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Burke wins MVC Diving championship

Central Catholic's Cecelia Burke took the top prize at the MVC Diving Championships, scoring a 455.50 to edge out Haverhill's Megan Carroll (432.45) for first place. Other top finishers included Carroll in second, Andover's Sydney Ho (427.95) in third, Andover's Maddie Quill (387.90) in fourth and North Andover's Alison DelMarco (368.45) in fifth.

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Pythons upset by No. 10 seed

The previously undefeated Pelham field hockey team suffered a stunning upset in the N.H. Division 3 Quarterfinals, losing 3-0 to No. 10 seed Mascoma Valley. Goalie Ryan Atkins made 11 saves in the loss, and Pelham finishes its season 13-1-1.

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Travers steps in beautifully, lifts Greater Lawrence

MALDEN - You never want to see a teammate go down, but Greater Lawrence's Marc Travers is always ready when his number gets called.

With starting quarterback Jose Caceres sidelined with an injury, Travers, a senior from Methuen, was forced in to the starting role Saturday evening in a tight spot. A win against Mystic Valley would guarantee the Reggies a playoff berth, but a loss could have left them on the outside looking in.

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Izzy does it

Sophomore Izzy Shih made a save on a breakaway with 10 seconds left as Andover held on to tie Lincoln-Sudbury, 0-0. "That took 10 years off my life!" said Andover coach Meghan Matson. "I think that was Izzy's seventh shutout this year."

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Brooks hammers Middlesex for fourth straight win

NORTH ANDOVER — Seamus Lambert of North Andover had three touchdown passes and Pat Freiermuth of Merrimac scored three touchdowns for Brooks, which did all its scoring in the first half of a 38-7 shellacking of Middlesex.
Lambert found Terrell Brown for a 40-yard score 3:15 into the game and Brooks went up 14-0 with 3:11 left in the Corner when Lambert found Chris Capo of West Newbury for a 20-yard score.
The multi-talented fifth-year senior Freiermuth had all three of his TDs in the second quarter. He scored on a 28-yard pass, a 35-yard fumble recovery and a 56-yard interception return on the final play of the half.
Brooks (4-1) is at Rivers Friday 2:30 p.m. 
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No mystery, Potter a star for Windham

GILFORD — Cody Potter only threw the ball eight times but he made them all count, completing five for 171 yards and three TD passes.

The junior signal-caller led unbeaten Windham in a 45-8 romp over Belmont-Gilford, which fell to 1-6.

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Phillips dominates 4th for comeback win

ANDOVER — "We had them right where we wanted them!" said Phillips coach Leon Modeste with a big laugh.

The Big Blue actually trailed 31-21 after three but dominated the fourth to earn the 42-31 win over Suffield, which fell to 4-2.

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Smalls comes up big for Whittier

HAVERHILL — Looking at the height difference between him and his father/coach, plus the fact that the two share the same name, it’s pretty fitting that Kevin Bradley Jr. is known around the Whittier football team as “Smalls.”
“We’ve been calling him that since he was six years old,” laughed Kevin Sr. “It’s like in that movie, ‘The Sandlot.’ I still sometimes say to him, ‘You’re killing me Smalls!’”
But Saturday morning, Smalls delivered a big performance on the eve of the playoffs. The senior QB threw for 182 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, leading Whittier over CAC rival Northeast in a shootout, 54-44.
After a tough stretch of two straight losses, Whittier (5-2) has rattled off back to back wins and could host a North Sectional playoff game this weekend.
The Wildcats have averaged 47.5 points their last two games and Bradley has been on fire, throwing for 355 yards and six touchdowns.
“I’ve called it a special year for us,” said Bradley Jr. “Senior leadership has come around, we’ve all come together and we’re just playing good football right now.”
Saturday afternoon, though, could not have started much worse.
After receiving the opening kick, Northeast (2-5) efficiently drove 70 yards on eight plays capped by a Zach Sanderson 4-yard TD run. Quite the workhorse, Sanderson rushed 28 times for 185 yards and three scores.
Northeast then recovered an onside kick and began to drive down the field again. It looked as if the Whittier offense would be down two scores before running a single play, but the defense forced a fumble.
The Wildcats then tied the game on Bradley’s first TD pass, a 33-yard strike to speedster Thomas O’Mahony.
“That was probably the worst start you could possibly have,” said Bradley Sr. “But the momentum switched once we got the ball, and then we went right back at them. We did a great job running and passing the ball. (Northeast) didn’t know what we were doing.”
Turnovers turned out to be key. Whittier forced three fumbles, two of which led to short fields and eventual scores. Corey Defusco and Cole Simonds both recovered fumbles.
Offensively, Bradley made sure to find his favorite target, O’Mahony, often.
O’Mahony, who came into Saturday seventh in EMass Division 6 with 62 points (9 TD’s, 4 XP’s), made three receptions for a team-high 87 yards and two more touchdowns.
“He knows where I am at all times and I know where he is at all times,” said Bradley Jr. on O’Mahony. “He makes everything a lot easier.”
Leading 24-22 at the half, Whittier opened the second half with a 54-yard drive ending with a Defusco touchdown. After a stop on defense, Defusco, a power back who led the team with 62 yards on 10 carries, broke a 16-yard TD to put the game out of reach.
Both teams traded scores from there, but it never got closer than a 10-point game.
“We’re climbing, and that’s where you want to be this time of the year,” said Bradley Sr. “I’ve had teams that didn’t have winning records, but we always try to play our best at the end of the season.”

Whittier 54, Northeast 44
Northeast (2-5): 8 14  6 16 — 44
Whittier (5-2): 8 16 22  8 — 54
First Quarter
 N — Zach Sanderson 4 run (Sanderson run), 7:42
 W — Thomas O’Mahony 33 pass from Kevin Bradley (Corey Defusco run), 0:56
Second Quarter
 N — Dillon Pineau 1 run (run failed), 8:26
 W — O’Mahony 18 pass from Bradley (Defusco run), 6:10
 W — Michael McAuliffe 7 pass from Bradley (Bradley run), 3:17
 N — Sanderson 4 run (Sanderson run), 0:57
Third Quarter
 W — Defusco 1 run (pass failed), 8:24
 W — Defusco 16 run (Defusco run), 4:42
 N — Sanderson 2 run (run failed), 2:21
 W — Shaun Mears 70 kickoff return (O’Mahony run), 2:06
Fourth Quarter
 N — Owen Halley 1 run (Alec Siose run), 8:54
 W — Julio Joubert 3 run (Mark Iamele pass from Bradley), 1:34
 N — Pineau 29 run (Javany Velez run), 0:33

WHITTIER (28-168): Corey Defusco 10-62, Thomas O’Mahony 8-58, Kevin Bradley 4-17, Julio Joubert 4-19, Pater Hamel 1-10, Shaun Mears 1-2; 
NORTHEAST (50-346): Zach Sanderson 28-185, Dillon Pineau 11-119, Jake Fitzgerald 1-19, Connor Joseph 3-13, Javany Velez 1-11, Owen Halley 4-1, Alec Siose 1-(-1), Patrick Michel 1-(-1)
PASSING: WHITTIER — Bradley 10-20-1, 182; NORTHEAST — Halley 1-2-0, 36
RECEIVING: WHITTIER — O’Mahony 3-87, Michael McAuliffe 3-45, Mark Iamele 3-31, Hamel 1-19; NORTHEAST — Sanderson 1-36
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Astros 1st at Catholic Memorial


The Pinkerton boys cross country team has experienced growing pains this fall as it's attempted to do a quick rebuild, but it grew up quickly Saturday at the Catholic Memorial Invitational.

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Hanna, defense fuel Sanborn

KINGSTON — As it has for most of the season, Sanborn relied on senior workhorse Chris Hanna to carry the load offensively.

Always up for a challenge, Hanna took the rock 32 times for 115 yards and a touchdown to help the Indians take a 14-13 victory over Milford.

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Pinkerton crushes Keene

KEENE — Pinkerton got contributions from nearly everyone Friday night in a 55-0 romp over Keene.

The Astros (7-1) led 21-0 at halftime and 41-0 after three quarters with the reserves nearly as effective as the starters.

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Kwakye enjoys career night as Methuen tops Lowell

METHUEN — Peter Kwakye picked the right evening to have the game of his career.
Leading a determined group of Methuen veterans on senior night, Kwakye impacted both sides of the ball, scoring three touchdowns and piling up three tackles for losses, including a pair of sacks to lead the Rangers to a 28-21 victory over visiting Lowell in Friday night's regular-season finale.
The senior saw action at receiver and running back and played in both the secondary and on the line for the defense. His first scoring reception tied the score while his second provided Methuen (5-2, 4-1 MVC) a lead. But it was Kwakye's 80-yard kickoff return that gave the Rangers the lead for good late in the third quarter.
"I might have had (three scores) in Pop Warner, maybe," Kwakye said. "I'm not sure if I've had that good of a game in high school. This was Senior Night and we knew it could be our last game at home, so we weren't going to lose on our field."
Lowell quarterback Curtis Gentles, who entered the game leading Division 1 with 14 touchdown passes, took advantage of a 55-yard return on the opening kickoff. He needed only two plays for a 7-0 advantage on a 26-yard scoring pass to Aquantise Byard.
The Rangers needed only two plays themselves to tie the score on a 73-yard hookup from Jordan Perdomo to Kwakye. Two possessions later, Kwakye capped a nice 12-play drive with a 29-yard pass from Perdomo on a slick double flea-flicker early in the second quarter.
Lowell (4-3, 2-2) used a 71-yard pass from Gentles to Byard to tie the score with 48 seconds left in the half, but Kwakye immediately responded with an 80-yard return on the ensuing kickoff for a 21-14 advantage at intermission.
"I fumbled the ball a little bit, then I looked up and saw the hole and I was gone," Kwakye said.
Late in the third, David Kelly gave Methuen a 28-24 lead on an 8-yard run, finishing off a 10-play, 74-yard drive.
"This was big, it was huge but wasn't our biggest win yet," Kwakye said. "The biggest win will be in the Super Bowl."
Gentles finished with 277 yards through the air, but was harassed all night by Methuen's strong pass rush, completing only 14 of his 35 attempts. More than half of his yardage came on the touchdowns.
"Our defense stepped up tonight," said Methuen coach Tim Ryan, who rotated defensive linemen throughout the game in the absence of senior Bryce Smith, who will return next week. "We played tremendous defense and were really disruptive. We threw their passing game off."
The victory sends the Rangers into the postseason with momentum.
"Based on what I know — it isn't official — but we'll play Lowell again here," Ryan said. "I heard St. John's lost, so we'll likely play Lowell. We have to quickly recover because (the Red Raiders) can really run. They have some speed. Playing a playoff game at home was one of our goals to start the season."

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Defense key for Haverhill

LAWRENCE — Haverhill captain Kyle Bellemore got a nice surprise and, partly because of it, a nice reward Friday night.

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Early Katin punt return holds up for Pelham

PELHAM — In one of the strangest games you'll ever come across, Pelham upset Hollis-Brookline, 6-0.

The lone score was a 70-yard punt return by Charlie Katin just 2:14 into the contest.

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North Reading rolls past Newburyport

NEWBURYPORT — The North Reading football team continued its four-game winning streak on Friday, downing Newburyport in convincing fashion, 32-13, on the road.

Newburyport took an early lead on a 32-yard touchdown by Myles Maloof after the Clippers recovered a Hornet fumble, but North Reading senior Alex D'Ambrosio got the ball on every play the subsequent drive, capping it off with an 18-yard catch. North Reading's extra point kick was blocked, but picked up and taken into the end zone to make it 8-7 North Reading.

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