Boston High School: Barrington (R.I.)
This morning, Gatorade Player of the Year recipients were named for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In Massachusetts, Catholic Memorial senior guard Guilien Smith took home the honors.
Here are the winners in the five other New England states:
CONNECTICUT: STEVEN ENOCH, ST. THOMAS MORE
The 6-foot-10, 235-pound senior forward averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game this past season, leading the Chancellors (29-9) to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class AAA semifinals. The state’s No.1 recruit in the Class of 2015 as rated by the New England Recruiting Report, Enoch scored 18 points with seven rebounds in an 83-76, come-from-behind victory over Vermont Academy at the Spaulding Hoophall Classic in January.
Enoch has maintained a 3.27 GPA in the classroom. He has donated his time delivering meals and clothing to families in need and has volunteered as a tour guide for prospective students at his school.
“Steven Enoch possesses tremendous integrity and initiative,” said St. Thomas More head coach Jere Quinn. “He has had a wonderful season while playing in the strongest conference in the country. He will have a very successful career at UConn as a student and as an athlete.”
Enoch has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: TERANCE MANN, TILTON
The 6-foot-6, 205-pound senior guard and forward led the Rams to a 31-5 record and the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference Class AA championship this past season. Mann averaged 23.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 61 percent from inside the arc. A 2015 First Team All-NEPSAC selection, he scored 18 points in Brewster Academy’s 68-63 win over Vermont Academy in the NEPSAC championship. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 43 recruit in the class of 2015 by ESPN.
Mann has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a mentor for children with special needs and as a youth basketball coach.
“Terance Mann is a tremendous competitor and a complete basketball player,” said Tilton School head coach Marcus O’Neil. “He’s a terrific player on both ends of the court and puts the team ahead of himself.”
Mann has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Florida State University this fall.
RHODE ISLAND: COREY DAUGHERTY, BARRINGTON
The 6-foot, 165-pound senior point guard averaged 20.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists this past season, leading the Eagles (24-3) to the Open State Tournament championship game. Daugherty led the state in 3-pointers made with 87, knocking down 18 in four state tournament games. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he concluded his prep basketball career with 1,660 points.
Daugherty has maintained an unweighted 4.06 GPA in the classroom. For his senior project, he organized the move of Barrington’s basketball game against Bishop Hendricken to Brown University as a fundraiser to benefit the Special Olympics.
“Corey led his team on offense and defense,” said Alex Butler, head coach of East Providence High. “He made sure to keep everyone involved. He is really efficient and doesn’t force the issue. When the game called for it, he took over.”
Daugherty has verbally committed to attend Brown University, where he will play basketball beginning this fall.
MAINE: NICK MAYO, MESSALONSKEE
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound senior forward and center averaged 24.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.8 steals per game this past season, leading the Eagles (14-6) to the Class A state quarterfinals. A Mr. Maine Basketball finalist, Mayo shot 50.2 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 81.1 percent from the free-throw line. The 2015 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year, he also participated in the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Game this winter.
Mayo has maintained a B average in the classroom. In addition to serving as a youth basketball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of the Bedside Manor Alzheimer’s Care Facility and participated in a walkathon fundraiser for brain injury research. He has also donated his time as part of community cleanup efforts to benefit the elderly.
“As far as talent goes, I do not think our area—Central Maine along I-95—has seen a player like this since [two-time Gatorade Maine Boys Basketball Player of the Year] T.J Caouette, who graduated from Winthrop High in 1996,” said Jason Pellerin, head coach of rival Lawrence High. “At 6-foot-8, he can simply do anything he wants on the court.”
Mayo has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Eastern Kentucky University this fall.
VERMONT: BEN SHUNGU, RICE MEMORIAL
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior guard led the Green Knights to a 23-1 record and their third consecutive Division 1 state championship this past season. Shungu averaged 18.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game. A First Team All-Metro and Second Team Burlington Free Press All-State selection as a junior, he was also named to the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen and USA TODAY’s All-USA Vermont Second Team.
Shungu has maintained a B average in the classroom. A peer mentor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of Burlington and youth basketball programs.
“Shungu creates matchup nightmares,” said Sol Bayer-Pacht, head coach at South Burlington High. “He can post up small guys, he can put the ball on the floor and make plays. He doesn’t have any off nights.”
Shungu will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
Here are the Gatorade Player of the Year winners in girls basketball for the five other New England states:
CONNECTICUT: KIAH GILLESPIE, CAPITAL PREP
The 6-foot-2 senior forward and guard had led the Trailblazers to a 22-1 record and a berth in the Class L quarterfinals at the time of her selection. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Gillespie was averaging 31.3 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per contest through 23 games. A three-time First Team All-State selection, she was also chosen to play in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Gillespie has led her team to a No. 16 ranking in the USA TODAY’s Super 25 and was named to the USA TODAY’s All-USA Connecticut First Team.
Gillespie has maintained a 3.72 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of food-donation drives, community clean-up initiatives and a homeless shelter.
“I can’t think of anyone who can even come close to her in ability and versatility on the basketball court,” said Ann Folan, head coach at Parish Hill High. “She’s fundamentally sound on defense and offensively, she’s a powerhouse.”
Gillespie has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Maryland this fall.
RHODE ISLAND: SARAH MIDDLETON, BARRINGTON
The 5-foot-2 senior point guard averaged 16.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 3.4 assists per game this past season, leading the Eagles (24-2) to the Open State Tournament quarterfinals. Middleton collected 15 points, nine rebounds, six assists and six steals in Barrington’s 48-37 win over Bay View Academy in the Division I State Tournament championship game, earning Tournament MVP honors for a second straight year.
Middleton has maintained a B average in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade award’s broad criteria. She has volunteered locally as a middle school math tutor, at Providence-area food banks and has donated her time as part of multiple community-service initiatives in association with the Barrington High Interact Club.
“Sarah Middleton is the best player in Rhode Island for what she brings to her team on and off the court,” said Amanda Varone, head coach of South Kingstown High. “She is Barrington’s floor leader, can score almost at will and is one of the best ball handlers I’ve encountered.”
Middleton has verbally committed to attend East Stroudsburg State College in Pennsylvania, where she will play basketball beginning this fall.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: MADDY SPRINGFIELD, CONANT
The 5-foot-11 junior guard led the Orioles to a 25-0 record and the Division III state title this past season. Springfield averaged 20.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game, including 11 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and two blocks in the state championship game. A First Team All-State selection as a freshman at Conant, she spent her sophomore year at Marianapolis Prep in Connecticut, earning All-Star honors from the New England Prep School Athletic Council.
Springfield has maintained an A average in the classroom. A member of the Conant High student council, she has volunteered locally with an elementary school literacy-outreach program, as a peer mentor and as a youth basketball coach.
“Maddy Springfield is incredibly tough to play against because she has so many different weapons in her game,” said Curt Dutilley, head coach of Monadnock Regional High. “She has great point guard abilities in a forward’s body which makes her so tough to defend because she plays in so many different areas of the floor.”
Springfield has verbally committed to attend the College of the Holy Cross, where she will play basketball beginning in the fall of 2016.
MAINE: NIA IRVING, LAWRENCE
The 6-foot junior center led the Bulldogs to a 21-1 record and the Class A state title this past season. Irving averaged 22.5 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 52.8 percent from inside the arc. The 2014 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Player of the Year, she scored 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds in Fairfield’s title-clinching, 50-43 win over Thornton Academy. She connected on 77.8 percent of her free throws this winter.
Irving has maintained a 98.3 average in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter, as a peer tutor and as a youth basketball coach.
“Nia Irving is a gifted basketball player,” said Gavin Kane, head coach at Mt. Blue High. “When you combine her tremendous work ethic with her skill set, you can understand why she is considered by many as the top player in the state. She is physically very strong and a nightmare matchup for other teams.”
Irving will begin her senior year of high school this fall.
VERMONT: LAUREL JAUNICH, CHAMPLAIN VALLEY UNION
The 6-foot-1 junior forward led the Redhawks to a 24-0 record and their third consecutive Division 1 state title this past season. Jaunich averaged 15.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. A First Team All-Metro selection and a Second Team Burlington Free Press All-State honoree, she has helped Champlain Valley Union to 71 consecutive victories over the past three seasons.
Jaunich has maintained a 4.02 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army, youth basketball camps and her school’s Environmental Action Club.
“Jaunich runs the floor very well, she’s a great finisher and she’s just a tremendous defensive player,” said Bert Berthiaume, head coach at Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans. “She’s a very tough player to match up with.”
Jaunich will begin her senior year of high school this fall.
Prout reeled off 15 consecutive wins (21 overall going back to last season) in Division III before it was upset, 46-42, by Exeter/West Greenwich. Then the Crusaders regrouped and won their last two games, 66-57 over Middletown and 73-34 over Mount Hope with Jordan Dumford, Justin Bristol and Eric Ramieka playing a key role in each game.
As a result, the Crusaders captured their division title with a 17-1 record and earned the 12th seed (based on power-point standings) in the upcoming state tournament.
Last year, Prout was seeded 16th and was ousted in the first round by Division I champion Cranston West.
Prout, under coach Eric Simonelli, has blown out opponents and won other games by the slimmest of margins.
Ramieka, a junior captain, has been one of the team leaders as well as its leading scorer –- averaging nearly 22 points per game.
Simonelli feels Ramieka isn’t Prout’s most athletic, player but he is the player with the most grit and determination.
What Ramieka means to Prout’s backcourt so does Bristol mean to the frontcourt.
A 6-foot-6 junior, Bristol is averaging 13 points per game and has shown a tendency to dominate the glass at both ends of the court.
In Prout’s regular-season finale against Mount Hope, Ramieka and Bristol combined to score 33 points.
A year ago a Division II team, Tiverton, came out of nowhere and reached the state finals before losing to St. Raphael.
The question is might Prout emulate Tiverton this season and inject an amazing level of excitement into the 2012 tournament?
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Boudreau as Massachusetts’s best high school girls basketball player. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March.
The 5-foot-8 junior guard led the Warriors to a 23-1 record entering the Division 1 North Sectional semifinals against Central Catholic High, scheduled for March 9. At the time of her selection, Boudreau was averaging 22.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.0 steals, 4.8 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. The 2011 Merrimack Valley Conference Player of the Year, she had connected on 85 three-pointers at the time of her selection and had scored 1,511 career points.
Boudreau has maintained a 4.0 weighted GPA in the classroom. An elite teen golfer who is the junior champion at Andover Country Club, she has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and tutor.
Boudreau has verbally committed to play basketball on scholarship at Boston College beginning in the fall of 2012.
Boudreau joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Players of the Year Lauren Battista (2009-10, Oliver Ames), Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (2008-09, New Leadership Charter School), and Felicia Barron (2007-08, Springfield Central) among the state’s list of former award winners.
Below are the winners from the five other New England states:
CONNECTICUT: KATIE MAHONEY, BACON ACADEMY
The 5-foot-10 senior guard has led the Bobcats to a 25-0 record and a berth in the semifinals of the Class L state tournament against Hillhouse, scheduled for March 11. At the time of her selection, Mahoney was averaging 22.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game. An All-State selection in 2010, she’s also a three-time All-Eastern Connecticut Conference choice.
Mahoney has maintained an A-plus average in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Red Cross, and has raised funds to benefit cancer research and Haitian relief organizations.
Mahoney remains undecided regarding a collegiate destination.
Mahoney joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Girls Basketball Players of the Year Kastine Evans (2009-10, Norwich Free Academy), Symone Roberts (2008-09, New Britain), and Heather Buck (2007-08, Stonington) among the state’s list of former award winners.
RHODE ISLAND: KELLY MANNIX, BARRINGTON
The 5-foot-10 senior guard and forward averaged 15.4 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.8 steals and 1.1 blocks per game this past season, leading the Eagles (23-2) to the Division I state semifinals. A 2010 First Team All-State selection and the 2009 Division II Player of the Year, Mannix connected on 47.7 percent of her field goals including 14-of-22 shots from 3-point range. She concluded her prep basketball career with 1,395 points and 1,007 rebounds.
Mannix has maintained a 4.02-unweighted GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit Barrington High athletics in addition to serving as a youth basketball coach and counselor.
Mannix has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Adelphi University in New York this fall.
Mannix joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Basketball Players of the Year Allie Jones (2009-10, South Kingstown), Torey Jones (2008-09, La Salle Academy), and Brittany Wilson (2007-08, St. Mary Academy-Bay View) among the state’s list of former award winners.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: DANIELLE WALCZAK, OYSTER RIVER
The 6-foot-1 senior center averaged 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.5 blocks and 3.3 steals per game this past season, leading the Bobcats (14-6) to the Division II state quarterfinals. The two-time returning Class I Player of the Year as named by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization, Walczak recorded a 72.0 field-goal percentage. She produced 16.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest as a junior in addition to leading Oyster River to the 2009 Class I state title as a sophomore. Walczak captured 2009 and 2010 Class I First team All-State honors.
Walczak has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 6 in her graduating class. An active member of her church community, she has donated her time as a youth basketball instructor, as part of a youth literacy-outreach program and on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Walczak has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Maine this fall.
Walczak joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Girls Basketball Player of the Year, three-time winner Tiffany Ruffin (2007-08, 2008-09 & 2009-10, Winnacunnet) among the state’s list of former award winners.
MAINE: NIKI TAYLOR, YORK
The 6-foot senior center and forward averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds, three steals and 2.1 assists per game this past season while shooting 60 percent from the floor and leading the Wildcats to the Class B regional final. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Taylor became York High’s career scoring leader, finishing with 1,442 points, breaking the previous mark of 1,413, set by Lani Boardman from 1997 to 2001.
Taylor has maintained a 92.1-percent average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of her town’s parks and recreation department in addition to donating her time as an elementary school tutor and youth basketball coach
“Niki Taylor’s stats and awards speak for themselves, but they do not do justice to the work ethic and leadership she has supplied to our program,” said York High Head Coach Rick Clark. “She works hard every chance she gets to make herself a better player.”
Taylor has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Vermont this fall.
Two time winner Taylor joins recent Gatorade Maine Girls Basketball Players of the Year Morgan Frame (2008-09, Waterville) and Rachael Mack (2007-08, Cony) among the state’s list of former award winners.
VERMONT: KYLIE ATWOOD, LAKE REGION UNION
The 5-foot-4 junior guard has led the Rangers to a 20-1 record and a berth in the Division 3 semifinals against Oxbow, scheduled for March 10. Atwood averaged 19.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game before a knee injury ended her season prior to the state playoffs. She is a two-time Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen selection, a two-time First Team All-Mountain Division choice and was a Third Team Burlington Free Press All-State pick as a sophomore in 2010.
Atwood has maintained a B average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs.
Atwood has verbally committed to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Vermont and will begin her senior year of high school this fall.
Atwood joins recent Gatorade Vermont Girls Basketball Players of the Year Allison Gannon (2009-10, Champlain Valley Union), Tiffany Johnson (2008-09, Bellows Free Academy), and Alyssa Herrington (2007-08, Mt. Anthony Union) among the state’s list of former award winners.
Among other things, the Townies were benefitting from the return of junior running back Jalin Braxton, who missed most of last season due to injuries.
Braxton was at his best against the Falcons when he ran for a quartet of touchdowns, including one that covered 51 yards.
Now, flash forward to last weekend when the Townies visited Portsmouth – a one-time Division I power that’s fallen on hard times in recent years.
All the Patriots did was pull off one of the season’s more impressive upsets by beating the Townies, 24-14 as quarterback Ben Willett scored one touchdown and passed for three more.
Moreover, the Townies’ final score was irrelevant since it came in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. What was relevant were the 14 points Portsmouth’s defense held East Providence to – since the Townies had outscored their opponents 135-26 in four overall games.
Since Hendricken beat Cranston East, 16-8, and Barrington played a non-league game, the Hawks (3-0) and Eagles (2-0) emerged from the weekend as the only undefeated teams in the state’s top division.
Even though all coaches regardless of sport recite the “We take them one game at a time” mantra without any provocation, two upcoming games are worth noting on your calendar:
* October 22, when Hendricken visits East Providence.
* November 5, when the Townies travel to Barrington.
Both games could go a long way toward determining the division champion, who would earn the number-one seed in the Division I Tournament.
CROWNING A KNIGHT
Because Exeter/West Greenwich plays in Division IV, the Scarlet Knights frequently are dwarfed by the likes of perennial state powers like Hendricken, La Salle, East Providence, Barrington, etc.
Senior running back Al Georgio is doing his best to draw attention to his team, which leads the division with a 3-0 record. In a word, Georgio is shredding opposing defenses.
Through the Scarlet Knights’ four overall games, Georgio has rushed for 975 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Since Exeter/West Greenwich has seven regular-season games remaining – plus, quite likely, at least one in the Division IV Tournament –the stats Georgio could rack up are mind-boggling.
In other games of note:
* La Salle barely staved off defeat against Division I newcomer South Kingstown on October 1 by edging the Rebels, 7-3, thanks to Josh Morris’ 20-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
* For the first time since 2005, Tolman is undefeated in league play (Division II-B) after three games.
The Tigers reached that mark by blanking Pilgrim, 35-0, as Ousame Samb scored on a 21-yard run and Shayne Taylor returned an interception 50 yards for a score – all in a span of 43 seconds in the third quarter.
In their three league victories, the Tigers have allowed a total of only 304 yards in total offense.
* Barrington played one of the more intriguing non-league games this season against long-time Massachusetts Division III power Bishop Feehan – and coasted to a 43-22 victory.
Alexander Spiess paced the Eagles by scoring three touchdowns, including one on an 85-yard return of a fumble recovery.
* Tiverton shed that proverbial two-ton gorilla by posting its first Division III victory of the season, 12-6 over Classical when John DeCosta threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Robert Kisor with three minutes left in the fourth quarter.
EP ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2010
Four men will be inducted into the East Providence High School Hall of Fame at the 27th annual ceremony on October 24:
* Ed Cronan, a retired guidance counselor, coached cross country plus track and field.
His honors include being named Rhode Island Cross Country Coach of the Year and Outstanding Educator by the East Bay Women’s Club.
* Colonel Robert Germani ’79, who was a varsity hockey captain.
He received numerous awards while serving in the Rhode Island Air National Guard as Chief of Security Police, Security Forces Commander and the Detachment Commander for the 201st Mission Support Directorate.
* Robert Silva ’57, who was a standout wrestler for the Townies.
Silva was one of two students selected as the “Most Likely to Succeed.”
He was appointed as legal counsel for the Rhode Island State Resources Board, the State Lottery Commission and the East Providence School Committee.
* James Viara ’62, who also excelled at wrestling for East Providence.
A self-made businessman, Viara during his retirement served as a mentor for young men from dysfunctional families.
Mike Scandura has been covering high school sports, college basketball and hockey and minor league baseball in Rhode Island since the early 1970s. A native of Oswego, N.Y., he’s a member of the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame, which is the statewide organization of sportswriters, sportscasters and sports publicists.