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Recognize Greater Boston

3/26/2009

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.