500 for Hennigar
With the Newburyport boys and girls cross country teams’ wins on Wednesday, coach Don Hennigar has officially surpassed 500 career wins over the course of his decorated 34-year tenure as Newburyport’s head coach. Hennigar now has 255 wins as the boys coach and 246 wins as the girls coach, giving him 501 for his career combined.
The milestone came after the boys beat North Reading 19-43 while the girls won 20-42. John Lucey was the top overall finisher for the boys in 16:51 while Lucy Gagnon led the girls to place second overall in 20:24.
Triton stays unbeaten
The Triton golf team improved to 5-0 on the season after beating previously unbeaten Masconomet in a high-scoring thriller, 142-123. Cael Kohan led the Vikings with 27 points, Brad Killion had 26 points, Rick Gardella had 25 and Caitlin White 23.
The Pentucket boys cross country team picked up a huge early season victory to stay in the Cape Ann League championship hunt, downing Masconomet 26-29 in a tight race at Pipe Stave in West Newbury. Peter Lopata led the Sachems to finish second in 16:42, Keegan Comeau was fourth in 17:42, Sam Stys fifth in 17:46, Colin Costa seventh in 18:12 and Cory Foster eighth in 18:17.
The girls picked up a considerably more dominant win in their race, winning 19-37. Phoebe Rubio took first overall in 21:22, Audrey Conover was second in 22:33, Ella Edic third in 22:35 and Emily Rubio fourth in 22:58.
Vikings crush competition
The Triton boys and girls cross country teams staked their claims as teams to beat in the Cape Ann League this fall with dominant wins in Wednesday’s opening tri-meets against Ipswich and Lynnfield. The boys beat Ipswich 22-34 and Lynnfield 18-38 after Keegan Ritchie finished first overall in 16:08, Graham Stedfast third in 16:16 and Aidan Gay-Killeen fifth in 16:41.
The girls, meanwhile, beat both Ipswich and Lynnfield by identical 15-50 scores after sweeping the top seven overall. Sarah Harrington was the winner for the Vikings in 19:02, Ellie Gay-Killeen was second in 19:20 and Kylie Lorenzo third in 19:45.
Sullivan comes through
Trailing going into the final pair, Newburyport’s Declan Sullivan was able to come through for 20 huge points to give the Clipper golf team a narrow 122-116 win over Ipswich. Colin Richmond led the way with 24 points, followed by Sam Lyman with 23 points. Luke Grossi-Hogg and Andrew Cullen each had 19 points as the Clippers improved to 3-0 on the season.
Amesbury golf picked up its first win of the season, beating Georgetown 102-94 to improve to 1-3 overall. Thomas Newell, Cam Chambers and Brayden Landry all finished with 19 points in the win.
The Georgetown girls volleyball team had an outstanding showing on Wednesday against St. Mary’s, sweeping the Spartans 3-0 after winning 25-10, 25-23 and 27-25 in the three-set victory. Ana Collins led the Royals with 20 assists and four aces and Sophie Ferraguzzi had a team-high eight kills.