hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

February 6, 2008

Sports clips


Andover storms past Haverhill

In girls basketball play, despite poor shooting in the third quarter, Andover stormed past Haverhill, 47-39, behind 11 points from Laura Renfro. Meghan Thomann and Ilana Cohen each had nine points. Michelle Stanley led the Hillies with 15 points.

Derrick Beasley scores team-high

In boys basketball, Derrick Beasley scored a team-high 16 points to lead Andover to a 59-47 victory over Haverhill. D.J. Fazio and Greg Cook each hit three 3-pointers on the way to nine points apiece. For Haverhill, Charlie Roche scored a game-high 17 points.

Franklin places first

In swimming, Haverhill fell to Belmont. Derek Peabody and Cole Bowden placed first and second in diving, respectively; and Tom Franklin placed first in the 100 butterfly.

Haverhill defeats Bishop Fenwick, splits tri-meet

In skiing Haverhill defeated Bishop Fenwick 99-36 and got its best performance of the day from senior captain Nicole Dandurant, who completed the course in sixth place in a time of 22.48. Freshman Nicole Villaire managed to crack the top 10 as well, finishing 10th with a time of 22.89 seconds. Led by Nicole Villaire's 24.03, Haverhill (3-3) split its tri-meet, beating Austin Prep, 73-42 and losing to Masconomet, 106-29.

The Hillies also got a nice effort from Jared Poirier (21.60) but lost to St. John's Prep, 107-28, and Masconomet, 77.5-57.5.

Lahiff remained undefeated

In wrestling Haverhill's Colin Lahiff, a sophomore, remained undefeated on the season, improving to 18-0 to help power Brooks past St. Sebastian's (72-6) and Governor's Academy (60-18) in a tri-meet. Brooks, which improved to 9-8 overall and 6-2 in the ISL, had 10 of its 13 wrestlers win both their matches.


Hillies fall to Tewksbury

Haverhill battled gamely but fell to Tewksbury, 38-17. Senior captain Tim Wallace was commanding at heavyweight for the Hillies (3-14), winning by pin, and junior Brittany Lewis was impressive in a tough defeat at 103.

Ethan Penny shined

In boys track Haverhill fell to Chelmsford 46-40. Ethan Penny shined for the Hillies by blazing through the mile in 4:43.1. Kevin Woodman also ran well for the Hillies, posting a 10:18.9 in the two mile. Noel Figuereo and Brendan Lavoie won the 50 dash and 20 hurdles respectively.

Hillies suffer second loss

In girls track, the Hillies lost for the second time, falling to Chelmsford 46-40. Sam Stabile led the way for the Hillies with wins in the 50 dash and the high jump. Alicia Fannon, Beth Fullerton and Christine McNaughton were all winners for Haverhill.

Peabody wins diving

Derek Peabody won diving with a 240.80, but Lexington won every other event to defeat Haverhill, 91-80. The Hillies 200 medley relay team of Julian Marquet, Mike Carbone, Tom Franklin and Mark Lalli finished second in a time of 1:57.40 to qualify for sectionals. Cole Bowden also qualified for sectionals with his second place finish in diving.

Hillies fall to Andover, North Andover

In skiing, Andover stayed perfect on the slopes by defeating Bishop Fenwick, 105-30, and topping Haverhill, 119-16. The Hillies also fell to North Andover, 103-32.


Girls basketball

Minuteman beat the Wildcats

Whittier was in upset mode against a powerful 9-3 Minuteman squad, closing to within six points before time ran out. Hitting its foul shots, Minuteman beat the Wildcats, 61-49. Danielle Martin shined with 21 points while Kendra Hobbs (8 points) and Samantha Dietrich (two 3-pointers) had key hoops to keep Whittier close.

Shawsheen defeats Whittier

Whittier (6-7) hung tough with Shawsheen (12-2) for the first three quarters but was unable to keep it close through the fourth, dropping the game, 52-34. Jaime Severino had 13 rebounds for the Wildcats while freshman guard Danielle Martin led the way for the Wildcats with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Alica Rondeau finished with eight rebounds.

Boys basketball

Minuteman defeated Whittier

Minuteman defeated Whittier, 74-53. Damian Coleman (14 points, 7 assists) and Gary Littles (14 points, 9 rebounds) led the Wildcat offense while freshman Bryan Stanley (7 points) played well.

NECC women's basketball

The Northern Essex women's basketball team dropped winless Gateway 61-37 to improve its record to 6-7. Sarah Dubois had a double-double with 20 points and 22 rebounds, but it was Mary Sicard who led all scorers with 24 points including six 3-pointers. Lauren Kantak scored 11 in a game that was controlled by the Lady Knights from the opening tip.

Anthony Griffin had a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) and John Olivere was 4 of 6 from the 3-point line for 20 points as Northern Essex beat Gateway, 71-68, to move just one game behind Gateway for second in the MCCAC. Justin Cooke added 15 points, including four 3-pointers and seven assists.

Boys Club results

In high school basketball action T.M. Repair Pro's beat Early Contractors 94-71. For T.M. Repair's Anthony Moreno scored 30 points, Hector Pizarro had 16 points and Ariel Ortiz dropped 18 points. For the Early team Luis Amonte scored 28 points and Ronnie Rosario netted 18.

Game 2 was a tight match with Maria's Restaurant topping Sparky's Wings 100-99. Harold Maya and Alex Perez scored 43 and 28 points respectively for Maria's while Jose Burroughs and Zabiel Arroyo netted 30 and 24 points respectively for Sparky's.

In Major League Basketball Malcolm Insurance topped Early Contractors 54-52. Ryan Muir scored 26 points and Jeff Comeau 13 for Malcolm. Ryan Grant got 18 points and Soran Monclova 14 for Early.

Hi-Tech Window beat Fantini Baking Company 57-50 with Edwin Valentin scoring 34 points for High-Tech and Blaine Joia and Alex Rodriquez scoring 24 and 14 points respectively.

G&L Enterprises beat the Law Office of S. Menzies 64-59 with Max DuCap-Laguerre and Manny Pellott netting 21 and 20 points for G&L and Tyler Wade scoring 27 for Menzies.

In Pee-Wee Floor Hockey Messinger Chiropractic beat Wilson Screen Printing 2-1 in overtime. Joseph Maniscalco scored one goal for Wilson and Kaleb Summerton and Alex Reyes scored one goal each for Messinger.

Haverhill Kiwanis Club beat Law Offices of S. Menzies 9-6 with John Vets, Michael Guarino and Tristen Coursey scoring 5, 3, and 1 goal respectively for Kiwanis and Brogan McGover, Colin Minichino and Jagger Palmer scoring 4, 1 and 1 for Menzies.

Sparky's Wings beat Brian Dempsey Insurance 2-0. Jordan Perez scored both goals for Sparky's.

In Minor League Basketball G&L Enterprises beat Hi-Tech Window 24-12. Matt Malvers scored 10 points for G&L and Stephane Bristol scored 6 points for Hi-Tech.

Pallaria Electric beat Malcolm Insurance 26-25. David Cardona scored 13 points for Malcolm to Saul Phiri's 16 points for Pallaria.

Early Contractors won 24-19 over Fantini Baking Company. Jake McCartney scored 9 points and Jake Pettis 8 for Fantini. Ian Kessel netted 10 points for Early.

Dive lessons offered

Diving lessons for children ages 8 and up will be held on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Charles C. White Pool at Haverhill High. Cost is $5 per hour. For information, call 978-374-5732.

Baseball registration

Haverhill Little League Baseball will be holding registrations for new and returning players at the Haverhill Public Library on Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration may also be done online at www.haverhilllittleleague.com. For information, call 978-373-4453 or e-mail haverhilllittleleague@comcast.net.

Soccer registration

Registration for the spring 2008 Haverhill PAL Soccer In-Town program is available online through midnight Feb. 24 at www.haverhillpal.org. The final in-person registration will be held Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Haverhill Citizens Center. Children who were at least 4 years old by Aug. 31, 2007 but were not yet 14 as of Aug. 1, 2007 are eligible to play.

Coaching vacancy

Haverhill High School is seeking a JV girls lacrosse coach for the upcoming spring season. Interested candidates should contact Pete Shanahan at 978-374-5732 or e-mail a resume to pshanahan@haverhill-ps.org.

Football commissioner needed

The Northeastern Conference is looking for a new football commissioner to assign varsity, JV and freshman games. For information, contact Dick Baker at 774-571-5038 or send resumes to: Dick Baker, P.O. Box 59, Swampscott, MA 01907.

Volunteers needed for Run of the Charles

The 26th Annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race needs volunteers Sunday, April 27 to help 1,500 paddlers. Tasks include check-in/registration, setup, boat number spotting, safety and cleanup. Experienced canoeists/kayakers are also needed to follow racers. Contact Meg Schermerhorn or Sally Berkowitz at 508-698-6810, rotc@crwa.org, or visit www.crwa.org. The race is hosted by the Charles River Watershed Association which has been working since 1965 to improve and protect the health and beauty of the river.

Road races

Feb. 9 — Bradford Valentine 5-Mile and 6k Race, 10 a.m., Bradford Common, 10 Church St., Bradford, contact John Burke at 978-372-6160 or timers@verizon.net.

Feb. 24 — J.P. McBrides Frozen Shamrock 3-Miler, 1 p.m., 27 Lafayette Square, Haverhill, contact Dave Camire at 978-430-5669 or dave@coolrunning.com.

March 2 — Claddagh Pub 4-Mile Classic, 11 a.m., Claddagh Pub, 399 Canal St. in Lawrence, contact Jay at 978-975-7948.

March 16 — Run to the Beach 30K, 10 a.m., North Andover VFW to Winners' Circle Sports Bar in Salisbury, call Dave LaBrode at 978-373-3408.

March 23 — 5K Cross Country Run, 9 a.m., Ole Salem Greens Golf Course on Wilson Street in Salem, Mass., call Doug Bollen at 978-744-0180.

March 29 — April Fool's Four-Mile Road Race, 11 a.m., Winner's Circle Sports Bar on Route 110 in Salisbury, contactrobrobertsoniii@comcast.net.

April 6 — Great Bay Half-Marathon, 11 a.m., Newmarket Elementary School on South Main Street in Newmarket, N.H., call Mike at 603-659-2824