The Sports Buzz for Jan. 3 - 9
The Fastest Three Minutes in Brookline Sports, and today we go overtime.
Well, it's Monday, and you know what that means. It's time for the Sports Buzz, the fastest three minutes in Brookline Sports coming your way right now:
Today, we start with a terrific youth hockey story. I mean, how can you beat this? The until-now winless Brookline Squirt B team broke a 12-game losing streak, and—get this—the locals did it by defeating first-place host Charlestown, 3-1, at the Emmons Horrigan O'Neill Memorial Rink on Saturday.
Sean McNamara led the Brookline squad with two goals and Aditya Soni netted one.
"It was really exciting," McNamara said. "I think we had really good passing and shooting."
Soni put Brookline on the board in the opening period, with his first goal of the season. McNamara followed suit in the second stanza to make it 2-0.
Then, Charlestown cut the deficit in half when Prescott Herbert found the back of the net.
"It was kind of exciting for me because you don't always score every game," Herbert said. "I think after they got a big lead, we were getting kind of nervous so we wanted to put a goal in the net."
But, three minutes later, McNamara banked home his second goal of the game for the insurance strike, and Brookline cruised from there.
Now, we stay in the rink for Brookline High girls hockey, where Sydney Karnovsky shined with a hat trick for the Warriors, and Sandra Richardson also scored, though the shorthanded Red and Blue fell to Archbishop Williams.
Karnovsky also scored the only goal in Brookline's loss to Walpole, as the Warriors dropped to 0-5.
Meanwhile, there were some highlights for the Brookline boys and girls track teams, despite the overall team losses to Weymouth at the Reggie Lewis Center.
On the boys team, which lost the meet 57-34, Romey Sklar took home the 600 meter, while Will Jackson won the 1ooo, and Jacquelle Jones placed first in the shot put. Mark Perry and Max Shore finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 1000, and Tharindu Weersinghe finished fourth in the one mile.
But the Warriors' didn't have the numbers in several field events, and the lack of production in the distance races left the team on the wrong side of the scoreboard against a stout Weymouth squad.
Brookline head coach Michael Glennon wasn't sure if it was a bad day or a lack of production due to the vacation, but he said he needs more from the distance runners to compete in these dual meets.
"Certainly the distance runners are the strength of the team," Glennon said. "Hopefully things will keep improving as the season moves along."
The girls team saw Leah Gellineau run a nice 3:15.20 in the 1000 meter to take the first place finish, but Weymouth took a top-place finish between the two teams in 12 of the 13 events to surge past the Warriors. Brookline lost the meet 70-25.
"We are still developing as a dual meet team, and I think we have some individuals that will do well," Brookline head coach Lee Eddy said.
Sarah Jabour threw a personal best 31-03.50 in the shot put, and Hannah Breck ran a stellar 5:56.09 in the mile.
We go to hoops, and it was a magnificent week for the Brookline boys basketball team, which impressed with two wins last week over Norwood and Walpole. Brookline defeated Norwood, 67-36, at home, and then went on the road to edge the Rebels, 62-61, and stay undefeated at 4-0 in the Bay State Conference, while improving to 4-1 overall.
Against the Mustangs, Brookline lacked aggressiveness during the first few minutes of the game and Norwood hit a few jumpers early on to take a quick 11-7 lead. But, after Warrior head coach Mark Fiedor called a timeout, reminding his team that it needs to attack and quicken its pace, the Warriors, as guard Stephen O'Neal said, played with the same intensity they exude in practice.
O'Neal poured in 29 points, patiently dissecting the Norwood defense with a variety of athletic drives and hot outside shooting.
"Stephen made good decisions tonight and attacked at the right times," Fiedor said.
In addition to playing up-tempo basketball, Brookline's defense was the difference maker against the Mustangs. O'Neal, along with fellow guards EJ Rogers, who had five steals and nine assists, and Josh McDowell ball-hawked all night. Behind them was center Jonah Morgenstern-Gaines, who was a force in the middle with six blocks.
"Jonah did a great job of 'walling up,'" Fiedor said. "With his size and long arms, it's hard for teams to get shots against him."
Norwood head coach Rich Cormier expected solid defense from Brookline coming in, but his team couldn't respond to the Warrior momentum after the first quarter.
"They're always a great defensive team and their ball pressure rattled us tonight," Cormier said.
The Warriors expanded a 19-15 first-quarter lead to 31-20 at halftime as Josh Russell-Einhorn, who totaled 14 points, hit a pair of deep three-pointers and McDowell, who scored 11 points, had a block, jumper, reverse layup, steal and layup in a three-minute span. Brookline continued to create Mustang turnovers in the second half as Rogers made four steals to lead the Warrior "D."
"Our plan was to pressure them the whole time because we're such a guard-oriented team and I thought we would have an advantage in quickness," Fiedor said. "Even if there were switches on defense, we wouldn't lose a beat."
Meanwhile, the Brookline girls basketball team earned its second Bay State Conference win with a 51-39 victory over visiting Walpole, after spotting the Rebels an early 11-3 lead.
Brookline also made a furious comeback, but fell short in a 47-41 loss to host Norwood in BSC action.
Led by point guard Amber Dillon and forward Tasha Bernardez, the Warriors (4-3, 2-2 BSC) fought back from a 14-2 first quarter deficit to trail by just two at the half, and then tied the game at 35 in the fourth quarter, before finally succumbing in the last several minutes.
Norwood (1-2) came out strong from the start as forward Sarah Eckhardt took the opening tip in for a bucket, and from there relied heavily on the three-point shooting of its captain, senior Justine Ryan, who led all scorers with 28 points.
Ryan drained a three to put the Mustangs up 7-0, before senior Katie Johnson found Ryan with a pass underneath to give Norwood an 11-1 lead.
With a 14-4 lead after one, it was the best quarter the Mustangs had put together so far this season.
But Brookline began to make its way back in the second frame with a full-court pressure defense.
Dillon converted a lay-up in traffic to make it 14-10, before Ryan answered with a driving hoop, returning the Norwood lead to six.
The Warriors cut the deficit to two at the half, but Ryan came out in the third frame and made three trifectas to extend the Norwood lead to 35-25.
Brookline answered again, as Dillon finished an 8-0 Warrior run with a three-point play and a Bernardez hoop tied it at 35 with 6:34 left in the game.
With the score tied at 39, Ryan took over in the final two minutes, connecting on two three-pointers. She added the finishing touch by converting on a missed foul shot with six seconds left to close it out.
The Brookline boys swim team kept it close against perennial state powerhouse BC High in a 93-86 loss.
Brookline gymnastics fell to Norwood in a hard-fought battle, 125.5-105.
Both the Brookline boys junior varsity and freshmen basketball teams scored victories over Norwood. The junior varsity circuit defeated the Mustangs, 46-37, while the freshmen squad won, 64-47. TheBrookline girls junior varsity team, meanwhile, defeated Walpole, 51-38.
And finally, chalk up a pair of wins for the Beaver Country Day varsity basketball teams. The boys defeated Berwick, 79-57, while the girls took Winsor, 52-19, in Eastern Independent League action.
Pat Ouellette, Tom Layman, Tim Davis, Katy Fitzpatrick, and Brookline athletics contributed to this report.