Girls Track Team Downs Lawrence and NDA

Softball team bounces back, baseball team falls.

Junior speedster was a triple winner as the Tewksbury High Girls' track team added two more wins to its list of conquests, easily besting both Notre Dame Academy and Lawrence High School Wednesday afternoon in Tyngsboro.

Tewksbury topped NDA, 121-23 and crushed Lawrence, 132-7 to raise its Merrimack Valley Conference record to 3-0.

Bridle won the 100-meter dash in 13.0, and the long jump in 15-feet, 7-inches before running the second leg on Tewksbury's winning 4x100-meter relay team.

Bridle's 15-7 long jump represented a personal best, and she did it in only two tries.

"That's the best long jump we've had in five years, and she only had two shots at it," TMHS said. "She was running the 100, running the 4x100 and doing the long jump, and she's been battling a sore hip. So I told her she could only jump twice."

Junior thrower and freshman runner Kelly Quigley were double winners in the meet. Jacintho threw the shot put 33-feet, eight inches to win that event and tossed the discuss 99-feet, four inches to win that event. Quigley clocked a 70.3 time in the 400 meter hurdles for her first ever varsity win in that event, and took her second straight win in the triple jump with a 30-feet, 10-inch leap.

Senior Hannah Sedgwick won the 200 meters in 28.4, while Devin Kelly took first in the pole vault against Lawrence. Sedwick, Sarah Hogan and Allie Luppi joined Bridle on the winning 4x100 relay team.

Senior distance runner Emily Parker won the two-mile in 13:08.0 while senior Lauren Andella led a sweep in the hurdles with a 17.7 timing, and also took second in the triple jump and third in the 200.

Senior Andrea Caprio blew away the competition in the javelin toss with a throw of 115-feet, six inches. Caprio won the event by over 12 feet.

"Andrea had another monster throw," Byrnes said. "And that was into a head wind. If she can get the right wind she'll threaten the school record this year."

Senior Kim Fairweather won the high jump for the third straight meet at 4-feet, six-inches while freshman cheerleader-turned-distance-runner Rachel Eatherton took her first-ever varsity victory, winning the mile run in 6:14.7. Arianna Smith won the 400 for Tewksbury in 66.2.

Freshman Sara Semenza earned her first varsity gold medal, winning the 800 meters in 2:30.8.

"She (Semenza) has never run that race before and she turned in a state qualifying time," Byrnes said. "She's a talented kid. I can throw anything at her in training and she just eats it up."

 Aly Spencer (100-meter hurdles), Rebecca Clark (javelin),  Hogan (1oo meters) Jen Iannacci (high jump), Olivia Boudreau (mile), Luppi (long jump), Ashley Callahan (400), Ashley Toland (400-meter hurdles) Christina Dick (800) and Jenn Schultz (200) took second place finishes in the meet.


The Tewksbury High's girls softball team rebounded from a Monday loss at Chelmsford with a convincing, 11-3 win at Haverhill Wednesday to raise its record to 6-2, 4-2 in the Merrimack Valley Conference.

Senior pitcher Kayla Benvenuto earned another complete-game victory, facing ony 24 batters in seven innings, striking out nine, walking four and allowing just two hits and two earned runs.

Sophomore right fielder Sam Laferriere led the offensive attack with three hits and one run batted in, while Benvenuto helped her own cause in a big way with three hits and three RBI.

Sophomore Missy Cordwell had a hit and an RBI, while junior third baseman Katie Doherty had two hits and knocked in two runs.

Junior outfielder Sherri Liggiero continued to tear the cover off the ball with two hits and two runs batted in, while sophomore shortstop Tiffany Marsh also had two hits and two RBI. Senior left fielder Ally Greene had a hit and knocked in a run.

"Almost everybody in our line-up got a hit," said coach Leo "Doc" DiRocco. "We were able to use some of the younger players, too."

Tewksbury took an 8-0 lead after four innings and never looked back.

The Redmen host Wilmington at Memorial Field on Livingston Street at 3:45 on Thursday.


Senior pitcher Sean McCarthy made his 2011 debut on the mound for Tewksbury but the Redmen dropped a 6-2 decision at Billerica to fall to 4-2 overall.

McCarthy went five innings allowing 10 hits and six earned runs. He did not surrender a walk and struck out one.

"Sean pitched okay," TMHS coach Ron Drouin said. "They had a couple bloop hits and a couple of ground balls that found their way through our infield. Billerica made their hits count. They got a bunch of hits when they got men on base."

Tewksbury, meanwhile stranded two runners in two different innings.

Senior left fielder Sean Connolly had an RBI single to score Cam Olivera in the second and senior frist baseman/pitcher Matt Luppi scored the team's other run.

Oliveira, Joe Hulme, Rob Wallace, Ryan White and Eric Heider all had hits in the game for Tewksbury.

TMHS was without the services of senior lead-off man Chris Andella, who was injured by a thrown ball on Monday.

The Redmen face Lowell on the road Friday afternoon.


Jimmy Johnson April 28, 2011 at 10:41 PM
I'll bet that it was a pleasant ride home for the TMHS boys. I'm sure Napoleon had a few choice words for them. I wonder who the whipping boy is this year? Get well soon Chris.


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