NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

January 28, 2014

Sports in a minute

Dan Guttenplan
Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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.

Repucci’s stellar rep

Holy Cross senior hockey player Jeffrey Reppucci of Newburyport has been named one of five finalists for the prestigious Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given to a collegiate and a professional athlete who have made the greatest positive influence in the lives of others. Founded by Athletes for a Better World, a nonprofit organization committed to changing the culture of American sports, the Wooden Cup is unique in that it is open to athletes in all collegiate and professional sports. The award recipients will be announced at a ceremony held at the Atlanta History Center on April 22.

Super Bowl Run Day?

The popular WCRC Boston Training Run series continues Sunday, with the fourth installment. The Boston Marathon training run will be held at 18 Riverview Road, Durham, N.H., hosted by Bob Kennedy and Sinthy Kounlasa. Respond to Kennedy at osprey02554@yahoo.com. The run will start at 9 a.m..

Winning it for Mike

On the day of former Georgetown basketball coach Mike Rowinski’s death, Haverhill’s Neph Carmona, who had played for Rowinski at Georgetown High, was so distraught that his Northern Essex Community College basketball coach, Darren Stratton, gave him the day off from practice. The next day, in a game against Roxbury Community College, Carmona had the game of his life.

He had a career-high 18 points and was the game hero when, with the Knights trailing by two points, he scored with one second left and was fouled. Before going to the line, he winked at Stratton and said, “Don’t worry, Coach, I’ve got this. This is for coach Mike.” He swished the shot, giving Northern Essex the one-point win.

Quick hire

It only took St. John’s Prep one day to announce the replacement of Groveland’s Jim O’Leary as its football coach. Former star quarterback Brian St. Pierre was named the day after O’Leary stepped down.

O’Leary certainly coached some great players during his 30-year tenure. Among those in addition to St. Pierre are Rob Konrad, Wayne Lucier and recently named Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien.