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By Marvin Pave
Globe Correspondent / June 10, 2012
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Mosgrove scores big

for European squad

Cerie Mosgrove led the nation in 3-point shooting as a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst last year. Then the former Needham High star knocked down every challenger at the State Farm 3-Point Championship at the NCAA tourney’s Final Four in Houston.

Her foray into professional basketball overseas has been just as impressive.

The 6-foot forward led T71 Dudelange to the first division finals in a women’s pro league in Luxembourg that concluded its season two weeks ago.

She averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds per game while converting 39 percent of her 3-point attempts. Overall, she shot 49 percent from the floor and 88 percent from the line.

“I don't know how much of a role my winning the 3-point contest played in helping with job offers, but the additional exposure certainly didn't hurt,” said Mosgrove, who set women's single-season records at UMass for threes made (78) and attempted (157) in 2010-11 while averaging a career-best 13.6 points per game.

“After having a fabulous experience in my first year in Europe, I'm not positive yet about my plans for next season or if I will be returning to Luxembourg, but I am certainly interested in going to Europe again,’’ she said.

“We lost in the finals to a better team, but we were still proud of how far we came.”

Mosgrove collected 18 points and 18 rebounds in a victory against the league’s top team that propelled Dudelange into the finals.

“It was a wonderful experience to work with Cerie. After we lost some key players, she came through with excellent performances at both ends of the court,” head coach Jacques Sitz wrote in an e-mail.

“She had many double-doubles and MVP-of-the-Game honors and was our league's third leading scorer. She also adapted quickly to the lifestyle in Luxembourg.”

Mosgrove developed a close relationship with Sitz and his family, and also took advantage of her time in Europe to make trips to Germany, France, Belgium, and Switzerland. The city of Dudelange is a five-minute drive from the border of northern France.

“The national language of Luxembourg is French, although Luxembourgish people primarily speak their own dialect, which is sort of a combination of French and German,” said Mosgrove. “Luckily I studied French in school so that helped me a bit. I picked up some of the Luxembourgish dialect, but I was grateful that my team spoke English.”

There was only one American player on each of the 10 teams in her division, so Mosgrove wound up guarding several former Division 1 college players from the United States.

“A lot was expected of me and I felt challenged in every game,” she said. “Basically I just have stuck to what I knew and played the way I always have, giving my all each game.”

Mosgrove, who was visited by her parents and younger brother, said she kept in touch with friends and former teammates and coaches via computer during the season.

“Skype was a lifesaver.’’

Medway’s Staley

wins track honor

Stonehill track star Nick Staley (inset) of Medway concluded his first college year with his 10th selection as the Northeast-10 Conference’s Rookie of the Week, covering the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Staley finished ninth in the high jump at the NCAA Division 2 Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Colorado State University Pueblo, where he was joined by junior teammate Corey Thomas of Brookline.

Staley cleared 6 feet 10.75 inches at the event, barely missing All-America honors. It was an inch shy of his personal best, established at the Northeast-10 outdoor championships.

Thomas and Staley, who also competed in the long jump and 200-meter dash during the outdoor season, were teammates at Boston College High as well.

Acton-Boxborough grads plan tourney

The annual Acton-Boxborough Regional football alumni golf tournament will be held June 26 at Wedgewood Pines Country Club in Stow.

Last year's proceeds helped pay for college scholarships, coaches’ salaries and new video equipment through the Dan Rinaldi Heart Fund.

The club's owner, Joe Pittorino, who played at Acton-Boxborough and Northeastern University, has made the course available since 2003. The event’s chairman is a longtime assistant coach, Ray Gallant.

“We started the tournament after Dan, one of my teammates at Acton-Boxborough, passed away and we dedicated it in his name,'' said Pittorino, a center and linebacker and team captain in high school. Rinaldi, class of 1992 and a two-time captain for the Colonials, died in 2002. His sister, Kolleen, is on the tournament committee.

Luncheon is at noon, followed by a shotgun start to the scramble tournament at 1 p.m. For details, call Brian Moffett at 978-897-1790, e-mail him at brian@wedgewoodpines.com, or call Gallant at 978-263-3500.

Here and there

Dartmouth College senior women's lacrosse star Sarah Plumbof Wellesley, the Ivy League’s Player of the Year, has earned her third postseason first team All-America honor. The latest recognition was from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association. Plumb topped the Big Green with 49 points (37 goals, 12 assists), and set career (155) and single-season (82) program and league marks for draw controls while helping lead Dartmouth to its second consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. . . Robert Ernst of Needham has been reelected men's soccer captain at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. . . . Rad­cliffe College All-Ivy heavyweight eight coxswain Jill Carlson of Newton also made the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-Region first team.

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.

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