The Super Team
Anthony Coppola, Watertown
|Where should we start with his list of accomplishments? He was named Middlesex League MVP, is Watertown's all-time leading scorer (1,560 points), set the school single-season record for most points (668) this year, and is a three-time Middlesex League all-star. Oh, by the way, he led the Red Raiders (22-3) to their first state title. The 6-1 guard will be attending Wheaton.|
Brian Emerson, Arlington
|Emerson is one of the most versatile centers around. The 6-7 junior averaged 20.6 points and 13 rebounds per game for the Spy Ponders; including a 41-point, 21-rebound, 5-block performance in a win over Cambridge Jan. 19. Emerson already has more than 1,000 career points. He is a legit big man and could easily be back in this spot next season. He has received heavy interest from Holy Cross.|
Brian Ellis, Braintree
|Ellis was a one-man wrecking crew in the Division 1 South tournament. The 6-4 forward led the Wamps to an upset of Madison Park in the semifinals and nearly propelled Braintree past BC High in the sectional final. Ellis averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds a game and finished with more than 1,000 career points. Ellis, who also plays soccer, volleyball, and baseball, will play basketball at Bates.|
Chris Hurley, BC High
|Was any player more able to step up in pressure situations than Hurley? The 5-7 Hurley, almost always the smallest player on the floor, usually had the biggest impact as BC High won its first state title since 1917. He averaged 10 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals per game and made his teammates' jobs much easier. Hurley, also a two-time all-star in soccer, has not finalized his college plans.|
Raheem Singleton, Madison Park
|Singleton was half of the most talented backcourt duo (alongside sophomore Malik Smith) in EMass. The 5-11 Singleton averaged 22 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds per game as the Cardinals (20-2), who were atop the Globe's Top 20 for most of the season, stumbled to the finish line, losing two of their last three games. Singleton will attend prep school.|
Jeff Altimar, Medfield
|Altimar finished as the leading scorer in school history with 1,481 points. The 6-foot guard averaged 19.5 points per game as Medfield won the Tri-Valley League for the third straight season. Altimar, a three-time TVL all-star, will attend Skidmore.|
Timmie Barrows, Belmont
|Barrows played his best when it counted most. In four tournament games, the 6-1 guard scored 102 points for a 25.5 average. Barrows averaged 17 points per game in the regular season, and hopes to play basketball at the Division 1 level.|
Tony Gallo, Lynn Tech
|Gallo won his second consecutive Commonwealth Athletic Conference MVP Award. The 5-11 guard averaged 24 points, 6 assists, and 7 rebounds per game for the 18-4 Tigers. Gallo, a high honors student, will attend prep school.|
Tom Henneberry, Lexington
|Henneberry is as versatile as they come. The 6-4 swingman averaged 19 points and 7 rebounds as Lexington (22-1) lost to Central Catholic in the Division 1 North semifinals. Henneberry led the Minutemen to three Middlesex League titles.|
Kevin Miranda, Avon
|Miranda became just the 53d player in Massachusetts high school history to score more than 2,000 points. The 5-foot, 11-inch guard finished with 2,116 points , 31st all-time. He averaged 23.2 points per game and tallied 578 this season. Miranda is undecided about college.|
Ryan O'Connell, St. John's Prep
|If there was an award for most improved player, O'Connell would have taken it home. The sharpshooter went from scoring 12 points per game as a sophomore to winning the EMass scoring title (28.1). The 6-3 shooting guard has a 3.51 GPA.|
Ryan Sasso, Bishop Fenwick
|The 6-foot point guard averaged 22.5 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals per game and took home Catholic Central Large MVP honors for the second time. Sasso finished third in scoring at Fenwick with 1,320 points and will play at Wheaton College.|
Aaron Strothers, Wareham
|Strothers finished as Wareham's leading scorer with 1,224 career points. The 6-7 Strothers averaged 26.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 6 blocks per game as Wareham lost to Medfield in the Division 3 South semis. He will attend prep school .|
Matt Welch, Lowell
|Welch, a 6-6 forward, has already scored more than 1,000 points and is a three-time Merrimack Valley all-star. He averaged 18.1 points and 7 rebounds as Lowell shared the MVC title and lost to Cambridge in OT in the Division 1 North semifinals.|
|Wesley was unstoppable in the Division 1 tournament, leading Cambridge (18-8) to an unexpected playoff run. The Falcons lost to eventual state champion BC High in the state semifinals. The 5-9 guard averaged 17 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals.|
Coaches of the Year
Bill Loughnane, BC High
|Loughnane, in just his third year at the helm at BC High, led the Eagles to a perfect season (25-0) and its first state title since 1917. Loughnane, who has been coaching for 23 years, also won three titles at South Boston (1992, '95, '96). The 51-year-old played college basketball at Northeastern (1976-80) under current Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun. He is third all-time in assists at Northeastern with 500.|
Denis Tobin, Catholic Memorial
|Tobin's Knights (20-6) made a run to the Division 2 state championship game but saw the title slip through their fingers in the final minutes against Tantasqua Regional. Tobin, 44, has been coaching for 22 years and is 99-40 in his six years as a varsity coach. Tobin, a 1985 Brandeis graduate, loves spending time with his wife Maura and three sons Denis (10), Greg (9), and Joseph (7).|
Stephen Harrington, Watertown
|Harrington said his Red Raiders were "the most mentally tough team I have coached." Watertown was undersized -- they essentially ran a five-guard offense -- but the Red Raiders went 22-3 and captured their first Division 3 state title. Harrington, 36, has 195 wins in 13 years and was inducted into the Wakefield High School and Brandeis University Athletic Halls of Fame in 1997.|
Frank Shea, Savio Prep
|Shea and Catholic Central Small MVP Isaac Jenkins led the Spartans to the Catholic Central Small title and an appearance in the Division 4 state final, where they lost to two-time defending state champion Cathedral. Shea, 38, who graduated from Savio in 1986, is 113-65 in his eight years as coach and almost led the Spartans to a storybook ending as speculation grew that the school would be closing.|
ATLANTIC COAST NORTH: Kurt Leone, Marshfield; Ben Ford, Kyle Yeadon, David O'Brien, Erik Nunez, and Mike Ford, Whitman-Hanson; Brett Tirlira, Plymouth North; Marcellus Lee, North Quincy; Doug Scott and Steve Connolly, Quincy.
ATLANTIC COAST SOUTH: Chuck Nicholson, Conner Seymour, and Mike Quill, Nauset; Derrick Duquette, Plymouth South; Tom Conrad and Conner Green, Sandwich; Adam O'Donell and Alex Tice, Falmouth; Jim Govoni and Bobby Ewing, Dennis-Yarmouth.
BAY STATE: Brian Ellis and Kevin Pickup, Braintree; Mitch Levey, Brooklin; Alan Williams, Framingham; Adam Donovan, Milton; C.J. Franklin, Natick; Brandon Stephens and Kyle Ross, Newton North; Joe Cabral, Walpole; Michael Russell, Wellesley; Tommy Deegan and Rob Sinewich, Weymouth.
BIG THREE: Kyle Gerri, Kendall Gillians, Louis Montes, and C.J. Gonzalves, Brockton; Kellen Gonsalves, New Bedford; Johnny Pavao, Durfee.
BOSTON: Brandt Basile and Derrick Neal, Brighton; Derrick Bowman, Lance Greene, and Derrel Weathers, Charlestown; Elezar Clayton, Aaron Williams, and Tyrone Hughes, East Boston; Joey Gonzales and Carlos Lowery, Fenway; Luc Audate, Aaron Bray, and Michael Hines, Latin Academy; Peterson Bernard, Raheem Singleton, and Malik Smith, Madison Park; Alfredo Geronimo and Darius Smith, South Boston; Zwelky Cruz and DeShawn Johnson, Burke; Terrence Baker and Keith Brown, Dorchester; Danquah Rawlins and Darryl Simpson, Boston English; Gerard Kimble and Michael McKenzie, Hyde Park; Connell Brown and Maurice Smith, New Mission; Christopher Flores and Christopher Harris, O'Bryant; Marlon Green and Justin Robinson, Snowden; Gerard Coleman and Willie Holloman, West Roxbury.
CAPE ANN: Nick Layman and Steve Phaneuf, Ipswich; John Olivere and Matt Bibeau, Wilmington; Corey Wade, Georgetown; Mike Drinkwater, H-W; Mike Kennedy, Lynnfield; Evan Arnold, Newburyport; Cobby Belakonis, Masconomet; Brian Lynch, North Reading; Alex Beaton, Pentucket; Sean McManus, North Andover.
CATHOLIC: Chris Hurley, Jake O'Brien, Andrew Yanulis, Tim McKinney, and Nick Schmiemann, BC High; Chris Fitzpatrick, Julian Colarusso, and Lincoln Wright, Catholic Memorial; Corey Ryser and Cliften Bonner-Desravines, Malden Catholic; Ryan O'Connell and Nick Zolotas, St. John's Prep; Dan Atkinson and David Patti, Xaverian Brothers.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL LARGE: Tyler Grillo and Allen Ray, St. Mary's; Joe Granato and Dennis Woods, Arlington Catholic; Sean Kelley and Kyle Barnes, Cardinal Spellman; Ryan Sasso, John Squires, and Mike Clifford, Bishop Fenwick; Ricky Titus and James Marcellus, Archbishop Williams; Herb Lozano and Chris Howell, Cathedral; Paul Rose, North Cambridge Catholic.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL SMALL: Rey Torres, Pope John; Isaac Jenkins, Justin McNeil, and Mike McCarthy, Savio Prep; Juan Garcia, Lowell Catholic; Jim O'Toole, Tim Kent, and Matt Bouvier, Austin Prep; Sean Murray and Vin Calautti, St. Clement's; JaVonny Elow and Uche Egesionu, Trinity; Jonathan Josselin and Derek Brown, Matignon; Alex Torres, Marian.
DUAL COUNTY: Alex Haines and Brian Schmidtberg, Westford Academy; Anthony Lania and Eric Zuk, Concord-Carlisle; Gerry Cohen, Bedford; Peter Tongo, Acton-Boxboro; Mike Mitchell, Wayland; Greg Maneikis and Robbie Walton, Boston Latin; Matt Miller, Lincoln-Sudbury.
GREATER BOSTON: Brian Emerson, Arlington; Robert Wesley, Alexander Bard, and Travis Vital, Cambridge; Isaac Johnson and Jim Noel, Everett; Jonathan Elivert and randy Orisma, Malden; Eddie Leonard and Kyle Multner, Peabody; Mark garrity, Pat Flanagan, and Jerry Altidor, Somerville; Spiros Siannas and Pat Antoine, Waltham.
HOCKOMOCK: Matthew Lindberg and Alex Kershaw, Oliver Ames; Jean Lacet and Waithake Wanyee, Canton; Ed Bernstein, Foxboro; Darren Drew and Will Valdez, Franklin; Justin Graham and Charles Morse, North Attleboro; Andrew Levi and Peter Rehnquist, Sharon; Evan Taylor, Stoughton.
MERRIMACK VALLEY: Matt Welch, Jamie Shannon, and Fernando Perez, Lowell; Alex Oviedo, Danny Singh, and Jesus Moore, Lawrence; Billy Blaisdell, Chelmsford; Adrian Gonzales and Chris Morales, Central Catholic; Ian Dempsey, Andover; Romeo Diaz, Methuen; Charlie Roche, Haverhill; John Shea, Billerica.
MIDDLESEX: Anthony Coppola and Kyle Stockmal, Watertown; Tom Henneberry, Lexington; Phil Barera and Tim Barrows, Belmont; Hanell Velez, Woburn; Nick Serino, Wakefield; Evan Smotrycz, Reading; Jason Arty, Winchester; Joe Sheehan, Burlington.
NORTHEASTERN NORTH: Tim Calabrese, Danvers; Vince Spence and Roberto Vellon, Lynn Classical; Jairo Valdez and Bryan Bingham, Lynn English; Chris Hanson, Nick Linear, and Louis Martinez, Salem; John Beaulieu, Brendan Garner, and Shawn Nimkar, Swampscott.
NORTHEASTERN SOUTH: Matt Tobin, Seth Stantial, and Nate Knudson, Beverly; Chris Fleming, Gloucester; Damola Abu and Jess Burton, Marblehead; Chris Flint, Revere; Dan Internicola and Steve Thomas, Saugus; Jason Griffin, Jonathan Murdock, and Vasili Mallios, Winthrop.
OLD COLONY: Drew Beck, Ceasar Oliveira, Apollo Wade, and BA Perry, Taunton; David Douillette and Jordan Wiggins, Bridgewater-Raynham; Donnie Campbell, Barnstable; Allen Leach, Attleboro; Sean Sylvia and Justin Mello, Dartmouth.
PATRIOT: Aaron McFadden and Mark Brust, Duxbury; Dan Mendes and Dan Mulvey, Silver Lake; Ryan Lally, Hingham; Alex Danowski, Mike Steele, and Rodney Beldo, Scituate; Ben Gibson and Joe Happnie, Rockland; Corey Donahue and Bob Holt, Pembroke; Anthony Guadalupe and Jack Hocking, Middleboro; Chris Tuck and Chibumma Belohwu, Randolph.
SOUTH COAST: Aaron Strothers and Steve Monteiro, Wareham; Nick Motta, Fairhaven; Ryan Machado, Greater New Bedford; Kevin Drabek and David Hall, Case; John Thompson and Tyler Patch, Seekonk, Mike Medeiros, Dighton-Rehoboth; Terrell Johnson, Martha's Vineyard; Harold Rose, Bourne.
SOUTH SHORE: Ron Dunn, James Kalianiotis, Tom Martin, and Tim Wells, Abington; Richard King and Marquis Silvia, Carver; Pat McCarthy, Cohasset; Dan Marble, East Bridgewater; James Hamilton and Chris Bailey, Harwich; Brian Sodersjerna and Triant Xypteras, Hull; Matt Riley, Mashpee; James Long and Mike Kramer, Norwell.
TRI-VALLEY: Scott Picard, Ashland; Richard Barche, Bellingham; Adrian Chaisson, Holliston; P.J. Dlugolecki and Shane Lavoie, Hopkinton; Jeff Altimar, Pat Nickerson, and Joey Richman, Medfield; Alan Hodgedon and Patrick Cuff, Medway; Darrin Doucette, Norton; Mark Chirokas, Westwood.
HOW WE PICKED THE TEAM
The All-Scholastic boys' basketball team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Steve Crowe. Boston.com video and interviews by Chris Forsberg.