Boston High School: Taylor Carbone

New England Roundup: New Hampshire

June, 27, 2012
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Fundraising totals between the teams competing in the inaugural New Hampshire East-West High School Football All-Star Game couldn't have been much closer.

New HampshireThe game itself? That's a different story.

West's all-stars – widely considered underdogs for the June 23 contest at the University of New Hampshire – proved too tough. The combination of overpowering offense and dominant defense led to a 33-point halftime lead and 44-12 final score.

Thaddeus “Junior” Brown was toughest to cover. Manchester Central High's 6-foot 3-inch, 180-pound receiver made all four of his catches for 87 yards in the first half. Three receptions went for touchdowns, including a 50-yard down-the-right-seam dagger that helped Team West build a 37-6 halftime lead.

“This means a lot. I worked hard for it,” Brown, the game's first Bo Dickson MVP, said of the trophy he was handed for his efforts. “The coaches helped me out a lot. I just busted my butt for 10 days. The outcome was this MVP.”

Off the field, the outcome of Brown's efforts, as well as the 73 other all-stars, was even more impressive.

Teams East and West combined to raise $51,301.21 for Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) in Lebanon.

Team East was designated the home team. It earned use of UNH football's locker room for winning the head-to-head fundraising contest. Coach Bill Raycraft's players raised $25,751.21 – a mere $201.21 more than West's standouts.

In total, $301,000 was raised for CHaD.

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“These kids came together and did a heck of a job for a great cause,” said Team West coach Keith Jones, whose 6-year-old son, Harris, a CHaD patient, participated in the pre-game coin toss.

Harris was involved in a freak snowmobile accident three years ago. His father has said many times if not for CHaD, right-leg amputation would have been required.

On gameday, the soon-to-be first-grader made an appearance in Team West's locker room prior to warm-ups. It gave the players an additional boost, which carried over to kickoff.

Several playmakers fueled Team West's 37-point first half.

Brown caught a pair of 9-yard TD passes from Manchester West High's Aaron Martin, who also used his speed to sneak inside the left pylon for a 2-yard rushing score.

Merrimack High's Jackson King returned an interception 19-yards for a TD.

Nashua South's Johnny Bieren was crucial to posting a second-quarter safety. He also forced and recovered a fumble on one of his three quarterback sacks.

Central's Stephen Grzywacz – who raised a players-best $5,965 for CHaD – converted five extra points (6-for-6 overall).

East's all-stars committed five of the game's eight turnovers. The favored squad fell behind, 30-0, before Salem High's Jerickson Fedrick returned a kickoff 96 yards to paydirt.

Fedrick, and Pinkerton Academy of Derry stars Kevin Davies and Emmitt Smith, were all neutralized. Combining to rush for 4,649 yards and 57 TDs last fall, the trio managed 99 yards – 28 through two quarters.

Conor Donovan of Division VI cooperative team Inter-Lakes-Moultonborough scored East's second TD early in the third. Derek Paradis of Nashua South answered with an up-the-gut run.

“The first series, I thought we did pretty well. We stopped them (but) right away turned the ball over,” Raycraft said. “That's not the way you want to start an all-star game. From there, we pressed a little bit more than we probably should have and, because of that, created more turnovers.

“But, like I told the kids, I had a blast these last (10) days,” he added. “I couldn't have asked for a better group of kids. It's going to be fun watching where they go from here. The score will fade, but they set the tone for fundraising.”

BASEBALL CHAMPS
Division I: Dillon Emerson's extra-inning hit snapped two droughts, including a lengthy one for Concord High.

The senior's single down the right-field line scored Pat Cannon and gave the top-seeded Crimson Tide a 5-4 walk-off win over No. 3 seed Merrimack High in the state final June 16 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of Double-A baseball's New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Emerson's hit snapped an 0-for-4 skid in the title game and earned Concord (18-4) its first crown since 1980. The Tide lost the state final in 2011.

“I was in the dugout upset over all the missed opportunities I had when coach [Scott Owen] came up to me and said, 'Stick with it. You'll get your at-bat and you'll come through.' He was right,” Emerson told the New Hampshire Sunday News.

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This morning, ESPNHS and Gatorade announced the Gatorade Players of the Year for baseball across each of the 50 states and District of Columbia. Milford's Shannon Smith took the honors in Massachusetts; below are the winners for the five other New England states.

CONNECTICUT: KELLI CONNORS, WATERFORD
The 5-foot-9 senior right-handed pitcher led the Lancers to a 24-1 record entering the Class M state semifinals, scheduled for June 5. A two-time returning Class M All-State selection as named by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, Connors owned a 20-1 record in the circle with a 0.87 ERA and 151 strikeouts in 137 innings-pitched entering the state final four. Also the returning All-Area Player of the Year, she batted .379 with one home run and 19 RBI through 25 games. A member of Waterford’s 2009 and 2010 Class M state championship teams, she entered the state tournament with a 67-4 career pitching record.

Also a volleyball standout, Connors has maintained a 3.04 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating her time as a youth softball instructor, she has volunteered as a physical education teacher’s assistant at The Friendship School and on behalf of The Colby Sousa Scholarship Fund.

“She’s a hard-working kid,” said Kate Peruzzotti, head coach at rival Fitch High. “What I admire most about her is how well she’s done over the past four years—just the growth has been amazing, how she’s dominated in the circle over her entire high school career. It says a lot about her. She’s been remarkable.”

Connors has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Florida Southern College this fall.

MAINE: JULIA GEAUMONT, THORNTON ACADEMY
The 5-foot-6 senior right-handed pitcher led the Trojans to a 14-2 record entering the Class A state quarterfinals, scheduled for June 7. Geaumont posted a 14-2 record in the circle along with a 0.84 ERA and 136 strikeouts in 96 innings-pitched. A two-time First Team All-State selection, she is batting .679 with 10 home runs and a 1.509 slugging percentage through 16 games.

Geaumont has maintained a 4.09 GPA in the classroom. The vice president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, she has volunteered locally as a student tutor, a youth softball coach and on behalf of fundraiser walks to benefit cancer research.

“Student athletes like Julia Geaumont are the reason we go into the coaching profession,” said Thornton Academy head coach John Provost. “After just two years in our program, she was voted team captain because of her ability to lead, her dedication to the program and her outstanding contributions during game play and at practice.”

Geaumont has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on an athletic scholarship at Bowdoin College this fall.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: TAYLOR CARBONE, ALVIRNE
The 5-foot-10 senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman led the Broncos (16-4) to the Division I semifinals, scheduled for June 5. Carbone posted a 13-2 record in the circle along with a 1.02 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 96 innings-pitched through 20 games. Also the 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Player of the Year, Carbone owned a .581 batting average with three home runs, 28 RBI and a .951 slugging percentage entering the state final four.

Carbone has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation and has donated her time collecting baseball equipment for needy youth players in Nicaragua.

“Taylor Carbone is one of the most complete players that we have faced,” said Jimmy Clavette, head coach at Timberlane High. “She is a consistent hitter, a solid pitcher and plays multiple positions very well.”

Carbone has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this fall.

RHODE ISLAND: LINDSAY MAYER, LINCOLN
The 5-foot-4 junior pitcher and shortstop led the Lions to a 19-0 record and a berth in the Division I winner’s bracket semifinals, scheduled for June 4. At the time of her selection, Mayer owned a 16-0 record and a 0.67 ERA with 163 strikeouts in 104 innings-pitched. At the plate, the 2011 First Team All-State honoree hit .467 with three home runs, 23 runs scored, 24 RBI, a .657 on-base percentage and a .911 slugging percentage through 19 games.

Mayer has maintained a 3.72 GPA in the classroom. An accomplished piano player, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and mentor.

“Lindsay Mayer is the best all-around player in the state,” said Chris Luppe, head coach of rival Westerly High. “She is as close to a dominant pitcher as there is in the state. She is also a very good defensive shortstop as well as an excellent hitter.”

Mayer has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Virginia on an athletic scholarship beginning in the fall of 2013.

VERMONT: ALEXIS PERRY, ESSEX
The 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher led the Hornets to a 17-0 record entering the Division I semifinals against Missisquoi, scheduled for June 6. Perry owned a 14-0 record and a 0.43 ERA in the circle, and a .511 batting average with 21 RBI at the plate through 17 games. A two-time First Team All-Metro selection, she recorded 173 strikeouts against just 15 walks in 98 innings pitched.

Perry has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth softball programs.

“Perry has just been lights out,” said Leslie Dunn, head coach at North Country High. “She’s using different pitches, hitting her spots more often and her pitches are moving more. I feel like she’s even more dominant than she was in the past.”

Perry has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Merrimack College this fall.

New England Roundup: New Hampshire

June, 22, 2011
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Considering the contest's national significance and how the seven-inning bout played out, there's just one way to sum up the Division II baseball final.

It was sensational.

New HampshirePortsmouth High prevailed in a thriller – a game played in 2 hours, 8 minutes but over the course of two days – to stun Seacoast rival St. Thomas Aquinas High of Dover. The Clippers clinched a 9-6 win at the home of Double-A baseball's New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

The last title game of the NHIAA's “Super Saturday,” a June 18 quadruple-header at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, ended with No. 1 seed Portsmouth (20-0) celebrating a fourth consecutive crown and national record-extending 83rd straight win.

“What the program has accomplished and what we've gone through, and the attention (the win streak) has earned, to get to this point and not finish it with a win, that wasn't something I was prepared to deal with,” Portsmouth coach Tim Hopley said. “It was a real important game for us.”

Three storylines from the much-anticipated matchup:

Strange time to start. The game was scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m. Portsmouth ace and Northeastern-bound Keegan Taylor didn't fire the first pitch until 10:23.

The last out wasn't recorded until 12:45 Sunday morning.

STA-Portsmouth followed the Division IV final, delayed 50 minutes by thunder. Weather was just one factor contributing to the lengthy game that pushed back the main event's scheduled start time.

“We gave both teams the option of coming back (to play Sunday). It was late. But everybody preferred to get it in,” NHIAA executive director Pat Corbin said. “We had a tremendous crowd. For the kids, they'll always be able to say, 'We're the ones that played the latest game in the history of New Hampshire.'”

Dueling aces. Five summers ago, they were the Nos. 1 and 2 pitchers for Portsmouth's Little League World Series team that reached the U.S. semifinals. As the clock approached 1 a.m. Sunday, STA ace Jordan Bean and Taylor squared off in the game's key sequence.

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The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Emma Mendoker of Amherst Regional High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Softball Player of the Year. Mendoker is the first Gatorade Softball Player of the Year to be chosen from Amherst Regional High School.

The 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher led the Hurricanes to a 21-1 record and a berth in the Division 1 sectional finals, scheduled for June 11. At the time of her selection, Mendoker owned a 21-1 record on the mound with a 0.19 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 145 innings. The two-time returning Pitcher of the Year as named by the Springfield Republican, she hurled 15 shutouts and two no-hitters. Mendoker batted .485 along with 23 RBI, 23 runs scored, seven doubles and three home runs through 22 games, producing a .750 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage. She finished 23-1 on the mound as a junior with a 0.21 ERA and 312 strikeouts in 165 innings, leading the Hurricanes to the 2010 Division 1 state semifinals. She also batted .459 during her junior campaign along with 24 runs scored, 17 RBI and five home runs.

Also an accomplished artist and flutist, Mendoker has maintained a 3.73 GPA in the classroom. She has donated her time as a youth softball instructor, on behalf of the National Honor Society and to benefit displaced civilians in Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

“I’ve never met somebody who dedicated herself to the sport as much as she did,” said Robyn King, head coach of the Polar Crush Gold. “She never gives up. To get to where she is today has been a tremendous accomplishment. And she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Her teammates just love her.”

Mendoker has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at East Carolina University this fall.

Mendoker joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Softball Players of the Year Shannon Smith (2010, Milford) and two-time winner Nicole D'Argento (2008-09, Ashland), among the state’s list of former award winners.

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

CONNECTICUT: BRIANNA TURGEON, FITCH

The 5-foot-5 senior shortstop batted .464 along with 30 runs scored, 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases this past season, leading the Falcons (18-7) to the second round of the Class LL state tournament. Turgeon ripped nine doubles, five home runs and four triples, drawing 25 walks. The state’s returning Gatorade Softball Player of the Year, she produced a .955 slugging percentage and .615 on-base percentage. Also the 2010 Player of the Year as named by the The New London Day, Turgeon batted .500 as a junior with 17 RBI and three home runs. A three-time All-Area selection as named by The New London Day and Norwich Bulletin, she finished with a .382 batting average and 26 RBI as a sophomore, capturing Most Valuable Player honors in Fitch’s 2009 Class LL state championship victory.

Also a soccer standout, Turgeon has maintained a 4.05 weighted GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 19 in her graduating class. An invited participant in both LeadAmerica’s Congressional Student Leadership Conference and the People to People International educational exploration program, she has volunteered locally on behalf of multiple community-service initiatives in association with the National Honor Society, Key Club International, Students Against Drunk Driving and the March of Dimes Foundation.

Turgeon has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Fordham University this fall.

Two-time winner Turgeon joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Softball Player of the Year and two-time winner Rachele Fico (2008-09, Masuk), among the state’s list of former award winners.

RHODE ISLAND: ALYSSA MCCOART, LINCOLN

The 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman has led the Lions to an 18-3 record and a berth in the elimination bracket semifinals against TEAM, scheduled for June 9. Entering the June 8 Division 1 elimination-bracket semifinals against Cumberland High, the 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman owned a 12-2 record in the circle for the Lions (18-3). At the time of her selection, McCoart boasted a 1.04 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 101 innings pitched. At the plate, the two-time First Team Division 1 All-State selection was batting .500 with two home runs, seven doubles, 13 runs scored and 23 RBI.

McCoart has maintained a B average in the classroom. A member of the Executive Board of Lincoln High’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter, she has volunteered locally as a youth softball coach and as a teacher’s aide at an elementary school.

McCoart has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at Central Connecticut State University this fall.

McCoart joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Softball Players of the Year Elise Fortier (2010, Coventry), Fallon Scorpio (2009, St. Mary Academy-Bay View) and Steph Morse (2008, Warwick Veterans), among the state’s list of former award winners.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: TAYLOR CARBONE, ALVIRNE

The 5-foot-8 junior right-handed pitcher and first baseman has led the Broncos (18-3) to the Division I semifinals against Londonderry High, scheduled for June 9. At the time of her selection, Carbone owned a 16-3 record in the circle with a 0.58 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 123 innings pitched. A two-time First Team All-State selection, Carbone batted .487 with a home run, 26 runs scored and a .711 slugging percentage through 21 games.

Carbone has maintained a 3.44 GPA in the classroom. A youth softball coach and camp counselor, she has volunteered locally on behalf of her school’s peer-leadership program and at an area shelter providing meals for needy families during the holidays.

“Taylor Carbone is a complete player, not just a pitcher,” said Alvirne head coach Denise Rioux. “She plays the field well when she’s not pitching and she is one of the most feared hitters in our league. She is intensely competitive and a leader by example.”

Carbone joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Softball Players of the Year Kelsey Martel (2010, Concord), Paige Hansen (2009, Concord) and Amanda Barton (2008, Franklin), among the state’s list of former award winners.

MAINE: ALEXIS BOGANDOVICH, SOUTH PORTLAND

The 5-foot-8 senior right-handed pitcher has led the Red Riots to a 16-0 record and a berth in the Class A state quarterfinals, scheduled for June 9. At the time of her selection, Bogdanovich owned a 10-0 record in the circle along with a 0.10 ERA, recording 111 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched. The 2011 Southern Maine Activities Association Player of the Year, Bogdanovich batted .577 with two home runs, 23 RBIs and an .827 slugging percentage through 16 games.

Bogdanovich has maintained a 92.8 average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club of America, at an area shelter providing meals for the needy and as a youth softball coach and clinician.

Bogdanovich has signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball on scholarship at New Hampshire’s St. Anselm College this fall.

Bogdanovich joins recent Gatorade Maine Softball Players of the Year Sam Bedore (2010, Bangor) and two-time winner Hannah Hill (2008-09, Fryeburg Academy), among the state’s list of former award winners.

VERMONT: CHELSEA ABBOTT, BELLOWS FREE ACADEMY

The 5-foot-10 junior right-handed pitcher has led the Bobwhites (17-0) to the upcoming Div. I finals against Brattleboro. At the time of her selection, Abbott owned a 14-0 record on the mound with a 0.97 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 94 innings pitched. A two-time First Team All-Metro selection, she produced 25 RBI and a school-record six home runs through 17 games.

Abbott has maintained a 3.87 GPA in the classroom. A member of the 4-H Club, she has volunteered locally as an elementary school mentor and a youth softball instructor.

Abbott joins recent Gatorade Vermont Softball Players of the Year Alexis Perry (2010, Essex) and two-time winner Stephanie Frank (2008-09, Essex), among the state’s list of former award winners.

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