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Marblehead High girls basketball gets back to work
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Marblehead High girls basketball gets back to work

As Marblehead High School athletes joined their peers last week to transition from the fall season to winter sports with the start of practice, girls basketball coach Paul Moran appears to be ready for another winning campaign. The Magicians finished 12-8 last year after dropping a Division 2 preliminary round game to Masco, the 25th seed, 50-29. Stella Monaco, Isabell Ferrante, and Carlin McGowan are this year’s captains, and Moran has plenty to go around to fill out the rosters, with 30-plus prospective players coming out for tryouts. They are evenly divided among the four grades, setting up for a solid season in the present tense, not to mention a bright foreseeable future. “There is a great group of older kids and younger kids in this year’s program,” Moran said.   ...
By the numbers, Marblehead’s Rudloff sets new standard for excellence
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By the numbers, Marblehead’s Rudloff sets new standard for excellence

The Jim Rudloff Era started in 2009, and it marked the rebirth of the Marblehead High School football program. That year, the Magicians came into the EMass Division 3 Super Bowl game at Gillette Stadium against Bishop Feehan with a 10-2 record. They were the Northeastern Conference Small Division champions, before going on to beat Rockland, 21-12, at Lynn’s Manning Field on Dec. 1 to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in the history of the program. Football coach Jim Rudloff led his team to a win on Thanksgiving Day over Swampscott, his 128th victory in 14 years at the helm of the Marblehead High program. PHOTO BY EYAL OREN/WEDNESDAYSINMHD.COM They then lost to the Shamrocks by the narrowest of margins four days later on Dec. 5, 12-6.  Despite the loss at Gillette, t...
Lucky the Leprechaun to perform at basketball ‘Friends’ Tip-Off Night Dec. 9
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Lucky the Leprechaun to perform at basketball ‘Friends’ Tip-Off Night Dec. 9

The Friends of Marblehead Basketball will host a Tip-Off Night in the gym at Marblehead High School from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Girls and boys in grades four and up are invited to register. The $20 admission includes an event T-shirt. The event will feature a high-flying dunking performance from Boston Celtics mascot Lucky the Leprechaun, who will also bring with him the team’s 2008 NBA Championship trophy, with which photos may be taken. Attendees can also meet and play with the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams, challenge their teachers to a shooting contest or win the coveted title of “Best Foul-Shooter of Marblehead.” Dr. Timothy DiFrancesco, owner and operator of TD Athletes Edge, former trainer of the Los Angeles Lakers, will ...
Magicians end season on high note with Turkey Day thrashing of Swampscott
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Magicians end season on high note with Turkey Day thrashing of Swampscott

Both the Marblehead and the Swampscott football teams came to their traditional Thanksgiving Day clash chips on their shoulders, having seen their dreams of repeating as Super Bowl champions dashed earlier this month. But only the Magicians were able to take out their frustrations once play started, as they walloped Swampscott, 48-7, Thursday morning at Piper Field. Zander Danforth turns towards paydirt as the sidelines and stands erupt. Danforth and his Marblehead teammates cruised to an easy victory in their annual Thanksgiving Day game against Swampscott. PHOTO BY EYAL OREN / WEDNESDAYSINMHD.COM The Magicians got three touchdowns from junior Chris Dewitt, one on a pass from quarterback Miles O’Neill, one on a 37-yard interception return and the final one another defensive gem...
Marblehead’s next running sensation comes of age early on
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Marblehead’s next running sensation comes of age early on

Marblehead High School freshman runner Marri O’Connell is shown staying ahead of her Danvers counterpart during a NEC cross-country meet this fall. COURTESY PHOTO / MUFFY PAQUETTE  Marblehead’s great tradition in track has another runner coming up through the ranks, who is beginning to turn heads as a Marblehead High School freshman after a sensational fall on the state’s cross-country courses. Her name is Marri O’Connell, and one of those heads she turned first was MHS girls cross-country coach William Herlihy.“Coming into this season, I didn’t have any expectations, because Marri had never run cross-country before,” Herlihy said. “But during the first week of the season, she finished first in our 2-mile time trial, and so it quickly became clear that she would be one of our top ru...
Marblehead looks to extend winning streak over Thanksgiving rival
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Marblehead looks to extend winning streak over Thanksgiving rival

Marblehead captain Christian Pacheco (55) and his fellow seniors will be looking to close out their Magicians football careers with a win over rival Swampscott on Thanksgiving. PHOTO BY EYAL OREN / WEDNESDAYSINMHD. Where were you on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012? If you were at Blocksidge Field around noon that Thanksgiving Day, you saw the last time the Big Blue beat the Magicians on the gridiron. The Marblehead boys (8-2 overall, 4-0 in the Northeastern Conference) will look to make it 10 straight over Swampscott (3-7 overall, 0-3 in the NEC) in the 119th edition of the rivalry between the two neighboring communities at Piper Field this year on Nov. 24, starting at 10 a.m.  For Marblehead, it will be a big lift after a tough playoff loss to host Milton in a Division 3 quarterfinal ro...
Magicians fall just short in annual flag football game 
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Magicians fall just short in annual flag football game 

Swampscott and Marblehead girls compete in the annual Powder Puff game Saturday, November 19, 2022 at Blocksidge Field in Swampscott. Photo by Nicole Goodhue Boyd Swampscott’s Mia Schena scored the first of her three touchdowns on her team’s first play from scrimmage to give the Big Blue a lead it would never relinquish, but Marblehead managing to make things interesting in the waning moments of the annual flag football matchup between senior girls from the two rival schools Saturday morning, Nov. 19, at Swampscott’s Blocksidge Field. By late in the fourth quarter, Marblehead had battled back to make the score 21-13. Needing a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie, Marblehead got the ball deep into Swampscott territory, but time expired after a pass from Nev Koughan to Lucy Sa...
Marfione to lead Marblehead High hockey team
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Marfione to lead Marblehead High hockey team

Mark Marfione is the new boys’ hockey coach at Marblehead High School, Athletic Director Greg Ceglarski announced recently. Marfione will take over the program from coach Chris Wells, who was behind the Magicians’ bench the last four years. Mark Marfione “Mark has a proven track record that brings experience and ability to continue building a successful team,” said Ceglarski. “We want to thank Chris (Wells) for his time and energy given to the program, as he was a valuable asset to the Marblehead coaching staff.” According to Ceglarski, Marfione has had great success prior to coming to Marblehead. He has coached at a number of schools throughout the Greater Boston area, and most recently was the head coach of the Cambridge Rindge & Latin Falcons. “(Marfione) brought (th...
Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race returns for 2023
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Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race returns for 2023

The 39th biennial Marblehead-to-Halifax Ocean Race will return in 2023, the first time the event will be held since before the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019. The Notice of Race is up on the web page, and registrations are now being accepted. The committee is already at work planning for onshore activities. The 363-nautical-mile race will start in Marblehead Harbor on July 9, 2023, sponsored by the Boston Yacht Club and the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron. Competitors leave the starting line in Marblehead Harbor, bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia. COURTESY PHOTO “The Notice of Race is up, and we’re thrilled to be back,” said Vice Commodore Bruce Baker, co-chair of the race. “We think there is pent-up demand because of the pandemic, and we are expecting a brisk signup." The 2021 ra...
Marblehead boys bring home first Division 1C cross country state title since 2015
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Marblehead boys bring home first Division 1C cross country state title since 2015

The Marblehead High School boys cross-country team went to the Division 1C State Divisional Championship in Wrentham Nov. 11 with a game plan and executed it flawlessly, coming home with its first state title since 2015. Ryan Thompson (eighth, 16:22), Isaac Gross (ninth, 16:24), Harrison Kee (12th, 16:38), David DiCostanzo (20th, 17:05), Ryan Blestowe (27th, 17:12), Errol Apostolopoulos (50th, 17:44) and Gabe Bayramian (73rd, 18:14) were the winning Magicians in this meet. The Marblehead boys cross country team celebrates their Division 1C State Divisional Championship win in Wrentham Nov. 11. COURTESY PHOTO “This is the team's first divisional championship since 2015,” said veteran coach Brian Heenan. “The boys' performance was even more impressive given that they were missing s...