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.
BREAK OUT TEAMS
BOYS' BASKETBALL – EVERETT
Senior forward Jerome Cohen (6-foot-6) is a beast down low.
GIRLS' BASKETBALL – SHARON
Senior Grace Rehnquist gives the Eagles a scoring threat.
BOYS' ICE HOCKEY – ST. JOHN'S PREP
Senior defensemen Edward Estey and Nick Riccio give the Prep toughness.
FIELD HOCKEY – HOPKINTON
Seeded ninth in South sectional, Hillers ended up as Division 2 state champs.