Boston High School: Cheshire Academy (Conn.)

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

Recruiting Notes: Lowrie, Boyle sticking with BC

November, 27, 2012
Mackay Lowrie said he had already run the scenario through his mind, so he had little to think about when Boston College fired football coach Frank Spaziani on Sunday.

Recruiting NotebookLowrie, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback from Roxbury Latin School, said Monday night that he still plans to play college football at BC. He is currently the only Massachusetts player from the Class of 2014 who has committed to the Eagles.

“My first reaction was it's unfortunate, but I'd be lying if I told you I didn't think it might happen,” Lowrie said. “I chose BC last spring knowing something like this might happen. That's college football.

“I'm staying with BC. I really can't wait to get there. I'm excited to see who will be the next head coach.”

BC assistant coach Sean Devine had dinner at Lowrie's house in Foxborough on Monday night.

“It was a planned home visit,” Lowrie said. “He's still a Boston College employee, and he told me he'll keep working until they tell him not to. It would be tough to see him go.”

Lowrie, a two-star recruit, originally intended to play baseball in college, but focused on football after he had a strong junior season. He was a three-year starter at quarterback for Roxbury Latin after playing defensive back as a freshman.

Rutgers also offered Lowrie a scholarship. Duke and Virginia are the other schools that showed significant interest.

“Basically it came down to BC, UVA and Rutgers,” he said. “Ultimately BC was the best fit. The location is huge -– it's less than 30 miles from my house. Academically you can't get a much better place in Division 1 football than BC. The fact that it's a Jesuit school was another huge factor.”

Another QB Option: Tim Boyle, a senior quarterback who plays for Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn., also said he will remain committed to BC, despite the coaching change.

“I am strongly committed,” Boyle said via text message Monday night. “I have no different opinion on BC. I still can't wait!”

Like Lowrie, Boyle is a pro-style quarterback who has already taken his official visit to BC. He also had offers from Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

Boyle, a three-star recruit, missed seven games with a separated shoulder last season, but has completed 93 of 163 passes for 1,612 yards and 15 touchdowns (six interceptions) this season.

Third-seeded Xavier (8-1) is scheduled to play sixth-seeded Greenwich (8-1) in the Class LL quarterfinals tonight. Xavier is seeking its third consecutive Class LL championship.

More Local Flavor: Marquis Little, a linebacker from Manchester (Conn.) High School, is the only other senior from New England currently committed to BC.

Tight end Andrew Isaacs, Little's high school teammate, is one of three other New England players who decommitted from BC before Spaziani was fired. The others are Cheshire Academy linebacker Cory Jasudowich, and Sacred Heart (Waterbury, Conn.) wide receiver David Coggins.

Isaacs committed to Maryland, Jasudowich committed to Connecticut and Coggins is undecided. All three are three-star recruits

Recruiting information regarding high school or prep school players in New England can be sent to Roger Brown at

NEPSAC Bowl Lineups

November, 14, 2011
The New England Preparatory School Athletic Council unveiled the matchups for its five bowl games, which will go down this weekend.

Arthur Valicenti Bowl: Choate Rosemary Hall (7-2) at Cheshire Academy (8-0), 7 p.m.
Jack Etter Bowl: New Hampton (7-1) vs. Governor's Academy (8-0), at Cushing Academy, 6 p.m.

Norm Walker Bowl: Kent (6-0) at Taft (7-0), 1:45 p.m.
Tom Flaherty Bowl: Suffield Academy (7-1) vs. Belmont Hill (7-1) at Worcester Academy, TBA
Dan Rorke Bowl: Pingree (7-1) vs. Rye Country Day (9-0) at Loomis Chaffee, TBA

Cheshire's Malik Golden chooses Penn State

August, 24, 2011
Cheshire Academy (Conn.) athlete Malik Golden announced earlier tonight that he will be playing for Penn State University, starting in the fall of 2012, over scholarship offers from UConn, Boston College and Iowa.

Golden took an unofficial visit to Happy Valley last weekend, and told ESPN's Roger Brown earlier today that he was considering all four "right until the end".

The 6-foot, 180-pounder joins several New Englanders in the Nittany Lions' recruiting class: New Hampton (N.H.) defensive back Jake Kiley, and Catholic Memorial's duo of linebacker Camren Williams and athlete Armani Reeves.

Cheshire's Golden to announce decision tonight

August, 24, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown is reporting that Cheshire Academy senior athlete Malik Golden will be making his decision tonight at 7 p.m. on the campus, between four schools: Penn State, UConn, Boston College and Iowa.

Golden has also received scholarship offers from from Akron, Bryant, Stony Brook, Central Michigan, Towson, Tulane and Villanova. Iowa was the first FBS school to make an offer. Golden took two unofficial visits last weekend, to BC and Penn State.

"I couldn't put the schools in any order until I went to Penn State," Golden told Brown. "I went to a camp there, but had never visited. I considered all four right to the end."

Check back with us tonight for more details.

Malik Golden set to make decision

August, 16, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Cheshire Academy (Conn.) wide receiver Malik Golden, who is set to decide on his college destination before practice begins.

Golden will be visiting Penn State on Friday, and is also considering Boston College, Iowa and UConn. Iowa was the first school of the four to extend a scholarship offer.

Brown writes:

"Penn State is the only place I haven't taken an unofficial visit to," Golden said. "Since I haven't been there I can't really tell you an order the schools are in. There's no leader. I actually don't know [which school he'll select] at this point."

Golden has been recruited primarily as a receiver, but Penn State also likes him as a defensive back. He said the possibility of playing offense at Penn State will be one of the topics discussed during his visit this weekend.

"Hopefully they'll give me a shot on offense," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if they did. That's something we're gonna talk about."

Golden is friends with Masuk High School quarterback Casey Cochran, who recently committed to Connecticut. Cochran is ESPNU's top-rated recruit from Connecticut in the Class of 2012.

Golden, who visited Connecticut three times this summer, said location will be a factor in his decision, but it won't be the primary one.

"They're all good academic schools," he said. "I'll know more once I leave Penn State. I'll have a pretty good idea at that point."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.

Cheshire's Malik Golden cuts list to four

July, 11, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Cheshire Academy athlete Malik Golden, who has cut his list of schools he's considering to four.

He's trimmed the list to Boston College, UConn, Iowa and Penn State, and could make a decision by the end of the July. However, Georgia Tech could be added to the list.

Brown writes:

"I'm getting a lot of interest from Georgia Tech right now," Golden said. "There's no definite offer, but there's a chance of an offer if I go to camp and do well. I'm trying to focus on the offers I have, but if Georgia Tech offered I'd probably make it a top five."

Golden has double-digit verbal offers from a mix of FBS and FCS schools. Central Michigan, Tulane and Villanova are among his other offers.

"I'm definitely going 1-A," he said.

Golden is being recruited to play both defensive back and wide receiver. He said Boston College originally recruited him to play defensive back, but now would like him to play receiver. Connecticut and Iowa also would like him to play receiver. Penn State is recruiting him to be a defensive back. "I don't have a preference about playing [offense or defense]," he said. "The only preference I have is if I play defense it's corner. That's where I feel comfortable at."

Golden said his goal is to make a decision in the next 3-4 weeks.

"The last thing I want to do is talk to the players at each school, then I should have a feel for where I'm headed," he said. "I'd like to have a decision by the first week of August or the last week of July, but if it takes longer that's no problem."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.

Plymouth's Silva to transfer

March, 9, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown reports on his blog today that Plymouth native Jason Sylva, a Class of 2012 linebacker prospect, will transfer out of Tabor Academy.

Sylva, who repeated his sophomore year at the Marion, Mass. campus after transferring from Plymouth South, said he is considering New Hampton (N.H.), Tilton (N.H.), Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) and Cheshire Academy (Conn.).

"I do my school work, it's just really tough academically [at Tabor]," Sylva told Brown. "I had a good season here, but I still don't have any offers. Some of those places have produced quite a few [FBS] players."

UConn, Rutgers, Monmouth and Temple are among the Division 1 schools showing the most interest in Sylva. Boston College has shown interest, but Silva told Brown "academically they're not sure" about him.

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's blog.

Checking in with Crook, Syblis

February, 14, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in on his blog today with Barnstable quarterback D.J. Crook, who is receiving interest from a number of Division 1 programs.

Crook -- who threw for 2,858 yards, 33 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for the 7-4 Red Raiders last season -- is getting interest from Penn State, and took an unofficial visit last month to UConn. He also plans on taking visits to Syracuse and Harvard later this month.

It's been a difficult offseason so far for the junior, who came down with mononucleosis at the start of basketball season and broke his hand last week in practice. According to his father, Doug Crook, D.J. will likely skip American Legion baseball this summer to focus on football. D.J. plays first base for Post 206.

"He'll do a lot of one-day camps," Doug Crook told Brown. "DJ's a pure passer. He's not a dual-threat quarterback. He is at (the high school) level, but he won't be at the next level. If a school is looking for a kid who can throw the football, then he's someone they make want to look at."

Over the weekend, Brown also checked in with Cheshire Academy (Conn.)'s Ian Syblis, who is pursuing a post-graduate season for next fall. Syblis, an Everett native, transferred to the Cheshire, Conn. campus from Everett High following the Crimson Tide's scrimmage with Lynn English last August.

Syblis -- the younger brother of former Everett, Penn State and Oakland Raiders standout Omar Easy -- said he is considering New Hampton (N.H.) and Kiski Prep (Penn.). He currently holds a verbal offer from Maine, but has also received interest from Penn State, Northwestern and Washington State. He started at wideout and defensive back this past fall for the Cats, who advance to a NEPSAC Bowl, and said he's willing to play either side of the ball.

"Penn State suggested I spend another year in school," Syblis told Brown. "I got a late start and I didn't have any junior tape. A lot of other schools on the radar told me if I spend another year in high school a lot more doors will be open and I'd have a better chance of going to a big-time school."

For more recruiting updates on New England's premier football talent, be sure to check out Brown's blog.