Prior to the spring season, it looked as though the spring might be the season where Cape Ann’s high school sports got themselves back on the winning side of things. They didn’t disappoint. So as we say goodbye to the 2012-2013 school year and bid farewell to the seniors who have played their last games for the area’s three schools, let’s look back at the seven moments of the spring that will stick with us.
GLOUCESTER GIRLS RESURGENCE
For the girls tennis and girls lacrosse teams from Gloucester, this season looked to be the one to finally put them back on the right side of things.
Each team had struggled through a rebuilding process over the past few seasons, but both lacrosse coach Amanda Levie and girls tennis coaches Lynne Salah and Mary Ann DeLouise felt that this might be the year they break through.
Neither team disappointed. The Fishermen tennis squad qualified for the Division 2 North State Tournament with a 10-6 regular season, and while they ultimately fell, 4-1, to a strong North Andover team in the first round, Gloucester put itself back on the map.
And while Levie’s squad just missed out on a tournament berth, it was still very much a step in the right direction for the Fishermen girls lacrosse team. They finished at 5-9 in a strong NEC, and were a win over Salem in the season finale away from earning a share of the NEC South crown and earning an automatic berth to the tourney.
ROCKPORT BASEBALL SURGES TO PLAYOFFS
The Vikings entered this season with high expectations. With a veteran-laden lineup returning from a tournament team last season, Rockport was looking to take the next step and battle with CAL Small powers like Georgetown.
That didn’t quite happen, as Rockport struggled to put it all together during the regular season and entered Memorial Day Weekend’s Memorial Day Holiday Classic at 6-11 and in need of a another Division 4 win to reach the tournament via the Sullivan Rule.