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October 23, 2013

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The season of Triton?

The Daily News sold the Triton girls soccer team short in yesterday’s paper when we stated the Vikings qualified for the state tournament for the first time in more than 10 years. The Daily News’ records only go back to 2003, but it appears the Triton girls soccer team has never qualified for the state tournament in its more than 30 years of existence. First-year coach Mike Weisberg credited senior captains Casey Ross and Madison Williams, along with seniors Rachel Hall and Shannon Dube, for the team’s success.

The girls soccer team is not the only program at Triton having a good season. The Triton boys soccer team, girls cross-country team and football team all have records of .500 or better. The field hockey team, at 6-7-3, could still make a late push for a tournament berth.

Football playoffs

With one weekend of play remaining in the regular season, it appears that Pentucket, Triton, Newburyport and Amesbury all control their own destiny in terms of qualifying for the Division 4 North playoffs. Pentucket has already clinched as the champion of the CAL Kinney Division. Amesbury can clinch second place in the CAL Baker Division — and a playoff berth — with a victory over Manchester Essex. Triton will be in great shape with a victory over Masconomet on Friday. Newburyport can likely earn a wildcard berth with a victory over Saugus on Saturday. The eight teams most likely to represent Division 4 North heading into the final weekend are Amesbury, Bedford, Lynnfield, Newburyport, Pentucket, Stoneham, Triton and Watertown.

Hayden’s heart

Pentucket’s Steve Hayden has accomplished a great deal in his 32 years as Sachems head football coach. He has won 189 games, a Super Bowl (EMass. Division 4, 1999) that started a run of four straight Cape Ann League titles, and this year has already clinched the CAL Division 1 title and a playoff berth.

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