Boston High School: Mollie Gribbin

New England Roundup: Vermont

June, 25, 2012
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Frank Pecora's last season as the Northfield High School varsity baseball coach ended like many others: with a state championship.

VermontTop-seeded Northfield defeated second-seeded Blue Mountain 10-1 in the Division III championship game earlier this month. The victory gave Pecora his 15th state championship during his 38-year coaching tenure at Northfield.

After the contest Pecora made it clear that this season was his last.

“That [the 15 titles] says a lot for all the kids who played in this program,” Pecora told The Burlington Free Press. “I coached half their parents. Well, I always said that the first kid that walked up to me and said, 'My grandfather played for you.' I was handing him the keys.

“We haven't gotten to that point, but we're pretty close. It's been an awesome ride.”

Northfield's Billy Whaley pitched a complete game against Blue Mountain. He allowed two hits, and struck out 10.

Zach Daley collected three hits and had three of Northfield's seven stolen bases.

Northfield completed its season with a 17-1 record, which pushed Pecora's career record to 488-157-1. The Marauders had one losing season during his 38 years as the program's head coach.

Recapping Vermont's other state championship games:

Division I: Champlain Valley Union pitcher Curt Echo didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth inning as second-seeded CVU beat fifth-seeded BFA-St. Albans, 5-0.

CVU (18-2) scored four of its five runs in the third inning. Echo went the distance and allowed three hits.

Division II: Second-seeded Vergennes overcame a 3-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the sixth inning and hung on to defeat 13th-seeded Missisquoi Valley, 4-3.

Devin Hayes scored the go-ahead run on Tommy Shea's infield single. Vergennes finished with a 15-5 record. Missisquoi Valley, the first 13th seed to reach the Division I championship game, ended up with an 8-12 record.

Division IV: Top-seeded Danville scored during five of its six at-bats and repeated as the Division IV champion by beating third-seeded Mount St. Joseph 12-0.

Scott Remick, Brett Elliot and Erick Remick each had two hits and scored twice for Danville, which finished its season with a 13-5 record. Danville's Kyle Johnson pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out 10.

SOFTBALL: PROCTOR GIRLS FIND A WAY
Fifth-seeded Proctor scored four runs in the first inning without a base hit and hung on to defeat third-seeded Whitcomb 4-3 in the Division IV championship game.

Proctor's first inning featured three walks, one hit batter and two Whitcomb errors. Proctor completed its season with a 17-3 record. Whitcomb finished 15-3.

Division I: Jordi Begin broke a 2-2 tie by hitting a home run in the bottom of the fourth and top-seeded Essex went on to beat second-seeded BFA-St. Albans 6-3.

Division II: Freshman Kayla Mathieu struck out 13 and held Lyndon to three hits to help BFA-Fairfax post a 4-1 victory. It was the program's first Division II state championship, and first title since 1981 (Division III).

Division III: People's did all of its scoring in the sixth inning and won its second title in as many years by beating Windsor 3-1. It was the program's 11th state championship.

BOYS' LACROSSE: REBELS SHOW GOOD TIMING
Second-seeded South Burlington lost to top-seeded Essex twice during the regular season, but the Rebels defeated the Hornets 9-7 when the teams met in the Division I championship game.

Dan Cone scored three goals for South Burlington, which finished with a 17-2 record. Essex, which beat South Burlington 5-4 and 6-3 earlier in the year, ended its season 16-3. The team's two other losses came against out-of-state competition.

In the Division II title game, Hans Halvorsen tied the game by scoring with less than a second remaining in regulation and teammate Graham Quisenberry scored 23 seconds into overtime to give second-seeded Green Mountain Valley an 8-7 triumph over fifth-seeded Colchester.

GIRLS' LACROSSE: REPEAT PERFORMANCE IN DIVISION I
Anne-Marie Farmer and Sarah Fisher each collected three goals and an assist to lead top-seeded South Burlington to a 14-11 victory over second-seeded Middlebury in the Division I championship game.

South Burlington also beat Middlebury to win last year's Division I title. The teams split two regular-season meetings.

In the Division II title game, top-seeded Rice extended its winning streak to 13 games by beating seventh-seeded BFA-St. Albans 13-11. Junior Emily Cutting scored five goals for the Green Knights.

GRIBBON JUMPS FOR JOY
South Burlington's Mollie Gribbin won the triple jump (39 feet, 4.75 inches) at the 67th New England Track and Field Championship, which was held June 9 at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine.

Gribbin also finished fourth in the long jump (17-9.25), sixth in the 100-meter dash (12.29) and sixth in the 200 (25-11).

St. Johnsbury's Elijah Doerfler picked up Vermont's other victory. Doerfler won the javelin (185-10).

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader and has been reporting on high school sports throughout New England since 1992.
In its 27th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Carla Forbes of Newton North High School as its 2011-12 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Forbes is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Newton North High School.

The 5-foot-6 junior field athlete won the long jump, with a leap of 19 feet, one inch, and the triple jump, soaring 40 feet, at the All-State Meet this spring, leading the Tigers to first place as a team. An All-Scholastic as named by The Boston Globe and Boston Herald this past winter, Forbes ran the third leg of the second-place 4x100-meter relay squad that crossed the line in 49.78 seconds at the All-State Meet. She also swept the long jump (19 feet, 3.5 inches) and the triple jump (41 feet, two inches) at the Eastern Mass. Division 1 championships, setting meet records in both events. In addition to winning the long jump at the Nike Indoor Nationals in 2011, Forbes won the triple jump at the 2010 Nike Indoor Nationals as a sophomore, the 2011 World Youth Track & Field Trials as a junior and the 2012 New Balance Indoor Nationals this past winter.

Forbes has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom. She has donated her time as a youth athletic instructor and mentor on behalf of the Waltham Track Club.

“Carla has a tremendous competitive spirit and a driving force to be the best that she can be,” said Newton North Head Coach Joe Tranchita. “Her attention to details surpasses any athlete I have coached, as does her work ethic. Her desire to not only be the best, but to do her best each and every workout and competition, has led her to become a real student of her events.”

Forbes will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

Forbes joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year Nadia Eke (2010-11, Holy Name Central Catholic High School), Deanna Latham (2009-10, Triton Regional), and Emily Jones (2007-08 & 2008-09, The Bromfield School), among the state’s list of former award winners.

CONNECTICUT: PRECIOUS HOLMES, NEW HAVEN ACADEMY/HILLHOUSE
The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Holmes won the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.51 seconds and the 400-meter dash in 53.92 at the State Open this spring, leading the Academics to second place as a team. A two-time returning All-State selection as named by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, the 5-foot-4 junior sprinter swept the 200-meter dash in a class-record 24.04 seconds and 400-meter dash in a class-record 54.42 at the Class MM Championships. She also ran the third leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 3:58.43. Holmes clocked a 52.67 in the 400-meter dash at the Loucks Games, which ranked as the nation’s No. 4 performance by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.

Holmes has maintained a B average in the classroom at New Haven Academy, where she attends high school and which does not offer a track program. She has donated her time as a youth track instructor in addition to volunteering annually on behalf of her track club at a local road race.

“I can wholeheartedly endorse Precious Holmes as the Gatorade Connecticut Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year,” said Lin Schulte, head coach at rival Jonathan Law High. “She possesses all the qualities necessary while remaining humble and being a role model for other athletes.”

Holmes will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

MAINE: BETHANIE BROWN, WATERVILLE
The 5-foot-3 junior distance runner won the 1,600-meter run with a class-record time of 4:55.23 and the 3,200-meter run in a class-record 10:34.79 at the Class B state meet this spring, leading the Purple Panthers to the state title as a team. Brown ran the second leg of the winning 4x400-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 4:06.77. She also swept the 1,600-meter run in a state-record 4:50.39 and the 3,200-meter run in 10:31.19 at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which ranked as the nation’s No. 30 and No. 39 performances, respectively, among prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection.

Also a cross country standout and an avid writer of poetry, Brown has maintained a 4.31 weighted GPA in the classroom. She has received her school’s Renaissance Award, presented to students who excel in academics, service and character on behalf of the nationwide Renaissance Program. A Student Ambassador for incoming transfer classmates, Brown also donated her time to promoting science in local fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms.

“Bethanie is a tremendous competitor and holds herself to a high standard in all areas of her life,” said Waterville head coach Ian Wilson. “She does not avoid competition, but rather seeks better runners whenever possible. She embraces the opportunity to compete at a national level. Many athletes do not want to face greater competition, fearing their weaknesses may be exposed. Bethanie wants to know what she needs to improve upon, recognizing that the only way to know that is through better competition.”

Brown will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: HILLARY HOLMES, EXETER
The 5-foot-6 senior won three individual state championships at the Division I meet and the Meet of Champions this spring. At the Division I state meet, Holmes won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 3.75 inches and the triple jump with a leap of 38-2 and led the Blue Hawks to the state title. She also won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.81 seconds and placed second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.94. Holmes concluded her prep track career with seven state titles and the state record in the indoor long jump (18-6.25).

Holmes has maintained a 3.84 GPA in the classroom. Selected to attend a state leadership convention for high school athletes, she has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit the Special Olympics and food pantries and as a youth basketball instructor.

“Hillary Holmes has been dominant,” said Bob Mullen, co-president of the New Hampshire Track & Field Coaches Association. “She is a true student-athlete and an awesome talent.”

Holmes will attend Cornell University this fall, where she will compete with the track & field team.

RHODE ISLAND: MADDY BERKSON, CLASSICAL
The 5-foot-4 sophomore set a state record in the 1,500 meters at the All-State meet, leading the Purple to a third-place finish as a team. Berkson won the 1,500 with a time of 4:27.92, a time which ranked No. 13 in the nation by prep competitors in 2012 at the time of her selection. She also ran the anchor leg for Classical’s winning 4x400-meter relay team. The Rhode Island Track Coaches Association State MVP, she placed second in the 800-meter run at both the All-State Meet and the New England Outdoor Championships.

Berkson has maintained an unweighted 4.12 GPA in the classroom. She is a member of Classical High’s Debate Club and Chess Club.

“The hard thing to remember about Maddy Berkson is that she is still only a sophomore,” said Steve Turgeon, head coach of rival Barrington High. “Her state record in the 1500 was probably most impressive. She broke a record that seemed untouchable.”

Berkson will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

VERMONT: MOLLIE GRIBBIN, SOUTH BURLINGTON
The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, the 5-foot-8 senior won four individual state championships at the Division I state meet for a second straight outdoor season and led the Rebels to a second-place finish as a team. Gribbin won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.10 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 25:16, the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 3.25 inches and the triple jump (39-10). Also the triple jump champion at the New England Outdoor Championships, she concluded her prep track career with 22 individual state titles and 11 state records.

Gribbin has maintained a 3.82 GPA in the classroom. A member of her church youth group, she has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit leukemia research and as a youth track coach.

“Mollie Gribbin has been the best athlete in Vermont for the past two years in any sport,” said Chip Langmaid, head coach of rival St. Johnsbury Academy. “She has not only destroyed records and won championships, but she has competed in any event that her team needed. I watched her when she was 8 years old and she hasn’t stopped. It has been an honor to compete against her and simply to enjoy watching her compete.”

Gribbin will attend Dartmouth College this fall, where she will compete with the track & field team.

New England Roundup: Vermont

March, 26, 2012
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The North got the best of the South in Saturday's North-South Senior All-Star Classic at Windsor High School.

VermontNorth teams won three of the four games at the event, which is sponsored by the Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association and featured some the state's top senior boys and girls players. Scores and highlights from each contest:

Division I-II Boys: Mill River's Nate Salgo scored 13 points and Springfield's Kurt Perham added 10 in the South's 80-69 triumph. Mount Mansfield's Tom Lacy led the North with 17.

Division III-IV Boys: Rivendell's Dylan Pelletier, Blue Mountain's Eddie Soucie and Websterville's Andrew Shuman each tossed in a team-high 11 points as the North prevailed 97-77.

Division I-II Girls: Burlington's Kaylah Jones led all scorers with 11 as the North edged the South 61-59.

Division III-IV Girls: Twinfield's Brianna duPont tossed in 10 points in the North's 82-63 triumph.

DISPLAY OF POWER
South Burlington's Chris Weinheimer scored a power-play goal midway through the third period to give the Austin Conference a 2-1 triumph over the Harris Conference in the Rotary All-Star Hockey Classic held Saturday at Essex High School.

Stowe's Hunter Grosvenor gave the Austin Conference a 1-0 lead with 3:20 left in the second period, but Northfield's Billy Whaley tied the game 39 seconds later.

South Burlington's Nate Young (10 saves), Rice's Ian Koupash (12) and Spaulding's Kevin Avery (seven) were the Austin Conference goaltenders. Essex's Pat Campbell (14), U-32's Mike Bresette (six) and St. Johnsbury's Chris O'Donnell (17) played in goal for the Harris Conference.

Montpelier's Mary Cain made 24 saves to highlight the Harris Conference's 4-2 triumph in the girls game, held March 17.

Middlebury's Maria Ploof scored twice for the Harris Conference, which also received goals from Rutland's Erin Kiernan-Reilly and Hartford's Bethany Bouthillier.

The Rotary games are used to select Vermont's teams for the Make-A-Wish Twin State Classic. Vermont will face New Hampshire's all-stars July 14 at the University of Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse.

GATORADE HONORS ST. AMOUR
Gatorade selected Missisquoi Valley Union's Matt St. Amour as its boys basketball Player of the Year in Vermont for the 2011-12 season.

St. Amour, a 6-foot-3-inch junior guard, is the first boys basketball player from Missisquoi to receive the award, which is based on athletic excellence, academic achievement and character.

St. Amour averaged 26.6 points. 12.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 points per game for the Thunderbirds, who lost in the Division I tournament's opening round. Missisquoi won the Division II title last season.

“He plays under control and can finish on either side of the basket, and he's also got great range,” Vergennes coach Peter Quinn said. “You have to defend him as soon as he gets one or two dribbles over half-court.”

St. Amour holds Missisquoi's record for career point scored (1,388).

GRIBBIN SELECTS DARTMOUTH
South Burlington's Mollie Gribbin has announced that she will continue her track and field career at Dartmouth College.

Gribbin, who holds the state record in the long jump (18 feet, 5.5 inches), the triple jump (40-9.5) and the 100 meters (12.24 seconds), was also considering Virginia, Columbia, Illinois and Oregon. She also played soccer for South Burlington.

Roger Brown is a freelance writer who has been reporting on high school sports in New England since 1992.

New England Roundup: Vermont

September, 22, 2011
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Many coaches and media members identified North Country as the high school football team to beat in Division II this season. So far, the Falcons have done nothing to prove those people wrong.

VermontNorth Country passed its toughest test of the season and raised its record to 3-0 by defeating Fair Haven 28-26 Saturday.

North Country trailed 26-16 at halftime, but took its first lead when fullback Adam Pothier scored on a 6-yard run with 4:48 to play. The loss dropped Fair Haven's record to 2-1.

“Our expectation were high,” North Country coach Bob Davis said. “We felt this was going to be a very good season. We start mostly seniors, and for a Vermont high school team we are pretty big.”

North Country finished with a 5-4 record and missed the playoffs last season. Tailback Nick LeClair and quarterback Tre Sanville are among the 22 seniors on this year's roster. LeClair and Sanville are both three-year starters. LeClair rushed for more than 1,000 yards last season, and Sanville missed half of his junior season with a knee injury.

The team's first two games ended in lopsided victories: 50-0 over Spaulding and 73-6 over U-32.

“We play option football,” Davis said. “When it gets rolling you can really tear up the yardage.”

LeClair, Sanville and Pothier operate behind a veteran offensive line that includes Adam Fortin, Cody Collins, Riley Simoneau, Ben Bonneau, Jason Webster and Lance Buffi.

North Country hasn't won a state championship since 1997, when it captured the third of three-consecutive titles. North Country hasn't played in a championship game since 2004, when it lost to South Burlington.

Davis will likely know even more about his team following Saturday's game at Rice (2-1), which won last year's Division II championship.

“Things are still evolving [in Division II], but I think Rice is definitely a contender,” Davis said. “They're a spread team and our defense is still evolving so the key will be our ability to establish the run.

“I've heard people mention Fair Haven, Milton and Burr and Burton as contenders. I think at the beginning of the year we we viewed as a strong contender as well. Hopefully they'll keep thinking that way.”

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New England Rounup: Vermont

July, 5, 2011
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Vermont fans couldn’t even look at the glass as half full following last weekend’s Twin State lacrosse games.

VermontThe Vermont girls dropped an 18-11 decision to New Hampshire, and then the Vermont’s boys staged a late rally but fell to New Hampshire, 13-10.

Each game was played at Hanover (N.H.) High School and featured players who graduated from high school earlier this year.

A Vermont victory was within reach in the girls game, but New Hampshire outscored Vermont 9-2 in the final 12 minutes.

Mount Mansfield’s Kim Liberty and Burr and Burton’s Sawyer DeVries each collected two goals and two assists to lead the Vermont offense. Vermont also received two goals from Chelsea’s Michelle Upham, Mount Anthony’s Alyssa Amos, and Burr and Burton’s Piper Ferrone. Burlington’s Anne Barker scored Vermont’s other goal.

Vermont’s Sara Till of Rice (12 saves) and Chelsea’s Morgan Tullar (11) each played a half in goal.

Burr and Burton’s Dave Miceli served as Vermont’s head coach. He also coached the 2000 team.

Hollis Brookline’s Hanna Mazzola, Merrimack Valley’s Erin MacLean and Winnacunnet’s Julia MacVane netted three goals apiece for New Hampshire. Mazzola also had three assists.

The Vermont boys played from behind most of the afternoon. New Hampshire built a 12-5 lead at one point.

Spaulding’s Tory Chouinard led Vermont with three goals and three assists. Champlain Valley’s Lawrence Dee added three goals and two assists.

Ben Adams (Essex), Dakota Engberg (BFA-St. Albans), Nick Schmell (Woodstock) and Abel Warden (Lamoille) each scored a goal. Adams also collected three assists.

Dave Trevithlick, who led Champlain Valley to the Division I title this season, served as Vermont’s head coach.

Erik Kelly (three goals) and Tom Auger (two) led the New Hampshire offense. Vermont’s Eric Palmer (CVU) and Sam Polis (Hartford) made seven saves apiece.

New Hampshire, which led 5-3 at halftime, has won 17 of the 19 games played in the series.

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The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Nadia Eke of Holy Name Central Catholic High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year. Eke is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Holy Name Central Catholic High School.

The 5-foot-10 senior won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 11.25 inches and the triple jump, soaring 41 feet, six inches, at the All-State Meet this spring. At the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships this spring, Eke finished first in the long jump, with an effort of 18 feet, 1.75 inches, and the triple jump, landing a meet-record distance of 41 feet, 9.5 inches, which ranked as the nation’s No. 2 performance in 2011 at the time of her selection. She won the triple jump at the New England championships in three consecutive years.

Also a basketball standout, Eke has maintained an A average in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society and her school’s yearbook committee, she has volunteered on behalf of an anti-bullying campaign, the American Red Cross and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

“Nadia is a very hard-worker who does not settle on past performances,” said Holy Name Central Catholic High Head Coach Craig Derrell. “She is always seeking ways to improve herself, setting goals and achieving them. She has done this while being very humble and an honor student.”

Eke will attend Columbia University this fall, where she will compete in track and field.

Eke joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year Deanna Latham (2010, Triton Regional) and Emily Jones (2008-09, Bromfield) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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

CONNECTICUT: PRECIOUS HOLMES, HILLHOUSE

The 5-foot-4 sophomore captured three individual state championships this spring and led the Academics to the State Open title as a team. A returning Class M All-State selection as named by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, Holmes won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.03 seconds and broke the tape in the 200-meter dash in 24.58. She also finished first in the 400-meter dash with a meet-record time of 53.16 seconds, which ranked as the nation’s No. 3 performance among prep competitors in 2011 at the time of her selection.

At the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Holmes placed first in the 100-meter dash in 12.29 and the 400-meter dash in 55.42. She also won both the 200- and 400-meter dash events at the 2010 New England championships as a freshman. At this month’s New Balance Outdoor Nationals she ran the third leg of the second-place sprint medley relay quartet that finished in 3:59.87, and she placed second in the 400-meter dash in 53.26.

Also a cross country standout, Holmes has maintained a 3.14 GPA in the classroom at New Haven Academy, where she attends high school and which does not offer a track program. She has donated her time as a youth track instructor in addition to annually volunteering on behalf of her track club at a road race in New Haven.

“People always talk about once-in-a-lifetime athletes who really aren’t that,” said Hillhouse High Head Coach Gary Moore. “Precious is the first athlete that I’m able to really say I’ll coach once in my lifetime. She’s absolutely incredible. People are shocked and amazed to see a 400-meter runner that’s also so good at cross country. It’s all about attitude. She puts 100 percent into everything she does, and she does the best that she can do with the ability she has. Her work ethic has been absolutely phenomenal. She’s the total package of what a coach looks for.”

Holmes will begin her junior year of high school this fall.

Holmes joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year Lindsay Crevoiserat (2010, Glastonbury), Meg Ryan (09, Fairfield Warde), and Anna Shields (2008, Lewis Mills) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Holmes is the second Gatorade Connecticut Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year to be chosen from Hillhouse High School, joining Shaniqua Burgess (2006-07).

RHODE ISLAND: ALEIDA FERNANDES, CENTRAL FALLS

The 5-foot-9 senior thrower won the shot put and the discus at the All-State Meet this spring for a second consecutive year. The three-time All-American launched the shot put 39 feet and the discus 121 feet, 5 inches. Fernandes also won a silver medal in the hammer throw with a toss of 158-10 which ranked as the No. 7 distance among prep competitors in 2011 at the time of her selection. The two-time Field MVP at the All-State Meet placed fifth in the hammer throw at this month’s New Balance Nationals and concluded her prep career with 10 state titles.

Fernandes has maintained a B average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally with literacy-outreach programs and as a youth track coach.

Fernandes has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at Southern Connecticut State University beginning this fall.

Fernandes joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year Molly Reilly (2010, South Kingstown), Eryn Wheeler (2009, Coventry), and Victoria Flowers (2008, Classical) among the state’s list of former award winners.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: KRISTA VINCENT, SOMERSWORTH

The 5-foot-5 senior won the javelin throw at the Division I meet, the all-state Meet of Champions and the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet this spring. Vincent’s season-best throw of 140 feet, 8 inches ranked as the nation’s No. 39 distance among prep competitors in 2011 at the time of her selection. She won the javelin at the Class I state meet in 2009 and 2010 and placed 11th in the event at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in 2010.

Vincent has maintained a 3.07 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally at the Somersworth Pumpkin Fest and as a middle school track and field coach.

Vincent has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in track and field on scholarship at East Carolina University beginning this fall.

Vincent joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year Arianna Vailas (2010, Central), Jocelyn Briggs (2009, Winnacunnet), and Anna Cioffredi (2008, Lebanon) among the state’s list of former award winners.

MAINE: ABBY LEONARDI, KENNEBUNK

The 5-foot-1 junior won the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:55.39 and captured the 3200-meter run in 10:42.63 at the Class A state meet this spring. The state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year and three-time Gatorade Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Leonardi finished first in the 3200-meter run for the second consecutive season at the New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a meet-record time of 10:19.09, which ranked as the nation’s No. 10 performance among prep competitors in 2011.

Leonardi set the meet records at 1600 and 3200 meters at the 2010 Class A state meet as a sophomore. She also won the 800- and 1600-meter runs at the 2009 Class A state meet as a freshman. Only one other athlete nationwide—Sacred Heart Academy (Kentucky) senior Emma Brink—has won Gatorade State Player of the Year honors six times in the award program’s 26-year history. She placed ninth in the 2-mile run in 10:29.84 at this month’s New Balance Outdoor Nationals.

Leonardi has maintained an A average in the classroom. She has donated her time to fundraising efforts on behalf of displaced civilians in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

“She’s a unique athlete,” said Kennebunk High Head Coach Geoffrey Drew. “She’s the greatest high school distance runner in Maine’s history. It’s pretty incredible to have someone on your track team like that. She’s very encouraging to other athletes, and she’s willing to run other events that she wouldn’t normally run. It’s a great example. Other kids see how hard she works in practice, and they’re like, ‘Wow.’”

Leonardi, who has now won the award a third straight year, will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

VERMONT: MOLLIE GRIBBIN, SOUTH BURLINGTON

The 5-foot-8 junior won four individual state championships this spring and led the Rebels to the Division I state title as a team. Gribbin won the 100-meter dash in 12.49 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 25.81, the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 5.5 inches and the triple jump (39-10). A 14-time state champion, she is the state record-holder in the 100, long jump, triple jump and indoor 55-meter dash, in addition to owning a share of state records in the 4x100-meter relay and the indoor 4x200-meter relay. Her season-best, state-record triple jump of 39-11.5 ranked as the nation’s No. 13 distance among prep competitors in 2011 at the time of her selection.

Gribbin has maintained a 3.90 GPA in the classroom. A member of her church youth group, she has volunteered locally as a youth track coach.

“Mollie is by far an elite athlete and beyond any others I have coached,” said South Burlington head coach Nicole Colantoni. “She is an athlete in every sense of the word. She is so humble that she still doesn’t realize how good she is and what she can accomplish.”

Gribbin will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

Gribbin joins recent Gatorade Vermont Girls Track & Field Athletes of the Year Hannah Rowe (2009-10, St. Johnsbury Academy) and Sarah Sherman (2008, Essex) among the state’s list of former award winners.

New England Roundup: Vermont

June, 17, 2011
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Wednesday’s Division I baseball championship game was all about finishing strong.

VermontFourth-seeded Rice held a four-run lead after two innings, but faded after that. Mount Anthony Union, the tournament’s seventh seed, scored the game’s final 10 runs – including eight in the last three innings – to post a an 11-5 victory.

Mount Anthony took control by scoring four runs with two outs in the fifth. Nicholas Lloyd’s three-run home run was the big blow in the inning.

Tony Baldic struck out seven in four innings to earn the win. Mount Anthony received three scoreless innings from Tyler Kinzeman.

Rice, which was trying to win its first state championship since 1964, built a 5-1 lead through two innings. Rice’s biggest hits were Nicky Elderton’s two-run home run in the first, and Joe Boardman’s two-run double in the second.

Rice committed six errors in the loss.

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