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Peabody Girls' Hoops Headed to Playoffs

Girls' basketball, swimming and indoor track at Peabody High make strides in the postseason.

Peabody Girls' Hoops Headed to Playoffs

Peabody High girls' hoops is back on track after a couple straight seasons out of the state tournament bracket.

The Tanners (16-4) are seeded 4th and host No. 13 Methuen (11-9) on Feb. 26 (7 p.m.).

The last time Peabody qualified for the Division I North playoffs was 2010 and the Tanners were cleanly knocked from the tournament in the semi-final by Central Catholic.

The Tanners didn't qualify in 2009, but again from 2006-2008 didn't make it far into the tournament.

Stay tuned for more postseason news on boys' and girls' indoor track, but suffice it to say the boys made a clean sweep in the regular season (7-0) while the girls finished at 5-2, leading up to Saturday's All-State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center.

The Tanners' swimming and diving team went 6-1-1 in the regular season and competed in the Division I championships on Feb. 18 with the girls placing 34th overall.

Christine Shea picked up the only points (5) for Peabody with 12th in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.03). She then placed 26th in the 200 IM (2:26.78), while Maria Strakosha took 22nd in the 100 butterfly (1:05.73) and 34th in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.09) and the 200 medley relay team did not qualify with its time.

On the boys' side, Alex Strakosha placed 23rd in the 200 IM (2:06.65) and 17th in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.63).

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Boys' basketball finished the regular season at 7-13, while boys' ice hockey went 7-12-2, girls' co-op hockey was 5-16, gymnastics 1-7 and wrestling finished at 3-12, all out of the running for the postseason.

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Bishop Fenwick girls' basketball (13-7) is also in the playoffs, playing at St. John's Prep Feb. 27 (7 p.m.) for a first round game with Stoneham (12-8). The Crusaders (No. 8) play in Division III of the North tournament.

Crusaders' swimmer Carson Christuk also made a strong showing at the Division II championships on Feb. 18, taking 4th in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.74) and 6th in the 200 IM (2:01.43) to earn all of the team's 28 points for 26th place overall. James Gauthier also finished 21st (1:06.42) in the 100 breast.

On the girls' side, Linsey Andrews finished 29th in the 100 backstroke (1:06.86) and 31st in the 100 freestyle (2:10.71), while Bridgette Townsend finished 24th in the 200 IM (2:30.44) and 34th in the 100 backstroke (1:08.97).

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Fenwick boys' hoops finished at 6-12, while boys' ice hockey went 4-16-2 and the girls' team went 0-16. Results were not immediately available for the gymnastics team, but stay tuned for results for Fenwick at Saturday's All-State Meet.

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