Holding Court in Lynnfield

-By Cary Shuman

Pam MacDonald was hoping to be on hand when Revere basketball star Morgan Jenkins scored the 1,000th point of her career this season but the former Revere High girls varsity basketball coach had a game of her own that night.

“I would have loved to have seen Morgan get her 1,000th point,” said MacDonald. “I was very disappointed not to be able to be there but we had a game that night.”

“We” is the Lynnfield High girls varsity basketball team. MacDonald just completed a successful first season as the head coach of the Lynnfield Pioneers who qualified for the State Tournament with a 10-10 record. MacDonald left the Revere program in 2009 after six years of building a program and leading the Patriots to the brink of their amazing run to 37 victories the past two seasons and a Northeastern Conference championship this winter.


MacDonald’s program at Lynnfield has a distinct Revere flavor beyond the similar shade of blue in the LHS uniforms. Three of MacDonald’s assistant coaches at Revere High, Richard DeMarco his brother, Jon DeMarco, and Natalie Lyons are on the staff in Lynnfield. Two of the Lynnfield players, senior captain and starting center Morgan Festa and freshman Rachel Goodwin, come from well-known Revere families.

The former Revere coaches made an immediate impact and ignited the Pioneers’ resurgence.

“It was an awesome season – we made the tournament and they’re great coaches,” said Brittany Hunt, one of the Lynnfield captains. “We had brand new coaches but it was a good, positive transition. We loved playing basketball for them.”

Richard DeMarco, a former RHS basketball captain and graduate of Boston College, worked directly with MacDonald as an assistant coach with the varsity and junior varsity.

“We really came on toward the end of the season,” said DeMarco, who works as an engineer for a biotech firm. “It was a situation when you come to a new team, you look over the players and see what you have. Pam and Jon have always preached the developing of talent and coaching of players and that was really the goal and it worked out really well. Our upperclassmen improved and it showed at the end of the season. And our JV team had a 18-2 record.”

DeMarco said he was appreciative of the opportunity given to him by MacDonald to join the Lynnfield staff.

“It’s an honor to coach with these guys because they’re really talented coaches and they do a great job developing talent and they know the fundamentals very well and it showed,” said DeMarco. “The future looks very bright now.”

Jon DeMarco, a former RHS three-sport captain and Merrimack College football player, coached for two seasons with MacDonald at Revere High. He was the coach of the Lynnfield JV team this winter.

“When Pam was named the new Lynnfield coach, she asked me to coach in the program and I was excited to come back and coach with her,” said DeMarco. “More than anything else, Pam is a great person and she’s really great with the girls and she builds a real sense of teamwork.”

DeMarco said that MacDonald chaperoned the Lynnfield players at a Boston College women’s basketball game, coordinated pasta parties and held other team bonding events.

“I think team events like that help to build a program,” said DeMarco, who is a history teacher at Revere High School and an assistant football coach. “I really love being up in Lynnfield. I think some of the toughness we brought to the team comes from our roots in Revere. It’s a credit to the Lynnfield girls how hard they played this season. I enjoyed working with Pam and my brother, Rich, in the program. The future is very bright.”

Lyons enjoyed her freshman coaching position in Lynnfield. “I loved working with Pam and the DeMarcos – they really know the game and it’s a team mentality,” said Lyons. “What made this year so successful was the coaching staff and the players’ determination and hard work.”

For MacDonald, who teaches two days a week at Revere High School, it’s been a rewarding return to the varsity bench in Lynnfield. She reflected on her six years as the head coach in the Revere program.

“It was tough to leave Revere in the sense that you never like to leave something unfinished and I felt that I wasn’t done there and I hadn’t accomplished everything I wanted to,” said MacDonald, who conducted a well-attended basketball camp each summer at the high school for elementary and middle-school players. “But I really feel like things happen for a reason.

“I’m closer to home [MacDonald and her husband and their four children live in Lynnfield]. My life is great and I’m happy coaching here in Lynnfield and teaching two days in Revere. I think things worked out well for me.”

She said the Revere players are special to her. “Morgan is the best kid in the world. I love all those kids. Marisa [Parent] is a great kid. Ashley DiFraia is one of the best kids I ever coached – the same thing with Kat Prince. They turned out great. They had two great seasons under Diana [DeCristoforo] and you can’t take that away from her.”

MacDonald said the Lynnfield job has been a good fit for her. The Pioneers showed their poise and growth as a team by qualifying for the State Tournament with a win over North Reading in the final game of the season. The players adapted well to her coaching style and emphasis on fundamentals and teamwork.

“I think we maximized our performance and capabilities this season,” said MacDonald. “The future looks good. One of our captains, Kelsey LeBlanc, is coming back. We have some talented sophomores and a great group of freshmen.”

MacDonald feels she brought a new level of intensity to the program and she credits her coaching staff for its contributions to the turnaround that saw the varsity more than double its previous year’s win total.

We’ve brought an intensity to the program that wasn’t here before,” said MacDonald. “I have a great coaching staff and obviously I brought them all with me from Revere because I think they’re great. The DeMarco brothers are superb coaches and Natalie Lyons is bar none when it comes to discipline which is really what you need in a freshman coach.”

MacDonald was asked whether she would consider a return to the Revere High girls basketball program. The head coaching job is vacant following the resignation of Diana DeCristoforo.

“That ship has sailed for me and I couldn’t be happier where I am,” said MacDonald. “I’m excited to be in Lynnfield and that’s where I’m staying.”

42 comments for “Holding Court in Lynnfield

  1. Md
    March 31, 2011 at 2:38 am

    This is pathetic.

  2. M Guthrie
    March 31, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Why would you say that? I thought it was a very nice, feel good story. They are Revere people doing well. Do you not like to see people doing well? I’m just trying to understand your comment.

  3. Dunks
    March 31, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I agree – what a nice story that has a lot of Revere ties in it. It’s too often in the papers about what bad things Revere people are doing. It’s nice for once to see a positive story about Revere. I’m not sure why people feel the need to always say something negative.

  4. Rhsgrlsalumni88
    March 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    This is not Lynnfield, This is Revere, does the Lynnfield paper write about Revere. The staff should get the facts about what Coach MacDonalds record was at Revere High before she got let go. Coach Macdonald’s record was 12 wins and 94 losses and this article says she had a lot to do with Coach DeChristoforo’s program. Get a Clue!! This is Pathetic is 100% right!!!!!!!!

  5. RHS Bball Fan
    April 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I didn’t read it that way at all. Sounded like she was very happy coaching in Lynnfield. She has a quote in there that says: “They had two great seasons under Diana [DeCristoforo] and you can’t take that away from her.” And she goes on to say the players are great kids, she’s happy to have coached them and they “turned out great.” I don’t see how you get anything negative out of that. I think it’s great that both programs are doing so well. I think we can all agree that we want kids to do well, and this is a nice story showing Revere people having some success. We see so many negative things about our city, it’s nice to see a positive piece on Revere people. I would think that’s something we can all agree upon. I say “GO RHS” and “GO LHS.” Good luck to both teams.

  6. Lifelong Resident
    April 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    RHS88 – being a lifelong resident of Revere who keeps up to date on what goes on in the town, I think you are misconstruing what the article is really about. It doesn’t sound like its taking anything away from what the RHS program did this year. As the Journal has done in the past, its just covering what other Revere people are doing. I’m sure we’ll see articles on how Coach Dechristoforo is doing at her new job which is not in Revere and I think everyone will be happy to see the updates so not sure why this is pathetic. I think the only thing pathetic is your comments.

  7. Carwashes
    April 1, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    That story should have started off “once upon a time… ” because it is just a fairy tale.

  8. RHSgirlsbbfan
    April 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    The following quote from the article isn’t accurate…

    “MacDonald left the Revere program in 2009 after six years of building a program and leading the Patriots to the brink of their amazing run to 37 victories the past two seasons and a Northeastern Conference championship this winter.”

    Makes it sound like she’s had something to do with the recent successes. NOT !!

  9. Connie H
    April 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I don’t understand the fairy tale comment. Are you saying the Lynnfield team did not go 10-10 and make the tournament? I just don’t understand why there is such backlash over this article. Seems it’s just a “feel good” sports story as some of the other posters said…just like the RHS girls going 20-0 is a “feel good” sports story. I’ve ready stories about both coaches over the past few weeks and they don’t say anything bad about each other. I say enough with the negatives. Coaches are all trying to do their best. Let’s be supportive, people. I hope you all won’t act this way towards the next Revere coach. And don’t the former Revere coach and some of the Lynnfield coaches work together at the high school? I bet they don’t act all negative like this towards each other. Shameful…when I read stuff lke this I’m sad to call myself a Revere resident.

  10. Journal Reader
    April 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Hi – I think I know why they are posting a story on Lynnfield coaches. It is very simple. It is because they are from Revere, some of them teach in Revere, and they all previously coached in Revere. The Journal does that all the time. A few weeks back, they did a nice feature on a Revere guy doing well in a Waltham-based company. It had nothing to do with Revere except the guy was from Revere. And I’ve seen them do stories on kids from Revere or formerly from Revere who play for high schools or colleges outside of Revere. It’s a good story about Revere people succeeding. And they speak about former kids from Revere too in the story, so there is a Revere connection. I thought it was a nice story.

  11. True RHS Fan
    April 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    That’s a curious comment you make. I actually have been going to the games since Mr. Leyden was the coach. I’m assuming since you are commenting (and based on your posting name) that you have been a long time fan too. If so, then you’d know the program was on the upswing the past few years. They had some really good freshmen and JV teams and those are the girls now playing on varsity and doing such a wonderful job. As a fan, I think both coaches did a nice job each in their own way, one getting them ready to make the jump to the tourney and the other guiding the team through the playoffs and a 20-0 season the past few years. The facts speak for themselves. I give credit to both, but of course everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Looking forward to watchign the girls play next season. Good luck, girls. Hope to see everyone there!

  12. RHSgirlsbball
    April 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Agreed, neither coach had anything to do with the recent success. It was the girls that did and I think everyone is forgetting that. Also, isn’t the current coach leaving the team anyway? I guess we won’t know how she would have really done with an average team as I’m pretty sure my toddler could have coached this team as far into the tournament as they went. Those girls were just that good and I think we all need to be giving them more credit. As I read these crazy posts, the one thing I know, my decision to move out of Revere last year was a smart one.

    Great job to the RHS Girls Basketball Players on an outstanding fairy tale year. You should all be proud of yourselves.

  13. Maniacfan
    April 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    12 wins in 6 years? Wow. And those 6 years are responsible for the success of RHS girls basketball the last 2 years? Can someone please explain that to me? A coach who averaged only 2 wins for 6 straight years is the reason why the RHS teams have been so good the last 2 seasons. Preposterous!

    But, if MacDonald gets all the credit (maybe I just don’t get it) for “building the program and leading the Patriots to the brink” then by the same logic, wouldn’t that mean that Coach MacDonald should be giving her Lynnfield predecessor credit for “building the program and leading the (Pioneers) to the brink” ? If she (not the coach who actually coached the team to 37 wins) gets all the credit for building the program in Revere, then Coach Adams (not MacDonald) has to get the credit in Lynnfield for doing the same. You can’t have it both ways.

    How about giving credit to those who truly deserve it…THE PLAYERS !

    All I can say about this article is how sad that readers will be duped into thinking that LHS girls basketball this past season was a positive experience. IT WAS NOT.

    I loved the fairy tale reference. This article as written is truly a fairy tale as it has no connection whatsoever to reality.

    And, please, Revere Journal, would you check the facts? The varsity DID NOT “more than double its previous year’s win total”. Last year’s LHS team had 6 wins. 10 wins this year is NOT “more than double” the 6 wins of the previous year. Do the math.

    Md is right—pathetic.

  14. Rhsgrlsalumni
    April 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I don’t think anyone is giving either coach all the credit and that seems to be the problem with some people. I think both have done great and deserve credit for what they have accomplished. Everyone knows you don’t build a program in one year, but you can certainly have a positive impact on a program. In this case, both coaches had a positive impact on their respective program. Lets wait and see how each program develops in the next few years.

    I agree with giving the players some credit, because they deserve it. Congrats on a great year girls. I look forward to watching you make the city of Revere proud again next year!

  15. Bob
    April 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    The experience in Lynnfield was not a fairy tale for several players. It was not a fairy tale by any means.

  16. Rhsfan
    April 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I thought the season in Revere was a fairy tale and that is all we care about here. It was perfect in so many ways and I was sad to see it come to an end, because the girls worked so hard. I hope next season is as exciting to watch as this year! Go Pats!

  17. Reverecares
    April 2, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Wow! I thought I’d come to catch up on this week’s Revere Journal and after reading this article, I would have never thought it would have created this much controversy. I don’t think this article ever said Coach MacDonald deserved all the credit for the great year the Revere girls had, but it feels like people are taking the article out of context. It really amazes me that such a nice article can really be misconstrued and manipulated by people. I do agree with the post that mentioned a team is not built in one year so Coach MacDonald probably does deserve some of the credit for helping build the program as does Coach DeChristofero for continuing to build the program.

    Regardless, the one thing that I would be interested in finding out is how Coach DeChristofero would have done building a team from the bottom up. She can coach a team that is well established, but not sure how she would have done starting over without a star player like Morgan Jenkins. We should remember that this team never won a meaningful tournament game under either Coach’s leadership. But I guess we’ll never know how Coach DeChristofero would have done, but I do wish her luck in her new career at Salem State and Coach MacDonald continued success in Lynnfield.

  18. Julie
    April 2, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Revere take her back !! Please… We don’t want her

  19. Greystoke1941
    April 2, 2011 at 3:20 am

    The queen bee really stirred up the bee hive. But remember, in fairytales the Queen usually turns out to be the villain.

  20. Maniacfan
    April 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    To the Lynnfield coach/Revere Journal:

    You really need to either

    (a) start telling the truth, or
    (b) start checking the facts

    “Two of the Lynnfield players, senior captain and starting center Morgan Festa and freshman Rachel Goodwin, come from well-known Revere families.”

    For the record there were not any freshmen on the Lynnfield varsity basketball roster this year.

    Can you just PLEASE start telling the truth and/or reporting the facts accurately?

    Or is this truly fairy tale land where the facts don’t get in the way of a good story?

  21. dan
    April 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Coach MacDonald worked very hard with the Lynnfield BB team. She made tough decisions that may not have been popular with some players and their parents. Unfortunately, some parents from Lynnfield believe that their daughters are super stars. There were no superstars on the team but there were some hard working girls that played because they loved the game of basketball.
    The mean spirited comments about Coach MacDonald are unfair and unkind. The team did improve which must means she did something right.

  22. ObjectiveObserver
    April 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    I think coaches get too much credit and blame. It is about the players. Two years ago LHS did go to the tournament and actually win a game so does that mean the previous coach was better than the current coach that year and then he magically was terrible last year? No. Each year has different players and you play against teams with different players. The offensive thing is her implying the Lynnfield girls didn’t have intensity or toughness before she got there. These girls have had that work ethic. They had great records as JV players and they have succeeded in other sports. You coach what you have and hopefully you treat every player fairly. Both programs will probably have their ups and downs and it will be based on the kids coming through – how many play AAU, how tall they are, natural athletic ability, etc. And the parents of the kids that play will be happier than the parents of players that sit on the bench. These types of articles always have inaccuracies, and this one does, too. I think local papers make high school coaches seem more of a big deal than they should be. BTW congratulations to the RHS girls for a phenomenal season; they will carry those memories with them for a long time.

  23. jim
    April 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm


  24. mark
    April 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    People need to stop making such nasty comments about this article. Sure, the basketball ability of the players plays a large part in the reason for LHS making the tourney and being successful this year but do you really think they could have gotten there without good coaching? These coaches pushed the kids day in and day out and because they all always pushed the kids farther the players improved their own game. If the coaches didnt work the girls hard then they never would have gotten better. I just don’t understand why these comments are so mean. Parents need to get off their high horse because no child on the LHS team is a superstar and the ones that play are the ones that have the best attitude, are coachable, and actually want to play.

  25. Reverecares
    April 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Well said ObjectiveObserver! I think the same thing that you pointed out in Lynnfield is also true in Revere so I’m not sure why all these people are posting negative comments. The article isn’t taking anything away from what the RHS girls did in 2011, but its the same thing that you said, this team wasn’t built in two years. It was built in some cases from before the girls even came to high school. It was built in AAU games, camps the girls went to and many other factors, including the previous coach. I just can’t understand why people are getting so upset on what was supposed to be a nice article.

  26. TheTruth
    April 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    So true about Revere. The Queen Bee ruined a lot of the girls, hurt their confidence and did not know how to use them correctly. The fairy tale ended when her coaching skills were uncovered and everyone realized she couldnt coach against a good team. Really disappointing for the girls that worked so hard and lost their undefeated season. Some people are upset about her leaving, but most know that its the best thing that is going to happen for these girls.

  27. therealproblem
    April 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    The same can be said about Revere High next season. No superstars just a group of hard working average girls that love playing basketball. I understand RHS had Morgan this year and she made a major difference, but she is gone next year and that means no superstars.

    I think a follow up story should be written next week about parental involvement in high school sports. I am starting to think that the coaches deserve a lot more credit than we are giving to them with all the crazed parents. The only fairy tale is the fact that some parents think their son or daughter is better than they truly are. I’m glad my last one has graduated and moved on after reading the disgusting comments on this website. I think parents need to be supportive, but not overbearing and I’m proud I never went down to the level of some of the people while my children were in high school.

    I wish the RHS girls the best of luck next year with a new coach and a new season! Nothing can take away the great season you had this year with a coach of the year!

    GO Pats!

  28. Greystoke1941
    April 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I think Mark is off base. The fact that LHS had the 4th an 19th leading scorers in the CAL shows that there certainly talent on the team. If Coach MacDonald ever praised her players in the press and gave them credit she would have more respect. She did not tell the truth when she said her new captain was a unanimous selection by the players. . MacDonald had a team with height, 3 sophomores who were on state championship AAU teams and five others who played AAU ball. Maybe Mark should give us his definition of superstar so we can draw a comparison. In the years at Revere didn’t she have any “superstars”?

  29. Patriotpride78
    April 3, 2011 at 3:58 am

    I agree with therealproblem in saying that the parents are a major part of the problem. I believe this site is a perfect example. Goodluck to all the high school coaches out there. It’s okay though because all our sons and daughters are going off to UCONN and BC to play division 1 sports. Lets wait to see how many DI “superstars” come out of either high school in the next 4 years. My advice would be to focus on school, because we all know that is far more important than talking about this nonsense.

  30. LHS/RHS fan
    April 3, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Lynnfield has not had a successful season since coach Brian McDormand left in 2004 when the team made it to the state championship and finished 2nd in the state … and then left the program shortly thereafter. He left because idiots like you make the game … a fun loving game of basketball for teenaged girls … all about politics and stupid close-minded … or maybe it’s home grown never left eat and breath and die for high school sports because you know nothing greater … attitudes. let the kids be kids and play their sports. let the coaches coach them and keep your opinions to yourselves. allow the students to be students and stop making this issue more serious than it needs to be … seriously, its just a game. none of these girls are going on to make millions playing in the WNBA so just let them enjoy their time being a teenage athlete and think twice before passing a critical comment on anyone so your girls can love their coach and love their sport and not have to listen to their parents pass judgement when obviously you have nothing better to do than judge a person who is giving of her own time and of her family time to coach your kids … ….. ……

  31. barb m.
    April 3, 2011 at 6:31 am

    i agree with the LHS/RHS fan. the girls needs basketball as an outlet. god knows nothing is more difficult than being a 16 year old girl. maybe we should swallow our own comments and our own opinions and respect that the winning score really doesnt matter in the end. what matters is our girls or boys have a coach who teaches them responsibility and respect and the importance of hard work. so regardless of the coach’s record we should really be worried abotu what lessons she is teaching our children and what kind of roll model she is … and i’d say that most of the coaches in cape ann league are teaching our kids the same values we teach them in our own homes … and for that, we should be grateful enough that we think twice before we pass our next judgement of a high school sports coach onto our children.

  32. Greystoke1941
    April 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Excuse me. Didn’t Coach Adaams and Asst. Coach Fama coach the LHS girls in 2008-2009 which team made the tournament and won their opening game before bowing out ? Obviously LHS/RHS fan’s memory doesn’t go back that far.

  33. bballfan
    April 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Nobody cares about Coach Adams, Farmer (does anyone really are about assistant coaches or has anyone even mentioned one??), or any of the other Lynnfield people. You must have a message board to post on, because we really don’t care to listen to the whining.

    I have to agree with the three earlier posts in saying that these are teenage girls that are out there having fun. Any parent that thinks these girls are going to make a career out of basketball needs a head examination. Let the coaches teach them values like respecting one another, themselves, and not quitting on each other. Those are all values that have been instilled by the past two girls coaches in Revere.

  34. dan
    April 4, 2011 at 2:10 am

    well said

  35. positive
    April 4, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Coach Adams. Coach Relihan, Coach McDonald, Coach Fama and Coach ALAN CAPRONI have all have had a part in making Lynnfield girls BB a program to be proud off.
    As a parent of a former player I am sure no one reading the negative comments is happy. I hope the BB program continues to grow and continues to be a positive influence in those that choose to participate in the program.
    I also hope that the negative parents and GRANDFATHER that have players on the team have that maturity to be positive for their children or grandchildren.

  36. LBB
    April 4, 2011 at 3:30 am

    JV Coach Relihan and Coach Alan Caproni were always a positive influence on the Lynnfield basketball program. They are both quiet men that made a tremendous contribution to the program.

  37. Don't Worry About it ha
    April 4, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Parents need to relax. Coach MacDonald definitely helped out the Lynnfield High Girls Basketball team. Even if she improved by one win from last year, at least the kids improved. They made tournament which is an accpmplishment. She did nothing but build the team. Let the kids play and have fun. If you have a problem say it to her face. Don’t hide behind your computer with a fake name because you have nothing better to do.
    Love you Pam!
    By the way “Two of the Lynnfield players, senior captain and starting center Morgan Festa and freshman Rachel Goodwin, come from well-known Revere families” All it says is Lynnfield players not Lynnfield Varsity players. Yeah get owned Buddy.

  38. DWAI 2
    April 4, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    I absolutely positively agree with “Don’t Worry About it ha.” Pam and her assistants Rich and John all helped out the BB program tremendously this year. Their record showed their improvement and even if their record wasn’t good, it still wouldn’t matter, because the girls still improved as players! And just as “Don’t Worry About it ha,” said, I love you too Pam. Ditch the haters!

  39. LHS Super Fan
    April 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

    In response to “Objective Observer’s” comment, the LHS coaches did in fact instill a sense of intensity and toughness in these players. I agree with Objective Observer about the work ethic because we all know that the girls have had the work ethic and that has been instilled in them since LMS teams and AAU teams. There’s no doubt that they have the work ethic. But the coach always said in the paper that her girls were the hardest workers out there. You can tell by the pace of games from this year and last year and by the comments that the girls have made when coming home from practice about how hard it was because she made them run or do defensive slides etc etc. that she instilled a tough regime at practice which gaventhe girls an added edge of intensity

  40. Maniacfan
    April 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    The LHS record shows only that their schedule this year was soft . To the extent the coaches were smart enough to schedule weaker non-league games…and to the extent that the best CAL player the last 2 years transferred out of the league (turning 2 automatic losses into 2 automatic wins), then they are to be commended for an easier schedule and congratulated on their good fortune and great timing when the best player in the league transferred out. Give last year’s team the easier schedule and they too would have had 10 wins.

    But we are all missing the point. It’s not about winning games and making tournaments. The BEST coaches in sports are the ones who, at the end of the day, are able to instill a sense of pride in their programs and community. Pride in the sense of solid sportsmanship at all times by their players. Pride in the sense of KNOWING that while trying their best to win games, it’s more important to do the right thing. Good coaches are the ones who prioritize good character and good sportsmanship over everything else and make decisions based on those priorities. In short , they have a conscience. They might not be the best coaches, but they have a conscience and because of that long after their high school playing careers are over, players will fondly remember them as people who made a difference in their lives on and off the fields and courts.

    I doubt that this year’s players will have those fond memories. This year it was decided that it was more important to “play to win” the Senior Night game than it was to make sure that EVERY senior got into the game. You know how that goes—you let them start the game and have the thrill of being announced, they get a few seconds or so , and then come out to a standing ovation from their fans who are teary with emotion at the thought that it’s over ! It’s an honor and a tradition and is the highlight of every senior’s season. EVERY team does it…even when it’s a must win game, seniors get to play.

    But not in Lynnfield! 2 seniors did not see one second of play time in their last home game EVER in an LHS uniform. How can anyone be proud of ANY program that places such a premium on winning a silly 32 minute high school basketball game. I’m not !

  41. Pioneer Pride
    April 6, 2011 at 10:31 am

    At least the LHS Coach was decent enough not to cut them as seniors, unlike the RHS coach, who cut two girls and one of them played THREE YEARS for RHS when she cut her. And she was one of the hardest workers on the team and a very nice kid from what I’ve been told! I have nothing against the RHS coach (or former coach since she’s now coaching at Salem State). She did a nice job with the team, but the facts are the facts. You’d know this if you knew anything about RHS basketball, but you don’t. This has nothing to do with the former RHS coach anyway. You’re just a person who wants to spew venom because you don’t like the LHS coach.

    Personally, I would rather see them keep the seniors than cut them. If it were me, I’d rather make the team than be cut. But that’s just me. I don’t speak for the LHS seniors. And you shouldn’t speak for the senior players either. They can speak for themselves. Read the story! The SENIOR CAPTAIN had nothing but praise for the coaches. So stop pretending to be a team player when anyone from Lynnfield knows you are not. Yeah, I’m from Lynnfield, we all know who you are and you’re just trying to start trouble. Disgraceful when you consider we’re talking high school girls’ sports. You should be ashamed. Grow up!

    Coach MacDonald – You have a lot of support here in Lynnfield. Don’t let troublemakers bring you down.

    And best of luck to the RHS girls next year too and whoever their coach may be. I may be from Lynnfield, but I understand all players and coaches are working hard and doing their best and should be supported. You should all be proud.

  42. Get over it
    April 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Are you saying that the 5 games that Lynnfield played all in a row were not tough? Did you even watch the season? They had to play Newburyport, Masco, Pentucket, North Andover ALL IN A ROW. Not to mention they also had to start and end the season with North Reading and Ipswich. All 6 of those teams that I just mentioned made it to the tournament. The schedule this season was anything but soft. So don’t dish out flaws if you a) never watched the games (because its obvious that you didn’t if you think the schedule was soft) and b) if the facts aren’t even true.

    And regarding the senior problem, the game against Ipswich WAS a game that they team NEEDED to win. It came down to either winning against Ipswich and North Reading and luckily the team was able to pull it off in the very last game of the season but Ipswich was definitely a game that Lynnfield needed to win. I’m sorry but this is Varsity Basketball, it’s not LMS travel. Not everyone gets equal playing time especially when it is a must-win game. If the game didn’t matter to Lynnfield, then yes, all of the seniors should have been able to play but this game was extremely important and the coaches did what they needed to do in order for it to be a close game. You say that good coaches are ones that make decisions about priority and who instill a sense of pride in the players. Do you honestly think that winning a varsity game is not important? Don’t post on here if you think that because you obviously don’t know BB. You contradict yourself when you say that coaches need to prioritize and instill a sense of pride. No player on the team would have had a sense of pride that night if they got blown away by Ipswich. So which is it buddy, having everyone play in the game so that the game is nice and fair but getting blown away and being humiliated or having the players who like BB and who actually want to play and the ones with the best attitudes actually play in the game so that the game is close and that way the players will have a sense of pride knowing that they can compete with one of the best teams in CALs.

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