Thursday, May 12, 2011
Redmen girls improve to 5-0 in dual meets with 86-59 win over Dracut.
Poor Brittany Pandolph. The 2010 Tewksbury High graduate has barely settled in at Bentley University, and already the school record she set in the javelin toss last spring has been shattered. Blame Andrea Caprio, the TMHS senior javelin specialist, for erasing Pandolph's record less than a year after it was set. Caprio fired off a monster toss of 123' 8" in Dracut Wednesday afternoon, besting Pandolph's old mark by 10 inches and sparking the Tewksbury High girls track team to an 86-59 win over Dracut High. "It's funny," said Tewksbury High coach John Byrnes. "Sometimes school records will last 10 or 12 years, and sometimes they come in clusters. Usually when they come in clusters it's part of a good work-out group, and both Pandolph and …
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Jacintho, Bridle are double winners as Tewksbury improves to 4-0.
With a couple of key seniors returning from injury and some underclassmen building depth behind them, the Tewksbury High girls track team is getting its act together just in time for the biggest meets of the season. Methuen High's girls track team learned that the hard way Monday, as Tewksbury rolled to a 107.5-32.5 win over the Rangers in Methuen. "We've been relying on some of our underclassmen while the seniors got over some injuries, but now we're in pretty good shape all around," said TMHS coach John Byrnes. "We're getting healthy at the right time." Juniors Jess Bridle and Lisetta Jacintho led the way on Monday, winning two events each. Bridle edged temmate Sarah Hogan in the 100-meter dash, taking first in 12.5 seconds. Hogan was …
Friday, May 6, 2011
Redmen thump Methuen 12-5 for fifth straight win.
With an unproven pitcher and an inexperienced infield coming into the 2011 season, Tewksbury High softball coach Leo "Doc" DiRocco knew his team was going to have to hit the ball well if the Redmen were going to qualify for the MIAA state tournament for a 15th straight season. Well, hit the ball they have, and qualify they did. TMHS pounded out a season-high 16 hits Thursday night in Methuen, and laid a 12-5 pounding on the host Rangers, improving this surprising team's record to 10-2, and clinching a state tournament berth for the 15th straight year. "If we hit, if we hit, that was my thing," DiRocco said. "Whenever anybody asked me about this team in the pre-season, I said that if we hit, we'd be all right. I thought we had a pretty good…
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Wilmington girls tennis team narrowly defeats Tewksbury, 3-2, on Tuesday.
The Wilmington girls tennis team squeezed out a 3-2 win over Tewksbury on Tuesday. Though Alyssa Mylno was victorious at No. 1 singles and April McDermott snagged a 6-0, 6-1, win at No. 2 singles, it was not enough for Tewksbury against its border rivals. Wilmington won at No. 3 singles to clinch the match after the Wildcats gained momentum with victories in both doubles slots.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Redmen come from behind to nip Dracut, 6-5.
Playing softball under the lights often adds an air of excitement to the game, and Kayla Benvenuto and the Tewksbury High softball team made sure that was the case Monday night, coming from behind to edge Dracut, 6-5 in dramatic fashion at Memorial Field. Benvenuto, Tewksbury's senior right hander, struck out the side in the sixth with the tying run on third, and got the final two outs in the seventh with the tying run again on third, as Tewksbury posted its third straight win to improve to 9-2 on the season. "Oh, man, what a comeback, what a win," said an elated Tewksbury coach Leo "Doc" DiRocco after the game. "That's gotta help with their confidence. That's a good team we beat. That's a good win." A win looked like the last thing that …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Softball team bounces back, baseball team falls.
Junior speedster Jess Bridle 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 coach John Byrnes said. "She was running the 100, running the 4x100 …
Thursday, April 21, 2011
TMHS softball team runs winning streak to three straight.
When Tewksbury High softball coach Leo "Doc" DiRocco talks about this being a rebuilding year, he may be right. Sort of. So far this season, the only thing the Redmen have rebuilt is their reputation for being the top softball program in the Merrimack Valley Conference over the last decade. On Wednesday, Tewksbury continued its surprisingly strong start to the 2011 season by trouncing Billerica, 11-5, to run its record to 4-1 overall, 2-1 in the MVC. Senior right handed pitcher Kayla Benvenuto earned her fourth victory of the season, tossing six innings of three-hit ball while striking out six and walking only one. Benvenuto held Billerica off the scoreboard for the first four innings of the game, while the Redmen built a 7-0 lead. "Kayla …
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Event provides graduates with a fun, safe party.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Tewksbury High All Night Long Graduation Committee is preparing for the 15th annual All Night Long Graduation Party.All Night Long provides TMHS graduates with a safe, fun-filled environment where they can gather with their friends to celebrate their graduation after many years of hard work.This year's event is scheduled to take place June 3-4.The event costs over $10,000 to run and relies solely on donations from the community.The committee is looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor this terrific event.If you would like to donate to All Night Long, send your donation to the All Night Long Graduation Committee, 320 Pleasant St., Tewksbury, 01876.Checks should be made payable to "All Night Long."
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Road repairs, athletic excellence and former deacon facing new charges.
Here's a look at the Top 5 Headline Makers for the Week of April 4-April 10. 5. Bill Emerson: Emerson, the former deacon at the Church of St. William in Tewksbury, was arraigned in Cambridge District Court for allegedly smuggling drugs to a prisoner in the jail. Emerson allegedly told investigators the man blackmailed him by threaten to reveal Emerson had pornography on his computer. 4. Jonathan Whitcomb: The Tewksbury 17-year-old was allegedly caught leaving the scene of a home break-in on North Street. He was also connected to two vehicle break-ins. 3. Tewksbury High Girls Track Team: The Redmen look to be in mid-season form already, opening the spring season with a huge win over Lowell. 2. School Committee Chairwoman Krissy Polimeno: …
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Girls beat Lowell in opener, boys team falls to Lowell by three points.
If the rest of the Merrimack Valley Conference held out hope that the lack of any training facilities or any home meets was going to slow down the Tewksbury High girls track team this spring, those hopes were dashed in a hurry on Wednesday. Jess Bridle and Lisetta Jacintho won two events each while Andrea Caprio and Sarah Hogan also recorded impressive wins as the Tewksbury High girls thumped Lowell, 84.25-60.75 in the season's opener for both clubs at Cawley Stadium. "It's a tough to predict what you have going into the first meet of any season," TMHS head coach John Byrnes said. "But considering how little we've been on the track before today, we had no idea what to expect. So we're real happy with the results we got. "This is a team …