Lawrence 3, St. John’s Prep 1 — Lawrence senior Anibal Henriquez registered 8 points in the final set to rally his team past St. John’s Prep, 3-1, in the boys’ volleyball North Sectional Final final Wednesday in Lawrence. “What can I say, it was a tremendous game. I didn’t know what I was feeling at the moment I was just playing my game and giving it my all,” said Henriquez (17 kills), whose heroics set up Bryan Camilo’s two spikes for the victory (18-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-11).“We wanted this and we accomplished it,” he said.The Lancers enter the state semifinal against Milford riding a 21-game winning streak. The squad’s last loss was to Milford, 3-1, April 8.Lawrence (22-1) struggled in the first set, trailing, 7-1, as St. John’s Prep’s Brian Keogh lit up the court.“This is a team who knows how to come back when they’re down,” said Lancers coach Tony Hajjar.After a few controversial calls in the second set, Hajjar called a timeout when he saw emotions were getting the best of his squad after three back-to-back missed hits to trail St. John’s Prep, 9-6. The timeout turned out to be just what they needed with a light hit from Anibal’s twin brother, Jeyson, tied the game at 10. A back and forth rally was sparked by Keogh and Jeyson (15 kills) as the Lancers finally took the lead after a service ace by Anibal, 19-16, forcing St. John’s Prep to a timeout. The Eagles’ errors handed the Lancers the lead and they took the set, 25-18.Neck-in-neck in the third set, both squads battled for each point until Anibal powered the Lancers ahead with a kill, 14-13.“We tried to get into their heads and talking loud because you have to be louder than that person to take them out of their game,” said Anibal.
Wednesday’s high school roundup
Updated: Thursday, June 6, 2013, 11:49 a.m.
Milford 3, Medfield 0 — Tim MacMannis had 32 assists, 8 aces and 5 kills to lead the top-seeded Scarlet Hawks (20-1) to victory in straight sets (23-13, 25-21, 25-18) to capture the Division 1 championship at Medway High. Michael Soares added 13 kills and six blocks while teammate Michael Antonelli finished with 15 kills, 2 blocks and one ace.
Nashoba 14, Wachusett 1 — Nashoba Regional team manager Alex Dykes usually calls senior Drew Foster’s shots, and he was all over Foster’s fourth-inning blast in Wednesday night’s Central Mass. Division 1 final at Tivnan Field. Dykes knew the ball was gone the instant Foster made contact. Foster, who hit a two-run homer in Nashoba’s quarterfinal win over Algonquin, wasn’t as sure. “I couldn’t tell because looking at the fences, one is tall and one is short,” Foster said, “so I didn’t know it went over right away.” Foster’s solo home run cleared the fence in center field, underneath the scoreboard, and was among the many highlights for the top-seeded Chieftains in their 14-1 win over fourth-seeded Wachusett Regional. Senior pitcher Jack Sarnoski went the distance, allowed four hits and struck out five, and was backed by timely hitting and excellent baserunning. Junior first baseman Kevin Connelly reached base four times, scored four runs and drove in two. Senior second baseman Ian Coull drove in two runs. Nashoba will face Leominster in the final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tivnan, the first appearance for the Chieftains in a Division 1 championship game.
Northbridge 5, Assabet 2 — Northbridge High senior Ben O’Donnell was looking forward to Wednesday for more than a month, but it turned out to be memorable for a much better reason. Wednesday was the day that O’Donnell was scheduled to see a doctor to find out if he could stop wearing a protective boot and begin playing baseball again after he fouled a pitch off his right ankle and broke it during a game against Nipmuc on April 21. O’Donnell was itching to play, so he persuaded his mother to move up his appointment to May 29, got the OK to get rid of the boot and went 0 for 2 in his return to the lineup on Monday in a 2-1 Central Mass. Division 2 quarterfinal win over Nipmuc. In a semifinal Wednesday, wearing a brace on his foot, O’Donnell ripped a run-scoring double and an RBI single to help Northbridge knock off Assabet Valley, 5-2, at Riverside Park. Top-seeded Northbridge (20-2) advanced to the Central Mass. final for the fourth year in a row and will play Auburn at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Tivnan Field.
Leominster 2, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 0 — The seventh-seeded Blue Devils (16-7) scored two runs on bunts by Nick Cordio and Ryan Lever in the ninth inning and ace Neil O'Connor made the runs stand, throwing a complete-game shutout to knock off the third-seeded Pioneers (18-6) in a Division 1 semifinal at Tivnan Field. Leominster will face the winner of Wednesday night's semifinal between Nashoba and Wachusett in the final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tivnan.
Auburn 13, Worcester Tech 4 — Zach Clifford said he was struggling at the plate, but Wednesday night, the Auburn High catcher showed why he’s a pretty dangerous at the No. 9 spot in the lineup, collecting three hits and five RBIs to spark the third-seeded Rockets over Worcester Tech, 13-4, in a Central Mass. Division 2 baseball semifinal at Riverside Park. Defending champion Auburn (18-4) faces a SWCL rival, top-seeded Northbridge High, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Tivnan Field in a rematch of last year’s final. The Rams, however, have beaten Auburn twice this season. “We’ve seen them two times now,” Clifford said. “They’re a great team, but they’ve got to beat us again. It should be fun. It always is.” “We’re hot right now,” said Auburn coach Eric Swedberg, who has guided the Rockets to three CMass titles and their fifth appearance in the final. “This is exactly what we wanted to happen. We were pulling for Northbridge. We’re hoping for a nice, sharp baseball game, and that’s all I want.” Worcester Tech, which started 0-6, finished 12-11, but won two tournament games and only loses five players to graduation.
Oxford 3, Littleton 0 — Nick Cardoni escaped scoring threats in all six innings he pitched as the fifth-seeded Pirates (17-6) stunned the top-seeded Tigers (17-3) at Fino Field in Milford. Oxford face No. 2 Hopedale at noon Saturday in the final at Tivnan Field. The Pirates scored the game's only runs in the sixth inning. Nick Bates led off with a single, Zakk Renihan was hit by a pitch, and Cardoni singled to left, driving in Bates. James Sheehan then tripled to deep left field, bringing home Renihan and Cardoni. Cardoni, who struck out six and walked four, left 12 runners on base, seven in scoring position. The one inning in which he didn't leave a runner in scoring position was the fourth. With two outs in that inning and a runner on second, he allowed a single to center and center fielder Tyler Barrie threw out the runner at the plate. Cardoni (120 pitches) was relieved in the seventh by Dennis Sneade, who got the save. Marcus Otis allowed six hits while pitching the distance. Otis went 2 for 3, and teammate Peter Murphy was 2 for 4.
Hopedale 2, Uxbridge 0 — Senior southpaw Ian Strom pitched a one-hit shutout at Fino Field in Milford as the second-seeded Blue Raiders (19-3) advanced to the Central Mass. Division 3 final after topping the Spartans (15-7). Hopedale will face fifth-seeded Oxford in the final at noon Saturday at Tivnan Field in Worcester. Hopedale needed only two at-bats to take a 1-0 lead, with Kevin Bresciani leading off the bottom of the first with a triple and Cole DeDonato bringing him home on a grounder. In the fifth with two outs, DeDonato stole second and scored on Strom's single. Strom struck out seven, walked two and allowed only a double to left by Kenny Paulhus as he improved to 8-1. He was also the beneficiary of several stellar plays at shortstop by Dan Mantoni, who will pitch Saturday. Uxbridge's Jeff Graveson allowed only four hits in the game, which was completed in 1 hour, 15 minutes.
Millis 6, Bishop Connolly 4 — The Mohawks got hit back-to-back home runs by Matt Fogerty and Devon Bradbury in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie and drive in a total of four runs. Mike Kozak also was 2 for 3 with a triple.
St. Mary’s 8, Bishop Fenwick 4 — Sophomore Clay Yianacopolus allowed one earned run in a complete game and junior left fielder Bryan Nerich added two RBIs for the Spartans (17-6).
Hanover 11, Austin Prep 7 — Junior midfielder Jon Nassif and junior attackman Chris Rosinski scored five goals apiece to carry the Indians (13-6).
St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 5, Westborough 0 — St. John’s tennis coach Ed Hippert was hoping his team would finish its Central Mass. slate on a strong note, improving with each match. The top-seeded, defending champion Pioneers have done just that in the Central Mass. Division 1 Tournament, capping things with a 5-0 victory over second-seeded Westboro in the final Wednesday at Algonquin Regional. The Pioneers (22-1) played three matches in the tournament and won all of them by 5-0 scores. BC High is the only team to defeat St. John’s since last year’s state final. The Pioneers bounced back to knock off BC High two weeks ago. St. John’s plays in a state semifinal against Longmeadow at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Clark University. The Pioneers blanked Longmeadow, 5-0, during the regular season. Singles winners included senior Chris Ellis over freshman Alan Dubrovsky at No. 1, 6-1, 6-2, senior Dylan Fletcher over sophomore David Lookwhy at No. 2, 6-0, 6-0, and senior Lucas Tata over freshman Richard Zhu at No. 3, 6-3, 6-2. Tata’s victory clinched the match. Chris Ellis d. Alan Dubrovsky, 6-1, 6-2; Dylan Fletcher d. David Lookwhy, 6-0, 6-0; Lucas Tata d. Richard Zhu, 6-3, 6-2; Wes Arnold-Dave Hennessy d. Anuraag Gopaluni-Ben Czech, 6-1, 6-2; Nick Ellis-Alden Hosmer d. Tamas Palfi-Bryan Zheng, 6-1, 6-3. Records: SJ 22-1, W 16-3.
Whitinsville Christian 4, Hopedale 1 — Owen Brookhouse (17-0) needed a tiebreaker to top Chase Niziak in second singles as the third-seeded Crusaders (14-3) advanced to the final with the victory over the No. 7 Blue Raiders (12-7) in Whitinsville. Whitinsville Christian faces top-seeded Bromfield in the final at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Algonquin Regional. Ben Koopman (WC) d. Cam Davis, 6-1, 6-0; Brookhouse (WC) d. Niziak, 7-5, 4-6, 10-7 tiebreaker; Micah Curtis (WC) d. Jonathan Noyes, 6-3, 6-1; Isaac Bates-Josh Cook (WC) d. Mitchell Siefring-Mark Espant, 7-6 (5), 6-4; Bryan Goldstein-Jagath Jai Kumar (H) d. Michael Dunlap-Jake Chapman, 6-3, 7-5.
Central Catholic 11, Boston Latin 4 — Central Catholic’s seven-run third inning was the difference. Leadoff hitter Krista Maloney had three hits, including a single, double and a solo home run in the fifth inning. Karoline Leavitt hit a bases-loaded double in the Raiders' big third inning. Sophomore pitcher Olivia Antczak got the win by striking out two while Meaghan Sears struck out one in three innings of relief. The Wolfpack got an RBI double from Paige Mulrey and an RBI single from Mallory O’Brien to take a 3-1 lead in the third inning before Central Catholic countered.
Winthrop 2, Notre Dame (Tyngsborough) 0 — Junior catcher Jenny Adamson hit two doubles to help sophomore Maura Lanza's three-hit complete game for the Vikings (16-6).
Tewksbury 3, Reading 1 — Junior second baseman Brook Hardy had three hits and scored all three runs for the Redmen (17-6).
Leicester 3, Notre Dame (Worcester) 2 — It was a matter of staying patient and continuing to believe in yourself. Trailing by two runs going into the sixth inning, the Leicester softball team was on the cusp of seeing its postseason journey come to an abrupt halt. But a good team finds a way, and the Wolverines are certainly that. Leicester remained confident it could pull this one out. By stringing together three hits and taking advantage of a Notre Dame error, Leicester scored three times in the sixth to pull out a 3-2 triumph in Wednesday’s Division 2 Central Mass. semifinal at Rockwood Field. It marked the second time in as many years that the Wolverines rallied late to knock off the Rebels in the semifinals. Last year Leicester won, 3-1. “As it showed, you just never know,” Leicester coach Dave Stanick said. “You’ve got to keep fighting and keep playing. We made a couple of mistakes to give them their runs, and then we started to hit the ball and put it in play.”
Grafton 3, Hudson 0 — On a perfect night for softball, Grafton High pitcher Kendal Roy was close to perfection in leading her No. 4 seeded Indians to a 3-0 win over No. 1 Hudson in a Central Mass. Division 2 semifinal at Worcester State. Grafton (20-2), the defending state champions, will meet third-seed Leicester for the third straight year in the final back here at 5 p.m. Saturday. Hudson finished at 20-2. With pinpoint control, hitting the inside and outside corners, Roy retired 16 Hudson batters in a row into the sixth inning before Hudson’s Laura Hydro broke up the no-hitter. Roy finished with a four-hitter, striking out 12 and walking none. Grafton posted runs in the first, second and fifth, building into a comfort zone, especially with Roy in control. But the Hawks rallied in the sixth and seventh and forced Roy and the Grafton defense to earn its spot in the final once again. Roy even survived a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh. “We beat a very good team, and that’s what makes this satisfying,” said Grafton coach John Gemme. “Kendal was lights out for quite a while, and then Hudson got aggressive at the end.”
Quaboag 7, Hopedale 1 — Andrea Koslowski hit a fourth-inning double and scored, then delivered an RBI single in the fifth to lift the seventh-seeded Cougars (17-6) in Hopedale. Sarah Nye had a two-run single in the fifth, and Harlie Wdowiak added two RBIs for Quaboag, which faces Assabet in the final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Worcester State. Anna Siefring singled and scored on Lauren Kapatoes' sacrifice fly in the seventh for the sixth-seeded Blue Raiders (16-7).
Franklin 4, Sandwich 3 — Panthers' junior pitcher Elizabeth Criscione struck out seven to help lift her team past the Blue Knights. Sandwich scored its three runs in the first inning and Franklin scored twice then held the Blue Knights scoreless for the rest of the game while scoring the tying and winning run in the bottom of the second. “I thought we played really well defensively late in the game,” Franklin coach Kate Fallon said. “We made huge double plays at the end of the fifth inning and beyond.” Shannon Takahata went 2 for 4 for the Panthers with two RBIs. Franklin will face Milford in the South Division 1 semifinals on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Taunton High School.
Shrewsbury 22, Tyngsborough 13 — The Shrewsbury youth movement marches on. The third-seeded Colonials, led by junior attacker Devan Michael, sophomore attackers Lauren Ineson and Alexa Tonelli, sophomore midfielder Caroline Trabucco and sophomore goalie Jamie Matys, defeated second-seeded Tyngsboro, 22-13, Wednesday at Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium. Shrewsbury (17-5) faces top-seeded Algonquin here at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for the Central Mass. Division 1 championship. The Tigers finished 16-4. Ineson scored four of her team-best six goals in the first half, and Michael had her four tallies in the second half, including the winner 30 seconds in. “The girl who was guarding me was doing a great job, so it was great to see everyone have a chance with the ball,” said Michael, who still had three assists in the first half. “For me (in the second half) I think it was better draw control, getting the ball off the draw and pushing it toward the net. I got some great feeds from Lauren Ineson and Caroline Trabucco.”
Algonquin 16, Groton-Dunstable 8 — Something old is turned into something new. Not that advancing to the Central Mass. Division 1 girls’ lacrosse final is getting old for Algonquin — not by any stretch — it’s just that the top-seeded Tomahawks are a different team than last year’s district champion. Instead of one or two superstars, Algonquin has been led by deep roster of talented players. That much was clear Wednesday night, as seven Tomahawks scored in their 16-8 semifinal win over No. 4 Groton-Dunstable (16-5) at Foley Stadium. Algonquin (17-3) returns to Foley Stadium at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to defend their district title against third-ranked Shrewsbury in a rematch of a May 16 nailbiter won by Algonquin, 13-12. “We’re a lot different than last year where there’s not one stellar player,” said Algonquin coach John Healy. “We’ve had several players step up and fill the holes.”
Manchester Essex 3, Bedford 2 — Michelle Fuca took the second singles 6-0, 6-0 and Kendall McCormick clinched the match with a well-fought win in the third singles, 6-3, 6-4 for the Lady Hornets.
Northbridge 3, Quaboag 2 — Rachel Litchfield (N) d. Shelby Jankins, 6-2, 6-1; Kelly Norton (Q) d. Hannah Perry, 6-0, 6-0; Paige Guzik (Q) d. Devyn Jacobs, 6-0, 6-0; Mikaela Bernard-Janet Haas (N) d. Courtney Bruso-Anna Stefano, 6-0, 6-1; Grace Maxim-Nicole Capistran (N) d. Madison Thompson-Stephanie Nichols, 6-4, 6-7 (9-7), 6-4. Records: N 16-4, Q 16-2. Grace Maxim and Nicole Capistran earned a three-set win at No. 2 doubles to help the fourth-seeded Rams (16-4) get past the top-seeded Cougars (16-2) in a Division 3 semifinal in Warren. Northbridge will play Sutton in the final at 3:30 p.m Friday at St. John's.
Shrewsbury 3, Westborough 2 — Central Mass. Tennis Tournament director Bill Gibbons predicted Wednesday’s Division 1 girls’ championship between Shrewsbury and Westboro at St. John’s High would go down to the wire and likely would be decided by doubles play. With five decades of involvement with area high school tennis, that wasn’t a hunch — it was practically science. With the match tied, 2-2, Shrewsbury’s No. 2 doubles team of Anjali Puthanangady and Sonali Razdan outlasted the Rangers’ Anna Skidmore and Samantha Mack, 6-2, 7-6, to give the second-seeded Colonials a 3-2 victory and the program’s first Central Mass. title. Shrewsbury (17-2) will meet Western Mass. champion Longmeadow on Monday at a site and time to be determined. Westboro, the tournament’s top seed and defending Central Mass. champion, finished 16-3. Jess Perkins (S) d. Pooja Ganesh, 6-2, 6-0; Samantha Kehoe (W) d. Catherine Zhang, 6-0, 7-5; Ashley Chiu (W) d. Celine Mende, 6-2, 6-3; Radhika Duvvuri-Julie Shamgochian (S) d. Stephanie Johnston-Arielle Sigel, 6-4, 6-3; Anjali Puthanangady-Sonali Razdan (S) d. Anna Skidmore-Samantha Mack, 6-2, 7-6. Records: S 17-2, W 16-3.
Sutton 3, Bromfield 2 — Casey Magrath (B) d. Sam Creamer, 6-4, 6-2; Sarah Hall (S) d. Lindsay Kerr, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2; Arpitha Hayes (B) d. Olivia Newell, 6-1, 6-0; Nicole Modig-Brianna Wason (S) d. Rhett Nuenighoff-Kristen Noyes, 6-3, 7-6 (0); Ali Scagnelli-Monica Hall (S) d. Alena Davis-Rose Leihina, 6-0, 6-1. Records: S 16-1, B 15-3. Senior Sarah Hall outlasted Lindsay Kerr in three sets at second singles to tie the match, then juniors Ali Scagnelli and Monica Hall, Sarah's sister, topped Alena Davis and Rose Leihina, 6-0, 6-1, to send the second-seeded Suzies (16-1) to the final. The third-seeed Trojans finished 15-3.
Ursuline 4, Dover-Sherborn 1 — The 20-2 Bears' second doubles team won, 7-5, 6-4, to secure the third clinching point.