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    Latin Academy girls run away with fifth straight City track title

    05/17/16: Boston, MA: Nisa Holley of O'Bryant is pictured during the hurdles competition at the City Track Championship held at White Stadium. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:18citytrack
    Jim Davis/The Boston Globe
    O’Bryant’s Nisa Holley clears a hurdle at the City Track Championships on Tuesday afternoon at White Stadium. She won three events, the 100 meters, along with the 100- and 400-meter hurdles.

    For most track and field programs, winning the league championship would be considered a successful season. But at Latin Academy, the Dragons always have their eyes on the big picture: a dynasty.

    On Tuesday, the Latin Academy added another trophy to an already crowded case at the conclusion of the two-day Boston City League championships at White Stadium.

    The Dragons earned 50 points Monday, and finished with a winning total of 101. O’Bryant finished second (76 points) and New Mission was third (65).


    It is the fifth straight outdoor championship for Latin Academy.

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    “I’ve had a really amazing run with some girls who came on our team in seventh grade,” Latin Academy coach Brian Leussler said. “It is a dynasty, although I’m thinking next year may be the rebuilding stage.”

    The Dragons registered 11 top-three finishers, led by Britney Firmin, who won the 800 meters (2 minutes, 45.00 seconds) and the triple jump (32 feet). Catherine Van Even won the 2-mile (14:25.50), while Ashley Lewis finished second in the 400 (56.80).

    “We’ve been winning since the year I came in [2012], so it feels great,” said Lewis, who will be attending George Mason University in the fall on a full athletic scholarship.

    On the boys’ side, O’Bryant earned 64 points Monday and finished with a winning total of 103, snapping Latin Academy’s run of three straight titles.


    It was the first City championship for the Tigers since 2012, where they celebrated their third title in four years (2009, 2010).

    East Boston (99) and Latin Academy (58) rounded out the top three.

    “It’s nice to finally be back on top,” O’Bryant coach Jose Ortega said. “It’s good to see that our kids work very hard.”

    Ortega credits extra motivation to the loss in the Winter City championship, where the Tigers fell by 1.5 points to winning East Boston.

    “Our boys worked hard, they wanted it,” Ortega said. “They had a bad taste from indoors losing by 1 point. They didn’t want that so they worked harder.”


    The Tigers relied heavily on Ricky Preston and Oussama Amri. Preston won the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.20) and placed third in the 100 and 110 hurdles.

    Amri finished second in the 400, 800, and high jump.

    “I came in my freshman year and the team had won the championship the year before and I’ve been trying to win it ever since,” Amri said. “I’ve worked hard for the past four years just trying to get here, but I’m happy I can get it for my team and my coach. It’s the best feeling ever to finish at the top.”

    The boys’ MVP was Dorchester’s Lamont Haynes, who won the 400 and 800. The girls’ MVP was Natalia Phillips of New Mission, who won the shot put, javelin, and discus.

    05/17/16: Boston, MA: Alec Parnell of East Boston is pictured during the hurdles competition at the City Track Championship held at White Stadium. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) section:sports topic:18citytrack
    Jim Davis/Globe Staff
    Alec Parnell of East Boston was all in on clearing this hurdle at Tuesday’s City track championships at White Stadium.


    Wakefield 3, Melrose 0 — Corey Imbriano tossed a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts and only one walk as the Warriors (14-2) clinched the Middlesex Freedom for the second year in a row.

    Latin Academy 3, Brighton 0 — John Teehan registered 12 strikeouts in a complete game three-hitter for the Dragons (12-3).

    St. Mary’s 5, Matignon 0 — In his first varsity start, eighth grader John Mulready tossed a complete game shutout to boost the Spartans (12-4).

    Norwell 7, Abington 3 — Junior Cam Labadie tossed 6 innings, allowing only four hits while collecting three hits and scoring two runs to lead the Clippers (9-5).

    Newburyport 6, Triton 4 — Senior first basemen Scott Webster went 4 for 4 with three home runs, including a two-run walk-off blast to boost the Clippers (6-9).

    Norwood 1, Brookline 0 — Junior Michael James hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th for the 10th-ranked Mustangs (10-5).

    Westford 3, Wayland 2 — Senior center fielder Tom Egan scored on a balk to give the Grey Ghosts (10-9) the win.

    Weymouth 1, Framingham 0 — Junior Zack Bouhov tossed a three-hit shutout while only allowing three hits for the Wild Cats (4-12).


    Boston Latin 9, Lincoln-Sudbury 7 — Senior Sydney McMorrow went 3 for 3 with a grand slam, a home run, and had 6RBIs for the Wolfpack (10-5).

    Dighton-Rehoboth 1, Bishop Feehan 0 — Lauren Cappiello plated junior Kylie Fletcher in the first inning for the game’s lone run for the fifth-ranked Falcons (12-3).

    Cardinal Spellman 8, West Bridgewater 4 — Freshman second basemen Jordyn Needle went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs to lead the attack for the Cardinals. Senior shortstop Lydia DePina collected three hits and drove in two runs in the win.

    Essex Tech 6, Greater Lowell 0 — Senior Erin Creane went 3 for 3 with a home run for the Hawks (10-5).

    Bishop Stang 18, Coyle & Cassidy 0 — Freshman Ashley Soares went 4 for 5 with three runs scored and 3 RBIs for the Spartans (10-3). Senior Mackenzie Shurtleff was 3 for 5 with two runs scored and 3 RBIs, and senior Madison Machado went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and 2 RBIs.

    Bridgewater-Raynham 9, Marshfield 0 — Freshman Lexi Silva had three hits,including a three-run home run for the Trojans (13-1), and senior Cierra Sheerin had two singles and a two-run blast.

    Boys’ lacrosse

    Newton North 21, Braintree 8 — Brothers Hunter and Bryce Adam combined for 10 goals and three assists for the ninth-ranked Tigers (13-2).

    Waltham 17, Boston Latin 2 — Junior midfielder Johnathan Coates collected four goals and dished out six assists to pace the Hawks (8-7).

    Concord-Carlisle 12, Westford 4 — Senior attacker Thomas Salemy paced the fourth-ranked Patriots (14-1) with four goals.

    Archbishop Williams 9, Arlington Catholic 5 — Junior Jake Barry scored three goals for the Bishops (9-7).

    Melrose 19, Watertown 8 — Justin Auger and Joe Colozzo both scored their first varsity goals for the Red Raiders (11-5).

    Scituate 13, Whitman-Hanson 6 — Senior attack Chris Sharry netted three goals and two assists for the Sailors (7-9).

    Boys’ tennis

    Wellesley 3, BC High 2 — Sophomore Alex Novins won the clinching match 6-4, 6-3 for the Raiders (12-3).

    Girls’ lacrosse

    Cohasset 18, Fairhaven 4 — Elle Hanson delivered four goals, three assists, and four draw controls to lead the ninth-ranked Skippers (11-2).

    Braintree 8, Newton North 7 — Deirdre Burchill scored with no time on the clock for the Wamps (12-5).

    Wellesley 19, Dedham 8 — Freshman Maddy Balter netted four goals and one assist in the win for the No. 13 Raiders (11-4).

    Bishop Feehan 22, Bishop Stang 7 — Behind five goals from senior Isabella Silverman, the Shamrocks (15-1) clinched the Eastern Athletic Conference championship.

    Girls’ tennis

    Norwell 5, Abington 0 — Sophomore Courtney Flynn won her first singles match 6-0, 6-0 to set the tone for the Clippers (10-1).

    Girls’ track

    Hingham 98, Duxbury 38 — Senior Sarah Endyke set a school record in the long jump for the Harbormen (5-1), jumping 18 feet, 4 inches.