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Lancers' star headed to Exeter

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

Lancers' star headed to Exeter
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Minnechaug picks coach

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

Minnechaug picks coach
Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In this youth league, even the coaches are kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's truly a commitment not everyone can make

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

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

By MIKE LOWE, Staff Writer April 1, 2008

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Violette doesn't think so.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bowdoin Lacrosse: Bowdoin tops Endicott, 7-5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rockland nabs pee-wee tournament title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adam Feener, Tommy Spaulding and Nate Mazanec.

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Weiss wins weight class at Youth Wrestling Classic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Midcoast grapplers find success at league championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mountain Valley earned the team sportsmanship award.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SPM’s Zenevitch a leader on and off field

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

SPM’s Zenevitch a leader on and off field



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SMCC host Gym Ratz 16u Clinic

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

Following report sent to Tom Nolette, MBR.ORG

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards, Marc Jobin, Maine Gym Ratz

MBR Girls Freshmen club team travelled to Springfield

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

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

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

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

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

Great job this weekend ladies!!

WIZ End of Season Player Rankings 2008

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


WIZ End of Season Player Rankings 2008

NOTE: Tell us on the messagboards LINK about players deserving of being recognized as a top player by grade

It's that time of year again folk's when The WIZ releases his End of Season Player Rankings.

Many hours have been spent compelling this list. The WIZ saw somewhere in the vicinity of 100-110 varsity level games again this year. This years list again is expanded to the Top 100 Seniors, Top 75 Juniors, Top 50 Sophomores and a list of 30 upcoming Top Freshmen that are un-ranked for a total of 255 players that are mentioned.

Keep in mind that there is somewhere around 2000 boys playing at the varsity level in the state so it would be nearly impossible to list every single player. The WIZ puts out these Top Player Rankings because the players deserve the recognition for their hard work in becoming the players that they are.

These Player Rankings are based on overall play throughout the past year including AAU, summer hoops and the H.S. season. When dealing with such a large number of players like this list there are players that could be missed. We do our best to get them all so if you feel any are missed please let us know.

Some interesting facts and figures from this years player rankings:

Link Top 25 State-wide

Link The Top 100 Seniors that are ranked 50 are from the East and 50 are from the West.

Link The Top 75 Juniors that are ranked 40 are from the East and 35 are from the West.

Link The Top 50 Sophomores that are ranked 29 are from the East and 21 are from the West.

Link Top Freshmen

Breakdown on where players are from:
Total ranked players 225 with 119 from the East and 106 from the West.
Also of the 225 Ranked Players:
103 are from Class A.
69 are from Class B.
35 are from Class C.
18 are from Class D.

The Top 30 upcoming Freshmen (Un-Ranked) 15 are from the East and 15 are from the West.
18 are from Class A.
10 are from Class B.
2 are from Class C.

WIZ Top 25 Players State Wide

1.Sam Leclerc----------Sr.-------------Winthrop
2.Jon McAllian----------Sr.-------------Bangor
3.Ryan Martin----------Sr.-------------Maranacook
4.Thomas Knight-------Jr.-------------Dirigo
5.Mick DiStasio--------Jr.-------------Cheverus
6.Ryan Weston---------Sr.-------------Bangor
7.Derek Libbey--------Sr.-------------Mattanawcook
8.Kyle Donovan-------Sr.-------------Deering
9.Keegan Hyland------So.------------South Portland
10.Kyle Philbrook-----Sr.------------Edward Little
11.Sean Bergeron------Sr.------------Kennebunk
12.James Morse-------Jr.-------------Thornton
13.Doug Alston--------Sr.------------Cheverus
14.Lee Suvlu-----------Sr.------------Bangor
15.Kris Noonan-------Sr.-------------Boothbay
16.Indiana Faithfull---So.------------Cheverus
17.Jeff Winnie---------Sr.------------Thornton
18.Andrew Pullen-----Sr.------------Cony
19.Gordan Fischer-----Jr.------------Camden
20.Adam Kingsbury---Sr.-----------Presque Isle
21.Ben Russell---------Jr.-----------Mt. Blue
22.Orlando Holmes---Sr.-----------Messalonskee
23.John Murphy-------Jr.-----------Yarmouth
24.Dominic Borelli----So.----------Westbrook
25.Sam Bell------------Sr.-----------Calais

WIZ To 100 Seniors (Class of 2008)

1.Sam Leclerc---------------Winthrop
2.Jon McAllian--------------Bangor
3.Ryan Martin---------------Maranacook
4.Ryan Weston--------------Bangor
5.Derek Libbey-------------Mattanawcook
6.Kyle Donovan-------------Deering
7.Kyle Philbrook------------Edward Little
8.Sean Bergeron------------Kennebunk
9.Doug Alston---------------Cheverus
10.Lee Sulvu-----------------Bangor
11.Kris Noonan--------------Boothbay
12.Andrew Pullen-----------Cony
13.Jeff Winnie---------------Thornton
14.Adam Kingsbury-------Presque Isle
15.Orlando Holmes--------Messalonskee
16.Sam Bell-----------------Calais
17.Mike Poulin-------------Maranacook
18.Marc Zaharchuk--------Richmond
19.Antonio Juco------------Hampden
20.Shaine Burks------------Cape Elizabeth
21.Eric Prue----------------Edward Little
22.Paul Campbell----------Camden Hills
23.Spencer Adams---------Greely
24.Will Bardaglio----------Maranacook
25.Kory Martin-------------Thornton
26.Eric Thistle--------------Skowhegan
27.Ethan Cushman---------John Bapst
28.Tom Ray-----------------Cape Elizabeth
29.Will Furbush------------South Portland
30.Mike Lowell------------Schenck
31.Shawn Dottsie----------Mt. Ararat
32.Colby Knapp-----------Dirigo
33.Rod Tirrell--------------Calais
34.Joe Dilworth-----------Yarmouth
35.Kyle Corrigan----------Caribou
36.Adam Bernstein--------Bangor
37.Kyle Sanborn-----------Westbrook
38.Reid Christian----------Freeport
39.Mike Foustoukos-------Gorham
40.Jake Longstaff-----------Portland
41.Owen Jones-------------Mountain Valley
42.Cameron York-----------Central Aroostook
43.Lucas O'Neil------------Waynflete
44.Christian Pieri-----------Camden Hills
45.Billy Zolpher------------Bangor
46.Mike Harmon-----------Portland
47.Colin Ciomei------------Deer Isle
48.Kyle Stilphen-----------Gardiner
49.Brad Haase--------------Hampden
50.Lucas Denning----------Yarmouth
51.Tim Gingras-------------Winthrop
52.Travis Gurrette----------Windham
53.Joe Gilbert---------------Mt. Blue
54.Joey Hunter--------------Washington Academy
55.Seth Dwyer---------------Orono
56.Cameron O'Brien--------Cony
57.Anthony Passmore-------Portland
58.Justin Brown-------------Hampden
59.Larry Foster--------------Winthrop
60.Casey McKague---------Bonny Eagle
61.Tim Stover----------------Boothbay
62.Josh Dibatisha-----------Mt. Ararat
63.Trevor Higgins-----------Traip
64.Chris Hughes-------------Scarborough
65.Ian Place------------------Cape Elizabeth
66.Ben Rosser----------------Caribou
67.Devon Costigan----------Lawrence
68.Dakota Greene-----------Thornton
69.Mike Lavalle-------------Gardiner
70.Dylan Smith--------------Camden Hills
71.Ben Hartnett--------------Edward Little
72.Andy Pogar---------------Scarborough
73.John Onesti---------------Bonny Eagle
74.Kevin Smith--------------Falmouth
75.Nick Wright--------------South Portland
76.Nate Burke---------------Hampden
77.Colin Cooper-------------Marshwood
78.Nate Peirce---------------Dexter
79.Liam Anderson-----------NYA
80.Colby Clark--------------South Aroostook
81.Andrew Arena-----------Gorham
82.Dewayne Alberte--------Portland
83.Jeremy Brock------------Easton
84.Mike Doyle--------------Falmouth
85.Jarryde Rossingnol------Caribou
86.Brandon Lancaster------Richmond
87.Erza Damm--------------Winthrop
88.Mamadou Ba------------Old Town
89.Chris Smith--------------Deering
90.Dan Scully---------------Brunswick
91.Gavin Cote---------------Dexter
92.Billy Colasante----------St. Doms
93.Brandon Moffett---------Oxford Hills
94.Trevor Miller-------------Valley
95.Jordan Singleton---------Seacoast Christian
96.Ben Doucette------------Van Buren
97.Dean McGrillis----------Mountain Valley
98.Derek Keller-------------Mt. View
99.Pak Lul-------------------NYA
100.Zach Cowatt------------Buckfield

WIZ Top 75 Juniors (Class of 2009)

1.Thomas Knight-----------Dirigo
2.Mick DiStasio------------Cheverus
3.James Morse-------------Thornton
4.Gordan Fischer----------Camden Hills
5.Ben Russell--------------Mt. Blue
6.John Murphy------------Yarmouth
7.John Klages--------------Freeport
8.Eddie Bogdanovich-----Portland
9.Ian Barwise--------------Cheverus
10.Ronald Abwoch--------Deering
11.Cal Shorey--------------Calais.
12.Russ Mortland----------Presque Isle
13.Alex Bowe-------------Cape Elizabeth
14.Jamie Sawyer----------Mt. Blue
15.Jordan Leeman---------Calais
16.Corey Therriault-------Edward Little
17.Hakeem Rodrique-----Lee Academy
18.Chris Young-----------Greely
19.Peter Foley------------Cheverus
20.Jarrid Palmer----------Lewiston
21.Jason Dennison-------Wiscasset
22.Eric Thayer------------Greely
23.Tyler Cummings-------Hall-Dale
24.Chad James------------Woodland
25.Dan Foster-------------Cheverus
26.Nate Dixon------------Windham
27.Phil Leighton----------Lake Region
28.Nick Baudansa--------Rockland
29.Manny Martinez------Central Aroostook
30.Cameron Neumann----Biddeford
31.Colby Hutchins--------Brewer
32.Doug Nash-------------Leavitt
33.Nate Doehler-----------Bonny Eagle
34.Luis Medina-----------Lee Academy
35.Alex Kee--------------Morse
36.Eric Goodwin---------Gardiner
37.Lincoln Dresser-------Rockland
38.Khadar Abbas---------Deering
39.Dominique Bailey----Edward Little
40.Ryan MacQueston----Windham
41.Greg O'Neil-----------Cony
42.Garrett Holt------------Erskine
43.Justin Staires-----------Mountain Valley
44.Jack Wyman-----------Falmouth
45.Brad Trask-------------Easton
46.Johnny Messina-------Cape Elizabeth
47.Dan Sheehan-----------York
48.Danny Hart------------Camden Hills
49.Brian Carville---------Cony
50.Matt Loubouskas------Mountain Valley
51.Matt Perkins-----------Lawrence
52.Will White-------------Cheverus
53.Alex Goldrup----------Medomak
54.Devon Garrity---------Maranacook
55.Ben Andreason--------Greely
56.Christian Hamilton----Westbrook
57.Kevin Hart-------------Winthrop
58.James Bates------------Houlton
59.Kevin Tarr--------------Hermon
60.Ian Philbrick-----------Scarborough
61.Jim Davis---------------Belfast
62.Conor Lawler-----------Cape Elizabeth
63.Brady Vose--------------Mattanawcook
64.Regan Flaherty----------Deering
65.Ben Sears----------------Woodland
66.Ebon Powers-------------Deer Isle
67.Alex Nivus------------Gardiner
68.Tyler Patterson--------Rockland
69.David Ketchan--------Winthrop
70.Devon Zamboni-------Mt. Blue
71.Brett Bradford---------Bangor Christian
72.David Dedmond-------Bucksport
73.Doug Sharpe-----------Fort Fairfield
74.Andrew Gendron------NYA
75.Teel Iverson------------Rockland

WIZ Top 50 Sophomores (Class of 2010)

1.Keegan Hyland----------South Portland
2.Indiana Faithfull---------Cheverus
3.Dominic Borelli---------Westbrook
4.Jacob Moore-------------Hampden
5.Stephano Mancini--------Falmouth
6.Andrew Dickey----------Cape Elizabeth
7.Trevor Tierney-----------Greely
8.Matt Lee------------------South Portland
9.Ben Teer------------------Washington Academy
10.Koang Thok-------------Portland
11.Lenny Cummings-------Cheverus
12.Colton Gross------------Hermon
13.Walter Stover-----------Portland
14.Noah Burdit------------Hampden
15.Nich Jobin--------------Westbrook
16.Eddie Tirabassi---------Deering
17.Paul Verville------------Skowhegan
18.Jim Philbrook-----------Edward Little
19.Jimmy Weffering-------Camden Hills
20.Joe Zukowski-----------Portland
21.Sam Thompson----------Greely
22.Dakota Sleeper----------South Aroostook
23.Josh Sangillo------------Windham
24.Alex MacKenzie--------Medomak
25.Evan Kenny--------------GNG
26.Luke Bartlet--------------Old Town
27.Ronnie Turner------------Lewiston
28.Nick Taylor--------------Windham
29.Jake Lachance-----------Cony
30.Austin Clark-------------Jay
31.Tyler Pelletier------------Mt. Ararat
32.Garrett Clemmer--------Windham
33.Jason Burns--------------Cony
34.Jordan Hoyt--------------Mt. Blue
35.Nate Carson--------------Brewer
36.Tyler Chaisson-----------Dirigo
37.Jordan Taylor------------Skowhegan
38.Caleb Giustra------------Medomak
39.Dylan Kingsbury---------Presque Isle
40.Ryan Backus-------------Mt. Blue
41.Nate Hennigan-----------Bangor
42.Jordan McGowen--------Skowhegan
43.Rachon Edgerton---------Brunswick
44.Tyler Bessette-------------Brewer
45.Nate Ackerson------------Presque Isle
46.Cal Winchester-----------Bangor
47.Ray Leach----------------Hall-Dale
48.Ryan Petros---------------Ellsworth
49.Nolan Turner-------------Hampden
50.Tim Levesque------------Oak Hill

Top 30 Up-coming Freshmen (Class of 2011)

(Players are listed in no particular order)

Cameron Brown----------Cape Elizabeth
Josh Walker---------------Mt. Ararat
Cam Shorey---------------Calais
Levi Lincoln--------------Hebron Academy
Andrew Wiles-Russell---Mt. Blue
Tyler McFarland---------Camden Hills
Jamie Ross----------------Deering
Ray Bessette--------------Brewer
Zach Blodget--------------Bangor
Graham Safford-----------Camden Hills
Nate Thistle---------------Skowhegan
James Ek------------------Portland
Zach Bean----------------Scarborough
Cameron Kaubris--------Mountain Valley
Andrew Shaw------------Thornton
Zach Gardiner------------Westbrook
Dennis Ross--------------Deering
Ryan Ecker---------------Rockland
Keegan Pierre------------Camden Hills
John Hardy---------------Deering
Mike McCann-----------Winslow
Brad Reed----------------Belfast
Josiah Hartley-----------Bangor
Alex Furness------------Wells
Nicholas Colucci--------Deering
Kyle Philbrick----------Scarborough
Joe Doane---------------Cape Elizabeth
Mekae Hyde-------------Lewiston
Joe Savino---------------Cheverus
Lucas Witham-----------Leavitt

Til' Next Time: The WIZ will be catching some of the AAU Tournaments including the AAU Nationals in Orlando again this summer.


’Cats hope to ‘win the last one’

Sport:   Posted: March 31st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

’Cats hope to ‘win the last one’


Many members of last year's Central Mass. Division 1 champions are back for Gardner.


The Gardner High softball team plans to take it one game at a time this season — all the way, it hopes, to the season’s final game.

The Wildcats defeated Shepherd Hill, 3-0, to win their second Central Mass. Division 1 championship in three years in June. Then they edged a very good Westfield squad, 1-0, before concluding a 20-6 campaign with a 6-0 loss to Taunton in the state final.

Gardner made its remarkable run — it opened the season with three losses — with a roster that had two seniors, only one of whom started. With so many talented players returning it’s easy to understand why the black and orange have blue-ribbon expectations.

“Everyone is really excited,” said catcher Jocelyn Goodale, a senior captain. “We were excited at the beginning of the (school) year.”

With that in mind, the Wildcats are sporting baseball-style T-shirts designed by Goodale. The orange lettering on the front reads: Win the Last One.

“I think that speaks volumes about where the girls want to be on the last day of the season,” said Howie Klash, who has been coaching the Wildcats since 1985.

Getting too far ahead of oneself generally isn’t advisable in athletics. Klash, though, is OK with letting his kids dream of winning it all three months from now at Rockwood Field in Worcester.

He draws his confidence from a series of quiet bus rides during last year’s wild playoff run. The fifth-seeded Wildcats recorded road wins over No. 4 Leominster, No. 1 Shrewsbury, No. 3 Shepherd Hill and Western Mass. champion Westfield, but you’d never have known it on the trip home.

“They were subdued types of bus rides,” Klash said. “You’d think there would have been a lot of noise. But the girls knew every game they won meant there was another game to be won.”

The Wildcats will, weather permitting, open the season April 9 at home against Shrewsbury. That’s the first challenge in a rugged non-league schedule that also includes Leominster, Holy Name, St. Peter-Marian, Notre Dame Academy, North Middlesex, Acton-Boxboro, and Western Mass. Division 3 champ Turners Falls. Whew.

Those teams, all of whom made the playoffs, were a combined 114-45 in the regular season a year ago. Add in a possible meeting with defending Division 2 state champion Hudson in the Hudson Tournament and 10 league games in the Mid-Wach B, which came within a win of sending five of its members to the playoffs, and there doesn’t appear to be any easy outs.

But Gardner does seem to have all the bases covered as they prepare to take the field .The Wildcats are experienced, talented, versatile and deep.

“One through nine I think we’re a tough out,” Klash said. “In clutch situations last year not one person carried us. A lot of people contributed.”

Senior Kayla Davis, a T&G Super Teamer who batted a league-leading .484, is a whiz at second base and junior Melissa Jalbert displays great range and a quick release at shortstop. Junior Erica Basile will be at first when she isn’t pitching and junior Becky Ellis and freshman Laura Gallagher provide Klash with two good options at third.

The outfield has senior Nikki Berube in left, senior Ashley Howe in center and sophomore Nikki Boris in right. Howe, who batted .369, is also a capable catcher should Goodale need a breather.

At the center of it all — this is, after all, softball — is pitcher Elyssa Boris.

The senior is one of the area’s best and is coming off a campaign in which she recorded 10 shutouts and two no-hitters, the second of which came in the state semifinals. Boris also batted .463, cementing her spot on the T&G Super Team.

“I’ve never had more confidence in anyone,” Davis said of her long-time teammate, the two having played ball together since they were tykes. “She has just never let me down, but she knows if she makes a mistake we’re behind her.”

That thought was seconded by Klash, who can also call on sophomore Julia Barrett to throw a few innings.

“Elyssa has confidence in the defense behind her,” he said. “She knows if the ball is put in play there will be someone there to make a play. She doesn’t have to go out there and strike out 14 or 15 players.”

Boris is headed to UMass-Lowell next year where she’ll join former Gardner standout Stacey Lajoie on the diamond. Davis is bound for Babson and Goodale for Worcester State while Boris and Howe are both contemplating playing in college. However, before they take their game to the next level they hope to leave Gardner having won the last one.

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Antonio Anderson' as ex-Tech star goes to Final Four

Sport:   Posted: March 31st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Antonio Anderson' as ex-Tech star goes to Final Four

By Steve Krause / The Daily Item

Memphis guards Andre Allen (15) and Antonio Anderson (5), the former Lynn Tech star, celebrate the Tigers' win over Texas. Anderson and his team will head to San Antonio next weekend for the NCAA semifinals against UCLA. PHOTO / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Harry Agganis ... Ken Hill ... Tony Thurman ... Antonio Anderson.

Yes, one can mention Antonio Anderson's name in the same breath as some of these other luminaries. For the former Lynn Tech star - and Item basketball player of the year - has reached one of the bonafide pinnacles of his sport.

He will in San Antonio next weekend when the Memphis Tigers play UCLA in the NCAA men's basketball Final Four.

Anderson, whose brother, Anthony, was one of Lynn English's greatest stars ever, scored nine points and handed out four assists in Sunday's suprisingly easy 85-67 win over Texas in the South regional final at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

The Tigers' tight schedule prevented Anderson from hooking up with The Item for an interview last night (they were on a plane heading back to Memphis by 8 p.m.), but Anderson's former coach, Marvin Avery, had plenty to say about him.

"From where he came from, from the streets of Lynn, he's just worked so hard," said Avery. Anderson was a junior in 2002 when the Tigers won the state championship. A year later, as a senior, he was The Item's Player of the Year.

"We're just so proud of him - not just the Tech family, but the Lynn family at large.

"He came to us as a sophomore," said Avery, referring to the team that went to the state final but lost to St. Joseph's of Pittsfield. "He just worked hard. Some people never thought he would make it."

But he has. In fact, in a team full of athletes and scorers, Anderson stands out as the point guard and quarterback.

"He knows what Coach Cal (Memphis coach John Calipari) expects," Avery said. "For a team as athletic as those guys are, it's fantastic that Antonio is the leader."

Avery said that when Calipari, who led UMass to the Final Four in 1995, recruited Anderson - who went to two different prep schools in two years - Avery gave him an honest (and glowing) assessment.

"I told him that Antonio would be a hard worker, that he wouldn't give him a hard time, and wouldn't give him any trouble off the court.

"Coming out of a vocational school, this is just fantastic," Avery said. "It's an unbelievable feeling."

Anderson is the first North Shore player to make college basketball's Final Four since former Salem standout Scoonie Penn did it at Ohio State in 1999.

Like Anderson, Penn also helped his team win a state championship.

Tis her season

Sport:   Posted: March 31st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Tis her season
Wade leads Taunton
By Lauren Malone   |   Sunday, March 30, 2008  |  http://www.bostonherald.com

Senior Erin Wade is back in the...
Photo by Matthew Healey.. Senior Erin Wade is back in the pitching circle this season, hoping to carry Taunton to another Division 1 state championship.

TAUNTON - Although there is no snow on the ground or sleigh bells in the air, it still feels like Christmas in March for the Taunton softball team.

“We wait for this day every year,” senior ace pitcher Erin Wade said. “When tryouts begin, it’s like opening presents on Christmas morning.”

The Tigers still are smiling after Wade shut out Gardner, 6-0, last season for their fourth Division 1 state championship.

“It was really exciting, especially with all of the people watching,” Wade said. “When we won I ran over to my catcher and jumped in her arms.”

With a crown on the shelf, the Tigers are refreshed and ready for Opening Day on Wednesday. The slate is clean and a batch of stiff competition awaits. But Wade isn’t concerned.

“Although we will play tough teams, our goal is to come out of our regular season with a perfect 22-0 record,” she said. “We’ll do it.”

If Wade says it, watch out. As captain of the Tigers in her last year of high school softball, she is ready to blaze a path to perfection before she heads off the college.

The Hofstra-bound ace posted her sixth career no-hitter last year against Bridgewater-Raynham and knocked in two runs for a big win. Her overall record was 23-2, and she had an almost invisible ERA of 0.08.

Not only is she a feared pitcher, but she can hit balls over the fence. She posted a .403 batting average with 25 RBI and two home runs.

“I think she gives the team a tremendous amount of confidence,” Taunton coach Dave Lewry said. “We have a shot at every game because Erin is on the mound. Offensively, she puts big numbers on the board, too, which makes the other team nervous.”

Wade boasts a confidence that radiates through the team.

“She keeps us grounded,” teammate Jessica Moitoza said. “I’ve known her since I was 9. She is a great friend, teammate and captain.”

When Wade was 5, she started to play T-ball in her backyard. Her father coached Taunton recreation softball and after playing on three traveling summer league teams, she has gained valuable experience on and off the mound.

“It was tough making the transition coaching-wise,” Wade said. “I was so comfortable with my dad teaching me that it was really different at first.”

In her freshman year, she settled down and found her niche as a closer. Then their star senior pitcher got hurt, pushing Wade into the rotation quicker than she imagined.

“I knew she could pitch at the varsity level, so we put her in the starting rotation,” Lewry said.

The rest is history. After all the years of playing softball, Wade pinpoints being pulled up as a starter at 14 as her greatest highlight.

“Erin has the same bulldog mentality now as she had back at 14,” Lewry said. “We played Milton in the tournament her freshman year and we went into extra innings. We lost, but she pitched the whole game. That was her signature moment, and I knew we were in for great things the next few years after that.”

All high school softball teams will need to adjust to the relocation of the pitching rubber, which has moved from 40 to 43 feet for the 2008 season. This will give the offense a slight advantage because batters have a longer reaction time to the pitch. But because of Wade’s summer experience she is used to it.cw2

“It really won’t affect me at all,” she said. “I’ve pitched from 43 feet plenty of times.”

Wade’s infectious personality is hard to ignore. She is a team player who loves every minute of the game. She is a captain who keeps the spirit alive and brings the Tigers to victory season after season.cw0

“I can get frustrated with myself sometimes, but I still come out here and give it my all every day,” Wade said. “I expect to see the same from my teammates.”

And what game would be complete without a pregame superstition?

“I always have to have an orange bow tied in my hair,” Wade said. “And it has to be tied by the same teammate. I can’t play without it.”

Based on her record, it appears the superstition is paying off.
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