The Marblehead High School boys’ cross-country team (2-0) defeated Beverly, 17-39 at J.C. Phillips Estate in Beverly on Sept. 21.
The Magicians owned the first four places, led by co-captain Ryan Thompson (16:44). Co-captain Harrison Kee (16:45), Isaac Gross (16:46) and Will Cerrutti (16:49) garnered the second through fourth spots, respectively.
Marblehead opened up the season at Ravenswood Park in Gloucester, where they ran past the Fishermen to the tune of 16-46.
Gross (16:57), Cerrutti (17:06) and Thompson (17:31) set the pace by finishing as the top three harriers in this meet.
After traveling to Rhode Island to compete in the Ocean State Invitational on Sept. 24, the Marblehead boys will return to the Northeastern Conference to face Masconomet on Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Girls’ cross-country falls to Beverly
The Marblehead girls’ cross-country team lost to Beverly, 20-35. The Panthers took the second through sixth spots to defeat the Magicians.
Freshman Marri O’Connell (20:17, first), junior Cat Piper (22:48, seventh), senior captain Maya Mahoney (23:33, eighth), senior Saylor Caruso (23:45, ninth) and senior captain Martha Heffernan (23:59, 10th) were the top five Marblehead finishers.
Volleyball drops close battle
The Marblehead volleyball team (5-2) lost to Masco in five competitive sets, 29-27, 28-30, 14-25, 25-23, 8-15.
Keira Sweetnam had 27 kills and 18 digs, while Isabel Wabno did her part with eight kills and 13 digs to keep things close. Defensively, Caitlin Parkman led everybody in digs with 26. Setters Tamya Johnson and Julia Potvin combined for 44 assists.
On Sept. 19, prior to the Chieftains heart breaker, they were able to beat Milton in five sets, 25-19, 25-17, 27-29, 20-25, 15-5.
Sweetnam collected 19 kills and two aces. Wabno chipped in with 10 kills and five aces, while also starring on defense with 24 digs. Johnson accounted for 22 assists.
Golfers dominate Tanners
The Marblehead golfers (6-1) defeated host Peabody on Sept. 19 at The Meadow, 59.5-12.5.
All eight Magicians won their matches, including Matt Weed (8-1), Christopher Locke (7.5-1.5), Jacob Hershfield (8.5-.5), Marty Ryan (7-2), Jacob Aizanman (8.5-.5), Matt Mahan (6.5-2.5) and Adrian Baron (6-3).
Weed was the medalist in this match with 1-under-par 35. Locke and Ryan each shot even par 36. Hershfield ended up shooting a 37.
Field hockey team learns lesson
On Friday, Sept. 23, the Magicians field hockey team learned a valuable lesson: to play to the whistle.
After the ball was advanced by a Swampscott foot into the circle, the MHS players stopped, expecting a whistle. Their rivals capitalized to score what turned out to be the only goal in the game.
“After that goal, it was an intense back-and-forth game,” said coach Linda Rice Collins. “We had opportunities to score, but did not capitalize.”
Peighton Ridge and Sydney Hamilton stood out on offense for Marblehead. Clara Donovan and Isabelle Ferrante did the same at midfield.
Elise Burdge, Emma Callaghan, Lane Kaeyer, Anna Bobowski and James Marcey were the defensive stars. Goalie Maggie Beauchesne came up with 14 saves to keep the game close.