4. A grand accomplishment: Two local basketball players — Georgetown’s Kristin Hogan and Pentucket’s Ashley Viselli — surpassed the illustrious mark for 1,000 career points this season. Hogan was the fourth Georgetown female and sixth player in school history to eclipse 1,000 points. Viselli was the third female and fifth player in Pentucket school history to achieve the same feat.
5. Worthy of cheer: The Georgetown varsity cheer squad captured a Division 4 North Regional title, marking the top performance by any Georgetown team since the school’s baseball team won a state title last spring. The Triton cheer team also earned its sixth Cape Ann League title in the last seven years.
6. Long time, first time: The Newburyport hockey team earned its first Cape Ann League title in coach Paul Yameen’s 10 seasons as coach. The squad had a nice regular season before falling in the opening round of the tournament. The Clippers finished 12-3-5, earning a Newburyport Bank Classic championship and regular-season ties against Franklin, Canton and Beverly.
7. Amesbury on the rise: Amesbury athletics had a breakout winter season with surprising performances spreading to nearly every sports team. The Amesbury girls basketball team qualified for the state tournament for the first time in seven seasons, and even earned a tournament win against Excel. The Amesbury boys basketball team earned its first trip to the state tournament in more than a decade. The Amesbury hockey team flirted with a state tournament berth after beating Newburyport for the first time since 2006. The Amesbury boys indoor track team had a surprising fourth-place finish at the CAL Open.
8. Sustained success: The Newburyport boys basketball team won 14 games including its tournament-opener before falling to Whittier in the Division 3 North quarterfinal. The Clippers’ senior class was a part of 44 wins over the last four seasons, seven of which came in the state tournament.