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Tanners boys basketball fall short against Lawrence in Div. I North playoffs opener

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For the third year in a row, the Peabody boys’ basketball team was ousted in the opening round of the Div. I North playoffs.

The ninth-seeded Tanners were hit hard and early at eighth-seeded Lawrence Monday, falling behind by 15 points after one quarter. They never fully recovered on their way to a 77-50 loss.

Peabody, which finished the season 13-8 overall (9-7 in the Northeastern Conference), did claw back to pull within 32-27 at the half Monday after trailing 22-7 in the first period.But the disadvantage proved to be too steep to overcome in the end, as Lawrence’s swarming defense gave the Tanners trouble and forced the visitors to commit 23 turnovers.

With its win, Lawrence earned the right to face top-seeded and undefeated Cambridge Rindge & Latin in round two.

“We had a great second quarter to make it close but we couldn’t maintain it for 32 minutes,” head coach Thad Broughton told the press after the game. “(Lawrence) is a great program. They play in a tough league.”

Peabody’s Junior Estrella exploded for 10 of his team-leading 14 points in the second quarter before the hosts went on to outscore the Tanners, 45-23, to pull away in the second half.

Broughton said the team will miss its senior starting contingent of Estrella, Matt D’Amato, Moisse Irizarry and Jake Doherty, which brought much leadership to the squad.

“We lose five seniors, four of which were starters,” he said. “Not only that, but they were leaders. We lose a lot of points, rebounds and assists. It’s disappointing. but it will be on the underclassmen to lift their games. We want to play in games like this and perform.”

The strong performance of this year’s junior varsity team gives the Tanners hope for the near future.

Along with Estrella’s 14 points, D’Amato poured in 11, followed by Irizarry and Chris Canela with nine each, and Will Diezemann with seven.

Despite Monday’s tough outcome, Broughton praised his team’s season effort.

“I’m proud of our team, especially the seniors,” he said. “We didn’t do a good job handling the ball (Monday) but you have to give (Lawrence) credit. They swarm you.”

By Greg Phipps


 

Lady Tanners hockey tourney bound

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After 11 years of existence, the Peabody girls’ hockey program is getting its first taste of the playoffs.

It came down to final game of the 2016-17 season, as Peabody broke a scoreless tie by erupting for four unanswered goals in the third period to coast to a 4-0 win over Melrose and earn a Div. I playoff spot Wednesday, February 22, at McVann-O’Keefe Arena. The Tanners needed at least a tie in the regular season finale to qualify for the tournament.

Sammy Mirasolo tallied three times for the hat trick and goalie Abigail Buckley collected her second consecutive shutout (by identical 4-0 scores), as Peabody finished the regular season at 9-8-3.

The Tanners went 5-2-2 and earned 12 of a possible 18 points in their last nine regular season contests.

“These kids are ecstatic. Some of them have been here for five years,” Tanners head coach Michelle Roach told the press after the win over Melrose, “We said in our first meeting that this was where we wanted to be but we knew we’d have to work really hard to get here. I’m so proud of them right now.”

Elise Murphy netted Peabody’s final goal while Cassie Mirasolo and Erin Hunter collected assists. Buckley stopped all 26 shots against her. Meanwhile, Peabody made the most of its chances by tallying four times on 19 shots.

The Tanners proved to be a strong late-game team as they scored seven third-period goals over their final two games.

“We knew it would come down to who worked harder. We came to work,” said Roach, who credited Buckley’s effort. “Abby played incredibly. I’m not sure where some of those saves came from. She looked like she had an extra limb on a couple of those.”

The Tanners managed to avoid a potential letdown last Wednesday after capturing the annual Carlin Cup with a shutout victory against Bishop Fenwick just two days earlier.

Peabody was seeded 19th in the Div. 1 tournament and played at 14th-seeded Arlington Wednesday.

By Greg Phipps


 

PHS Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Senior Night

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PHS Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Senior Night

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Over 200 brave participants take the Polar Plunge to cure polio

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On Saturday, February 1, hundreds flocked to the frosty Long Beach in Gloucester to get their feet wet and raise funds to fight polio. Rotary District 7930 began dipping for charity in 2010 and between 35 people raised $25,000. This year, with 200 members, the charity raised $83,000, which will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Those dipping into the 38F° waters included Peabody Police Chief Tom Griffin and State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr. Complete with a film crew, the event featured loudspeakers blaring motivational tunes, such as “We are the World,” as participants ran out as quickly as they ran in, cheered on by more than 600 spectators. To make matters even better, two local restaurants donated 10 percent of their sales to the cause.

“Polar Plunge IV was an extraordinary day for Rotary District 7930, as it showed the power of teamwork among the 48 clubs in the district,” said Rotary District Governor John Hall. “It was truly a day of good weather, great teamwork and important humanitarian achievement.”

By Melanie Higgins


   

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