Boston High School: Tyler Dowd

ESPNHS preseason All-State baseball team

March, 1, 2012
ESPNHS kicks off its baseball season coverage by unveiling its preseason All-State Teams for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. A number of stars litter its Massachusetts squad, including BB&N's Rhett Wiseman, Lowell's Matt Tulley, Lexington's Chris Shaw and Braintree's Pat Delano.

You can find the entire list, which includes "Other Top Players" by clicking here. Below is ESPNHS' All-State Team for Massachusetts:


Anthony Capuano, St. John's Prep, OF, Senior
Led SJP in hits, runs and stolen bases last year.

Jarrod Casey, Milford, OF/LHP, Senior
Batted .530 and posted an 8-1 record on the mound.

Dan Cellucci, Lincoln-Sudbury, SS, Senior
Posted a .536 BA and scored 44 runs for Division 1 state champs.

Chris McCarthy, Everett, C, Senior
Hit .585 and drove in 28 runs as a junior.

Bob Melley, BC High, C, Senior
Productive backstop has signed with UConn.

Matt O'Neil, East Longmeadow, SS/RHP, Senior
Batted .447 with 15 stolen bases last year, committed to UConn.

Christopher Shaw, Lexington, 1B/RHP, Senior
Boston College recruit hit eight home runs last year.

Ryan Summers, Westfield, C, Junior
Hit six home runs and drove in 27 last year; headed to Louisville.

Matt Tulley, Lowell, SS/RHP, Senior
Has signed to play at Virginia Tech.

Rhett Wiseman, BB&N, OF, Senior
Vanderbilt recruit hit .447 with 11 HRs and 29 SBs last year.


Austin DeCarr, Xaverian, RHP/SS, Junior
Strong-armed athlete also took snaps as a quarterback in the fall.

Patrick Delano, Braintree, RHP, Senior
Big power pitcher is headed to Vanderbilt.

Tyler Dowd, Springfield Central, RHP/OF, Senior
Should be among state leaders in K's this spring.

Mike Krupczak, Springfield Cathedral, RHP, Senior
Went 7-0 with a 1.85 ERA last year.

Ryan McDonald, Acton-Boxboro, LHP, Junior
Posted a 0.90 ERA last year, striking out 71 batters over 55 innings.

Steve Moyers, East Longmeadow, LHP/OF, senior
Went 8-1 last year while posting a 0.44 ERA; career record of 23-2.

John Nicklas, St. Sebastian's, RHP, Senior
Has signed to play at Boston College.

Pat Ruotolo, Peabody, RHP, Junior
Struck out 102 batters last year, including three games of 15-plus K's.

Max Tishman, Lawrence Academy, LHP, Senior
Polished left-hander has signed with Wake Forest.

Troy Whitty, Dexter, RHP, Senior
Transferred from Oliver Ames, where he posted a 0.90 ERA last year.

Recap: No. 1 Everett 42, Springfield Central 13

September, 17, 2011
EVERETT, Mass. -- Even when they are not all the way tuned up, No. 1 Everett is an efficient piece of machinery. Despite overthrown passes, dropped passes, onside kicks bouncing off of players and giving up over 100 yards, the Crimson Tide still pulled out a 42-13 win over the visiting Springfield Central Golden Eagles.

Midway through the third quarter, the Golden Eagles (0-2) put together a three-minute, 56-yard drive, including five straight running plays to senior fullback Sacoy Malone (29 rushes, 100 yards, TD). After Springfield Central scored though, Kenny Calaj took Darryl Williams' kickoff from his own 82 across the big white "E" in the middle of Memorial Stadium and straight to the house.

Although Central came out in the second half with an onside kick, and got the ball back, it was not intentional and did not lead to any points.

"That was not planned, that just happened," said Springfield Central coach Valdamar Brower. "I don't know what happened, but we are trying to find a kicker."

Brower's team did not give in, although they went three and out on what could have been a game changing series. Everett scored two more times in the third quarter, took out their starting quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso (12-26, 211 yards, 4 TD passes) before the Golden Eagles were able to score again in the fourth.

"If something bad happens, we'll just play the next play," said Brower of the philosophy that he is working to instill in his young team. "We want them to keep fighting no matter what. As coaches, we are looking for maximum effort every play of every game."

Run Defense Solid: "Defensively we came looking to stop the run," said Everett fullback Vondell Langston (four carries, 31 yards). The run that Everett was looking to stop was that of Malone, who still ended up with 100 yards on 29 carries.

"He is a good back," said Everett coach John DiBiaso.

Despite keeping Springfield Central's leading scorer out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, DiBiaso still thinks that the defense has a way to go before he is satisfied.

"Maybe I'm a perfectionist, there is still room for improvement," he said. "I want us to be our best at the end of the year. I don't think that we have reached our full potential and I think that we've got a lot further to go."

As for his own running, Langston made initial contact with some of his tacklers and other defenders that he let taste the turf at Everett Memorial Stadium. While he gets pumped up for the game, he attributes the ability to gain more than seven yards a carry to his offseason workout.

"Offseason is where you put that work in and during the game you just get into that zone," Langston said. "I want to make every touchdown, I want to make every play, so I use that hope to fuel me."

Passing game in synch? Although Jonathan DiBiaso threw for over 200 yards, he is pitching to a new corps of receivers and there were a number of dropped and/or overthrown passes. Although coach DiBiaso is not celebrating the yards lost, he is being patient with his "new" team and expects for the efficiency to improve as Jonathan and his receivers become more in sync.

"We're breaking in a few new guys and everything that we do on offense is timing," the elder DiBiaso said. "Until we get that timing down pact, we will continue to get better and better every week. The guys from last year had two years of experience with Jonathan. I think that once we hit full stride people are going to say, 'Wow!'".

Part-time to full-time: Springfield Central has a starting sophomore quarterback in Cody Williams, and according to Coach Brower, he is in that spot to stay full time.

"For the preseason, 50 percent of the reps go to Williams, 50 percent go to [Tyler Dowd], so we're trying to get the chemistry going in terms of rolling out, receivers running routes and getting used to one voice in the huddle," Brower said. "The consistent voice in the huddle is very important."

SPR (0-2) --- 0 7 0 6 --- 13
EVR (2-0) --- 7 21 14 0 --- 42

First Quarter
E - Vondell Langston 14 run (Gilly DeSouza kick)

Second Quarter
E – Jakarrie Washington 23 run (DeSouza kick)
E - Jalen Felix 14 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
S – Richard Williams 4 pass from Cody Williams (Juwan Williams kick)
E - Kenny Calaj 82 kickoff return (DeSouza kick)

Third Quarter
E - Calaj 7 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
E - Jaylen McRae 36 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)

Fourth Quarter
S - Sacoy Malone 1 run (kick failed)

No. 20 Central turning corner under Brower

August, 25, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- As a senior at UMass Amherst in 2003, Valdamar Brower was selected as an All-Atlantic 10 defensive lineman. It’s not a surprise that it was tough for him to simplify his football mindset when he became a high school coach.

“Coming out of UMass I knew too much as far as defense and trying to implement new things,” Brower said. “I was trying to do too many things. I had to slow it down, and kind of go back to when I was in high school.”

Now in his fourth year as head coach at Central High School in Springfield, Brower is drawing upon his experiences playing at Northampton High School under the late coach Frank Tudryn to help him start his coaching career.

“The late great Frank Tudryn really prepared me for UMass,” Brower said. “He was a great coach preparing for things, and he really taught us how to practice and taught us dedication.”

Now some of the experiences that Brower learned from Tudryn are rubbing off on Brower’s players at Central.

“Coach Brower brings a lot,” running back Sacoy Malone said. “He came my freshman year and ever since then he brought in the coaches, he built the playbook and brought new plays.”

Last season all of the experience Brower brought to the table almost paid off. The Golden Eagles lost in the Division 1A Superbowl to perennial powerhouse Longmeadow, 34-31, but now are poised to make a comeback.

“This year we have to work harder,” senior Quentin Jones said. “Last year it wasn’t easy to get to the super bowl, so this year we have to work even harder and try and bring the ring back home to Springfield.”

“It’s a brand new season,” Brower said when asked about last season. “It’s been a long time since that December game.”

But Brower has goals for his team off the field as well.

He is putting a lot of emphasis in getting players in the Springfield-area high school to pursue higher education -- whether it be by way of a football scholarship or not.

“When I met him he came to me and said ‘I want you to go to college because they can’t take that degree away from you’,” lineman Ismael Figueroa said.

“I can’t say enough about Coach Brower,” senior Richard Williams said. “I look up to him like a brother figure…he’s the man.”
Brower has taken some of his players under his wing in the past few seasons while trying to turn them into better football players and better people.

But standing at 6-foot-5 and 260 lbs. -- are his players ever afraid of the former standout defensive end?

“Well he may be big,” Malone said while laughing. “But he’s really just a good guy.”


Head Coach: Valdamar Brower (4th season, 18-16 overall)
Last year: 9-4 (Div 1A Western Mass Runners up)
Key Returnees: Sacoy Malone, Sr. RB/DB, 5-8, 180 lbs; Quentin Jones, Sr. DL/TE, 5-10, 225 lbs; Richard Williams Sr. TE/OLB, 6-1, 205 lbs; Shawn Lockett, Jr, OL/DL, 6-1, 301 lbs; Ismael Figueroa, Jr. OL/DL, 6-0, 275 lbs.
Strengths: Athleticism, Size
Weaknesses: Experience, Passing Offense
Outlook: The Golden Eagles have a tough road in front of them. They graduated a lot of depth on both sides of the ball last year, and only return a handful of contributing seniors. The bulk of the load will be laid on Sacoy Malone’s shoulders as he tries to run them into the Western Mass. playoffs. Malone is a great back, but defenses will key in on him on most plays. There is also a battle for quarterback between Tyler Dowd and Cody Williams. Coach Brower is confident that young players will step in on defense and fill the void, but time will tell if that unit will be able to keep up with offensive forces like Minnechaug and Longmeadow.