Super Saturday for Belmont Sports

Four teams and several individuals seeking championships today around the state.

It's a Super Saturday for Belmont High School teams and individuals as they kick, run and swim towards team and individual honors.

At Lynn's Manning Field at 10 a.m., the Girls' Soccer team – coming off their upset of top-ranked and undefeated Amesbury on Election Day – will take the field in the semi-finals of the MIAA Div. II North championships against Newburyport High School (15-2-2), the team that knocked out the Marauders of the playoffs last year.

Belmont (12-3-3), led from the back by standout goalkeeper Marie-Alice Manetas and defenders Olivia Lyons and Alexandra Cellucci, will seek to pressure Newburyport through the work of Julia Russo, Sophia Eisenbach-Smith and Charlotte Alexander up front.

In Wrentham, the Boys' and Girls' Cross Country team will be running in the Div III Eastern Massachusetts championships.

At the meet, freshman phenom Leah Brams will meet her stiffest challenge as the 9th grader – undefeated through the season and winner of the League meet last week – will take on runners from powerhouse teams.

A top finish for her will allow her to compete in the State Championships being held in the Berkshires next Saturday.

And close by in Cambridge, the Girls' Swimming team will be in MIT's pool in the North Division championships.

The best individual prospect for the Marauders is freshman Jessica Blake-West who comes into the meet with the second fastest time for the 100-yard butterfly having broken the one-minute barrier (59.68) last month.

Belmont can expect strong swims with 5th-ranked sophmore Maya Nagashima in the 100-yard backstroke and freshman Emily Quinn and junior Taylor Coutinho, ranked 6th and 7th, in the 100-yard breaststroke as well as the 5th ranked 200-yard Medley Relay.


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