Varsity Lacrosse Bonds Over Team Dinner

Monday May 11th student athletes on the Manchester Essex Varsity girl’s lacrosse team had a team dinner, hosted by players Liddy and Annie DeConto before their game against Masconomet High School. The dinner’s theme was “American Barbeque.” Pulled pork, salad, corn bread, and fruit was on the menu for the evening.

Senior and sophomore mother Lisa DeConto prepared a large salad with vegetables and croutons. Players contribute to the team dinner by helping clean after and bringing beverages. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior and sophomore mother Lisa DeConto prepared a large salad with vegetables and croutons. Players contribute to the team dinner by helping clean after and bringing beverages. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Players had many servings of the pulled pork along with corn bread, and watermelon. For desert there was lemon cake, marble cake, and coconut cake. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Players had many servings of the pulled pork along with corn bread, and watermelon. For desert there was lemon cake, marble cake, and coconut cake. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The players raced to the serving table to get in line for their food. The Team is in a 6 and 5 season, and would need one more win to get them to the tournament. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The players raced to the serving table to get in line for their food. The Team is in a 6 and 5 season, and would need one more win to get them to the tournament. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As they served themselves others went into the kitchen to sit and eat. The practice was a lot of running and working hard, and the food was a great reward. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
As they served themselves others went into the kitchen to sit and eat. The practice was a lot of running and working hard, and the food was a great reward. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Bridgett Kiernan talks with Lisa DeConto about the delicious food and her game plan for the game the next day. Kiernan included senior Annie DeConto in the conversation. DeConto is a low attacker and Kiernan is a mid-fielder. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Bridgett Kiernan talks with Lisa DeConto about the delicious food and her game plan for the game the next day. Kiernan included senior Annie DeConto in the conversation. DeConto is a low attacker and Kiernan is a mid-fielder. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team poses for a picture. After the team picture, music began to play and everyone began to dance around the kitchen. The captains for the team are Seniors Maya Heath and Katie Furber. Heath is a midfielder, attacker, and defender, Furber is the goalie.  Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team poses for a picture. After the team picture, music began to play and everyone began to dance around the kitchen. The captains for the team are Seniors Maya Heath and Katie Furber. Heath is a midfielder, attacker, and defender, Furber is the goalie. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Bella Mastendino enjoys her lemon cake dessert. Mastendino is a starting low defender.  Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Bella Mastendino enjoys her lemon cake dessert. Mastendino is a starting low defender. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Sophomores DeConto and Kiernan practice dance moves in the kitchen. Square dancing and practicing the team dance were the main dance moves during the dinner. The game against Masco was a sad loss, and the girls will be playing Beverly the following Monday. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores DeConto and Kiernan practice dance moves in the kitchen. Square dancing and practicing the team dance were the main dance moves during the dinner. The game against Masco was a sad loss, and the girls will be playing Beverly the following Monday. Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Physical Education Classes Enjoy the Warm Weather

Thursday April 30th students in Eric Magers high school gym class and students in Kathleen Pizzello middle school gym class play outside. The middle school class played Frisbee and prepared for their ultimate Frisbee unit. The high school class played two hand touch, while students inside played four square. 20150430_Jenny Ainsley high school Gym Class_0710

After the turnover from Williams, Nowak throws the ball down the field to teammates. The pass was received by sophomore Mac McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
After the turnover from Williams, Nowak throws the ball down the field to teammates. The pass was received by sophomore Mac McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grade students in Kathleen Pizzello’s gym class practice passing the Frisbee before beginning their unit on ultimate Frisbee. Eighth grader Suzy Morton passes to her partner. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grade students in Kathleen Pizzello’s gym class practice passing the Frisbee before beginning their unit on ultimate Frisbee. Eighth grader Suzy Morton passes to her partner. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students had to be aware of their surroundings while throwing Frisbees because of the hazard of hitting other students. Eighth grader Anna Bonaccorso begins her throw in the correct form. Students are advised every day to change for class, otherwise they cannot participate. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students had to be aware of their surroundings while throwing Frisbees because of the hazard of hitting other students. Eighth grader Anna Bonaccorso begins her throw in the correct form. Students are advised every day to change for class, otherwise they cannot participate. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schooler Jake Athanas catches the Frisbee and with a quick release returns the disc to his parter. Athanas said Frisbee is one  of his favorite units. It was a perfect spring day to be outside for class. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schooler Jake Athanas catches the Frisbee and with a quick release returns the disc to his parter. Athanas said Frisbee is one of his favorite units. It was a perfect spring day to be outside for class. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello begins to explain the rules of ultimate Frisbee to her students. Students look toward the boundaries and begin to look for their teams. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello begins to explain the rules of ultimate Frisbee to her students. Students look toward the boundaries and begin to look for their teams. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Andrew Milne runs back to his position after his team scored a touchdown. The sophomores then decide to create a game plan on how to win their game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshmen Andrew Milne runs back to his position after his team scored a touchdown. The sophomores then decide to create a game plan on how to win their game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Aisea Richardson and Evan Williams run a play. Williams hands off to Richardson and he then runs the field to get the touchdown. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Aisea Richardson and Evan Williams run a play. Williams hands off to Richardson and he then runs the field to get the touchdown. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams passes the ball to the end of the field in a Hail Mary in hopes he will get a touchdown pass. The ball is picked off by Milne and then is two hand touched by McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams passes the ball to the end of the field in a Hail Mary in hopes he will get a touchdown pass. The ball is picked off by Milne and then is two hand touched by McCoy. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams runs the ball between McCoy and Richardson. He does not make it through and got a turn over to the other team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Williams runs the ball between McCoy and Richardson. He does not make it through and got a turn over to the other team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Richardson with an illegal move is put on a two minute penalty. Students with penalties had to stand with Magers and cheering on  their teammates. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Richardson with an illegal move is put on a two minute penalty. Students with penalties had to stand with Magers and cheering on their teammates. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

 

Pizzello explains the boundaries and rules of the game of ultimate Frisbee. Students sat in a circle listening to how to play. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin  for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pizzello explains the boundaries and rules of the game of ultimate Frisbee. Students sat in a circle listening to how to play. Credit: Ainsley McLaughlin for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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JV girls lacrosse takes down Gloucester

Manchester-Essex’s JV girls lacrosse team faced off against Gloucester High School’s JV team and won 11-4.

Eighth grader, Lily Pulver, sets up to take the draw against Gloucester’s starting center. Pulver scored 3 goals in the game making her one of the top scorers. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Eighth grader, Lily Pulver, sets up to take the draw against Gloucester’s starting center. Pulver scored 3 goals in the game making her one of the top scorers. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
JV coach Jess Thompson watches the game play out. Thompson has said that each year, the JV team gets better and better with every batch of new players. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
JV coach Jess Thompson watches the game play out. Thompson has said that each year, the JV team gets better and better with every batch of new players. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman, Bennett Dolan, transitions the ball down the field. Dolan has been playing lacrosse for the last 6 years on both the Hamilton-Wenham and the Manchester-Essex team. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Freshman, Bennett Dolan, transitions the ball down the field. Dolan has been playing lacrosse for the last 6 years on both the Hamilton-Wenham and the Manchester-Essex team. Credit: Clara Tuttle for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Manchester-Essex player jog off the field for half time. Because Manchester-Essex had such a dominant lead in the game at this point, Coach Thompson decided to switch up the players’ positions to let them try new things on the field. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Manchester-Essex player jog off the field for half time. Because Manchester-Essex had such a dominant lead in the game at this point, Coach Thompson decided to switch up the players’ positions to let them try new things on the field. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Gloucester’s team meets at half time to talk about the game. The Manchester-Essex varsity girls’ lacrosse team beat the Gloucester varsity team 11-0. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Gloucester’s team meets at half time to talk about the game. The Manchester-Essex varsity girls’ lacrosse team beat the Gloucester varsity team 11-0. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Thompson talks to the team at half time. In the second half, Gloucester made a slight comeback, scoring 3 out of the 4 goals they made in the game. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Thompson talks to the team at half time. In the second half, Gloucester made a slight comeback, scoring 3 out of the 4 goals they made in the game. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The team gets ready and cheers before the start of the second half. Some of the players have said games where Manchester-Essex beats other schools by a large number aren’t as fun because they aren’t challenged athletically. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The team gets ready and cheers before the start of the second half. Some of the players have said games where Manchester-Essex beats other schools by a large number aren’t as fun because they aren’t challenged athletically. Credit: Caroline Francoeur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Baseball captains Carter Cirone hope to lead team to tournament

Leading the baseball team under new coaching this season are senior captains Craig Carter and Dominic Cirone.

Cirone and Carter bring experience to the team because they have each played on the team all four years of their high school career. Both have played even longer through town leagues.

“I started playing baseball when I was 4, but I didn’t start playing the organized game until I was 6 and joined Little League,” Carter said.

Cirone, who has been playing the sport since he was 5, said that the town league is important to developing young talent.

“Playing through middle school helped me get to know the sport and work on aspects of my game that needed work,” he said.

On the field, Carter described himself as a utility player, one who can play nearly any position if he is needed.

“I can play different positions depending on the game situation; anywhere from right field, third base, first base, or pitching,” he said.

Cirone stated that he also plays a variety of positions if needed such as catcher, pitcher, second base, and short stop.

“I think it’s important to be versatile, especially with our new coach this year it makes his job easier if he has a lot of options to choose from,” Cirone said.

According to Carter, the team’s goals are to qualify for the state tournament and “ultimately make a run for the title.” Cirone agreed with this goal and also said he wants to “create a reputation for the team that will make younger athletes enthusiastic to play.”

After high school, Carter will attend the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, but he has yet to decide whether he will play a sport in college. He has the option to participate in any of the three he played in high school: baseball, basketball, or football.

Cirone plans to try out for the baseball team of whichever school he attends in the fall. Even if he doesn’t make the team, he wants some association with the sport.

Head coach James Weed said his captains will be his largest asset going forward, as they know the team and can help him get to know its strengths and weaknesses.

 

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Girls tennis team practices at the Manchester Athletic Club

On March 31st, about a week before they are to play their first match, the girls’ tennis team practiced diligently in order to have a successful overall season. The team, which will be featuring many new and young players, lost four of their varsity teammates last year to graduation, while two other varsity players will not be returning.

The “Bubble” is a structure that covers the outdoor tennis courts at the Manchester Athletic Club (the MAC) so that they may be used during the winter. Because the school’s outdoor tennis courts remain beneath a layer of snow, both the boys and girls teams must often practice here, many times in the morning before school. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The “Bubble” is a structure that covers the outdoor tennis courts at the Manchester Athletic Club (the MAC) so that they may be used during the winter. Because the school’s outdoor tennis courts remain beneath a layer of snow, both the boys and girls teams must often practice here, many times in the morning before school. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Once arriving at practice, all players write their name on a sign-in sheet so that attendance may be recorded each day. All players are expected to attend practice daily, whether it is at the MAC or in the exercise rooms at the school. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Once arriving at practice, all players write their name on a sign-in sheet so that attendance may be recorded each day. All players are expected to attend practice daily, whether it is at the MAC or in the exercise rooms at the school. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before officially beginning practice, Coach Ken Rawson convenes his players to talk about strategy and the best and most efficient ways to win points. This is Rawson’s first year as both the varsity and junior varsity girls’ tennis coach. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Before officially beginning practice, Coach Ken Rawson convenes his players to talk about strategy and the best and most efficient ways to win points. This is Rawson’s first year as both the varsity and junior varsity girls’ tennis coach. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rawson and junior Mara Franklin rally with partners on the opposite side of the net in order to warm up. A typical tennis practice lasts between an hour and a half and two hours, with approximately 10 to 15 minutes of that time dedicated to warming up. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Rawson and junior Mara Franklin rally with partners on the opposite side of the net in order to warm up. A typical tennis practice lasts between an hour and a half and two hours, with approximately 10 to 15 minutes of that time dedicated to warming up. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schools students Rebecca Shan, Naomi Franklin, and Andrea Rennie play a brief doubles game as a warm up. This year, due to a smaller high school team, middle school students are permitted to be play on the varsity level. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Middle schools students Rebecca Shan, Naomi Franklin, and Andrea Rennie play a brief doubles game as a warm up. This year, due to a smaller high school team, middle school students are permitted to be play on the varsity level. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Carlson and Finnerty, engage in a doubles drill while the rest of their teammates wait in line behind them. All junior varsity players play doubles, while two out of the five varsity matches played during matches are also doubles. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Carlson and Finnerty engage in a doubles drill while the rest of their teammates wait in line behind them. All junior varsity players play doubles, while two out of the five varsity matches played during matches are also doubles. Credit: Avery St. Sauveur for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Annual awards ceremony held for high school winter sports

On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the annual winter sports awards ceremony was held that night. This is a night to recognize those whose coaches believed tried their hardest during the 2014-2015 winter sports season.

 

Athletics director Kelly Pocaro gives a brief speech congratulating every student who participated in winter sports during the 2014-2015 season. Winter sports that were acknowledged at the ceremony include boys and girls basketball, indoor track, ski racing, and swimming in diving. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Athletics director Kelly Pocaro gives a brief speech congratulating every student who participated in winter sports during the 2014-2015 season. Winter sports that were acknowledged at the ceremony include boys and girls basketball, indoor track, ski racing, and swimming in diving. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Boys’ basketball coach Brian Shields speaks to his team about how proud he is of their dedication and hard work. Boys varsity basketball finished the season with a satisfying record of 12-8.Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Boys’ basketball coach Brian Shields speaks to his team about how proud he is of their dedication and hard work. Boys varsity basketball finished the season with a satisfying record of 12-8.Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dubois gives a speech about her team’s season and how happy she is with them before giving out awards. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Dubois gives a speech about her team’s season and how happy she is with them before giving out awards. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Boys’ basketball coach Stephen Driscoll gives his speech after other coach Shields finished his. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Boys’ basketball coach Stephen Driscoll gives his speech after other coach Shields finished his. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Dawson prepares to hand out awards to those that he felt deserved them the most. This year Senior Olivia Lantz received the award for “Athlete of the Year. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Dawson prepares to hand out awards to those that he felt deserved them the most. This year Senior Olivia Lantz received the award for “Athlete of the Year. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Swimming coach and high teacher Shannon Alger and assistant coach Tiffany Hovland hand out awards to the most deserving on the team. Nathaniel Rautio received the “Unsung Hero” award. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Swimming coach and high teacher Shannon Alger and assistant coach Tiffany Hovland hand out awards to the most deserving on the team. Nathaniel Rautio received the “Unsung Hero” award. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coaches Peter & Tim Wonson talk about the team’s achievements and how happy they were throughout the season with their team. Varsity Alpine Ski racing captain and senior William Kiley won the award for “Athlete of the Year” for his team. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coaches Peter & Tim Wonson talk about the team’s achievements and how happy they were throughout the season with their team. Varsity Alpine Ski racing captain and senior William Kiley won the award for “Athlete of the Year” for his team. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coaches Mark Dawson, Nelso Desilvestre, Kara Brown, and Stephen Whittey of the indoor track team give their speeches to their team and their parents. Boys’ indoor track completed the season with an impressive record of 6-3. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coaches Mark Dawson, Nelso Desilvestre, Kara Brown, and Stephen Whittey of the indoor track team give their speeches to their team and their parents. Boys’ indoor track completed the season with an impressive record of 6-3. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Girls’ basketball coach and high school teacher Lauren Dubois speaks in front of her team and their parents. Girl’s varsity basketball finished the season with an overall record of 13- 8. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Girls’ basketball coach and high school teacher Lauren Dubois speaks in front of her team and their parents. Girl’s varsity basketball finished the season with an overall record of 13- 8. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Varsity team captains of the basketball team Will Burgess and Winston Feuerbach speak to their fellow teammates and future varsity players. Burgess and Feuerbach wanted to give the younger members of the team some advice on how to play their best and work as a team to have the best season possible next year.  Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Varsity team captains of the basketball team Will Burgess and Winston Feuerbach speak to their fellow teammates and future varsity players. Burgess and Feuerbach wanted to give the younger members of the team some advice on how to play their best and work as a team to have the best season possible next year. Credit: Charles Tullercash for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Girls Basketball Beats Brighton in First Round of Playoffs

Tuesday February, 24 Manchester Essex girls’ basketball defeated Brighton in the first round of playoffs. Coach Lauren Dubois helped bring these girls to victory. The final score of the game with a great win from the Hornets was 67-19. The girls moved on to the next round against Bishop Fenwick but lost 47-52 in a very close game.

Each team has to stand together before the game begins to cheer on the other team as Athletic Director Kelly Porcaro calls out the starters. Hornets stand linking arms pumping each other up before their big game. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Each team has to stand together before the game begins to cheer on the other team as Athletic Director Kelly Porcaro calls out the starters. Hornets stand linking arms pumping each other up before their big game. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The game begins with the group huddle. The girls cheer before the game begins. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The game begins with the group huddle. The girls cheer before the game begins. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Senior guard Fraley Morton throws the ball inbounds after being scored on by Brighton. Morton is one of the lead scorers on the team. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior guard Fraley Morton throws the ball inbounds after being scored on by Brighton. Morton is one of the lead scorers on the team. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Wrestling for the ball, senior Eliza Logue and junior Sabrina Pallazola try to gain possession of the ball after it being set loose on the ground. Brighton players also fight for it. Manchester Essex  got the ball. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Wrestling for the ball, senior Eliza Logue and junior Sabrina Pallazola try to gain possession of the ball after it being set loose on the ground. Brighton players also fight for it. Manchester Essex got the ball. Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Credit: Allie Sarmanian for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During warm up, Manchester Essex Hornets practice drills and plays before the game. Defensive players practice their blocking and the offensive players practice their shots under pressure. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During warm up, Manchester Essex Hornets practice drills and plays before the game. Defensive players practice their blocking and the offensive players practice their shots under pressure. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Fans pile into the gymnasium wearing the Hornet’s colors, green and white. Senior Aisling Batchelder wears white from head to toe as does junior Bella Mastendino. White paint covered fans faces as they represented the hornets during their ‘white out’ game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Fans pile into the gymnasium wearing the Hornet’s colors, green and white. Senior Aisling Batchelder wears white from head to toe as does junior Bella Mastendino. White paint covered fans faces as they represented the hornets during their ‘white out’ game. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior starters Sabrina Pallazola and Kara Hersey practice dribbling drills. Pallazola is the center forward for the Hornets; Hersey is another forward for the team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior starters Sabrina Pallazola and Kara Hersey practice dribbling drills. Pallazola is the center forward for the Hornets; Hersey is another forward for the team. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Pallazola with the tip off, the Hornets prepare themselves for a tough battle against Brghiton Public High School. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Pallazola with the tip off, the Hornets prepare themselves for a tough battle against Brghiton Public High School. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brighton wins the tip off but soon after Manchester Essex receives the ball because it was thrown out of bounds. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Brighton wins the tip off but soon after Manchester Essex receives the ball because it was thrown out of bounds. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Sydney Christopher shoots and scores a three pointer against a defender. Christopher is one of the leading scorers in the Cape Ann League.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Junior Sydney Christopher shoots and scores a three pointer against a defender. Christopher is one of the leading scorers in the Cape Ann League.
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Senior Phebe Biggar carries the ball down the court. Biggar then scores on a lay-up.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Senior Phebe Biggar carries the ball down the court. Biggar then scores on a lay-up. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Biggar and Hersey double team a Brighton player. Holding their arms in the air the players try to distract the offensive player by yelling and trying to knock the ball out of her hands without illegal touching. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Biggar and Hersey double team a Brighton player. Holding their arms in the air the players try to distract the offensive player by yelling and trying to knock the ball out of her hands without illegal touching. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Lauren Dubois speaks to players from the side of the court.  Dubois has been coaching for many years at Manchester Essex and has brought the girls basketball team to victory several times. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Coach Lauren Dubois speaks to players from the side of the court. Dubois has been coaching for many years at Manchester Essex and has brought the girls basketball team to victory several times. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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During free throws, the crowd puts their hands in the air and shakes their fingers sending luck to the shooter. Spirit fingers are a tradition in basketball. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
During free throws, the crowd puts their hands in the air and shakes their fingers sending luck to the shooter. Spirit fingers are a tradition in basketball. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The fans cheer on the players and travel to all their away games. There was not a large turnout of fans, but their cheering for the girls made it as if the whole gymnasium was full. There is a lot of support to both the girls and boys teams at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The fans cheer on the players and travel to all their away games. There was not a large turnout of fans, but their cheering for the girls made it as if the whole gymnasium was full. There is a lot of support to both the girls and boys teams at Manchester Essex. Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
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Sophomore Ainsley McLaughlin passes the ball to junior  Molly Lynch who then carries the ball for an assist. The assist was shot by sophomore Courtney Holley Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Ainsley McLaughlin passes the ball to junior Molly Lynch who then carries the ball for an assist. The assist was shot by sophomore Courtney Holley Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

enior fans Aisling Batchelder and Emily Moore support the senior players on the team by holding up blown up faces of Biggar, Morton, and Logue.  Credit: Jenny Beardsley for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
enior fans Aisling Batchelder and Emily Moore support the senior players on the team by holding up blown up faces of Biggar, Morton, and Logue.
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Girls JV Basketball Fight till the Final Buzzer

On Friday January 16th, the Hornets faced the Triton Vikings. The Hornets played aggressive defense and moved the ball well on offense. Throughout the entire game, both teams battled on the offensive end keeping the score within 2 or 3 points. At one moment the Hornets would be up and at another Triton was ahead. Unfortunately in the final seconds, the Triton Vikings scored a basket putting them up by three. The girls JV team put up a great fight but fell short with the final score being 37-34. The Hornets face Pentucket at home on Monday, January 20th and Masconomet away on Friday, January 23.

 

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ME swimming and diving won their second meet in a row

Manchester Essex swimming and diving won their second meet in a row against Lynnfield 98-80.  The Hornets Varsity team won 10 out of 12 events.  State qualifiers in two events, Coleman Komishane and Captain James Phelan continue to be undefeated in the Cape Ann league in their events.  Nate Rautio has won all but 1 event for the Hornets thus far.   Elizabeth Athanas won the 100 breaststroke at a blazing speed to qualify for the State Championship.  Will Finn and Zanny Lee both dropped significant time in their events along with Josh Dobson, Kevin Hiselman and Nathan Duda.  Captain Erin Carlson continues to demonstrate her versatility swimming the 200 IM and 100 Fly placing 4 and 3rd respectively.  Becka Hille and Amber Shaw  continue to be powerhouse relay swimmers who score valuable points for the Hornets.  Maddie Carvalho duked it out with Lynnfield in a tremendous show of grit. The JV won 48-13 with the Hornets JV going undefeated in every event.   Santana Tosi, Anna Bonnacorso, Anna Arntsen, Annie Alfano, Sofia Puchniak and Emily Callahan had impressive performances in their individual events.  Jazmine Dort’s versatility is key for the Hornets with Per Hostage and Paul DIfluri  proving themselves as rock-solid butterfliers for the Hornets.  Pheobe Mulry continues to score key points and Paige Swanson posts her best performances each and every meet.  Will Cole and Dewey Komishane posted fast relay times and best times at this meet. The Hornets host Hamilton-Wenham on Monday January 12th at 7:20pm at CAPE ANN YMCA in Gloucester.

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gymnastics cooperative team with Hamilton Wenham is preparing to improve last year’s record

The gymnastics cooperative team with Hamilton Wenham is preparing to improve last year’s record of 1-8 by at least one win.

“The season is off to a busy start,” said coach Elliot Davis.

“This year we have a lot of first-time members on the team so we hope to build a strong foundation for future seasons,” he said.

Senior Lizzie Ranger said her biggest goal for the team is to create unity and to increase participation of team members.

The junior varsity members on the team only practice and do not compete, but Ranger said they are still essential members of the team.

Ranger said she hopes the “JV kids from last year move up to varsity and get to showcase all their hard work at meets.”

“My biggest goal for us for the season is to make sure that everyone gets to compete and show off what they have learned regardless of their skill level,” she said.

Ranger’s individual goal is to “improve her records from last year.”

She said she has been working on routines and skills and is excited about displaying them this season.

Other members who are expected to excel this year are Hamilton Wenham senior captains Olivia Young and Caroline Kerringan, as well as Hamilton Wenham seniors Kirstie Keith and Phoebe Hagberg.

Students from Manchester Essex who are on the team this year had to have been on the team in previous years. The co-op is no longer open to new members.

The team’s first competition will be on January second and will take place in Winchester.

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Gymnastics team hopes to improve participation and better last year’s record

Manchester Essex coop with Hamilton Wenham looks to improve record

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