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PEABODY — The Gloucester girls basketball team ran into a buzz saw on the road Tuesday night against a deep and talented Peabody squad.

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GLOUCESTER — There were a few things Derek Geary would've liked to have seen done differently.

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 In a season where nothing is normal and high school athletes and coaches have had to adapt to unprecedented changes, head coach Derek Geary and the Gloucester hockey team are entering the 2021 season focusing on the positives.

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1. COVID-19 wipes out sports: Unfortunately the top sports and news story and event of 2020 not just locally but globally is a negative. The COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in March, wiping out all sports locally for a five-month period. That meant the spring 2020 high school sports season…

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What makes a great game? Is it a nail-biting, back-and-forth contest? A fantastic finish? Or an incredible team performance?

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As the year 2020 comes to a close, it's time to wrap up the high school sports season. The year was of course an incomplete one from a sports perspective as the spring season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is the strongest season collectively for Cape Ann high school sport…

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Manchester Essex was the new team on the block in cross country and indoor track and field in the 2010's. Despite the fact that the program was brand new, the Hornets were highly competitive in both sports. Manchester Essex athletes also made a big impact competing for the Gloucester outdoor…

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Golf was a consistent commodity at the high school level on Cape Ann during the 2010's. Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester Essex all found success with each school qualifying for the sectional tournament multiple times and Manchester Essex taking home the lone league title in the area from …

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Girls soccer is one of the Cape Ann League's best sports when it comes to depth of talent. As a result, Rockport can sometimes have a tough go in the win/loss column due to the fact that it is the league's smallest school by a wide margin.

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The Manchester Essex girls soccer program reached new heights in the 2010's (2010-19 seasons), which ended up being the most successful decade in program history.

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The winter high school sports season is finally here. Schools have gotten the go-ahead to practice at the local level and teams have a new set of COVID-19 restrictions and modifications to get used to in every sport. But the season can finally begin on Monday afternoon with the first day of …

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Fall Sports MVP- Lily Athanas, Manchester Essex field hockey: Athanas was a two-way force for the Cape Ann League champion Hornets this fall. A senior midfielder, Athanas is an elite offensive and defensive player thanks to her superior stick work and speed. She was the CAL Baker Division's …

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The Manchester Essex football team saw its share of ups and downs over the course of the 2010’s. After moving to the Cape Ann League in 2011, league wins were tough to come by for the smallest school in the league and a lot of talented teams were much stronger than their record showed. Curre…

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The 2010's were a decade of transition for the Gloucester football program as the 2010-2019 seasons brought many ups and downs and saw the program go through every form of rebuilding and reloading imaginable.

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This Saturday was supposed to be Super Bowl Saturday for Massachusetts High School football with the best teams in the state competing at Gillette Stadium with a state title on the line.

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In early September, it was looking like there would not even be a fall sports season in Gloucester. But by October, the Northeastern Conference reversed course on its decision to move the fall season to early 2021 and go backing from the necessary local officials to have an abbreviated season.

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The fall 2020 high school sports season was a typical season at Manchester Essex. Typical meaning all teams contended for a CAL championship with multiple teams winning and several individuals earning impressive accolades within the league.

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As the smallest school in the Cape Ann League (by a wide margin), Rockport athletics has far less margin for error than its league rivals. As we see year in and year out, that did not stop the Vikings from being competitive with all comers in a deep league this fall across all sports.

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Since 1990, the Manchester Essex and Georgetown football teams have done battle on the football field Thanksgiving morning. After 30 years, the rivalry is fairly even with Manchester Essex holding a 17-13 lead.

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The decision was made months ago to cancel the annual Thanksgiving football games across the state of Massachusetts as the season moved from the traditional fall slate to the "Fall 2" season, which begins preseason practices in late February.

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Just how successful was the fall sports season for Rockport and Manchester Essex? Just take a look at the Cape Ann League's All-Star teams, which were recently released for all of the fall sports (soccer, field hockey and cross country).

The start of the winter high school sports season in Massachusetts will be delayed two weeks, but most sports will be permitted to play under a number of votes made by the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Friday afternoon.

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The high school football season is not scheduled to begin this school year until the “Fall 2” season begins in late February. But that hasn’t stopped the Manchester Essex football program from sharpening its skills this fall.

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