With many of the state tournaments for high school team sports set to conclude this week, it seems early to roll out the seasonal “Top 10 Moments” column.
In past years, we’ve seen local baseball and softball teams compete in state-championship games. Not this season. However, the early end to the spring season does not mean it was without its moments of great accomplishments.
Below, I’ve selected some of the top feats from the last three months.
1. Preston into action: Newburyport senior track and field star Steve Preston finished off his career in style by collecting an All-State championship in the discus (155-5). The four-year thrower broke the school record in the discus, giving him the Newburyport indoor record in the shot put and the outdoor record in the discus. Preston bested Newburyport’s previous discus record of 148-3, which was set by Jim Barrett in 1965, on five of his six throws June 1. He had throws of 132-0, 151-0, 155-5, 148-10, 149-6 and 151-5. Preston is only the second Newburyport All-State champion in school history. Kyanna Stallings won the 100 meters at Newburyport in 2000 before continuing her track career at UMass Amherst.
2. More of the same for Amesbury softball: Historically, one of the most consistently dominant teams in the area, the Amesbury softball team collected a Cape Ann League Division 2 championship with a 14-1 record in league play. The Indians finished 19-3 overall, falling in the Division 2 North semifinals against Burlington. The Indians got the upper hand on rival Newburyport, dealing the Clippers (14-7) three of their seven losses — including one in the Division 2 North semifinals.
3. A Governor’s mansion: The Governor’s Academy had a strong spring on the athletic fields with both the baseball and softball teams taking home Independent School League titles. The baseball team finished 16-4 to split the ISL championship. The softball team went undefeated (16-0) thanks to starting pitcher and league MVP Sarah Dupere of Amesbury. Also worthy of note was the boys lacrosse team’s 14-2 record this season.