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Div 2. Wellesley 65, Millbury 44; Nothing amiss for Wellesley

Sport:   Posted: March 16th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Div 2. Wellesley 65, Millbury 44; Nothing amiss for Wellesley
 By Maggie Cassidy
Globe Correspondent / March 16, 2008

WORCESTER - With the final seconds ticking away at the end of the third quarter, Blake Dietrich received a pass from Mary Louise Dixon and started her drive down the left lane.
 
Her team was already sitting on a comfortable 13-point lead, but the waning seconds were enough time to do more damage. As the clock hit 1, she got to the baseline, steadied her stance, and arched a 3-pointer - a pristine shot that kicked the lead up to 48-32.

Millbury coach Steve Reno called the play a "punch in the stomach."

It was just one of many hard-hitting punches Wellesley's offense threw yesterday, when the Raiders kicked their scoring into high gear to earn a 65-44 win over Millbury in the Division 2 state final at the DCU Center.

The Raiders (23-3), who managed just 38 points in Tuesday's EMass championship win over Lincoln-Sudbury, drained basket after basket against Millbury.

"It wasn't that I didn't expect them to be that big; I didn't expect them to be that fast," Reno said. "They came out and they played fast, and in the Lincoln-Sudbury game they didn't; it was a slow-paced game."

The Raiders wasted no time building their lead, as Lindsay Sydness's 6 early points and Jesse Miller's 5 fueled a 19-14 advantage by the end of the first quarter.

After Wellesley opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run, Millbury chipped away at the lead to make it 36-31 by the half. But Dietrick's pair of 3-pointers, plus another from Dixon, highlighted the Raiders' 17-6 third quarter, which gave them control of the game.

Even when Millbury threatened in the opening quarters, the Raiders remained calm and composed. Wellesley was 5 of 7 from the line, and each of the nine Raiders who saw playing time managed at least one field goal. Sydness and Miller led the team with 18 and 15 points, respectively.

Although the Raiders started three seniors, they received significant contributions from their younger players. Dixon, a sophomore, finished with 10 points, while freshman Dietrick had 8.

"We stay focused by knowing that if we keep our composure, we're capable of winning state championships," Dixon said. "We didn't play very well offensively vs. Lincoln-Sudbury, but the reason why we won was our defense. But this game we played a lot better offensively and defensively. We stopped their guards and shooters and we did a pretty good job both ways."

Millbury's high scorer, Sydney Bloomstein, finished with 11 points, and teammates Julie Frankian and Kirsten Orrell had 8 apiece.

Sydness agreed the Raiders have played well defensively, but said the team stepped up its offensive efforts and stayed out of foul trouble yesterday to take home the trophy.

"Our shots were falling. It was awesome," she said. "I think that was really frustrating us and getting to us at the Garden. We don't like to take as many outside shots at the beginning; we like to take a lot of layups to get used to it. But, definitely, our outside shots were falling, which just gives us the momentum."

Sydness credited Dixon and Dietrick with sinking many of those outside shots, playing like they had 10 years' experience, and opening things up for the post players to chuck the ball out wide.

"I think that's one little flaw that teams think that it's just the big girls that score," said the 6-foot-1-inch senior. "But if they collapse on us, it leaves the guards wide open, which you can't do. So [our system is] just kind of unstoppable."

Standish native wins college softball award

Sport: Softball  Posted: March 16th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Standish native wins college softball award

STANDISH (March 16, 2008): The Great Northeast Athletic Conference has announced their weekly softball honorees for the week of March 2-8 and St. Joseph’s college freshman Alyssa Dunn of Standish was named the GNAC Softball Rookie of the Week.
 
Dunn hit .412 (14-34) with three doubles and six RBI's during the Lady Monks' week in Fort Myers, Fla. Dunn went 3-4 at the plate against WPI on March 4 and 2-3 with two runs, two RBI's and a double in a 10-2 win over Dominican University on March 7.

The St. Joe's softball team opened the season 1-5, but rattled off four straight victories to finish their southern swing with a 5-5 record. Three of the team's five losses came in extra innings.

Based in Westbrook, Sports Editor Mike Higgins can be reached at 207-854-2577 or by e-mail at mhiggins@keepmecurrent.com.

Blake swinging hot bat at Clark University

Sport: Softball  Posted: March 16th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Blake swinging hot bat at Clark University
 
By Morning Sentinel Staff

There's been no sophomore slump for Messalonskee High School graduate Lauren Blake. Now in her second season as a member of the Clark University softball team, Blake is still the catalyst of the Cougars' lineup.

"She just started up where she left off," said Clark coach Linda Wage, who also coaches Blake on the Cougars' field hockey team.

Blake, Clark's second baseman and leadoff hitter, hit .441 on the team's spring trip to Florida. Blake has scored a team-high 14 runs and also has a .513 on-base percentage. She had a hit in eight of the 10 games on the trip, and she had six games with multiple hits.

This is coming off a freshman season in which Blake finished second on the team with a .464 batting average and .507 on-base percentage, and also tied for the team lead with 38 runs scored.

Blake was named second team All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference after her strong first season of college softball and should be one of the top second basemen in the league again this season.

"It's so great to have a leadoff hitter that can get on base the way Blake can get on base," Wage said.

Blake had 15 hits in the first 10 games, including two doubles. One thing Blake would like to improve this season is her power. She had two home runs last season.

"I've always felt like I'm a line drive hitter. I'd like to get more power," Blake said.

More power or not, Blake's plate discipline is still top-notch. Against St. Joseph's College on March 3, Blake worked a walk after being down 0-2 in the count, fouling off more pitches than Wage can recall.

"I didn't count the number of foul balls. It's the most I've ever seen," Wage said. "She just fouled off that 3-2 pitch over and over until she got the walk."

Added Blake: "I was looking for a hit on that (at bat). The first two times I hit against her, I popped up. I didn't want to do anything stupid. ... Even if it's not pretty, I have to get on base."

Blake feels she's already improved her speed. In offseason workouts, she and the Cougars focused on longer sprints and more running.

"I feel like doing the longer sprints makes it easier to do the short sprints, like from home to first (base)," Blake said.

Defensively, Blake still excels, and she came back from Florida without an error. With just two seniors on the roster and no juniors, Blake feels ready to take on more of a leadership role this season, even if just a little.

"On the softball team, everyone has to take a leadership role, because nobody can do it alone," Blake said.

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WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: MCI's Goewey wins elusive state crown

Sport:   Posted: March 16th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: MCI's Goewey wins elusive state crown

Staff photo by Jim Evans
Staff photo by Jim Evans
ALL-STAR: After capping his four-year career with his first individual state championship, Maine Central Institute’s Cinjin Goewey is the Morning Sentinel Wrestler of the Year.


 
BY TERRY DEVEREAUX, Correspondent

Maine Central Institute's Cinjin Goewey accomplished his ultimate goal of winning an individual state wrestling championship in his senior year. Along the way, he broke every major season and career record in the MCI wrestling record book.

Goewey set the record for wins in a season (39), pins in a season (27) as well as career wins (111) and career pins (74). He also became the first MCI wrestler to earn a top-four medal every year of his high school career.

For his sensational senior year, Goewey has been named the Morning Sentinel Wrestler of the Year. Mt. Blue's Sam Webber was also considered for the award.

Goewey burst onto the wrestling scene as a freshman when he reached the state Class B championship finals and finished in second place.

However, the following years were disappointing for the Huskies wrestler as he finished fourth as a sophomore and third as a junior.

Goewey was determined to make the most of his senior campaign.

"I worked hard all summer getting ready for this season," Goewey said.

Goewey attended wrestling camp at Foxcroft Academy and also trained with retired University of Southern Connecticut coach Don Knauff. He also competed in and won the Maine Games and Cony and Brewer's summer tournaments.

MCI coach Mike Libby saw a change in Goewey this season.

"He stepped up and really tried to lead the team, worked harder in practices and seemed to have a little more of a fire on the mat," Libby said. "He used to be the kid who just walked out on the mat and wouldn't get himself mentally prepared. This year I could see him preparing.

"I finally saw that he had a goal, one that had eluded him in the previous years. I think he was tired of being the great wrestler who couldn't get it done at the end of the year. That's what changed the outcome of those big matches; he was wrestling with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder."

Indeed, Goewey was as close to perfect as possible during the end-of-season tournaments.

Goewey won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships, the Eastern B regional and the State B tournament in the 135-pound class, scoring pins in every match except one.

In the state finals he pinned defending state champion Jack Simpkins of Camden Hills. Simpkins was one of only two Maine wrestlers to beat Goewey during the season and had also beaten him in the Eastern B finals last season.

Goewey finished the season with an in-state record of 37-2.

Goewey said he is appreciative of having Libby as a coach.

"He is constantly trying to improve things that I'm having problems with," Goewey said.

Since the two are close in size, Libby frequently wrestles in match situations with Goewey in practice.

"He beats on me (during live wrestling) every day in practice," Goewey said. "That has definitely made me tougher."

Goewey finished the season by winning a medal at the New England Championships, finishing sixth.

"My main goal this season was to win the state title," Goewey said. "New Englands was a bonus. I wasn't expecting to do as well as I did."

Goewey's mat career isn't done yet. He plans on wrestling for the University of Southern Maine team next fall.

WRESTLING COACH OF THE YEAR: Totman helps Cony step up

Sport:   Posted: March 16th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

WRESTLING COACH OF THE YEAR: Totman helps Cony step up
 
BY TERRY DEVEREAUX, Correspondent

The Cony High School wrestling program took some big strides this season. Cony won the Tiger Invitational for the first-time ever, set a school record for dual meet wins with 24, third finished third in Eastern A and 10th at the Class A state championships. All this was accomplished by a team with only two seniors.

Setting the course for the Rams was second-year coach Shawn Totman. Although relatively new as a head coach, Totman has been involved with building the program for the past six years as the middle school coach.

"I think part of the reason for the success of this year's team is that almost everyone on the team wrestled in middle school," said Totman. "Having coached them in middle school has given me the opportunity to work on the things that I think are important for success in high school. Once these kids have that basic wrestling knowledge and experience we can then build on it at the high school level."

Having the ability to develop a young group of wrestlers into a highly competitive team is why Totman has been named the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel Wrestling Coach of the Year. Skowhegan's Al Wilson was also considered.

Totman said winning the Tiger tournament was one of the highlights of the season. "This was a sort of mid-season validation to the coaches (former Cony wrestler, Jeremy Mahns, is the assistant) and kids that our hard work in practice was paying off," Totman said.

On an individual level, Totman said having sophomore T.J. Vallee (171) and junior Shawn White (215) winning Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Eastern Maine championships was being another highlight. Vallee finished second at the state tournament while White was fourth. Cony qualified a total of seven wrestlers to the state championship tournament.

"He's a great guy to have as a coach," Vallee said. "He finds ways to incorporate fun activities into practice that still help build on our skills and conditioning level."

Totman, who teaches social studies at Cony and also is the varsity coach for the cross country and outdoor track and field teams, derives much of his coaching style from his own high school wrestling coach Jim Coffin. Totman competed for Coffin while a student at Morse High School in the 1980s. Coffin produced a long string of quality teams and individual state champions over a 20 year period at Morse.

"Jim Coffin taught me that being dedicated as a team to a single purpose, pushing each other to improve, and respecting individual efforts and achievements that happen each day are just as important as wins and losses," Totman said. "Another thing that I have taken from Coach Coffin is to recognize that there are many things you can teach these young adults about the larger scheme of what life may hold in store. Things such as having high aspirations, being responsible and respectful, and having pride in oneself are all very important ideals."

Cony could also be a force to be reckoned with next year as well, according to Gardiner coach Matt Hanley.

"Shawn has worked both the middle school and high school teams really well," Hanley said. "He has the numbers to do well in both dual meets and tournaments and should be a contender for an Eastern Maine championship next year."

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Gardiner's dominant DelGallo

Sport:   Posted: March 16th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Gardiner's dominant DelGallo
 
BY TERRY DEVEREAUX, Correspondent

 

Staff photo by Joe Phelan
Staff photo by Joe Phelan
TOP CHOICE: After winning a state championship for the second time in two years, Gardiner Area High School’s Matt DelGallo is the Kennebec Journal’s Wrestler of the Year



Following up on a freshman season that included a 35-0 in-state record and a state championship might have seemed like a tough task, but for Gardiner Area High School wrestling standout Matt DelGallo, his sophomore year was more of the same.

DelGallo once again cruised through the season undefeated, wrestling mainly in the 119-pound class before dropping to 112 pounds for the end of season tournaments. DelGallo won the Tiger Invitational, Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Eastern A tournaments on the way to his second consecutive state championship at 112 pounds.

In the Class A state tournament championship finals, he cruised to the championship finals with a pin and a technical fall (15 point margin of victory) in two preliminary bouts.

The finals match was anticipated to be a dogfight between two defending state champions -- DelGallo and last season's 103-pound champion, Dalton Groeger of Bonny Eagle. Instead, DelGallo ran up a 22-6 score and won by technical fall.

For his performance, DelGallo was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler by coaches and referees. DelGallo had also won the Outstanding Wrestler award as a freshman.

His in-season record stood at 41-0 to bring his career mark to 75-0.

For his outstanding success on the mat, DelGallo has been named the Kennebec Journal Wrestler of the Year. DelGallo also won the award last year.

In March, DelGallo added another medal to his collection by placing fifth at the New England Wrestling Championships. The New England tournament field is composed of the top finishers from each of the six New England states. Each weight class has 23 entrants. DelGallo advanced to the semifinals by beating Massachusetts' Connor David (7-6 decision) and Connecticut's West Johnson (14-10 decision), before losing to eventual champion Brandon Gauthier of Massachusetts by an 11-4 margin.

DelGallo wrestled back in the consolation bracket and once again beat Johnson in the fifth-place match.

DelGallo was one of only two sophomores from Maine to place in the top six at the tournament.

Despite his huge success, DelGallo says that competing against the elite wrestlers at the New England tournament has made him aware of his own weaknesses.

"Everyone down there does leg rides and I'm not good at getting out of them," he said. "I also have to develop better takedowns."

Gardiner coach Matt Hanley agrees with DelGallo's self-assessment.

"Matt has great natural ability, he is extremely strong and has great balance," Hanley said. "But to get to a higher level, he needs to improve on those two areas."

DelGallo's background in both powerlifting and gymnastics has contributed to his strength and balance.

Hanley also feels that upgrading the current Gardiner competition schedule would help DelGallo get ready for future New England tournaments.

"We should probably get back into the Noble Tournament, so Matt can see some out-of-state kids and the southern Maine competition," he said.

Close to 30 schools compete at the Noble Tournament and it is regarded as one of the toughest tournaments in Maine.

DelGallo's overall career record is 79-4 and if he continues on his current pace, he should break the Gardiner all-time win record of 118 sometime late next season.

McDONALD'S ROUNDUP:

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: March 16th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

McDONALD'S ROUNDUP: 

A/B East 62, A/B West 53: Hillary Laferriere of John Bapst scored 18 points to lead the East squad win. Cony's Rachael Mack added nine points for the winners while Lake Region's Renee Nicholas led the West with 17 points.

C/D East 70, C/D West 62: Houlton's Rachel Foster scored 24 points on 11-for-15 shooting to lead the East team. Fort Kent's Marissa Albert added 10 points for the winners. Telstar's Bailey Davis paced the west with 11 points while Madison's Margo Russell and Hall-Dale's Britta Olsen each scored 10.

McDONALD'S ROUNDUP: Suvlu, Martin lead East squad to win

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: March 16th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

McDONALD'S ROUNDUP: Suvlu, Martin lead East squad to win

BANGOR -- Bangor High's Lee Suvlu scored 18 points while Maranacook's Ryan Martin added 15 to lead the East A/B squad to a 77-76 win against the West A/B team at the Maine McDonald's Senior All-Star Basketball games Saturday at Husson College.

Cony's Andrew Pullen added 11 points for the winners while the West was led by Deering's Kyle Donovan with 16 points and Cheverus' Doug Alston with 14. Martin went 6 for 6 from the free throw line while Donovan was 5 for 5.

Net proceeds from the games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.

C/D West 66, C/D East 65: Winthrop's Sam Leclerc scored 11 points to lead the West squad to the win. Valley's Trevor Miller added 10 points for the winners while Richmond's Marc Zaharchuk scored nine and Boothbay's Kris Noonan eight. Calais guard Sam Bell paced the East team with 15 points while Orono's Seth Dwyer and Deer Isle's Collin Ciomei each scored nine.

Pemper, Bouchard, Treadwell provide women's sports advice

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: March 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Pemper, Bouchard, Treadwell provide women's sports advice
By Jessica Bloch
Saturday, March 15, 2008 - Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine - Coaches need to be tough and maintain standards in their programs. They also have to remember the importance of positive reinforcement and how to deal with different personalities on a team.

Parents should be supportive and involved, but know when to leave the sports talk at the door.

Players need to focus on being the best teammates they can be and still leave time for other interests in their lives.

It’s never easy to strike those balances, some of the state’s top coaches and former players said Friday as around 60 people gathered for Mentoring Women in Sports X at the Maine Principals’ Association conference center.

The day’s events were sponsored by the MPA and the Council of New England Secondary School Principals’ Association. It was the 10th year of the conference, which seeks to enhance the opportunities for women in athletics.

Coaches from as far north as Ashland and as far south as South Berwick heard a variety of speakers with college and high school playing and coaching experience.

Keynote speaker Stefanie Pemper, the head coach of the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team, led off the day with a discussion of how to build team leadership and spirit.

The importance of the entire team desiring the same outcomes is key to building a program, she said.

"That is, if you want to play on our basketball team, what we all have to have in common," Pemper told the group. "It’s not just an extracurricular. … It’s a challenge and it’s a responsibility and there’s a lot of dedication involved."

While those lessons — and many others Friday — could be applied to teams of both males and females, speakers and those in the audience alike acknowledged there are challenges in coaching girls and women.

Rachel Bouchard, a former University of Maine women’s basketball star who helped the UMaine program build its foundation in the late 1980s, led a session about how sports can build lifelong skills.

Coaches have to be careful how they treat their athletes. Girls, Bouchard said, tend to internalize criticism and take negative comments personally, while boys tend to just "get mad."

Women are also used to wanting to please others first, she added, because of women’s traditional roles in society.

"It’s kind of what we do. Our fulfillment comes second," Bouchard said after one of her sessions. "I think this [conference] helps people understand that the roles we play create strong, confident women who understand their feelings and wants are as important."

Bouchard, a Hall-Dale of Farmingdale graduate, now lives in Topsham and works for the Yarmouth-based Douglas Title Company.

Pemper said she believes male coaches sometimes get different results from women’s teams than female coaches because of women’s societal role of eagerness to please, especially their fathers.

"I just take that as another challenge," she said during one of Bouchard’s sessions.

Julie Treadwell, who is the athletic administrator at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield and also the president of the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, discussed how coaches can build up their own character and translate that character to their programs.

Edward Little of Auburn girls basketball coach Craig Jipson addressed the issue of dealing with the parents of his players — something he concedes is a struggle in his own life as the parent of active kids.

"Some parents really ruin what should be a great experience for their child," he said.

The group of coaches and administrators also got to hear from student-athletes themselves. Ruth Fitzpatrick, the Searsport athletic administrator who has been active in Mentoring Women in Sports all 10 years, moderated a panel of five schoolgirl athletes.

The girls answered questions about how to increase participation and maintain numbers, how coaches can build confidence and their healthy habits.

Searsport High juniors Chanelle Gray and Kayla Garcelon, who both sat on the panel, said they attended the conference because participation and interest is low at their school.

"Our sports programs are struggling with numbers right now," Garcelon said at the end of the day. "We’re two of the few who really care about sports at our school, and we wanted to get some ideas that would help out the program."

Gray said she enjoyed listening to Pemper talk about how she fosters team spirit at Bowdoin.

"I liked listening to her perspective as a college coach," Gray said. "She’s had success and it’s nice to hear that these things all worked for her."

The MPA also honored five women with Unsung Heroines Awards. Those women include Sharon Baker, a longtime teacher and coach in SAD 22 who is currently at Wagner Middle School in Winterport and Narraguagus of Harrington physical education teacher and former coach and athletic director Tracie Martin, who is also a longtime official.

Judy Reed, a secretary at Westbrook High School, Waynflete of Portland lacrosse coach Cathie Connors and longtime health and physical education teacher Ellen Durgin who has taught at Telstar of Bethel, Fryeburg and Gorham high schools, were also honored.

Fitzpatrick recognized MPA assistant executive director Larry LaBrie who is retiring this summer after 16 years at the association. LaBrie was one of the founders of the Mentoring Women in Sports conference.

50-0? 50-0?

Sport:   Posted: March 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

50-0? 50-0?

Can the Tantasqua boys’ basketball team repeat as Div. 2 state champion and go...Can the Tantasqua boys’ basketball team repeat as Div. 2 state champions and go...

By Jim Wilson TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
jimwilson@telegram.com


ORCESTER— So far it’s been a familiar ride for the Tantasqua Regional High boys’ basketball team, and the Warriors are hoping the ending is just the same as the last time.

When Tantasqua was driving toward its Division 2 state title last winter, the Warriors upended St. Bernard’s in the Central Mass. final, then took down South Hadley in the state semifinal before toppling Catholic Memorial in the final.

So, it was a good omen for Tantasqua fans this year to watch the Warriors get past St. Bernard’s in the Central Mass. final and eliminate South Hadley in the state semifinal only to find a date with — whom else — Catholic Memorial in the Division 2 final at 4 p.m. today at the DCU Center.


With a win over the Knights — easier said than done — Tantasqua will cap a remarkable 50-0 run over the past two seasons.

“I don’t think about it that way, I really don’t,” Tantasqua coach Jeff Child said. “I think 10 years from now we can look back at it and say, ‘We did that.’ I just take it one day at a time, and these kids do as well.”

Despite losing Andrew Kazanovicz and Terry Peretti from last year’s team, expectations were still high for the Warriors. Tantasqua returned T&G Super Teamer Brian Vayda and Ryan White, and was expected to contend in the Division 2 tournament, but another undefeated season? Even the players are surprised.

“I thought we’d do well, like maybe a one- or two-loss season,” White said. “I really can’t believe we’ve had the same record and are in the state final.”

“It’s a great feeling to get back to where we are, especially coming off last year losing a lot of big seniors,” Vayda said. “A lot of people didn’t think we could come back this far. I’ve played with a lot of these kids for a long time, so we have some great chemistry. I think even against a team like St. Bernard’s we may have been out-talented in some cases, but I think we played as a team better than everybody.”

Some players are surprised the rest of Central Mass. hasn’t come around yet and jumped on the Tantasqua bandwagon. It’s a problem common with Division 2 teams, in that fans of Division 1 programs feel their schedule gives them an easier road to the DCU Center. It happens in all sports — just ask players on the Holy Name football team when the Naps were racking up Division 2 Super Bowl wins.

Despite which team is on the other bench, the Warriors just focus on doing what they do best — winning basketball games. Tantasqua had a big test in the regular season when it went into a raucous Doherty High gym — with fans taking up every open space in the small quarters — and upended the Highlanders, 67-66, after a 3-pointer by Ryan White with 24 seconds left.

“A lot of people say we don’t have that strong of a schedule, but when we play those big teams, we beat them,” Vayda said. “Those games build our confidence and give us that experience.”

For 49 consecutive games, the Warriors have not had to suffer from the normal things that plague a high school team, like a poor shooting night from a top scorer, a pesky opponent playing in-your-shirt defense, or go through a game where Child had to say “it just wasn’t our night.”

In fact, the celebration has been going on for so long in Sturbridge not too many people remember the last time the Warriors walked off the court losers. That was March 2, 2006, when Tantasqua was defeated in overtime by Northbridge in a Division 2 Central Mass. quarterfinal. The Rams eked out the 61-58 win after Brennan Bennett — now playing at Boston College — scored 10 of his 22 points in the extra frame. The Warriors finished 16-6 that year and saw a six-point lead evaporate with two minutes left in regulation.

“I don’t really remember it,” White said. “I think I played 10 seconds in that game. I really didn’t play that much.”

Child is the first to point out that winning 49 games doesn’t make getting No. 50 any easier. Especially with seniors Julian Colarusso and Brendan Monteiro leading CM.

“I always am telling the kids, ‘Don’t be afraid to lose. If you give it your best effort but you end up losing, then what are you going to do?’ ” Child said. “We’re undefeated, 49-0, we’re a small fish in a big pond. People can beat us. We can get beat anytime.”

Child may be telling his players that 49-1 isn’t a bad mark to end their high school careers with, but just ask the New England Patriots. That first loss in the biggest game of the season can certainly put a damper on things.

Meanwhile, the Warriors are just going to enjoy the ride and hope this year’s story has a happy ending, too.

“It feels great, 49-0 is just such an incredible accomplishment, and I still can’t believe it,” White said. “It’s what you dream about as a little kid.”

Williams back to defend

Sport:   Posted: March 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Williams back to defend
Full slate of state title action at DCU Center today
Dan Ventura By Dan Ventura
Saturday, March 15, 2008  
 
Boston Herald Sports Reporter
Danny Ventura has been the Herald's authority on high school sports for 15 years. He also covers the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and college sports.
 

Archbishop Williams will be seeking to do what no Division 3 girls team has done since 2002: successfully defend its title.

The Bishops are hoping to join Westwood (2001-02) in that exclusive column this morning (10:45, DCU Center) when they meet Quaboag in the final. The task won’t be an easy one as Quaboag has won four state titles, including championships in 2004 and 2006.

Wellesley reached the Div. 2 girls final for the first time and will take on Millbury (2:15). The Woolies came close a year ago, losing to Hampshire in the state semifinals.

Andover seeks its first Div. 1 state crown since 2003 when it meets Northampton (5:45). The Golden Warriors have been superb on defense, allowing fewer than 40 points a game in the tournament.

In the Div. 1 boys final (7:30), Central Catholic looks to take home its first state title since 1999. Opposing Central Catholic is St. John’s (Shrewsbury), which is making its fourth trip to the final, having won the last time they got this far in 2000 over Boston English.

Revenge is on the mind of Catholic Memorial as it looks to avenge last year’s loss to Tantasqua in the Div. 2 final (4). The Warriors capped an undefeated season by beating the Knights, 64-58, in the championship game.

Scituate had never advanced beyond a state semifinal before taking down defending Div. 3 champion Watertown last Monday. Now the Sailors have an opportunity to sail off with the school’s first basketball title when they tangle with Frontier Regional at 12:30. The Red Hawks last appeared in the final in 2002, losing to a Lynn Tech team that featured current Memphis star Antonio Anderson.

Cardio Kids Andover's Hughes, Renfro and Thomann need no rest

Sport:   Posted: March 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Cardio Kids Andover's Hughes, Renfro and Thomann need no rest
By David Willis
Staff writer

ANDOVER — Even though it was only two days before the Division 1 state championship, the Andover girls basketball team was still running yesterday.

"If we miss foul shots in practice we have to run a lot," said senior Laura Renfro. "Today, for example, we missed a lot of foul shots, so we had to run."

The Golden Warriors had to make 14 free throws for practice to end. That proved to be a challenging task, and with each miss — six by forward Kelly Driscoll's count — the group had to run. And this was no pregame jog. Each miss called for a "16," or 16 sprints across the court.

But after coach Jim Tildsley had blown the whistle to end practice, Meghan Thomann remained on the court firing up shot after shot for the next five minutes without stopping.

That Thomann did not want to leave the court was no surprise. She never does. Neither do Renfro and Lauren Hughes. The three seniors have gained the reputation for playing literally every minute of almost every game.

"In the big games, they play all 32 minutes," said Tildsley. "They never come out, and that is a tribute to the kind of shape they are in, the style of competitors that they are and that they never get into foul trouble."

Unless the game is well in hand in the final minutes, guards Thomann and Renfro and center Hughes do not touch the bench between tip-off and the final buzzer, save for timeouts.

"What they do every game is amazing," said Driscoll. "To go the whole game takes a lot out of you. They are in unbelievable shape. I can't say enough about what they do."

Any time those three are on the court is good news for Andover. Thomann leads the teams in scoring at 12.0 points per game, Renfro is a close second at 11.1 and Hughes is fourth with 9.1.

Conditioning has always been a top priority for the three. During the off-season, Thomann worked on basketball fundamentals and conditioning with Boston Celtics strength and conditioning coach Walter Norton, a friend of former Andover basketball great and local businessman Carmen Scarpa.

She also played AAU basketball with many of her teammates and is also a four-year varsity player on the Andover volleyball team. Hughes also played AAU basketball, and learned tricks to conditioning as a member of the Andover cross country team. But it is Renfro whose endurance draws the biggest wows.

"I look at Laura and I don't think she ever gets tired," said Hughes. "I don't know if I was very good at cross country, but Laura was very good. And she needs it for defense."

Aside from her work as a 3-point shooter, Renfro, who trains at 180 Sports and Fitness in Wilmington and ran cross country, has the job of guarding the opponent's best player.

As hard as they train in the offseason, all three players credited the Andover preseason with taking them to the next level.

"As good as all the kids are being in shape, after the first five or six days of practice they are very ... very sore," said Tildsley with a smile. "Then, after I give them a few days off after the end of the regular season, we bring them back and really run them the next few days."

But after a full season of playing 32 minutes, the locations of the last two games have brought about new challenges. Instead of the traditional high school basketball court (84 feet by 50 feet) the Tsongas Arena and the TD Banknorth Garden have each had NBA-sized courts (94 feet by 50 feet).

"The last couple games have been tough because of the size of the courts," said Tildsley. "You could see the girls getting a little tired. I had my assistants (Dick Muller and Leo Lafond) keeping track so we could take our timeouts to give them a rest. They know when they are tired they can look at me and I'll ask if I should call a timeout."

Tildsley also stressed that the ability to stay on the court goes beyond conditioning.

"You have to be mentally tough," he said. "You are playing different types of kids and different styles. That's why playing more than one sport is so helpful."

The three have managed to avoid foul trouble all season, an especially tough task for Hughes, who spends her entire game battling with big players under the basket.

"That is the most important thing," said Driscoll. "Laura and Meghan are such good shooters and Lauren is clutch. We have to have them on the court late in big games to hit the big shots."

For all three, the key to staying on the court is the same.

"I just try not to think about it," said Hughes. "I want to be in the game all the time and competing. I mean, now we are playing in the state finals."

No rest for ....

About Meghan Thomann: 5-8 senior guard leads team at 12.0 points-per game. Is headed to Bentley on a basketball scholarship next season.

Laura Renfro: 5-7 senior guard is second at 11.1 points a game and is the team's top defender. Is headed to Williams College.

Lauren Hughes: 5-9 center averages 9.1 points a game and is the team's top rebounder (15 against New Bedford). Is undecided on college, but has been accepted to Tennessee.

Faria All-Star Games return

Sport:   Posted: March 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Faria All-Star Games return
 
By JOHN GARNER Jr.
Contributing Writer
March 15, 2008

EAST SANDWICH — Following a three-year hiatus, Al Faria and his Cape Cod and the Islands High School Basketball All-Star Games are back.

Sixty of the top local hoops players will tip off tomorrow at Sandwich High School, with the girls getting under way at 2 p.m., and the boys playing the nightcap at 5:30.

Leading the charge for the girls Upper Cape All-Stars is Ellery Gould, who led Sandwich to the Division 1 South Sectionals final and finished her career with a school-record 1,545 points. She is joined by backcourt mate Jessica Thomas, 1,000-point scorer Angela Paterson of Nantucket and the Falmouth inside duo of Ania Hammar and Kate Kotfila, who led the Clippers to a 15-3 record.

The Lower Cape All-Stars are paced by Old Colony League all-stars and 1,000-point scorers Morgan Kendrew and Jill Lyon of Barnstable. Other top performers include the talented Chatham tandem of Taryn Van Esselstyn and Taylor Masaschi and sharp-shooting Lauren Gonsalves of Harwich.

The boys Lower Cape All-Stars are led by the Nauset quartet of Mike Quill, Brett Conrad, Connor Seymour and Brendan Scalley. They are joined by C.J. Nicholas of Barnstable and Nicholas Clarke of Cape Cod Academy.

The Falmouth inside duo of Jamie Heide and Sean Fitzpatrick headline the Upper Cape All-Stars, whose roster also includes 1,000-point scorers Jordan Ferreira of Nantucket and Joey Lopes of Mashpee.

 

Cape and Islands All-Star rosters

GIRLS

UPPER CAPE TEAM

Ellery Gould, Sandwich

Melissa Morrissey, Sandwich

Erin Reardon, Sandwich

Julienne McCuish, Mashpee

Ania Hammar, Falmouth

Kate Kotfila, Falmouth

Julie Perry, Martha's Vineyard

Kia Minor, Martha's Vineyard

Angela Paterson, Nantucket

Shantel Haniford, Nantucket

Whitney Butler, Nantucket

Courtney Donovan, Bourne

Susie Parsons, Bourne

Molly Cosgrove, Upper Cape

Coach: Tom Morrissey

LOWER CAPE TEAM

Kate Covell, Nauset

Simone Rose, Provincetown

Ali Mcgraw, Cape Cod Academy

Lauren Gonsalves, Harwich

Rayven Tillman, Sturgis

Jill Lyon, Barnstable

Morgan Kendrew, Barnstable

Margaret Cobb, Barnstable

Taylor Masaschi, Chatham

Taryn Van Esselstyn, Chatham

Maggie Cole, Chatham

Courtney Pina, Dennis-Yarmouth

Sandy Fitzsimmons, Dennis-Yarmouth

Roni Lavelle, Cape Tech

Cassidy Cryer, Cape Tech

Coach: Cookie Chilaka

BOYS

UPPER CAPE TEAM

Ryan Colameco, Sandwich

Ben Gould, Sandwich

Mark Reppert, Martha's Vineyard

Eric Robbins, Bourne

Joey Lopes, Mashpee

Dan Bellone, Mashpee

Jamie Heide, Falmouth

Sean Fitzpatrick, Falmouth

Ryan Knox, Falmouth

Josh Soby, Falmouth Academy

Jordan Ferreira, Nantucket

Delroy Lawrence, Nantucket

Josh Butler, Nantucket

Ryan Delgado, Upper Cape

Coach: Mike Kennedy

LOWER CAPE TEAM

Zack Tobias, Provincetown

Dom Richmond, Cape Tech

Jake Roderick, Cape Tech

Billy Watts, Chatham

Mike Quill, Nauset

Brett Conrad, Nauset

Connor Seymour, Nauset

Brendan Scalley, Nauset

Jason Clark, Dennis-Yarmouth

Phil Ford, Dennis-Yarmouth

C.J. Nicholas, Barnstable

Donald Wardrick, Barnstable

Jon Thomson, Harwich

Christian Champney, Sturgis

Nicholas Clarke, Cape Cod Academy

Coach: Paul Smith

Faria All-Star Games return

Sport:   Posted: March 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Faria All-Star Games return
 
By JOHN GARNER Jr.
Contributing Writer
March 15, 2008

EAST SANDWICH — Following a three-year hiatus, Al Faria and his Cape Cod and the Islands High School Basketball All-Star Games are back.

Sixty of the top local hoops players will tip off tomorrow at Sandwich High School, with the girls getting under way at 2 p.m., and the boys playing the nightcap at 5:30.

Leading the charge for the girls Upper Cape All-Stars is Ellery Gould, who led Sandwich to the Division 1 South Sectionals final and finished her career with a school-record 1,545 points. She is joined by backcourt mate Jessica Thomas, 1,000-point scorer Angela Paterson of Nantucket and the Falmouth inside duo of Ania Hammar and Kate Kotfila, who led the Clippers to a 15-3 record.

The Lower Cape All-Stars are paced by Old Colony League all-stars and 1,000-point scorers Morgan Kendrew and Jill Lyon of Barnstable. Other top performers include the talented Chatham tandem of Taryn Van Esselstyn and Taylor Masaschi and sharp-shooting Lauren Gonsalves of Harwich.

The boys Lower Cape All-Stars are led by the Nauset quartet of Mike Quill, Brett Conrad, Connor Seymour and Brendan Scalley. They are joined by C.J. Nicholas of Barnstable and Nicholas Clarke of Cape Cod Academy.

The Falmouth inside duo of Jamie Heide and Sean Fitzpatrick headline the Upper Cape All-Stars, whose roster also includes 1,000-point scorers Jordan Ferreira of Nantucket and Joey Lopes of Mashpee.

 

Cape and Islands All-Star rosters

GIRLS

UPPER CAPE TEAM

Ellery Gould, Sandwich

Melissa Morrissey, Sandwich

Erin Reardon, Sandwich

Julienne McCuish, Mashpee

Ania Hammar, Falmouth

Kate Kotfila, Falmouth

Julie Perry, Martha's Vineyard

Kia Minor, Martha's Vineyard

Angela Paterson, Nantucket

Shantel Haniford, Nantucket

Whitney Butler, Nantucket

Courtney Donovan, Bourne

Susie Parsons, Bourne

Molly Cosgrove, Upper Cape

Coach: Tom Morrissey

LOWER CAPE TEAM

Kate Covell, Nauset

Simone Rose, Provincetown

Ali Mcgraw, Cape Cod Academy

Lauren Gonsalves, Harwich

Rayven Tillman, Sturgis

Jill Lyon, Barnstable

Morgan Kendrew, Barnstable

Margaret Cobb, Barnstable

Taylor Masaschi, Chatham

Taryn Van Esselstyn, Chatham

Maggie Cole, Chatham

Courtney Pina, Dennis-Yarmouth

Sandy Fitzsimmons, Dennis-Yarmouth

Roni Lavelle, Cape Tech

Cassidy Cryer, Cape Tech

Coach: Cookie Chilaka

BOYS

UPPER CAPE TEAM

Ryan Colameco, Sandwich

Ben Gould, Sandwich

Mark Reppert, Martha's Vineyard

Eric Robbins, Bourne

Joey Lopes, Mashpee

Dan Bellone, Mashpee

Jamie Heide, Falmouth

Sean Fitzpatrick, Falmouth

Ryan Knox, Falmouth

Josh Soby, Falmouth Academy

Jordan Ferreira, Nantucket

Delroy Lawrence, Nantucket

Josh Butler, Nantucket

Ryan Delgado, Upper Cape

Coach: Mike Kennedy

LOWER CAPE TEAM

Zack Tobias, Provincetown

Dom Richmond, Cape Tech

Jake Roderick, Cape Tech

Billy Watts, Chatham

Mike Quill, Nauset

Brett Conrad, Nauset

Connor Seymour, Nauset

Brendan Scalley, Nauset

Jason Clark, Dennis-Yarmouth

Phil Ford, Dennis-Yarmouth

C.J. Nicholas, Barnstable

Donald Wardrick, Barnstable

Jon Thomson, Harwich

Christian Champney, Sturgis

Nicholas Clarke, Cape Cod Academy

Coach: Paul Smith

 

Undefeated season on the line

Sport:   Posted: March 15th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Undefeated season on the line
Saturday, March 15, 2008
By JEFF THOMAS
jthomas@repub.com

This high school basketball season is turning into a carbon copy of last year's season for the Tantasqua Warriors of Fiskdale.

"I hope it is deja vu," Tantasqua coach Jeff Child said, and who could blame him.

The Warriors are a win away from posting their second straight undefeated Division II state championship season.

Catholic Memorial of West Roxbury is hoping to spoil the Warriors' perfect season when the two meet today at 4 p.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Tantasqua was 25-0 last year, beat St. Bernard's of Fitchburg to win the Central Massachusetts championship, then defeated South Hadley in the state semifinals.

In the finals the Warriors met, you guessed it, Catholic Memorial and won 64-58.

This year the Warriors are 24-0, beat St. Bernard's and South Hadley to reach today's game with the Knights (21-4).

"I've seen them play this year and I watched them on tape," Child said of Catholic Memorial. "I watched the tape of last year's game and four of the five guys they had on the floor in crunch time are back."

The Knights won't overpower the Warriors with their size, but their speed could give them fits.

Guards Brandon Monteiro and Jeff Tagger are back from last year's squad, as are Julian Colarusso and Lincoln Wright.

"They certainly have speed going for them," Child said. "They'll press a lot I'm sure. The tempo of the game is very important. They want to play in the 70s and 80s and we'll want it in the 60s."

Tantasqua's impressive front line of Brian Vayda (6-foot-5), Ryan White (6-5) and Dan Kemp (6-3), along with Jon Kazanovicz (6-1) is enough to want any opposing coach to want to get out and run instead of getting into a halfcourt game.

Guards Marcus Gaudet and Brandon Forcier do a good job of getting the Warriors into their offense and are a threat from the perimeter to open the court up for the big men.

On top of that, the Warriors know how to keep their poise and how to play in the big games.

"Nothing really rattles them," Child said of his team. "I'm not saying that to be cocky or arrogant, they just play hard and keep their eyes off the scoreboard.

"Basketball is not just a skill," he added. "There's a mental aspect to the game and our guys have it."

Of course, the Warriors' accomplishments over the last two season aren't going to intimidate the Knights. They've been here before and have just as much experience in big games.

Basketball is going to decide this contest, and the Warriors are hoping to live the past all over again.
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