Boston High School: Beaver Country Day

McDonald's All-American nominees announced

January, 7, 2014
Jan 7
McDonald’s has announced the nominees for the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games, and fifteen student athletes from New England are on the list, including nine from Massachusetts.

The regional nominees are:

Patrick Benzan, Roxbury Latin
Alec Brennan, Milton Academy
Matt Cimino, Worcester Academy
Malik James, Notre Dame Prep
Kaleb Joseph, Cushing Academy
Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic High School
Jeff Spellman, Beaver Country Day
Jacquil Taylor, Beaver Country Day

Abdul Malik-Abu , Kimball Union Academy
Isaac Copeland, Brewster Academy
Chris McCullough, Brewster Academy
Jared Terrell, Brewster Academy
Kevin Zabo, Brewster Academy
Mike LeBlanc, New Hampton School

Bonzie Colson, St. Andrew’s School
Kealen Ives, Classical High School

Hoophall: Worcester Acad. 69, Wilbraham & Monson 62

January, 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Worcester Academy’s Rene Castro grabbed an errant pass and connected on a 3-pointer to give the Hilltoppers a two-point lead with 3:44 remaining in the first half. Worcester would hold the lead for the remainder of the game, countering several Wilbraham & Monson threats, earning a well-deserved and much-need 69-62 win to conclude Day 4 at the 2013 Hoophall Classic in Springfield.

Worcester built a five-point lead heading into halftime and started the second half on a 10-4 run, with several easy baskets coming in transition. Matt Mobley and Rene Castro on two separate possessions found the trailing Darryl Reynolds for layups. The early half surge but Worcester up 37-27.

“We were strong on defense,” said Worcester senior Matt Mobley. “We had a lot of help defense, we didn’t let them get to the middle.”

Luis Montero, Kerem Kanter, and Curtis Cobb provided much of the offense in the second half to keep the Titans within striking distance. Montero scored five straight, followed by a bucket by Kanter to cut the lead to 52-47. Worcester responded with a coast to coast finish by Mobley and a Castro layup.

Kanter and Cobb combined for a 6-0 run with 3.5 minutes to go, but Matt Panaggio connected on a three to put the lead up to 59-53.

“I think we just had breakdowns,” said Wilbraham & Monson head coach Chris Sparks. “We were able to guard them in the half court, but I think where we broke down was in transition.”

Worcester had a four point advantage on the boards, including two different instances late in the game when Worcester secured an offensive rebound off a missed free throw.

“When you’re two possessions away and you give up two offensive rebound that kills you,” said Sparks.

Worcester shot 15-of-31 from the free throw line, leaving the door open for a WMA comeback. The Titans couldn’t take advantage of second chance opportunities and coughed the ball up down the stretch.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well from the free throw line,” said Sullivan. “We kept fighting.”

Mobley had a team-high 17 points, to go along with four rebounds and four assists. Castro added 15. Goodluck Okonoboh had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Worcester has won the first two games against Wilbraham & Monson this season. They meet again on Feb. 9 at Worcester.

Bounce-back win for Worcester: Worcester needed this win following an upset loss to Beaver Country Day the previous evening, as part of the BABC Prep Classic. Beaver Country Day defeated Worcester 71-69, even though junior center Jacquil Taylor went down with a reported ankle injury.

A day later, the Hilltoppers had to forget about that game and get back on track against a talented Wilbraham & Monson team.

“We got away from that last night playing Beaver Country Day,” said Sullivan. “With Taylor going down, which is a shame, that team rose up and beat up. But tonight was a night with a quick turnaround. Being able to in the gym, right away, without having that to fester too long was great.”

This bounce back win not only kept the Hilltoppers undefeated in league play, but came at the right time for Worcester Academy. On Wednesday, Worcester travels down to Connecticut to take on Class AAA opponent, St. Thomas More.

Kerem Kanter reclassifies: Back in December, during the BasketBull Hoops Fest, Wilbraham & Monson forward Kerem Kanter landed scholarship offers from Boston College and Pittsburgh.

On Friday, through Twitter, he announced he would reclassify and join the Class of 2013.

“I just thought it was time to move up,” said Kanter. “I felt like I will be ready by the time next year comes.”

Kanter, the younger brother of Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter, says he will decide on a college sometime in April. The 6-foot-7 forward is still working on visits, but intends on taking several before he makes a commitment. He listed Miami (Fla.), Auburn, Tulsa, and Drexel as other schools involved in his recruitment.

Kanter has been impressive this season for Wilbraham & Monson with his footwork and ability to score around the basket. Due to the size of the Titans, Kanter has also been able to step away from the basket and show off his shooting touch.

He joins Kamali Bey as WMA seniors still on the board.

BABC to host Prep School Classic

January, 15, 2013
The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will host the 2013 Prep School Classic this coming Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, at the Kroc Center in Dorchester.

The event will consist of seven games featuring fourteen top area prep school programs. Each game will showcase future college stars and commits, all competing in the heart of the Boston community.

“BABC is excited to once again host the Prep Classic,” said Jay Demings, BABC’s Director of Operations, in a press release. “We feel we have compiled the best regional prep school teams and believe that the advanced level of play will make for another memorable event.”

This is the 4th annual Prep Classic hosted by the BABC and the event marks the second time it will be held in the City of Boston.

The up-to-date game schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 19
2 p.m. - Vermont Academy vs. Redemption Christian Academy (N.Y.)
3:20 p.m. - St. Andrew’s (R.I.) vs. Tilton (N.H.)
4:40 p.m. - New Hampton (N.H.) vs. Notre Dame Prep
6:00 p.m. - Beaver Country Day vs. Worcester Academy

Sunday, January 20
2 p.m. - Kimball Union (N.H.) vs. Marianapolis Prep (Conn.)
3:20 p.m. - Brimmer & May vs. Northfield Mt. Hermon
4:40 p.m. - Rivers vs. Pingree

As an addition to the event, BABC will also host two make-up games from the weather-delayed BABC Holiday High School Classic. On Monday, January 21, Brighton will face University (Conn.) at noon followed by Capital Prep (Conn.) against Cambridge 2 p.m. Both games this day will take place at New Mission High School, 655 Metropolitan Ave., in Hyde Park.

Beaver's Taylor commits to NC A&T

September, 19, 2012
Beaver Country Day Class of 2013 shooting guard Maurice Taylor verbally committed to North Carolina A&T for the 2013-14 season, his father Maurice Taylor Sr. announced on Twitter last night.

Taylor transferred into the Chestnut Hill-based school last year along with his brother Jacquil, after three seasons at Cambridge Rindge & Latin. Maurice re-classified to the 2013 class, while Jacquil -- a 6-foot-9 center who was named to ESPN Boston's inaugural All-State Team -- moved to 2014. In his first season at Beaver in 2011-12, Maurice averaged 10.2 points on a squad that captured the NEPSAC Class B title.

Jacquil Taylor ready to break out?

July, 10, 2012
Could Beaver Country Day's Jacquil Taylor be the next Boston-area big man to break out?

ESPN basketball recruiting analyst and Northeast guru Adam Finkelstein thinks so. Today on ESPN's national recruiting blog, Finkelstein checks in with the big man, who stood out at the Elite 75 showcase, Siena College Elite Camp, and Hoop Mountain Super Week I, in succession.

The 6-foot-9 Taylor was an ESPN Boston All-State selection in 2011 as a sophomore at Cambridge, before transferring to the Beaver campus in Chestnut Hill and re-classifying to the Class of 2014.

You can read the entire entry HERE. Below is an excerpt:

Taylor stood out as one of the top players in the field, leading his team to the camp championship and claiming most outstanding player honors for the week. He also earned the award as the camp’s best shot-blocker.

While Taylor holds scholarship offers from Boston University and Siena, the left-handed big man has qualities that are sure to intrigue high-level college coaches -- such as his long and athletic 6-foot-8 frame, a floor game that is as mobile as it is bouncy, an instinct for blocking shots and an evolving offensive skill set.

He also reports interest from the likes of Stanford, Michigan, Washington and Boston College, but he’s yet to land his first high-major offer. One of the reasons why Taylor is still flying just a bit under the radar is that he has spurned some of New England's most notable AAU programs in favor of teaming up with his brother, Maurice Taylor Jr., to play for his father on the Prodigy Basketball Club.

NEPSAC Boys Basketball Finals results

March, 4, 2012
Class AAA
Northfield-Mt. Hermon 74, St. Thomas More (Conn.) 60
MVP: Spike Albrecht, NMH

Class AA
St. Mark's 59, Tilton (N.H.) 53
MVP: Nik Stauskas, St. Mark's

Class A
Salisbury (Conn.) 72, Choate Rosemary Hall (Conn.) 60
MVP: Ryan Frazier, Salisbury

Class B
Beaver Country Day 60, Rivers 56
MVP: Jeff Spellman, Beaver Country Day

Class C
Hyde (Conn.) 64, Hebron Academy (Maine) 53

Class D
Hoosac School (N.Y.) 64, MacDuffie 57

O'Brien, White favorites for Gatorade POY

February, 16, 2012
ESPNHS' Ben Rohrbach previews the Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year race for Massachusetts, today on the Gatorade Player of the Year blog. Among the favorites listed are Concord-Carlisle's Mike O'Brien, and Noble & Greenough's Oliver White.

Rohrbach writes:

Mike O’Brien
Senior midfielder, Concord-Carlisle (Concord, Mass.)

2011 Team record: 15-3-1 (Division 2)
2011 Team standing: Lost Division 2 state championship game

2011 Goals: 20
2011 Assists: 3
2011 Points per game: 1.00
Career goals: 46
Career assists: 11

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Pennsylvania

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Tallied four goals and one assist in Concord-Carlisle’s seven-game run to the Division 2 state championship match. Directly responsible for 23 of the Patriots' 63 goals (36.5 percent). 2011 Boston Globe Division 2 Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA State Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-American selection. Three-time Dual County League All-Star.

Oliver White
Senior forward, Noble & Greenough School (Dedham, Mass.)

2011 Team record: 13-3-1 (Independent School League)
2011 Team standing: Lost in New England Prep School Athletic Council Class A quarterfinals

2011 Goals: 15
2011 Assists: 6
2011 Points per game: 1.24
Career goals: 41
Career assists: 16

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: School Name (commitment)

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation
: Directly responsible for 21 of the Bulldogs’ 45 goals (46.7 percent). Two-time ISL Offensive Player of the Year. Two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Devin Devoy: Senior forward, Bishop Feehan (Attleboro, Mass.)
Zachary Herivaux: Freshman midfielder, Beaver Country Day School (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
Jack Hilger: Senior midfielder, Hopkinton (Mass.)
Jonathan Mendoza: Senior midfielder, Northfield Mount Hermon School (Gill, Mass.)
Chris Murray: Senior midfielder, Canton (Mass.)

Beaver's Heriveaux grabs EIL soccer MVP

November, 27, 2011
Brookline native Zachary Herivaux, a midfielder for Beaver Country Day's soccer squad, was recently named the Eastern Independent League's Most Valuable Player after a season in which he tallied eight goals and seven assists for the 11-3-3 Beavers despite missing four games.

That furthers what has already been an impressive youth career for the 15-year-old Herivaux, who transferred to the Chestnut Hill school from Brookline High and repeated his freshman year. Last June, he was named one of five 17-and-under players to watch by FourFourTwo magazine; he has also enjoyed considerable success with the New England Revolution's U-16 team. Prior to joining the Revs' Academy, the 5-foot-10 Herivaux was a member of the U.S. U-15 Boys National Team player pool in the spring and played for the Shalrie Joseph Soccer Club, run by the New England Revolution star.

Here's some more background information on Herivaux from

Born to a Haitian father and Japanese mother, Herivaux trialed with Japanese Club Gamba Osaka, a club his father Pedro played at in the 1990s, back in August of 2010. Prior to his time with the U.S. U-15's and the Revs Academy, Zachary had previously expressed a desire to play for the Japanese National Team.

Herivaux trained with Sporting Club de Portugal in 2008 and was offered a spot in the U13 Sporting Academy team, but opted to stay in the U.S. Herivaux has been a regular starter for the Revs U-16s in their recent friendlies.

Boston Warriors showcase tomorrow night

May, 30, 2011
Tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Waltham High School, the Boston Warriors AAU program will hold its 3rd Annual College Showcase Night to showcase its juniors and sophomores, as well as several uncommitted seniors.

The evening will begin with 45 minutes of individual skill work, with the players split up between big men and guards. Former Providence College and Atlanta Hawks star Troy Brown will be working the big men; Watertown High coach Steve Harrington, a two-time MIAA state champion coach, will be working out the wings and guards.

The last 75 minutes all of the players will be split up to run five-on-five games on both courts, in front of the college and prep school coaches on in attendance. Below is the preliminary list of players expected to be in attendance:

Kachi Nzerem, 6-5, New Mission / Marianapolis
Nate Anderson, 6-6, New Mission
Kenny Reed, 5-10, Reading
Matt Droney, 6-4, Catholic Memorial
Max Risch, 6-6, Old Rochester
Jared Lewis, 6-3, Malden Catholic
Jordan Lewis, 6-1, Malden Catholic
Corey Gomes, 6-6, Uxbridge
Abiodun Akanni, 6-4, Fitchburg
Ryan Jann, 6-3, Westford Academy
Jerry Ellis-Williams, 6-5, Reading
Tyson Hallowell, 6-2, Middlesex
Sam Musler, 5-11, Belmont
Isshiah Coleman, 6-5, New Mission
Leroy Hamilton, 6-3, New Mission
Anthony Bell, 5-10, Boston Cathedral
Tony Alexander, 6-3, Boston Prep
Kyle Howes, 6-1, Maynard
Chris Murray, 6-1, Littleton
Joseph Connelly, 6-1, Beaver Country Day
Mark Melanson, 6-2, Burlington
Patrick McHugh, 6-4, Watertown
Isaac Carp, 5-10, Pingree
Ben Lawhorn, 6-3, Lincoln-Sudbury
Terrence Manning, 5-10, St Rafael's (R.I.)
Mario Payne, 6-0, Lincoln-Sudbury

Castro dominates as Beaver repeats

February, 26, 2011
CONCORD, Mass. -- After defeating the Bancroft School, 72-35, in the morning semifinal game, Beaver Country Day School (25-1) came out in the afternoon final and won their second consecutive Eastern Independent League championship at Concord Academy. The Beavers defeated Berwick Academy (Maine), 79-56.

BCD’s Rene Castro was outstanding in the final game, scoring 20 of his game high 34 points in the second half.

The Beavers led, 36-25, at the half but Berwick (13-12) would cut the lead to five, 46-41, with 10 minutes remaining in the contest.

“It was a tough game,” Castro said. “We were up big to start the game but they made a good comeback.”

Castro, who averages 20.4 points on the season, took over the game and closed it out for Beaver, as he scored at will in transition and used his speed and athleticism to slice through the Berwick defense.

“My legs are tired,” Castro said after the game. “We had back to back games Wednesday and Thursday last week, practice Friday and then two today but we are looking forward to the playoffs (Class C) next week and getting some home games.”

BCD junior point guard Jherson Colon had 17 points in the game and also scored his 1,000th point last Friday in a win over Concord Academy. Freshman sharpshooter Jeff Spellman also played well for BCD, stroking four threes and scoring 14 points on the day.
Berwick Academy was led by junior point guard and EIL MVP Harrison Rafferty, who scored 17 points in the loss.

In year and half, Castro nets 1,000th for BCD

January, 22, 2011
It took just a year and a half for Beaver Country Day's Rene Castro to net 1,000 points for the Beavers' basketball team, doing so with 30 points this afternoon in an 81-43 win over Bancroft.

He needed 27 into the day, and had to wait until the final 30 seconds to get his milestone. Off an inbounds pass following a steal, the sophomore guard drove to the hole and converted a layup as he fouled, then sank the free throw to put him at 1,001 in his career so far at the Chestnut Hill campus. Beaver improved to 12-1 with the win.

"It feels really good to get it done in a year and a half," said Castro, who currently holds offers from Boston College, UMass and Providence. "I've put alot of points on the board, so I'm really excited to get it so quickly. I never expected to do that in a year and a half."

The next step? Castro will have a little over two seasons to try and eclipse the school's all-time mark of 2,543, set in 1995 by former University of Kentucky star Wayne Turner.

"It would be an honor, but I know I would have to do alot of work," Castro said of possibly passing Turner, who had a cup of coffee with the Celtics and was the NCAA's all-time leading scorer in Division 1 when he left Lexington.

Preseason All-State Hoops squads

December, 8, 2010
High school basketball season is finally upon us, and to kick things off, we're unveiling our All-State teams for both boys and girls basketball. Without further ado...



First Team
G – Joe Bramanti, Sr., Andover
F – Pat Connaughton, Sr., St. John’s Prep
F – Richard Rodgers, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
F – Jake Layman, Jr., King Philip
C – Jimmy Zenevitch, Sr., Central Catholic

Second Team
G – Victor Aytche, Sr., West Springfield
G – Steve Wynn, Jr., New Bedford
F – Samir McDaniels, Sr., New Mission
F – Akosa Maduegbanum, Jr., Charlestown
F – Noah Vonleh, Soph., Haverhill

Third Team
G – Zach Hurynowicz, Sr., Burlington
G – Jules Tavares, Sr., New Bedford
G – Jon Henault, Sr., St. Bernard’s
F – Shane Sims, Sr. Brockton
C – John Swords, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury

Mass. All-NEPSAC (post-grads excluded)

First Team
G – Rene Castro, Soph., Beaver Country Day
G – Marcus Grant, Sr., Lawrence Academy
F – Alex Murphy, Jr., St. Mark’s
C – Kaleb Tarczewski, Jr., St. Mark’s
C – Dennis Clifford, Sr., Milton Academy

Second Team
G – Jaylen Brantley, Soph., Wilbraham & Monson
G – Canaan Severin, Jr., Worcester Academy
F – Nik Stauskas, Jr., St. Mark’s
F – Andrew Chrabascz, Soph., Cushing Academy
F – Evan Cummins, Jr., Northfield-Mt. Hermon


First Team
G – Blake Dietrick, Sr., Wellesley
G – Kendall Burton, Sr., Newton South
G – Nicole Boudreau, Jr., Andover
G – Khadijah Ellison, Sr., Burke
F – Mariah Lesure, Sr., Amherst

Second Team
G – Natalie Gomez-Martinez, Sr., Andover
G – Briana Hunt, Sr., Newton North
F – Elizabeth Belanger, Jr., Acton-Boxborough
F – Leigha Tacey, Sr., Foxborough
F – Melissa Miller, Sr., Central Catholic

Third Team
G – Blake Underhill, Jr., Ashland
G – Gabie Polce, Sr., Central Catholic
G – Sophie Bikofsky, Sr., Newton South
F – Shannon Holt, Jr., Wachusett
F – Amanda Harrington, Sr., Sutton

Five Things We Learned at Elite 75

September, 29, 2010
The third annual "New England Elite 75 Showcase -- Frosh/Soph Edition" took place on Saturday at Boston University’s Case Gymnasium and included many of the top underclassman prospects the New England region has to offer. The event featured two sessions, with the freshmen taking the court in the morning and the sophomores in the afternoon.

Here is a look at five lessons we learned after taking in the day’s action:

1. Noah Vonleh is a Potential Star in the Making

Haverhill High School sophomore Noah Vonleh stood out as the most impressive prospect at the event. What sets him apart is a combination of three factors. First, he has the talent to dominant his peers right now. Second, he has demonstrated the work ethic to consistently improve his game. Third, his physical upside is tremendous. Vonleh only recently celebrated his 15th birthday and already stands 6-foot-7 with a strong body. He could still be growing and is certainly still growing into his body and consequently hasn’t nearly peaked athletically. He has terrific economy of motion, taking the ball off the defensive glass and going coast to coast in three or four dribbles and only requiring a single bounce to get to the rim in a half-court set, to go along with a rapidly developing skill set. If this young man continues to work hard and make good decisions, the sky could be the limit.

2. The Class of 2013 has Tremendous Depth

New England has some very well known talent in the class of 2013. Connecticut native Kuran Iverson is the second ranked player in the country and Everett native Nerlens Noel is third, according to ESPNU’s most recent Terrific 25 list. But beyond the obvious star power of Iverson, Noel, and Vonleh the region, and the state of Massachusetts specifically, has great depth in the class. Beaver Country Day guard Rene Castro already owns a scholarship offer from Boston College, Brimmer & May’s Jake Fay has one from UMass, and a variety of others in action on Friday had the potential to earn similar opportunities including Milton Academy’s Ikemefuna Ngwudo, Cushing Academy’s Andrew Chrabascz, Springfield Central’s Cornelius Tyson, and Weymouth’s Jared Terrell.

3. Getting to Know the Class of 2014

This was our first major opportunity to check out the incoming freshmen and there was plenty to like. Milton’s Jeremy Miller has the size and raw talent to potentially be a high level prospect down the road. Fellow big men Aaron Falzon (Newton North) and Bonzie Colson Jr. (St. Andrew’s) have similar upside. There are plenty of talented local guards including Lawrence Academy’s Johnnie Vassar, Cushing Academy’s Idris Taqqee and Stoughton’s Jonathan Joseph. The state of Connecticut also offers a particularly talented group with the likes of Jared Wilson-Frame, Levy Gillespie Jr., Winston Morgan and Kahari Beaufort.

4. Prep Talent Arriving Earlier than Ever

New England has always been the hub of prep school talent in the country, but it used to be that talented players only arrived for their post-graduate, or sometimes senior, seasons. Saturday’s event showed they are now coming much earlier and opting to play in the NEPSAC for multiple seasons. Some of the event’s top prospects, like Northfield Mount Hermon’s Dekeeba Battee, Worcester Academy’s Asur Madison, Winchendon’s Dennis Green and the Kent School’s Travis Berry are all from outside of the region but are boarding students at local prep schools.

5. One Year Can Make a Big Difference

There was a notable difference between the morning and the afternoon session as the sophomores delivered a significantly higher quality of play. The biggest difference was obviously physical as players were bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic given the extra year of physical maturity. But the other interesting trend was the higher caliber of basketball acumen. Some examples were more obvious as the sophomores tended to both share the ball more as well as play without it, but others were more subtle like looking into the post, using jab fakes or understanding how to defend from the weak side of the floor.