, Newburyport, MA

June 2, 2014

Six win state championships over the weekend

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Track

State Championship Meets

Four local athletes have reached new heights, as Pentucket’s Ali Attenasio, Newburyport’s Alec Reduker and Triton’s Austin Stevens and Kerstin Darsney each won state championships over the weekend while setting new records in the process. Attenasio cleared 11-1 in the pole vault to win her championship, breaking the Division III State Championship Meet record of 10-6 in the process while also surpassing her own school record of 11-0 that she set last year. Stevens, meanwhile, recorded a height of 13-7 1/2 in the pole vault on Thursday to break a school record that had stood for 30 years.

Darsney won the triple jump with a length of 39-1, breaking the old Division II State Championship meet record of 38-1 that was set by Stoughton’s Joanne Durant back in 1992. Darsney also placed second in both the 100-meter hurdles (15.57) and the high jump (5-4), where she finished behind Ellen DiPietro of Marshfield, who cleared 5-8 to tie the meet record and record one of the best heights in the country all at once. Reduker, meanwhile, won the boys championship in the high jump, setting a new school record by clearing 6-5 while also placing second in the state in the pole vault by clearing 11-9, a new personal best.

In addition, Amesbury’s Marissa Randall won the state championship in the discus by throwing 117-9 while also placing second in the shot put (36-0), and Newburyport’s Nick Carleo defended his indoor championship in mile with a time of 4:22.

Besides Attenasio, Pentucket got strong performances from the following: McKenna Kilian placed second in the girls high jump (5-0) and third in the girls 400-meter run (60.14); Paige Wesolowski placed third in the girls pole vault (9-3); Ayeshah Malhi placed fourth in the girls discus (104-0, a new personal best); Ian Sands placed fifth in the boys pole vault (10-5); Alex Demeule placed fifth in the mile (4:31.95, a new personal best) and Sterling Seymour placed sixth in the girls 400-meter hurdles (69.18, a new personal best by almost a second). Attenasio, Kilian, Wesolowski and Malhi will each advance to the All State meet.

Joining Stevens and Darsney on the podium for Triton was Brandon Duford, who placed third in the pole vault by clearing 11-6, along with Mark Theberge, who placed sixth in the shot put (45-5 1/4). Stevens, Darsney, Duford and Theberge will all advance to All States.

For Amesbury, Patrick Halloran placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.48, which is a new school record, and also placed eighth in the 800-meter run (2:05). Heath King placed third in the pole vault (11-3); Julia Shorter placed third in the mile (5:25); Isabell Prussman placed third in the long jump; Doug Masi placed fourth in the pole vault (10-9); Adam Elfiki placed fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.82); Lacey Raymond placed eighth in the girls pole vault and Keith Merchant placed eighth in the 100-meter dash. Randall, Shorter, Prussman, Halloran, King, Masi and Elfiki will each advance to the All State meet.

Finally from Newburyport, Tom Graham placed fourth in the 800-meters (1:58.59, a new personal best); Chris Orlando placed fourth in the 2 mile (9:57); Joe Molvar placed sixth in the 2 mile (10:06); the 4x800 relay team of Orlando, Gabe Ficht, Molvar and Carleo placed fourth (8:37) and Lily Eagan placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (68.3) and sixth in the pole vault (7-9). All will advance to All States.

Boys Tennis

Triton 4, Austin Prep 1

Triton beat No. 2 seeded Austin Prep (13-3) by a score of 4-1 in the Division III North quarterfinals on Saturday. The Vikings swept the Cougars in the singles matches, with Travis Mihalchick winning 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 at first singles, John DiDonato winning 7-5, 7-5 at second singles and Andrew McGrath winning 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 at third singles. In addition, the team of Sam Ross and Eric Ninthala won 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles. With the win, Triton is now 13-5 and has set a new school record for most wins in a season. The Vikings will now advance to face North Reading in the North Semifinals Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Weston 5, Pentucket 0

Pentucket was shut out in its first round tournament matchup against Weston and will finish the season 12-5 on the year.

Girls Tennis

North Andover 3, Triton 2

Triton lost to North Andover in a tightly contested affair by a score of 3-2 in the first round of the Division II North tournament on Thursday. Grace Williams won at third singles 6-1, 6-1 and the team of Clare Delaney and Eliza Mullen won at second doubles 6-4, 6-2, but the Vikings ran into trouble in the other three matches. Kaley Towns lost at first singles 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, Alexa Bryant lost at second singles 4-6, 5-7, and the team of Anastasia Small and Laurel White lost at first doubles 3-6, 5-7. With the loss, Triton finishes its season with a record of 9-8, and North Andover will move on to face Burlington in the quarterfinals.


Reading 7, Pentucket 0

The Sachems struggled in their first round matchup with No. 7 Reading, as the Rockets shut out Pentucket to win 7-0 on Friday night. With the loss Pentucket finishes the season 11-10 on the year.

Tewksbury 6, Newburyport 0

Though Newburyport played well in the field, the Clippers just couldn’t get their bats going as No. 6 Tewksbury held the Clippers to just one hit in Friday night’s first round matchup. Ashley Hodge was the lone Clipper to record a base hit as Newburyport finishes the season 11-10 on the year.


All-League Selections

The following individuals have been selected to the Cape Ann League’s All-League team for 2014. From Georgetown, Colby Ingraham and Ben Noelk; from Amesbury, Mac Short; from Pentucket, Ryan Kuchar; from Triton, Justin Cashman; from Hamilton-Wenham, Austin Michel; from Lynnfield, Jordan Roper; from Masconomet, Tom Budrewicz, Greg Dougherty, Joe Kligensmith, Mike Manni and Will Twiss; from North Reading, Scott Allan and Colby Maiola; and from Saugus, Kyle Autilio and Dan Cacciola.

In addition, the following individuals have been selected as Cape Ann League All-Stars. From Newburyport, James Nutter, Caleb Stott and Scott Webster; from Pentucket, Pat Beaton and John Sirios; from Triton, Adam Chatterton and James Wood; from Amesbury, Nick Hawrylciw; from Georgetown, Patrick Slack; from Hamilton-Wenham, Jack Clay and Brett Harring; from Ipswich, Sean Whooley and Freddy Cerundolo; from Lynnfield, Greg Basilesco, Traverse Briana and Jack Fraulini; from Manchester Essex, Craig Carter and Kevin Carter; from North Reading, Keith Linnane and Ryan Sanborn; from Rockport, Kyle Nelson and Danny Ryan; and from Saugus, Joe Bertrand.

Masconomet’s Joe Kligensmith and Lynnfield’s Jordan Roper have been honored as Cape Ann League Player of the Year for the Kinney and Baker Divisions respectivlely, and Pentucket and Rockport have been awarded the league’s Sportsmanship Awards.