Boston High School: John Wlasuk

New England Roundup: Connecticut

July, 5, 2011
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At halftime of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup All-Star football game there were those who probably thought Connecticut’s eight-game winning streak against Rhode Island was in jeopardy. If so, those thoughts disappeared early in the second half.

ConnecticutConnecticut, which led by four points at halftime, scored three touchdowns in the first 7:18 of the third quarter and cruised to a 37-6 triumph over Rhode Island at Southington High School.

It was Connecticut’s 10th victory in the 13-year history of the event.

Things began to turn sour for Rhode Island when Montrell Dobbs (Ansonia) scored on a 77-yard run to help Connecticut increase its lead to 17-6.

Dobbs, who was held to two yards on five carries in the first half, finished the game with 96 yards on 10 carries. He was selected as Connecticut’s offensive MVP.

“At halftime we talked about taking care of business in our house, and that’s what we did in the second half,” Dobbs said.

Rhode Island fumbled the ball away on the next play from scrimmage. Two plays later Connecticut’s Max Delorenzo scored on a 15-yard run to help made it a 24-6 contest.

Jack DeBiase intercepted a pass on Rhode Island’s next possession, and Connecticut cashed in when Joe DellaVecchia tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brian Kelly.

Kelly also caught a 13-yard TD pass from Kyle Nolan. He had three receptions for 69 yards in the victory.

“We just had to fix some problems,” Kelly said. “Our coach [Masuk’s John Murphy] told us that if we fix our mistakes we’d win.”

Connecticut’s only TD in the first half came on a 59-yard TD catch by Temple-bound wide receiver Nainy Bah.

Matt Cassidy’s fourth point-after kick followed Kelly’s second TD reception and capped the scoring. Cassidy also made a 33-yard field goal in the first half.

The Connecticut defense set a Governor’s Cup record by holding Rhode Island to six points. It was also the first time a team didn’t score a touchdown in the contest. Rhode Island scored on two Chad Bacon field goals.

Defensive lineman Wille Maxen (Pomperaug) was named Connecticut’s defensive MVP. Maxen, who will play at Central Connecticut State next season, made three tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Murphy said although his team had a slim lead at halftime, he had plenty of confidence entering the third quarter.

“I watched this defense for two weeks so I knew how good we were,” he said. “I knew they weren’t going to score a lot of points on that defense.”

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The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Josh Lampron of Mansfield High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Lampron is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Mansfield High School.

The 5-foot-10 junior won the mile run with a time of 4:05.99 at this month’s New Balance Outdoor National, producing the nation’s No. 5 performance among prep competitors in 2011 entering this week’s USA Track & Field Junior Outdoor Championships. Lampron broke the tape in the 800-meter run in 1:54.03 at the All-State Meet, leading the Hornets to the state championship as a team.

Lampron also won the 800-meter race in 1:54.61 at the Eastern Mass. Division 2 championships in addition to anchoring the winning 4x800-meter quartet that broke the tape in 8:03.88. During the indoor season this past winter, he won the mile run at the Eastern Mass. Division 2 and All-State meets, and then placed seventh at the New Balance Indoor Nationals. Lampron has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. A member of the school’s marching and concert band, he has donated his time raking leaves for the elderly and has volunteered more than 200 hours of community service on behalf the Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout.

Lampron will begin his senior year of high school this fall.

Lampron joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year Sam Bombaugh (2010, Falmouth), Mark Vetere (2009, Andover), and Omar Aden (2008, Charlestown) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Below are the winners for the five other New England states:

CONNECTICUT: JOHN WLASUK, NEWTOWN

The 6-foot-2 senior won the shot put and the discus at the New England Interscholastic Track & Field Outdoor Championship Meet this spring. Wlasuk launched the discus 179 feet, 10 inches and hurled the shot 57 feet, 11 inches. A returning Class LL All-State selection as named by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, Wlasuk also captured the discus and shot put titles at both the State Open and Class LL state meet. He took seventh in the shot put (57-6.5), 14th in the javelin (162-7) and 16th in the discus (149-3) at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals earlier this month. Wlasuk also placed first in the shot put competition at the New England Interscholastic Indoor Track & Field Championships this past winter.

Wlasuk has maintained a 3.19 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered on behalf of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

“John is an extremely dedicated athlete,” said Newtown High head coach Daniel McIlrath. “He watches video clips of professionals as well as himself. He analyzes and picks apart pieces of the form so he can see what works and how it comes together to combine strength with fluidity. John is also an extremely intense athlete. He puts his heart and soul into each throw, and it shows when he screams. That is his release, his energy and his love of what he does. When you combine dedication with a large competitive drive to better yourself, you get strong results.”

Wlasuk has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Connecticut this fall.

Wlasuk joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year Chris FitzSimons (2010, Hamden), Cas Loxsom (2009, Wilbur Cross), and Donn Cabral (2008, Glastonbury) among the state’s list of former award winners.

RHODE ISLAND: JARELL FORBES, CLASSICAL

The 6-foot senior won the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at the State Meet this spring, leading the Purple to fourth place as a team. Forbes won the 110 hurdles in 14.83 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 39.52. He also placed fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 6 feet, 2 inches. A 12-time class champion, Forbes shattered his own state record in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles at this month’s New Balance Nationals with a time of 54.05 seconds, which ranked as the nation’s No. 28 time among prep competitors in 2011 at the time of his selection.

Forbes has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a youth track coach and mentor.

Forbes will attend Rhode Island College where he will compete in track and field beginning this fall. He is the fourth Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Classical, and joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year Kadeem Kushimo (2010, La Salle Academy) and Andrew Springer (2008-09, Westerly) among the state’s list of former award winners.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: D'MAHL MCFADDEN, MERRIMACK

The 6-foot-1 senior swept the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at the Division II Meet, the statewide Meet of Champions and the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships this spring. McFadden set a pair of state records at the Meet of Champions, winning the 110 hurdles in 14.00 seconds, which ranked as the nation’s No. 25 time among prep competitors in 2011, and the 300 hurdles in 37.71, the No. 57 time among prep competitors nationwide this spring at the time of his selection.

McFadden has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally with a day-care agency and as a youth track coach.

McFadden has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of New Hampshire beginning this fall. He joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year Dominic Filiano (2010, Lebanon), Mike Marshall (2009, Salem), and Matt Paulson (2008, Manchester Central) among the state’s list of former award winners.

MAINE: JACK TERWILLIGER, CHEVERUS

The 5-foot-11 senior won three individual state championships at the Class A state meet this spring, leading the Stags to fourth place as a team. The Southern Maine Activities Association Boys Track Athlete of the Year, Terwilliger broke the tape in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:59.03, captured the 1600-meter run in 4:17.04 and placed first in the 3200-meter run in 9:39.06. Terwilliger finished eighth in the 1600 with a time of 4:19.18 at the New England Interscholastic Track & Field Outdoor Championship Meet. In addition to running a leg for the winning 4x800-meter relay quartet in each of his first three seasons at the Class A state meet, he also won the 3200 at the 2009 Class A state meet as a sophomore.

Also a cross country standout and an accomplished trombone player, Terwilliger has maintained a 3.87 GPA in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society and a participant in the Blunt Youth Radio Project, he has also volunteered on behalf of Portland’s Mercy Hospital and the Easter Seals of Maine’s All Aboard! Preschool.

“Jack has distinguished himself as a big meet runner, always seeming to peak and perform under pressure at the largest meets beginning as a freshman,” said Cheverus High head coach Steve Virgilio. “He was undefeated in the 2011 indoor and outdoor track seasons. Jack has faced adversity throughout his career with several injuries and always maintained his composure and dedication to regain his fitness to compete when it mattered most. He is a selfless leader whose stoicism, courage and will to compete are an example to all.”

Terwilliger will attend Dartmouth College this fall, where he will continue his competitive running career.

Terwilliger joins recent Gatorade Maine Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year Will Geoghegan (2010, Brunswick), Dan Smith (2009, Thornton Academy), and David Slovenski (2008, Brunswick) among the state’s list of former award winners.

VERMONT: MIKE DIMAMBRO, ESSEX

The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the 5-foot-10 senior won four individual state championships this spring and led the Hornets to the Division I state title as a team. DiMambro won the 100-meter dash in 11.16 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 22.79, the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.42 and the long jump with a leap of 22 feet, 0.25 inches. An eight-time state champion, he placed second in the 100 meters and third in the long jump at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

DiMambro has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as a youth football coach and as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research.

“Mike is humble, gracious, talented and hard-working,” said Essex High girls track coach Joe Gonillo. “He set goals for himself and worked extremely hard to attain them. He is as solid as a rock, and I have counted on him to come through in any tough situation.”

DiMambro has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at the University of Rhode Island beginning this fall.

DiMambro is the third Gatorade Vermont Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Essex High School, and joins recent Gatorade Vermont Boys Track & Field Athletes of the Year Adron Pitmon (2009, Mt. Mansfield Union) and Ken Bunnell (2008, St. Johnsbury Academy) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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