Roman Ton Earns All-Star Nod from CAL Boys' Tennis Coaches

North Reading High Senior Captain Recognized for Stellar Season

NORTH READING — Roman Ton was the lone member of the North Reading High boys' tennis team named to the Cape Ann League All-Star team this year. The senior captain, who played first singles, made the team for the first time in his career. He ended up going 13-4 overall and was 8-3 in the league.

"He was a rock for us," stated Hornets head coach Mark Bisognano. "It was nice knowing that you were going to have at least one point in the match thanks to him."

Making the All-Star team in a league as strong as the CAL is an impressive accomplishment.

"It is a big deal," Bisognano said. "To make the team is prestigious and I feel that Roman was the second best player in the league."

Ton will be attending Northeastern University this fall.

After defeating Cape Cod Academy, 4-1, in the first round of the MIAA Division 3 state tournament, the Hornets fell to Bedford, 5-0, in the Round of 16 on June 4 to end the year at 10-7.

In the CAL, the Hornets went 5-6 as they finished in third place in the CAL Kinney Division behind Lynnfield and Newburyport.

Three individual awards were given out by Bisognano at the school's awards night banquet. The MVP Award went to Ton. Junior Raffi Toby received the Unsung Hero Award. Toby played both third singles and first doubles this spring. The Coaches Award was given to senior Ricky Ho. Ho, a senior co-captain, played first doubles and third singles.

"The season went very well," said Bisognano, who just completed his 23rd-year at the helm. "We peaked and played our best tennis the final two weeks of the season."

Along with Ton and Ho, the team will also lose seniors Aiden Patel and Eric Xu. Patel, the team's third captain, was a starter who played mostly first doubles.

"Roman and Aiden were both four-year players," pointed out Bisognano. "Ricky joined us in 2022 while Eric joined the team last year. I am happy that all four of them found a sport that they can play for the rest of their lives."

Bisognano went on to say that Ton was a quiet leader who led by example while Patel and Ho were both vocal leaders.

Next spring, the Hornets are slated to return eight veterans with four of them being starters.

"We have some nice pieces with Raffi, Parker (Lee), Sameer (Murthy) and John (Pastore)," said Bisognano, about his returning starters.

Lee played at second singles this spring while Murthy and Pastore were the second doubles team.

Lynnfield High Recognizes Top Players and Contributors

LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield High girls' lacrosse team had its awards banquet on June 11 at Lynnfield Middle School. Christina Serra, who just completed her third year at the helm, gave out several awards that evening.

The Coaches Award went to senior midfielder-defenseman, Keely Briggs. Briggs, who just joined the team this season, was also the Lynnfield Scholar Athletic Award winner for the team with a grade-point average of 4.65. She will be attending Providence College this fall.

The Offensive Player of the Year Award went to Taylor Valiton. Valiton, a captain, made the Cape Ann League First-Team All-Stars for the second year in a row this spring. It was her third postseason award as she made the CAL Second-Team All-Stars as a freshman. The junior attacker-midfielder scored a team-high 97 goals to go with 11 assists for 108 points.

Taylor Valiton - Offensive MVP
TAYLOR VALITON – OFFENSIVE MVP

Clara Caulfield took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award. The junior defenseman also received the Caused Turnover Award.

Clara Caulfield - Defensive MVP
CLARA CAULFIELD – DEFENSIVE MVP

Hayden Valiton won the Rookie of the Year Award. The midfielder and attacker, was second on the team in scoring with 81 goals to go with 26 assists as she was named to the CAL Second-Team All-Stars.

The Unsung Heroine Award went to freshman midfielder Jordan Calichman while fellow ninth-grader, Maeve Wertz (defenseman) got the Ground Ball Leader Award.

Freshman attacker, Ava Damiani, received the Assists Leader Award.

After defeating North Reading 16-12 in the first round of the MIAA Division 4 State Tournament, the Pioneers lost to host Ipswich, 17-10, in the Round of 16 on June 5.

Lynnfield finished 5-8 in the Cape Ann League as they came in fourth place in the CAL Baker Division. Overall, they went 10-12.

"This year was exactly what I wanted it to be," said Serra. "We won the first playoff game in my three years here and continued to improve as the season went along."

The team will lose six seniors to graduation: Briggs, captain Casey Flynn (goalie), captain Maddie Mastrangelo (attacker), Sophia Fiorentino (defenseman), Quinn Lavey (defenseman) and Sophie Bergeron (attacker).

"It was great to see each player improve, especially Casey in goal," said Serra, about the senior class. "It was an all-around good group and I will miss them all."

Serra is expecting 12 players to return next year with the biggest question heading into 2025 being who is going to replace Flynn in net.

"I am very excited for next year," said Serra. "They are going to work together during the off-season."

At the banquet, they also selected their captains for next spring. Taylor Valiton will be a second-year captain while the other one will be Caulfield.

2nd Oldest Golf Tournament for the Cancer Charity

NORTH READING — The 39th annual Horseshoe Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament was a huge success, raising $40,000 for the cause. There was a full capacity field of golfers enjoying the good weather and superb conditions at the Hillview.

They say it takes a village to raise a child; well it takes a village to run a golf tournament. We would like to thank the owners of the Horseshoe Grille, Brad Atkinson, Ryan Cox and Noah Goldstein, for their support in keeping the wonderful event thriving. We would like to thank Kim Brown, Mat Miller and Cida DeOliviera and the Horseshoe staff for running a great event. Volunteers helping out throughout the day: Nikki Coviello, Carol Marenholz, Erin Anderson, Dirk Anderson, Jack Anderson, Caitlin Reilly, Neve Schirmer, Sarah Murray, Ellie Heintz, Emma Chase, Bridget Machold, Al Gansenberg, Jackie Arsenault, Jussy Reppucci, Lisa Bekkenhuis, Brian Lee, Kevin Lee, Brian Lee, Jackie Botzko, Ryan Cox, Kerry Grogan and Kathi Lee. Gary and the Hillview staff did a wonderful job setting up and assisting the group.

Ready for a good time on the links
READY FOR a good time on the links are (l-r): Al Gansenberg, Tyler Hammond, Brett Erickson, Ryan Cox (Horseshoe Grille owner), Pete Kersker and Bryce Erickson.

Winners Circle

Individual winners of the 39th event were: Straightest Drive: John Braga; Longest Drive: Dane Warden and Meghan Caron; Closest to the Pin: Kevin Gamst.

Lots to brag about!
LOTS TO BRAG about! Pete Pappasso, Chris and Chuck Hayter and John Braga had a memorable golf outing. Braga won the Straightest Drive contest and hit a hole in one on the 18th hole.

The winning team members, at an impressive 12 under and repeat champs from 2023, were Dane Warden, Kevin Gamst, Jack Storti and Michael Duff. In second place was the threesome of Pat Lee, Brian Lee and Brian Lee. Third place finishers, from the Cota Funeral Home, were Phil Cota, John Filosi, Brian Paglia and Lance Hayden.

Representing the Burbank YMCA
REPRESENTING the Burbank YMCA were (l-r): Jim Smyly, Eric Bergstrom, Burbank Executive Director John Feudo and Greg Ryan.

The Lee group was happy to finish second, but they were overheard saying: "We were even more excited finishing ahead of the Meaney group and Brennan group just so we didn't have to listen to them for a year!"

Hole-in-One!

For the sixth time in the tournament's history we had a hole-in-one! John Braga got his hole-in-one on the 18th hole. He won 150,000 American Airline Miles and a Scotty Cameron putter.

The team of Scott Thirkell, Steve Bonacorsi, Bill DeRoche and Kevin Kelleher
THE TEAM OF Scott Thirkell, Steve Bonacorsi, Bill DeRoche and Kevin Kelleher was among the full slate of golfers who made the 39th Annual Horseshoe Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament a success.

The Horseshoe Grille and the Lee Family have been associated with the Jimmy Fund for 69 years. Pat and Veronica Lee started with softball tournaments and road races, and 39 years ago Pat and Kathi Lee switched to golf tournaments. After selling the Horseshoe, Pat and Kathi continue to run the tournament with the unwavering support of the Horseshoe Grille ownership. Thirty-nine years makes the Horseshoe tournament the second oldest in the Jimmy Fund system. The Lees would like to thank the North Reading community and the Horseshoe business partners for their continued support.

Please review the attached sponsor list and support those who support our community and such a worthy cause as the Jimmy Fund.

Loyal supporters of the Horseshoe Jimmy Fund Tournament