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Agreement reached on lease for NBDL team

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: April 9th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Agreement reached on lease for NBDL team
 
BY KELLEY BOUCHARD

Blethen Maine Newspapers


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Portland Exposition Building

Investors who want to bring an NBA Development League team to Maine's largest city have won the right to lease the Portland Exposition Building.

The agreement covers five seasons, 2009-10 through 2013-14, with an option to renew for five more seasons. The deal was approved by the City Council Monday night.

The team will pay $250,000 for building improvements and be responsible for all team-related operating costs at the Expo.

The investors have said they hope to become an affiliate of the Boston Celtics. The investors include Bill Ryan, owner of Oxford Plains Speedway; his father, Bill Ryan, board chairman of TD Banknorth; Jon Jennings, a former assistant coach with the Celtics; and state Sen. Barry Hobbins, D-Saco.

Under the proposed contract, the team will pay $2,100 per event for seasons 1-3, $2,200 per event for seasons 4-5, $2,300 per event for seasons 6-8 and $2,400 per event for seasons 9-10.

If the team surpassed minimum attendance of 2,900 per game, or 69,600 in a 24-game season, the city would get 50 cents on each additional ticket.

The Expo's capacity is 3,209 spectators. The most the city could make on the surcharge is $3,708 per season.

Under the proposed contract, the team will have priority scheduling after existing commitments, including elections. The schedules could include a maximum of five doubleheaders with Portland High School's basketball teams.

The city will move ahead with plans to borrow $650,000 to renovate the Expo's basement locker rooms, improving and expanding them to meet federal requirements to have separate facilities for girls. Improvements to meet NBA regulations would be funded by the team, city officials said.

The team will invest $250,000 in equipment and improvements to the Expo, including a regulation-size portable court and additional bleacher seating. If the team left the Expo for any reason, the improvements would stay, according to the contract.

The city will pay for maintenance and utilities. The team will pay a surcharge for additional lighting. The city will operate concessions, parking lots and garages, though the team will get any profits.

The team will pay for and retain control of ticketing, media rights, advertising and sponsorship. The team also will pay for at least one off-duty police officer to staff each event.

The team may terminate the contract after two seasons; the NBA may assume the rest of the lease. The city may terminate for breach of contract at any time.

The team will play at least 20 of its 24 home games per season at the Expo. The investors are exploring playing some home games in other Maine cities, such as Augusta and Bangor, according to Jennings, who would be the team's co-owner, president and general manager.

The team's colors will be green and white, like the Celtics'. The team will invite the community to participate in a naming contest, Jennings said

Pine Tree Conference shuffles 'B' schedule

Sport: Football  Posted: April 9th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Pine Tree Conference shuffles 'B' schedule

FROM STAFF REPORTS

When Old Town High School decided to drop its football program from Class B to Class C, it left the remaining 11 teams in the Pine Tree Conference's Class B division with a scheduling mess.

With an odd number of teams left in the league, the conference had few choices as how to approach the 2008 season. The schools could rework the conference schedule and include a bye for each team, but that would extend the regular season by one week and cut the number of teams in the playoffs from eight to four. Or they could try and find games with teams in another conference, but with no other league facing a scheduling crisis, that option was unlikely.

In the end, the PTC teams decided to keep the schedule that was made when Old Town was still in the league. Camden Hills, in its second year as a club team, will slide into Old Town's spot on the league schedule and play exhibition games.

Pending school board approval, the Windjammers plan on joining the PTC as a full member in 2009.

"This gives us a chance to do that next step," Camden Hills athletic director Bill Hughes said. "With Old Town dropping to C, we're going to step in."

Playoff seedings will still be determined by using the Crabtree Point formula, which adds a team's winning percentage to the winning percentage of its opponents. While the majority of the league will play seven regular season games, three schools -- Winslow, Leavitt and Oak Hill -- were not scheduled to play Old Town this fall and will play an eight game regular season.

"This is a way for people to play during that week they would have played Old Town," Winslow athletic director Sean Keenan said. "We're going to honor the schedule."

While there was debate as to having three teams play one more regular season games than the rest of the league, coaches and athletic directors agreed it made sense to try to keep the number of playoff teams at eight, rather than cut the postseason to four.

The PTC Class A division was faced with a similair situation for the 2005 and '06 seasons, and elected to have an eight-game regular season with a bye week and a four-team playoff.

"Some teams have eight games scheduled, some teams have seven games scheduled. It's better than having four playoff teams," said Waterville coach Frank Knight, whose Purple Panthers had a bye week in some of their seasons in Class A. "There's nothing good about a week off."

"The primary concern was keeping eight teams in the playoffs," Keenan said. "I feel the league will be ultra, ultra competitive next season. It would be a shame to have some good team miss out on the playoffs."

For Camden Hills, playing the exhibition games will be a chance to play strong competition as it prepares to play a varsity schedule in 2009. Participation at the high school level is still low, Hughes said, but a strong feeder system is in place. The Windjammers finished last season with 20 players.

"Our numbers, they need to improve, but what we have is a very strong youth program and middle school program. The roots are there," Hughes said. "We said, if we want to be a varsity program, here's what it is. Lace 'em up... This is really a win-win situation for the league and for us."

Old Town went 0-8 in Class B last season and allowed at least 48 points in all but one game. Old Town last won the conference title in 1991, and the Coyotes haven't had a winning season since 1997. With declining numbers, Old Town decided to drop to Class C in an effort to rebuild the football program. The Coyotes will compete in the Little Ten Conference, but will be ineligible for the playoffs.

Travis Lazarczyk -- 861-9242

tlazarczyk@centralmaine.com

The Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic hockey teams

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

The Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic hockey teams
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The Patriot Ledger All-Scholastics of the winter 2007-2008 sports season. Pat Duggan, Scituate hockey.

 
QUINCY — After a banner year for boys hockey in 2007, with South Shore teams winning all four division titles, Ledgerland girls took on the torch this season for postseason success.

Hingham High beat previously undefeated Milton in the Div. 2 girls state championship and several other teams found success, resulting in the biggest-ever girls hockey All-Scholastic team in Ledger history.

Boys teams did not go without success, however. Scituate spun one of the more inspiring local sports stories in recent memory by banding together to make the Div. 3 state final in honor of former player Tim Mahoney’s memory. Town residents reeled in five All-Scholastic nods, three from SHS and two from BC High.

The Eagles and Hingham, both Super Eight qualifiers, also had three players earn All-Scholastic nods, while several other locals earned much-deserved spots.

ROBBY CAMPBELL

Braintree

This 5-7 left-handed netminder produced a sparkling junior season, giving the Wamps a strong base upon which to get back to the tournament next year after falling just short in 2007-08 Posted a 1.85 goals-against average and .940 save percentage as a Bay State Conference first-team all-star Registered four shutouts, including a 28-save blanking of Walpole Limited Milton to two goals on 34 shots in a 3-2 victory “He would’ve been the best reason they had a shot to make tournament,” said an opposing coach. “He would’ve been the guy that carried them.” Possesses good side-to-side quickness and an ability to anticipate the play An honor roll student, Robby also played for the Walpole Express Junior A team this fall Planning to play in college for a NESCAC school.

CHRIS DAUGHERTY

Weymouth

Broke onto the scene with his first full varsity game coming in a 2-1 defeat of Catholic Memorial in last year’s Super Eight tournament, sparking the Wildcats all the way to the final 5-9 junior goalie has been the backbone of the team ever since Posted a 2.23 goals-against average and .933 save percentage in his first full season of work in a tough Bay State Conference, helping his team take second in the Carey Division with a 9-5-1 record, 10-8-2 overall Shut out Duxbury early in the season in the opener of the Ed Taylor Memorial Classic for a 1-0 victory after a nine-round shootout Helps out with Weymouth’s youth hockey program in his spare time Goal is to return to the Super Eight tournament for another shot at the trophy Hopes to play for a four-year college in the future.

BRAD DEVEREAUX

Duxbury

This 6-1, 215-pound senior was a do-it-all man for the graduation-depleted defending 2007 Division 1 state champs, filling any role coach John Blake asked of him by playing both forward and defense Totaled eight goals and four assists Scored in both games against Super Eight-qualifier Hingham, a 3-3 tie and a 4-3 loss Potted two goals with one assist in a 7-2 win over Hanover Continued his clutch play by scoring last-minute tying goals in games against Brockton and Bridgewater-Raynham Showed the knack last year, too, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Framingham in the 2007 Div. 1 South Sectional final Captain of Duxbury’s varsity golf team National Honor Society member will play prep school at Cushing Academy next year; hopes to play Div. 1 college hockey.

ROB DONGARA

BC High

This speedy senior winger from Scituate shined this season as an effective option on both ends of the ice, particularly on special teams, and often represented the Super Eight qualifiers’ best chance to score a needed goal with his breakaway ability Scored twice in a 4-2 victory over Hingham at the Cape Cod Classic Scored the equalizing goal in a 1-1 tie with Catholic Memorial in the Edward M. Wright Memorial Game Grew up playing hockey with fellow All-Scholastics Mac Luciani, Dan Galvin, Pat Duggan and Eagles teammate John Heffernan Working toward playing hockey in college.

JOHN HEFFERNAN


BC High

A returning All-Scholastic, this 6-2, 190-pound senior center has proven one of the more well-rounded generals of the ice, helping his team capture two Division 1A Super Eight titles before captaining it to another appearance in the tournament this season Totaled 14 goals and 15 assists this season playing through perhaps the toughest schedule in the state Recorded two goals and one assist in a win over Springfield Cathedral Had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 defeat of Waltham in the second round of this year’s Super Eight Drafted by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Moncton Wildcats in 2006 Scituate native enjoys street hockey, lifting weights and boating Will play for Merrimack College next year.

DAN HIGGINS

Milton

This 6-3, 185-pound left-handed center provided a strong veteran presence for the Wildcats on the way to first-team Bay State Conference all-star honors in his senior season Senior posted 12 goals and 15 assists and earned Milton’s Hobey Baker Award Big on the penalty kill, Dan was also a main member of the power play and took faceoffs for the Wildcats Posted two goals and three assists in a win over Winthrop Also plays varsity lacrosse Has coached youth hockey and learn-to-skate programs A National Honor Society treasurer, Dan is ranked 10th in his class Plans to continue playing lacrosse or hockey and major in economics at college.

CONOR LEARY

Hingham

This 5-7, 165-pound senior center was a rock on offense for the Super Eight qualifiers who posted a 17-3-2 record during the regular season and earned the tournament’s No. 2 seed Totaled 12 goals and 15 assists in veteran coach Garrett Reagan’s final season with the Harbormen Recorded four goals and one assist in a win over Acton-Boxboro A strong skater, Leary has earned his team’s Mr. Hustle and Seventh Player awards Played offseason with the Bay State Breakers Carpentry is Conor’s main hobby Planning to play prep school hockey next season with the ultimate goal of playing at a four-year college in the future.

SAM MAROTTA

BC High

This 6-1, 175-pound junior netminder kept the Eagles in games time and again with his strong range and ability to maintain focus through all situations The Bridgewater resident posted a 1.65 goals-against average and .930 save percentage with two shutouts Lists his best games as a pair of 2-1 defeats of Xaverian, in which he made a combined 74 stops, and a 38-save performance against Catholic Memorial that helped the Eagles claim a 1-1 tie and earned him the eighth Edward M. Wright Memorial Award Volunteers at the Brockton VA Hospital Hopes to play Division 1 college hockey.

J.J. SABIN

Milton

This 5-11 senior provided a dangerous offensive blueline presence for the Wildcats with a knack for getting to the puck and making it find the goal Finished with seven goals and 16 assists this year Scored in a 2-1 victory over Bridgewater-Raynham in the first round of the Div. 1 South Sectional tournament Despite losing the next game to rival Wellesley, J.J. listed the contest as his best game, proud his squad took the Herget Division champs to the brink in a 2-1 loss Earned coveted first-team Bay State Conference all-star honors Also captain of Milton’s varsity golf and baseball teams Enjoys counseling and working with young athletes Will play hockey and baseball for Tilton Academy next year and plans to major in business in college.

CAM SPIRO

Hingham

Perhaps the most capable sniper on the South Shore as a sophomore, this 5-11, 185-pound left wing was a force to be reckoned with for opponents with great speed for his thick build and polished vision Posted 25 goals and 16 assists despite being keyed on by many opponents Potted five goals with one assist in a win over Falmouth Scored both his team’s goals in a 4-2 loss to BC High A Hockey Night in Boston all-star, Cam also won his team’s Seventh Player award as a freshman Left-handed Also plays varsity lacrosse Coaches youth soccer in Weymouth Hopes to one day play hockey for a Div. 1 college.

JEFF SULLIVAN


Marshfield

This 6-3, 175-pound senior blueliner was an essential leader for the Atlantic Coast League North champion Rams with strong vision and reliable 1-on-1 defense Most valuable for that steady defense, Jeff contributed a healthy two goals and 13 assists Scored the winner in a 5-4 victory over Braintree Assisted the winner in an early-season 4-2 victory over Duxbury that ended a four-game winless skid Two-time ACL all-star Also plays varsity golf and lacrosse A Relay for Life participant Goal is to play college hockey after junior hockey next season.

STEVE SYPEK

Hingham

This 6-3, 190-pound standout defenseman with a blistering left-handed shot was a central leader for the Harbormen Posted four goals, including two winners, 17 assists and a plus-minus rating of 31 Scored the tying goal in a 4-3 victory over rival Duxbury Also a Patriot League all-star and sportsmanship award recipient in golf A baseball player through his junior year, Steve switched to the crew team this spring A National Honor Society and Century Club member, Steve is in the top 5 percent of his graduating class Has been accepted to Boston College, but is considering attending prep school to further his hockey career.

CONOR TOOMEY

Marshfield

This 5-10 senior center has been a presence for the Rams going back to their Div. 1 state title in 2006 Finished with a team-leading 27 points (14 goals, 13 points) for the Atlantic Coast League North champion Rams Notched a hat trick in a victory over defense-oriented Duxbury Scored a goal in a 3-1 victory over Barnstable in the Div. 1 South Sectional quarterfinals Amassed 110 career points Three-time ACL all-star selection A National Honor Society and Key Club member A Relay for Life participant Hopes to become a police officer one day His choices as to where to play next season include Curry College, junior hockey and prep school.

 

DIVISIONS 2-3


DAN BRADY


Silver Lake

This 5-11, 165-pound senior goalie from Halifax was a rock in net for the Lakers, especially during their inspired tournament run that took the team to coach Bill Donovan’s first South Sectional semifinals in 18 seasons Recorded a 2.20 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage Made 43 saves in a 5-4 victory over Blue Hills in the first round of the South Sectional tournament Helped end Pembroke’s undefeated streak with a 3-1 victory Made 22 saves in a 4-1 win over Scituate Patriot League all-star Involved in a learn-to-skate program Hopes to play hockey in college.

CODY CAVICCHI

Norwell

This 5-11, 160-pound senior center has excelled in the South Shore League each of the last three years, helping the Clippers take home a league title in each season The only three-time boys hockey Ledger All-Scholastic on this year’s squad Finished with 23 goals and 27 assists this season, almost exactly repeating last year’s 24 goals and 26 assists 163 career points Totaled four goals and two assists in a win over Boston Latin Academy A thee-time SSL all-star, Cody shared team MVP honors with linemate Dan Dempsey A four-year league all-star in varsity golf Captain of Norwell’s golf, hockey and lacrosse teams Planning to attend Merrimack College next year, undecided on his hockey future and considering playing lacrosse there.

ROBBIE DAVIS

Canton

One of two local 15-year-olds to lead his league in scoring, this 5-8, 160-pound sophomore center helped the Bulldogs recover from graduating All-Scholastics Dino Federico and Mike Rawding quicker than expected, setting aside a 1-3 start for a 13-1 finish and the Hockomock League title Totaled 21 goals and 14 assists on the season Scored a career-high five goals in a win over North Attleboro Recorded a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory over King Philip Named a Hockomock League all-star Also an All-Scholastic golfer Plans to eventually play college hockey.

DAN DEMPSEY


Norwell

This 6-foot, 193-pound senior right wing has been a dependable goal scorer from all corners of the ice over the past three years for the South Shore League champion Clippers Finished with 33 goals and 20 assists this year Lists his best game as a three-goal, three-assist performance in a win over Boston Latin Academy A South Shore League all-star, Dan also shared his team’s most valuable player honors with teammate Cody Cavicchi Strong stickhandling skills Also plays varsity golf and baseball; a three-time SSL all-star in both golf and hockey A member of the French National Honor Society and bowling club Hopes to eventually play college hockey and is planning on skating with the Boston Junior Rangers next year.

PAT DUGGAN


Scituate

This 5-8 senior center with strong lefty stickhandling skills came on strong toward the end of the season and was dynamite in the playoffs, helping the Sailors nearly defend their Div. 3 state title by advancing to the state tournament out of South Sectionals for the third straight season Finished with 24 goals and 20 assists for 44 points, tied with linemate Dan Galvin for the team lead Recorded two goals, including the winner in overtime, and one assist against Medway in the Div. 3 South Sectional quarterfinals Named a Patriot League all-star Also plays varsity lacrosse for the Sailors Enjoys going to the beach Undecided on future plans, but would like to continue playing hockey.

MATT FUREY


North Quincy

This 6-foot, 175-pound junior defenseman was a leader in the locker room and on the ice with strong defense, vision and the ability to quarterback a potent power play unit Totaled four goals and 13 assists Recorded two goals and one assist in a 3-3 tie with eventual Div. 2 state champion Sandwich A two-time Atlantic Coast League first-team all-star A three-year varsity attackman for the Red Raiders lacrosse team Enjoys fishing, weight lifting and pond hockey Hopes to take his hockey abilities as far as he can go, specifically college hockey.

DAN GALVIN

Scituate

This 5-8 senior right wing started his season, and his varsity career as a forward, with a bang, racking up eight points on six goals and two assists in an early-season victory over Norwell before going on to tie for his team’s lead in scoring Finished with a balanced 22 goals and 22 assists, tying teammate Pat Duggan for the lead with 44 points Notched two goals and one assist in a 5-3 victory over Westwood in the Div. 3 South Sectional final Named a Patriot League all-star Also plays varsity lacrosse for Scituate Enjoys fishing, boating, camping and street hockey Undecided on his future plans, but would like to continue playing hockey.

BRANDON GILMORE

North Quincy

This electric 5-7 left-handed center took the Atlantic Coast League by storm by leading the league in scoring by over 10 points as a junior Finished with 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points Racked up five goals in a victory over Nauset Notched four goals in a 6-1 defeat of Blue Hills Tallied two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Whitman-Hanson Assisted the go-ahead goal in an eventual 1-1 tie with ACL champ Marshfield Honor roll student Enjoys playing poker and Wiffle Ball Goal is to “Play hockey until I die” Hoping to play hockey in college.

BRIAN HICKEY

Hanover

This 6-1, 210-pound senior defender was essential in helping the Indians repeat as Patriot League champions with an unerring devotion to the team Led Hanover’s blueline corps with five goals and 15 assists Racked up a goal and four assists in a victory over Scituate Patriot League all-star Recipient of the Mass. State Hockey Association’s Steve Matheny Award (for those showing courage and love of the game), named in honor of the former Hanover player who died of leukemia in 1998. Brian is first player to bring the award home in those 10 years Special Olympics volunteer Writes for his school’s newspaper Lists favorite hobbies as playing Wiffle Ball and writing poetry Planning to play junior hockey.

MIKE KUHN

Blue Hills

This 6-foot, 165-pound senior from Holbrook established himself as one of the most dominating players in the area, joining Craig McKinnon and Cody Cavicchi as the only returning Division 2/3 All-Scholastics Racked up 45 goals and 29 assists this season Only player to reach the rare 200-point club this season with 110 goals and 94 assists in his career Recorded a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Quincy Compiled three goals and one assist in a 4-1 victory over Westwood Adept with his shot, finesse moves and faceoffs Also playing lacrosse this year A National Honor Society member volunteers at a learn-to-skate program hopes to play for a Div. 1 college; for now weighing options between prep school and juniors.

RYAN KULIK

Pembroke

Not many 15-year-olds lead the Patriot League in scoring, but this 5-8, 155-pound sophomore center helped take the Titans to the next level this year by doing just that with offensive instincts beyond his years Finished with 28 goals and 27 assists for 55 points through the regular season Lists his best game as when he posted three goals (two short-handed) and one assist in a 6-3 victory over Norwell Scored two goals in a 3-0 victory over Scituate for the Gould Tournament championship and notched a goal and three assists in an earlier 6-4 win over the Sailors Also plays soccer and lacrosse at Pembroke Plans to play hockey for a Div. 1 college program.

MAC LUCIANI

Scituate

A fierce defenseman with an unusual combination of speed, size and hitting power, this 6-1, 195-pound senior was a pace-setter for the Div. 3 state finalists Totaled 12 goals and 14 assists from the blueline thanks in part to a solid slap shot Scored two goals in the Sailors’ state semifinal victory over Marblehead Scored a goal each in 3-3 ties with Blue Hills and Longmeadow Named an MVP of both the Gould Tournament and the Canalman Classic A high honors student, Mac is also his class president Enjoys lobstering, fishing and camping Goal is to be an Alaskan king crab fisherman on the Cornelia Marie (of the “Deadliest Catch” fame) Might enlist in the Navy, but also tempted to play junior hockey or in college.

CHARLIE McGINNIS

Hanover

This 5-11, 175-pound senior emerged as arguably the best forward on the South Shore by carrying the Indians offensively on a consistent basis Collected 30 goals and 15 assists during the regular season, leading the Patriot League in goals and finishing second in points “He might have been the toughest player for us to defend all season,” said Marshfield coach Dan Connolly Patriot League all-star and team MVP Recipient of team’s Hobey Baker Character Award Also plays center field for Hanover’s varsity baseball team Writes for the school newspaper Enjoys playing beach volleyball Hopes to play college hockey in the future and is planning on juniors in the meantime.

CRAIG McKINNON

Silver Lake

This 5-10, 140-pound senior center from Kingston consistently caused problems for opponents with his speedy stickhandling Finished with 19 goals and 21 assists Recorded two goals, including with tying score with 1:20 left, and an assist in a 5-4, last-second victory over Blue Hills in the first round of the Div. 3 South Sectional tournament Returning All-Scholastic and two-time Patriot League all-star Team MVP in 2007 Enjoys Wiffle Ball and singing with his teammates Hoping to play hockey at Franklin Pierce College next year, where he’s been accepted to concentrate in the field of sports management.

BRYAN ROONEY

Canton

This speedy 6-1 junior left wing/center helped the Hockomock League champion Bulldogs go on a 13-1 run to close out the season Totaled 15 goals and 13 assists on the season Scored the winning goal over Mansfield in the Div. 2 South Sectional quarterfinals Picked up three goals and three assists in a victory over North Attleboro Named a Hockomock League all-star Also plays varsity baseball at Canton Helped coach youth hockey Enjoys playing golf in his spare time Hopes to finish his high school career strong before latching on with a junior team to prepare for college hockey.

TEDDY WALSH

Quincy

This 5-8, 175-pound senior center carried the Presidents to the Div. 2 South Sectional tournament with strong leadership and playmaking qualities Finished with 16 goals and 15 assists on the year, good for a tie for second place in the Atlantic Coast League with North Quincy’s Scott Richardson Lists his best game as a three-goal, one-assist performance in a win over Dennis-Yarmouth A three-year captain and ACL all-star Strong on faceoffs and making clean checks Also a captain of Quincy’s football and baseball teams A National Honor Society member, Teddy is ranked 19th in his class Undecided between prep school and junior hockey.

JARED WIEDEMANN


Pembroke

This 6-1, 180-pound sophomore defenseman was a vital weapon from the blueline for the Titans in a program-best 15-3-2 season Helped put a young core of talented underclassmen in the minds of opposing coaches Totaled eight goals and 15 assists thanks to a strong slap shot Scored with literally one second left on the clock to propel Pembroke to a 2-1 victory over Middleboro after assisting on the tying goal Played great defense in a 1-0 victory over Div. 3 state semifinalist Marblehead during the regular season Patriot League all-star Also plays lacrosse for Pembroke Hopes to play hockey for a Division 1 college program.

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JUSTIN STEEVES

Plymouth North

The Blue Eagles still had a shot at making the Div. 2 South Sectional tournament through 15 games with a 5-5-5 record, thanks mostly to the efforts of this senior netminder Helped Plymouth North almost take down Atlantic Coast League South power Falmouth with 45 saves in a 2-1 loss that was tied with a minute to go “Without a doubt he stood out with anyone in our league,” Eagles coach John Greene said. “Justin Steeves was the best goalie in the ACL, hands down,” said North Quincy coach Mike Ciarletta. Considering USHL junior hockey.

HONORABLE MENTION

Division 1
Ryan Driscoll,  Hingham,  junior, defenseman
Nate Eagan,  Hingham,  junior, goalie
Ryan Fischer,  Marshfield,  senior, forward
John Magliozzi,  Milton,  sophomore, forward
Tom Manning,  Williams,  senior, forward
P.J. Martina,  BC High,  senior, forward
Dan May,  Duxbury,  senior, defenseman
Pat Morris,  Braintree,  senior, defenseman/forward
Eric Perry,  Marshfield,  senior, goalie
Brian Sullivan,  BC High,  senior, forward
Brendan Wilbur,  Hingham,  junior, forward
James Wilson,  Hingham,  junior, forward
Division 2-3
Josh Adams,  Norwell,  junior, defenseman
Jordan Cookson,  South Shore,  senior, forward
Charlie Czerkawski,  Cohasset,  senior, forward
Rick Dares,  South Shore,  senior, forward
Joe DiPietro,  Pembroke,  sophomore, defenseman
Pat Doonan,  Cohasset,  senior, forward
Mike Driscoll,  Norwell,  junior, defenseman
Doug Dromey,  Silver Lake,  junior, forward
Brendan Fitzgerald,  Pembroke,  sophomore, forward
Chris Galanis,  Canton,  junior, forward
Eric Gay,  Silver Lake,  senior, defenseman
Jeff Giordani,  Quincy,  junior, goalie
Nick Indelicato,  Pembroke,  sophomore, forward
Pat Johnston,  Norwell,  sophomore, forward
Pat Mahoney,  Scituate,  senior, defenseman
Rob McCarthy, Rockland, sophomore, goalie
Dan McGinnis,  Hanover, freshman, forward

GIRLS

 

 

CHRISSIE BOWLER

Hingham

Sophomore forward tied for team lead in points with 55 Led the Harborwomen in playoff scoring with 9 goals and 17 points in four games, including a four-goal, five-point performance in the state final Had a hat trick and six points in Hingham’s 8-3 first-round victory over Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke and scored at least one goal in each playoff game despite playing through a high ankle sprain “She’s a strong skater with a laser-beam wrist shot,” coach Tom Findley said. An honor roll student, this is Chrissie’s second straight All-Scholastic honor Named to SEMGHL North Division all-star team. Enjoys swimming, skiing, babysitting, coaching youth hockey and strength training Hopes to play Division 1 college hockey.

MARY CARMODY

Milton

This 5-4 junior anchored the Wildcats’ defense while posting three goals and six assists Skated past three defenders to set up Milton’s tally in their second consecutive state championship appearance Transferred from Fontbonne Academy prior to this season Is a Massachusetts State House volunteer tour guide and received magna cum laude honors in the National Latin Exams Says her best on-ice attribute is her slap shot Enjoys movies, music, reading and chess Wants to work in the international relations field and hopes to continue playing hockey after she graduates.

AMY CUSHING

Braintree

Senior left wing earned team MVP honors, with 23 goals and 12 assists Registered five hat tricks during the regular season Was the offensive catalyst for the Wamps, who made their first Division 2 tournament appearance “I would be lost without her,” coach Kevin Burchill said. Says that her best qualities on the ice are her leadership abilities, speed, wrist shot and hustle Named a first-team all-star and has been the team captain since her junior year Also plays varsity lacrosse and is an honor roll student Besides hockey and lacrosse, Amy enjoys spending time with friends, watching movies and reading Hopes to play hockey at UMass-Amherst after she graduates.

GIANNA DeSISTO

Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke

This Whitman-Hanson junior posted a team-leading 32 goals and 45 points, while playing two games in net Named to the Southeastern Mass. Girls Hockey League all-star team “Gianna is one of the most competitive players I’ve coached,” coach Chris Googins said. “She consistently gave 100 percent every time she stepped on the ice.” Says her best on-ice attribute is playing a smart all-around game Has received varsity letters in both volleyball and softball The 5-4 lefty pivot also was heavily involved in the Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke hockey squad’s fundraising efforts Plans to play hockey and softball in college while she studies nursing.

ALICIA DiCENZO

Canton

Sophomore winger posted nine goals and 27 assists on a line with fellow All-Scholastic Brittany Lyons Had a two-goal, four-point performance against Sandwich Says her best on-ice attributes are speed and passing Enjoys staying in shape and spending time with her friends This 5-foot righty participated in the 2006 National Development camp Also plays junior varsity lacrosse and is a volunteer with the National Charity League Hopes to play Division 1 college hockey after she graduates.

SAMANTHA FALLON

Whitman-Hanson/Pembroke

Pembroke High freshman finished with 24 goals and 20 assists, as well as a 0.75 goals-against average in eight games in net Scored all three goals in a 3-3 tie vs. Canton Named team MVP and a Southeastern Mass. Girls Hockey League all-star team “Sam literally played every position for our team this year and excelled at all three,” coach Chris Googins said. “She’s a highly skilled player whose best days are ahead of her.” Says her best on-ice attribute is stick handling and soft hands Also plays varsity softball, field hockey, lacrosse and soccer Hopes to play college hockey after graduation.

JULIA HANNON

Duxbury

Sophomore goaltender boasted a 1.63 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage Posted one of her five shutouts in a 0-0 tie against eventual state champion Hingham in which she made 38 saves Won the team’s Seventh Player Award and also plays field hockey “Julia is a great kid, hard worker and a real gamer,” coach Friend Weiler said. “The more shots see sees and the bigger the game, the better she plays. She’s a real joy to coach.” Honor roll student was the recipient of three summa cum laude awards Enjoys wake boarding and water skiing Participates in the Best Buddies program and is an Appalachia Service Project volunteer. Hopes to play hockey at a four-year college after graduation.

SHANA INDELICATO

Milton

Senior center posted 23 goals and 13 assists to lead the Wildcats to their second straight tournament final appearance Posted four goals and an assist in games against Framingham and Norwood Posted a hat trick to rally back from a 3-0 deficit against Dedham with just one minute remaining Says her best on-ice attributes are faceoffs, forechecking and helping to get her teammates motivated Honor roll student is a Learn to Skate instructor and a volunteer at Milton Hospital Also plays varsity softball, and enjoys running as well as reading Plans to major in biochemistry at UMass-Boston to become a pharmacist Hopes to continue playing hockey in college.

STEPHANIE INVERNIZZI

Hingham

Top-line junior center led Harborwomen with 35 assists and tied for team lead with 55 points Scored winning goal with 32 seconds left against Waltham, sending Hingham to the Division 2 state final for the first time in the program’s four-year history Registered 14 points in four playoff games, including five points in the quarterfinals against Winchester and a pair of assists in the team’s 6-1 state championship victory over Milton. “She’s an incredibly heady player with unmatched speed and balance,” head coach Tom Findley said. Named to SEMGHL all-star team and is an honor-roll student Also coaches the South Shore Lady Hawks youth hockey team Plans to play college hockey and aspires to play on the U.S. Olympic team.

EMILY LaROSA

Notre Dame Academy

Junior captain finished third in Catholic Conference scoring with 10 goals and 16 assists Scored twice in a 2-1 win over Division 1 school Fontbonne to help secure a Catholic Conference championship Skated on a line with fellow All-Scholastic Katie Riley “Emily is a fantastic playmaker. She really sees the ice well and handles the puck well,” coach Todd Jacobson said. “She makes good decisions and has great hands.” A three-time Catholic Conference all-star Participates in campus ministry Plans to play hockey in college, and aspires to captain the Harvard Crimson.

ERIN LEVESQUE

Duxbury

This 5-7 senior center served as captain and racked up nine goals and 20 assists Registered a hat trick against Boston Latin and scored the game-winning goal against Marshfield with 38 seconds left Named to the Southeastern Mass. Girls Hockey League all-star team, and is also an All-Scholastic in both field hockey and lacrosse “Erin played exceptionally well all season even when other teams were keying on her,” said coach Friend Weiler. “She’s a great all-around athlete and a clutch performer.” Hopes to play lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire and wants to become a nurse after she graduates.

BRITTANY LYONS

Canton

Senior center finished her high school career with 196 goals and 73 assists Was a four-time All-Scholastic and Hockomock League all-star Has spent two seasons at the Olympic Training Center and was the Hockey Night in Boston MVP Says her best on-ice weapon is her snap shot, which she releases quickly to surprise opposing goaltenders Had all four goals in a 4-0 win over Duxbury and led the state of Massachusetts in scoring This 5-5 sniper also plays varsity lacrosse and soccer, and holds Canton’s scoring records in lacrosse as well as hockey Volunteers as a Learn to Skate instructor Says her goal is to play in the Olympics Plans to play hockey in college but is undecided as to where.

ANNA MANDELL

Milton

Junior goaltender finished the season with a 1.18 goals against average in 16 games Never lost a regular-season contest for the Wildcats, who earned the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 state tournaments and made their second straight state finals appearance Registered a 1-0 shutout against Marblehead in the semifinals and surrendered just one tally to Braintree in Milton’s 3-1 quarterfinal victory Says her best on-ice weapon is her ability to make low split glove saves Also plays varsity soccer and is a National Honor Society student Was named to the Bay State Conference all-star team and received the Goalie of the Year award Hopes to someday coach the Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup.

BAILEY MILLERD

Hingham

This 5-4 junior posted eight goals and 11 assists to serve as the blue-line catalyst for Hingham’s potent offense Posted a goal and two assists in the Harborwomen’s semifinal victory over Waltham Participates in orchestra and volunteers at the Hingham girls youth hockey clinic Says that her best attributes on the ice are winning one-on-one battles and puck retrieval “Bailey is possibly the best natural athlete on the Hingham squad,” coach Tom Findley said. “She is a fearless, tenacious defender, and a lightening fast skater.” Enjoys snowboarding and rock climbing Named to the SEMGHL all-star team and is also a Patriot League field hockey all-star Hopes to help the Harborwomen become repeat champions in 2009.

NIKKI O’BRIEN

Braintree

Freshman goaltender posted a 2.20 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage Posted a shutout in a 4-0 win over Dedham and blanked eventual state finalist Milton in a 0-0 tie during Bay State Conference play This 5-4 righty says her best attribute is her quick glove hand Also a member of the junior varsity softball team and has made the honor roll every term Named a Bay State Conference second-team all-star Plans to play hockey in college.

KATIE RILEY

Notre Dame Academy

Junior forward posted 21 goals and 13 assists and served as captain Posted a hat trick in Cougars’ state tournament win over St. Bernard’s “She was a pivotal player,” coach Todd Jacobson said. “We designed our power play around her, and it paid off. We had our best power play percentage in five years.” Named to Catholic Conference all-star team for the her second straight year Set school records in all-time goal scoring and goals in a single season A member of student council, campus ministry and Key Club Volunteers at the Allerton House assisted living center Is the third member of her family to be named an All-Scholastic for varsity hockey; brothers Chris and Matt made the team in 2005 with BC High and Hingham, respectively Hopes to play Division 1 hockey in college.

STEPHANIE SCHLOSKY

Hingham

This 5-8 junior winger led the Harborwomen in goals with 24 and was second in points with 49 Posted 11 points in four playoff contests, including four in Hingham’s first-round matchup, and a hat trick in the quarterfinals “Steph is deceptively fast, and is tough to move in the corners and in front of the net where she possesses a deadly snap shot,” coach Tom Findley said Says her best on-ice attribute is her play-making ability and snap shot Offensive MVP in 2006-07 and ’07-08 Enjoys snowboarding and photography Also plays varsity field hockey, softball, and is a member of the Lady Hawks youth hockey squad In softball, was the Patriot League leader with 32 RBI and five home runs, while batting .418 with a .791 slugging percentage Named to SEMGHL North Division all-star team. Honor roll student hopes to play hockey at a New England-area college after graduation.

HONORABLE MENTION

    Beth Findley,    Hingham,     freshman,    goalie
    Meg Findley,    Hingham,     senior,           forward
    Jamie Foley,    Braintree,    senior,            defenseman
    Kristen Frano,    Notre Dame,    senior,    goalie
    Jackie Gaughan,    Canton,    senior,        forward
    Katie Hildreth,    Hingham,    sophomore, defenseman
    Brianna Kelly,    Milton,    sophomore,       forward  
    Meg Muncey,    Duxbury,     junior,               forward
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Wellesley 6, Framingham 5: Streak broken

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Wellesley 6, Framingham 5: Streak broken
By Tim Whelan Jr./Daily News staff
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Lisa Cassidy/Daily News staff
Wellesley's Mikaela Curtin maneuvers around Framingham's Brianna Davis during the Raiders' 6-5 win over the Flyers.

 
FRAMINGHAM — With 11:25 to play against Wellesley yesterday, Framingham held a two-goal lead and, in a way, its string of 52 consecutive girls lacrosse wins felt protected.

Give a team, a program, like the Flyers that kind of lead, and it might as well be lights out, right?

Wrong, at least yesterday.

After Raiders coach Chris Molonea called a timeout, the visitors scored three unanswered goals in the final 6:57 of play to earn a thrilling 6-5 victory over the two-time defending Division 1 state champions.

Wellesley senior Maria Garpestad took a pass from classmate Margie Fulton and put home the game-winner - and the streak-buster - with two minutes remaining.

Stunning as the loss may have appeared, Framingham coach Stacey Freda could not have been any prouder.

"We did as well as we could have. That's a better team," said Freda after her team suffered its first defeat since falling in the state semifinals to Westwood on June 15, 2005. "We were just hoping we'd be able to stick with them a little bit. We knew coming in we were a severe underdog, and that's obviously the best team in our conference.

"It was as hard-fought as possible, and I couldn't have asked for anything better from our team."

Surprisingly, the streak appeared as if it was on wobbly legs long before the final horn. In the first half, the Raiders outshot the Flyers 15-6 on their way to a 3-1 lead.

As has been the case so often over the past few years, though, the start of the second half belonged to Framingham (2-1). The hosts chipped away, as senior Melanie Baskind buried a penalty shot to cut the deficit to 3-2. Then Baskind forced a turnover soon after, raced up the left side and fed junior Samantha Zetlin, whose second goal of the contest served as the equalizer.

Molonea was not at all surprised to see the Flyers make a run.

"It just shows you Framingham's character," said Molonea, whose team is now 3-0. "Until proven otherwise, they are still the defending state champs and they showed a lot of heart and composure."

Flyers sophomore Moira Barry then gave her team the 4-3 lead when she put her own rebound past Wellesley goalie Dani Guigli with 13 minutes to play. Just over a minute later, Barry took a pass from junior Lizzie Ruben field and deposited the ball in the left side of the goal to give the Flyers a two-goal edge.

Rather than wilting, though, Wellesley apparently had just been biding its time to make its own run.

With 6:57 left, freshman sensation Blake Dietrick pulled off a spin move-and-score past Framingham senior keeper Jessica Gordon. Dietrick struck again with 3:50 to play, knotting the contest at 5-5 with her third goal of the day.

The composed Raiders continued to keep the Flyers on their collective heels, and Garpestad - one of the team's eight seniors - found the back of the net for the deciding score.

"They responded to us, and we responded in kind," Molonea said. "We showed a lot of composure because I think we could have easily been rattled. When Framingham spread the field, we could have started fouling and really bailed them out. But we really made some big plays and capitalized."

Seniors Margie Fulton and Sarah Grant also scored for Wellesley.

Baskind, one of her team's five seniors, remembers what a loss feels like. She was a wide-eyed freshman the last time it occurred. Now a savvy veteran, defeat is still no easier to take.

"It definitely stings a little bit more now as a senior," said the Flyer speed demon. "The streak was a motivation factor, but we're looking to improve from this. Now we have tangible evidence that we're not perfect."

When asked to reflect on the end of an incredible run, Freda looked at the game more as a stepping stone for this season rather than an end.

"We're 2-1 this year," she said. "This is a brand new team. We're just starting toward the development process. We still have some kids that can't really catch the ball well, and we're playing against some teams that are already developed. We've got a long way to go, but I like the way we started."

Freda would be the first to acknowledge that the time for reflection on the streak will have to wait. The Flyers are entering a stretch in which they visit Weymouth tomorrow, followed by a trip to Lincoln-Sudbury on Thursday and then Needham next Monday.

"They won that game fair and square, and I give them props because they played a great game," Baskind said. "I actually feel bad for the teams we have coming up, though, because we've got a lot of emotion right now. We're ready to get back out there now and do what we're capable of."
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Algonquin 10, Marlborough 0: Tomahawks trip up Panthers

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Algonquin 10, Marlborough 0: Tomahawks trip up Panthers
By Pete Jones/Daily News correspondent
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Dave Burk
Algonquin baseball players are all smiles after shutting out Marlborough, 10-0.

 
NORTHBOROUGH — Masterful is a pretty accurate word to describe the opening day outing of Algonquin pitcher John McKenna.

The junior enjoyed a memorable season-opening start on the hill for the Tomahawks yesterday, giving up only two hits, two walks and striking out four over five innings as host Algonquin blanked an inexperienced Marlborough squad 10-0 in the first game of the season for both clubs.

McKenna used an array of changeups and curveballs to keep the Panther hitters off balance and threw just 71 pitches - 40 of them for strikes - to retire 15 of the 19 batters he faced.

"I just looked to throw a lot of strikes," said McKenna. "I just wanted to get ahead of the hitters, so I thought it was a pretty solid outing. I was able to throw a lot of strikes today so it was a good all around opening day for us."

Equally as impressive was the Tomahawk offense. Algonquin was able to get to Marlborough starter Jeff Mula in the second inning. After senior Joe Cabral scored on an infield single by senior Mike Gleeson, junior Kevin Brown drew a bases-loaded walk to score junior Matt Lupien and give the Tomahawks a 2-0 lead.

Following Brown's RBI walk, junior second baseman Mike Pelland lined an 0-2 pitch into the gap in right center for a two-out, bases clearing double that pushed the T-Hawks lead to 5-0 after two.

"That was, no question, a key hit for us," said Algonquin coach Neil Burke. "Whenever you get a five-run lead early like that, it makes it a little easier on yourself."

McKenna helped his own cause in the fourth with an RBI single that made it 7-0. Algonquin then tacked on three more runs in the fifth to put away the Panthers. Sophomore Ryan McKenna scored on a fielder's choice and Kyle McGinnity and Cabral crossed home on a two-run RBI double by Brown, making it 10-0.

The inexperience of Marlborough was prevalent throughout the game. Two errors led directly to runs, as did a number of pop-ups that fell in front of Panther outfielders.

"I thought Jeff (Mula) pitched pretty well," said Marlborough coach Paul Duplessis. "We made some inexperienced mistakes behind him, though, but he threw strikes and I was very happy with him."

The Panthers sport a starting lineup with two freshmen, four sophomores and a junior. Mula and shortstop Wes Russell were the only two returning varsity players on the squad. Senior captain Tyler McElman is out until mid-April with a wrist injury.

"To come out and play their first varsity baseball game against a perennially good team like Algonquin, the kids learn," said Duplessis. "We made some good plays out there, but obviously it could have been better. It's just inexperience. I think we have good players."

Kyle Thebado and Russell had the two hits for Marlborough, while Bryan Vigeant and Matt Kehoe were solid in relief of Mula.

Algonquin freshman Kyle McGinnity doubled and walked twice in his debut for the Tomahawks, while catcher Graham Henningson had a walk and two hits. Relief pitchers Mike Speranzella and Sam Bush each retired the side for Algonquin in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.

"We feel we have a pretty good defensive team," said Burke, whose team didn't make an error. "We have some young pitchers, so we're not gonna be what you might call a strikeout team. We're gonna put the ball in play and let the defense step up."
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2008 All-Star Wrestling Team: Eagle-Tribune

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

2008 All-Star Wrestling Team: Eagle-Tribune



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2008 All-Star Wrestling Team

Name%School%Year%Weight

Cam Sullivan%Timberlane%Jr.%103

Matt Morris%Timberlane%Frosh.%112

Miguel Guzman%Greater Lawrence%Jr.%112

Franchesco Ortiz%Greater Lawrence%Sr.%119

Alex Smith%Timberlane%Soph.%119

*Trevor Dearden%Salem%Sr.%125

James Herlihy%Pinkerton%Jr.%125

Jimmy Connelly%North Andover%Sr.%125

*John Sughrue%Methuen%Sr.%130

Colin Lahiff%Brooks%Soph.%140

Kevin Sughrue%Methuen%Jr.%140

Jarad Smith%Timberlane%Sr.%145

Cody Byrd%Londonderry%Jr.%152

Chris DelaRosa%Greater Lawrence%Sr.%152

Hector Cintron%Phillips Academy%Sr.%171

Mike Leavitt%Central Catholic%Sr.%189

Reid Mosquera%Phillips Academy%Jr.%215

Brian Nicoll%Timberlane%Jr.%285

* — Eagle-Tribune co-MVP

Honorable Mention

Andover — Tom Paolera, Sr., 125; JonLars Carlson, Sr., 285

Brooks — Mike O'Boyle, Frosh., 103; Guy Landers, Sr., 215

Central Catholic — Shain Jowett, Jr., 160; Jack DiBurro, Jr., 135; Dave Kando, Sr., 171; Mike Farragher, Sr., 125

Georgetown/Ipswich — Dean Nemeroff, Soph., 135; Jay Nemeroff, Sr., 160

Greater Lawrence — Matt Buco, Frosh., 103; Brian Nadeau, Sr., 125; Saul Orellana, Jr., 135; Victor Sosa, Sr., 189

Haverhill — Tom Holt, Jr., 135; Isaiah Williams, 152, Soph.

Lawrence — Elvis Garcia, Sr., 140; Pedro Cruz, Jr., 285; Aaron Blanco, Jr., 145; Hugo Dominguez, Soph., 112

Londonderry — Kyle D'Urso, Sr., 140; Joel Cotton, Jr., 171; Scott Worth, Sr., 160

Methuen — Steve Saba, Sr., 215; Andrik Cruz, Sr., 145; Shaun McCarthy, Soph., 285; Mario Wiggins, Sr., 135

North Andover — Jared Hood, Sr., 140; Kyle Dolan, Sr., 189; John Bogosian, Sr., 215

North Reading/Lynnfield — Ryan Visconti, Sr., 130; C.J. Venuto, Jr., 125; Jake Donaldson, Jr., 285

Pelham — Mike Perruccio, Soph., 112; Billy Sullivan, Sr., 130; Richie Sullivan, Frosh., 125

Pentucket — Ben Stasiuk, Jr., 189; Andy Lane, Sr., 119; Brian Pigott, Sr., 171

Phillips Academy — Ryan Gaiss, Frosh., 130; Alex Gottfried, Jr., 285

Pinkerton — Dave Owens, Frosh., 112; Ian Beck, Soph., 152; Will Cordeau, Soph., 130; Colin Crowell, Soph., 135

Salem — Alex Pittera, Sr., 130; Corbin Decker, Sr., 160; Ryan Stanton, Sr., 285

Timberlane — Eric Petrillo, Jr., 171; Dave Clemens, Jr., 140; Nick Lawrence, Frosh., 130

Whittier — Pat Scheidegger, Jr., 215; Steve Surette, Soph., 140; Jeremy Bell, Soph., 119

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CAM SULLIVAN

Timberlane Junior

103

Enjoyed breakout year. Finished 44-6 and came in second in New England. At his best in big meets. Finished third in rugged Eastern States Classic. Dominated at New Hampshire Division 1 meet and Meet of Champions. Aggressive and tremendous scrambler. Exciting to watch. His cousins, Jay Sullivan and Ty Sullivan, were former New England runners-up for Timberlane.

MATT MORRIS

Timberlane Freshman

112

Enjoyed sensational 34-8 rookie season. Placed first at Division 1 state meet and Meet of Champions. Took title at Timberlane Tournament and came in third at Lowell Holiday Tournament. Four of his losses were to New England champ Brandon Gauthier of Lowell including two in overtime. "Matt is a very slick wrestler, good on his feet and a monster on top," said coach Barry Chooljian.

MIGUEL GUZMAN

Greater Lawrence Junior

112

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star continues to improve. Placed third in New England, the highest place for a Reggie in eight years. Went 50-2 with a team-high 40 pins and five technical falls. Boasts a 128-10 career record. Has never lost during the regular season. Well known for his long hair. "Miguel's hard work and dedication to the sport showed," said coach Tony Sarkis.

FRANCHESCO ORTIZ

Greater Lawrence Senior

119

The school's first repeat Division 2 state champion since former New England champion Luis Piantini. Went 44-3 with 33 pins. Undefeated in regular season last two years. Aggressive and relentless. Had memorable comeback win over Timberlane standout Alex Smith at New England tournament, at which he placed fifth. Wrestled all four years at 119 pounds. Hopes to wrestle in college.

ALEX SMITH

Timberlane Sophomore

119

Made great improvement this winter. Came on like gang-busters at end of season. Placed first in Meet of Champions with memorable rout of Winnacunnet's Josh Huber, a returning state champion and New England placer. Placed sixth in New England to cap 42-12 season. "Alex is quick and a very talented athlete," said coach Barry Chooljian. "And he's hungry to get better."

JAMES HERLIHY

Pinkerton Junior

125

One of the most improved wrestlers in the region despite recovering from offseason surgery. His intensive rehab payed off. Placed fifth at New Englands to cap off 36-7 season. Of his seven losses, five were to co-MVP Trevor Dearden. Placed first at both the Timberlane Invitational and the Capital City Classic. Passionate about wrestling. Popular volunteer at Derry Boys Club.

JIMMY CONNELLY

North Andover Senior

125

Finished final season with 42-8 record. Placed sixth in New England. Won titles at Wilmington and King Philip tournaments. Cape Ann League champion for third straight year. CAL Wrestler of Year. "We didn't have to worry about him going all-out," said coach Dave Castricone. Older brother, Bobby, wrestled last year, younger brother, Danny, will be a freshman grappler next year.

COLIN LAHIFF

Brooks Sophomore

140

Made dramatic improvement from 22-8 freshman campaign. Finished 28-1 with 24 pins. Only loss came in New England Prep finals by injury default after leading 2-0. Northeast Tournament champion. Placed first in Independent School League. Quick and aggressive, never lets up. Dominant despite knee injury in mid-season. Haverhill resident. Lettered in football as cornerback. Also plays baseball.

KEVIN SUGHRUE

Methuen Junior

140

Finished season with 51-7 record — second all-time for wins in a season at Methuen, trailing only his brother John. Four losses were to New England champions, the other three were to state champions in Mass., Vermont and Connecticut. Finished second in Division 1 state meet, third at All-State. Placed first at Con-Val, Wakefield, Framingham and Methuen tournaments.

JARAD SMITH

Timberlane Senior

145

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star capped career on a high note. Finished fifth in New England. Had a 40-9 record. Placed first in Division 1 and Meet of Champions with six straight pins. Won Timberlane Tournament. Strong with legs, on both top and bottom. Younger brother of four-time New England champion Matt Smith. Leaning toward University of New Hampshire where he hopes to wrestle on club team.

CODY BYRD

Londonderry Junior

152

Wrestled most of season at 145 but placed third in New England at 152. Enjoyed overall record of 44-6. Defeated Timberlane standout Jarad Smith two out of three times. Placed first at Haverhill, Bow, Timberlane and Merrimack tournaments. Focused with strong work ethic. "Whatever Cody sets his mind to, he gets it done," said coach Jim Marron. Starting kicker for football team and also plays safety.

CHRIS DELAROSA

Greater Lawrence Senior

152

Placed sixth in New England, becoming only second Reggie in school history to place at New England more than once. Undefeated in regular season for second straight year. Finished 46-3. Had 37 pins and five technical falls despite often wrestling at 160 to help team. Holds school record for career wins (155-16). Strong and smart. "Chris is dedicated and committed to excellence," said coach Tony Sarkis.

HECTOR CINTRON

Phillips Academy Senior

171

Went 17-0 in dual meets and was 34-3 overall with 22 pins. Northern Invitational champion. Named Outstanding Wrestler at Class A league meet. Won title at New England Prep Meet and finished seventh at Prep Nationals. His 92 career wins are third most in school history. Lawrence resident. Also an excellent musician. Plans to wrestle and study engineering in college.

MIKE LEAVITT

Central Catholic Senior

189

Third year as Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Finished second in New England, losing close decision in overtime in championship match. Three-time Division 2 state champ. All-State champ with 38-3 record this year. Boasted 143-20 career record. Extremely quick for his size. Began career in Timberlane youth program. Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star in football. Headed to Bryant College to play football.

REID MOSQUERA

Phillips Academy Junior

215

Made tremendous improvement in only third year of organized wrestling. Finished 32-4 with 22 pins. Finished first in New England Prep tournament after winning Class A league meet. Came in eighth at Prep Nationals. Northern Invitational champ, winning award for most pins in least time. Andover resident. Powerful 5-9, 215-pounder. Also plays football and lacrosse for Big Blue.

BRIAN NICOLL

Timberlane Junior

285

Completed sensational 45-4 season with New England title, winning 5-2 in tense final match. Division 1 state champion. Finished first at highly-regarded Lowell Holiday and Sanford tournaments. Came in second at rugged Eastern States Classic. Athletic for a big man. "Brian is a tremendous competitor with a great temperament," said coach Barry Chooljian. Standout two-way lineman for football team.

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2008 All-Star Girls Basketball Team - Eagle-Tribune

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

2008 All-Star Girls Basketball Team
Eagle-Tribune Super Team



2008 All-Star Girls Basketball Team

Name%School%Yr.%Ht.%Pos.

Eagle-Tribune Super Team

Lauren Hughes%Andover%Sr.%5-9%Forward

Katie Zenevitch%Central Catholic%Soph.%6-2%Center

Kirsten Daamen%Pentucket%Jr.%6-3%Center

Amanda Saab%Salem%Jr.%5-10%Forward

#Sam Wheeler%Timberlane%Sr.%6-0%Forward

Eagle-Tribune All-Stars

Name%School%Yr.%Ht.%Pos.

Laura Renfro%Andover%Sr.%5-7%Guard

Meghan Thomann%Andover%Sr.%5-8%Guard

Riley Dunn%Central Catholic%Sr.%5-9%Guard

Taryn O'Connell%Georgetown%Jr.%5-9%Forward

Tiffany Aguirre%Greater Lawrence%Soph.%5-1%Guard

Rashidat Agboola%Methuen%Soph.%6-0%Center

Lea Freeman%Methuen%Sr.%6-0%Center

Nicole Zahoruiko%North Andover%Jr.%5-9%Forward

Ashley Viselli%Pentucket%Soph.%5-10%Guard

A.J. Guidi%Pinkerton%Soph.%5-8%Guard

Danielle Martin%Whittier%Frosh.%5-6%Guard

* — Eagle-Tribune Super Team

# — Eagle-Tribune MVP

Honorable Mention

Andover — Camille Fantini, Sr., forward; Natalie Gomez-Martinez, Frosh., guard

Brooks — Appalonia Tankersley, Soph., guard; Monica Berube, Sr., guard

Central Catholic — Jackie Vienneau, Sr., guard; Monique Gosselin, Sr., guard; Gia O'Connor, Jr., guard

Fellowship Christian — Brittany Glines, Sr., guard; Chelsea Kirmelewicz, Soph., forward

Georgetown — Julie Fehlmann, Sr., forward; Shannon Hartford, Jr., guard

Greater Lawrence — Tatiana Perez, Sr., forward

Haverhill — Michelle Stanley, Sr., guard; Colleen Garvey, Jr., forward

Lawrence — Johelly Hernandez, Sr., guard; Karina Lopez, Jr., forward

Londonderry — Nicole Heffernan, Sr., guard; Callie King, Soph., guard

Methuen — Sujaliz Dominguez, Sr., guard; Kierstyn Donnelly, Jr., guard

North Andover — Katie Boringa, Sr., forward

North Reading — Alison Friberg, Jr., guard

Pelham — Briana Szidat, Jr., center

Pentucket — Andi Attenasio, Jr., forward; Erin McNamara, Soph., guard

Phillips — Kelly Fox, Sr., guard

Pinkerton — Brittni Wilson, Sr., guard; Tricia Ledbetter, Jr., guard; Jill Johnston, Jr., forward

Presentation of Mary — Becky Smith, Jr., forward; Natalie Quinn, Sr., guard

Salem — Danielle Stoodley, Sr., guard; Michaela Galvin, Sr., guard

Sanborn — Marianna Brown, Jr., forward; Amanda Ross, Sr., guard

Timberlane — Kristin Crotts, Sr., forward; Meghan Sciuto, Sr., guard

Whittier — Kendra Hobbs, Jr., guard

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LAUREN HUGHES


Andover Senior

Forward

Averaged 8.9 points per game for Division 1 state finalists. Only 5-9, but as tough as they come. Helped hold Lowell's 6-foot Wilson twins to 11 combined points in Division 1 North semifinals. "She just does all the little things you don't really see," Lawrence coach Dan Blouin said. Youngest of three athletic siblings, including 2003 Andover state tourney hero Samantha. Repeat All-MVC selection.

LAURA RENFRO

Andover Senior

Guard

All-Scholastic. Repeat All-MVC selection. Averaged 11.6 points per game and hit 65 3-pointers — second only to teammate Meghan Thomann in region. Shot 87 percent from the line for her career. Led Golden Warriors with 20 points in state title game loss to Northampton. Will play basketball at Williams College. National Honor Society member. Scored 1,500 on two-part SATs.

MEGHAN THOMANN

Andover Senior

Guard

All-Scholastic. Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Averaged 12.0 points and led region with 66 3-pointers this winter. Finished with 1,173 career points and 233 3-pointers. Scored 17 points in rout of New Bedford in state semifinals at TD Banknorth Garden. Will attend Bentley College on a basketball scholarship. Eagle-Tribune MVP and All-Scholastic for state semifinalist Golden Warrior volleyball team.

RILEY DUNN

Central Catholic Senior

Guard

Two-time MVC All-Star. Three-year letter winner. Averaged 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds. Tri-captain. Seventy-seven percent foul shooter. Hit 16 of 17 free throws in postseason. Scored season-high 17 points in state-tourney win over top seed Acton-Boxboro. Hopes to continue her basketball career; considering Ithaca College and Eastern Connecticut. Bradford resident.

KATIE ZENEVITCH

Central Catholic Sophomore

Center

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star, repeat All-MVC, repeat All-Scholastic. Led Raiders in scoring (14.8) and rebounding (14.5). Team MVP. Comcast Tournament MVP; led team to win over Division 3 state champion Archbishop Williams in final. Finished in double figures in 12 of the final 13 games of the season. Has already been offered full scholarships by Holy Cross and Boston College.

TARYN O'CONNELL

Georgetown Junior

Forward

Averaged 17.6 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.1 steals. Repeat All-CAL selection, repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Two-time team MVP. Went off in the postseason, scoring 24, 32 and 26 points in three tourney games. Scored 33 points in regular-season win over Division 1 Lynn English. Tallied double figures in 20 of 21 games. "She's the strength behind our team," coach BarriAnn Alonzo said.

TIFFANY AGUIRRE


Greater Lawrence Sophomore

Guard

All-CAC selection. Sixth in the region at 16.3 points per game. Hit 22 3-pointers. Dynamite off the dribble, possesses a deadly pull-up jumper. Only 5-1, but fearless in the paint. "She is one of the best ball handlers Greater Lawrence has seen," coach Tricia Fleming said. Torched Greater Lowell for 28 points in a 56-45 win. Sister of Anna Aguirre, a former Eagle-Tribune All-Star at Methuen High.

RASHIDAT AGBOOLA

Methuen Sophomore

Center

MVC All-Star. Coach's Award Winner. Led Rangers in scoring at 12.0 points per game. Athletic shotblocker, has only been playing basketball since the seventh grade. Scored season-high 23 points in Greater Lawrence Christmas Tournament loss to Lowell. Helped lead Rangers to best record (13-9) since 1999-2000. MVC All-Star in volleyball. Brother Tunde plays at Boston University.

LEA FREEMAN

Methuen Senior

Center

All-MVC selection. Rangers' MVP. Averaged 11.3 points for Rangers, who won first state tourney game in eight years. Scored game-high 24 points in upset win over Central Catholic in Greater Lawrence Christmas Tournament. Tri-captain. MVC Small Player of the Year, Eagle-Tribune All-Star in volleyball. Also an Eagle-Tribune All-Star high jumper (5-2 personal best) last spring.

NICOLE ZAHORUIKO

North Andover Junior

Forward

Repeat All-CAL selection. Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Led team in scoring (15.4) and rebounding (10.6) for the third straight season. Had 12 double-doubles. Has 841 career points. Has Led Scarlet Knights back to state tourney after two-year absence. Displayed a much-improved jump shot (hit five 3-pointers). Repeat team MVP. Captain-elect. National Honor Society member.

KIRSTEN DAAMEN


Pentucket Junior

Center

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Averaged 11.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.9 blocks per game. "She's probably the best big-girl defender in the state," coach John McNamara said of his 6-3 center. Displayed a much-improved jump shot. Led Sachems back to Division 3 state semifinals at Garden. Immense with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks in tight loss to powerhouse Archbishop Williams.

ASHLEY VISELLI


Pentucket Sophomore

Guard

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Two-time All-CAL selection. Averaged 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals. Already has 589 career points. Averaged 13.8 points over four postseason games. Scored game-high 20 points — including 17 straight in the second half! — in heartbreaking Division 3 state semifinal-loss to Archbishop Williams. Has helped Sachems go 44-5 over past two seasons.

A.J. GUIDI


Pinkerton Sophomore

Guard

All-Class L second-team selection. Led Astros in scoring at 12.6 points per game after averaging 9.3 ppg last season. Hit 37 3-pointers. Led Pinkerton to Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney title, scoring 25 in the final against Eastern Mass. champion Andover. Torched Timberlane for 27 points in a 53-49 Astros win. "She's a great all-around player," coach John Barry said.

AMANDA SAAB

Salem Junior

Forward

All-Class L selection. Fifth in the region at 16.4 points per game. May be top pure scorer in the region. Tallied double figures in 19 of 22 games. Hit only seven 3-pointers (down from 14 last season) but displayed a greatly improved inside game. Scored 26 points in a win over Keene; 23 in a loss to Class L state champ Winnacunnet. Eagle-Tribune All-Star hitter for state champion volleyball team.

DANIELLE MARTIN

Whittier Freshman

Guard

Had a big rookie campaign, finishing in double figures in 19 of 20 games played. CAC Division 1 All-Star. Averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Led team with 16 3-pointers. Poured in 33 points against Notre Dame of Lawrence. "She only wants to get better," coach Kevin Bradley said. Haverhill resident. Won Haverhill middle school championship with St. Joseph's School last year.

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Wheeler flies high in her final season

Neither injuries, nor the flu, nor gimmick defenses were enough to stop Sam Wheeler this winter.

The Timberlane senior forward tore through the competition, averaging an area-best 18.5 points per game. She and the Owls never captured a much-coveted Class L title, but she accomplished almost everything but bringing home the crown.

Wheeler's outstanding effort helped carry her club this season. For that reason, she is our choice for MVP. Without Magdala Johnson by her side for the first time in her career, Wheeler stepped up.

Defenses designed to stop her were no match for her skills.

"To constantly have that situation every night was probably the biggest adjustment," coach Bruce Johnson said.

A sore knee and the flu bug forced her to miss four games, but when she was on the floor, her drive always seemed to win out.

The three-sport standout (basketball, track, soccer) scored 24 points against Bishop Guertin, then 27 points against Goffstown. Even on nights she wasn't scoring, she was contributing. Against Londonderry Feb. 5, she scored only five points, but grabbed 11 rebounds, willing the Owls to a 43-40 win.

In the end, Wheeler goes down as one of the best players in program history. The Derry resident, a school-choice student, averaged 7.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.5 steals and 2.1 assists this season. She also finishes with 1,200 career points.

Wheeler, a three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star, will join Magdala Johnson at the University of Maine next fall on a basketball scholarship.

Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2007 — Stefanie Murphy, Londonderry; 2006 — Jenny McDade, Pinkerton; 2005 — Jenny McDade, Pinkerton; 2004 — Ashley McLaughlin, Andover; 2003 — Jenny Muller, Andover; 2002 — Jenny Muller, Andover; 2001 — Jenny Muller, Andover; 2000 — Jillian Middlemiss, Methuen; 1999 — Katherine Curry, Methuen; 1998 — Brianne Stepherson, Masconomet; 1997 — Charlotte Muller, Andover; 1996 — Jamie Cassidy, Methuen; 1995 — Kelly Van Huisen, Haverhill; 1994 — Amy Veilleux, Haverhill; 1993 — Kelley Hunt, Londonderry; 1992 — Keri Guertin, Haverhill; 1991 — Andrea Sunday, Salem; 1990 — Leslie Read, Londonderry

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2008 All-Star Boys Basketball Team - Eagle Tribune

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

2008 All-Star Boys Basketball Team
Eagle-Tribune Super Team



2008 All-Star Boys Basketball Team

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Eagle-Tribune Super Team

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# Billy Marsden%Central%Jr.%5-10%Guard

Adrian Gonzalez%Central%Sr.%6-5%Forward

Josh Jones%Salem%Jr.%6-3%Guard

Romeo Diaz%Methuen%Sr.%6-3%Guard

Eagle-Tribune All-Stars

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Carson Desrosiers%Central%Soph.%6-9%Center

Jaymie Spears%Georgetown%Frosh.%5-6%Guard

Justin Nieves%Lawrence%Jr.%5-11%Guard

Sean McManus%North AndoverSr.%5-10%Guard

Steve Boudreau%North Andover%Sr.%6-1%Guard

Justin Hojlo%Pelham%Jr.%5-9.%Guard

Beau Cassidy%Pinkerton%Jr.%5-11%Guard

Shawn Stoodley%Salem%Sr.%6-2%Forward

Mike Kimball%Salem%Jr.%6-2%Guard

Drew Smith%Timberlane%Sr.%5-11%Guard

# — Eagle-Tribune MVP

Honorable Mention

Andover — Tristian Shannon, Sr., forward; Greg Cook, Sr., guard; Derrick Beasley, Sr., guard

Brooks — Robert Perryman, Sr., forward

Central Catholic — KB Oshodi, Sr., guard

Fellowship Christian — Trevor Glines, Frosh., guard

Georgetown — Brandon Wade, Sr., guard

Greater Lawrence — Donald Celestin, Frosh., guard; Hector Heredia, Sr., guard

Haverhill — Charlie Roche, Jr., guard; Ismael Rios, Sr., forward

Lawrence — Mariano Fortunato, Sr., forward

Londonderry — Bobby Wunsch, Sr., forward; Matt Travalini, Sr., guard

Methuen — Edwin Gonzalez, Sr., guard; Mike Gorman, Frosh., guard

North Andover — Hayden Yeazel, Sr., forward

North Reading — Kevin Lentini, Jr., forward; Kevin O'Leary, Sr., forward

Notre Dame — Eddie Contreras, Sr., guard; Gilbert Abel, Soph., forward

Pelham — Ricky Costa, Sr., guard; Jamie Vaiknoras, Sr., forward

Pentucket — Liam Crawford, Sr., guard

Phillips — Mike Palermo, Sr., guard

Pinkerton — Zach Mathieu, Soph., forward

Salem — Dan Kinney, Sr., forward

Sanborn — Robby Ficker, Jr., guard; Rob Verreault, Jr., center

Timberlane — Mike Donovan, Sr., guard

Whittier — Garry Littles, Sr., center; Brandon Sheehy, Sr., forward

Marsden was deadly in the clutch

The first challenge to Billy Marsden came in the preseason.

Adrian Gonzalez struggled, nursing a strained oblique muscle, and Central Catholic needed a go-to guy on offense in the interim.

The junior responded by averaging 24.5 points a night over the first six games, including a three-game run of 79 points which landed Central the Greater Lawrence Christmas tourney title and Marsden the tournament MVP.

The 5-10 guard out of Pelham, never looked back on the year — despite a painful midseason ankle sprain.

"He's probably the most consistent kid we've had in a long, long time here," said Raider coach Rick Nault, who's been around the Central program as a player, assistant and now head coach for nearly two decades. "He puts up points in a hurry, and he's just so gutsy."

Every time Central looked like it was in trouble in the state tournament, Marsden responded.

The Raiders trailed top-seeded Charlestown by 16 early in the North semifinals. Marsden, who shot down No. 1 and unbeaten Lexington in the same situation a year ago, backboned a miracle comeback over the Townies with a 30-point night.

In the EMass title tilt at Tsongas Arena — the rubber match with MVC rival Lowell — it was Marsden delivering the shot of the year, a runner on the baseline with 24.1 seconds left that folks upriver are still shaking their head over.

And at the Garden, with South champ BC High taking it to the Raiders (38-29 midway through the third), it was Marsden erupting for 19 of his team-high 22 points in a dominating second half.

An All-Scholastic choice, averaged 19.0 points a game. In two varsity seasons, he's scored 681 points (13.6 ppg.) with the Raiders going 42-8 in that span.

ALEX SKINNER

Brooks School Senior

Guard

Enjoyed improbable season. Went from a reserve to a Super Teamer. First-team All-ISL. Fourth in region at 19.1 points a game. Scored 20-plus points in 12 of 24 games. Had season-high 34 vs. Middlesex. Best in area with 98 3-pointers. "Almost impossible to calculate how important he was to us," said coach John McVeigh. Lives in Bradford. Will play tennis at BC.

ADRIAN GONZALEZ

Central Catholic Senior

Forward

Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer. Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. MVC Large co-MVP. Scored 1,095 career points. One of region's most ferocious dunkers. Smooth lefty. Averaged 16.9 points and 11 rebounds a game. Dominated state title win with 28 and 12 boards. Matured greatly on and off the court. Earned scholarship to Division 2 powerhouse Bentley.

JOSH JONES

Salem Junior

Guard

Super Teamer. Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Three-year starter. Dead-eye shooter. Averaged team high 16.0 points. Chipped in 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Torched Timberlane for 30 points on opening night. Went on 11-0 personal run to bust Class L title game wide open. Has 951 points with a year to play. Should start in the outfield for the baseball team this spring.

ROMEO DIAZ

Methuen Senior

Guard

Super Teamer. Three-year starter. Two-year captain. Two-time team MVP. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Played all five positions on floor. Second in the region at 21.9 points a game. Torched Dracut for 51 points in win. Netted 20-plus points in 14 of 20 games. "Always stepped to the plate when we needed him," said coach Rich Barden. Pointing toward prep school.

BEAU CASSIDY

Pinkerton Junior

Guard

Seventh in the region at 17.4 points a game. Second in the region with 84 3-pointers. Netted game-high 24 points in playoff win over Winnacunnet. Led team with 16 in quarterfinals vs. Salem. Had a 32-point night vs. BG. Improved defender. "The guy we wanted with the ball when we it counted," said coach Peter Rosinski. Won the Elks national foul shooting championship at age 13.

JAYMIE SPEARS

Georgetown Freshman

Guard

First freshman to make the team since Central's Jonathan Cruz in 2003. Third in CAL, sixth in the region in scoring at 18.7 points a game. All-league choice. Added 4.4 assists, 4.4 steals and 4.1 rebounds a game. Hit 27 of 60 3-pointers and 119 of 150 free throws. "He's the real deal," said coach Mike Rowinski. Played varsity as an 8th grader. Also saw time with varsity football team.

JUSTIN NIEVES


Lawrence Junior

Guard

All-MVC. Averaged 18 points and six assists. Two-year letterman. A natural two-guard, played point out of necessity. Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney All-Star. Torched Pinkerton for 38 points, 31 in the second half. Canned seven trifectas against the Astros. Had 40-point night vs. Tewksbury. "Can really shoot the ball and is still learning the game," said coach Paul Neal.

WILFREDO PAGAN

Central Catholic Senior

Guard

Four years on varsity. Tri-captain. Tenacious defender gave BC High guards fits at the Garden. "Our MVP, we were nowhere near our best without him," said coach Rick Nault. Averaged 7.7 points, seven assists and under three turnovers a game. Scored career-high 21 in state title game. Dished out 10 assists in Christmas Tourney title game. Looking to play at Merrimack or WPI.

CARSON DesROSIERS


Central Catholic Sophomore

Center

Averaged triple-double in six state tourney games: 10.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 11.5 blocks. Game-changer on defense. Has range to 15 feet. Scored 11.0 points a game for season. Netted season-high 22 vs. Lawrence. "In the tournament, he grew into one of the most dominant players in the state," said coach Rick Nault. Already drawing considerable Division 1 college attention.

SHAWN STOODLEY


Salem Senior

Forward

Key banger on back-to-back Class L title teams. Honorable mention All-Class L. Averaged a double-double with 10.1 points and 11.2 rebounds a night. Turned tide in state finals with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Had a pair of 18-point nights and three 20-rebound games. "Did all the dirty work and earned every one of his points," said coach E.J. Perry. Two-way starter on the line in football.

MIKE KIMBALL

Salem Junior

Guard

Three years on varsity. Quad-captain. Second-team All-Class L. Finished at 15.0 points a game. "If we had a playoff MVP, it would have been him," said coach E.J. Perry. Scored 23 points, half of team's total, in state semifinal win over Manchester Central. Scored 17 with nine assists and eight rebounds in title game. Punished Guertin with career-high 31 points.

SEAN McMANUS

North Andover Senior

Guard

Four-year varsity player. Three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Went 6-3 in nine career state tourney starts at the point. Averaged 14.4 points a game as a sophomore, 12.0 as a junior, 13.4 this winter. Knocked in 182 career 3-pointers, 55 this year. "He just meant so much to the program," said coach Mike McVeigh. High honor student. Co-captain of cross country team.

STEVE BOUDREAU

North Andover Senior

Guard

Two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Three-year letterman. Led Scarlet Knights with 15.2 ppg. Scored 41 points in two tourney games. Fiery leader. Scored 19 points in Greater Lawrence Christmas Tourney loss to Central. Hit double figures in all but one game, a 21-point blowout win. "What more could a coach ask for?" said coach Mike McVeigh. Starting quarterback in football.

JUSTIN HOJLO

Pelham Junior

Guard

Three-year letterman. Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Third in region at 19.1 ppg. Has already scored 1,138 points with a year to go. Canned 53 3-pointers, with 144 in his career. Also lethal off the dribble. Plays both guard spots. Scored season-high 37 vs. Laconia. Netted 35 in playoff win over Kearsarge. "There aren't many teams who can handle him," said coach Todd Kress.

DREW SMITH

Timberlane Senior

Guard

Three-year starter. Honorable mention All-Class L choice. The region's leading scorer at 23.6 points a game, highest in area since 2001. Had two 36-point games, three 32-point games and a 30-point game. Threw in 29 3-pointers. Finished with 996 points. "He carried us," said coach Paul Cardone. Ranked 14th in class of over 400. Scored 1,630 on SAT. Would like to attend a college in California.

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Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2007 — Stephen Savage, Salem; 2006 — Jonathan Cruz, Central; 2005 — Hector Paniagua, Lawrence; 2004 — Chris Vetrano, Andover; 2003 — Chris Vetrano, Andover; 2002 — Chris Vetrano, Andover; 2001 — Joel Gil, Central; 2000 — Tommy McLaughlin, Andover; 1999 — Scott Hazelton, Central; 1998 — John Jacobs, Central; 1997 — Brian Bettano, Methuen; 1996 — Richie Barden, Methuen; 1995 — Matt Gibson, Andover; 1994 — Kirk Stockwood, Andover; 1993 — Mike Roberts, Andover; 1992 — Sean Ryan, Andover; 1991 — Rigo Nunez, Lawrence; 1990 — Tom Quinlan, Haverhill

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Brower to coach Central football

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Brower to coach Central football
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
By RUSS HELD
rheld@repub.com

Valdamar, "T," Mr. Brower or coach Brower.

Call him what you will, but Valdamar "T" Brower will be the next varsity football coach at Central High School in Springfield.

Brower, 26, was hired last week as the program's fourth head coach. He places Darby McLaughlin, who coached for four seasons.

Brower has been on staff at Central for three seasons, serving as defensive coordinator for the Division IA playoff qualifier in 2007.

Brower, who teaches math and science as a special education teacher at Central, said his coaching philosophy is simple.

"The kids come first," the Springfield resident said. "All of my decisions will be based on what's right for the kids, what's right for the program."

Brower's football background includes a terrific playing career. He was a two-time Division I-AA All-American at the University of Massachusetts

"I was a walk-on recruit there, and things went my way, and I basically earned a scholarship in the matter of a week," Brower said.

Brower moved to Florida soon after finishing at UMass in 2003, but furthering his playing career as a professional never materialized.

The graduate of Northampton High School played on the 1996 Super Bowl team as a sophomore.

"I played for guys like Frank Tudryn and Ken O'Brien, Don Brown was there at UMass ... some of the best coaches," Brower said.

Dan McLaughlin coached for 16 seasons at Central, winning 109 games and five Super Bowl titles as the program's first head coach. He retired after the 2001 season.

Tim McCluskey followed from 2002 to 2004, before Darby McLaughlin, Dan's son, took over.

"I owe so much to Darby, for giving me the chance," Brower said. "And I am ready to go."

Brower said the nickname "T" comes from his middle name Terrance. My sister is Valerie, so "Val" wasn't going to work for both of us," Brower said.

"I can usually tell who's looking for me ... by the name (they call)," Brower said.

FOOTBALL BANQUET: The Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame takes place tonight at 7 the University of Massachusetts Campus Center in Amherst.

Honorees include Angelo Bertelli Award winner Pat Donnelly of Longmeadow, who will be honored as the region's most valuable player for the 2007 season. Central senior George Hargrove is the Francis X. Keating Award winner for his ability to overcome adversity to achieve success.

Other award winners include the Archie Roberts Award, given to the top student athlete at a Western Mass. high school. Sam McGrath of Longmeadow will be honored.

He'll be joined by Frank L. Boyden Award honoree Ian Carlin. The Wilbraham & Monson student will be honored as the top-scholar athlete from a local prep school.

CHOWDER BOWL: Save the date.

The eighth annual Shrine Chowder Bowl Classic will be held on Friday, June 20, at Springfield College. The game features graduating seniors from Western Massachusetts against a similar group from central Massachusetts. The West team will be coached by Joe Dutsar of Dean Tech.

WESTFIELD NOTES: Former Westfield coach Ron Reopel will be inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame on April 27 at The Lantana Restaurant in Randolph.

Reopel coached from 1968 to 1992, winning seven league titles and four Super Bowl crowns.

Current Westfield senior Ryan Veillette will be honored there as one of nine students in the state to be awarded the Coaches Award from the Massachusetts High School Coaches Association.

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Senior hurler paces Amherst

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Senior hurler paces Amherst
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
By MIKE BOGEN
mbogen@repub.com

Sarah Frattesi is in the early stages of what should turn out to be an oustanding high school softball career.

Yesterday, however, the Chicopee sophomore was one-upped by Amherst senior Abby Fuhrman, whose complete game three-hit, no-walk performance enabled the Hurricanes to top the visiting Pacers 1-0 in an independent game.

Fratessi, who pitched a five-inning no-hitter against Northampton in her first start, gave up her first and only hit of the young season in the second inning, a two-run single by Hurricane first baseman Jenn Mears.

That hit, which followed three walks, and Mears' fielder's choice in the first, followed two walks and a passed ball and gave Fuhrman all the offense she would need.

"Abby gets a lot of groundball outs, and our infield is very strong," Amherst coach Kacey Schmitt said.

"Sarah did a nice job. She was a little wild and we worked her well for walks, but she's going to be a good pitcher," Schmitt said.

Frattesi didn't allow another hit and struck out nine in six innings.

INDEPENDENT Minnechaug 10, Chicopee Comp 5: Allison Meaney, Ashley Stolarik and Katie Forrest drove in two runs each, and the Falcons struck for six runs in the fifth inning in the home victory

Mahar 7, Franklin Tech 5: Marcy Rumrill allowed six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four, and Alicia Wrigley belted a solo homer, as the host Senators won their opener.

Heather Card went the distance for the Eagles, giving up eight hits, walking two and striking out three.

Holyoke 16, Cathedral 10: Freshman Kaley Sullivan went 5 for 5 and drove in three runs, and classmate Abbey McAndrew survived a seven-run Cathedral rally in the sixth to register her first varsity win.

Christina Duquette doubled in three runs for the Panthers.

Westfield 15, Northampton 5: Moira Farrell went 3 for 5 and Chelsie Crawford and Caroline Browne were both 2 for 4 for the visiting Bombers.

Annie Lesko hit a solo homer for the Blue Devils.

West Springfield 15, South Hadley 0: Kelly Dixon pitched a one-hitter in her first varsity start, allowing only a fifth inning double to the host Tigers' Jackie Chambers.

Dixon walked two and struck out seven. Rose Pitkin drove in four runs for the Terriers.

BI-COUNTY EAST Granby 10, Sci-Tech 9: Mark Mitchell, first-year coach of the softball team at Springfield's High School of Science and Technology probably doesn't know it yet, but - win or lose - he's in for a lot of days like this.

"It was just a thrilling game," Mitchell said after his Cybercats rallied in the last of the seventh yesterday, but fell short in a 10-9 Bi-County East loss to visiting Granby. "What a game."

And then he said it again.

Granby, which won for the first time in three starts, scored two runs in five of the seven innings, the last two on an RBI triple by Hollie Menard and the eventual game-winning hit, a single by Breezy Ransford.

Sci-Tech, which had taken a 3-2 lead in the last half of the first on a three-run home run by Jennifer Wesley, trailed 10-7 in the last of the seventh. Isiz Rivera made it 10-8 with an RBI single, and Mercedes Martinez, who had been hit by a pitch, scored on pitcher Breanna Allen's fielder's choice to make it 10-9 before Granby hurler Monica Johnson got the final out.

Johnson went the distance, giving up eight hits and three walks while striking out nine.

Holyoke Catholic 17, Smith Academy 11: Margaret Beauchemin pitched three scoreless innings to settle things down while her teammates scored 12 runs in the last four innings, and then survived a four-run seventh-inning rally to get the victory for the Gaels.

Jill Hopfenspirger had three hits and drove in two runs for the Falcons.

Palmer 17, Sabis 2: Chelsea Wahlers gave up two hits and two walks while striking out five in four innings for the Panthers, who got two hits each from Chelsea Reynolds, Chelsea Theofane and Steph Geoffrion.

BI-COUNTY EAST Ware 12, McCann 3: Alysia Morrissette is in midseason form.

Morrissette, whose mound work was instrumental in the Indians' winning the Bi-C East last season, was sharp for the second straight game yesterday, following an opening-game one-hit, no walk, seven strikeout effort with a three-hitter against the visiting Hornets. She walked only two and struck out 15.

The senior helped herself out at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Jamie Champagne was 2 for 4 for the Indians.

CENTRAL MASS. Northbridge 10, Quaboag 5: Adrienne Camarda drove in three runs with a pair of doubles in the visiting Cougars' loss.

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3 feet looming large in softball

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

3 feet looming large in softball
Sunday, April 06, 2008
By MIKE BOGEN
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All things considered, moving the pitcher's rubber three feet farther from home plate than it always has been in Massachusetts high school softball shouldn't send any shock waves throughout the sport.

But that does not mean that some veteran coaches and top players in the Pioneer Valley think the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association's rule that moves the rubber from 40 to 43 feet away is insignificant.

Or that they are in agreement about the extent of difference the measure will make.

"I really don't think the change will have that much effect on pitchers; they'll adjust just fine," Amherst coach Kacey Schmitt said. "But, if it has any adverse effects, it will be more detrimental to the pitchers who rely on speed, as the batters will have a little more time to see the ball.

"Those pitchers who use movement as their primary weapon may actually find that it helps them. The ball will have more time to drop, rise, etc.," she said.

"I think I'll have more time to get ready and prepare myself for the ball," Agawam catcher Amy Mantha, who hit .463 with seven home runs last season, said. "You'll have more time to get your hips through."

"I think it's going to help me a little. The strongest pitchers will adjust and those that don't take pitching as seriously won't," Pioneer third baseman Katie Bachinski, who hit five homers and had a slugging average of .879 last year. "Who gets the advantage will depend on the pitcher-batter matchup."

"I think it will help hitters because they have more time to see the ball and react to it when they are hitting against those really fast pitchers like DeAnna (Ronca of Agawam)," said Minnechaug shortstop Lauren Giacomoni, who hit .395 last season. "I also think that hitters will have to adjust and it won't be that easy because seeing the ball for a second longer might make you second guess your self on pitch selection."

The pitchers see it a bit differently.

"At first I thought it was going to affect me a lot but I worked really hard this off-season to feel comfortable pitching farther back," said Ronca who gave up only 42 hits in 92 innings and had a 1.32 ERA last season.

"I'm pretty fast, and I think my pitches move better and they're more crisp; they have more pop on them," said Turners Falls' Dani Sullivan, who pitched the Indians to the Western Massachusetts Division III title last year.

"The only thing I'm worry about is my speed. I'm not as fast as others in the area. But since my breaking pitches are my mainstay, I think it'll affect those in a positive way," said Amherst's Abby Fuhrman, who had 146 strikeouts to 17 walks and an 0.75 ERA last year. "I think the good pitchers will still be good pitchers."

None of the pitchers did anything different in the offseason, but both Sullivan and Ronca played for teams that used the college distance.

Giacomoni and Fuhrman made the point that the difference could be subtle.

"In close games I think bunting will become a bigger part of the game as well, because you can bunt back toward the pitcher and they have farther to run in," Giacomoni said.

Veteran West Springfield coach Deke Pillsbury does see increased offense.

"I think the pitchers will have a little trouble with it and there will be a little more hitting in the game. I think you'll see a lot more high-scoring games," he said.

Westfield coach Joe Stella made note of what will likely be the new rule's greatest drawback - its effect on games involving programs that have not yet completely evolved.

"It won't hurt the good pitchers, but it will really take its toll on those who are learning to pitch," Stella said.


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Switch made to one division

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Switch made to one division
Sunday, April 06, 2008
By CHRISTIAN McCOLLUM
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The Western Massachusetts high school track and field championships will have a different look - some say a different feel - to them this year.

For the first time, when all of the region's schools converge at Westfield State College May 31, they will all compete against one another.

All of the schools and athletes will be going head-to-head as the format has been changed and scoring will no longer be split up between Division I and Division II. All schools will be considered Division I.

While there will only be one team champion for the boys and one for the girls, the other big difference is that the top four finishers in each event, regardless of division, will advance to the state meet.

In previous years, Western Mass. sent its top two qualifiers from Division I and its top two from Division II to the state meet.

"I think it should be one division," said Matt Griffin, coach of the Minnechaug Regional boys team that won the last five Division I team titles. "I think it will be a different feel. We're going to have the best performers from Division I and Division II competing against each other."

Dick Atkinson is entering his 44th year coaching at Southwick-Tolland after the Rams won the boys Division II title last season.

"They want the four best from Western Mass. to go to states. I think it's good," Atkinson said. "I think after a few years it'll stay like this and we won't miss the way that it was before."

But Atkinson didn't totally buy in to the idea right away.

"I'm glad they agreed to let (Division II) have its own Western Mass. meet before the all-Western Mass. meet," he said. "Originally there wasn't going to be one, but they agreed. That will give the kids one last chance to qualify."

The Division II Western Mass. meet will be held at Mohawk Trail May 16. Division I will also have a separate Western Mass. meet May 17 at Holyoke High School. Those meets are set to replace the PVIAC Individuals.

"The only thing we wanted was to have it a week before the All-Western Mass. meet, but the Berkshire schools had already scheduled their meet for that week," Atkinson said. "But I think next year it will be a week before."

Not only will the format be different, but the competition obviously won't be the same.

"It will be exciting to see the top runners, throwers and sprinters going against each other," Griffin said. "Western Mass. always has that championship atmosphere, but I think there will be a little more this year."


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Suffield coach ready

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Suffield coach ready
Saturday, April 05, 2008
By CHRIS KENNEDY
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Jeff Depelteau of South Hadley saw his basketball playing days at Wheaton College cut short because of a knee injury, but that same torn anterior cruciate ligament prompted an early start to his coaching career.

The 25-year-old who helped South Hadley High win a Western Massachusetts Division II title in 2001 was recently named the varsity boys basketball coach at Suffield Academy. Depelteau, who spent a post-graduate year at Suffield, replaces David Godin. Godin, who took over in 1990, will expand his duties as an athletic director at a school about to open a new field house practice facility.

Depelteau loves working at the high school level, and said that coaching at one of the two places he played was dream come true.

"I told Dave if he asked me a thousand times, the answer would be yes every time," said Depelteau, who also serves as an assistant director of admissions at the prep school and has been coaching in the basketball program.

"High school is the level I like. I think you can have fun with the kids. It's not as serious as college, but the kids love to compete, love to play."

Depelteau's first varsity season at South Hadley was also the first for current Tigers coach Jeff Guiel. The program won just two games that season, but two years later lost only two and took home the sectional crown.

After his year at Suffield, Depelteau went to Wheaton College in Norton, where his playing time was limited basically to his freshman season because of the knee problem. He wound up helping Guiel at South Hadley while rehabbing and quickly found coaching could fill his need to be part of the game.

"He earned the chance to help out by the passion he showed for the game and his commitment to the program his senior year," Guiel said. "We've become close friends later in life, and he just loves the game. He loved to play, he loves watch it, he loves to talk about it, and he loves to mentor young kids. He's going to be a great coach. He already is a great coach."

Suffield finished 12-6 last season, just missing the New England Class B tournament, and the Tigers return a trio of players who saw significant playing time. Depelteau's teams will no doubt take something from Godin at Suffield and something from Guiel at South Hadley, but there will also be a good bit of the new guy in there as well.

"I definitely want us to be physical," he said. "I want hard-nosed players. I've always believed a lot of games are won on the boards, so I like kids who want to rebound."

Godin, who is expected to stay involved with the team as an assistant, said the change allows him to spent more time concentrating on other aspects of his AD position, a job which has become increasing complex at the high school level in recent years. Having Depelteau ready to step in as coach made the decision easier.

"That's part of it," Godin said. "We did have someone here who has great enthusiasm for the sport and the school."


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BOYS' LACROSSE PREVIEW - Boston Globe

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

BOYS' LACROSSE PREVIEW

Duxbury sticking to formula
Green Dragons don't duck challenges in title pursuit

By Maggie Cassidy, Globe Correspondent | April 7, 2008

Senior defender Craig Sullivan is hoping to lead Duxbury to a fifth straight state title.
Senior defender Craig Sullivan is hoping to lead Duxbury to a fifth straight state title. (File/Robert E. Klein/For the Globe)

Sometimes, numbers speak louder than words: four consecutive Division 1 state titles, 73 straight wins against MIAA opposition, and a 118-8 record the last five seasons.

But behind the numbers is something even more important - Duxbury's determination to continue dominating EMass boys' lacrosse, coach Chris Sweet said.

"Honestly, I think that the pressure that comes with the high expectations is somewhat countered or neutralized by the experience we've all gained from being in that position," Sweet said. "I think that's a real advantage . . . They have the character to go along with what it takes."

Duxbury's biggest asset is Globe All-Scholastic Craig Sullivan, a senior long-stick defender and captain. Another senior captain, Scott Austin, returns from an 89-point season.

While Sweet is happy to return about a dozen players to his talented roster, he said the team's biggest strength is its balance and depth. Plus, he is continuing the tradition of testing his players early by scheduling several tough area teams, like Division 1 powerhouses Hingham and Billerica, as well as some top New York squads.

All eyes are on Xaverian to see if it can topple Duxbury's dynasty. The Hawks lost to the Green Dragons in the state final in overtime last year, but return some serious talent - including attackman Brendan Grant.

St. John's Prep is an early favorite in the Catholic Conference after returning nearly its entire lineup from a successful 12-8 campaign that ended with an overtime loss to Billerica in the Division 1 state quarterfinals. Xaverian graduated 15 players, but coach Tim Gardner has plenty of talent leftover -- including Brendan Grant and Chris Rigoli on attack and Ryan Abely in the midfield. Senior Sean Halloran takes over in net for the Hawks, who fell to Duxbury in last year's Division 1 title game.

BC High has reinstated itself as a potential powerhouse, trumping Marshfield, 8-6, Saturday. The Eagles will lean on a defense that features senior goaltender David Barton in net and fellow cocaptain Chris Murray in front of him.

A pair of Merrimack Valley Conference giants, Billerica and Andover, return large chunks of their rosters and could threaten Duxbury's reign. Billerica beat Tewksbury in its opener and Andover is off to a 3-0 start, including a 6-3 win over MVC rival Chelmsford.

Division 2: As usual, Medfield is the team to watch. The Warriors haven't lost a Tri-Valley League game in five years and have won seven straight league titles. They won the Division 2 state championship in 2007 and EMass championship in 2006, as well as Division 3 state titles in 2004 and 2005.

Bob Aronson's team has high expectations, although the roster experienced a large turnover, including the transfer of senior Matt Schairer to King Philip and graduation of All-Americans Tom Frasca and C.J. Estes. Medfield is getting help from unexpected sources this spring: a hockey player (Cody Armstrong) and a football player (Angel Collins).

In its first year in Division 2, Hopkinton already has given Medfield a test, losing, 8-5. Wellesley and Mansfield are also perennial contenders, while Walpole returns several starters and is turning heads as the program continues to grow. Wayland might struggle as it depends on a veteran midfield to lead a young attack and defense.

Division 3: Cohasset coach Stewart Curran and his back-to-back state champions have set a lofty goal for the season.

"When we put the trophy in the trophy case and shut the glass [last year], everyone looked at each other and said we need to have a third," Curran said. "That was our goal and that remains our goal, and if we're not playing for the championship there's going to be a lot of disappointment."

With a slew of returning veterans, the Skippers could get the job done. Senior captain and Bowdoin-bound attackman Mark Flibotte is a returning All-American and All-South Shore.

Cohasset's biggest hurdle will be rival Scituate, coached by Rick Bagby. The Sailors fell to Cohasset in the state championship game last year -- and again on Sunday, 12-10, during the only scheduled regular-season meeting (the two teams could meet again in the first annual Chowda Cup tournament later this month -- but plan to badger the Skippers this season despite graduating much of its midfield.

Like its hockey counterpart, which this season won the Division 3 EMass title, the Scituate boys' lacrosse team will play in honor of Tim Mahoney, who died in a car accident Feb. 2. Mahoney, a junior, was a member of both squads and will be missed dearly for his bright personality and strong presence in the midfield, Bagby said.

Also look for Dover-Sherborn, which started the season with a double-overtime loss to Medfield, and Hamilton-Wenham to stir things up while the two favorites duke it out.
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Boys Outdoor Track & Field Previews - Lowell Sun

Sport:   Posted: April 8th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Boys Outdoor Track & Field Previews
The Lowell Sun
 

ACTON-BOXBORO

League: Dual County

Last year: 6-3

Key graduates: David Lowe, Andrew Musacchio, Ben Cunkelman.

Returning letterwinners: Stanley Ye, sr., 100, 200; DJ Brock, sr., 100, 200, long jump; Dan Grant, sr., mile; Jack Benjamin, sr., 800; Teddy Farley, jr., 2 mile; Brian Clough, jr., javelin; Derek Wise, sr., pole vault; Steve Alsen, sr., pole vault; Stephen Forgo, so., 400; Alex Kim, so., 100, 200.

Promising newcomers: Neal Olson, fr., 400; David Sestrich, jr., 2 mile; Chris Pulleritis, fr., high jump/800.

Coach Brian Crossman (3rd year): "We've got a very good shot at winning our league. We won the indoors and we have most of our big guns back. We have really good runners."

Opener: April 12 at Westford

ALVIRNE

League: NHIAA Class L

Returning letterwinners: Joel Dupont, sr., dist.; Matt Emanuelson, sr., throws; Ricky McLaughlin, sr., dist.; Aaron Fellows, sr., mid. dist.; Derek Laurent, jr., sprints/jumps; Nick Samaras, jr., sprints; Brian Barry, so., sprints/jumps; Todd Boucher, so., mid. dist.; Brandon Doyle, so., dist.

Promising newcomers: Luke Mertins, fr., sprints; Caleb Donnelly, fr., dist.; Chris Low, fr., mid. dist.

Coach Tom Daigle: "If we can stay relatively free of injuries, and the team remains as committed as they seem to be, and it stops snowing we have the potential of having a very good season."

AYER

League: Midland-Wachusett C

Last year: 8-0 dual meet; Class C
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Key graduates: DJ Trinque, MIchael Racca, Avery Campbell, Antoine Payne

Returning letterwinners: Charlie Jones, sr., sprints/high jump; Garrett Lockard, sr., dist., shot put; Mike Iasevoli, sr., jumps, sprints; Isiah Connor, sr., triple jump, hurdles; Jessie Rende, sr., sprints/discus; Abe Sifaklis, sr., dist.; Jason Smith, jr., dist.

Promising newcomers: Matt Anderson, sr., shot put; Sylvester Marshall, 8th, sprints; Mike Montoya, fr., sprints; Cliff Schultz, sr., mid. dist.; Dashawn Taylor, 8th, sprints; Robert Stiling, fr., dist.; Brandon Pires, so., dist.

Coach Jamie Lamoureux (15th season): "We had such success last year. For us to do that with that our numbers is an accomplishment. We're excited to get going. We're strong in the field events. I just hope we stay healthy because right now we look strong on paper."

BEDFORD

League: Dual County

Last year: 1-7

Key graduates: Dan Waters, Nick Plugis.

Returning letterwiners: San Foltz, sr., shot put/discus; Luke Badalaty, sr., javelin/HJ; Del Bennett, sr., jumps; Jon Gault, jr., 2 mile/mile; Alex Bradford, jr., mile; Andrew Thomas, so., mile; Minghen Chang, jr., 400, mile; Brett Plugis, jr., throws.

Promising newcomers: Ryan Paganetti, jr. mile/2 mile; Brandon Addison, so., triple jump; Trey Pizzaro, fr., triple jump.

Coach Al Dougherty (21st year): "We're young. We have some good individuals like Gault and Badalaty. Hopefully as they go along they'll improve. That's the way we're going to approach it."

Opener: April 16 at Weston

BILLERICA


League: Merrimack Valley Conference Small

Last year: 2-4

Key graduates: Cody Johnson, Nick Szoke, Ron Fusco, Nate Wan, Chris Slater, Joe Michalik, Jeremy O'Neill, Pat Dapkas, Zach Holmes

Returning letterwinners: Steve Nieuweboer, sr., triple jump/hurdles; Nick Capone, sr., shot put; Austin Pena, sr., 800, pole vault; Corey Donahoe, sr., 2 mile; Eric Bradanese, sr., high jump; Neal Brewster, sr., triple jump, sprints; Chris Conley, sr., dist.; Jim McGowan, sr., javelin; Alex Orekoya, sr., sprints; Paul Vozzella, sr., sprints/long jump; Matt Fogerty, jr., high jump/400; Tom Gauger, jr., pole vault, sprints; Jermaine Smith, jr., triple jump/sprints; Clyde Carmant, so., javelin; Steve Hunter, so., sprints/400; Tyler Moules, so., mile; Kevin Norman, so., hurdles; Ryan O'Grady, so., javelin/sprints; Lachey Ross, so., mid. dist.; Sean Sargent, so., sprints/long jump.

Promising newcomers: Adam Marchany, sr., dist.; Peter Sarro, sr., sprints; Steve Goode, jr., sprints; Keric Kelly, jr., throws; Pat Kriff, jr., sprints; Connor Lewis, jr., dist.; Fabian Meisel, jr., dist.; Brandon Oliver, jr., mile; Matt Osborne, jr., hurdles; Brett Parente, jr., throws; Evan Rudomen, jr., sprints; Justin Trischitta, jr., sprints; Jake Carmichael, so., dist.; Joe Costa, so., throws; Zach Creeden, so., mid. dist.; Kyle Dolber, so., sprints; Matt Doyle, so., mid. dist.; Dan Girard, so., dist.; Trevor Frederick, so., dist.; Andrew Norman, so., dist.; Dan Peltier, so., dist.; Stephan Petropoulos, so., sprints; Derek Rich, so., dist.; John Shattuck, so., shot put; Brian Camerano, fr., dist.; Leo Cody, fr., dist.; Brendan Cox, fr., dist.; Tyler Evans, fr., sprints; Tom Fitzpatrick, fr., sprints; Chris Garmon, fr., sprints/long jump; Pat Hanafin, fr., sprints; Eric Hughes, fr., hurdles; Dalton Jones, fr., sprints/high jump; Jason Drab, fr., dist.; Rahul Jain, so., sprints; Conor Johnson, fr., hurdles; Tommy Savini, fr., dist.; Nick Violette, fr., dist.; Kyle White, fr., dist.

Coach Joe Bradford (4th year): "We've got great senior leadership. We had a nice indoor track season. I think we're going into the spring season with some enthusiasm and some expectations as far as making progress. We'll score a lot of points and win some meets -- how many remains to be seen."

BURLINGTON

League: Middlesex League

Last year: 5-4

Key graduates: Greg Nelson (multi-state champ), Dan Indingaro, Paul Lonero, Ryan Harrington, John Pouche, Chris Magliozzi, Ed Farrell, John diFrancesco.

Returning letterwinners: Will Cao, sr., dist.; Mike Digman, sr., jumps/hurdles; Derik Martel, sr., dist.; Kasey Shields, sr., sprints; Jason Steinbach, sr., dist.; Chris Tirrell, sr., mid. dist.; Andrew Tieri, sr., mid. dist.; Cody Costa, sr., throws; Brian Cerullo, sr., sprints; Don Putney, sr., sprints; John Hunt, sr., throws; Mike Kekjian, sr., sprints/jumps; Brett Gilbert, jr., throws; Mike DiFrancesco, jr., javelin/sprints; Anthony Salvucci, jr., dist.; Ben Cao, so., dist.; Brandan Healey, sr., throws.

Promising newcomers: Adam Cavalier, jr., throws; Wes Warnock, so., hurdles; Chris Farrell, so., sprints; Deep Deb, jr., mid. dist.; Shane Faria, jr., sprints; David Farland, jr., high jump.

Coach Matt Carr (3rd year): "We graduated three athletes who between winter and spring track won state championships in Paul Lonero, Dan Indingaro and Greg Nelson, and they are not athletes who are easily replaced. Our goal is always to go out and try to win every dual meet and place highly in the state championship."

CENTRAL CATHOLIC

League: Merrimack Valley Conference Large

Last year: 5-0, league champions, Class B state meet runner-ups

Key graduates: Zac Camacho, Angus MacDonald, Chris MacDonald, Anthony Mawhinney, Mike Nunez, Jason Zenga.

Returning letterwinners: Mike Bakhiari, sr., mid. dist.; Greg Brown, sr., throws; Dan Conboy, sr., throws; Walson Constant, sr., sprints/jumps; Alex Cummings, sr., sprints/jumps; Chris Farren, sr., throws; Giovanni Frias, sr., sprints/jumps; Andrew Gauthier, sr., sprints/jumps; Mike Leavitt, sr., sprints/jumps; Alberto Nunez, sr., throws; Kabir Oshodi, sr., sprints/jumps; Jose Polanco, sr., sprints/jumps; Mike Schlosser, sr., throws; Chris Spracklin, sr., sprints/jumps; Conor Westwater, sr., dist.; Mike Zappala, sr., mid. dist.; Dan Coco, jr., mid. dist.; Matt Kirkham, jr., dist.; Nygil Nelson, jr., sprints/jumps; Jimmy Nguyen, jr., sprints/jumps; Andy Scott, jr., sprints/jumps; Victor Silva, jr., mid. dist.; Phil Taberner, jr., sprints/jumps; Armando Bucciarelli, so., sprints/jumps; Matt Palmisano, so., mid. dist.; Kevin Soucey, so., dist.; Mike Sullivan, so., sprints/jumps; Chris Wilbar, so., sprints/jumps.

Promising newcomers: Andrew Buckley, jr., throws; Billy Condurelli, jr., sprints/jumps; Harrison Davis, jr., sprints/jumps; John Dibitetto, jr., sprints/jumps; Michael Garcia, jr., throws; Brian George, jr., dist.; Jake Hajec, so., dist.; Craig Janeczek, sr., sprints/jumps; Pat O'Neil, jr., dist.; Jose Pena, jr., throws; Richard Sim, jr., throws; Jay Smith, sr., sprints/jumps; Chris Spracklin, sr., sprints/jumps; Nate Webber, so., dist.

Co-coaches Mike Leal/Sully Grella (2nd year): "Team depth and experience of assistant coaching staff will continue to be the strength of our program. Team goals include being competitive in both the league and state levels."

CHELMSFORD

League: Merrimack Valley Conference Large School

Last year: 2-3

Key graduates: Matt Klingman, Vinny Chevalier, Greg Wilson, Drew Powers

Returning letterwinners: Chris Brown, sr., dist.; Ryan Buckley, sr., 800; Dave Brown, jr., 400, mid. dist.; Ben Delikat, jr., dist.; Greg Gregorian, sr., sprints; Geoff Bentley, so., dist.; Ben Koethe, jr., mid. dist.; Nick Mazzeo, sr., hurdles; Sam Murphy, jr., high jump/hurdles; Kevin Tang, jr., pole vault; Travis Pisecco, sr., javelin; Chris Carey, jr., dist./shot put; John Doherty, sr., dist.; Tyler Murphy, sr., dist.

Promising newcomers: Ricky DiCecca, so., sprints; Mike Montuori, so., dist.; Jim Travaglini, fr., sprints; Corey Zwart, so., hurdles; Pat Walsh, sr., shot put; Noah Hicks, sr., shot put, discus.

Coach Rob Russo (4th year): "I think we have a good core of returning starters and they're serious track guys. Personally I think they're going to do well and that helps the team do well. I think we'll have the 400 up covered with people. (In the MVC) Andover is always up there. Central always has a ton of kids."

CONCORD-CARLISLE

League: Dual County

Last year: 4-4

Key graduates: Alex Van Leer, Davis Barber (Division 2 400 champ), Dan Canina, Dan Fidler

Returning letterwinners: Dave McKenna, sr., throws; Phil Divino, sr., dist.; Chris Bojanic, jr., hurdles; Jason Mestancik, sr., pole vault, javelin.

Coach Steve Lane: "The DCL is still awesome. We've got a lot of work in the league just to keep up with L-S, Newton South and A-B. We're looking at these guys as where we want to be at the end of the season."

DRACUT

League: Merrimack Valley Conference, Small

Returning letterwinners: capt. Dan Roark, sr., dist., long jump; capt. Anthony Catenacci, sr., hurdles, javelin; Sean McKenna, sr., throws; Craig Allaby, sr., throws; Joe Caron, sr., dist., pole vault; Scott Moretto, sr., dist.; Tom Springford, sr., dist.; Ian McCallion, sr., throws; Chris Bent, jr., sprints, high jump; Craig Lussier, jr., hurdles, high jump; John O'Shea, jr., dist.; Stephen Reardon, jr., sprints; Jeff Richard, jr., throws; Andrew Sutherland, jr., throws.

Promising newcomers: Kevin Meehan, sr., sprints, javelin; Chris Merrill, sr., dist.; Mike Staub, sr., dist., discus; Nick Betts, jr., dist.; Nick Caezza, jr., dist.; Matt Grimard, jr., sprints, javelin; Matt L'Heureux, jr., dist.; Jordan Murphy, jr., hurdles, jumps; Akash Patel, jr., sprints, jumps; Johnny Rivera, jr., sprints, jumps; Chris Thiel, jr., throws; Kyle Wiggins, jr., sprints, throws; Kevin Sor, jr., sprints, jumps; Josh Bedard, so., throws; Ryan Bishop, so., sprints, jumps; Adam Bispham, so., throws; Chris Brown, so., sprints, jumps; Tyler Caravoulias, so., throws; Mel Carvalho, so., throws; Brian Donovan, so., dist.; Dylan Elliot, so., dist.; Hiraldo Garcia, so., throws; Jared Gauthier, so., sprints, jumps; John Hovanec, so., sprints, jumps; Corey Hudson, so., dist.; Mike Kochanowski, so., throws; Thomas McDonald, so., hurdles, jumps; Tyler Monette, so., throws; Anthony Morin, so., throws; Taylor Noble, so., dist.; Rok Shepherd, so., sprints, jumps; Rob Staub, so., throws; Tom Szymanski, so., hurdles, jumps; Corey Chamberlain, fr., dist.; Josh Dion, fr., hurdles, pole vault; Keith Hamel, fr., sprints, jumps; Alex Iby, fr., dist.; Jordan Kennedy, fr., sprints, jumps; Austin Kuhs, fr., dist.; Peter Nguyen, fr., dist.; Brian Odiana, fr., hurdles, jumps; Bret O'Flaherty, fr., dist.; John Parsons, fr., dist.; Tyler Raduzycki, fr., dist.; Matt Reynolds, fr., dist.; Jon Vance, fr., sprints, throws.

Coach Jason Houston (1st year): "The MVC Small and Large is tough year in and year out. We have a good group of athletes. We have a lot of underclassmen. It's very raw talent we're trying to harness and we could be successful."

GREATER LOWELL

League: Commonwealth Athletic Conference

Last year: 5-2

Key graduates: Zach Desrosiers, Rafael Gilpin.

Returning letterwinners: Ellis Perez, jr., dist.; Larry Teague, jr., dist.; Chris Puzzo, so., sprints; Dan Belley, sr., dist.; Zachary Clugher, sr., javelin, discus; Shane Doyle, sr., javelin; Carlos Rodriguez, sr., discus, shot put; Steve Therriault, jr., weights; German Picos, sr., dist.; Mike Millette, so., dist.; Andres Aristizabal, sr., weights; Dan Harvey, sr., shot put; Tom Leclair, sr., hurdles; Joe Delucci, sr., weights; Dan Faria, sr., sprints; Nick Cripps, sr., dist.

Promising newcomers: Andrew Marais, so., dist.; Josh Bard, fr., dist.; Teejay Balejo, fr., sprints; John Sweeney, so., sprints; Shawn Christman, jr., weights; Chad Crowther, fr., dist.

Coach Bob Dick (15th year): "I think we'll be OK. I think we'll be competitive in our league meets. Last year we were down a little bit and hopefully some kids will step up."

LITTLETON

League: Mid-Wach D

Key graduates: Chris Dagostino, Greg Scantlebury, Mike Gonda, distance.

Returning letterwinners: capt. Scott Cannistraro, sr., sprinter; capt. Chris Rymer, thrower; Brad Kern, sr., sprinter, hurdler, hj; Chris Davies, sr., hurdler, sprinter, hj, javelin; Tim Webber, jr., dist.; Ben McPherson, jr., sprinter, hj, javelin; Mike Gibbons, jr., dist., long jump; Anthony Cuoco, jr., throws; Jack Colombo, jr., sprints; jumps; Chris Arndt, jr., dist., javelin; Tim Rymer, jr., throws; Eric Koegler, jr., throws; Matt Reilly, jr., sprints; Franco Magurn, jr., throws; Dan Rymer, jr., throws; Patrick Mealey, jr., dist.; Christian Connelly, jr., throws.

Promising newcomers: Tim Ryan, throws; Mark Alexander, hurdles, sprints; Andrew Nelson, hurdler, hj, sprints; Jeff Bair, sprints; Steve Welch, mid. dist.; Sam Susla, sprints, jumps; Harry Veilleux, mid. dist., jumps; Casey McKee, dist., tj; Jesse Cleary, sprints, jumps; LB Basma, sprints, jumps.

Head coach Margo Price (5th season): "We ended up second in the league last year. I have maybe 10 extra girls this year. Just over the past couple weeks I feel like they're a lot stronger starting off the season than they were last year. I think that has a lot to do with having indoor this year. A lot of them stayed in shape by doing indoor track. I think my girls have a good chance of becoming league champs this year."

LOWELL


League: Merrimack Valley Conference Large

Last year: 4-2

Key graduates: Ryan Brousseau, David Santana, Norman Charrette, Joe Harris, Joe Zorokong, Manny Mensah

Returning letterwinners: Tim Bergeron, sr., dist.; Andrew Langathianos, sr., throws; Devon Sankoh, sr., sprints; Chanra Chhean, sr., pole vault; James Silva, sr., javelin; Felix Mensah, jr., sprints; Ambruce Carter, jr., hurdles; Jethro Kollie, jr., sprints; Melvin Mah, jr., sprints; Anthony Gentles, jr., sprints; Walter Cabreja, jr., mid. dist.; Paul Feeley, jr., pole vault; Nick Bedard, jr., pole vault; Ibraheem Khadar, jr., javelin; Zach Lange, jr., throws; Mo Kaikai, jr., dist.; Matt Mitchell, so., hurdles; Thiago Silva, so., sprints; Kiki Louis, so., sprints; Ryan O'Shaughnessy, so., mid. dist.; Jose Negron, so., dist.; Nick Mullen, so., dist.; Mike Messina, so., dist.

Promising newcomers: Matt Welch, sr., hurdles; Jeff Veiga, sr., dist.; Robert Kollie, sr., throws; Julian Scott, jr., sprints/long jump; Amadu Jalloh, jr., sprints; Sean McKenzie, jr., hurdles; Chris Estrella, jr., dist.; Kevin Colon, jr., throws; Ryan McInnis, so., sprints; Rodolfo Martin, so., sprints; Hector Torres, so., sprints; Thomas Stephens, fr., hurdles; Mike Gendron, fr., dist.; Daniel Saigbah, fr., sprints; Tuan To, fr., sprints; Kisun McLean, fr., hurdles; Jose Augustiliano, fr., jumps; Tyler Corcoran, fr., hurdles; Marquis Crockett, fr., sprints; Josh Ouellete, fr., hurdles; Charles Monsalve, fr., hurdles.

Coach David Casey (3rd year): "I think we have a pretty strong team. If we're going to contend for the league title, we're definitely going to have to improve in some areas. It's such a tough league. But we have a talented team."

NORTH MIDDLESEX


League: Mid-Wach A

Key graduates: Justin Gay, Kyle Capsalis, Jeff Beal, Ian Querze.

Returning letterwinners: capt. Alan Cavanaugh, sr., sprints; capt. David Hausherr, sr., dist.; capt. DJ Webb, jr., sprints, mid. dist.; capt. Michael Wheeler, jr., long jump, sprints; capt. Michael Martin, sr., hurdles; Liam Carroll, sr., dist.; Josh Hussey, so., sprints; Josh Mackos, so., sprints; Ben Morse, jr., dist.; Zach Gardner, sr., high jump, pole vault; Freeman Harris, sr., discus.

Promising newcomers: Joe Masse, so., sprints; Justin Dellacanonica, fr., sprints.

Coach Ralph Wolfendale: "We have some quality individuals that will do extremely well this season ... we lack depth, however, which is going to hurt us when we go against teams like Shrewsbury and Wachusett. Leadership is excellent and so far our work ethic has been above average. Looking forward to a very productive season."

PELHAM

League: New Hampshire Class I

Key graduates: Tim Mallard, Kris Fournier.

Returning letterwinners: Andrew Ridlon, sr., distance; Tod Paquin, sr., jumps/relays; Bruce Vieira, jr., sprints/relays; Cameron Robideaux, soph., sprints/relay.

Promising newcomers: Bill Helliwell, jr., throws.

Head coach Justin Soucy (5th year): "For the guys, we're hoping to get a group qualified for states. We're hoping Andrew can break through the top six in the mile. We haven't had a lot of depth in the throws, but we're hoping with the football guys that are coming people will get excited about track. Everybody's showing up, and everybody's showing dedication."

SHAWSHEEN TECH

League: Commonwealth Athletic Conference

Last year: 12-1, CAC Small champs, Mass. State Voke champs

Key graduates: Dave Albano, Tyler McCarthy, Matt Bruno.

Returning letterwinners: Joe Gore, sr., hurdles; Josh Delisle, sr., 400, hurdles; Marck Clerveau, sr., 100, 200; Chris Damp, sr., 800; Tim Rossetti, sr., shot put; James Melloni, sr., shot put, discus; Kyle Lacroix, jr., 200; Josh Weaver, jr., 2 mile.

Promising newcomers: David Summiel, fr., shot put; Brian King, fr., 100; Derek Steen, so., hurdles.

Coach Jason Tildsley (4th year): "Coming off one of the best seasons in school history -- we won the league for the first time in 25 years -- we lost some of our veterans. It will be hard to replace all their points. However, I do fell with our senior-laden team and experienced group of guys, I feel we can be very competitive this year. Hopefully we'll be back in the top spot again."

TEWKSBURY

League: Merrimack Valley Conference Small

Last year: 4-0, 4-1 MVC, MVC Division 2 champions for sixth time in seven years.

Key graduates: Nik Kafkas, Nick Ianetta, Cam Herzog, Pranav Patel, Brian Tino, Mike Procacini.

Returning letterwinners: capt. Shawn Bryan, sr., pole vault, 300 hurdles; Mark Mastone, sr., javelin, shot put; Andrew Mastone, sr., shot put, discus; Neil Marino, sr., dist.; Michael White, sr., mid. dist.; Nick Bernardo, sr., sprints; Chris Brennan, sr., shot put, discus; Paul Bunyan, sr., pole vault; Brian Fontaine, sr., shot put, long jump; Devin Goodwin, sr., mid. dist.; Chris Heintz, sr., dist.; Alex Hondros, sr., javelin; Travis Ianetta, sr., dist., shot put; Will Keeley, sr., long jump, mid. dist.; Brett Little, sr., hurdles; Jim Maksian, sr., javelin; Rich McQuesten, sr., sprints, triple jump; Mike Richert, sr., dist.; Casey Regan, sr., 300 hurdles; Dan Saunders, sr., dist.; Sean Hurley, jr., dist.; Anthony Papageorgiou, jr., mid. dist., triple jump; Shiv Patel, jr., high jump, triple jump; Kevin Pitts, jr., hurdles, long jump, javelin; Michael Ludka, so., mid. dist., high jump; Kevin Maciel, so., hurdles; Eric Paquette, so., mid. dist.; Chris Santos, so., pole vault, high jump.

Promising newcomers: Matt Bowridge, sr., sprints, triple jump; Joe Gulino, jr., sprints, discus; Ryan Sugrue, jr., discus, shot put; Ryan Weiss, jr., sprints, triple jump; Evan White, jr., high jump, long jump; Colin Foley, fr., dist.; Brian Gugger, fr., mid. dist., triple jump; Stefan Herceg, fr., hurdles, jumps; Nick Parsons, fr., pole vault, dist.; Ryan Vibber, fr., jumps.

Coach Steve Levine (25th year): "I'm really excited about our team. It's just a great ... mix of veterans and raw talent. I think we've got a pretty good bunch. I can't say enough about our volunteer coaches.

"Billerica proved they're a power in indoor track and Methuen is always tough. I think the MVC Division 2 is wide open."

Opener: April 9 at Billerica.

TYNGSBORO

League: Dual County

Last year: 5-5 in the CAC

Returning letterwinners: Joe Fitzpatrick, sr., sprints; Dan Fox, sr., shot put, discus; Greg Langlois, sr., mid. dist.; Zach Durand, jr., hurdles; Joe Lyons, jr., mile; Sam McGrath, so., mile, 2 mile; Sam Mellus, sr., sprints.

Promising newcomers: Ettare deMare, so., sprints; Steve Long, sr., dist.

Note: Tyngsboro will compete in the DCL in track for the first time.

Coach John Kryiacopulos (2nd year): "We know what we're up against (joining the DCL). Our goal is to try to be competitive. I'm not blind to the fact that the competition is light year's different from last year. I have a great respect for the league and the competition. Hopefully we can open some eyes."

WESTFORD

League: Dual County

Key graduates: Dan Apicco, Armen Habosian, NIck Cannata, Nick Brown.

Returning letterwinners: Marc Boutin, dist.; Max Enos, jumps, sprints; Greg Hartofelis, sprints; Alex Pfister, throws; Brendan O'Brien, throws; Min Park, hurdles; Reid Baldwin, sprints; Matt Clancy, sprints; Chris Fowler, hurdles, jumps; San Grad, sprints; Matt Ricketson, jumps; Mike Ravalese, throws; Pete Smith, throws; Mike Zhang, dist.; Joe Calitri, sprints; Kevin Gabrielson, dist.; Matt Newman, hurdles; Jung Park, sprints, jumps; Adam Pickersgill, jumps; John Wells, dist.

Promising newcomers: Mike Bresnahan, sprints, jumps; Adonis Carasco, sprints, jumps; John Ryan, dist.; Mike McGee, dist.; Mike Messina, dist.; Stephan Messina, dist.; Cam Peacock, sprints; Tyler Santos, throws.

Coach Phil Archambault (13th year): "I look forward to a tough, exciting season against some of the very best athletes in the state."

WILMINGTON

League: Cape Ann

Last year: 7-3

Key graduates: Mike Golden, Brad Colegrove, Shawn Fahey, John Lippiello, Eric Russo.

Returning letterwinners: Tom Barry, sr., 300 hurdles; Craig Bush, sr., pole vault; Tyler Calway, sr., 110 hurdles; Nate Clarkin, sr., shot put; Mike Condell, sr., 800; Nick Farnsworth, sr., javelin; Matt Figueiredo, sr., 100; Nick Jannone, sr., 200; Jimmy DiNuccio, jr., 400; Bobby Folk, jr., 800; Tony Nelson, jr., triple jump; Jared Peters, jr., high jump; Kevin Flaherty, so., mile; Caleb Rogers, so., 800.

Promising newcomers: Francis Cunningham, fr., 300 hurdles; Nathan Downs, fr., 100; Shayne Kinsella, fr., mile; DJ Livermore, fr., 400; Zack Sears, fr., 2 mile; Lucas Spry, fr., javelin.

Coach Bob Cripps (36th year at Wilmington): "I think this spring will be very interesting. We have two returning state champions as well as many other state qualifiers. We have a really good group of tracksters who are working very hard to make this year a memorable one."
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