The Globe recognized the area’s best student-athletes from the 2017-2018 school year Sunday at the 32nd Globe Foundation/Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athlete ceremony held at the newspaper’s new downtown offices at One Exchange Place.
Fourteen graduating high school seniors were selected by a panel of judges from the Globe, representing six MIAA districts and the City of Boston.
Pat Connaughton, a former basketball and baseball Globe All-Scholastic at St. John’s Prep who went on to star on the basketball court and baseball diamond at the University of Notre Dame, served as the keynote speaker.
“You guys are going on to your collegiate careers where you’ll have some of the best memories you’ll ever have,” said the 25-year-old Connaughton, an Arlington native who recently completed his third NBA season with the Portland Trail Blazers.
“What I was able to learn was to lean on coaches and teammates and my friends and family from back home.”
Connaughton, who was also drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft and pitched one season in the New York-Penn League, emphasized the power of high school sports.
“I’ve been fortunate to play two professional sports,” he said. “But I still think some of my favorite memories that I’ve had were in high school and some of the accomplishments we were fortunate to do as a team.”
Richard Phelps, who joined the Globe in sponsoring the Scholar-Athlete program 27 years ago, also spoke to the group, along with Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy and Globe assistant sports editor/schools Craig Larson
“These accomplishments will stay with you for a very long time,” said Phelps, who played baseball at Phillips Academy Andover (Class of 1946) and Yale.
“I’m going to stress three things: academics, athletics, attitude,” Phelps said. “Those are critical to your success. The one thing that’s going to make you successful is the first one, academics. Remember that as you go through in life.”
The 14 Scholar-Athletic recipients, who were each awarded a $3,000 scholarship:
■ District A — Drew Everett, Amesbury, and Juliette Nadeau, North Reading.
■ District B — Sal Frelick, Lexington, and Kelsey Qualey, Woburn.
■ District C — Christian Olivieri, Hull, and Maggie McCarthy, Medfield.
■ District D — Joseph Franklin, Bishop Feehan, and Shaelyn Carreiro, Durfee.
■ District E — Christopher McCauliff, Lunenburg, and Tabitha Earls, North Brookfield.
■ District H — Domenic DePaoli, Xaverian, and Maggie Penta, Lowell Catholic.
■ City of Boston — Diamond Ayala, Boston English, and Mason Osorio, TechBoston Academy.
In addition, Rockland’s Cassidy Kearney (Thayer Academy) and Wayland’s Joey Luchetti (Lawrence Academy) were named the Globe’s NEPSAC Athletes of the Year.
Kearney, who will run at Middlebury, was the three-time Independent School League MVP in cross-country and outdoor track, as well as a four-year varsity point guard on the basketball team.
Luchetti, the Independent School League co-MVP for football, caught 45 passes for 582 yards and four touchdowns as a tight end committed to Boston College. On the basketball court, he netted his 1,000th point as a junior, the fastest since Shabazz Napier, Connaughton’s teammate this past season in Portland.
Frelick and Cohasset’s Elle Hansen were honored as the Will McDonough Athletes of the Year, representing MIAA programs in Eastern Massachusetts.
Frelick, the state’s Gatorade Football Player of the Year last fall, directed Lexington to a 9-2 record while racking up 51 touchdowns (30 passing, 21 rushing). He led the hockey team in scoring this winter, and this spring, starting at shortstop, powered the Minutemen baseball team to the Super 8 tournament, hitting .500 with four home runs. He will play baseball at BC.
Hansen, the Globe’s Division 2 Girls’ Lacrosse Player of the Year as a junior and a nominee for national player of the year honors this season, was also the South Shore League MVP in field hockey last fall and a South Shore All-Star in basketball. She will play lacrosse at Northwestern.
BOSTON GLOBE/WILL McDONOUGH ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Boys’ winner: Sal Frelick, Lexington
Girls’ winner: Elle Hansen, Cohasset
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
BOSTON GLOBE NEPSAC ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Boys’ winner: Joey Luchetti, Lawrence Academy
Girls’ winner: Cassidy Kearney, Thayer Academy
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 AndoverMatt Doherty can be reached at email@example.com.