Derek Hogan thew a one-hitter, striking out 5, and didn't allow an earned run as North Reading edged Pentucket 3-2. Taylor Robinson had two doubles, drove in a run and scored once for the Hornets and Pat Driscoll knocked in the winning run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly.
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Baseball, 04/11/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
BOSTON — Set the defense and suffocate the opposition in the halfcourt.
Pentucket Regional rode that gritty personality on a sensational spin to the Division 3 North title.
The will to smother was again present here last night in the Eastern Mass. title game at TD Garden.
The opposition simply wasn’t cooperating.
In the end, Old Rochester Regional was simply too fast, running past Pentucket, 63-49, to end the Sachems’ season two wins shy of a state championship.
“We’re an athletic team, and we’re going to get out in the open floor and try to get the ball to our point guard,” said Old Rochester coach Steve Carvalho. “Athleticism, speed and some mental toughness got us home.”
Simply put, just when Pentucket was ready to pounce, the ball was up and gone. Freshman flash Noah Fernandes of Old Rochester feasted on the open floor, blazing up and down and setting a frenzied tone.
“They’re athletic, long, quick and got their hands on the ball, just players making plays,” said Sachems coach Ed Hickey. “In our playoff run, we shot the ball unbelievably, especially when we needed them. Tonight, it’s just wasn’t our night.”
The defeat covered up a Herculean effort out of Pentucket sophomore Patrick Freiermuth. The 6-foot-3 bruiser was all over the stat sheet, leading the Sachems with 18 points, 18 rebounds, three blocks and three assists.
About the only thing Freiermuth struggled with, like all his teammates (17 for 54 from the field) was his shooting. He was just 6 of 20.
The pace of the game clearly favored the South champs and it forced a slew of early, uncharacteristic, unforced errors out of Pentucket.
Down 12-2 after one quarter and 22-17 at the half, Pentucket hung around because of its defense.
Even into the fourth, they clawed and battled, slicing the margin down to six at 42-36 with six minutes to play.
Momentum was on their side, and the Sachems’ huge student section looked ready to erupt when Freiermuth leaped skyward on a steal attempt. But as he was soaring out of bounds near halfcourt, his desperation heave back into play found the wrong hands. A quick OR pass and bang, Ryan Beatty buried a three.
It could have been a four-point margin, instead it was nine, a hole that was simply too deep.
“They were fast, we didn’t get used to it as quick as we would have liked to,” said Freiermuth. “That hurt us. Our defense has kept us in a lot of games. We always thought we would get back in it.”
Added Hickey: “I thought we were going to make an exciting finish. We’ve had a lot of crazy comeback wins this year. I was hoping this could be one of them. Unfortunately, (Freiermuth) was trying to make a great effort. He just threw it to the wrong guy. We got caught out of position and they made a huge shot.
“It could have been four-point game, a two-possession game with a lot of time on the clock, and we were finally developing some confidence.”
Pentucket finishes out greatest boys hoop season in history at 17-6. Seniors Pat Beaton (7 points) and Brendan Sullivan (8 points) ended their careers on the Garden parquet by combining for 15 points.
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Boys Basketball, 03/10/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
NORTH ANDOVER — When you get to this stage of the year, it doesn't matter how you finish things off. Not as long as you cap the season with a title on the biggest of stages.
Dylan Barreiro's last victory of the campaign might not have been the prettiest, but the Pinkerton junior will now always have the tag of 195-pound New England champion.
Trailing 1-0 entering the final period, Barreiro took advantage of penalty points — one for stalling and another for starting before the whistle — to pull out a 3-1 win over Connecticut champ Khamri Thomas.
"He was backing up on me," said Barreiro, who ran his season record to 46-0. "He has a defensive style, and I have an offensive style, so I kept pushing the pace."
In the final, Barreiro tied the bout with 1:19 remaining and picked up the point for Thomas stalling shortly after. After avoiding being taking down with 6 seconds left, Barreiro received the final point when Thomas broke for a quick takedown before the whistle with 5 seconds remaining.
"It was a heck of a day overall," said Barreiro, who will take a 113-14 record into his senior season. "Once I got to the semis, I knew I just had to keep going and keep going. But with (Thomas') defensive style, I knew the championship would be low scoring."
In earlier matches, Barreiro opened action with a pin in 76 seconds followed by major decision scores of 11-1 in the quarters and 14-6 in the semifinals.
"Confidence is my game," Barreiro said. "I've been training and working my (butt) off, and now I finally got to my goal."
Butterbrodt finishes in style
Two-time defending champion and St. John's Prep senior Ian Butterbrodt, a North Andover native, capped his sterling career with a pin in 1:49 of Mt. Anthony's Jack Luciano at 220 pounds.
"My goal is always the same, at least at any good tournament," Butterbrodt replied when asked if he prepared any differently for this weekend. "My coach tells me to go to a room ... tell your family to stay away, so I won't see all the T-shirts with 'Team Butterbrodt' on them."
It was the third time Butterbrodt bested Luciano. The first meeting was a 1-0 decision, but the second outing was a prelude to the third.
"He's a tough kid," Luciano said. "I've wrestled him a couple times and given him a pretty decent match, but he's just so tough. Going out I knew what to expect, but I was really hoping for something more than I put out.
Finishing his high-school career as the state's all-time leader in victories with 223, Butterbrodt recorded earlier decisions over the Connecticut and Maine champions before routing the Vermont champ in the finals.
Other area placers
In one of the top consolation comebacks, defending New England champ Jean-Luc Lemieux of Londonderry rallied from an opening-round upset to the fifth-place finisher from Massachusetts to finish fourth at 138. Lemieux had won five consolation matches, including four pins en route to a 5-3 loss to the Rhode Island champ.
"Overall, I don't think (yesterday) was that bad," said Lemieux, who finished the year 49-5 one year after a 50-0 finish. "I didn't expect to do well after my first match, so just placing today was good for me."
Brian Lonergan of Timberlane, who lost in the semis, also rebounded to finish fourth at 182.
Another semifinal casualty was Pentucket's Josh Wesolowski, who finished fifth after a 10-8 victory over
"In the back of my mind, I knew this was going to be my last high school wrestling match," Wesolowski said. "I have all my coaches and family here, so I knew I had to get a win. I just did what I had to."
Another fifth-place finish went to Richard Bilodeau of Londonderry, who scored a 6-3 decision over Dan Wensley of Wakefield.
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Wrestling, 03/07/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
LOWELL – The team nobody was talking about just two weeks ago is now two wins from a state championship.
Finishing the shocking trip through the Division 3 North sectional in style, Pentucket ousted No. 3 Arlington Catholic, 70-52, to claim the championship here Saturday afternoon on “Beach Day” at the Tsongas Center.
Seeded 5th and now 17-5, Pentucket moves to the Eastern Mass. championship game Tuesday afternoon (4 p.m.) at the TD Garden against the winner of last night’s Old Rochester-Norton South championship game.
“This is fantastic, no words to describe it. It’s just great to prove all our doubters wrong,” said sophomore Pat Freiermuth, who led the way with 23 points, 13 rebounds and three assists.
“The seniors have really stepped up. They knew we could get this far and they pushed us. Our defense has been fantastic. It’s made a huge difference. If we didn’t play defense like this in our tourney opener, we wouldn’t be here now. It’s a team thing.”
Defense and execution.
It’s a formula the Sachems have masterfully employed repeatedly, taking 15 of the last 16 – a streak that stretches back into the first week of January.
Nothing came easily for Arlington Catholic, Pentucket’s fourth straight playoff victim to be held under 60 points.
“They made some shots, a few three-pointers, but a lot of them came off of deflections, or loose rebounds or some kind of crazy play,” said Pentucket coach Ed Hickey. “For the most part, our defense was great.
“We turned the corner because (of our defense). One of the things I noticed early in the season as we lost a couple games (they had just a 2-4 start). I was focused on the offensive end, and we were giving up way too many points. We put a little more emphasis on the defensive end there, and the kids have responded incredibly.”
Pentucket clamped down hardest in the second and third quarters – a stretch in which the Sachems outscored AC, 26-18, to carry a 42-33 advantage into the fourth.
From there, Pentucket just pounded the basketball to the big fella, Freiermuth, who drove the winners’ bus home.
The 6-foot-3 swingman netted a dozen points in the fourth, keeping AC at arm’s length the whole way.
“He’s a kid that can create mismatches, whether inside or outside,” said Hickey. “We have guys capable of making plays. Today several guys did.”
Patrick Beaton added 18 points and Jeff Porter 13 while Will Sullivan scored 10 points and held AC big man Matt Wesoloski to only seven.
Pentucket’s win continues a run of strong tourney performances from the Cape Ann League, which had Hamilton-Wenham stroll to the Division 4 North title on Friday night. H-W is the only team to beat the Sachems since the early season.
“To be called North champion is pretty amazing,” said Patrick Beaton. “Nobody believed we’d be here, being on top is just amazing. Having nobody believing in us just makes it even better.”
Pentucket 70, Arlington Catholic 52
AC (52): Michael Maher 6 0-1 14, Louis Doherty 3 3-6 9, Peter Kelly 1 1-2 3, Nicholas Carvello 1 0-0 3, Edwin Woods 6 0-0 16, Matt Wesoloski 3 1-3 7, Totals 20 5-12 52
Pentucket (70): Patrick Beaton 7 2-2 18, Ryan Beaton 1 0-0 3, Brendan Sullivan 1 0-0 3, Jeff Porter 4 4-4 13, Will Sullivan 5 0-0 10, Pat Freiermuth 6 7-11 23, Totals 24 13-17 70
3-pointers: AC — Maher 2, Carvello, Woods 4; P — P. Beaton 2, R. Beaton, B. Sullivan, Porter, Freiermuth 4
Pentucket (17-5): 16 9 17 28 — 70
Arlington Catholic (17-6): 15 8 10 19 — 52
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Boys Basketball, 03/07/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
Pat Freiermuth scored 20 points, Pat Beaton 16 and Will Sullivan 14 as Pentucket beat CAL rival Lynnfield 58-47 in the Division 3 North quarterfinals. Sullivan also pulled down 12 rebounds and Freiermuth hauled in 10. The Sachems, who lost to Lynnfield by 2 in the regular season, won the game at the line. They were 25 of 39 to 13 of 20 for the Pioneers.
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Boys Basketball, 02/28/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
SALEM — Fritz Hoehn had had enough.
week after nonchalantly winning his third consecutive Division 2 state
title, the North Andover senior entered the All State tournament focused
on reversing the losses he'd suffered in his previous three attempts at
an overall state title.
Turned out he was pretty emphatic about avoiding another disappointment.
Hoehn recorded his third technical fall in four weekend matches, dominating Springfield Central's Jastice Bolden in a 17-2 win that was stopped with 50 seconds remaining.
"I've never won this before," said Hoehn, who was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler at the upper weights after running his season record to 52-0. "I've lost three times in
the finals here so I wanted to make sure I was ready to go. It feels
An Edinboro University commit, Hoehn, who also recorded a tech fall over Bolden
in a dual tournament earlier in the season, previously had lost title
bouts at 138 pounds as a freshman, 152 pounds as a sophomore and 160
pounds last year.
"This is like something over my head because of those three losses being a No. 1 seed," said Hoehn, a two-time fourth-place finisher at New Englands. "So it just feels real good to win this one. It's a big one. I should be going to New Englands (confident)."
Hoehn, who is now 191-15 on his career, also piled up 17 points winning his first two matches before defeating Methuen sophomore Darius Franklin in the semis. In the title bout, he had Bolden on his back in 20 seconds.
St. John's Prep senior Ian Butterbrodt, who last week became the state's all-time leader in victories, claimed his third straight state title.
But it didn't come as easily as most would have predicted for the wrestler who has won 219 matches. In fact, Butterbrodt
found himself trailing 4-1 with less than a minute left in the second.
But the defending New England champ reestablished control, racking up
five points the final 46 seconds of the period for a 6-4 decision over
Arlington's Nick Rose.
"He was strong," Butterbrodt said of
Rose, who won the D2 title last week. "But that's cool. I'm not really
used to feeling someone coming at me hard. So when a kid comes out and
gives it his all, it's different."
Senior Billy Wehring and sophomore Franklin, the only two Rangers in the tournament finished strong after semifinal losses with third-place finishes
Wehring, who suffered a two-point loss in the semis, atoned for a regular-season loss to Central Catholic's Jack Kiely with a 4-0 win in the consolation semifinals before defeating Woburn's Nick Camacho.
Meanwhile, Franklin rebounded from his second loss to Hoehn in two years, staking a claim on a bright future after his 5-1 win over Catholic Memorial's Josh Beche, who lost to Hoehn in the D2 tourney.
Last year, Franklin's season ended at 27-1 when he tore right-knee ligaments in an 8-4 dual-meet decision to Hoehn.
gave me my first loss in my wrestling career," said Franklin, 41-5 on
the season. "I was a little nervous coming in. I was kind of afraid,
because I didn't know if I could place. But after that first match when I
pinned my kid (in 3:22), I wanted to strive for more and go after it.
Pentucket senior Josh Wesolowski continued his outstanding career by finishing third at 132 after dropping his semifinal to D1 champ Russel Fey of Lincoln-Sudbury. A fourth-place finisher last year, Wesolowski scored a 9-2 decision over Mr. Everett's Bradley Lupiani.
Other area placers were Haverhill's Reece Millington (145) and Central Catholic's Donovan Nolan, who both finished sixth, and Lawrence' Rafael Medina (160) and Haverhill's Luc Chretien (195), who both finished seventh.
Former Methuen star and Pentucket coach Sean Kiley was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Lawrence coach Rob Niceforo was honored with several other coaches for compiling 200 career wins.
Odds and ends
were five rematches of last week's divisional finals, including three
from Division 3. The only two upsets also came from the Division 3
Springfield Central's Jonathan Viruet won his third straight All-State title with a 160-pound championship.
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Wrestling, 02/28/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
Methuen only sent two wrestlers to this weekend's All-State Meet at Salem High School, but they're both in today's semifinals.
Division 1 state champ Billy Wehring advanced to the 120-pound semis against Sandwich's Greg Zaw with two pins while sophomore Darius Franklin had a pin and 14-3 major decision to reach the 170-pound semifinals.
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Wrestling, 02/27/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
finishing second at state last year, Pentucket’s Josh Wesolowski was
determined to take it all this year and Saturday he did just that,
rolling to the 132-pound Division 3 state title. He won 14-0 in the
championship match after following a pin with two technical falls,
improving his season record to 30-0.
Also wrestling well for the Sachems was Noah Malhi, who was third at 182.
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Wrestling, 02/22/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
— Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2015 12:00 am
Andover the king of Massachusetts track
Chuck Martin MileSplitMass photo:Andover senior Sebastian Silveira races to the 55-meter hurdles title at All-States.
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Boys Indoor Track, 02/22/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
Pentucket (21-1) avenged its only loss of the year but it wasn't easy. The Sachems downed Notre Dame of Hingham 40-38 in double-overtime. In her first varsity appearance, Bella Doyle had four points and played some key minutes and Kelsi McNamara had a team-high 12 points.
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Girls Basketball, 02/18/15 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars