Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Distance runners were some of the first Swampscott High athletes to venture out of doors to practice this spring.
Big Blue distance runners took to the shore Monday, legging the Lynnway half-mile from Swampcott to Red Rock Park. And back. Actually, it's about 1.2 miles round trip, said distance runner coach Jeffrey Bartlett, one of track coach Joe Tenney's assistants. The runners zipped over the Lynnway course time and again, their shoes slapping the concrete walkway above the seawall. Cars rumbled over Humphrey as commuters headed home. Seagulls squawked overhead about who knows what. The runners, 20 to 25 boys and girls, will compete in outdoor track distance events — the 800, mile and two-mile, the coach said. These distance runners are some of the first, if not the first, Swampscott High athletes to practice outside this spring. Ice still …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The team, united by enthusiasm for science and technology and teamwork, has been preparing for the Boston First robotics competition.
Students on the high school robotics team have been preparing for their disc scoring game, Ultimate Ascent, for months now. Some of them have also competed on Swampscott High athletic teams, among them Melinda Wilson and Phil Cherner. Robotics is a varsity sport for the mind, a few of the members said. The Boston First competition got underway Thursday and ends today at Boston University's Agannis Arena. All of the Swampscott students have played a role in preparing their robot, their team, for the competition. They have designed and tried out the robotic device over many hours in robotics' teacher and coach Dick Leonard's classroom. Even the freshmen have had a role as they watched and learned from the older students, said freshmen Emily…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Swampscott High senior Peter Hale took first place at the Emerging Elite Nationals last weekend.
Listen to Swampscott High two-miler Peter Hale's thoughtful description of last weekend's Emerging Elite New Balance Nationals race. "The race at nationals went out slower than it did at New Englands," he said. "I was four seconds off the pace in the first mile and that ended up working perfectly. I had time to work my way to the front and push it the last 800 meters." They say distance running is a thinking man's race. Peter thinks about running and dedicates himself to the sport. He won the Emerging Elite race, featuring some of the best runners in the country, finishing the two miles on the indoor track at the Armory in NYC in 9:18. It was the senior's fastest two miles ever. To watch Peter Hale run a race — and finish it — is to …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
See your Big Blue crew make a pile by the goal and slap the glass with their fans.
Thanks to Frank Legere for sharing the video. See your Big Blue ice crew make a pile by the goal and slap the glass with their fans after their 3-2 come-from-behind win today against Bedford in Stoneham.
Friday, March 8, 2013
A Corey Carmody goal in the third period swept Swampscott into the finals of the Div 3 North Sectionals tournament.
Big Blue hockey won and in dramatic fashion upending the Magicians of Marblehead Wednesday in Chelmsford, 4-1. Don't let the score fool you. Two of Swampscott's goals were open netters at game's end. The real drama unfolded on a breakaway with minutes to go in the third period. Corey Carmody scored to make it 2-1. Then he got two more empty netters, including one at about the 5-second mark. The win rockets Swampscott into the Div. 3 North Sectional finals on Saturday vs. Bedford, at 4:30 p.m. in Stoneham. Swampscott advanced to the semis with a convincing 10-1 defeat of St. Joseph Prep last Saturday in Stoneham. Bedford, 9-8-3, the No. 9 seed, advanced to the finals by defeating Shawsheen, 3-1. Bedford made it to the semi-finals by …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The seniors received flowers and congratulations before Friday's game against Winthrop.
Thursday, February 7
The photos and info below are courtesy of MK Rynne. The Big Blue basketball team celebrated their seniors before Friday's game against Winthrop. Although they lost to Winthrop 39-24, the seniors celebrated their last home game with teammates, family and friends. Also included in the photos are pictures from the junior varsity game vs Winthrop — lost to Winthrop 48-41 — Friday night Feb 1, and additional varsity photos form the previous game against Lynn English.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Christian Dunston scored 21 points for Salem in a heartbreaking loss for the Big Blue.
Val Temin had 21 points for Swampscott, but a lack of offensive execution in the first and fourth quarters while leaving sharpshooters open on defense resulted in a 57-53 loss for the Big Blue. Swampscott turned the ball over five times in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter, leading to two key three-pointers by Salem’s Billy Muse that eventually made the difference in the final minutes. Two Stephen Bowers free throws reduced Salem’s lead to 53-50 with 1:20 left in the fourth quarter. But a Christian Dunston jumpshot, followed by two free throws made by Muse, made things too difficult for Swampscott to recover. The Big Blue offense had trouble getting started, missing several layups and jumpshots until the 3:29 mark in the first …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The team ended its regular season with a meet vs. Lynn Classical, a competition won by Lynn 96-79.
Information for this post came from coach Meaghan Simpson Swampscott swimmers and divers are looking forward to competing in the NEC meet on Tuesday and Wednesday at Salem State. The competition starts at 5 p.m. both days at the O'Keefe Center. The team lost its meet with Lynn Classical on Thursday, 96-79. The team had great swims by freshman Mark Kamen who won both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle events, the coach said. Also, Cymantha Rogers, Erin Cassidy, Emily Guo, and Meg Weissenburger qualified for the sectionals relay in the 200 freestyle competition. The Big Blue divers and swimmers ended the season 1-7.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Big Blue hockey is 9-1 on the season after the team took down a tough western Mass. opponent on Wednesday at Salem State.
Friday, January 18
Big Blue hockey submitted this article. Swampscott Hockey improved to 9-1 on the season with a 3-0 win over a very strong Div. 3 West opponent in East Longmeadow. After a scoreless first period, Swampscott's freshman Noah Maercklein scored a power play goal assisted from Patrick Burkett and Chris Carman five minutes into the second period. Joey Silva made it 2-0 with 50 seconds left in second period assisted by Trevor Massey and Devon Wall. Three minutes into the third period, Noah Maercklein scored his second power play goal of the game. That was all the Big Blue needed to hold on for the win with a solid 23-save shut out performance from Trent Gallagher (the first of his high school career). Big Blue plays next on Saturday against …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
After a great win against Marblehead on Monday, Swampscott took tough defeats at the hands of Beverly and Revere.
It was a big week for Big Blue basketball. After coming off a tough loss to their heated rival, the Saugus Sachems, last Friday, Coach Justin Fucile and the varsity boys' squad knew they had an opportunity to redeem themselves. At home this past week, they faced Marblehead, Beverly, and Revere, all in a matter of five days. With a win in all three games, Swampscott would have ended the week with an even, .500 record. On Monday, Val Temin returned from a broken middle finger injury, and set a tone down low early for his team's play in the first quarter against Marblehead. Swampscott, who could have used Temin's presence in the paint against the Sachems, took advantage of his ability to balance the floor on offense as well as his ferocity …