State Championship Meet
Triton’s Austin Stevens won the state championship in the pole vault yesterday at the Division II State Pole Vault Championships, clearing 13-7 1/2 to win the event while also breaking a 30-year-old school record in the process. In addition, Brandon Duford placed third in the event by clearing 11-6. Stevens and Duford’s performances will be added to Triton’s team score when the rest of the Division II State Championship meet takes place on Sunday.
Newburyport’s Chris Kirkpatrick had a phenomenal season to wrap up his high school career, and now the Clippers’ star senior is being sent off with some hardware. This week, Kirkpatrick was named the Cape Ann League Player of the Year, and he was also named to the conference’s All-League team. In addition, the following individuals were named as CAL All-League selections: From Pentucket, Adam Chory and Logan Sherwood; from Triton, John DiDonato; from Manchester Essex, Michael Fuca, Seth Cohen, Jeff Durkin, Jake Rich and Justin Eichenberger; and from North Reading, Kyle Harris.
Triton 5, Arlington Catholic 0
Triton dominated Arlington Catholic 5-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Division III North Tournament yesterday afternoon. Travis Mihalchick won 6-2, 6-0 at first singles, John DiDonato won 6-2, 6-3 at second singles, Andrew McGrath won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles, Sam Ross and Eric Ninthala won 6-0, 6-1 at first doubles, and Devon Shuman and Niko Marcolini won 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles. The Vikings will now move on to face No. 2 Austin Prep (13-3) Saturday at 2 p.m.
Pentucket junior Coli Downey had a season for the ages, going undefeated through the regular season before reaching the semifinals of the individual state tournament, and now she has been honored as the Cape Ann League’s Player of the Year for 2014. Downey was also named to the CAL All-League team, along with Sarah Mezzini, Kelley Nevils, Danielle Soden, Olivia Kelly, Logan Colby-Noviziato and Sloan Colby-Noviziato from Lynnfield and Becca Costa, Brooke Hunziker and Erin Johnson from Masconomet. Triton won the team sportsmanship award.