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    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