With the 2019-20 school year fast approaching, we at The Daily News wanted to take one last opportunity to look back at the best moments from the last decade. This week we’ll be highlighting the best of the 2010s from each local school, and today we’ll check out the highlights from the past decade at Georgetown High School.
Browner’s gusty effort
In 2011, Ryan Browner took the loss as his team was beaten 6-1 in the Division 4 state championship game by Cohasset. When his team made it back to the finals the following year, it didn’t matter that he’d pitched just two days earlier. He was getting the ball and he was getting his team the win.
“I did it on adrenaline,” Browner said. “It’s the state finals. I had to leave it all out there.”
Browner may not have had his best stuff, but he had enough to go the distance as the 2012 Georgetown baseball team captured the Division 4 state title in dominating fashion. The future Georgetown High athletic director allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings, striking out five as the Royals pounced on Harwich early en route to an 11-1 win at Lowell’s LeLacheur Park.
Georgetown scored five runs in the top of the first inning, capitalizing on four Harwich errors, and never let the opposition within four runs from that point on.
A soccer powerhouse
During the early part of the decade, Georgetown High boasted one of the state’s most successful combinations of boys and girls soccer programs. Between 2010 and 2014, the boys team made the tournament four out of five years, won two sectional titles and reached the state championship game in 2011, losing to Sutton 3-1 in the Division 3 state final.
Despite the final result, that team, which included standouts like Matt Bitchell and Ryan Browner, ranked as one of the greatest in school history, finishing 19-2-3 despite facing a tough Cape Ann League schedule.
The girls, meanwhile, made the tournament all five years and won two sectional titles of their own. Led by a talented core featuring standouts like Jennifer Migliaccio, Jensena Moner and Mollie Swanton, the Royals reached the state semifinals in 2011 and 2014. In the 2011 run, the Royals won three straight shutouts to start the tournament before beating St. Mary’s 5-1 in the North Final. Georgetown went on to lose to eventual state champion Dover-Sherborn 1-0 in double overtime of the state semifinals.
Similarly, in 2014 the Royals didn’t allow a goal in their entire Division 4 North tournament run, picking up four straight shutouts to advance back to the state semifinals, where Georgetown lost to East Bridgewater 2-0.
Galanis the great
The winter of 2015 featured arguably the greatest collection of local wrestlers in area history, as Triton’s Luke Boyle, Pentucket’s Josh Wesolowski and Georgetown-Ipswich’s Constantine Galanis all ranked among the state’s best their senior year. Though Galanis did not win a state title like those other two, he was every bit as good.
In 2014-15, Galanis went undefeated in dual meet competition, taking first at the Scituate Invitational, the Wakefield-Lisitano Invitational and the Pentucket Holiday Tournament before beating Boyle heads up at the CAL Open to win the league title. He went on to place second to Boyle at sectionals and fourth at states to qualify for the all-state tournament, and overall he went 38-5 on the season, breaking the program’s all-time wins record to finish his illustrious career at 157-46.
The most exciting win of Galanis’ season, however, was the first in his epic trilogy against Boyle. During Triton and Georgetown’s dual meet, the two went the distance in an epic 152-pound bout that Galanis won 5-4 in the final moments. After the future New England champion scored a reversal with six seconds left to apparently force overtime, Galanis literally walked off with the win after scoring an escape with one second on the clock to take the win.
The 2018-19 Georgetown boys basketball team was in dire straits. The Royals, who boasted as much talent and experience as the program had seen in at least five years, were struggling in Cape Ann League play. When the team fell to 5-10 after losing a tight 67-65 game to Masconomet, the Royals no longer had any room left for error. They would have to win all of their last five games in order to qualify for the postseason.
Incredibly, that’s exactly what they did.
Led by 1,000-point scorer and future Holy Cross football commit Hunter Lane, the Royals pulled off an epic late-season comeback to clinch a postseason berth on the final day of the season. Georgetown beat Ipswich and Lynnfield, blew out Rockport and Innovation Academy, and then stunned Hamilton-Wenham 72-69 in overtime to finish the job.
In the final game, Georgetown had jumped out to a huge lead before falling behind late. The Royals trailed by seven points with 1:45 to play before Lane scored six quick points and Arlen Winer banked in the game-tying 3-pointer to tie the score at 61-61. Once in the extra session, Lane dominated and put the game away at the line, finishing with 24 points in the historic win.
The Royals would go on to beat CAL Baker Division champion Manchester Essex in the first round before losing to Lowell Catholic in the North quarterfinals to end the season.
Georgetown High Postseason Results 2010-19
Football: 3 appearances, 0-3; Thanksgiving, 3-6
Boys Soccer: 4 appearances, 9-4; 1 state finalist (2011); 2 North titles (2011,13)
Girls Soccer: 5 appearances, 12-5; 2 North titles (2011,14)
Field Hockey: 2 appearances, 1-2
Golf: No top finishes
Boys Cross Country: 1 state runner-up (2017)
Girls Cross Country: No top three state finishes
Golf: No state tournament appearances
Boys Basketball: 4 appearances, 5-4
Girls Basketball: 5 appearances, 6-5
Boys Hockey (Pentucket): 3 appearances, 1-3
Girls Hockey (Masco co-op): 8 appearances, 7-8 (2017, 2018 Division 1 semifinalist)
Wrestling: 1 state champ (Dean Nemeroff, 2010)
Baseball: 8 appearances, 20-7; 1 state title (2012), 2 state finalists (2011-12); 3 North titles (2011-12, 15)
Softball: 3 appearances, 3-3
Boys Lacrosse: 4 appearances, 1-4
Girls Lacrosse: 3 appearances, 0-3