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Amesbury boys/girls sweep Pentucket and Newburyport in outdoor track

Michaela Halloran quickly takes the lead for Amesbury in the 2-mile

Drew Everett and Brian Abel are 1-2 in the two-mile

(Newburyport MA) Good day for the boys/girls track teams of Amesbury.

The undefeated Indians came away with victories over Pentucket and Newburyport on a comfortable, then chilly, Wednesday afternoon of Cape Ann League outdoor track at Fuller Field.

Division 2 Pentucket and Division 3 Amesbury have two of the best track teams in the area.  Both were 7-1 last year. Be certain that when the CAL season ends, the Sachems and Indians will figure significantly in the post-season races.

Please permit a paragraph of whine: With no numbers, it is a challenge to  sort out names.  With no posted stats, it is a challenge to produce accurate results.

Reminds me of some Maine lore.  An out-of-towner drove into a small Maine village and hit a tremendous pot hole.  After coming to a stop, and checking his tire, the Flatlander expressed his displeasure to the first local he saw.  “Why don’t you have a sign warning about that pot hole?” he asked.  The local guy responded, “Everybody knows about it.”

Pentucket’s Keegan O’Keefe finishes the 4×100

Kind of like area outdoor track.  Who needs a program when everyone knows each other!

That’s one of the things I like about outdoor track; relaxed atmosphere.  There’s plenty of socializing and plenty of encouraging going on.

I thought that host Newburyport was wonderfully organized.  Things ran smoothly and quickly.

Fuller Field seems to be perfectly set up for outdoor track.  Are bleachers a necessity?  Not on this afternoon.

Prime reason for covering today’s meet?  Take a look at UNH commit Saige Tudisco.  The Pentucket senior delivered.  Won all four events (long jump, high jump, 100 hurdles, 200) and she was in with a next-level approach to each event.  The highlight for Saige may have been beating the very fast Caroline Schissel (Amesbury) in the 200.

Saige Tudisco edges Caroline Schissel in the 200

Caroline Schissel (left) nips teammate Schuyler Snay in the 100. Kaley Enright is 3rd.

Earlier, Caroline had a win over teammate Schuyler Snay in the 100 setting an Amesbury school record (12.19) in the process.

The Amesbury girls defeated Pentucket 79-66 while the AHS boys won 78-67.

The third school in the tri-meet (Newburyport) had wins from Sam Acquaviva (800) and Donte Harmon (100 meters).

Freshman Syeira Campbell takes the 400

Pentucket’s promising freshman (Syeira Campell) cruised in the 400 (59-84).

Amesbury’s Chelsea Lynch (400 hurdles, pole vault, 800) and Michaela Halloran (mile, two mile, 4 x 100 relay) finished first in three events.

The weather today highlighted the best of spring (sunny 60s) early on and later lowlighted the worst of spring (cloudy, windy, fog, 40s). How do you dress for such conditions?

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Charlie Schissel wins tight 200

Schuyler Snay finishes the 4 x 100

John Sydlowski wins 400

Amesbury’s Sydlowski twins

400 – Chelsea Lynch, Ellison Seymour, Maia Esty

Clippers Donte Harmon wins the 100

110 hurdles – Jack Clohisy wins

Saige in the 100 hurdles

Sam LaPointe, Zach Labrecque, John Nelson watch the shot put competition

Drew Everett and Chelsea Lynch

Saige in the high jump

Chelsea Lynch won the pole vault

Beverly Browne sets to pole vault

Peter Lopata takes the mile for Pentucket

Michaela Halloran cruises in the two-mile

Saige in the long jump

Saige Tudisco

Chelsea Lynch takes 400 hurdles

Newburyport senior Anastasia Hansen honored before the meet

 

 

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Manchester-Essex holds off Amesbury 5-4 in eight innings

Robbie Sarmanian settles under the final out.

Play at second

(Amesbury MA) “We have a lot of pitching options,” said Manchester-Essex coach BJ Weed.

And those of us watching yesterday afternoon at Amesbury High School saw five of them during an eight-inning game won by ME, 5-4, over the Indians on sunny Tuesday afternoon.

The Hornets (6-5) carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the 7th but Amesbury tied it on a sacrifice fly by Derek Beaupre.

Cosmo Pallazola escaped a 7th inning jam

Not only did the Indians tie it, but they had runners on first (Blake Bennett) and third (Logan Burrill) with only one out and a chance for a nifty comeback win. But not on this afternoon.  Reliever Cosmo Pallazola retired Derek Doherty on a popup and K’d Jeremy Lopez to extend the game.

AHS coach Joel Brierly told me after their last game, that his team needed to learn to be able to make the “routine plays.”

Their inability to make those routine plays gave the Hornets two runs in their half of the eighth.  A throwing error by 3B Tom Flanagan, a balk and wild pitch by pitcher Logan Burrill, and a misplayed fly ball in RF by Jeremy Lopez, were factors in the visitors collecting two runs.  Senior Jackson Levendusky drove across Robbie Sarmanian to get one of the runs.  Later Jackson scored, what proved to be the winning run, on the drop in right field.

3B Tom Flanagan makes a tough catch

Senior Robbie Sarmanian took over the pitching duties in the 8th for Manchester-Essex.  A walk and a fielder’s choice got Amesbury’s Tucker Molin to second.  Tucker scored when shortstop Bennett O’Leary threw away a two-out grounder.  Robbie, however, was able to catch the final out near the foul line to end the game and get the save.

Amesbury starter Graham Gannett gave up three runs on five hits during seven innings of work.

The Indians (5-6) flashed some pretty good defense through seven innings.  CF Logan Burrill turned a running catch into a double play in the Manchester third.  2B Derek Doherty handled a hard-hit, one-hopper to end the Hornets fourth.  3B Tom Flanagan ventured back toward the outfield and make a tough running catch to close the 7th inning.  Unfortunately, for Amesbury, the 8th inning wasn’t nearly as clean defensively and it cost the Indians dearly.

Elbow pain

Senior Mitch Paccone started for Manchester-Essex and left after three pitches to Amesbury’s second batter, complaining of elbow pain.  Dylan Wilson and Mason Paccone followed before Cosmo Pallazola came on for the 7th and Robbie Sarmanian finished for the visitors in the eighth.

ME got a run in the second inning.  Bennett O’Leary doubled to the fence in left and came home on a sacrifice fly by Cosmo Pallazola.

The Indians (3-7) evened the score in the 4th.  Derek Beaupre walked leading off and later was driven across on Tom Flanagan’s flair to right.

ME put two across in the fifth.  Mike Quill drove in Will Janowicz with a blooper to left field.  Later, Robbie Sarmanian’s fielder’s choice brought in freshman Will Levendusky.

The Division four Hornets have now defeated Amesbury four straight times.  The Hornets got by Amesbury 2-1 in April as Mitch Paccone K’d eight Indians and Jackson Levendusky drove in both runs.

Junior Mike Amundsen came off the AHS bench in the bottom of the 7th to provide some excitement on the bases.  Mike replaced Graham Gannett who had walked to start the inning.  Mike was then nearly picked off first and then second as many of his teammates were insisting that he stay closer to the base he was at.  Distracting a team’s defense without getting caught is probably a good thing.  Mike did get the 2nd AHS run.

3B Mike Quill battles the wind

Mike Quill and Will Janowicz each had two hits for ME.  Cosmo Pallazola had two rbi.

Tom Flanagan and Derek Beaupre each had an rbi for Amesbury.

Nice afternoon for baseball.  Later the shadows made it a little difficult for yours truly to see the ball.

Wondered why Mitch Paccone and his very sore elbow went from pitching to playing second base.  Probably not unusual.  I’ve seen pitchers throw many innings of pitches and then stop pitching and play shortstop.  Are those arms fooled??

ME pitcher Dylan Wilson stopped Tucker Molin’s hot grounder in the 4th inning with his stomach and then threw to first.

Coach BJ Weed watches from long range

ME coach BJ Weed served the last game of a two-game suspension by watching from the distant bleachers along the right-field foul line.

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Reaching for the bag

Will Janowicz had two hits

Shortstop Jon LaVerde calls

Pitcher Dylan Wilson

Lars Arntsen

Graham Gannett

Cosmo Pallazola

Mike Amundsen gets to third base

Mike Amundsen scores

Jackson Levendusky

AHS trouble in the eighth

 

 

 

 

 

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Luke Lagos leads Amesbury past Rockport 10-7 in CAL baseball

Luke Lagos struck out eight Vikings in today’s win

Luke Lagos on second after driving in three with a fifth inning double

(Amesbury MA) A losing streak had to end.

Today Amesbury’s two-game slide ended as they defeated Rockport, 10-7, on a sunny Saturday of Cape Ann League baseball.

The Indians’ Luke Lagos led the way for Amesbury with solid pitching and timely hitting.  The AHS senior lefty recorded eight strikeouts in six innings of work while at the bat Luke had two hits, including a bases-clearing double.  He drove across five teammates.

Amesbury coach Joel Brierley was pleased with the result: “It’s nice to win a home game but we have a lot of work to do especially defensively.”

Neither team was solid in the field with each squad erring three times.  “We made some costly errors,” said Rockport coach John Parisi afterwards. “It was two young teams trying to get better.”

Noah Rawson had three hits and scored three runs for Rockport

Amesbury had a tenuous 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning before gaining separation with a five-spot. The resulting 10-3 lead was too much for the Vikings (1-10) to overcome, although they did rally for two in the 6th off Luke Lagos and got two more in the seventh inning off AHS reliever Thomas Flanagan.

The breakaway fifth saw AHS get runs on wild pitches (Sean Reardon) and Luke Lagos’s double to the fence in right that drove three Indians across.

“I was tired by then,” said Luke afterwards about his double, “and hoping it would clear the fence.  But it did clear the bases. I had been 0-for-7 coming into today’s game so it was nice to start hitting again.”

Senior Charlie MacDowell made his first start today

Despite the 4-game losing streak Coach Parisi saw some good things in today’s game: “This was pitcher Charlie MacDowell’s first start and I thought he did pretty well.”

The big stat collector for Rockport was senior Noah Rawson.  The Vikings’ catcher had three of his team’s eight hits and scored three runs.

For Amesbury (3-6), Logan Burrill was on base three times and drove in two runs.

Both Tucker Molin and Graham Gannett had two hits, and each scored twice.

“Our pattern has been to play well for five or six innings and then have a bad inning,” explained Coach Brierley.  “Just consistently making the routine plays will help us.”

Luke Lagos struck out the side in fifth with a nice mix of fastballs and sliders.  “I had a good slider at times.  Just need to be more consistent with it.”

Luke ended the Rockport 6th catching Cal Twombly off the base and seeing Cal erased in a rundown.

Looking for the handle

Nice weather. All the rain we’ve had, now mixed with sunshine, will cause the grass to grow in a hurry.  A couple of times the ball rolled toward the backstop and disappeared from sight!

In the last twelve meetings between the two teams, the Indians hold a 7-5 edge.  The two teams will meet again this Thursday in Rockport.

The Vikings had been averaging 3 runs a game and giving up 10 runs per game.  “When you score seven runs in a high school game like we did today, you should win,” said Coach Parisi.

The Vikings were 14-9 last season and reached the Division 4 North finals.

The Vikings will not be able to use the Sullivan Rule to get into the postseason because Ipswich and Hamilton-Wenham have moved to Division 4.

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Tucker Molin, Graham Gannett, Thomas Flanagan

Umpire Mike Sullivan

Hillside crowd

Sean Reardon

Jeremy Lopez ready to apply the tag

Reaching for third

3B Austin Matus chases a grounder

Logan Burrill tags out Cal Twombly

Blake Bennett stretches for third

Holding the runner

Blake Bennett

 

 

 

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Triton defeats Amesbury 4-1 to gain tourney

Eve Paicos reaches 3B as the throw comes to Sydney Daileanes

Emma DiPietro homered in the first inning for Amesbury

(Amesbury MA) The Triton softball team keeps rolling along. That’s six straight for the team from Byfield.

This afternoon the Vikings (9-1) got themselves into the post-season with a tight 4-1 win over Amesbury.

“This was a big win for Triton,” explained 3rd year coach Dave Dupere afterwards.  “We qualified for the tournament and we did it against two of the best pitchers (Emily O’Donnell & Hayley Catania) in the Cape Ann League.”

Amesbury (4-5) jumped ahead quickly in the first inning as junior Emma DiPietro took advantage of fenceless Perry Field and homered down the left field line.

Katherine Quigley tossed a 4-hitter for the Vikings

“That first-batter homer was a shock,” said Vikings shortstop Bridget Sheehan, “but we are good at bouncing back.”

The immediate 1-0 deficit was a wake-up call for Triton pitcher Katherine Quiqley. “Amesbury is a very good hitting team and I knew that I wanted to keep the ball inside and low on them.  That home run pitch got way too much of the strike zone.”

Lesson learned.  Thereafter, with better pitch spotting, the Indians were limited to only three hits over the final 6 2/3 innings.

The Vikings broke through on AHS starter Emily O’Donnell in the 3rd inning.  Dani West singled to left before Eve Paicos duplicated Emma DiPietro’s homer with a liner/roller to left.

Now ahead 2-1, the Vikings put three hits together in a row in the 4th inning to collect another pair of runs.  A single by Bridget Sheehan was followed by a triple to left center by Emily Karvielis scoring Bridget.  “I thought that the left fielder was going to catch it but then it went into the gap,”said Emily afterwards.”  A Colleen McCarthy single on the ground up the middle drove in Triton’s 4th run.

Eve Paicos rounds second as Amesbury sets up a relay

Sophomore Eve Paicos

The Eve Paicos homer was a big surprise to me.  Why?  I did the Triton game on Tuesday at Newburyport and never saw Eve play at all.  Today, batting 9th, I wasn’t prepared for her shot to left.  Coach Dupere and Bridget Sheehan both insisted afterwards, however, that the sophomore hits for power.

The Vikings had only six hits and Eve had two of them today.  Next time I won’t be as surprised.

Not surprising to Coach Dupere was the play of his infield.  “In my opinion, we have the best infield in the league.”  Hard not to agree.  With Katherine Quigley keeping the ball down, there were plenty (fourteen) of infield grounders.

3B Colleen McCarthy was busy with seven of them.

2B Emily Karvielis made a diving stop and threw from her knees to end the Amesbury first.

In the 4th inning shortstop Bridget Sheehan made a nice running catch in left.  Later, in the same inning, she was able to handle a two-out grounder despite having baserunner Abby Aponas go in front of her just before the ball got to her.

Senior Hayley Catania retired eight straight Vikings

The Vikings needed all the pitching and defense they could find on this afternoon because Amesbury was on its game.  There were no unearned runs.  No walks.  In five of today’s innings the Vikings totaled just one baserunner!  Relief pitcher Hayley Catania retired the last eight Vikings in a row.

But the four runs were enough for Triton to run their win streak to six.  Their only loss has been to undefeated North Reading, 6-2.  There is a rematch ahead this month.  Might want to see that one!

The Indians haven’t won a game in two weeks.  Today’s performance should be a source of encouragement for their games ahead.  The defense made plays and the pitching was solid.  Now if they can get some hits.  Despite the two-week slide, Amesbury still leads the Baker Division of the CAL.

The Indians had won five straight versus Triton.  Last Vikings win was in 2013.

Triton has six games before they face North Reading.  Four of the teams they face they have already beaten once.  The other two opponents have losing records.  Never good to count your chickens before they’re hatched, however.

Scary moment in the first inning.  A Hayley Catania foul ball curved into the bleachers and caught a lady on the side of the head.  There was immediate attention and ice packs and hopefully she is okay.

RF Dani West settles under the final out

Triton nearly had the bases loaded in the 5th inning but the home plate umpire reversed a walk to Zoe Cesati after owning up to his mistake on the count.  Zoe then popped up and Bridget lined out stranding the two runners on 2nd and 3rd.

Hayley Catania started the game for AHS at 3B and immediately successfully handled two Triton bunt attempts.  Hayley will attend UMass Boston in the fall to study nursing and play softball.

The weather was overcast and in the low 60s.

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3B Colleen McCarthy throws to first

One that got away

Taylor Penniman

Sydney Daileanes

Abby Aponas screens Bridget

Bridget locates the ball

Catcher Hanniah Burdick looks for a sign

Pitcher Katherine Quigley makes a play to first

3B Colleen McCarthy had six assists

Kaylie Cloutier makes a play at first

Shortstop Emma DiPietro

First inning scare

 

 

 

 

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Concord-Carlisle routs Amesbury 16-6 in nonleague softball

Ashlee Porcaro out at the plate as catcher Virginia Ryan applies the tag

Maeve Devlin had one of Concord-Carlisle’s two homers

(Amesbury MA) The undefeated Concord-Carlisle Patriots crushed Amesbury, 16-6, on Saturday morning in a non-league game.

The Patriots (3-0) batted around in two different innings and rapped out twelve hits including two homers in an impressive display.

Amesbury pitchers (Hayley Catania & Emily O’Donnell) were hit hard and surrendered twelve walks.  Seven of those walkers scored.

Senior Nicole Small went the distance for the team from the Dual County League.  Nicole gave up seven hits, two each to Hayley Catania and Karleigh Walker.

Fenceless Perry Field is not the easiest place to hit a home run but there were three in this game.  All three shots (Maeve Devlin, Virginia Ryan, Emma Catania) were to the right side and probably would have left a fenced field.  All three homers were so well hit that there wasn’t a play at the plate in any of them.

The Patriots had their two-run homers within the first three innings and jumped ahead 8-0.

Pitcher Nicole Small fields Emma DiPietro’s bunt

The Indians came back with two runs in the fourth inning.  Emma Catania drove in the first on a fielder’s choice while the other one came in on an infield error (3B Alyssa Attonito).

The visitors took the outcome doubt out of this one in the 6th inning.  A bad combination (for Amesbury) of four CC hits and four Amesbury walks resulted in a seven-run frame and substitutions that I won’t even attempt to describe.

The Indians put four runs up in their half of the 6th.  A two-out infield blooper by Hayley Catania brought in one run (Julia Campbell).  Sophomore Emma Catania went deep right to deliver the other three runs.

Against a good team like Division 1 Concord-Carlisle, the chances for a Division 3 teams like Amesbury to win would necessitate a lot of things going right.  Not on this morning.  Besides the hits and walks, the Indians twice ran into outs at home plate.  Credit CC on one of them: A Julia Campbell bunt, with Ashlee Porcaro on 3B, turned into a double play; pitcher to first to home.

Emma Catania’s home run celebrated

I have seen a few softball games, but I saw something happen in this game that was new to me.  During the 7th inning, CC coach Lisa McGloin visited with batter Nicole Seeley.  The conversation ended with Nicole being given a different bat.  Sure enough, Nicole would use the different bat to drive in the Patriots 16th run.  That’s what I call coaching!

Amesbury has now lost four straight to CC.

Amesbury was 17-7 last season while Concord-Carlisle was 18-3.  Two very successful programs.  Amesbury has won the Cape Ann League Baker division four straight years.

The sun was out but the breeze was too.  At least there weren’t snow flurries like yesterday.  One of the pictures I look today looked like there were ice-glazed trees in the background.

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3B Alyssa Attonito

RF Audrey McKennitt

Shortstop Colleen Boyle makes a nice running, leaping catch

collision course

Catcher Virginia Ryan sets to throw to first

Virginia Ryan homered for CC

Catcher Virginia Ryan

2B Abby Aponas sets to finish a double play after a nice catch

Emma Catania out by plenty at the plate

Catcher Hannaih Burdick chases a foul ball

infield hit

RF Karleigh Walker catches a fly

Winning pitcher Nicole Small

Maeve Devlin, Madelyn DiPietro, assistant coach Adam Thibodeau

CF Catherine Kingman nailed a runner at the plate

Catcher Virginia Ryan ends the Amesbury 4th

Pitcher Haley Catania

 

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Bedford executes late and defeats Amesbury 61-58 in D3N quarterfinals

Lauren Legere (13 points) goes baseline for Bedford

Mel Proulx looks to pass

(Amesbury MA) “That game could have gone either way,” said Bedford coach Jason Talanien afterwards.

When Flannery O’Connor’s 3-point attempt missed in the closing seconds, the Bedford Buccaneers had an, 61-58, Division 3 North quarterfinals win over Amesbury on Thursday night.

“It was back-and-forth all night,” said AHS coach Matt Willis.  “Great effort by both teams.”

The Bucs (13-9) trailed by three (57-54) with three minutes left.  “We’ve had many close games,” explained Coach Talanien, “and we have worked a lot on last-minute execution.”

One thing that the team from the Dual County League did well was take the ball to the basket.  The Indians (13-8) used a 3-2 zone to protect the perimeter but this gave the Bedford drivers openings and they weren’t shy about taking advantage.  Fifteen Bedford baskets were in the layup area.

Ali Napoli (26 points) in from the left

The Bucs defeated Whittier in the first round with eleven 3-pointers, hence the Amesbury’s 3-2 zone.  Bedford had only three long ones versus Amesbury but one of them, by Jenn Rennich, came in the final three minutes.

The Bucs were also good at the free-throw line hitting 17-for-23.  None bigger than two straight by Annie Cowen with fifteen seconds left.

Joelle DeLia’s layup (1:53) brought Bedford within one, 57-56.  Next possession Jenn Rennich drilled a three from in front of the Bedford bench to give the Bucs the lead, 59-57, with 1:25 to go.

Ali Napoli went to the line with thirty-three seconds left with a chance to tie the game but made only the second shot.

The Bucs guarded that slim one-point lead (59-58) until Annie Cowen was fouled with fifteen seconds remaining.  With the Amesbury student section yelling in her left ear, Annie made both shots.

The Indians needed a made three to tie but on this frantic evening it didn’t happen.

Flannery O’Connor secures a rebound

Both teams extended pressure full-court the whole game and every rebounder was liable to get double-teamed.

“Our defense was better in the second half,” said Coach Talanien. “Trying for steals got us into foul trouble in the first half.”

Ali Napoli (26 points) had another remarkable performance.  Because of the Indians youth and inexperience, Ali was expected to be the primary ball-handler, top rebounder, and leading scorer. The upgrade in my eyes of her game in this game was her ability to get the ball to open teammates.  I had her for seven assists.

Bedford had four players in double figures; Joelle Delia (18), Annie Cowen (15), Lauren Legere (13), and Cate Marcus (10).

Joelle DeLia (18 points) defended by Ali Napoli

Joelle had four successful driving layups in her 10-point final quarter.

Flannery O’Connor tallied fifteen for Amesbury.

Bedford was 5-15 last season.

Amesbury made 8-of-17 free throws.

There were ten lead changes including five in the final quarter.

The Buccaneers had a seven-point lead in the first quarter (11-4) before Ali Napoli and Catherine LaForte (three with 4 seconds left) drove AHS ahead 17-16 to end that quarter.

“This was a great experience for our young team,” explained Coach Willis.  “Every girl is coming back next season.”

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Bedford box

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Annie Cowen hit clutch free throws in the closing seconds

Cate Marcus trapped in a corner by Ashley Porcaro and Ciara Sullivan

Ciara Sullivan and Joelle DeLia

Ali Napoli gets in for two

Flannery O’Connor tries to get past Cate Marcus

Joelle DeLia (11) runs into Mary Bullis

Annie Cowen (15 points) eyes the hoop

Lauren Legere finishes

Mary Bullis gets a rebound

Lauren Legere hit two 3’s

Jenn Rennich (hit a big three late in the game)

 

 

 

 

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Defense leads Ipswich to 74-69 overtime win against Amesbury

Jason Finkst (24) shoots over three Indians

Izzy Morrissey (10 points) made a huge three in overtime

(Amesbury MA) One team had trouble making shots while the other team had trouble with turnovers.

In overtime, it was Ipswich that made a big shot (Izzy Morrissey) to give the Tigers an exciting, 74-69, win over Amesbury on Thursday night.

The Indians (7-11) honored their seniors pregame and there were 3rd & 4th graders playing at halftime.  That brought out an enthusiastic crowd and there was plenty for them to get revved up about.

The most excited person after the game may have been Ipswich coach Alan Laroche.  “Wow, that was nice,” said the Tigers’ coach. “After the season we’ve had, to get that win sure felt good.”

Ipswich (6-15) had W’s over Rockport (twice) and Georgetown (once) in the Cape Ann League before tonight’s victory.

I saw Amesbury in their home opener against Hamilton-Wenham.  The Indians lost only by three points in that one despite thirty turnovers.

Tonight’s loss had a similar flavor for the home team.  They were in the 30’s again in turnovers and still could have won this game.

“What turned the game for us,” said Coach Laroche, “was our defense.  We pressured them into a lot of turnovers.”

Senior Zach Labrecque eyes the hoop

The pass attempt after an Ipswich double-team seemed to be the one that led to the most Amesbury miscues.

Amesbury shot their way into sizable leads in every quarter; 18-12 in the first, 26-16 in the second, 45-34 in the third, and 62-54 in the fourth.

However, in every quarter the visitors would rally back, driven by their defense.

In the last quarter Ipswich actually rallied into a three-point lead with fifteen seconds left on a turn-two by Izzy Morrissey plus a free throw.  But Nick Everett had the answer as he drained a three of his own from in front of the Amesbury student section sending those folks into a frenzy and this one into overtime.

In overtime, Zach Long made two straight free throws and Billy Sydlowski answered with two free throws with 1:43 remaining.

For Amesbury, there were three turnovers before Billy made two of his four free throws and there were two more miscues after the free throws. Those final two killed Amesbury’s comeback plans.

Zach Long (20 points) shoots over Jaden Kelher

After the AHS free throws tied the game (69-69), Izzy Morrissey took a pass from Ben Yanakakis and hit what turned out to be the game-winning three with 1:25 left.

Jason Finkst’s two free throws with nine seconds left finished the scoring.

“We made some big shots down the stretch,” said Coach Laroche. “Izzy’s three in OT was huge for us.”

Coach Laroche: “It was one of those games where we didn’t melt when we got behind.  Our defense was key to our comebacks.”

Zach Long (20), Ben Yanakakis (19), Izzy Morrissey (10), and Jason Finkst (12) led the Ipswich scorers.

AHS coach Tom Comeau gave minutes to everyone on his team and ten of them scored points.  Billy Sydlowski (16), and Thomas McAndrews (14) led the scorers.

On January 5th Amesbury won at Ipswich (75-63) as they had four players reach double figures.

Ipswich had lost three straight games prior to tonight’s win.

Dan Stedman turned a teammate’s missed free throw into an old-fashioned 3-point play as part the Tigers comeback in the 4th quarter.

Freshman Thomas McAndrews was 6-for-6 from the foul line

Freshman Thomas McAndrews looks like a player with a bright future with Amesbury.  He made all six free throw attempts and had a high degree of success dribbling the ball and passing the ball against the Ipswich defense.

Amesbury box

Ipswich box

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John and Billy Sydlowski were two of the seniors honored before the game

Andrew Spanoghe (2) tries to defend driving Jack Norris

Jacob Eliopoulos passes to a teammate for a layup

Billy Sydlowski (16 points) gets to the basket

Nick Everett in the lane

Nick Everett passes in flight

Tight Ipswich defense

 

 

 

 

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