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The 2008 Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic boys basketball team

Sport:   Posted: April 5th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

The 2008 Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic boys basketball team
By Jason Dachman
The Patriot Ledger

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The Patriot Ledger All-Scholastics of the winter 2007-2008 sports season. Rodney Beldo, Scituate basketball.

QUINCY — After a season in which the Scituate High School boys basketball team advanced to the Division 2 state championship game, the team garnered two Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic selections for the second consecutive season. Sophomore phenom Rodney Beldo and senior center Sean McCarthy led the Sailors to their first South Sectional championship after a gut-wrenchingly up-and-down season.

BC High also earned two all-scholastic selections for the second year in a row with Boston University-bound center Jake O’Brien and senior forward Ryan Sharry.

Stoughton’s fearsome duo of Dartaye Ruffin and Evan Taylor wreaked havoc in the paint this season and were named to the team after leading the Black Knights to the Hockomock League title.

Sharon was also honored with two selections as Devin Ligon and Andrew Levi ranked as the top two scorers in the Hockomock League this season.

Eight all-scholastics were 2007 selections as well.

Selections were determined after consulting with area coaches.


In only his sophomore year at Scituate, this 5-10, 150-pound point guard led the Sailors to their first appearance at the Div. 3 state championship game in school history Topped all Patriot League scorers with 23.3 points per game to go with 4.6 assists per game Selected as a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic and Patriot League all-star for the second consecutive season Scored a team-high 27 points in the Div. 3 South Sectional championship game on March 9 against Wareham Eclipsed the 800-point barrier in just his first two years at Scituate “Rodney is instantly able to stretch defenses and improves every time he plays,” coach Matt Poirier said Hopes to play college basketball at a Div. 1 program.


This 6-1, 160-pound junior guard was one of the top shooters on the South Shore Averaged 20.2 points per game while shooting 48 percent from behind the arc and 92 percent from the free-throw line Two-time Patriot League all-star “His basketball IQ is off the charts. He just doesn’t make mistakes and has amazing poise,” coach Gordon Cushing said. Scored 34 points on Feb. 7 against Scituate and 34 points in a preliminary-round loss to Milton in the Div. 2 South Sectionals Lists his mid-range jump shot as his top on-court skills Plays AAU for Coastal Pops All-Scholastic and Patriot League all-star in cross country Member of the concert band and honor roll Hopes to play basketball in college after graduation.


This 6-4, 195-pound senior forward was named Bay State Carey Division MVP after averaging 20.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game this season First-team Bay State Conference all-star the past two seasons Finishes career as Weymouth’s all-time leading scorer with 1,245 points and also eclipsed 500 rebounds and 250 assists Scored a season-high 32 points against Walpole in a 71-64 victory that clinched a Div. 1 South Sectionals berth for the Wildcats Loved to set up Nick Rizzo for 3-pointers Honor roll student participates in Students Against Destructive Decisions and the Old South Union youth group Coaches and referees youth basketball Could wind up playing basketball at Bates College.


This 6-5, 185-pound junior center led the Titans to an appearance in Div. 3 South Sectional quarterfinals this season and was named as a Patriot League all-star Led the Patriot League Fisher Division in scoring with 16 points per game and averaged 13 rebounds and 6 blocks per game Notched a triple-double on Jan. 10 with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks in a 64-51 victory over Martha’s Vineyard Totaled 27 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks in Pembroke’s 72-64 loss to Wareham in Div. 3 South Sectional quarterfinals Also plays basketball for Coastal Pops AAU program Enjoys playing golf in his free time Future goals include going deep into the tournament next season and playing college basketball.

Plymouth South

This 6-2, 220-pound senior is a two-year team captain and played every position for the Panthers this season Left-hander averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists this season and was named team MVP Selected as an Atlantic Coast League all-star the past three seasons Scored 20 points in the first quarter against Falmouth on Jan. 21 “He was the focal point of our offense. He would play inside or outside and he was our strongest one-on-one defender,” coach Greg Kulowiec said All-Scholastic in football as a quarterback/defensive back Ranked fourth out of 349 in his class Member of National Honor Society Will play football at Brown University in the fall and wants to play after college as well.


This 6-foot, 180-pound guard finished his illustrious career at Carver with 1,132 points and broke the school record for assists (489) and steals (434) Averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 6.1 steals during his senior season Two-time All-Scholastic selection and three-time South Shore League all-star Scored 29 points in a first-round victory over Middleboro at Div. 3 South Sectionals “Richie has been the face of Carver basketball for the past four years,” said Roger King, Richie’s coach and uncle. “He has been a leader since his freshman year and the whole school owes a lot to him.” Honor roll student participates in student government, peer advising and the captain’s council Plans to play basketball in college and major in sports management.

North Quincy

This overpowering 6-4, 235-pound senior center led the Red Raiders to Div. 1 South Sectional quarterfinals this season after averaging 21 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks per game Selected as a Atlantic Coast League all-star for the second consecutive season “He was our go-to guy all season,” coach Kevin Barrett said. “He was a man amongst boys physically and there were so many occasions this season when he just put us on his back for the win.” Finished with a season-high 36 points and 21 rebounds on Jan. 29 in a 70-61 victory over Whitman-Hanson Played an integral role in a first-round win over Bridgewater-Raynham by totaling 20 points and 17 rebounds Also plays football and runs track for North Plans to play college basketball at Curry or Fisher.


This 5-9, 165-pound senior guard teamed with fellow senior Devin Ligon to form one of the most potent duos in Ledgerland Named as a Hockomock League all-star for the second consecutive season Finished second in scoring in the Hockomock League with 18.3 points per game, second only to Ligon Scored 35 points and drained four 3-pointers on Feb. 8 in a 90-72 victory over Oliver Ames“He’s the quickest player we’ve seen in this league in quite a while,” coach Bruce Jackman said. “He’s been a leader from day one.” Garnered all-star selection at the Davenport Tournament the past two seasons Hockomock all-star selection in tennis for his doubles play Member of the honor roll Coaches youth basketball and enjoys cooking and traveling in his free time.


This 6-1, 180-pound senior forward led the Hockomock League in scoring, averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds per game Named a Hockomock League all-star Totaled 30 points and 18 rebounds on Jan. 2 in an 86-80 victory over Mansfield Tallied 33 points and 16 boards against Foxboro in a 61-50 win on Jan. 15 Lists his top on-court skill as offensive rebounding “He’s the best athlete we’ve had since I’ve been at Sharon,” coach Bruce Jackman said. “He is a very dominant inside player, but could be a great wing player too if given the chance.” Selected as a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic in soccer and also plays varsity baseball for the Eagles Member of the honor roll Hopes to have a career in medical imaging.


This 6-4, 235-pound senior center was named South Shore League MVP after averaging 17.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game A three-time All Scholastic selection and four time South Shore League all-star Finishes career at Norwell with over 1,400 points and 1,000 rebounds Totaled 23 points and 15 rebound in the Clippers’ narrow 53-52 loss to Wareham at Div. 3 South Sectional semifinals “He is one of the best players ever to play at Norwell,” coach John Willis said. “He has done more to improve his teammates than any player I’ve ever coached.” His favorite shot was a left-handed jump hook Also captain of the Norwell football team Among the top students in his class academically Plans to play basketball at Tufts University after graduation.


This towering 6-9, 240-pound senior center played an integral role in Scituate’s run to the Div. 3 state final and averaged 12 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks Selected as a Patriot League all-star “He has worked for every single thing at Scituate and has come a long way over the last two years,” coach Matt Poirier said. “He was a major force inside and he gave his teammates a lot of opportunities because other teams were constantly concerned with containing him.” Lists rebounding and blocking as his top on-court skills Also plays AAU basketball for the Bay State Magic Will attend prep school at Loomis Chaffee in the fall and hopes to eventually play Division 1 college basketball.


This 6-foot, 165-pound junior point guard helped lead the Wildcats to the Bay State Herget Division title for a second straight season Averaged 12.1 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds per game After a 1-5 start to the season, this league all-star led the team to a 10-4 finish and a Div. 2 South Sectionals berth Scored a team-high 18 points to go with 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the Wildcats’ 71-68 victory over Duxbury in the preliminary round of Div. 2 South Sectionals Able to shoot with both hands Spent some time at Beaver Country Day School Owns a 3.4 grade point average Plans to play basketball at a four-year college.


This 6-2, 230-pound junior forward ranked among the Patriot League leaders this season, averaging 18.2 points and 15 rebounds per game Selected as a Patriot League all-star and team MVP Tallied 24 points and 18 rebounds on Feb. 8 in a 68-59 victory over Scituate Other top games: 22 points and 18 rebounds vs. Rockland and 28 points and 12 rebounds vs. Hanover Lists rebounding and his post moves as his best on-court skills Named as a Patriot League all-star in football for his play at offensive tackle; already elected a captain for the fall Also plays baseball for Hingham Member of the honor roll and student government Wants to play football or hoops in college.

BC High

This 6-8, 205-pound senior forward was named Catholic Conference MVP and led the Eagles to the Div. 1 state semifinals this season after winning the state title in 2007 Averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks per game The Weymouth resident is a two-time All-Scholastic selection and three-time Catholic Conference all-star Totaled 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 74-63 victory over Brockton in Div. 1 South Sectional final Scored 31 points on Jan. 29 in a 70-56 win over Taunton Member of the Senior Leadership Coalition Coaches youth basketball at the Weymouth Club Enjoys playing golf Will play basketball at Boston University and hopes to play professionally.


This 6-8, 245-pound junior center is one half of the powerful frontcourt duo that led the Black Knights to Div. 2 South Sectional semifinals and a Hockomock League title Selected as a Hockomock League MVP after after averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks per game “Wherever he decides to go to college, he’s going to make some coach very happy,” coach John Gallivan said. “He is a great scorer but he doesn’t always need to be the top scorer. He’s very content to just do all the little things and do them perfectly.” Exploded for 24 points and 20 rebounds on Dec. 21 in a 76-55 victory over Oliver Ames Also plays AAU basketball.


This 6-2, 180-pound senior sharp-shooter was named as team MVP and played all over the court for the Panthers this season Ranked among the Atlantic Coast League’s top scorers averaging 22 points and 9 rebounds per game and was selected an ACL all-star Scored 40 points on Jan. 15 in a narrow 73-72 loss to Falmouth Named to the All-Tournament team at the Legal Seafoods Classic when he scored 33 points in a loss to New Bedford and 26 points in win over Sandwich Has played AAU basketball since the sixth grade Member of P.R.O.T.EC.T. (Peers Reaching Out to Educate Communities Today) and mentoring program at W-H Plans to play basketball at Eastern Nazarene College.


As one of the best pure scorers in Ledgerland, this 5-10, 150-pound junior guard averaged 24.9 points, 8 assists and 3 steals per game in the Presidents’ run to Div. 2 South Sectional semifinals this season Eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in only his junior season and became the program’s all-time leading scorer Two-time All-Scholastic selection and three-time Atlantic Coast League all-star in his three varsity seasons Scored a game-high 39 points in Quincy’s 65-57 upset of Plymouth North in the first round of Div. 2 South Sectionals Volunteers at a weekly youth basketball camp Hopes to go deep into the postseason next season and play basketball in college after graduation.

BC High

This 6-7, 225-pound senior center was instrumental in the Eagles’ run to the Div. 1 state semifinals this season after winning the state title in 2006 Averaged 14 and 10 rebounds per game as one of the top low-post scorers in the ultra-tough Catholic Conference Braintree resident was MVP of the Comcast Tournament Scored a team-high 25 points in Eagles’ 57-42 victory over Taunton in South Sectional quarterfinals Plays AAU with the Middlesex Magic High honors student is a member of National Honor Society Serves as a senior mentor and the sports editor of the school newspaper Helps challenged children to play baseball in the Braintree Challenger Program Will play basketball at Middlebury College.

South Shore Votech

This 5-11, 172-pound senior guard from Rockland was one of the top shooters on the South Shore averaging 26.8 points, 11 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3.2 steals Posted six triple-doubles this season and knocked down 83 3-pointers Scored 43 points and went 26-for-27 from the free throw line on Feb. 7 in the Vikings’ 66-63 victory over Cohasset Scored 37 points and hit 10 3-pointers on Jan. 28 in a 75-55 win over Chatham “He really carried the team on his back this year,” coach Ed Schneider said. “He’s the best pure shooter I’ve ever had in my 15 years coaching varsity basketball.” Mayflower League all-star in football and basketball wants to either sport at a New Hampshire college.


This 6-5, 235-pound junior forward helped lead the Black Knights to Div. 2 South Sectional semifinals Averaged 15 points and 8 rebounds per game en route to his second consecutive Hockomock League all-star selection Named MVP of the Walpole Tournament after leading Stoughton to wins over Needham and Walpole “He has a killer instinct inside. He knows how he wants to score before he even gets the ball,” coach John Gallivan said. “He’s got a leadership personality and people are always attracted to him. Tallied 30 points, 6 steals and 5 rebounds on Dec. 18 in a 75-35 pounding of Foxboro AAU basketball player also plays football at Stoughton Member of Step Up to Excellence mentoring program.

Plymouth North

This 6-3, 175-pound senior forward averaged 20.9 points and 10 rebounds in leading the Blue Eagles to their first Atlantic Coast League North title since 1993, before Plymouth High split into North and South Became 11th player in school history to score 1000 career points Two time All-Scholastic selection and three-time ACL all-star “He really makes everybody else so much better. He does so many things so well,” coach Bill Drew said. “I call him Larry Bird because he just does everything well.” Surpassed the 1,000-point milestone in a 76-75 victory over Duxbury on Feb. 11 in which he scored 24 points and hit the winning 3-pointer as time expired in overtime Plans to play basketball at Bridgewater State.

Archbishop Williams

This 6-1, 195-pound senior guard led the Bishops to a Div. 3 South Sectional berth and averaged 21.5 points per game The Randolph resident is a two-time All-Scholastic selection and three-time Central Catholic Conference all-star Poured in 41 points in the team’s season-opening victory over Bishop Fenwick Sank game-winning shots against Cardinal Spellman (29 points) this season and Bishop Hendricken as a junior Lists his 3-point shooting and leadership skills as his top on-court traits Plays AAU basketball for the Bay State Magic Runs track and field at for Archbishop Williams Participates in the drama club and peer leadership programs Plans to major in physical therapy in college.


This hulking 6-3, 220-pound junior center led Hull to Div. 4 South Sectional semifinals while averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game Named team MVP this season and selected as a South Shore League all-star the past two years “He has put a lot of work into developing his body and has improved tremendously as a perimeter player,” coach Jim Quatromoni said. “He’s the most intimidating inside presence that I’ve ever had at Hull, but he’s also good off the dribble and can make the outside shot.” Chalked up 31 points and 28 rebounds in the Pirates’ narrow 76-71 loss to Avon in South Sectional semifinals Honor roll student plays football for the Pirates Plays AAU basketball for BABC, and wants to continue playing hoops in college.

The Patriot Ledger honorable mention boys basketball team team, including school, grade and position.

Name High School Grade Pos. Jared Crawford, Rockland, senior  G;  Matt Dennison,  Sacred Heart,  senior, C;  Max Dolgin, Randolph, senior, F;  Nick Dubuisson, Blue Hills,  senior, G;  Cam Evans, Norwell, senior,  F;  Keith Fleury, Scituate, senior, F;  Jack Hocking, Hanover, senior, G/F; Ryan Joyce, Marshfield, senior, G;  Arthur Lambert,  Holbrook, senior, F;  Kristian LaPointe, Abington, soph. G;  Brian Mahoney, BC High, senior, G;  Danny Martin, Cohasset,  junior,  C;  Dennis Martin, North Quincy, senior, F;  Scott Penney,  Braintree,  senior, C;  Brendan Sullivan,  Duxbury, senior, F;  Rob Sinewick, Weymouth, senior, F; Josh Sullivan, Rockland, senior, G; Matt Vincenzi,  Plymouth North, senior, G'; K.P. Wholey, Hull, senior, G;  Virgil Williamson, Arch. Williams, senior, G; Greg Yost, Silver Lake, junior F.


(As provided by the coaches)


Marshfield: Ryan Joyce, senior; Brian McCauley, senior; Tom Fitzgerald, junior (honorable mention).

North Quincy: Marcellus Lee, senior; Dennis Martin, senior; Phuoc Nguyen, senior (honorable mention).

Plymouth North: Brett Tirlia, senior; Matt Vincenzi, senior; Ben Tirlia, sophomore; Keegan Grabhorn, senior; Jordan Wylie, senior (honorable mention).

Plymouth South: Derrick Duquette, senior; Brad Girouard, senior (honorable mention).

Quincy: Doug Scott, junior

Whitman-Hanson: Lance Saletnik, senior; Pat Barron, senior (honorable mention); Joe Griffin, senior (honorable mention).


Milton: Marcus McDermott, junior, guard.

Weymouth: Tom Deegan, senior, center; Rob Sinewick, senior, forward.


Archbishop Williams: Ricky Titus, senior, guard (Co-MVP); Virgil Williamson, senior, guard.


BC High: Jake O’Brien, senior, center (MVP); Brian Mahoney, guard, senior; Ryan Sharry, forward, senior.


Sharon: Andrew Levi, senior, guard; Devin Ligon, senior, forward

Stoughton: Dartaye Ruffin, junior, center (MVP); Evan Taylor, junior, forward.


South Shore: Jayson Sullivan, senior, guard.

Holbrook: Arthur Lambert, senior, forward.

Sacred Heart: Matt Dennison, senior, center.


Duxbury: Mark Brust, junior, guard; Brendan Sullivan, senior, forward.

Hanover: Jack Hocking, senior, guard.

Hingham: Kevin Lally, junior, guard; K.C. Murphy, junior, forward.

Pembroke: Matt Devine, junior, center; Brian Hill, senior, forward.

Randolph: Max Dolgin, senior, forward.

Rockland: Jared Crawford, senior, guard; Josh Sullivan, senior, guard.

Scituate: Rodney Beldo, sophomore; Keith Fleury, senior; Sean McCarthy, senior.

Silver Lake Derrick Fernandes, senior, guard.


Abington:Ryan Chambers, sophomore, guard; Kristian LaPointe, sophomore, guard.

Carver: Steve Eldredge, senior, center; Richie King, senior, guard.

Cohasset: Danny Martin, junior, center.

Hull: Triant Xypteras, junior, forward; K.P. Wholey, senior, guard.

Norwell: Cam Evans, senior, forward; Tom Finkenstaedt, senior, forward; Mike Genatossio, senior, guard; James Long, senior, center.

Coach of the Year: John Willis, Norwell

Jason Dachman may be reached at jdachman@ledger.com.
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The Boston Herald presents the top Eastern Mass. boys hockey stars

Sport:   Posted: April 5th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Boys hockey all-scholastics
By Herald staff   |   Friday, April 4, 2008  |  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  High School Hockey

Dream Team members: (L-R)...
Photo by Matthew West
Dream Team members: (L-R) Reading’s Patrick Kiley, Waltham’s Steve Hopkins, Malden Cath.’s Greg Crovo, St. John’s Prep’s Christian Cowles; and Cath. Memorial’s Pete Starrett and Mike Collins.


Boys hockey all-scholastics

The Boston Herald presents the top Eastern Mass. boys hockey stars

The Dream Team

Mike Collins, Catholic Memorial - The 6-foot senior forward was named the co-MVP of the Catholic Conference after scoring 17 goals and adding 17 assists for 34 points. For his career, Collins scored 43 goals and dished out 36 assists for 79 points. In the offseason, Collins plays volleyball and earned second honors in school. He is undecided about his future college destination.

Patrick Kiley, Reading - A three-time Middlesex League All-Star, the senior forward helped guide Reading to the Super Eight, the first public school to win the coveted title. On the season, Kiley poured in 26 goals and added 46 assists for 72 points. Kiley is an all-Middlesex League golfer and also plays baseball. A member of the National Honor Society, Kiley is undecided about his college destination.

Christian Cowles, St. John’s Prep - Cowles shared MVP honors in the competitive Catholic Conference after scoring 23 goals and adding 18 assists for 41 points. In three varsity seasons for the Eagles, the 5-foot-11 left winger tallied 44 goals and 44 assists for 88 points. An honor roll student, Cowles has narrowed his future choices down to either Avon Old Farms or Kent School.

Pete Starrett, Catholic Memorial - The 6-foot-3 senior defenseman tallied six goals and 21 assists for 27 points in leading the Knights to the Catholic Conference title. With Starrett leading the charge, Catholic Memorial allowed just two opponents to tally more than three goals in a game during the regular season. A member of the National Honor Society, Starrett will attend Harvard.

Greg Crovo, Malden Catholic - A starter since his freshman year, the junior defenseman played a large part in Malden Catholic’s stellar run to the Super Eight championship game this past season. Crovo tallied five goals and added 13 assists for 18 points as the Lancers went 13-5-4. A second honors student, Crovo is involved in the school’s Sports Management Club.

Steve Hopkins, Waltham - The great wall of Waltham, the senior goaltender established a new school record with 11 shutouts on the season. As a result, the Bentley-bound Hopkins finished the season with a stellar 1.35 goals-against average in leading the Hawks to the Super Eight tournament. A three-sport standout, Hopkins earned all-Greater Boston League honors in football, baseball and hockey.


Mike Cabral, Wilmington - Cabral compiled a 14-3-4 record and a 1.80 GAA in his senior season. His steady play in net helped Wilmington advance to the Division 2 state championship game for the first time in school history. With two shutouts and a .934 save percentage, Cabral garnered Cape Ann League All-Conference and All-Star nods. He is a member of the baseball team and a youth hockey volunteer.

Craig Cardone, Westford Academy - Cardone’s 50-point season propeled the Grey Ghosts into the Super Eight this season, where they lost a thrilling shootout to Waltham in the wild card round. Westford bounced back to reach the Division 1 state final and finished with an 18-6-1 record. Cardone was the leading scorer in the MVC/DCL Division 1 this season and an all-conference selection.

Andrew Cerretani, Malden Catholic - Cerretani recorded 10 goals and 22 assists for the Lancers this season, earning Catholic Conference All-Star honors. Only a sophomore, his emergence as a key component in Malden Catholic’s success was a critical part of the team’s run through the Super Eight, which resulted in the school’s first appearance in the championship game.

Derek Colucci, Catholic Memorial - The sophomore forward blossomed in Catholic Memorial’s system, scoring 17 goals and adding 19 assists, leading the Knights to the Catholic Conference title and a berth in the Super Eight semifinals. In the offseason, Colucci loves to play street hockey and volleyball. His long-term goal would be to play at either Boston College or Boston University.

Sean Gallagher, Sandwich - The leader behind a solid defense that guided Sandwich to the Division 2 state title, the 6-foot, 180-pounder showed he could do it at both ends of the ice. He finished the regular season with seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points. The Sandwich defense stepped up big time in the tournament, allowing just three goals in four postseason wins.

Josh Geary, Wellesley - Geary led the Bay State Conference in scoring with 30 goals and 19 assists in his senior season, earning league MVP and all-star honors. His offensive output helped Wellesley compile the best finish in school history at 17-3-3, and he added five points in three games as the Raiders advanced to the Division 1 South final. He plans to attend either Phillips Andover or St. Michael’s College.

Dan Grasso, Tewksbury - Grasso was named the MVC/DCL Division 2 MVP this season. He also garnered all-conference and all-star honors, as well as team MVP. His stought defense helped Tewksbury earn a 17-4-3 record and an appearance in the Division 2 North final as the No. 2 seed. Grasso, a senior, is a National Honor Society member and ranks ninth in his class with a 4.3 GPA.

John Heffernan, BC High - Heffernan recorded 14 goals and 15 assists in his senior season, though his quest for a third state championship fell short in this year’s Super Eight. Heffernan was the hero in last year’s Super Eight semifinal win over Catholic Memorial, scoring the only goal. He is committed to play at Merrimack College next winter.

Jeff Kaplan, Franklin - Kaplan earned Hockomock League and team MVP honors this season with a 1.92 GAA, and will enter his senior year next winter with 37 career wins. He was a key part of Franklin’s impressive postseason run, as the Panthers advanced to the Division 2 South final as the No. 8 seed. Kaplan also is a member of the lacrosse team.

Mike Kuhn, Blue Hills - The senior forward became the second player in school history to reach 200 career points, registering a goal and an assist in a 3-3 tie against Quincy. On the regular season, Kuhn tallied 43 goals and added 29 assists for 72 points. Thanks to the offensive exploits of Kuhn, Blue Hills captured the Mayflower League title. He is undecided about his college destination.

Michael Lozzi, Reading - Lozzi, the Middlesex League MVP, was a member of the most prolific line in the state this season, recording 25 goals and 47 assists. He and linemates Pat Kiley and Rob Toczylowski fueled the Rockets as they became the first public school to win the Super Eight championship. A class officer and National Honor Society member, Lozzi also was honored with a Boston Bruins [team stats] Sportsmanship award and finished his career with 157 points.

Mac Luciani, Scituate - A transfer from BC High, the senior defenseman played a large part in leading Scituate to the Division 3 state final. Luciani scored 12 goals and added 12 assists for 24 points, earning Patriot League All-Star honors. Luciani was described by one coach as a “full grown man playing in a boys game.” He is undecided about his college destination.

Sam Marotta, BC High - Marotta compiled a 1.65 GAA and a 12-6-5 record in his junior season for BC High. He had an identical GAA and a .930 save percentage in the three Super Eight games. In the offseason, Marotta plays for the South Shore Dynamos and led them to the national semifinals. Marotta participates in flag football, winning a school intramural title in 2006.

Dave MCDonald, Austin Prep - McDonald was the Catholic Central League co-MVP with 23 goals and 24 assists, as well as a league all-star and team MVP. He led the sixth-seeded Cougars on a suprising run in the Div. 1 North tournament, knocking off the second and third seeds to advance to the championship game. McDonald, an honor roll student, is undecided on his college selection.

Mario Ranalli, Coyle-Cassidy - Ranalli was an Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star for Coyle-Cassidy, recording 16 goals and 18 assists in his senior campaign, nearly doubling the combined point total of his sophomore and junior seasons. He led the Warriors to a 16-3-1 mark and the top seed in the Division 2 South tournament. Ranalli will attend Stonehill in the fall, where he plans to continue playing.

Will Rayner, Needham - Rayner, a two-time Bay State Conference All-Star, departs Needham with a Division 1 state championship notch on his belt. He captained the Rockets to a 20-4-2 mark overall, recording 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points. Rayner also enjoys fishing and will play for the South Kent School in the fall.

Ryan Smith, Lynnfield - Smith was a driving force behind Lynnfield’s offense this season, earning Cape Ann League MVP and all-league honors with 66 points (24 goals, 42 assists). The honor roll student led the Pioneers to a 14-4-5 record and an appearance in the Division 2 North quarterfinals this season. He finished his career with 147 points, and is undecided between prep school or junior hockey next year.

Stephen Sypek, Hingham - Sypek, a defensemen, captained the Harbormen and scored 21 points as they compiled a 17-3-2 regular-season mark, earning the second seed in the Super Eight tournament. He also is a captain and Patriot League all-star in golf and has participated in crew and baseball. In the classroom, he is a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society. He is considering several colleges, including Amherst, BC, Bowdoin, Dartmouth and Duke.

Kyle Thomas, Waltham - Thomas recorded 20 goals and 24 assists this season to earn his second Greater Boston League All-Star nod and his first All-Conference honors. His play helped Waltham compile a 15-3-4 record, earning the GBL title and a berth in the Super Eight. A former baseball player and a member of the Italian club, Thomas is deciding between prep schools and junior hockey next year.

Robert Toczylowski, Reading - Toczylowski made up one-third of the most potent line in the state this season, recording 35 goals and 30 assists to aide Reading in its run to the Super Eight title. A three-time Middlesex League All-Star, he finished his career with 178 points, including 92 goals. Toczylowski, who also plays baseball and is a high-honors student, is undecided on his college plans.

Chris Wagner, Xaverian - Wagner earned his second Catholic Conference All-Star selection this season, tallying six goals and 18 assists in the regular season. He was a big part of Xaverian’s run to the crossover round of the Super Eight, recording three goals and three assists in tournament play. He is a youth group leader with a 3.6 GPA, and is undecided on his college selection.

Andrew White, Xaverian - White, a junior defenseman, recorded eight goals and seven assists for the Hawks, who made their first appearance in the Super Eight this season. He also is a three-year member of the varsity baseball team. White is a member of the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society and plans to attend medical school in the future.
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Willette leaves Poland

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: April 5th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Willette leaves Poland

By Kevin Mills , Staff Writer
Saturday, April 5, 2008

Last December, Rus Willette was coaching a basketball team he adored and started a new job that had him excited. It was the best of both worlds.

He soon discovered, however, that those two worlds could not coexist for long.

Willette recently resigned as the girls' basketball coach at Poland to devote his attention to his full-time role as the Development Director at St. Dominic Regional High School.

"It wasn't a choice that I was excited to make," said Willette. "The demands of that position and with the fact that we're expecting our second child in a few days, makes it kind of tough to continue."

Poland is now looking for its fourth head coach in the last five years and sixth overall since the program began a decade ago. The Knights have struggled to find consistency in the program, and that was something Willette hoped to alter when he took the job last year.

"That was my hope, but with the job I was in at that time, that didn't work," said Willette. "I found myself switching jobs and took this one in early December."

He said St. Dom's was cooperative in allowing him to continue coaching this winter, but once the season concluded, he discussed with the administration what his job entailed.

It was obvious to him that he wouldn't be able to juggle both.

"They were very gracious with me because it was an administrative position, they could have easily said in December that 'We're paying you to be here,'" said Willette. "They were very gracious and allowed me to finish out the season. Once the season was done, we sat down and reassessed to see if it was something to continue. As tough as it was, I felt it was time to focus on this."

The Knights went 5-13 last season in a very difficult Western Maine Conference, matching the program's best record from the year before. Though Poland reached the prelims a year ago and lost to Lisbon, the Knights fell short of the postseason this year, finishing 13th overall in Western B. Poland now has 10 wins in the last two regular seasons after totaling 15 the previous seven years.

"It is a difficult choice," said Willette. "Quite frankly, if I could make a full-time wage and coach, I'd stay put because of the kids. The students I worked with this year that were coming back next year, it's a dream. That job, as far as I'm concerned, is a dream job because you're working with great kids who are so anxious to learn. They really want to improve, and they really want to know more. That's how we spent the year. They were learning and learning and learning."

By the end of the season, Willette saw great strides made by the team and it disappoints him that the Knights have to begin from scratch with a new coach and system next year. The job opening was posted this week.

"There's a great class coming up," said Willette, a Gray native and graduate of Gordon College. "This year's sophomore class is a nice class. They're great kids. There's three or four juniors that will make a nice group of senior leaders. Things are starting to come together."

Poland graduates veterans Dani Belanger, Jenn Dionne, Paige Piper, Krystal Malpass and Chelsey Cooper. Most of them were starters. So a new coach will start anew with a young group.

"It's a shame because the kids were fantastic kids," said Willette, who was an assistant coach at Gordon and assisted Mark Karter at Westbrook and Rick Simonds at Bonny Eagle. "I thoroughly loved what was going on. We were moving in a good direction. We were competitive with some very good schools at the end of the season."

Lewiston boys' hoops coach quits

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: April 5th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Lewiston boys' hoops coach quits

By Randy Whitehouse , Staff Writer
Saturday, April 5, 2008

LEWISTON - After a season that saw numerous players leave for various reasons in its final weeks, the Lewiston High School boys' varsity basketball team has also lost its coach.

Pat Blais resigned last week after three years with Lewiston, athletic director Jason Fuller confirmed Friday.

Blais compiled a 19-36 in three years at the Lewiston helm, reaching the Eastern Class A tournament in 2006.

"I appreciate everything he gave us. He worked hard," Fuller said.

Blais did not return several messages seeking comment.

The Blue Devils lost to Mt. Blue in the preliminary round of the Eastern Class A tournament and finished 9-10 his first year. After dipping to 3-15 in 2006-07, they just missed a playoff spot last year, but a 7-11 season was marred by a Jan. 25th on-court altercation between players from Lewiston and Lawrence. Players from both teams were suspended, as was Blais because he left the bench to break up the fight.

The Devils, who also had two players quit prior to the Lawrence game and lost starter Alfonza Brooks when he turned 20 late in the season, lost three out of their last four games and finished one spot out of the postseason.

Fuller declined to say what reason, if any, was given by Blais for stepping down.

Blais, who teaches history at LHS, was the youngest coach in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and one of the youngest in the state when Fuller hired him as his successor at the age of 26 in 2005.

Blais played for Jim Ford at Lewiston and graduated in 1998, then later graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington before joining Fuller's staff at Lewiston in 2003. He coached the freshmen his first year, then led the junior varsity team for a year before taking over the varsity program.

Fuller said the opening is being advertised, and he would like to have a replacement ready for the start of summer basketball. "We hope in the next six or seven weeks we can get someone in place," he said.

End of an era

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: April 5th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

End of an era
By Michael Hoffer

Longtime athletic director Keith Weatherbie will end his long association with the Cape Elizabeth School Department as the end of the year. Hoffer photo

Weatherbie retiring from Cape Elizabeth

The man most synonymous with the Cape Elizabeth athletic program, Keith Weatherbie, is nearing the end of his amazing career.

Weatherbie, a product of Cape Elizabeth schools, a one-time athletic star, and a longtime teacher, coach and athletic director, plans to retire at the end of this school year, ending a 41-year professional association with the school department.

I’ve accomplished everything I would have wanted to,” Weatherbie said, during a recent interview in his cramped office. “I think 41 years is plenty of time. I think that it might be time for a younger person to come in, even though I do think there’s a lot to be said for someone who’s been around quite awhile and knows the ropes.”

A Caper born and bred

Weatherbie played basketball and baseball at Cape Elizabeth High, then did the same at now-University of Southern Maine, where he majored in math. Weatherbie is a member of the Husky Hall of Fame.

After a very short stint as a math student-teacher at Portland High, Weatherbie returned home for good in November, 1967. He began by teaching two classes of world history, two classes of biology and one class of physics.

“I didn’t know a whole lot about any of them,” Weatherbie said. “I never worked so hard in my life.”

Weatherbie started coaching in 1967 as well, with middle school basketball. He also worked with the cross country, freshman basketball, baseball and track programs.

In 1987, Weatherbie ascended to the athletic director’s position, but it wasn’t by design.

“This position wasn’t something I had planned on doing,” he said. “When the position came open, I went into the principal at the time and told him the things I thought they needed to do in the athletic department. He asked me to apply for the job. I did. Lo and behold, they offered me the job.

“I think one of the advantages we’ve had here at Cape Elizabeth in the athletic program is that we’ve had two athletic directors. Vic Woodbrey was here 22 years. This is my 21st year. I’ve been a link between what happened in the past and now. We’ve had a lot of continuity. I think that really helps.”

One constant over the years has been excellence. Cape Elizabeth has long enjoyed domination in several sports.

“We’re fortunate to have good, quality athletes,” Weatherbie said. “We have outstanding coaches and we have very supportive parents. I think it’s a simple job. I go out and try to hire the best coaches I can. I do everything I can to keep them here. Then, I try to make their job as easy and simple as I can. If you have good coaches that the kids like and respect, that makes it easy. I don’t care where you are, you’re going to have a very successful program. Success breeds success.

“In many sports, we’ve been so successful. Kids come in and expect to do well. They have the right mental attitude. It’s always been a very strong athletic program. It continues to be. I hope that will continue in the future. I don’t see why it won’t.”

Weatherbie also feels that while society has changed and changed again over the past four decades, kids have not.

“The kids are the same,” he said. “They want to be successful. They want to have fun. If they have good coaches, they’ll do anything they can. I don’t see a big change in the kids. There are a lot of things they can do now that they couldn’t do before. Still, when they’re in school, they haven’t changed. Our biggest change would be in the parents. A lot of it has to do with the importance of Boosters’ clubs. A lot of parents are trying to relive their youth through their kids.”

In just the past few years alone, Cape Elizabeth High School has added the likes of football, volleyball, girls’ hockey and Alpine skiing. The recent addition of a turf field with lights has made the job even more challenging for Weatherbie, who remains just a part-time administrator.

“The biggest change is that we offer many more programs now,” he said. “I can look back and be very proud in the changes we’ve made in the girls’ programs. We’ve had boys’ ice hockey, now we have a girls’ team. We had boys’ lacrosse and now we have girls’ lacrosse. We’ve added Alpine skiing for boys and girls. We’ve added football and girls’ volleyball. We have a huge number of kids participating in athletics. We’ve always had around 75 percent. I can’t think of a program we have that I’d think of cutting due to low numbers. We don’t have that. We have tremendous participation in everything.

“Adding lights has made for longer hours. There seem to be a lot more meetings than there used to be. At the same time, another huge change, is the adding of the turf field, which I see as a positive change.

“E-mail is a huge change. Some of it’s good, some of it is bad. It’s easier for people to contact you if there’s something they don’t like rather than meeting face-to-face. As far as getting out mass requests, sending out schedules, setting up meetings, so forth, it’s easy communication.

“The other major change is with Boosters’ organizations. A lot of that has to due with school boards not having increases for athletics as much as other areas. The athletic department has to depend more on Boosters to fund the programs.”

Leader of the pack

Early in his career, Weatherbie became one of the most respected administrators in the state, as his peers and coaches leaned on him for his wisdom. That admiration remains.

“Keith was a mentor for me and many of us,” longtime Capers’ tennis coach Andy Strout said. “He was always there to pick you up when things got tough and supported his coaches to the end. I had many state championships under Keith and he would always either be there to congratulate us or be the first to call. He was a great sounding board. You could run things by him and he always gave you a direct and honest thought. He is highly respected in Cape Elizabeth and across the state.”

“He has a huge amount of knowledge,” added Susan Ray, who has served as Weatherbie’s athletic department assistant for eight years and also spent 12 as Cape Elizabeth’s girls’ tennis coach. “I’ve taken what I can and learned from him. He’s so well respected among his peers. He’s one of the few that’s been around for a long time. He’s a huge supporter of all the programs. He’ll do anything for the coaches.”

Weatherbie, in turn, knows he’d be lost without Ray.

“There’s no way we could do what we do without having Susan here,” he said. “In an athletic program, you have to have an assistant.”

Freeport athletic director Craig Sickels is second to Weatherbie in tenure in the Western Maine Conference. Sickels said that Weatherbie was a link to the past and the future.

“With the turnover in athletic administration, the Western Maine Conference always looked toward him for a historic perspective...where we came from and where we’re going,” Sickels said. “He was always very professional, never afraid to speak his mind or give his opinion. At the same time, everything he said was well thought out. He never jumped to conclusions. When he spoke, the other athletic administrators in the conference listened.”

Getting personal

While the job of the modern athletic director leaves little time for fun, Weatherbie managed to brighten the days of many co-workers over the years.

“Keith is a wonderful man with a great sense of humor that few people get to see,” Ray said. “He has to be serious because the job is so demanding.”

That theme was echoed by others.

“One of his sayings that I’ll never forget is when a game finally gets postponed, he’ll say, ‘Stick a fork in it,’” Sickels said.

“I worked as Keith’s assistant for 10 years in the Middle School and gained a lot of respect for what he goes through on a daily basis,” Strout added. “When my daughter was young, she loved to go into his office because the man in there always talked like Donald Duck. He had such a way with young kids!”

Weatherbie has enjoyed many triumphs over the years, but stressed that one of the things he’s most proud of has been the success enjoyed by a cross country and track coach by the name of David Weatherbie.

His son.

“David has become a very successful coach,” Weatherbie said. “More than just winning state championships, which he’s done. He runs a great program and the kids like and respect him. That ranks right up there.

“I like coming to work. I like almost everything I do. I’ve been in the school system for 41 years. I was here as a student for 12 years. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. I loved the teaching too. My first 10 years as the athletic director, I taught physics. I still go down and help out. I really enjoyed that part of it too.

“I have a granddaughter who is a freshman here at the high school. I don’t think many athletic directors can say that. I have a grandson, Sterling, who’s in sixth grade, who will be a great athlete.”

Weatherbie, the father of three and grandfather of nine, lives in Monmouth and has spent a lot of time in Augusta over the years working with the Maine Principals’ Association. Don’t be surprised to see that continue after his “retirement.”

“A lot of people think the MPA is just that place up in Augusta, but there’s a lot of athletic directors on various committees,” Weatherbie said. “I’ve been the chairman of the MPA cross country committee. I’ve been the chairman of the MPA tennis committee and right now, I’m chairman of the MPA hockey committee. I’ve enjoyed all those things too. In order for state tournaments to be run properly and well, it takes the committees to help them run. There are still a lot of things I can be involved with. I’m available and would love to help out.”

Sweet sorrow

Weatherbie acknowledged that while it is time for him to ride off into the sunset, saying farewell will not be easy.

“It’s been fantastic,” he said. “I think what I’ll miss most will be the contact with the great people I’ve worked with. The fellow athletic directors have been fantastic. The people here in my office. The coaches. The contact with the kids. No question I’ll miss that part of it.”

He will be greatly missed as well.

“Keith has obviously done a huge amount for the program,” Ray said. “We have what we have because of him. When he retires, there will be a huge amount of information that goes with him. I’ll miss him.”

Cape Elizabeth has arrived at the end of an amazing era. A man who began in the school system in the 1950s, a standout athlete, teacher, coach and administrator who touched literally thousands of lives, is calling it a day.

“I’ve been here all my life,” Weatherbie said. “I have thoroughly loved it.”

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at 781-3661 or mhoffer@theforecaster.net.

Two Cheverus football players heading to NESCAC schools

Sport: Football  Posted: April 5th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Two Cheverus football players heading to NESCAC schools
By Michael Hoffer 

Cheverus senior quarterback Vinnie Ciampi will line up under center at Bates College next year.

Vinnie Ciampi and John Summa to continue playing at top-notch institutions

As it turns out, Cheverus High seniors Vinnie Ciampi and John Summa didn’t play their final football game last October.

Instead, Ciampi and Summa will have an opportunity to play at the next level, at highly esteemed New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) institutions no less.

Ciampi, a Scarborough resident, who played quarterback for three seasons, will attend Bates College in Lewiston.

Summa, who lives on Chebeague Island, and dominated on both the offensive and defensive lines in high school, will matriculate at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

A captain and member of the Southern Maine Activities Association All-Academic team as a senior, Ciampi also played defensive back on occasion, and led Cheverus to a 3-5 record.

“Vinnie Ciampi is an outstanding young man,” Stags’ coach John Wolfgram said. “He’s been an excellent leader the past two seasons and one of our hardest working players. He’s a versatile athlete who will be a real asset to the Bates football program.”

Bates coach Mark Harriman is happy that Ciampi is joining the Bobcats.

“We’re very excited that Vinnie will be part of our team,” Harriman said. “After working with him at a couple camps and watching him progress as a player, we fell he has the ability to help our program. He possesses the intangibles we look for, such as leadership and a great work ethic.”

Summa, who stands 6 feet, 5 inches, has been a productive tight end and defensive end and was also a captain last season.

“John was a strong two-way player for us,” Wolfgram said. “He was a leader by example. With his strength and athletic ability, he has the potential to play a number of positions at the college level.”

Hamilton coach Steve Stetson is banking that Summa will elevate his game a notch in college.

“We’re thrilled that John is coming to Hamilton,” Stetson said. “What I like about John is that he is a very, very good athlete and has tremendous potential. Beyond that, we really like the person that John is. We like to have good people on the team and at the school.”

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at 781-3661 or mhoffer@theforecaster.net.

Bangor Daily News All-Maine girls team

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: April 5th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Frame, Mack, Ritchie, Hennessy, Henrikson score First Team spots
By Jessica Bloch
Saturday, April 05, 2008 - Bangor Daily News


In a very balanced season for schoolgirl basketball in Maine, Cony of Augusta’s Rachael Mack stood taller than everybody else.

Fifteen players have been named to the 32nd annual Bangor Daily News All-Maine girls basketball team, but only Mack, the 6-foot-2 Cony of Augusta forward who won both the Miss Maine Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year awards, returns from the 2006-07 All-Maine team.

Fryeburg Academy’s Coreen Hennessy, who may be the only schoolgirl in the state to have accepted a full basketball scholarship this season, joins Mack on the first team along with Morse of Bath’s Jill Henrikson and two players who led their teams to back-to-back state championships in Lee Academy’s Aarika Ritchie and Waterville’s Morgan Frame.

The second team is made up of Houlton’s Rachel Foster, Lawrence of Fairfield’s Brogan Liberty, Lake Region of Naples’ Renee Nicholas, Cony of Augusta’s Shelby Pelkey and Oxford Hills of South Paris’ Kari Pelletier.

The third team consists of Woodland’s Courtney Cochran, Deering of Portland’s Nicole Garland, John Bapst of Bangor’s Hillary Laferriere, Jenn Lola of Monmouth and Nokomis of Newport’s Kelley Paradis.

The All-Maine team honors the state's top 15 players, regardless of class, position or region, as selected by the BDN sports staff with input from coaches, officials and other basketball observers.

For the first time in the history of the All-Maine team, votes solicited on the BDN Web site, bangordailynews.com, were also considered.

This year’s top 15, which doesn’t include several talented but injured players, is made up of nine members of last year’s honorable mention group. Four schools are represented in the top 15 for the first time.

First team

Morgan Frame

Coreen Hennessy
Fryeburg Academy

Jill Henrikson

Rachael Mack

Aarika Ritchie

FRAME was, as one voter put it, the best player on the best team in the state this year. She led the Panthers to their second straight Class B state championship and undefeated season.

"She gets a lot done and makes things happen," John Bapst of Bangor coach Mike Webb said. "She creates on her own, and she’s very difficult to defend. You can’t leave her alone because she can go outside and shoot it. Just a great all-around player."

She also won the Eastern Maine Class B tournament Most Valuable Player award for the second straight year and was named to the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B all-conference first team. Frame added 1.9 assists, 2.3 steals and 2.1 blocks per game.

"She handles the ball for that team when she has to, she blocks shots extremely well, she rebounds well, goes to the hole well," Cony of Augusta coach Paul Vachon said.

She’s also Waterville’s first All-Maine representative since Melinda Nelson in 1986.

Watch Fryeburg’s HENNESSY play, coaches said, and it’s easy to see why the Miss Maine Basketball semifinalist has a scholarship to Division II St. Michael’s in Colchester, Vt.

"She may be the quickest player I’ve ever seen with the ball," Lawrence of Fairfield coach Jason Pellerin said.

An All-Maine honorable mention last year, Hennessy won the Bob Butler Award, which is the Western Maine Conference player of the year award. She was a first-team all-conference player in addition to a McDonald’s Senior All-Star. Hennessy is the first Fryeburg player to be named to the All-Maine team.

She did a little bit of everything, averaging 4.5 spg and 3.6 apg. She also hit 75 percent of her free throws.

"Off the ball she’s an incredible anticipator and gets her hands on so many passes," Lake Region coach Paul True said. "You have to try to keep her away from the play."HENRIKSON, the KVAC Class A South Division Player of the Year and Eastern Maine Class A all-tournament team member, is headed to Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

A spot-on shooter who was shooting better than 50 percent from the 3-point arc at one point this season and finished with 36 long-range shots, the Miss Basketball finalist had a knack for initiating contact and then converting at the free-throw line, where she shot 81 percent.

"She can get off a shot in traffic, pull up and shoot it, post you up," South Portland coach Mike Giordano said. "She’s just a much more developed athlete than most kids her age."

Henrikson also added 3.4 apg and 3.2 spg. What impressed some coaches was her nose for the ball.

"She follows her shot extremely well. There isn’t any doubt about that," Vachon said. "She was a go-getter. She would go get the ball, follow her shot as well as anybody I’ve seen."

Coaches praised MACK’S calm demeanor and consistent play. She may have been quiet in games, but the Eastern Maine Class A all-tourney team member and KVAC South first-team all-star was a force inside. In addition to averaging a double-double, she was also a 74.6 percent free-throw shooter.

"She’s so unassuming, then you look at the stat sheet and she’s got a double-double," Pellerin said. "She’s not the type of kid that is begging for the ball. She can take it in the flow of the offense and still get her points. And then she has presence defensively with her size. She’s tough."

A smooth, polished player with the ability to finish around the basket, Mack could take it outside, too.

"The thing about her is that she has a nice touch from 15-17 feet and can play with her back to the basket," Hampden coach Ben Greenlaw said. "That’s a skills package most girls of that size don’t have."

She’ll attend Colby College in Waterville next year along with RITCHIE, a Miss Basketball finalist and two-time Eastern Maine Class C MVP who ran Lee’s offense, rebounded, scored and often defended taller players.

"She’s a phenomenal player and a natural athlete," Houlton coach Shawn Graham said. "She handles the ball, she can shoot, she’s a great passer. Even the nights when she scored seven, eight points she was still doing her job out there."

Ritchie, a two-time Eastern tourney MVP, Miss Basketball finalist and Penobscot Valley Conference first-team all-star, handed out 6.0 apg and had about 3.0 spg and 7.5 rpg.

"I just think she’s going to be a very, very good college guard and be able to focus on the things she does extremely well," Vachon said.

Individual honors aside, all Ritchie and her classmates did was win, even as Lee moved from Class D to Class C this year. The Panda seniors won three state basketball titles, two in soccer, one in softball and one in cross country.

Second team

Rachel Foster

Brogan Liberty

Renee Nicholas
Lake Region

Shelby Pelkey

Kari Pelletier
Oxford Hills

A Senior All-Star and semifinalist for Miss Basketball, the lanky, athletic FOSTER ended her career with some monster numbers — 1,493 points to go with 1,027 rebounds and 442 blocks. The PVC first-team all-star and two-time EM Class C all-tourney team member is undecided on her college plans.

"She was very impressive," Lee coach Ron Weatherbee said. "Inside of 10 feet she was a consistent threat. She rebounded well, she pushed the ball up the floor and she altered a number of shots defensively."

LIBERTY, a Miss Basketball semifinalist as well as the KVAC Class A North Player of the Year, will attend Bates College in Lewiston. The Senior All-Star and KVAC North first-teamer was difficult to handle because of her strength and shooting ability. Liberty also averaged 2.8 spg and 1.5 apg.

"I like the way she plays the game," Giordano said. "She plays hard-nosed. She’s a tough matchup because she can post you up and hit the long-range basket."

NICHOLAS meant a lot to the Lakers, especially on the defensive end. One statistic True kept shows the measure of Nicholas’ impact — she averaged 4.8 deflections per game this year along with 4.7 steals. She was the Western Maine tourney MVP, a Western Maine Conference first-team all-star and a Senior All-Star.

"She’s a tough defensive player and really made that team go," Waterville coach Ted Rioux said. "She’s quite a player because she can shoot the ball and post up your guard. She draws a lot of attention and that opened things up for everyone else."

PELLETIER, who is Oxford Hills’ first All-Mainer, was named the EM Class A MVP as the Vikings won the regional title. She set a tourney record by making 31 free throws and shot 88 percent from the line in the postseason.

A KVAC South first-team and Senior All-Star who is undecided on college, Pelletier also averaged 4.0 spg and 3.3 apg. Her ability to make big shots in pressure situations, however, couldn’t be measured.

"One thing that struck me was how fast she got her shot off," Fryeburg coach Michael Hart said. "She made a lot of shots down the stretch that other kids couldn’t make because of her quick release. She’s a great little player."

PELKEY, a Senior All-Star and Eastern Maine Class A all-tourney team member, is headed to Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. She averaged 3.4 apg and hit 30.8 percent of her 3-point attempts. Most coaches, however, valued her defensive play. She was named to the KVAC South all-defensive team in addition to the South’s first team.

"If she’s guarding you, she’ll shut you down," Rioux said. "She’s just a load defensively. She made a lot of players better."

Third team

Courtney Cochran

Nicole Garland

Hillary Laferriere
John Bapst

Jenn Lola

Kelley Paradis

The USM-bound COCHRAN, who was on the 2006 and 2008 Class D state title teams, averaged a double-double en route to the EM Class D MVP award and Downeast Athletic Conference honors. She drew so much attention that she averaged 3.7 apg and showed her athleticism with 2.4 spg.

LAFERRIERE, John Bapst’s first All-Mainer, created space around herself and used it like few players. The Big East Conference Player of the Year finalist and conference all-star shot 60.8 percent from the field and will attend the University of New England in Biddeford.

Few players could shoot like GARLAND. The Miss Basketball semifinalist and Southern Maine Activities Association first-team all-star was a threat from well beyond the 3-point line, helping lead Deering to the Class A state championship. She led the SMAA with 44 made 3-pointers in the regular season and averaged 3.0 apg.

LOLA’Sstrength and athleticism made her a tough matchup with her shooting ability and physical play. A first-team MVC all-star who will attend USM next year, Lola averaged 2.7 apg and 2.5 spg while setting a single-season school record with 401 points. She is Monmouth’s first All-Maine player.

PARADIS, a Miss Basketball semifinalist and KVAC North first-team and all-defensive team member, will play at UNE. She functioned as a guard-forward-center this season, averaging a double-double along with 3.0 apg, 3.0 spg and 2.1 bpg. She shot 71 percent from the free-throw line.
First Team
Pos.     Name     School     Yr.     Ht.     PPG     RPG
F     Morgan Frame     Waterville     Jr.     6-0     18.1     9.4
G     Coreen Hennessy     Fryeburg     Sr.     5-7     18.1     5.0
G     Jill Henrikson     Morse     Sr.     5-8     19.5     6.0
F     Rachael Mack     Cony     Sr.     6-2     18.3     10.1
G     Aarika Ritchie     Lee     Sr.     5-6     13.2     7.5

Second Team
Pos.     Name     School     Yr.     Ht.     PPG     RPG
F     Rachel Foster     Houlton     Sr.     6-1     23.5     14.2
F     Brogan Liberty     Lawrence     Sr.     5-9     16.9     9.4
G     Renee Nicholas     Lake Region     Sr.     5-6     11.5     6.3
G     Shelby Pelkey     Cony     Sr.     5-7     11.2     5.3
G     Kari Pelletier     Oxford Hills     Sr.     5-4     17.3     1.3

Third Team
Pos.     Name     School     Yr.     Ht.     PPG     RPG
F     Courtney Cochran     Woodland     Sr.     6-0     18.5     13.6
G     Nicole Garland     Deering     Sr.     5-7     11.9     2.0
F     Hillary Laferriere     John Bapst     Sr.     5-11     14.5     10.3
G     Jenn Lola     Monmouth     Sr.     5-10     17.4     9.4
G-F     Kelley Paradis     Nokomis     Sr.     5-10     16.0     10.0

Honorable Mention:
Marissa Albert, Fort Kent; Claire Baecher, Brunswick; Alexa Bernatchez, Lawrence; Karin Bird, Lee; Georgia Boisse, Massabesic; Rachele Burns, Gorham; Morgan Chasse, John Bapst; Bailey Davis, Telstar; Whitney Flint, Ashland; Ashley Geel, Georges Valley; Amanda Gifford, Lee; Sarah Given, Waterville; Amy Hackett, Bangor; Brianna Hanscom, Mattanawcook; Leah Jackson, Brewer; Ashley Kelley, Hermon; Diana Manduca, Deering; Aimee Mortensen, Biddeford; Allie Parent, Camden Hills; Maddie Park, George Stevens; Kirsten Prue, Edward Little; Margo Russell, Madison; Sloane Sorrell, Noble; Margaret Veroneau, Waynflete; Cynthia Wescott, Westbrook; Shannon Wood, McAuley

Wrestling All-Stars: Stone, Harding went to the mat

Sport:   Posted: April 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Wrestling All-Stars: Stone, Harding went to the mat




Led the Pioneers to an 18-9 season, doubling their win total from a year ago.



St. John's Prep

Was 54-7 in the 135 category ... Academic All-American ... Has 109 career victories ... Made Academic All-States ... Two-time Catholic Conference all-star ... Third in the Lowell Holiday Classic and champion of the Woburn tournament ... Second in Division 1 North sectional, second in D1 states, and fourth in all-states.

Linsey Tait, Staff Photographer

The Team

TINO ACIERNO, Lynnfield - Senior captain ... Had an overall record of 27-13... Was second in the Cape Ann League ... Sixth in the sectionals ... Fourth in Wakefield tournament ... Third in the Cohasset tournament ... Won the team's "Contributed Most to Wrestling Award."

T.J. CRABTREE, St. John's - A freshman from North Andover in the 119-pound category, he finished 36-16 ... Was an academic all-state and Catholic Conference all-star ... Was third in the Woburn tournament and fourth in Division 1 North.

PHIL FREIDIN, Marblehead/Swampscott - Senior captain ... Was 16-13 ... Placed fifth in the sectionals.

PAT HIGGINS, St. John's - A senior 215-pounder, he was 31-10, second in Woburn, and fifth in Division 1 North.

KELLEY JOHNSON, St. John's - A junior 140-pounder from North Andover, he was 34-16 ... Was an academic all-state, fourth in Division 1 North.

KRIS KLOVE, Lynnfield - A junior, he finished the season with an overall record of 24-19 ... Finished fourth at the Cohasset tournament ... Finished second at the Cape Ann tournament ... Placed fifth at the sectionals... Won the team's Coaches Award.

RYAN MORELLO, St. John's Prep - A junior from Peabody ... In his second year, he was an academic all-state ... Catholic Conference all-star ... Was 39-12 and champion of the Division 1 North sectional.

KEVIN POPLASKI, St. John's - A heavyweight, he was an academic all-state and a Catholic Conference all-star ... Was 36-12 on the season, second in the Woburn tournament and second in Division 1 North.

BRANDON POULIN, Marblehead/Swampscott - Junior ... Finished the season with an overal record of 20-11 ... Winner of the Pellham tournament ... Was All-Conference NEC Small ... Finished fourth in the sectionals ... Placed second in the Haverhill tournament ... Competed in the state tournament.

DARIAS SAYAN, Marblehead/Swampscott - A junior, he finished the season with a record of 14-13 ... NEC second-team All-Conference ... Placed fourth in the sectionals ... Competed in the state tournament.

KEVIN SCHWARTZ, Lynnfield - A senior captain, he finished with an overall record of 24-22 ... Finished fourth at the Cohasset tourney ... Finished fourth at the sectionals ... Lynnfield scholar-athlete award for displaying great leadership and classroom success.

ALEX TERRILL, Marblehead/Swampscott - A senior, he finished with an overall record of 17-10 ... Placed third in the sectionals ... NEC first-team All-Conference.

Boys Basketball All-Stars: Winthrop's Brown the man with the plan

Sport:   Posted: April 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Boys Basketball All-Stars: Winthrop's Brown the man with the plan




Brown, a St. Mary's graduate, led the 15-9 Vikings to the finals of the Division 4 North state tournament ... Winthrop earned its spot by defeating Lynnfield, and holding Mike Kennedy - who had scored 58 points four days earlier - to four points ... Just completed his sixth season behind the bench.

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St. John's Prep

Finished career with 1,373 points (tops in the school's history) and had 847 this winter ... Averaged 24.5 points and 5.5 rebounds ... Selected for the Hoop Mountain Showcase at Harvard ... Also selected as one of six players in the North district for state coaches association game ... Will attend Bowdoin ... Had 87 three-pointers, 178 for his career ... A 75 percent career foul-shooter.

The Team

DAMOLA ABU, Marblehead - Senior forward and captain ... Averaged 12 points and nine rebounds to help the Magicians win the Northeastern Conference South title ... Three-year starter, two-time NEC all-star ... Led team in scoring ... Honored by the local board of basketball officials for sportsmanship.

JOHN BAKOPOLUS, St. Mary's - A 6-0 junior guard ... Averaged 11 points and five rebounds ... Team's second-leading scorer ... Also a CCL all-star.

JOHN BEAULIEU, Swampscott - Senior ... Averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists ... MVP of NEC South ... Complete player on both ends of the floor, coach Paul Moran said ... Two-year NEC all-star ... Made 42 three-pointers ... Honor roll student with 3.4 GPA.

JARELL BYRD, Classical - A 6-3 sophomore forward ... Led Rams in field-goal percentage (54) and scoring (395 points, 16 ppg) ... Also led team in rebounds with 241 (10 per game) and blocked shots (83, for 3.5 average) ... Had a monster performance in the tournament against Charlestown.

MIKE CLIFFORD, Bishop Fenwick - A 6-7 junior center ... He averaged 23 points and 17 rebounds ... Had 31 points and 20 rebounds in the Division 3 North semifinal against Wilmington, and 33/20 in a win over North Reading ... Helped boost Crusaders from a 6-8 start to a spot in the state tournament.

JASPER GRASSA, Classical - A 5-11 sophomore guard, he led the Rams in three-point percentage (37), comparing favorably with some of Classical's more notorious long-range shooters ... Shot 66 pct. from the foul line ... Scored 361 points for 15 ppg ... Led team in steals with 43, and assists with 121.

TYLER GRILLO, St. Mary's - A 6-1 guard, he averaged 17.5 points, four rebounds, two steals and five assists ... Two-time Catholic Central League all-star ... Main focus of every team on St. Mary's schedule ... Handled the ball 90 percent of the time.

DAN INTERNICOLA, Saugus - Senior captain ... Averaged 18 points ... He was the MVP of the Sachems and an NEC South all-star.

MIKE KENNEDY, Lynnfield - Senior point guard ... Averaged 26.7 points, 5.6 assists, and four steals ... Cape Ann League MVP ... Lynnfield's all-time leading scorer with 1,277 points ... Scored 58 points in a Division 4 North quarterfinal win over Trinity Catholic ... Will attend Northeastern for soccer ... The Item's player of the year in soccer.

SCOTT LEFFLER, Swampscott - A senior, he was the Big Blue's defensive player of the year ... NEC All-Star ... Averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks ... National Honor Society member with a 4.2 GPA.

JUNIOR LUGO, Salem - Senior guard ... Led Witches in scoring in 14 of 21 games ... Averaged 3.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 steals ... NEC North MVP ... Had five three-pointers ... Scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half of a comeback win over Beverly.

DINO MALLIOS, Winthrop - A 5-11 sophomore guard ... Averaged 16.5 points, two assists, and four rebounds ... NEC all-star ... Team's leading scorer ... Often guarded the opposing team's leading scorer ... Good rebounder from the guard spot ... Two-year varsity player.

DANNY MELLO, Peabody - A 5-9 point guard and NEC all-star, he averaged nine points ... Logged many minutes, said coach Chris Mastrangelo ... Good defender ... "He hit some big shots for us," Mastrangelo said ... Scored 30 points in a win over Saugus.

JONATHAN MURDOCK, Winthrop - A 6-3 senior center ... Two-year NEC all-star ... Senior captain, averaged 11 points and nine rebounds ... Before he hurt his ankle, Winthrop was 12-3 ... Averaged 9.7 rebounds in 2006-07.

JEVIC MUTEBA, Revere - A 6-3 senior center, he averaged 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds ... Team MVP ... NEC all-star ... Had a 24-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist, four-steal performance in a 68-65 win over Peabody.

RAFAEL PEREZ, English - A senior guard, he averaged 11 points and was half of a stellar offensive and defensive backcourt that helped the Bulldogs press many teams into costly turnovers.

JOSE RIOS, Lynn Tech - Senior guard and captain ... Averaged 12 points ... Commonwealth Conference all-star ... On defense, he stopped the other team's leading scorer ... Captain of the football and baseball teams ... Item football all-star ... "One of those hard-working, blue-collar guys," coach Marvin Avery said.

VICTOR SMITH, Lynn Tech - A junior guard, he averaged 18 points ... First-team CAC all-star ... Very steady on offense ... "He was our go-to guy," Avery said.

PAT SONG, Marblehead - Junior point guard ... Averaged eight points and six assists in helping his team win the NEC South title to draw the top seed in the Division 2 North state tournament.

MATT TOBIN, Beverly - A 6-3 senior ... Three-time NEC all-star. ... Led team in scoring for the second straight year with a 16.2 average ... Averaged 10.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks ... "We were a different team without him," said coach Scott Lewis.

RYAN WOUMN, English - A sophomore point guard, he averaged 11 points and six assists to form half of a devastating backcourt that helped press the opposition into numerous turnovers ... "He was the heart and soul of my team," coach Buzzy Barton said.

Girls Basketball All-Stars: Winthrop Vikings were in like Finn

Sport:   Posted: April 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Girls Basketball All-Stars: Winthrop Vikings were in like Finn

Courtney Finn of Winthrop made hoop history by becoming her school's top basketball scorer. (ITEM FILE PHOTO)




Junior guard ... Northeastern Conference South Most Valuable Player ... Three-year all-star ... all-time leading scorer at Winthrop with 1,335 points ... With Finn in the lineup, the Vikings have gone 60-10 the last three years ... Scored 42 points against Watertown in the state tournament.




After seeing his team fail to make the state tournament in 2007, Sawyer managed to overcome the loss of several key players and get the 2008 Rams into the postseason with a 10-10 record ... Team lost to Lexington in the first round.

The Team

JEANETTE ANDERSON, English - Junior 5-11 forward ... NEC North MVP ... Averaged 16.7 points, 16.2 rebounds and three-plus blocks per game ... Added six points to her average this year.

ALLIE BEAULIEU, Swampscott - Junior guard/forward ... Two-time NEC all-star ... Averaged 15.5 points, five assists and seven rebounds per game ... Team co-MVP.

KEILA BROWN, Classical - Senior point guard ... NEC all-star ... Averaged 12 points per game and two assists ... Ran the show ... Extremely aggressive ... Team co-Player of the Year.

HANNAH CAIN, Gloucester - Freshman point guard ... NEC all-star ...Averaged 13.8 points, 7.5 assists and 4.5 steals per game.

CHRISTINA CAVAGNARO, Revere - Senior guard ... NEC all-star ...Averaged 13 points per game and finished her career with 746 points despite missing all but one game of her junior year ... Won the NEC 3-point contest as a sophomore ... Had seven threes against Peabody ... Led team in assists ... Planning to play at Simmons College ... Also an excellent golfer.

JENICIA DUGGINS, English - Sophomore point guard ... NEC all-star ... Averaged 17.2 points per game... Excellent ball-handler.

BRIDGET DULLEA, Bishop Fenwick - Junior guard ... Catholic Central League all-star ... Led team in scoring with 13.5 points per game ... Led team in threes with 37.

TORI FAIETA, St. Mary's - Freshman center ... Catholic Central League first-team all-star ... Led Spartans with 12.7 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game ... Had 14 double-doubles ... Spartan Classic and Boverini Christmas Tournament all-tournament teams.

KRISTEN FINN, Winthrop - Senior forward ... NEC all-star ... Captain ... Averaged eight points per game and finished with more than 780 career points ... Team won 72 games in her four years ... Will attend Bates College ... No. 3 in her class ... Also a softball pitcher.

NICOLE GIAQUINTO, Winthrop - Senior point guard ... Captain ... NEC all-star ... Finished with 891 career points ... averaged 13.6 points per game and led the team in assists and steals ... Holds school records in track for 100 and 200 dashes.

KARA GILBERG, Swampscott - Sophomore guard/forward ... NEC All-Star ... Averaged 12 points per game and nearly 10 steals and deflections ... Excellent speed.

MICHELLE GRIFONI, Peabody - Senior guard ... Three-sport captain ... Led team in scoring with just over 10 points per game ... Frank Wiggin Memorial Award recipient ... NEC All-Star ... Scored 13 points in the all-star game.

CHRISTINA MCKENZIE, Classical - Senior guard ... NEC all-star ... Averaged 12 points per game ... Co-leading scorer on the team and co-Offensive Player of the Year for the Rams ... Led team from the free-throw line (75 percent).

ALISON NEWELL, Lynnfield - Junior forward ... Cape Ann League all-star ... Averaged 11 points and 10.5 rebounds per game ... Team Most Valuable Player ... Team-leading scorer and leading rebounder.

TARA NIMKAR, Swampscott - Junior forward ... NEC all-star second year in a row ... Team co-Most Valuable Player ... Averaged 19 points per game and 12 rebounds ... Tough to stop from the paint and from the outside ... Very good free-throw shooter.

TAWNY PALMIERI, Peabody - Senior guard ... Three-sport captain ... NEC all-star ... Averaged about 10 points per game ... Led team in assists ... Team Most Valuable Player.

DANIELLE SHERRY, Danvers - Senior guard ... Averaged 20.5 points per game ... NEC all-star ... Team Most Valuable Player ... 1,000-career-point scorer and all-time Danvers leading scorer with 1,202 points.

GIA TROISI, Saugus - Senior point guard ... NEC all-star ... Averaged eight points, five assists and three steals per game ... Team's best defensive player.

JESSICA UNDERWOOD, Lynn Tech - Senior guard/forward ... Four-year co-captain ... Commonwealth Conference Most Valuable Player and three-year all-star ... Finished with 1,050 career points ... Can play multiple positions ... Five-year varsity player, beginning in the eighth grade.

ASHLEY WHITE, Salem - Junior guard ... NEC all-star, two years ... Team high scorer, averaging 14 points per game ... Excellent 3-point shooter, with 42 ... Led team in assists and steals.

Boys Hockey All-Stars: It was a banner year for Jackson, Headers

Sport:   Posted: April 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Boys Hockey All-Stars: It was a banner year for Jackson, Headers

Lynnfield High's John Connolly (top) and Ryan Smith have combined for 41 goals and 55 assists so far this season.
Lynnfield High's John Connolly (top) and Ryan Smith   (LISA POOLE FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)




Senior forward ... Cape Ann League MVP ... Second straight Item Player of the Year selection ... Led the North Shore in scoring with 23 goals and 40 assists for 63 points ... Two-time CAL all-league selection ... Recorded an 8-point game against Wilmington and a 6-pointer against Masco ... Finished with 142 career points ... Was part of nearly 65 percent of the Pioneers offense ... Led Pioneers on a three-month unbeaten streak.




In his second year, Jackson led the Headers to the Division 3 state semifinals ... Team was 4-8-0 through 12 games before going 10-3 in the final 13 ... Won the program's first North title in over two decades ... Team finished at 14-11-0 ... A Marblehead grad, Jackson played at UNH.

The Team

ALEX BAKER, Beverly - Senior defenseman ... All-Northeastern Conference selection ... Finished career with a 20-point season ... Possesses a booming shot ... "He has been a mainstay for us," coach Bobby Gilligan said.

JOHN BALDWIN, St. Mary's - Junior forward ... Catholic Central League all-star ... Second on team in scoring with 36 points ... Led the team with 23 goals ... Natural scorer.

ANDREW BATES, Marblehead - Junior forward ... NEC all-star ... All-League selection in the NEC South ... Three-year starter ... Led the team with 14 goals and 25 points ... Helped guide Headers to Division 3 North title.

ZAK BOROWSKI, St. Mary's - Senior forward from Gloucester ... CCL all-star ... Led Spartans with 37 points (15-22) ... Completed high school career with nearly 140 points ... State champion with Gloucester in 2006 .... "He led by example," coach Mark Lee said.

JUSTIN COLONTUONI, Tech - Senior forward ... Tigers' leading scorer this season ... A gifted scorer ... Also spent time on defense this season.

ELIJAH COHEN, Peabody - Junior forward ... NEC all-star and all-league choice ... Co-MVP of NEC North with Revere's Chris Mastropietro ... Shared North scoring title with Gloucester's Jeremy Fanning ... Posted totals of 21-25-46 this season ... Had eight power-play goals and two game-winning goals ... Helped Tanners to 17 wins, the most of any NEC team.

JOHN CONNOLLY, Lynnfield - Senior forward ... Two-time CAL all-star and all-league selection ... Second on North Shore with 47 points ... His 26 goals were tops among area players ... Scored a number of big goals.

CHRISTIAN COWLES, St. John's - Senior forward ... Catholic Conference all-star ... Led Eagles in scoring with 23 goals and 41 points ... Guided team to second consecutive appearance in Division 1A tournament.

PAT DOLIBER, Fenwick - Senior forward from Marblehead ... CCL all-star ... Son of former Marblehead coach Howie Doliber ... Teamed with Mark Sparaco and Dale Crispin to form one of the most explosive units in the area ... Led Crusaders with 44 points (19-25).

ANDERS GUNDERSEN, Marblehead - Sophomore defenseman/forward ... One of most versatile players in NEC ... NEC all-star ... Second on team in scoring with 21 points (11-10) ... Assisted on game-winner in North final against Concord-Carlisle ... Possesses a great awareness of the game, according to coach Bob Jackson.

JUSTIN MASSEY, Swampscott - Sophomore forward ... Showed potential after missing most of his freshman year due to injuries ... Finished with 13 goals and 22 points ... "He is only going to get better," coach Gino Faia said.

CHRIS MASTROPIETRO, Revere - Junior defenseman ... NEC all-star ... Co-MVP of NEC North with Peabody's Elijah Cohen ... All-League choice ... Led all area defensemen with 39 points ... 22 goals ranked tied for third in area ... Talented finisher who played nearly 30 minutes a game.

BILLY MACDANIEL, Lynn Jets - Senior forward ... Led Jets in scoring with 17 goals and 26 points ... Has a booming shot ... One of the top scorers in the NEC South.

KEITH MORGAN, Swampscott - Senior forward and captain ... Co-MVP of NEC South ... Led Big Blue to their first tourney appearance in 10 years ... 101 career points rank him fifth all-time at SHS ... Finished with South-leading 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points ... Three-time NEC all-star ... Team MVP.

JAMES NOFTLE, Peabody - Senior forward and captain ... NEC all-star ... Three-sport star for Tanners (baseball and golf) ... Finished career with 51-51-102 points ... Second on team in scoring with 23-33-45 ... Four-year starter.

PAT O'KANE, Danvers - Senior goaltender ... NEC all-star ... All-League goaltender in NEC North ... Helped lead Falcons to several big wins this season ... Had a goals-against average of just under 2.20.

MIKE SCUZZARELLA, Saugus - Senior forward and captain ... NEC all-star ... Co-MVP of NEC South with Swampscott's Keith Morgan ... All-League in NEC South ... Led Sachems with 29 points before season-ending wrist injury ... "One of the most favorite players I've ever coached," coach Chris Connors said.

DAVE STEVENS, Lynn Jets - Junior defenseman ... NEC all-star ... All-league selection, NEC South ... Three-year starter on varsity ... Logged nearly 30 minutes a game.

PATRICK YEO, Peabody - Senior defenseman and captain ... NEC all-star ... National Honor Society student ... Ranked 19th in Peabody's senior class ... Finished year with totals of 4-17-21 ... Accepted to St. Michael's College.

ALEX YOUNG, Lynnfield - Senior defenseman ... CAL all-star and all-league choice ... Led Pioneer defensemen with 19 points ... Played as many minutes as any defenseman in the league.

The Boston Herald presents the top Eastern Mass. wrestling stars

Sport:   Posted: April 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Wrestling all-scholastics
By Herald staff  http://www.bostonherald.com  |  Other High School
The Boston Herald presents the top Eastern Mass. wrestling stars

All-scholastics Brandon Gauthier of...
Photo by Angela Rowlings
All-scholastics Brandon Gauthier of Lowell and Miguel Guzman of Greater Lawrence battle in the 112-pound final during the All-State tournament in Salem.

Ken Anderson, Billerica - After coming within seconds of capturing a New England title in 2007, the 119-pound senior would not be denied this year. Anderson capped off a perfect 46-0 season by defeating Charlie Constanzo of Danbury, Conn., 6-5, to capture the New England championship. Anderson ended his career with three Div. 1 North sectional title, three state and two All-State crowns.

Kevin Barrucci, Burlington - The sophomore standout has already etched his name into the school record book as the first Burlington High wrestler to win sectional and state titles in each of his first two seasons. The MVP of the Middlesex League, Barrucci placed second in the All-States and third in New England at 135 pounds. In the offseason, Barrucci trains at the Doughboy Wrestling Club and Great White.

Evan Connors, Lowell - The 140-pound senior rebounded from a second-place showing at the All-State meet by taking home the grand prize at the New England tournament. Connors took a second in the All-State and third in New England in 2007. He also helped Lowell capture the Div. 1 state team title for the second consecutive year. Connors will do a postgraduate year at Phillips Exeter.

Scott Coull, Plymouth South - Coull rebounded from a fifth-place showing in the Div. 1 state meet to defeat Putnam’s Anthony Medina and take home the All-State title at 125 pounds. Coull ended the season with a 40-6 record, 20 of the wins coming by pins. An Atlantic Coast League All-Star, Coull helped guide Plymouth South to a 20-4 record in dual meets over the course of the season.

Nicholas DiAntonio, Milford - The champion at both the Framingham and Weymouth tournaments at 171 pounds, DiAntonio turned in a solid 45-4 season. He won both the sectional and state tournaments, before taking second in the All-State and fourth in New England. A three-time league All-Star, DiAntonio ended his career with a 142-24 mark. He will go on to play football at Assumption College.

Christopher DelaRosa, Greater Lawrence - One of the mainstays behind the Greater Lawrence dynasty, the 152-pound senior helped guide the Reggies to their second straight undefeated season and a Div. 2 state team title. DelaRosa won the Div. 2 North sectional and state titles before placing second in the All-States. For the second consecutive year, DelaRosa placed in the New Englands, finishing sixth.

Nick Flannery, Framingham - Flannery made great strides as a sophomore, winning the Div. 1 state and All-State titles in the 103-pound weight class. He helped guide the Flyers to a 21-4 record and a berth in the state dual-meet playoffs. In two years on the varsity, Flannery has recorded a 63-16 record. In the offseason, Flannery trains with the Doughboy Wrestling Club in Lowell as well as Team Os.

Brandon Gauthier, Lowell - One of five Bay State wrestlers to sweep all four postseason tournaments at 112 pounds, Gauthier was 34-1 on the season, giving him a career mark of 157-36. Gauthier helped lead Lowell to a second straight team dual-meet state title. Gauthier works out with the Doughboy Wrestling Club based in Lowell. He is currently undecided about his college destination.

Derek Golner, Tyngsboro - The 140-pound sophomore is on the fast track to success. Golner won the Div. 3 North and state titles, then knocked off fellow All-Scholastic Evan Connors in overtime to bring home the All-State crown. Golner won the Lowell Holiday Invitational tournament and finished the year with a 41-3 mark. A two-time sectional and state champion, Golner wrestles in the offseason at Doughboy Wrestling.

Michael Gregory, Greater Lowell - Despite wrestling with a painful knee injury in the postseason, the junior heavyweight still managed to excel. He captured the Div. 2 state title while placing second in both the sectional and All-State tournaments. Gregory managed to earn a sixth-place finish in the New England championships at Lowell. He figures to be the top-ranked heavyweight in the area next year.

Miguel Guzman, Greater Lawrence - The 112-pound junior was one of the stalwarts behind Greater Lawrence’s 50-meet winning streak and two state titles. Guzman was the Div. 2 North sectional and state champion before falling to Lowell’s Brandon Gauthier in the All-State finals. Guzman rebounded nicely to take third place in the New England tournmament and finish the season with a 48-2 mark.

Mike Leavitt, Central Catholic - One of the most decorated wrestlers in Central Catholic history, the 189-pound senior posted a 45-3 record on the season. The Lowell Holiday champion, Leavitt went on to capture the Div. 2 North sectional, state and All-State titles before placing second in New England. An honor roll student, Leavitt will give up the singlet to play college football at Bryant.

Travis Moran, Natick - The 160-pound junior proved to be the premier wrestler in a demanding weight class this season. The Outstanding Wrestler of the Div. 2 Metro tournament, Moran added the Div. 2 state and All-State titles to his credit before settling for third in the New Englands. Moran also captured the Lowell Holiday Invitational in December. In his career, Moran has a 104-20 mark.

Franchesco Ortiz, Greater Lawrence - The third member of the Greater Lawrence juggernaut to earn All-Scholastic honors, Ortiz was one of only two 119-pounders in the state to place in all four postseason tournaments. Ortiz won the Div. 2 North and state titles, before settling for third in the All-State and fifth in the New England. Over the past two seasons Ortiz has won 88 matches.

Tim Rich, Chelmsford - After quarterbacking Chelmsford to a Div. 1A Super Bowl title, the senior followed up with a New England title at 135 pounds. Rich captured the sectional, state and All-State titles, before avenging his only loss of the season in dramatic fashion. He pinned Brock Coutu, who defeated Rich in December, in the second period for his 50th win of the season.

John Sughrue, Methuen - The 130-pound senior had a flair for the dramatic, winning his 200th career match with a pin at the All-State finals. A four-time Div. 1 state champion and a three-time All-State titlist, Sughrue completed a perfect 57-0 season by rolling to the New England title. An honors student with a 3.6 GPA, Sughrue is presently undecided about his college destination.

Jim Tarpey, Tewksbury - The senior standout had no peers during the state tournaments. The 145-pounder took home the Div. 2 North sectional, state and All-State titles, finishing the season with a 48-8 record. The Plymouth State-bound Tarpey also helped lead the Redmen to a fourth-place finish in the sectional team meet. A two-sport star, Tarpey was a second-team all-Merrimack Valley Conference selection in football.

Michael Testa, Wayland - The 130-pound senior captured the sectional and Div. 3 state titles, before falling to fellow All-Scholastic John Sughrue in the All-State finals. Testa was 46-3 on the season, giving him a career total of 137 wins. A three-time All-Dual County League performer, Testa placed in both the All-State and New Englands last year. He will attend Johns Hopkins University in the fall.

Richie Wapenyi, Bridgewater-Raynham - One half of Bridgewater-Raynham’s killer 1-2 punch at the heavier weights, the senior standout won the Div. 1 South sectional, state and All-State titles before placing third in the New Englands. Wapenyi helped guide the Trojans to a 25-5 team record and a third-place finish in the sectional meet. Wapenyi has narrowed his choices down to Rhode Island College and Bridgewater State.

Brett Wyman, Bridgewater-Raynham - The 215-pound senior put it all together in the postseason, winning the sectional, state, All-State and New England titles. On the season, Wyman was an impressive 44-1, giving him a career mark of 121-20 with 88 of the victories coming by pin. A member of the National Honor Society, Wyman will go on to play football and study marketing at Brown University.
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A pitch for the postseason; Rockport fireballer Nelson hoping to pitch Vikings back to tourney

Sport:   Posted: April 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

A pitch for the postseason; Rockport fireballer Nelson hoping to pitch Vikings back to tourney
By Nick Curcuru

If you are Rockport pitcher Tia Nelson, you are not like most high school athletes.

The junior captain is entering her fifth season on the Vikings softball team. She has had a starting spot on the team since she was in seventh grade, and has been the team's starting pitcher since she was in eighth grade.

Nelson has built an impressive resume over the years. The pitcher was a Cape Ann League All-Star as a sophomore. She also pitched the Vikings to a state tournament berth as an eighth-grader. Nelson thinks her abundance of experience will be key to her success this season.

"Experience is huge," said Nelson, who is also an all-star basketball player for the Vikings. "I have been starting since I was a seventh-grader and all of that game experience has paid dividends."

Nelson is hoping to lead the Vikings back to the state tournament this season. Rockport nearly qualified last season, finishing 8-10.

"We have a pretty good shot at it this year," Nelson said of the Vikings tournament chances. "We have a young team but there are a lot of talented players."

Nelson's best attribute on the mound is her fastball. The junior captain uses her power pitches to blow hitters away. She also gets the job done at the plate for the Vikings, serving as the team's No. 3 hitter and one of its top run-producers.

Freshman Samantha Palazzola is Nelson's catcher this season, and she has a first-hand look of just how talented the junior right-hander is.

"It's tough catching (Tia) sometimes because she throws a lot harder than the pitchers I'm used to catching," Palazzola said. "She is a very important player to our team. We have a good infield and outfield, but without Tia's pitching we wouldn't win many games. Catching her is definitely making me a better player."

First-year Vikings head coach Dianne Parisi also thinks highly of Nelson's skill.

"She has a very heavy fastball," Parisi said. "Opponents have a hard time hitting her. With Tia on the mound, games usually come down to small ball and manufacturing runs because they don't get a lot of hits off her."

As if her on-field talent were not enough, Nelson is also a natural leader off the field.

"Tia is a leader in every way possible," Parisi said. "She is a student of the game and she loves to play. That attitude rubs off on her teammates. She gets a lot of respect from her team and they really look up to her."

Palazzola agrees that Nelson's leadership is just as important to the team as her pitching.

"The team looks up to Tia because she has been a starter since she was in seventh grade," Palazzola said. "She is the team leader, she knows all of the situations and walks us through them. Plus, she does a good job helping our young players get used to varsity softball."

All in all, Nelson is looking to use her skills to help the team get back to the state tournament for the first time since 2005.

"I just need to go out there and do my best every game," Nelson said. "Our team goal is to get into the state tournament and I need to do all I can to help us get there."


The Nelson File

Name: Tia Nelson

Team: Rockport Softball

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher

Achievements: Has been a starter for the Vikings since she was in seventh grade. Led Rockport to a state tournament berth in 2005 as an eighth grader. Named to All-Cape Ann League team as a sophomore. Led the Vikings basketball team in scoring with 13.5 points per game. Named to All-Cape Ann League Basketball team.

Lincoln-Sudbury 14, Weston 2: Warriors girls lax runs amok

Sport:   Posted: April 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Lincoln-Sudbury 14, Weston 2: Warriors girls lax runs amok
By Rick Smith/Daily News staff
The MetroWest Daily News

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Lincoln-Sudbury junior midfielder Addy Quirk lets loose a pass during the win at Weston.

WESTON — The Weston girls lacrosse faithful might have found it hard to contain their excitement when junior goaltender Cyana Chilton did a mimi-clinic on how to stop point-blank shots in the early moments of the Wildcats' game with Lincoln-Sudbury yesterday afternoon.

But the real clinic - the one on sharp cuts, crisp passes and laser shots - was conducted by the Warrior offense during approximately a 17-minute span when L-S built up a 10-1 halftime lead en route to a 14-2 Dual County League victory.

"I don't know what team that was out there," joked L-S coach Debbie DeJesus about her team's near-perfect stretch. "I guess it was because it wasn't raining, it wasn't windy and it wasn't particularly cold. I think it's just a matter of us playing together and getting used to each other."

Weston coach Kelly Trahon wasn't surprised by the clinic by the visitors. "They're a good team, one of the best teams in the state," Trahon said. "They have some strong players. We have athletes and they have lacrosse players. I coach a club team and a lot of the L-S players are on that team."

Junior midfielder Addy Quirk started the clinic and the goal deluge with a charge up the middle of the field. She hit Alexa Rozelle on the left wing with a pass that the junior buried in the right corner about shoulder high. It came with 19:37 left in the half.

Jess Griffin, yet another junior, made it 2-0 shortly after an injury timeout for classmate Brianna Miller, who took a stick in the mouth. Griffin came up the middle, spun to the left and unleashed a hard shot into the right corner at 17:02.

In quick succession, Rozelle scored from Griffin at 16:01, Jordan Chen scored from Griffin at 13:20, Quirk scored an unassisted goal at 10:45, Quirk scored from Monika Quinn at 9:32 and Quinn scored from Griffin at 9:21 for a 7-0 lead.

Weston's Kelsey Nickerson scored from Bridget McCurdy at 6:16 to break the spell, but the Warriors closed out the half with three unanswered goals. Griffin got the first on a free position at 5:09, then scored again from Rozelle at 4:27, and Rozelle scored from Griffin at 2:20.

The final goal might have been the poster child for a high school lacrosse clinic the visitors were putting on, with Griffin hitting Rozelle in stride on the left wing and Rozelle quickly finding the right corner of the cage.

The damage could have been worse were it not for Chilton, who made some superb saves - and L-S hit the cross bar twice.

Nickerson got her second goal of the game at 18:24 of the second half with McCurdy once again earning the helper.

But the Warriors came back and scored four more goals before the final horn. Rozelle got the first of the four at 17:31 with Steph Zeytoonian assisting. Then with Zeytoonian scoring from Griffin at 11:58, Rozelle scoring from Griffin at 9:50 and Quirk scoring from Kelly Cakert at 5:45, it was all said and done.

Weston's Chilton made 14 saves while L-S Natalie Kerns made six saves in the first half and Tess Shananka made three saves after halftime.

"Our midfield transition was great today," said DeJesus. "Addy Quirk did a great job of bringing the ball down. Alexa Rozelle is such a hard working player. She does such a great job connecting from defense to midfield to the attack. She's such a solid player."

Griffin played the role of the playmaker against the Wildcats. "Jess is the big threat," said DeJesus. "She had six assists and did a great job of finding the open player."

"We talked about improving at halftime," said Trahon. "In the second half, we held them to four goals, which I was happy with. I thought both Kelsey Nickerson and Bridge McCurdy had great games."

Weather permitting, L-S will host two-time Division 1 state champion Framingham today.
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Hopkinton 10, Medfield 5: Collins, Hillers rally for win

Sport:   Posted: April 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Hopkinton 10, Medfield 5: Collins, Hillers rally for win
The MetroWest Daily News

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Hopkinton senior Matt Collins (right) gets congratulated by Dan Muscatello (left) after hitting a two-run homer to put away Medfield.

HOPKINTON —  What a way to break in a new bat.

Less than three hours after removing the plastic covering from a brand new metal bat, Matt Collins used it to blast a two-run home run in the sixth inning to help lift Hopkinton to a come-from-behind 10-5 win over visiting Tri-Valley League rival Medfield on opening day for both clubs.

It didn't take long for Collins to put his new stick to good use. He singled in the game's first run in his first at-bat of the year to give the Hillers a 1-0 lead. However, it was the 3-1 pitch that he blasted over the wall in left-center in the sixth that was clearly his best contact of the day.

"I didn't have such great swings and I wasn't that happy with my at-bats earlier in the game," said Collins. "It was a 3-1 count, so I was looking fastball and I got it low. We were on a great rally coming back and I was glad to be able to help the team."

Collins finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and also called a great game from behind the plate for starting pitcher Bryant Guilmette.

"Matt's home run was big and he's gonna come up big for us all year," said Hopkinton coach Mark Stickney. "To me, he's the best catcher around and he calls and works a great game. He bats No. 3 for us and he's absolutely our leader."

Guilmette submitted a solid outing for the Hillers, giving up five runs on four hits and striking out eight in five-plus innings. The UMass-Lowell-bound lefty retired the side in order in both the second and third innings and didn't give up a hit through the first four innings.

"I thought Bryant pitched great," said Stickney. "He needs to throw less pitches, that's his big thing. But he's a good pitcher, he's gonna be a good college pitcher one of these days, and I trust him to do what he can. He had no pitch count but when he got up around 100, we knew we had to do something."

The Hillers built a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Mark Sanborn and Kelly Cook both scored on a Medfield throwing error. The lead could have been larger but right fielder Pat McClay made an outstanding diving catch on a line drive off the bat of Brandon Sylvester to end the inning.

The Warriors led off the top half of the fifth with singles by Pat Bridge and Chris Warren. Bridge later scored on a fielder's choice and Warren scored on a wild pitch. After a Guilmette pitch found the back of Gordon, McClay launched a double that scored Gordon. Josh Mozer's RBI single evened things at 4-4.

Medfield took a 5-4 lead in the top of the sixth when second baseman Dale Aldinger scored on a wild pitch.

"It was great to see the team, despite being down, stay strong and compete," said Warriors coach Matt Marenghi. "That's something we haven't been able to do in the past years and they really thought they could win when they weren't winning. That's the first time I've seen that in a while around here."

The lead wouldn't last long, however. Hopkinton's Jon Carey struck out the last three batters in the top of the sixth in relief of Guilmette.

In the Hillers' half of the sixth, Hopkinton regained the lead and broke things open - scoring on singles by Dan Donahue and Dan Muscatello. A wild pitch and a balk scored Sylvester and Chris Farrell, respectively. With an 8-5 lead and a seemingly devastating rally ensuing, Collins delivered the knockout blow that put the finishing touches on the opening-day victory.

"They're a good team and they're gonna make comebacks like that," said Stickney of Medfield's resilient fifth inning. "Our biggest thing is we try to limit damage and we didn't do that in the fifth.

"It's great to get that first win though and to be able to get out and play is great. This was only our fifth time on a field so with that, I thought our kids did a great job."
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