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Updated: March 26, 2009, 2:35 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

Baseball - BC High


After coming out on top in the Division 1 state tournament last year, BC High coach Norm Walsh thinks his guys are up to the challenge of defending the title. The blueprint will be slightly different from 2008, when the Eagles mashed their way to the title with a deep, relentless offensive attack, but the team is now stronger in other areas. Walsh says the pitching staff is deeper than in recent years, and the team will rely more on speed and athleticism to score runs. "We're a wood bat league, so pitching and defense is how we have to win," says Walsh. On the mound, the Eagles could have one of the best staffs in the state. Junior lefty Drew Cataldo is the ace, and hard-throwing senior right-hander Brian Zemaitis (6-foot-5) is one of Walsh's pet projects. By the end of the season, the 1-2 punch could be dominating on a daily basis. Leading the way on offense are seniors Tyler Horan and Bill Kiley. Horan, a center fielder, batted .376 last year with 29 RBIs, 33 runs and 16 steals, and Walsh loves the way the Virginia Tech signee serves as a catalyst for the rest of the lineup. Kiley, a first baseman, provides some major thump in the middle of the order. Junior Rob McCunney gives the team an athletic shortstop with a solid bat, and senior left fielder Bill Hocking possesses a great stroke. "I think with our core guys, we can make a good run in the tournament just like the last three years," says Walsh.

Girls' Track - Mansfield


Mansfield was third as a team at the All-State meet last year, just two points behind victorious Newton South, and the Hornets are looking to close the gap. The team's biggest weapon is senior Meghan Ferreira, The Boston Globe's reigning Athlete of the Year. She won the 100 hurdles at the state meet last year, and she took home the Division 2 title in the triple jump. She also helped the Hornets' 4x400 relay team take first place at states. In the field events, junior Jess Eason is one of the state's best in the shot put.

Boys' Lacrosse - Duxbury


Duxbury enters every season with the expectation of playing for a state championship, and 2009 is no different. With five consecutive Division 1 titles to their credit and a roster as talented as any previous champions, the Dragons are favorites again. Stars Scott Austin, Gus Quinzani and Craig Sullivan have graduated from last year's team, but a new regime led by senior midfielder Quinn Cully is capable of driving the Dragons through the postseason gauntlet.

Softball - Lexington


The defending state champs have one distinct advantage over the rest of the Division 1 competition  Kiki Saveriano. The senior pitcher was close to unhittable last season, posting a 0.74 ERA and 200 strikeouts, and she also batted .484 with six home runs. The reigning Middlesex League MVP is supported by junior catcher Alyssa Zahka, one of the best defensive backstops in the area. The Minutemen will rely on seniors Sarah Heingartner and Joelle Zahka to key the offensive attack.

BREAK OUT TEAMS

BASEBALL  PINGREE Senior Jolmi Minaya-Suriel can pitch (7-1, 1.10 ERA in 2008) and hit (.491, 21 RBIs). GIRLS' LACROSSE  HOPKINTON Senior Jamie Dolan makes the Hillers a Division 2 contender. BOYS' TRACK  NEWTON SOUTH Junior Ross McDonald is the state's defending pole vault champion. GIRLS' TRACK  CONCORD-CARLISLE Senior pole vaulter Samantha Dweck is an All-State contender.