Regis hosts playoffs as league’s No. 1 seed
And the streak goes on for the women’s basketball team at Regis College in Weston.
Under first-year head coach Angela Santa Fe, Regis finished the regular season 21-4 overall and 18-0 in the New England Collegiate Conference.
The Pride has not lost a regular-season conference game since joining the NECC in 2011, ripping off 54 consecutive wins.
“Hard work, teamwork, and commitment to excellence have been the keys to our success so far,’’ said Santa Fe, an assistant at Regis the previous two seasons under Julie Plant, now the head coach at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. “Our players have been driven since the first day of practice to reach their team goals, and as a result we have improved in every aspect of our program from on the court to in the classroom,’’ she said.
Regis, which won the conference tournament last year and advanced to the NCAA Division 3 tournament for the first time since 1996, will host the conference playoffs Friday and Saturday as the No. 1 seed.
Santa Fe said her team is unusual because “we do not have one ‘go-to’ player, and instead are a team with many weapons on the floor. If one player is down, two others will step up — and that is what makes this team special.’’
One of those unsung heroines is junior guard/forward Teresa Busiek (inset), a former captain at Arlington Catholic High who sat out last season for medical reasons.
“Teresa is a major reason as to why we have remained undefeated in the regular season,” Santa Fe said. “She has really elevated her game since returning in December, and stepped up for us at a key time after we temporarily lost a starting forward to injury.’’
In 15 games, 12 as a starter, Busiek averaged 4.3 points, 4 rebounds and 1.3 steals.
“Teresa came in and quickly earned a starting spot. She is competitive, passionate, and outworks everyone on the court every night,’’ said her coach. “I have matched her up against some of the best players in our conference, and she limits their scoring opportunities with her relentless defense.”
On Feb. 1, when Regis defeated host Elms College, 72-56, Busiek scored a season-high 8 points and added seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals while holding the conference’s leading scorer, Denisha Parks , to 10 points.
While at Arlington Catholic, Busiek was a team captain and league all-star in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, and received the school’s John Cronin Outstanding Basketball Player Award.
Since falling to nationally ranked Tufts on Jan. 4, Regis ran off 15 straight wins, and for the season outscored its foes by an average of 15 points per game.
Emilee Marro , a senior captain from Bedford, N.H., is averaging a team-high 15.7 points per game, but freshman forward Amanda Hawkeswortha of Abington (12.1), junior guard Janaya Bradley (12.1), and senior forward Claire Ramonas (11.1) are also topping double figures in scoring average.
Smith has impact at Mass. Maritime
Bellingham’s Tyler Smith (inset) has excelled on and off the diamond at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, which opens its season Saturday vs. Elizabethtown in Fort Pierce, Fla.
The junior righthander is a team leader, according to veteran head coach Bob Corradi. The former Tri-Valley League all-star at Bellingham High went 3-1 last season with a 4.24 earned-run average in nine games, including seven starts. He allowed just 28 hits in 34 innings and limited opponents to a .224 batting average.
His achievements also include being named to the athletic director’s honor roll and the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic team last spring, and his role with the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Smith is also involved with Team IMPACT, a Quincy-based nonprofit that links student-athletes with youngsters facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses.
“Tyler’s done everything we have asked of him, and his leadership and maturity provide a great example to his fellow pitchers and teammates and the academy community,’’ said Corradi. “He mixes up his pitches extremely well, and really knows how to pitch, as opposed to just throwing the ball.’’
‘Super 26’ honor roll includes local players
The high school football players to be honored at Sunday’s 16th annual “Super 26’’ dinner, hosted by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association, include Natick High quarterback Troy Flutie ; Needham High running back Mike Panepinto ; offensive linemen Jon Baker , a Millis High senior who played on the Millis/Hopedale co-op squad, and Kevin Sheehan of Medway High; linebackers Connor Strachan of St. Sebastian’s and Brett McEvoy of King Philip Regional; and Littleton High defensive back Alex McLaughlin.
University of Massachusetts Amherst head football coach Mark Whipple will be guest speaker at Sunday’s event, which will take place at the Lantana function hall in Randolph starting at 4 p.m. with a social hour. Tickets are $60 and are available through the Gridiron Club website (www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com.) or by calling Dick Lawrence at 781-929-3650.
Kynoch a cocaptain for Bentley lacrosse
Carolyn Kynoch of Ashland is a senior cocaptain on the Bentley University women’s lacrosse team that opens its season Saturday at LeMoyne.
A midfielder, Kynoch scored 26 goals and added 8 assists and recorded a team-best 69 draw controls last season for the Falcons, who were 11-7 overall and 9-3 in the Northeast-10 Conference.
She was a team captain and co-MVP during her senior season at Ashland High.Marvin Pave can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.