Boston High School: UMaine

Nashoba's Butler commits to Maine

May, 10, 2011
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Nashoba Regional junior righthander Charlie Butler has verbally committed to the University of Maine for the fall of 2012.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Butler is currently 6-0 with 1.68 ERA for the 10-2 Chieftains, and is also hitting .462 from the plate.

When he enrolls at the Orono, Maine campus, he'll join up with another Central Mass brethren in former Westborough standout and freshman catcher Fran Whitten. The Black Bears' roster is sprinkled with some Massachusetts lineage, including Mike Connolly (Bridgewater-Raynham), Kevin Scanlan (Lincoln-Sudbury), Steve Perakslis (Abington), Colin Gay (Franklin) and Keith Bilodeau (Bourne).

Dexter's Logan gets first offer

March, 30, 2011
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ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Dexter linebacker Abner Logan Jr., who landed his first of what should be several Division 1 scholarship offers.

Florida International extended an offer to the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Newton native over the weekend. Meanwhile, he has been drawing interest from UConn, NC State, Florida, Syracuse, Penn State and Rutgers, as well as FCS schools like Maine and UMass, and could see that interest develop into offers with exposure at camps and combines the next few months.

"My coach [Casey Day] sent film to a lot of schools," Logan told Brown. "Other than Florida International, I feel like Connecticut and UMass have the most interest in me. I attended a UConn junior day and I'll be going to a Nike camp at Penn State. I'm going to a one-day camp at Florida, a UMass camp and the camp at N.C. State. I always go to the BC camp.

"It will be easy for me to take an unofficial visit to Florida International when I go to the Florida camp."

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

Andover's Boudreau named Gatorade Player of the Year

March, 10, 2011
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The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPN RISE, today announced Nicole Boudreau of Andover High School as its 2010-11 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Boudreau is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Andover High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Boudreau as Massachusetts’s best high school girls basketball player. She is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March.

The 5-foot-8 junior guard led the Warriors to a 23-1 record entering the Division 1 North Sectional semifinals against Central Catholic High, scheduled for March 9. At the time of her selection, Boudreau was averaging 22.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.0 steals, 4.8 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. The 2011 Merrimack Valley Conference Player of the Year, she had connected on 85 three-pointers at the time of her selection and had scored 1,511 career points.

Boudreau has maintained a 4.0 weighted GPA in the classroom. An elite teen golfer who is the junior champion at Andover Country Club, she has volunteered locally as a youth basketball coach and tutor.

Boudreau has verbally committed to play basketball on scholarship at Boston College beginning in the fall of 2012.

Boudreau joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Basketball Players of the Year Lauren Battista (2009-10, Oliver Ames), Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (2008-09, New Leadership Charter School), and Felicia Barron (2007-08, Springfield Central) among the state’s list of former award winners.

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

CONNECTICUT: KATIE MAHONEY, BACON ACADEMY

The 5-foot-10 senior guard has led the Bobcats to a 25-0 record and a berth in the semifinals of the Class L state tournament against Hillhouse, scheduled for March 11. At the time of her selection, Mahoney was averaging 22.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game. An All-State selection in 2010, she’s also a three-time All-Eastern Connecticut Conference choice.

Mahoney 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. She has volunteered locally on behalf of the American Red Cross, and has raised funds to benefit cancer research and Haitian relief organizations.

Mahoney remains undecided regarding a collegiate destination.

Mahoney joins recent Gatorade Connecticut Girls Basketball Players of the Year Kastine Evans (2009-10, Norwich Free Academy), Symone Roberts (2008-09, New Britain), and Heather Buck (2007-08, Stonington) among the state’s list of former award winners.

RHODE ISLAND: KELLY MANNIX, BARRINGTON

The 5-foot-10 senior guard and forward averaged 15.4 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.8 steals and 1.1 blocks per game this past season, leading the Eagles (23-2) to the Division I state semifinals. A 2010 First Team All-State selection and the 2009 Division II Player of the Year, Mannix connected on 47.7 percent of her field goals including 14-of-22 shots from 3-point range. She concluded her prep basketball career with 1,395 points and 1,007 rebounds.

Mannix has maintained a 4.02-unweighted GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as part of fundraising campaigns to benefit Barrington High athletics in addition to serving as a youth basketball coach and counselor.

Mannix has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Adelphi University in New York this fall.

Mannix joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Girls Basketball Players of the Year Allie Jones (2009-10, South Kingstown), Torey Jones (2008-09, La Salle Academy), and Brittany Wilson (2007-08, St. Mary Academy-Bay View) among the state’s list of former award winners.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: DANIELLE WALCZAK, OYSTER RIVER

The 6-foot-1 senior center averaged 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.5 blocks and 3.3 steals per game this past season, leading the Bobcats (14-6) to the Division II state quarterfinals. The two-time returning Class I Player of the Year as named by the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization, Walczak recorded a 72.0 field-goal percentage. She produced 16.6 points and 11.4 rebounds per contest as a junior in addition to leading Oyster River to the 2009 Class I state title as a sophomore. Walczak captured 2009 and 2010 Class I First team All-State honors.

Walczak has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 6 in her graduating class. An active member of her church community, she has donated her time as a youth basketball instructor, as part of a youth literacy-outreach program and on behalf of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

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

Walczak joins recent Gatorade New Hampshire Girls Basketball Player of the Year, three-time winner Tiffany Ruffin (2007-08, 2008-09 & 2009-10, Winnacunnet) among the state’s list of former award winners.

MAINE: NIKI TAYLOR, YORK

The 6-foot senior center and forward averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds, three steals and 2.1 assists per game this past season while shooting 60 percent from the floor and leading the Wildcats to the Class B regional final. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Taylor became York High’s career scoring leader, finishing with 1,442 points, breaking the previous mark of 1,413, set by Lani Boardman from 1997 to 2001.

Taylor has maintained a 92.1-percent average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of her town’s parks and recreation department in addition to donating her time as an elementary school tutor and youth basketball coach

“Niki Taylor’s stats and awards speak for themselves, but they do not do justice to the work ethic and leadership she has supplied to our program,” said York High Head Coach Rick Clark. “She works hard every chance she gets to make herself a better player.”

Taylor has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Vermont this fall.

Two time winner Taylor joins recent Gatorade Maine Girls Basketball Players of the Year Morgan Frame (2008-09, Waterville) and Rachael Mack (2007-08, Cony) among the state’s list of former award winners.

VERMONT: KYLIE ATWOOD, LAKE REGION UNION

The 5-foot-4 junior guard has led the Rangers to a 20-1 record and a berth in the Division 3 semifinals against Oxbow, scheduled for March 10. Atwood averaged 19.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals per game before a knee injury ended her season prior to the state playoffs. She is a two-time Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Dream Dozen selection, a two-time First Team All-Mountain Division choice and was a Third Team Burlington Free Press All-State pick as a sophomore in 2010.

Atwood has maintained a B average in the classroom. She has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs.

Atwood has verbally committed to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Vermont and will begin her senior year of high school this fall.

Atwood joins recent Gatorade Vermont Girls Basketball Players of the Year Allison Gannon (2009-10, Champlain Valley Union), Tiffany Johnson (2008-09, Bellows Free Academy), and Alyssa Herrington (2007-08, Mt. Anthony Union) among the state’s list of former award winners.

Fedrick, Logan Jr. drawing interest

February, 17, 2011
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ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his blog with two potential Division 1 FBS recruits, Salem (N.H.)'s Jerickson Fedrick and Dexter's Abner Logan Jr.

The 5-foot-11, 196-pound Fedrick says he's hearing the most from UConn, Boston College and UNH after a stellar junior season, in which he ran for 1,568 yards and 30 touchdowns despite splitting carries with Gatorade Player of the Year Max Jacques. Fedrick also said he's heard from Maine and Nebraska, though the schools aren't "all over me, but they're showing interest."

Fedrick told Brown both BC and UNH have asked him to take an unofficial visit, and that he also plans to attend junior days at BC, UConn and UNH.

"I'll probably play running back [in college], but I'll take any opportunity I can get," he told Brown.

Meanwhile, Dexter running back Abner Logan Jr. continues to rise on the recruiting radar following his transfer last season from New Hampton (N.H.) Prep. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound Logan is a specimen, and has heard from Syracuse, Penn State, NC State, BC, Florida and Tennessee. UMass is the only school currently verbally offering Logan, and he's projected as an outside linebacker by every interested school but 'Cuse, which also likes him at running back.

"They all pretty much say the same thing: 'This kid can run. He can hit, but we want to see him in person,'" Dexter head coach Casey Day told Brown. "He's big and athletic, but they're not so sure about the level of competition. They all want to see him in camp.

"Once he does the summer circuit thing, I'd guess he'll have a pocket full of offers. Once he plays against some better competition he's gonna raise some eyebrows."

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

Natick's Dawson signs with Maine

February, 5, 2011
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Former Natick High running back C.J. Dawson, who did a post-graduate season this past fall at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep, has signed a national letter of intent with the University of Maine.

Dawson, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound fullback and linebacker, helped lead New Hampton to the NEPSAC Dan Rorke Bowl appearance and a 7-2 record. Dawson earned First-Team All-Evergreen Conference honors, scoring four touchdowns and leading the Huskies in tackles with over 53 in nine games.

He was being courted by a number of programs, but felt like Maine was the best fit.

"I narrowed it down to two schools, Maine and Hampton in Virginia, and I really liked what Maine was offering athletically and academically. I like their conference and think it's the best Division I-AA conference in the country and I'm excited to play for such a well respected program," Dawson says. "They like me on both sides of the ball and it looks like they have a real need at fullback or H-Back. So I'm hoping to compete right away and hope to be on the field the first game of the season."

Dawson went to the prep school ranks this past season to fine-tune his skills on both the gridiron and in the classroom, and says he comes away from the New Hampton, N.H. campus that much more confident.

"It matured me academically, physically, and as a person," Dawson says. "I feel a lot more confident in my abilities on and off the field. It made a huge difference. It's been key for me."

Football Signing Day is here

February, 2, 2011
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The first day of the football National Letter of Intent signing period has arrived, and we've got you covered all day (though we'll probably be buried under snow ourselves). Here is a list of Massachusetts athletes committed to Division 1 programs headed into today's big day.

Any commitments can be sent to Scott Barboza at sbarboza@espnboston.com or Brendan Hall at bhall@espnboston.com.

(NOTE: The Ivy League does not recognize National Letters of Intent)


DIVISION 1 FBS
Taariq Allen, Rivers – Nebraska
Manny Asprilla, Everett – Boston College
Dalton Gifford, Bridgton Academy (Maine)/Barnstable – UConn
Marcus Grant, Lawrence Academy – Iowa
Harry Keselman, Oliver Ames - Temple
Anthony Knight, Lawrence Academy – Nevada
Albert Louis-Jean, Brockton – Boston College (enrolled in January)
Brian Miller, Andover – Boston College
Paul Nwokeji, Thayer Academy – UConn
Rodman Noel, Milford Academy (N.Y.)/Everett – NC State
Mike Orloff, Lawrence Academy – UCLA
Liam Porter, Natick – Boston College
Max Ricci, Lawrence Academy – Boston College
Richard Rodgers, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) – Cal
Andrew Siden, Natick – Tulane

DIVISION 1 FCS
Jeff Anderson, Longmeadow - Brown
Ryan Barrett, Holliston – Bryant
Connor Candito, Bridgton Academy (Maine)/St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Sacred Heart
Jamie Casselbury, Philips Andover - UMass
Connor Caveney, Cushing Academy - Sacred Heart
Matt Costello, Everett – Princeton
Jeff Covitz, Reading - Bryant
Ryan Delisle, St. John’s Prep – Harvard
Anthony Fabiano, Wakefield – Harvard
Ryan Flannery, North Attleborough - Columbia
Justin Flores, Tilton School/Woburn - Maine
Dan Giovacchini, Lawrence Academy – Brown
Will Guinee, Malden Catholic - Dartmouth
Greg Hilliard, Suffield Academy (Conn.)/Brockton – UMass
Clay Horne, Lawrence Academy – Villanova
Brandon Howard, Worcester Academy/King Philip - UMass
Randall Jette, Martha’s Vineyard – UMass
Isaiah Jones, Mahar - Maine
Andrew Kestenbaum, Dartmouth – Rhode Island
Ben Koopman, Marblehead – Holy Cross
John Lavin, Falmouth – Bryant
Dan Light, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) – Fordham
Harrison Lyons, Avon Old Farms (Conn.)/Norwell - Bryant
Alec May, King Philip - Georgetown
Brian McDonald, Hebron Academy (Maine)/Westwood - Sacred Heart
Andrew Mizzoni, Gloucester – Holy Cross
Obum Obukwelu, BC High – Harvard
Ben Patrick, Rivers – UMass (preferred walk-on)
Jason Richard, Milford Academy (N.Y.)/Weston - Sacred Heart
Peter Savarese, BB&N - Dartmouth
Zach Smerlas, Lincoln-Sudbury – Brown
Keshaudas Spence, Taft (Conn.)/Catholic Memorial - Sacred Heart
Charlie Storey, Milton Academy - Dartmouth
Brian Strachan, St. Sebastian’s – Brown
Cam Sullivan, Westfield - Bryant
Jeff Synan, Plymouth North - Bryant
Ben Ticknor, Milton Academy - Dartmouth
John Wallace, Somerville – UMass
Ryan Welch, Lawrence Academy – UNH
Conor Wyand, Nashoba - Brown

DIVISION 2 RECRUITMENTS REPORTED
Nick Broughton, Marblehead - Merrimack
Matt Delaney, Barnstable - Assumption
Chris Mooney, Stoneham - Assumption
Mike Muir, Xaverian - Bentley
Bobby Richman, North Attleborough - Bentley
Chris Unis, Gloucester - Merrimack

DIVISION 3 RECRUITMENTS REPORTED
Eric Bertino, BB&N - Middlebury
Ned Deane, Andover - Amherst
Mike Devin, Bridgewater-Raynham, Bowdoin
James DiBlaisi, BB&N - Trinity
Josh Friedland, Marblehead - Bates
Jake Giovanucci, Dexter - Bowdoin
Mike Gustafson, Belmont Hill - Washington & Lee
Brett Harasimowicz, Duxbury - Middlebury
Mike Hogan, St. John's (Shrewsbury) - Wesleyan
Matt Perlow, Marblehead - Bowdoin
Mike Tomaino, Gloucester - Bates

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