Boston High School: Kelly Mannix

New England Roundup: Rhode Island

April, 6, 2011
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After dominating Division I boys’ hockey for decades, Mount St. Charles now is taking a run at Division I baseball.

Rhode IslandMount won the last two Division II state championships but is moving up to Division I this season where it will take on the likes of long-time powers such as Hendricken, St. Raphael and La Salle.

Mount coach Tom Seaver (no relation to the Hall of Fame pitcher) stated the obvious when he said “It starts with pitching … pitching and defense.”

When it comes to pitching, Mount already has an ace in 6-6 lefthander Garrett Hayward who was 10-0 last season.

Hayward, who plays outfield when he’s not pitching, is one of six players who return from last year’s team that was 17-1.

The others include shortstop Mike Hagerman, center fielder Tim Doyle, catcher Derek Deschene, pitcher Collins Utterman and outfielders Danny O’Brien and Trevor Plante.

Seaver also will look for production from third baseman Tyler Eeffert, who will bat cleanup, and Bill Campbell who’ll bat third and play second base.

The Mounties will play in Division I-North which could be the toughest of the three divisions that comprise Division I.

“There aren’t any weak sisters in our division,” said Lincoln coach Ed Hunt. “I think we have the toughest division from top to bottom whereas in the other divisions, they’re more balanced this year.”

Here’s one reason why I-North could be brutal: it includes four private schools – La Salle, Moses Brown and St. Raphael besides Mount St. Charles.

“You can say what you want about Mount because they’ve played in Division II,” said Hunt. “But I think they’re as strong as any team in this division.”

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Andover's Boudreau named Gatorade Player of the Year

March, 10, 2011
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The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Nicole Boudreau of Andover High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Boudreau is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Andover High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Boudreau as Massachusetts’s best high school girls basketball player. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March.

The 5-foot-8 junior guard led the Warriors to a 23-1 record entering the Division 1 North Sectional semifinals against Central Catholic High, scheduled for March 9. At the time of her selection, Boudreau was averaging 22.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.0 steals, 4.8 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. The 2011 Merrimack Valley Conference Player of the Year, she had connected on 85 three-pointers at the time of her selection and had scored 1,511 career points.

Boudreau has maintained a 4.0 weighted GPA in the classroom. An elite teen golfer who is the junior champion at Andover Country Club, she has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and tutor.

Boudreau has verbally committed to play basketball on scholarship at Boston College beginning in the fall of 2012.

Boudreau joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Players of the Year Lauren Battista (2009-10, Oliver Ames), Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (2008-09, New Leadership Charter School), and Felicia Barron (2007-08, Springfield Central) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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

CONNECTICUT: KATIE MAHONEY, BACON ACADEMY

The 5-foot-10 senior guard has led the Bobcats to a 25-0 record and a berth in the semifinals of the Class L state tournament against Hillhouse, scheduled for March 11. At the time of her selection, Mahoney was averaging 22.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game. An All-State selection in 2010, she’s also a three-time All-Eastern Connecticut Conference choice.

Mahoney has maintained an A-plus average in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Red Cross, and has raised funds to benefit cancer research and Haitian relief organizations.

Mahoney remains undecided regarding a collegiate destination.

Mahoney joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Girls Basketball Players of the Year Kastine Evans (2009-10, Norwich Free Academy), Symone Roberts (2008-09, New Britain), and Heather Buck (2007-08, Stonington) among the state’s list of former award winners.

RHODE ISLAND: KELLY MANNIX, BARRINGTON

The 5-foot-10 senior guard and forward averaged 15.4 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.8 steals and 1.1 blocks per game this past season, leading the Eagles (23-2) to the Division I state semifinals. A 2010 First Team All-State selection and the 2009 Division II Player of the Year, Mannix connected on 47.7 percent of her field goals including 14-of-22 shots from 3-point range. She concluded her prep basketball career with 1,395 points and 1,007 rebounds.

Mannix has maintained a 4.02-unweighted GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit Barrington High athletics in addition to serving as a youth basketball coach and counselor.

Mannix has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Adelphi University in New York this fall.

Mannix joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Basketball Players of the Year Allie Jones (2009-10, South Kingstown), Torey Jones (2008-09, La Salle Academy), and Brittany Wilson (2007-08, St. Mary Academy-Bay View) among the state’s list of former award winners.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: DANIELLE WALCZAK, OYSTER RIVER

The 6-foot-1 senior center averaged 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.5 blocks and 3.3 steals per game this past season, leading the Bobcats (14-6) to the Division II state quarterfinals. The two-time returning Class I Player of the Year as named by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization, Walczak recorded a 72.0 field-goal percentage. She produced 16.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest as a junior in addition to leading Oyster River to the 2009 Class I state title as a sophomore. Walczak captured 2009 and 2010 Class I First team All-State honors.

Walczak has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 6 in her graduating class. An active member of her church community, she has donated her time as a youth basketball instructor, as part of a youth literacy-outreach program and on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Walczak has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Maine this fall.

Walczak joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Girls Basketball Player of the Year, three-time winner Tiffany Ruffin (2007-08, 2008-09 & 2009-10, Winnacunnet) among the state’s list of former award winners.

MAINE: NIKI TAYLOR, YORK

The 6-foot senior center and forward averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds, three steals and 2.1 assists per game this past season while shooting 60 percent from the floor and leading the Wildcats to the Class B regional final. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Taylor became York High’s career scoring leader, finishing with 1,442 points, breaking the previous mark of 1,413, set by Lani Boardman from 1997 to 2001.

Taylor has maintained a 92.1-percent average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of her town’s parks and recreation department in addition to donating her time as an elementary school tutor and youth basketball coach

“Niki Taylor’s stats and awards speak for themselves, but they do not do justice to the work ethic and leadership she has supplied to our program,” said York High Head Coach Rick Clark. “She works hard every chance she gets to make herself a better player.”

Taylor has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Vermont this fall.

Two time winner Taylor joins recent Gatorade Maine Girls Basketball Players of the Year Morgan Frame (2008-09, Waterville) and Rachael Mack (2007-08, Cony) among the state’s list of former award winners.

VERMONT: KYLIE ATWOOD, LAKE REGION UNION

The 5-foot-4 junior guard has led the Rangers to a 20-1 record and a berth in the Division 3 semifinals against Oxbow, scheduled for March 10. Atwood averaged 19.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game before a knee injury ended her season prior to the state playoffs. She is a two-time Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen selection, a two-time First Team All-Mountain Division choice and was a Third Team Burlington Free Press All-State pick as a sophomore in 2010.

Atwood has maintained a B average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs.

Atwood has verbally committed to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Vermont and will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

Atwood joins recent Gatorade Vermont Girls Basketball Players of the Year Allison Gannon (2009-10, Champlain Valley Union), Tiffany Johnson (2008-09, Bellows Free Academy), and Alyssa Herrington (2007-08, Mt. Anthony Union) among the state’s list of former award winners.

New England Roundup: Rhode Island

January, 26, 2011
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For decades, Central High ruled boys’ basketball in Rhode Island.

Rhode IslandThe Knights won eight Division I state championships from the late 1960s through the late 1970s, including seven straight from the 1968-69 season through the 1974-75 campaign.

Central added two more crowns in the late 1980s and won its last title in 1992.

At the dawn of the next decade, Hendricken supplanted Central as the king of the boys’ basketball hill. Entering this season, the Hawks have won six consecutive state titles under coach Jamal Gomes.

Central gave notice it might supplant the Hawks on Jan. 20 when it routed Hendricken, 76-61, in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. But barely 48 hours later, Central received a dose of its own medicine when it was shocked, 65-61 by North Kingstown.

Central’s Robert Lewis was a factor in both games although against the Skippers not in the way he’s accustomed to being a factor.

Lewis dropped 36 points on Hendricken, which included five 3-point shots, and raised his season scoring average to 23.9 points. But against North Kingstown, the Skippers clamped down on Lewis and held him to 10 points while the winners’ Derryck Kilgore scored a game-high 23 points.

Despite the loss to North Kingstown, Central is making strides under first-year head coach Todd Keefe to restore some its past luster.

Ironically, Keefe coached Classical to a pair of state titles before accepting the position at Central.

Among other things, he’s instilled a sense of discipline and respect for opponents and officials which, in turn, has gained the Knights the respect of the Interscholastic League. And while run-and-gun ball has been a staple of past Central team’s, Keefe has his team operating more in a half-court game.

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