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Pioneers baseball team remains undefeated after 13 games


Malden, Triton their latest victims in this magical season

It certainly can’t get any better for the Lynnfield High School baseball team, which remains perfect after 13 games, their best start in 12 years. They are 11-0 in the Cape Ann League Baker Division. In their latest triumph, the Lynnfield boys simply crushed non-league Malden last Saturday at home, 13-2.

It was another offensive feast for coach John O’Brien’s squad, led by third baseman Mike Stellato, who belted his third homer of the year, a two-run shot that set the tone for this game quite nicely.

Stellato was just warming up his swing for the “Green Monster” at Fenway Park on June 3, when he participates in the annual Fenway Fantasy High School Homerun Derby, pitting the four Bay State sectional finalists against their Rhode Island counterparts in an interstate battle. Stellato qualified for the Fenway experience last Sunday in the North finals on his Lynnfield home turf, where he belted three homers out of the 10 requisite pitches each player receives during their time in the batter’s box. All proceeds from the event go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, better known as the Jimmy Fund.

In the meantime, Stellato is back with his Lynnfield teammates to, hopefully, continue this magical season for at least another six weeks.

Justin Juliano collected two hits and three RBIs against Malden, while also scoring twice to help contribute to Saturday’s offense. Matt Collins was a perfect two-for-two.

Pitcher Kyle Hawes was the beneficiary of the run support to pick up another victory. Hawes scattered two hits and three walks over four scoreless innings, but then left the game after he was hit by a foul ball on a weird ricochet bounce.

Collins pitched the final three innings for the Pioneers, who had a 13-0 lead, before Malden spoiled the shutout bid with two in the seventh.

The Pioneers continued their winning ways on Tuesday, when they narrowly defeated Triton, 5-4. They go up against Hamilton-Wenham on May 11 (after press deadline) before hosting Pentucket on Saturday morning, May 13, starting at 10 a.m. They will be at Masco Tuesday afternoon.

By Joe Mitchell


Lynnfield laxmen show their inexperience after agonizing losses against Georgetown, Hamilton-Wenham


The Lynnfield High School boys’ lacrosse team was looking to get back on the winning track late last week when they traveled up to Georgetown for a showdown against the Royals. The Pioneers came out flying and built up a 4-1 lead after one period. Captain Peter Look ignited the offense with a rifle shot after taking a feed from Jack Razzaboni. He beat the Royal goalie with a blazing shot to the top right corner of the net.

Razzaboni didn’t waste much time to get a goal for himself, when his brother, Peter, won the ensuing face-off and promptly hit Ryan Freitas with a pass. Ryan then immediately hit Jack with another pass to put the Pioneers up, 2-0.

With Tom Deady in goal, and Hunter Allain, Jimmy Whelan and Kingsley Corona on defense, the Lynnfield boys were able to hold the Georgetown offense at bay early on.

The Pioneers scored again, when Gianluca Alfe got a man-up goal from Look after a Royal slashing penalty. But then Lynnfield’s inexperience began to show. They had another man-up opportunity in the first quarter, and were looking to create some additional offense, but the Georgetown middies were able to break behind the defense to score a shorthanded fast-break goal. But then the Alfe and Look combination connected again just before the period ended, with Look beating his defender and finding Alfe from behind the net to give their teammates a 4-1 advantage after one.

“But when you are young and inexperienced, I don’t know of a lead that is large enough,” said coach Joe Papagni in retrospect. And there were still three quarters remaining to be played by both sides.

The Royals seemed to be getting their second wind in the second quarter. They were able to score two quick goals to trim the deficit to one, 4-3.

Ryan Frasier with a pass from Zack Huynh gave the Lynnfield laxmen a two-goal advantage, once again. But once again, the Pioneers were on a power play, when the Royals were able to get a shorthanded goal to trail one more time by just one at halftime, 5-4.

“We had too many unforced turnovers in the second quarter,” said Papagni at the break, “and if we don’t correct things, this game will get out of hand.”

The Pioneers controlled the first five minutes of the second half. Freitas and Alfe were able to score goals in that timeframe with assists going to Look and Jack Razzaboni to extend the margin of difference.

With the Pioneers now up 7-4, the Royals seemed to be reenergized again after more Lynnfield turnovers in its offensive zone. Georgetown eventually capitalized on a couple of those gifts to account for two fast-break transition goals. Look with an assist from Freitas then gave the Pioneers a clutch goal right before the third quarter to regain a two-goal cushion, 8-6.

“I thought Peter’s goal would give us some life,” said Papagni. “It was a real tough goal he completed after taking a feed from Freitas, and driving past two defenders, before muscling his shot home. It was a very clutch effort.”

But the Lynnfield offense and defense just couldn’t shutdown the Royals in the fourth quarter. They ended up scoring six unanswered goals to seal the deal.

“It wasn’t conditioning. It was just the Georgetown team battled a lot harder than we did in that fourth quarter, and they were rewarded for their hard work,” said a disappointed Papagni. “We seemed to be working hard on both sides of the field, but unforced turnovers are deadly in this game, and our inexperience and limited lacrosse IQ led to some fundamentally unsound decisions, which resulted in goals for them. It was a game we could have won.”

It was now time to take on the first-place Hamilton-Wenham Generals.

Hunter Allain, Jimmy Whelan, Nick Buonfiglio, Harry Drislane, Anthony Murphy, Nick Moreschi and Kingsley Corona, who was back in goal, played “possessed” in the early going, according to Papagni.

“The Generals were buzzing around the Lynnfield net right away, but our defense played inspired early on. I was very pleased and proud of their efforts,” added Papagni.

Unfortunately, the Pioneers could not muster up any offense, while the Generals controlled the ball and the scoreboard. They went up 3-0 after one.

“It wasn’t for a lack of effort on defense,” said Papagni, “but the offense was still going through some growing pains … Our impatience led to many opportunities from opposing offense so far.”

The 3-0 lead grew to 6-0, before Jack Razzaboni sneaked in from behind the net after taking a feed from Freitas to spoil H-W’s shutout bid. “We moved Jack “Razz” to attack to try and create some offense, and at the time it did,” said Papagni, “but not consistently enough as we had a hard time getting the ball into the offensive zone … We just keep trying different combinations looking for something to click.”

The Lynnfield face-off game seemed to be getting better, with freshman Peter Razzaboni giving the Pioneers a needed spark. “Peter is only a freshman, but he took a giant step in this game against a very good face-off team. He won a job [as a face-off man] after this game,” said Papagni.

With the Pioneers trailing 9-1 to start the second half, Look scored an unassisted goal, and Jack Razz another from Allain to make the score 12-3 after three quarters. H-W went on to win the game, 13-3.

On the bright side was that the team’s defense turned in a great effort. Allain, Whelan, Murphy and Moreschi did some nice things in this game, according to Papagni, and he added that with Kinsley back in goal they competed quite well against a very good team.

But it doesn’t get any easier for the Pioneers, who now travel to Ipswich to face the Tigers, whom they upset last year. Ipswich is currently 10-2. Triton comes to town on Friday.

By Joe Mitchell


Girls’ lacrosse team clinches state tourney berth with two more wins


The Lynnfield High School girls’ lacrosse team continues to impress this spring, winning two more games this past week, while losing just once to improve to 9-3. But they began the week with a loss to non-league Lexington (11-1) at home, 6-1.

Lexington is a solid Division 1 club, but the Pioneers weren’t intimidated. They battled hard, and had some chances in the first half. But ultimately, the action slowed down with numerous infractions by both teams.

One of the highlights of the game occurred at halftime, when about 20 youth players from Lynnfield’s U-9 and U-11 program took center stage for a brief scrimmage to show the local fans what’s to come in the future.

The visiting Minutemen held a 2-0 lead at the break, and then proceeded to win the first three draws of the second half to slowly extend the lead to 6-0 with about 12 minutes to play. But the Lynnfield girls quickly got one back off the stick of Liv Smyrnios, and then her teammates were able to prevent Lexington from scoring for the remainder of the game. Unfortunately, the home team had trouble solving Lexington’s goalie throughout the game, as she made numerous saves to keep them at bay.

Midfielder Lilli Patterson picked up a team-leading five groundballs in this game, while causing two turnovers. Caroline Buckley, also a midfielder, corralled four groundballs and won three draw controls.

The Pioneers quickly bounced back to thump Hamilton-Wenham, 12-5. Lynnfield started quickly in this road tilt, jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first five minutes. Throughout most of the rest of the first half, the game belonged to the home team, though the Generals did score the next four goals before the locals put another one home to even the score at halftime, 4-4.

But the second half was a different story. Lynnfield had eight of 10 draws to methodically build up a commanding 12-4 lead.

Captain Lilli Patterson led the way with five draw controls and six groundballs, while Caroline Buckley and Ashley Barrett netted three goals apiece. Smyrnios and Olivia Sarni each added a pair of goals. Smyrnios also forced two turnovers.

The good times then continued to roll against Wakefield to the tune of 12-4. As a result of the win, the Pioneers clinched their second consecutive trip to the state tournament.

Coach Ethan Blanchette’s team scored early and often in this game, and led, 8-1, at halftime. As the second half got underway, the home team added to the lead with four more scores.

Patterson has been a dominant presence recently on groundballs and causing turnovers, and this game was no exception. She led the team again with five groundballs, before tying a team record with six caused turnovers. The senior captain was also credited with two assists.

Junior Liv Smyrnios also picked up five groundballs, while scoring twice against the Warriors. Senior Elise Murphy accounted for three goals and three groundballs. Barrett led all scorers in this contest with four goals, while goalie Lauren Vaccaro made five saves, including two in the final minute of the game.

Defensively, Lila Alaka, Rachel DiTullio, Hannah Filipe, Gracie Sperling, Sophie Ellis, Brianna Barrett, Elizabeth Sykes, Melissa Morelli and Tori Morelli all played well, holding the Warriors to just one goal until there were fewer than 10 minutes remaining in the game.

By Joe Mitchell


Girls’ tennis team begins new month with same winning results

Pioneers remain perfect with three more CAL triumphs

The Lynnfield High School girls’ tennis team continues to roll along with a now perfect 7-0 record. Pentucket (5-0), Masco (4-1) and North Reading (4-1) were their latest victims this past week, which also widened the gap in the Cape Ann League (CAL). As an added bonus, the girls awarded coach Craig Stone with his 1,100-combined career win in both tennis and wrestling.

On Monday, May 1, Sarah Mezini got things started in the right direction with a straight sets win over Pentucket in first singles (6-1, 6-0). Camie Foley (6-2, 6-0) experienced similar results in second singles. Katie Nevils (6-0, 6-1) maintained the trend in third singles. The first doubles team of Laura Mucci and Alexa Vittiglio (6-2, 6-3) had the same winning results, while Rachel Collins and Gillian Skelley (7-5, 6-3) completed the sweep over the Sachems in second doubles.

The Lynnfield singles players had little trouble in their matches from start to finish, according to Stone. The veteran coach also mentioned that the team of Mucci and Vittiglio moved up to first doubles for the Pentucket match, and were up for the challenge, while Collins and Skelley, who’s a freshman, filled in for them in second doubles and subsequently picked up their first varsity wins. Their first set was a seesaw affair, but then they led all the way in the second set, added Stone, who went on to say, “We now play four matches in four days this week, and hopefully the weather finally cooperates. I would like to have a practice day thrown in there, but the rain is causing havoc with that schedule.”

Last Wednesday, the Pioneers pretty much dominated the Chieftains. Mezini (6-0, 6-0), Foley (6-2, 6-1) and Nevils (6-0, 6-0) swept all three singles, once again. Katie Nugent and Allison Carey (6-4, 6-2) returned to pick up a win in first doubles. But Mucci and Vittiglio (3-6, 3-6) ended up losing a competitive second doubles encounter.

“This match was played under tough windy and cold conditions,” said Stone. “But our singles players once again dominated play, and Nugent and Carey bounced back from their Manchester loss with steadier play to lead all the way against Masco. Mucci and Vittiglio got off to a slow start in second doubles, trailing 4-1 in the first set, but still rallied to make it a match, only to come up short … Masco is a solid team from top to bottom, and it’s always nice to come away with a win over a larger school that plays in Division 2.”

The Lynnfield girls then wrapped up the week with a win over North Reading. Mezini (6-0, 6-4), Foley (6-1, 4-6, 6-7), Nevils (6-0, 6-2), Nugent and Carey (6-3, 7-5) and Mucci and Vittiglio (6-2, 6-3) were all victorious. This was another competitive match top to bottom, according to Stone. “Mezini jumped out early in first singles, but Marisa Galuppo settled down, and was up 4-2 in the second, before Mezini won the last four games,” he said.

He continued, “Foley and [North Reading’s] Aly Budny had the match of the day, battling for two hours with the third set ending in a tiebreaker. Both players combined by making their base-line shots with strong net play that resulted in a very competitive match.

“Katie Nugent dealt [North Reading’s] Meghan Griffin her first loss of the season. Nugent is hitting well on both sides of the court, but she and her doubles partner, Allison Carey, found themselves trailing, 5-2, in the second set, before running the table for a straight set win.

“Vittiglio and Mucci are beginning to play very well together in second doubles, and they often keep their opponents off balance with ground strokes and lobs.”

By Joe Mitchell


Can I Inherit My Parent’s Debt?

Dear Savvy Senior,

What happens to a person’s debt after they die? My mother has taken on a lot of medical and credit card over the past few years and I’m worried that my brother and I will be responsible for it when she dies. What can you tell me?

Worried Daughter


Dear Worried,

In most cases when a person with debt dies, it’s their estate, not their kids, that is legally responsible. Here’s how it works.

When your mom dies, her estate – which consists of the stuff she owns while she’s alive (home, car, cash, etc.) – will be responsible for paying her debts. If she doesn’t have enough cash to pay her debts, you’ll have to sell her assets and pay off her creditors with the proceeds.

Whatever is left over is passed along to her heirs as dictated by the terms of her will, if she has one. If she doesn’t have a will, the intestacy laws of the state she resides in will determine how her estate will be distributed.

If, however, she dies broke, or there isn’t enough money left over to pay her “unsecured debts” – credit cards, medical bills, personal loans – then her estate is declared insolvent, and her creditors will have to eat the loss.

“Secured debts” – loans attached to an asset such as a house or a car – are a different story. If she has a mortgage or car loan when she dies, those monthly payments will need to be made by her estate or heirs, or the lender can seize the property.

There are, however, a couple of exceptions that would make you legally responsible for her debt after she passes away. One is if you are a joint holder on a credit card account that she owes on. And the other is if you co-signed a loan with her.

NOTE TO SPOUSES: These same debt inheritance rules apply to surviving spouses too, unless you live in a community property state – Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington or Wisconsin. In these states, any debts that one spouse acquires after the start of a marriage belongs to the other spouse too. Therefore, spouses in community property states are usually responsible for their deceased spouses debts.

Protected Assets

If your mom has any IRAs, 401(k)s, brokerage accounts, life insurance policies or employer-based pension plans, these are assets that creditors usually cannot get access to. That’s because these accounts typically have designated beneficiaries, and the money goes directly to those people without passing through the estate.

Settling Her Estate

You also need to be aware that if your mom dies with debt, and she has no assets, settling her estate should be fairly simple. Her executor will need to send out letters to her creditors explaining the situation, including a copy of her death certificate, and that will probably take care of it. But, you and your brother may still have to deal with aggressive debt collectors who try to guilt you into paying.

If your mom has some assets, but not enough to pay all her debts, her state’s probate court has a distinct list of what bills get priority. The details vary by state, but generally estate administrating fees, funeral expenses, taxes and last illness medical bills get paid first, followed by secured debts and lastly, credit card debts.

Need Help?

If you have questions regarding your situation, you should consult with a consumer law attorney or probate attorney. Or, if you just need a question or two answered, call your state’s legal hotline if available (see, or legal services provider.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.



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