Boston High School: Case Matheis

New Englanders fill up Power 100 ranking

August, 13, 2012
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An interesting read today by Inside Lacrosse's Geoff Shannon in the magazine's recruiting issue, ranking the 100 top incoming freshmen in the nation.

The New England region is well represented in the list with 15 players, including the top-rated overall prospect, attack Case Matheis of Darien, Conn., a Duke signee. In addition, there were four MIAA-based players in the rankings, led by ESPN Boston Mr. Lacrosse Max Randall of Duxbury (No. 50 - Dartmouth).

Here's how the locals ranked:

(The entire list can be found here.)

1. Case Matheis A Darien (Conn.) Duke
12. Mikey Morris A Salisbury School (Conn.) Johns Hopkins
17. Henry West M Darien (Conn.) Cornell
22. Ian Ardrey A Deerfield (Mass.) Harvard
23. Sammy Davis M Governor's Academy (Mass.) Penn State
29. Luke Aaron G Deerfield (Mass.) Duke
37. Tony Britton D Darien (Conn.) Cornell
39. Will Ryan G Avon Old Farms (Conn.) Johns Hopkins
50. Max Randall D Duxbury (Mass.) Dartmouth
65. Bob Fahey D Bishop Guertin (N.H.) UMass
75. Tommy Labidini M Salisbury School (Conn.) Loyola
77. Reilly Naton D Duxbury (Mass.) Yale
82. Paul Hellar A Duxbury (Mass.) Fairfield
90. Sean Connors A Deerfield (Mass.) Princeton
99. Greg Stamatov G Foxborough (Mass.) Villanova

All-American lacrosse rosters announced

May, 18, 2012
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Several Massachusetts-based lacrosse players, along with host New England talent, were named to the Under Armour All-American game's boys' and girls' rosters on Thursday.

Duxbury defender Max Randall and Beverly's Will Ryan, goaltender at Avon Old Farms (Conn.), will represent the Bay State on the North boys' roster. They will be joined by a talented trio from Darien (Conn.) representing New England, as Blue Wave defender Tony Britton, attack Case Matheis and midfielder Henry West all made the squad.

Also, Deerfield Academy goaltender Luke Aaron, a native of Great Falls, Va., will play with the South squad.

On the girls' side, Massachusetts is well represented with six players. Lincoln-Sudbury's Madison Acton, Thayer Academy's Bryn Boucher (Hningham) and Westwood's Laura McHoul will all patrol the midfield on the North roster while Andover's Anne Farnham and Needham's Tory Waldstein will bolster the defensive corps in front of Governor's Academy goaltender Kelsey Duryea (Beverly).

The Under Armour All-American game will be played at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University in Towson, Md., on June 30. The girls’ All-American game will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 8 p.m. The boys' game will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 8 p.m.

The complete game rosters can be found here.

New England Roundup: Connecticut

May, 16, 2012
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Has Mark Ecke's tenure as Cheshire High School's varsity football coach come to an end?

ConnecticutRight now that's a question Ecke can't answer.

Ecke was suspended following an incident during a junior varsity lacrosse game between Cheshire and Glastonbury on May 3. According to published reports, Ecke berated officials after his son Tucker, a freshman who plays for Cheshire, was hit by a Glastonbury player. Ecke apparently felt the hit was illegal and was upset that no penalty was called.

“Whatever happen with my future as a coach at Cheshire High, it doesn't matter,” Ecke told the Connecticut Post. “For me, my family is first priority. This was about my son and I'm very protective of him. That's what this was about.”

Ecke was reportedly escorted from the field by three police officers. According to the incident report, police were summoned to deal with “unruly behavior.”

Ecke, who is employed as a Cheshire police officer, is awaiting a personnel hearing with the Cheshire Board of Education. He was reportedly asked to resign, but refused.

“It was among one of the worst hits I've ever seen in lacrosse,” Ecke told the Post. “I've been involved in lacrosse for 15 years. I've been a player. I've been a coach. I've taken officiating courses. The official didn't call a blatant illegal hit.

“That's what got me. That's what brought this all about. And as a father, watching this happen, I got upset. I probably yelled more than I should have and I regret that it went down the way it did.”

Ecke has guided Cheshire to four state titles in his 17 years as the program's head coach. He coached under current Temple coach Steve Addazio on the Cheshire staff, and was promoted to head coach after the 1994 season.

Cheshire had a 49-game winning streak, which ended in 1996.

Ecke's overall record is 118-64-3.

SOFTBALL STREAK ENDS
When the St. Joseph softball team defeated Westhill 10-6 on May 7 it ended the Vikings' 54-game winning streak in FCIAC games.

Westhill grabbed a two-run lead by scoring three runs in the sixth, but the Cadets responded with a six-run seventh. Taryn Figmic collected the game's big hit, a three-run double with two outs in the seventh and the score tied, 6-6. Figmic had two hits and five RBIs in the victory.

It was Westhill's first regular-season FCIAC loss since a 3-2 setback against Darien in 2009. The program's only other conference loss since then came against Fairfield Ludlowe in the opening round of last year's playoffs.

RALLY KILLER
The Simsbury baseball team was in position to hand Northwest Catholic-West Hartford its first loss of the season. Trailing 7-5, Simsbury loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, but Northwest Catholic-West Hartford erased the threat by turning a game-ending triple play.

Second baseman Ryan Coursey fielded a soft liner for the first out. The runners were moving on the pitch, so Coursey stepped on second for the second out and then threw to to first for the game's final out.

KINGS OF THE HILL
The first victory of Noah Hahn's varsity pitching career was a memorable one. Hahn, a sophomore, pitched a no-hitter to lead the Avon baseball team to a 12-0 victory over Windsor on April 30.

Hahn, who plays shortstop when he's not pitching, struck out 12 and walked three.

Three other no-hitters have been thrown since that contest. Bristol Central's Matt Blandino didn't allow a hit during a 7-0 triumph over Maloney on May 7, Hamden Hall's T.J. Linta tossed a no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over Greens Farms Academy on May 8 and John Amoroso tossed a no-hitter to help St. Joseph defeat McMahon on May 12.

Blandino struck out 16 and walked one. Linta, a sophomore, struck out six. Amoroso struck out seven and walked two, but wasn't in position to collect the win until Mark Hirschbeck singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh.

LAX POWERS
Henry West and Peter Lindley each scored four goals and Case Matheis collected five assists as the Darien boys lacrosse team defeated Ridgefield 14-11 on May 8 in a matchup between teams that entered the contest undefeated in the FCIAC.

Roger Brown is a freelance writer who has been reporting on high school sports in New England since 1992.

New England Roundup: Connecticut

April, 6, 2012
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Case Matheis looked like himself Wednesday afternoon.

Connecticut“He was back playing in January,” Darien coach Jeff Brameier told the Stamford Advocate. “He could have done stuff in the fall, but he played it safe. He's good to go.”

ESPNHS has Matheis, a senior attacker, ranked as the No. 1 player in the country. He has committed to play college lacrosse at Duke.

Matheis entered the year with 120 goals and 94 assists during his first three varsity seasons.

Darien was without Matheis when it dropped an 11-3 decision to Wilton in last year's Class M tournament. The loss ended Darien's 16-game playoff winning streak. The Blue Wave had won the last six state titles.

Although Wednesday was technically the first game Matheis has played in since the injury, he also participated in a scrimmage against John Jay (Lewisboro, N.Y.) during the preseason.

“I think I got stronger and more explosive [after rehabilitating the injury],” Matheis said. “It's my senior season and I think it's gonna be a pretty special year.”

BACCARO STEPS DOWN
Bill Baccaro resigned from his position as football coach at East Catholic High School in Manchester earlier this week.

Baccaro had a 94-66-1 record during his 15-year coaching career, which included stints as the head coach at East Catholic, Cheney Tech-Manchester and for the East Catholic-Cheney Tech co-op team. He guided the co-op team to a 63-47 record from 1996 to 2006. When that team was dissolved, his Cheney Tech teams went 18-3 over a two-year span before he moved to East Catholic in 2009.

"East Catholic is very thankful and grateful to Coach Baccaro for his leadership and guidance of the football team during his tenure here at East Catholic,” East Catholic athletic director Tom Malin said. “The entire East Catholic community wishes the best to Coach Baccaro as he has had a tremendous positive effect on student-athletes. East Catholic will begin a search for the next varsity football coach immediately."

QUARTERBACK OPTIONS
The Connecticut team that will face Rhode Island in this summer's Governor's Cup All-Star football game was announced Thursday, and the team's deepest position may be quarterback.

Xavier-Middletown's Pat D'Amato, Hand-Madison's Henry Foye and Cromwell's Anthony Morales are the QBs who were selected. D'Amato and Foye each led their team to a state championship last season. Morales took Cromwell to the Class S championship game.

Morales led the state in passing yardage in 2011, when he averaged 283.7 yards per game and threw 43 touchdown passes. Foye ranked sixth in passing yardage with an average of 193.2 yards per game (29 TD passes). D'Amato is the best runner of the three. He threw for 15 TDs and gained 628 yards on the ground.

The Connecticut All-Stars will face Rhode Island on June 30 (4:30 p.m.) at Rentschler Field.

Connecticut extended its winning streak to nine games by beating Rhode Island 37-6 last year and has a 10-3 edge in the series.

The complete Connecticut roster:

Mike Antonio, Cromwell, WR; Aaron Berardino, Windsor, WR; Brandon Birdsell, Bethel, LB; Shaun Bowman, Cheshire, OL; Jawad Chisholm, Bunnell, S; Nicholas Colasate, Glastonbury, OL; Ben Compton, Windsor, LB; Matt Corcoran, Stamford, LB; Pat D'Amato, Xavier, QB; Brett Director, Cromwell, WR; Ian Dugger, Hall, WR; Matt Duignan, Masuk, LB; Jevan Elmore, New London, CB; Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn, Valley Regional/Old Lyme, CB; Timothy Farina, East Lyme, OL; Jose Forestier, Bulkeley, DL; Evan Foster, Bunnell, OL; Chandler Foster, Stamford, S; Henry Foye, Hand, QB; Vance Giarratana, Hand, S; Leaon Gordon, Brookfield, RB; Wesley Hopkins, Northwest Catholic, DL; Jamar Johnson, Bloomfield, DL; Emir Kuljancic, Wethersfield, DL; Sebastian Little, Cheshire, WR; Ryan Lumpkin, Windsor, WR; Brandon Lytton, Torrington, RB; Sean Marinan Jr., Xavier, DL; Brandon Martin, Notre Dame-West Haven, CB; Hakeem Martin, Ansonia, OL; Kyle McKinnon, New London, RB; Anthony Morales, Cromwell, QB; Genois Nelson, Maloney, DL; Devon O'Reilly, Glastonbury, CB; Daniel Palmer, Hartford Public, LB; Matt Paola, Pomperaug, K; AJ Pascuzzo, Sheehan, WR; Jason Piontkowski, Masuk, WR; Khamil Rangolam, Hillhouse, OL; Ludovic Richardson, Notre Dame-West Haven, DL; Maleek Riley, Northwest Catholic, OL; Robert Rose, Shelton, LB; Ardian Sahinovic, New Fairfield, K; Jovan Santos-Knox, Xavier, LB; Dallas Smith, Ledyard, LB; Isaiah Thomasson, Maloney, LB; Tommy Undercuffler, Berlin, S; Dylan Vano, Ansonia, OL; Giovanni Viven, New Britain, LB; Zach Voytek, Trumbull, OL; Jonathan Ware, RHAM, LB; Billy Wayrauch, Cheshire, LB; Austin Wezenski, Xavier, DL; Brandon Williams, Bassick, DL; Tyler Wood, Ansonia, LB.

BASEBALL IS BACK
The CIAC championship baseball games will return to Palmer Field in Middletown this year after being held at Muzzy Field in Bristol last spring.

Roger Brown is a freelance writer who has been reporting on high school sports in New England since 1992.

ESPNHS 100 lacrosse rankings unveiled

October, 5, 2011
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ESPNHS unveils its first Top 100 rankings for the Class of 2012, and the list is littered with local flavor.

One week after being named the nation's top attack by ESPNHS, Darien (Conn.) High's Case Matheis is ranked as the nation's top overall player; Salisbury (Conn.) attack Mikey Morris comes in at No. 7, while Deerfield Academy goalie Luke Aaron rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

Three members of Duxbury's MIAA Division 1 state championship squad last spring are ranked in the top 60 -- Matt O'Keefe (32), Seamus Connelly (36) and Reilly Naton (51).

The full list can be found here. The locals populating the ESPNHS 100 are listed below:


1. Case Matheis, Attack, Darien (Darien, Conn.) - Duke
7. Mikey Morris, Attack, Salisbury School (Salisbury, Conn.) - Johns Hopkins
10. Luke Aaron, Goalie, Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, Mass.) - Duke
26. Tanner Scales, Defender, Salisbury School (Salisbury, Conn.) - Virginia
32. Matt O'Keefe, Defender, Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.) - Johns Hopkins
36. Seamus Connelly, Attack, Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.) - Duke
39. Dickson Smith, LSM, Holdnerness School (Holderness, N.H.) - Virginia
44. Joe Kruy, Midfielder, Philips Andover (Andover, Mass.) - Duke
51. Reilly Naton, LSM, Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.) - Yale
61. Oliver Saffery, Midfielder, Wellesley (Wellesley, Mass.) - Gettysburg
64. Will Ryan, Goalie, Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.) - Johns Hopkins
65. Connor Darcey, Goalie, Wellesley (Wellesley, Mass.) - Penn State
71. Sean Conners, Attack, Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, Mass.) - Princeton
83. Bob Fahey, Defender, Bishop Guertin (Nashua, N.H.) - Undecided
93. Corey Wisnowski, LSM, Berkshire School (Sheffield, Mass.) - Undecided
96. Billy Heidt, Midfielder, Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.) - Dartmouth
100. Greg Stamatov, Goalie, Foxborough (Foxborough, Mass.) - Villanova


Darien's Matheis named nation's top attack

September, 28, 2011
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ESPNHS completes its countdown to the ESPN 100 lacrosse rankings today for the Class of 2012, with its list of the nation's top attacks.

Darien (Conn.)'s Case Matheis, a Duke commit, holds the top spot, while a handful of other New Englanders populate the list.

The entire list can be found here. New Englanders making the list are below:



1. Case Matheis, Darien (Darien, Conn.), Duke
Matheis made ESPNHS All-American second team for his play this past spring. The future Blue Devil has been arguably one of the top lacrosse players in the country the past two seasons. Matheis was named MSG Varsity Tri-State Player of the Year that includes Long Island and Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The two-time All-American is the all-time assists leader at Darien.

3. Mikey Morris, Salisbury (Salisbury, Conn.), Johns Hopkins
Morris hails from the box style of lacrosse in Canada. The crafty and quick attackman has a great swim move and low to high shot on goal. Morris only played eleven games this past spring for Salisbury due to a knee injury, though he managed to score 20 goals and tallied 14 assists.

9. Seamus Connelly, Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.), Duke
Connelly had a productive 2011 season for Duxbury and throughout the summer. The rising senior had 55 points (35 goals, 20 assists) for the 2011 State Champions. Connelly was named King of the Hill All-Star this summer and was invited to tryout for Team USA.

The Next 15
18. Sean Conners, Deerfield (Deerfield, Mass.), Princeton


New England Roundup: Connecticut

June, 21, 2011
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Losses don’t come much tougher than the one the Southington High School baseball team suffered against Newington in the Class LL championship game.

ConnecticutSouthington thought it had won the title when Matt Spruill scored on Sal Romano’s double in the eighth inning Monday, but the teams played on after home plate umpire Dave Bindas ruled that Spruill never touched home plate and Spruill was called out on an appeal play.

Newington went on to claim the championship by posting a 3-2 victory in 10 innings.

“I heard the crowd and it was their side cheering,” Southington coach Charlie Lembo told WFSB Channel 3 in Hartford. “Then I found out the umpire ruled that he missed home plate. I didn’t see it, but Dave’s a good umpire so I’ll have to go with that call.”

Pat Meucci reached on a single in the 10th and scored the game-winning run from second base on an infield throwing error.

That gave 17th-seeded Newington (17-8) the program’s first state championship.

Newington’s Cole Bryant pitched all 10 innings to earn the win. He threw 176 pitches, struck out 16 and held Southington to six hits.

Romano also pitched a complete game (146 pitches). All three Newington runs were unearned.

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