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Dragons earn 21st swim title

Latin Academy eases by O’Bryant, Eastie

By Ryan Mooney
Globe Correspondent / February 3, 2012
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The Latin Academy co-ed swim team cruised to its fifth straight Boston City League title yesterday at Madison Park.

The Dragons swept the top three spots in four of the 11 events and racked up 141 points en route to their 21st championship in the event’s 22-year history. (The Dragons were forced to forfeit the 2007 meet by the MIAA because of an ineligible player.)

O’Bryant (77 points) took second place, followed by East Boston (51 points).

“We swam Waltham, Arlington Catholic, Malden Catholic,’’ said Mark Thomas, the Latin Academy coach for 32 years.

“We swim some good outside [the city] teams, so I kind of knew coming into today [we] should have this meet.’’

The relay team of Tim Connolly, Matteo Grando, Sydney McGrath, and Ashley Hickey won the 200 medley in 2 minutes 0.25 seconds. The Dragons had a 20-point cushion after five events.

Connolly, a senior, won the 100 backstroke (58.94) and the 100 freestyle (53.53), and Hickey, a freshman, won the 200 free (2:20.25) and 500 free (6:37.69). Grando took the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.21.

O’Bryant’s Talal Jaber was the only other swimmer to win two events, the 200 medley (2:20.56) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.50). Teammate Corrado Addonisio won the 50 free (24.72) for the fourth straight year.

“They totally kept us in it, and they’ve been doing that since they started on the team,’’ eighth-year O’Bryant coach Juan Tapia said. “I knew Talal was going to win his two races and I knew Corrado was going to get that 50 free . . . Definitely the best swimmers that I think have come [to O’Bryant] in 15-20 years, certainly since I’ve been here.’’

Boys’ basketball

Stoughton 81, Franklin 60 - Marcus Middleton (26 points) and Aaron Calixte (19 points, eight assists) led the Black Knights (13-1).

East Boston 68, Madison Park 42 - Senior Kyle Fox scored 15 points and junior Kenny Ramos had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the No. 9 Jets topped the No. 10 Cardinals.

Mystic Valley 52, Maimonides 40 - Senior forward Ben Bottrell (14 points, 10 rebounds) and junior guard Hari Perisic (13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) led the Eagles.

South Boston 58, Latin Academy 48 - All five starters had at least 8 points for the Knights (4-9).

Girls’ basketball

South Boston 42, Latin Academy 39 - Daitannah Smith led the Knights (6-7) with 17 points and Marika Thompson added 10.

Mystic Valley 47, Chelsea 30 - Junior Jordan Sullivan (16 points) and freshman Jessica Phinney (15) helped the Eagles (10-5) as they qualified for the state tournament.

Scituate 64, Cambridge 40 - Senior center Shannon Brady had 20 points and eight rebounds and junior guard Kelly Martin chipped in 14 points and six assists as the No. 13 Sailors improved to 13-0.

Boys’ hockey

Newburyport 6, Pentucket 2 - The Clippers (7-4-2) were powered by seniors Chris Holmes (three goals, one assist), captain Cam Roy (one goal, five assists), and freshman Ben Ventura (two goals, three assists).

Waltham 6, Brockton 2 - Senior Chris Maguire led the Hawks (3-8-1) with a goal and three assists.

Malden Catholic 5, Saugus 1 - Ryan Fitzgerald netted two goals and added two assists to spark the top-ranked Lancers.

Girls’ hockey

Fontbonne 5, Boston Latin 0 - Sophomore Shannon McIsaac scored twice and had an assist and senior Erin McLoughlin added a goal and two assists for the Ducks (8-5).

Walpole 3, Ursuline 0 - Senior captain Cori Donahue led the Rebels (10-1-2) with two goals and an assist.

Westford 3, Lincoln-Sudbury 0 - Junior forward Ali DiFonzo recorded a goal and an assist to power the No. 20 Grey Ghosts (11-2-1).

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