, Newburyport, MA


January 28, 2014

Sports in a minute

Darsney’s disadvantage vs. DiPietro

Triton senior Kerstin Darsney maintained her position as the state’s second-ranked high-jumper Sunday, when she finished second at the MSTCA Elite Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center. Darsney nearly matched Marshfield’s Ellen DiPietro by clearing 5-8, but just clipped the bar. Darsney’s high jump of 5-6 matches her best leap of the season. The Triton standout also placed fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.91).

Same old Pentucket

The Pentucket girls basketball team is doing the same thing it does just about every January — building a lengthy winning streak. The Sachems (10-3) have won nine straight game since starting the season 1-3. On Saturday, Pentucket avenged an early-season defeat against Notre Dame of Hingham by suffocating the opposition to the tune of a 35-20 road victory. Kelsi McNamara (17 points) and McKenna Kilian (10 points) continue to provide the Sachems with just enough experience despite the graduation of three All-CAL players last spring.

Lago’s last hurrah?

One has to wonder when Seabrook’s Scotty Lago will compete in the halfpipe again after placing 13th out of 15 athletes in the X Games over the weekend. Lago, 26, told The Daily News last week he has lost the love for the event that brought him fame as a teenager and Olympic bronze in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2010. Look for Lago to try out other snowboarding competitions like the slalom and slopestyle before he returns to the pressure-packed environment of the halfpipe.

Carleo’s big stage

Newburyport junior Nick Carleo, the Division 2 state cross-country champion, has been invited to compete at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix professional track meet Feb. 8 at the Reggie Lewis Center. The New Balance Grand Prix, formerly known as the Boston Indoor Games, is one of the premier indoor meets in the world. Since its inaugural year, the Grand Prix has produced six world records and 11 American records.

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