• November 9 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Tanners football team fends off Haverhill, 20-10

    By Greg Phipps   Coming off two straight convincing defeats, the Peabody Tanners were looking to reverse that trend against Haverhill last Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. With the help of a key fourth-quarter turnover, the Tanners accomplished their mission with a hard-fought 20-10 win. Safety Joe Mastromatteo knocked the ball free with a hard tackle inside the Peabody 20-yard line, and Chris Glass recovered the ball early in the final quarter. That play gave the Tanners the momentum they needed to march the ball the other way for their final touchdown – a score that essentially clinched the victory. The Peabody defense stopped Haverhill on three occasions inside…

  • November 9 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Peabody volleyball team ousted in 1st round

    By Greg Phipps Last Thursday, once again the Peabody volleyball team had a date on its home court with a Merrimack Valley Conference team in the opening round of the Div. I North playoffs. And similar to last season, the Tanners were bounced from the postseason tournament. Sixth-seeded Peabody fell, 3-0, to 11th-seeded Lowell, losing 25-16 in game one and dropping the second and third sets by 25-23 and 25-18. Tanners head coach Lisa Keene said her team, in the end, couldn’t match up with Lowell’s power hitters and height up front. “Teams from the Merrimack Valley Conference are that much stronger, so records mean nothing,” Keene told the press…

  • November 9 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Peabody ousted by Medford, 3-2, in 1st round

    By Greg Phipps Having lost a frustrating game against Medford to close out the regular season, the Peabody boys’ soccer team had a return engagement with the Mustangs in the first round of the Div. I North playoffs last Saturday. The result was another close-but-no-cigar ending, as the Tanners fell by a one-goal margin, 3-2, at Medford. No. 10 seed Peabody finished 11-5-3 on the season. Peabody lost to the Mustangs by a 4-3 count in the regular-season finale at home earlier last week – a game in which the Tanners came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie it before losing in the final minute. Last Saturday’s playoff didn’t…

  • November 2 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Tanner girls enter playoffs on winning note

    By Greg Phipps Coming off two losses and a tie since clinching a berth in the postseason, the Peabody girls’ soccer team made certain they would enter the tournament on a positive note in their regular-season finale last Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Tanners were also celebrating Senior Night and came out determined to attack from the start. Peabody scored three times in the first half and added a single tally in the final 40 minutes to come away with a 4-0 shutout victory over Somerville. The win gave the Tanners a 9-6-2 record entering the playoffs, which were scheduled to begin this week. Head coach Dennis Desroches…

  • November 2 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Poor start dooms Tanners in 1st-round playoff loss

    By Greg Phipps Having been awarded a playoff berth after enduring a disappointing loss to Beverly the week before, the Peabody Tanners football team came out flat in their first-round Div. 2 North contest at Reading last Friday night. They suffered the consequences, losing to the host Rockets by a 35-21 score. The sixth-seeded Tanners fell to 3-5 overall while the No. 3 Rockets improved to 7-1 and advanced to round two. Peabody resumes its regular season with a home tilt against Haverhill this Friday night (scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff). Against Reading, Peabody saw its chances dissolve less than two minutes into the contest. Reading scored twice and took a…

  • November 2 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Peabody rally comes up short in 4-3 loss to Medford

    By Greg Phipps The Peabody boys’ soccer team saw a stirring comeback end in disappointment, as visiting Medford scored in the final minute to escape with a 4-3 win over the Tanners on Monday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium. It was the regular-season finale for Peabody, which finished the regular campaign at 11-4-3 and awaited its opening-round playoff draw. Tournament play was scheduled to begin later this week. Peabody trailed 3-0 in the second half and looked on its way to a sure defeat. But a beautiful Mike Tansey goal off a deflection of Johnny Alves’s direct kick suddenly gave the home team life. From there, Peabody took control of…

  • November 2 2018,  Peabody,  Peabody Sports,  Sports

    Tanners volleyball team can’t capture NEC title

    The Peabody volleyball team opened the 2018 regular season with a 3-0 home loss to the Danvers Falcons. The season ended the very same way on Monday at Danvers High School. In a match to determine the Northeastern Conference (NEC) North title, Danvers came away with a 3-0 match win and finished undefeated in league play as a result. Peabody ended up 14-6 overall (only losing twice in NEC play, both times to Danvers) and had gone 14-4 after opening the season 0-2. On Monday, Rachel Coleman dished out 21 assists, and Alexa Flewelling and Ava LaValle teamed up for 23 kills for the Tanners. Tatiana Correia produced 20 digs,…