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Pioneers squeeze out state relay title.

COLUMN: ROUNDUP

INDOOR TRACK

State Coaches Relays

St. John's overcame stiff competition from Brockton and Newton North to win its first Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Division 1 relay title yesterday at the Reggie Lewis Center.

"I thought coming in we had a great chance to compete," St. John's sixth-year coach Ed McGuinn said. "You can pre-score these things all you want, but when it comes down to it, people you expect to win don't and people you don't sometimes do."

The Pioneers won the meet on the last event, the 1,600 relay, with Dennis Kott, Tyler Masi, Kyle Morrette and Sean Mitchell crossing the line first in 3 minutes, 28.95 seconds.

Brockton and Newton North each won an event and finished in the top three in five, but St. John's tallied 43 points, edging Brockton (42) and Newton North (38).

"It was a dramatic finish and, for us, an exciting result," McGuinn said.

HOCKEY

Auburn 4, Grafton 4

Derek Lussier scored twice for the Rockets (5-4-2), while Nick Ahlman had a goal and an assist for the Indians (8-1-2) at Horgan Rink.

Joe Iadarola made 36 saves for Grafton, which took a 4-3 lead four minutes into the third on a Chris Lisk goal. Auburn tied the game less than two minutes later when Ian Davis scored unassisted.

Lunenburg 10, Milford 2

Senior Ryan Cormier assisted on Koady Palinkas' first-period goal to record his 100th career point for host Lunenburg (3-5-3). Cormier finished with a goal and two assists.

Worcester 3, Groton-Dunstable 0

Byron Grinell and Anthony Cozzolino led the Wildcats (2-7-2) with a goal and an assist each at Buffone Rink.

Joe Lynch (19 saves) shut out the Crusaders (2-10-1).

Assabet Valley 9, Hudson Catholic 0

Shawn Durkin had three goals and an assist and James Tyler two goals and a helper for the host Aztecs (4-4-1) against the winless Green Wave (0-8).

St. John's (S) 2, St. John's Prep 2

Senior captain Ben Siok was outstanding in goal with 35 saves and freshman Devin Smith scored his first career goal for the host Pioneers (3-4-5) in a rough game (31 penalties) against St. John's Prep of Danvers (7-2-2), one of the top teams in the state.

BOYS' BASKETBALL

Bancroft 69, Beaver CD 61

Senior Ethan Haskell poured in a game-high 37 points, making 14 of 16 free-throw attempts in the second half, and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the visiting Bulldogs (10-2, 7-1 EIL).

Foxboro 69, BMR 67

Junior center Nick Burnett had a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) for the visiting Chargers (7-3), who could not hold an eight-point halftime lead and fell to Foxboro (5-5).

Douglas 63, Tourtellotte 56

Senior point guard Andrew Marshall scored 17 points and dished out nine assists for host Douglas (6-3).

Somerville 77, Holy Name 63

Freshman Andre Pluverge had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Anthony Tomasetta 15 points, but the host Naps (4-5) were no match for Somerville (10-4) and its 6-foot-8 center Pat Flanagan, who had 29 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocked shots.

Wachusett 64, SPM 54

Mitch Renshaw scored a game-high 30 points for the fourth-ranked Mountaineers (9-3) in Worcester.

Naadir Tharpe led the Guardians (1-9) with 20 points.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Leicester 41, Auburn 39

Senior guard Aira Dungca scored 19 points to lead the host Wolverines (5-5), while classmate Karrah Chapman had seven points and eight rebounds.

Governor's Academy 51, Groton 36

Danielle Rainer scored a team-high 13 points for host Groton School (7-4) in a loss to Governor's Academy (9-0).

ART: PHOTO

CUTLINE: Grafton goalie Joe Iadarola can't stop this Auburn shot during the teams' 4-4 tie at Horgan Rink.

PHOTOG: T&G Staff/MARK C. IDE
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