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Fall Sports 2013

Posted: November 19, 2013 in School, Sports

With Josh off at Syracuse, we only had one “kid” to follow around this fall.

Jake was up to the challenge and provided plenty of excitement! As a junior playing his second year of Varsity soccer at the High School, he won the job of starting striker. He and the team were great to watch as they improved from a low point of 2-4-0 to a regular season finish of 12-5-1 and managed to place themselves as the #3 seed heading into the sectional tournament. They made it as far as the semi finals before loosing to the eventual champions on a fluke goal in overtime.

An overall record of 13-6-1 was awesome and Jake was tied for most goals scored for the team and even picked up “Hornet of the Week” honors in the local newspaper!

Here’s a video that John made for the team that recaps their great season.  Jake is #3.

Can’t wait for next year!!!

SU Parents’ Weekend 2013

Posted: November 17, 2013 in Family, School

With our first born in his first college semester, there was no way we’d pass on Parents’ Weekend at Syracuse University!

We made the five hour drive out on Friday night and arrived in time to catch the SU men’s basketball team in an exhibition game against a lesser opponent that they thoroughly trounced.

Still, it was our first game in the Carrier Dome and we had a lot of fun. After the game, Josh showed us the way to Phoebe’s for a great dinner.

On Saturday, we got a tour of Slocum Hall, the home of Syracuse University School of Architecture. There was a great presentation about the school’s approach and Josh showed us his studio home and some of the cool work he’s been doing.

We spent the rest of the morning touring the campus, buying souvenirs, and having fun.

Then it was back to the Dome to watch Syracuse beat Wake Forest and the retirement of Donovan McNabb’s jersey!

After the game we headed into downtown Syracuse and had a fun meal at the Syracuse Suds Factory!

On Sunday morning, we picked up Josh and then met up with Shawn’s Uncle Cleon and Aunt Ellie, Cousins Betsy, John, and Sally, and spouse Tom. We had a great lunch at Coleman’s Irish Pub and only wish we could have stayed longer! It was great catching up with family!

Soon enough it was time to head back East.  We’re so proud of Josh!  He’s doing great and having fun. Way to go buddy!

Joshua’s Graduation

Posted: June 17, 2013 in Family, Home, School

Nursery through Kindergarten at Puddle Duck, First through Fifth at The Batch (including two years of busing to Stoneham Central), three years at the North Reading Middle School, and then four more at the High School all paid off when Josh graduated (with honors) on June 7. At ceremonies held in the gym due to rain, he was presented his diploma by School Committee Chairman (and friend, and coach) Mel Webster.

We are all very proud of Josh’s accomplishments and know that he’ll continue to work hard as he enters the Syracuse University School of Architecture this fall.

The following weekend, we had a little bash in our backyard to celebrate…

The weather was perfect and we had a fun crowd great friends young and old on hand! Even a couple of Josh’s cousins from out of state made it along with Gramsie and many of our neighbors. Mario’s brought too much food and we all enjoyed the early summer afternoon.

Josh did the honors cutting the HUGE cake while our neighbor Sarah eagerly awaited her piece. She and the others would devour all but a small corner by the end of the night.

Corn hole, soccer, pool games, badminton, wiffle ball, lacrosse…  All had their participants and their critics. Check out Max’s follow-through!

As dusk approached, we fired up the projector, lined up the chairs, and got the Stanley Cup up on the wall.

The Bruins obliged with an overtime win and we all cheered into the night.

It’s been a great ride Josh! Keep it up at SU!

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!