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Wolff breaks Peabody scoring record

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Four-year varsity player Lauren Wolff wasn’t aware that she was just two points shy of breaking the school’s all-time scoring record for girls lacrosse entering last Friday’s contest against Medford.

But two goals and an assist later in an eventual 12-1 win, Wolff was the new PHS record-holder, having surpassed Heather Pop’s previous mark of 229 career points.

“It feels great. I’ve played with a lot of awesome players along the way, and that helped get me to this point,” said Wolff early this week. “It hasn’t really hit me yet, honestly. I’m still playing and have to finish the season, and we’re hoping to finish on a high note.”

The record-breaking score was almost nullified.

“I got an assist that tied the record then I scored a goal that was called back. The refs said it didn’t go in,” Wolff remembered. “But they had a conference and ended up calling it a goal. [Head] coach [Dennis Desroches] called a time out and got the ball for me, which was a really nice thing to do.”

Wolff added to her points total in a subsequent win over Gloucester, a one-goal loss to Manchester-Essex, and a close 5-4 overtime defeat against Swampscott Tuesday. She tallied twice against the Big Blue to up her season goal amount to 71 and her career points total to 243.

“It couldn’t happen to a better kid. Lauren’s been doing this for us for four years,” said Desroches before Tuesday’s game. “She’s been very consistent, and that’s what it takes to accomplish what she has. It’s not only the scoring but distributing the ball also. Over a third of her points are from assists. That shows she’s willing to get others involved.”

Desroches said Wolff’s teammates have benefited from her unselfish play.

“Lauren’s a true talent and she takes pride in her performance,” he said.

In Tuesday’s loss, the Tanners fell to 15-4 overall after dropping a hard-fought home overtime affair against Swampscott. Peabody held the high-scoring Big Blue to three goals before allowing the game-tying score with only four seconds left in regulation. The visitors would end it in the OT session.

Along with Wolff’s two goals, Sarah Buckley and Carla Patania also scored for Peabody. Catherine Manning, Kelly Crotty and Alyssa Shashaty had solid defensive efforts.

“We had opportunities to close out the game but had too many turnovers late, which gave Swampscott multiple chances to win,” said Desroches, who said Peabody is looking to secure home field (in the first round) with a fifth-to-seventh seed in this year’s playoffs.

By Greg Phipps


 

Baseball Tanners looks to salvage an uneven season

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After losing to two-time defending state champion Braintree – a loss that ended a seven-game winning streak – two weeks ago, Peabody head baseball coach Mark Bettencourt said the remaining schedule would be challenging and his team would “find out who we are.” Since then, the Tanners had lost four straight as of early this week and had held leads in each contest.

Following a disappointing 12-7 defeat at Beverly on Sunday, Peabody again pulled out to an early advantage at home on Tuesday afternoon only to see it slip away against Division 3 Austin Prep. Ahead 3-0 after three innings, Peabody gave up 10 runs over the next four innings and ended up on the short end of a 10-6 final. The Tanners rallied for three runs in their half of the seventh inning but could not close the gap any further.

“We’re in stormy waters right now,” Bettencourt told the press after Sunday’s loss at Beverly. “It’s a big storm. I told the guys we have to weather it. It’ll come to pass. Things will batten down.”

The Tanners, 12-7 overall after Tuesday’s defeat, have qualified for the playoffs. Bettencourt said after Sunday’s game that it’s the first time during his long tenure as head coach that his team has lost four or more games in row.

On Tuesday, Vinny Orlando led Peabody’s offensive output by going 3-for-3 and driving in two runs. Also contributing were Nick Palma and Chris Gillen with two hits each. Eric DeMayo slugged two hits and had an RBI as well. Senior ace Jake Zeuli started and went four innings before giving way to relievers Pat Maguire and Joe Gilmartin.

In Sunday’s loss, Peabody pitching allowed seven walks and gave up 13 base hits. On offense, Orlando drove in two runs while Palma had three hits and two RBIs.

By Greg Phipps


 

PHS Tanners Baseball Senior Day

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Pop Up Pub comes back, this time less frosty

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Only the beers were frosty at the Pop Up Pub last Friday at Peabody Square. The last time the pub was here, the weather was arctic temperatures. Attendees back in March donned their caps and gloves and parkas and gathered in the square for a fun time, that time around with an “Ice Bar.” This year, the weather could not have been any different. Temperatures that day reached the early nineties, making for a seasonable evening when the Pub opened at 6 p.m. Instead of an ice bar, guests played summer games, such as cornhole and jenga, and enjoyed beer from Ipswich Ale and hot dogs from Bacao food truck.

A few times a year, the Peabody Main Street Association sections off the area in front of the courthouse for a pop up pub. The event is usually well attended. It typically features activities such as dancing with a live DJ, yard games, food trucks, and taps, usually provided by Ipswich Ale Brewing Co.

Local dignitaries, such as Councillor-at-Large Anne Manning-Martin, Joe Amico, Mary and Curt Bellavance, candidates for office, and others came to eat drink and be merry. The event is 21+.

By Melanie Higgins


 

Registration opens for Peabody Basketball School

This summer the Peabody Basketball School will operate its annual program in two separate weeks. The week-long program provides instruction for youth basketball players of all skill levels, and offers offensive and defensive instruction, as well as five-on-five games and competitions. The school teaches skills and drills that players can use on their own, and it provides a fun and exciting experience. The school also stresses fundamentals and shows players how to improve their game.

The school is run by Peabody High School varsity head coach Thad Broughton, and the staff consists of coaches and players from the high school. To sign up, please contact the Peabody Recreation Department as soon as possible as space is limited.

The programs take place at Higgins Middle School in the weeks of July 10-14 and July 31-August 4. The sessions are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday. People can sign up for one or both weeks. The participation ages are boys entering 3rd grade to 9th grade.

The cost is $125 per week. To register, contact the Recreation Department (Ann Gray) online at www.peabodyrecreation.com, by phone at 978-536-7130 or in person at 50 Farm Ave.

   

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