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The Wrestling Team

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

The Wrestling Team
The Lowell Sun
Article Last Updated: 03/30/2008 06:35:38 AM EDT

KENNY ANDERSON
Billerica
Wrestler of the Year
Anderson was an unstoppable force this season compiling a record of 46-0 en route to winning the 119-pound New England championship. He finished first at the All-State, Division 1 State, Division 1 North Sectional and Lowell Holiday Tournaments.

Anderson only lost four matches over the past three seasons. He finished his four-year varsity career with a 161-19 record. Anderson, the MVC Co-Wrestler of the Year, is a three-time state champion and two-time All-State champion. He also is a three-time New England finalist.

TIM RICH
Chelmsford
Wrestler of the Year
Rich capped off his brilliant high school wrestling career in style, posting a 50-1 record this winter while winning the 135-pound New England title. He won all the major tournaments, finishing first at the All-State, Division 1 State and Division 1 North Sectional.

This talented senior had a four-year varsity record of 189-12. He is a three-time Division 1 State and All-State champion. Rich was the MVC's Co-Wrestler of the Year. He also was the MVC Co-Player of the Year in football. He quarterbacked the Lions to the EMass. Division 1A Super Bowl title. Rich plans on wrestling in college and has been accepted at Indiana University and Edinboro University, as well as Northfield Mount Hermon prep school.

BRANDON GAUTHIER
Lowell
Wrestler of the Year
Gauthier played a key role in the Red Raiders drive to
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a 24-0-1 record and the Division 1 state dual-meet team championship. A four-year varsity wrestler, this senior co-captain was at his best when it mattered most, finishing first at 112-pounds at the New England, All-State, Division 1 State, Division 1 North Sectional and Lowell Holiday Tournaments.

He ended the season with a sparkling individual record of 53-1 with 35 pins. Gauthier, the MVC Co-Wrestler of the Year, is an honor roll student. He plans on continuing his wrestling career in college.

EVAN CONNORS
Lowell
Wrestler of the Year
This hard-working senior made sure his last hurrah was a loud one as Connors capped off his Red Raider career by winning the 140-pound New England crown. Connors also finished first at the Division 1 State and Division 1 North Sectional Tournaments. He placed second at the All-State Tournament.

Connors, a Red Raider co-captain, helped spearhead Lowell's drive to the Division 1 state dual-meet team title. He ended the season with a 51-2 record and 33 pins. Connors, the MVC Co-Wrestler of the Year, is an honor roll student. Connors plans on attending Phillips Exeter Academy next year.

EVAN CARTER
Alvirne
Carter took an undefeated record into the New Englands. He notched first place finishes at the New Hampshire Division 1 State and New Hampshire Meet of Champions tournaments. This senior two-year captain, checked in with an impressive overall record of 48-2.

Carter was undefeated during the regular season each of the past two seasons. This winter, he posted first place finishes at the Bronco Invitational, Bow, Newfound and Capital City Classic tournaments. Carter ended his varsity career with close to 120 wins. His twin brother, Seth, also is a Sun first-team selection.

SETH CARTER

Alvirne
Carter powered his way to a 50-3 record while wrestling at 152-pounds this season. A senior three-year captain, Carter finished first at the New Hampshire Division 1 State and New Hampshire Meet of Champions tournaments. He placed second at the New Englands.

Carter posted first place finishes at the Bronco Invitational, Merrimack and Capital Classic tournaments. A two-time state champion, he concluded his four-year varsity career with close to 130 wins. His twin brother, Evan, also is a Sun first-team all-star selection.

MIKE GREGORY
Greater Lowell Tech
This junior heavyweight came into his own this winter. Gregory, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 265-pounds, posted a final record of 41-6 with over 30 pins. He placed at all the major year-end tournaments, finishing first at the Division 2 State and State Vocational Tournaments.

Gregory was second at the All-State Meet and Division 2 North Sectional. He placed sixth at the New Englands. An honor roll student, he is a standout lineman on the Gryphons football team. Gregory, a first-team CAC All-Star, has over 70 career victories.

DEREK GOLNER
Tyngsboro
Golner was a force a 140-pounds this season. He finished first at the All-State, Division 3 State, Division 3 North Sectional, Dual County League and Lowell Holiday Tournaments. Golner was named the Outstanding Wrestler at the Division 3 State Tournament.

This talented sophomore checked in with an overall record of 43-3. Golner's overall varsity record is 83-10. He is a two-time state and sectional champion.

CHRISTIAN McCARTHY

Lowell
McCarthy came on strong in the postseason for Lowell, winning the 125-pound championship at the Division 1 State and Division 1 North Sectional Tournaments. A two-year varsity performer, this talented junior placed fifth at the All-State Tournament.

McCarthy finished the season with a 38-12 record with 24 pins. He came up with plenty of big wins during the Red Raiders' drive to the Division 1 state dual-meet team championship. McCarthy plays football in the fall.

KEN JOYCE
Wilmington
This senior co-captain checked in with a 39-8 record while wrestling at 215-pounds this winter. Joyce, a three-year varsity performer, finished first at the Division 3 State and Division 3 North Sectional Tournaments. He also came in first at the Haverhill Tournament.

Joyce, an excellent technical wrestler with great balance, posted close to 100 wins for his varsity career. He was a Cape Ann League All-Star.

LEWIS BAILEY
Chelmsford
Bailey evolved into one of the best wrestlers in the area over the course of his four-year varsity career. This talented senior was a force in the postseason, winning the 160-pound crown at the Division 1 State and Division 1 North Sectional tournaments.

Bailey placed second at the All-State Tournament and was fifth at the New Englands. He had an overall record of 45-5 this season and over 100 wins for his varsity career. Bailey, an MVC All-Conference selection, also is a standout on the Lions' football and spring track teams.

MIKE LUDWIG
Dracut
After missing his junior season with a knee injury, Ludwig came back strong this winter, posting an overall record of 36-5 while wrestling at 135-pounds. Ludwig finished first at the Division 2 State and Division 2 North Sectional tournaments. He placed sixth at the All-State Tournament.

Ludwig was an MVC All-Conference selection. He has also pinned down a great deal of success in the classroom where he is a National Honor Society student. Ludwig plans on continuing his wrestling career in college.

BRAD MYERS
Dracut
This talented freshman made an immediate impact in the Middies' lineup, compiling a 36-4 record at 103-pounds. Myers was at his best in the postseason, posting wins at the Division 2 State and Division 2 North Sectional tournaments.

Myers gave a glimpse of things to come when he finished second at the Lowell Holiday Tournament in December. He is a year-round wrestler, who is constantly working on his skills. Myers was an MVC All-Conference selection.

JIM TARPEY
Tewksbury
Tarpey peaked in the postseason, finishing first at 145-pounds at the All-State, Division 2 State and Division 2 North Sectional Tournaments. A senior four-year varsity wrestler, Tarpey checked in with a 54-8 record this season. He had close to 120 wins for his high school career.

This Redmen co-captain is an honor roll student. He was an MVC All-Star defensive back in football. He plans on wrestling in college and Bridgewater State and Plymouth State are among the schools he is looking into.

MIKE WILLEY
Tewksbury
This four-year varsity wrestler finished his career with 150 wins. Willey wrestled at 152-pounds this winter and posted a 54-8 record. He placed at all the major year-end tournaments, finishing second at the Division 2 North Sectional, second at the Division 2 State, third at the All-State and fourth at the New Englands.

Willey, a Redmen co-captain, finished first at the Woburn, Wilmington and Methuen tournaments. He is a two-time MVC All-Conference selection in both wrestling and football.

DEREK LOWE
Tewksbury
This gritty senior definitely flexed his muscle at 215-pounds in the postseason, finishing first at the Division 2 North Sectional, second at the Division 2 State, sixth at the All-State and fourth at the New Englands. Lowe, who didn't wrestle until his junior year, compiled an overall record of 57-7 this season.

This honor roll student was a standout on both sides of the ball on Tewksbury's football team. He was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Year in football. Lowe plans on playing football at Marist College.

KEVIN BARRUCCI
Burlington
Barrucci puts a lot of work into wrestling and it certainly showed in his performance this winter. This talented sophomore was a force at 135-pounds, finishing first at the Division 3 State and Division 3 North Sectional tournaments. Barrucci placed second at the All-State Tournament and finished third at the New Englands.

Barrucci is a two-time Division 3 State champion and two-time Middlesex League MVP. He has already compiled 89 career wins. Barrucci, an honor roll student, plays football in the fall.

MATT SHERMAN
Burlington
Sherman got better and better as the season went along. This hard-working sophomore peaked early in the postseason, finishing first at 125-pounds at the Division 3 State and Division 3 North Sectional tournaments.

Sherman checked in with an overall record of 35-7. He was a first-team Middlesex League All-Star. Sherman was a finalist at his weight at the 2007 summer Bay State Games. He is an honor roll student.

TIM O'KEEFE
Lowell
Coach of the Year
O'Keefe's Red Raider teams keep adding to Lowell's winning tradition. This winter he directed Lowell to a 24-0-1 record and the Division 1 state team championship. During the five seasons O'Keefe has been in charge of Lowell's program the Red Raiders have won four state championships and a New England crown in 2007.

A former Red Raider wrestling standout, O'Keefe wrestled at Edinboro University under Olympic gold medal winner Bruce Baumgartner. Away from the mat, O'Keefe enjoys spending time with his family. O'Keefe has run two marathons.

Second Team
Acton-Boxboro: Nick Peterson. Billerica: Bobby Cole. Burlington: John Murphy, Jake Sherman. Chelmsford: Tim Sheehan, Nick Kugler. Concord-Carlisle: Sam Eisenstat. Dracut: Ryan Oliver. Greater Lowell Tech: Curt Henderson. Lowell: Colm Sullivan, Victor DeJesus. Pelham: Mike Perruccio, Billy Sullivan. Shawsheen Tech: Derek Sorenson, Stephen McIsaac, Alex Najjar. Tyngsboro: Matt Donohoe. Westford Academy: Jon Steele, Greg Bohenko, Ian McEnaney. Wilmington: Steve Sughrue.

Honorable Mention

Billerica: Kyle Aylward. Bishop Guertin: Mitch Fokas. Burlington: Derek Maia. Central Catholic: Brandon Dowling. Chelmsford: Phil Gallant, Kevin Fleming, Kyle Nazzaro, Joe Gennero, Willy Brown. Concord-Carlisle: Jason Mestancik. Greater Lowell Tech: Brice Jenkins, William Fuller. Lowell: Nick Bedard, James Downing, Dave Hubert, Ryan Ahearn, Andrew Gauthier, Robert Kolley, Amadu Jalloh. Pelham: Richie Sullivan. Shawsheen Tech: Ryan Ahearn, Brandon Spinosa, Matthew Companeschi, Andrew Companeschi, Chris Baum, Calvin McMillan, Derek Harting. Tewksbury: Joel Altavesta. Tyngsboro: Shane Niven. Wilmington: John Transaglia, Tyler Strem, Shawn Adams, Mike DeNufrio, Matt Sullivan. Westford Academy: Brendan McEnaney, Ross Grand, Bobby Dick, Justin Belinsky, Gehrig Leary, Donny Barnas.

Darmody sisters push each other to success

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

GIRLS TRACK: Darmody sisters push each other to success
 
ANDREW T. GALLAGHER/Standard-Times special Sisters Katie, left, and Lindsay Darmody will be taking the track for Stang a week from Wednesday.


DARTMOUTH — When Bishop Stang coach Jeff Tracey talked about Lindsay Darmody, the crux of the story was, despite injuries, Lindsay was the fastest girl he'd ever coached.

Then came Lindsay's younger sister Katie.

Now, when Tracey talks about the fastest runner he's ever coached, it's Katie he's talking about.

Running the same race — the 300 meters — the sisters excelled and naturally neither wanted to lose to the other. The competition, at times, was a little difficult for both to accept.

"It was a typical sibling rivalry," Tracey said. "But Lindsay just accepted the fact that Katie is that good."

The competition began in the winter season of 2006-07, when Katie was a freshman.

"It's very true," Lindsay said. "At first "¦ it was always about who beat who. Now she comes to me for help and I come to her for help. And we can run a lot better knowing that we're on the sidelines rooting for each other."

In the past, the two weren't quick to offer each other their times. Neither wanted to acknowledge a defeat.

"It wasn't really friendly," Lindsay said.

"It was like we were against each other," Katie said.

But the rivalry was fruitful. At the indoor Division 4 championship last year, Lindsey finished sixth and Katie finished 12th.

Eventually, Katie showed a knack for the longer races and won the Division 4 championship this winter in the 600 meters.

"Running two different races has really allowed us to support each other," said Lindsay, who finished 11th in the Division 4 300 meters after missing a month and a half with Achilles' tendonitis. "She helps me. I help her. We're really each other's best fans."

"(Lindsay) always works really hard," Katie said. "And she's really determined. So I always try to follow what she does."

This spring, Tracey hopes to have Katie run the 400 and 800 meters and possibly the mile, depending on the matchup. The goal is to have Katie run the 400 meters in under a minute, he said.

"Katie is very fast," Lindsay said. "I had no idea, until this year, how fast she really was. In a short distance it won't really show as much. Where I'm more of a sprinter, I don't think I could do an 800 in the time that she could."

The goals for Lindsay are a little different. While both would like a healthy senior to show off superior athleticism and versatility, running the 200, 400 and long and triple jumping, they'd be happy if she just gets through a season with her healthy.

Lindsay first caught the injury bug her sophomore year when she suffered a torn meniscus in her left leg and missed the spring season after arthroscopic surgery. Her sixth-place finish in the 300 two winters ago was done with a torn meniscus in the right knee. The subsequent surgery forced her to miss all but the last couple of weeks of the spring season. She returned in time to help the Spartans' 4x400-meter relay team, which featured Katie and graduated seniors Caitlin McQueen and Christine Lanagan and reached the All State championship.

"Hopefully, cross my fingers, this spring nothing happens," Lindsay said.

Both hope they can help the Spartans, who finished 1-4 last season, be more competitive in the Eastern Athetic Conference.

"We've got a lot of people come out this year," Lindsay said. "We've got a lot of talent."

While Lindsay will be running track at the University of New Hampshire next year, Katie will be turning even more heads. At the indoor postseason meeting, one of the Bishop Feehan coaches gave Tracey a new Katie Darmody story.

"They said, we've got the star of the future."

Contact Mike Rocha at

mrocha@s-t.com

Wareham's Smith has team goals in mind

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

High School boys track preview
Wareham's Smith has team goals in mind
March 31, 2008 6:00 AM

Wareham’s Rob Smith, left, and Mike Zine work out on a stairwell inside the high school. Smith and Zine have emerged as some of the best middle-distance runners in the South Coast Conference. MIKE VALERI/ The Standard-Timesmike valer

WAREHAM — Some preach the team concept and some live it. Wareham's Rob Smith is one individual that happens to do both.

Coming off an impressive indoor track season in which he and teammate Mike Zine represented Wareham in the 600 meters at the Division 3 State Meet, Smith pushed aside the individual aspect of track and field and focused on his team's status for the upcoming season.

No talk of setting personal records or qualifying for state meets. Those aspects of track, Smith said, will have their time. For now, he's focused on Wareham winning its first South Coast Conference title, which this year, with this team, seems possible.

"Everybody will have their time to shine when it comes to the conference meet and the individual state meets," Smith said, "but during the conference season, it's about team."

And after last year's upset win over Seekonk, plenty of returning members from last year's team, plus breakout indoor seasons from several athletes, Smith is thinking this year is a good time for the Vikings to cash in on a conference title.

"The conference has been here 20 years? Wareham has not won the conference once. It's always been D-R and Seekonk. When we beat Seekonk last year, guaranteed we wouldn't beat them if we weren't a team, if we weren't as close-knit as we were," Smith said. "Nobody expected us to do that. It's just a matter of getting people out there and believing what they could do. It's our time to prove how good we are."

In a sport that is largely looked at as individual, Smith has taken himself out of the limelight in order to give his team a chance at winning a meet. This past indoor track season, with Zine acclimating himself to an indoor track, Smith stepped out and filled Wareham's depleted distance events, even though he wasn't comfortable in them.

"Granted, I didn't like it because I wanted to run my event, but I knew it was helping the team win," Smith said. "For me, myself, I would rather have this school have a conference championship than have an individual sectional title myself because I think it would prove to the school that we're not just basketball and football. We're a track school as well."

As his coach Tina Clark said: "He's such a track kid that he knows the scoring and the strategy. He'll come to me with a game plan for Voc-Tech. He will. He goes, 'I think they're going to do this with this kid, and I think this person should go here and this person should go here.' And we actually compare game plans."

His dedication to the team has also helped the team grow in numbers, something vital in the dual-meet season. While a small team may have four or five athletes winning events, teams with larger numbers can take second- and third-place points, virtually voiding out victories.

"I'm always out there recruiting people, trying to convince everybody that's it's not just about running. It's not just individual, it's a team sport," Smith said.

Zine's emergence on the team has given Smith a practice peer of equal running ability. The middle-distance duo feed off each other in practice, with Smith taking a leadership role for Zine, who improved in winter track from a time of 1 minute, 34 seconds down to an All-State qualifying time of 1:26.28.

"Rob helped me a lot. At practice he's pushing me. It's made us both better runners," Zine said. "I'm one of the people that kind of think for the worst. Rob's always saying, 'You can win. You can do anything.'"

Together, they've become some of the better middle-distance runners in the SCC and Division 3.

"When we're out at practice we're always yelling at each other, giving each other motivation. We realize that we need each other in order to run faster," Smith said. "I don't know where I'd be without Mike Zine. I'd be out there every day at practice by myself and I wouldn't know where I stand."

In a way, they're unique in a competitive, seemingly individual sport. They push each other instead of beat each other down. They don't compete. Even when the two ran in the same race at the Division 3 State Meet, Smith was trying to motivate Zine before the race.

"There's nothing wrong with a teammate doing better," Smith said.

Lancers' star headed to Exeter

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Lancers' star headed to Exeter
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
By RUSS HELD
rheld@repub.com

All the bright future questions are now a thing of the past for Pat Donnelly of Longmeadow.

The senior at Longmeadow High School has made it official - he's headed to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., this fall.

"It is so nice to know where you're going, what it's going to be like," Donnelly, 18, said. "It's nice to have the decision out of the way."

Donnelly had also considered Phillips Andover and Worcester academies, saying the prep route was always the planned path.

"I like the school so much because it had the best combination for me ... with basketball, football and academics," Donnelly said. "My parents and I have known it was going to be a PG (post-graduate) year for me. I think I needed another year to grow, a year living away from home."

The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder has secured himself as one of the region's top schoolboy athletes, and he plans to play both sports at Exeter.

"With a successful year there, his options (for college) are going to be unlimited," Longmeadow football coach Alex Rotsko said. "A year of preps will be great for him not just academically, but physically, if he puts on 20 or 25 pounds. His goal all along has been to play at the highest level possible in college."

Donnelly led the Lancers to an undefeated and Division I Super Bowl championship season in football last fall and last month led the way to the program's first Western Mass. title in basketball.

"My mind has been on the sports seasons, and we didn't hear (about admissions) until March 10," Donnelly said. "

At Longmeadow, Donnelly went 35-0 in three seasons as a starting quarterback, directing the Lancers to three straight Division I Super Bowl titles. In 324 career passing attempts, he threw for 3,023 yards, 43 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

The all-state selection also won the Angelo Bertelli Award, named for the former Heisman Trophy Award winner from West Springfield and given to the region's most valuable player.

"In football, everyone expected us to win ... we almost had to win," Donnelly said. "It was different in basketball, nobody outside of the team thought we'd do anything. So it was fun like that, to be (an underdog)."

The small forward averaged 27.3 points in the postseason, leading Longmeadow (19-5) to a 17-game winning streak that ended in the state semifinals. The 1,000-point scorer averaged 21.8 points during the regular season.

At Exeter, Donnelly will join a football team that is coming off a 5-3 season and a basketball squad that won a school-record 17 games this winter.

Donnelly holds a weighted grade point average of 3.3 and said he is not leaning toward any particular field of future study in college.


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Lancers' star headed to Exeter

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Lancers' star headed to Exeter
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
By RUSS HELD
rheld@repub.com

All the bright future questions are now a thing of the past for Pat Donnelly of Longmeadow.

The senior at Longmeadow High School has made it official - he's headed to Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., this fall.

"It is so nice to know where you're going, what it's going to be like," Donnelly, 18, said. "It's nice to have the decision out of the way."

Donnelly had also considered Phillips Andover and Worcester academies, saying the prep route was always the planned path.

"I like the school so much because it had the best combination for me ... with basketball, football and academics," Donnelly said. "My parents and I have known it was going to be a PG (post-graduate) year for me. I think I needed another year to grow, a year living away from home."

The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder has secured himself as one of the region's top schoolboy athletes, and he plans to play both sports at Exeter.

"With a successful year there, his options (for college) are going to be unlimited," Longmeadow football coach Alex Rotsko said. "A year of preps will be great for him not just academically, but physically, if he puts on 20 or 25 pounds. His goal all along has been to play at the highest level possible in college."

Donnelly led the Lancers to an undefeated and Division I Super Bowl championship season in football last fall and last month led the way to the program's first Western Mass. title in basketball.

"My mind has been on the sports seasons, and we didn't hear (about admissions) until March 10," Donnelly said. "

At Longmeadow, Donnelly went 35-0 in three seasons as a starting quarterback, directing the Lancers to three straight Division I Super Bowl titles. In 324 career passing attempts, he threw for 3,023 yards, 43 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

The all-state selection also won the Angelo Bertelli Award, named for the former Heisman Trophy Award winner from West Springfield and given to the region's most valuable player.

"In football, everyone expected us to win ... we almost had to win," Donnelly said. "It was different in basketball, nobody outside of the team thought we'd do anything. So it was fun like that, to be (an underdog)."

The small forward averaged 27.3 points in the postseason, leading Longmeadow (19-5) to a 17-game winning streak that ended in the state semifinals. The 1,000-point scorer averaged 21.8 points during the regular season.

At Exeter, Donnelly will join a football team that is coming off a 5-3 season and a basketball squad that won a school-record 17 games this winter.

Donnelly holds a weighted grade point average of 3.3 and said he is not leaning toward any particular field of future study in college.


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Minnechaug picks coach

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Minnechaug picks coach
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
By RUSS HELD
rheld@repub.com

Breathe easy Minnechaug football fans, new varsity head coach Steve Allosso already bleeds green.

Allosso will head north from Virginia Beach to take over the football program at the Wilbraham Regional, having been hired March 10.

Allosso, 47, was varsity coach for seven seasons at Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Va. The school mascot and colors there - Falcons and green - are the same as Minnechaug's.

"We took over a program there that had gone 23 seasons without a winning season," Allosso said. "At first, we had a few bumps and bruises ... and before you knew it we were heroes. We did what people has always though was impossible,"

At Minnechaug, Allosso replaces Dan Donovan, who resigned in December after leading the Falcons to a 55-42 record and four postseason appearances in eight seasons.

Allosso, a native of Arlington, Mass., played at Valparaiso (Ind.) University, and his playing career took him as far as a tryout with the old United States Football League.

"We were so impressed with his enthusiasm ... and he has tremendous character," Minnechaug athletic director Ned Doyle said.

SPRINGFIELD HIRES: Head coaching vacancies have been filled in two of the three openings in the Springfield Public School system.

Valdamar Brower has been hired at Central, while Tyrone Mathis takes over at High School of Commerce.

Brower, already an assistant at Central, replaces Darby McLaughlin. Brower, 26, was a standout at Northampton High and was a two-time Division I-AA All-America defensive end at the University of Massachusetts.

Mathis was a standout defensive lineman and former assistant coach at American International College, and has been an assistant at Commerce. Todd Kosel resigned at Commerce after 11 seasons and three Super Bowl titles.

Both teach in the Springfield schools system, with Brower at Central and Mathis at Kennedy Middle School.

Athletic director Mike Martin expects the opening at Science and Technology to be filled within the next few weeks.

FOOTBALL BANQUET: Tickets are still available for the Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner of the Western Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The banquet takes place April 8 at the University of Massachusetts Campus Center in Amherst.

Retired coach Bill Budness will be recognized there for his years of service and promotion of the game of football.

Budness is a 1960 graduate of Chicopee High School, and he played at Boston University, where he excelled as a linebacker and offensive guard.

He played in the American Football League for Oakland Raiders from 1964 through 1971, and he played in Super Bowl II against the Green Bay Packers.

After retiring from professional football, he was head coach at Greenfield High School from 1972 to 1982.

He volunteered as an assistant coach at Frontier for the following two seasons, then moved to Wilbraham & Monson Academy in 1985. He was also head coach at Amherst Regional from 1998 to 1990.

Call the AIC athletic department at (413) 205-3540 for more information.

FOOT NOTES: The head job at Belchertown is currently open. Contact athletic director John Skorupski at jskorupski@belchertown.org ... At last check, Mohawk Trail coach Jim Smith was on track to return for his fifth season as head coach there, and 52nd overall on the sidelines.


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In this youth league, even the coaches are kids

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

In this youth league, even the coaches are kids
Players respond to young mentors
By Monique Walker
Globe Staff / March 30, 2008

On a recent Saturday afternoon, when it was nice enough outside to ride bikes and play baseball, a group of third- and fourth-grade boys sprinted up and down the basketball court in the North Quincy High School gym.

Parents sat in the stands and an adult officiated as the Sacred Heart North Quincy youth basketball league held one of its many all-star games. But on the sidelines, boys and girls were coaching and running the scoreboard.

"It was something that was never planned," league director Mark Jaehnig said. "It's something that, when it happened, we applauded it and encouraged others."

This season, about 70 youths ages 11 to 18 coached in the league of 800 players.

Year after year, more youngsters come forward to ask for an opportunity to lead. It's been a pleasant surprise for Jaehnig, who began the program 19 years ago.

In watching the young coaches deal with their peers, Jaehnig has noticed a more relaxed environment.

"What happens is there has been an elimination of all the screaming and yelling going on, and I could be one of the worst offenders sometimes," Jaehnig said.

Billy Croke, 23, grew up in the Sacred Heart league and watched his father and grandfather coach through the years. He became the league's first youth coach eight years ago after asking Jaehnig for the chance. Croke began coaching middle school-age kids as a high school freshman.

"I loved it. I thought it was a blast," said Croke, who graduated from Boston College High and Villanova. "They usually listened to me, which was surprising."

Parents seemed to be nervous at first, but as Croke interacted with the youngsters and used his own former practices as a guide, he gained the parents' trust, he said.

"They're young, so you want to keep it fun and entertaining with that age group to teach them the basics," Croke said.

He made such a connection with many of the players that he went to watch a few of them play this past season as members of the BC High basketball team, the 2008 Division 1 South champions.

"It's a little different from watching them play on that level than when they were fifth-graders, but it was still fun," Croke said.

In coaching prospects, Jaehnig is looking for youngsters who are committed to one-hour practices once a week, games on weekends, and calling parents to alert them about schedule changes.

There is always an adult around the teams no matter who is coaching, but it is up to the youth to lead the practices. Parents sometimes help, but eventually the youngsters take control, Jaehnig said.

Tom Largey of Quincy said that when he first heard about the concept of youth coaches, he was unsure about how the process would work for his 9-year old son, Bobby.

"At first, the concern was whether the coaches were mature enough to handle 8- and 9-year-olds at practices," Largey said. "I wondered if they would be able to teach basketball, but they put those fears to rest early."

Kelly Cox said her son, Ryan, a second-grader, was responsive to having a young coach. She said the concept also is being tried in her son's youth hockey league, where high school students volunteer at practices.

"The little ones really look up to them," Cox said. "They see them in the neighborhoods, and then to lead them on the court is a good thing."

Andrew Jaehnig, 12, persuaded his friend, Matt Donovan, 12, to join him as a coach this season. They used fun drills to get through practices. They also play in the league and said they like the setup.

"When I'm playing, I like having a kid coach because they're nicer and don't yell as much," Andrew Jaehnig said.

Eighth-graders Kiley McDonald and Courtney Timmins teamed up to coach fifth- and sixth-grade boys this season. The girls had such a good time, they're throwing a pizza party for the group.

"It was good to teach the kids stuff we already know," McDonald said. "We try to stay positive, and if there is a foul, we take them aside and tell them why."

Bobby Ovino is a BC High senior who is involved in the program as a coach and a player. "I always felt like I had the knowledge of basketball," he said. "I'm also playing for a travel team and learning plays, and I'm [teaching them] to my kids."

Jake Dockrey, a 10-year-old player, said he would like to try coaching one day because "I would get to help little kids learn how to play youth basketball."

And as long as the youngsters want to try, Mark Jaehnig said, the league will find a way for them.

"We might not develop any professional ballplayers, but we may develop some professional coaches."

It's truly a commitment not everyone can make

Sport: Hockey (Boys)  Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

It's truly a commitment not everyone can make
Three Maine girls and their families undergo sacrifices to participate in a premier girls' hockey program.

By MIKE LOWE, Staff Writer April 1, 2008

About four years ago, Ashley Salerno was looking for a place to play hockey against girls.

"The boys were getting kind of big," said Salerno, a sophomore at Brunswick High. "I was a lot smaller back then."

So, she talked to a family friend who mentioned Assabet Valley in Concord, Mass. It's one of the nation's premier girls' hockey programs and has produced numerous collegians and U.S. Olympians.

Salerno, who played on the Brunswick boys' team this winter as well as its girls' club team, went for a tryout and was invited to join. She's now on its under-16 team and makes a drive of 2 hours, 15 minutes to practices and games.

Katherine Pate, a sixth-grader at Saco Middle School, and Kara Violette, a sixth-grader from Greene, also were looking for a place to hone their hockey skills. They also joined Assabet Valley and are on its under-14 team.

For Pate, it's about a 90-minute drive, for Violette, more like 23/4 hours.

All three are traveling to West Chester, Pa., today to play in the 2008 girls' youth hockey national tournament, which runs Wednesday through Sunday.

"Hopefully I'm not driving back until Sunday night," said Salerno. "That means we're playing in the championships."

Their commitment is certainly extraordinary. While Salerno now goes only once a week, Pate and Violette travel three or four times a week.

Homework often is done in the car, along with taking naps. Even meals sometimes are eaten in the car, although Lisa Pate, Katherine's mother, said, "We make it a point to sit down and have dinner together at least five times a week."

They all know they could play closer to home, but the lure of playing at one of the nation's best training grounds is strong.

"I wasn't thrilled about going there the first time," said Salerno. "But then I experienced it, saw it for myself It's really worth it. The girls make you feel welcome from the day you arrive, and the coaches are great. Most played college hockey, so they really know a lot of the game."

Dennis Laing, who coaches both Assabet teams in the nationals, said the three Mainers are special players.

"We've got a lot of kids who come from other areas, from Connecticut, from Maine, from New Hampshire," he said. "And I think it says an awful lot about the program and the kids, wanting to be here. At 12 years old, and at 15, to be making that trip that's a lot to ask. I don't think every 12-year-old kid could do it. It takes a kid that's got something besides ability."

He said Violette makes the longest commute in her age level. "When you're playing three, four times a week, it's different if you live around here, in Concord," he said. "Coming three hours down each way, that's different. You can say it's a little bit crazy."

Violette doesn't think so.

"The coaching is really good and the girls are really nice," she said. "And we face a lot better competition."

The Pates and Violettes share the commute. The Pates had been through this with their son, Jonathan, a freshman at Thornton Academy. He played for a travel team in Haverhill, Mass.

They would often drop him off at practice, continue to Concord with Katherine and pick him up on the way home.

"We have a talk with the kids before each season," said Jim Pate, a funeral home director in Saco. "If you want to do this, it's going to take teamwork. Put the dog out when you get home, help keep the house cleaned up, get your bags ready."

These days, they look for deals on gas, filling up in Massachusetts where the price of gas is 15 to 25 cents a gallon cheaper. And Lisa Pate makes a lot of crockpot meals the family can share. But there are days when she picks up Katherine after school and heads down to practice. That's a long day.

But, Katherine said, "I do my homework, listen to my I-Pod and talk to Kara."

Pate went to the nationals in San Jose, Calif., last year as a member of the Biddeford Breakers under-14 team. She hopes someday this commitment will lead to bigger things.

"Hopefully I can get a scholarship to a good school," she said.

Staff Writer Mike Lowe can be contacted at 791-6422 or at:

mlowe@pressherald.com

Bowdoin Lacrosse: Bowdoin tops Endicott, 7-5

Sport: Lacrosse (Boys)  Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Bowdoin Lacrosse: Bowdoin tops Endicott, 7-5
sports@TimesRecord.Com
03/26/2008
BEVERLY, Mass. — Bowdoin College senior goalkeeper Alex Gluck and the Polar Bears' defense held 15th-ranked Endicott College to just one second-half goal, as 19th-ranked Bowdoin slipped past the Gulls, 7-5, on a frigid Tuesday evening. The win upped the visitors record to 4-2 while the hosts slipped to 5-2.

Bowdoin came out on fire to open the game, quickly streaking its way to a 4-1 cushion after one quarter. Harry Ashforth got the night started as he found the back of the net off a feed from Ben York, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Polar Bears doubled their advantage just nine seconds later as Max Key won a clean face-off that resulted in a quick transition strike from Mike Giordano.

Endicott cut the lead in half just under a minute later. John Ortolani won his first draw of the night, giving the Blue and Green possession and Nick Cosco notched an unassisted tally to make it 2-1.

Ashforth and Giordano put the Gulls in a three-goal hole as the duo once again scored consecutive goals for the visitors. Ashforth slipped a shot past the goaltender for the 3-1 lead. Giordano made it a 4-1 game as he stuck a nice feed from fellow attackman Adam Tracy.

Endicott came to life in the second quarter as the Gulls outscored Bowdoin 3-1, to cut the deficit to 5-4 at halftime.

Gluck took over the Polar Bear net for the second half. Gluck and the Bowdoin defense shut out the Blue and Green in the third quarter as Gluck made five saves — two of which came point-blank — to keep the visitors in the lead.

Ashforth grabbed his third goal and the game winner with just 1:18 left in the third frame, giving Bowdoin a 6-4 advantage. Eddie O'Reilly got the Gulls back within one at 13:36 of the fourth, but Adam Tracy closed out any comeback thoughts as he stuck a one-handed diving shot into the upper-left hand corner to end the game, 7-5.

Tracy had a goal and an assist for Bowdoin. Key went a solid 10 of 16 (62.5 percent) in the face-off category.

Gordon Convery and Gluck combined for 16 saves in the win. Gluck made nine saves and only allowed one goal in 30 minutes.

Rockland nabs pee-wee tournament title

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Rockland nabs pee-wee tournament title
The Courier-Gazette
By Mark Haskell
 
Isiah Patterson of Rockland goes to the basket late in the fourth quarter of the Rockland Recreation 2008 Invitational championship game. Rockland bested Camden 40-28 to win the tourney. Mark Haskell

    ROCKLAND — The Rockland Recreation Center was filled over the weekend with the sounds of fans cheering, sneakers squeaking and whistles blowing as the Rockland Recreation 2008 Invitational Basketball Tournament was held.

    The three-day tournament began Friday and concluded Sunday, with two familiar foes squaring off in the championship game. Rockland emerged from the winners’ bracket, going undefeated with victories over Central Lincoln County, Thomaston and Camden. Camden posed a formidable task for Rockland in the final game as it emerged from the consolation bracket, defeating Augusta twice and Boothbay once.

    Rockland, Camden, Thomaston, Medomak, Augusta, Central Lincoln County, Gardiner and Boothbay all competed in the eight-team tournament.

    Camden, playing in its second straight game, gave Rockland all it could handle, but could not stop Tiger guard Isiah Patterson. Patterson netted 18 points in the title game to help Rockland earn the 40-28 victory and the tournament’s coveted championship trophy.

    Rockland trailed 9-8 after the first quarter, but took a 22-18 halftime lead and a 30-24 lead after three quarters.

Also scoring for Rockland were Hunter Grindle with eight points, Bronson Philbrick four, Tyler Conant three, Cole Chase and Riley Flanagan both two, and Daniel Gould one.

For Camden, Yani Stancioff netted 12 points, Dunkin Meikle seven, Chandler Crans six and Connor Graffam three.

    Other local action in the previous rounds of the tournament were:

    Friday, Thomaston defeated Medomak 34-30 in the opening game of the tournament. Thomaston led 11-8, 18-16 and 28-20 at the quarter breaks. Leading Thomaston were Elias Thorbjornson with 11 points; Walker Ranney, eight; Jimmy Strong and R.J. Hall, both six; and Nicholas Maroney and Dylan Gamage, both two. For Medomak, Nate Mazanec netted eight points, Joshua Lee seven, Devin Field, six, Adan Feener five and Brandon Lessard four.

    Also Friday, Rockland defeated CLC 56-14. Rockland led 8-1, 18-9 and 35-14 at the quarter breaks. Grindle led all scorers with 18 points, while Patterson added 12; James Nguyen and Philbrick, both eight; Cole Chase, four; and Gunnar Cummings and Conant, both two. For CLC, Seward Matel had five points, Matt Bolster four, Greg Anderson three and Jared McLain two.

    Saturday, Camden defeated Augusta 32-29. Camden led 14-8, 21-8 and 27-19 at the quarter breaks. Leading Camden were Chandler Crans with 16 points, Yani Stancioff eight and Matthew Crockett and Connor Graffam, both four. For Augusta, Kevin Kingsbury netted 11 points, Mitchell Bonenfat 10, Matt Canwell six and Kyle Cummings two.

    Also Saturday, Rockland defeated Thomaston 49-10. Rockland led 26-0, 33-2 and 55-10 at the quarter breaks. Leading a balanced Rockland scoring attack were Philbrick with 12 points; Patterson, eight; Cole Chase, five; Gould, Grindle, Nguyen, Cummings, Conant and Riley Flanagan, each four points; and Cody Chase, two. For Thomaston, Gamage netted four points and Ranney, Maroney and Travis Frye all netted two.

    Saturday, Camden defeated Boothbay 45-33. Camden led 12-6, 19-12 and 33-19 at the quarter breaks. For Camden, Crans led the way with 17 points, while Stancioff had nine, Matthew Crockett eight, John Hall four and Dunkin Meikle, David Richards and Hayden Vogt, each two. For Boothbay, Alex Hallinan netted nine points; Ben Scully, eight; Shawn Simmons and Jason Maddocks, both six; and John Hepburn, four.

    Saturday, CLC defeated Medomak 27-26. The game was tied 10-10 after one quarter, before CLC took a 20-17 halftime lead and a 26-19 lead after three quarters. Leading CLC were Matel with nine points; Anderson and Sam Genthner, both six; Jared McLain, four; and Trey James, two. For Medomak, Fenner netted 12 points, Lessard six, Devin Field four and Mazanec and Hunter Boughmon, both two.

    Saturday, Rockland defeated Camden 42-34 in the first of their two weekend contests. Rockland led 16-7, 28-15 and 38-20 at the quarter breaks. Gould and Grindle each had 10 points for Rockland, while Philbrick had eight, Nguyen six, Patterson four and Cummings and Flanagan, both two. For Camden, Crans poured in 18 points, Stancioff eight, Graffam four, Marshall Spear two and Meikle and John Hall, each one.

    Saturday, Augusta defeated Thomaston 55-15. Augusta led 14-4, 23-6 and 37-11 at the quarter breaks. Kingsbury paced Augusta with 12 points, while Canwell had 11, Alex Stilphen 10, Alec Gagne eight, Bonenfant five and Kie Hyka, Tyrell Mathis, Kyle Cummings and Peter Ackerman, each two. For Thomaston, Gamage netted seven points and Jarrod Leonardi, Thorbjornson, Dylan McLean and Logan Finnegan each had two.

    Sunday in the semifinals, Camden defeated Augusta 37-36. Camden trailed 12-8 and 21-19 at halftime, before taking a 29-27 lead after three quarters. Crans poured in 20 points for Camden, while Stancioff had 10, John Hall five and Graffam one. For Augusta, Kingsbury netted 13 points, Bonenfant nine, Canwell five, Gagne four and Mathis one.

    Team members for Rockland are David Gould, Hunter Grindle, Isiah Patterson, James Nguyen, Bronson Philbrick, Cole Chase, Gunnar Cummings, Tyler Conant, Riley Flanagan and Cody Chase.

    Team members for Camden are Chandler Crans, Matthew Crockett, Connor Graffam, John Hall, Jayson Kuhn, Garrett McMahon, Dunkin Meikle, Colin Morse, Shawn Pierce, David Richards, Marshall Spear, Yani Stancioff and Hayden Vogt.

    Team members for Thomaston are Justin Robinson, Elijah MacDougal, Waler Ranney, Andrew King, Nicholas Maroney, Jimmy Strong, Jarrod Leonardi, Dylan Gamage, Sawyer Pillsbury, Elias Thorbjornson, Dylan McClean, Travis Frye, Kyle Robinson, Logan Finnegan and R.J. Hall.

    Team members for Medomak are Joshua Lee, Will Blodgett, Cadison Willis, Hunter Boughmon, Ben Carroll, Devin Field, Brandon Lessard, Alex Benner,

Adam Feener, Tommy Spaulding and Nate Mazanec.

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Weiss wins weight class at Youth Wrestling Classic

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Weiss wins weight class at Youth Wrestling Classic
The Courier-Gazette
By Joseph Cyr
(Created: Monday, March 31, 2008 10:33 AM EDT)

The Rockland District Middle School wrestling team pulled out of the Pine Tree Wrestling League championship Saturday, opting instead to compete in the Marshwood New England Classic.

Eagle Aaron Weiss continued his outstanding wrestling career by winning the 151-pound weight class, while Jonathan Robishaw finished fourth in the 73-pound weight class. Only five Eagle grapplers qualified for the Pine Tree event.

“While the Pine Tree League Championships is a fine tournament, it is definitely not a state championship,” coach William Thomas said. “Many of the best young wrestlers in Maine don't compete in the Pine Tree League. Unfortunately, the Marshwood New England Classic, arguably the toughest and most competitive youth wrestling tournament in Maine, was held the same day as the Pine Tree League championship. Our five qualified wrestlers all had the chance to attend either tournament. All [five] chose to go to Marshwood.”

    Thomas added the wrestlers chose the Marshwood event because all of their teammates could participate, and because it offered very tough competition.

“I believe it was the right decision for the right reasons,” Thomas said.

The individual results for RDMS wrestlers from the Marshwood event were:

    73 pounds — Jonathan Robishaw, R, lost to Evan Luther, Bristol, 6-2; defeated Robert Taylor, North Berwick, 2-1; pinned Ryan Cabezas, Derry, at 1:41; and lost to Jarek LaPalnt 2-0 to take finish in fourth place.

    75 pounds — Chris Weiss was pinned by Matt Dodge, Colchester, at 1:37; defeated Kyle Cushion, Tyngsboro, 9-6; and lost to Matt Martinez, North Kingstown, 12-0.

    92 pounds — Matt Zable was pinned by Michael Stewart, Dracut, at 2:40; and lost to Alex Tresselt, Meriden Youth, 10-9.

    97 pounds — Shawn Sprague lost to Wylie Lessard, Noble, 11-3; pinned Gage Zickelfoose, Marshwood, at 1:35; and lost to Chris Lacroix, Methuen, 16-0.

    105 pounds — Thomas Boynton lost to Jordan DeSisto, Warwick, 12-3; defeated David Watts, Manchester, 12-0; and lost to David Rogers, Hudson, 4-0.

    113 pounds — Cole Barber lost to Jake Gallagher, Tyngsboro, 4-1; defeated Scott Gilbert, Billerica, 10-6; and lost to Don Arsenault, Methuen, 6-2. Jake St. Pierre was pinned by Josh Lydick, Derry, at 1:16; pinned Cody McBreairty, SSYAA, at 1:49; and lost to Tom Gaboardi, Danbury, 13-2.

    125 pounds — Devon Stewart lost to Graham Strodack, Westbrook, 14-0; and was pinned by Patrick McCann, Derry, at 1:26.

    140 pounds — Cyril Miller was pinned by Josh Campbell, Billerica, at 1:18; pinned Coyote Freeman, Mountain Valley, at 1:58; and lost to Marquis Sutton, Manchester, 3-0.

    151 pounds — Aaron Weiss pinned Noah Rickerish, Hudson, at 1:56; pinned William Stewart, Warwick, at 1:45; and defeated Eddie Garcia, Danbury, 3-0 to finish in first place.

    205 pounds — Seth Batty was pinned by Steven Dwight, Manchester, at 0:52; and was pinned by John Lamarca, Shapleigh, at 1:59.

    220 pounds — Robert Gardner was pinned by David Garcia III, Manchester, at 1:25; received a bye in the consolation bracket; and then fell to Jesse Wolfe, Meriden, 9-0.

    Coach Thomas added he has heard speculation that the Pine Tree Wrestling League is considering moving the date of its championships, so that wrestlers could attend both events in future years.

“I have also heard about efforts to create a true state championship for middle school wrestlers, which I support wholeheartedly,” he said. “With that being said, we didn't start Rockland Wrestling to win Pine Tree Championships or Marshwood Championships, we started Rockland Wrestling to help develop great young men and women. I couldn't be more proud of each of them this season, they are all great kids and all grew a tremendous amount.”


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Midcoast grapplers find success at league championships

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Midcoast grapplers find success at league championships
Waterman named Outstanding Wrestler
By Dwight Collins
 

Schooner Nick Linscott, right, looks for an opening against Dirigo's Brian Blackman during Saturday's PTWL Championships in Newport. RICK O'MALLEY

NEWPORT — Midcoast grapplers converged on Nokomis High School on Saturday and competed at the Pine Tree Wrestling Championships in one of the closest tournaments in the league’s history, which when the dust settled, saw Mountain Valley of Rumford finish on top by one point over runner-up Dirigo and four points over Troy Howard Middle School.
 
Hope-Appleton-Lincolnville finished sixth, while Camden-Rockport finished eighth. Medomak Valley Middle School finished in 15th place. Rockland chose to pull out of the league tournament to compete in a conflicting one on the same day, despite having five wrestlers qualify for the PTWL championships.

Troy Howard’s Brent Waterman (93) and John Seekins (111) won individual titles and Evan Drinkwater (81) finished as runner-up. Waterman was named the meets Outstanding Wrestler. Ethan Fitzjurls (123) and Lyndon Whitcomb (135) finished third for THMS, while Jordan Luther (155) finished fourth.

Hope-Appleton-Lincolnville fifth-grader John Underhill (75 pounds) and seventh-grader Coleman Powers (87) finished first, while Josh Dean (93) and Tristan Leidinger (117) finished fourth. Camden-Rockport Middle School's Rhett Chase (240) won an individual state crown for the Schooners and Steve Widdecomb (155) finished second. Tom Cassidy (105) finished third and Anders Bratz (147) finished fourth to round out the place finishers for C-RMS.

Medomak Valley had two thirds and a fourth place finish. Dylan Look (141) and Zac Sawyer (165) won the consolation championship and Zachary Rideout (111) finished fourth.

The final team scores were Mountain Valley 111, Dirigo 110, Troy Howard 107, Fryeburg 101, Brewer 85, HAL 92, Augusta 75, Camden-Rockport 74, Bucksport 64, Bath 63, Sugg of Lisbon Falls 46, Gardiner 45, Oak Hill of Sabattus 43, Mt. Ararat of Topsham 42, Medomak Valley 41, Oxford Hills of South Paris 41, Ellsworth 33, Hermon 31, Brunswick 16, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 6, Monmouth Academy 3 and Nokomis no score.

Mountain Valley earned the team sportsmanship award.

Individual results by place of finish were:
 
75 pounds — Underhill, HAL, pinned Dakota Jaques, MtV, at 0:31; defeated Walker Roberts, THMS, 8-7; and defeated Mark Smith, Brew, 13-6 to finish first. Walker Roberts, THMS, defeated Zack Sheehan, Fry, 8-4; lost to Underhill, HAL, 8-7; and was pinned by Alex Peterson, Her, at 2:00.

81 pounds — Drinkwater, THMS, defeated Matt McInnis, Mon, 10-2; defeated Nathan Boucher, 3-2; and lost to Connor Sheehan, Fry, 12-0 to finish second. Bragg, HAL, pinned DeAndre Dinkins, Ba, at 0:38; lost to Connor Sheehan 11-2; defeated McInnis, Mon, 11-0; and lost to Nathan Boucher, MtV, 4-0 to finish fourth. Bumbalo, CRMS, lost to Sheehan, Fry, 10-0; lost to Dinkins, Ba, 6-5.

87 pounds — Powers, HAL, pinned David Moore, no time given; defeated Jake Thurston, Fry, 3-0; and pinned Brett Whittemore, Dir, at 2:33 to finish first.

93 pounds — Waterman, THMS, pinned Molly Nicholson, Sugg, no time given; pinned Adam Gill, Dir, at 1:26; and defeated Jared Jensen, Brun, 3-1 to finish first. Dean, HAL, pinned Ian Austin, MtV, at 1:44; lost to Jared Jensen, Brun, 6-0; defeated Nicholson, Sugg, 9-0; and lost to Adam Gill Dir, 14-5 to finish fourth. Ben Fernald, CRMS, was pinned by Gill, Dir, at 0:44; and by Nicholson, Sugg, at 0:48.

99 pounds — Jared Gilbert, HAL, was pinned by Robert Worthley, MtV, at 0:32; pinned Robert Banner, Ells, at 3:15; and lost to Wyatt Brackett, Ba, 5-0. Jordan Hill, THMS, lost to Brackett, Ba, 13-0; pinned Jordan Lewis, Her, no time given; and lost to Eric Holman, Dir, 11-2.

105 pounds — Cassidy, CRMS, pinned Tristan Brooks, Nok, at 0:22; lost to Caleb Hall, Dir, 2-1; pinned Wyatt Parra, HAL, at 0:43; pinned Luke Potter, Her, at 0:47 to finish third. Parra, HAL, lost to Tyler Colson 5-1; defeated Chapin Lamont, THMS, 8-6; and was pinned by Cassidy, CRMS, at 0:43. Lamont, THMS, was pinned by C.J. Bartlett, Fry, no time listed; and lost to Parra, HAL, 8-6.

111 pounds — Seekins, THMS, pinned Joey Priebe, OX, at 0:15; pinned Anthony Alvarez, Ba, at 0:35; and defeated Matthew Bennett, Fry, 11-3 to finish first. Rideout, MV, pinned Nicole Burgess, MtV, at 0:50; lost to Bennett, Fry, 4-0; pinned Kenny Dyer, Buck, at 2:30; and lost to Alvarez, Ba, 6-2 to finish fourth. Kyle Monahan, CRMS, was pinned by Bennett, Fry, at 1:14; defeated Burgess, MtV, 6-4; and was pinned by Alvarez, Ba, at 2:16.

HAL's Anthony Batty, top, tries to turn Mt. Ararat's Keith Kowalczyk during the Pine Tree Wrestling League Championships on Saturday. RICK O'MALLEY
117 pounds — Leidinger, HAL, lost to Nelson Pepin, Dir, 6-4; pinned Dylan Upham, MV, at 1:16; defeated Wyatt Thornton, Gar, 7-3; and lost to Pepin, Dir, 4-1 to finish fourth. Riley Duggan, THMS, lost to Joe Provencher, MtV, 4-3; defeated Bryant, CRMS, 3-1; and was pinned by Pepin, Dir, at 0:28. Bryant, CRMS, lost to Thorton, Gar, 4-3; and lost to Riley Duggan, THMS, 3-1. Upham was pinned by Keith Madore, OH, at 2:44; and was pinned by Leidinger, HAL, at 1:16.

123 pounds — Fitzjurls, THMS, pinned Norton Revell, Aug, at 1:58; lost to Bryan Blackman, Dir, 3-1; pinned Austin Chute, OX, at 2:36; and pinned Nick Bishop, Her, no time listed to finish third. Nick Linscott, CRMS, lost to Bryan Blackman, Dir, 9-1; defeated Revell, Aug, 16-4; was pinned by Bishop, Her, at 1:20.

129 pounds — Dakota Summers, HAL, was pinned by Olivia Labrecque, OH, at 1:57; and was pinned by Kirk Hubbard, Fry, at 2:40.

135 pounds — Whitcomb, THMS, lost to Thomas Barnett, Dir, 7-5; defeated Adam Lynch, MV, 12-0; defeated Anthony Batty, HAL, 7-1; and defeated Keith Kowalczyk, MtA, 5-0 to finish third. Batty, HAL defeated Keith Kowalczyk, MtA, 6-0; lost to Brandon McDougal, Ba, 6-2; and lost to Lyndon Whitcomb, THMS, 12-0. Josh Smith, CRMS, was pinned by McDougal, BA, at 1:52; and was pinned by Kowalczyk, MtA, at 0:59.

141 pounds — Look, MV, lost to Dan Constantino, Sugg, 10-1; pinned James Gushee, HAL, at 0:46; pinned Dylan Bernosky, THMS, at 2:29; and defeated Zac Abram, Gar, 14-5 to finish third. Bernosky, THMS, pinned Zac Abram, Gar, at 1:37; was pinned by Victor Irwin, Brew, at 0:53; and was pinned by Look, MV, at 2:29. Gushee, HAL, lost to Thon Itthipalakom, Aug, 5-4; and was pinned by Look, MV, at 0:46.

147 pounds — Bratz, CRMS, was pinned by Gage David, MtV, at 0:03; pinned Brandon Vinal, HAL, at 0:22; pinned Peter Kelly, THMS, at 0:39; and was pinned by David, MtV, at 1:49 to finish fourth. Peter Kelly, THMS, pinned Justin Cummings, OX, at 1:35; was pinned by Zac Splude, OX, at 0:57; and was pinned by Bratz, CRMS, at 0:39. Vinal, HAL, was pinned by Blake Doucette, Aug, at 0:15; and Bratz, CRMS, at 0:22.

155 pounds — Widdecomb, CRMS, pinned Devon Williams, Aug, at 0:34; defeated Dustin Willey, Her, 2-0; and was pinned by Taylor Carey, MtV, no time given, to finish second. Jordan Luther, THMS, defeated Robert Corneilson, MtA, 9-7; lost to Tyler Carey, MtV, by default; pinned Michael Alvarez, Ba, at 1:29; and was pinned by Corneilson, MtA, at 2:27 to finish fourth.

165 pounds — Sawyer, MV, pinned Mitch Chesely, Gar, at 0:56; was pinned by Mike Phillapon, Ells, at 0:36; pinned Ryan Graffam, CRMS, at 1:52; and pinned Cody Dular, Aug, at 2:44 to finish third. Graffam, CRMS, was pinned by Bobby Ramsey, Fry, at 3:00; defeated Max Renaud, Ba, 4-0; and was pinned by Sawyer, MV, at 1:52.

175 pounds — Hynd, HAL, lost to Nick Shorey, OH, 7-0; received a bye; defeated Josh Fowler, Ells, 4-2; and lost to Derek Leavitt, Fry, 7-4 (OT)

190 pounds — Brandon Graffam, CRMS, lost to Jordan Shufeldt, MtA, 5-0; received a bye; and lost to Joey Metcalf, Aug, 6-0.

210 pounds — Shawn Rich, CRMS, pinned Zach Lacombe, OX, at 1:31; was pinned by Ryan Morgan, OH, at 1:38; and lost by default to Pat Kidder, Ells.

240 pounds — Chase, CRMS, pinned Dustin Butt, MtA, at 0:08; pinned Chris Fritz, OX, at 2:43; and pinned Hunter Frost, Aug, at 0:30 to finish first.


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SPM’s Zenevitch a leader on and off field

Sport:   Posted: April 1st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

SPM’s Zenevitch a leader on and off field

HIGH SCHOOL BOYS’ LACROSSE PREVIEW

By Bill Doyle TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
wdoyle@telegram.com




Ryan Zenevitch is entering his third season as a starter for St. Peter-Marian lacrosse.
WORCESTER— When he was in seventh grade, Ryan Zenevitch grew tired of shooting lacrosse balls into an empty net in his backyard so he convinced his father to buy his younger brother Dan a lacrosse goaltender stick.

Thus, another lacrosse player was born in the Zenevitch family.

This spring, Ryan, a senior co-captain, will head the defense, and Dan, a sophomore, will likely be in net as St. Peter-Marian tries to improve upon last year’s second-place finish in the Central Mass. B League.


The older Zenevitch played defense well enough last spring to become a T&G All-Star. He also stars in the classroom — ranking among the top 10 percent in his class — and in helping others. As a member of the Young Neighbors in Action organization at SPM, Zenevitch spent a week last summer sprucing up the grounds on a Native American reservation in Nebraska and a week the previous summer working in a homeless shelter in Yakima, Wash.

“I’d say I got a lot more out of it than I gave them,” Zenevitch said.

The rundown homes and wide-spread unemployment and illness on the reservation made Zenevitch realize how lucky he was. An infant died of diabetes the week he was there.

As part of his Christian community service class this school year, he volunteered as a math tutor at Clark Street School and fed animals after school and on weekends at the Heifer Project International at Overlook Farm in Rutland. He also finds time to cook part-time at Moe’s Southwest Grill in Shrewsbury.

Lacrosse made headlines at Duke and UMass-Amherst for the wrong reasons in recent years, but Zenevitch and his teammates are doing their best to prove that the game still has plenty of solid citizens. Several of them do volunteer work.

“A few media stories have painted lacrosse in a negative light,” SPM coach Vinnie Jacques said, “and it’s important to recognize that the sport is a great sport and it draws kids of strong character and I know that’s exemplified by Ryan and the rest of the seniors on my team. They’ve committed themselves to peace and justice work, community service and improving our community.”

The strong character of Zenevitch and his fellow SPM seniors carries over onto the lacrosse field.

“They lead by example,” Jacques said. “They’re showing the younger players how they need to act and how they need to respect other people. It’s not something that’s just said, it’s something they actually show. Ryan’s leadership style portrays that. He’s one to make sure that everyone knows that they need to respect each other and that everyone gives each other some sense of purpose on the team.”

“If you don’t respect someone, you can’t play a sport with them,” Zenevitch said.

Zenevitch also respects his opponents, but he doesn’t fear them. At 5 feet, 10 inches and 180 pounds, he isn’t as big as some defensemen so he uses his footwork and quickness to keep opposing attackers away from the net.

“He’s pretty fast,” Jacques said. “He doesn’t have incredible speed, but he’s a quick hitter.”

Zenevitch has played for SPM since he was in the eighth grade. This is his third year as a starter. Dan started a few games in goal last season, but he’ll have the opportunity to start most of them this season because SPM’s first-string netminder, Kyle Cordaro, transferred to St. John’s.

“Dan’s a great kid and I’m sure he’s learned a lot from his older brother’s example,” Jacques said.

“Outside of lacrosse, we’re pretty competitive,” Ryan admitted, “but not ridiculously so. Being older, I don’t like to get beat by him.”

The older Zenevitch had no desire to become a goalkeeper like his brother.

“It’s extremely difficult,” Ryan said. “After games his legs will be black and blue.”

Ryan’s arms are sometimes black and blue from getting whacked by opponents when he tries to carry the ball up the field too often.

The Guardians return 15 players from their 11-9 team of a year ago. They open their season at home against St. John’s on April 1. There are 25 players on the varsity and 20 on the junior varsity. SPM also started a junior high lacrosse program this spring.

“I’d say we have less talent than last year,” Zenevitch said, “but we have more depth and more athletes.”

Zenevitch skipped football last fall for the first time and concentrated on lacrosse, playing in indoor lacrosse leagues last fall and winter. So he can’t wait for the outdoor lacrosse season — his last — to start.

SMCC host Gym Ratz 16u Clinic

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: March 31st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Following report sent to Tom Nolette, MBR.ORG

I just wanted to let you know that Coach Matt Richards and his assistants, Chad Cichon and Matt Ouellette, hosted our 16U Maine Gym Ratz Boys atSMCC last evening for a series of skills, drills and offensive/ defensive work. The Gym Ratz 16U is made up of players from Brunswick, Deering, Greely, Morse, Portland, South Portland, Westbrook and Windham.

Coach Matt and his assistiants started the session off with what they call a "St. Joe" shooting drill. This was followed by some power stretching, on to a 10-man 2 on 2 competetive transition drill encouraging very physical "play to finish."

Once the initial drills were finished the SMCC coaches went through some very good offensive schemes that involved spreading the floor, continous motion screens and several face-cut and back-cut variations. This offensive workout incorporated some very effective teaching tools, such as using a partially deflated ball to promote minimal dribbling, continous player-speak and effective high post play
For the next part of the event, the coaches broke the team up into position play with some real game-condition ball-handling, post and shooting drills.

It was back to application and the players were taugtht a numbered break which develops, if necessary into the offensive scheme learned earlier in the evening. The last two items of the evening were the Tennessee transition drill and the post-practice power stretch.

Coach Richards, with assistants Chad and Matt gave our players two hours of continous, innovative yet very practical and applicable coaching. All the while they were constructive but did not hesitate to point out items for improvement and advice. They handled themselves and the players very professionally and were open to inquiries and always made sure all players understood the task at hand.The feedback from our players, myself and my coaches is clearly two thumbs up. We felt very fortunate to have access to a professional coach such as Coach Richards and his staff. Most importantly our players gained from the experience.

As you know Coach Richards is running a New England College Coaches Showcase this summer at the end of June. Based on the last evening, all of my players are planning on attending. They are smart enough to see what they can gain. Just wanted to bring you up to speed on the people out there dedicated to developing Maine players.

Regards, Marc Jobin, Maine Gym Ratz

MBR Girls Freshmen club team travelled to Springfield

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: March 31st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Team release: The MBR Girls Freshmen club team travelled to Springfield, Mass this weekend to compete in the AAU Hall of Fame Spring Classic.

In the first game MBR trailed most of the game and came back to win by 3 over a very tough Mass Frenzy team. After trailing by 10 at halftime MBR stepped up there defense and came away with the 37-34 win. Scoring for MBR Katelyn DeRaps (13), Allaina Murphy(9), Lindsay Ranquist (6), Micaela Stephenson (5), Whitney Moore (2), and Megan Coale (2).

In the second game of the day MBR lost to the Shamrocks of CT, that featured a 6'5 and 6'1 frontline duo. MBR jumped out to a 13 point lead midway through the first half but the Shamrocks fought back to tie the score at the Half. This was a close game all the way with the Shamrocks pulling ahead and winning by the score of 53-44. Scoring for MBR Allaina Murphy (16), Chantelle Desjardins (7),
Megan Coale (6), Katelyn DeRaps (5), Lindsay Ranquist (4), Micaela Stephenson (2), Lindsey Nolette (2), and Hannah Knight (2).

Today the MBR team faced the Suffield Wildcats from Mass. MBR jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, leading by as many as 22 with the final score 42-25. Scoring for MBR Lindsey Nolette (10), Whitney Moore (9), Allaina Murphy (9), Katelyn DeRaps (4), Lindsay Ranquist (4), Megan Coale (4) and Chantelle Desjardins (2). With some time off for pracitice, it will be on to Bangor on April 12th and 13th for the MBR girls to play in the Maine Open.

Great job this weekend ladies!!
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