, Newburyport, MA


December 11, 2012

The celebration ends now

Pentucket girls basketball team back to work to defend title


“We haven’t talked as a team about state championships, but I just try to get them to understand that they shouldn’t be satisfied and content because this is their senior year,” McNamara said. “Last year they were juniors and we had a couple of seniors. That was their team, this is their team this year. We’re trying to take that approach with them and make them understand there’s nothing better than your senior year in high school, and you can go off and play college basketball, but we’ve got something special with the community supporting us. They’ll never enjoy basketball more than their senior year.”

Once again the motivation for this particular collection of players is to do what no Sachem team has done before — repeat as champs — a legacy that would put them in a rarified air with some of the all-time great players in the history of the state of Massachusetts.

“Basically having that first one in our pocket is what’s getting us off to a pretty good start,” said Viselli. “At practices we talk about repeating as something we want, something we’re motivated to get. But we can’t get there if we don’t work hard, so we’ve been pushing each other really hard because that’s already the motivation factor that’s getting us going.

“That’s something we want — we want that repeat year because that’s something Pentucket’s never done. We want this legacy to end that way. We want to stay on the right foot to get that second one and show people that, yes, we lost kids that were key to us, but we can still play. We still have a good team, so having that first one is the biggest motivation factor for us right now.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent First impressions of Giants' new up-tempo offense Athletic Gaines: Where LeSean McCoy, Kenjon Barner, and more prepare for NFL season Jack White's Cub Face How Emmanuel Mudiay Ended Up in China Sterling says he's not trying to block Clippers sale Selig: MLB 'more popular today than ever' Eli, Giants learning new offense Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Longhorns Coach Disses Texas With Compliment - @TheBuzzeronFOX How Will Wiggins Deal Impact Potential Love Trade? Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Dareus fails conditioning test, Watkins lifts spirits Clay Travis On Mettenberger Punch & "Dumbest Fanbase" - @TheBuzzeronFOX Bowlsby talks cheating in NCAA Kluwe: How can Tony Dungy advocate felons, not Michael Sam SNC Minute: Phils lose; Lee set to return Eagles less than a week away from training camp Could Cliff Lee's health affect trade value? McCarthy and Stairs break down the Phillies' loss
Special Features