Boston High School: Zach Apotheker

First baseball poll and preseason All-State

April, 4, 2011
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We've released our first state-wide MIAA Top 25 baseball poll this afternoon, which can be found here; and our panel of staff writers, correspondents and area coaches have tapped Catholic Memorial as No. 1 to top the preseason.

Many felt this could be the year the Knights, who have lost in extra innings in the last two Division 1 South finals, get over the hump. And certainly, head coach Hal Carey has the horses in his starting rotation to pull it off, between Division 1 commits Matt Goreham (Northeastern), John Gorman (BC) and John Mildner (UMass).

Overall, the Catholic Conference took four of the top five spots in the poll, with Lincoln-Subury taking the No. 2 spot followed by Malden Catholic, reigning Division 1 North champ St. John's Prep and Division 1 state runner-up Xaverian. Rounding out the top 10 are Lowell (6), Lexington (7), Peabody (8), Wachusett (9) and North Andover (10).

Our panel has also put together a preseason All-State to whet your appetite, listed below:



RHP – Adam Ravenelle, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
LHP – Will Marcal, Sr., Lexington
RHP – Pat Connaughton, Sr., St. John’s Prep
RHP – Matt Goreham, Sr., Catholic Memorial
RHP – Pat Delano, Jr., Braintree

C – Matt Walsh, Sr., Plymouth North
1B – Lorenzo Papa, Sr., Arlington Catholic
2B – Zach Apotheker, Sr., Brockton
SS – Aaron Fossas, Sr., Holy Name
3B – John Gorman, Sr., Catholic Memorial
DH – Zach Littman, Sr., Abington
OF – Carl Anderson, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury
OF – Connor McDavitt, Sr., Wachusett
OF – James Ricoy, Sr., Lowell




As always, let us know how we're doing in the comments section below, or by emailing editors Brendan Hall at bhall@espnboston.com and Scott Barboza at sbarboza@espnboston.com.

Depina lifts No. 2 Brockton over No. 23 CM

November, 5, 2010
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WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Lucas Depina may well have antifreeze flowing through his veins.

With Brockton’s No. 1 receiver Albert Louis-Jean out with a leg cramp, Depina caught a 41-yard pass from quarterback Paul Mroz on fourth and nine with seven seconds remaining in the game to boost the No. 2 Boxers (8-2) past No. 23 Catholic Memorial, 19-18, evading the upset that might have been.

“[Depina] catches the ball when he really needs to,” Mroz said. “I prayed to God before that play, and God answered those prayers."

Trailing 13-12 with 5:20 left in the game, Catholic Memorial (5-3) got the ball at their own 21 with their sights on a score, going right to the air while field goal kicker Tom Byrne was warming up his leg on the sideline. Two passes from A.J. Doyle to William Earl (4 yards) and John Gorman (21) put CM on their own 45.

A pair of nine-yard runs by Earl and Donovan Henry (8 carries, 86 yards) moved the ball down to the Boxers’ 36. Brandon Hamel dashed twice to the left, picking up 14 yards on each carry, setting up a first and goal from the 8.

Doyle (five carries, 28 yards) rushed for five yards before being wrapped up by Giovanni Hyppolite (four tackles). Henry was stopped at the line of scrimmage by Brockton’s David Hylton and Zach Apotheker (five tackles) for no gain. The successful run game left Brockton vulnerable to a quick hitch from Doyle to Armani Reeves in the left flat, who swept into the end zone to put CM up 18-13.

The dictatorial drive could have knocked Brockton out, but the Boxers refused to bow out without a battle.

“Unbelievable, gutsy, gutsy performance on a rough night,” Boxers head coach Peter Colombo said to his team after the game. “We didn’t play our best, but we won a football game. We showed a lot of heart, I am very proud of everybody.”

On the ensuing kickoff, a seven yard return by Jesse Monteiro put Brockton on their 40. After a Mroz pass went off the hand of Trevon Offley (24 carries, 150 yards), he found Ryan Kelley to his left, who took the ball up the sideline and was pushed out of bounds by Dimitri Claude(fumble recovery, four tackles) at the Knights’ 42-yard line with 36 second left. Mroz rushed for one yard down to the 41 before a failed pass and a rush by Offley, both for no gain, brought up fourth and nine with 16 seconds left.

On the following play, Brockton went in for the win, sending their receivers into the end zone. With their go-to receiver, Albert Louis-Jean, on the sidelines with a leg cramp, Mroz tossed the ball up top to a wide open Depina, who pulled in the ball and fell past the plane, bringing much of the Brockton sideline with him into the end zone for a victory fête.

“He’s got about five catches this year, and three or four of them are for touchdowns,” added Colombo. “For a kid that has had a limited role this year, he’s had a huge impact on the offense. He understands that on a lot of teams, he may be the go-to receiver, but this year he’s got to play his role and he was ready when we called on him. “

One Foot, One Point, Huge Win
Without Depina’s extra point kick in the third quarter, the score with seven seconds remaining would have left the Boxers tied with CM, but his ability to the boot conversion with ease was extremely valuable to the outcome of the game. “Lucas is just a high level athlete,” said Colombo. “He’s a high level volleyball player and a high level soccer player, which is where the kicking comes from.”

No. 2 Brockton 0 0 7 12 -- 19
No. 23 CM 0 0 12 6 -- 18


C - Donovan Henry 60 run (pass failed)
B - Trevon Offley 13 run (Lucas Depina kick)
C - Henry 82 pass from Camren Williams (rush failed)
B - Offley 38 run (rush failed)
C - Amani Reeves 3 pass from A.J. Doyle (rush failed)
B - Depina 41 pass from Paul Mroz (rush failed)

No. 1 Brockton's secondary always inspired

September, 10, 2010
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BROCKTON AT A GLANCE
2009:
9-2 (2-0 Big 3), lost in Eastern Mass. Division 1 playoffs
Coach: Peter Colombo (Eighth year, 64-20-1 overall)
Players to watch: Albert Louis-Jean, Sr., WR/DB, 6-1, 180 pounds; Trevon Offley, Sr., RB, 5-6, 175 lbs; William Carruthers, Sr., DT, 6-3, 300 lbs; Zach Apotheker, Sr., ILB, 5-11, 225 lbs; Brien Massie, Sr., DE/TE, 6-2, 230 lbs; Saquaan Louis, Sr., DE, 6-1, 220 lbs; Davidson Barthelmy, Sr., CB, 5-11, 170 lbs; Jacques Janvier, Sr., OT/DT, 6-1, 300 lbs; David Hylton, Sr., OG/DT, 6-2, 270 lbs; Ralph Cherry, Sr., WR/TE/OLB, 6-1, 215 lbs.
Strengths: Running game, team speed, defensive line.
Weaknesses: Inexperience at quarterback.
Outlook: The Boxers’ only two losses last year were to undefeated Super Bowl champion Xaverian, and there is enough talent and experience on both sides of the ball to win the program’s first title since going back-to-back in 2004 and 2005. The offense should revolve around Offley early, as the offensive line will be much improved over a year ago. Three quarterbacks – sophomores Austin Roberts and Micah Morel and senior Paul Mroz – are battling for the job, and while Roberts will most likely get the first start, expect all three to see playing time. Defensively, the front four is an imposing group, while Apotheker is an aggressive playmaker at linebacker. The secondary features the speedy Louis-Jean, a three-year starter and University of Miami verbal commit. The always-tough schedule begins with BC High, Taunton, Xaverian and St. John’s Prep, so expect to know right away whether the Boxers can live up to their preseason hype.

Correspondent Adam Kurkjian contributed to this report.

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