THE BEAT GOES ON…
Some things never change…such is the case with Pope John XXIII “hoop” coach Leo Boucher. After the sudden closing of St. Clement HS (where Leo coached his teams to 14 consecutive state tourney appearances – including a 2014 state championship), Boucher finds his Tigers (10-1 overall, 6-0 league) driving toward yet another Catholic Central League title. With over 400 wins and three “Coach of the Year” selections on his resume, Leo’s feet remain firmly planted on the ground. “Believe it or not,” reveals Leo, “it truly is all about the kids. They do the work and deserve the recognition and I do my best to make sure they get it.” A former Christopher Columbus HS and St. Anselm “hoop” standout, Leo recognizes that the 2018 campaign can be very special and basketball pundits have PJ as the strongest contender in the Division 4 field. Also contributing for the Tigers is junior forward and fellow “Townie” Conor Kelly (6 points and 6 rebounds per game), who has provided an “in the paint” presence off of the bench.
Manchester wing Mike Doherty scored a late-game goal to help the Monarchs outlast the Wheeling Nailers by a score of 3-2…Jacksonville wing Brendan Collier tallied 2 assists in the Icemen 4-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER SPORTS
Latin Academy wing Jessica Pistorino scored a goal in the Lady Dragons 3-1 setback to Matignon…Lowell Catholic wing Mitch Andrea tallied a goal in the Crusaders 4-0 triumph over St. John Paul II…Nobles wing Sean Wrenn notched a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory over Lawrence Academy…Matignon wing Maeve Leahy had a goal and 3 assists in the Warriors 7-0 pounding of Oakmont.
Lowell Catholic wing Mitch Andrea posted 3 goals and 2 assists in an 11-1 smackdown of Cardinal Spellman. The Crusaders are ranked #4 in the Boston Herald Division 2 Super 8 poll…Latin Academy eighth- grader Jessica Pistorino tallied an assist in the Lady Dragons 5-1 triumph over Martha’s Vineyard…BC High and junior Matt Lakus are ranked #4 in the Boston Herald Division 1 Super 8 poll.
In a 78-55 loss to Woburn, Winchester two-sport sensation Liam Fitzpatrick scored 18 points to go over the 1,000 point milestone. The Sachems are ranked #8 in Division 2 North…Kimball Union forward Nick Timberlake, grandson of former Townies football legend “Nippy” Nolan, has been on fire averaging 30 points in his last four games. Nick is one of the top prospects in New England and has his sights sets on a Division I level program…Pope John XXIII (10-1) is ranked #1 in Division 4 North in the Boston Herald boys poll as Coach Leo Boucher and forward Conor Kelly march toward a Catholic Central League title… Braintree is ranked #1 in Division 1 South in the girls poll with forward Adriana Timberlake and the Wamps on a path to return to the state title game.
Winchester guard Liam Fitzpatrick scored 13 points in the Sachems hard-fought 56-49 setback to Arlington…Kimball Union sensation Nicolas Timberlake tossed in 31 points in a 63-59 bruising loss to Cushing. Nicolas added another 31 points in the Wildcats 80-57 triumph over Vermont Academy.
COLLEGE WINTER SPORTS
Maine wing Nolan Vesey notched an assist in the Black Bears 3-1 victory over UMass. Nolan added an assist and 5 shots on net in a 3-3 tie with UNH…Assumption wing Tommy Mahoney scored a goal in the Greyhounds 2-1 win over Franklin Pierce. Tommy added a hat trick in a 7-3 smackdown of St. Anselm…Merrimack defenseman Aaron Titcomb blasted 2 shots on net in the Warriors 4-3 setback to BU…Salem St. wing Rose Sullivan bombed four shots on net, Danielle Kelley added two shots and Jacqueline Sindoris had a shot but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Vikings fell to SUNY by a score of 5-1. The “Townie” trio played a huge role in a rematch 3-2 OT victory over SUNY. Jacqueline scored a goal and rifled 3 shots on net, Danielle had an assist and a shot on net, and Rose added a shot on net…Worcester St. wing Brendan Boyle blasted 2 shots on net in Lancers 4-3 loss to Westfield St.
WALKS ON WATER, AND A WALK ON
In a 116-107 loss to Norwich, Elms College (2-6) senior swimming sensation Aislinn Carrier posted first place in the 200 Freestyle Relay and 50 Freestyle, second in the 200 Freestyle, and third in the 100 Freestyle. Aislinn has consistently “walked all over” the competition for the Blazers.
Aislinn’s cousin Patrick Kelly, a freshman forward at St Joseph College (ME), is the only “walk on” on the Monks (9-6) “hoop” team. Patrick, who is also a Dean’s List student, looks forward to an increased role while bringing instant energy off of the bench.
Charlestown wins futsal B13 match
In a recent Mass Futsal B13 division championshipl game, Charlestown defeated a team from Jamaica Plain and took the trophy home. The win completed an undefeated season for the local team.
The JP team scored the first goal, but Charlestown quickly tied it up when Johnny Price drilled a shot off a defender, richocheting into the goal. Francesco Cirulli, Antoine Pittet, and Jack Tisdalle each drove home clean shots to establish and hold a 1 to 3 goal lead throughout the rest of the game. Daniel Bethlendy, Alistair Braun, Sean Jaffe, Tj King, Charlie Partridge, Nicholas Pellagrini, and Dennis Sachek put continued pressure on the JP defenders, while repeatedly shutting down the JP offense. Ivan Belobokov held strong in goal for both 24 minute halves, saving a significant number of skilled shots. Some of those saves were on breakaways by JP, where only quick reactions and great net coverage succeeded in holding the commanding lead.
The day culminated in an awards ceremony where coach Mikael Pittet complimented the Charlestown boys on their strong team work, and high quality and sportsman-like play. The 12 boys ranging from grades 5 to 7 really jelled over the season, and showed how a team can be more than the sum of its individuals.
This was a great season, thanks to coach Mikael Pittet, assistant coach Gabor Bethlendy, and the full Charlestown roster of Ivan Belobokov, Daniel Bethlendy, Alistair Braun, Francesco Cirulli, Sean Jaffe, Tj King, Charlie Partridge, Nicholas Pellagrini, Antoine Pittet, Johnny Price, Dennis Sachek, and Jack Tisdalle.
This marks the fourth year that a Charlestown team has won a Mass Futsal League division championship.”