Boston High School: Bryan Daniello

New England Roundup: Connecticut

June, 2, 2012
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Bryan Daniello said he felt less pressure this spring than he did a year ago – and it showed on the field.

ConnecticutDaniello, a pitcher/shortstop for Norwalk's Brien McMahon High School, was selected as the state's Gatorade Player of Year earlier this week. Daniello, a senior, has signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at the University of Connecticut.

“I was more relaxed this season,” Daniello said. “I had already committed to UConn so I could just go out and play my game and have fun. There wasn't as much pressure as there was a year ago.”

Daniello raised his record to 8-1 Tuesday, when he picked up the win in Brien McMahon's 11-1 triumph over New Milford in the Class LL tournament's first round. He also hit an inside-the-park home run (his seventh home run of the season) and a double in the victory.

He entered the tournament's second round with a .407 batting average and a 1.22 ERA.

“Daniello is fast, he plays a great shortstop and he has tremendous power,” Fairfield Warde coach Mark Caron said. “I think he's the best player we've seen all year.”

GRIDIRON MOVES
Mark Ecke resigned as Cheshire High School's football coach on May 21 after he was suspended by the Cheshire Board of Education on May 9 following an incident at his son's junior varsity lacrosse game.

Ecke, a spectator at a contest between Cheshire and Glastonbury, was ejected after confronting an official after his son, Tucker, was hit by a Glastonbury player.

Ecke, a sergeant in the Cheshire Police Department, had been Cheshire's coach since 1995. The Rams won the Class L title in 1995, and earned the Class LL title in 1996 and 1997.

“I am passionate about our program and our players, and I am most passionate about my family,” Ecke said.

Offensive coordinator Don Drust has been named the school's interim head coach. Drust has been with the Cheshire program since 2007.

"Prince Tech-Hartford football coach Robert McNamara will leave his current position to teach at Abbott Tech-Danbury after the current school year. It's uncertain if McNamara will be part of the Abbott Tech coaching staff.

Prince Tech had a 24-28 record during McNamara's six-year tenure.

"East Catholic-Manchester has hired Steven Calande to replace Bill Baccaro as its football coach. Calande coached at Old Town (Maine) last season. Baccaro resigned as East Catholic's head coach in April.

IN THE CARDS
The Greenwich golf team punctuated an 18-0 regular season by winning the FCIAC championship at Fairfield Wheeler Golf Club on Thursday.

The Cardinals won the event by posting a 290 team score. Staples finished second (311) and Fairfield Warde was third (316).

Junior Danny Guise, the FCIAC Player of the Year, led the way by shooting a 2-under-par 69. J.P. Rafferty (72), Paul Pastore (73) and Chris Pavelic (76) also scored for the Cardinals, who finished as the FCIAC runner-up in each of the last two seasons.

LAX POWERS
Darien and New Canaan were the two Connecticut teams ranked in the latest ESPNHS FAB 50 boys lacrosse rankings.

Darien dropped 11 spots to No. 22 following a loss to Ridgefield. New Canaan entered the poll at No. 48 after it defeated Ridgefield in the FCIAC tournament's championship game.

Darien and New Canaan could meet in the Class M state tournament.

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader, and publishes the New Hampshire Football Report (www.nhfootballreport.com). He has reported on high school sports throughout New England since 1992.

Daniello is Conn. Gatorade Player of the Year

May, 30, 2012
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This morning, ESPNHS and Gatorade announced the Gatorade Players of the Year for baseball across each of the 50 states and District of Columbia. BB&N's Rhett Wiseman took the honors in Massachusetts; below are the winners for the five other New England states.

CONNECTICUT: BRYAN DANIELLO, BRIEN MCMAHON

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound senior shortstop/right-handed pitcher led the Senators to a 16-7 record entering the Class LL playoffs against New Milford, scheduled for May 29. Daniello owned a 7-1 record and a 1.35 ERA on the mound along with a .400 batting average with six home runs and 18 RBI at the plate through 23 games. He was a First Team All-State selection and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a junior.

Daniello has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of an area soup kitchen, youth baseball camps and his church’s Bible camp.

“Daniello is fast, he plays a great shortstop and he has tremendous power,” said Mark Caron, head coach at Fairfield Warde High. “I think he’s the best player we’ve seen all year.”

Daniello has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall.

RHODE ISLAND: DAVID HOPKINS, EAST GREENWICH

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior shortstop led the Avengers to a 9-10 record and a berth in the Division 1 state tournament, scheduled to begin May 29. A returning First Team All-State and two-time First Team All-Division selection, Hopkins batted .370 with one home run and 18 RBI through his first 19 games. He collected 20 walks and scored 19 runs while producing a .551 on-base percentage and .537 slugging percentage. Also a right-handed pitcher, Hopkins owned a 4-4 record with a 3.50 ERA and 51 strikeouts against 14 walks in 48 innings pitched.

A survivor of leukemia, Hopkins has maintained a 3.16 GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria. He has donated his time as a youth sports instructor for the past two summers.

“He’s a pretty special kid,” said East Greenwich head coach Bob Downey. “He’s our best player and our best hitter. He’s a better shortstop than he is a pitcher, and he’s a pretty good pitcher. He carries us at times. He does all the little things. He gives us a chance to win every time he takes the field, and we’ve faced some wicked competition. Our guys really look up to him.”

Hopkins has verbally committed to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Rhode Island beginning in the fall of 2013.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: JORDAN BEAN, ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior right-handed pitcher led the Saints to a 15-1 record entering the Div. 2 playoffs, scheduled for May 31. Through 16 games, Bean owned a 5-0 record and a 1.29 ERA on the mound along with a .463 batting average with 14 RBI at the plate. He is a three-time All-State selection.

Bean has maintained a 4.30 GPA in the classroom. A peer tutor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of food drives to benefit the needy, youth baseball programs and in association with his church’s vacation Bible school.

“Bean is a clutch player who just doesn’t make mistakes,” said Eddy Coulombe, head coach at Goffstown High. “He throws a fastball, curve, slider, change and he has uncanny control. He’s also a good hitter and he’s solid defensively. He’s been dominant.”

Bean will attend Tufts University this fall, where he will play baseball.

MAINE: LUKE FERNANDES, MARSHWOOD

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound senior right-handed pitcher/shortstop led the Hawks to a 13-2 record entering the regular-season finale against Sanford, scheduled for May 29. Through 15 games, Fernandes owned a 4-1 record and a 1.83 ERA on the mound along with a .404 batting average with 14 RBI at the plate. He recorded 47 strikeouts against just four walks in 30.2 innings pitched. A three-time First Team All-State honoree, he was also a Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team All-Region selection.

Fernandes has maintained a B average in the classroom. A member of his school’s wellness council, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball and basketball programs.

“Fernandes has an above-average fastball, a very good breaking ball and he understands what pitching is all about,” said Marc Boissonneault, head coach at Sanford High. “When he’s on the mound he’s in command of everything around him. He’s also one of the tougher outs in the league; just a good, solid, all-around ballplayer.”

Fernandes has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Boston College this fall.

VERMONT: CODY SHARROW, MT. MANSFIELD UNION

The 6-foot, 170-pound senior shortstop/right-handed pitcher led the Cougars to a 12-4 record entering the Div. I state playoffs against St. Johnsbury, scheduled for May 30. Through 16 games, Sharrow owned a .538 batting average with 21 RBI at the plate along with a 5-1 record and a 1.75 ERA on the mound. Sharrow is a two-time All-Metro selection.

Sharrow has maintained a 3.29 GPA in the classroom. Also a basketball standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of athletic programs for special needs students.

“Sharrow is a great all-around player,” said John Learned, head coach at Milton High. “He’s a very, very solid shortstop who hits well, and he’s a well-rounded pitcher too. He’s pretty masterful when he’s on his game, which is most of the time.”

Sharrow has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at South Dakota State University this fall.

New England Roundup: Connecticut

July, 5, 2011
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At halftime of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup All-Star football game there were those who probably thought Connecticut’s eight-game winning streak against Rhode Island was in jeopardy. If so, those thoughts disappeared early in the second half.

ConnecticutConnecticut, which led by four points at halftime, scored three touchdowns in the first 7:18 of the third quarter and cruised to a 37-6 triumph over Rhode Island at Southington High School.

It was Connecticut’s 10th victory in the 13-year history of the event.

Things began to turn sour for Rhode Island when Montrell Dobbs (Ansonia) scored on a 77-yard run to help Connecticut increase its lead to 17-6.

Dobbs, who was held to two yards on five carries in the first half, finished the game with 96 yards on 10 carries. He was selected as Connecticut’s offensive MVP.

“At halftime we talked about taking care of business in our house, and that’s what we did in the second half,” Dobbs said.

Rhode Island fumbled the ball away on the next play from scrimmage. Two plays later Connecticut’s Max Delorenzo scored on a 15-yard run to help made it a 24-6 contest.

Jack DeBiase intercepted a pass on Rhode Island’s next possession, and Connecticut cashed in when Joe DellaVecchia tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brian Kelly.

Kelly also caught a 13-yard TD pass from Kyle Nolan. He had three receptions for 69 yards in the victory.

“We just had to fix some problems,” Kelly said. “Our coach [Masuk’s John Murphy] told us that if we fix our mistakes we’d win.”

Connecticut’s only TD in the first half came on a 59-yard TD catch by Temple-bound wide receiver Nainy Bah.

Matt Cassidy’s fourth point-after kick followed Kelly’s second TD reception and capped the scoring. Cassidy also made a 33-yard field goal in the first half.

The Connecticut defense set a Governor’s Cup record by holding Rhode Island to six points. It was also the first time a team didn’t score a touchdown in the contest. Rhode Island scored on two Chad Bacon field goals.

Defensive lineman Wille Maxen (Pomperaug) was named Connecticut’s defensive MVP. Maxen, who will play at Central Connecticut State next season, made three tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Murphy said although his team had a slim lead at halftime, he had plenty of confidence entering the third quarter.

“I watched this defense for two weeks so I knew how good we were,” he said. “I knew they weren’t going to score a lot of points on that defense.”

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