And that’s how the exodus from prep begins … or continues.
Central Catholic took a big hit as Salem 6-3 guard George Smith, who averaged 15.9 points with 68 3s this winter, moved to Brooks, where he will repeat his junior year.
St. John’s Prep sophomore star Will Batchelder of Newburyport (21.4 points per game) transfers to Governor’s. His father, Bill Batchelder, grew up in Andover and North Andover and was drafted in the 30th round as a UNH pitcher. He looks like a few other talented senior hoopsters, Lawrence’s Kevin Constant (MVC Division 1 MVP) and North Andover basketball player Darren Watson will go on to graduate school.
THE KING OF THE GREAT GRANITE
MaxPrep named Salem High’s Katie King one of the top five most dominant high school athletes in New Hampshire history.
King was a legend with the Blue Devils, was the Ivy League’s MVP in softball hockey at Brown, and went on to be one of the greatest female hockey players of all time (265 career points in the National team).
These days, her name is Katie Crowley and she usually has the BC girls’ hockey program among the national elite (6 finals to fours in 12 seasons).
She and Tricia Dunn of Derry have been named co-No. 5th in the Eagle-Tribune ranking of athlete of the century.
The other four were Olympic great swimmer Jenny Thompson of Dover, Baseball Hall of Fame / hoop star Carlton Fisk of Charlestown, baseball / hoop star Mike Flanagan of Manchester Memorial and baseball legend Birdie Tebbetts of Nashua.
NORTH ANDOVER TRACK A FAMILY AFFAIR
The family sinks deep into the North Andover High track program.
Molly, the daughter of boys’ coach Steve Nugent, races for the Knights while the daughter of girls coach Rick DelleChiaie, Laura, was a former Knights runner.
Assistant Bill Varney had two boys who were captains: Darryl and Brendan.
Joe DiBiase has coached at Lynnfield since 1992 and his son, Peter, is a promising sophomore for the Knights.
Additionally, rookie Julia Maguire is the daughter of Haverhill coach Mike Maguire and rookie Jake Ottaviani is the grandson of legendary Hillie coach John Ottaviani.
SHINY BAGS IN THE CLASSROOM
Eighteen Stonehill athletes won the school’s St. Thomas Aquinas Award for achieving the highest GPA in their sport.
Hard to believe but three of the winners are from the same school … none other than Pentucket Regional.
These three brilliant ex-Sachems are Alex Demeule senior (cross country / track men), Nicole Downey senior (tennis women) and Kathleen Giusti (track women) in second year. Demeule was the only three-time winner.
A SPECIAL BALL PLAYER IN KEENE
Team spirit is becoming increasingly rare.
Ex-colleague Hector Longo shares the story of a trendy student-athlete, Keene State freshman Johnny Vets of Haverhill.
“He played travel basketball with us in grades five through seventh. I sent him a DM, just to see how he was doing at school, ”Longo said.
“The veterans’ response had four ‘we’ references before the first ‘I’. He waits patiently until Game 20, a 32-11 loss for his first at-bat of the season, and the first words that come out of his mouth are “we” not “me.” “
THE HAVERHILL TRAVEL TEAM DOES WELL
This Longo-driven Haverhill Travel group has been athletically successful on many fronts.
Vets play baseball in Keene. Jordan Harris, a third-round pick by the Montreal Canadiens, just finished a big freshman season at Northeastern. Brendan Toulouse is a freshman on the Norwich Lacrosse team, and Olindo Longo has had a solid year for the Buffalo State swim team.
Meanwhile, junior point guard Dallion Johnson (20.3 points per game) is racking up Division I offers at Phillips and Spencer Pacy (12.7 points per game) led Pentucket to a 19-3 season.
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