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September 12, 2013

First week of High School sports on Cape Ann in the books

The high school sports team in Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester Essex have made it through Week 1 of the fall high school sports season.

As always our area teams had their fair share of ups and downs. Some teams have hit the ground running while some are still trying to iron out an identity. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the opening week of the high school sports season.

Newell Renewal

Of course the highlight of the sports week on Cape Ann was the grand opening of New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium. With all the anticipation surrounding the stadiums construction and opening, its safe to say that the stadium has more than lived up to its expectations.

From the pristine field turf, to the perfectly constructed bleachers, to the goal posts, to the track that reads “Gloucester Fishermen” on the straight away, the “new” Newell Stadium certainly is a gem.

To top it all off the Gloucester Fishermen Athletic Association, led by Dick Wilson and Jonathan Pope, put on a first class Opening Ceremony Friday night honoring all past and present Gloucester High School athletes on the stadium turf.

If that weren’t enough, the Fishermen opened the new stadium in style.

First up was the Gloucester field hockey team, who christened the new stadium last Wednesday with an impressive 7-0 win over Revere. Gloucester was firing on all cylinders in its season opener riding an emotional high from being the first team to grace the turf with game action. Taylor Sargent led the way with a pair of goals while the defensive trio of Jill MacDonald, Julia Lamoureaux and Kate Morrissey were instrumental in the shutout win.

On Friday night the Gloucester football team followed the excitement of the stadium’s opening ceremonies with an even more exciting football game against Lynn Classical.

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