The Pentucket girls basketball team’s loss to Archbishop Williams Monday at the TD Garden marked the end of the winter sports season for River Rival schools. The season included a state championship for a local track team, sectional titles for two other teams, four league title, and several individual achievements. Plus, for the first time in several seasons, every school is represented in the top 10 list. Here are the top moments from the winter season.
1. Another year, another state title: The Newburyport boys indoor track team continued its recent run of dominance by claiming a Division 4 state championship for the third year in a row. The Clippers, who finished undefeated and won a Cape Ann League Open title, narrowly edged out Old Rochester and Weston in the state championship meet. Newburyport sophomore Nick Carleo won the mile in 4:25.03, a new school record. A week later, he placed third in the mile at the All-State Championships in a new record time of 4:19.16.
2. Adding to the Garden: The Pentucket girls basketball team won its fifth sectional title in the last seven years, earning what has become a near annual appearance at the TD Garden. The defending state-champion Sachems fell to Archbishop Williams at the Garden for the third time in that seven-year stretch, but not before improving their cumulative record to 158-20 in coach John McNamara’s seven seasons as coach.
3. Kings of the mat: Four Triton and three Pentucket wrestlers qualified for the All-State Championships this season. All but one of those wrestlers logged his 100th career victory this season with the lone exception being Triton freshman John Boyle, who has three more years to achieve the feat. Triton’s Victor Ramirez, Mark Boyle, Luke Boyle and John Boyle earned trips to the All-States, as did Pentucket’s Tom Funk, Josh Wesolowski and Jeff Funk.