Boston High School: Devin Thompson

Bay State Games: July 12 recap

July, 13, 2012
Bay State Games communications coordinator Craig Kaufman sends along results from today's plethora of action:

WOBURN, Mass. -– A busy Thursday at the Bay State Games saw the start of the soccer, field hockey, basketball, ice hockey and boys' lacrosse competitions, as well as the continuation of the 2012 baseball tournament and the conclusion of the girl’s lacrosse event. Friday will see all of these scholastic results continue and baseball will draw to a close with all the medal positions still hanging in the balance. Friday night will also see the beginning of the 2012 Bay State Games swim competition at Harvard University.


Bronze Medal Game: Southeast 14, Metro 6
Gold Medal Game: Northeast 13, West 11


Northeast 5, Metro 5
Metro almost pulled an upset by taking a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth inning but had to settle for a tie as Northeast came back to tie the game and then stranded the winning run on base in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Johnson (Brookline) drew a bases loaded walk and Nick Bruno (Lynnfield) followed with an RBI single before Jonathan Santana Arias (Somerville) knocked in two more runs as Metro plated four runs in the sixth. Kyle Hood (Arlington) had scored an unearned run for Metro in the second.

Northeast scored single runs in the second, third and fourth innings and then took advantage of three walks and two hit batsmen in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 5. Justin Freeman (N. Chelmsford) drove in a run for Northeast, as did Colby Morris (Newburyport), who drew a walk with the bases full.

Central 4, Southeast 1
Southeast scored in the top of the first when Cameron Hanley (Walpole) doubled home Sean Scales (Weymouth), but Central, led by Jake Ryan (Whitinsville), who went 2-2 with a run scored and an RBI double, had taken a 4-1 lead by the bottom of the fifth. Zack Tower (Auburn) also drove in a run for Central, who got good pitching from their rotation, including starter Christian Doskocil (Sterling), who went three inning s and struck out two.

West 3, Coastal 0
Austin Salnitis (Lenox) went five innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven for West, who ran their record t o3-1. West got on the board in the fourth when Kenny Potts (Southwick) drew a walk and scored on a double by Phillip Jasak (Palmer). They added another run in each of the next innings with an RBI single by Andrew Noonan (Springfield) and an RBI double by Jake LaBranche (W. Springfield).

Coastal was led at the plate by Andrew Mancini (N. Easton), who went 2-2 with two singles.


Metro 1, Southeast 1
Metro scored first in the 20th minute when Thayrone Miranda (Somerville) connected on an assist from Walter Guzman (Chelsea), but the Southeast team equalized in the 67th minute on a connection from Nick Savage (Milton) to Marquardt.

Coastal 2, Central 2
Coastal scored first through Joshua Medeiros (New Bedford) in the 34th minute, but Central scored twice to take a 2-1 lead with Riley Steele (Sutton) and Lukas Ritzer (Sutton) connecting. Coastal salvaged a draw with a 58th minute goal by Ty Catunto (New Bedford).

West 3, Northeast 0
West got three second half goals from Mark Richards (Springfield), David Serafino (Ludlow) and Nicholas Martinelli (East Longmeadow).


Northeast 3, Metro 0
North got three goals in the first half, their first just three minutes into the game. Megan Cullen (Amesbury) scored the first two goals for Northeast and Alexa Cicolini (Methuen) finished the job in the 31st minute.

Southeast/Coastal 1, Central 0
Lauren Farrell (Rockland) scored the only goal in the 48th minute as Southeast/Coastal edged Central.

West 8, Metro 0
Jennifer Delasco (Lenox) and Mary Edwards (E. Longmeadow) each scored twice, with Stefano adding an assist. Jordan Bates (Chicopee) and Kiley Baran (Granby) added two assists apiece as West rolled to their first win of the tournament.

Northeast 4, Southeast/Coastal 1
Megan Cullen (Amesbury) scored four straight goals for Northeast to give them the victory after Jessica Murphy (Norwood) had given Southeast/Coastal a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute. Cullen started her scoring spree just a minute later.

West 4, Central 0
West endured an onslaught of Central possession early before scoring four times in the second half. Sharlotte Pernice (W. Springfield) scored twice, and Christina Ferriter (Springfield) and Brianna Voight (Springfield) also tallied for West.


Metro/Northeast 3, Southeast 2
Central 2, Coastal 1


Southeast 16, Northeast 4
Steve Righini (Weymouth) scored four times for Southeast, while Conor Martin (Plainville), Sean Williams (Scituate), and Jack Vail (Franklin) each tallied twice, with Martin adding two assists. Six other players tallied single goals, including Nicholas D’Innocenzo (Medway), who also added an assist. Tyler Boardo (Weymouth) and Daniel Sprague (Weymouth) combined for nine saves in goal.

Northeast got two goals from Derek Lawton (Bishop Guertin) and a goal apiece from Devlin Crane (Arlington) and John Curcuru (Gloucester). Evan Connolly (Peabody) made 13 stops in net and Joshua Nelson (Medford) spelled him for five saves.

Central 10, Metro 9
Joshua Daigle (Marlborough) and Alex Sabel (Algonquin) each scored twice and added an assist, while Thomas Whiting (Hudson) notched two goals as well. Matthew McIntire (Milford) made ten stops in the winning effort.

Jack Trottier (Tyngsborough), Brian Walsh (Lowell) and Joey Pescatore (Waltham) each scored twice for Metro and Ben Foley (Tyngsborough) added a goal and two assists in a losing effort. Scott Powell (Swampscott) made 9 stops in the Metro net.


Northeast 8, Southeast 7
Metro 6, West 1
Central 12, Coastal 2
Southeast 8, Metro 2


Central/West 9, Metro 1
Southeast/Coastal 4, Northeast 2


Central 82, Metro 47
Central was led by Tyler Delorey (Worcester), who scored 22 points, including four three-pointers. Matt Mobley (Worcester) also chipped in 18 points, including two buckets from downtown.

Coastal 75, West 59
Coastal got 25 points from Chris Green (Taunton), including four three-pointers, while Paul Maurice (Taunton) added 22 points.

Central 89, Coastal 80
Central got 26 points from Delorey, who nailed three shots from downtown and also got 17 points from Jacek Louisville (Worcester). Tommy Keyes (Somerset) led the way for Coastal with 19 points.

Northeast 79, West 78
Northeast’s Devin Thompson (Winthrop) led all scorers with 22 points and two three’s in the fourth quarter. Anthony Smith (Springfield) was the top scorer on West with 17 points.


Central 68 Metro 64
Matt Grose led Central with 19 points and Bobby Flanagan put up 15. The Metro squad was led by Keith Burns (Belmont) with 22 points while Christian Lejuene (Waltham) added 14.

West 73 Coastal 41
The West squad was led by Keith Natale (Hatfield), who had 22 points and Conner Eckstrom (Greenfield) pitched in 15. The Coastal region had Tom Galanek (Plymouth) and Kent Mertz (Dennisport) score 8 points each.

Northeast 72 Coastal 60
Anthony Gilardi (Malden) led the Northeast squad with 24 points while Cody Broges (Dartmouth) picked up the slack with 16. Liam Gerrity (Barnstable) was the leading scorer in the game with 26 points and Pat Danner (Plymouth) had 10 points for Coastal.

West 67 Metro 40
West’s Keith Natale (Hatfield) had 20 while Conner Eckstrom (Greenfield) pitched in 11. The Metro squad had Jaewoo Chung (Arlington) score 11 points.


Northeast 73 Southeast 71
Northeast lead scorer Amanda Williams (North Andover) scored 13 points. Sarah Hood (Burlington) added 12 points to the scoreboard. Katie Lowerre (Sharon) led the way for Southeast with 18 points

Metro 72 Central 24
Melissa Baptista (Somerville) led the Metro region with 15 points. Kaila Duarte (Boston) score 13 points throughout the game which included making both of her free throws in the 4th quarter. Central was led by Kristen Smith (Littleton) chipping in 7 points.

West 66 Coastal 55
Keri Paton (Russell) contributed 17 points to West which included 13 points in the 4th quarter. Tea Spellacy (Belchertown) contributed 11 points to the scoreboard as well. Norma Waggett (Saugus) led Coastal with 25 points.

Southeast 68 Central 39
Lowerre led Southeast to victory against Central contributing 21 points. Montana Burke (Bromfield) and Abrielle Peltier (Leicaster) both chipped in 8 points for Central.

Metro 66 West 32
Metro got 14 points by Maggie Mulligan (Brighton) leading the team. Spellacy scored 11 points for West and Paton added 8 more to the scoreboard.

Northeast 62 Coastal 36
Hood tallied 14 points in Northeast’s last game against Coastal. Williams and Courtney Walsh (Windham) added to the scoreboard. Coastal’s Rachel Camara (Fall River) contributed 10 points and Brianna Camara (Fall River) chipped in 7.


Basketball, Lacrosse, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Soccer, Ice Hockey, Field Hockey, Chelmsford, Swampscott, Gloucester, East Longmeadow, Somerville, Burlington, New Bedford, Bishop Guertin (N.H.), Belchertown, West Springfield, St. Peter-Marian, North Andover, Courtney Walsh, Nick Bruno, Newburyport, Josh Medeiros, Paul Maurice, Kaila Duarte, Tyngsborough, Bay State Games, Colby Morris, Marlborough, Mary Edwards, Megan Cullen, Chris Green, Brian Walsh, Rachel Camara, Cam Hanley, Riley Steele, Amanda Williams, Matt Mobley, Jacek Louisville, Tyler Delorey, Devin Thompson, Andrew Noonan, Steve Righini, Zack Tower, Kenny Potts, Sean Scales, Austin Johnson, Jonathan Santana Arias, Justin Freeman, Christian Doskocil, Austin Salnitis, Phillip Jasek, Jake LaBranche, Andrew Mancini, Thayrone Miranda, Walter Guzman, Nick Savage, Lukas Ritzer, Ty Catunto, Mark Richards, David Serafino, Nicholas Martinelli, Alexa Cicolini, Lauren Farrell, Jennifer Delasco, Jordaan Bates, Kiley Baran, Jessica Murphy, Sharlotte Penice, Christina Ferriter, Brianna Voight, Conor Martin, Sean Williams, Nicholas D'Innocenzo, Tyler Boardo, Daniel Sprague, Derek Lawton, Devlin Crane, John Curcuru, Evan Connolly, Josh Nelson, Josh Daigle, Alex Sabel, Thomas Whiting, Jack Trottier, Joey Pescatore, Scott Powell, Tommy Keyes, Anthony Smith, Matt Grose, Keith Burns, Christian Lejuene, Keith Natale, Conner Eckstrom, Greenfield, Anthony Gilardi, Cody Broges, Liam Gerrity, Pat Danner, Jaewoo Chung, Sarah Hood, Katie Lowerre, Melissa Baptista, Kristen Smith, Keri Paton, Tea Spellacy, Norma Waggett, Montana Burke, Abrielle Peltier, Maggie Mulligan, Brianna Camara

Div. 4 Finals: St. Mary's (Lynn) 70, Cathedral 64

March, 13, 2012
BOSTON -- The St. Mary’s of Lynn players had to be told to stop celebrating with their fans after their 70-64 Division 4 State Championship win over Boston Cathedral High School Monday.

As the teams prepared to line up for the postgame trophy presentation, the St. Mary’s student section roared loudly, and its players did not want to keep them waiting. Before the ceremony could begin, the team walked over to its fellow students and literally crawled over folding chairs and the barrier to get to them.

After a few moments, St. Mary’s coach Kevin Moran and tournament administrators told them to get back to the court, and the trophy presentations commenced.

“It’s unbelievable, words can’t describe how I feel right now, they really can’t,” said St. Mary’s senior guard Nick Gagliolo (19 points).

It was not a normal state championship battle, where teams are more than likely to play a team it had only scouted from afar and never played before. That was not the case with Cathedral (18-7) and the Spartans (21-4), who are conference foes.

The two teams met twice during the regular season, with each team taking a game.

“It’s better (to play a team you’ve seen before),” said Gagliolo. “There was no surprises. Obviously we played them twice, and they were battles both games. It was great that we came out successful today.”

The two teams went back and forth in the first quarter, but St. Mary’s was able to get out to a lead in the second, outscoring the Panthers 15-8 in the quarter, and took a 32-23 lead into the half.

“We knew they had five or six athletes there that were going to come after us,” said Moran. “We tried to get on their three-point shots, and I think our offense started to flow a little bit. Once that did, it kind of made it a little easier for us.”

The St. Mary’s lead remained around 10 points throughout the third. It was not until the final quarter that Cathedral made a run, cutting the St. Mary’s lead to 62-58.

“On their run, our focus was that we had to stop them on transition,” said junior guard Randolf Thurman. “We had to box everybody out and then we also had to run through our plays and keep our composure.”

Cathedral’s Kyle Lawyer (26 points) had 10 points in the final frame for his team, and was a big reason why his team was in the game towards the end.

St. Mary’s didn’t help itself at all, missing 15 free throws throughout the course of the game.

However, it was the timely baskets by Devin Thompson (25 points) and Gagliolo down the stretch that helped St. Mary’s maintain its lead and ultimately win its first state championship since 2002.

Replenished by Randolf: One big difference between this game and the last time the two teams played (a 74-61 Cathedral victory on Feb. 17) was the presence of Randolf Thurman. He missed the last meeting, but came back in a big way, contributing 14 points in the win.

“We play some great, great kids, but from my perspective he’s the best guard around that I’ve seen,” said Moran. “He can do it all. He had assists, points, steals, rebounds. He’s just the guy that makes us go.”

“He wasn’t here the last game, but I think, the other thing about our team that is unusual is that we have so many different parts. We have guys like Matt Manning, who doesn’t get in the scorebox a whole lot, we have the scorers, then we have the point guard, and guys that get in there and play some roles for us.”

Spartan Pride: This championship is special for lots of reasons for St. Mary’s. While it is the culmination of a season’s worth of blood, sweat, and tears for a team, for St. Mary’s, it means the basketball team keeps pace with its other winter sports teams.

“Our school’s doing really well right now,” said Thurman. “Hockey teams, girls basketball team, and we just wanted to make our mark in the school and make our school proud.”

Div. 4 Boys: St. Mary's (Lynn) 62, Pope John 39

March, 9, 2012
BOSTON — In the game of basketball, sometimes it’s not the amount of talent that a high school team can pump out on the floor at any one given moment that makes all the difference in a big spot.

Sometimes it’s just being there for one another and knowing exactly what the other teammate is thinking or feeling at any given moment.

Nick Gagliolo knows his St. Mary’s (Lynn) Spartans (19-4) have that bond to fight through any kind of adversity, and even though there wasn’t much of it in a 62-39 victory over Pope John XXIII (19-4) in the Div. 4 North finals on Friday night, the togetherness of the team has be there all season long.

“We’ve had an unbelievable season so far and obviously we have one more big game to go,” said Gagliolo, who scored 20 points. “We’ve been working together as a team all year. There hasn’t been one fight between individuals on the team. Our team chemistry has been unbelievable.”

The bond has gone way beyond high school, as Gagliolo said the basketball roots of this team go back to when each player could begin to dribble a basketball.

“We’ve been playing together forever now,” said Gagliolo. “There’s a group of us, probably like six or seven of us, who have been playing together since we were five years old, so that’s big. We know that everyone has each other’s back.”

Duo Shows Off: Gagliolo was talking about the whole team when he spoke of that togetherness, but really it could have been whittled down to the play of he and Devin Thompson. Thompson (18 points) and Gagliolo have been the catalysts for the Spartans this season.

“Our games compliment one another,” said Thompson. “He gets to the rim, drives in and he can kick it to me and I can hit 3s. I get to him and he can score. Then we have pieces all over the floor, so you can’t focus on just one person.”

Kevin Moran has leaned heavily on Gagliolo and Thompson to provide the lion’s share of the offense, and the Spartans’ duo accounted for more than half of the output much like their win in the semi-finals over Manchester-Essex.

“It’s really a testament to those two leaders and those guys have been driving us offensively for a long time,” said Moran. “Their effort came a long way to getting us hear tonight.”

Thurman Back and Healthy: Randolf Thurman banged up his shoulder in a late nonleague game against St. John’s Prep and he didn’t play in the loss to Cathedral — a team the Spartans will meet on the Garden floor on Monday — which could have won the Catholic Central League on the final day of the regular season.

The point guard responsibilities were left in the hands of Thompson and Gagliolo, and the offense was stagnant at times.

With a healthy Thurman back in the lineup, the two wings have been able to return to the their comfort zone and form a potent offense with many weapons to account for.

Thurman talked about his road back to playing.

“It took about a week and a half,” he said. “I had to stay out because of my shoulder. I had to go to the orthopedic doctor. After school I’ve been going to the trainer and getting my strength back up.”

Thurman showed off his importance to the offense and the defense as he got players in the right position and spearheaded a defensive effort on Malcolm Brown to hold him to 13 points with just three made baskets from the field.

“They don’t have to bring it up all the time and I can create for them,” said Thurman.

“It’s huge,” added Thompson. “It’s tough playing without a point guard. When you have a true point guard on the floor he’s out there looking for everybody. Not even just on the offenseive end. On the defensive end he can get up and pressure the other guard and get them tired and get them out of the flow of their offense.”

Recap: Boston Cathedral 74, St. Mary's 61

February, 17, 2012
BOSTON — Cathedral head coach James Hauser has been mixing and matching his lineup for the past couple of weeks with some key players out of commission.

He got a little order restored to the lineup just in time to help the Panthers climb to the top of a crowded Catholic Central League large division.

Joe Green scored 13 points and came up with a big steal to spur a pivotal run with three minutes left to go in the game, and Kyle Lawyer added toughness on the post with 12 points and five rebounds to give Cathedral a 74-61 victory over St. Mary’s (16-6) on Friday night at home.

Both players were academically ineligible, and now return with a chance to help the Panthers get some rhythm back for a push in the MIAA tournament.

“They are our two leading scorers, so we’ve been playing without them,” said Hauser, whose team will share the league title at 9-3 in the conference with St. Mary’s, Cardinal Spellman and Arlington Catholic. “We are very fortunate that we have this February break. We get to come and practice and help us get ready for the tournament.”

The Panthers scored the first eight points of the game, but then struggled against the zone defense by St. Mary’s as the visitors went on an 18-2 run to take a 18-10 lead.

“That’s our eighth starting lineup this year,” said Hauser. “We just got three of those guys back today, so they haven’t played in six weeks. They are just trying to find their chemistry again with their teammates and I think that’s what it was.”

Green and Lawyer started to find some cohesiveness at the end of the half as the two hooked up twice to give the Panthers a 31-28 lead at the break. Green broke down the lane and found Lawyer for an easy bucket. Green then got to a loose ball at halfcourt and got it to Lawyer wide open on the break for a two-handed dunk.

Devin Thompson hit a three-pointer in the third quarter to cut the Panthers lead to 57-54 and then forced a turnover, but Green took the ball right back and put in a lay-up on the break for a big momentum swing.

The Panthers made two straight stops and the offense capitalized with a 3-pointer from Curt Howe and a pair of free throws from Brandon Kelly.

“Our number one standard is defense wins games and rebounding wins championships,” said Hauser. “No doubt in my mind our defense won this game.”

No point for Spartans: The Spartans were without sophomore point guard Randolf Thurman after he banged up his shoulder in the St. John’s Prep game.

At times the offense looked in synch, but there were other times when it was easy to see that the Spartans lacked a leader to direct teammates and get them into scoring opportunities.

“A guy like Thurman is an exceptional point guard,” said Spartans head coach Kevin Moran. “I take nothing away from Cathedral because they played a wonderful game, but I always say that the point guard is the most important position.”

Nick Gagliolo may have been hurt the most by the missing point guard as he was thrust into the role of trying to facilitate in the halfcourt while also looking for his shot. Gagliolo finished with 16 points, but had several uncharacteristic turnovers.

“The ball is in his hand a lot more,” said Moran. “When you are one of the better players around you get a lot of attention defensively.”