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Updated: January 14, 2009, 1:01 PM ET

Boys' Cross Country - Mansfield

Mansfield coach Julie Collins was feeling good about her team's chances heading into the final stretch of the cross country season, right up until junior Patrick McGowan went down with a knee injury three weeks before the state meet. McGowan had been one of the Hornets' top performers all season long, and though Collins was confident in the team's depth, losing him for states would have been a big blow. "We had seven runners that were really interchangeable for us,"Collins says, "but Patrick was a big part of our success up to that point." McGowan worked tirelessly to get back, spending hours in the pool every day, and despite not competing in the final month of the season, he lined up for the state meet on Nov. 15. His return proved to be crucial. Sophomore Shayne Collins finished seventh, and McGowan surprised everyone by coming in 13th. With senior Patrick Grimes finishing 28th, Brendan Boyle finishing 45th and junior Matt Hernon coming in 55th, Mansfield was able to edge St. John's Prep for the team championship. "Pat was huge for us," the coach says. "He hadn't run at all for three weeks and we had no idea what to expect, but he was outstanding. He passed seven runners in the last 500 meters, and he just tore himself apart to help the team." Collins also credited seniors Kevin Meagher and Josh Broden for their leadership and consistency.

Girls' Volleyball - Barnstable

With six consecutive state titles to their credit, it's impossible to dispute that the Red Raiders are one of the greatest dynasties in Massachusetts history. Barnstable won another Division 1 championship on Nov. 16, beating Lincoln-Sudbury to capture a 12th title in 16 years. Senior Stephanie Bristol had 15 kills in the state finals and finished her stellar career with more than 1,000 kills, and senior hitter Nola Wood was a Boston Globe All-Scholastic selection.

Boys' Soccer - Lexington

Even though Lexington's year ended on a bad note, with a 3-2 loss to Framingham in the Division 1 North sectional semifinals, the Minutemen have reason to be proud of their season. By going 18-0, they enjoyed the first perfect season in Middlesex League history, and they reached as high as No. 10 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 rankings. Senior Diego Garcia, a Boston University recruit, was the offensive star, leading the league in goals (21) and assists (10).

Girls' Basketball - Central Catholic

By now, everyone knows about Katie Zenevitch, the Raiders' junior forward who has committed to Boston College. But Central Catholic relies on more than just one player, and the ESPN RISE All-Area first team selection has help from her teammates. The sophomore duo of forward Melissa Miller and guard Gabie Polce is one of the best in the area, and they complement Zenevitch's dominant post play. Polce can hit from outside, while Miller's mid-range game fits in perfectly.


Senior forward Jerome Cohen (6-foot-6) is a beast down low.

Senior Grace Rehnquist gives the Eagles a scoring threat.

Senior defensemen Edward Estey and Nick Riccio give the Prep toughness.

Seeded ninth in South sectional, Hillers ended up as Division 2 state champs.