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Fall Sports MVP- Jan Pena-Ortiz, Gloucester football: The senior running back tore up the Northeastern Conference, and Division 4 North, in one of the most prolific rushing seasons in program history.
Pena-Ortiz ran for over 100-yards in nine of 12 games for the Division 4 North champs, compiling 1,590 yards, the fourth highest single-season total in program history, and 14 total touchdowns. He was also one of Gloucester’s best defensive playmakers and hardest hitters at outside linebacker.
The senior put the Fishermen offense on his back in the postseason with 561 yards in three sectional wins, eclipsing 180-yards in each game. His 2,745 yards are second most in program history.
Hayden Beaton, Rockport golf: The Vikings had a big season on the links, reaching the state tournament, and Beaton was the team’s No. 1 performer.
The Cape Ann League All-Star was a model of consistency at Rockport Golf Club and on the road. Beaton was Rockport’s leading scorer in the Division 3 North Tournament, earning a spot in the Division 3 State Tournament as an individual.
Noah Benson, Gloucester football: Gloucester’s line was one of the team’s biggest strengths this fall, and Benson was one of its most consistent performers.
His combination of athleticism and strength made him the perfect quick tackle in Gloucester’s Wing-T offense as he was dominant against all comers. Defensively, the senior captain was a force at defensive end in two different defensive schemes, a 3-4 and a 4-3, which require two very different skill sets.
Chaime Bernal, Rockport soccer: Bernal was a crafty playmaker and one of Rockport’s best offensive players who had a knack for making those around him better.
A junior Spanish exchange student, Bernal’s lone season as a Viking was a memorable one as he helped Rockport reach the postseason and was one of the team’s top scorers. His efforts on the pitch earned him a spot on the Cape Ann League All-Star team.
Nolan Collins, Rockport soccer: One would be hard pressed to find a back in the Cape Ann League better than Rockport’s senior captain.
Collins was the leader of a stingy Viking’s defense and he had the speed, quickness and instincts to shut down the most dangerous strikers in the league. Collins was a first team All Cape Ann League selection for the second season in a row.
Elijah Elliot, Gloucester soccer: The Fishermen were an offensive force this season, and Elliot’s crafty play in the midfield was a big reason why.
Elliot’s 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) was most on the team and he was instant offense every time the ball was on his first. A first team All Northeastern Conference selection, Elliot’s field vision, passing ability and incredible shooting skills, which saw him score goals from many different angles, made him one of the best players in the NEC.
Robby Horne, Gloucester golf: The senior was as consistent as it gets at the No. 2 spot in the Fishermen lineup.
Horne was highly successful while competing against some of the best opposing player every match and was especially difficult to beat at Bass Rocks Golf Club. A Northeastern Conference All-Star, Horne combined with teammate Colby Mitchell to win the NEC Open, it was the second time Horne won the event.
Will Kenney, Manchester Essex cross country: The sophomore proved to be a standout performer in both the Cape Ann League and at the state level this fall.
Kenney was named the CAL Baker Runner of the Year after turning in a seventh place finish at the league meet. He followed that up with a 10th place finish at the Eastern Mass. Division 5 Meet, earning a spot in the All State Meet, where he placed in the top 20.
Ben Lantz, Manchester Essex soccer: Manchester Essex was one of the top scoring teams in the CAL Baker this season, and every possession went through Lantz.
The senior’s playmaking ability was second to none in the CAL Baker as he was voted the league’s player of the year by its coaches. He also had a finishing touch from anywhere on the field, making the Hornets incredibly difficult to defend.
Geoff Lattanzi, Gloucester football: The senior may have been undersized for a guard and defensive tackle, but his play was dominant at times.
Lattanzi is the quintessential Wing-T guard, using his quickness and toughness to block bigger foes and open up gaping holes for Gloucester’s running backs. Defensively, that quickness made him incredibly tough to block as he had the ability to shoot gaps and wreak havoc in opposing backfields. Late in the season, he moved to inside linebacker due to injuries, and he was just as effective.
Colby Mitchell, Gloucester golf: Mitchell wrapped up his high school golf career with a crowded resume of success.
The senior was Gloucester’s No. 1 player and led the team every step of the way this fall as the Fishermen qualified for the state tournament. The first team All Northeastern Conference selection won the NEC Open with partner Robby Horne. He also finished third at the Division 2 North State Tournament, earning a spot in the Division 2 State Tournament as an individual, where he turned in a top 10 finish.
Mason Paccone, Manchester Essex golf: Paccone was a consistent commodity for the Hornets who frequently contributed big scores in the Cape Ann League’s Stableford scoring system.
Manchester Essex could essentially bank on a 20-point effort from Paccone every time he stepped on the course, whether it was on the road or at Essex County Club. The CAL All-Star was the Hornet’s top scorer at the CAL Open and top scorer for the season.
Noah Rawson, Manchester Essex football: A force on both the offensive and defensive lines, Rawson made life miserable for opposing linemen this fall.
A four-year starter for the Hornets, the Rockport High School senior overpowered defensive linemen and had the athleticism to get to the second level and block linebackers. On defense, Rawson spent a lot of time in the opposing backfield thanks to his strength, technique and a quick first step off the ball.
Marc Smith, Gloucester football: Smith was one of Gloucester’s most versatile and complete football players this fall in helping the team to a sectional championship.
The senior captain was exactly what Gloucester needs out of a wingback in the Wing-T offense as he was a standout ball carrier, rushing for over 800 yards, a competent receiver, and an outstanding blocker, helping his teammates pick up big yards. On the defensive side of the field Smith made plays all over the field from his safety position as he was rock solid in coverage and one of the best tacklers on the team.
Anthony Suazo, Gloucester soccer: The junior striker was simply dynamic this season as he made something happen every time he was near the ball.
Suazo led Gloucester with 19 goals on the season and he did it in every way possible en route to the NEC South MVP award. Suazo could score from distance, he could use his speed to beat defenders one-on-one and he was also great in the box on corner kicks, finding open space to put quality shots on goal.
Atticus Takeyesu, Manchester Essex soccer: Takeyesu was a dangerous striker for Manchester Essex this fall, scoring goals in bunches from the wing.
The senior’s straight ahead speed was top notch, combine that with a nose for the goal and you have one of the best players in the CAL Baker Division. A first team All CAL selection, Takeyesu led the Hornets in goals and helped lead the team to a second straight CAL Baker championship.