Boston High School: Greenwich (Conn.)

Newton North girls' soccer is the latest local squad breaking the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 polls this week.

The Tigers made their debut at No. 20 in the girls' poll this week. Exeter (N.H.) remained in the top spot for the third straight week, while ESPN Boston MIAA No. 1 Central Catholic moved up a spot to No. 7 this week.

On the boys' side, ESPN Boston No. 1 New Bedford slipped to No. 12 this week, down four spots from last week.

New England is well represented as well with Greenwich (Conn.) checking at No. 8 this week and Joel Barlow (Conn.) joining the poll at No. 24, representing the Nutmeg State.

Here's are this week's full rankings:

GIRLS' NATIONAL TOP 25

1 Exeter (Exeter, N.H.) 1 12-0-0
2 Northport (Northport, N.Y.) 2 9-0-0
2 Houston (Germantown, Tenn.) 5 16-0-1
4 Maria Carillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 3 12-0-1
5 Northern Highlands (Allendale, N.J.) 3 10-0-0
6 Rocky River (Rocky River, Ohio) 6 15-0-1
7 Central Catholic (Lawrence, Mass.) 8 12-0-0
8 Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) 7 17-0-0
9 Monroe Woodbury (Woodbury, N.Y.) 13 14-0-0
10 Sacred Heart Academy (Louisville, Ky.) 15 15-0-3
11 Twinsburg (Twinsburg, Ohio) 10 15-0-1
12 Neshaminy (Langhorne, Pa.) 13 14-0-0
13 Champlain Valley Union (Hinesburg, Vt.) 19 12-0-0
14 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) NR 7-0-0
15 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 20 9-1-2
16 St. John the Baptist (West Islip, N.Y.) NR 8-0-2
17 Tigard (Tigard, Ore.) NR 8-0-1
18 Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 9 9-0-4
19 Honeoye Falls Lima (Honeoye Falls, N.Y) 22 13-0-0
20 Newton North (Newton, Mass.) NR 10-0-1
21 Fishers (Fishers, Ind.) NR 15-0-1
22 Skyline (Sammamish, Wash.) NR 8-1-1
23 Central Bucks East (Doylestown, Pa.) NR 13-0-3
24 Winfield (Winfield, W.Va.) 25 16-1-1
25 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) 11 8-0-2

BOYS' NATIONAL TOP 25

1 St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) 1 14-0-0
2 Mason (Mason, Ohio) 3 15-0-1
3 Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) 4 17-0-3
4 Arlington (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) 2 12-0-1
5 Hinsdale Central (Hinsdale, Ill.) 7 16-0-2
6 Troy Athens (Troy, Mich.) 13 19-0-0
7 Salesianum School (Wilmington, Del.) 5 10-0-1
8 Greenwich (Greenwich, Conn.) 21 11-0-1
9 Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, Pa.) 10 15-0-1
10 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 11 13-0-0
11 Columbus North (Columbus, Ind.) 12 17-0-1
12 New Bedford (New Bedford, Mass.) 8 10-0-2
13 St. Dominic (O'Fallon, Mo.) NR 16-0-0
14 Jesuit (Portland, Ore.) 15 8-1-1
15 Brookfield East (Brookfield, Wis.) NR 14-3-3
16 St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.) 22 13-1-1
17 Martin Luther King, Jr. (New York, N.Y.) 9 10-0-1
18 Avon (Avon, Ind.) 18 18-0-1
19 Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) 17 16-0-1
20 Analy (Sebastopol, Calif.) 20 15-0-1
21 Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.) RV 17-0-0
22 Marquette University High (Milwaukee, Wis.) 6 13-1-2
23 St. Charles East (St. Charles, Ill.) 14 14-0-4
24 Joel Barlow (Redding, Conn.) NR 12-0-0
25 Father Judge (Philadelphia, Pa.) 25 15-0-0

Smiley, Wynne, Largay commit to UMass

July, 28, 2013
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Two Connecticut football prospects verbally committed today to UMass's 2014 recruiting class, on a day when the Minutemen got six commitments at its first annual meet-and-greet "Clam Bake" with over two-dozen recruits.

Pomfret School (Conn.) tight end/linebacker Josh Smiley, a Chicopee native; Greenwich (Conn.) defensive end Jack Wynne; and Granby Memorial (Conn.) Jacob Largay, all gave pledges to coach Charley Molnar this afternoon.

Bob McGovern of The Maroon Musket was the first to report of the three commitments.

The three Connecticut prospects join Dean College linebacker Jason Sylva, Dexter offensive tackle Dan DiNicola, and Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) defensive end Chris Carter among the six that committed today.

New England Roundup: Connecticut

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Last Wednesday was an emotional day for those associated with the Foran High School baseball program, and it had little to do with Foran's 5-0 loss to rival Law.

<img src="http://a.espncdn.com/espncitysites/boston/prod/assets/hs_connect_110.jpg" alt="Connecticut" class="floatright" />Earlier that day Foran named its baseball field after Ken Walker, who served as Foran's baseball coach from 1986 to 2003, and then from 2011 to 2012. He passed away last June at age 60.

Walker won 279 games during his tenure as Foran's baseball coach – all of his teams qualified for the state tournament – but he also guided the Foran football team to the 1994 Class M title.

Walker graduated from Milford High School in 1969 and then played baseball at Central Connecticut State. He was a three-sport athlete in high school (he also played football and basketball) and coached at all three Milford high schools: Milford, Foran and Law.

“I saw, probably, every public school athlete that came through Milford in the last 48 years,” former Milford baseball coach Dick Jeynes told the Connecticut Post. “In my opinion, he's arguably the best all-around. That's my opinion because he was outstanding at all three – football, basketball and baseball.”

Walker's son Garrett replaced is father as Foran's baseball coach.

“I've never thought about it as anybody else's field except his,” Garrett said. “In my eyes, it's finally getting the name I think it deserves.”

DIAMOND GEMS
Ten players to watch during the 2013 CIAC baseball and softball seasons:

Baseball
"Anthony Alicki, P/1B (Foran): Senior has committed to play at Franklin Pierce, one of the top Division II programs in the country.

"Charles Ameer, P/SS (Weston): Has been clocked in the low 90s. Will continue his baseball career at St. John's.

"Matt Blandino, P (Bristol Central): A possible selected in June's MLB draft, Blandino has committed to play at Central Connecticut State.

"Michael Concato, P (Amity): Concato, a senior, posted an 11-2 record with 108 strikeouts and a 0.61 ERA last season. He will play at Brown.

"Manny Cruz, P/INF (Wolcott): Hit .503 with 28 RBIs, and was 6-0 on the mound last season. Has committed to Southern New Hampshire University.

"Kyle Dunster, P/OF (Greenwich): Dunster, a junior, has committed to play at Boston College.

"Griffen Garabedian, OF (Notre Dame-West Haven): Batted .403 and stole 12 bases as a junior last season. Has committed to play at the University of Connecticut.

"Aaron Hill, INF. (Fitch): Hill has also committed to play at the University of Connecticut. He hit .395, scored 21 runs, collected 19 RBIs and stole 11 bases last season.

"Will Rios, P (St. Bernard): Only a sophomore, Rios has already committed to the University of Maryland.

"Ryan Testani, P (Shelton): Helped Shelton win the Class LL state championship last season, when his posted a 9-3 record and a 1.31 ERA. Testani has committed to Seton Hall.

Softball
"Fallon Bevino, OF (Foran): A three-year starter, Bevino hit .450 with 22 RBIs last season as a sophomore.

"Sydney Ferrante, SS (Southington): Batted .453 with 46 RBIs as a junior last season.

"Hannah Ford, C/3B (New Fairfield): Ford, a junior, hit .525 with 25 runs scored and 21 RBIs last season.

"Katelyn Haff, 2B (Waterford): Senior led her team with a .477 average last season, when she collected six triples, four home runs and 33 RBIs.

"Jess Harkness, P (Foran): Posted a 23-2 record with 270 strikeouts in 186 innings last season.

"Kaitlyn Lajoie, P (Rockville): Had a 22-2 record and a 0.76 ERA to help the Rams win the Class L title as a junior.

"Erika Leonard, SS (Rocky Hill): Hit .494 with 40 hits and 19 RBIs for last year's Class M champion.

"Katie Petroski, INF (Seymour): Had a .505 average with 55 RBIs and 45 runs scored last season as a sophomore.

"Jenn Vazquez, C (St. Joseph): Has committed to play at Manhattan College. Hit .468 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs last season.

"Kayla Votto, 2B (Coginchaug): Senior led her team in batting average (.500), triples (12) and RBIs (36) last season.

GREENWICH GIRLS START STRONG
The Greenwich girls' lacrosse program has won the last two Class L championships, and, judging by the early results, this year's team appears capable of extending that streak.

Greenwich is off to a 5-0 start and has outscored its opponents 84-36. Greenwich's latest victory was a 16-8 triumph over Stamford on Friday. The Cardinals were without leading scorer Emily Johnson (hamstring) for that contest, but senior Emma Christie stepped up and scored a career-high five goals against Stamford.

The Greenwich program has won nine games in a row, dating back to last season.

BOYS OF SUMMER
Players selected in the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame Classic Military Bowl draft for the game that will be played June 29 at Rentschler Field:

Connecticut Marines Team: Quinn Fleeting, Windsor, QB; Cole Ormsby, Windsor, DE; Kevin Dean, Xavier, OL; Jeremy Clarke, Woodland, OL; Sean Merrill, Sheehan, OL; Mike LaSala, Wilton, OL; Ryheime Moore, Windsor, WR; Raeshaun Finney, Ansonia, WR; Teno Simpson, Hillhouse, LB; Rahmi Roundtree, Woodland, WR; Denzel Moscova, St. Joseph, WR; Devonte Dillion, Windsor, RB; Isiah Swain, Middletown, LB; Joe Pacheco, New Fairfield, RB; Andre Gee West Haven, S; Lamont Waites, New London, LB; Brandon Marquis, Farmington, DL; Nick Spitz, Southington, LB; Donery Evans, Hyde, DL; Eddy Williams, West Haven, LB; David Campbell, Bloomfield, RB/CB; Akeino Chamberlain, Middletown, LB; Caleb Camacho, New London, WR; Dennis Flanagan, Amity, OL; Sixto Acosta, Newington, LB; Jesse Adelberg, Greenwich, K; Mike Alexander, Bulkeley, S; Ian Auger, Coginchaug, LB; William Barrett, West Haven, OL; Nathan Bonafonte, Southington; S; Andrew Campbell, Middletown, LB; Brennan Diaz, Oxford, QB; Nygel Gladney, Crosby, LB; Cam Gravina, Hand, OL; Zak Hedberg, Newington, OL; Spencer Hill, Windham, FB; Rakim Jordan, Prince Tech, LB; Jevon Lawrence, Manchester, DL; Brandon Marquis, Manchester, DL; Terrance N'Dabian, Bunnell, CB; Emmett Odegard, Greenwich, LS; Lance Ormsby, Windsor, LB; Christian Outlaw, Middletown, OL; Rashad Ramsey, Windsor, WR; Roy Ricahards, Manchester, RB; Miguel Santos, Xavier, DL; Mike Semacik, Fitch, OL; O'Brien Sinclair, Middletown, WR; Carlton Steer, East Hartford, TE; Shane Steinman, Rocky Hill, RB; David Tanner, East Hartford, RB; Jh'mel Trammell, Ansonia, LB; Chris Traore, Windsor, LB; Jalon White, North Haven, QB; David Wilcox, Waterford, DL; Chuck Wooding, Glastonbury, RB.

Head coach: Rob Fleeting, Windsor. Assistant coaches: John Ferrazzi, Sheehan; Roy Roberts, Newington; Sal Morello, Middletown; Duane Maranda, New London; Harry Bellucci, Hartford Public; Scott Jenkins, Windsor; and Derrick Lewis, Bassick.

Connecticut National Guard Team: Tim Boyle, Xavier; QB; Nick Gaynor, Northwest Catholic, DB/RB; Zack Creeron, Xavier, OL/DL; Je'Vaughn Moore , Hillhouse, QB/DB;; Max Schumann, Xavier, OL/DL; Justin Potts, Platt, RB/DBback; Max Tylki, Xavier, LB; Terrell Huff, Windsor, DB; Chris Luster, Xavier, WR/DB; Jonah Dorsey, Xavier, OL/DL; Kyle Wilson, Ledyard, OL; Terrell Fairweather, Hillhouse, LB; Kadialy Toure, West Haven, LB; Marc Wildman, Housatonic, DL; Brandon Robertson , Montville, TE; Daequane Clark, New Britain, WR; Ed Croft, Shelton, K; Sam Miranda, New London, WR; Alex Borkowski, Branford, LB; Mick Pernell, Naugatuck, WR; Derek Villard, Cromwell, RB; Dan Herbert, Newtown, WR; Jelani Roman, Notre Dame-Fairfield, LB; Jake Pelletier, St. Joseph, WR; John Shannon, Bullard Havens, RB; Mike Nichol, Wolcott, QB; Saffwan Davis, Fitch, RB; Austin Kingsbury, Windsor Locks, FB; Antonine Byrd, Capital Prep/Classical Magnet, WR; Dillon McMahon, Derby, WR; Hector Rodriguez, Berlin, OL; Ryan Murtha, Montville, OL; Justin Pelazza, Branford, OL; Robert Roehrich, St. Joseph, OL; Mitch Blanchette, Berlin, OL; Ben Morales, Ledyard, OL; Bobby Bozym, Ledyard, OL; Abdullah Dukalay, Hartford Public, DB; Kevin Main, Berlin, DB; Justin Develis, Newtown, DB; Mustaphe Noibi, Fitch, DB; Christian Clark, Windham, DG; Cal Karpi, Ledyard, DB; Mike Pulaski, St. Joseph, LB; Chris Golger, Fairfield Prep, LB; Devin Stewart, Northwest Catholic, LB; Alex Kyprianou, New Milford, LB; Patrick Kirkwood, Fitch, LB; Miles Pompeii-Grove, Holy Cross, LB; Al Harris, Windsor, DL; Andrew Klarman, Branford, DL; Eric Collodel, Woodland, DL; Bryan Monaco, Masuk, DL; Lester Smith, Fitch, DL; Colton Schilling, Guilford, DL.

Head coach: Jim Buonocore, Ledyard. Assistant coaches: Sean Marinan, Xavier; Jemal Davis, Norwich Free Academy; Tim Shea, Woodland; Duncan Dellavolpe, Warde; Tanner Grove, Montville; John Marinelli, New Canaan; Andy Guyon, Xavier; Chris Silvestri, New Canaan; and Chris Eckert, Cromwell.

FITCH PICKS PANUCCI
Jodan Panucci, 26, was named Fitch's varsity football coach last Tuesday.

Panucci has spent the last five years as an assistant coach with the program. He was an offensive lineman at Fitch and a team captain in his senior season.

Panucci replaces Mike Emery, who stepped down last year after 17 seasons as Fitch's head coach.

FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE SELECTS DAILEY
John Dailey has been named the varsity boys basketball coach at Fairfield Ludlowe. He replaces Brian Silvestro, who retired following the 2012-13 season.

Dailey has been with the Fairfield Ludlowe program as a freshman coach, a junior varsity coach and a varsity assistant coach for the last six seasons. He coached the varsity team for four games last season while Silvestro dealt with a medical issue.

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

Greenwich (Conn.) remains in girls lax FAB 50

May, 15, 2012
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ESPNHS has updated its national "FAB 50" girls lacrosse poll, and for the first time all season there is no representation from Massachusetts on the list.

Greenwich (Conn.) hangs on at No. 45, falling seven spots from last week, and is the only New England team on the poll. Receiving votes were Lincoln-Sudbury, New Canaan (Conn.), Notre Dame of Hingham, and Needham.

To view the poll, CLICK HERE.

Greenwich (Conn.) hangs on in girls lax FAB 50

May, 8, 2012
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ESPNHS updated its weekly "FAB 50" girls lacrosse poll, and for the first time all season long there are no Massachusetts teams represented.

Notre Dame of Hingham (previously No. 45) and Lincoln-Sudbury (48) both dropped out of the poll. Elsewhere, Connecticut power Greenwich hangs on in the poll at No. 45, down seven spots from last week's position. L-S, Notre Dame, Needham, and New Canaan (Conn.) all received votes this week.

To see the entire poll, CLICK HERE.

Notre Dame (H) debuts in girls lacrosse FAB 50

May, 1, 2012
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ESPNHS updated its national "FAB 50" girls lacrosse poll this morning, which you can view by clicking here.

Notre Dame of Hingham took the top spot in ESPN Boston's MIAA Top 25 poll yesterday. And today, they make their debut in the FAB 50 as the highest-ranked team from Massachusetts this week. The Cougars come in at No. 45, while Lincoln-Sudbury -- the team they beat to get here -- dropped 12 spots to No. 37.

Greenwich (Conn.) is the only other New England team represented on the poll, making its debut at No. 38.

Also receiving votes were Needham, New Canaan (Conn.), and Westwood, the latter of whom dropped out of the poll from No. 48.

New England Roundup: Connecticut

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Things couldn't be going any better for senior quarterback Casey Cochran and his Masuk High School football team.

ConnecticutMasuk is 4-0 and considered by many to be the best team in the state. Cochran, meanwhile, has been busy breaking records in the process.

Two weeks ago Cochran set the state record for career touchdown passes (86) in a 56-0 victory over Stratford. St. Joseph's Joe Della Vecchia set the previous record of 85 career touchdown passes last season.

Cochran extended that record when he completed 13 of 17 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns in a 55-12 triumph over Barlow last Friday. The four TD passes gave him 15 this season and 90 in his career.

Cochran, who has committed to play at the University of Connecticut, has completed 50 of 63 passes for 1,221 yards this season. He's been intercepted twice.

Earlier this year he became Connecticut's all-time leader in career passing yardage when he completed 15 passes for 327 yards in a 49-14 victory over Oxford. That total gave him 8,027 career passing yards and allowed him to surpass Della Vecchia (7,710). Cochran has passed for 8,337 yards in his career.

“It's a great honor, but it's something I'd rather acknowledge after the season,” Cochran said following the Oxford game. “i want to keep my head clear.”

When the season began Cochran already held the state record for career completions (485).

It's unlikely Masuk will meet any serious resistance anytime soon since its next two opponents – Notre Dame-Fairfield and Immaculate – are 0-8 and have been outscored 112-349 this season.

Cochran is scheduled to graduate in December and enroll in college in January.

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