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Sahil Bloom, ex-Weston High hurler, goes coast to coast

Former Newton North and Wheaton College star Alessia Viscomi reached the national semifinals with the Boston Aztecs. Former Newton North and Wheaton College star Alessia Viscomi reached the national semifinals with the Boston Aztecs.
By Marvin Pave
August 7, 2011

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Weston’s Bloom sharpens skills Sahil Bloom, a Globe All-Scholastic pitcher at Weston High in 2009 who set a school record with 23 career victories, has traveled coast to coast this year.

Bloom, a sophomore reliever at Stanford University, where he has gone 2-0 with an 0.55 earned run average his first two college seasons, took the mound as a starter this summer with the Mystic, Conn., Schooners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, with impressive results.

Bloom joined the Schooners in late June, after 13th-ranked Stanford’s run to the NCAA Super Regionals, and started five games, going 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 28 innings. He walked only five batters and allowed two extra-base hits, both doubles.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound righthander started and relieved last summer with the NECBL’s New Bedford Bay Sox, whose manager, Ray Ricker, took the reins of the Mystic squad this year.

“I had thought about signing a temporary contract with Brewster in the Cape Cod League,’’ said Bloom, “but I felt I’d get more innings and an opportunity as starter with Mystic, so I called Ray Ricker, and he said that would be my role. It couldn’t have turned out better.

“It was a great experience and great fun, and I hope it carries over into my next college season, because this was a big step in my development. The only disappointment was that we missed the playoffs.’’

Stanford head coach Mark Marquess said Bloom’s improved breaking ball, with more bite and command, was especially effective late in the season for the Cardinal team.

“Sahil really blossomed for us down the stretch, and so this summer we wanted to get him as many innings as possible. Among our pitchers in summer ball he’s done as well if not better than all of them,’’ said Marquess.

“We’re really excited about how far he’s come, and he’ll get a chance to contribute, perhaps as a starter, middle reliever, or closer.’’

While noting that Bloom can throw 88 to 90 miles per hour, Marquess said, “what has made him successful is that he’s throwing his curve and changeup for strikes.’’

Bloom doesn’t return to school until Sept. 23, so he’ll stay in shape at Cressy Performance in Hudson, where he’s worked out since his sophomore year of high school.

A three-time Dual County League All-Star at Weston High and the league’s MVP as a senior, Bloom also set program records for career ERA, strikeouts, and opponent batting average.

Viscomi earns shot with soccer Aztecs Former Wheaton College women’s soccer All-American Alessia Viscomi, a graduate of Newton North High, was a member of the Boston Aztecs team that reached the semifinals last weekend at the Women’s Premier Soccer League championships in Lisle, Ill.

The Aztecs, 8-2-3 entering the championships, were defeated, 3-0, by the Orange County Waves.

The team serves as the reserve squad for the Boston Breakers, the local Women’s Professional Soccer franchise.

“Alessia and I had a conversation following the end of last season, and she expressed a desire to continue to play at a high level,’’ said Wheaton College head women’s soccer coach Luis Reis. “The rest was up to her. She trained with them and was ecstatic when they offered her a spot. She’s very persistent, and had a great experience playing for them.’’

A two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America selection (2008, 2010), Viscomi graduated in May as one of the most successful and accomplished athletes in the Norton school’s history.

Viscomi helped lead the Lyons to four NCAA Division 3 tournament berths, and reached the second round on three occasions. She was named to both the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference All-Conference Team and the NSCAA All-New England squad all four years of her college career, and was a three-time New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association All-New England selection.

Bullard, Igoe make US lacrosse squad Needham native Sarah Bullard and Kristin Igoe of Framingham were named to the US women’s national senior lacrosse team after three days of tryouts last weekend.

The 36-player roster, chosen from more than 80 candidates, is the foundation of the Team USA squad that will defend its title at the 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup, to be held in Oshawa, Ontario.

Bullard, who graduated from the Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, and Framingham High alum Igoe wrapped up standout college careers this year, Bullard at Duke University and Igoe as a first team All-American at Boston College.

Bullard, who is tied for eighth in the Duke women’s lacrosse record book with 141 career goals and is 11th with 167 career points, missed seven games this season because of injury but still ranked fourth on the team with 28 goals and fifth with 16 draw controls. She was a first team All-American her junior year and was named to the second team as a sophomore.

Igoe led BC in three offensive categories this season, including 44 goals, third-highest in program history. She ranks sixth in career goals (119) and points (158).

While at Framingham High, she starred on the 2006 and 2007 state championship teams that were a combined 50-0.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com or 508-820-4223.


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