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Zhu, Chelmsford Swim to MVC Championship

February 1, 2019

HAVERHILL -- Chelmsford High captured the Merrimack Valley Conference boys swimming and diving championship Thursday.

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Junior Aaron Zhu set meet records in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke to lead the Lions to the title.

Chelmsford won the title with a score of 465. Second-place Andover was far back with (375).

They were followed by Central Catholic (225), Lowell (138), North Andover (108) and Haverhill (78).

Zhu captured the 200 IM in 1:54.90 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 58.40.

Chelmsford dominated the relays to pick up key points, capturing the 200 medley relay in 1:41.61, the 200 freestyle relay in 1:34.26 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:24.41.

Also winning individual results for the Lions were Connor Quirbach in the 200 freestyle in 1:49.68 and Cote in the 100 butterfly in 52.78.

Cote was second in the 50 freestyle in 22.73 and Quirbach placed second in the 100 freestyle in 50.38.

Jimmy Shaw was second in the 100 butterfly in 56.96.

For Lowell, Andrew Than took fourth in the 1-meter diving and Joe Buckley earned fourth in the 100 backstroke.

Jonathan Santos was fifth in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Will Cassella placed fifth in 1-meter diving. Tim McCabe claimed sixth in the 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke for the Red Raiders.

(Complete results on page 11).

BOYS BASKETBALL

Littleton 60

Gardner 46

Senior forward Ross Cotnam led the way for Littleton (9-7) with a team-high 19 points.

PJ Barbella had 15 points for the Tigers and Jacob Yurkoski had 11 points.

Littleton needs one more win top qualify for the state tournament.

Wilmington 77

St. Joseph’s 64

Wilmington qualified for the state tournament for the second year in a row with the non-league win.

Down by six points with four minutes left, the Wildcats rallied.

Stephen Anthony led all scorers with 27 points, Kevin Palmerino had 19 points (15 in the fourth quarter) and Chris Stokes had 13.

Wilmington outscored its opponent 32-15 down the stretch.

Bromfield 52

North Middlesex 36

North Middlesex played host Bromfield pretty evenly over the final three quarters.

Unfortunately for the Townsend school, Bromfield ran out to a 19-4 lead after the opening stanza.

Kyle Blaisdell led NM (0-15) with 14 points, while Jake Talmer added 6 points.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Littleton 52

Gardner 25

Junior guard Rachel Klock collected 12 points to power the Tigers to the Mid-Wach road victory.

Junior forward Falynne Rzezuski added 11 points for Littleton (6-8).

North Middlesex 51

Bromfield 20

Strong defense and a balanced scoring attack lifted the Patriots, who received 11 points from Alex Bellemare and 7 points from Rae Callahan.

Erin Bourgeois, Molly McFague and Allie Vazquez netted 6 each.

Spaulding 50

Pelham 45

Despite 16 points from Olivia Gagnon, the Pythons were edged.

Pelham, which led 20-15 at halftime, also received 7 points from Jordan Galgay and McKenna Williams.

Ayer Shirley 53

Assabet 50

The Panthers hit the road and returned from Marlboro with an exciting Mid-Wach conquest.

Ayer Shirley (9-3) broke open a tie game after three quarters by holding a 19-16 edge in the final quarter.

Hayley Sheriff led the way with 17 points.

Katie Hart contributed 8 points, while Riley Murphy added 7 points.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Westford Academy 2

Billerica/Chelmsford 0

Jackie Ricko scored an unassisted goal in the third period and Kayleigh Butler added an empty-netter in the final minute for Westford (10-3-1).

Junior goalie Allie Dean made 27 saves to preserve the shutout.

Kim Cornetta assisted on Butler’s goal.

BOYS HOCKEY

Shawsheen Tech 6

Minuteman 1

Junior Nate Silva netted a pair of goals and added an assist to help Shawsheen (7-2-5) cruise to the win.

Owen Sullivan had a goal and an assist, and Kevin Chase dished out 2 assists for the Rams.

Freshman Kyle Brouillette had an assist to record his first varsity point for the Billerica school.

WRESTLING

GREATER LOWELL 33, NASHOBA TECH 15

113: Randy Fournier (GL) won by dec. 126: Henry Altenweg (GL) pinned Dominic Capone. 152: Justin Finch (GL) pinned Alex LeBrun. 195: Sean Thibeault (GL) pinned Luke Fontaine.

Record: Greater Lowell 9-10.

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