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December 26, 2013

A close-up look at area holiday tournaments

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“The way I was taught and the way I like to coach is that I want the kids to get more up for a dual meet,” Archambault said. “For example, I have a young team and a first-year freshman. Our goal is to go to meets and get some of these kids a win, to win the first match of their career. When you go to a tournament like this, it’s hard to get pumped up knowing you are facing teams who are competing at an elite level, and we are just not there yet.”

The Lynnfield-North Reading program took top honors in last year’s Pentucket Holiday Tournament with 151 points. Pentucket finished the tournament they host in third place with a score of 116. This great finish last year is something that Pentucket head coach Dennis Puleo knows will be tough to match this year. His team heads into this tournament very young and experienced, and have been battling injuries.

“We are looking to win individual championships and a realistic top-10 finish,” he said.

The LowellHoliday Tourney

Triton has attended this tournament for decades. This is an event that is far larger with schools attending from all over New England. Sixty-four teams will be competing in this competition that spans over two days at the Tsongas Center.

“It’s almost like a mini-New England tournament,” said Triton head coach Shawn McElligott. “Normally you have the top state tournament finishing team in Division 1, 2 and 3 there from Massachusetts. The top teams from New Hampshire will also be there, as will the top returning champion in Vermont. I don’t know if Maine is going to be there, but Rhode Island will send one or two teams.”

Attending this tournament is nothing new for Triton — nearly becoming a holiday tradition over the past four decades.

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