Boston High School: Cross-country

Snapshot: Latest early NLI signees

November, 17, 2014
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With the National Letter of Intent early signing period coming to a close this week, here are the latest signings across Massachusetts:

Snapshot: Scenes from NLI early signing day

November, 12, 2014
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The best moment from the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period today was one that technically didn't even count.

The Ivy League has a long-standing policy of not recognizing NLI's, and so Newton North outfielder and Columbia commit Ben Porter took matters into his own hands with this creative little stunt:



A tip of the cap to Mr. Porter. Here are some of the other great moments from today's start of the early signing period:

NMH's Hussein named Gatorde XC Runner of Year

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In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Mohamed Hussein of Northfield Mount Hermon School as its 2013-14 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Hussein is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Northfield Mount Hermon School.

The 5-foot-6, 130-pound senior raced the New England Preparatory School Track Association Division I individual championship this past season with a time of 16:06. A First Team All-NEPSTA selection, Hussein earned 14th place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 16:01.1.

Hussein has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s Debate Team, Business Club and Model Senate, he has volunteered locally on behalf of a food bank and as a peer tutor.

“Mohamed Hussein has quickly become a leader in our school as well as a top runner,” said Northfield Mount Hermon head coach Grant Gonzalez. “He is sincerely beloved by his peers and is one of the kindest, most caring students I have had the privilege of knowing in my career.”

Hussein will attend Amherst College this fall, where he will compete in cross country and track and field.

Hussein joins Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year Jonathan Green (2012-13, St. John's High School), Wesley Gallagher (2011-12, Pembroke High School), John Murray (2010-11, Shrewsbury High School), Patrick McGowan (2009-10, Mansfield), Mike Moverman (2008-09, Oliver Ames), and Robert Gibson (2007-08, Brookline) as athletes who have won the cross country award since its inception in 2007.

Here are the winners for the five other New England states:

CONNECTICUT: ALEX OSTBERG, DARIEN

The 5-foot-6, 115-pound junior raced to the Class L state championship this past season with a time of 15:34, leading the Blue Wave to the state title as a team. Ostberg finished third at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships and took 11th nationally at the NXN Final, in 15:31. He also won the Bethel Invitational, finished second at the New England Cross Country Championships and was third at the State Open championships.

Ostberg has maintained a 4.01 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as an emergency medical technician.

“This was the first year that Alex was actually healthy for championship season,” said Darien coach Tyson Kaczmarek. “He’s one of the most dedicated and hard-working athletes I have ever coached. He does all the extra things a runner can do to be their best.”

Ostberg will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

RHODE ISLAND: COLIN TIERNEY, BISHOP HENDRICKEN

The 6-foot senior distance runner raced to the state’s open individual championship with a time of 15:49.01 this past season, leading the Hawks to a sixth consecutive state title as a team. A two-time First Team All-State selection as named by the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Track Coaches Association, Tierney also won the Class A championships in 15:32.24. He captured fifth place at the New England Cross Country Championships in 15:17.10, and then took 11th at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 16:01.8.

Tierney has maintained a 3.15 GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s peer ministry and mentoring initiatives, he volunteered on behalf of his church’s youth group, The One Fund, the Special Olympics and the Making a Difference Foundation. He has also traveled on six service-mission trips along the Eastern seaboard.

“Colin continues to impress me every day with his intense work ethic and never-quit attitude in every race,” said Bishop Hendricken head coach Jim Doyle. “I have never seen an athlete with his incredible determination and ability to accomplish his goals. He is a standout athlete who also is a student, a gentlemen and a friend to his teammates and competitors. He has amazing potential for greatness and he has the talent, attitude, will and work ethic to make good things happen in his college running career.”

Tierney remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: JEREMY BRASSARD, COE-BROWN NORTHWOOD

The 5-foot-11 senior distance runner raced to a second consecutive Meet of Champions individual title with a time of 15:50 this past season, leading the Bears to third place as a team. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, Brassard also won a second straight Division II individual championship in 15:51. The two-time Runner of the Year as named by the Union Leader, Concord Monitor, Foster’s Daily Democrat and New Hampshire Cross Country Coaches Association, Brassard captured 10th place at the New England Cross Country Championships in 15:48.10. He took 22nd at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 16:18.7.

Brassard has maintained a B average in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as part of food drives for the needy and community cleanup efforts, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, the Special Olympics, Court Appointed Special Advocates and The Way Home, an affordable housing non-profit.

“Beyond the obvious data that shows him being New Hampshire’s top boys’ runner, he’s an example of sportsmanship and positive character,” said Dave Irving, head coach of rival Merrimack Valley High. “Jeremy has shown nothing but the utmost respect for all athletes I’ve seen him interact with. Any desire to win is immediately set aside upon crossing the finish line, and he’s often congratulating finishers from second to 100th place. He is absolutely the kind of runner I would love to coach on my own team.”

Brassard has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois beginning this fall.

MAINE: JOSEF HOLT-ANDREWS, TELSTAR REGIONAL

The 6-foot-1 senior distance runner raced to the Class C individual state championship with a time of 17:00.87 this past season. Also the Runner of the Year as named by the Portland Press Herald, Holt-Andrews took third place at the New England Cross Country Championships in 15:12.90. He placed fifth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 15:36.8, and then captured All-American honors with a 10th-place finish at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:30.

Holt-Andrews has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. He has donated his time as a peer tutor and youth running instructor.

“I’ve watched his confidence and personal growth really take off over the past four years,” said Nick Scott, head coach of rival Boothbay Region High. “He has always been a very talented runner, but even amid his success appeared hungry for more. Each of his four years, he has steadily increased his athletic abilities and capped off his senior cross-country season in an absolutely tremendous way. As an opposing coach, I have the highest respect for Josef.”

Holt-Andrews remain undecided upon a collegiate destination.

VERMONT: SAM NISHI, HARWOOD UNION

The 5-foot-7, 125-pound junior raced to the Division 2 individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:34.8, leading the Highlanders to the state title as a team. Nishi also won the NVAC Championships, the Burlington Invitational and the Jim Smith Invitational. He was the top Vermont finisher at the New England Cross Country Championships, 19th overall, and at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships, 31st overall.

Nishi has maintained a 4.13 GPA in the classroom. Also a standout Nordic skier, Nishi has volunteered locally on behalf of a food pantry and youth running programs.

“Sam has a unique ability to peak at the most opportune time,” said Harwood coach John Kerrigan. “His best races occur during the most important events.”

Nishi will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

PA's Shehadeh is Gatorade girls' Runner of the Year

January, 9, 2014
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The Gatorade state Girls' Cross Country Runners of the Year were announced Wednesday, and Phillips Andover junior Anoush Shehadeh was named Massachusetts' recipient.

Here's more from the release:

In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Anoush Shehadeh of Phillips Academy as its 2013-14 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Shehadeh is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Phillips Academy.

The 5-foot-3 junior captured second place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships this past season with a time of 17:32.3. Shehadeh also qualified for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where she finished fourth, crossing the line in 17:35 to earn All-American honors. A two-time New England Preparatory School Track Association individual champion in cross country, she captured her second straight NEPSTA Division I title this past fall, breaking the tape in 17:38 and leading the Big Blues to third place as a team.

Shehadeh has maintained a 4.5 GPA on a 6-point scale in the classroom. An accomplished oboist and guitarist, she has volunteered locally as a math and science tutor and as a childcare volunteer.

“Anoush Shehadeh is one of the strongest and most consistent athletes to come through our running program,” said Phillips Academy head coach Rebecca Hession. “She has incredible self-discipline and a true passion for competition. She pushed herself to new limits during the interscholastic season, which prepared her to face regional and national competition with poise and confidence.”

MSTCA cross country poll update

October, 14, 2013
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The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association released the fourth edition of its cross country Top 20 polls of the regular season earlier today.

Here's a look at the statewide rankings, courtesy of MileSplit:

BOYS LARGE SCHOOL
1 Cambridge
2 Newton North
3 Mansfield
4 Peabody
5 St John's (Shewsbury)
6 Lowell
7 Lincoln-Sudbury
8 St John's Prep
9 Lexington
10 Shewsbury
11 Chelmsford
12 Methuen
13 Amherst
14 Brookline
15 Marshfield
16 Wellesley
17 Needham
18 Wachusett
19 Nashoba
20 Minnechaug

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL
1 Pembroke
2 Tewksbury
3 Newburyport
4 Hopedale
5 Hamilton-Wenham
6 Seekonk
7 Bedford
8 Wakefield
9 Marblehead
10 Weston
11 Pentucket
12 Coyle-Cassidy
13 Manchester-Essex
14 Swampscott
15 Burlington
16 Sandwich
17 Mt. Greylock
18 Lenox
19 Martha's Vineyard
20 Hoosac Valley

GIRLS LARGE SCHOOL
1 Bishop Feehan
2 Lincoln-Subury
3 Needham
4 Lowell
5 Weymouth
6 Newton South
7 Notre Dame (Hingham)
8 Lexington
9 Beverly
10 Newton North
11 Peabody
12 Wellesley
13 Shepherd Hill
14 Dracut
15 Wachusett
16 Whitman-Hanson
17 Hopkinton
18 Amherst
19 Nashoba
20 Walpole

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL
1 Tyngsborough
2 Hamilton-Wenham
3 Marblehead
4 Dover-Sherborn
5 Weston
6 Bedford
7 Ursuline
8 Wakefield
9 Notre Dame (Worcester)
10 Manchester-Essex
11 Holliston
12 Monument Mountain
13 Lenox
14 Mt. Greylock
15 Newburyport
16 Arlington Catholic
17 West Bridgewater
18 Westwood
19 Quabbin
20 Sutton

Dunleavy named Beverly boys' track coach

October, 9, 2013
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Beverly High athletic director James Coffey announced today in a press release that Panthers cross country coach Sean Dunleavy has also been named head coach of the boys' winter indoor track team.

Here's more from today's release:
In the early 2000's Coach Dunleavy served as the cross-country coach at Endicott College for three years. In college, Sean ran four years at the University of Maine. Coach Dunleavy is a 6th grade teacher at the Holten-Richmond Middle School in Danvers, MA and he resides in Beverly.

"We are extremely excited to have Coach Dunleavy take over our boy's indoor program. Sean has an extensive background in athletics, particularly cross-country and track which includes high school and collegiate experience. Sean fits right in with our Beverly High School athletic philosophy. He is the right person to take this program forward."

Updated MSTCA cross country rankings

October, 8, 2013
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The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association released the third edition of its cross country Top 20 polls of the regular season on Tuesday

Here's a look at the statewide rankings, courtesy of MileSplit:

BOYS LARGE SCHOOL

1 Cambridge
2 Newton North
3 Mansfield
4 Peabody
5 Lowell
6 St John's (Shewsbury)
7 Lexington
8 St John's Prep
9 Shewsbury
10 Lincoln-Sudbury
11 Chelmsford
12 Methuen
13 Amherst
14 Marshfield
15 Wellesley
16 Needham
17 Reading
18 Masconomet
19 Minnechaug
20 Nashoba

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL

1 Pembroke
2 Tewksbury
3 Newburyport
4 Hopedale
5 Hamilton-Wenham
6 Seekonk
7 Bedford
8 Wakefield
9 Marblehead
10 Weston
11 Pentucket
12 Coyle-Cassidy
13 Manchester-Essex
14 Swampscott
15 Burlington
16 Sandwich
17 Mt. Greylock
18 Lenox
19 Martha's Vineyard
20 Hoosac Valley

GIRLS LARGE SCHOOL

1 Bishop Feehan
2 Lowell
3 Weymouth
4 Needham
5 Newton South
6 Lincoln Sudbury
7 Notre Dame (Hingham)
8 Peabody
9 Beverly
10 Lexington
11 Wellesley
12 Newton North
13 Shepherd Hill
14 Dracut
15 Wachusett
16 Whitman-Hanson
17 Amherst
18 Nashoba
19 Walpole
20 Hopkinton

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL

1 Tyngsborough
2 Hamilton Wenham
3 Marblehead
4 Dover Sherbon
5 Bedford
6 Weston
7 Ursuline
8 Notre Dame (Worcester)
9 Wakefield
10 Holliston
11 Lenox
12 Mt Greylock
13 Arlington Catholic
14 Newburyport
15 Sutton
16 West Bridgewater
17 Westwood
18 Lynfield
19 Parker
20 Douglas

Latest MSTCA cross country rankings

September, 30, 2013
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The Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association released the second Top 20 polls of the regular season earlier this morning.

Here's a look at the statewide rankings, courtesy of MileSplit:

BOYS LARGE SCHOOL DIV. 1
1 Cambridge
2 Newton North
3 Mansfield
4 Peabody
5 Lowell
6 St. John's (Shewsbury)
7 Lexington
8 St. John's Prep
9 Shewsbury
10 Lincoln Sudbury
11 Chelmsford
12 Methuen
13 Amherst
14 Marshfield
15 Wellesley
16 Needham
17 Reading
18 Masconomet
19 Minnechaug
20 Nashoba

BOYS SMALL SCHOOL DIV. 2
1 Pembroke
2 Tewksbury
3 Newburyport
4 Hopedale
5 Hamilton-Wenham
6 Seekonk
7 Bedford
8 Wakefield
9 Marblehead
10 Weston
11 Pentucket
12 Coyle-Cassidy
13 Manchester-Essex
14 Swampscott
15 Burlington
16 Sandwich
17 Mt. Greylock
18 Lenox Memorial
19 Martha's Vineyard
20 Hoosac Valley

GIRLS LARGE SCHOOL DIV. 1
1 Bishop Feehan
2 Lowell
3 Weymouth
4 Needham
5 Newton South
6 Lincoln-Sudbury
7 Notre Dame (Hingham)
8 Peabody
9 Beverly
10 Lexington
11 Wellesley
12 Newton North
13 Shepherd Hill
14 Dracut
15 Wachusett
16 Whitman-Hanson
17 Amherst
18 Nashoba
19 Walpole
20 Hopkinton

GIRLS SMALL SCHOOL DIV. 2
1 Tyngsborough
2 Hamilton-Wenham
3 Marblehead
4 Dover-Sherbon
5 Bedford
6 Weston
7 Ursuline
8 Notre Dame (Worcester)
9 Wakefield
10 Holliston
11 Lenox
12 Mt. Greylock
13 Arlington Catholic
14 Newburyport
15 Sutton
16 West Bridgewater
17 Westwood
18 Lynfield
19 Parker
20 Douglas

Peters, Riley to join MIAA as assistant directors

August, 2, 2013
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The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) yesterday announced the hiring of James Peters and Rich Riley as part-time assistant directors.

Here is the full release, courtesy of communications director Nathan Bonneau:



Franklin, MA – James Peters and Richard Riley will join the MIAA team as part-time Assistant Executive Directors in mid-August. Recent retirements have afforded the MIAA an opportunity to utilize the many years of educational and athletic leadership that both James Peters and Richard Riley offer. These two leaders have worked with the MIAA for years, serving many different roles, to enhance the high school experience for student-athletes across the state.

James Peters retired as Principal from Monson High School in 2011 after a distinguished career as coach, teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and principal. Furthermore, Mr. Peters served as MIAA President from 2007-2009, MIAA Board of Directors from 2004-2011, State Basketball Committee Chairman from 2001-2011, and several other leadership positions within the MIAA throughout his career. In 2011 Mr. Peters was awarded the MIAA Distinguished Service Award and most recently, in 2012, he was awarded the Sherman A. Kinney Award. Each of these awards represents one of the highest honors the MIAA offers.

Richard Riley retired as Athletic Director from St. Peter-Marian Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School in 2012 after two years of service. Prior to this role, Mr. Riley worked at Marlborough High School as a coach, teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and athletic directorstarting in 1975. Mr. Riley brings his extensive knowledge of both athletic director training and coaches education instruction to the MIAA. During Mr. Riley’s tenure at both St. Peter-Marian Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School and Marlborough High School he has served on several MIAA committees, including Coaches Education Instruction and Educational Athletics, as well as hosted and managed MIAA tournament events.

James Peters, District F, and Richard Riley, District E, have long standing relationships in the western and central parts of the state, which will further improve the MIAA’s representation and service to all sections of Massachusetts. The additions of James Peters and Richard Riley will benefit the MIAA as they work collectively towards providing the best possible high school experience for the thousands of student-athletes, coaches, and school administrators in Massachusetts.


Bill Gaine named MIAA Executive Director

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The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association has tapped former Deputy Executive Director Bill Gaine to replace Dick Neal as Executive Director, effective July 1.

Gaine had previously served as the MIAA's Deputy Executive Director from 1994 to June 2012.

The MIAA released the following statement on Gaine's appointment:



Franklin, MA June 12, 2013 - William N. Gaine, Jr., the former Deputy Executive Director of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA), has been chosen as the Executive Director of the two organizations. The announcement was made by Ann Knell, President of the MSSAA and Brian McCann, President of the MIAA who chaired the search committee to select a new leader.

Mr. Gaine succeeds Richard F. Neal who has served as Executive Director for 34 years. The appointment is effective July 1.

Mr. Gaine was formerly the Deputy Executive Director, a position he held from 1994 until June, 2012 when he retired. Following his retirement he continued to serve the two Associations in a part-time position.

"We had many excellent candidates express an interest in the Executive Director's position" Ms. Knell and Mr. McCann said. "However, Bill Gaine with his 34 years of experience was uniquely qualified. He will enable the two organizations to transition to a new leader without missing a beat. We are fortunate he decided to come back to full-time employment and accept this position."

Mr. Gaine joined the Associations as Assistant Executive Director in October, 1979 and has had major responsibility in the areas of student eligibility, as well as student/athlete health and safety initiatives over the years. He also had executive responsibility for all phases of management for most Association-sponsored sports.

The Presidents further stated that, "Bill Gaine has been an incredible leader of MIAA and MSSAA for almost their entire histories. There are few people indeed who could have had as much impact on more young people and their education than Bill has had in his more than three decades of leadership and service. He has positively impacted students, schools, and their leaders throughout the State and the Nation. Bill Gaine has earned a national reputation for vision, leadership, and determination to get the most and best out of every situation and person".

Mr. Gaine has been the architect and catalyst for the development and growth of the MIAA's Student Services Program which includes Sportsmanship, Wellness, Leadership, Community Service and Coaches' Education. The MIAA and Mr. Gaine have been recognized statewide and nationally for creating programming focused on student athletes that enrich their interscholastic experience through a curriculum of educational athletics.

Among the initiatives Mr. Gaine established to advance these programs are relationships and partnerships with the Anti-Defamation League, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Governor's Alliance Against Drugs, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Partnership for a Drug-free America, and the Center of Sport at Northeastern University. Mr. Gaine founded the MIAA's Partners in Prevention, a network of over 65 prevention agencies in Massachusetts to assist schools with prevention and healthy lifestyle resources for students.

As Deputy Executive Director of the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA), the professional association of approximately 1,200 principals and assistant principals throughout Massachusetts, Bill has contributed to the remarkable growth of that organization since the 1970s.

A resident of Ashland, Mr. Gaine has served on the South Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical School committee for two decades. In addition, his community service at the local level has included several committee initiatives at Ashland High School, as well as years of service at coaching and administration for Ashland softball and baseball.


MIAA announces Coach of the Year recipients

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The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has announced its recipients in each sport for its Coach of the Year awards. Each coach will be recognized at the third annual MIAA Coach of the Year/Student-­Athlete of the Month banquet on Wednesday, May 29.

Below are the winners:



Chris Gould, Amherst - Boys' Outdoor Track
Robert L'Homme, Bishop Feehan - Girls' Cross Country
Thomas Rivet, Chicopee - Boys Soccer
Donald Savi, Dedham - Girls Soccer
Chris Sweet, Duxbury - Boys Lacrosse
Friend Weiler, Duxbury - Girls Ice Hockey
Kirk Fredericks, LincolnSudbury - Baseball
Alyssa Schatzel, Masconomet - Girls Volleyball
Brenda Sullivan, Maynard - Field Hockey
Michael Kirby, Narragansett - Softball
Robert Ryan, New Bedford - Boys Tennis
Wayne Griffin, North Attleborough - Wrestling
Paul Worth, North Shore Tech - Football
Jose Rocha, Peabody - Boys' Cross Country
Shawn Thornton, Pope John XXIII - Girls Basketball
Jeff Nelson, Reading - Boys' Golf
Mark Pierce, St. Bernard's - Boys Basketball


New England Roundup: Maine

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Max McHugh, a standout soccer and girls' basketball player at Central High School, suffered a broken leg recently as the result of a head-on auto accident. Shortly after, the school had a “white-out” night at a home game, where fans were asked to wear white in support of McHugh and her family.

MaineMcHugh was a key figure in Central’s Class C state championship last season. She played solid defense on Hall-Dale’s Carylanne Wolfington (now a freshman at Colby College) and hit two free throws with 11.4 seconds left for the final points in Central’s 40-39 victory.

The driver of the other car was Tanya Clement, of Corinth. The Bangor Daily News reported that Clement’s 6-year-old daughter was still hospitalized eight days later from her injuries as a result of the accident.

Bangor television station WABI reported that according to the police report, “McHugh admitted she was changing a song on her I-pod and not paying attention.”

GOODRICH WINS FITZPATRICK TROPHY
Cheverus star Donald Goodrich won the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, given annually to the top senior football player in the state. Goodrich, who ranks 58th in a class of 122 students, played two years at Cheverus after transferring from York following his sophomore year.

Goodrich rushed for 8.65 yards per carry, 1,722 yards, and 22 touchdowns this season. On defense, he had seven sacks. Cheverus had won 34 consecutive games before losing to eventual Class A state champion Thornton in the state final.

The other finalists for the award were Sanford’s Alex Shain and Cony’s Chandler Shostak. Shain rushed for over 1,400 yards and scored 28 touchdowns, while Shostak had 58 receptions for 853 yards and 12 touchdowns, while also intercepting 11 passes on defense.

TRACK AND FIELD ONLINE
Track and cross country coach Derek Veilleux has created an outstanding website for Maine high school track and field at http://me.milesplit.com. Veilleux coaches the Scarborough boys in indoor and outdoor track, and Cape Elizabeth in cross country.

Veilleux told the Morning Sentinel he spends about 30 to 40 hours per week putting information on the site. He also frequently updates his Twitter account (@MaineTrackXC).

“I’ve got a regular full-time job, and then I coach in the afternoon,” Veilleux told the Sentinel. “This is done late at night and early in the morning.”

The site has regular updates, as well as lists of the top times and performances across the state in each event. Several athletes also contribute blogs. One of those is written by Waterville’s Bethanie Brown, who was recently named Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year for Maine and will be heading to the University of Connecticut in the fall. Brown was the first Maine high school girl to run a mile in undr 5 minutes in a competition.

Brunswick’s Alex Nichols, the defending Class A indoor boys champion in the 400 meters, also blogs for the site. Here’s an excerpt from his latest blog:

“Oh but wait, that sounds like a boring meet doesn’t it? You’re right, it was. That is until our bus, cruising at 50 mph down the highway, was assaulted by a large turkey. ... A turkey had crashed directly into the bus windshield, shattering it, and hitting the bus so hard that the rear-view mirror INSIDE the bus had been shattered. We slowed down and pulled off to the side of the highway to wait for another bus, which took approximately an hour. While we were waiting, an SUV came flying down the highway towards us. I don’t understand how it is even possible not to see a school bus on the highway, but he jerked out of the way at the last second, spun a full 360 degrees, and ended up in the snow bank 200 meters in front of us. For those of you who don’t know how far 200 meters is, you’re on the wrong website. Anyways, we finally got home in one piece and went out to eat. I obviously got a turkey sandwich.”

LOAN MEASURE AT NOKOMIS FAILS
Regional School Unit 19, which includes Nokomis Regional High School, recently asked voters in its eight communities to approve a $2.9 million loan. The communities denied a $3.6 million loan on Election Day. After making approximately $750,000 in cuts, RSU 19 asked for the reduced loan.

Among the cuts originally slated were all sub-varsity sports at the high school in winter and spring sports, and travel to away games for winter and spring varsity teams. The teams and travel were all restored for this school year by private fundraising.

EASTERN A GIRLS' BASKETBALL UP FOR GRABS
Whoever wins the Eastern A tournament will be a huge underdog against Catherine McAuley High School. The Lions are the defending state champions, and have three talented six-footers, as well as one of the state’s best point guards in Allie Clement.

But the team that comes out of the East will have the advantage in number of close games. There are at least six and as many as nine teams that are more or less even, depending on the day. Every team in the league has at least three losses.

Mt. Blue is one of the league’s favorites. Within the span of a week, the Cougars defeated previously unbeaten Mt. Ararat by making all 18 of their foul shots over the final three minutes, then lost in double overtime to a .500 Skowhegan team, then edged Brewer, another .500 team, in overtime. And Skowhegan? Three days after knocking off Mt. Blue to earn a leg up on one of the final playoff spots, the Indians lost 56-51 to Hampden, which was 0-11 entering the game.

Cony is holding on to the final playoff spot at 7-6. The Rams got that high by defeating Edward Little, a team that was 10-2 at that point. Cony also lost to Lawrence, 51-50, on a 23-foot 3-point heave by freshman Dominqiue Lewis with two seconds left. Cony has no one taller in its regular rotation than 5-foot-8 Josie Lee, but the Rams take about to 25 to 30 3-pointers per game, and the tournament is played a few miles from their school at the Augusta Civic Center.

No. 1 seed Edward Little is 10-3, with those three losses by a total of eight points. In contrast, Presque Isle is the top-ranked team in Eastern B. The Wildcats are 13-0, and exactly one of those wins has been by less than 25 points.
In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Jonathan Green of St. John's High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Green is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from St. John's High School.

The 5-foot-10, 145-pound senior raced to his second straight Division I individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:29.6. A three-time First Team All-State selection, Green earned second place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships, crossing the line in 15:36.8. He went on to finish 22nd at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:45.

Green has maintained a B average in the classroom. A devoted parishioner in his church community, he has volunteered locally as a youth cross country and track and field coach.

“I am extremely impressed by everything I have seen from Jonathan Green,” said Brian Wallace, head coach at Wachusett Regional High. “We have competed against him quite a bit and he always approaches the sport with class in addition to being an exceptional runner.”

Green has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Georgetown University beginning this fall.

Green joins Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year Wesley Gallagher (2011-12, Pembroke High School), John Murray (2010-11, Shrewsbury High School), Patrick McGowan (2009-10, Mansfield), Mike Moverman (2008-09, Oliver Ames), and Robert Gibson (2007-08, Brookline) as athletes who have won the cross country award since its inception in 2007.

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Here are the winners from the five other New England states:

CONNECTICUT: HENRY WYNNE, STAPLES

The 6-foot-3 senior raced to the State Open championship this past season with a time of 15:49. Wynne also captured the Class LL state title, also in 15:49, and finished first at the Wickham Park Invitational, the Windham Invitational and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Championships.

Wynne has maintained a 3.20 GPA in the classroom. A student ambassador in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of community road races.

“You won’t find anyone who works harder or is more dedicated to reaching his goals,” said Staples head coach Laddie Lawrence. “He’s established several school records and he’s knocking on the door of several more.”

Wynne has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at the University of Virginia beginning this fall.

RHODE ISLAND: TREVOR CAWLEY, CUMBERLAND

The 5-foot-8 senior raced to the All-State Meet individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:39.47, leading the Clippers to fifth place as a team. A First Team All-State selection as named by the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Track Coaches Association, Crawley also won the Class A individual title in 15:52.20. Crawley captured second place at the New England Championships with a time of 16:14.21, placed sixth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championships in 15:47.3 and finished 38th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. He concluded his senior season unbeaten against Rhode Island competition.

Also a track standout, Crawley has maintained a B average in the classroom. In addition to participating in the National Guard’s youth leadership program, he has volunteered on behalf of Cumberland’s recreation department, where he has also donated his time as a youth track and soccer instructor.

“Trevor is a very dedicated, internally motivated young man,” said Cumberland head coach Thomas Kenwood. “He wants to win and pushes himself each and every day in practice and races. He is goal-oriented, sets high standards for himself and so far has attained the goals.”

Crawley remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: JEREMY BRASSARD, COE-BROWN NORTHWOOD ACADEMY

The 6-foot junior raced to the Meet of Champions individual title this past season with a time of 15:46.1. Also the Runner of the Year as named by the Union Leader, Concord Monitor, Foster’s Daily Democrat and New Hampshire Cross Country Coaches Association, Brassard also won the Division II individual championship in 16:08. Brassard captured a state-best 19th place at the New England Championships in 16:52.77 and finished 74th at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 17:11.7. He concluded the regular season unbeaten against New Hampshire competition.

Also a track standout, Brassard has maintained a B average in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as part of food drives and community cleanup efforts, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America, the Special Olympics, Court Appointed Special Advocates and The Way Home, an affordable-housing non-profit.

“Jeremy has overcome challenges not only to become one of the best athletes in the Northeast, but more importantly, has learned the value of citizenship and has given back tenfold,” said Coe-Brown coach Tim Cox. “Running-wise, while working a full-time camp counselor job away from home this past summer, Jeremy would do most of his training at 5 a.m. This is what separated him athletically from his peers.”

Brassard will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

MAINE: DANIEL CURTIS, ELLSWORTH

The 5-foot-11 junior raced to the Class B individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:47.52, leading the Eagles to fourth place as a team. Also the Runner of the Year as named by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Curts placed 17th at the New England Championships in 16:49.88 and finished 25th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 16:20.8. He captured third place at the 2010 and 2011 Class B state meets in his freshman and sophomore seasons.

Also a track standout, Curts has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. In addition to donating hundreds of hours as a summer camp counselor, he has volunteered at the annual Mount Desert Island Marathon and as part of Welcome to My Home, a homelessness outreach and advocacy initiative.

“With his enthusiasm and work ethic, people just follow him,” said Ellsworth athletic director Jay Brown. “He’s a leader on the team. Along with Dan being a great athlete, he’s a great representative of our school. He’s so appreciative of all his accolades and everything he’s achieved. By the same token, he’s an ambassador for our school. The things he’s done are great for us. He gives our school a great name. He doesn’t have a bad quality about him.”

Curts will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

VERMONT: DANIEL GROSVENOR, MONTPELIER

The 5-foot-8 senior raced to the Division 2 individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:39.3, leading the Solons to fifth place as a team. Grosvenor finished 10th at the New England Cross Country Championships and captured 13th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships. He earned victories at the Essex Invitational, the Woods Trail Run and the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference Mountain Division Championships.

Grosvenor has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as an elementary school mentor and a wilderness safety instructor. He has also served on his school’s student council.

“Daniel had an extraordinary 2011, his first year running cross country, and he made significant improvement this year as a senior,” said Montpelier coach Tim Noonan. “He was committed, enthusiastic and a hard worker throughout the season.”

Grosvenor remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

New England Runners of the Year announced

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The Gatorade state girls' cross country Runners of the Year award were announced on Thursday.

Here are the winners from across the region:

CONNECTICUT: BRIANNA LENEHAN, SR., NORWICH FREE ACADEMY
The 5-foot-2 senior raced to the State Open championship this past season with a time of 19:09. Lenehan also won the Class LL state title in 18:51 and took first at the Eastern Connecticut Conference Championships. She earned a ninth–place finish at the New England Cross Country Championships.

Lenehan has maintained a 3.91 GPA in the classroom. Also a nationally-ranked Irish step dancer, she has volunteered locally on behalf of both youth running events and toy drives for underprivileged children.

“Brianna was phenomenal this year,” said Norwich Free Academy head coach Kara Kochanski-Vendola. “She was very focused on what she had to do to be successful and she put in so much hard work, not just in season, but all summer.”

Lenehan will attend Columbia University this fall, where she will compete in cross country and track and field.

MAINE: BETHANY BROWN, SR., WATERVILLE
The state’s reigning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Brown raced to the Class B individual state championship this past season with a time of 17:56.32, leading the Purple Panthers to sixth place as a team. Also the Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year as named by The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel, the 5-foot-4 senior captured seventh place at the New England Cross Country Championships in 19:18.60 and finished 11th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships in 18:42.3, clocking the state’s fastest time at both events.

Also an aspiring poet, Brown has maintained a 4.27 weighted GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 1 in her graduating class. She has received her school’s Renaissance Award, given to students who excel in academics, service and character on behalf of the national Renaissance Program. A Student Ambassador for incoming transfer pupils, Brown has also donated her time promoting science studies in local fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.

“Bethanie distinguishes herself from her competition through her exceptional focus,” said Waterville head coach Rob Stanton. “She sets very high goals and works relentlessly to achieve them.”

Brown has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at the University of Connecticut beginning this fall.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: ELIZABETH CONWAY, SR., CENTRAL
The 5-foot-7 senior raced to the Division 1 individual championship this past season with a time of 18:45, leading the Little Green to fifth place as a team. Also the two-time Runner of the Year as named by both the New Hampshire Cross Country Coaches Association and Union Leader, Conway recorded a second straight runner-up finish at the Meet of Champions in 18:32.9, placed fourth at the New England Championships in 19:09.01 and finished 13th at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 19:06.70.

Also an accomplished violinist and skier, Conway has maintained an A average in the classroom and ranks No. 1 in her graduating class. A member of the World Language, Tri-M Music and National Honor societies, she has performed ballet in a local production of The Nutcracker and served as managing editor of her school newspaper. Also an active member of her church community, she has volunteered on behalf of the Special Olympics.

“She’s phenomenal,” said Larry Martin, head of the New Hampshire Cross Country Coaches Association. “Distance running requires an extraordinary amount of focus, so the most amazing thing about her is that she did it while she’s No. 1 in her class, an All-State violinist, the lead in the Nutcracker at the Palace Theater and the editor of her school newspaper. Everything she does, she’s No. 1.”

Conway remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

RHODE ISLAND: EMMA McMILLAN, SOPH., BARRINGTON
The 5-foot-8 freshman raced to the All-State Meet individual championship this past season with a time of 18:22.99, leading the Eagles to the state title as a team. A First Team All-State selection as named by the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Track Coaches Association, McMillan also led Barrington to the team championship at the Class A state meet, breaking the tape in 18:35.33. McMillan placed third at the New England Cross Country Championships in 19:07.13 and took seventh at the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championships in 18:43.6. She finished 11-0 during the regular season.

Also an accomplished swimmer, McMillan has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom. A member of her school’s choral ensemble, she has donated her time on behalf of her church and as a youth swimming instructor.

“Emma’s trajectory as a cross country runner has been unparalleled among her peers in Rhode Island,” said Barrington head coach Annmarie Marino. “This past season, she was our No. 1 runner, leading her team to an undefeated season. Emma runs for the shear fun of the sport. Her composure as a newcomer to the sport was an example for all to see. Whether covered in mud, sweat, or red in the face from an all-out effort, Emma always wore a smile and offered an encouraging word to her teammates and competitors.”

VERMONT: ELLE PURRIER, SR., RICHFORD
The 5-foot-2 senior raced to her third straight Division 3 individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:38. Vermont’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Purrier also won the New England Cross Country Championships in 18:42 and the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional championship with a time of 18:09.4 in 2012. She finished 17th nationally at the NXN Final.

Purrier has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of food drives for the hungry, youth sports programs and blood-donation drives.

“Elle’s ability to stay focused is exceptional,” said Richford head coach Andrew Hathaway. “She’s achieved a lot in running thus far, but running is a part of the whole that does not dominate her life.”

Purrier remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.

Peabody's Rocha named Runner of the Year

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In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Catarina Rocha of Peabody High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Rocha is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Peabody High School.

The 5-foot-4 senior captured first place at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships this past season with a time of 17:49.5. Rocha qualified for the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where she finished in second place, crossing the line in 17:29. Also the 2011-12 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, she won her second straight Division I individual championship with a time of 18:06.12, leading the Tanners to a state title as a team.

Rocha has maintained an A-average in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society and an officer in her school’s student council, she has volunteered locally as a basketball coach for children with special needs.

“Catarina Rocha is an exceptional runner,” said Lisa Owen, head coach at Acton-Boxborough High. “She is the best I have seen in the state in a long time. No one else comes close.”

Rocha has verbally committed to an athletic scholarship at Providence College beginning this fall.

Rocha joins Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Cross Country Runners of the Year Ariel Beauregard-Breton (2010-11, Deerfield Academy), Andrea Keklak (2009-10, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) and Emily Jones (2008-09 & 2007-08, The Bromfield School), and as athletes who have won the cross country award since its inception in 2007.

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