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John’s 35th

Posted: June 10, 2013 in Reunion, School

John attended his 35th High School reunion this spring out at Williston-Northampton. As they did at their 30th, the Class of ’78 had a small but enthusiastic crowd.

A beautiful spring Saturday afternoon was filled with remembrances, re-uniting with teachers and friends from nearby classes, cupcakes, and champagne, and many shared stories of teenage experience.

Evening brought cocktails and dinner under the tent. Old friendships were re-kindled – some feeling even closer than they did back in 1978.

There was even a little dancing as the Del ViCounts rocked the quad!

As the party waned and we gathered in an (electronic) candle-lit circle for the last time, we shared more stories and became closer still.  And we hatched a plan!  40 for 40 – forty classmates recruited to attend our 40th reunion in 2018. Won’t that be awesome!

Junior Prom 2013

Posted: April 27, 2013 in Prom, School

Josh’s girlfriend, Delaney, is a Junior this year so they were very excited to attend her prom together!

Delaney was stunning in her iridescent dress and freshly coiffed hair.

We went to Delaney’s house for the flower exchange and a few photos in the front yard. Josh was patient as the usual struggles with the boutineer ensued. The spring blooms and Delaney’s dress made for awesome pictures!

You’ll have to admit, Josh was looking pretty studly himself. (He gets it from his dad!)

Then it was off to a friend’s house for more pictures as the group assembled.

They had a lot of fun posing with friends and parents.

They say what happens at the prom, stays at the prom. So we weren’t privy to many of the details there. We do know that Delaney was selected to the Prom Court and that there were some romantic snaps from the photo booth. There may even have been some dancing and an overnight after-party as well!

Winter Sports 2012-13

Posted: February 22, 2013 in School, Sports

Even though the temperatures dropped, soccer continued to be played into the winter, as usual. The outdoor season finished up with the MPS Showcase Tournament over Thanksgiving weekend. Josh had played for MPS last year but this would be Jake’s debut with MPS after coming over from Benfica.

Jake started things off right with a goal and an assist in his first MPS game helping them toward a 3-0 win. Unfortunately, they’d end up 1-2 for the weekend, with a proper trouncing in their final game.

Josh and his team went 1-1-1 for a respectable finish. Josh made some great saves!

Jake played indoor league for the first session at Danvers. The guys just have a lot of fun there, thanks much to their coaches who keep it light.

The indoor track season got underway with Jake running the 300m dash, a relay or two, and even giving a try at the long jump. Performances vary with the venue as indoor tracks range from something less than 100 to 200m and surfaces range from slick to spike-able. On the team’s first visit of the year to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, known as one of the fastest indoor tracks, Jake won his heat to set a new personal best in the 300!

Meanwhile, the Lynnfield-North Reading cooperative wrestling team was off to an 8-0 start with Josh too going 8-0 in his individual matches. Along the way he also scored a third place at the Pentucket Holiday Tournament.

By the time they got to Masco, the largest school in their league and a perennial wrestling powerhouse, the grapplers were 11-0 and riding high. The match was back and forth with neither team establishing a clear advantage. When Josh’s opponent made a desperate lunge for a takedown in the last minute, Josh stopped him with his nose. Though he bled all over the place, he managed to finish the match and win it, contributing to the team’s 38-33 win, their closest match of the season.

Jake returned to the Reggie Lewis Center for the annual MSTCA Freshman-Sophomore meet and ran even faster, setting another new PR.

Josh wrestled for the next month or so wearing a mask to protect his broken nose. While it spared him pain and intimidated opponents, it was also hot and limited his vision, but he pushed on, making great contributions to his team’s success. They’d finish their dual meet schedule with a first ever undefeated record of 25 – 0!! Josh himself would finish at 19-5 for the dual meet season and earn a nod as Hornet of the Week (his second of the year!) along the way. Dang respectable.

Jake returned to the Reggie once again for the CAL Championship, and, though he ran yet another PR and continued to improve his form and speed, he missed the qualifying mark for the State Tournament by just 3/10 of a second. He’s got two more years of high school track eligibility – our money is on him to make it!

The Pioneer-Hornet wrestling team went on to be crowned the Division III North Sectional Champions placing 13 of 14 wrestlers in the top six at the sectional tournament including Josh, who took fourth in his division.

Josh finished his season with his appearance at the statewide Division III tournament. Things didn’t go as well here as they might have for either Josh or the team. Josh was beaten by the #1 seed from Pembroke in his first match, and then lost a close consolation match in overtime to be eliminated. Though three of the Pioneer-Hornets would go on to wrestle at the cross-divisional All-States, this was it for Josh.

Josh wistfully surveyed the mats after his final loss, knowing this was likely the last competition of his high school sports career. We’re dang proud of his successes in multiple sports and the focused and sportsmanlike approach he brought to his efforts. Way to go Josh!

Fall Sports 2012

Posted: November 14, 2012 in School, Sports

It was an exciting fall season full of soccer! Neither kid can double-roster anymore so the High School teams are their only fall focus. Both Josh and Jake eagerly anticipated the soccer season and jumped right into double sessions the week before school started. Twice-a-day practices and a few scrimmages got them ready for what would be a heck of a Cape Ann League season!

Jake had a great preseason and was one of a handful of sophomores, most of whom have played together for years on the “Black Hornets” youth league team, to be placed on the Varsity roster. That meant that, for the first time in years, he and Josh would be playing together on the same team for Josh’s senior year. John and Shawn were thrilled to have only one set of games to go to – but mostly to see Intorcios at both ends of the field. Better still, because of a Triple-E scare in northeastern Massachusetts, several of the team’s “away” games were played at home reducing travel.

Things got off to a snappy start when Jake found an early gap and scored the Hornets’ first goal of the season in their 3-1 opening win against Bishop Fenwick (Slideshow). We were ALL pretty thrilled for him – not a bad debut!

The hornets would be competitive but drop their next two home games to Newburyport 1-2 (Slideshow) and Pentucket 0-1 (Slideshow) before taking on the league powerhouse, Masconomet (Slideshow), under North Reading’s Kenney Field lights. The two highly physical teams battled for a full eighty minutes of scoreless soccer under the setting sun. It was the first time in six years that North Reading had not lost to the Chieftains. Josh had fourteen saves to help keep the Hornets in it.

After the Masco game, Josh was named “Hornet of the Week” by the local newspaper!

The green team would travel to Hamilton-Wenham for a 2-2 tie (John was in Alabama so no pictures from this one), and then lost a home heart breaker to Triton 2-3 (Slideshow).

The Hornets stung Manchester-Essex 3-1 (Slideshow) on the away turf before, despite dominating the second half and putting 14 shots on the home-field goal, loosing 2-1 to a well-matched Rockport (Slideshow).

North Reading shut out Amesbury 3-0 (Slideshow) in the North Reading fog, and then hosted Georgetown (Slideshow) for a scoreless tie.

For the first time in recent years, the swarm defeated neighboring rival Lynnfield 1-0 (Slideshow) away and then came back from a three goal halftime deficit to play Ipswich (Slideshow) to a 3-3 tie at home.

Second rounds against Newburyport (Slideshow), a hard-fought back and forth battle on the home field, and at Pentucket (Slideshow), a scoreless tie until three minutes remained and the defense flinched, both resulted in frustrating 0-1 losses.

Senior Day was celebrated with a 1-0 win in the rematch with Hamilton-Wenham (Slideshow). Ceremonies were held on the North Reading turf during which each of the eleven seniors was honored and their parents thanked for their support.

Following the Hamilton-Wenham game, Josh got a very flattering write-up in the local newspaper.

The Hornets traveled to Triton (Slideshow) for a late night game and a 3-1 win that clenched their entry into the MIAA Division 3 North tournament.

In their final regular season match, the NRHS team beat their buddies at Austin Prep 3-1 (Slideshow) on Cancer Awareness Day with the Cougars in pink. The Austin Prep team included a number of players from North Reading and several former youth league teammates.

Perhaps in celebration of the Hornet’s victory, at the end of this game, there was a pretty awesome show in the Reading sky with a very distinct parhelic circle and arcs

The regular season ended with a Masconomet re-match that took place in the wind and rain preceding hurricane Sandy. Appropriately, it was the Hornet’s only blow out as they lost 0-4 in the tsunami conditions. (The camera stayed dry in the car for this one.)

As the MIAA tournament approached, most of the team donned Mohawk haircuts as a sign of solidarity. We flashed back to some of Joshua’s early days in goal.

In the preliminary tournament round, the Hornets had home field advantage. On a damp Friday afternoon to the thrill of the home town crowd, they crushed the Mystic Valley Charter School Eagles 6-1 (Slideshow).

The next tournament round was the following Sunday night: a rematch at Rockport (Slideshow) with a huge crowd looking on. The offense threatened early, the defensive back line held strong, and Josh made several early saves that kept the Hornets even through halftime and then again through the first half of the second period. The Gloucester Times said “Were it not for the impressive play of Intorcio, the Vikings may have run away with last night’s game, out-shooting North Reading, 18-12.” Despite some great play and intense effort by the whole team, the game ended 0-1 in favor of the other guys and the season was suddenly done.

Overall, the 2012 North Reading Hornets finished at 9-7-4. Of the seven losses, six were by a one goal margin. Josh and the defense averaged a petty 1.2 goals against. Jake logged two goals and three assists in his varsity debut season, setting the stage for what we hope will be an exciting couple of years to come.

At the fall sports awards night (Slideshow), Jake picked up his varsity letter and Josh was called to the podium three times: he was honored with his varsity letter; presented with a plaque commemorating his selection to the Cape Ann “All-League” team (the top 16 players in the league); and, accompanied by a very flattering speech from his coach, awarded the “Unsung Hero” title for the year.

The final official event of the season was the annual Soccer Banquet held the following night at The Hillview Country Club (Slideshow). As usual, the Coach gave a review of the season and had great things to say about each of the teams and, in particular, the Seniors. Coach credited Josh with “saving the team’s bacon” several times.

It was a great year all around!  All of us had a blast in our own ways!

Grand College Tour 2012

Posted: August 28, 2012 in Family, School, Vacation

The boys did some great things this summer. Jake attended soccer camps both with John Smith Camps at Merrimack College and with Soccer Plus at Northfield-Mt. Hermon School. Josh participated in a six-week architecture program for high school Juniors at the Syracuse University Summer College and then spent a week as a volunteer at North Woods Camp.

But… What really capped off the summer was the “Grand College Tour of 2012” – 11 states, 10 colleges, 2500+ miles, and one Waffle House. Along the way, we threw in some fun too!

It all started in New York City. We left on Saturday morning, found our hotel, kicked around the city a bit, and then took the train to Yankee Stadium. We’d all been to the OLD stadium during its last season so it was fun to check out the NEW one. We were even treated to a flyover by the USAF Thunderbirds.

Since the Red Sox won, we think this may have been a plot to confuse Boston fans…

We also had a chance to check out the 9/11 memorial! We’d seen it from the outside before but this time we planned ahead and got passes to go inside.

The “college” part of GCT2012 got underway with a “drive by” at Cooper Union. No campus here, just a cool building or two. This is a pretty elite school and would be a stretch for Josh, but it was fun to check it out.

We got back to earth with a tour of the campus at Pratt Institute. A true campus within the city of New York was pretty cool. We enjoyed all of the art around the campus.

Next we were off to Philadelphia. We stayed in a great hotel right next to Independence Hall so we got to play tourists a bit on our arrival and later quenched our thirsts at Rotten Ralph’s.

In the evening, we celebrated Shawn’s birthday with a meal at Buddakan. Awesome asian food here in an upscale setting!

Next we visited Drexel University and had a nice chat with one of the Professors there about their unique program. Josh liked the urban setting and the proximity to the city.

Then we were off to Penn State. We toured the campus and had dinner at the Corner Room in the great town of State College followed by ice cream at the Berkey Creamery. We talked with the Architecture department and toured the studios. Josh was more impressed here than he expected!

The University of Virginia was next.  We strolled Charlottesville’s pedestrian areas, checked out the South Street Brewery, and enjoyed a nice dinner at the Blue Light Grill while being serenaded by the Mennonites.

We took the standard UVa campus tour and enjoyed the history and tradition. After that, we tried to sneak into the architecture building and happened upon the Dean of Architecture who set us up with a great tour of the facilities and information on the school. Josh was less impressed than he thought he’d be here.

Virginia Tech was added on the fly based on some feedback from other schools. We checked in at the visitor’s center and then took a self-guided tour of the camps and wandered our way through the architecture building.  Josh liked the campus a lot.

Next we arrived in Charlotte which was a much cooler city than we anticipated. We toured the downtown area and the “Music Factory” (including some great beers at VBGB) and were really pretty impressed. We even found a pizza parlor where we celebrated Jake’s 16th birthday with a ride on Muffin!! Later, we discovered TACOMAC and its great beer selection!

We found the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to be pretty impressive with it’s expansive recent construction. Clearly a growing school!  It’s large commuter population was a bit of a turn off though.

We checked in at North Carolina State next and found our way around the big campus. Some neat stuff going on in the architecture department here!

The Southern terminus of our trip was Clemson University in South Carolina. A great campus and a beautiful new architecture building but both mom and dad were happy to hear Josh say this seemed too far from home. We dined at the Pot Belly Deli before starting our drive back north.

We stopped for dinner in historic Fredericksburg and happened upon the Capital Ale House for a nice dinner before wearily pulling into Baltimore.

The next morning, it was back South a bit to the The University of Maryland. John and Josh managed to sneak into the locked and deserted architecture building for a bit of a tour and watched the traffic snarl as the freshmen moved into the dorms. Another campus that Josh seemed to really like.

We spent the rest of the day exploring the city of Baltimore. A nice lunch at Tír na nÓg, overlooking the harbor, was followed by a nap for the boys and a couple beers for mom and dad before heading to see Cirque du Soleil perform. Josh stopped for an iced mocha after that and that was followed by a traditional crab dinner at Captain James Crabhouse – a fun experience but we all agreed that lobsters are superior!!

Finally, on our way home the next morning, we made the ultimate stop… The Waffle House. We found the omelets quite fluffy and the waffles much to our liking!

That was our trip! We learned a lot along the way – about being a family in a car together for nine days, about college towns, about campuses, and about what Josh might and might not like about these schools.  And all the way, Jake was a good sport and maybe got some ideas of his own. For now, we’re happy to be staying home for Labor Day weekend.

2012 Prom Two

Posted: June 7, 2012 in Prom, School

As if one prom wasn’t enough, Josh attended the North Reading High School Senior Prom with his pal Becca. They gathered with several other couples at a friend’s house for pictures and preparations before jumping into the limo bus with a few close buddies…

They headed off to the Black Swan Country Club for an evening of dining and dancing. What happens at the prom stays at the prom but reports are that all had a good time before returning to town for the closely-chaperoned overnight post-party at another friend’s house.

Though the seniors took the day off, Josh, being a Junior, had to get up and make to to school the next morning. We’re pretty sure he thinks it was all worth it!

Joshua Honored

Posted: May 17, 2012 in School

On May 17, 2012, Joshua was inducted into the National Honor Society at his high school.

Josh wouldn’t totally let on, but we know he was pretty excited to be included.

Grams and Grampa were present along with the remainder of the immediate family.

We’re all very proud of Josh’s achievement!

Junior Prom 2012

Posted: April 28, 2012 in Prom, School

The story was not immediately forthcoming. It wasn’t till chatting with another parent that we heard about how Josh invited his date, Madison, to the Junior Prom. There was at least one balloon and some chocolate involved and clearly, it worked.

Josh and a buddy got dressed at our place and, looking quite sharp making Mom quite proud. They made the trip to a local country club where they’d meet up with friends and dates.

Maddie showed up shortly thereafter looking stunning in her flowery dress that waved in the cold breeze. Corsages were exchanged and Dad stepped in for just a moment to make things secure.

The girls in the colorful dresses radiated in the late afternoon sun!

The boys, as always, were just a bunch of knuckleheads.

But you put them together and… They look pretty darn good!

We took countless pictures to create an album that would rival your typical wedding before sending the happy couple off to the Hillview for the Grand March and the Prom itself. What happens at the Prom, stays at the Prom but… We heard they all had a good time.

Ragazzi Italiani

Posted: April 24, 2012 in Italy, School, Travel

Much like the trip that Josh made to Spain a couple of years back, our high school this year organized a trip to to Italy! This time, both Joshua and Jacob joined the crowd!

After an early morning luggage inspection, they piled on a bus into the city. They flew out of Boston via New York arriving in Milan the next morning for a brief tour.

After a bit of a stroll in the city, they’d board a luxury coach (bus) for travel to Venice where they’d complete their long first day.

The next day in Venice, they’d take a guided tour of the city including the Dodge’s Palace and the famous canals. They’d see a demonstration of the making of Murano Glass and Jake would crush St Mark’s Campanile.

The following day they’d move on to Florence where they’d see the Chiesa di Santa Croce and Ponte Vechio.

On the next day, they’d visit the mountain village of San Gimignano in the hills outside Florence.

It also happened to be Josh’s birthday!! We were thrilled to see that it was suitably celebrated and documented in the picture below we found on the principle’s blog.

The next day was on to Assisi and the Basilica of St. Francis under azure skies.

And then into Rome itself for The Vatican and St. Peter’s,  and then the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Here’s Josh and his pal Cristina at the top of the Spanish Steps.

The group would later enjoy a nighttime tour of Rome under the lights!

When they headed home at the end of their trip, they were tired but enriched by a great trip!

Winter Sports 2011-12

Posted: March 13, 2012 in School, Sports

The winter sports season kicked off with some extended fall sports!! After playing the last few years with Benfica as a defensive back and unused backup goalkeeper, Josh got the roll he wanted with a new club, Mass Premier Soccer. He made his debut as starting keeper with the MPS Knights at a Thanksgiving weekend showcase tournament. His team went three games without allowing a single goal! Nice start!

Jake made a debut of his own as he went out for the indoor track team at the high school. He made his first 300m appearance in December at North Andover. He was a bit nervous, having never competed in a track meet before, but quickly found his stride and performed like an old pro!

The wrestling season kicked off with Josh leaning out to move down a weight this year and compete at the 145lb class. He was pretty dominant (9-1) in most of the JV matches he wrestled and competitive (3-2) in the Varsity slots that he got.

Next to start was Jake’s indoor soccer season with the Black Hornets. They played at a new facility in Danvers this year on Saturday nights.The competition was a bit variable – a mix of pickup teams that were really no match for the Hornets and some club teams that were very competitive. It made for some good action and a lot of fun!

Gaining confidence in his abilities, Jake gave the 40yd dash a try at a JV meet – running quick enough to win his heat! A quick rest and he’d take off to win his 300m heat as well!

Josh scored his first Varsity points wrestling up at 152 against Malden Catholic. His first period pin even scored him a picture in the local newspaper!

Jake competed in the MSTCA statewide Freshman/Sophomore meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. He had a pretty good day – first running a personal best in the 300m and then helping power the 4x400m relay team to a fifth place medal!

Josh and some pals from his club team joined up to form an indoor team competing at Soccer Etc. in Beverly. Seventeen year-olds playing on a hockey rink-sized field makes for a pretty fast game!

There were many more games and meets – mostly quite successful!!

Though Josh didn’t get to compete, his wrestling team made it to the State Dual Meet championship. After a bye in the first round, they drew the number one seed and eventual champion in their second round match and failed to advance further. But there was some fun and exciting action and it was a great year for the team!!

Finally, the winter season finished up in early March with the winter sports awards! Jake received a JV certificate for his efforts on the track team and Josh a varsity letter for wrestling!

We officially laid the season to rest with the March 13th wrestling banquet where Josh was recognized with an Ironman award for attendance, more apologies for his name being skipped at the sports night, and a little ribbing from his coach for finishing third place in the “Piggy Award” post-season weight gain contest!

Indoor soccer continues for several more weeks, but we’ve already had the first outdoor soccer games!!  Bring on the spring!!