12-14-18-Will-Shannon

Eighth-grader Will Shannon of Attleboro is one of three locals on the Mass. Elite football team that will play in the Football University national championship next week in Naples, Fla.

Former King Philip Regional High football great Joe Calzaretta was recently inducted into the Dean College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Calzaretta served as an assistant coach — defensive co-ordinator, linebackers, running backs, strength and conditioning mentor — at Dean from 1979-89. Under Calzaretta’s watch, Dean was consistently ranked among the top 10 NJCAA defensive categories, while sending many a player onto Division I and II programs.

A 1976 graduate of King Philip Regional High, Calzaretta helped lead Dean to its first victory ever over the Navy prep and to Dean’s first bowl game — the East Bowl in Murfreesboro, N.C. against Chowan College.

Now living in Plainville, Calzaretta and his wife Colleen have a host of future KP football players with six boys in the family.

The Nova Premier Soccer Academy will send two teams to the IMG Academy Tournament in Florida over the holidays. The 15 and under team includes Attleboro’s Ben and Andrew Fasoldt, Cody Abreu and Thomas Russo, Mansfield’s Mike Caridi and Dylan Buchanan, Bishop Feehan’s Tyler Lofton and James Breckner, Norton’s Jack Rilli, Tom Zibrida, Ben Wheeler, Reece Cordeiro, Bryce Downs and Marc Thaler of Dighton-Rehoboth and Chris Russo of the Foxboro Charter School ...

The Nova 16 and under team includes Adam Elsner, Ethan Scholes and Colin True of Mansfield, Ryan Hart, Matt Rogers, Justin Silva and Spencer Giuliano of Bishop Feehan, Matt Conley and Donovan Carter of North Attleboro, Joey Soucy, Henry Marini, Mike Russo, Danny Hasenfus and Zack Brown of Attleboro along with Tri-County High’s Josh Dias ...

The New England champion Mass. Elite football team, with Rocco Ruggierio and Will Shannon of Attleboro on the eighth-grade roster, and and Jack Charnley of Attleboro on the sixth grade roster, head to Naples, Fla., next week for Football University’s national championship series ...

New King Philip High swim coach Janessa Barrett has some dyed-in-the-wool green and gold Warriors’ athletics roots, having been a member of the KP volleyball, basketball and lacrosse teams back in her high school day. “I’ve got a pretty great group of athletes, some very strong-tenured swimmers and some hard-working underclassmen,” she said. “The four captains and other seniors we have leading the team are not just focused on individual times, but really the overall depth of the team.” ...

Captains-elect for coach Kim Hallahan’s North Attleboro High volleyball team will be defensive specialist Brooke Street and setter Hayley Gaskin ...

Without much doubt, Seekonk High field hockey coach Kim Pellerin believed she had the South Coast Conference rookie of the year in freshman forward Bri Dunphy, who deposited 17 balls into the back of opposing nets and was the Warriors’ Offensive MVP this season. Senior midfielder Lauren Tortolani took home the Warrior MVP award ...

Up the road at Dighton-Rehoboth High, Falcon field hockey coach Meg Marcotte believes that her team would have been as competitive as it was without the persistence of junior forward and leading scorer junior Kaylee Goss (nine goals, four assists) ...

Having gotten back to his playing weight of 210 pounds during his days at North Attleboro High, former Bishop Feehan High assistant lacrosse coach Mike Patch, who is now living in Seekonk, is being featured on a radio advertisement for the Awaken 180 program ...

“I’m looking forward to next season, we’ll have a strong team,” King Philip High golf coach Myles McHugh said of having the Warriors nucleus back with a trio of juniors, Kayla Schuberth, Nate Ihley and Jack Hastry among 10 returnees ...

Ditto for Tri-County High golf coach Ryan Hippert, returning No. 1 and 2 players, sophomore Brody Dalzell and freshman Matt Brangoforte, along with junior Colby Jones and sophomore Luke Holst. “It’s nice to see their improvement from year to year,” Hippert said ...

At the breakup dinner for coach Melissa Heeden’s Mansfield High volleyball team, Greenly Kelly, who totaled 161 kills was tabbed the Hornet MVP, while the Unsung Hero award went to Katie Dardinski and the Most Improved award to Abby Sullivan ...

Captains-elect for the 2019 edition of King Philip High field hockey will be Raegan Simeone, Grace May and Samantha Robison ...

Bishop Feehan High girls’ soccer coach Phil Silva will have 14 letter-winners returning next season, including captains-elect Ashley Kelly and Hailey Goodman. Also honored at the Shamrock awards dinner were All-EAC Tselections Fiona Kane, Francesca Yanchuk, Samantha Robison and Goodman ...

Former Foxboro High Warrior Cassidy Harrison, a junior guard, was named the Becker College athlete of the week. Harrison became just the seventh Hawk in women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 career points, scoring 22 in a 56-41 win over St. Joseph’s (Conn.). Harrison hit a 3-pointer with 2:17 to reach the plateau. Over the past three games, Harrison is averaging 16 points, shooting 53 percent from the floor, and 50 percent from the 3-point line ...

Quite a local flair to FC Atlanta winning the MLS Cup with former Revolution players Michael Parkhurst and Jeff Larentowicz being on the field for all 90 minutes, as was former PC Friar Julian Gressel. And Brown University had a trifecta with Larentowicz (‘05), Atlanta United President Darren Eales (‘95) and Player Personnel Director Bob Belair (‘13) ...

Coming off of a team-best 11th place at the Southeast Conference Championship Meet in Alabama, former Norton High Lancer and LSU freshman Julia Palin took the No. 63 spot (at 22:38.9) at the NCAA Division I South Coastal Regional Meet in Texas, the Tigers having a school best eighth-place finish ...

Tessa (Lancaster) made a huge impact on the team in her first year of competition,” said Mansfield High cross country coach Derek Ellis of the sophomore. “She’s not afraid to go after it, that type of attitude has really paid off for her.”

Peter Gobis may be reached at 508-236-0375

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