1. Manchester Essex baseball wins state title
The Hornets won the school's first ever state championship on the baseball diamonds and left no doubts in the process. Led by a talented crop of senior veterans and a bunch of underclassmen that look like future starts, Manchester Essex finished up the season at 20-5 and captured the Division 4 State Championship with a 5-2 win over Tahanto at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.
2. Gloucester softball reaches State Finals
Gloucester softball not only turned in the best season in program history, it turned in the best season in the history of GHS girls sports, becoming the first girls sports team to reach a state final. Led by a combination of elite pitching, elite defense and timely, versatile offense, Gloucester won the program's first ever sectional championship, taking Division 2 North, and followed it up with the Eastern Mass. title, finishing with a record of 21-4.
3. Gloucester football wins Div. 4 North
The Gloucester football program could not get past the sectional semifinals in the current playoff system, which debuted in 2013, until the fall of 2018. Gloucester rolled through Division 4 North winning its three games in the section over Melrose, Revere an Wayland by a combined score of 127-33 to capture its first sectional crown in the current system.
4. Manchester Essex girls lacrosse reaches state finals
The Hornets were one of three spring teams to turn in the best season in program history as they reached the Division 2 State Finals in thrilling fashion. Manchester Essex went through two of its Cape Ann League rivals, topping Ipswich and Newburyport by a goal to clinch the Division 2 North Section. The Hornets followed it up with another one-goal win, this time over Bromfield to reach the first State Final in program history.
5. Ryan, Curley honored at Rockport
Two legendary coaches got their due last September as the field behind Rockport High School is now known as the Ryan Curley Athletic Field, named after field hockey coach Mary Ryan and boys soccer coach Dave Curley. Ryan has been coaching field hockey for 35 years and won a state title for the Vikings, wwhile Curley has been coaching soccer for over 30 years and is one of the most successful coaches in school history.
6. McKay sets wins mark
Gloucester softball pitcher Sydney McKay set the program's all time wins record, which stood for 22 years when Jillian LaFlam reached 52 career wins. McKay broke the record in a May game against Bishop Fenwick with a complete game shutout. Four state tournament wins brings her school record total to 58 wins to go along with only 12 defeats.
7. Two OT thrillers in two days
Gloucester and Danvers are two of the biggest rivals in the storied Northeastern Conference, and their hockey and boys basketball teams waged overtime state tournament thrillers on back-to-back nights in late February. Danvers took the early lead with a 6-5 win on the ice in double overtime. Gloucester, however, returned the favor the very next night with a 67-58 overtime win.
8. Costanzo reaches 50 points
Only a freshman, Costanzo lit the lamp for the Gloucester hockey team like no player has in more than 20 years. Costanzo finished up his first varsity season with 50 points, becoming the first player to reach 50 since 1998. He also turned in the second highest point total from a freshman in program history.
9. Cape Ann teams battle in field hockey semis
Gloucester and Manchester Essex were both juggernauts in field hockey this fall and legitimate state title threats. It was no surprise that their Division 2 North Semifinal meeting last November would be an epic contest that could have gone either way. In an incredibly well played game, Manchester Essex came away with a 1-0 win in the shootout in a game that saw no goals scored through regulation and two overtime periods.
10. Big season for GHS hoop
The Gloucester boys basketball team turned in one of the best seasons in program history, advancing to the sectional semifinals for just the second time in program history. Finishing up at 16-7, Gloucester beat Danvers and Reading in the state tournament to win multiple postseason games for just the second time in program history, before falling to eventual sectional champ Belmont in the semifinals.