The Mark Marfione era got off to a successful start after his Marblehead High School Magicians shut out host Gloucester Wednesday night, Dec. 14, 4-0.
The Marblehead boys led, 1-0 after one period, when junior captain Hogan Sedky lit the lamp from sophomore Kyle Hart.
The Magicians scored twice more in the second. Senior forward Drake Wyman notched the team’s second goal less than two minutes into the frame, with Hart picking up his second assist of the game. Hart continued to produce offensively, this time scoring a goal from Sedky to account for the second marker of the period.
Sophomore forward James Caeran was credited with the final goal of the game in the third period on the power play, with Hart collecting his third assist of the game. Captain Chris Locke was credited with an assist on the scoring play, as well.
Senior goalie Griffin Winter made 19 saves to do his part in the shutout win.
The Magicians were set to open the home season at Salem State University’s O’Keefe Center on Saturday, Dec. 17 against Masconomet.
Boys basketball beats Beverly in opener
The Marblehead High School boys basketball team defeated Beverly, 86-78 to begin a new season on Tuesday night, Dec. 13.
The Magicians rallied with a late surge to secure the opening night triumph against a club that played for the state sectional title at the TD Garden in 2020, and was a top seed (eighth overall) last year entering the state tournament in Division 1. They ended up losing to Central Catholic in a Round of 16 game.
Tyrone Countrymon was the star of the game for the Magicians, pouring in 32 points to lead all scorers. Nick Lemmond was next in line with 15 points. Ryan Commoss and Miles O’Neill netted 10 apiece.
Girls hoop team drops close one to Beverly
The Marblehead High School girls basketball team came up just short against Beverly in the first game of the season Tuesday night, 33-28.
“I give our kids a lot of credit. They fought hard at both ends of the court,” said coach Paul Moran. “We still have some things to work on, but for the first time out on the court against another team for real it was a good game.”
Senior captain Isabella Ferrante and classmate Sara Bosio paced the offensive attack for the Magicians with five points apiece. Carla McGowan was credited with two points and three rebounds. Senior captain Stella Monaco accounted for three rebounds.
Following a game against Salem Dec. 16, Moran and his 16 varsity players will be getting ready to head to Florida for a two-game tournament next week in Orlando. They will join up with the boys team, who will also play a couple of games in the Sunshine State.
“Without (boys basketball coach) Mike Giardi’s efforts, this trip would never happen,” said Moran. “(Giardi) set it all up that will also include an academic program, so the players can keep up with their studies.”