High schools

Globe honors area’s top scholar-athletes of 2016-17

The Globe recognized the area’s best student-athletes from the 2016-17 school year Sunday at the annual Phelps Scholar-Athlete ceremony.

The graduating high school seniors, who were selected by Globe judges, represented six MIAA districts and the City of Boston.


Heather Crowe Conner, a former Globe All-Scholastic at Masconomet in field hockey and girls’ tennis who went on to play tennis collegiately (Indiana University) and professionally, addressed the student-athletes and their parents as guest speaker.

She praised the student-athletes’ dedication to their respective sports, pointing out that their hard work shouldn’t be mistaken as a sacrifice.

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“Sacrifice to me means giving up things that you love,” said Crowe Conner, now a business/computer science teacher at Reading High. “But for me, I was doing exactly what I wanted to do.”

Crowe Conner also encouraged the student-athletes to use the obstacles they face as a source of motivation.

“Probably one of my greatest challenges was at an early age, and that very thing that can trip you up, whatever it is, is the very thing that you can also turn into your passion or your drive,” she said. “I turned that thing into my drive, my obsession to be great at something.”


Joe Sullivan, the Globe’s assistant managing editor for sports, sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy, and assistant sports editor/schools Craig Larson also addressed the guests at what was the final event held at the paper’s longtime home on William T. Morrissey Boulevard.

Richard Phelps, who first sponsored the scholarship 26 years ago, was unable to attend but addressed the group in a letter.

The winners, who each will receive a $3,000 scholarship, were Westford Academy’s Angela Alibrandi and Shawsheen Tech’s Craig Rich (District A); Alexis Catsoulis and Isaac Huff of Watertown (District B); Ally Steinberg of Sharon and Ryan Gray of Milford (District C); Abigail Long of Bishop Feehan and Jacob Ashworth of Bourne (District D); Angelina DiDomenica of Millbury and John Gove of Leominster (District E); Molly Camelo of Bishop Fenwick and Kellen Field of Malden Catholic (District H); and Meryl Bantefa of O’Bryant and Charles Mitchell of New Mission (Boston).

The Globe also honored its four athletes of the year.

Dorchester’s Amaya Finklea (Noble and Greenough) and Lexington’s Jeff Costello (Buckingham, Browne & Nichols) were named the NEPSAC Athletes of the Year.

Finklea, who will attend Syracuse University on a basketball scholarship, was the Independent School League MVP in volleyball and basketball.

Costello, the two-time NEPSAC Class B Player of the Year in football, quarterbacked BB&N to a 7-2 record and a bowl victory last fall, throwing 15 touchdown passes and rushing for 14 more.

This spring, he hit .383 for the Knights’ baseball team. He will play baseball at Northeastern.

The winners of the Will McDonough Athletes of the Year for MIAA-member schools were Patrick Flynn of Hanover and Alibrandi.

A dominant two-way lineman, Flynn was the Patriot League Player of the Year last fall for the Super Bowl champion Indians, started at center for the state champion basketball team, and was a ferocious defender for a lacrosse team that reached the state semifinals. He will play football at New Hampshire.

Also a Scholar-Athlete recipient, Alibrandi starred on the volleyball and basketball courts, leading the latter squad to the Division 1 state semifinals. She also hit nearly .400 for the softball team this spring. She will play basketball at Tufts.



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



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

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