Boston High School: Cody Sharrow

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: Vermont

January, 10, 2012
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The Mount Mansfield boys' basketball team raised its Division I record to 7-0 by beating Spaulding 63-39 Friday night. Anyone looking for the secret to the Cougars' success this season need only look at the defensive end of the court.

VermontThe Cougars are allowing an average of 31 points per game through their first seven contests. Six of Mount Mansfield's seven opponents have failed to score more than 39 points.

“Right now I'm very happy with how we're doing things defensively,” Mount Mansfield coach Jeff Davis said. “We're doing things very well in that end.

“We don't do a lot of trapping and gimmicky stuff. We just play solid man to man. The guys realize that playing good defense is as important as executing in the offensive end.”

Mount Mansfield reached the Division I semifinals last season, and returned seven of the top eight players – including four starters – from that team. There are seven seniors on this year's roster, five of whom start.

The leaders are forward Tom Lacy and 6-foot-8 center Eric Suder, both of whom have started since their freshman season. Lacy is averaging a team-high 13 points per game – no other player is averaging more than seven – and Suder is averaging three-and-a-half blocks and eight rebounds per game.

The other starters are point guard Troy Springer, guard T.J. Wesson and guard Cody Sharrow. Springer and Wesson shared a starting job last season. Davis, who is in his 13th season with the Mount Mansfield program, called Sharrow the best defender he's ever coached.

“He's a great athlete – he's going to play baseball at South Dakota State next year – and if size allows it we always put him on the other team's best player,” Davis said

Rutland entered the week as the only other undefeated team in Division I, but Davis said he considers Rice Memorial – last year's Division I champion – the team to beat. Mount Mansfield beat Rice, 45-32, in the opener for each team.

“In Vermont it's such a short preseason,” Davis said. “We have a veteran team, which has helped, and Rice was at a point where they were still figuring things out. We felt pretty good about things coming into the year because of what we had coming back and going to the Final Four last year.”

Davis said as well as his team has been playing, he does have some concerns. Chief among them is the team's lack of height.

“We're small, so if Eric [Suder] gets in foul trouble that would be a problem,” he said. “That's my biggest concern. Also, we're not a team that's going to score in the high 70s or 80s, but we do need to score more.”

The Cougars won back-to-back state championships in 2004 and 2005, when they allowed an average of 37 and 45 points per game, respectively. It appears defense could earn Mount Mansfield another state title this year.

“It's a group of tough kids who like to defend,” Davis said. “They enjoy it.”

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