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ESPN Ranks LS #19. Swords on All State List

Posted Saturday, December 11, 2010 by Website Admin


First Team 
G – Joe Bramanti, Sr., Andover 
F – Pat Connaughton, Sr., St. John’s Prep 
F – Richard Rodgers, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 
F – Jake Layman, Jr., King Philip 
C – Jimmy Zenevitch, Sr., Central Catholic 

Second Team 
G – Victor Aytche, Sr., West Springfield 
G – Steve Wynn, Jr., New Bedford 
F – Samir McDaniels, Sr., New Mission 
F – Akosa Maduegbanum, Jr., Charlestown 
F – Noah Vonleh, Soph., Haverhill 

Third Team 
G – Zach Hurynowicz, Sr., Burlington 
G – Jules Tavares, Sr., New Bedford 
G – Jon Henault, Sr., St. Bernard’s 
F – Shane Sims, Sr. Brockton 
C – John Swords, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury 

Team Name 2009-10 Record Notes
1. St. John's Prep (20-3) After exploding into the national spotlight this summer, Notre Dame-bound senior Pat Connaughton turns his eyes towards a monster senior season and an elusive Division 1 state title..
2. Central Catholic (26-1) Assumption-bound senior Jimmy Zenevitch hopes to fill the void in the middle left by Carson Desrosiers in the Red Raiders' second D1 state title defense in three years. Junior point guard Sean McCoy is another to watch.
3. Brockton (19-4) Shane Sims leads a Boxers squad that is one of several heavy favorites in Division 1 South.
4. St. John's (Shrewsbury) (24-3) Richard Rodgers dazzled on the football field. Now, as one of the MIAA's premier high-flyers, he looks to lead the Pioneers back to the D1 state title game for the third time in four years.
5. New Mission (23-2) Titans' average margin of victory in D4 state tournament: 32.2 points. Darn right they're making the jump to D2, and with Samir McDaniels and Kachi Nzerem leading the way they're a favorite to take it all.
6. Springfield Central (13-9) Golden Eagles have chip on shoulder after getting blown out by East Longmeadow in WMass semis. Sophomore point guard Cornelius Tyson is bound to break out.
7. Charlestown (12-10) Physically-imposing Akosa Maduegbanum leads a Townies cast that is deep even with the sudden departure of Ramon Gibbons.
8. Andover (16-6) Golden Warriors feature one of the state's premier perimeter defenders in Joe Bramanti, and will challenge Central Catholic for MVC supremacy.
9. Newton North (21-3) Health will be a concern to start the season, with Tevin Falzon (wrist) on the shelf. But you can't ignore Tigers' size up front, and the creativity of junior point guard Michael Thorpe.
10. New Bedford (7-14) Written off not too long ago, Whalers are suddenly a serious contender with the return of Steve Wynn from Lawrence Academy, and the transfer of Jules Tavares from Wareham and Wilbraham & Monson.
11. Cambridge (18-4) The key to the Falcons' success will be the progression of the two Taylors, junior Maurice and the talented but raw 6-foot-8 sophomore Jacquil.
12. Haverhill (4-15) Two words: Noah Vonleh. Now, if the Hillies can give him adequate support ...
13. King Philip (5-13) It was only two seasons ago the Warriors were snapping a 36-game losing streak. Now, with 6-foot-7 junior Jake Layman in the frontcourt, they're poised for a breakout season.
14. East Boston (13-5) Recent transfers of studs like Demitry Coronell keep the Jets out of the Top 10. But this is one of the most consistent programs in the state.
15. Lexington (16-6) Reggie Hobbs takes over for a legend in Bob Farias, but players like Chris Lee and Chris O'Keefe have the Minutemen feeling good about the transition.
16. Braintree (12-9) The Wamps' success could wane on the health of Pat Delano, who had Tommy John surgery earlier this year.
17. Brighton (10-8) Boston Trinity transfer Lutheurson Bonheur takes over at the point for the Bengals, who look to improve on last year's playoff run.
18. East Longmeadow (18-5) Brandon Bosworth leads a Spartans squad that will look to capitalize on the momentum from their D1 state semifinal run last year.
19. Lincoln-Sudbury (13-8) 7-foot senior John Swords, in his second year of varsity basketball, is the ultimate X-factor.
20. Acton-Boxborough (20-4) Athletic guards Wes Schroll and Sam Longwell are back for the Colonials, who made a surprise run to the D1 North semis last season.
21. Catholic Memorial (16-6) Dan Brooks left big holes to fill for the Knights, but guys like Matt Droney are up for the challenge.
22. Madison Park (22-2) Cardinals lost some key senior-laden talent, but this is another program respected for its consistency.
23. Falmouth (21-6) Nelson Baptiste and John Lavin (back from a broken leg) hope to lead the Clippers to a stronger finish on the hardwood than they did on the gridiron.
24. Salem (18-7) Witches are a favorite in the Northeastern Conference after a surprise run to the D2 EMass finals.

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