2016 Gymnastics All-Scholastics

Sam Arber won the state title in the all-around with a score of 43.800.
Sam Arber won the state title in the all-around with a score of 43.800.(Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe)

Gymnasts of the Year

Sam Arber, Newton North, freshman

Arber won the state title in the all-around with a score of 43.800. He tied for first in the high bar (6.00), and came in first in the rings and vault. Arber helped Newton North/South win the state title for the second straight year.

Danielle Brucato, Holliston, junior

Brucato had first-place finishes at the South Sectionals and coaches invitational. She also qualified for the New England championships. In 2015, Brucato was a level-10 regional qualifier (Junior Olympics).


Leksana Andrews, Barnstable, senior

Andrews was second on the beam and first in the floor at the Cranberry League meet. She was eighth at the coaches invitational. A member of the Senior National team, she is a Starquest National Champion competitive dancer.


Isabella Antonangeli, Bridgewater-Raynham, senior

Antonangeli was the Cranberry League all-around champion and holds the school all-around record with the score of 38.3. She finished fourth at the South Sectionals, sixth at the state meet, and 11th at the coaches invitational.

Colin Babineau, Braintree, freshman

Babineau got his career started on the right foot, placing fifth in the state championship in the all-around. He finished first for his team in the all-around. The three-sport athlete also plays soccer and volleyball.

Rachel Benoit, Arlington, senior

Benoit finished third at the coaches invitational and third at the North Sectionals. She also qualified for Nationals. She placed first in the all-around at the league meet and also owns the school record in the all-around (38.5).

Cody Davison, Burlington, sophomore

Davison earned an All-Scholastic selection for the second straight year. He finished third in the all-around at the state meet. Davison also earned the outstanding gymnast of the year award. The honor-roll student also plays football.

Kayleigh Dugan, Central Catholic, senior

Dugan is a 14-year gymnastics veteran and has already committed to Brockport State. The three-time Merrimack Valley MVP placed second at the league meet and was named senior gymnast of the year.


Henry Fabian, Lowell, senior

Fabian finished fourth in the all-around at the state meet and was voted senior gymnast of the year. He placed second in the high bar, third in the floor, and sixth in the pommel horse. He hopes to study nutritional science next fall.

Matthew Furtado, Attleboro, senior

Furtado placed second in the all-around at the state finals. The senior was also first in the high bar and parallel bars. He received the senior gymnast of the year award and will attend Wentworth in the fall.

Lauren Hansen, Barnstable, junior

Hansen placed eighth at the South Sectionals and 12th at the coaches invitational. Her score of 9.350 in the floor exercise was tied for third at the state final, which helped her Red Raiders place first for the fourth straight year.

Keara Loughlin, Central Catholic, junior

Loughlin won the Merrimack Valley all-around title, placed second in the North Sectional, and ninth at the coaches invitational. She holds the school record in the all-around (37.85) and is a distinguished honors student.

Jordan Miranda, Winchester, senior

Miranda placed first in the North Sectionals and third at the coaches invitational. She helped lead the Sachems to a 6-1 regular-season record and a league title while placing second in the all-around. She will attend West Chester.

Kristen O’Toole, Medway, junior

O'Toole was second at the coaches invitational and seventh at the South Sectionals. She helped the Mustangs to a second-place finish in the state final. In 2010, O'Toole competed in level-nine gymnastics and went to nationals.


Ryan Ostlund, Burlington, senior

Ostlund, the Red Devils’ team captain, scored a high of 7.2 on rings. In 2014, he finished third in the state on rings, improving two spots from his 2013 season. He hopes to study mechanical engineering in college.

Matt Straughan, Newton North, senior

Straughan placed for the first time in his career. Straughan was first at the state meet in the floor (8.900), helping Newton North/South win its second consecutive state title. He hopes to study engineering in college.

Caitlin Tormey, Needham, senior

Tormey was voted the senior gymnast of the year in the Bay State Conference. She placed sixth at the coaches invitational and won the all-around at the league meet. The senior earned her fourth straight Bay State All-Star nod.

Tali Twomey, Barnstable, senior

Twomey won the Cranberry League and senior gymnast of the year award. She was fifth at the coaches invitational and sixth at the South Sectionals. She also tied the school’s vault record (9.8) and broke the all-around mark (38.4).

Christa Vaccaro, Winthrop, senior

Vaccaro placed 10th at the coaches invitational and earned an MVP nod in the Northeastern Conference. She also runs track and cross-country and plans to continue her gymnastics career in college.

Kalena Wang, Newton South, senior

Wang was the Dual County League bars, beam, and all-around champion en route to MVP honors. The senior was fourth at the North Sectionals and and owns the school’s all-around record (37.55).


Coaches of the Year

Dunkan Gould, Central Catholic girls

Gould led his team to a 9-0 regular season, Merrimack Valley Conference championship, and a North Sectionals title. He earned his second consecutive (third overall) Merrimack Valley Conference Coach of the Year award.

Jesse Raschak, Lowell boys

in his eighth season, Raschak is building a respectable program. He was voted MIAA Gymnastics Coach of the Year. ‘‘Everyone put in a lot of hard work and commitment during the season,’’ Raschak said.


Bay State — Braintree: Olivia Capece. Framingham: Ellie Burkett, Kalena Chin, Rachel Lew. Natick: Olivia Alcott, Carmen Canino. Needham: Natalie Hallagan, Hannah Rudolph, Caitlin Tormey. ewton North: Rachel Adamsky, Lexie Chu. Walpole: Hiromi Kondo. Wellesley: Kristina Baldwin, Megan Harrington, Lauren Lazaro, Olivia Novins. Weymouth: Remy Sandborn.

Cape Ann/Northeastern — Beverly: Brittany Bertaux, Alahna Guy, Chloe Kavanaugh, Kara MacGilvary, Sam Rennie. Danvers: Rachel Hill, Alyson Kelleher. Essex Tech: Aldair Smart. Masconomet: Caroline Sordello. Winthrop: Christa Vaccaro.

Cranberry — Barnstable: Leksana Andrews, Abbey Chetwynd, Jenna Fraser, Lauren Hansen, Hayley Myrbeck, Kayla Myrbeck, Tali Twomey. Bridgewater-Raynham: Isabella Antonangeli, Julia Chase, Kara Devereaux, Natalia Goodine, Olivia Kmito, Ali Silva. Somerset Berkley: Ericka Almeida. Falmouth: Zoe Cann, Ian Irving, Allison Kondracki, Sydney Pinsonneault. Notre Dame (Hingham): Kristen Doyle, Carly Pattison.

Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Ciana Azzolino, Nira McNiven, Leah Mills. Cambridge: Tam Watzman. Newton South: Laura Hernandez, Alexa Rhynd, Julie Schoen, Kalena Wang. Westford: Nikki Alipour, Nicole Bardasz, Jess Barry, Kiana Brown, Jelina Farrell, Hannah Kettering, Julia Vitto.


Greater Boston — Malden: Bia Alves, Irma Kurtagic, Jess Munroe. Medford: Montana Heise, Erica Lavoie, Brooke Parziale, Renee Staude. Peabody: Jessica Reid.

Hockomock — Attleboro: Brielle Ciccio, Ali Kleinebreil, Ryleigh Martel. King Philip: Samantha Dalton. Mansfield: Jacqueline Costello, Julia Hill, Shannon Moore. North Attleborough: Bella Celeste, Mimi Gray. Oliver Ames: Emma Banks. Sharon: Rachel Greene, Darren LePage, Natalie Maidment.

Merrimack Valley — Andover: Kaitlyn McDonald, Madison Quill, Audrey Tarbox, Beatrice Ward. Billerica: Erin Huckins, Nadia Mahrez. Central Catholic: Alexis Buote, Kayleigh Dugan, Keara Loughlin, Nancy Sullivan. Chelmsford: Mallory Armstrong, Natasha Santhaamakrishnan. Dracut: Hannah Berthold, Kristen Coumoyer, Sarah Wilson. Haverhill: Alex Auguste, Brooke Caffrey. Lowell: Alexis Martinez, Jillian Reid. Methuen: Hunter Gallagher, Miranda Smith. North Andover: Kaitlyn Fotino, Julia Montecalvo, Maddy Shea. Tewksbury: Isabella Simone, Dani Souza.

Middlesex (Freedom) — Burlington: Caitlin Atwood, Alexis Collins. Melrose: Lauren Cincotta. Stoneham: Gianna Lanzillo, Megan Ribaudo.

Middlesex (Liberty) — Arlington: Rachel Benoit, Olivia Rogers. Reading: Madeline Doyle, Emily Eagleston. Winchester: Jordan Miranda. Woburn: Katelyn Wackrow.

How we picked the team

The All-Scholastic boys’ and girls gymnastics teams were selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Chris Frangolini. Photos by Mark Lorenz.