The fall season came to a close for local teams Tuesday when the Amesbury football team saw its inspiring season end in the Eastern Mass. Division 3A playoffs. On the surface, any fall season that extends past Thanksgiving has to be considered a bountiful one for local teams.
Looking deeper, this fall may be remembered as one that reinforced some of the area’s top rivalries.
The Amesbury and Newburyport football teams battled for a league championship until Thanksgiving Day, giving added significance to an already fierce rivalry. The Newburyport and Amesbury girls soccer teams took turns establishing themselves as contenders for the Division 3 North sectional title. The Triton golf team held off a surging Newburyport squad late in the season to capture another River Rival Championship. And finally, the Pentucket boys soccer team continued its recent dominance over Newburyport in the annual ALS Cup, but the Clippers proved to be a program on the rise by advancing to Division 3 North semifinal.
Before we move on to the winter season, let’s review the top 10 moments from the fall.
1. Newburyport’s repeat state championship: The Newburyport boys cross-country team repeated as Eastern Mass. Division 5 champion, besting second-place Coyle Cassidy by 31 points in the championship meet at Wrentham’s Development Center. The top finishers for the Clipper boys were Nick Carleo (4th; 16:05), Joe Santo (8th; 16:37), Joseph Molvar (13th; 16:49), Chris Orlando (16th; 16:54), Vye (40th; 17:34), Gabriel Ficht (64th; 18:05) and Sawyer Updike (76th; 18:21). The Clippers punctuated their season with a third-place finish at the Mass. All-State Meet.
2. Triton’s championship on the links: The Triton golf team earned the school’s first state championship since the winter of 2011 by capturing a team title at the Division 3 Championships at Hillview Golf Course in North Reading. The Vikings, who also won their seventh River Rival Championship in the last 14 years, earned a trip to the Mass. State Finals. With a 15-5 record on the season, the Vikings were undoubtedly the top team in the River Rival Region.