Spring Sports MVP: Sydney McKay, Gloucester softball

The Northeastern Conference North MVP pitched Gloucester to new heights this season and set multiple records in the process. McKay put together a 21-4 record this spring with an ERA of under 1.50 during the regular season, earning the decision in every game en route to a second straight NEC North championship and the program's first ever Division 2 North title and berth in the State Championship Game. Her 21 wins are a single-season program record, as are her four state tournament wins. She also set the program's career wins record this season, finishing her career with 58 wins to only 12 losses. 

 

Christina Bullock, Manchester Essex tennis

One of the most versatile players in the Cape Ann League, Bullock has had an ever changing role over the years with the Hornets, and she has excelled in all of them. This season saw her play No. 2 singles after playing No. 1 doubles in 2018. She earned a spot on the Cape Ann League All-Star team and was instrumental in the Hornet's run to the Division 3 North Finals.

 

Christina Calandra, Manchester Essex lacrosse

The Hornets played incredible defense all season, especially late in games during the postseason where it stymied opposing offenses in three straight one-goal wins, and Calandra was at the forefront of that success. The first team All Cape Ann League selection was instrumental in Manchester Essex's ability to keep high powered offenses off the board for long periods of time with her quick feet and situational awareness.

 

Tori Carini, Gloucester tennis

Gloucester's No. 1 singles player took on all comers this season and was competitive against the best player on the opposing team. Carini's all around skill set set the tone for the Fishermen and earned her a spot on the Northeastern Conference All-Star team as one of the team's most consistent performers.

 

Drew Charlton, Manchester Essex lacrosse

The senior midfielder's role was vast on both ends of the field for the Division 2 state finalists. Charlton was strong on the draw, a standout on the defensive side of the field and a talented offensive player that can score and create. Her successful season made her a first team all Cape Ann League selection.

 

Eve Feuerbach, Gloucester track and field

The Manchester Essex senior, competing for the Gloucester/Manchester Essex co-op outdoor team, finished off an illustrious high school running career with a third straight Northeastern Conference championship in the mile. The All Northeastern Conference performer, who is slated to run track and cross country at Holy Cross, is also one of just three athletes to earn a spot on the Gloucester Daily Times All-Star teams in all three seasons.

 

Claire Gendron, Manchester Essex softball

The Hornets went on a tear in the second half of the season to reach the state tournament for the second year in a row, and the junior catcher was a big reason why. The first team All Cape Ann League selection was a defensive gem behind the plate, frequently throwing out runners and calling pitches over the second half of the season. She was also the Hornet's leading hitter.

 

Maddie Machado, Gloucester softball

The junior first baseman had a breakout season for Gloucester and was the team's most reliable hitter in its run to the state finals. The NEC All-Star was second on the team in hitting during the regular season but led the team in hitting by a wide margin in the postseason with a multi-hit game in all five of Gloucester's tournament contests. Her ability to hit the ball hard to all fields made her one of the team's most valuable run producers.

 

Olivia Mariotti, Manchester Essex tennis

The junior and No. 1 singles player was not only the top player in the Cape Ann League, earning League Player of the Year honors, she was one of the best players in the state. For the second straight season, Mariotti went undefeated individually giving her a 37-0 record individually over the last two seasons. Mariotti does not have a weakness in her game and will be playing at Brown University in the fall of 2020.

 

Ruby Melvin, Gloucester lacrosse

The first team All Northeastern Conference selection was Gloucester's leading scorer and one of the most prolific goal scorers in program history as she became the fourth player in program history to eclipse 100 career goals. Melvin was an All Conference player for the second season in a row as her quickness and ability to finish in close made her one of the most dangerous scorers in the conference.

 

Bella Pomeroy, Manchester Essex lacrosse

Playing goalie in lacrosse is one of the most difficult tasks in any sport as the game is built around scoring. Pomeroy, however, was a brick wall at times in net in Manchester Essex's run to the Division 2 State Finals. Pomeroy made clutch save after clutch save in the Hornet's state tournament run, including several in crunch time in three one-goal wins. The senior was the Cape Ann League Baker Division's Player of the Year.

 

Leah Rudolph, Gloucester track and field

The UMass Lowell bound Rudolph has racked up Northeastern Conference individual championships over the course of her career and she finished her career as the conference 800m champ for the second year in a row. Rudolph was named first team All Northeastern Conference and was a Gloucester Daily Times All-Star in all three seasons during the 2018-19 school year.

 

Lauren Ryan, Rockport softball

The Vikings were a young squad this season but Ryan, a junior captain, was a key veteran presence on the team and a first team All Cape Ann League selection. Ryan was Rockport's leading hitter and RBI leader this spring, she was also a standout defensively at first base in her fifth season of varsity softball action.

 

Liz Schuster, Gloucester softball

Schuster caught every inning for the Fishermen this spring in helping lead the team to the best season in program history. Behind the plate, the senior captain had command of the game and could handle the many pitchers Sydney McKay threw her way with ease. The first team All NEC selection also had a dangerous arm to cut down base stealers and was one of the team's best hitters and run producers hitting in the clean up spot in the lineup.

 

Molly Twombly, Rockport tennis

The Vikings were much improved on the court this season and Twombly's consistency at the top of the lineup helped them make that improvement. Spending most of her time at No. 1 singles, Twombly, who has played in a number of different spots in the lineup before settling into the No. 1 slot this season, used her athleticism and consistency to earn a spot on the Cape Ann League All-Star team.

 

Tracy Wood, Gloucester softball

The senior captain and All Northeastern Conference selection was one of the conference's best two-way players in helping lead the Fishermen to the Division 2 State Finals. Wood was Gloucester's leader in home runs and hitting as she hits the ball hard to all fields and is one of the team's best base runners. In the field, Wood can cover a ton of ground in center field with her speed and instincts.