Boston High School: Connor Henry

Mr. and Miss Soccer finalists announced

December, 11, 2013
We’re announcing our finalists for our second annual Mr. Soccer and Miss Soccer awards today, with the winners to be announced on Friday.

Here’s a look at the finalists:

Adam Grammer, M, Masconomet
Beraa Ibas, M, Ludlow
Brendon Vazquez, M, Amherst
Paul Beatty, F, Silver Lake
Klisman Sousa, M, New Bedford
Dave Stapleton, M, Oliver Ames
Michael Dushman, M, Bedford
Lucas Rezende-Verge, G, Weymouth
Mike Skarbelis, M, North Andover
Connor Henry, M, Algonquin

Breanne Moreau, M, Belchertown
Kayla Steeves, M, Needham
Aly Leahy, D, Newburyport
Taylor Coglaino, F, Franklin
Gabriela Kenyon, F, Notre Dame (Hingham)
Angela DeBruzzi, G, Concord-Carlisle
Courtney Walsh, M, Central Catholic
Caitlin Harty, F, Beverly
Brooke Murphy, F, Monson
Lucy LeBlond, F, Algonquin

New England Roundup: Connecticut

January, 11, 2013
When the game was over, Notre Dame High School boys' basketball coach Gary Palladino had earned another victory – and it was a memorable one.

ConnecticutLast Friday's 66-60 triumph over Berlin was Palladino's 400th win as Notre Dame's head coach.

Berlin erased a 16-point halftime deficit and tied the game midway through the fourth quarter, but Notre Dame made 12 of its 14 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter. The victory improved Palladino's record at Notre Dame to 400-294.

“This isn’t really about me,” Palladino said. “You don’t get to 400 wins at one school without great support from our administration, tremendous assistant coaches, and talented players who work hard and sacrifice for the betterment of our team and program. I have been blessed here at Notre Dame and share this honor with all those that came through the program.”

Earlier this year Palladino announced that this would be his final season as the Green Knights head coach.

Palladino began his career at Notre Dame in 1982. He has guided the Green Knights to 21 winning seasons, and 24 of his teams have qualified for the CIAC state tournament

Palladino has 524 career wins during his high school coaching career, which includes stops at East Hartford High School (7-13) and St. Paul's High School (55-18). He was also 62-69 at the head coach at the University of Hartford.

The inaugural Hall of Fame Classic, a high school football all-star game featuring players from Connecticut, will be played June 29, at Rentschler Field (4:30 p.m.).

The game replaces the Governor's Cup – an all-star game between Connecticut and Rhode Island – and the all-star game between Fairfield and New Haven counties. Connecticut won 11 of the 14 meetings with Rhode Island in the Governor's Cup.

The coaches and players for each team will be announced Saturday at the Walter Camp Breakfast of Champions in East Haven.

An unbeaten record entering Saturday's contest against Fairfield Prep masked the fact that the Notre Dame boys' hockey team hadn't played well in the first period this season, and it was a slow start that cost the Green Knights in a 3-1 loss to the Jesuits.

Fairfield Prep scored three first-period goals and received 33 saves from Mike Beck in a matchup that featured the top two teams in the Hartford Courant's state rankings.

Matt Wikman, Connor Henry and Dean Lockery scored for Fairfield Prep. Darren Capobianco scored Notre Dame's goal at 12:38 of the second period.

“Today we didn't get off the bus,” Notre Dame coach Bill Gerosa told the New Haven Register. “Actually, it was the eighth game this season we didn't get off the bus in the first period. We've played well in our second and third periods, but we keep struggling in the first.”

Fairfield Prep improved its record to 7-0 and was elevated to No. 1 following the victory. Notre Dame, last year's Division I champion, fell to 7-1 and slipped to No. 2.

The teams will meet again on Feb. 16.

Highlighting some top recent performances in boys and girls basketball:

" Weaver's Alyssa Stewart scored 24 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a 53-31 victory over Wethersfield.

" Simsbury's E.J. Crawford scored 18 points in a 60-51 victory over Newington, and then poured in 20 – including the game-winning shot with six seconds to play – in a 70-69 triumph over Hall.

" Cromwell's Alexa Riley tossed in a game-high 15 points in a 53-50 triumph over Bacon Academy that ended Bacon Academy's 43-game home winning streak.

"Southington's Stephanie O'Keefe scored all of her 15 points on 3-pointers during a 48-41 victory overtime victory against Northwest Catholic.

"Tolland's Taylor Fortin averaged 37.5 points in victories over RHAM and Rockville.

Norwich Free Academy's Elisa Formiglio became the first female to play in a Connecticut football state championship game when Xavier defeated NFA 48-14 to win the Class LL championship last month.

Formiglio, a senior who didn't play football until last season, made both of her point-after kicks in the loss. She made 61 of 71 PAT attempts during the season. She also made one of her three field goal attempts – a 24-yard kick – and completed the season as her team's No. 3 scorer.

The inaugural Pioneer Valley Girls Winter Classic – the state's first outdoor girls hockey tournament -- was held Jan. 1 at the Simsbury Farms open-air rink.

The event featured four teams: Simsbury, Hall-Conard, Springfield (Mass.) Cathedral and East Catholic-Glastonbury-South Windsor. Simsbury defeated Hall-Conard 3-2 in the title game, and Springfield Cathedral won the consolation game.

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader, and has been covering high school sports throughout New England since 1992.

Recap: No. 2 G-D 1, No. 8 Algonquin 1

September, 12, 2012
NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. -- Tuesday's cross division Mid-Wach matchup between No. 2 Groton-Dunstable and No. 8 Algonquin served as an early season guage for both teams.

Yet, neither of the Central Mass. power were able to gain a foothold in action as the teams settled for a 1-1 draw.

Algonquin midfielder Connor Henry opened scoring in the 32nd minute with a strike off a free kick. The Tomahawks (0-0-1) held onto the lead behind goalkeeper Liam McCarthy until the second half, in the 52nd minute when G-D's Mike Keating struck from inside the box.

Here are a couple observations from match:

Ken Morin's Tomahawk side had to wait until Tuesday to kick off their season. Their season opened in earnest against the reigning Division 2 state champion Crusaders.

With a young returning squad, Morin's goal was simply to get back on the pitch.

"They've been waiting for this game for three weeks now. There's no substitute for the real thing and it was great for them to get back out there."

It's been a tough start to the season for G-D which opened with No. 12 Worcester North (a 5-3 win) before Tuesday's match. The Crusaders are also playing without their starting goalkeeper and right back, but G-D showed a robust defense against the Tomahawks.

Keeper John Nyilis has filled in for the first two matches and showed good instincts against Algonquin, making a couple key stops in addition to breaking up several chances with his play in the second half.

The other notable absence has been the zero in the goals column next to striker Nate Pomeroy's name. The Brown commit hasn't found the back of the net yet, but that's no neccessarily a bad thing.

"We're getting scoring from a bunch of players," G-D head coach Sean Wisbey said. "Obviously, Nate [Pomeroy] is a marked player and defense are paying a lot of attention to him, but he'll get his goals, too."

G-D also pushed the offensive pace in the second half of Tuesday's matchup, going with a 3-3-4 out of the half.

"We were getting bottled up in the middle, so I told the guys at halftime to start looking to the wings and try to spread them out," Wisbey.

Eventually, the Crusaders found the equalizer and escaped with the point.

G-D will play Nashoba Thursday before wrapping up its home-and-home series with Worcester North on Saturday.

Madison Park clinches Boston North title

November, 13, 2010
EAST BOSTON, Mass. -- It’s been a long time.

A five minute and 20 second, 58-yard scoring drive capped by a one-yard dive by Isiah White elevated Madison Park over East Boston today, 22-14, giving the Cardinals their first Boston North title since 2002.

“Coach Robinson told me I was going to have to run hard this week,” said White of his 8 carries for 51 yards. “Whatever it takes to help the team, I am for it. If it’s blocking for Chris [Philyew], and I don’t get as many runs, I’m ok with that too. It’s all about the team.”

Going up 14-0 with 3:15 to go in the third quarter on a Dequell Golson 3-yard run, Madison Park (6-1, 5-0 Boston North) looked to be in control of the game. The ensuing kickoff by Claudel Rosembert bounced off Eastie’s Marvin Depaz’ foot at the Jets’ 34 yard line. Depaz could have fallen on the spinning ball and played it safe, but the 180 pound linebacker picked up the rock and sprinted for 48 yards, dodging tackles and rumbling for extra yardage upon impact.

After a failed pass, Jets quarterback Anthony Whitney found Maicol Restrepo sitting in the back of the end zone, literally, for a 18-yard hookup to put Eastie (6-3, 3-1 Boston North) on the board with 50 seconds left in the third quarter. On the extra point, essential for Eastie to make it a game and for Madison to keep the Jets grounded, Whitney rolled left and was being closed in on by Madison defenders. Whitney reversed the field and found freshman tight end Whitney Connor at the goal line, who was hit by a Madison defender after his catch but held onto the ball and fell into the end zone, leaving the game at 14-8, advantage Madison.

The Cardinals, determined to take what they came through the tunnel for, went to work. The kickoff by Depaz was fielded by Philyew (12 carries, 86 yards), who brought the ball back 32 yards to the Jets 42, setting up the game sealing drive.

“Last year we lost and fell apart,” said Philyew. “This year, we decided to work hard and come together to win.”

From the 42, the Cardinals put the ball on the turf for a ground assault, giving the ball back to Philyew on the first play for a 15 yard gain. Jonathan Miles took a pair of runs for eight and five yards for another first down, setting up first and 10 from the East Boston fourteen. Philyew and White took twin 6-yard hits, setting up first and goal from the Eastie 2. A quarterback sneak by Ely Plaza gave the Cardinals second and goal from the one, and a neutral zone infraction by the Jets assisted White in bowling past the plane on the following play, putting Madison up 20-8. The rush by Philyew made the game 22-8, but Eastie, having taken the Boston North title six times since 2000, looked at the 4:40 left on the clock the clock as an opportunity to win, not as an obstacle.

Taking over from their own 29, Eastie orchestrated a nearly four minute touchdown drive, capped by an 11-yard run by Whitney with 42 seconds left in the game, but the failed conversion and inability to get the ball back allowed Madison to run out the clock and walk away with the Boston North on their back.

“I’ve got to give a lot of props to our offensive line, which is also our defensive line,” added Plaza. “They play both sides of the ball, and that is all conditioning. This is my senior year, and I can leave saying that we capture the Boston North title. It feels good.”


Madison went into the locker room up 6-0, scoring with no time left in the first half. The touchdown was a 12 yard connection between Plaza and Khayree Hudson. Five plays before, Hudson missed a pass, but with the help of the Madison coaching staff, he was able to bounce back and give Madison their first score of the game.

“Before I missed the pass, I came out and didn’t feel energetic,” admitted Hudson. “After missing the catch, my coaches told me that big time players made big time plays. I got back into the game, made my move and caught the ball to give my team some motivation going into the second half.”


MP 0 6 8 8 --- 22
EB 0 0 8 6 --- 14

2nd Quarter
MP - Khayree Hudson 12 pass from Ely Plaza (rush failed)

3rd Quarter
MP - Dequell Golson 3 run (Chris Philyew rush)
EB - Maicol Resptrepo 18 pass from Anthony Whitney (Connor Henry pass from Whitney)

4th Quarter
MP - Isiah White 1 run (Philyew rush)
EB - Whitney 11 run (rush failed)