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Bishop Fenwick girls’ basketball team falls to Wakefield High in Div. III North final





After their 30-point semifinal dismantling of second-seeded Manchester-Essex of the Cape Ann League earlier in the week, the sixth-seeded Bishop Fenwick (BF) Crusaders could have been considered the favorite heading into last Saturday’s girls’ Div. III North final at Wakefield High School.

That proved an inaccurate presumption. The top-seeded Amesbury Indians, also from the Cape Ann League, demonstrated why they had just one loss all season by taking control pretty much from the opening tap and never trailing in a 66-50 victory.

What Amesbury possessed that Manchester did not was significant size, especially up front. Indians center Flannery O’Connor poured in 20 points and hauled down 20 rebounds. She could have had more if not for missing several makeable inside shots and getting rejected a few times by BF’s Jennie Meagher, who matched up with O’Connor size-wise.

The defending Div. III state champion Crusaders, who finished 16-9 overall, fell behind in the first quarter by a 17-7 count before chipping away and pulling within 17-14 early in period two. It was rough going for the remainder of the second period as Amesbury went on a 19-5 run and entered the intermission ahead, 36-19.

BF received some brief encouragement when Sam Mancinelli drilled two of her four three-pointers to open the third quarter. But the Indians held fast and never allowed BF to seriously threaten.

Senior captain Mancinelli, in her final game as a Crusader, led BF with 17 points; sophomore Samantha Gallant contributed 12 points off the bench. Fredi DeGuglielmo netted five points; Olivia DiPietro, five; Courtney Norton, four; and Meagher, three. Sophomore Jaxson Nadeau, who had a big 15-point, seven-steal effort against Manchester, was held without a field goal Saturday and ended up with four points.

“We had a bad game but Amesbury was better,” Crusaders head coach Adam DeBaggis told the press after the contest. “Our effort was through the roof but our focus was a little off. We were late rotating on defense and our shots were a little off. There were spurts but we couldn’t stop them from scoring and allowed too many points.”

Despite the disappointing end to this season, BF has much to look forward to next year, as nine varsity players will return in 2017-18. Mancinelli, Samantha Gulla and Camille Tache are the three departing seniors.

By Greg Phipps


Lady Tanners celebrate strong season at basketball banquet


Seniors Chinenye Onwuogu, Alyssa Alperen, Katie Wallace and Melissa Gray were honored at this year’s Peabody High School girls’ basketball banquet on Monday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Onwuogu was given the Frank Wiggin Award while Alperen, one of the co-captains, received the Leadership Award. The team’s other captains, Wallace and Gray, were named co-Most Valuable Players.

Captains for next season were selected as well. Serena Laro and Jordan Muse got the nod.

The Peabody girls completed a strong season in 2016-17, finishing 14-8 overall and 12-4 in the Northeastern Conference. Highlights included a triple-overtime upset win at Lynn Classical, an 11-game winning streak in conference play, and a first-round Div. I North playoff win over Waltham.

By Gregg Phipps


Snacking done right!


A Snack or snacking by definition is a small meal often eaten between regular meals. As we go about our daily charged up schedules, regular meals take a back seat and we replace them with mindless noshing through out the day or snacking done wrong. This can pose a dietary disaster and dire consequences of unhealthy food choices. Done right, snacking can be a beneficial asset to a healthy eating pattern.

Eating regularly scheduled meals is fundamental to healthy eating. This helps with keeping your body running on an even keel and avoids, energy slumps and food cravings for empty calories.  Snacking can be a satisfying way to maintain a steady flow of energy and boost essential nutrients we need to be our best at work or play.

The human body is designed to eat every four to six hours. In today’s lifestyle when meals are harried, snacks can fill the gap and provide nutrients that may be missing at meals. Here are a few pointers in doing snacking right.

First, prevent getting too hungry which can promote overeating.  Ensuring that not more than four to six hours elapse between meals helps keep hunger in check.

Second, choose nutritious healthy foods – yes they can be tasty!

Similar to a meal – snack food choices based on lean protein, whole grain, fruits and vegetables and low fat dairy offer vital nutrients and staying power.  Build a healthy snack by starting with a protein choice including low fat dairy; add a fruit and/or a whole grain. Here are some ideas:

Cereal with fruit and low-fat milk

Non-fat yogurt and fruit

Vegetables and peanut butter

Toast with egg and fruit

Whole wheat crackers with string cheese & fruit

Hummus roll ups (my recipe)

Third, make the timing and portion sizes fit your needs.  For example, a midmorning snack may be perfect to complete breakfast. An afternoon snack at 4-5 pm is a great way to complete the midday meal and tide you over to dinner, or perfect for when dinner is late. A bedtime snack is ideal, as being too hungry just as being too full may interfere with a proper night’s sleep. Keep portion sizes small, read the nutrition facts label for serving size information.  Also, no need to clean your plate at mealtime - what is left on your plate may just make a great snack.

Purposeful and timely nutrient rich snacks can be vital to a healthy eating pattern.    Do snacks right to help fuel a  healthy and energetic lifestyle.

Anna Tourkakis is a nutritionist and founder of Eating From Within Nutrition, offering nutrition and healthy eating lifestyle programs.  Anna can be reached at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   T. 781 334-8752;

By Anna



Hummus bars and pinwheel roll ups


Make a sandwich and cut into 4 - 1-inch wide bars or slice a piece of bread into 2 thin slices. Spread hummus on each half and roll each half and cut each into pinwheels like shape. Store covered in refrigerator.


  • Makes 2 cups
  • 2 cups chickpeas or 19 oz. can rinse and drain
  • 3 tablespoons tahini or peanut butter
  • 1tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/3-cup water
  • 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2-teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2-teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4-cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2-teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

 Mix all ingredients in a food processor or blender, thin with a little more oil or water if necessary. Make about 1 hour ahead to let flavors meld. Garnish with parsley. Serve at room temperature with veggies and pita chips.


The Advocate HOROSCOPE

Aries (March 21st-April 20th): From now until the 31st Mercury, the planet of intelligence and communication, will be in your sign- encouraging genius ideas! Your mind is going to be alert and bubbling with solutions to every problem. Those around you will be less fortunate however, and may be very caught up in their own lives.

Taurus (April 21st-May 20th): This weeks planetary energy will have you feeling sexy and sassy! Enjoy the confidence and show off your wardrobe. Be easy though with your words and attitude towards friends- sensitivity is high and you don’t need any guilt to ruin this pleasant energy!

Gemini (May 21st-June20th): Your phone should be blowing up with invites left and right, and now is a great time to start to mix your friend groups. If there is anybody you have been meaning to introduce and connect make those plans now! Your old friends and new friends will lead to new adventures- and more diversity (will help prevent boredom this spring!)

Cancer (June 21st-July 22nd): Any opportunities to make connections in your field of work- events, social invites and workshops should be jumped on! You magnetism and ability to attract powerful people is strong. Pushing for this growth now will lead to more money in the spring!

Leo (July 23rd-August 22nd): This weeks weather may have really gotten to you, and your likely to be curled up this weekend flipping through travel magazines/Pinterest. Fear not, spring is right around the corner and a busy social life next week will keep you distracted from the frost.

Virgo (August 23rd-September 22rd): If you find yourself feeling quite defeated right now step back and look at the big picture. Who is it that you are trying to please? There is a good chance you’ve accidentally gotten caught up in trying to make a miserable (by choice) person happy. It’s not you, it’s them…Let it go!

Libra (September 23th- October 22rd): Libras are infamous for struggling with making decisions. Big and small- they all tend to really stump you. This upcoming week (and even maybe this weekend) try to just listen to your heart instead of getting really caught up in your head. You’ll waste a lot less time, and you won’t regret choices based on feelings.

Scorpio (October 23rd-November 22nd): Pay attention to helping hands at work- the planets are encouraging you to recognize the person assisting you most, or at least the person who could. Whether it is a possible business partner or an assistant this person can be of benefit in the long term and has a genuine connection to you.

Sagittarius (November 23rd-December 21st): Your enthusiasm, humor and positivity will be at an all time high next week- and people will flock to you like a moth to a flame! Enjoy this attention and happiness- the winter blues got the best of you over the past couple weeks! Start this fun period of time off this weekend by going out with old friends.

Capricorn (December22nd- January 19th): Make those in your inner most circle a priority this upcoming week. With Mercury buzzing in your domestic sector, now is the time to connect deeply with your loved ones and work around the home. Any changes you make to your home will be successful too!

Aquarius (January 20th- February 19th): With high activity in your technology and connections area astrologically, next week is the best time to buy and upgrade your gadgets. Changing over to the new will go smoothly, and you want to get it done before Mercury goes retrograde at the beginning of April! April will not be your month for technology.

Pisces (February 20th- March 20th): Money will be on your mind right now, specifically how you should be saving and spending. Curiosity about how others handle their finances may strike you- if so, ask questions politely to those you admire. Process everything you learn from research, and plan the changes you want to make! Energies are on your side for success.

Francesca Piazza is a Lynnfield native available for astrology consultations, tarot readings/parties, crystal healing, custom jewelry, and reiki. Please like Sister Fran Designs and Readings on Facebook for more info, or contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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