Sports in a Minute: Amesbury boys tennis advances to program's first North Final

Courtesy PhotoThe Amesbury boys tennis team upset Hamilton-Wenham 4-1 to reach the Division 3 North Final. Pictured from left to right are Charlie Baxter, Sean Reagan, Alex Pucillo, Matt Nardone, Reid McIntire, Jon Redford and Drew Mahoney.

Amesbury makes history!

For the first time in school history, an Amesbury tennis team has reached the sectional championship round. The Amesbury boys made it happen with Monday’s 4-1 upset of No. 2 seed Hamilton-Wenham, the team’s third consecutive tournament win to set up a showdown with No. 8 seeded Weston in Wednesday’s Division 3 North final.

Matt Nardone got the win at first singles 6-0, 6-1, Alex Pucillo won at second singles 6-4, 6-2, the team of Reid McIntire and Jon Redford won at first doubles 2-6, 6-0, 6-4, and Drew Mahoney and Charlie Baxter won at second doubles after their opponents retired in the second set. Amesbury is now 14-4, and the sectional final will be played Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at a location to be determined.

Give her a hand

Newburyport’s River Sava has enjoyed a terrific spring at third singles for the Clippers, but at no point had she enjoyed a performance like Monday’s. Playing with a broken hand, the senior co-captain came through with a 6-4, 7-5 win to clinch the 3-2 upset win over No. 3 seeded Marblehead girls tennis in the Division 2 North semifinals. With that, the Clippers are headed back to the North finals for the second year in a row.

In addition to Sava, Newburyport’s doubles teams also swept their matches. Anna Hickman and Molly Page won at first doubles 6-4, 7-5, and Katherine O’Connor and Li McClure won at second doubles 6-4, 7-5. Newburyport is now 15-4 and will face top seeded and undefeated Winchester (19-1) in Wednesday’s final at 3:30 p.m. The match will be played at a location to be determined.

Calvani at Nationals

Amesbury’s Anthony Calvani of Northern Essex Community College golf competed at the NJCAA Division 3 Championships at Chautauqua Golf Club in New York this past weekend, tying for 31st at the national championships after shooting a plus-35 323 over the course of four rounds at the par-72 course. Calvani’s best day came in round one, when he shot plus-6 78, and teammate Brandon Mullarkey of Reading finished tied for 69th after shooting 349. Georgia Military College won the team national championship and Trey Capps of Sandhill Community College won the individual national title with a score of plus-4 292.

Amesbury Summer Basketball Camp

The sixth annual Amesbury Summer Basketball Camp will run from June 24-27 at the Amesbury High gym. Girls and boys entering grades 3-4 this fall will run from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m., boys entering grades 5-9 will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and girls entering grades 5-9 will be from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $125 per student. To register, go to, go to programs, and go to games and sports. Parents may sign up at the door if needed. For questions contact director John Daileanes at or call 978-766-3607.

West Newbury Basketball

The West Newbury Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the WNYL, will be offering its annual Free Summer Basketball Clinics. The program will take place at the Action Cove basketball court starting Saturday, June 22 and will run for six consecutive Saturdays ending on July 27. The Saturday schedules is as follows: 9-10 a.m. – 7 and 8 year old boys and girls; 10-11 a.m. – 9 and 10 year old boys and girls; 11-noon – 11 and 12 year old boys and girls. The program is free and will be conducted by current and/or former Pentucket High School basketball players. It will consist of skills, drills and fun games for the kids.