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Big day for Kiley, Caraballo and Pentucket

WRENTHAM — There were plenty of noteworthy performances for the area girls at the state country meets Saturday at the 3.1-mile Wrentham Developmental Center course. That terrific rivalry between Andover junior Molly Kiley and Methuen senior Miana Caraballo was kicked up a notch. The two local stars were near the front of the pack at Division 1 States with Kiley third in 18:29.6 and the UMass Lowell-bound Caraballo fourth in 18:30.6. The race went down to the wire with Sharon's Daphne Theiler winning in 18:26.5. The powerhouse North Andover girls placed fifth in the 23-team D2 field. That was the good news. The better news was they may have been the youngest team to qualify in any of the three divisions. Scarlet Knight scorers were: freshman Luna Prochazkova (14th out of 188 runners in 18:43.4), fellow frosh Nicole Kroon in 27th (19:10.4), senior Leyla Kvaternik 47th, sophomore Leigha Leavitt in 96th and sophomore Gabby Harty in 102nd.   Kvaternik had been on the sidelines for a couple weeks so her return paid big dividends. Haverhill standout Finleigh Simonds placed 32nd in Division 1. At Division 2 States, Pentucket had the top boy or girl local team performance of the day with a third-place finish. It scored 126 points, losing out on the silver to Whitinsville Christian on a tie-breaker. Senior Phoebe Rubio (12th, 19:08.5) and sophomore Kaylie Dalgar (17th, 19:20.2) came up big. Other scorers for the West Newbury regional school were junior Audrey Conover in 33rd, junior Libby Murphy in 46th and senior Ella Edic in 47th.

Whittier Tech had reason to be proud with sophomore Noel Tripp placed 67th in the 188-runner Division 2 States field.

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Girls Cross Country, 11/20/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Connolly, Coleman duel it out at States

WRENTHAM — Junior Ryan Connolly of North Andover and senior Freddy Coleman of Methuen were the top local runners Saturday at the Division 1 state cross country meet. Connolly ran the 5K course in 15:46.5 for 13th place, just in front of the UMass Lowell recruit Coleman, who was 14th in 15:46.9. North Andover was the lone local boys team to qualify in any of the three divisions. Coach Rick DelleChiaie's Scarlet Knights placed 15th out of 23 teams. The last time the Knights qualified for States was 2008.  Connolly was backed by Matt McDevitt, 72nd; Luke McGillivray, 88th; Andrew Sorokin, 99th; and Colby Winn, 141st. The No. 3 local D1 runner was Andover's Colby Kirn in 61st. Whittier Tech senior Mike Driscoll wrapped up a memorable fall with a 17:13.4 clocking to place 69th in the Division 2 state meet.

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Boys Cross Country, 11/20/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Caraballo, Kiley with sizzling runs

There were several elite efforts by local girls in the nine state divisional cross country meets. Methuen's Miana Caraballo and Andover's Molly Kiley renewed their rivalry in the 1A meet in Wrentham (3.1 miles). Caraballo was brilliant, taking second in 18:30.9, just 2.1 seconds behind Barnstable's Ava Bullock. Kiley was right there, too, crossing the line in 18:40.0. The next local harrier was Haverhill's Finleigh Simonds in 21st place. Another local performance of note was North Andover's Luna Prochazkova taking second in the 1B meet at Wrentham in 19:07.1. She led the Scarlet and Black to an eighth-place out of 23 1B qualifiers. Whittier's Noel Tripp again proved she can run with the best in the area and beyond. She took 13th in 21:09 at the 2A meet in Gardner (3.1 miles). The top local girls team was Pentucket, which took home the silver at the 2B race in Gardner with 63 points. Holliston won with 25. Leading the way for Pentucket were Phoebe Rubio (5th, 19:34.5), Kaylie Dalgar (9th) and Audrey Conover (14th).

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Girls Cross Country, 11/13/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Coleman, Connolly among state's best

In the new nine-division state cross country meet format, several local harriers shined Saturday in Gardner and Wrentham. The op local finisher was Methuen's Freddy Coleman, finishing ninth in a field of 189 at the State Division 1A meet. He ran the 5K Wrentham course in 15:55.2 with Andover's Colin Kirn (19th, 16:23.9) the next local 1A finisher. The area's No. 2 runner overall was Ryan Connolly, who placed 10th in Division 1B with a 16:16.7 clocking. He powered North Andover to a third-place finish among the 25 1B teams. Connolly was backed by Matt McDevitt in 21st, Luke McGillivray in 31st and Andrew Sorokin in 36th. Central Catholic's top finisher was Alex Wilard (31st in 1C) and Whittier got a strong effort from Mike Driscoll (39th in 2A).

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Boys Cross Country, 11/13/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

A week after legendary win, Methuen falls to top-seeded Franklin in Division 1 quarters

FRANKLIN — In the hunt for a second straight state tournament upset, and a trip to the Division 1 semifinals, Methuen came on flying Friday night.

On his first pass of the game, Rangers quarterback Drew Eason found a wide-open Will McKinnon for a 48-yard gain, setting up a 5-yard touchdown run by JP Muniz and a 7-0 lead 5:11 into play.

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Football, 11/13/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen holds on


Methuen's girls scored on goals by Courtnee Pickles and Kiera Fitzpatrick in the first half and then relied on its defense to defeat Beverly 2-1 in a Div. 1 preliminary round game.   

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Girls Soccer, 11/04/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Career-high kills


Sam Driend had a career-high 35 kills in just three games as Methuen swept Beverly to finish the regular season at 12-8.

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Girls Volleyball, 10/28/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Clinch MVC title


Methuen clinched the MVC Division 2 title for the first time in school history with a 4-0 win over Lowell. Kiera Fitzpatrick scored twice for the Rangers and Brooke Tardugno had three assists.

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Girls Soccer, 10/28/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Rangers tourney-bound

Natalia Fiato scored a hat trick and Methuen field hockey clinched a postseason berth in its final regular season game with a 6-0 win over Dracut.

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Field Hockey, 10/27/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Freshman delivers


On Senior Night, freshman Mary Jane Petisce scored twice to pace Methuen field hockey to a 6-1 rout of Tewksbury.

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Field Hockey, 10/26/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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