Boston High School: Maine Black Bears

Boston College High defensive athlete Connor Walsh had initially intended to tell the University of Maine's coaching staff last night that he was pledging to the Black Bears' program, until he was told head coach Jack Cosgrove would be visiting the Dorchester campus this afternoon.

Hey, it's always better to do these kinds of things face to face, right?

Cosgrove, the long-time Black Bears coach and a Sharon native, raved to Walsh about how the 6-foot-3, 225-pound edge player was their No. 1 target "since the beginning". That's when Walsh stopped Cosgrove mid-sentence and told him of his decision to commit.

"He got right on the phone with [defensive assistant Greg] Webster and told him, and he was really excited," Walsh recalled tonight to "He's the one I've been talking to for a couple months now, and he was really excited too."

Walsh, an ESPN Boston All-State selection, is one of several area prospects experiencing late life on the recruiting cycle thanks to a terrific senior season. Starting out at defensive end, then switching to linebacker midway through the season, Walsh was named the Catholic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year after recording 82 tackles (six for loss) and an interception.

Rhode Island was Walsh's only other Division 1 FCS offer, and while there had been rumors of Walsh heading to Boston College as a preferred walk-on, he said those talks had "kinda died down" as the Eagles shifted their focus to linemen for the 2014 recruiting class.

Walsh, the second Bay Stater to pledge to the Black Bears in three days, offered a few more comments to earlier tonight:

Where he will fit into the defensive scheme: "Defensive end. Their defense is pretty similar to what we ran at BC High, but obviously it is more complex. I went over the basics with [Jordan] Stevens, their d-line coach, we watched a little bit of film. They were showing me actually a lot of film on Michael Cole, who broke Maine's all-time sack record this year. They see me more as a pass rusher, but are looking for me to stop the run too. I'm fine playing defensive end."

What they like best about him: "They think my sideline-to-sideline speed, run-stopping ability and pass rushing is great. They're comparing me to this kid Michael Cole. I know who he is, and to be compared to him is a real honor."

On Maine's strong history of player development: "That's definitely a big part. They basically, when I went there, they took me on tour of the school, showed me the weight room and stuff, and said 'This is no joke -- this is 24/7, 12 months of the year'. It just shows that they produce NFL players every year, and I'm not saying that I have a chance, but it's nice knowing the program is really strong."

On his official visit to Maine last weekend: "I loved it. To be honest with you, as soon as I drove up and got on campus, I thought that was gonna be the place where I was gonna go. I wanted to go to a good program, and Maine has a history of such a good football program. When I took a tour and stuff, the facilities were unreal, the team was unreal, and all the coaches, they've been great to me since the beginning."

On the relief of finally ending the recruiting process: "I'm definitely relieved. It got kinda annoying having to talk to coaches all the time, scheduling visits. I'm definitely relieved."

BC High's Connor Walsh commits to UMaine

January, 23, 2014
Jan 23
A source told this evening that Boston College High senior linebacker Connor Walsh has verbally committed to the University of Maine, for the fall of 2014.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Walsh started the 2013 season at defensive line, but switched to linebacker midway through the year, making himself a disruptive force at both spots as the Eagles reached the MIAA Division 1 South Final. On the season, he recorded 82 tackles (six for loss) and two interceptions, as he was named the Catholic Conference's Defensive Player of the Year. As a tight end on offense, Walsh made 11 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. He was also named to's annual All-State Team last month.

Walsh took an official visit to the Orono, Maine campus over the weekend. Another sought-after Bay State recruit, Reading quarterback Drew Belcher, also visited at the same time as Walsh, and gave a pledge to the Black Bears on Tuesday.

More details to come.
Former ESPN Boston All-State quarterback Drew Belcher of Reading High gave a verbal commitment to the University of Maine last night, ending a long period of recruitment that at times was an exercise in patience.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Belcher had a smattering of interest across the Division 1 FCS landscape, with offers from Albany, Lafayette and Bryant, as well as varying interest from Delaware and Villanova. After totaling 2,200 yards of offense and 21 touchdowns this season for the 8-2 Rockets, he graduates as the school's all-time winningest quarterback, going 29-6 with an unbeaten Super Bowl run in 2012.

Belcher took a visit to the Orono, Maine campus this past weekend, and it only took a few days before he made up his mind. He is the first Bay Stater to commit to the Black Bears for the 2014 recruiting class, and there could be more coming -- sources told over the weekend that All-State BC High linebacker Connor Walsh was also on campus at the same time as Belcher.

Relieved that the recruiting process is over, Belcher shared some thoughts with this afternoon:

Deciding factors in his decision: "Overall, they have a really strong football program. I really like the coaches, they definitely have good academics on campus, and I really like the kids on the team there, those were the main things."

On if Maine's strong history of player development factored in: "Absolutely, [especially] after I got to meet with coach [Kevin] Bourgoin, who's the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. They really preach how they can get everything, all of the potential out of their players. They really push to get the max out of you, and that was something that was important."

On how his Tebow-ish playing style will translate: "From their offense, it is extremely similar to ours. I was able to see that kind of stuff on my visit up there. Coach Bourgoin said they have similar concepts, that the only real thing I'll have to adjust to is the terminology. He showed me some of their stuff and it's so similar, so that played a big part."

What the Black Bears like best about him: "Coach Bourgoin was saying they really love how I have a strong arm, I'm able to stay in the pocket and make all the throws, but also get out of the pocket and throw on the run. Being able to run from the quarterback position pretty effectively is another big thing on offense."

On the rumors he might have to switch to tight end in college: "I don’t think any college approached me to switch positions at all. Quarterback is really the position I love."

On leaving Reading as one of its all-time winningest quarterbacks: "It's definitely one of the greatest honors to have, but then it also speaks to the great players I've been around. There's been a lot of great quarterbacks at Reading, and to be among them is definitely a great honor."

On the relief of the recruiting process finally ending: "It's definitely huge. Obviously I don't have to be taking any more visits, or having to call coaches. I know where I'm going now, so the focus is to get ready for next season at Maine."

Reading's Drew Belcher commits to UMaine

January, 22, 2014
Jan 22
Reading High quarterback Drew Belcher verbally committed to the University of Maine last night, he announced on his Twitter account:

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Belcher leaves Reading as one of its all-time greatest field generals, finishing with a 29-6 record as a three-year starter. He made ESPN Boston's All-State Team in 2012 after leading the Rockets to their second MIAA Division 2 Super Bowl title in four seasons, going 13-0. This season, Belcher totaled 21 touchdowns as the Rockets reached the Division 2 North Semifinals in the newly-aligned MIAA State Championship.

Belcher also had varying degress of interest from Delaware and Villanova at the time of his commitment.

Greely's Normandeau commits to UMaine

August, 9, 2013
Recent Greely High (Maine) graduate Jonah Normandeau has verbally committed to the University of Maine for the 2015 season, his father Mike told this morning.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Normandeau will be doing a post-graduate season this year at Bridgton Academy, in North Bridgton, Maine, before arriving on the Orono, Maine campus in the fall of 2014. He was also considering interest from schools in the Atlantic 10, MAAC, Colonial Athletic, Patriot League and Northeast-10 Conferences before settling on Maine.

Normandeau went 14-1 with a 0.82 ERA in his career at Greely, with a perfect game and two no-hitters. He was the Western Maine Conference Player of the Year this past spring, and was also a three-time All-Conference.

Billerica's Murphy commits to UMaine

July, 25, 2013
Billerica Class of 2014 righthander Chris Murphy verbally committed to the University of Maine today, on an unofficial visit to the Orono, Maine campus.

"I'm really excited with the school, it's a great fit," Murphy told "The facilities at Maine are next to none, the coaches are great, and they gave me a great offer, which really convinced me to go to Maine."

The offer for Murphy is close to a full ride, though he declined to get into specifics. Murphy was also considering offers from UMass-Lowell, Northeastern and Morehead State (Ky.) at the time of his commitment.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Murphy was the winning pitcher for the Indians' historic MIAA Division 1 North Final victory over heavily-favored St. John's Prep, which gave Billerica its first district title in 30 years. This summer, the righthander has seen his velocity climb to the 86-89 range while playing with the North East Baseball summer club.

"[Maine's coaches] said I had a really projectable frame," Murphy said. "They like my competitiveness on mound, how I bounce back from bad outings. They liked my competitiveness when they came to see me mutliptle times.

"[To hear that] makes me feel accomplished. I've been working hard for 17 years now, and this has been my dream since day one when I started playing baseball, to get to play college baseball at a Division 1 school. It feels great to hear them compliment me on such a great thing like that."

Nashoba's Zack Hume commits to Maine

January, 24, 2013
Nashoba linebacker Zack Hume told earlier this week that he has verbally committed to the University of Maine for the 2013 season.

Hume made his decision last Sunday, the same day that longtime Chieftains head coach Ken Tucker announced his retirement during the team's season-ending banquet.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Hume was one of the most feared linebackers across the state in 2012, as the Chieftains captured their second straight Central Mass. Division 2 Super Bowl title to extend their win streak to a state-best 26 games. Hume totaled 113.5 tackles on the season, giving him over 100 for the third straight year, with 10.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, a sack and an interception. Hume was also the two-time Defensive MVP of Mid-Wach B.

New Hampton's Coleman signs with Maine

March, 1, 2012
New Hampton (N.H.) School announced this morning that senior running back/defensive back Javar Coleman has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Maine .

The Brockton native will join his former teammate C.J. Dawson -- who did a post-graduate year at the New Hampton, N.H. campus last year following a stellar career at Natick High -- up in Orono, Maine next fall.

New Hampton Director of Communications Will McCulloch sends out the following release this morning regarding Coleman:

NEW HAMPTON, NH. – New Hampton School running back/defensive back Javar Coleman (Photo attached) of Brockton, Massachusetts, has signed a letter-of-intent to play football at the University of Maine. A 5-foot-8, 175-pound speedster, Coleman was an all-Evergreen League selection as a junior and senior and was a NEPSAC all-New England selection as a senior.

Coleman was recruited as a cornerback by the Black Bears, who are one of the premiere NCAA Football Championship Subdivision teams. He will join former New Hampton player C.J. Dawson on the Maine team.

“Javar was a very good two way player for us over the last two seasons. He helped guide us to two Evergreen League championships and two New England Bowl game appearances,” said New Hampton coach Ed Kiley. “Javar will bring his physical play and athleticism at cornerback to the next level. He will be exciting to watch in the Maine secondary.”

As a junior, Coleman rushed for 1,229 yards and six touchdowns on 138 carries. He also had 39 tackles and two interceptions. As a senior, he ran for 843 yards and nine touchdowns. He caught 10 passes, including one for a touchdown. Defensively, Coleman was a lock-down corner for the Huskies with 39 tackles and four interceptions in nine games.

Coleman is excited about the academics and football opportunities at Maine.

“I'm really interested in the business program at Maine,” Coleman said. “If the NFL doesn't work out, I eventually want to own my own business. From an athletic standpoint, I want to get playing time. They're a moving-up program and an (NCAA) FCS powerhouse.”

Coleman is willing to put in the necessary work to get on the field for Maine.

“I need to get faster, bigger, and stronger,” Coleman said. “You always need to work on everything. It's not one thing. You have to get better at everything.”

Two years at New Hampton seem to have prepared him for the move to college.

“New Hampton School prepared me to live on my own and be independent. It also prepared me to write papers,” Coleman said. “Also, New Hampton really gave me an opportunity to play, and it turned out for the best. I got a scholarship.”

Moving to the college level is something that excites Coleman, who is a passionate about the game and is looking forward to joining a team that shares that passion.

“(My new teammates) all love football as much as I do, and I think it's going to be a great experience,” Coleman said.

Coleman will play for Jack Cosgrove, the longtime Maine coach who hails from Sharon, Massachusetts.

“He's a real down-to-earth guy and really cares about the players and team,” Coleman said.

Philips Exeter's Shorey hoping for BC offer

January, 10, 2012
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on the East Recruiting Blog with Philips Exeter tight end/defensive end Cameron Shorey, a Calais, Maine resident who could end up being one of the few prospects from the Pine Tree State that ends up playing FBS level football.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Shorey is currently considering UNH, Villanova and UMaine. But he's holding out hope for a late scholarship offer from Boston College.

Brown writes:

“I'm waiting to hear from BC,” he said. “They told me I'm their on-deck guy for a scholarship. If BC offers it's a school I would strongly consider.”

Shorey enrolled at Phillips Exeter (Exeter, N.H.) in 2010 with the intent of pursuing a Division I basketball career, but returned to the football field last fall.

“I missed football, and I didn't get the offers to play basketball that I was hoping for,” he said. “I'm certain now that football is the sport that will be in my future.”

Shorey said he will take an official visit to New Hampshire this weekend, and will visit Maine and Villanova later this month. New Hampshire and Maine are recruiting him as a tight end. Villanova would like him to play defensive end.

BC also showed interest in Shorey as a tight end.

“I like all three schools,” Shorey said. “I'd say it's an even playing field right now. I think the official visits are going to carry a lot of weight.”

BC High RB Cooper considering prep school

December, 23, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on the East Recruiting Blog with Boston College High senior running back Preston Cooper, who is now weighing several options for next fall.

The 5-foot-7, 175-pound Wareham native suffered a season-ending leg injury against Everett in Week 7, and as a result may not pursue college next fall. Cooper -- an ESPNBoston Honorable Mention All-State, and the Catholic Conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 -- is also looking into a post-graduate season at a prep school.

Brown writes:

“At this point I'm just talking to Maine, URI [Rhode Island], UNH [New Hampshire] and a couple of Division II schools, so I'm looking at a couple of prep schools just in case,” Cooper said. “If I get an offer I'll probably go with that. If not, I'll take a post-graduate year, get healthy and see what options I have then.”

Cooper is the No. 10 prospect from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012. His uncle, San Diego Chargers linebacker Stephen Cooper, attended Maine.

Worcester Academy in Massachusetts, and Bridgton Academy in Maine are the two prep schools Cooper is considering.

“I have to talk to my coach and see when I have to make a decision [about prep school],” Cooper said. “I couldn't give you an answer about what I'm going to do next year right now.”

Tabor's Coronel commits to Maine

October, 18, 2011
Per his New England Recruiting Report, ESPN's Adam Finkelstein is reporting that Tabor Academy senior wing Dimitry Coronel has committed to the University of Maine for the 2012-13 season.

Coronel, a Dorchester native, transferred to the Marion campus last fall from East Boston High, and repeated his junior year. He was named All-NEPSAC Class A last spring.

His latest evaluation from Scouts Inc. reads as follows:

Coronel is the physical prototype for a big time swingman. He is a high level athlete who plays above the rim with ease and has great speed when running in the open court. His skill set has come a long way within the last twelve months and now includes consistent three-point range on his jumper, the ability to attack either side off the dribble, and a variety of counter moves inside the paint.

Coronel's basketball I.Q. and feel for the game remain his biggest challenges. He is ideally suited for an up and down game but tends to be less effective when the pace slows. He has a tendency to bound the air out of the ball and stagnate the offense and also has still yet to learn how to vary his own speeds, always finding himself stuck in first gear. From a skill standpoint, he could continue to improve the consistency of his jumper and learn to utilize his physical tools to develop his mid-range game and defense.

Bottom Line:
Coronel is a physically gifted swingman with a high upside if and when he learns to combine his athleticism and emerging ball skills with an improved basketball I.Q.

Fedrick making case for scholarship offer

September, 12, 2011
ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Salem (N.H.) running back Jerickson Fedrick, who has still yet to receive a Division 1 scholarship offer but certainly made a big case for himself last weekend.

The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Fedrick, considered one of the Granite State's fastest players, carried the ball 19 times for 141 yards and four touchdowns in a 50-30 win over Manchester Central last weekend. He also added two more scores on kickoff returns of 98 and 99 yards.

Brown writes:

"I just have to be patient and show that I can play," Fedrick said.

Fedrick has been communicating with five schools -- Boston College, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island -- since last spring.

"It would be nice to have an offer, especially from [New Hampshire], but I didn't go to their [one-day camp], so that probably hurt me a lot," Fedrick said. "I don't think they've seen enough to offer yet."

Fedrick is also a standout in track and field. As a junior he ran the fastest 55 meters (6.39 seconds) in New England. He attended football camps at BC, Fordham and East Carolina last summer.

"I know BC is very intrigued," Salem coach Jack Gati said. "That's the word they used."

Fedrick entered his senior season with 2,767 yards rushing and said each school is recruiting him as an athlete.

"The position doesn't matter to me," he said. "I'll play anywhere. The first school that does give me an offer is going to be one of my favorites."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's ESPN blog.

New Englanders taken in MLB Draft

June, 7, 2011
The third and final day of the Major League Baseball Draft has concluded. Here's a rundown of which locals went where:

First Round (Monday)
11. Houston Astros, George Springer, OF, Connecticut (Avon Old Farms), New Britain, Conn.
19. Boston Red Sox, Matt Barnes, RHP, Connecticut (Bethel H.S.), Bethel, Conn.
21. Toronto Blue Jays, Tyler Beede, RHP, Lawrence Academy, Auburn, Mass.

Second Round (Tuesday)
63. Arizona Diamondbacks, Anthony Meo, RHP, Coastal Carolina (Cranston West H.S.), Cranston, R.I.
64. Baltimore Orioles, Jason Esposito, 3B, Vanderbilt (Amity H.S.), Bethany, Conn.
85. Atlanta Braves, Nick Ahmed, SS, Connecticut (East Longmeadow H.S.), East Longmeadow, Mass.

Third Round (Tuesday)
118. New York Yankees, Jordan Cote, RHP, Winnisquam Regional, Sanbornton, N.H.

Fifth Round (Tuesday)
162. New York Mets, Jack Leathersich, LHP, UMass-Lowell (Beverly H.S.), Beverly, Mass.
169. Toronto Blue Jays, Andrew Chin, LHP, BB&N, Newton, Mass.

Sixth Round (Tuesday)
182. Pittsburgh Pirates, Dan Gamache, 3B, Auburn (Bishop Hendricken H.S.), Exeter, R.I.

Tenth Round (Tuesday)
302. Pittsburgh Pirates, Taylor Lewis, CF, Maine (Montville H.S.), Montville, Conn.
303. Seattle Mariners, Dan Paolini, 2B, Siena (Bunnell H.S.) Stratford, Conn.
317. Detroit Tigers, Curt Casali, C, Vanderbilt (New Canaan H.S.) New Canaan, Conn.

Twelfth Round (Tuesday)
363. Seattle Mariners, Mike Dowd, C, Franklin Pierce (Cardinal Spellman H.S.), East Bridgewater, Mass.

Thirteenth Round (Tuesday)
394. Arizona Diamondbacks, John Pedrotty, LHP, Holy Cross (Portsmouth H.S.), Portsmouth, R.I.

Fifteenth Round (Tuesday)
463. Florida Marlins, Jhimoar Veras, RF, Western Oklahoma State Coll. (Methuen H.S.), Methuen, Mass.

Seventeenth Round (Tuesday)
519. Chicago Cubs, John Andreoli Jr., RF, Connecticut (St. John's of Shrewsbury), Shrewsbury, Mass.

Eighteenth Round (Tuesday)
553. Florida Marlins, Greg Nappo, LHP, Connecticut (Daniel Hand H.S.), Madison, Conn.
563. San Diego Padres, Mike Gallic, LF, Marist (Tolland H.S.), Tolland, Conn.

Twentieth Round (Tuesday)
610. Houston Astros, Matt Duffy, 3B, Tennessee (St. Sebastian's), Milton, Mass.
630. Tampa Bay Rays, Garrett Smith, SS, Boston College (St. John's of Shrewsbury), Sterling, Mass.

23rd Round (Tuesday)
700. Houston Astros, Ruben Sosa, 2B, Oklahoma City University (Lawrence H.S.), Lawrence, Mass.
702. New York Mets, Jeff Diehl, C, Cranston West H.S., Cranston, R.I.
715. Cincinnati Reds, Sal Romano, RHP, Southington H.S., Southington, Conn.

24th Round (Tuesday)
747. San Francisco Giants, Keith Bilodeau, RHP, Maine (Bourne H.S.), Bourne, Mass.

25th Round (Tuesday)
763. Florida Marlins, Sean Donatello, RHP, UConn-Avery Point (East Lyme H.S.), Salem, Conn.
780. Tampa Bay Rays, Brooks Belter, RHP, Occidental (The Gunnery Prep), Lakeville, Conn.

28th Round (Tuesday)
862. Boston Red Sox, Brenden Shepherd, RHP, Stonehill (Masconomet Regional) Boxford, Mass.
867. San Francisco Giants, Tyler Mizenko, RHP, Winthrop (Hamden Hall H.S.), Wallingford, Conn.

31st Round (Wednesday)
958. Minnesota Twins, Garrett Jewell, RHP, Southern New Hampshire (Newfound Regional), Alexandria, N.H.

32nd Round (Wednesday)
975. Los Angeles Angels, John Leonard, RHP, Boston College (Hanover H.S.), Hanover, Mass.

35th Round (Wednesday)
1076. Atlanta Braves, Mike Hashem, LHP, Fisher College (North Andover H.S.), North Andover, Mass.
1080. Tampa Bay Rays, John Magliozzi, RHP, Dexter School, Milton, Mass.

38th Round (Wednesday)
1163. San Diego Padres, Pat Connaughton, RHP, St. John's Prep, Arlington, Mass.
1169. New York Yankees, Joe Maher, RHP, Bedford H.S., Bedford, N.H.

39th Round (Wednesday)
1192. Boston Red Sox, Corey Vogt, RHP, Keene State (Suffield H.S.), Suffield, Conn.

40th Round (Wednesday)
1206. Kansas City Royals, Ben Waldrip, 1B, Jacksonville State (Medford H.S.), Medford, Mass.

42nd Round (Wednesday)
1269. Chicago Cubs, Brad Zapenas, SS, Boston College (Nashua North H.S.), Nashua, N.H.
1290. Tampa Bay Rays, Mike Bourdon, C, U. Tampa (Northwest Catholic H.S.), Simsbury, Conn.

43rd Round (Wednesday)
1303. Florida Marlins, Drew Leenhouts, LHP, Northeastern (Franklin H.S.), Franklin, Mass.
1310. St. Louis Cardinals, Chris Costantino, RHP, Walters State CC (Bishop Hendricken H.S.), Lincoln, R.I.

44th Round (Wednesday)
1349. New York Yankees, Adam Ravenelle, RHP, Lincoln-Sudbury H.S., Sudbury, Mass.

45th Round (Wednesday)
1372. Boston Red Sox, Matt Gedman, 2B, UMass (Belmont Hill), Framingham, Mass.
1377. San Francisco Giants, Brian Maloney, LHP, Franklin Pierce (Brockton H.S.), Brockton, Mass.

46th Round (Wednesday)
1389. Chicago Cubs, Scott Weismann, RHP, Clemson (Acton-Boxborough H.S.), Boxborough, Mass.

48th Round (Wednesday)
1443. Seattle Mariners, Max Krakowiak, RHP, Fordham (Staples H.S.), Westport, Conn.
1448. Cleveland Indians, Blaine O'Brien, RHP, Keystone College (Scituate H.S.), Scituate, Mass.

50th Round (Wednesday)
1522. Boston Red Sox, John Gorman, RHP, Catholic Memorial, Norwood, Mass.

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The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced John Gorman of Catholic Memorial School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year. Gorman is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year to be chosen from Catholic Memorial School.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior right-handed pitcher has led the Knights to a 13-6 record and a berth in the Division 1 sectional tournament, scheduled to begin May 31. At the time of his selection, Gorman owned a 6-1 record on the mound with a 0.14 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 51 innings. A two-time returning All-Scholastic honoree, he had tossed four shutouts and surrendered only 17 hits entering the postseason. Also a third baseman, Gorman batted .362 with 13 runs scored, 11 RBI, four doubles and one home run through 19 games. The 2010 Catholic Conference Most Valuable Player, he finished 8-0 as a junior with a 1.18 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 65 innings in addition to posting a .395 batting average with 25 RBI and three homers.

Also a football standout, Gorman 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. In addition to volunteering on behalf of the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions and his school’s Leadership and Service program, he has helped coordinate Catholic Memorial’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and has donated his time as a youth baseball and basketball instructor.

“He’s been phenomenal this year, especially pitching,” said Catholic Memorial head coach Hal Carey. “He’s been dominant on the mound. He works fast, throws hard and has great control of his fastball, change and curve. As a pitcher, he’s one of the best in the state. Add the hitting, and he’s tremendous. He’s done it for four years, and this is a tough sport to be that consistent. He’s great all-around, probably the best in my seven years here.”

Gorman has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Boston College this fall.

Gorman joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Players of the Year Kevin Ziomek (2009-10, Amherst Regional), Kyle McKenzie (2008-09; Thayer Academy), Scott Weismann (2007-08, Acton-Boxborough), and Jack McGeary (2006-07, Roxbury Latin School), among the state’s list of former award winners.

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


The 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior right-handed pitcher led the Blue Knights (15-5) to a berth in the Class LL postseason tournament, scheduled to begin May 31. At the time of his selection, Romano owned an 8-1 record on the mound with a 0.39 ERA, recording 91 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 54 innings pitched. A Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason High School Senior All-Region First Team selection, he batted .444 with two home runs and 24 RBI through 20 games.

Romano has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of a mentoring program at an elementary school and the Mill Foundation for Kids, which benefits children suffering pediatric illnesses.

Romano has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Tennessee this fall.

Romano joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Baseball Players of the Year Colin O'Keefe (2009-10, Waterford), Matt Carasiti (2008-09; Berlin), Jason Esposito (2007-08, Amity), and Matt Harvey (2006-07, Fitch), among the state’s list of former award winners.


The 6-foot-5, 215-pound senior right-handed pitcher has led the Bears (13-4) to a berth in the Div. III postseason tournament against Stevens High, scheduled for June 2. Cote owns a 5-1 record on the mound with a 0.73 ERA, recording 72 strikeouts against just six walks in 38.1 innings. A three-time All-State selection, he owns a .480 batting average with three home runs and 24 RBI. Cote was the Class M Player of the Year in 2010 and was a Rawlings/Perfect Game Preseason High School Senior All-Region First Team honoree.

Cote has maintained a B average in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs and an area nursing home.

Cote has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Coastal Carolina University this fall, but is projected as an early round selection in this month’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Cote joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Baseball Players of the Year Mike Montville (2009-10, 2008-09, Portsmouth), Brad Zapenas (2007-08, Nashua North), and Brian White (2006-07, Salem), among the state’s list of former award winners.


The 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior shortstop batted .479 along with 36 runs scored, 20 stolen bases, 14 RBI and seven doubles this past season, leading the Rebels (16-8) to a berth in the Division I state tournament. A returning First Team All-State selection, Barlow produced a .630 slugging percentage and .578 on-base percentage. Also a right-handed pitcher, Barlow posted a 1.77 ERA and 15 strikeouts against just one walk in 17.1 innings. The two-time Division I South Player of the Year, he finished with a .500 batting average at the plate in addition to a 1.99 ERA over 25 innings on the mound as a junior.

Barlow has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered as part of the Vacation Bible School on behalf of his church community.

“He’s a great ballplayer,” said South Kingstown head coach James Sauro. “He’s by far the best shortstop and one of the best pitchers in the state. For two years, he’s been the Most Outstanding Player in the league, and three of the final four teams remaining are from Division I South. Harrison’s a stud. We only had one captain this year, and it was him. Whenever things went wrong, he kept guys on task. He’s a great leader.”

Barlow will attend the University of Rhode Island this fall.

Barlow joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Baseball Players of the Year Anthony Aceto (2009-10, North Providence), Ryan Morris (2008-09; North Kingstown), Ryan Westmoreland (2007-08, 2006-07, Portsmouth), among the state’s list of former award winners.


The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior left-handed pitcher led the Blazes to a 14-1 record entering their regular-season finale with Cheverus, scheduled for May 31. At the time of his selection, Heath owned a 5-0 mark on the mound with a 0.00 ERA, recording 41 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched. A two-time All-State selection and the 2010 Telegram League MVP, he batted .390 with 18 RBI through 15 games.

Heath has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered as a peer mentor in his school.

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

Heath joins recent Gatorade Maine Baseball Players of the Year Matt Verrier (2009-10, Oxford Hills Comprehensive), Chris Bernard (2008-09; Scarborough), Kyle Stilphen (2007-08, Gardiner Area), and Jarrett Lukas (2006-07, Old Town), among the state’s list of former award winners.


The 5-foot-11, 185-pound senior shortstop led the Bobwhites to a 12-3 record and a berth in the Div. I postseason tournament, scheduled to begin May 31. At the time of his selection, Swim owned a .558 batting average with two home runs, 21 runs scored and 21 RBI. He’s a three-time All-Metro selection.

Swim has maintained a 3.45 GPA in the classroom. A member of his school’s Athletic Leadership Council, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs. He also has donated his time by mowing lawns and shoveling snow for elderly residents in his neighborhood.

Swim intends to complete a year of post-graduate study at Maine’s Bridgton Academy, beginning this fall.

Swim joins recent Gatorade Vermont Baseball Players of the Year Adam Picard (2009-10, Essex), Ryan Carter (2008-09; Proctor), Greg Lutton (2007-08, Mt. Abraham Union), and Casey Harman (2006-07, South Burlington), among the state’s list of former award winners.