It was like old times for Methuen High softball stars Paige Fleming and Sarra Bergeron. Fleming, a three-year starter, is a junior catcher and Bergeron, a four-year starter, is a senior pitcher/outfielder at Salem State.
They helped the Vikings to a 19-16 season.
Fleming batted .238 with 11 runs and 6 RBIs. She had a .993 fielding percentage and threw out 8 of 27 basestealers. Bergeron batted .344 (second best on the team) with 13 runs, 7 RBIs and a 1.000 fielding percentage in 23 games. On the mound, she was 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA, 30 Ks and a .239 opponent batting average in 41.1 innings.
Both were named second-team all-conference.
Kyle Dolan, a senior midfielder from North Andover, had 16 goals, 47 ground balls, and a .540 faceoff percentage in 14 games.
Quinnipiac sophomore midfielder Vicki Kuhn, the former Pinkerton star, started 16 games with two goals an assist and 19 ground balls. She made second-team All-Northeast Conference.
Junior starting defender Emily Samuelman of North Andover contributed a goal, an assist, 11 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Freshman midfielder Leah Walter of Londonderry appeared in seven games with one goal and freshman goalie Jillian Beucler played in one game.
Also at Quinnipiac, Nicole Gubellini of Salem is a freshman pitcher (3-3, 4.74 ERA, 15 Ks, 44.1 innings). Thursday she shut out Manhattan on five hits.
Rebecca Morse of West Newbury is a freshman runner who placed sixth in the 5,000 at the George Davis Invitational in 19:07.70.
Bridgewater State freshman Shane Surette of Haverhill limited Worcester State to three hits in six innings and whiffed five in a 3-1 win. He went 2-0 with a 4.60 ERA and an impressive 19 strikeouts in 15.2 innings this spring.
Senior DH Jose Polanco of Lawrence and Central Catholic, one of five captains, batted .289 in 23 games with 10 runs and 11 RBIs.
Several local Bears shined at the MASCAC Championships: sophomore Josh Goehring of Haverhill (1st, 800, 1:53.18), junior quad-captain Joshua Danner-Hicks of Haverhill (1st, triple jump, 47-7; 5th, long jump, 20-5); freshman Danielle Poto of North Andover (2nd, 5,000, 19:02.14), freshman Mark Waller of Andover (3rd, 10,000, 34:19.57) and freshman Theresa Connolly of North Andover and Central (6th, 800, 2:32.89).
Other local Bears are junior Joseph Danner-Hicks of Haverhill, junior Jonas Joseph of Haverhill (hurdles) and sophomore Erin Donovan of Groveland (hurdles).
Johns Hopkins senior shortstop Kyle Neverman of Londondery is hitting .313 with a team-leading 40 runs, 4 homers, 9 steals (in 9 attempts) and 12 RBIs for the 33-7 Blue Jays.
In indoor track, senior Robert Martin of Andover was second-team All-Centennial Conference (4x400) and made the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Senior Kristin Spera of Londonderry broke her own program record in the heptathlon. She won the Mount Multis Meet with 3,838 points.
Sophomore Stephanie Cabral of Salem is a distance runner for the Blue Jays.
Three area juniors are competing at Johnson and Wales: Tyler Pacheco from Pinkerton (.277, 11 runs, 11 RBIs in 27 games), volleyball outside hitter Dan Tiner of Salem (0.96 digs, 0.70 kills per set) and tennis player Taylor Coyne of Londonderry. ... Freshman midfielder Nathaniel Vazquez of Haverhill has appeared in four goals and scored one goal for the 14-2 Le Moyne lacrosse team.
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Senior first baseman Greg Bates of Salem leads 18-21 Keene State with 22 steals in 26 attempts and 35 runs. He’s batting .314 with three homers and 20 RBIs. His former Blue Devil teammate, senior Eric Perrault, is 2-3 with a 5.87 ERA. He has an impressive 28 Ks in 23 innings.
Big senior Chris Crutcher of Londonderry is 2-3 with 36 Ks in 45.1 innings and a 5.56 ERA. Another Londonderry grad, freshman Keith Simpson, has fanned five in 3.2 innings.
Freshman defender Mike Wiedenfield of Londonderry (2 starts, 12 appearances, 15 ground balls, 9 caused turnovers), sophomore starting defender Zach Tulley of Hampstead (1 goal, 11 caused turnovers, 33 ground balls) and sophomore midfielder Maxwell Jendrick from Hampstead (5 appearances, 1 goal) have helped the lacrosse team to a 14-2 record.
Senior Andrew Sears of Derry is a distance runner for the track team.
Long is top rookie
Freshman outfielder Stephanie Long of Salem (.315, 22 runs, 14 RBIs), freshman second baseman Sara Bracken of Windham (.276, 19 runs, 6 RBIs) and freshman DH Sam Nitso of Londonderry (.294, 7 runs, 8 RBIs) are shining for the 21-15 Keene State softball team. Long recently was named LEC Rookie of the Week.
The 11-7 women’s lacrosse team boasts four Londonderry residents: junior midfielder Ashley Borjeson (13 appearances, 11 starts, 3 goals, 24 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers), junior goalie Libby Curran (3 games, 7.94 goals against), sophomore starting defender Lindsay Conroy (1 goal, 19 ground balls, 9 caused turnovers) and freshman defender Kaitlyn Holland (6 appearances).
Senior Nicole Curry of Hampstead (23 goals, 24 assists, 39 ground balls, 38 draw controls) is a starting midfielder.
Freshman Shelley Burns of North Andover, freshman Cara Colotti of Londonderry, freshman Samantha Goldsmith of Derry and sophomore Hannah Doolittle of Hampstead are members of the women’s track team.
Area freshmen Casey Anderson of Derry, Jill Bolduc of Methuen and Central Catholic and Christina Fang of Andover are rowing for Simmons. Bolduc was on the first boat which won the Clark Invitational.
Another local trio is starring for the Sharks’ tennis team. Meghan Cokely of Haverhill is 12-4 at third singles and 11-7 in first doubles. Rachael Downey of Groveland is 7-7 at fourth singles and 13-2 in second doubles. Casey Gilman of Hampstead is 5-1 playing fourth to sixth singles.
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