NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 5, 2013

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — Pentucket is mourning

Our thoughts go out to the Pentucket soccer community, which is mourning the death of the father of junior Pentucket Regional High soccer player Sean Keegan. Ken Keegan, who coached soccer at the Merrimack youth level, died Sunday morning while playing a men’s league game just hours before Pentucket’s quarterfinal matchup against Watertown.

“During a time like this, all you can do is lend your support to the family in any way possible,” Pentucket coach Christian Langlois said.

Langlois learned of Keegan’s death Sunday morning and broke the news to many of his players when they gathered to take the bus to Watertown at 11 a.m. Ken Keegan coached Pentucket’s summer league team, so many of the Sachems played under him at some point.

“We called Sean, and he told us to play the game, and get a win if we could,” Langlois said. “So, we played, but we lost.”

The Sachems fell to Watertown 2-1 to cap a season in which they went 11-6-3.

“It’s horrible,” Langlois said. “We’re working on putting together a gift for the family. The guys are going to wear their soccer jerseys to the wake. It’s a terrible tragedy.”

Time change

This week’s Newburyport football game against Stoneham has been scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. Stoneham does not play home games under the lights in November.

Willmonton, Quigley shine

The Triton cross-country team competed at the Mass. State Track Coaches Association Invitational in Wrentham Saturday. Liz Willmonton placed third overall (19:35) in the 11th- and 12th-grade race. Madeline Quigley placed fourth (20:09) in the 10th-grade race.

Gagnon takes home state title

Nock Middle School sixth-grader Lucy Gagnon placed first in the Mass. Middle School Cross-Country Meet in the fifth- and sixth-grade division Saturday.

Amesbury’s rugby sisters

Amesbury High alumnae and sisters Meaghan and Morgan Sydlowski were members of the Northeast Conference champion Stonehill rugby team. Meaghan, who is studying healthcare administration, and Morgan, who is studying marketing, led their team to a 7-1 record and a berth in the national tournament, which will culminate with the Final Four in Orlando, Fla. Stonehill led the league in points (346) and points against (36). Stonehill will face Marist College in the opening round of the playoffs Saturday at Stonehill.

Farrell, Chapman lift WPI

Pentucket Regional alumni Matt Farrell and Zach Chapman played big roles for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute soccer team this season. Farrell ranked second on the team with eight goals. Chapman played in 15 of the team’s 16 games, earning 13 starts. WPI finished 11-4-1.

Mueskes the distributor

Georgetown High alumna Ashley Mueskes led the Endicott women’s soccer team with four assists in the regular season. The Gulls (13-5-1) earned the top seed in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.

Port Olympians take silver

Newburyport High’s Special Olympics soccer team competed at the state tournament Sunday at Governor’s Academy. Newburyport went 2-1 on the day and was rewarded the silver medal in its division. The team included coach Matt Solazzo, coach Tina Cochran, Julia Frisch, Kayleigh Alexander, Bella Palma, Abbie Bresnahan, Cameron Toye, Shudee Wu, Tyler Gilfus, James Colburn, Adam Kapp, Tyler Rivera, AnnieKate Gross, Ben Jansson, coach Nicole Twomey and Stuart Linenfelser.

Join the Pioneer League

Registration for the Newburyport Pioneer League’s spring baseball and softball season is now open for all baseball and softball divisions between the ages of 5 and 12. It closes Nov. 30, with the exception of Rookie-Ball (ages 5 and 6), which is open until Feb. 1.