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O’Bryant girls, East Boston boys take Boston City track titles

Katherine Keating, 12, of O'Bryant leads on her way to winning the Girl''s two-mile run during the Boston City outdoor track championships at White Stadium. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Business, )
Josh Reynolds for the Globe
Seventh grader Katherine Keating, 12, of O'Bryant swept the distance events — winning the mile and, here, the 2-mile — to help the O’Bryant girls capture the Boston City track title at White Stadium Tuesday.

Seconds after crossing the finish line of the girls’ 100-meter final at the Boston City League outdoor track championship on Wednesday at White Stadium, O’Bryant’s Meryl Bantefa quickly spun her head. When she realized she was the first to finish, she broke into a celebration.

As she made her way to the winner’s podium, Bantefa held three fingers in the air — representing each of Bantefa’s three victories on the day. She took first in the 100 meters (12.70 seconds), 200 meters (26.80 seconds), and 400 meters (1:01.60).

“My coach told me that I had to run the 200, the 100 and the 400,” Bantefa said. “I didn’t think I had enough time. They’re all sprinting events, and I was really stressing over it. All I had to do was listen to the people telling me, ‘Meryl, you’ve got this.’ ”


As a junior last year, Bantefa fought through injuries, and didn’t post times she would have liked. Her clean sweep in the sprint events as a senior was an ideal way to rebound.

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“I told myself, ‘It’s senior year, Meryl, you’ve got to go all out. It’s your last chance to do it, and you’ve just got to fight hard and work hard.’ And that’s what I did.”

Bantefa helped lead O’Bryant to a Boston City League title, but she had help. Katherine Keating and Destaunia Perry each picked up a pair of first-place victories for O’Bryant, which recorded 162 points. Latin Academy finished second with 88 points.

Perry won the high jump (4 feet, 4 inches) and the 400-meter hurdles (1:10.00). Keating swept the distance events, winning the mile (6:24.00) and 2 miles (12:56.10).

For Keating, a 12-year-old seventh-grader racing for O’Bryant’s high school team, her impressive victories set her up for for a promising future with the Tigers.


“It’s really great. I have five more years,” Keating said. “So I can prepare a lot. I’m happy.”

On the boys’ side, Latin Academy’s Kenneth Holman swept the mile and two-mile using the mind-set of get out front early, and hold onto the lead.

“That’s how I usually start,” Holman said. “I used to kick toward the end. Now I try and go out strong and try and maintain. So that was the goal from the beginning.”

He won the 2 mile in 10:59.20 and the mile in 4:50.60, running by himself the majority of the race in the 2-miler. However, in the mile, Holman had East Boston’s Micah Huntley in close pursuit from start to finish.

“I could hear him, I knew he was right there,” Holman said. “I honestly thought he was going to pass me. I just tried to hold out as best I could.”


Holman helped Latin Academu (81 points) finish runner-up to East Boston (124 points), which was propelled by Elvis Navarro’s first-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.70) and Huntley’s second in the mile (5:04.30).

Boys’ lacrosse

Rivers 12, Nobles 5 — Princeton-bound senior goalkeeper Ben Churchill of Wellesley stopped 12 of 17 shots to propel the visiting Red Wings (14-4, 12-3 ISL) to the program’s first victory at Nobles (15-4, 12-3 ISL).

Natick’s Peter Burnes (3 goals), Weston’s Matt Paul (2 goals, 2 assists), and Lexington’s Thomas Benjes (2 goals, 1 assist) paced the attack for Rivers (14-4, 12-3 ISL), which tied for third place in the Independent School League with Nobles and Roxbury Latin.

“We didn’t practice like we were out of [ISL] title contention,’’ said Churchill, who played through the season with a thumb injury. “All week, we said, ‘Who cares if we’re out of it, we’re going to go out and win this game and cement our legacy,’ and that’s exactly what we did.”

North Andover 8, Chelmsford 7 — Senior Steven Canale scored the tying goal with five seconds left in regulation and netted the winner in overtime to lift the Knights (13-5) to the MVC Small title.

Pingree 16, Dexter 7— Pingree (12-6) advanced to the New England Prep Small School final with the win.

Sacred Heart 8, South Shore Voc-Tech 4 — Led by three goals and two assists from freshman Tim Mathisen, the Saints (17-0) completed their first unbeaten season in Mayflower League play.

Scituate 13, Barnstable 6 — Junior Dave Murray recorded five goals and an assist for the Sailors.

Georgetown 15, Stoneham 3 — Jake Dolcimascolo (4 goals, 4 assists) and Tom Lacasse (4 goals, 2 assists) powered the Royals (5-11).

Beaver Country Day 16, Bancroft 8 — Jack Boyd (5 goals), Steve Roche (goal, 5 assists) and Jon Zujewski (2 goals, assist) were multi-point producers as the Bulldogs (4-8) lost at home.

St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 13, St. John’s Prep 12 — Senior Andrew Estella broke in alone and finished off a transition play with his only goal of the game as the top-ranked Pioneers (15-3) tipped the host Hawks (8-10) in overtime.

Drew Kozub (3 goals, assist), Jack Donahue (3 goals, assist), Brendan Rocco (2 goals, assist) and Dawson Ritchie (2 goals) were multi-point producers for St. John's.


Bishop Feehan 7, Attleboro 2 — The Shamrocks (11-7) plated all seven runs in the sixth inning, sparked by a two-run, bases-loaded double by junior Joe Castano. Senior Ryan McGahern tossed a three-hitter.

BC High 8, Silver Lake 4 — Junior righthander Mike Vasil (7-0) struck out 10 while yielding one earned run and junior catcher Dave Driscoll belted a two-run homer and two-run double for the fourth-ranked Eagles (11-7).

St. Sebastian’s 9, Phillips Andover 5 — Sophomore Tim Noone went five-plus innings to earn the win for the Arrows (17-4). Senior co-captain Tommy Seidl (1 for 3, home run), senior co-captain Tim DiFiore (2 for 3, RBI, run), and junior Brian Craven (2 for 4, triple, RBI, run) led the way offensively.

Whitman-Hanson 1, Stoughton 0— A triple from James Dolan followed by a sacrifice fly from Ethan Phelps scored the lone run of the game to lift the Panthers (15-4). Dolan and Stoughton starter Justin Hutchinson each allowed three hits.

East Bridgewater 6, Norwell 0 — Liam LeVangie fired a three-hitter and struck out nine for the Vikings (14-6), who clinched a share of the South Shore League Sullivan title.

Thayer 12, St. George’s 5 — Senior Pat Carbone fanned five in five innings of work and junior Jackson Mansi (2 for 3, 3 RBIs) paced the attack for the Tigers (14-7) at the plate with a run scored and three RBIs.

Hamilton-Wenham 4, Amesbury 3 — Junior Cam Vautour had a walkoff infield single for the Generals (12-6)

King School 9, Providence Country Day 1 — Bobby Cribbin pitched a four-hitter and was 3 for 3 with a solo homer and three RBIs to propel the visitors in the New England Prep semifinals.

Brighton 13, Tech Boston 12 — Nomar Mejia (5 for 5) scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for the Bengals (9-9).

Marshfield 4, Plymouth South 0 — Senior Josh Eastman struck out 14 and scattered eight hits for the Rams (9-9). Classmate Sam Crawford went 3 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.

Dighton-Rehoboth 5, Apponequet 0 — Senior Tom Roache tossed a two-hitter, striking out three and walking one as the Falcons (14-4) clinched the South Coast Conference title.

Framingham 7, Brookline 0— Senior Sam Phipps threw a two-hitter with four strikeouts for the Flyers (12-7).

O'Bryant 6, Boston International 3 — Senior Yeralson Baez tossed a six-hitter with six strikeouts and also went 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs to lead the Tigers (12-6).

Melrose 4, Wakefield 3 — Senior John Casparriello struck out seven and allowed six hits in six innings and Micheal Dreske earned the save for the Red Raiders (9-10).

Lawrence Academy 6, BB&N 3 — Junior catcher Jake Miller broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning and senior Zach May tossed three scoreless innings in relief for the Spartans (13-7).

Boys’ tennis

Marblehead 4, Beverly 1 — Senior quad captain Felix Litvak remained unbeaten in NEC play, winning 6-1, 6-3 at second singles for the Magicians (14-5 overall, 14-0 NEC).

BC High 5, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 0 — Tripon Jala d. Alex Zhou, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Mike Bridgeman d. Pranay Pherwani, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Aidan Dale d. Brahim Yatim, 6-2, 6-2. Adam Guard-Aleks Lezowski d. Akshay Gopinathan-Syon Khosla, 6-0, 6-2. Nick Bridgeman-Pete Golden d. Matt Oliveira-Max Yan, 6-1, 6-3. Records: BC 13-3, SJ 8-9.

Pentucket 4, Latin Academy 1 — Senior captains Max Jackson and Nick Piotrowski won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at first doubles to lead the Sachems (12-2).

Bishop Fenwick 3, Stoneham 2 — Senior tri-captain Greg Mattucci earned the tiebreaking 10-9 win at second singles in Game 1 of the Crusaders’ doubleheader.

Boys’ volleyball

Greater New Bedford 3, Greater Lowell 0 — Senior libero Nick Frenette set a single-game school record with 33 digs as the fourth-ranked Bears (17-3) captured the State Vocational title. Kobe Tremblay tallied 10 kills and 11 digs and Shawn Furtado added 15 kills and six digs.


Norton 1, Acton-Boxborough 0 — Senior Taylor Cibotti knocked in the lone run in the second inning and junior Kelly Nelson fired a 17-strikeout two-hitter for the seventh-ranked Lancers (20-1).

Millis 13, Dover-Sherborn 1 — Sophomore Abby Doyle tossed a complete game three-hitter, striking out seven for the Mohawks (10-8).

Sacred Heart 9, Rising Tide Charter 5 — Olivia DiBiase (single, double, homer) knocked in four runs and Jillian Blake (10 strikeouts) eclipsed 200 strikeouts for the season for the Saints (10-8).

Cathedral 6, Watertown 4 — Junior pitcher Reyonta Ryland notched 12 strikeouts while going 2 for 3 with a home run and five RBIs.

Methuen 5, Central Catholic 3 — Junior Lynette Urena (3 for 3) hit a two-run homer for the Rangers (12-6).

Dighton-Rehoboth 6, Apponequet 0 — Kylie Fletcher hit a three-run homer, Delia Ferreria belted a two-run blast, and Emily Reid tossed the complete game shutout for fourth-ranked D-R (18-1).

Bridgewater-Raynham 2, Marshfield 1 — Summer Sheerin laced a game-tying single in the bottom of the seventh and Lexi Silva followed with a walkoff sacrifice fly as the No. 17 Trojans (12-7) bested the No. 16 Rams (15-4).

Woburn 10, Arlington 2 — The 15th-ranked Tanners (16-2) claimed the Middlesex League Liberty championship for the second consecutive season.

East Bridgewater 13, Norwell 0 — Senior Jackie Gavin tossed a one-hitter and was 3 for 4 with three RBIs for the Vikings (13-6). Sophie Halverson went 4 for 5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs.

Latin Academy 4, Boston Latin 0 — Senior Olivia McGrath tossed a four-hitter, notching 11 strikeouts and scoring the winning run as the Dragons (18-2) set a program record for wins in a season. McGrath’s younger sister, Kate, struck out 10 for the Wolfpack.

Newton North 12, Needham 1 — Junior Izzy Antonelli finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs to lift the second-ranked Tigers (17-2) to the five-inning win.

Girls’ lacrosse

Waltham 22, Boston Latin 16 — Senior Taylor Pinzone scored a single-game school record 17 goals to bring her season total to 150, shattering her own school record of 141 set last season. The Northwestern commit has totaled 520 goals in her career.

Westwood 12, Cohasset 9 — Trailing, 9-8, with five minutes to play, the third-ranked Wolverines (14-4) charged back against the fourth-ranked Skippers behind a four-goal, two-assist performance from senior Haley Connaughton. 

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Ahead of the BPS Track and Field Citywide Championship, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, along with his brothers Gordie and Glenn, presented a check of $70,000 from the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation to the Boston Public Schools to provide funds for female sporting equipment.

“As Gronk Nation Youth Foundation we want to encourage girls to set ambition goals,” said Gronkowski. “There are many opportunities for girls in sports. Take them. Whether you are good, or great, the key is to participate. Get involved and stay in involved.”

The Foundation made the donation with collaboration from Riddell Athletics and John Hancock. Gronkowski took the time following the presentation to sign autographs and take photos with some of the student athletes.

Nate Weitzer reported from Dedham. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools. To report scores, call 617-929-2860/3235 or e-mail hsports@globe.com.