Andrew MacDougall

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Boston.com
12/21/2012
Celtics walked a fine line forcing overtime - Boston.com

The Celtics found themselves needing to foul late in the fourth quarter against Milwaukee Friday night in order to get more possessions. Down but not out, they needed to send the Bucks to the free throw line to have any hope of getting back in the game.

Boston.com
12/18/2012
DJ Crook bound for Penn State

Former Barnstable High quarterback DJ Crook has accepted an offer from Penn State for a preferred walk-on spot with the team beginning Jan. 5, according to Barnstable coach Chris Whidden.

Boston.com
12/17/2012
Nicole Jorgensen leads Quincy to win in girls basketball - Boston.com

In a gritty, defense-oriented battle against Brockton, Quincy escaped with a 34-31 win on the road behind an historic performance from center Nicole Jorgensen. The 6-foot-4-inch freshman broke two Presidents records Monday, collecting 26 rebounds and 12 blocked shots to go along with 7 points.

Boston.com
10/16/2012
Canton girls' defeat Oliver Ames in soccer - Boston.com

Coaching an experienced soccer team means coaches don’t always have to remind players of the little things, but before Canton’s match against Oliver Ames Tuesday afternoon, Bulldogs coach Paul Turner stressed one key idea to his girls.

Boston.com
10/09/2012
Sandwich gets best of Duxbury — finally - Boston.com

Senior Meagan Eccleston scored two goals, including the winner, and senior Erin Gendreau added a goal to go along with her suffocating defense as Sandwich was able to hand Duxbury its first loss of the season, 3-2.

Boston.com
09/25/2012
Bachrach lifts Pentucket boy’s soccer - Boston.com

It’s been a while since David Bachrach found the back of the net. Tuesday night, Bachrach made the most of his time on the pitch, as he came off the bench and netted the first two goals of his varsity career, helping to guide the Sachems to a 3-1 win over Hamilton-Wenham.

Boston.com
09/24/2012
Steeves sets mark in Needham’s win - Boston.com

With a goal and three assists in a 4-2 win over Newton North Monday, Needham standout forward Steeves became Needham’s all-time leading scorer, breaking the mark previously set by head coach Don Brock’s son, Robert.

Boston.com
09/18/2012
MacKinnon on mark - Boston.com

It wasn’t the result Oliver Ames boys’ soccer coach Jon Barata was hoping for, but in a way, it was an outcome he has come to expect. His Tigers remained undefeated with their second tie in the young season as the Oliver Ames defense, led by senior netminder David MacKinnon, notched its sixth shutout in as many games with a scoreless tie against Hockomock newcomer Milford in North Easton.

Boston.com
09/17/2012
McCarry, Moriarty lead Archbishop Williams past St. Mary's - Boston.com

Monday night, Archbishop Williams coach Brian Mitchell got the production he was hoping for. Filling in for star scorer Aidan Brown, sophomore Jack McCarry scored his first goal of the season 10 seconds into the match and senior Shane Moriarty tallied the winner as the Bishops (5-0, 2-0) earned a marquee league win with a 2-1 victory over league rival St. Mary's of Lynn in Braintree.

Boston.com
09/11/2012
Weston girls sweep past Newton South - Boston.com

Fresh off a 9-11 season, Weston - a Dual County Small school - earned its first win of the year as the visitors beat perennial volleyball powerhouse Newton South in three sets, 26-24, 25-17, 25-21, for its first victory over a Dual County League Large school.

Boston.com
07/01/2012
Saulnier, Junior team alums providing a spark for Norwood Legion squad

Mark Saulnier and Kenny Michael powered the Norwood Post 70 Junior Legion program to the state title last summer. Now in their first season suiting up for the Senior program, the pair and six other junior alums have provided the spark for a Post 70 squad off to an 8-2 start, upholding the proud tradition of a program, and in a town in which baseball is taken very seriously.

Boston.com
06/28/2012
Cohasset’s Davis creating quite a racket on the tennis court

As a freshman at Cohasset High, Emma Davis captured the state individual tennis title and helped propel the Skippers to the Division 3 South championship. One of the top-ranked 18-and-under girls' players in New England, the 15-year-old Davis has a challenging summer schedule ahead: the New England Junior Section championship this week, followed by the Intersectionals July 8-12 in Shreveport, La., and the Zone Team championships in St. Louis.

Boston.com
06/21/2012
Xaverian caps remarkable run with Division 1 baseball title

Gerry Lambert leaned coolly against the railing of the protective fence in front of the dugout, flashing a smile as he chatted with his players. After the pressure and suspense his Xaverian Brothers club had faced in the past month, there was no reason for the coach to fret the final three outs of the Division 1 state championship game. Twenty-one pitches later, and a weak ground ball to short, Xaverian Brothers had secured its first state title since 2004 with a 7-1 win over Algonquin at...

Boston.com
06/21/2012
Laura McHoul, Kate Rich a dynamic duo for state champion Westwood girls’ lacrosse

Laura McHoul and Kate Rich have become synonymous with the success of the Westwood High girls' lacrosse program the last four seasons. And in their final performance together, the prolific pair did not disappoint. McHoul put the finishing touch on a staggering 158-point season with a 12-point performance, while Rich racked up seven points, including her 93d goal of the season, as the Wolverines rolled over Algonquin, 20-6, for their third Division 1 state title in the last four years.

Boston.com
06/17/2012
Marshfield’s Kwedor taking hill with determination for Legion seasonE. Bridgewater gets big win...

His final start on the mound for the Marshfield High baseball team was not a pleasant memory. After a dominant 7-0 record during the regular season, Kevin Kwedor suffered the loss in an 11-10 defeat to Norwood in the Division 1 South quarterfinals. With a scholarship to Southern New Hampshire University in hand, the 6-foot-4 lefthander is determined to make a fresh start with the Marshfield Post 88 Legion team this summer.

Boston.com
06/14/2012
O’Keefe a dominant defender for Duxbury lacrosse

With his imposing 6-foot-4 frame, and his long stick, Duxbury High senior Matt O'Keefe is a physical nightmare for foes trying to penetrate against a Dragons defense that also features fellow All-Americans Max Randall and James Burke. On a much smaller scale, but similarly effective, Norwell High senior Leah Smith, at 5-5, was a pest for opponents all season. The duo were just two of a number of players from high school lacrosse programs south of Boston that stood tall this spring.

Boston.com
06/11/2012
East Bridgewater stifles Apponequet in Division 3 South baseball final

In the course of five days, Casey DeAndrade has proven that there isn't much on the diamond he can't do well. After throwing 221 pitches in two starts over three days to get the Vikings to the Division 3 South final, the East Bridgewater senior continued his outstanding postseason at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a double, triple, and two RBIs to help his team clinch the Division 3 South title with a 5-0 win over Apponequet Sunday at Campanelli Stadium.

Boston.com
06/10/2012
For Cardinal Spellman’s Gildea, other seniors, end of playing career is sudden

As high school seniors graduate and spring seasons come to an end, countless players find their athletic career to be cruelly cut short, one of the critical aspects of their lives taken away from them. But in a few rare cases, student-athletes who have the skills to play at the next level simply let go of their dream and opt for more out of their higher education.

Boston.com
06/07/2012
Players’ goal: college game

For as long as she can remember, Notre Dame Academy's Alex Dalton has wanted to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. So when she made a verbal commitment last fall to attend the University of Notre Dame, a recruitment process that started in the eighth grade was finally over.

Boston.com
06/03/2012
Ballerini catching plenty of praise

Sam Ballerini thstarted at second base as a freshman at Silver Lake Regional as he became acclimated to varsity ball. But his true position was behind the plate. A Patriot League all-star as a sophomore, and now a junior captain, the 5-foot-10 Ballerini has developed into the best catcher in the league, and instrumental in directinge Lakers (15-5, 10-3) to a share of their first league crown in 51 years.

Boston.com
05/31/2012
High-scorer Ciessau anchors Scituate lacrosse

Fourth-year coach Mark Puzzangara leaned against a waist-high fence along the track that surrounds the field, and searched for one of his attackmen, Tucker Ciessau. After craning his neck for a minute, Puzzangara gave a hint as to which player, lost in the sea of blue and gray, was his star attack. “He’ll be easy to find,” he said. “He’s the one that scores all the time.”

Boston.com
05/24/2012
Defense fuels another ISL lacrosse title for Thayer girls

Thayer Academy seniors Anna Kenyon and Melissa Piacentini and junior Allie Hooley have imposed their will on opposing offenses all season. And thanks to their stellar players, the Tigers entered their season final at St. George's with a 14-0 record and their second Independent Schools League girls' lacrosse crown in the last three seasons.

Boston.com
05/20/2012
Randolph High baseball player Jason Gonzalez nears 100 stolen bases

Randolph High senior Jason Gonzalez grew up in Chiriqui, a province in western Panama, and his passion for any sport runs deep. No matter what uniform he puts on, his speed and instincts are striking. And on the diamond, he's rewriting the record book at Randolph. He entered the final five games of his baseball career with 95 career stolen bases.

Boston.com
05/17/2012
Ciavattone, Norwood boys’ lacrosse starting to draw attention

Joey Ciavattone does not tower over anyone, but the Norwood High senior knows how to use his 5-foot-9, 220-pound frame to his advantage. As a four-year varsity member of the varsity lacrosse squad, he has excelled, especially in the face-off circle, winning nearly 70-percent of his draws to help the transition game for the 13-3 Mustangs.

Boston.com
05/13/2012
Apponequet’s legend

Diagnosed with a brain tumor last September, Apponequet softball coach Peter Looney died Dec. 23 at age 68. Friend Bob Huckabee had resigned at Oliver Ames in November in hopes of assisting Looney as he underwent treatment. No one would blame Huckabee if he said that emotionally, it was too much to bear. But he had his friend’s vision. And within the blink of an eye, the challenge of bringing back the tradition to the program was all on him.

Boston.com
04/29/2012
Kelly Norton a true ace for Abington softball - Boston.com

In a game in which she was in total control, for a moment, Kelly Norton looked puzzled. The Abington High ace had hurled six hitless innings Tuesday afternoon. But with one out in the seventh inning, the Mashpee batter made contact twice, fouling off a pair of pitches. Norton held the ball noticeably longer than she had all game, staring intently at the strike zone. She took her stride, delivered her pitch, and hit the inside corner for a called strike three. Four pitches and another...

Boston.com
04/26/2012
Frank credits hard work, dedication for sustained success of Westwood lacrosse program

Lesley Frank wears a charm, a cross, and two beads, one purple, one green as friendly reminders of how lucky she has been as both the coach of the defending Division 1 state champion Westwood High girls' lacrosse program, and as a mother of two daughters who have flourished in the game. But when it comes to success, make no mistake - Frank believes sometimes luck can be confused with hard work and dedication.

Boston.com
04/15/2012
Bridgewater-Raynham softball is teeing off on foes

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional girls' softball coach Mike Corrozza used to be a big proponent of small ball. But over the last few years, he has implemented the "rotational swing technique" with growing success. In its 3-0 start, the Rams have bashed eight home runs over the fence, with freshman Emily Kurkul connecting for three.

Boston.com
04/12/2012
Norwell girls’ lacrosse zoning in on defense

With the graduation of 13 talented seniors, the Norwell High girls' lacrosse program has put its focus on defense this spring. And with the return of junior Rachel Talanian, and senior attack Leah Smith shifting to the back, the Clippers are confident that they can make another deep run in Division 2.

Boston.com
04/08/2012
Plymouth North baseball team embraces pressure of being number 1

Plymouth North senior Alex Rozak remembers the joy of celebrating on the grass at Siever Field in Plymouth with teammates Connor Follette and Cody Holmes as fifteen year olds. Their Plymouth Babe Ruth team had just defeated Lynn, 4-3, to clinch their second Eastern Mass. state title. Now a senior, and a defending state champion, Rozak has his sights set on another magical season, and that starts with embracing the pressure of being number one.

Boston.com
04/05/2012
Duxbury boys’ lacrosse goes for a ninth state title

Since 2002, Duxbury has appeared in all 10 Division 1 state championship games, capturing eight state titles. Countless players have gone on to play at the best college programs in the country. A few are playing professionally.

Boston.com
03/25/2012
Buckley’s finale on Scituate bench was one for the ages

In the eyes of Brian Buckley, it was the greatest high school girls' basketball game ever played at TD Garden. And his Scituate High squad lost, suffering an excruciating 71-64 overtime defeat to eventual Division 2 state champion Reading in the state semifinals earlier this month. And after eight memorable seasons, and four league titles, a sectional championship, and 137 wins - 12 in the tournament - Buckley has decided to step down as head coach.

Boston.com
03/17/2012
Pentucket wins D3 state title - The Boston Globe High School Sports Blog - Boston.com

Pentucket girls' basketball coach John McNamara earned three trips to the TD Garden for the Eastern Massachusetts finals and one to the DCU Center for the state final with his daughter Erin, but did not win a state title But with his youngest daughter, Kelsie, now a freshman on the team, McNamara can cross that family milestone off his list. - See more at: http://www.boston.com/sports/schools/extras/schools_blog/2012/03/pentucket_wins.html#sthash.BrRUthyi.dpuf

Boston.com
03/11/2012
Jen Gemma developing into a gem for Fontbonne basketball

The Fontbonne Academy girls' basketball team entered the Division 2 South tournament as the 13th seed. Behind the stellar play of double-double matching Jen Gemma in the post, the Ducks knocked off Oliver Ames and O'Bryant before their season ended against unbeaten Scituate.

Boston.com
03/08/2012
Scituate, Weymouth girls net first tourney berths

The tears were flowing in the locker room at the Metropolis Rink last Friday night after the Scituate girls' hockey team was ousted from the Division 2 tournament with an 8-1 loss to Westwood. But the frustration and pain that many teams exhibit after a playoff loss was not weighing on the Sailors. Scituate, along with Weymouth, just completed its fourth season as a varsity girls' program. And this season, both teams qualified for the postseason for the first time.

Boston.com
03/04/2012
A promising start for Robinson on the court at Holbrook

The ending was not what Alijiah Robinson and his teammates on the Holbrook High boys' basketball team had in mind. After completing the season 16-2, including a perfect 14-0 run through the Mayflower League play, and earning the top seed in the Division 4 South sectional, the Bulldogs were ousted by Millis, 49-42. But the 6-foot-6 sophomore clearly established himself in the paint, averaging 16.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Boston.com
03/01/2012
Cohasset hockey team takes creative approach under Walsh

Cohasset boys' hockey coach Bob Walsh puts his squad through a series of classic drills during practice, exercises that work on stick handling, passing, and overall physical conditioning. Unlike many coaches, however, Walsh actively and frequently alters drills to suit his players’ strengths and weaknesses, and to allow on-ice creativity to emerge.

Boston.com
02/23/2012
Scituate girls look to erase 'sore spot' in state tourney

The Scituate High girls not only locked up a perfect regular season Monday with their pulsating 57-51 win over once-beaten Braintree, erasing a 15-point second-half deficit, the Sailors also made a point. The players realized that a win over a quality Division 1 foe was important going into the postseason, even at 20-0.

Boston.com
02/12/2012
At Oliver Ames, focus is on the details, and success for girls’ basketball program

Lindsay McNeice remembers her anxiety when she was called up to the varsity squad her sophomore year at Oliver Ames. Her new teammates were welcoming, but she was itching to make an impact. As the Tigers prepared for the 2010 Division 2 state final against Millbury, coach Elaine Clement-Holbrook called her number, as a member of the scout team. And that attention to detail paid off with a 50-31 win. And now as a senior, that focus has resulted in a 14-1 start.

Boston.com
02/09/2012
No varsity blues for girls’ hockey programs at Norwell, Mansfield/Oliver Ames

Tori Dinger intercepted a pass at the offensive blue line, outskated the Mansfield/Oliver Ames defense, and beat the goalie with a backhander through the left side of the net in a 6-1 win over Mansfield/Oliver Ames. At this this time last winter, the talented junior forward was an scoring dynamo for the Bay State Breakers, her club team. Norwell High did not field a varsity girls' team. And neither did Mansfield or Oliver Ames. This season, both programs are playing their inaugural seasons at...

Boston.com
02/02/2012
Currans delivering a twin effort for Milton boys’ hockey team

The Curran twins have been competitive since the day they were born. As seniors on the Milton High hockey team, however, the spirited play of Paul, a first-line center, and Dan, a hard-hitting defenseman, have propelled the Wildcats to a 9-3-1 season and a run at the Bay State Conference's Herget Division title.

Boston.com
01/29/2012
Freshman King helps spark turnaround for Walpole girls’ basketball

The Walpole High girls' basketball team is quickly putting last year's 6-12 finish in the rearview mirror. With 6-foot freshman Summer King supplying strength, size, and scoring in the post, the Rebels reeled off 10 straight wins under the direction of Stacy Bilodeau after season-opening loss to Bay State Carey leader Braintree.

Boston.com
01/26/2012
Noble & Greenough senior Parker eyes hockey reunion with sister at Harvard

The Assabet Valley girls and perennial Tier 1 power Shattuck-St. Mary's were scoreless with 1:30 remaining in overtime of the 2010 U-19 national championship game. Charging toward the net, Mary Parker drew the attention of the defense before sliding the puck over to her wide-open sister, Elizabeth, who buried her bid to secure the championship. It marked the last two the two were together as teammates. That will change next season, when Mary, a high-scoring senior at Noble & Greenough, joins...

Boston.com
01/22/2012
No shortage of skills: Fernandez propels Wareham basketball to 12-0 start

His back to the basket, Darien Fernandez received a pass just outside the paint along the right baseline and posted up the 5-foot-10 guard from Apponequet Regional. He faked left, spun right, and banked a layup off the glass, over the fingertips of the Lakers' 6-6 center, who had closed in for the block. It was an impressive move for any player, but more so for the junior whiz from Wareham High, who gave away nearly 12 inches to the Apponequet player, and has propelled the Vikings to a 12-0...

Boston.com
01/19/2012
Oliver Ames hockey getting offensive on D

The night before Saturday's Hockomock League matchup against undefeated Franklin, Oliver Ames coach Jim Sullivan gathered his players together at Asiaf Arena in Brockton, and drew up a plan to slow down the explosive Panther attack. The following night, with a 1-0 lead in hand, Sullivan implemented a neutral zone trap, to prevent the Panthers from advancing through the neutral zone. OA emerged with a 1-1 tie against a Franklin squad that had been averaging five goals per game.

Boston.com
01/15/2012
Kayla Papazian, Sara Ryan help power Archbishop Williams girls’ basketball team

Every great team has a great leader; someone who is willing to step up and answer the call when the team needs answers most. Sometimes it's a strong veteran who leads vocally and isn't afraid to hold the team accountable. Other teams have gifted scorers who are not afraid to put the team on their shoulders and fight for the win. Archbishop Williams's girls' basketball team has both: Senior Kayla Papazian and junior Sara Ryan.

Boston.com
01/08/2012
Norwell boys’ basketball squad shooting for another South Shore League title

When visiting boys' basketball teams leave the gymnasium at Norwell High, there is a friendly reminder just above the door about how successful the Clippers have been over the past decade. A banner in Clipper blue on a gold background lists the program's South Shore League titles. Seven times since 1999, the Clippers have celebrated a league championship, a title earned in one of the most competitive basketball leagues in the state.

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