The high school experience for the Class of 2022 was abnormal, unique, and often, an hourly and daily challenge. Those students persevered through COVID shifting classroom experiences to online learning, a canceled 2020 spring season, and the implementation of a Fall II schedule last spring.
The return to competition, whether wearing a mask, or not, was more rewarding than ever.
And for those who found a way to achieve at the highest level, in the classroom and on the playing field, there was pure satisfaction.
“It had to be horrible,” Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy told an assembled gathering of graduating seniors and their families Monday morning at the 36th Globe Foundation / Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athletes awards ceremony, held in the Dell Technologies Club at Fenway Park.
“If I lost a season of high school sports to COVID [as a student at Groton High] or not being with my friends every day, telling stories and creating those lifetime memories, it would have crushed me. You guys made it through.”
Continuing a tradition that began in 1987, and expanded when Phelps came on board as a cosponsor in 1991, a panel of Globe judges awarded $3,000 college scholarships to 18 distinguished Scholar-Athletes representing seven MIAA districts, the city of Boston, and Eastern Mass. prep schools.
The 94-year-old Phelps, a longtime businessman/philanthropist who has attended a game at Fenway Park for 89 straight years since his childhood in Watertown, emphasized the importance of the three A’s to the scholars: athletics, academics, and attitude. He also encouraged the seniors in attendance to be ‘givers’ going forward in their journey of life.
In addition to the Scholar-Athletes, the Globe awarded its annual Will McDonough Male and Female Athlete of the Year honors to Josh Robertson (Marblehead) and Kendall Blomquist (Westwood).
Robertson piloted the Magicians to a thrilling 35-28 Division 3 Super Bowl victory over North Attleborough at Gillette Stadium, the first championship in program history. The Northeastern Conference MVP in both football and lacrosse, Robertson compiled over 2,500 passing yards, 30 passing touchdowns and rushed for 10 more, the most by a quarterback in school history.
“It’s definitely a great honor,” said Robertson, who is headed to Union College. “The kids here are some of the best student-athletes in the state, so to be named among them is definitely an honor. Like any other individual award, it’s a team award; the team, the coaches, I couldn’t have done it without them.”
The Tri-Valley League MVP in field hockey and ice hockey, Blomquist set up the winning goal to propel the Wolverines to a 1-0 win over Nashoba in the Division 2 field hockey title last November. She will play the latter at Holy Cross this fall.
“It’s a really big accomplishment and honor,” Blomquist said. “It’s really something special to close out my high school career.”
Blomquist capped her high school career in grand style Monday night: starting on defense as Westwood (25-0) repeated as Division 1 girls’ lacrosse champion with its 49th straight win, a 16-1 victory over Wellesley at Babson.
James Donohue, a Reading resident who set the pace as a three-season runner at Belmont Hill, was honored as the NEPSAC Male Athlete of the Year. The state’s 2020-21 Gatorade Track & Field Male Athlete of the Year, Donahue owns course records at seven Independent School League cross-country layouts, swept the ISL 800, 1,500, and 3,000-meter races outdoors this spring, and has the state record in the mile (4:01.39). He will continue his running career at Virginia.
Myra Bhathena, who earned 12 varsity letters at Phillips Andover as a soccer and track standout, was the NEPSAC Female of the Year. The Harvard-bound Bhathena won New England prep titles in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, never losing a race, and was a dynamic captain as a striker for Lisa Joel’s soccer team.
Andy Yosinoff, who has put together a legendary 878-victory run as the women’s basketball coach less than a mile away on The Fenway at Emmanuel, passionately encouraged the honorees to be the hardest worker in the room.
“When you work extra hard and outwork all your competitors at whatever you do, good things are going to happen to you down the road,” said Yosinoff, the morning’s keynote speaker.
“Give back to people,” said Yosinoff. “That is so important to me and I think everyone else in this room. Don’t think about yourself, think about how you can help other people. There are so many opportunities to volunteer. You’ll get more from helping other people than thinking about yourself.”
The 18 Phelps Scholar-Athlete recipients:
▪ District 2-3 — Graham Straface (Nashoba Regional / Quinnipiac) and Connor Geary (Quabbin Regional / UMass Amherst).
▪ District 4 — Sophie Brown (Wakefield / University of California at San Diego) and Liam Harrington (Concord-Carlisle / Georgetown).
▪ District 5 — Carolina Bettero (Revere / Northeastern) and Craig Michalowski (Marblehead / Brown).
▪ District 6 — Casey Curran (Archbishop Williams / Bryant) and Jackson Delaney (St. John’s Prep / Brown).
▪ District 7 — Kendall Blomquist (Westwood / Holy Cross) and Dylan Buchanan (Mansfield / Miami).
▪ District 8 — Laura Martel (Westport / Husson) and Jacob Furtado (Diman / UMass Dartmouth).
▪ District 9 — Reagan Hicks (Barnstable / Endicott) and Keegan Sullivan (Scituate / Trinity).
▪ City of Boston — Jennifer Delgado Rosario (East Boston / Boston University) and Malcolm Chrispin (Latin Academy / Northern Illinois).
▪ Preps — Nyah Greene (Lexington Christian / Miami) and Mark Henshon (Roxbury Latin / Brown).
BOSTON GLOBE/WILL McDONOUGH ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Boys’ winner: Josh Robertson, Marblehead
Girls’ winner: Kendall Blomquist, Westwood
Boys’ winner: Brendan Fennell, Melrose
Girls’ winner: Paige Gillette, Andover
Boys’ winner: Duncan Moreland, Beverly
Girls’ winner: Sydney Scales, Walpole
Boys’ winner: Jake McElroy, North Andover
Girls’ winner: Audra Tosone, Walpole
Boys’ winner: Sal Frelick, Lexington
Girls’ winner: Elle Hansen, Cohasset
Boys’ winner: Patrick Flynn, Hanover
Girls’ winner: Angela Alibrandi, Westford Academy
Boys’ winner: Jeff Trainor, Billerica
Girls’ winner: Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda, Cambridge Rindge and Latin
Boys’ winner: Brooks Tyrrell, Marblehead
Girls’ winner: Leah Cardarelli, Acton-Boxboro
Boys’ winner: Michael Panepinto, Needham
Girls’ winner: Maggie Layo, Sandwich
Boys’ winner: Andre Rolim, Somerville
Girls’ winner: Hannah Murphy, Duxbury
Boys’ winner: Casey DeAndrade, East Bridgewater
Girls’ winner: Kara Charette, Fairhaven
Boys’ winner: Shayne Collins, Mansfield
Girls’ winner: Andrea Keklak, Lincoln-Sudbury
Boys’ winner: Conor Ressel, Gloucester
Girls’ winner: Molly Breen, Millis
Boys’ winner: Sean Ryan, Norton
Girls’ winner: Kirsten Kasper, North Andover
Boys’ winner: Tim Rich, Chelmsford
Girls winner: Melanie Baskind, Framingham
Boys’ winner: James Hamilton, Harwich
Girls’ winner: Denise Beliveau, Framingham
Boys’ winner: Chris Nixon, Duxbury
Girls’ winner: Lauren Mahoney, Archbishop Williams
Boys’ winner: Chris Barnicle, Newton North
Girls’ winner: Ashley Waters, Amesbury
Boys’ winner: Jason Blydell, Swampscott
Girls’ winner: Katie Brooks, Winchester
The Globe Athlete of the Year Award was changed to the Boston Globe/Will McDonough Award following the death of the longtime Globe columnist in January of 2003.
Boys’ winner: Matt Antonelli, St. John’s Prep
Girls’ winner: Rachel Smith, Somerset High School
Boys’ winner: Jim Unis, Gloucester
Girls’ winner: Brittany Cheney, Abington
Boys’ winner: Robert Whitaker, Brockton
Girls’ winner: Lisa Tisbert, Andover
Boys’ winner: Dante Balestracci, New Bedford
Girls’ winner: Katie Collins, Reading and Tracy Prihoda, Needham
Boys’ winner: Kevin Truelson, Archbishop Williams
Girls’ winner: Hillary Dunn, Medfield
Boys’ winner: Abdirizak Mohamud, Boston English
Girls’ winner: Jenna Stacer, Holliston
Boys’ winner: Jonathon Riley, Brookline
Girls’ winner: Emily Desjardins, Bishop Fenwick
Boys’ winner: James Perry, Malden Catholic
Girls’ winner: Rebecca Sangster, Falmouth
Boys’ winner: Peter Woodfork, Swampscott
Girls’ winner: Nicki Castonguay, Somerset
Boys’ winner: Anthony Palmer, Winthrop
Girls’ winner: Katie Kiladis, Framingham
Boys’ winner: Brett Budzinski, Ipswich
Girls’ winner: Sarah Dacey, Framingham
Boys’ winner: Chris Blades, Marian
Girls’ winner: Kelly Amonte, Thayer Academy
Boys’ winner: Andy Downin, Duxbury
Girls’ winner: Leanne Burke, Randolph
Boys’ winner: Bill Counihan, Dedham
Girls’ winner: Lisa Moore, Wellesley
Boys’ winner: Dan O’Connell, Triton
Girls’ winner: Sarah Behn, Foxboro
Boys’ winner: Carmine Cappuccio, Malden
Girls’ winner: Kendall Daly, Masconomet
BOSTON GLOBE NEPSAC ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Boys’ winner: James Donahue, Belmont Hill
Girls’ winner: Myra Bhathena, Phillips Andover
* Seasons cancelled because of COVID.
Boys’ winner: Kalel Mullings, Milton Academy
Girls’ winner: Catherine Barry, Tabor Academy
Boys’ winner: Jake Spaulding, Pingree
Girls’ winner: Lily Farden, Noble & Greenough
Boys’ winner: Joey Luchetti, Lawrence Academy
Girls’ winner: Cassidy Kearney, Thayer Academy
Boys’ winner: Jeff Costello, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols
Girls’ winner: Amaya Finklea, Noble & Greenough
Boys’ winner: Griffin Beal, Pingree
Girls’ winner: Courtney Cashman, Governor’s Academy
Boys’ winner: Cole O’Connor, BB&N
Girls’ winner: Sophia Sgroi, Newton Country Day
Boys’ winner: Charlie Mitchell, Waring
Girls’ winner: Lauren Dillon, Nobles
Boys’ winner: Brian O’Malley, St. Sebastian’s
Girls’ Winner: Maeve McMahon, Groton School
Boys’ winner: Brian Hart, Phillips Exeter
Girls’ winner: Bryanna Bourbeau, Tilton
Boys’ winner: Brendan Oliver, Pingree
Girls’ winner: Alex Carpenter, Governor’s Academy
Boys’ winner: Derek Papagianopoulos, BB&N
Girls’ winner: Beverly Leon, Milton Academy
Boys’ winner: David Lawson, Middlesex
Girls winner: Casey Griffin, Nobles
Boys’ winner: Chris Dwyer, Salisbury School
Girls’ winner: Sarah Plumb, Nobles
Boys’ winner: Corey Gatewood, Belmont Hill
Girls’ winner: Bray Ketchum, Greenwich Academy
Boys’ winner: James Williams, Roxbury Latin
Girls’ winner: Micaela Long, Pomfret
Boys’ winner: Brian Morrissey, Governor Dummer
Girls’ winner: Sarah Parsons, Nobles
Boys’ winner: Charlie Davies, Brooks School
Girls’ winner: Devon Shapiro, Middlesex School
Boys’ winner: Dan Shribman, Deerfield Academy
Girls’ winner: Kaylan Tildsley, Brooks School
Boys’ winner: Jason Haley, Landmark
Girls’ winner: Louisa Butler, Phillips Andover
Boys’ winner: Andrew Cleary, Belmont Hill
Girls’ winner: Meredith Hudson, Phillips Andover
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