12 in the third and four with less than a minute left, No. 4 Central Catholic used a lay-up from Carson Desrosiers with 2.1 seconds left to force OT vs. No. 1 Charlestown. The Raiders went on to beat No. 1 Charlestown, 74-63, in the Division 1 North semifinals. … Josh Jones missed almost eight minutes of the first half with a cut over his eye but still managed to lead Salem with 19 points in a 60-42 Class L opening round win over Memorial. … Four pressure-packed free throws from Beau Cassidy (24 points) in the waning seconds earned Pinkerton a 70-69 win over Winnacunnet. … Four first-quarter 3-pointers from Matt Travalini (25 points) powered Londonderry over Bishop Guertin, 66-57. ... North Andover lost to Reading, 62-55, despite 22 points from Steve Boudreau and 15 from Sean McManus. Highly-touted 6-7 junior Evan Smotrycz led the Rockets with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. …

Junior Taryn O’Connor scored her 1,000th point in Georgetown’s 59-48 Division 4 North semifinal loss to Mt. Alvernia. …

In MVC boys basketball, Central’s Adrian Gonzalez was Division 1 co-MVP and Rick Nault co-Coach of the Year. Andover’s Jim Tildsley was Division 1 girls co-Coach of the Year while Methuen’s Karen McLaughlin won the Division 2 honor. Andover standout Nick D’Innocenzo was voted the MVC’s swimmer of the year.

15 years ago: Stunning win by Hillie relay

After finishing fourth in the state meet the week before, Haverhill’s 4x440 relay team of Chris Wallace, Peter Crapsey, Jeff Locke and Mike Howell shocked the field with a winning 3:23.96 effort at New Englands. “I think it was one of the great all-time performances of track in this area,” said Hillies head coach Dawn Caputo. ... Central Catholic, behind junior Niall Murphy, beat 25 other schools to capture the state team pentathlon title. …

No. 10 Timberlane beat No. 7 Pembroke, 70-53, behind 25 points from Pat Manthorn. … Chris Urquhart (21 points) scored 10 fourth-quarter points, breaking open a tie contest and sending Salem past Pinkerton, 65-60 in the regular-season finale. …

Lyndsey Piper scored 15 points and Londonderry downed Dover, 45-35. The Lancers then ousted No. 3 Alvirne, 55-47, as Christine Carbonello scored 17 points. … Pinkerton held defending state champ Manchester Central to 22 percent shooting and Christina Siragusa contributed 17 points in a 41-26 first-round victory. …

After dropping two regular season battles to Acton-Boxboro, the 13th-seeded Raiders rode huge goaltending from Tim MacIntosh to a 2-1 victory over No. 5 A-B for a berth in the Division 1 North semifinals. The road ended for the Raiders in the next round and a 5-2 loss to top seed Winchester. …

Timberlane fell one point shy of a New England wrestling title but had an individual titlist in 152-pounder Jay Holder. … Noah Kaye (160) and Jeremy Hersch (135) won New England Prep titles for Phillips. …

After leading Methuen to its first undefeated season and second straight MVC title, Kevin Gendreau was named the league’s gymnastics coach of the year. …

Methuen’s Jamie Cassidy made a layup with 6.2 seconds left, the winning margin as Maine beat Vermont, 81-80, for the America East title and an NCAA tourney berth. … Haverhill’s Barry Spears Jr. had 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead Merrimack past St. Michael’s, 80-75, to win the ECAC title.

25 years ago: Ryan lifts Methuen

Beth Godfrey led Haverhill with 22 points and 13 rebounds while Colleen Court added 12 points and 11 boards in a 54-36 North semifinal victory over Peabody. And when Methuen turned a 16-point deficit into a 53-50 victory over Revere, it set up an all-MVC sectional final. After being shut down early, Sue Ryan rebounded with 16 points and 16 boards to lead the Rangers. …

With a 77-61 victory over Lynnfield, Whittier won its first-ever Division 3 North tourney game. Ramon Perez (17 points on 8-of-11 shooting) led the way. John Campbell ended the regular season by becoming the first Wildcat to net 1,000 career points. … MVC MVP John Rimas (27 points, 13 rebounds) and Mike Dean (10 points) powered Central to a 60-57 win over Cambridge Rindge & Latin. … Cesar Tejeda (12 points) and Corey Parker (10 rebounds) triggered a furious second-half comeback but it wasn’t enough as BC High beat Haverhill 49-48. …

Haverhill’s Kate Abromovitch was named the MVC girls basketball MVP, the first player to win the award outright in six seasons. …

Central’s Mike Cassano was runner-up at 189 pounds in the New England wrestling championships.