Gloucester: 2016 Hockey
Season accolades: Northeastern Conference South champs... Division 2 North Semifinalists... Program's deepest tournament run of the decade...
The skinny: Sean Lyons' squad was a high flying but balanced team with a standout top line, an elite two-way defenseman and a goalie that could steal a game in a big spot. In its second season in the NEC South Division, Gloucester ran roughshod over the league to the tune of a 7-1 record, winning the NEC. The Fishermen played their best hockey with everything on the line as two state tournament wins put them in the sectional semifinals for the first time in nine years. The team beat North Andover in the first round and followed it up with an upset win over a highly ranked Tewskbury squad in the quarterfinals, 4-2 before falling to eventual sectional champ Lincoln-Sudbury in the semis.
On the ice, senior captain Alex Enes was a first team All Conference selection as he was reliable in his own end and a potent puck moving, offensive weapon with 19. Juniors Liam Lyons and Sal Costanzo, both All-Stars, led the team in scoring with 42 and 37 points respectively. Lyons was the program's leading scorer this decade with 89 career points. Senior captain Eddie Mahoney was the team's most complete forward, he also scored 34 points. In goal, junior Noah Poliskey was dominant when at his, especially in the tournament win over Tewksbury, where he stopped 37 shots.
Rockport: 2010 Field Hockey
Season accolades: Division 2 North Quarterfinalists... Program's highest single season win total this decade... Program's deepest tournament run this decade... Cape Ann League Small Player of the Year Allie McManus... Cape Ann League Small Coach of the Year Mary Ryan.
The skinny: Head coach Mary Ryan's best team of the decade featured a roster stacked full of athletes including some of the league's best players. The Vikings were a well balanced squad that qualified for the state tournament with ease and proved to be a contender in the Division 2 North Section. Rockport opened up the tournament with a thrilling, 1-0 win over Saugus in overtime and nearly pulled off a round two upset, dropping a 3-2 thriller to Bishop Fenwick. In the regular season, Rockport took on all comers and found success against both the CAL Large and Small and won their first five league games.
On the field, senior captain Allie McManus led the way as the league's Player of the Year. She led the team with 12 goals and 12 assists on the season and went on to be a standout player at UMass Lowell. Senior midfielder Emma Littlefield was an All Conference selection for her two-way play. The Vikings also had a standout in net as junior Katie Reilly was also an All Conference selection. Senior midfielder Elizabeth Saville and forward Rachel Rowe were also standout performers for the Vikings both in the regular season and in the postseason.
Manchester Essex: 2012 Boys Basketball
Season accolades: Outright Cape Ann League champions... CAL Small MVP Chris Bishop... Sectional semifinalist... Most wins in a season for the program this decade.
The skinny: The 2012 Hornets were not only a highly talented juggernaut, they were also one of the most entertaining teams with a high flying style where baskets in transition were the norm. Head coach Duane Sigsbury's squad frequently scored in the 80's thanks to an aggressive and suffocating defense combined with outstanding ball movement and athleticism on the other end of the floor. The Hornets rolled into the state tournament with a record of 18-2 in the regular season, good for the No. 1 seed in Division 4 North. The team got past a scrappy Snowden squad in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual state champ, St. Mary's in the semifinals.
On the floor, the Hornets were led by CAL Small MVP, senior Chris Bishop, who averaged a shade under 20 points per game and was one of the league's most dynamic talents as he could shoot, run the floor and dominate on defense at multiple positions. Senior Sean Nally ran the point and averaged over 12 points per game en route to a spot on the CAL All-Star team. Senior Joe Burgess was also a league All-Star as he averaged 15 points per game and was the team's top three point shooter. Max Nesbit was also a double-figures scorer while Taylor Ketchum was a key inside presence.