Athletes of the Year
Division 1: Newton South
The Dual County League player of the year produced 640 assists, 141 digs, and 42 aces to aid the Lions’ first state championship. Chin, who has a 1,239 assists and 231 digs in his career, also plays for SMASH Volleyball and the Boston Hurricanes.
The two-time Globe All-Scholastic notched 429 kills, 223 digs, 94 blocks and a .500 kill percentage this season. He will play club volleyball at UMass Amherst, where he will study journalism. The honor roll student played for SMASH and the Bay State Games.
The team captain and MVP had 342 kills, 203 digs, 96 blocks, and 52 aces this season. The three-time Bay State All-Star led his squad to the Central Sectional first round and also runs track. The Kean University commit enjoys basketball, fishing, and beach volleyball.
The three-year captain and MVP posted 245 kills, 140 digs, and 45 aces this year to qualify as a two-time Bay State All-Star. The SUNY New Paltz commit played on the New England champion SMASH Volleyball club team and received a gold medal in the Bay State Games.
Newton North, sophomore
Connors led his team to the South Sectional quarterfinals and is the only sophomore on SMASH 18’s Club team. The defensive anchor paced Newton North to a Cambridge Invitational Tournament victory. The 5-10, 140-pound Connors compiled 266 digs on the season.
Newton South, junior
The DCL All-Star helped the 24-0 Lions to their first state championship. The junior made the All-Tournament team playing in the gold bracket in the Rhody Invitational. He also plays basketball, soccer, and golf.
The three-time Boston City All-Star and two-year captain led his squad with 207 kills and a .427 hitting percentage. His 117 blocks led the Tigers. A Wentworth Institute of Technology commit, Fashemi was also a two-time league all-star in football.
The MVC player of the year helped his Lions clinched the league title after delivering 207 kills, a .302 hitting average, and 180 digs. The captain is a member of both the National Honors Society and French Honors Society. Gamer, also a basketball player, plans to attend Wake Forest.
Greater New Bedford, senior
Leading the Bears to the South sectional semifinals, Glover compiled 184 kills, 47 aces, 39 digs, and 19 blocks. For his career, he totaled 247 kills, 62 aces, 59 digs, and 30 blocks. The Liberty commit helped clinch the program’s third straight vocational championship and is a tri-sport athlete, playing soccer and running track.
The 6-3 junior amassed 654 assists, 150 kills, and 85 blocks to advance the 19-5 Lancers to the North Sectional final. Henriquez also played for the Bay State Games, Northeast Region Juniors Volleyball, and Nor’East Minuteman Club.
Newton South, junior
The tri-captain set the bar with 168 kills, 241 digs, and 41 aces to steer the Lions to their first state title. The DCL All-Star was a Rhody Invitational All-Tournament Player and currently plays with the Boston Hurricanes and the Beantown Volleyball Club.
The DCL MVP and two-time DCL All-Star led the Colonials to the state quarterfinals, the deepest the five-year program has gone. national Honor Society member and Cornell University commit collected 397 digs.
Porter contributed 631 assists, 246 kills, 63 blocks, 70 aces, and 61 digs for the Mustangs. The captain has led Norwood to two consecutive postseason appearances and is a 2013 Bay State Games Southeast Gold Medalist. He will attend Bridgewater State.
The two-time Bay State Conference All-Star contributed 586 assists and 67 blocks to the Rockets’ 22-1 South Sectional final run. He will aim to break the 1,000-assist mark next year. The National Honor Society member also competes in the high jump.
Smith, a team MVP and two-time Western Alliance All-Star, is also a two-year SMASH 18 Force Player. Part of the Central Sectional champions, the Fairfield commit won gold in last year’s Bay State Summer Games.
The Rockets MVP produced a .560 hitting percentage and 276 kills to qualify as a Bay State Conference All-Star. The senior capped his career with 515 kills and a 42-5 record. He has committed to Tufts.
The North Sectional semifinalist was team captain and delivered 638 assists and 36 aces this season for his 14-8 Falcons. The 2012 state champion also competes with the Beantown Volleyball Club and plays soccer. The National Honor Society member was also honored as the Unsung Hero.
Coaches of the Year
Division 1: Acton-Boxborough
In his five years coaching, the 1969 Colonials alum transformed a 1-15 program to a 17-2 state semifinalist. ‘‘I never dreamed we would get this far so soon. From the first day of practice, we stressed just how good this team could be with solid dedication and hard work.’’
Bay State — Braintree: Steve Leary, Jake O’Donnell. Brookline: Max Kaklins. Framingham: Andrew Bliss. Natick: Colin Leddy, Andrew Lydon. Needham: Skylar Kaufman, Alex Raskind, Andrew Tegeler. Newton North: Jake Connors, Preston Yong. Norwood: Daniel Porter. Wellesley: Ben Cohen, Andrew Lull. Weymouth: Jonathan Capulli.
Big Three — Brockton: Andrew Bergen, Ryan Clifford, Wens Mathurin. Durfee: Joe Heneine. New Bedford: Matt Eires, Dillon Kuehne, Quincy Pope.
Boston City — Brighton: Matthew Johnson, Jose Mata, Lizandro Nogueira. Latin Academy: Darren Chanel, David Ho, Thinh Tran. Madison Park: Anthony Cannady, Marcus Soto. O’Bryant: Tobi Fashemi, Thomas Kulch, Andy Pangilinan. West Roxbury: Emmanuel Jean Charles, Ricarfens Saintil.
Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Matt Locklin, Eric Ma, Pritesh Mistry. Arlington: Josh Lee. Boston Latin: Kevin Lin. Cambridge: Marcus Collins, Henok Tilahun. Lincoln-Sudbury: Scott Henderson, Andrei Rakitin. Newton South: Jared Chin, Brendan Duggan, Joe Esbenshade, Jonathan Lee. Wayland: Pierce vanMulbregt. Westford: Luke Moran, Brendan Ryan.
Merrimack Valley — Andover: Alec Dean, Kenny Doherty. Central Catholic: Jacob Francis. Chelmsford: Josh Ambrosino, Jackson Gamer, Matt Kuda, Joe Markey. Haverhill: Casey Fitzpatrick, Connor Peterson. Lawrence: Andy Henriquez, Christian Taveras. Lowell: Matt Deassis, Sopan Pan. Methuen: Tim Galloway-Burke.
South Alliance — Barnstable: Donny Mach, Scott Sawyer, Harry West Mather. Greater New Bedford: Andrew Glover, Jakeem Gonzalez, Cole McGarty, Guillermo Solivan. North Quincy: Oresti Bega, Efthim Butka, Jackie Chen. Quincy: Xhuljo Zyba. Taunton: Yuri Valente.
Western Alliance — Xaverian: Teddy Fisher, Kevin Horne, Hayden Smith.