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Lexi Bettencourt of Peabody crowned Miss Boston’s Outstanding Teen 2017

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The Miss Boston Scholarship Organization is thrilled to announce that Alexsandra “Lexi” Bettencourt was crowned Miss Boston’s Outstanding Teen 2017 at the Miss Bay State pageant on Sunday, April 23. Bettencourt represents the title, which was formerly held by Carly Fisher, who was recently crowned Miss Massachusetts Outstanding Teen 2017.

“I am extremely excited to be Miss Boston’s Outstanding Teen. The opportunities and new experiences ahead are what I am most excited for,” she said. “I want to ensure that I am the best role model I can be, and I hope to be able to help others reach their maximum potential.”

Bettencourt, daughter of Joseph Bettencourt and Nancy Sue Keller, is a three-time Miss Boston’s Outstanding Teen competitor, having competed since the inaugural pageant in 2015. Bettencourt was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants in 2015, but is most proud of her wins as the Miracle Maker – the contestant who raised the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network – which she’s done three years in a row. At the 2017 pageant, Bettencourt won the teen overall talent and fitness awards, as well as the Olivia Marques Service Award.

A sophomore at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, Bettencourt is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and a Varsity Cheerleader, and she is on the Indoor and Outdoor Varsity Track teams.

Bettencourt’s platform is promoting student health centers in schools, and she hopes to encourage other towns and the state legislature to fund student health centers in schools. “As Miss Boston’s Outstanding Teen, I hope to help more schools get health centers to allow all students to have the ability to reach their maximum potential through receiving the support they need,” she said. “I also hope to increase awareness of the Miss Boston’s Outstanding Teen title and how it can promote positive change.”

 

Tanners baseball team loses tough one to Rams

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Peabody head coach Mark Bettencourt didn’t hide the fact that Monday’s 5-3 Northeastern Conference (NEC) loss to the Lynn Classical Rams at Bezemes Diamond will be hard to overcome in terms of capturing this year’s league title. With Monday’s victory, league-leading Lynn Classical remained unbeaten both overall and in NEC play, and the Tanners won’t get another crack at the Rams this regular season.

“I wish we played them twice but we don’t. We knew this was a huge game. It had major implications,” said Bettencourt afterward. “We laid an egg in a big game. We just couldn’t get the hit when we needed it.”

Monday’s defeat left the Tanners at 3-1 in the NEC (5-2 overall). Peabody had dropped two straight after winning its first five contests. The Tanners resume NEC play against Lynn English on Wednesday.

On Monday the Tanners clawed back from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of fifth-inning runs to even the game, 2-2. Nick Palma drove in the first tally on a fielder’s choice, and Chris Gillen’s RBI single tied the score. Peabody starter Pat Maguire struggled with his control. He gave up four walks but still managed to go six innings and allow just two runs (both in the first inning), as the contest went into the seventh frame deadlocked at two.

“Pat threw around 104 pitches and was having trouble – his breaking ball and release,” Bettencourt said of Maguire’s effort. “He made a couple of mistakes early and it seemed like that bothered him a little bit. But he hung in there and got us through six.”

Peabody missed a chance to pull ahead in the bottom half of the sixth when Jake Zeuli, who had doubled to lead off the inning, was stranded at third base. The Rams rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh. An error helped produce the first score, and a subsequent collision in the outfield allowed a catchable fly ball to left field drop in for a hit. It led to two runs and a 5-2 LC lead.

Bettencourt said his team is making uncharacteristic mistakes and putting too much pressure on itself. “The last couple of games, we’ve been playing very stressed. We’re not having fun out there,” he said. “We’re trying to get the players to relax. There’s no reason for them to be playing this stressed. I think they’re trying a little bit too hard right now. I told them [after Monday’s game] I’d rather have fun and finish 16-6 then play stressed out and go 20-2.”

Peabody’s Jake Gustin came close to tying the game with two runners on in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, he drilled a shot to right field that looked as if it might go for a home run. But it bounced against the fence on one hop and went for a double that scored a run to make it 5-3. With the tying runs in scoring position, Rams starter and winner David Barnard was able to come back and retire the final two Peabody batters to end it.

By Greg Phipps


 

BF baseball downs Matignon

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Sophomore right-hander Nick Pignone hurled six strong innings to lead the Bishop Fenwick Crusaders to their second win of the season Monday at the BF field. Pignone fanned 10 batters in a 6-2 victory over Matignon. He allowed just three hits and one earned run. The Crusaders, who improved to 2-2 on the season, got three hits from Dan Mastromatteo, who scored twice. Jimmy Moore contributed as well with two hits.

By Greg Phipps


   

Softball team falls to Matignon

Three hits and four RBIs from Natalie Medros were not enough as the Bishop Fenwick softball team came up on the short end of a 15-10 decision at Matignon on Monday. Tess Palermo had two hits and two RBIs, Julia Fusco homered and drove in two, and Brittany Byrne finished with two hits and an RBI for the Crusaders, who dropped to 2-4 with the loss.

 

Tennis teams both win

BF girls’ tennis singles players Kerry Kirchner, Taylor Botthof and Brenna Waldinger scored victories in their matches to help the Crusaders to a 5-0 triumph at Arlington Catholic on Monday. The Crusaders, who improved to 3-3, also got doubles wins from the team of Tiana Iuliano and Niamh Walsh (6-4, 6-2) and the duo of Maria O’Donnell and Faith Harding (6-0, 6-0). Kirchner and Botthof won their matches by a 6-1, 6-1 count, and Waldinger swept her two sets.

In boys’ action, Alex Mizioch and Pat McShea both emerged victorious in singles play on Monday to lead BF to a 4-1 home win over Arlington Catholic. The doubles tandem of Noah Anderson and Peter O’Brien notched a 6-0, 6-0 victory while the pair of Regan Zhu and Nick Park grabbed a 6-2, 6-1 win. Mizioch was victorious by a 6-0, 6-2 score and McShea defeated his opponent, 6-3, 6-1.

   

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