Sunday, May 19, 2013
The girls need to win a few more down the stretch to qualify for post-season action.
After Big Blue's 9-3 loss to Winthrop earlier in the week the girls needed three wins to be play-off bound. "We are 7-7 and battling for a play-off spot," said Coach Frank Kowalski. "The kids have learned a lot and we keep putting an emphasis on the little things and focusing on our defense." The coach said junior pitcher Danielle Mayblyum has stepped up. Offensively, Tori Thisle and Sam Rizzo have been steady contributors and played solid defense. "Tessa Bean and Christina King are our power hitters and we are looking for them both to get hot down the stretch," the coach said. The coach said Big Blue played their best game last week losing to Danvers 2-0 on their field. Danvers is 16-0, and Kowalski said his team outplayed them. If the …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Senior shot-putter Ny'Cole Young-Thomas was overjoyed Tuesday with her personal best throw that qualified her to compete in the state track and field meet.
The Big Blue girls track and field team defeated Gloucester April 30 at Upper Jackson, 85-51. But one of the victories within the victory was a senior's shot put throw of 30 feet 10 inches. That throw brought senior Ny'Cole Young-Thomas to her knees in elation and to tears in teammates' arms. Coach Peter Bush said Ny'Cole's eclipsing the 30 feet mark qualifies her for the state track meet. Not only that but the throw broke the barrier she has been trying to break since last year. She set the 30-foot mark as a goal for winter track and fell short. She set it again for spring, but was stuck in the 28-foot range. But on Tuesday her hard work got her past the mark, and now that she has surpassed it and gained confidence, there is no telling …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
First-year Swampscott High baseball coach Jason Calichman and assistants Kevin Rogers and Brendan Nolan are building a culture that draws on hustle, communication, respect, competition and fun.
The final drill of the Swampscott High baseball practice is situational. Runners on first and third. Pitcher goes into his stretch. Pitches to the batter. Runner on first breaks for second. Gets caught in a rundown — a pickle. Now the players put into practice qualities the new coaching staff wants them to display in their entire game. To distill what first-year coach Jason Calichman and assistants Kevin Rogers and Brendan Nolan have been telling the kids — play the game the right way. Communicate. Hustle. Back each other up. Compete. Back on the diamond the catcher hollers "four." He wants the middle infielder to throw home to nail the runner at the plate. On another sequence, the second baseman chases the runner back to first diving …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The show and raffle is less than two weeks away.
The Swampscott High School Class of 2013 is hosting its final fundraiser of the year — the Senior Show on April 4. Proceeds will help defray the costs of graduation week including the cost of the Senior Prom which is being held on May 29th at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, MA. Please join a fantastic night of entertainment as SHS Seniors take the stage under the direction of Thomas McEnaney and several other talented senior students. The show promises fun and laughter for all! The students will entertain you with skits, films, and a plethora of assorted talent. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 on April 4th. Doors open at 6:30. Show begins at 7 pm in the high school auditorium. Exciting gift baskets will be raffles. Please …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
This is the final stop on the Big Blue hockey tourney journey.
Here it is, a showdown on the Garden ice for the state championship. Swampscott enters the game with an 18-5 record including a win in the semifinals against Medway, 4-3, in overtime. Westfield enters the game with a 17-2-2 record including a win in the semifinals over Wachusett, 6-4. You can ask questions and interact on the blog. If you're at the game, tweet us @SwampscottPatch. Later, we’ll have photos, video and a game story on the site.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Noah Maercklein scored his second goal of the game at 6:25 of OT sending Blue to the TD North Garden and the state championship.
It was a game to be remembered. The see-saw action and wild scoring swings will be etched in the memories of those who played and witnessed it. The never-say-die Swampscott Big Blue came back. Again and again, first from a third period deficit and then from heart-wrenching goals by the Medway Mustangs. Nunzio Morretti, Noah Maercklein and Corey Carmody accounted for Swampscott's scoring in regulation. Noah netted the game-winner at 6:26 of OT sending Swampscott to the TD Garden for the state championship on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Swampscott will play the winner of the Wachusett vs. Westfield game, to be played Thursday. Stay with Swampscott Patch for complete Big Blue hockey coverage. Check out our Swampscott Facebook Page for a blow-by-…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Check out our blow-by-blow Swampscott Patch Facebook chronicle of Swampscott vs. Medway
Here are the posts we put up on Swampscott Patch Facebook as Swampscott hung tough and prevailed in a heart-stopping game Wednesday on the Chelmsford Forum ice. * it was actually a 12-minute OT
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Big Blue hockey continued its tradition of going blond for the tournament. On Saturday they will work to keep their tourney journey alive.
That's not the Swedish national team on the ice. It's your Big Blue crew. And they are still playing hockey as the high school Div. 3 tournament field has winnowed to eight teams. The Swampscott players went blond after the season ended, something they did last year before the tournament, said Swampscott Coach Gino Faia. The players also watched the movie Miracle at senior Trevor Massey's house, the coach said. The 2004 movie tells the story of the 1980 US Olympic Mens' ice hockey team's improbable win against the Soviets. The Big Blue are on a roll of their own. An exciting journey through the high school hockey tourney. Swampscott lost twice to Marblehead during the regular season but turned the tables on the Magicians Wednesday in …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
On Tuesday night the Swampscott girls basketball varsity and junior varsity teams lost close games to the Tanners of Peabody.
Thursday, January 17
Photos courtesy of MK Rynne The Big Blue girls varsity team was edged by Peabody 42-20 on Tuesday, while the junior varsity girls lost to Peabody 48-44. The varsity team is now 5-5 on the season. They play next on Friday at Lynn Classical.
A tremendous fourth quarter performance by Val Temin and Dan Trentsch led the Big Blue to a conference victory over Peabody.
Val Temin had three three-pointers in the fourth quarter, leading his team to a strong, defensive-minded 45-39 win over the Peabody Tanners on Tuesday night. After ending the third quarter leading 31-30, the Big Blue began the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run that lasted over five minutes, thanks to Temin’s shooting and a John King layup. Although Peabody responded with a three of its own with 2:52 left which brought the Tanners within seven points, Dan Trentsch solidified the victory for Swampscott with three free throws in the final two minutes. Temin and Trentsch both played with an incredible sense of urgency. While Temin racked up a myriad of boards down low, Trentsch was able to steal the ball on passes made on the perimeter. Both …