Boston High School: Zach Lewis

New England Roundup: Connecticut

April, 29, 2012
There are perfect games, and then there are games like the one Stonington's Andrea Chiaradio pitched against Norwich Free Academy on April 21.

ConnecticutChiaradio faced 21 batters in Stonington's 3-0 triumph, and struck out all 21.

"We threw a lot of drop curves and rise balls," Chiaradio told "I was trying not to think about [a perfect game]. I was just focused on getting the outs."

Chiaradio, a junior, is pitching at the varsity level for the first time this season. She was the starting center fielder for the Bears last season.

The victory improved Chiaradio's record to 3-1 this season. Julie Royer caught the perfect game.

“She seemed like she just had confidence,” Stonington coach Ann-Marie Houle told “I don't know what the heck was going on in her mind. I'm superstitious, so people were sitting on the same buckets for seven innings.

“She played center field all last year and she never complained. When the coach gives you that moment and you take it … good for her.”

Former Masuk standout Rachele Fico also struck out 21 batters in a game. Fico, a junior on the LSU softball team, set the national record for perfect games during her high school career with 26.

ESPNHS selected St. Joseph's Vito Montelli as its National Coach of the Year for the 2011-12 season.

Montelli, 79, has been St. Joseph's head coach for 50 seasons, and is the only coach in the program's history. He led the Cadets to a 25-1 record and the Class LL state championship last season.

Montelli has guided St. Joseph's to 11 state titles and six runner-up finishes. He has an 878-328 career record. No New England high school basketball coach has won more games.

“It's really a humbling honor and I'm thrilled to be selected because [there are] so many deserving coaches out there,” Montelli said. “This is special for our school, our players and our coaching staff.”

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New England Roundup: Connecticut

February, 10, 2012
Paula Hagopian's talent on the soccer field is so obvious she was named Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year even though her Kingswood Oxford team finished with a record below .500 last season.

ConnecticutHagopian, a senior forward, collected 13 goals and 10 assists as a senior, when Kingswood Oxford went 5-7-2. She was also the 2011 Connecticut Soccer Coaches' Association Player of the Year, and has twice been selected as an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America.

“Paula is so strong that defenders bounce off her,” said Matt Micros, a club coach with Connecticut FC. “She can hold the ball up well and also spin defenders with ease. What she lacks in technique she more than makes up for with power and pace.”

Hagopian led Kingswood Oxford to the 2010 New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class B championship and completed her career with 56 goals and 35 assists. She will continue her soccer career at Yale next fall.

Past winners of the award include Riley Houle (2010–11, Windham), Kate McCarthy, (2009-10, Loomis Chaffee), Jessica Schloth (2008–09, St. Joseph), Alex Uscilla (2007-08, St. Joseph), and Bianca D’Agostino (2006-07, Loomis Chaffee).

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Hoophall: DeMatha (Md.) 78, Northwest Cath. 57

January, 14, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A year ago at this time, in this tournament, on this floor, DeMatha Catholic was getting embarrassed by St. Anthony's on national television, a 50-point loss to New Jersey powerhouse St. Anthony in the Hoophall Classic. Burly big man BeeJay Anye struggled with his weight, and in turn struggled to stay on the floor with his low stamina.

Fast forward 12 months, and the Stags were getting a little bit of retribution tonight, easily downing Northwest Catholic (Conn.), 78-57, behind 24 points, nine rebounds and three steals from the 6-foot-8 junior big man.

"It feels a lot different," said Anye. "We haven't won up here the last two times we've been up here, so getting that monkey off our back feels good. But it's time to move on to Monday [against Bishop Gorman, at Hoophall]."

Anye scored six of the game's first eight baskets to spot the Stags a quick 8-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest. The Stags led 26-9 after one quarter, and 41-21 at the break, largely thanks to his work both underneath and around the perimeter. He had 13 points at the break, and his movement helped them have a 20-12 advantage on the boards (and 39-23 for the game).

Pitt signee Jerami Grant added 14 points, while Marcellous Bell was a perfect 4 of 4 from three-point range to aid the Stags in the win.

"We usually try to get him the ball early to get him going and keep him involved," DeMatha head coach Mike Jones said of Anye. "He's a monster on the defensive end -- he always will be, no matter what -- but when he's able to score for us, it opens up a lot of other things for us."

Meanwhile, Northwest's star junior Kuran Iverson ended up watching most of this blowout on the bench, picking up two fouls in the first quarter and his fourth midway through the third. The 6-foot-10 wing -- who counts offers from Syracuse, UConn, Pitt, North Carolina, St. John's, Oklahoma and Florida, among others -- did minimal damage in this one, with just three rebounds and four points on 2-of-7 from the field in 18 minutes.

"We could have competed, but we didn't," Iverson said. "The foul trouble came, and I was just out of my game from there."

If there was a silver lining for Northwest, it was the emergence of senior guard Zach Lewis, who scored 15 points in the second half to total 23 on the night. Head coach John Mirabello acknowledged that the late-blooming shooting guard's performance tonight could do measures in justifying his affirmation that he's a scholarship player.

"I'm working like crazy, to be honest with you," Mirabello smiled. "I can't speak for a college coach, I know I'm biased, but I think...more people will be coming around now for him. Not that they shouldn't have before -- I don't think he needed this game to prove that -- and he wasn't at his best tonight."