Condon steps up as Clark captain, PG
Clark University women’s basketball coach Pat Glispin has broken tradition with junior captain and three-year starting point guard Ashleigh Condon of Hull (inset, below).
“If I had my preference, I would have a freshman develop at the point behind a senior to help her learn the system,’’ said Glispin, “but I thought it best to have Ashleigh start right away.
“She immediately stabilized the position, has taken on more responsibility since then and has been a leader on the court because of her great will to win.’’
Condon was named captain last season and was the first — and only — sophomore given that responsibility during Glispin’s 29 years behind the bench at the Worcester school.
Condon has thrived in both roles.
Named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference first team last season when Clark posted its best record (16-11) in five years, Condon had helped the Cougars get off to a 6-2 start through holiday break.
The 5-foot-8 Condon was averaging 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game and was the team leader with 3.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game.
“As a freshman you’re constantly motivated to prove yourself and that’s a good way to feel, but now the challenge is taking what you’ve learned to a higher level because of what is expected of you,’’ said Condon. “And honestly, that can be more of a struggle.
“I take pride in my court leadership, in getting myself open looks and getting my teammates open looks,’’ said Condon, who has great confidence in her pull-up jumper.
Condon, whose twin brother, Mike Condon, was boys basketball captain at Hull High when she was girls captain, is part of a talented group of young women who arrived at Clark as freshmen and have turned the program around.
Glispin’s team won just five games in 2009-10, went 9-17 in Condon’s rookie year, and last season advanced to the Eastern College Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
Condon played in a summer league at Babson College this year and worked on her off-season conditioning to prepare for what she hopes is a championship season.
“Being captain and a league All-Star are personal accomplishments which I appreciate,’’ she said.
“I’ve learned that talented teams don’t always win championships, and although I’m an emotional and aggressive player and my role energizes me, I’ve also learned not to get too far ahead of myself.’’
Condon said she’s on a great wavelength with her starting shooting guard, Emily Reilly.
“We’re both in the back court, but we like to crash the boards and start the fast break,’’ said Condon. “I think that kind of effort has helped us come from behind several times this season.’’
Sharry finding success in pro play
Braintree’s Ryan Sharry, the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s basketball Player of the Year at Middlebury College last season, is off to a great start in the pro ranks overseas.
A 6-foot-8 center and forward with T71 Dudelange of Luxembourg’s Diekirch League, the country’s top division, Sharry was averaging 18.9 points through 15 games.
He ranked sixth in the league at 10.1 rebounds and was hitting 67 percent of his two-point field goal attempts. He is one of two American imports on the team, which won the league title in 2010 and 2011 and was runner-up last season.
The city of Dudelange is a five-minute drive from the border of northern France.
Last season, Sharry led the NESCAC in scoring and blocked shots and was second in rebounding. Middlebury (26-4) advanced to the NCAA Division 3 tournament where it lost, 58-55 to visiting Scranton on a buzzer-beating three pointer.
A graduate of Boston College High School, where he played on its 2007 state championship team, Sharry was a two-time All-American at Middlebury and MVP of the Division 3 Senior All-Star Game.
Pair from Walpole win hockey honors
The Walpole High field hockey program — past and present — has produced two National Field Hockey Coaches Association honorees.
Tufts University head coach Tina McDavitt, who played on Walpole’s 1994 and 1995 state championship teams and also starred at Boston University, was selected as the Association’s Division 3 Coach of the Year earlier this month.
McDavitt, in her ninth season at Tufts, guided the Jumbos to the school’s first national championship won by a women’s varsity team.
Quincy’s Sarah Tabeet, a junior at the Middlesex School in Concord, was named to the NFHCA’s High School All-American second team. Walpole High junior Brooke Matherson was a third team pick.
Tabeet, who has committed to Dartmouth College, is a member of the USA Futures squad that competed in the USA Field Hockey National Tournament in Virginia Beach. She also played in the National Field Hockey Festival in West Palm Beach with the Cape Ann Coalition club team.
Tabeet was selected to the Massachusetts All-State Team, the Independent School League first team and the New England Prep All-Tournament team after helping Middlesex go 13-5-1 and advance to the NEPSAC Class B semifinals.
Matherson, a Globe All-Scholastic, was MVP of the Bay State Carey division and led Walpole to an undefeated regular season and the Division 1 South title. A forward, she had 50 goals and 15 assists.