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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

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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
Waterville

Coreen Hennessy
Fryeburg Academy

Jill Henrikson
Morse

Rachael Mack
Cony

Aarika Ritchie
Lee

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
Houlton

Brogan Liberty
Lawrence

Renee Nicholas
Lake Region

Shelby Pelkey
Cony

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
Woodland

Nicole Garland
Deering

Hillary Laferriere
John Bapst

Jenn Lola
Monmouth

Kelley Paradis
Nokomis

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

COACH OF THE YEAR

CRAIG STONE

Lynnfield

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

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

RYAN HARDING

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
RYAN HARDING

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

COACH OF THE YEAR

DAVID BROWN

Winthrop

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.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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RYAN O'CONNELL

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)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

COURTNEY FINN

Winthrop

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.

COACH OF THE YEAR

TOM SAWYER

Classical

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)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

RYAN SMITH

Lynnfield

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.

COACH OF THE YEAR

BOB JACKSON

Marblehead

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
Correspondent


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
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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
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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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Hawks soar in Shrewsbury: Xaverian 11, St. John's (Shrewsbury) 6

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

Hawks soar in Shrewsbury: Xaverian 11, St. John's (Shrewsbury) 6

Hawks soar in Shrewsbury
(Globe Staff / Chris Forsberg


SHREWSBURY -- As Xaverian and St. John's of Shrewsbury combined for eight goals in little more than the first 10 minutes of regulation, it was hard to tell who was running more: the boy's lacrosse combatants or the host's outdoor track team that was practicing on the rubber encircling Pioneer Field.

But a wide-open, up-and-down first quarter gave way to a much more defensive-minded (and scoreless) second quarter. Xaverian kept that defensive intensity cranked up in the second half, while St. John's couldn't match and the Hawks flew away with an 11-6 triumph in a nonleague battle.

Xaverian (2-0) erupted for five goals in both the first and third quarters with senior attack Brendan Grant registering a game-high six goals (he added two assists). Teammates Garrett Buckley and Chris Rigoli sandwiched scores around a Grant goal as part of a three-goal, third-quarter outburst that helped Xaverian stretch out its two-goal halftime advantage and carry a six-goal cushion into the final frame.

"I think you have to come out out of the half ready to go; ready to regain that momentum," said Xaverian coach Tim Gardner, who guided the Hawks to the Division 1 title game last year before falling to Duxbury in OT. "They did a good job of keeping us off rhythm in the second quarter and we needed to get that back."

But it was Xaverian's defense that ultimately changed the complexion of this game. Senior Sean Halloran shook off some early struggles and, aided by an active defense, held St. John's to a mere goal over a 33-minute stretch starting late in the first quarter.

Xaverian graduated a large number of players in the offseason, but it has plenty of experience and talent on the field this spring. St. John's had no answer for Grant, who utilized his size to create havoc by both charging and distributing from behind the net.

Ryan Abely dominated in the faceoff circle, particularly during the pivotal three-goal, third-quarter outburst, while Buckley, Rigoli, and James Vickery can all find the twine.

Harriman no longer sidetracked

Sport: Lacrosse (Boys)  Posted: April 4th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Harriman no longer sidetracked
Jared Harriman, a former Yarmouth High lacrosse star, is back at college after a brief fling at the poker tables.

By MIKE LOWE April 4, 2008


Jared Harriman


Jared Harriman wasn't sure what he wanted to do with his life.

He was enjoying his time at Gettysburg (Pa.) College, both socially and as a lacrosse player, where he was one of the best Division III midfielders in the nation.

But something was missing. He wasn't sure what he wanted to study. He wasn't sure what path his future would take. So Harriman, a former Yarmouth High star, took the time to find it.

He left college before what would have been his senior year at Gettysburg. And he took a route not traveled by many: He became a professional poker player in Las Vegas.

Now 23, Harriman is back at Gettysburg, playing midfield for the Bullets and charting a new course for his life.

"I had moderate success," said Harriman, of his poker playing. "I had enough to support myself. I enjoyed the night life. I made some great friends.

"I could make money (playing poker). But not as much as if I got a good job. Now I've just got to get it done."

And that's what he plans to do. A double major in math and economics, Harriman wants to work in the money management field when he graduates. He has 18 months to go.

More immediately, he is trying to make something of his final year of athletic eligibility.

"It's been a struggle," he said, noting that he suffered a torn hip flexor when he started training to come back. "Some games I play really well. Otherswe'll see how it works out."

Harriman, who had 37 goals and 10 assists as a junior, no longer starts for the Bullets (8-1). But he has 10 goals and an assist in nine games. He has a team-high four goals when the Bullets are a man up.

"It's been a long road back for Jared," said Gettysburg Coach Hank Janczyk. "Even a kid of his caliber, when you don't play for a year, you're not out of shape but you're not in (game) shape. He's improving every day. We see a little more of the old Jared Harriman every day."

The biggest challenge for Harriman in his return may not be the physical aspect of lacrosse. At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, he is strong enough to handle the game.

He had others things to prove.

"When I returned, I got a bunch of questions," he said. "It wasn't a cold shoulder, but I had to do a lot of extra things to show I could still do this."

And it's coming.

"I get better every day, every week," said Harriman. "My shot gets a little faster, my legs are coming back."

Janczyk said Harriman has adjusted his game and is now moving the ball better than he ever did. "I think he will help us as we continue to go," he said.

Harriman didn't talk much about his time away, only that it was something he needed to do. How did he end up in Vegas?

"I had been playing at Foxwoods (in Connecticut) and I had a couple of successful trips," he said. "Nothing serious. Then I went to Vegas on vacation with a couple of friends, did really well and ended up staying."

He played in the World Series of Poker last July and finished 45th out of 1,048 players in one event, earning $12,906. He won enough overall, he said, that he "used some money to pay tuition."

If he regrets anything, it's that he didn't get to spend his senior year with his classmates. "I missed that whole senior year experience," he said. "But I'm getting a taste of it now."

He wants this last year to be successful. The NCAA Division III championship game is May 25 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. He'd like to be there in front of family and friends. "I think we can make a run at this thing," he said.

Janczyk, in his 21st season, would also love to be in the championship game. But he is simply glad Harriman is back at school.

"My biggest concern is that I want him to finish his Gettysburg education," he said. "That's the No. 1 thing for me. He's a great young man who deserves this type of education. Everything else is gravy.

"Jared is a good man. He's definitely his own man, who, really, sometimes in life has to figure it out for himself."

 

LACROSSE

Meredith Hurd, a senior from Bath (Hyde School), is among Wheaton's career scoring leaders. She is fourth in goals (137) and tied for sixth in points (154).
 

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MacDonald hopes to thrive in new role

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

MacDonald hopes to thrive in new role
The Courier-Gazette
By Mark Haskell
 
Mike MacDonald is back with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats AA baseball team this season. The Camden native will throw from the bullpen after spending his first three pro seasons as a starter.

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — Heading into his fourth season of professional baseball, and third season with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Camden native Mike MacDonald finds himself in unfamiliar territory.

Mike MacDonald is back with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats AA baseball team this season. The Camden native will throw from the bullpen after spending his first three pro seasons as a starter.
    MacDonald, 26, began the 2008 baseball season Thursday with the Fisher Cats, not in the starting rotation, but in the bullpen.

    The talented right-hander hopes to continue doing what he has been trying to do since being drafted in June 2004 — help his team win games.

The Fisher Cats, the AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, opened their season Thursday as they traveled to the Constitution State to take on the Connecticut Defenders in a four-game series.

The Fisher Cats will also travel to Hadlock Field in Portland to take on the Portland Sea Dogs April 21-23, May 5-8, July 8-10 and Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.

    MacDonald, a 2000 graduate of then Camden-Rockport High School, spent last season, splitting time between AA New Hampshire and the AAA affiliate Syracuse Chiefs. He compiled a 3-1 record with the Fisher Cats and a 6-8 record with the Chiefs, giving him a 9-9 record for 2007. His ERA in AA (2.51) was much better than AAA (4.46), but MacDonald attributes that to the talent level being much higher with the Chiefs.

    “The biggest difference is there are a lot of older hitters,” said MacDonald. “There are a lot of ex-major league guys trying to get back up there. They wait you out and are more patient and wait for their pitches, instead of swinging at the pitches you want them to swing at. They don’t chase a lot, so you have to command the ball with every one of your pitches.”

    AAA is where the majority of major leaguers go when they are designated for assignment. Some may be down there for a matter of days, weeks or possibly the season. While some may think that the thought of pitching against players that have thrived in “the show” would be intimidating, MacDonald merely focused on the task at hand and just views the batter as another potential out.

    “The competitive nature takes over,” he said. “You don’t want to give up a hit to them or a homerun or give up runs or anything like that. That passes quickly and you get on with it and just try and get them out like everyone else.”

    MacDonald was called up to AAA roughly a month into last season, due to some pitchers from Syracuse being called up to the majors due to a hampered Blue Jays pitching staff. MacDonald hoped to stay in Syracuse to start 2008, but is not discouraged by heading back to New Hampshire.

    “It’s just the way it worked out,” he said. “For me, it’s an opportunity to go out and pitch. Just as many guys get called up to the big leagues from AA as they do from AAA.”

    Two examples of that theory are Clay Buchholz and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox. Last season, Buchholz was called up at the end of the season and threw a no-hitter against Baltimore, while Ellsbury was an intricate piece of Boston’s 2008 world championship.

    The switch to relief pitcher will be if nothing else, a change of scenery for the former Windjammer and Maine Black Bear star. MacDonald has been a starting pitcher for as long as he can remember and excelled at it as well. In his three seasons of varsity baseball for then-Camden-Rockport, MacDonald compiled a 15-5 record. He gave up 80 hits, allowed 48 walks and struck out 214 batters in 133 innings. Also while at U-Maine, he ended his collegiate career as the all-time strikeouts leader.

    MacDonald’s pitching arsenal includes a fastball, sinker, slider and a changeup, but is also developing a cut fastball to add to his bag or tricks. One of the knocks against MacDonald by many scouts is his inability to get outs against left handed hitters, and he hopes that will help him become more successful against batters from the opposite side of the dish.

    MacDonald will pitch in a variety of different situations out of the bullpen. He plans to see action in long relief, middle relief and possibly even some time at closer.

      “There is no clear cut closer to start out the year, so I’ll be doing a little bit of everything,” he said.

    But no matter where he is pitching or in what situation, his objective remains the same.

    “The biggest thing for me will be just finding a routine that works,” said MacDonald. “Getting people out and throwing strikes is the same whether you are starting or relieving, it’s just a matter of being able to throw one night and come back the next and not having four days off in between.”




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UMF hits the road

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

UMF hits the road
From staff reports

 

 

 

 

 

 


2008 Farmington softball captains
-- Megan Goodrow, Kelly McDonough, Renee Trafton


The University of Maine at Farmington has 32 games crammed into the month of April, and in the best-case scenario, 22 of them are on the road.

"(The snow) is not melting in this weather," UMF coach Bob Leib said. "We need a good flood. It's our only hope."

One of UMF's five home doubleheaders is scheduled for Tuesday against Bowdoin, and it's unlikely the field will be ready in time. The Beavers were supposed to open their season at home this weekend with doubleheaders against Becker and Elms, but the weather has caused those games to be moved to Massachusetts.

"We did get outside yesterday for the first outfield popups," Leib said last week. "That was a big breakthrough. They were all excited. You would have thought we just got off the plane to Florida."

The bright spot in this weather is that it has given junior pitcher Sarah Defilipp (7-2, 3.05 ERA last season) additional time to rest her ailing shoulder. Leib said Defilipp was UMF's most consistent pitcher last year, and she will likely alternate doubleheader starts with junior Liz Bergeron (3-4, 2.61). Mt. View grad Meagen Carman (4-3, 5.26) and sophomore Whitney Page will also help out on the mound.

Defilipp (.353 average last spring) will play second base when she's not pitching, and she will bat behind junior center fielder Lauren Overlock (.436, 14 walks, 31 runs scored). Left fielder Erin Porter (.333) will bat third, and Messalonskee grad Megan Goodrow (.333, 25 RBI) will play shortstop and bat cleanup.

Leib wants to put freshman McKell Barnes of Brunswick in the lineup right away as a catcher and designated player. Madison grad Breanna Conners (.278) will catch and play third base, while senior Kelly McDonough (.375) will split time between third base and second base.

Kasey McPhail, a freshman from Benton, will start in right field, as Leib likes her bat and strong arm. Katelyn Ross, who hit .250 in 20 at bats last spring, will likely start at first base.

Leib expects Casandra Dyer to see significant action as a utility infielder, and plans to give Caitlin Flaherty some at bats. Emily Coye and Jess Timmreck, who is trying to return from a stress fracture, could see time in the outfield.

Other reserves include Chelsea Cozzolino, Kerry Kowalczyk and Renee Trafton.

"We've got a veteran team," Leib said. "The biggest thing is keeping our heads together. I can start an all-senior infield. If they get outside and get their confidence, they should be all right."

In the North Atlantic Conference preseason coaches poll, UMF was picked second behind Elms, the defending champion. The Beavers played Elms three times last season, losing each game by one run.

"They won them all on unearned runs," Leib said. "Take the runs that we both earned, we would've won all three games."

So UMF will be very competitive this season. And if the Beavers ever get to play a home game, their fans will be able to check out their brand-new uniforms.

"I don't know how good we'll play," Leib said, "but we're going to look good."

Matt DiFilippo -- 861-9243

mdifilippo@centralmaine.com

Lee Academy girls seeking another title

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

Lee Academy girls seeking another title
By Ryan McLaughlin
Friday, April 04, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

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Lee Academy’s Brooke Harris pitches in the E Maine Class D softball championship against Van Buren last spring. (Bangor Daily News File /Gabor Degre)

The move up to Class C has been no problem for schoolgirl athletics at Lee Academy this school year.

The Pandas have a state championship in basketball and a state-final appearance in soccer to their credit.

Now, they’re hoping that success parlays into the upcoming softball season.

There’s no reason to believe that coach Ron Weatherbee’s club won’t be successful. After all, they’re returning a strong nucleus from a club that won the Eastern Maine Class D title last spring before falling 3-0 to Buckfield in the state championship.

"They’ve had success in soccer and basketball, so now they think they can do something in Class C," Weatherbee said. "We’ll see how that unravels."

Among Lee’s key returnees are outfielders Laci McLaughlin and Katelyn Mallett, catcher Aarika Ritchie, shortstop Karin Bird and pitcher Brooke Harris, who Weatherbee believes pitched every inning for the Pandas last season.

McLaughlin, Ritchie, Bird and Harris, who were key contributors to Lee’s state-championship run in basketball and are also Lee’s only seniors, are hungry for one last chance at a possible state title.

"I think the group, four seniors on the team, are looking at this as their last hurrah, so to speak, their last chance to prove themselves as high school athletes," said Weatherbee.

Harris, who had an outstanding season in the circle last year, will induce many ground-ball outs when she’s on her game.

She’ll look to mix in a curveball and changeup along with the fastball.

"If she pitches well, it will set the tone for the rest of the team both offensively and defensively," Weaterbee said.

Harris, Ritchie, Bird, McLaughlin and Mallett will likely occupy the first five spots in the Pandas’ batting order.

With the exception of Bird at short, Harris will have an entirely new infield behind her.

Among the newcomers will be junior Heidi Sappier, who transferred from Woodland, along with Heather Parks, Jessica Arbo and Becca Burrill, along with junior Lacee Copley and Kellsey Grass, a freshman.

Weatherbee will likely look to mix the positioning of the fielders a little bit in the early stages of the season.

"Early on in the regular season we will tinker with the lineup and position players," he said.

The Pandas’ schedule features a mix of Class D and Class C opponents, including two match-ups with Calais, which reached the semifinals last spring before falling to eventual regional champion Sumner of East Sullivan.

Those two teams, along with Washington Academy of East Machias and Houlton, are the ones Weatherbee feels will be right in the thick of things.

"Houlton, Calais, and WA are going to be very good teams," he said.

The tough schedule, which also includes games with Piscataquis of Guilford, Penobscot Valley of Howland, which reached the EM Class C finals a year ago, and always competitive Dexter, is nothing new for the Pandas.

"It isn’t going to be a complete shock by any means," Weatherbee said. "We played five C schools last year during the regular season."

It's a happy Valley as Tech lacrosse team wins

Sport:   Posted: April 3rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

It's a happy Valley as Tech lacrosse team wins
By Joyce Erekson / The Daily Item

Lynn Tech's Jeff Valley and Minuteman's Adam Radyl try to get a leg up on each other during Wednesday's boys lacrosse game between the two teams at Manning Field. Tech won the game, 5-2. ITEM PHOTO / REBA M. SALDANHA

Jeff Valley scored two goals to help lead the Lynn Tech lacrosse team to its first win of the season, 5-2, win over Minuteman Wednesday at Manning Field.

Both Valley's goals came in the first half, which ended with the scored tied at two. Tech started to pull away in the third quarter thanks to a James Wall goal (Manola Morales assist). Junior midfielder James Wall supplied what would be the game-winner in the third. Jordan Rucker scored the fourth goal, unassisted, and Damon Whyte wrapped when he scored with six minutes remaining in the game.

The defense was the difference, coach Brad Tilley said.

"It really was our defense that won it. My defensive midfield was tremendous," Tilley said, adding that goalie Rich Contreras (12 saves) was solid in net.

The news, however, wasn't all good for the Tigers (1-1). Tilley said he lost his best defender, Anthony Gallo, to a shoulder injury and attackman Mike Donovan had to go to the hospital to have his shoulder checked out. Tilley was still waiting on those results.

S'scott 7, St. Mary's 3
At Manning, A.J. Zarinsky had three goals for the Big Blue (2-0). John Poth had a goal and five assists, Ben Wollersheid, two goals, and John DeAngeles one.

St. Mary's led 2-1 after the first quarter, but by the half, Swampscott had a 4-2 advantage.

"They (the Spartans) play a stingy zone defense," Swampscott coach Josh Fields said. "It took us a while to find some holes in it."

Sam Phillips (8 saves) was in net for the win.

St. Mary's had goals from Joe Twomey, Tom Adams and Craig Story. Don Hess and Matt Rogers split the game in net. The Spartans are 0-1.
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