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With two more meets down, Marblehead swimmers still undefeated
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With two more meets down, Marblehead swimmers still undefeated

The Marblehead High boys and girls swim and dive team (6-0) traveled to the Cape Ann YMCA for a meet versus Gloucester on Jan. 17 and won again, 85-75. Two days later, they defeated Salem at the Lynch-vanOtterloo YMCA, 87-51.  “While there were no super-fast times — probably because of the late start time at Gloucester — a few swimmers were still credited with personal best times,” said coach Sue Guertin. Marblehead swim captains Jack Grady, left, and Cole Brooks celebrate a win in the pool during a recent meet. COURTESY PHOTO These include Sophia Weiner (100-yard freestyle, 57.71, state cut), Monica Pechhold (100-yard freestyle, 1:05.10) and Cale Nelson (500-yard freestyle, 5:18.03, state cut).  In the meet against visiting Salem, Jack Brady, Nelson, Cole Brooks and Log...
Marblehead track teams take down Peabody, Saugus; girls earn share of NEC title
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Marblehead track teams take down Peabody, Saugus; girls earn share of NEC title

Both the Marblehead boys and girls indoor track teams beat Saugus and Peabody at the brand new Track at New Balance complex in Brighton on Jan. 22. As a result of the girls’ win, the Magicians (8-1) catapulted into a three-way tie for first place in the Northeastern Conference with Peabody and Beverly. They defeated the Tanners (71-15) and the Sachems (81-5) to get back on top. The Marblehead boys (8-1) topped Peabody in a close meet, 47-39, and the Sachems, 79-6.  Boys 55-meter hurdles  The battle for the top hurdler in the conference was at stake in this event, with Alex Hersey taking first overall in the tri-meet. Errol Apostolopoulos finished second in the dual meet and third overall with an 8.99. Marc Grazado completed his quest for his sub-10-second goal. He f...
Marblehead-Swampscott grapplers wind down season
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Marblehead-Swampscott grapplers wind down season

The Marblehead-Swampscott Black & Blue co-op wrestling team has just two team wins to date, but there have been many outstanding individual performances that promise hope for the future and have brought some acclaim to seniors on the roster.   Season highlights to date   Senior captain Nicolai Tarason of Swampscott (25-7) has literally been the team’s leader. This year, he won the Anthony Lisitano Memorial, ended up fifth at the Pentucket Holiday Tourney and was third in the Daniel Gionet Memorial. “(Tarason) has been excellent on his feet, and in every other position on the mat. He’s also the vocal and emotional leader of the team,” coach Mike Stamison said. “He is a great wrestler on top, and is overall very cerebral, intelligent and tough.” Tarason’s...
MAGICIANS NOTEBOOK: After Beverly loss, boys hoop bounces back
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MAGICIANS NOTEBOOK: After Beverly loss, boys hoop bounces back

The Marblehead High boys basketball team suffered some defensive lapses against Beverly on Jan. 19, and as a result the Panthers were able to prevail, 74-67. “We gave up two different runs against Beverly and lost sight of (Dylan) Crowley, who dropped 33 on us,” said coach Mike Giardi. The Marblehead boys also trailed at halftime, 46-33. Tyrone Countrymon paced the offensive attack for the Magicians with 19 points. Isaiah Makor chipped in with 15, and Nick Lemmond accounted for 14. Other scorers were Scott Campbell (7), Miles O’Neill (6), Ryan Commoss (4) and Magnus McCarthy (2).  But the Magicians managed to put the Beverly loss behind them to defeat Winthrop on Jan. 24, 75-56.   “We bounced back with a great team effort against Winthrop, where 11 guys ended up...
Marbleheaders spark Prep soccer’s chemical reaction
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Marbleheaders spark Prep soccer’s chemical reaction

The role and importance of chemistry is oft-debated in the sports world, but you won’t find any doubters on the 2022 St. John’s Prep varsity soccer roster. In fact, from top to bottom, the recently crowned state champions view chemistry a little like fictional Wall Street icon Gordon Gecko viewed greed. Chemistry is good. Chemistry works. Chemistry clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.  Just ask either of the two Marblehead residents who were key components of St. John Prep’s extraordinary, unbeaten run to the state title this past fall. “The team chemistry was off the charts,” said Callum Rigby, an attacking midfielder, 17, who grew up on Selman Street. “I think I’ll remember the camaraderie most, whether it was singing on the bus, loc...
MAGICIANS NOTEBOOK: Boys hoop escapes Swampscott, Masco
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MAGICIANS NOTEBOOK: Boys hoop escapes Swampscott, Masco

The Marblehead High boys basketball team (6-2 in the Northeastern Conference, 7-4 overall) was able to prevail in two close games against rival Swampscott (61-60) and Masco (61-58).  Even though they ended up winning both, coach Mike Giardi understands there’s still much room for improvement.  “Both games were extremely close, and both opponents came to play, but we were not ready to play them,” he said. “We had to dig ourselves out of holes in both games to win them.”  The Magicians then lost to Beverly on Jan. 19, 74-67. It was only a three-point game with 45 seconds left in regulation.  “While we played with much more intensity against Beverly, we still had some lapses that allowed Beverly to go on a couple of runs,” Giardi said.  Swampscott led, 23-2...
Marblehead High swimmers edge Beverly to remain undefeated
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Marblehead High swimmers edge Beverly to remain undefeated

The Marblehead High boys and girls swim and dive team (4-0) kept its perfect season intact after beating Beverly on Jan. 10, 84-78. The Headers came through once again to win this close meet against a Northeastern Conference rival because of their extraordinary depth, according to their veteran coach Sue Guertin.  Members of the Marblehead High School swim team are shown in the pool, from front to back, Maddie Auerbach, Ezra Reid, Quinn Sullivan and Bella Takata; second row, captain Jack Grady, Ian Chemel, Cece Robbins, Finn Bergquist, Brinleigh Callahan, captain Cole Brooks, Song Waitekus, Sophia Weiner, Will Cerrutti and Cale Nelson. COURTESY PHOTO In the 200-yard medley relay, Jack Grady, Greg Podstrelov, Gary Podstrelov and Logan Doody (1:51, sectional cut) secured first place. ...
Cheered by Marblehead Youth Football teammates, Prep pair claims Super Bowl of their own
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Cheered by Marblehead Youth Football teammates, Prep pair claims Super Bowl of their own

Pat Dever touched the ball on every offensive snap he played this past season for the St. John’s Prep football team. As the center on the offensive line, that was the Tufts Street resident’s job. The final time he touched the ball in his high school career, however, was to run out the clock on a Super Bowl title, capping a 13-0 slugfest victory over Springfield Central at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 3. Senior center Pat Dever (58) anchored the St. John’s Prep offensive line to its third state title in its last four attempts with help from junior right guard Wells Gillett (52). Both players are from Marblehead. But as the 6-foot, 230-pound lineman tells it, there was much deeper meaning in that moment than a whistle that meant he’d earned a ring. “I remember going to Prep games w...
Marblehead High indoor track teams keep on running and winning 
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Marblehead High indoor track teams keep on running and winning 

In a tri-meet on Jan. 4, the Marblehead High boys and girls indoor track teams began the new year the same way the old one ended with wins against Northeastern Conference opponents. The girls defeated host Gloucester (63-19) and Masconomet (44-42), while the boys upended their Fishermen and Masco counterparts, 56-30 and 52-38, respectively. Both teams have perfect 6-0 records.  Marblehead boys indoor track sophomore Seamus Crowley runs the 300 against host Gloucester and Masco last week. COURTESY PHOTO / CAT PIPER Boys high jump Graham Tips and Errol Apostolopoulos led the way for Marblehead with identical leaps of 5-4 to finish first and second during the Masco meet, and were second and third against the Fishermen. “Both Graham and Errol have had successful seasons so far...
MAGICIANS NOTEBOOK: Boys hockey roars back, routs Danvers 
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MAGICIANS NOTEBOOK: Boys hockey roars back, routs Danvers 

The Marblehead High School boys hockey team (2-2 in the Northeastern Conference, 4-3-1 overall) routed Danvers, 6-2, after staking the Falcons to a 2-0 lead on Jan. 11. It was a nice bounce-back victory after dropping a 4-1 decision to host Winthrop Jan. 7. James Caeran paced the offensive attack with a hat trick, plus one assist. Captain Hogan Sedky and Avin Rodovsky were next in line with one goal and one assist. Charlie Grenier accounted for the other tally. Kyle Hart and London MacDonald chipped in with assists.  Goalie Leo Burdge made 24 shots in net to secure his first varsity triumph. Peabody mounts comeback on boys basketball team  The Marblehead High boys basketball team (5-3 overall, 4-1 in the state, 3-1 in the NEC) dropped a heartbreaker to host Peabody, 64-58...