Local sports roundup
Region – Behind the white-hot play of a number of team members, the Westborough High School girls basketball team carried a seven-game winning streak into its league showdown at Groton Dunstable Regional Jan. 26.
The Rangers entered their Jan. 26 game with a 7-0 Mid-Wach B mark and a 9-2 record overall, while the Crusaders entered with a 7-1 league record and 10-1 overall mark.
Depth and defense have been constants this season for Westborough, which has been led by the play of among others, senior guard Leah Murphy, who is scoring a team-high average of 15 points-per-game (ppg). Murphy had a gamesports high 22 in the Rangers’ win over Leominster High Jan. 22.
“Leah gets a lot of headlines but a lot of other girls are doing their jobs, too,” Westborough coach Scott Kittredge said. “Emily Van Dam is great on defense and hounds an opponent’s ball-handler, Maddie Fryer battles inside on defense, Karly Murphy gets us organized at the point, Becky Mongeau is solid all around.” Fryer scored 11 points in the Rangers’ win over Leominster as did junior Ta’nigh Clark.
Van Dam, Fryer and Karly Murphy serve the team as senior captains. Fryer, a center, is averaging nine rebounds per game.
The two Murphys, Van Dam, Fryer and Mongeau start for Westborough, with Clark, Tonimarie Black and Katie Chen among the first group of players off the bench.
High School Showdown at
The final High School Hockey Showdown, a game between longtime rivals St. John’s and St. Peter-Marian, whill be held Saturday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. at the DCU Center.
Previous High School Hockey Showdowns, which were sponsored by the Worcester Sharks and presented by the Massachusetts Army National Guard, were played between Marlborough and Shrewsbury – with Shrewsbury skating off with a 6-5 win, and Auburn and Hudson – Auburn eking out a 2-1 win.
St. John’s enters the game 3-8-4 overall and 1-1-0 in the Mass. Catholic West Conference. St. Peter-Marian comes into the clash 1-9-2 overall, 0-3- 0 in league play. The Pioneers won a pravious meeting this season between the squads, 4-0.
Captain Thomas Krysil is St. John’s leading scorer, with six goals and seven assists, good for 13 points. Ryan O’Toole is next on the Pioneers’ scoring list with 10 points (three goals, seven assists), with Devin Smith close behind with nine points (three goals six assists).
Connor Burdick and Sam Byrne have split time between the pipes for the Pioneers this season. Burdick has a 3.4 goals-against average while Byrne’s is 3.8.
Benoit earns more awards
Shrewsbury High Senior Tory Benoit had a Fall Sports Night to remember, earning five diff erent awards during the proceedings.
Benoit, who will serve this year as a captain of the soccer, basketball and tennis teams, received the Colonials’ girls soccer Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, as well as being named an All-Star by the Mid-Wach League, the Central Mass. High School Soccer Coaches Association and a local daily newspaper. Benoit was also selected to represent Shrewsbury High at the annual Central Massachusetts Senior All-Star game.
In addition to the athletic awards bestowed on Benoit at the banquet, Shrewsbury High Principal Brian Reagan presented her with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (MIAA) Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
Reagan cited Benoit’s leadership on and off the field as well as being Senior Class vice president, and founder of “Colonials for a Cure” service program as reasons for the MIAA’s selection of Benoit for the Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.
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