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The Boston Herald presents the top Eastern Mass. wrestling stars

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Nelson File


Name: Tia Nelson

Team: Rockport Softball

Year: Junior

Position: Pitcher

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

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

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

Lincoln-Sudbury 14, Weston 2: Warriors girls lax runs amok
By Rick Smith/Daily News staff
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John Tarantino photo
Lincoln-Sudbury junior midfielder Addy Quirk lets loose a pass during the win at Weston.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hopkinton 10, Medfield 5: Collins, Hillers rally for win
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Hopkinton senior Matt Collins (right) gets congratulated by Dan Muscatello (left) after hitting a two-run homer to put away Medfield.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"It's great to get that first win though and to be able to get out and play is great. This was only our fifth time on a field so with that, I thought our kids did a great job."
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Hawks soar in Shrewsbury: Xaverian 11, St. John's (Shrewsbury) 6

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

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

Hawks soar in Shrewsbury
(Globe Staff / Chris Forsberg


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harriman no longer sidetracked

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

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

By MIKE LOWE April 4, 2008


Jared Harriman


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He had others things to prove.

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

And it's coming.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LACROSSE

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

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

mlowe@pressherald.com

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MacDonald hopes to thrive in new role

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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UMF hits the road

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

UMF hits the road
From staff reports

 

 

 

 

 

 


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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mdifilippo@centralmaine.com

Lee Academy girls seeking another title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a happy Valley as Tech lacrosse team wins

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

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

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

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

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

The defense was the difference, coach Brad Tilley said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prep School: Brooks, Phillips bound for big springs

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

Prep School: Brooks, Phillips bound for big springs

BASEBALL

Prep School

Brooks

2007 record: 3-12, did not make playoffs

Returning starters (7): Frank Conway, Sr., C, Andover; Alex Clapp, Jr., 3B; Dorian Sierra, Sr., OF; Greg DelGuidice, Sr., OF; Jason Buco, Soph., P/OF, Methuen; Michael Johnson, Jr., P/1B, Georgetown; Brad Forgetta, Jr., P/1B, Haverhill

Returning lettermen: Colin Lahiff, Soph., P/INF; Derek Murphy, Soph., INF; Marty Murphy, Soph., C, Andover

Newcomers: Matt Jeremiah, Soph., SS; Dan Conway, Frosh., 2B, Andover; Woody Cissel, Jr., P; Anthony Karamourtopoulos, Soph., OF, Methuen

Candidates in all grades: 48

Captains: Frank Conway, Greg DelGuidice

Returning leaders: Greg DelGuidice, .349 avg.; Michael Johnson, .270 avg. ... 2-4 on mound; Frank Conway, .294 avg.; Jason Buco, .368 avg., 10 runs; Brad Forgetta, .333 avg.

Assistants: John Strobel, varsity assistant; Willie Waters, JV; Jon McLaughlin, JV assistant

Opener: Defeated Pingree, 10-8, Wednesday

Odds and ends: The good news for Brooks is that it graduated zero senior starters from a team that won two of its last four games. ... The bad news is that Andrew Ruiz-Henriquez, who hit .295 and started at shortstop, moved on to Andover High. ... Looking for a youth movement, freshman Dan Conway of Andover and sophomore Matt Jeremiah should see the bulk of the time at second and short, respectively. Conway's older brother Frank is the lead candidate behind the plate but could be moved elsewhere if need be.

Coach John Fahey (4th year, 20-24-1): "We were very young last year. Our pitching is going to be our strength with (Michael) Johnson and (Brad) Forgetta bringing it from the left side. The 10 hits in the opener was really nice to see, because I think we're going to play pretty good defense. I definitely like this group."

Phillips Academy

2007 record: 15-2, Central New England Prep champs

Returning starters (6): J.R. Santaniello, Sr., P/1B, Kingston, N.H.; Mike Ciummei, Sr., SS; Mike Palermo, Sr., 2B/OF, Andover; Bobby Farnham, Sr., INF/P, North Andover; Preston Atteberry, Sr., P/1B; John Gardner, Sr., P

Returning lettermen: Geoff Lynch, Jr., C, Georgetown

Newcomers: Ryan McCarthy, post-grad, OF; Anthony Morlani, Jr., C/OF; Jack Walsh, post-grad, INF, North Reading; Glenn Stowell, Jr., P; Bryan Farris, post-grad, P, Derry, N.H.; Lucien Neville, Sr., P, Andover

Candidates in all grades: 65

Captains: J.R. Santaniello, Mike Ciummei

Returning leaders: J.R. Santaniello, .431 avg., 22 runs, 10 RBIs ... 4-0 on mound, 3.63 ERA; Mike Palermo, .362 avg., 16 RBIs, 13 runs; Mike Ciummei, .367 avg., 12 RBIs; Bobby Farnham, .364 avg.; John Gardner, 2-0 on mound.

Returning honorees: J.R. Santaniello, Eagle-Tribune honorable mention

Assistants: Jonny Nicholson, varsity; Matt Lisa, JV1; Matt Hession, JV1; Tom Kane, JV2; Jeff Weiss, JV2

Opener: Saturday, hosts Bridgton

Odds and ends: Coach Andy Cline is back after a year-long sabbatical ... J.R. Santaniello will play collegiately at Johns Hopkins. ... Geoff Lynch follows another Georgetown product, 2007 Eagle-Tribune All-Star Sam Conte, behind the plate for the Big Blue. ... Mike Palermo might be the best glove man on the club, either at second or in the outfield. He's headed to Georgetown University next year. ... Post-grad Bryan Farris went 5-3 with a 2.46 ERA as a senior with Pinkerton last spring. ... The 20 players assembled for the annual spring break trip went 2-4 against some pretty good competition in Florida. Cline noted that at least 4-5 impact players were not on that trip, though.

Coach Andy Cline (22nd year, 221-130-1): "The returning kids played significant roles on a successful championship team, bringing a lot of leadership and ability. The others are taking to their example. It's a hard-working bunch with excellent team speed and good athletes at all the key positions."

Ludlow takes opener, 5-3

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

Ludlow takes opener, 5-3
Thursday, April 03, 2008
By JEFF THOMAS
jthomas@repub.com

There's nothing like extra inning on a cold and windy April afternoon in Palmer.

But that was fine with the Ludlow Lions as they plated two runs in the top of the eighth inning to give the Lions a 5-3 win over the Panthers in the season opener for both teams.

Jake Flynn's single in the extra frame provided the game-winning run for the Lions, who scored their first three runs in the fifth inning.

Matt Lauries came on in relief in the sixth inning and picked up the win. He also had a pair of hits and two RBIs. Marty Iwasinski pitched the eighth for same.

The Panthers (0-1) were led by Brad Brothers who was a perfect 4 for 4 at the plate.

Hopkins 9, Smith Voke 1: The bottom of the order came through for the Golden Eagles in their opener with the Vikings in Hadley.

The seventh, eighth and ninth hitters combined for seven hits and seven RBIs for Hopkins Academy (1-0).

Tony Czajkowski was 3 for 3 with an RBI, Zach Hunter was 2 for 2 with three RBIs and Bryan Pelchat was 2 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Garrison Banas started and pitched three scoreless innings and Tim Cook allowed an unearned run on no hits in relief.

Mo Lacasse led Smith Voke with three hits.

Sci-Tech 10, Commerce 0: Jay Tavarez opened the season the right way, tossing a no-hitter for the Cybercats over host Commerce.

Tavarez was also the hitting star for Sci-Tech, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

Uxbridge 13, Quaboag 5: The Cougars had the offense, just not the pitching.

Bret Millier was 3 for 3, Zach Desnarias had two hits and two RBIs and Justin Paquette two hits, but it wasn't enough to keep Quaboag from losing its opener at Uxbridge.



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Tewksbury looking for atonement

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

Tewksbury looking for atonement
By Andrew Petrie
Globe Correspondent / April 3, 2008

Tewksbury looking for atonement
(Globe Staff / Jim Davis)
After a wildly successfully 2007 campaign, Tewksbury brings back 13 players, including UConn-bound ace Scott Oberg (left) and batterymate Mike Delponte (right), and has big aspirations for this season.

Tewksbury couldn't have asked for more. The young team stormed into the 2007 Division 2 North quarterfinals and had staff ace Scott Oberg on the mound in a showdown with powerhouse Danvers. The talented junior pitched as advertised, silencing the Danvers bats and yielding only one hit. Things went perfectly, until Tewksbury lost.
 

It was a 2-1 heartbreaker courtesy of a throwing error.

"There was no satisfaction on that bus ride home," said Tewksbury coach Ron Drouin, whose young team finished the season 16-6. "After you play a full season, you're not babies anymore. We thought we could win it all. That taste is still in our mouth."

So here come the Redmen, with 13 players returning. Featuring UConn-bound Oberg (7-1, 1.00 ERA, Globe All-Scholastic last season) at the top of the rotation, tournament experience won't be an issue.

The team boasts impressive talent up the middle. Catcher Mike Delponte (.473 average) leads the team from behind the plate, while Justin Torname (.429) will play center field. Last season's Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star Game MVP Mike Ferriero will bat leadoff and play shortstop, and Bobby Burns, who went errorless last year, returns to play second.

"The kids' expectations are high and mine are high," Drouin said.

With his team struggling early last season, BC High coach Norm Walsh inserted juniors into his lineup. It turned out to be the right decision, as BC High went on to win the Division 1 South championship. Now, BC High has virtually the same lineup, with seven starters returning.

Walsh is looking for big seasons out of third baseman Jimmy Albano, shortstop Matt Kelly, and center fielder Bill Miller. And base stealers will think twice before running on four-year catcher Tom Conley: He caught 26 of 30 base runners.

Malden Catholic brings back the top hitter in the Catholic Conference in Tony Serino and one of Eastern Massachusetts's best righty-lefty pitching combinations in Robert Machado (3-1 last season) and Chris Labriola (4-1).

Oliver Ames coach Leo Duggan's team pitched 25 scoreless innings to end last season en route to the Division 2 state crown. Duggan has two pitchers who were instrumental in that streak, righthander Dallas Nunes (8-0) and lefthander Michael Holmes (3-0 in the state tournament).

Westford Academy (12-9 last season) looks primed for a big run. Two of its losses were against Lincoln-Sudbury ace Kevin Scanlon, the Globe's Division 1 Player of the Year. Westford's pitching is deep, led by aces Derek Klinka and Colin Royal.

Last season, Lincoln-Sudbury and coach Kirk Fredericks lost outfielder Mark Hogan early, but went on to win the Division 1 state title. Now ace pitcher Derek Lowe is hurt and may not be back until tournament time. But pitchers Jordan McCarthey (2-0, 1.40 ERA last season) and Sam Finn (3-0, 1.32) will take the reins.

Acton-Boxboro is led by Clemson-bound pitcher Scott Weisman.

Greater Boston League champion Peabody must replace All-Scholastic Kyle Multner. In the Bay State Conference, Walpole (20-4) earned a spot in the Division 1 South final, but must replace All-Scholastic Sean McDermott.

Middlesex League champion Reading finished 19-3 and Division 2 Coach of the Year Peter Moscariello will look to repeat that feat. At league rival Burlington, coach Jim Curtin is in his 49th year and has 561 career wins.

Danvers will go to battle with senior captains Bob Dean, Chris Perry, Jeff Eldridge, and Jake Korthas.

With defending champion Harwich minus the graduated James Hamilton, the race in Division 3 is wide open. Last season's North champion, Tyngsboro, will make a run, with its top four hitters coming back. Swampscott and Georgetown should also make some noise.

Boston English won the city tournament and the challenge will be to do it again, minus graduated All-Scholastic Roberto Zapata.

Harwich tops Chatham in opener

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

Harwich tops Chatham in opener
By CAPE COD TIMES
April 03, 2008 6:00 AM

Harwich second baseman Mike Hamilton forces Chatham’s Pat Reynolds at second and completes a double play on Wednesday.RON SCHLOERB/ Cape Cod Times


CHATHAM — Harwich High School's Bryan Warner threw a complete-game one-hitter yesterday to give longtime assistant baseball coach Steve Wilson his first victory at the varsity helm as the Rough Riders topped Chatham, 3-2.

Warner struck out eight to complement a brilliant one-hit performance for two-time defending Division 3 state champion Harwich, in its first game since Fred Thacher stepped down as head coach after last season.

A Dallas Heller two-run double was the only blemish on the day, and Warner induced a game-ending groundout with a man on third base in the seventh.

Chatham's Dylan Flynn was equally up to the task, tossing a complete-game two-hitter and striking out 13.

Ben Bianco's two-run double in the sixth proved the difference as Harwich capitalize on the only mistake Flynn made. Jake Domos added an insurance RBI single in the sixth.

Bourne 1, GNBV 0

BOURNE — Keith Bilodeau gave the Canalmen an opener to remember, striking out 16 in a two-hit shutout of Greater New Bedford Voke.

Bilodeau walked just one hitter and threw 90 pitches, barely exceeding his preset pitch count of 85.

Tom Drolette scored Bourne's lone run after leading off the second with a walk. He took second on a Jordan McGonagle sacrifice and came around on a T.J. Bilodeau hit.

Steve Tkowski went 2-for-3 for Bourne against Bears pitcher Shane Robles, who fanned nine in a five-hit effort.

Barnstable 4, Nauset 0

HYANNIS — Matt Hegarty tossed a four-hit shutout as the Red Raiders won their season opener over the Warriors.

Corbin Fries drove in the game's first run in the second inning on a sacrifice fly and scored three innings later after a leadoff double.

Barnstable tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth thanks to back-to-back triples by Sean Morin and Gagi Stamenkovic.

Jon Salvador struck out three and allowed three earned runs on six hits in a solid effort for Nauset.

Dan Ho doubled in the first inning for the Warriors, but outfielder Dave Tierno turned a double play to help Barnstable escape the early jam.

Cape Tech 11, P'town 2

HARWICH — The Crusaders used a 10-run first inning to propel them past the Fishermen in a nonleague battle.

Taylor Cabral had the big blow in the first, knocking a three-run double of Provincetown starter Cody Silvia. Cabral finished with four runs batted on two hits.

Jon Rich, Jake Hollis, Jon Farnham and Doug St. Pierre all had two hits for Cape Tech (1-0).

Farnham was the winning pitcher, going four innings and striking out six. Silvia took the loss for Provincetown (0-1) showing great heart, finishing the game despite the 10-run first inning.

MV 11, Nantucket 3

OAK BLUFFS — Zach Coutinho struck out seven in a complete-game five-hitter that gave Martha's Vineyard its first victory of the young season.

Coutinho also helped himself at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, four RBIs and a stolen base for MV (1-1).

Nick Billingham went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a run batted in a stolen base, and Tad Gold went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs for the Vineyarders.

Gold and Lamar Moreis played well on defense for MV.

The Whalers fall to 0-1.

Falmouth 13, Foxboro 7

FALMOUTH — Jake Byrnes had three hits, including a two-run homer, as the Clippers opened with a nonleague victory over the Warriors.

Dusty Brown had three hits for Falmouth (1-0), doubling in the second and scoring on a Chris Guerin single. Sam Allen drove home Guerin to cut Foxboro's lead to 3-2.

Byrnes homered in the bottom of the second to give the Clippers a lead they would never relinquish.

Guerin and Nick Croft added two hits apiece for the Clippers. Guerin also picked up the win, while David Kent pitched the final two innings for his first varsity save.

Bishop Stang 10, Sandwich 1

NORTH DARTMOUTH — Jimmy Souza drove in the only Blue Knights run as they fell to the Spartans in nonleague action.

Souza drove in Bryan Bolton in the sixth inning, but it wasn't enough to overcome seven first-inning runs by Stang.

Al Stanton took the loss for the Blue Knights, starting the game and going three innings. Eric Christensen and Kevin Van Clees also pitched for Sandwich (1-1).

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Clason, Schwartzman take over Wells lacrosse coaching berths

Sport: Lacrosse (Boys)  Posted: April 3rd, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Clason, Schwartzman take over Wells lacrosse coaching berths
By Mike Smith
sports@seacoastonline.com
April 03, 2008 6:00 AM
The Wells High School boys lacrosse team started preparing for the upcoming season Monday inside the high school’s gymnasium.Kevin A. Byron/kbyron@seacoastonline.com


A new era in Wells High School boys lacrosse is set to begin as the Warriors will enter the 2008 season with a new set of coaches who carry with them a collective wealth of experience both on the sidelines and as players.

Kurt Clason, who last season was the varsity assistant under Vinny Lobello, will be the varsity head coach and will work alongside athletic director Joe Schwartzman who will be co-coaching with Clason, working with the varsity offense, and coaching the junior varsity team.

Lobello stepped aside to tend to his growing restaurant business, opening the door for Clason to assume his first varsity lacrosse position.

Clason played four years at the Coast Guard Academy where he was a long-stick defenseman. Clason coached the Wells Junior High School team for four years before being the Wells varsity assistant last year.

Schwartzman returns to the lacrosse sideline carrying with him an impressive coaching resume and a wealth of experience.

Schwartzman was the head coach at Noble High School from 2000 to 2004 and was named Coach of the Year in 2002. Schwartzman coached the Maine U13 select team from July 2001 to August 2004.

He was the assistant varsity coach and offensive coordinator at Central High in Valley Stream, NY from 1993-2000 and coached the junior varsity team in Plainview, N.Y. for a season. He also coached a youth travel team in Longmeadow, Mass. in the early 1990s.

For Clason, the pleasure at having the opportunity to put his stamp on a program is evident.

"I am really excited about being a head coach," Clason said. "I could not ask for a better group of guys to work with and I could not ask for a better co-coach than Joe Schwartzman. Together we bring offensive (Schwartzman) and defensive experience to help grow this team. We want to continue the program started by Coach Lobello and have our guys master catching, throwing and shooting."

Clason is hoping if the players take care of the fundamentals good things will happen on both sides of the field.

"While our goal this year will be to win every game," Clason said, "we really want to see our shooting averages go up and shots against go down. We are looking forward to a great year. As far as being a head coach, I cannot believe the amount of work it takes to be the head coach. We want all of our practices to be planned out and scheduled in advance, so there is a lot of work planning drills, plays and scrimmages. I want guys to have specific roles on the field so that we can practice it and when it comes to game time their play becomes automatic."

Schwartzman is returning to the lacrosse sidelines following a three-year absence and it appears he couldn't be happier.

"I have not coached (lacrosse) since I was at Noble," said Schwartzman who has played or coached the game for 22 years, but left the sidelines when he became the AD at Wells. "I am really looking forward to coaching again. I miss being around the sport and watching kids learn and grow. I am looking forward to working with Kurt. We have met several times and we seem to have an excellent chemistry and same goal of making our kids at Wells be successful."

Schwartzman says the co-coaching situation with Clason is win-win all the way around.

"Co-coaching is a great situation," Schwartzman said. "Most non-lacrosse people do not realize how complex the game is and how hard it is for one person to coach both the offense and defense. It makes it much easier if you have a coach for each position. The kids learn and grow as a unit much better that way. The advantage is that each coach is watching specific parts of the game and can talk to those kids in those units during timeouts and at halftime. Then the head coach can address team issues.

"It is best situation to be in as long as the two coaches are on the same page," Schwartzman added. "When I was at Noble I had an excellent assistant coach in Chris Russo, who took over for me at Noble when I left and we worked well together. He coached the defense and I coached the offense. We always knew what each other was doing but control of each unit was left up to the coach of that unit. We did all team matters like "rides" and "clear" together. We had a healthy competition between each unit during conditioning and drills that made for a great and positive environment."

Clason is anxious for the season to begin.

"As the season gets ready to start I am nervous," Clason said. "We have a really good group of players. There is a lot more work in the varsity coaching position. I have spent the last few months going over some of the college programs to see what they are using for practices as well as researching different drills and plays for specific positions.

"I want to concentrate on improving the fundamentals of lacrosse: catching, throwing, ground balls and shooting. This is where co-coaching will come in handy.

"Joe will work with the offense and I will work with the defense," Clason added. "We can work with smaller groups of guys to watch them run their drills and plays to ensure they have the concepts down before moving on to more advanced plays."
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