by Steev Riccardo
WEBSTER – The Holy Name Naps girls basketball team state championship bid fell short this past weekend, but it was still an incredible run--especially for a team that is still very young.
The Naps lost to a very good Central Catholic team 53-48 in a hard fought battle. Webster’s Gigi Guenther finished with 11 points and Oxford’s Malissa Saad had eight points in the loss.
With four of its five starters returning, we certainly could have a repeat performance next season. The lone starter who will not be returning is Saad, who was a heavy contributor all season.
Gigi had a breakout year for the Naps as a sophomore and there is little doubt she is going to get even better. Second on her team with a 10.1 average, she is the full package.
Lindsay Bond: It’s pretty incredible what Bartlett 2012 graduate Lindsey Bond has already accomplished as a freshman at Anna Maria College. She has picked up right where she left off in high school and is playing three sports for Anna Maria. After playing significant varsity minutes in both soccer and basketball, Bond is now the starting third baseman on the varsity softball team.
SWCL Boys Hoop All-Stars: Bartlett's Akeem Belnavis and Alex Givins-Perry and Oxford's Donny Freeland and Mike James have all been named first team SWCL boys high school basketball all-stars.
Matt Huberdault (Bartlett), Tyler Barrie (Oxford), Michael "Posey" Rapoza (SH), Tyler Martin (SH), and Justin Terlizzi (SH) were all named to the SWCL boys basketball second team all star squad.
Oxford Booster Club 3 on 3 Tourney: The Oxford Booster club will be holdinga 3 on 3 March Madness Basketball Tournament at Oxford High, March 23rd from 8 am until about 4:00 pm. This is the tenth year that the Booster club has held this extremely popular event for ages nine years old and up.
Emily Dawidczyk: “The Sweet Assassin” will be about a week behind schedule for outdoor track as she heals from tweaking a hamstring at the New England indoor championships. It’s nothing serious and we doubt it keeps the record-breaking Pirate off the track for very long as she enter the final season of her incredible high school career.
Shepherd Hill girls tennis:The Shepherd Hill girls tennis team opens their season April 8 in Northbridge. With a 14-6 record a year ago, the girls are looking to have another strong season.
2011-12 View Super team:As we get closer to naming our 2012-13 View From The Sidelines Super team, here is a look back at last year's team! Emily Dawidczyk (Oxford), Rocco DiStefano (Bartlett), Michelle Williams (Oxford), Meghan Fornaro (Shepherd Hill), Nick Kobel (Bartlett), Kyle McKissick (Shepherd Hill), Stella Worters (Shepherd Hill), Nicole Mangaudis (Oxford), Arthur Hackenson (Bartlett), Lindsay Bond (Bartlett), Nick Lemay (Oxford), and Anthony Wilga (Shepherd Hill).
Oxford/Webster Youth Football and Cheer:
Lastly, we want to pass on this note we received from Krista Lewis, who is The Director Of Fundraising for Oxford/Webster Youth Football and Cheer: “It is almost spring and we are already thinking about football and cheer! Fundraising has begun, and we are working VERY hard to raise a good amount of money for the league this season! One of the ways we have found to do this is through Liberty Mutual Insurance in Auburn, MA. If you could just take 5 minutes out of your busy lives to help us, it could mean a $2500 grant for our organization!!
Use the link below to become a "fan" of the Liberty Mutual website and page, verify your email address, and then sign up to take the Responsible Sports quiz under the "Parents" link! Every completed quiz earns our organization one point. Each email address may be used only ONCE, and they do audit that, so please only ONE entry per email address.
Once you have completed the quiz, you may enter Oxford Webster as theorganization you wish to credit a point to, choose American Football as the sport of choice, and then you're DONE! It's that simple! I have done it 4 times today already with the emails of all my family members. It's really easy and only takes 5 minutes.”
Until next week, see you on the sidelines! Contact
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