Boston High School: Kelsey Perron-Sovik

ESPN Boston MIAA softball All-State team

June, 22, 2012
Starting Rotation – First Team
All-StateKiara Amos, Sr., Malden
The Providence College signee led the Golden Tornadoes to their first-ever state finals appearance after claiming the Eastern Mass. title. Amos went 15-1 for Malden, notching 195 strikeouts in 105 innings thrown all while boasting a 0.47 ERA. The right-hander set another first for Malden’s program as its first-ever Div. 1 college scholarship player.

All-StateMeghan Rico, Sr., King Philip
Rico concluded her high school career as one of the most decorated players in the state, a winner of two state championships and last year’s ESPN Boston Miss Softball. The George Washington signee went 17-3 for the Warriors this season, striking out 274 in 142 innings thrown while surrendering just 10 earned runs all season.

All-StateSarah Ropiak, Sr., Acton-Boxborough
Headed to Brown University next year, Ropiak was a three-time Dual County League All-Star and earned MVP honors in the large division this season. The right-hander posted an ERA of 0.69 while leading the Colonials to a Division 1 North final appearance.

Kendal Roy, Soph., Grafton
The second-year sensation lifted the Indians to their first-ever state championship with a win over Abington in the Div. 2 final. Roy went 18-1 with an ERA of 0.72 in 126 innings thrown with 176 strikeouts while allowing just 11 walks.

All-StateShannon Smith, Jr., Milford
The University of Kentucky commit was near unhittable this season while leading the Scarlet Hawks to an undefeated season and the Division 1 state title. This year’s ESPN Boston Miss Softball Award recipient was also named Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year for the second time (2010, ’12) in her career.

Starting Nine – First team
Katie Caruso, Sr. SS, Newton North
Caruso won the Bay State Conference’s triple crown, leading the league in batting average (.662), home runs (10) and RBI (47) while also clubbing a conference-best 51 hits. The Bay State MVP was also a standout on the Tigers’ hockey team. The four-year starter will continue her playing career next year at Southern New Hampshire University.

Lexi Gifford, Sr. SS, Natick
While Caruso may have been named Bay State Conference MVP, Gifford has been the league’s most valuable lead-off hitter during the last four years. The UConn signee hit at a .615 clip while driving in 33 runs for the Red & Blue this season. Gifford was also a true three-sport athlete at Natick, as a four-year letter-winner in soccer, basketball and softball.

All-StateBri Chiusano, Sr. CF, Mansfield
One of the most feared lead-off hitters in the state and a superb slap hitter, the Hockomock League All-Star showed off her power as well with four home runs this season. The Coastal Carolina signee finished second in the Hock in hitting with a .521 batting average.

All-StateOlivia Godin, Sr. C, King Philip
The UMass-Amherst signee was a four-year starter for the Warriors, helping guide the program to back-to-back state titles in 2010-11. The backstop hit .299 this season with three home runs and 18 RBI.
All-StateAlexis DeBrosse, Jr. SS, New Bedford
Already a three-time New Bedford Standard-Times Player of the Year award winner, the three-time Big Three All-Star hit .521 for the Whalers this season. The three-sport athlete also hit five home runs with 26 RBI and a slugging percentage of 1.099.

All-StateJulie LeClair, Sr. 3B, Coyle-Cassidy
Comprising one half of the state’s best left side of the infield, along with shortstop Patty Borges, the St. Anselm signee led the Warriors to the EAC crown with a league-best .527 average. The three-sport athlete also clubbed a league-leading five home runs along with 32 RBI.

All-StateBella Picard, Jr. SS, Blackstone Valley Tech
The nation’s leading hitter resided in Upton this year with the Beavers’ shortstop hitting an astounding .877 (57-for 65). The converted soccer player also tied for the state lead in home runs with 10 while driving in 43 runs.
All-StateMadi Shaw, Soph. SS, Bridgewater-Raynham
The second-year shortstop powered the Trojans to their first-ever Division 1 South sectional crown. Shaw hit .471 with eight home runs and 34 RBI for the Old Colony League champions.

Reilly Weiners, Jr. C, Agawam
Weiners helped lead the Brownies to the Division 1 West sectional title this season. The backstop led all Div. 1 players in Western Mass. with 35 RBI while knocking out 38 hits on the season, including three home runs.

Bullpen – second team
Megan Colleran, Soph., North Attleborough
Megan Cook, Soph., Bellingham
Mackenzie Coopinger, Sr., Lynn Classical
Audrey Dolloff, Sr., Bridgewater-Raynham
Courtney Girouard, Soph., Fairhaven
Trish Hansen, Sr., Mansfield
Shelby Higgins, Sr., Lowell
Kelly Norton, Sr., Abington
Shannon Orton, Sr., Case
Lauren Ramirez, Jr., Dracut
Jurnee Ware, Sr., Hudson

Bench – second team
Patty Borges, Sr. SS, Coyle-Cassidy
Tori Constantin, Jr. 2B, King Philip
Caroline Fairbanks, Jr. 3B, Milford
Courtney Hoban, Sr. OF, Boston Latin
Emily Hoffman, Sr. C, Malden
Nicole Lundstrom, Jr. C, Dighton-Rehoboth
Michaela Mazure, Fr. INF, Burlington
Kelsey Perron-Sovik, Sr. CF, Fairhaven
Christina Raso, Sr. SS, Burlington
Dakota Smith-Porter, Jr. P/SS, Turners Falls

John Furlong, Malden

D3 South Girls: Fairhaven 62, Archies 59

March, 10, 2012
BOSTON –- Entering the fourth quarter trailing Archbishop Williams by two, Fairhaven put the game in the hands of senior captain Kara Charette, whose seven free throws helped the Blue Devils escape, 62-59 in the Division 3 South Sectional Finals at UMass-Boston's Clark Athletic Center.

“Everyone was getting frantic, so they threw me the ball, and they happened to foul me, so I just went to the line, and did what I had to do at the end,” said Charette, who finished with 24 points.

Fairhaven (22-2) began the fourth quarter on a 9-2 run, but Archies (20-6) rallied, as junior Sara Ryan connected on back-to-back triples with 10 seconds remaining before sophomore teammate Olivia Conrad fouled Charette immediately on the ensuing possession.

“I thought it was any other free throws,” Charette said of her final two free throws. “If I think ahead, it will mess me up. I just [had] to think its one free throw [at a time].”

Charette then sank shots from the stripe before Archbishop Williams’ Conrad attempted a last-second heave from beyond the arc, which didn’t reach the iron.

“[Charette] did what we thought she would do, and we couldn’t stop her,” Archbishop Williams head coach Jim Bancroft said. “We tried to double-down on her, but they played a great game today, we just weren’t there mentally all the way through.”

“Kara Charette’s not a surprise to anybody this late in her career, and no matter who we play,” said Fairhaven head coach Jeff Perry.

Both teams swapped leads throughout a majority of the first two frames, but it wasn’t until the third quarter when Fairhaven gained a little momentum with a three-pointer by senior Kayli Moniz, as well as a pair from Charette at the stripe, which provided the Blue Devils with a 34-30 advantage.

Although, the Blue Devils' lead was quickly erased, as the Bishops tallied 11 points and ended the third frame with a 41-39 lead before Fairhaven earned the lead for good from senior Kelsey Perron-Sovik’s jump shot.

“No matter who we play, I think what happens is [our opponent] underestimates the supporting cast. We have a lot of people that can finish and we can actually enjoy the double team at times because we’re working off of that,” said Perry.

“They played a solid game, they didn’t do anything wrong,” said Bancroft. “They rebounded well, they scored, they defended, and they were just better today.”

No Momentum for Archies: Despite a rather back and fourth three quarters, along with numerous lead changes, Bancroft didn’t believe his team gained any sort of momentum.

“I didn’t feel any momentum at all this game,” he said.

The Bishops ended the first half with a one-point advantage, as well as a two-point lead once the third quarter concluded. But missed shots, rebounds and turnovers hampered Archbishop Williams’ pursuit to preserve a lead.

Charette Appreciated the Physical Play: Both teams began the game recording numerous fouls and exhibiting physical play, but that didn’t seem to bother Charette, who claimed it somewhat helped her get in a groove and become more comfortable on the court.

“It’s great to be pushed around because I haven’t had that all season,” she said. “Getting pushed around is what it’s about, it’s the playoffs, and this is what’s supposed to happen.”

Even Perry agreed that the physical play somewhat helped his team, as well as get rid of the pre-game jitters out of the Blue Devils system, too.

“I think both teams were feeling each other out, nerves at this point, but I thought we fought through it,” added the head coach.

Next Stop -- TD Garden: Fairhaven will return to the hardwood on Tuesday when the Blue Devils face Pentucket in the MIAA Div. 3 State Semifinals, which certainly is something Charette is looking forward to playing in.

“It’s like a little redemption for Kara. She gave a couple speeches the last few weeks what it meant to the town, and what it mean to [her sister’s team four years ago],” said Coach Perry.

Charette seemed focused after Saturday’s game concluded, and explained that she’d like to finish this particular season with a championship for her sister’s team, which lost in the Div. III South semi-finals in 2008 to Cardinal Spellman.

“This is all about revenge for me, so this is awesome,” said Charette.