Text and photos by Steev Riccardo
WEBSTER – Greetings sports fans! This week we round off the 2012-13 View From The Sidelines Super Team.
If you missed that last few columns, the following local athletes are already on board; Shepherd Hill soccer star and D1- bound Lauren Barton, Bartlett two-sport captain Akeem Belnavis, Oxford soccer and basketball star Donny Freeland, Shepherd Hill hard-nose soccer and basketball star Taylor Daniels, and Shepherd Hill football and track star Matt Petrelli.
The 2012-13 team was not easy to choose and there are many other athletes who have made their schools proud. Here are some of the other great athletes from our local schools that make my particular job so much fun, and are members of the Second Annual View Super Team.
Drew Ravenelle (shown above): senior, Shepherd Hill football, baseball. If Drew Ravenelle never stepped one foot on a baseball field, he would still have made this team. He showed tremendous leadership as a member of the Rams’ outstanding 9-2 football team this year.
This is what his teammate Matt Petrelli had to say about Ravenelle. “Drew was a great quarterback and a great leader. He worked and got better every year; this past season he had a great season because he worked very hard. Having him running the offense and the way we worked together, I thought we did a really good job.”
Ravenelle is also an excellent pitcher for the Rams, which is simply the icing on the cake.
Tyler Barrie, senior, Oxford three-sport captain: There are so many good things you could say about Tyler Barrie’s accomplishments at Oxford this year that it could take up a whole column to write them all, and if you have been following us, we did just that a few weeks back.
If you are selected a captain in any sport, you are at the top of your class, if you are selected a captain in three sports, you probably have a lot of class. Barrie was the real deal for the Pirates in all three seasons and when he leaves the school, there will be a huge void.
Alex Givins-Perry, junior, Bartlett football, basketball: If you know AGP, you love AGP, it’s that simple. Only a junior, Givins-Perry has an opportunity to add to his resume and play college football and maybe even college basketball in years to come. We are betting that it will be football.
Last season as the Indians’ number one option, AGP delivered the goods and rushed for over 1300 yards while scoring 16 touchdowns in his first season, which was pretty remarkable. If he even matches these numbers, which he should, there will be a lot of interest in him from a lot of scouts.
As far as hoop goes, AGP has an outside chance to become a member of the 1000-1000 club. I’ts going to be hard, but he could do it if he tops his numbers from this season, which is a reachable goal.
Stella Worters, junior, Shepherd Hill cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track: Its hard to believe that Stella is only a junior but she is and her leadership is what gives the Rams such an edge against their opposition. She is constantly praised by her coaches and is the consummate team player.
With a year left, there is little question that she will go down as one of the greatest long distance runners in the school’s history based on what she has already accomplished.
Worters is also repeat offender on the View Super Team as she was selected to the 2011-2012 squad.
Evan Anderson, junior, Bartlett soccer, basketball, baseball: Evan Anderson is always going to be the guy that does the dirty work in soccer and basketball. He plays great defense in both sports and more than often comes up with a key play that does not always involve scoring but does involve winning.
As the ace pitcher for the Indians baseball team, he continues to get better and better and next season he could be setting himself up for a college career.
He will also dominate next season on both the soccer field and the basketball court, and last but certainly not least, he is a great kid.
Chris Dutting, senior, Shepherd Hill football:Chris Dutting, like Lauren Barton, is the only other athlete on the super team, who plays one sport and there is a very good reason why they both are on our team.
The same way that Barton excelled in soccer, Dutting did in football. Simply put, Dutting was a great, not just good, but a great high school football player this season, one of the best in Central Mass. There were several occasions this past season when Dutting simply took games over and completely dominated and his role was one of the primary reasons the Rams were in the super bowl.
Huberdault the sharp shooter: Bartlett seniorMatt Huberdault was a finalist at the Boston Celtics free throw championship for the second time in three years. Check out the photo of Matt hanging out with a couple of Boston Celtics cheerleaders on this page.
The Sweet Assassin: Next week we feature in our final View From The Sidelines column in The Patriot, our 2012-13 super team captain and repeat Athlete of the Year, Oxford’s Emily Dawidczyk. You didn’t think we forgot about “The Sweet Assassin” did you? Not a chance.
Until next week, see you on the sidelines! Contact
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