Sports in a Minute: Pentucket's McNamara approaching 300 career wins

CARL RUSSO/Staff photoPentucket girls basketball coach John McNamara is approaching 300 career wins.

McNamara nearing 300

It hasn’t even been two years since Pentucket girls basketball coach John McNamara celebrated his 250th career win, and now he’s rapidly approaching another major milestone. With Tuesday’s win over Georgetown, McNamara is up to 298 career wins and should reach 300 before the end of this season. Overall McNamara is 298-48 in 14 seasons as coach, a tenure that includes 11 CAL titles, seven sectional titles and two state championships. This year Pentucket is 18-1, and the Sachems will next face Masconomet — who handed Pentucket it’s lone loss back in early January — before ending the regular season with two games in the St. Mary’s tournament.

Legacy wins 100th

This past weekend Pentucket wrestler Chris Legacy won his 100th career match, reaching the major milestone during the Travis Yell Memorial Tournament. Legacy went a perfect 3-0 at 160 pounds to reach 100, serving as one of the top performers of the weekend for a team that won four of its five dual meets on the day.

Skiing finishes third

While the season was marred by frequently postponements due to unseasonable warm weather, the Georgetown-Newburyport girls ski co-op was able to make the most of it, finishing the regular season third in the North Shore Ski League. The Royals finished 10-4 overall behind league champion Masconomet (14-0) and North Andover (12-2), and Brenna Slomski finished as the team’s top skier, placing seventh in the individual standings (117.5 points) to qualify for states. Mia Gustafson was next in 17th overall (66 points) and Caroline Bortz finished 20th (46 points).

Carleo takes first

Newburyport’s Nick Carleo recently picked up a first-place finish for the Providence College men’s indoor track team, winning the 800-meter run at this past Saturday’s URI Coaches Tribute Meet. Carleo finished in 1:55.37, and joining him on the podium was ex-Pentucket track stars Sam Coppola and Saige Tudisco, as well as ex-Triton great Maddie Quigley. Coppola placed third in the 500-meter dash (1:07.32) for URI, Tudisco placed third in the long jump (18-0 1/4) and sixth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.27) for UNH and Quigley placed third in the mile (5:11.26) for UNH. Former Pentucket standout Katie Giusti also placed fourth in the high jump (5-1) for Stonehill.

NYHL Mite Instructional Program

Registration for the Newburyport Youth Hockey League’s Mite Instructional Program is now open for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. The program is geared towards first time players interested in learning the sport and continuing to develop their skating and hockey skills, and it is designed for girls and boys ages 5-8 (as of 12/31/20). All practices and games are located at the Graf Rink in Newburyport. Players will have two dedicated 50 minute practices each week and one cross ice game on Saturday afternoons. All Instructional players will also have the option to skate on Sunday mornings with the learn to skate group to continue to work on their skating skills. The program runs from September through February. The cost is $1,300 for the season or $1,200 if registered before March 15. Those interested can register online at, and any questions or concerns can be relayed to coach Dick Tierney at 978-465-0128 or to Mike Bergeron at

Field hockey change

Starting next season, all high school field hockey games will be played in four 15-minute quarters instead of two 30-minute halves. Teams will also no longer have any timeouts due to the change. Under the old format, teams had two 90-second timeouts to use per game.

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