Boston High School: Bishop Hendricken (R.I.)

Recap: New Bedford 78, Hendricken (R.I.) 68 (OT)

January, 25, 2015
Jan 25
WARWICK, R.I. -- New Bedford’s Whalers had every opportunity to pack their bags and jump on the bus for the ride back home early Sunday evening.

After building a 13-point lead against perennial Rhode Island Division I state champion Hendricken with 3:35 left in regulation, the Whalers imploded and the Hawks tied the game 59-59 on Preston Santos’ three-point shot with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.

Instead, the Whalers regrouped and out-scored the Hawks 19-9 in overtime and bussed home with a badly-needed 78-68 victory at the CCRI Knight Campus.

“What I told them was when we let that lead go and it went into overtime I said sometimes you’ve got to work overtime to get a good paycheck,” said Whalers coach Bonzie Colson. “I said we’ve got four more minutes. Let’s go out and work hard. We knew we were going to be in the bonus so let’s make our free throws because we didn’t do that to close out the game in regulation.

“But we did it in overtime so I’m grateful that we were able to get a chance to kill Hendricken’s momentum and took care of things and made our free throws.”

Good point.

New Bedford (4-8) converted a mere 50 percent (10-20) of its free throw attempts in regulation as compared with an impressive 81.8 percent (9-11) in overtime.

Obviously if the Whalers had been more proficient at the stripe in regulation the game never would have gone into an extra session.

Meaningful triumph: What made the victory important for the Whalers is that even though it was an out-of-state game it still counted toward their chance to qualify for post-season play.

“With us because we’re in the Big Three, every game counts,” said Colson. “They count for us and that’s the way it should be.”

Ben Clark paced New Bedford with a game-high 24 points while Quincy Pope added 11 and Djay Burgo plus Tyree Weston chipped in with 10 apiece.

Sophomore Justin Mazzulla, who’s already been offered a full ride by Boston College, paced the Hawks (10-5) -- who’ve annexed eight of the last 11 Rhode Island state championships -- with 22, while Trevor Lawton added 12.

For much of the game Clark was virtually unstoppable especially when he had the ball beyond the arc.

Clark, a senior, drained an improbable 70-percent (7-10) of his shots from three-point range.

“With his feet set, Ben can hit those shots,” said Colson. “This is probably the first time he’s hit seven. He’s our three-point threat. We try to do some things to move him around so he can get open.

“And the guys look for him as well.”

In the second half alone, Clark drained four consecutive treys before coming up empty.

And his fourth trey gave the Whalers a 52-39 lead with 3:35 remaining.

Hawks take flight: But the Hawks then played their best ball of the game and went on a 20-7 run with eight different players contributing.

Jarris Ashley, who was 8-for-11 at the line, buried both ends of a two-shot foul with eight ticks of the clock left in regulation to give New Bedford a 59-56 lead. But the Hawks, who were minus any timeouts, got the ball in the hands of Santos who drilled an off-balance trey to force overtime.

New Bedford bolted to a seven-point lead (66-59) early in overtime -- converting 5-of-6 free throws in the process.

The closest Hendricken could get was 68-62 on a Mazzulla free throw. But a three-point play by Burgo along with fast-break baskets by Pope and Clark put the game out of reach.

For the Whalers to maintain any hope of post-season play they must carry the momentum of this victory over Hendricken into their remaining games.

“You have to build one game at a time,” said Colson. “We won a game where we were up, we got down and it’s tied going into overtime and we kept fighting. That’s what I want from my guys -- continue to right through the adversity of a game.

“I think that it’s definitely going to be a positive moving forward and something we can build on.”
Starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, 16 teams will square off on the mystical parquet floor of the TD Garden, in the second annual Good Sports TD Garden Invitational.

A number of teams ranked in ESPN Boston's statewide basketball polls will be represented, incuding Andover, Catholic Memorial, St. John's Prep, Newton North, and Masconomet's girls team. Storied Rhode Island power Bishop Hendricken, the defending RIIL state champions, will also be playing, as well as last year's MIAA Division 1 runner up Central Catholic.

For the complete schedule, CLICK HERE.

Here are my picks for the day's eight matchups:

9:30 a.m. – No. 17 Masconomet (6-1) vs. Central Catholic (3-5) – GIRLS
The Raiders have encountered some struggles early in their season, the latest a loss Thursday night to Andover. That, coupled with Masco’s hot start, has me thinking the Chieftains avenge last year’s D1 North tournament loss. Pick: Masco

11 a.m. – Masconomet (5-2) vs. Arlington Catholic (4-1)
This could be one of the more underrated matchups of the day, but the Chieftains will squeak out a victory to here for the first boys-girls sweep at the Garden. Pick: Masco

12:30 p.m. – Belmont (5-2) vs. Somerville (0-6)
It’s been a long time since Somerville last appeared at the Garden – and, given the cold weather, we likely won’t see fans making the walk all the way to the Garden like in the old days. Even with the recent hand injury to guard Matt Kerans, Belmont has enough to overcome the Highlanders, who have a terrific star forward in Fru Che but a lot of youth around him. Pick: Belmont

2 p.m. – Malden Catholic (6-0) vs. Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) (5-2)
For the first time in what seems a while, Malden Catholic feels like a true contender in D2 North. This might be the upset of the day, but there’s a lot of weapons to take down in the defending Rhode Island state champs, including some promising scholarship talent. Pick: Hendricken

3:30 p.m. – No. 4 Newton North (8-0) vs. Newton South (6-2)
It’s going to be hard for Tommy Mobley to top last year’s performance in this matchup at the Garden, going off for 35 points in a blowout victory over their cross-town rivals, but he’ll be the leading scorer here once again. South, off to a surprising start, may have run into a superior talent here. Pick: Newton North

5 p.m. – No. 15 Mansfield (6-0) vs. No. 25 Franklin (6-2)
Both of these heated rivals are off to hot starts, and should once again bring a huge fan contingent. I picked a Franklin upset last year in this event, and it nearly happened. Is twice as nice? Pick: Franklin

6:30 p.m. – No. 2 Andover (8-0) vs. No. 5 Catholic Memorial (6-1)
With respect to the other matchups, this is the marquee battle of the day. Between Andover’s duo of David Giribaldi and E.J. Perry IV, and CM’s trio of Guilien Smith, Kellan Grady and Brandon Twitty, there’s no shortage of guards who can let it fly from deep. But the difference here is Connor Merinder, a nightly double-double machine manning the post for the Golden Warriors. Pick: Andover

8 p.m. – No. 7 St. John’s Prep (4-2) vs. Central Catholic (3-6)
When this matchup was first booked, many of us had flashbacks to the epic 2010 D1 North battle between these two teams, with ESPN 100 recruits Pat Connaughton and Carson Desrosiers squaring off before a huge crowd that sprinkled into the upper deck. Few of us expected Central to be fighting for its playoff life right now. One team needs this one badly, but there’s simply too much height to account for on the Prep side. Pick: St. John’s Prep

BasketBull Hoops Fest tips off Thursday

December, 19, 2012
The 2012 BasketBull Hoops Fest tips off Thursday at noon with two days of prep school basketball, followed by an additional two days of Catholic school matchups.

All games will be played at Holyoke Community College. For more information on the tournament, CLICK HERE.

BasketBull Director Colin Tabb passes along the full schedule, as well as players to watch over the four-day event:

Thursday, Dec. 20
Noon - Cheshire Academy (Conn.) vs. Worcester Academy
1:45 p.m. - Williston-Northampton vs. Masters School (Conn.)
3:30 p.m. - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Wilbraham & Monson
5:15 p.m. - Suffield Academy (Conn.) vs. Northfield-Mt. Hermon
7 p.m. - ALMA Academy (Canada) vs. Cheshire ACademy (Conn.)

Friday, Dec. 21
Noon - St. Thomas More (Conn.) vs. Wilbraham & Monson
1:45 p.m. - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Williston-Northampton
3:30 p.m. - Masters School (Conn.) vs. Cheshire Academy (Conn.)
5:15 p.m. - Northfield-Mt. Hermon vs. ALMA Academy (Canada)
7 p.m. - East Longmeadow vs. West Springfield

Saturday, Dec. 22
2 p.m. - Holy Cross (N.Y.) vs. St. Joseph Central
3:45 p.m. - Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) vs. St. Theresa's (Canada)
5:30 p.m. - Holy Name vs. Springfield Cathedral
7:15 p.m. - Bishop Kearney (N.Y.) vs. St. Peter's Prep (N.J.)

Sunday, Dec. 23
Noon - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Holy Cross (N.Y.)
1:45 p.m. - St. Theresa's (Canada) vs. Springfield Cathedral
3:30 p.m. - St. Raphael (R.I.) vs. Catholic Memorial


Rene Castro – Worcester Academy - 2013 – Butler
Peter Miller – Northfield Mt Hermon - 2013 – Princeton
Anthony Dallier – Northfield Mt. Hermon - 2013 – Yale
Zena Edosomwan – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2013 - Harvard
Denzel Gregg – St. Thomas More – 2013 – Fordham
Dylan Haines – St. Thomas More – 2013 – undecided
Marquis Moore – St. Thomas Moore – 2013 – undecided
Chinonso Obokoh – Bishop Kearney – 2013 - Syracuse
Trevis Wyche – Saint Peter’s Prep – 2013 – St. Peter’s
Charles Correa – St. Raphael’s – 2013 – undecided
Tarik Smith – Cheshire Academy – 2013 – undecided
Eric Suder – Cheshire Academy – 2013 – undecided
Tank Roberson – St. Joseph Central – 2013 – undecided
Kamali Bey – Wilbraham and Monson – 2013 – undecided
Thomas Rivard – Worcester Academy – James Madison
Skylar White – Northfield Mt Hermon – 2013 – undecided
Donte Gittens – Masters School – 2013 – undecided
Austin Carter – Masters School – 2013 – undecided
Kendall Jackson – Suffield Academy – 2013 – undecided
Max Risch – Williston – 2013 – undecided
Goodluck Okonoboh – Wilbraham and Monson – 2014 – Undecided
Kerem Kanter – Wilbraham and Monson – 2014 – undecided
Matt Cimino – Worcester Academy – 2014 - undecided
Cane Broome – St. Thomas More – 2014 – undecided
Sem Kroon – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2014 – undecided
Gerard Adams – Catholic Memorial – 2014 – undecided
Godspower Ogide – Bishop Kearney – 2014 – undecided
Thomas Bryant – Bishop Kearney – 2015 – undecided
Josh Sharma – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2015 – undecided
DJ Baptiste – Wilbraham and Monson – 2015 – undecided
Luis Montero – Wilbraham and Monson – 2015 - undecided
David Watkins – Catholic Memorial – 2015 – undecided
Darrick Boyd – Springfield Cathedral – 2015
Mustapha Heron – Wilbraham and Monson – 2016
Tyonne Malone – Williston - 2016

Recap: CM 7, Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) 1

May, 19, 2012
WARWICK, R.I. -– Whoever said a team can never have enough pitching must have had Catholic Memorial in mind.

Including Saturday’s non-league game at perennial Rhode Island power Hendricken, the Knights are in a stretch where they play five games in eight days.

“We have six guys that have pitched this year,” coach Hal Carey said after the Knights clipped the Hawks, 7-1. “(Pat) Hurley is our clear number one. But after that, everyone can throw well on a given day.

“We’re going to need them all because we have five games in eight days. Two are makeups (including a Sunday game against Malden Catholic).”

Since junior right-hander Sean Heelen went the distance it allowed Carey to avoid using any relief pitchers –- which means the Knights (9-6) could be in good shape as they seek to qualify for the MIAA playoffs.

Heelen allowed four hits and three walks (the run was unearned), and struck out six. Moreover, he threw 59 of 95 pitches for strikes.

“I tried to give it all I had on the mound so we could save our pitchers for next week, especially with some big Catholic Conference games coming up including Xaverian and Malden Catholic,” Heelen said. “And we have a big game against Brockton on Monday. “I tried to give it all I had and coach was happy.”

One reason Heelen was able to muffle the Hawks (16-3) was that he utilized a new pitch.

“I’ve been trying to incorporate a slider and this was the first game I actually threw it,” he said. “So, I tried to come in with a lot of off-speed (pitches), which I usually do. And I try to work as quickly as I can so the batters don’t any time.

“I try to go out there and throw strikes and try to keep my team in it. I had some help from the catcher, Kevin White.”

Arguably nobody appreciates a pitcher’s ability to work fast more than the position players.

In this game, Heelen retired nine Hawks on three pitches or less; the Knights only made one error; and the team turned a double play.

“I try to stay in a rhythm on the mound so the fielders don’t get lethargic, especially in the outfield,” Heelen said. “As long as I throw strikes and they put the ball in play I know my teammates will make plays.”

Perhaps the most notable Hawk Heelen kept in check was senior pitcher/outfielder Tom Pannone, who already has signed a letter of intent to play his college baseball at the University of Miami.

Pannone was robbed of a hit in the first when his blooper to left was snared by Garrett Ewanowski who made a head-first dive.

First baseman Todd MacDonald made a nice pick on a hard grounder in the third.

And Pannone went down swinging in the fifth.

Heelen helped himself by going 2-for-four with an RBI while Brian McCann smacked a pair of doubles plus a single and drove in two runs.

Hendricken’s lone run came in the second when Rich Bacon reached on CM’s lone error and scored on Justin Finan’s double. But when Finan tried to stretch that hit into a triple –- with nobody out -– he was gunned down a perfect relay from Ewanowski to shortstop Joe Presti to Mike Perry.

“We’re 9-6 playing a tough schedule,” Carey said. “Our defense has been good all year. And Sean throwing great today was a huge boost for us.

“We want to try and get it done in these next few days (i.e. qualify for the playoffs). We’re good enough to beat anybody in (Massachusetts) and Rhode Island. But anyone on our schedule can beat us, too.”

New England Roundup: Rhode Island

February, 22, 2012
Maybe they don’t have the glamour or publicity enjoyed by perennial boys’ state basketball powers like Hendricken, La Salle and St. Raphael. But the Prout Crusaders have written one of the most heart-warming stories of the 2011-12 season.

Rhode IslandProut 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?

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WARWICK, R.I. –- Even Central Catholic coach Rick Nault had to admit he couldn’t have found his team’s offense Sunday with the latest GPS.

Or to put it another way, how many teams –- regardless of what league they play in –- can win a game by shooting 30.4 percent (14-for-46)?

But that’s exactly what the Raiders did as they beat perennial Rhode Island state power Hendricken, 47-43, in a game that almost completely was devoid of offense.

Central Catholic (13-0), which has been ranked No. 1 every week except one in the MIAA poll, held the Hawks to similar shooting (34.1 percent on 14-of-41) and forced the Hawks into 18 turnovers which enabled the Raiders to remain undefeated.

“I think we’ve always prided ourselves on defense,” Nault said with a raspy voice. “If you talk to coaches in Massachusetts, I think they would say that we’re tough defensively. We challenge the guards. We try to take teams out of their offense.

“When Hendricken has players like (Lee) Messier (10 points), (Greg) Palumbo (six points) and the big kid (6-foot-6 Nick Bourdeau, who only scored six points) … they have some real good pieces. We put a challenge into trying to contain them defensively and I think we did that for the most part.”

Central really contained the Hawks (8-5) during one stretch early in the second half.

Hendricken led 30-25 when Central went on a 16-1 run, with Nick Cambio scoring six of his overall 11 points for a 41-31 lead. And during this run, the Raiders forced the Hawks into five turnovers.

Central’s proficiency during this stretch was attributed to its full-court press and its in-your-face, man-to-man defense.

“Both of our teams are known for our defense,” Hendricken coach Jamal Gomes said. “I know Central Catholic is holding teams most of the year in the high 40s, and that’s where we’re holding teams (i.e. prior to this game Central was allowing 51.0 ppg and Hendricken was allowing 49.8 ppg.). We knew going into it the game it would be a defensive battle.

“Central Catholic’s pressure on the ball is outstanding, and it’s all game long. I think what happened was we were able to stem that in the first half (which ended with Hendricken leading, 25-23). Then, their ball pressure wore us down.”

Hawks off to flying start: Ironically, Hendricken built a 23-13 lead with 4:21 left in the first half due in part to an 8-0 run -– which was fueled by its man-to-man defense.

But the Raiders countered with a 10-2 run as Tyler Nelson scored six of his overall 13 points –- and which helped offset nine Central turnovers.

“Offensively we didn’t play well,” Nault said. “We didn’t take care of the ball, either.

Halting final run: Central forged its second 10-point lead, 43-33, on a basket by Mike Barry with 4:11 left and appeared to be in good shape. But the Hawks’ work on the boards sparked a 10-2 run.

And when Messier drained both ends of a one-and-one, Central’s lead was sliced to 45-43 with 23.4 seconds left in regulation.

Hendricken’s press on the ensuing inbounds pass forced a turnover and gave the Hawks a chance to tie and force overtime –- and perhaps to win. But Bourdeau threw up an air ball and Nelson clinched the victory by again sinking both ends of a one-and-one.

“We didn’t want them to get easy touches,” Nault said. “We knew they were probably going to try to go to Messier off a screen or a handoff which they did. We were able to knock the ball loose. Another guy (Bourdeau) picked up the ball and forced a tough shot.

“Luckily we were able to come up with the loose ball. We said during a timeout just get this one stop and we were able to do that today.”

Puello getting close: Even though the Raiders are undefeated and leading the Merrimack Valley League, they could be even tougher to beat once senior guard Luis Puello is fully recovered from a sprained ankle which sidelined him for several games.

“This was his fourth game back,” Nault said. “He’s still about 75 percent. He’s still struggling defensively. He’s not himself defensively.

“When he gets back at full speed and he can play the defense the way he’s been playing the last three years, I think we’re going to be pretty tough. But he’s still hobbling a great deal.”

Gomes has reason for optimism: Once Central went up by 10, Gomes knew his team was in a heap of trouble. But the way the Hawks responded was the polar opposite of the way they played early in the season when they lost four of their first five games.

“I’m very proud of our guys,” Gomes said. “We played tough. We battled. When they sent up six or seven (in the second half), we could have folded but we battled.

“That’s what I’ve been looking for from my team for a while … the toughness, the Hendricken style basketball. Now, we had our difficulties offensively. I don’t know if there are too many teams in Rhode Island that would beat us up like that. But a game like this tells us where we are and where we need to be and what we need to work on.

“I like playing Ricky Nault-coached teams,” Gomes added, “because they get after it. And in most years, they’re tight games.”

Hendricken's Perreault commits to Hopkins

December, 31, 2011
ESPNHS lacrosse editor Mike Loveday is reporting that Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) junior midfielder Alex Perreault has verbally committed to Johns Hopkins University for the fall of 2013.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Perreault was also considering Duke, Virginia, Bryant, Vermont, Ohio State and Middlebury.

New England Roundup: New Hampshire

October, 3, 2011
Seventy games have been played at Plymouth Regional's Zoulias Field since the start of the 2000 season. Just two of those contests were won by the visiting team.

Manchester's Trinity High was the second squad in that span to record the road win. The Pioneers, in most improbable fashion, pulled off the season's No. 1 stunner to date.

In their first-ever trip to Plymouth's home turf, the Pioneers struck for two long touchdown passes in the final minutes of their Division IV tilt to complete a 12-7 comeback win Sept. 24.

Trinity (4-0) terminated Plymouth's 40-game home win streak, which started nearly seven years earlier with a regular-season finale victory over Peterborough's ConVal Regional on Oct. 30, 2004.

"I brought it up (the night before the game) at a team meeting. That was the only time that we really brought it up," Trinity head coach Gary Leonard said of Plymouth's 40-game run at home. "It didn't seem to motivate them. But we can say we did it. That's what counts."

Exactly what motivated the Pioneers is difficult to determine. But it's clear what –- make that “who” -– sparked their comeback. He is sophomore quarterback Carmen Giampetruzzi.

A first-year starter under center, Giampetruzzi hit running back Josh Hughes for an 80-yard touchdown with 4:01 to play. Hughes caught the 10-yard pass outside the left hash mark, turned, and raced 70 yards down the left sideline. The throw was threaded perfectly between two Plymouth defenders.

The play was just the second pass attempt for Trinity, whose double-wing offense rarely moves the ball through the air. But the Bobcats completely neutralized Trinity's rushing attack, which left Leonard with no choice but to rely on his quarterback's left arm.

Moments after Hughes hit paydirt, the Pioneers, as they routinely do, lined up for the two-point conversion. Plymouth stuffed it.

Trailing by a point, the Pioneers needed a defensive stop. They got it with a turnover-on-downs at their 26-yard line.

The scenario: Trinity was 74 yards from the end zone – without a time out. Just 1 minute, 24 seconds remained in regulation.

Giampetruzzi went to work from the shotgun. He completed passes to Hughes (5 yards), Andrew Lauderdale (16 yards) and Adam Chambers (10 yards), moving the ball to Plymouth's 43. A false start moved the ball back to Plymouth's 48.

On third-and-15, with 26.5 seconds to play, Giampetruzzi handled the snap, dropped back, and rifled a spiral down the right seam. Lauderdale, a 6-foot 6-inch tight end, gained a step on his defender, caught the pass in stride and bolted for the goal line.

He crossed it with 17.8 seconds to play.

"So far, for Trinity, for football, this is probably one of the best wins we've had," said Giampetruzzi, whose ensuing two-point pass was incomplete, forcing the defense to make one final stand.

Lauderdale locked up the win, batting down a pass from Plymouth's 43 on the final play.

The Pioneers celebrated. The Bobcats huddled up to hear head coach Chuck Lenahan, the state's all-time wins leader, address them.

"Stick together," said a stunned Lenahan (328-68-1) when asked what he told his team after the final horn sounded. "That's all you can do. Regroup."

Hampton's Winnacunnet High and Northwood's Coe-Brown Academy were the big winners at the 37th annual Manchester Cross Country Invitational Sept. 24.

Without a single runner recording a top 10 finish at Derryfield Park, Winnacunnet won the boys' team title in the large-school race. Coe-Brown won the girls' crown in the small-school event.

Winnacunnet edged Burlington, Vt., 157-161. Justin Trott was Winnacunnet's first runner (12th overall) to complete the 3.1-mile course.

Coe-Brown won comfortably (67-99) over second-place Hopkinton High. Jessie Carney (20:22) and Carissa Hodgdon (20:40) were top 10 finishers, placing fourth and sixth, respectively.

The Bears also celebrated a boys' individual title as Jeremy Brassard won the small-school race. He clocked a time of 16:27.

In the boys' elite race, Pinkerton Academy of Derry delivered a solid showing. The Astros placed second in the team competition behind Rhode Island's Bishop Hendricken (42-89). Anthony Anzivino finished second overall (16:06).

Sami Hicks of Laconia High won the girls' small-school individual title (19:22).

Division I field hockey powers Salem High and Pinkerton clashed Sept. 24 in a fight for first place. Very little separated the squads in Salem's 2-1 home win.

Abbey Raymond snapped a 1-all tie inside the final 4 minutes of regulation. The dagger ended Pinkerton's bid for perfection. Danielle Ferraro set up Raymond's game-winning strike.

Jordyn Hamilton's goal late in the first half pulled Pinkerton even at 1-1. Her tally answered an early marker by Erika Smith.

Pinkerton finished the month with back-to-back wins, improving its record to 9-1. Salem also closed the month 9-1.

Sept. 15: Josh Hofer scored in double overtime to lift Manchester Memorial High to a 2-1 win over Salem in Division I boys' soccer. Hofer buried a rebound in the 95th minute.

Sept. 15: Cassidy John scored in the final minute of regulation to give Penacook's Merrimack Valley Regional a 1-0 win over Concord's Bishop Brady High in Division II girls' soccer. The win was the Pride's fifth straight and, at the time, kept the team unbeaten in league play at 6-0-1.

Sept. 17: Chris Camire made an acrobatic 32-yard catch in the final minute to set up a game-winning 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Connor Benjamin. Division III Goffstown High for the first time in the football program's history defeated Amherst's Souhegan High, 21-14.

Sept. 19: Jenna Freitas connected for five goals in Memorial's 7-0 Division I field hockey win at Nashua North. She scored the game's first three goals and added two more in the second half.

Sept. 24: Playing quarterback and running back during Merrimack Valley's rain-soaked football contest in Week 4, Cody Thurston had a hand in six touchdowns. He tossed four TDs and notched two rushing scores as the Pride topped Wolfeboro's Kingswood Regional, 64-45, in Division IV action.

Marc Thaler is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader & Sunday News. He can be reached at Read his "New Hampshire GameDay" blog and follow him on Twitter: @marc_thaler.

New Englanders taken in MLB Draft

June, 7, 2011
The third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft has concluded. Here's a rundown of which locals went where:

First Round (Monday)
11. Houston Astros, George Springer, OF, Connecticut (Avon Old Farms), New Britain, Conn.
19. Boston Red Sox, Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut (Bethel H.S.), Bethel, Conn.
21. Toronto Blue Jays, Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Auburn, Mass.

Second Round (Tuesday)
63. Arizona Diamondbacks, Anthony Meo, RHP, Coastal Carolina (Cranston West H.S.), Cranston, R.I.
64. Baltimore Orioles, Jason Esposito, 3B, Vanderbilt (Amity H.S.), Bethany, Conn.
85. Atlanta Braves, Nick Ahmed, SS, Connecticut (East Longmeadow H.S.), East Longmeadow, Mass.

Third Round (Tuesday)
118. New York Yankees, Jordan Cote, RHP, Winnisquam Regional, Sanbornton, N.H.

Fifth Round (Tuesday)
162. New York Mets, Jack Leathersich, LHP, UMass-Lowell (Beverly H.S.), Beverly, Mass.
169. Toronto Blue Jays, Andrew Chin, LHP, BB&N, Newton, Mass.

Sixth Round (Tuesday)
182. Pittsburgh Pirates, Dan Gamache, 3B, Auburn (Bishop Hendricken H.S.), Exeter, R.I.

Tenth Round (Tuesday)
302. Pittsburgh Pirates, Taylor Lewis, CF, Maine (Montville H.S.), Montville, Conn.
303. Seattle Mariners, Dan Paolini, 2B, Siena (Bunnell H.S.) Stratford, Conn.
317. Detroit Tigers, Curt Casali, C, Vanderbilt (New Canaan H.S.) New Canaan, Conn.

Twelfth Round (Tuesday)
363. Seattle Mariners, Mike Dowd, C, Franklin Pierce (Cardinal Spellman H.S.), East Bridgewater, Mass.

Thirteenth Round (Tuesday)
394. Arizona Diamondbacks, John Pedrotty, LHP, Holy Cross (Portsmouth H.S.), Portsmouth, R.I.

Fifteenth Round (Tuesday)
463. Florida Marlins, Jhimoar Veras, RF, Western Oklahoma State Coll. (Methuen H.S.), Methuen, Mass.

Seventeenth Round (Tuesday)
519. Chicago Cubs, John Andreoli Jr., RF, Connecticut (St. John's of Shrewsbury), Shrewsbury, Mass.

Eighteenth Round (Tuesday)
553. Florida Marlins, Greg Nappo, LHP, Connecticut (Daniel Hand H.S.), Madison, Conn.
563. San Diego Padres, Mike Gallic, LF, Marist (Tolland H.S.), Tolland, Conn.

Twentieth Round (Tuesday)
610. Houston Astros, Matt Duffy, 3B, Tennessee (St. Sebastian's), Milton, Mass.
630. Tampa Bay Rays, Garrett Smith, SS, Boston College (St. John's of Shrewsbury), Sterling, Mass.

23rd Round (Tuesday)
700. Houston Astros, Ruben Sosa, 2B, Oklahoma City University (Lawrence H.S.), Lawrence, Mass.
702. New York Mets, Jeff Diehl, C, Cranston West H.S., Cranston, R.I.
715. Cincinnati Reds, Sal Romano, RHP, Southington H.S., Southington, Conn.

24th Round (Tuesday)
747. San Francisco Giants, Keith Bilodeau, RHP, Maine (Bourne H.S.), Bourne, Mass.

25th Round (Tuesday)
763. Florida Marlins, Sean Donatello, RHP, UConn-Avery Point (East Lyme H.S.), Salem, Conn.
780. Tampa Bay Rays, Brooks Belter, RHP, Occidental (The Gunnery Prep), Lakeville, Conn.

28th Round (Tuesday)
862. Boston Red Sox, Brenden Shepherd, RHP, Stonehill (Masconomet Regional) Boxford, Mass.
867. San Francisco Giants, Tyler Mizenko, RHP, Winthrop (Hamden Hall H.S.), Wallingford, Conn.

31st Round (Wednesday)
958. Minnesota Twins, Garrett Jewell, RHP, Southern New Hampshire (Newfound Regional), Alexandria, N.H.

32nd Round (Wednesday)
975. Los Angeles Angels, John Leonard, RHP, Boston College (Hanover H.S.), Hanover, Mass.

35th Round (Wednesday)
1076. Atlanta Braves, Mike Hashem, LHP, Fisher College (North Andover H.S.), North Andover, Mass.
1080. Tampa Bay Rays, John Magliozzi, RHP, Dexter School, Milton, Mass.

38th Round (Wednesday)
1163. San Diego Padres, Pat Connaughton, RHP, St. John's Prep, Arlington, Mass.
1169. New York Yankees, Joe Maher, RHP, Bedford H.S., Bedford, N.H.

39th Round (Wednesday)
1192. Boston Red Sox, Corey Vogt, RHP, Keene State (Suffield H.S.), Suffield, Conn.

40th Round (Wednesday)
1206. Kansas City Royals, Ben Waldrip, 1B, Jacksonville State (Medford H.S.), Medford, Mass.

42nd Round (Wednesday)
1269. Chicago Cubs, Brad Zapenas, SS, Boston College (Nashua North H.S.), Nashua, N.H.
1290. Tampa Bay Rays, Mike Bourdon, C, U. Tampa (Northwest Catholic H.S.), Simsbury, Conn.

43rd Round (Wednesday)
1303. Florida Marlins, Drew Leenhouts, LHP, Northeastern (Franklin H.S.), Franklin, Mass.
1310. St. Louis Cardinals, Chris Costantino, RHP, Walters State CC (Bishop Hendricken H.S.), Lincoln, R.I.

44th Round (Wednesday)
1349. New York Yankees, Adam Ravenelle, RHP, Lincoln-Sudbury H.S., Sudbury, Mass.

45th Round (Wednesday)
1372. Boston Red Sox, Matt Gedman, 2B, UMass (Belmont Hill), Framingham, Mass.
1377. San Francisco Giants, Brian Maloney, LHP, Franklin Pierce (Brockton H.S.), Brockton, Mass.

46th Round (Wednesday)
1389. Chicago Cubs, Scott Weismann, RHP, Clemson (Acton-Boxborough H.S.), Boxborough, Mass.

48th Round (Wednesday)
1443. Seattle Mariners, Max Krakowiak, RHP, Fordham (Staples H.S.), Westport, Conn.
1448. Cleveland Indians, Blaine O'Brien, RHP, Keystone College (Scituate H.S.), Scituate, Mass.

50th Round (Wednesday)
1522. Boston Red Sox, John Gorman, RHP, Catholic Memorial, Norwood, Mass.

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Pirates select Exeter (R.I.)'s Gamache in 6th

June, 7, 2011
The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected Exeter, R.I. native, former Bishop Hendricken standout and current Auburn University third baseman Dan Gamache in the sixth round (182nd overall).

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Gamache was a three-time All-State selection during his time at Hendricken, and helped lead the Hawks to a state championship in 2008. He was also named MVP of the championships that season.

This season at Auburn, Gamache batted .299 with a .414 on-base percentage and 29 RBI.

No. 3 Central Cath. returns favor to Hendricken

January, 30, 2011
LAWRENCE, Mass. -- Vengeance is sweet.

Central Catholic suffered one loss by one point last season in winning its second Division 1 state championship in three seasons, a 61-60 decision to Rhode Island powerhouse Bishop Hendricken last Febuary 7. This time around, the Raiders used the size advantage in the frontcourt to return the favor, downing the seven-time defending Rhode Island state champs, 69-44, to improve to 14-1 on the season.

"That was always in our head throughout the entire week -- payback," said junior guard Luis Puello, who finished with 13 points, five assists and four steals. "We wanted to get them back, and good thing we did."

Said senior center Jimmy Zenevitch, who missed last year's loss with an ankle sprain, "I was really angry last year (sitting out), because we could have had an undefeated season, 28-0. So that was probably my biggest thing, I wanted to get them back for the guys that left -- for the Carsons (Desrosiers), all them -- and then I pretty much wanted revenge more than anything."

And for that, the 6-foot-7 Zenevitch (21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists) gave the Hawks (9-4) all they could handle. Without a big body to matchup with the Assumption-bound post player, they applied a variety of full-court presses, tweaking 2-1-2 and 2-2-1 looks and trapping the ballcarrier at the sidelines.

But Central happened to want to run, too. They led 18-6 after the first quarter thanks to a similar full-court pressure applied after completed baskets, which gave the Hawks enough trouble that they struggled getting the ball over the half-court line.

Still, when Zenevitch picked up his second foul with 1:38 left in the first quarter, it was cause for concern. But while some coaches strictly sit a player for the rest of the half upon his second foul, Central head coach Rick Nault had no second thought about throwing Zenevitch right back out there for the start of the second quarter.

The move paid off, as the big man muscled his way to 14 first-half points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field and a perfect 4 for 4 at the free throw line on three trips. Central led at the half, 36-20.

"If he picks up a third in the second quarter, he's coming out," Nault said. "My whole thing is, we need to have him on the floor when the game's on the line. And I'm not going to jeopardize early minutes to not have him in the game late. He's so valuable to us not only because he scores in the paint, but he rebounds and he's such a valuable leader. So if he's not in the game, he's still valuable to us as a leader on the bench."

With their lineup, the Raiders have seen more zone defenses than usual from opponents, including such looks from traditional man-to-man teams like Andover and Lawrence. So when the Hawks came out in the second half with varied 2-3 and 1-3-1 zone looks, players found success getting to spots in the perimeter and making swift passes to the open man. Another big run gave the Raiders a 53-29 lead headed into the final stanza.

In all, Hendricken committed 16 more turnovers than field goals (30, to just 14 field goals).

"I think we have a little bit of both," Nault said. "I think we're athletic on the perimeter and then we have the big guy in the middle who can score in the paint. So I think if teams try to make it a halfcourt game, I think we can be very successful. If teams want to go up and down with our guards and athleticism, I think we can do that as well."

Hendricken was led in scoring by Lee Messier, who tallied 13 points and was 2 of 4 from three-point range.


At first glance, it might surprise the unfamiliar to see scrawny 5-foot-8 freshman Tyler Nelson as one of the first off the bench and nail down three's with a textbook shot delivery, then get in his teammates' faces and coolly direct traffic in the halfcourt.

Within the program, everyone sees the Haverhill native's maturity beyond years as a long time coming. Of course, it doesn't hurt when your father is Jeff Nelson, an advance scout for the Utah Jazz who runs many camps and clinics in the Merrimack Valley region.

"Of course not," Puello said when asked if he's surprised. "We have high expectations of Tyler, even though he's only a freshman. You know, we trust him like he trusts us. When he gets on the floor, there's just something special about him, when he's running the offense, you know."

Said Zenevitch, "I've grown up playing with Tyler since probably fifth grade. His dad's helped me out coaching, I've gone to his camps, and I've pretty much known Tyler since I was 10 or 11. So I knew right when he came in that he was going to have a spot on the team pretty much. I have confidence in him hitting pretty much any shot that he takes."

New England Top 10 Poll updated

November, 3, 2010
The New England Top 10 has been updated on, and can be found here.

A few notes about the poll:

-- Gloucester and Mansfield are new to the poll this week, with the Fishermen leaping to No. 5 and Mansfield coming in at No. 10. Mansfield is coming off a closely-fought win over North Attleborough that ought to give them the inside track on the Hockomock League title. Meanwhile, the Fish have looked flawless so far headed into this weekend's matchup with Revere.

-- Everett remains No. 1, while Brockton hops up all the way to No. 4 after surviving Leominster last weekend, 37-30. St. John's of Shrewsbury dropped out of the Top 10 following its loss to Xaverian last Saturday in Shrewsbury.