He stands about 5-foot-10. He weighs about 170 pounds. With his floppy hair and mischievous smile, you would think that Sean Kelly was just another college student. But what the Wheaton College senior from Providence has accomplished on the basketball court for the Lyons has been remarkable.

And true to his basketball roots, “ I started watching videos of Pistol Pete (Maravich, the former LSU and NBA star) and I just loved the way that he played the game,” said Kelly after his career finale for Wheaton, the Lyons taking home their second straight ECAC Tournament title.

“ He puts on a show,” praised Wheaton coach Brian Walmsley of Kelly, who finished ninth on the Wheaton all-time scoring list with 1,038 points. “ He gets guys open shots, he finds shots for himself, he makes big baskets — there's no one in Division III who passes the ball better, who can see the court like he can.”

Kelly ranked third nationally among Division III players in steals (100), ranked 10th in assists (183 total, 6.3 per game), while also averaging 12.9 points and committing just 105 turnovers. A 1,000-point scorer, Kelly ranks as Wheaton's career leader in steals (267) and assists (566).

He played AAU ball for the Buddies in New Bedford, then for the Rhode Island Breakers. Growing up with Ernie DiGregorio at Providence College, Kelly is Wheaton's version of Steve Nash, the current NBA daredevil point guard.

“ It's just seeing the floor, having good basketball intuition,” said Kelly of his uncanny floormanship. “ How strange is this? I begin playing basketball in Providence (later at the Wheeler School) and end it in Providence” …

King Philip High sharpshooter and 1,000-point scorer Scott Smith is being wooed by Babson College, via assistant coach Ed Gagnon, the former Bishop Feehan coach, Foxboro native Sean Foster, the head coach at Salve Regina, along with Bowdoin and Bates …

Former North Attleboro Rocketeer Erin Cournoyer, a sophomore with the University of Rhode Island women's hoop team (8-19) had a nice season finale, scoring 10 points in the Atlantic 10 Conference playoff loss to Duquesne. Cournoyer played in all 27 games, starting eight and averaged three points and three rebounds …

Now the story can be written about the tremendous season had by Foxboro High hockey defenseman and forward Greg Tympanick, bothered by double vision all season, but still finishing with eight goals and 12 assists. “ he played unbelievably,” said Warrior coach Bill Dietzel…

The Mt. Holyoke College women's hoop team set a single-season record for wins (23-6), reached the NEWMAC Tournament title game for a first time and won its first ECAC Division III Tournament, beating Emmanuel 72-68 — all with former Foxboro High star Angela Astuccio starting at point guard. The junior averaged 9.7 points, while leading the team in three-point field goals, assists and steals…

Somehow, the North Attleboro High boys' swimming team competed through the season with only six Rocketeers. “ Next year, we're going to get the numbers up, there are a lot of kids swimming now at the (Hockomock) Y,” said coach Tim Kelley. “ The future looks bright and the kids have been very enthusiastic” …

At the breakup dinner for Mike Vaughan's Mansfield High boys' hoop team last night, senior forward Justin Benjaminsen received the Team MVP award, senior center Dan Bauters received the Coaches Award and senior Matt Flint was the “ Most Improved” Hornet…

The Attleboro High girls' gymnastics team may be without retiring head coach Mike Martin, but the Bombardiers definitely have some very good talent coming along in junior Katrina Savastano, sophomores Rebecca Little and Kaitlyn Mirabile along with freshman Kristi Gallagher…

One member of the Bishop Feehan High hockey team with a big upside is sophomore wing Nick Fitzgerald, who has a nose for offense — “ he's a good skater, he likes to get out with the puck,” said Shamrock coach Phil Hulbig…

Representing the Attleboro Bluefish Swim Club, 16-year-old Danielle Capece of Bishop Feehan High won the girls' (15-19) 200 meter breaststroke event at the New England Regional Meet, hosted by the Bluefish at Attleboro High School's Dentch Natatorium. Also, 13-year-old Carl Roycroft earned first place in the Male 13—14 200-meter backstroke (2:27:00) and third place in the 400-meter IM (5:16:37)…

“ She's one tough kid, she'll run right through trouble,” said Foxboro High track coach Kevin Murphy of Warrior senior runner Maureen `Mo' Sullivan, who has been a very effective middle distance runner…

“ He was a tremendous backup for us, I'm sure a lot of teams would have been happy to have him,” North Attleboro High boys' hoop coach Chris Perron praised the play of Ryan Burns…

Once again, there is no Hockomock League-Eastern Athletic Conference boys/girls all-star game, owing to teams participating in postseason play and a general disinterest. The South Coast Conference, however, had its all-star game last night at Case High School — Seekonk High's Andrew Pereira, John Thompson, Tyler Patch and Brad Lucke participating. Warrior boss Rick Patch, similarly, had tremendous praise for Lucke coming off of the bench, “ he works hard and he plays within himself” …

Bishop Feehan High track coach Paul Powell had five members of his Shamrock girls' team selected to the All-EAC squad, senior captain and distance runner LeeAna Benson, juniors Mary Effler and Julie Tarallo, sophomore Meg Looney and freshman Janelle McNeil. The Shamrock boys' team was represented by captains Chris Rizzo and Dan Romero, junior Chris Ryan and sophomore Chris Conway…

Former Attleboro High gymnast Justin Silva, a freshman at Springfield College, helped the gymnastics team to a No. 16 national ranking…

In his first season on the bench at Bishop Feehan, former King Philip High hoop coach Tom Schmidt directed the Shamrock junior varsity boys' team to a 15-6 record, grooming juniors Dave Simmons and Kevin Joyce along with sophomore Nick Schwieger for varsity minutes next season…

PETER GOBIS can be reached at 508-236-0375 or via e-mail at pgobis@thesunchronicle.com

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