• November 21 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Turkey Day food for thought

    “Don’t make the choices I made,” recovered drug addict tells seniors at Lions Club football banquet By Greg Phipps The annual Peabody and Saugus Lions Club Banquet that precedes the Thanksgiving Day clash between the two rival schools typically focuses on the subject of football. But senior players and other attendees heard a more serious message from guest speaker and former Peabody High School baseball standout Joel Levine. Levine, who was born and raised in Peabody and played on the 2003 Tanners baseball team that challenged for a state title, battled drug abuse as a teenager. Now clean and sober for nearly 15 years, Levine spoke last Wednesday, Nov. 14,…

  • November 16 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports

    A memorable meal: Saugus co-captain honored at Annual Football Meeting and Dinner

    By Mark E. Vogler It’s been a challenging, chaotic year for the Saugus High football team, which began the season without their head coach Anthony Nalen – who was fired in the midst of a controversy that made unflattering national news. “We lost our whole coaching staff. It was tough,” Sachems Co-Captain Jake Morgante told The Saugus Advocate this week as he reflected on his team’s year of adversity. But Morgante and the other seven seniors who will play the final game of their High School football careers next Thursday (Nov. 22) know they can end their playing days on a positive note that they’ll remember for the rest of…

  • November 16 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Sachems look to close out football season with Thanksgiving win

    By Greg Phipps   Amid much external turmoil throughout the season, the Saugus Sachems enter this year’s annual Thanksgiving clash against Peabody with a chance to improve on last year’s performance. The Sachems earned their fourth victory by dumping Pentucket Regional, 21-7, last Saturday at Stackpole Field. The win left Saugus with a 4-6 mark for the season. A triumph on Thanksgiving would give the Sachems a one-win improvement over 2017. Against Pentucket, RB Marvens Jean continued his stellar play with a 60-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Jean also achieved a 1,000-yard rushing season by gaining 50 yards on the ground. Quarterback Mason Nickolas threw for 130 yards and…

  • November 16 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    A “rare” feat: Division 1 schools sign two seniors to play collegiate sports next year

    By Mark E. Vogler About once every several years, a talented Saugus High School student athlete signs up to play sports for a Division 1 College, according to Saugus High School Principal Michael Hashem. But the individual accomplishment that he calls “rare” happened twice this week as Saugus High’s girls’ soccer star Allison LeBlanc signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Massachusetts Lowell while Todd Tringale – the pitching ace of the Sachems boys’ baseball team – signed a paper to play for the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “I think it’s been at least three years since a Division 1 School signed one of our students,…

  • November 9 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Sachems football team drops 2nd-round playoff to Indians

    By Greg Phipps   After hanging tough in a scoreless tie with the second-seeded Amesbury Indians for three quarters, the Saugus Sachems made some costly errors in the final period, and it proved fatal in a 20-0 second-round Div. 5 North playoff loss last Friday night at Landry Stadium in Amesbury. A blocked punt led to Amesbury’s first touchdown early in the fourth and an interception on a fourth-down attempt – culminating with hurtful, unsportsmanlike and personal foul penalties on Saugus at the end of the play – resulted in the Indians’ second score, and suddenly the home team was up, 14-0. To add to the frustration, Amesbury recovered a…

  • November 2 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Sachems shock Weston in playoff opener

    By Greg Phipps Despite qualifying for the Div. 5 North playoffs with just two wins, the Saugus Sachems showed they belonged in the tournament by bowling over third-seeded Weston, 27-6, last Friday night at Weston High School. It was the first postseason victory for Saugus football in several decades, according to head coach Mike Mabee. All season, Saugus has been an unpredictable squad, suffering one-sided defeats at the hands of Gloucester and Swampscott and then giving solid teams like Amesbury and Lynn English all they can handle before falling short. Against Weston, the latter scenario played out, only this time it resulted in a victory for the sixth-seeded Sachems. And…

  • November 2 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Saugus High School Field Hockey team celebrates Senior Day

      On Monday, October 15, the Saugus High School Field Hockey team celebrated the team’s graduating seniors with family and friends. The seniors took their final footsteps onto Stackpole Field to play an outstanding game against Everett. The seniors dominated their final home game with a 3-0 win. These 15 seniors have been playing together since middle school (grade 6). For seven years the girls have bonded together and have made many memories that will last a life time. We wish the best of luck to our Saugus Sachem seniors for the rest of this year and as they head off to college. Congratulations to Madelyn Claffey, 15; Captain Sadie…

  • October 26 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Sachems awarded playoff spot after loss to Big Blue

    By Greg Phipps   The Saugus Sachems hung close for the first half of last Friday’s game against Swampscott. But the powerful Big Blue imposed their will, scoring 29 points in the second half and pulling away to a convincing 42-0 win under the lights at Stackpole Field. The defeat left Saugus at 2-5 on the season while Swampscott improved to 6-1. Despite only two victories, the Sachems were given the sixth seed in the Div. 5 tournament and play at third-seeded Weston (4-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. Top-seeded Swampscott is hosting No. 8 Triton, which is winless on the season. The Saugus defense performed admirably in the first…

  • Everett,  Everett Sports,  Malden,  Malden Sports,  October 26 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    The Sports Wire

    THE SPORTS WIRE  By Steve Freker In the past decade, over 20 players have gone on to play football at the collegiate level who once wore the Blue & Gold of Malden High School. There are a number of former Tornados now toiling in college ranks; most of them starred under the tutelage of former Malden head coach Joe Pappagallo. Pappagallo and former assistant Steve Macdonald were instrumental in launching the college football careers of all those players from the recent past, including brothers DJ Exilhomme and Danley Exilhomme, who play for Central Connecticut State, and a slew of players for Framingham State University. Another local player having a terrific…

  • October 19 2018,  Saugus,  Saugus Sports,  Sports

    Sachems regroup to defeat Winthrop, 20-14

    By Greg Phipps Playing some stingy red zone defense and showing a lot of resiliency after losing big the week before, the Saugus Sachems pulled off a late-game comeback win over the Winthrop Vikings last Saturday in the rain at Stackpole Field. With Saugus trailing 14-12, running back Marvens Jean closed out a huge day with a six-yard touchdown in the final quarter to get the Sachems over the hump with 2:22 left on the clock. QB Mason Nickolas hooked up with Jason Casaletto for the two-point conversion pass, and Saugus had a 20-14 lead. That’s how it ended when James Moise intercepted a Winthrop pass on fourth down to…