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    2017-18 BOSTON GLOBE SCHOLASTIC AWARDS

    Austin Prep has built itself a winner

    Austin Prep athletes and athletics staff members pose in their gym in Reading, Mass., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. (Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe)
    Winslow Townson for The Globe
    Austin Prep athletes and athletic staff members will look to continue their run of success in the 2018-19 season.

    READING — Austin Prep is in full construction mode.

    In a completely rebuilt dining hall (indoor and outdoor seating), a $3 million three-plus month project was completed in the 90-degree temperatures this past week, just in time for Monday’s opening of the 2018-19 academic year.

    “Down to every nut and bolt,” said Jon Pollard, the school’s athletic director since 2014, with a smile.

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    In the classroom, following Prep’s mission “To inspire hearts to unite, minds to inquire, and hands to serve,” teachers instruct, nurture, and challenge their students for the future.

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    And out on the fields and courts, where the expectations are just as high, the Cougars have built winners across the board. The 2017-18 school year was exceptional.

    Capped by an astounding 91-16-0 regular-season mark from its spring varsity teams — Frank Sorrenti’s softball squad finished 20-0 and Steve Busby’s baseball nine went 18-2 on the way to the program’s first state championship — Austin Prep won 74.09 percent of its 276 games in 2017-18.

    And for the first time in its history (the school was founded by the Augustinian Fathers of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova in 1961, opening to students in 1963), Austin Prep has captured the Globe’s Nason Division 3 trophy, presented to Catholic coed schools. The award is named after Jerry Nason, the Globe’s executive sports editor for 33 years, retiring in 1974.

    Prep is one of 10 divisional winners in the Globe Scholastic Awards, edging runner-up Central Catholic (72.59), and halting the five-year run of Bishop Feehan.

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    Wellesley (71.84), the Ames Division 2 winner three of the four previous years, moved up to Division 1 (enrollment 1,400 or higher) and captured the Dalton, nosing out Bay State Conference rival Natick (69.70) with an EMass-high 267 total wins.

    The awards, now in their 46th year, rank schools based on their regular-season win percentage. Scores are compiled and updated daily during the season through the Globe’s database. Complete results are available on bostonglobe.com/schools.

    “This group has what you are trying to instill in your student-athletes, and on the ball field, and the court, it’s an extension of the classroom here,” said Dr. James Hickey, beginning his sixth year as headmaster.

    “I expect the same from the coaches that I expect from the teachers here, they form relationships with kids, they inspire them.”

    Austin Prep fields 20 varsity programs, plus cheerleading. In 2017-18, 80 percent of the 749 enrolled students on Willow Street competed in at least one sport, and as Hickey noted, many are three-sport athletes.

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    Pollard (class of ’97), who was a basketball/baseball standout at Prep before hitting the diamond at Salem State, calls every day “fulfilling.”

    “When Dr. Hickey recruited me, I found that we shared the same vision,” he said. “The school really has made a commitment to athletes,” citing a renovated football/track stadium, a new film room, and an auxiliary locker room.

    “It puts athletes and coaches in the best position to win.”

    And to attract those student-athletes to campus, Prep targets coaches “with a following,” according to Pollard. “We are a private school, so no one is forced to come here,” he said.

    Stephanie Wood, a former Northeastern standout who guided the girls’ hockey team to a 21-1-2 record and the Division 1 semifinals last winter, is the women’s director of the Islanders Hockey Club. Second-year boys’ hockey coach Bill Pappas is an assistant skills coach with the Valley Junior Warriors.

    Wood, nodding to Hickey and Pollard, said “the evolution of the [athletic program] is because of those two guys. They revamped everything.”

    The key, said Hickey, is hiring the right people. “As head of school, I try to get out of the way, not try to be the smartest person in the room . . . there was just such a sense of pride this year.”

    Bill Maradei is certainly proud of his 25 seasons at Prep as football coach, punctuated by 17 winning seasons and three Super Bowl appearances, “We’ve turned the program around,” said Maradei, who is the state’s winningest Catholic football coach (265-147-4), including his 14 years at the former Dom Savio. He already has announced that he will step down at season’s end.

    “I’m glad we won [the Nason], it’s great for the school. It’s a family-like atmosphere, with great passion.”

    The other winners:

     Dalton Division 1 — In its first season in D1, Wellesley (71.84) was dominant in the fall (91-26-6). The boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams combined for a 15-1 mark and girls’ swim team was 11-0.

     Ames Division 2 — In registering 80-plus victories in all three seasons, Hopkinton (69.51) edged Hingham (69.02), Masconomet (67.99), and Duxbury (67.85). The Dalton D3 winner in 2012, the Hillers earned their first Ames.

     Dalton Division 3 — The Ames D4 winner last year, Old Rochester (73.76) moved back to Division 3 with an enrollment increase and rode stellar seasons from golf (16-0), girls’ soccer (17-1), girls’ basketball (18-2), and girls’ lacrosse (20-1) to the title.

     Ames Division 4 — In the closest competition, West Bridgewater (68.01) narrowly beat out Norwell (67.60) thanks to two more total victories, 192-89-5 to 190-89-8. The girls’ basketball team was 20-0.

     Nason Division 1 — In the City, Latin Academy (58.03) finished strong in the spring (58-31-0) to top runner-up Charlestown (53.98). The Dragon boys’ volleyball team (14-4) won its third straight Boston City title.

     Nason Division 2 — St. John’s Prep (76.41) registered the highest percentage among all schools to capture its second straight Scholastic win, topping Catholic Conference rival BC High (73.90). The boys’ soccer team (15-0-3) advanced to the D1 semfinals and the ski team was 12-0.

     Singelais Division — In earning its first trophy since 2004, Ursuline (66.27) defeated Notre Dame-Hingham (62.69). The swimming/diving squad was 7-1 in the fall, girls’ basketball finished 13-7 in the winter, and golf 13-4-1 in the spring.

     Markham Division 1 — Blackstone Valley Tech (67.13) extended its run, finishing ahead of Whittier (60.34) for its seventh crown in 11 years. An unbeaten regular season for the football team spearheaded a 73-29-10 fall.

     Markham Division 2 — Old Colony (58.61) won its first title thanks to a 15-5 season from the girls’ basketball team and smashing success in the spring from girls’ lacrosse (16-3), girls’ softball (13-7), and baseball (14-5).

    About the awards

    DIVISIONAL ALIGNMENTS

    Dalton Division 1 is for schools with enrollments of 1,400 and up, Ames Division 2 is 1,000-1,399, Dalton Division 3 is 700-999, and Ames Division 4 is 699 and under. Nason Division 1 is for Boston Public Schools, Nason Division 2 is for Catholic boys’ schools, and Nason Division 3 is for Catholic coed schools. The Singelais Division is for Catholic girls’ schools. The Markham Divisions are for vocational schools. The enrollment totals reflect students in Grades 9-12; enrollment figures are supplied by MIAA member schools

    THE NAMES

    LARRY AMES: Ames was assistant sports editor/schools at the Globe from 1979 to 1994.

    ERNEST DALTON: Dalton was the Globe’s high school editor from 1938 to 1970. He died in 1971.

    JERRY NASON: Nason was the former executive sports editor of the Globe. He died in 1986.

    NEIL SINGELAIS: Singelais was the Globe’s high school sports editor from 1970 to 1979. He died in 2002.

    WALTER MARKHAM: Born and educated in Lowell, Markham was president and treasurer of the American Vocational Association for four years and was responsible for initiating the concept of regional vocational and technical high schools in the state.

    PAST WINNERS

    DALTON

    1973

    Catholic Memorial

    1974

    Brockton

    1975

    Division 1 — Brockton

    Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

    Division 3 — Westwood

    1976

    Division 1 — Brockton

    Division 2 — Concord-Carlisle

    Division 3 — Westwood

    1977

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Concord-Carlisle

    Division 3 — Holliston

    1978

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Andover

    Division 3 — Westwood

    1979

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Methuen

    Division 3 — Westwood

    1980

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Methuen

    Division 3 — Westwood

    1981

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Methuen

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    1982

    Division 1 — Winchester

    Division 2 — Acton-Boxboro

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    1983

    Division 1 — Chelmsford

    Division 2 — Beverly

    Division 3 — Seekonk

    1984

    Division 1 — Chelmsford

    Division 2 — Marblehead

    Division 3 — Westwood

    1985

    Division 1— Chelmsford

    Division 2 — Marblehead

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    1986

    Division 1 — Chelmsford

    Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    1987

    Division 1 — Chelmsford

    Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

    Division 3 — Holliston

    1988

    Division 1 — Chelmsford

    Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    1989

    Division 1 — Chelmsford

    Division 2 — Acton-Boxboro

    Division 3 — Holliston

    1990

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

    Division 3 — Holliston

    1991

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

    Division 3 — Holliston

    Division 4 — Weston

    1992

    Division 1 — Andover

    Division 2 — Beverly

    Division 3 — Holliston

    Division 4 — Weston

    1993

    Division 1 — New Bedford

    Division 2 — Masconomet

    Division 3 — Holliston

    Division 4 — Norwell

    1994

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Walpole

    Division 3 — Holliston

    Division 4 — Norwell

    1995

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Burlington

    Division 3 — Old Rochester

    Division 4 — Norwell

    1996

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Holliston

    Division 3 — Scituate

    Division 4 — Weston

    1997

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Holliston

    Division 3 — Medfield

    Division 4 — Weston

    1998

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Masconomet

    Division 3 — Hanover

    Division 4 — Weston

    1999

    Division 1 — Newton North

    Division 2 — Masconomet

    Division 3 — Norwell

    Division 4 — Tyngsboro

    2000

    Division 1 — Andover

    Division 2 — Dighton-Rehoboth

    Division 3 — Medfield

    Division 4 — Tyngsboro

    2001

    Division 1 — Lexington

    Division 2 — Arlington

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    Division 4 — Harwich

    2002

    Division 1 — Peabody

    Division 2 — Danvers

    Division 3 — Dighton-Rehoboth

    Division 4 — Abington

    2003

    Division 1 — Peabody

    Division 3 — Hopkinton

    2004

    Division 1 — Peabody

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    2005

    Division 1 — Andover

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    2006

    Division 1 — Andover

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    2007

    Division 1 — Lincoln-Sudbury

    Division 3 — Old Rochester

    2008

    Division 1 — Acton-Boxboro

    Division 3 — Winchester

    2009

    Division 1 — Lexington

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    2010

    Division 1 — North Andover

    Division 3 — Medfield

    2011

    Division 1 — Mansfield

    Division 3 — Medfield

    2012

    Division 1 — Franklin

    Division 3 — Hopkinton

    2013

    Division 1 — Masconomet

    Division 3 — Medfield

    2014

    Division 1 — Masconomet

    Division 3 — Duxbury

    2015

    Division 1 — Franklin

    Division 3 — Old Rochester

    2016

    Division 1 — Needham

    Division 3 — Marblehead

    2017

    Division 1 — Andover

    Division 3 — Marblehead

    2018

    Division 1 — Wellesley

    Division 3 — Old Rochester

    AMES AWARD

    2003

    Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

    Division 4 — Medfield

    2004

    Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

    Division 4 — Medfield

    2005

    Division 2 — North Andover

    Division 4 — Cohasset

    2006

    Division 2 — North Andover

    Division 4 — Cohasset

    2007

    Division 2 — Reading

    Division 4 — Norwell

    2008

    Division 2 — Reading

    Division 4 — Westport

    2009

    Division 2 — North Andover

    Division 4 — East Bridgewater

    2010

    Division 2 — Reading

    Division 4 — Norwell

    2011

    Division 2 — North Andover

    Division 4 — Norwell

    2012

    Division 2 — North Andover

    Division 4 — East Bridgewater

    2013

    Division 2 — Beverly

    Division 4 — West Bridgewater

    2014

    Division 2 — Wellesley

    Division 4 — West Bridgewater

    2015

    Division 2 — Needham

    Division 4 — Cohasset

    2016

    Division 2 — Wellesley

    Division 4 — Hanover

    2017

    Division 2 — Wellesley

    Division 4 — Old Rochester

    2018

    Division 2 — Hopkinton

    Division 4 — West Bridgewater

    NASON AWARD

    1981

    Division 1 — Boston English

    Division 2 — Matignon

    1982

    Division 1 — Boston Latin

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 —Bp. Fenwick

    1983

    Division 1 — No winner

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1984

    Division 1 — East Boston

    Division 2 — Xaverian

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1985

    Division 1 — Dorchester

    Division 2 — Xaverian

    Division 3 — Abp. Williams

    1986

    Division 1 — Boston Tech

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1987

    Division 1 — Boston Tech

    Division 2 — BC High

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1988

    Division 1 — Boston Tech

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1989

    Division 1 — Latin Academy

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1990

    Division 1 — Latin Academy

    Division 2 — BC High

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1991

    Division 1 — Boston Tech

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1992

    Division 1 — South Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1993

    Division 1 — West Roxbury

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1994

    Division 1 — Latin Academy

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1995

    Division 1 — Latin Academy

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1996

    Division 1 — South Boston

    Division 2 — BC High

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1997

    Division 1 — South Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

    1998

    Division 1 — Latin Academy

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    1999

    Division 1 — East Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2000

    Division 1 — East Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2001

    Division 1 — East Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2002

    Division 1 — Charlestown

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2003

    Division 1 — Madison Park

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2004

    Division 1 — O’Bryant

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2005

    Division 1 — Charlestown

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2006

    Division 1 — O’Bryant

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2007

    Division 1 — East Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2008

    Division 1 — Latin Academy

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2009

    Division 1 — East Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2010

    Division 1 — East Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2011

    Division 1 — Madison Park

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2012

    Division 1 — Brighton

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Cardinal Spellman

    2013

    Division 1 — Latin Academy

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2014

    Division 1 — New Mission

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2015

    Division 1 — East Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2016

    Division 1 — Fenway

    Division 2 — BC High

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2017

    Division 1 — East Boston

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

    2018

    Division 1 — Latin Academy

    Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

    Division 3 — Austin Prep

    SINGELAIS AWARD

    1988

    Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

    1989

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    1990

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    1991

    Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

    1992

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    1993

    Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

    1994

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    1995

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    1996

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    1997

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    1998

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    1999

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2000

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2001

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2002

    Ursuline

    2003

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2004

    Ursuline

    2005

    Mt. Alvernia

    2006

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2007

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2008

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2009

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2010

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2011

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2012

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2013

    Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

    2014

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2015

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2016

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2017

    Notre Dame of Hingham

    2018

    Ursuline

    MARKHAM AWARD

    1997

    Shawsheen

    1998

    Greater Lowell

    1999

    Greater Lowell

    2000

    Keefe Tech

    2001

    Keefe Tech

    2002

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Norfolk

    2003

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Norfolk

    2004

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Norfolk

    2005

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Blue Hills

    2006

    Division 1 — Greater Lowell

    Division 2 — Blue Hills

    2007

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Blackstone Valley

    2008

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Blackstone Valley

    2009

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Blackstone Valley

    2010

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Blue Hills

    2011

    Shawsheen

    2012

    Shawsheen

    2013

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Norfolk Aggie

    2014

    Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

    Division 2 — McCann Tech

    2015

    Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

    Division 2 — McCann Tech

    2016

    Division 1 — Shawsheen

    Division 2 — Essex Tech

    2017

    Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

    Division 2 — Diman Voke

    2018

    Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

    Division 2 — Old Colony

    Craig Larson can be reached at craig.larson@globe.com