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Meet the Globe’s fall high school Players of the Year

Catholic Memorial’s Owen McGowan is the Globe’s Division 1 player of the year.
Catholic Memorial’s Owen McGowan is the Globe’s Division 1 player of the year.Barry Chin/Globe Staff

While his team came up just short of a Division 4 Super Bowl berth, Revere High football player Joe Llanos ended his career with a bang by rushing for 389 yards and six touchdowns in a Thanksgiving Day win over Winthrop. The Globe’s D4 Player of the Year scored 30 touchdowns and had more than 2,200 scrimmage yards while leading Revere to its first 10-win season, and he did it after missing his junior year with a broken leg.

Llanos is one of eight athletes to earn Globe Player of the Year honors in football and is one of 30 athletes to be named Player of the Year across nine fall sports.


The Globe’s fall All-Scholastics feature will be published online on Friday and will appear in print on Sunday. Here are all of the fall Players of the Year:


Division 1: Owen McGowan, Catholic Memorial — A versatile athlete with great football instincts, the Boston College commit led the Knights with 110 tackles, five forced fumbles, and five sacks at linebacker. On offense, the 6-foot-1-inch, 220-pound junior provided key receptions as a tight end and scored five rushing touchdowns.

Division 2: Vinnie Holmes, Mansfield — Last year, the Hornets star linebacker and tailback was sidelined with mononucleosis as his team fell in the D2 South sectional final to King Philip. This postseason, Holmes the program’s leading tackler capped a stellar career with 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the D2 Super Bowl.

Division 3: Will Prouty, Duxbury — Arguably the best wide receiver in the state, Prouty took over at quarterback and led the Dragons to the D3 Super Bowl after a rough 1-2 start. The 6-2 senior totaled 1,370 rushing and 1,806 passing yards with 41 total touchdowns this season.

Division 4: Joe Llanos, Revere — In addition to coming up with the winning scores in narrow victories over Lynn English and Marblehead, the 5-8 tailback and free safety added seven interceptions, five sacks, and two kickoff returns for touchdowns.


Division 5: Kyle Fitzgerald, Canton — While the Hockomock Davenport MVP led the way with 1,110 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns at tailback, it was his efforts at linebacker with 65 tackles and two interceptions that helped the Bulldogs post five shutouts in their first 10-win season in more than 30 years.

Division 6: Dominic Cavanagh, Ashland — In his first full season as a starting quarterback, the 6-1, 195-pound senior looked like a veteran with more than 3,000 passing yards and 32 total touchdowns while leading Ashland to the D6 state title.

Division 7: Will Klein, Abington — After the Green Wave lost their first two games, Klein helped lead an 11-game win streak that ended with the D7 state title, posting more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and 20 total touchdowns to finish second in school history with 44 touchdowns.

Division 8: Matt Lavoie, West Bridgewater — The 5-10, 190-pound quarterback excelled as a junior under Bill Panos, and was even better as a senior under new coach Justin Kolger, running a split-back veer option attack to near perfection with 29 total touchdowns and leading the Wildcats to a D8 Super Bowl berth.

Field hockey

Division 1: Cami Crook, Somerset Berkley — The Raiders were unstoppable this season, outscoring foes, 197-6, while going 24-0 en route to a second straight state title. Their junior midfielder was the catalyst with 49 goals and 47 assists to lead the state in scoring.


Division 2: Payton Ahola, Dover-Sherborn — The Williams commit scored a career-high 19 goals this season and provided two scores and an assist in a 4-1 victory over Hopedale to give the Raiders to their first state title since 1974.

Boys’ soccer

Division 1: Steven Donovan, Needham — The Bay State Carey MVP fueled the Rockets’ potent offensive attack with skilled play from the midfield, recording 10 goals and 10 assists. The senior helped Needham capture the league title and reach the Division 1 state final.

Division 2: Will Hofheinz, Winchester — An All-New England player, Hofheinz was critical during the Sachems’ run to the Division 2 state title. The 5-11 central midfielder finished his career with 12 goals and 32 assists, affecting matches offensively and defensively.

Division 3: Charles Blacker, Scituate — The Sailors went unbeaten during the regular season thanks to a sensational senior season from Blacker. The Patriot League Fisher MVP and All-New England player had 23 goals and 23 assists, setting the school scoring record.

Division 4: Kellen Furse, Manchester Essex — Furse’s career ended on a high note as he netted 22 goals and chipped in eight assists, earning Cape Ann League MVP honors. An All-New England selection, Furse played in three sectional finals for the Hornets.

Girls’ soccer

Division 1: Francesca Yanchuk, Bishop Feehan — The Providence College commit scored the winning goal in the final minute to clinch Feehan’s first state title. A junior, Yanchuk also led the Shamrocks (23-0-1) to an undefeated season and now has 109 goals and 24 assists in her career.


Division 2: Mary Katherine Ward, Holliston — The junior goalkeeper was a force all season, never conceding more than two goals in a game as the undefeated Panthers (19-0-3) knocked off defending Division 2 champion Winchester in the final to claim their first state championship.

Division 3: Amanda Caldarelli, Stoneham — In her senior season, the 5-1 midfielder dominated alongside twin sister Samantha, tallying 25 goals and 13 assists. Amanda and Samantha will both play soccer at Marist College in the fall.

Division 4: Alexi Vaillancourt, Millis — One of the best defenders in Division 4, Vaillancourt notched 10 goals for the back-to-back-to-back South sectional champion Mohawks (17-5-4). A senior, Vaillancourt is committed to Hamilton College.

Boys’ cross-country

Division 1: Mike Griffin, King Philip — The Tennessee commit shined when the lights were brightest, taking home first place in the Hockomock championship meet, the D2 South final, and the D1 All-State meet.

Division 2: Sean Kay, Arlington Catholic — For the first time in 11 years, a Division 2 competitor won the All-State meet, as the Melrose resident blazed to a 16:03 time at Gardner Municipal Golf Course. A two-time conference MVP and two-time EMass D5 champion, Kay will compete at Yale.

Girls’ cross-country

Division 1: Lucy Jenks, Newton South — While she only competed in three races because of knee trouble, the Stanford commit won all three to take home the EMass D1 crown and All-State title. Not bad for a soccer standout trying cross-country for the first time.


Division 2: Carmel Fitzgibbon, Weston — As an eighth-grader, Fitzgibbon won the Big Wave Cross-Country Invitational against freshman and sophomores. Now a sophomore, she continued to blaze past older competition with the EMass D5 title and first-place finish in the D2 All-State meet.

Girls’ swimming

Division 1: Malia Amuan, North Andover — For the second straight year, the phenom set two records in the D1 state championship meet. After posting state records in the 100 free and 200 free as a freshman, Amuan set a record in the 500 free and broke her own mark with a 1:48.32 in the 200 free at the state finals this year.

Division 2: Kerrigan Hemp, Central Catholic — The wins continued to pile up for the University of Denver commit, who set a record with a time of 55.94 to win the 100 back and also won the 100 fly at the D2 state finals, finishing her high school career as a 10-time state champion.

Girls’ volleyball

Division 1: Karen Nie, Needham — The 5-9 junior outside hitter showed her versatility with 275 kills, 138 digs, and 76 aces to lead the Rockets to the D1 state title.

Division 2: Taylor Harris, Canton — A 5-11 senior hitter with an 83-inch standing reach, Harris led the state with 434 kills, including 29 in a 3-2 victory over Danvers to give Canton its first D2 state title.

Division 3: Hannah Wyllie, Rockland — The Colby commit held down the middle to help Rockland reach its first D3 state final, tallying 296 kills, 49 blocks, and 57 aces while earning South Shore League MVP honors.

Boys’ golf

Division 1: Weston Jones, Lincoln-Sudbury — Grouped with nationally ranked amateur Michael Thorbjornsen, Jones rose to the occasion with a 2-under-par 70 in the D1 state final at The Haven Country Club in Boylston to win the individual state title and lift the Warriors to their first D1 team title.

Division 2: Trevor Lopez, Winchester — No stranger to success after winning the D2 North title as a freshman, the junior shot an even-par 71 at Taconic Country Club to secure the individual state title and give Winchester its first state team title.

Division 3: Cooper Evans, Dover-Sherborn — The senior finished tied for second with a 4-over 76 in the D3 South final, but found redemption with a 1-under 71 to earn a share of the state title.

Globe correspondents Ethan Nash and Matthew Doherty contributed to this report. Nate Weitzer can be reached at nathaniel.weitzer@globe.com.