High schools

2016-17 BOSTON GLOBE SCHOLASTIC AWARDS

Wellesley headlines 45th Globe Scholastic Awards

08/31/2017 WELLESLEY, MA Group photo of Wellesley High School athletics staff and team captains. Scholastic awards. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
Aram Boghosian for the Globe
Under the direction of John Brown (trophy), the Wellesley High athletic program has captured the Ames Division 2 trophy three of the past four years.

WELLESLEY — Inside his cozy office, complete with black and Raider red cushioned chairs, Wellesley High athletic director John Brown has annually updated a number on a greaseboard behind his desk.

Entering the 2017-18 school year, the number is “12” — 12 years since a Wellesley student-athlete has signed a national letter of intent to attend a Division 1 college program on full scholarship.

That athlete was Thomas Claiborne (Class of 2005), a 6-foot-3-inch, 330-plus pound lineman who parlayed his dominant play in the Bay State Conference into a four-year career at Boston College, and briefly, the National Football League.

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Wellesley has produced hundreds of talented athletes in Brown’s 12-year tenure as AD — including Claiborne, now 29 and back in town coaching three sports at the high school and middle school levels — that have gone on to collegiate success.

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Brown, his hard-working staff of coaches, invaluable secretary MaryAnne McDonald, trainer Patty Hickey, and school administrators are proud of every one.

But there has only been one true “LOI.” Partial scholarships to Division 2 or 3 programs, no matter how deserving, do not make the cut.

Wellesley measures success as a program in four letters . . . T-E-A-M. And the athletic program, on Brown’s watch, has certainly set the bar high.

The Raiders field 36 varsity teams through the fall, winter, and spring seasons. In the 2016-17 campaign, Wellesley won 70.60 percent of its 420 regular-season matchups, racking up an EMass-high 288 victories, along with 17 ties. Only four varsity teams had losing records.

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And for the third time in four years, Wellesley is one of 10 divisional winners in the Globe Scholastic Awards, nosing out a worthy Hingham contingent (69.61 win percentage) under the direction of retiring AD Margaret Conaty by less than a percentage point for the Ames Division 2 trophy. The award is named after Larry Ames, the Globe’s high school sports editor from 1979-94.

The awards, now in its 45th year, rank schools based on their win percentage for regular-season play. Scores are compiled and updated daily during the season through the Globe’s database. Complete results are available on bostonglobe.com/schools.

At Wellesley, success was far reaching.

Jesse Davis’s football squad (10-1) ripped off a 9-0 regular season, the boys’ cross-country team (11-0) legged out a state title, the boys’ swim team (10-1) made a splash, the girls’ indoor track team (5-1) sprinted to the D2 state title, the boys’ (17-0) and girls’ golf (21-0) teams were unbeaten, and Rob Kane’s nine, in danger of not qualifying for the D1 South baseball tourney late in the season, made a spirited run to the state championship game. The boys’ and girls’ tennis teams were a net 34-4 in the regular season, 42-6 overall.

Aram Boghosian for the Globe
John Brown said 80 percent of the 2016 graduating class at Wellesley High played a sport as a senior last year.

“We’ve had real good success, we’ve won a lot of games, in a lot of sports, with a lot of kids that love playing sports, with a lot of good athletes,” said Brown.

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“But we are not pumping out a lot of scholarship kids. It’s all about team. They take pride in wearing their Wellesley gear, and taking part. And we try to do it the right way.”

In the 2016-17 campaign, 938 Wellesley students participated on teams, filling 1,634 spots. “Eighty percent of our graduating class played a sport,” boasted Brown.

And in an age in which specialization is the rage, 183 Raiders were three-sport athletes.

Rocky Batty, who compiled a 134-57 record in a 10-year run as the varsity boys’ lacrosse coach before stepping away this week to be an assistant at Boston University, told his players in a breakup meeting on Wednesday, “How do you become a better lacrosse player? . . . Play other sports.”

Said Brown, “Our coaches get along. If a kid might be a marginal player in one sport, but a good player in another sport, they are trying to do what is best for the kid. . . . And it is what helps us to succeed, wins and losses-wise, but also get kids to participate.

“We try to make everyone comfortable, and be part of the program.”

The journey is important.

“We want everyone to have a great experience playing sports,” he added. “That experience might be different for every kid. Somebody might be the No. 3 hitter on the baseball team . . . another kid may just want a uniform. . . . We want each kid treated the same. We want them to look back and say, ‘I really liked that.’ ”

The payoff may come 10 to 15 years down the road, “when that kid that was here is a parent and they start coaching their kids, and they say, ‘I got something out of that. I learned the right way to play sports, the right way to treat people.’ Life lessons. Teamwork. Sportsmanship.”

And the other winners:

Dalton Division 1 — On the strength of a 14-1 mark (15-2-2 overall) from its field hockey team, a 19-1 record (22-2) from the girls’ basketball program and a 19-1 spike (22-2) from the boys’ volleyball squad, both under the direction of EJ Perry, Andover won 71.40 percent of its games to outdistance reigning champion Needham (66.88) for its first title since 2006.

Dalton Division 3 — Marblehead (69.92) repeated with a dominant spring (85-29 overall), riding a 19-1 record (19-2 overall) from girls’ tennis and a 16-2 mark (18-3) from girls’ lacrosse. Westwood (65.70) was second.

Ames Division 4 — The Dalton D3 champion in 2015, Old Rochester (enrollment now at 693) ruled in its new division with a 68.66 winning percentage. The 19-3 boys’ hockey squad (24-4) skated to the Division 3 final, the girls’ basketball team went 14-5, and the boys’ tennis team (16-1) was near perfect in the regular season. Mystic Valley Charter (64.69) was second.

Nason Division 1 — In the Boston City League, East Boston (66.32) edged Latin Academy (65.04) for its second Scholastic crown in three years. The Jets were 18-2 on the baseball diamond, 15-4-2 on the ice, and 15-2 on the boys’ soccer pitch.

Nason Division 2 — St. John’s Prep took a back seat to BC High a year ago, halting a run of 19 straight Scholastic wins. But the Prep (75.41) is back in the top spot again, denying the Eagles (68.16). A 35-9-3 fall was the spark, paced by boys’ soccer (11-4-3) and the Division 1 runner-up golf team (15-1). A 27-4 takedown from the wrestling squad was the clincher.

Nason Division 3 — Once again, Bishop Feehan (75.84) compiled the best winning percentage (75.84) of any school, in all divisions, to earn its fifth straight championship. A tip of the cap to retiring AD Paul O’Boy and his 50 years of stellar service to the school. Austin Prep (64.26) was second.

Singelais Division — The Notre Dame of Hingham ladies captured their fifth straight trophy after compiling a 71.58 winning percentage. The volleyball team (18-1 regular season) advanced to the Division 2 state final and Jean Ives Roy’s hockey squad (19-0-1) was the D2 state champ.

Markham Division 1 — Blackstone Valley Tech (68.57) in Upton continued its excellence, outpointing Whittier (61.35) for its sixth title in the past 10 years. The girls’ soccer team (18-2) is the three-time defending Large vocational champion, the BVT girls’ basketball team (19-3) beat Whittier for the state vocational title last February, and the baseball team (16-5) advanced to the Division 3 Central final for the first time.

Markham Division 2 — Diman got off to a running start with a 12-1 finish for its boys’ cross-country team en route to its first Scholastic award. The Fall River school won 58.25 percent of its games, edging back-to-back runner-up McCann Tech (57.09).

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

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

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

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

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

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