Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Varsity football player John Fortes won the John Norton Award, All League Award and Defensive Player of the Game award for the Thanksgiving Day game.
North Reading High School Senior John Fortes, an offensive and defensive lineman on the varsity football team, won three awards at the end of season banquet Sunday night, and was a strong leader on the football team for the last four years, according to Athletic Director Dave Johnson. Fortes started playing football when he was nine-years-old. His father encouraged him to sign up, and he fell in love with the game. He made the Varsity football team his freshman year of high school and was a captain this past season. He thought his season started off "a little slow, but I picked it up" and improved each week. "Every week I worked harder and it just showed and our team ended up doing better, too," he said. Johnson said when Fortes had an …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Lynnfield beat North Reading 14-7.
Lynnfield QB Mike Karavetsos rolled into the end zone untouched in the third quarter to break a 7-7 tie and held a tough North Reading running game in check.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Cheer on the Rockets and Hornets during their Thanksgiving football game.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Are you going to the Reading or North Reading Thanksgiving football game to cheer on the Rockets or Hornets? Here are five things you need to know about the Thanksgiving Day games: 1. Start time. The Reading Thanksgiving football game starts at 10:15 a.m. and the North Reading game starts at 10:30 a.m. The Hornets will be playing for the league championship. The Hornets have not been in this position since 1980, so the Touchdown Club is organizing a send off. Cheer on the Hornets before they leave North Reading High School at 8:15 a.m. 2. Locations. The Reading Rockets will play the Stoneham Spartans at Stoneham High School and the North Reading Hornets will play longtime rivals the Lynnfield Pioneers at Lynnfield…
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Hornets football coach wins Cape Ann League award.
After an exciting 7-3 season, North Reading football coach Jeff Wall was named Cape Ann League (CAL) Coach of the Year. After a rough 1-2 start, Wall guided the Hornets to a four-game win streak and to victories in six of their final seven games. During the win streak North Reading averaged 27 points a game while only giving up an average of 14. “It is an honor to be chosen as coach of the year,” Wall said. “It is rewarding when your peers recognize you for your efforts. However, I accept the award on behalf of my entire staff. We made a concerted effort this off-season to assemble a staff that would help our program take the next step forward. In recent years we have been competitive but have fallen short in terms of wins and losses. This…
Thursday, November 24, 2011
North Reading came back to beat Lynnfield on Thanksgiving Day.
The Lynnfield Pioneers started off strong with a 12-0 lead, but the North Reading Hornets came through with a win. Lynnfield QB Mike Karavetsos had to leave the game due to a concussion. Backup freshman Dan Sullivan took over in the second half. The final score was 37-18. Congratulations, Hornets! Check in with us later today for photos from the game.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
North Reading residents help Pingree football team finish a successful season.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The following was submitted by Kevin Lentini: North Reading residents Kyle Lentini and Kevin Moyette helped the Pingree football team finish a very successful season against strong New England Class C programs, including post grad schools New Hampton, Holderness, Tilton, Vermont Academy and Proctor, to qualify for the prestigious Dan Rorke Bowl, played at Loomis Chaffee’s Pratt Field in Windsor, Connecticut Saturday November 19. Lentini, a 6’5” tight end and Moyette a 6’1” linebacker saw significant playing time all season, especially when it counted in the bowl game versus Rye Country Day School from New York. Rye had unbelievable team speed and an outstanding offense, averaging more than 40 points per game and for most of the first half…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
North Reading and Lynnfield high schools compete in annual Thanksgiving game, 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 24.
Lynnfield and North Reading are longtime Thanksgiving rivals, but the week before the big game, the two towns' Rotary clubs get together for a good-natured luncheon. Special guests included the Lynnfield and North Reading coaches, as well as football and cheerleading captains from both towns. Coach Jeff Wall of North Reading and his Lynnfield counterpart, Neal Wideman, both spoke to the gathering, and spoke highly of each other as well. "Because Lynnfield and North Reading are similar, we kind of pull for each other until the Thanksgiving game, then we're kind of at each other," said Wideman. "If both teams play the way they are capable, I think we'll have a very good game this year." In his own remarks, Wall also cited the similarities …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Two long TD runs in the second half puts the game out of reach for North Reading.
North Reading coach Jeff Wall said his game plan coming into the game at Hamilton-Wenham on Saturday – a marquee match-up of top Cape Ann League Tier 4 teams – was to keep the Generals 1-2 punch of Trevor Lyons and Elliot Burr to the outside and then contain them with support. In his words “that didn’t work” as Lyons, the dynamic and lightning-quick quarterback, torched the Hornets defense for 262 yards on 22 carries and three of his four touchdowns on sweeps to the outside as the home team recorded a 28-12 victory. “We basically wanted to keep them outside … and stuff the middle,” said Wall, whose team fell to 5-3, 2-1 in the CAL. “That didn’t work as they got guys outside and took care of us (on blocks).” It very easily could have been a…
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The Hornets lost to Hamilton Wenham on Friday 28-12.
The high school Varsity football team played an away game at Hamilton Wenham on Saturday, and lost 28 to 12. The home team advantage paid off for the Generals. At half time, the Generals were in the lead 14-6. Even though the Hornets opened the third quarter with the ball, they weren't able to close the gap. Check in with us tomorrow for more game details and photos.
Monday, October 31, 2011
North Reading defeats Manchester Essex 14-0 at homecoming.
North Reading High School defeated Manchester-Essex 14-0 at this years homecoming game Friday night. Senior players and cheerleaders were recognized with their parents on the field. The game was dedicated to Maria Vella, senior player Jason Vella's mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 2008. All of the players wore pink socks and stylists from the Carl Michael Salon attended the game to apply pink hair extensions to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.