Boston High School: Blake Dietrick

Two-Sport ESPN Boston All-Staters

June, 27, 2012
Looking back at the nearly two years that ESPN Boston's high school section has been up and running, we have had seven boys and one girl make our MIAA All-State Teams in multiple sports. Here are the eight below:

Pat Connaughton, St. John’s Prep '11
Basketball (2010-11), Baseball (2011)
College: Notre Dame (Basketball and Baseball)

Richard Rodgers, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) '11
Football (2010), Basketball (2010-11)
College: Cal (Football)

Matt Walsh, Plymouth North '11
Football (2010), Baseball (2011)
College: Franklin Pierce (Baseball)

Blake Dietrick, Wellesley '11
Basketball (2010-11), Lacrosse (2011)
College: Princeton (Basketball)

Casey DeAndrade, East Bridgewater '12
Football (2011), Baseball (2012)
College: New Hampshire (Football)

Matt O’Keefe, Duxbury '12
Football (2011), Lacrosse (2012)
College: Johns Hopkins (Lacrosse)

James Burke, Duxbury '12
Football (2011), Lacrosse (2012)
College: Penn State (Lacrosse)

Mark Riley, Needham '12
Football (2011), Lacrosse (2012)
College: Bates (Football and Lacrosse)

Algonquin's O'Connell gets 500th career point

May, 23, 2012
Algonquin Regional senior attack Carly O'Connell netted her 500th career point this afternoon, in the Tomahawks' thrilling 12-11 double-overtime win over archrival Westborough.

O'Connell, a University of Oregon signee, sat at 499 points headed into today, and joins an exclusive club of 500-point scorers in Massachusetts that includes Westwood's Kelly Rich and Wellesley's Blake Dietrick. Current Notre Dame of Hingham head coach Meredith Frank is the state's all-time leader in points with 552 (306 goals, 242 assists) doing so over four seasons at Westwood High (2002-05).

Coming into the season, the Tomahawks had not beaten their archrivals since May of 2008, going 0-9 against the Rangers since that moment. With today's win, they sweep the season series, move to 17-1 on the season, and will likely grab the No. 1 overall seed in Division 1 Central when brackets are unveiled for the MIAA tournament.

Our MIAA Girls Lacrosse All-State Team

June, 30, 2011

Sarah Biron, Sr. M, Westwood
Biron spearheaded arguably the state’s most potent attack, as the Wolverines scored 461 goals in a 25-0-1 season that resulted in their third state title in four years. Biron finishes with a decorated career, totaling 337 points – including an 88-goal, 31-assist campaign this year. The All-American will play at Johns Hopkins next year.

Blake Dietrick, Sr. M, Wellesley
The two-time All-American leaves as one of the best all-around athletes in school history. For her career under outgoing lacrosse coach Chris Molonea, she finishes with a school record 511 career points, including 79 goals and 45 assists this season as the Raiders lost in the D1 South semifinals to state champ Westwood. Dietrick was also a starter on ESPNBoston’s inaugural Girls Basketball All-State Team. She will continue her career next season at Princeton.

Katie Ott, Sr. A, Medfield
One of the state’s premier attackers, Ott finishes her career with the Warriors as one of the all-time leading scorers, with 329 points. She had 85 goals and 38 assists this season for the 17-3 Warriors, who lost in the D2 South quarterfinals. An All-American selection, Ott will play next year at Boston University.

Jamie Potter, Sr. M, Concord-Carlisle
One of the Patriots’ leading all-around athletes having captained three sports this year, Potter leaves behind a decorated career. Her 304 career points are most all-time in school history; this season, she registered 75 goals and 37 assists as the Patriots made the D1 North semifinals. She will play next year at Harvard.

Laura McHoul, Jr. M, Westwood
Another intregral part of the Wolverines’ multi-pronged attack, McHoul earned All-American nods after turning in a stellar junior season with an astounding 172 points (86 goals, 86 assists). In two seasons, she has 236 career points. McHoul is currently committed to the University of New Hampshire.

Kate Rich, Jr. M, Westwood
Rich was one of three Wolverines to put in 100-point seasons, registering 93 goals and 35 assists to earn All-American honors. For her career, she has 277 points. Rich is verbally committed to Boston College.

Amanda McLaughlin, Sr. M, Minnechaug
Her goal totals don’t stack up against the eye-popping numbers of her counterparts, but it would be hard-pressed to find a better set-up teammate than McLaughlin. Her 57 assists to go along with 20 goals earned her All-American nods this season. She will continue her career next season at Northwestern.

Rachel Igoe, Sr. M, Framingham
The two-time All-American led a Framingham attack that struggled early in the season, but caught steam late and made a run to the D1 North quarterfinals, losing a heartbreaker in overtime to Concord-Carlisle. For her career, she registered 238 points. Igoe will join her sister Kristin at Boston College next season.

Anne Farnham, Jr. D, Andover
A member of the Golden Warriors’ D1 state champion field hockey team in the fall, Farnham and her twin sister Kate formed one of the stingiest back lines in the state. Anne registered 17 goals and 15 assists, and led the Warriors in draw controls, earning All-American honors in the process. Both Anne and Kate are verbally committed to UMass.

Madison Acton, Jr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
For her career, Acton has 239 points, including a 68-goal, 37-assist campaign this season as the Warriors advanced to the D1 Eastern Mass final before losing to state champ Westwood. Acton earned All-American distinction, and is verbally committed to Duke.

Liz Holmes, Sr. G, Longmeadow
Also a goalkeeper for the Lancers’ field hockey team that made the D1 West final, Holmes helped run a stingy defense that allowed 7.4 goals per game, aided by her 152 saves. Holmes will continue her career next year at Marist.


Katy Ananian, Sr. G, Belmont
Shelby Aubin, Jr. M, Needham
Abby Bunting, Sr. M, Wellesley
Jen Caro, Sr. A, Andover
Emma Dagres, Jr. A, Weston
Erika Eipp, Jr. M, Groton-Dunstable
Kate Farnham, Jr. D, Andover
Ally Fazio, Jr. A/M, Andover
Rebecca Graves, Jr. A, Bishop Fenwick
Emily King, Sr. M, Northampton
Megan Hennessey, Soph. M, Winchester
Cassandra McGill, Sr. A, Westborough
Mary O’Connell, Soph. A, Norwell
Anna Petrunich, Jr. M, Westborough
Kate Riley, Jr. M, King Philip
Jessica Roach, Sr. M, Notre Dame (Hingham)
Brooke Rudden, Sr. A, Hopkinton
Stephanie Sabatini, Sr. M, Longmeadow
Rachel Sexton, Jr. M, Lincoln-Sudbury
Karaline Smith, Sr. M, Acton-Boxborough
Tory Waldstein, Jr. M, Needham

Westwood heads to 5th-straight D1 South final

June, 8, 2011
WESTWOOD, Mass. -- There was some hope this in the girls lacrosse community of eastern Massachusetts that 2011 was going to be be rebuilding year for Westwood.

After winning back-to-back state titles in 2008-09 and making a run to the state semifinals last year, the Wolverines have graduated dozens of talented players, four of whom contributed to this year’s NCAA Womens National Championship Northwestern squad. The hope was that the well had finally run dry.

So much for that theory.

Westwood roared through the regular season once again, its only blemish in 20 regular season games being a 15-15 tie with Western Mass. powerhouse Longmeadow. That run has continued into the postseason, and the top-seeded Wolverines have reached the Div. 1 south sectional title game for the fifth consecutive year after a resounding 18-7 victory over No. 3 Wellesley Wednesday night at Westwood High School.

Westwood (22-0-1) will face No. 2 Needham, an 8-6 winner over Notre Dame Academy in the other semifinal, in the South final on Friday at 6:45 p.m.

“We had a tough loss last year against Framingham [in the state semis] and we want to go out there and prove to people that isn’t a rebuilding year for us like everyone said it was going to be,” said senior captain Sarah Biron. “We’re not going to forget what it felt like to lose and we’re just going to go headfirst, all or nothing.”

Junior Laura McHoul was brilliant in running the Westwood offense, handing out a whopping 10 assists while scoring three times herself. Biron was the primary beneficiary, scoring five of her six goals in the first half as the Wolverines raced out to a 7-0 lead after the first 10 minutes, which they pushed to a 12-3 advantage at the half.

“I just know my teammates well and where they’re going to be,” said McHoul. “Its the experience of playing together over the whole season and knowing when someone’s going to be open and when they’re not. Its just knowing the players and having a good connection on the field.”

According to Westwood coach Leslie Frank, having a player the caliber of Biron, who will play at Johns Hopkins University next year, is one of the main reasons why her team has been able to pick up right where it left off because of how teammates such as McHoul have learned from her example.

“Laura is phenomenal. That’s her norm. Her assists are 5-6-7 a game,” Frank said. “She is the quintessential unselfish player and you know why that is? You have to talk about Sarah Biron.”

“Sarah Biron is unselfish, hits the open player,” Frank continued. “She’s taught Laura that. You have some of these star players on teams that do one thing. They go to goal, they don’t defend. Sarah’s example has brought Kate [Rich], Laura and Emily [McGrail] up to her level with that understanding of pass the ball forward if I’m not open or draw the two and find the opening.”

Rich, a junior, finished with four goals and an assist, while senior Emily McGrail celebrated her birthday with a hat trick.

For Wellesley, the loss marks the end of a pair of outstanding careers. Senior captain Blake Dietrick, headed to Princeton for basketball, finished with four goals and assist, while longtime coach Chris Molonea is retiring from coaching after a 30 years.

“We fought right the very end,” Molonea said. “I couldn’t any prouder of these kids. They never quit, never gave up.”

Wellesley sweeps season series with Framingham

May, 5, 2011
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Wellesley put the clamps down on host Framingham with strong draw control and a sustained offense in the final 11-plus minutes of the second half, to bring home a 10-7 win on Thursday in a Bay State Conference crossover game.

Blake Dietrick scored three goals and added an assist, and also helped the Raiders (7-1-1) hold a dominating 15-4 edge in the draw department.

"That was one of our major focuses," Dietrick said. "The last thing we said before we went out on the field was that draw control is so important."

After Framingham's Sophia Agostinelli notched the game up at 5-5 on the opening possession of the second half, the Raiders quickly stretched the lead to three, capped by an Adrienne O'Donnell goal in front off a Julia Flanigan feed from behind the net. That gave the Raiders an 8-5 lead less than eight minutes into the second half.

But Framingham (4-5), as most defending state champions do, would not go down without a run. Rachel Igoe had a goal called off due to a whistle, but Hannah Cronan made sure the possession ended with a goal at 12:52.

Kaitlyn Wilder cut the Raiders' lead to 8-7 with 11:28 left, when she ripped a shot that just tucked underneath the crossbar.

"We weren't forcing anything," said Flyers coach Stacey Freda. "They were sliding over a proactive double onto (Igoe) and we just found players inside. We didnt try to force it. If they were going to send a double-player then we would just find a player on a curl cut, it was almost taking candy from a baby when that happened."

The other factor in the run was that the Flyers were able to even out the draw game for a short period of time. Freda decided to call on Igoe the third player to take a draw against Dietrick to handle the draw duties and she had some success, gaining three of four possessions.

However, the burst of dominant play wouldn't last long as the Raiders held serve in the Flyers' end for the final 11 minutes of the game.

"They were changing who was doing the draw, which affects how you are doing the draw a little bit," said Dietrick. "I had to change up what I was doing against each specific person. The most important thing is the people on the circle working hard for every loose ball, so we did a good job on that sense."

O'Donnell netted her third off a free shot with 10:46 lef, to make it 9-7. The Raiders then closed out the scoring with just under five minutes to go, when Leah Dowd burst through midfield, scooped a ground ball and outraced two defenders to notch the final goal for the Raiders.

"No one should be surprised by that," said Raiders head coach Chris Molonea. "She has good speed and she has proven in other games that she can score."

Wellesley midfield stifles Framingham

April, 12, 2011
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Never short on speed, the Framingham girls lacrosse team usually feasts on turnovers and turns them into transition goals with its seemingly endless fleet of jet-quick midfielders.

But the aptly-named Flyers ran into a Wellesley midfield Tuesday that never allowed that to happen, as the Raiders controlled the tempo from start to finish in a 9-5 win, handing the defending Division 1 state champions a rare second straight loss after falling to Westborough last week.

Blake Dietrick (four goals, three assists), Abby Bunting, Maggie Dore and Molly McNamara suffocated the Flyers, who only managed nine shots on net and were never able to get into much of an offensive rhythm.

“Our defense starts with our attack because we set up a zone that tries to slow down and stop the midfielders from breaking through into the attacking half,” said Dietrick, whose Raiders improved to 2-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the Bay State Conference. “And so when our diamond (zone) was slowing them down, the midfielders were getting back and marking up. And when all that came together, it allowed our ‘D’ to be set when we got down to be settled sevens.”

Framingham (1-2, 1-1 BSC) did a decent job of possessing the ball and getting into its settled offense, but Wellesley’s defenders consistently checked balls loose and batted down passes to force turnovers and keep the Flyers from generating quality shots.

“Today especially we were matched up a lot (one-on-one),” said standout Framingham midfielder Rachel Igoe of Dietrick and Bunting. “Blake’s a very versatile player. They’re very aggressive. We know a lot about each other, so we kind of know what to expect and what’s going to happen.”

Despite being hounded by her MassElite teammates, Igoe (two goals, assist) and sophomore midfielder Melissa Renauld (two goals) scored to cut Wellesley’s lead to 3-2 with 5:58 remaining in the first half.

But Raiders coach Chris Molonea called a timeout to preach a more patient attack, and it worked, as Wellesley reeled off the final three goals of the half, capped by a Bunting tally off a Dietrick feed, to make it 6-2.

“Between our rushing and the fine play of the young (Framingham) goalie (freshman Aileen Kelly), it probably could have been a bigger bulge (at the half),” Molonea said.

Framingham wasn’t able to get closer than three goals in the second half despite winning four of the final five draws, as they simply turned the ball over too much to make a serious run at the Raiders.

With these perennial powers set to meet later in the season for a non-league contest and a possible third tilt if they make it through their respective sectionals, Dietrick knows the bragging rights will last only so long.

“We know that (Framingham is) going to be stronger than ever (later in the season),” said the Princeton-bound senior. “So this is a good confidence boost for our team and a good step forward... But we know we still have a long way to go and they’re going to be ready to kick our butts when we play them again. So we have to be better by that time of the season.”

ESPNBoston's MIAA All-State Girls Basketball Team

March, 25, 2011

Guard – Nicole Boudreau, Jr., Andover
The state's Gatorade Player of the Year and Merrimack Valley Conference Player of the Year led the Golden Warriors to their second straight Division 1 state title, and put up impressive numbers in her junior season: 23.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.9 steals, 4.5 assists and two blocks, as the Warriors went 27-1. Boudreau is verbally committed to Boston College.

Guard – Natalie Gomez-Martinez, Sr., Andover
Together with Boudreau, the 5-foot-6 Gomez-Martinez formed the state's most formidable backcourt, and backed it up with some impressive numbers of her own. She averaged 13.5 points, 5.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 steals as the Golden Warriors won their second straight Division 1 state championship. Gomez-Martinez will continue her career next fall at Division 1 Marist College.

Guard – Blake Dietrick, Sr., Wellesley
The Raiders made a surprise early exit from the Division 1 South tournament, but the 5-foot-11 Dietrick leaves Wellesley as one of the school's all-time greatest athletes. This season she averaged 20.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 3.9 steals and was named the Bay State Conference's MVP. She also hit 52 three-pointers this season. She leaves Wellesley with 1,440 career points, and is the school's all-time leading scorer for either gender in both basketball and lacrosse. Dietrick will continue her basketball career next fall at Princeton University.

Forward – Elizabeth Belanger, Jr., Acton-Boxborough
The 5-foot-11 junior continued the momentum from sophomore season, in which she won the Dual County League's MVP, to held the Colonials break through to the TD Garden floor in 2011. After outlasting archrival Lincoln-Sudbury in overtime, the Colonials made it to the Division 1 North final at the Garden, where they lost to eventual state champ Andover. For the season, Belanger averaged 20.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and 2.7 steals, and registered her 1,000th point in a D1 North first round win over Billerica.

Center – Tori Faieta, Sr., St. Mary’s
At 6-foot-2, the senior imposed her will around the rim for four years, culminating this season with a Division 3 state championship, the school's first state title since 2003. She was named the Catholic Central League's MVP, and is a four-time league all-star. This season, she averaged 13 points and 11.2 rebounds, and finishes as the all-time leading scorer (1,471 points) and rebounder (1,416 boards) in school history. She will continue her basketball career next fall at Stonehill College.


Cassi Amenta, Sr., St. Mary’s
Together with Faieta, the 5-foot-11 Amenta formed one of the state's most vicious frontcourts, culminating with a Division 3 state title. The two-time Catholic Central League All-Star leaves St. Mary's as the third all-time leading scorer (907 points), including averages of 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds this season.

Nicole Beresford, Sr., Marshfield
The 5-foot-11 Beresford has been a rock for the Lady Rams since her freshman year, earning Atlantic Coast League All-Star nods in all four of her years on the varsity and earning a McDonald's All-American nod this season. She averaged 22.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in her senior season, and leaves Marshfield as the school's all-time leading scorer for either gender (1,804 points). Beresford will continue her career next fall at Dartmouth.

Sophie Bikofsky, Sr., Newton South
As co-MVP of the Dual County League for the Large division champs, the 5-foot-11 Bikofsky honed her reputation as one of the area's best shooters. This season she averaged 18.5 points, seven rebounds and 2.7 steals, and memorably got her 1,000th point within 30 seconds of teammate and fellow All-Stater Kendall Burton. Bikofsky will continue her career next fall at Brown.

Kendall Burton, Sr., Newton South
The DCL's other co-MVP was just as versatile on the court as her counterpart Bikofsky. She averaged 15.5 points, six rebounds and 1.7 assists for the Lions as they advanced to the Division 1 South semifinals. Burton, along with Bikofsky, was also a McDonald's All-American nominee this season. She will continue her career next fall at Villanova University.

Amber Dillon, Sr., Brookline
The 5-foot-4 Dillon led the Warriors to a 14-7 campaign in her senior season, while finishing second to Wellesley's Blake Dietrick in scoring in the Bay State Conference. She averaged 15.3 points, four rebounds, four assists and earned a McDonald's All-American nomination this season.

Khadijah Ellison, Sr., Burke
With freakish athletic talents, the 5-foot-8 senior established herself as one of the state's craftiest ballhandlers, if not the best in the city of Boston. The Bulldogs made an early exit in the Division 3 South tournament, but her brightest days are ahead of her. Ellison, the No. 44 overall player nationally in the Class of 2011 by ESPNU, will continue her career next fall in the SEC at Mississippi State.

Julie Frankian, Sr., Millbury
The 5-foot-11 Frankian established herself as one of the most dynamic scorers outside of I-495, leading the Woolies to a fifth straight Central Mass. Division 2 title and fourth straight appearance in the Division 2 state championship. Frankian leaves Millbury as the school's all-time leading scorer, and for her senior season averaged 19.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and three assists. She will continue her career next fall at Division 2 Assumption College.

Arielle Gomes, Sr., New Bedford
The 5-foot-11 power forward was a force in the middle for the Whalers, who went 20-0 during the regular season to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the South and advance to the Division 1 Eastern Mass finals, where they lost to eventual state champion Andover. Before losing to Andover, the Whalers allowed just 40 points per game in the playoffs. For the season she averaged 17.7 points and five assists, and finishes her career at New Bedford as the second all-time leading scorer (1,284 points).

Brenna Gonsalves, Sr., Coyle-Cassidy
The 5-foot-10 Gonsalves leaves Coyle as the school's all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls, with 1,615 points. She was also a three-time Eastern Athletic Conference scoring champion. With Gonsalves leading the way, the Warriors won three straight EAC titles, and took the Division 3 South crown earlier this month. She finishes with a career scoring average of 17.9 points, and amassed 672 rebounds, 254 steals, 202 assists and 140 blocks. She will continue her career next fall at Division 2 Adelphi University.

Monique Heard, Jr., Holyoke
Holyoke's spark plug of a 5-foot-5 point put in a dazzling junior season for the Purple Knights, averaging 22.5 points and six assists per game as they went 19-3 and advanced to the Western Mass. Division 1 semifinals. Heard was also the inaugural recipient of the Basketball Hall of Fame/MassLive Western Mass Player of the Year.

Morgan Jenkins, Sr., Revere
The 6-foot Jenkins was a dominant force in the paint for the Patriots, who won the Northeastern Conference and went 20-0 in the regular season to earn a No. 1 seed in the Division 1 North tournament. Jenkins, who led the NEC in scoring average (18.8 points), will continue her career next fall at St. Michael's College.

Carlene Kluge, Sr., Reading
The 6-foot Kluge lead a young Rockets squad to Middlesex League dominance, as they went 21-2 and won the league outright in the last year before splitting into two divisions. She averaged 13.2 points on the season, as the Rockets advanced to the Division 2 North semifinals. Kluge will continue her career next fall at Bentley College.

Melissa Miller, Sr., Central Catholic
A four-year member of the varsity, Miller co-captained the Raiders to a 20-3 campaign this season and was one of the region's premier forwards, averaging 11.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. For her career, the Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star amassed over 850 points and 500 rebounds. She will continue her career next fall at Merrimack College on a full scholarship.

Gabie Polce, Sr., Central Catholic
A four-year varsity player who has run the point for the Raiders the past 3 years, the 5-foot-9 Polce captained the Raiders to a 20-3 campaign, averaging 10.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 steals. For her career, the Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star scored 838 points, over 210 steals and more than 300 assists. She will continue her career next fall at Division 2 College of St. Rose.

Alyssa Roach, Sr., New Bedford
Along with Arielle Gomes, Roach was a force offensively for the Whalers, who averaged nearly 70 points per game in the regular season and finished the year 24-1, bowing out to eventual state champ Andover in the Division 1 Eastern Mass finals. She averaged 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds on the season. Roach will continue her career next fall at American International College.

Emma Roberson, Jr., Arlington Catholic
The 5-foot-9 Roberson was the catalyst for a young Cougars squad that captured their first Division 2 state championship in school history in dominating fashion, a 49-28 drubbing of Millbury. After a competitive Catholic Central slate, Roberson led a Cougars defense that allowed just 39 points per game in six playoff games.

Bri Schnare, Jr., Wachusett
The 6-foot-2 forward turned in a stellar junior season for the 15-6 Mountaineers, averaging 12.2 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game and earning a Mid-Wach A All-Star nod. When play resumes at the end of the year, Schnare will be a captain for head coach Jim Oxford.

Dana Theobald, Jr., West Springfield
One of several lightning-quick point guards to rule Western Mass, the 5-foot-6 Theobald led the district in scoring with 23.5 points per game. Behind Theobald, the Terriers earned a No. 1 overall seed in the Division 1 West sectional, and lost in the semifinals to Longmeadow in an overtime thriller.

L-S is full throttle in upset of No. 6 Wellesley

February, 18, 2011

SUDBURY, Mass. -- The pregame festivities for Lincoln-Sudbury had a little bit of everything on Senior Night. But when the ball was tipped, the first quarter action may have topped it all.

The Warriors (13-5) raced out to an 18-point lead in the first and never looked back in their 58-38 win over Wellesley, in a nonleague battle on Friday night.

The two teams faced off earlier in the season, with the Warriors being on the opposite end of a large first half deficit. So when the Raiders (16-2) came out sloppy with the ball and cold from the floor, Warriors head coach Liza Feldman was pleased to see her team take control of the game.

“(Wellesley) is a team that you have to take advantage of their misses, because they don’t miss much,” said Feldman, whose team has won five straight games. “I thought we did a good job of knowing when to push the ball and score early versus knowing when to work the ball around.”

Lindsey Jones was doing a little bit of everything in the first quarter for the Warriors, as the senior scored 11 of her game-high 22 points. Ashley Lutz added 15 points and five rebounds for the game, while the Warriors defense did a good job of limiting Raiders’ star Blake Dietrick to 11 points on 1-of-12 shooting from deep.

The Warriors took advantage of three early Raiders’ turnovers to score the first nine points. Shelby Witherford went 1-of-2 from the free throw line to score the Raiders first point with 3:21 left in the quarter, but the Warriors would use a 14-4 run to close out the quarter.

Jones did most of her work inside the paint with lay-ups in transition, but she also canned a straightaway 3-pointer to show off her range.

“I had to step up my offense, because it’s been a little slow this season,” said Jones.

The Raiders started to put some resemblance of their offense together in the second quarter, but the Warriors stayed with them stride for stride. Nyah Berg’s floater off the glass with three seconds remaining in the half gave the Warriors a 34-18 lead.

Wellesley turned it over on its first two possessions of the third quarter, and Jones’ second three of the game started a 11-0 run before Grace Miller’s continuation stopped the bleeding.

Feldman was throwing all sorts of looks at Dietrick, but it was the work of Meghan Sanford that stood out the most. Sanford was given the responsibility of guarding Dietrick from pretty much the moment she got her hands on the ball. On several occasions, Sanford forced the Raiders’ Princeton-bound leader into bad turnovers and uncharacteristic decision-making.

“She’s an excellent player so I had to be on my toes and move my feet, because I didn’t know she might get by me,” said Sanford. “We were trying to put pressure on her (in the backcourt) so they couldn’t run plays and couldn’t score.”

“She’s a phenomenal player and we didn’t want her to get hot at all,” added Feldman. “I thought our kids did a good job of forcing her in to some tough shots. She’s not easy to guard and I think the kids executed the game plan the way that we hoped.”

The Raiders did manage to pull to within 11 points because of some sloppy play from the hosts, but again the Warriors put together an 11-3 run, mostly on made free throws, to close the game.

McDonald's All-American nominees announced

January, 25, 2011
Thirty-eight athletes playing at Massachusetts high schools have been nominated for this year's McDonald's All-American basketball games, and it is quite the interesting list. On the boys side, Notre Dame Prep has a whopping six players nominated; also of note, Newton North's Tevin Falzon gets a nomination despite not playing a minute all season due to a wrist injury.

Below is the complete list of nominees for the boys and girls games:


Pat Ackerman, Worcester Academy
Khem Birch, Notre Dame Prep
Joe Bramanti, Andover
Ryan Canty, Brimmer & May
Sam Cassell Jr., Notre Dame Prep
Dennis Clifford, Milton Academy
Pat Connaughton, St. John's Prep
Aaron Cosby, Northfield-Mt. Hermon
Myles Davis, Notre Dame Prep
Tevin Falzon, Newton North
Grandy Glaze, Notre Dame Prep
Jon Henault, St. Bernard's
Kyle Kager, Deerfield Academy
James Kennedy, Cushing Academy
Samir McDaniels, New Mission
Joe Mussachia, Manchester-Essex
Angel Nunez, Notre Dame Prep
Kachi Nzerem, New Mission
Andrej Pajovic, Wilbraham & Monson
Joe Sharkey, Northfield-Mt. Hermon
Chris Sherwood, Brimmer & May
Tyler Strange, Notre Dame Prep
Vincent Van Nes, Northfield-Mt. Hermon
Jimmy Zenevitch, Central Catholic


Nicole Beresford, Marshfield
Sophie Bikofsky, Newton South
Kendall Burton, Newton South
Blake Dietrick, Wellesley
Amber Dillon, Brookline
Tori Faieta, St. Mary's
Julie Frankian, Millbury
Natalie Gomez-Martinez, Andover
Brenna Goncalves, Coyle-Cassidy
Briana Hunt, Newton North
Mariah Lesure, Tabor Academy
Samantha Mangano, Winchester
Gabie Polce, Central Catholic
Clare Sullivan, Rivers

No. 9 Wellesley makes clockwork of Walpole

January, 12, 2011
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- The Wellesley and Walpole High girls basketball programs are used to being the monsters of the Bay State Conference’s Herget Division, neither a stranger to league, Eastern Mass or state titles. A banner hanging under one of the scoreboards at the Raiders’ gym reads simply, “Tradition,” in block lettering.

But this season, the rivalry has swung clearly in Wellesley’s favor, as the Raiders tore through a young, inexperienced Walpole team, 61-26.

Led by Princeton-bound guard Blake Dietrick (14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists) and fellow Division I hopeful Tierra Allen (eight points, eight rebounds, four assists), daughter of Celtics shooting guard Ray Allen, the Raiders (6-1) were in control from start to finish, scoring the first 18 points of the game. Wellesley allowed the Rebels to shoot just 15 percent from field in the first half, turned the visitors over 34 times for the game and enjoyed an over 2:1 ratio on the glass.

“We just came out very well and we haven’t been doing that,” said Wellesley coach Kristin Cieri. “We came out really strong right away.”

“They’re a good team, but we can’t turn the ball over 30 times a night,” said Walpole coach Stacey Bilodeau, whose team dropped to 0-5 with the loss. “I’m sure we were pretty close to that again tonight, not running through sets. Once we settled in we were getting some shots, but then those shots weren’t falling.”

It was a balanced effort from Wellesley, as 11 of the 12 players on the roster scored at least one point. Walpole, starting no seniors and relying heavily on contributions from freshmen and sophomores, simply couldn’t handle the Raiders’ overall length and athleticism.

Allen, a senior who transferred in this fall from South Carolina, was indoctrinated into the rivalry by Cieri.

“She did a good job preparing me,” Allen said. “She was just like, ‘This is a hard team and we try and play against them hard every year.’ ... Me coming in I feel like I had to step up.”

The Raiders shared the ball well, as 10 of their 16 field goals in the first half came off assists. Six-foot-2 sophomore center Grace Miller had a solid effort in the paint with nine points and five rebounds.

Cieri noted the balance and versatility her team showed against the Rebels hasn’t been evident early in the season and is still a work in progress.

“We’re trying to develop that versatility; we don’t really have it yet. We’re hoping to have it, but we have a lot of people that need to get better. And after the Needham loss I think it was a big wake-up call to all the people that aren’t named Tierra and Blake to do more.”

With her team having played the iron of the BSC so far, Bilodeau kept the rough start in perspective.

“Everybody has youth at some point. We’re very young and we’re getting better each game. Unfortunately we haven’t gotten a win yet, but we’re getting better each game. So I’, hoping eventually that win will come to give us a little bit more confidence.”

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