The Gloucester boys track team impressed at this weekends Northeastern Conference Freshman/Sophomore meet finishing third overall with 63 points, the highest point total for a NEC small team. Peabody took home first place while Salem placed second.
Josh Rudolph continued his stellar Sophomore campaign with another impressive performance Saturday winning the event with a time of 59.3, two seconds ahead of the closest competitor and a school record in an event that has been run in the NEC since 2009.
Gloucester also picked up a resounding win in the 4x400 relay as James King, Everest Crawford, Calvin Kipruto and Rudolph's time of 3:36 was 13 seconds faster then second place Peabody. The team also qualified for the state meet with the win.
Kipruto also won the 400 with a time of 52.3 while Crawford took home a second place finish in the 800 (2:02.7). Noah Hillier also picked up points for Gloucester with a third place finish in the discus.
The Gloucester girls team had some strong performances finishing eighth at the Freshman/Sophomore meet. Hannah Pastagal was the top scorer for Gloucester with a throw of 81'6". Fiona Davis and Kacie Quinn finished third and fifth respectively in the two mile while the 4x800 relay team of Michelle Quinn, Emma Knowlton, Anna Heffernan and Davis finished in third place.
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The Hornets (2-10) are starting to find their stride picking up a second win in a row. Connor Bergmann powered the Hornets offense with three goals and an assist while John Beardsley and Nick Douglass had two goals each.
Head coach Nate Levie credited the play of the entire defense, Chris Dumont, Doug Rodier, Chris Pellegrini and Austin Lyne, in the win.
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The Hornets fall to 3-7 with the loss. Freshman Nina Manzo led the way for Manchester Essex offensively going 3-for-4 with a solo home run scoring both of her team's runs. Kelly Dodge went 2-for-4 while pitcher Paige Zeval pitched well in the loss going the distance and striking out five.
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The Vikings (9-2) could not find their offense falling for just the second time all year. Kayla Parisi provided the Rockport offense with an RBI triple and a run scored in the fourth inning. Newburyport, however, plated the eventual winning run in the fifth inning on a fielders choice. Senior Kristin Turner pitched well for Rockport in the loss going the distance.
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The Fishermen improve to 5-1 with the dominant win over Revere. Gloucester was led by its No. 2 doubles tandem of Cameron Davis and Pat Kelly, who remain unbeaten on the season with a 6-3, 7-6 win Monday. Also winning their respective matches for the Fishermen were Cody Marshall at No. 1 singles (7-5, 6-4), No. 3 singles Lorenzo Colosanti (6-0, 6-2) and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Chris Wile and Jon Perry (6-2, 6-4).
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The Hornets (5-3) played the Red Raiders tough as just about every match was closely contested. Mike Fuca picked up an impressive win for Manchester Essex at No. 1 singles (4-6, 6-2, 6-2) as did the No. 2 doubles tandem of Kevin Celucci and Emmett Ryan (5-7, 6-4, 6-4).
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Rockport moves to 2-6 on the season picking up its first Cape Ann League win of the year in the process. Picking up wins for the Vikings were Abby Hood at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-1), Eva Weinstein at No. 2 singles (3-6, 6-2, 6-2), Megan Hood at No. 3 singles (7-5, 6-4) and the No. 2 doubles tandem of sisters Danielle Turner and Olivia Turner (6-4, 2-6, 6-4).
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The Fishermen downed the Panthers in a closely contested match. No. 2 singles Corinne DeLouise (7-6), 6-3), the No. 1 doubles tandem of Eleanor Keller and Maryka Gillis (6-3, 6-4) and the No. 2 doubles team of Jill MacDonald and Rose Margetson (1-6, 6-4, 6-4) all picked up wins for Gloucester.