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Robinson defends title; Algonquin qualifies eight wrestlers for state meet.


Division 1 Central Sectional: St. John's High senior Peter Robinson defended his sectional title at 120 pounds with a win, moving him into 10th place on the state's all-time list for career wrestling victories.

Robinson will be joined at the state meet next weekend by teammates Alex O'Connor (152 pounds), Colin Snay (170) and Jacob Dubois (182), all of whom recorded fourth-place finishes for the Pioneers at Newton South.

Division 2 Central Sectional: Algonquin Regional had eight grapplers qualify for the state meet next week, with three winning their weight classes, as the Tomahawks placed third out of 12 teams with 159 points at Marlboro High.

Senior captain Alex Mazzola repeated as a sectional champion with a win at 182 pounds. Mazzola took the 170-pound title last year in the Division 1 Central Sectional. Senior captain Joe Cozzolino won at 138 pounds while his younger brother, freshman Drew Cozzolino, took the title at 106 pounds.

Freshman Bryce Finnegan (113 pounds), junior Nate Morrell (160) and David Wrin (170) had second-place finishes, while senior Matt Hanlon (195) and sophomore Austin Roche (132) finished fourth for Algonquin.

Marlboro High senior Jorge Padilla Lopez won at 113 pounds, beating Finnegan, while senior Walter Ordonez took second at 138 behind Joe Cozzolino.

The Panthers' Alex Santiago was third at 152 pounds, while Remmy Berrios (120), James Brescia (160) and Michael Phillips (170) all had fourth-place finishes.


Division 1 state meet: Junior Dorian McMenemy broke a pair of school records while picking up wins in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle to help Algonquin Regional finish 12th out of 47 teams with 82 points at MIT.

McMenemy won the 50 freestyle in 23.76, which broke her own record set earlier this season and earned her All-American consideration. She also won the 100 freestyle (51.97), breaking her own record also set this season.

Carly Railing was a member of three relay teams that performed well for the Tomahawks. The 200 freestyle relay team with Railing, MacKenzie Hostage, Carey Davis and Meagan Hermanspan finished ninth (21:47.50), while the 400 freestyle relay team of Hostage, Railing, McMenemy and Isabelle Seppa was ninth in a school-record time of 3:48.38. That broke the mark set in 2011 by a squad that featured Hostage's older sister, Cassandra, and Annie Ludwig, now an assistant coach at Algonquin.

Algonquin's 200 medley relay team of Brooke Ward, Caroline Young, McMenemy and Railing placed 14th (1:59.65), while Seppa was 27th in the 200 freestyle and 21st in the 500 freestyle. Railing was 27th in the 50 freestyle and Hostage was 25th in the 50 freestyle.

Girls' basketball

Bromfield 45, Blackstone-Millville 44: Sophomore Amanda Accorsi sank a pair of clutch free throws with less than a minute left to give the host Trojans (5-14) a victory over the Chargers (5-13).

Accorsi finished with eight points and seven rebounds, while freshman Hannah LoChiatto and Lexi Norcross each scored 10 points for Bromfield.

Laura Gagnon hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the first quarter as BMR stormed out to a 22-6 lead. The Trojans responded with a strong second quarter to close the gap to one point at the half.

Grafton 43, Oxford 37: Freshman Gigi LeMay had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists as the visiting Indians (8-12) downed the Pirates (4-16) in the season finale for both teams.

Grafton's eight wins equaled its win total from the past few years.

Amanda Voellings added 12 points for the Indians, while Nicole Grady had 13 points for Oxford.

Holyoke 57, Marlboro 33: Victoria Petrie had a game-high 22 points as the visiting Panthers (4-16) lost in their season finale.

Leicester 50, Bartlett 26: Rachael Meyers scored 11 points and Kelly Shea added 10 as the Wolverines (11-9) closed their regular season with a home win.

Caroline James scored 10 points to pace the Indians (1-19).

St. Peter-Marian 57, South 27: Debbie-An Bryan had 10 points and eight rebounds and Kristina Domantas had 10 points and six rebounds to power the host Guardians (8-9) past the Colonels (2-16).

Brianna Tortora and Kelley Plourde each had four steals for St. Peter-Marian. Mary Ankomah had 10 points for South.

West Boylston 67, Fitchburg 55: Junior Katelynn Rizzuto contributed 16 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks, while senior Sue Ross had 17 points, 15 rebounds -- 11 of them offensive -- and 2 blocks to boost the host Lions (15-3) past the Red Raiders (1-15).

Nicole Romero had 14 points and Cassie Boddie added 12 to lead Fitchburg.

Worcester Academy 36, New Hampton 34: Lexi Hackett had 17 points and scored on her own put-back with two seconds left to lead the visiting Hilltoppers (8-11) past New Hampton (11-11).

Boys' hockey

Ashland 1, Westboro 1: Galvin Wilsker scored at 5:09 of the first period and goalie Jared Ward made 14 saves as the visiting Rangers (8-8-1) escaped Loring Arena in Framingham with a tie.

Nashoba 7, Grafton 0: Matt LeBlanc notched a hat trick, Devyn Levesque made 34 saves to record his first shutout, and the host Chieftains (7-7-3, 3-6 Coughlin) blanked the Indians (7-6-3, 3-5) at New England Sports Center.

Kevin Gilchrest and Brad Colvin each had a goal and assist while Mark Allaire and Bobby Denaro added goals for Nashoba.

Northbridge 4, Dover-Sherborn 1: Brett Bibeault had a goal and two assists for lead the visiting Rams (8-9-2).

Bibeault had the game's first goal at 2:41 of the first, but Dover-Sherborn (5-13-1) tied it up 19 seconds later.

Vlad Bohmer scored later in the first with the winner, and Sam Luukko and Mike Ferraro also had goals for Northbridge.

Westfield 4, Wachusett 2: Joe Rinaldo and Marc Happy scored as the host Mountaineers put 33 shots on net, but the Bombers (11-3-3) scored three goals in the third period, including an empty netter, to get past No. 2 Wachusett (12-4-2) at North Star.

Jake Strasser made seven saves for the Mountaineers on Senior Night.

Girls' hockey

Leominster 4, Algonquin 0: Jess Moran had a goal and assist, while Sam Donahoe had two assists and Aslinn Dehorsey made nine saves to earn the shutout and lift the host Blue Devils (4-6-5, 3-2-3 Central/West) into second place in the league and qualify them for a postseason berth.

Katie Babineau, Rachel Ambrozy and Bailey Miller also scored for Leominster, while Sasha Barry made 32 saves for the Tomahawks (8-6-3, 3-3-1).

Shrewsbury 3, Springfield Cathedral 2: Junior Lauren Ineson had a goal and two assists while eighth-grade defenseman Lilly McManus had a goal and assist to help the visiting Colonials (9-5-3, 5-0-2 Central/West) clinch their fourth league title and sixth straight postseason berth with a win over Cathedral (6-6-3, 2-4-2).

Freshman Megan Moran added a goal and junior Tiana Army made 26 saves for Shrewsbury.

Worcester Academy 2, North Yarmouth (Maine) 0: Freshman Sydney LaPointe and sophomore Timary Malley scored while freshman Julia Pelletier (10 saves) earned her seventh shutout to boost the host Hilltoppers (15-4-1) past North Yarmouth (3-11) at New England Sports Center.
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Date:Feb 16, 2014
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