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Foxboro's Bill Travers will be among the first players to be honored on the Milwaukee Brewers "Wall of Honor." (File photo)

One of Foxboro's finest, Bill Travers, one of the long-standing architects of the youth baseball program in town and ambassador of good will, is among the members of the inaugural class of inductees into the Milwaukee Brewers "Wall of Honor." Travers pitched for seven seasons with the Brewers, was named Milwaukee's Player of the Year in 1976, and will join former home run king Hank Aaron among all-time Brewer greats. "I was shocked, but I'll get a chance to see a lot of my old teammates," said Travers of the June 13 ceremony at Miller Park - for which he is already long-tossing to prepare his arm to throw a pitch from the mound.

- Former Boston University Terrier midfielder Jake Kravitz, a geometry and physics teacher, is the new King Philip High boys' lacrosse coach. Kravitz was the founding head coach of Regis College's Division III program from 2008-11, coached at Wayland High for two years and was at Dean College the past two springs - in addition to serving as president of the BU Lacrosse Club.

- Rick Patch, who coordinated much of the behind-the-scenes work for the Attleboro Area Basketball Hall of Fame's first ceremony related that "for a first-time event of this magnitude it was a huge success. We have received dozens of emails praising the efforts of the Executive Board and sponsors. The inductees were speechless with how detailed the biographies were and how they depicted the great moments of their careers. The best part everyone kept talking about was just seeing everybody that you have't seen for years."

- "There were so many solid goalkeepers in the league this year, you could take your pick," said Attleboro High hockey coach Mike Cripps, who had Bombardier senior Andrew Campion represented at the Hockomock League All-Star Game in Canton, along with North Attleboro's Matt Raposo and Mansfield's Dan Moyer.

- Although the North Attleboro High boys' basketball team didn't win a game this season, Rocketeer coach Sean Mulkerrins said, "despite our difficulties, they were really good kids - they showed up and gave it their best."

- Former Bishop Feehan Shamrock Lexi Sells experienced some highs and lows in her first season with the Merrimack College women's basketball team (12-14), averaging 19 minutes, four points and two rebounds while playing in 22 games, 15 of them starting assignments. Sells took only eight three-point shots and went to the free-throw line just 19 times.

- Current Shamrock junior hoopster Maddie Jolin of Rehoboth has verbally committed to play basketball with the PC Friars, following in the footsteps of her dad, a Friar grad. "I liked the school, the coach (Susan Robinson-Fruchtl) and the fact that I'll be playing close to home."

- He had a lot of pressure on him with a young defense and he didn't want to make a mistake," D-R/Seekonk hockey coach Ryan Cordeiro said in praise of the work in goal of junior Jake Robitaille from Seekonk High, who had a 2.92 goals against mark and a .900 save percentage.

- Former Bishop Feehan runner Tim Gill, the senior captain of the Belmont Abbey (N.C.) winter track team, finished fifth in the 3,000 meter run at the Conference Carolina Championship Meet in Winston-Salem, shattering his own school record time of 8:45.46 by five seconds. He also clocked a personal-best time of 2:01.2 in the 800 to finish fifth at the Appalachian State Mountaineer Open and re-wrote his own 5,000-meter record (15:28.5) by three seconds in a third-place finish at the Hilton-Garden Meet.

- That kid had great hands, he created a lot of offense for us," related Norton High hockey coach Kyle Heagney of eighth grader Ryan Kuzmich, a second-line center.

- Junior forward Ryan Costello certainly made his presence known coming off the bench for coach Matt Freeman's Bishop Feehan High boys' basketball team this season, "over the last eight to 10 games, he took a step up with his aggression and productivity, earning more playing time - he has a real knack for making big plays happen."

- Among the dozen senior swimmers that Mansfield High coach Danielle Rheaume had on the roster this winter season, Rachel Long may have come the furthest during her career, shaving seven seconds off of her best time in the 200 individual medley.

- It was a night-and-day transformation," related Attleboro High swimming coach Rory Germain of Bombardier freshman Cory Cross, who never swam before, but by the end of the season had cracked the 30-second mark in the 50 freestyle and was closing in on a minute in the 100 freestyle.

- "He's a Johnny-on-the-spot,"said Tri-County High hockey coach Mark Spillane of freshman forward Justin Most, the Cougars' leading scorer. "From what I saw of him coming up through youth hockey, that he'd fit in well with us and with his capability, he'd shine."

- Former King Philip Warrior Sara Hedtler, a member of the 2010 state championship softball team, is captaining the Tufts University women's softball team, which begins their season with a 14-game junket in Clermont, Fla. next week. The Jumbos were 46-3 last year, won 11 straight games for the NESCAC, Northeast Regional and NCAA Division III National Championship titles with Hedtler starting 40 games in the outfield, being the Jumbos' No. 3 hitter with a .414 average, a .441 on-base percentage and a .469 slugging percentage.

- The Rocha sisters from Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High played roles for the Wheaton College softball team - sophomore reliever Jillian Rocha allowed just one hit in relief during a 4-1 loss to Westminster, while senior Jenna Rocha had a two-run sacrifice fly (scoring her sister) in an 8-1 win over Waynesburg as the Lyons (3-1) began their season with a series in Winter Haven, Fla.

- Former Foxboro High Warrior Alana Prinos, a sophomore at PC and the Friar women's tennis team, is in Puerto Rico this weekend for a four-match series.

- Former Bishop Feehan Shamrock Jeff LaRochelle, a sophomore at Anna Maria College, has traded in his baseball spikes to become a member of the school's first-ever men's volleyball team, starting in the "libero" spot and gaining their first ever win over Lesley College.

- Sophomores Abigail MacBeth, via Bishop Feehan High, and King Philip High grad Stacey Wojcik of Wrentham, both members of the Southern New Hampshire women's cross country team, were named to the U.S. Track and Field Division II All-America, All-Academic team. Macbeth, a Justice Studies major with a 3.40 grade point average, finished 46th out of 181 runners at the NCAA East Regional held at Franklin Park with a 6K time of 24:17. Wojcik, an Exploratory Studies major carrying a 3.98 GPA, earned All-Region honors after placing 26th at the East Regional with a 6-kilometer time of 23:31 and also finished 30th out of 149 runners at the Northeast-10 Championship Meet.

PETER GOBIS may be contacted at 508-236-0375 or via email at pgobis@thesunchronicle.com.

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