Boston High School: Chris McCarthy

Our MIAA Baseball All-State Team

June, 29, 2011

All-StateAdam Ravenelle, Sr. RHP, Lincoln-Sudbury
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound fireballer was an integral part of the Warriors' run to the Division 1 state championship this season, going 8-0 with 93 strikeouts in 56 innings -- including a career-high 18 in a win over Arlington. He also batted .481 with 44 RBIs. Earlier this month, the Vanderbilt-bound Ravenelle was drafted in the 44th round by the New York Yankees.

All-StatePat Connaughton, Sr. RHP, St. John’s Prep
The 6-foot-4 Connaughton, who was also a starter on ESPNBoston's inaugural All-State basketball squad, strung together some dominant performances this season, including a no-hitter against his hometown Arlington High. On the mound, he went 2-2 with one save, with 86 strikeouts in 50 innings for an ERA of 1.83. At the plate, he also hit .400 with four home runs, a .547 on-base percentage and .750 slugging percentage. Earlier this month, Connaughton was drafted in the 38th round by the San Diego Padres

All-StateJohn Gorman, Sr. RHP, Catholic Memorial
The Boston College-bound Gorman was named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year last month, and was also named the Catholic Conference MVP, after a stellar senior season with the Knights. As the No. 1 ace, Gorman went 6-2 with 80 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.24. At the plate, he also hit .354 with 11 RBI, 14 runs scored an a home run. Earlier this month, the Norwood resident was drafted in the 50th round by the Boston Red Sox.

All-StateSteve Moyers, Jr. LHP, East Longmeadow
One of the state's most elusive lefties, Moyers turned in another strong campaign on the mound as the Spartans advanced to the Division 1 West Final. He went 8-1 this season, with 88 strikeouts in 64 innings with an ERA of 0.44. For his career, Moyers is 23-2 and has averaged better than a strikeout per inning. He is receiving various interest from Division 1 schools in the Atlantic-10, Patriot League and Big East conferences.

All-StateGarrison Banas, Sr. LHP, Hopkins Academy
Stats-wise, there isn't another pitcher in the state who can lay claim to the numbers Banas put up this season. He went 9-2 this season for the Golden Hawks, with 173 strikeouts in 87.2 innings for an ERA of 0.48, before bowing out in the Division 3 West final. For his career, Banas was 26-6 with five no-hitters and a perfect game, and is in the state's ever-exclusive 400-strikeout club with 415 career K's. He will pursue a post-graduate season next year at Salisbury School, in Connecticut.


Matt Walsh, Sr. C, Plymouth North
The Franklin Pierce-bound Walsh was one of the more intimidating hitters in the region this season, as he led the Eagles to their second Division 2 state title in four years by hitting over .530 with 36 RBIs. But the most outstanding stat on Walsh has to be the respect he commands behind the plate. Counting the playoffs, only five runners attempted to steal on Walsh, and four were thrown out.

Chris McCarthy, Jr. C, Everett
Equipped with a live arm, the junior backstop was as efficient at the plate as he was at throwing out runners, batting over .585 with 28 RBIs and an on-base percentage close to .700. McCarthy is receiving varied degrees of interest from Division 1 schools in the Big East, Atlantic Coast and Atlantic 10 conferences.

Mike Barry, Sr. C/OF, Lincoln-Sudbury
The 6-foot-2 Barry was one of the most prolific hitters on arguably the state's most dangerous lineup, as the Warriors captured their third state title in seven seasons. For the season, he hit .437 with 38 RBIs and seven home runs,

Matt O'Neil, Jr. SS, East Longmeadow
As one of the premier position players in Western Mass, O'Neil turned in a solid junior season for the Spartans, batting .447 with six home runs and stealing 15 bases. He was also efficient on the mound, going 6-1 and striking out 69 batters in 43 innings. O'Neil is verbally committed to UConn.

Chris Shaw, Jr. 1B, Lexington
As the Middlesex League co-MVP alongside teammate Will Marcal, Shaw put on a clinic at the plate, with the numbers to show. He batted over .490 with eight home runs, and plated 41 runs. Shaw is verbally committed to Boston College.

Ryan Summers, Jr. C, Westfield
The junior got off to an explosive start to the season for the Bombers, with 21 RBIs and six home runs through the first three weeks of the season. He finished the year with 27 RBIs and six home runs.

Jarrod Casey, Jr. OF/LHP, Milford
The latest in a line of Caseys to succeed on the diamond at Milford, the 5-foot-11 junior was one of the premier hitters in Central Mass, hitting .530 while also going 8-1 on the mound. Casey was also the Mid-Wach A Most Valuable Player.

Lorenzo Papa, Sr. 1B, Arlington Catholic
The Stoneham resident led the state in home runs last season with 10, and followed up with another solid campaign in 2011, finishing with eight homers for the Cougars. Papa will continue his career at the University of Rhode Island next year.

Sean Amaru, Sr. 1B, Westwood
Also a star on the gridiron, Amaru was a standout in the Tri-Valley League in 2011, turning in a monster season. He batted .515 with 34 RBIs, and also led the state in home runs with 10.

Will Archibald, Sr. RHP, Milton
Freddy Andujar, Sr. LHP, Holyoke
Dan Dymecki, Sr. RHP, Wellesley
Evan Mackintosh, Sr. LHP, Northbridge
Will Marcal, Sr. LHP, Lexington
Ryan McDonald, Jr. LHP, Acton-Boxborough
Victor Mendez, Sr. RHP, Lawrence
Donny Murray, Sr. RHP, BC High
Matt Tulley, Jr. RHP, Lowell
Brandon Walsh, Jr. RHP, North Andover

Charlie Butler, Jr. IF/RHP, Nashoba
Dan Cellucci, Jr. SS, Lincoln-Sudbury
Aaron Fossas, Sr. SS, Holy Name
Matt Goreham, Sr. 1B, Catholic Memorial
Keith Kelley, Sr. SS, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Dan Light, Sr. 1B, St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Bob Melley, Jr. C, BC High
Rory O'Connor, Jr. OF, Lowell
Tyler Sterner, Sr. SS, Doherty
Ramses Vittini, Sr. OF, Peabody
Alex Witkus, Sr. OF, North Attleborough
Paul Yanakopulos, Sr. SS, Malden Catholic

Defense contributes to this Crimson Tide run

December, 4, 2010

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Everett's offensive skill overwhelmed St. John's Prep in the Division 1 Super Bowl, as superstars Jonathan DiBiaso and Matt Costello hooked up for three touchdowns in the Crimson Tide's 31-7 victory.

On the surface, it reads like another blowout for the Crimson Tide's fast break offense, but Everett didn't rely on skill alone to bring home its eighth Super Bowl title. There was a point when the game was in question, and the Crimson Tide needed its defense to come through with a big play.

Late in the second quarter, St. John's Prep was down 14-7 but driving. After starting at their own 26, the Eagles faced a 4th and 3 at the Everett 41.

"We needed a stop right there," said Everett junior linebacker Chris McCarthy.

St. John's Prep had already proved it could move the ball, with senior running back Tyler Coppola busting free for a 49-yard touchdown on the Eagles' first play from scrimmage.

On the 4th down attempt, SJP quarterback Tommy Gaudet took the snap and rolled right on an option play. He looked to pitch to Coppola, but Everett linebacker Ryan Pietrantonio had that outlet covered.

With nowhere to go, Gaudet tucked the ball and tried to pick up the yardage himself.

No chance. McCarthy split two blockers and burst into the backfield to bring Gaudet down for a four-yard loss. Everett took over on downs, and the DiBiaso-to-Costello connection all but sealed the game when they teamed up on a 10-yard TD with less than a minute to play in the half.

"That was a big play," said Everett coach John DiBiaso. "It's the difference between being up 21-7 at the half or being up 14-7 at the half. Or 14-14."

A tied game at the half was indeed a possibility. But McCarthy wasn't going to let it happen.

"We knew they were going to run it there," said McCarthy. "On the option, the linebackers' job is to read the guards and take care of your man. I'm supposed to get the quarterback, so I read it and ripped through the line and brought him down."

Everett came into the game knowing it had to stop the SJP running game, and aside from an early miscue on Coppola's TD run, the Crimson Tide took care of business.

McCarthy was all over the field, making 12 tackles (two for loss) and coming up with two fourth-down stops.

"He played a great game," DiBiaso said of McCarthy. "All our linebackers did. [St. John's] line is a little bigger and physical, but Chris was able to get through and make plays."

No. 1 Everett survives scare from BC High

October, 23, 2010
DORCHESTER, Mass. -- During practice this week, Everett head coach John DiBiaso warned his players that Ohio State was ranked No. 1 and lost the week after. No. 10 BC High did their best Wisconsin impersonation, coming close to knocking of the Kings of the Bay State, but No. 1 Everett pulled out a nail-biting 37-27 win Friday night.

Needless to say, DiBiaso’s postgame speech was not congratulatory.

“The intesity wasn’t there in practice this week,” DiBiaso said. “But I’m talking to kids. Some of the stuff registers, some of it doesn’t.

“I thought we played well enough to win, but we made many, too many mistakes, and they’re a good team and we let them back into the game.”

The Eagles, after being down 23-8 at the half, didn’t look good coming out of the locker room. BC High (3-3) got the ball to open the second half, but after one pass, Everett’s Vondell Langston took a fumble 60 yards into the end zone, and the Gilly DeSouza kick made the game 30-8. Then the Eagles woke up, scoring 19 unanswered points.

“We challenged our kids at halftime,” BC High head coach Jon Bartlett said. “We knew had to up our play.”

On the following drive, after two incomplete passes, on third and 10 from their own 36, Eagles wide receiver Gordon McLeod caught a pass from Bartley Regan and took it 74 yards for a score. Running up the right sideline and dodging a last-ditch defender who dove at his feet less than a minute after, McLeod put the Eagles back on the board.

Everett ran four plays on the ensuing drive, one for a first down, so the Eagles got the ball again with eight minutes to go in the third. Less than three minutes later, the Eagles scored again, this time on a 13-yard run by Preston Cooper, making the game 30-21.

On the next series, BC High’s junior defensive end Adam Richard sacked Jonathan DiBiaso (235 passing yards, four total touchdowns) for a 7-yard loss, after he had ducked the first Eagle rusher. Giving the ball up on downs, the Crimson Tide (6-0) began to look helpless, as Cooper took the second play of the following drive 71 yards, dove for the end zone but ended up three yards out. Luke Catarius cleaned up the spill, walking into the end zone and making it a three-point game at 30-27.

Everett made it down to the Eagles’ 14, but passed up the chance for a 34-yard field goal and went for the score. A sack by Catarius gave the Eagles the ball back and the momentum, down one score and having stopped the Crimson Tide after a 57-yard drive. The Eagles could not capitalize on the opportunity though, as Everett forced them into a three-and-out, then holding onto the ball for the next five minutes, cementing their three-point lead with an extra effort run through two defenders at the goal line by DiBiaso for the final score.

“We didn’t play so good, so there’s really nothing much to say,” Everett’s Manny Asprilla said. “We’re going to running a lot this week in practice. A lot.”

Everett 0 23 7 7 -- 37
BC High 0 8 19 0 -- 27

B – Preston Cooper 2 run (Jameson McShea pass from Brendan Craven)
E – Matt Costello 6 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (Ralph Jonathas pass from DiBiaso)
E – Costello 13 pass from DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)
E – Manny Asprilla 43 pass from DiBiaso (Chris McCarthy rush)
E – Vondell Langston 60 fumble recovery (DeSouza kick)
B – Gordon McLeod 74 pass from Bartley Regan (Gavin McDermott kick)
B – Cooper 13 run (kick failed)
B – Luke Catarius 3 run (pass failed)
E – DiBiaso 3 run (DeSouza kick)

No. 3 Everett stands up No. 15 SJP

September, 25, 2010
EVERETT, Mass. -- St. John's Prep gave Everett an early scare, orchestrating a 79-yard drive toward the end of the first half, but junior middle linebacker Chris McCarthy led the Crimson Tide defense on a goal line stop that stifled St. John's momentum and held them scoreless until under two minutes left in the game, allowing Everett to coast for a 27-7 victory.

"I thought [the goal line stance] was big," Everett head coach John DiBiaso said. "They had all the momentum. They had stopped us; they drove the ball the length of the field."

Solid running by senior running back Tyler Coppola and quarterback Tommy Gaudet, and a 19-yard hookup from Gaudet to Chris Ryan, brought the Eagles (2-1) into the Everett red zone late in the second quarter. But the defense of the Crimson Tide (2-0) denied them repeatedly at the three yard line, sending the Crimson into the half up by one touchdown and having taken some air out of the Eagles' squad.

"To drive the ball the length of the field, to eat up time like that and to come away with nothing was a little bit of a back breaker for them, gave us a little momentum going into the half," DiBiaso said.

Everett, well known for its high-powered passing game, had to adjust early to a run-heavy game as a result of St. John’s defensive set designed to take away the pass. That, coupled with the two hurried passes by junior Jonathan DiBiaso on Everett’s first drive, threw off Everett's rhythm.

Late in the first, Everett drove 70 yards, and Manny Asprilla (24 rushing yards, TD; four catches, 100 yards, two TDs) punched it on a 3-yard draw, an Everett favorite, but the extra point field goal block by St. John’s Cody Rothwell gave the Eagles enough energy to hold onto the ball for almost the rest of the half, but McCarthy and company would not falter under pressure, especially on Homecoming day with all of Everett faithful pulling for a 2-0 start.

"Our goal line defense is tremendous," said Jonathan DiBiaso (144 passing yards, two touchdowns). "Our linemen are big, strong dudes. They hold the runners and our linebackers come up and make the plays."

Starting the second half, the teams traded drives. A 64-yard punt return by Everett’s Ra’ees Wingard got them into the end zone, but an illegal block brought the ball back to the St. John's 31 yard line. A run by Asprilla, one by DiBiaso and a pair by Vondell Langston set up a 17-yard touchdown pass from DiBiaso to Asprilla, who caught the ball between two defenders. Senior Matt Costello caught a pass from DiBiaso for the conversion, giving Everett a 14-0 lead.

On the ensuing kickoff, SJP's Coppola returned the ball for 19 yards, but a fumbled snap picked up by Everett’s Paul Marckini gave the Crimson Tide the ball back on St. John’s 25. They scored again, after less than 30 seconds had gone off the clock.

"Turnovers are big, especially in high school football," said coach DiBiaso.

Two runs by Jonathan DiBiaso for a 17-yard gain gave the defense reason to key on him. That set up a draw, sidestep and extra effort at the goal line by Langston that gave Everett another score at 10:15 in the fourth quarter, putting the game well out of reach for the Eagles. The 56-yard pass from DiBiaso to Asprilla at 6:40 was an insurance run, as St. John’s did not score until the second defense for Everett was in at 1:14.

"When it's first and goal on the four, and you don't get it in, that's always an issue," reflected St. John’s coach Jim O"Leary. "That was a turning point for us. We're not going to throw the ball a lot. We're a ball control team, so when it gets to be like that, it's difficult to come back."

Veterans Memorial Stadium Re-Dedicated

Yesterday’s game marked the rededication of Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Everett. War veterans, people who lost family members in the September 11th attacks and local politicians were touted yesterday before the game for their sacrifice and hard work.

"In these tough days and times, when people are down on their luck, to be able to dedicate a field for their kids and all of our kids in the city to have a safe place to play a sport on, it feels great," said Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. "To have done it with the help of Governor Deval Patrick’s office, having used all sales surplus money, so it didn’t impact the taxpayers at all, it was my honor to work with so many great individuals to get this done."

Congressman Edward Markey spoke of the field as a place that harnesses the best of brightest of Everett.

"Everett has the greatest football tradition of any city in New England. Today, they have just rededicated the field, for the next century that will continue to produce not only the best football players, but the best young men that the country can produce."

Mr. John Rombolli, whose grandson makes the fifth generation of his family to play on this field, is glad to have seen the development of the field.

"Living basically across from the stadium (he lives directly behind the home stands) and watching it when it could hold 18,000, 19,000 and then fall apart, it was a great pleasure to see the field being rededicated. Having my father, myself, my grandson and all of his brothers play here, it’s amazing how much it has progressed."

Mr. Rombolli, also an assistant coach with the Crimson Tide, was very thankful for the elected officials who’ve supported the project.

"The field is perfect, being dedicated to all those who have passed, having all the politicians back the field is great. They're supporting the city, they’re supporting the football players, supporting the team, just trying to keep Everett doing well. You need a field like this if you’re going to compete. You have to have the facilities and the (FieldTurf) these days."

Coach John DiBiaso was most thankful to the veterans for whom the field is dedicated to and how fortunate the town is to have the field, considering others in the area.

"It's very important for the veterans, because it represents the people who give their time, and some of them their lives, for our freedom and that we can have the way of life that we have, so that was very important… We don’t have many parks in Everett and the fields are older, and they’re dirt, to have this so that our soccer team can play here, our girls soccer team an play here, all the Pop Warner's can play here because it's just a beautiful facility. I can’t thank the people involved enough."

No. 3 Everett 27, No. 15 St. John's Prep 7

SJP (2-1) 0 0 0 7 --- 7
EHS (2-0) 6 0 8 13 --- 27

1st Quarter
E – Manny Asprilla 3 run (kick blocked) 1:35

3rd Quarter
E – Asprilla 17 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (Matt Costello pass from DiBiaso) 0:0

4th Quarter
E – Vondell Langston 8 run (kick blocked) 10:15
E – Asprilla 56 pass from DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick) 6:40
SJ – Alex Moore 1 run (Connor Shaw kick) 1:14