For the Beverly athletic program, 2012-13 was one of the more successful school years in its history. The Panthers had several teams put together long playoff runs and brought home a Division 2A Super Bowl title in football, but it was their regular-season efforts that led to Beverly earning the Globe’s Division 2 Ames Award for best overall athletic record in its division.
The award was one of 10 the Globe handed out in the 41st year of its Scholastic Awards. The awards rank schools based on their win-loss percentage for regular-season play. Games results are compiled and updated daily on Boston.com/schools.
The Panthers finished last season with an overall record of 261-102-9, winning 71.37 percent of their games. Beverly athletic director James Coffey was ecstatic about winning the award.
“It validates all the hard work the coaching staff and kids put in,” said Coffey. “We tried to bring the program to the next level over the last five years.”
One of the big changes in the program recently is the amount of student-athletes participating in offseason workouts through the school’s strength and conditioning program run by assistant football coach Ben Goodhue. Coffey noted that the free program regularly has close to 200 students a day training, with many coaches volunteering their free time.
“Our athletes worked very hard last year and the dividends paid off. The guys and girls were all committed to [offseason workouts] and that’s a big part of this success,” said football coach Dan Bauer, whose team went undefeated in the regular season at 11-0 and finished with a 28-21 victory over Natick in the Division 2A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.
“I knew we had a good team going in and you want to win the conference and all, but we certainly rose to the occasion. The graduating senior class left a legacy and was a pleasure to be around. To take a step after [the season] and realize you’re one of the top teams in Beverly history is very humbling. It’s an honor to be among those great teams.”
A surprising season in girls’ soccer helped bolster Beverly’s 87-18-5 fall. Coach Kristin Simpson’s squad finished second in the Northeastern Conference Large with a 14-3 record and won the Division 1 North title.
“It was a great team with a great core,” said Simpson, a Beverly graduate. “They meshed so well and everyone had the same goals in mind. We played a lot of high-quality teams and lots of games people didn’t expect us to win but we came together as a team.”
The girls’ soccer and football teams gave Beverly a good start. Coach John Pynchon’s boys’ lacrosse team made sure to end the year on a high note, going 16-4 in the spring. The Panthers reached the Division 2 East semifinals.
“It was a great year,” said Pynchon.
“Obviously we wanted to win the state title, but any time you win 19 games [including the tournament] it’s a successful season . . . it was our best year since 2003.”
Beverly was not the only athletic program to have an award-winning year.
Dalton Division 1 — Masconomet won more games than any school in Eastern Massachusetts, finishing 266-100-11 with a win-loss percentage of 72.02. The Chieftains were anchored by their boys’ soccer (16-0-2) and field hockey (15-0-3) teams. Each reached the semifinals in their respective MIAA divisional tournaments.
Dalton Division 3 — Medfield won its seventh Scholastic Award with a 212-83-19 overall record on the year. The boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams (a combined 28-7-3) had impressive seasons.
Ames Division 4 — West Bridgewater earned its first Scholastic Award with a winning percentage of exactly 70. The baseball team had a regular-season mark of 19-1.
Nason Division 1 — Latin Academy proved best in the city, finishing with a win-loss percentage of 64.32 to edge New Mission. With 142 overall wins, the Dragons were the only Boston school to win more than 100 games.
Nason Division 2 — St. John’s Prep won its 17th straight award dating to 1997. The Eagles finished with the best win-loss percentage in EMass at 83.50. It started with a 9-1 football season and Super Bowl title and ended with a 19-1 baseball season.
Nason Division 3 — Bishop Feehan is back on top after finishing second to Cardinal Spellman the previous school year. The Shamrocks were the only team in the division with more than 200 wins and finished with a 76.44 win-loss percentage. Feehan had unbeaten seasons in cross-country, track, golf, and swimming.
Singelais Division — Notre Dame Academy of Tyngsboro took top honors for the first time since 1993, finishing with a win-loss percentage of 70.56. The Lancers were led by their volleyball team, which finished 20-0.
Markham Division 1 — Shawsheen won its seventh straight title, finishing with a 71.69 win-loss percentage. The Billerica vocational school got off to a fast start, going 70-16-2 in the fall.
Markham Division 2 — Norfolk Aggie turned a 25-11 fall into the Division 2 title, finishing the year with a 58.65 win-loss percentage. The girls’ soccer team led the way, finishing with a 16-0 record.