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Joe Bertrand (32 points) guides Saugus past Newburyport 62-48

Joe Bertrand (32 points) shoots a three over Drew Bourdeau

Joe Bertrand (32 points) shoots a three over Drew Bourdeau

Joe Bertrand

Joe Bertrand

(Newburyport MA)  He was just your average Joe for a half.

But then came the third quarter and senior Joe Bertrand of Saugus lit up the Clippers for seventeen points.

Joe’s terrific period gave Saugus separation from Newburyport and the Sachems came away with a, 62-48, win on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

Newburyport (2-1) hung with Saugus (2-2) for 2+ minutes into the second half.  A layup by Dan Baribeault (15 points) on a nice pass from Dillon Guthro (13 points) had the Clippers down just one (31-30).

But the rest of that third quarter……..total disaster for the home team.  The Clippers didn’t score a single point in the last 5 1/2 minutes of that quarter.

Meanwhile, Saugus rang up nineteen unanswered points to blow this one wide open (50-30) at the quarter’s end.

6-5 Joe Bertrand (32 points) did most of the damage.  He hurt the Clippers from long range (seven 3’s) getting five of them in the 3rd quarter.

Joe Bertrand launches a late three to end the third quarter

Joe Bertrand launches a late three to end the third quarter

It seemed fitting on this night that Joe would end that quarter with a fade-away long one from in front of the excited Sachems’ bench as the buzzer sounded.

It was a credit to Newburyport that after the horrible 3rd quarter they reeled off ten straight to start the next quarter.  Three inside moves by Dillon Guthro sparked the comeback.

But the Sachems had another run in them and tallied all the points (eight) in the next two minutes and moved back into a comfortable margin (58-40) with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game.  Lamarr Jones, Jack Furey, and Joe Bertrand put up the points in this game-sealing segment.

Dillon Guthro (13 points) shoots over Mike Lichwala

Dillon Guthro (13 points) shoots over Mike Lichwala

6-1 Drew Bourdeau had the unenviable task of shadowing Joe Bertrand.  Drew’s frustration got the best of him in the final period.

Saugus used a zone defense.  It worked because Newburyport had little success shooting from long range.  However, the Clippers did pass themselves into high percentage shots in close.

Justin Winn ended the first quarter with a three (off the backboard) and Kyle Artilo ended the first half the same way.

The Sachems had seventeen turnovers but only one of them in the third quarter.

This is Saugus’ first year in the Cape Ann League after forty-five years in the Northeast Conference.  The reason for the switch is that now Saugus will be able to play more schools their own size.

Two nights ago versus Triton, Joe Bertrand had twenty-five points and ten rebounds.

Dan Baribeault (15 points) breaks ahead

Dan Baribeault (15 points) breaks ahead

The Sachems next game is on Monday versus Masco on the road.

The Clippers don’t play again until a week from Monday (December 30th) when they host Triton.

Saugus was 12-10 last year.

I saw Saugus lose to Danvers two years ago at the Tsongas Arena in Division 3 tournament play.

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Saugus box

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Kyle Artilo (22) runs into some strong NHS interior defense

Kyle Artilo (22) runs into some strong NHS interior defense

Joe Bertrand blocks the shot of Dan Baribeault

Joe Bertrand blocks the shot of Dan Baribeault

Lamarr Jones tries to get around Mike Shay

Lamarr Jones tries to get around Mike Shay

Newburyport coach Tom LItalien

Newburyport coach Tom LItalien

Dillon Guthro in for two

Dillon Guthro in for two

Drew Bourdeau

Drew Bourdeau

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Newburyport Defeats Marblehead With Late Surge 43-25 in Girls Basketball

Beth Castantini (20 points) puts up a lefthanded layup.

Emily Freedland (8 points) defends Aly Leahy (12 points).

(Newburyport) Newburyport defeated non-league Marblehead, 43-25, thanks to dominating (16-3) final quarter on Monday (MLK Day) afternoon at NHS.

This game was as much about who didn’t play as it was about who did.  Kathryn DiGiammarino and Sydney Pliner for the Magicians and Molly Rowe for the Clippers did not play.  All three girls had injuries.

(To get a sense of the level of loss this was: Kathryn had twenty rebounds and fourteen points in Marblehead’s last game, Sydney generally defends the other team’s best player, and I saw Molly put up twenty-six points and handle the ball versus pressure against a strong Ipswich team.)

Let’s just say both coaches (Greg Dollas & Skip Likins) were looking at Plan B in this matchup.

Beth Castantini layup in traffic

How did Newburyport (8-3) win the game?  The Magicians had no answers for Beth Castantini.  The Clipper senior saw large and small defenders but never was discouraged from taking shots and putting up twenty points.  She dominated the boards and held Marblehead’s inside player (Lindsey Cohen) to a quiet four points.

Minus someone to defend Beth, the Magicians (7-5) were going to have to score a lot of points to win.

But, this is one of those games where the final score would give the wrong impression of how the game went.  That’s one of the reasons I script games……so I can sort games out for those who are interested yet couldn’t attend them.

Marblehead, despite its undermanned status, was very much in this one until the final quarter.  How?  They refused to go away.  Down 15-4, after four minutes in the second period, they put together a 12-4 response to trail just, 19-16, three minutes into the third quarter.

The Magician rally featured making eight of ten free throw attempts plus two McKenna Barrett layups.

McKenna Barrett layup

The visitors completed the comeback when a McKenna jump shot tied the score at 22-22 with only a minute to go in the third quarter.  Unfortunately, for Marblehead, the rest of the quarter shows a Beth Castantini triple, two missed free throws (Mia Bongiorno), and two Aly Leahy free throws – 27-22 after three periods.

The fourth quarter started harmlessly enough – an Emily Freedland layup and a McKenna free throw surrounded a Beth Castantini converted rebound of her own miss – 29-25 with 6:50 left.  No one on hand expected what happened the rest of the way.

Marblehead didn’t score another point while the Clippers totaled fourteen.  That’s a long time to go scoreless……and very frustrating to be on the scoreless end.  Coach Skip Likins picked up a technical near the end and was seen looking for the names of the officials afterwards.

Aly Leahy (12 points) scored seven in the final run including 3-of-4 from the foul line.

Emily Freedland was Marblehead’s top scorer with eight points.

The effects of an afternoon holiday game?  The Clippers missed five shots on their first possession and neither team scored during the first four minutes.

A key in this game was Aly Leahy’s ability to handle Marblehead pressure.  Usually she shares that responsibility with Molly Rowe.

Mark Rowe & Molly Rowe

Molly was in uniform and looked ready to play despite an icepack on her knee before the game.  Instead, she sat this one out next to her father on the NHS bench.

Newburyport’s next game is home on Friday night against North Reading.

Why is this entry so late?  Good question.  I had the opportunity to go to the Celtics reunion with Kendrick Perkins (Oklahoma City Thunder) and took it.  TNT made a game that started shortly after eight last nearly three hours.  Then the ride home……….Route 1 and 128 snowy, icy and untreated!  That resulted in an arrival time home (Newburyport) after 12:30AM.  That’s the best excuse I could think of for the delay………and I’m sticking with it!

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Beth Castantini fouled

Lindsey Cohen shoots against Lea Tomasz

McKenna Barrett (20) & Mary Pettigrew (33)

Mia Bongiorno collides with Cady Bennett

Lindsey Cohen shoots – Casey Barlow defends.

Emily Freedland shoots free throws at the end of first half.

Caroline Helms

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Late Score Gets Hamilton-Wenham Past Newburyport 7-0 in Division 3A Football Semifinals

Trevor Lyons (12) beats Evan Habib (8) and later Jared Bradbury (11) for game winner in last minute.

Luke Wendt (11) blocks Connor Wile pass attempt in first period near goal line.

(Andover)  Newburyport (9-3) squandered a chance to put points on the board early and the rest of the game couldn’t even get into Hamilton-Wenham territory at Andover High School on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the Generals (11-0) kept things very interesting by failing to capitalize on several chances of their own before getting the game-winner with only 32 seconds left.

HW’s 7-0 win, in the Division 3A semifinals, puts them into the Super Bowl against Bourne (12-0) at noon on Saturday at Manning Field in Lynn.

Both teams in the Super Bowl game are undefeated.

This game had enough suspense for even the strongest of hearts.  Games that go scoreless for 39 ½ minutes out of 40 minutes will do that to you!

The five-yard, game winner, by quarterback Trevor Lyons, was at the conclusion of a ten-play, five-minute drive that started at the Newburyport 40.  The HW advance toward the end zone and the winding down of the clock in a scoreless tie, created edge-of-the-seat drama.

Two memorable plays got HW into the Clipper end zone:

Elliott Burr (22) breaks free with a screen pass for 29 yards setting up the HW touchdown late in the game.

(1) On 3rd-and-15 from the N34, the Generals victimized Newburyport with a perfectly executed screen pass.  QB Lyons sold the play and as the Clippers poured in on him he flipped a short pass to Elliott Burr in the middle.  Elliott not only got the first down but reached the Clipper 5 with two minutes left.

(2) After trying to get Elliott Burr in on the left (twice), the Generals set up as if they would try it a third time.  However, instead, Trevor Lyons rolled right, beat the corner (Evan Habib), and jumped into a defender (Jared Bradbury) at the goal line to score with 32 seconds left.  Ironically, Trevor hit that same right corner of the end zone in HW’s 18-6 win at Newburyport on September 23rd.

Paul Kim added the extra point and that’s the summation of the scoring.

Connor Wile passes with Ryan Foringer closing fast on him.

Watching Newburyport unable to do more on offense was startling.  Clipper QB Connor Wile came in with nearly 2000 passing yards and 21 TD passes.  In this game he was just 5-for-16 and 33 yards.  The total Newburyport offense was a meager 76 yards and only 4 first downs.

Credit the HW defense.  Their front four or three were able to put enough pressure on Connor to hurry him up.  This allowed the Generals’ linebackers to drop into short coverage and the secondary to concentrate on the long ball.

The Clippers nearly connected deep, early in the 4th quarter, but Brett Fontaine couldn’t hold on to Connor’s pass.

The Newburyport faithful will recall a major squander by their Clippers in the first period.  Jimmy Conway intercepted a Trevor Lyons pass and Newburyport was golden on the Generals twenty.  Connor Wile converted a third down play with a scramble to the HW 9.  Runs by Connor and Tyler Martin brought the Clippers to the HW2 for third down.  Big defensive play alert – Luke Wendt deflected a pass attempt over the middle and Newburyport was forced to settle for a field goal attempt.  When Brandon Trego’s kick went wide left the squander was complete.

Any points in that possession would have been huge as the game wound scoreless minute after minute until the very end.

While Newburyport was kept out of HW territory the rest of the way the Generals had no such problem.  They just couldn’t finish…….until the very end.

The Generals reached the Clipper 20 twice, had a 68-yard TD run by Trevor Lyons called back on a penalty, and had a TD pass dropped (Matt Putur) in the Clipper end zone just before halftime.  HW racked up 198 yards and 9 first downs.

Brett Fontaine (10) intercepts pass intended for Matt Putur (21) in 4th quarter.

Hamilton-Wenham also had two interceptions.  The second one, in the final quarter, would have been one that the HW would have been lamenting forever if they had lost.  The Generals reached the Clipper 20 with seven minutes left in a scoreless game.  On 4th-and-14, they decided to have runner Elliott Burr throw a pass.  Bad idea alert – Brett Fontaine took in the floater intended for Matt Putur and the Clippers were still alive.

But on this day, the HW’s inability to finish was offset by their terrific defense, and only one score was needed.  Undefeated Bourne may require more HW points on the board in the Super Bowl game.

The sky was overcast with a little drizzle before the game.  The temps were in the 50’s.  Was it really November 29th?

Great turf field at Andover.  Lighting was spectacular.  The track, however, kept fans a bit distant from the action.

Good crowd on both sides.  HW band impressed me.

This is the best season HW has had in its 52 football seasons.  Wouldn’t a Super Bowl championship be the frosting on the cake!

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Trevor Lyons

HW coach Andrew Morency after touchdown

Connor Wile (12) scrambes away from Luke Wendt (11)

Elliott Burr (22) uses Taylor Drinkwater (55) block.

Brett Fontaine open deep in second half.

Trevor Lyons (12) tackled by Colton Fontaine (7)

Trevor Lyons fair catch

68 yard Trevor Lyons run on first play……called back.

Kevin Anthony (58) Elliott Burr (22) Shane Jenkins (57)

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Newburyport Advances in Division 3 North MIAA Boys Soccer by Defeating Winthrop 1-0

Adam Traxler (5) scores the only goal of the Newburyport/Winthrop tourney game.

(Newburyport) The Newburyport Clippers escaped the Preliminary Round of  Division 3 North boys soccer by defeating Winthrop, 1-0, on Saturday afternoon at World War Memorial Stadium.

Harrison Corbett (11) heads near the goal.

The Clippers (9-7-3), from the Cape Ann League, now advance to the First Round of the MIAA tournament and play #2 seed Lynnfield (15-3) at Jordan Park in Lynnfield at noon tomorrow (Sunday).  The Pioneers defeated Newburyport, 5-2, on October 5th.

Adam Traxler’s 19th goal of the season was all that the Clippers needed to get by the Vikings.

The sophomore’s goal came sixteen minutes into the second half at the end of one of his every-game, speedy rushes down the right side.  On the scoring rush, he passed the Winthrop defender and maneuvered in toward the net, firing a shot that went off Viking goalie Bryan Alzate’s hands into the upper part of the goal.

Winthrop, from the Northeastern Conference, had a glowing opportunity five minutes earlier in the second half when they were awarded a direct kick close to the end line just beyond the penalty area to Clipper goalie Matt Canning’s left.  The shot taken tore across the crease and out the other side untouched as far as I could tell.

NHS goalie Matt Canning clears away a Viking threat in the first half.

The Vikings other shots were long range and NHS goalie Matt Canning was positioned well for each of them when they reached him.

Almost all the other good chances belonged to Newburyport.  In the second half, Spencer Traxler had a good look from the middle and later Jordan Steelman reached the goalie’s doorstep.  Adam Traxler had dangerous shots on net in both halves.

The referee had to straighten out the Newburyport student cheering section in the first half.  Several of them persisted with derogatory remarks about the Winthrop players until he stepped in.  Some of them may have been the same individuals drawing attention to themselves, rather than the American flag, during the playing of the National Anthem.

Spencer Traxler (6) has good look from in close.

Winthrop arrived late and the paper given out with their roster on it had numerous inaccuracies.   Try identifying players in pictures when their numbers aren’t on the roster.

Newburyport had to get three points (2 for a win, 1 for a tie) in their last two games to even make the tournament.

Winthrop took a different route to the tournament.  They played a division 3 opponent (North Shore Tech) in their season opener and defeated the visitors, 3-0, on September 10th.  The Vikings (1-16-2) didn’t win another game in 2011 yet made the tournament because of the Sullivan Rule.  According to that rule, if your record doesn’t get you in then you can get in by at least splitting against the teams you faced that are in the same division you are in during the tournament.  That North Shore Tech game was their only one with a D3 opponent.

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Jordan Steelman (9) on doorstep.

Winthrop goalie Bryan Alzate after Adam Traxler goal.

Adam Traxler (5), Sam Brenner (20), Petrit Kraja (47)

Michael Lessard (3) & Allan Eagan (8)

Adam Traxler (5) & Jordan Steelman (9)

Chris Day (11) & Harrison Corbett (11)

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Newburyport Dominates Tewksbury 2-0 in Girls Soccer

Jaycie Triandafilou (19) fires shot that resulted in the second Clipper goal.

(Newburyport)  The Tewksbury girls soccer team has already qualified for post-season play in 2011 but they didn’t get any of the 18 points they needed (2 for a win – 1 for a tie) from Newburyport.  On Saturday night, the Redman were defeated by the Clippers for the second time this season.

First half action in front of Tewksbury net.

This was non-league play (Tewksbury is from the Merrimack Valley Conference) but against a worthy 9-4 opponent (now 9-5),  the home team looked awfully good under the lights at World War Stadium on Saturday night.

The final score was 2-0 but, as is the case in many low scoring soccer games, that final score was not indicative of how the game went.  To nutshell it: Newburyport dominated the first half with no scoring to show for it.  In the second half, Tewksbury was more competitive early on but when the Clippers tallied twice in 3+ minutes, between 15:15 and 18:30, the win/loss part was settled.

Newburyport (11-2-2) short-passed the visitors to death.  The Clippers were willing to pass laterally to keep control rather than forcing “home-run” long passes where opponents were set up.  Tewksbury, on the other hand,  had little success putting passes together especially in the first half but they did have elusive Alyson Spencer and Nicole Chaet (both MVC 2010 All-Stars) to impress with one-on-one maneuvers.

Hannah Martin (15) and Nicole Chaet (17)

Nicole unleashed the Redmen’s best shot, 6 ½ minutes into the second half in a tie game.  Her well-struck bullet from the middle cleared the crossbar above NHS goalie Lilly Donavan’s head by about a foot.  The Redmen had other chances but none as dangerous as that one.

As I wrote earlier, the Clippers were not lacking in scoring chances whether from in close or long range during both halves. Their scoreboard changers came in the second half.

The first Newburyport goal (15:15) was on a header by senior Meghan Corbett.  The scoring play started with sophomore Carly Brand taking a corner kick from the Tewksbury goalie’s right.  The Clippers who had gathered back away from the goalie broke to a variety of places as Carly’s kick was in the air.  The kick sailed into the middle above the penalty kick spot.  Meghan was there uncovered and directed a header past the goalie’s left.

Carly Brand – her corner kick set up first goal.

3+ minutes later the Clippers added their second goal.  It won’t be one that Tewksbury goalie (Rebecca Davies – MVC All-Star in 2010 – six shutouts in 2011) remembers fondly.  Newburyport had dangerous Hannah Martin taking a direct kick. Her kick produced a juicy rebound for Jaycie Triandafilou beyond the penalty shot area.  Jaycie left her feet and blasted a left-footed, one-hopper that went through Rebecca’s legs.

Those two goals were enough in this one.

With the win Newburyport bounces back from a 3-2 loss to Georgetown in their previous game.  The Clippers next game is versus Masco (3:45PM) on October 25th (Tuesday) at Cherry Hill.

Watching a soccer game at World War Stadium has plenty of advantages.  First, the elevated sight line is better than looking over or around folks standing next to you along the sidelines.  Second, there is an active scoreboard to keep everyone aware of time and score.  Third, on this evening, the announcer gave goal scorers – that sure helped me on the Clippers’ two goals!

NHS senior Hannah Martin continues to impress.  She controls the ball so much in the midfield area.  Any direct kicks she takes are dangerous.  I have also noticed that anytime she dribbles left in goal-scoring areas she has the strong left foot to fire a shot back to the goalie’s far side.

A junior varsity game preceded the varsity game.  It was refreshing to see/hear the Tewksbury varsity players in the stands actively cheering on their less-experienced teammates.

Tewksbury’s next game is October 25th (Tuesday) hosting Dracut at 3:30PM.

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pressure on Tewksbury goalie

blurry view of first Clipper goal

pregame stadium sky

Caitlin OConnor (16)

Shannon Tinkham (27) & Meaghan Bouthot (7)

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North Andover Led by Brandon Walsh Overwhelms Newburyport 34-7 in Football

Brandon Walsh (16) passed for two TDs and ran for two. Here blockers Bobby Trickett (55) and Nate Hitchcock (56) give him protection.

John Iannone scores first NA touchdown.

(Newburyport) In non-league Cape Ann League action, North Andover did many things right and easily defeated Newburyport, 34-7, on a beautiful Friday night at World War Stadium.

This was D1 North Andover versus D3 Newburyport.  This was also a rematch of teams that had been part of a 40-0 Knight blowout last year.  And this was also another year for senior quarterback Brandon Walsh to show why he is one of the best in the state.

This didn’t figure to be a close game but on the scoreboard it still was at halftime (13-7) but in the second half the visiting Knights produced scores on their first three possessions while the Clippers came up empty on theirs.

Brandon Walsh was good as advertised. NA operated with no huddle and received the plays via hand signals.  In Tom Brady fashion, Brandon made changes at the line of scrimmage on many plays.

Brandon Walsh (only the six visible in the distance) runs 72 yards to Newburyport 1.

One big improvising play in the second half stood out.  Brandon saw the Clipper defense shift to his left and so he carried right, cut back into the middle, then down the left sideline for 72 yards to the Newburyport one yard line.  Other teammates tried to rush in from there unsuccessfully before Brendon finished the job himself to put NA ahead, 26-7 in the third period.

The Knights (3-1) had plenty of weapons beside Brandon.  He threw eighteen times and great protection kept him from being hurried on any of them.  He completed twelve throws including touchdowns in each half.

Clipper QB Connor Wile saw plenty of pressure but still connected on 14 of 18 attempts including a 34-yard TD pass to Brett Fontaine with 2:57 left until halftime.

Connor rolled right on that play to buy time and lofted a pass, over the top of turned-around defender Tom Moody, that Brett had to leap to get.

Brett Fontaine hit hard by Dan Laorenza (7), Nate Hitchcock (56), Glen Hartford (44) and Tom Moody (30).

Speaking of Brett, he was rocked after a couple of receptions.  One picture shows him being hit by four NA players and his helmet pushed back.  He came out of that play holding his left arm and I suspect that sight had the NHS basketball and baseball coaches holding their collective breaths.

Newburyport won the toss and deferred.  They tried an onside kick that didn’t work and gave NA great early field position.

NHS head coach Ed Gaudiano took a severe chiding from the referee after complaining loud and early about, what he saw to be, NA holding.

Newburyport started the second half with the ball (their own 27) trailing just, 13-7.  They could gain just four yards in three plays.  The punt attempt turned disastrous as a low snap forced punter Trevor Pituck to kneel to get it and the play was ruled dead at the N17.

Clipper QB Connor Wile stands in the pocket with good protection.

NA was quick to capitalize.  After a six-yard run by John Iannone, Brandon started to scramble and then at the last second threw left to Dan Laorenza who finished off the final eleven yards to score.  There was a delay as officials discussed whether Brandon was over the line of scrimmage when he threw to Dan.  It was ruled he wasn’t.  Glen Hartford’s extra point kick put the Knights in front, 20-7 with 8:10 left in the third quarter.

NA’s first touchdown was on a John Iannone seven-yard sweep around the right end.

The final Knight score was at the end of a long drive that started on the NA 23.  Glen Hartford got the TD.  He lined up in the backfield and went out into the flat after a fake handoff and was wide open on the right side for an easy connection with Brandon.

Jared Bradbury (11) stuffs John Iannone (23) near the Clipper end zone.

Brandon was also the punter and holder.  I don’t recall seeing him much on defense.  One NA partisan told me that Brandon is getting recruited by D1 schools as a safety.  I read a recent article on Brandon that suggested that his best sport may be baseball where he is a catcher.

Jared Bradbury had the defensive hit of the night on a Knight receiver.

Newburyport (2-2) plays next Thursday night (7PM) at Marblehead.

North Andover (3-1) is at Medford next Friday night.

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Brett Fontaine (10) after touchdown catch.

Trevor Pituck punts

Glen Hartford kicked four extra points. Brandon Walsh holds.

Brandon Walsh punts

Brandon Walsh

NHS coach Bob Clarke hears from the referee.

Tyler Martin follows Tyler Cusack (21) and Trevor Pituck (55)

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Hamilton-Wenham Stays Undefeated Downing Newburyport 18-6

HW punter Shane Jenkins leaps to catch a high snap in the 4th quarter.

NHS quarterback Connor Wile scrambles on 4th-and-8 in the fourth quarter.

(Newburyport) The Hamilton-Wenham Generals (3-0) continued undefeated with an 18-6 win over the Newburyport Clippers (2-1) on Friday under the lights and a persistent mist.

The final score is misleading because Newburyport showed right from the start that they could make yards against Hamilton-Wenham.  In fact, the Clippers scored on their first series (Jimmy Conway 12 yard pass from Connor Wile).  After that, despite good field position most of the time, the end zone eluded the home team.  Contributing to the lack of scoring were; mishandled snaps, penalties, and failure to convert 4th down opportunities.

On the other hand, HW was much more consistent on offense and much more diverse.  They scored one touchdown (Trevor Lyons) on the outside, another on the inside (Elliott Burr), and a third in the air (Pete Duval).

The two biggest plays, in my opinion, happened in the fourth quarter.

In the first one, the Generals (ahead 12-6) were forced to punt from their side of the field with five minutes left in the game.  Certainly the wet condition were a factor as the snap was high to HW punter Shane Jenkins.  The 6’2” senior leaped to make a one-handed snag and came down to get off a good punt.  If that snap had gone over his head, or been fumbled, the Clippers would have been set up very deep in HW territory with a chance to move in for at least a tie.

The second big play was a defensive stop by HW.  Clinging to a 12-6 lead with 3 ½ minutes left, HW defended the Clippers into a 4th-and-8.  On the next play, QB Connor Wile wanted to pass but ended up scrambling up the middle because of HW pressure.  A measurement showed that he ended up inches from a drive-continuing first down.

The Generals followed that 4th down stop with a march that ended in the Clipper end zone as QB Trevor Lyons completed a 23-yard pass to Pete Duval with 1:49 left to seal the win (18-6) for HW.

Referee signals Jimmy Conway (#23) TD in first quarter.

The Clippers’ lone TD covered 12 yards as Jimmy Conway made a leaping catch near the middle of the end zone at 3:59 of the first quarter.  Brandon Trego’s extra point attempt was blocked.

Elliott Burr (112 yards – 1 TD) converted a 4th-and-2 to keep an early second quarter HW drive going.  Quarterback Trevor Lyons finished the drive with a clean 5-yard sweep right after faking a handoff to Elliott Burr. Matt Putur’s rush for extra points failed.

Tied 6-6, the Generals struck again in the second quarter.  Consecutive carries on the inside by Elliott Burr ended when he crossed the goal line on a 2-yard carry with 4:19 left.  Another failed rush followed for extra points but HW still led, 12-6.

HW quarterback Trevor Lyons sweeps right untouched for 5-yard TD in second quarter.

The visitors would build on that lead late in the 4th quarter.  The Pete Duval catch produced the points but it was a long sweep down the left sidelines by QB Lyons that set HW up at the Newburyport 25.

Brett Fontaine recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter.

HW hosts Amesbury (2-1) on October 1st (Saturday) at 2:30PM.

Newburyport entertains North Andover (2-1) on September 30th (Friday) at 7PM.

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Elliott Burr – 112 yards – 1 TD

game-time conditions

Trevor Lyons handoff to Elliott Burr in 2nd

QB Trevor Lyons throws from the pocket in 3rd.

Brett Fontaine (#10) recovers fumble in 3rd.

Tyler Martin (#32) in traffic in 4th

Connor Wile pressured by Matt Vogus (#77)

Matt Putur (#21) finds hole.

Clipper Tyler Cusack (#21) has Matt Putur (#21) on one side and Taylor Drinkwater (#55) on the other.

Pete Duval – TD reception

Trevor Lyons sweep in 4th

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Newburyport Sweeps North Andover in Cross Country

Kiley Knowlton (20:40) wins the girls race

Alex Sullivan leads North Andover.

(Newburyport) The undefeated Newburyport (3-0) boys came at North Andover (2-1) in a bunch on Maudslay State Park’s 3-mile course and defeated the visitors, 22-35, in cross country on Wednesday afternoon in Cape Ann League competition.

(left to right) Chris Suprin, Keith Conway, and Joe Santo sweep 2-4 together.

NA‘s Alex Sullivan (16:00) easily won the event but had to wait over a minute before 6th place teammate (Greg Macarthur – 17:07) arrived.  Meanwhile, Clipper runners Chris Suprin, Keith Conway, Joe Santo, and Nick Carleo took places 2-5.  Sophomore Chris Orlando completed the Newburyport scoring with an 8th place finish.

The Newburyport Clipper girls (2-1) took out NA (2-1), 23-34, sweeping the first three spots.

Clipper senior Kiley Knowlton (20:40) finished alone.  Forty seconds later teammates Kelly Conway and Erin Carroll were in.  Getting those first three spots was crucial because the Knights covered 4-7, led by Danielle Poto.  Newburyport’s Sarah Jacqz (8th) and Rachel Rikeman (9th) ended the NA streak of runners.

Kelly Conway (right) and Erin Carroll (left) take 2nd and 3rd.

Danielle Poto (4th)

The Hamilton-Wenham Generals are Newburyport’s next opponent next Wednesday at Maudslay.

This was the first cross country meet I’ve been to at the state park.  The temperature’s were probably too high for the runners’ liking but comfortable for those of us watching.  For some reason the meet started nearly an hour late but that just seemed to increase the interaction time among runners and among spectators. I was pleasantly surprised that bugs weren’t an issue.

(I try to be accurate in these accounts.  Spelling matters to me.  Identifying runners accurately matters to me.  Mistakes are unintentional.)

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boys start

Sarah Jacqz (8th) followed by Rachel Rikeman (9th)

NA coach Rick DelleChiaie (in blue)

Girls start

Kiera McManus (5th)

Nick Carleo (5th)

Chris Orlando (8th)

NHS coach Don Hennigar

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Triton Boys Tie Newburyport 2-2 In Cape Ann League Soccer

Triton threatens late in the first half.

Sophomore Adam Traxler scored Newburyport’s first goal and had several other scoring chances.

(Byfield)  They’ve done this before – played to a tie.

The Triton Vikings and Newburyport Clippers played to a 2-2 tie in boys soccer on warm Monday afternoon at Triton in Cape Ann League action.

The teams played twice last year and finished one game scoreless and the other one, 3-3.

This was a rescheduled, weather-impaired game from last week.  It was the actual opener for Triton (0-0-1) and the second for Newburyport (0-0-2).  The Clippers began the season with a 2-2 tie with Methuen.

The conditions were great for spectators but not so for participants – too hot.  The conditioning of both teams appeared suspect and there was plenty of needed substituting on both sides.

The Clippers dominated play early.  They had already played a game and performed like that.  Triton was cautious, more interested in preventing a goal than scoring one.

The officials had the Triton goalie (Dalton Tzitzon – sophomore) change his shirt because he could have been mistaken for a Newburyport player.

Jake Stelline (#10) scored the tying goal for Triton late in the first half.

Newburyport had its chances without results for twenty minutes.  Senior AJ MacDougall hit a shot wide and came close with a header.  Junior Jordy Steelman had the ball close to the Triton goal.  A short while later AJ MacDougall contacted the Triton goalie’s best friend (crossbar).

Persistent sophomore Adam Traxler finally cashed in for the Clippers twenty minutes in.  He broke in alone and finished high to give Newburyport a 1-0 lead.

The Clippers kept after Triton.  Adam came close to a second goal and senior Matt Eagan had a good opening.  Neither cashed in.

Triton finally brought some serious pressure very late in the half, led by senior Jake Stelline.  The Viking senior hit the post on a break in and came back again with a shot off goalie junior Matt Canning’s hands into the upper corner to tie the score.

The halftime rest revitalized the Clippers.  Immediately they were into Viking territory and putting on pressure.  In the first minute there was a sequence with shots and rebounds before senior Harrison Corbett scored.  Newburyport led 2-1.

Jake Papanicolaou, shown here dribbling right, later would dribble left into the same area and beat Clipper goalie Matt Canning to the short side to tie the score in the second half.

As in the first half, Newburyport pressed again for more.  Again the dangerous chances came from Adam Traxler.

Triton was a lot earlier to start answering back than in the first half.  Both senior Mark Schwarz and Jake Papanicolaou had threatening shots during the middle twenty minutes of the forty minute half.

It was sophomore Jake Papanicolaou who produced the game-tier with eight minutes left.  The skilled dribbler took control of the ball on the left and maneuvered into the middle before unleashing a left-footed kick that beat Matt Canning on the short side.  That made it 2-2.

I didn’t see any particularly dangerous shots thereafter.  Both teams were clearly gassed.

Newburyport plays at Pentucket on Thursday while Triton gets to visit Amesbury on the same day.

(I collect my own information and take my own pictures.  Any mistakes are unintentional.)

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Spencer Traxler (#6) and Jordy Steelman (#9)

Mike Mulkern (#23) and Adam Traxler (#5)

Goalie Matt Canning looks behind him in the first half.

Jordy Steelman (#9) and Matt Kelly (#24)

Action in front of the Newburyport end in the second half.

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Newburyport Defeats Bishop Fenwick 3-0 to Reach D3 North Finals

The scoreboard at Fraser Field at the end of the game Wednesday afternoon.

Pitcher Ryan O’Connor (#14) in the midst of the celebrating Clippers afterwards.

(Lynn) Newburyport is on its way to the D3 North finals on Saturday at LeLacheur Park in Lowell at 2PM after defeating Bishop Fenwick, 3-0, on sunny Wednesday afternoon at Fraser Field.

The Crusaders (18-7) were limited to four hits by Ryan O’Connor and only one of their runners reached second base.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth.

The Clippers (20-5) run came as Sam Barlow singled up the middle, stole second, and scored on Colby Morris’ single to right center.

Newburyport added two insurance runs in a wild sixth inning.  Brett Fontaine and Jim Conway started the inning with singles.  Drew Carter tried to sacrifice bunt the runners along but ended up with a single when the catcher (Gianni Esposito) chose to go for the force at third and was unsuccessful.  That loaded the bases.

Drew Carter’s sacrifice bunt attempt turned into a key hit in the Clipper 6th.

Connor Wile fouled off a number of pitches before drawing a walk that forced in Run #2 (Brett Fontaine).

With one out, David Cusack tried a safety squeeze that nearly worked but went foul.  Then the runner (Jim Conway) he was trying to squeeze got picked off third.  Now taking a normal swing, David singled through the right side of the BF infield and speedy Drew Carter scored from second with Run #3.

With Ryan O’Connor pitching, those three runs held up.  Ryan had six strikeout victims including the last batter of the game – Gianni Esposito.

Yankee Hall-of-Fame pitcher Lefty Gomez was credited with saying, “The secret of my success was clean living and a fast outfield.”  That quote came to mind when I reflected on this game.  Newburyport outfielders David Cusack and Sam Barlow made running catches that saved runs.

David Cusack had a great catch in the second and an RBI in the 6th.

David’s was in the second.  Mike Cipriani was on first when Jake Bugler hit one deep into the right center gap.  David brought that shot in on the dead run.  On the Fraser Field turf that ball could easily have been a double with a run scored.

Sam’s turn for a great catch was in the seventh.  This time it was a liner by Mike Cipriani that Sam speared on his way toward center field.  If that ball gets into the gap it’s a double and possibly a triple.  That catch was especially  important because the next batter (Jake Bulger) hit a single.

In my opinion, those two outfielders saved at least two runs.  In a 3-run win those plays were crucial to say the least.  David Cusack was back at the top of the order after missing two games with an ankle injury.

Colby Morris, Brett Fontaine, and Jim Conway had two hits apiece for Newburyport.

Jake Bugler singled in the 7th

Dave Ruggiero, Mike Davis, Jake Bugler, and Kevin Church had the hits for Bishop Fenwick.

Ryan O’Connor is 9-2 for the season and has 109 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings.  He’ll be attending Bentley University this fall.

The last time the Clippers played at LeLacheur Park was two years ago and I was there.  They played Georgetown and lost a heartbreaker.  This link is to my pictures from that game. Georgetown is in Division 4 this time around.

(I put together my own stats and take my own pictures.  Mistakes happen ….. unintentionally.

Mike LaChance – BF starter

Colby Morris reaches 3B in the fifth inning

Matt Mottola tagged out at 3B in first inning

David Cusack and Brett Fontaine after game

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