Days after many closed the book on their decorated high school careers, on the playing fields and in the classroom, 22 graduating seniors were honored Tuesday at the 37th Globe Foundation / Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athlete Award ceremony, held in the Dell Technologies Club at Fenway Park.
Eighteen seniors, representing seven MIAA districts, the city of Boston, and Eastern Massachusetts prep schools received $3,000 college scholarships, recognized not only for their wide-ranging athletic accomplishments, but also their academic performance and community involvement.
In addition, four three-sport standouts, all seniors, were honored as Athletes of the Year, Owen McHugh (Milton) and Rose MacLean (Andover), in the Will McDonough/ MIAA division, and Molly Driscoll (Brooks) and Rogan Cardinal (Pingree) for NEPSAC schools.
While Tuesday’s ceremony acknowledged individual excellence, the winners were quick to reflect on the teammates, coaches, mentors, and family members who helped shape their success.
“All of the work that I put in, it finally showed off this year . . . but I feel like I’m taking this award home for my teammates and coaches as well,” said McHugh, who quarterbacked the Milton football team to the Division 3 Super Bowl, was a first-line center on the hockey team, and pitched the Wildcats to back-to-back Division 2 championships. He will play football and baseball at Williams.
“The older guys in front of me didn’t really get as many accolades, but [we would not] have had the success we had this year without them leading the way.”
The Globe started the scholar-athlete program in 1987, and Phelps, a Watertown native who is a longtime businessman and philanthropist, came aboard as a co-sponsor in 1991.
Nearly eight decades after starring on the mound for the Phillips Andover baseball team and later attending and playing at Yale, the 94-year-old Phelps said his fondest athletic memories come from the relationships he formed while competing — a message he passed along to the newest group of honorees.
“These significant accomplishments will stay with you for a very, very long time — especially the victories. And as time marches on, those few losses will fade into a cloudy mist,” said Phelps, who threw the first pitch before last week’s Red Sox-Rockies game, his 90th straight year attending a game at the park.
“I am sure one overriding memory of all these athletic contests will be the friendships that you made on the athletic fields. Those will be your greatest long term memories.”
The keynote speaker was Gus Quattlebaum (Phillips Andover, ‘93), vice president of professional scouting for the Red Sox. While lauding the accomplishments of this year’s honorees, Quattlebaum shared his perspective about the importance of remaining humble for those who hope to rise through the ranks of college and professional sports.
“No one cares what you did in the earlier levels. No one cares that you are a Phelps Scholar. You now have to prove yourself at the next level,” he said. “And I would argue the number one tool that we look for as scouts is humility. We’re looking for those of you who are anxious to learn more. It’s humility that’s going to carry you and open your mind.”
Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, noting the ceremony is one of his favorite days of the year, said, “It’s so much about achievement and academics, and also having great parents.”
For MacLean and Driscoll, a Middleton resident who is headed to Boston College to play lacrosse, the ceremony was a reunion, which they only realized upon arrivial. From ages 10 through 14, MacLean and Driscoll played hockey together on the Islanders Hockey Club, and lacrosse together for the New England Twisters.
Last fall, the Clemson-bound MacLean helped propel Andover to back-to-back Division 1 field hockey titles, propelled the girls’ hockey team to the Division 2 semifinals, and starred on the lacrosse team this spring. Driscoll was an all-Independent School League first-team selection for six consecutive seasons.
“It’s nice to think back, that it all paid off,” Driscoll said. “We had some good times together, and a lot of good tournaments. So that was a lot of fun [to both receive the honors].”
Cardinal, a Lynnfield resident who was the Eastern Independent League boys’ soccer MVP and an all-league honoree in both basketball and lacrosse, will play the latter at St. Lawrence.
The 18 Phelps Scholar-Athlete recipients:
▪ District 2-3 — Ricky Encarnacion (Leominster / New Haven) and Lauren Wattu (Tahanto Regional, WPI).
▪ District 4 — Brooke Tardugno (Methuen / Saint Anselm) and Rithikh Prakash (Burlington / Cornell).
▪ District 5 — Penny Spack (Peabody / Rhode Island) and Brady Warren (Lynn Classical / Saint Anselm).
▪ District 6 — Jimmy Ayers (St. John’s Prep / Johns Hopkins) and Waverly Smart (Ursuline Academy / Wesleyan).
▪ District 7 — Luke Sidwell (Franklin / Brown) and Sierra Abbott (Canton / Richmond).
▪ District 8 — Shakira Cadet (Durfee / UMass) and Adin Monroe (Fairhaven / Naval Academy).
▪ District 9 — Aiden Dunphy (Silver Lake / South Carolina) and Melanie Chretien (North Quincy / Rhode Island).
▪ City of Boston — Kenyon Colbert (TechBoston / Wentworth) and Courtney Sarfo (New Mission / Northeastern).
▪ Preps — Kofi Fordjour (Roxbury Latin / Penn) and Layla Maniscalco (Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall / Northeastern).
BOSTON GLOBE/WILL McDONOUGH ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Boys’ winner: Owen McHugh, Milton
Girls’ winner: Rose MacLean, Andover
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: Rogan Cardinal, Pingree
Girls’ winner: Molly Driscoll, Brooks
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