Newburyport Daily News
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A captain as a junior, Cam Armand was one of Triton’s most reliable scorers this past season, averaging 11.8 points, 4 assists and 2 steals per game. His biggest game came against Rockport on Jan. 29, when he scored a game-high 27 points while making 7 of 9 shots from three-point range. The highlight of his season came about a month earlier when Triton beat Newburyport 47-38. After the season, Armand was named a CAL All-Star. He maintains a GPA of 3.7, and he cited his parents as among his biggest role models.
One of Newburyport’s rising young stars, Baribeault averaged 12.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while also dishing out 29 assists and grabbing 24 steals on the season. His best performance came on Dec. 18, when he helped upend a quality Hamilton-Wenham team with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, leading the Clippers to a 50-42 victory. Baribeault was named a CAL All-Star after the season, and he credits his parents as being the most important people in his life.
A senior captain for Georgetown, Bjork was instrumental in leading the Royals to their first state tournament appearance in four years. Bjork averaged 15.6 points per game, earning CAL All-League honors in the process. One of his best performances of the season came in the team’s opening round tournament game against Winthrop, when Bjork scored a team-leading 21 points to pace the Royals to a 56-48 victory. Bjork called making the tournament and winning their first round game the highlight of his season, and he credited former coach Mike Rowinski for helping him develop into the player he is today.
Drew Bourdeau was a senior captain for the Clippers and was credited by his coach as being among the team’s main leadership presences. Bourdeau averaged 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game on the season, and his best performance came against Manchester Essex, when he scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and 4 steals. The Clippers went on to win that game 59-48, and Bourdeau said the win was among the highlights of the season for him. Bourdeau received the Coaches Award after the season, and in the future Bourdeau said he will attend St. Anselm’s College, where he will play lacrosse.
The Pentucket senior averaged 10.1 points per game this past year and was instrumental in the Sachems’ run to the state tournament at the end of the season. Chory also came up huge in Pentucket’s opening round tournament game against Bedford, scoring 17 points while making four three-pointers. Chory said the highlight of his season was seeing teammate Will Sullivan dunk in a game against Ipswich, and after graduating this spring, he said he plans on pursuing an engineering degree in college, though he’s still undecided as to where he will go.
Jack Fortin averaged 14.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this past season, highlighted by a 27-point explosion in the team’s second-to-last game of the season against Swampscott. After the season, he was honored as a CAL All-Star and as the team’s Unsung Hero. Fortin maintains a GPA of 3.12 and after graduating in the spring, he said he plans to go to college in the fall. He credits coach Tom Comeau as a mentor.
One of the most formidable big men in the Cape Ann League, Dillon Guthro just barely missed averaging a double-double for the season with 9.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Guthro was also a prolific shot-blocker, though the team didn’t keep records of exactly how many he had. His biggest game came against North Reading on Jan. 31, when he scored 23 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and grabbed 5 steals. At season’s end, he earned CAL All-League honors and was named the team’s MVP. Guthro is also a football star, he was named Daily News Player of the Year this past season and will play Division I football at Bryant University in the fall.
Patrick Halloran, Amesbury’s lone team captain, nearly averaged a double-double for the season with 14.5 points and 9 rebounds per game. Halloran’s biggest performance came on Senior Night, when he went off for 28 points in what he said was the highlight of his season. Halloran earned CAL All-League honors and was named Team MVP; after he graduates, he plans to pursue a degree in either math or engineering. Halloran said he looks up to his coach Tom Comeau as a mentor, and also to his friend Curran O’Connor, who was Amesbury’s captain last season.
Ryan Kuchar averaged 10.2 points per game for the Sachems, and among his best performances were his 16-point performances against Saugus on Dec. 13 and against Manchester Essex on Jan. 20. He said the highlights of his season were beating Newburyport and making the playoffs, which Pentucket accomplished after winning its last three games to close out the year. He scored 14 points in the team’s first-round tournament loss to Bedford. Kuchar is also a standout in football and baseball, he was named a Daily News All-Star in football this past fall, and last spring he was named a Cape Ann League and Eagle Tribune All-Star in baseball.
Corey Parsons was Triton’s leading scorer this past season, averaging 14 points and 4 rebounds per game for the Vikings. His best performance came in a Jan. 20 game against Georgetown, when he scored 21 points while shooting 5 of 7 from three-point range. Parsons called the team’s 47-38 win over Newburyport on Dec. 30 the highlight of his season, and he thanked his father for helping serve as a mentor to him over the years.
While Porter doesn’t have the gaudy offensive numbers put up by some of his fellow All-Stars, he makes up for it with his defensive prowess and ability to shut down the opposing team’s stars. Coach Ed Hickey pointed to their games against Saugus and Bedford in particular when Porter made a major impact defensively, and other coaches took notice too, naming him a CAL All-Star after the season. In the future, Porter hopes to play football in college. He maintains a GPA of 3.8, and he said he looks up to his brother Tim Porter as one of his biggest role models.
A junior captain for Triton, Ellsworth Rogers was one of the league’s most dominant big men before his season was cut short halfway through the year by a severe ankle sprain that he suffered against Manchester Essex. Prior to the injury, Rogers was averaging a double-double on the year with 12 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. His best performance came in a Jan. 10 game against Lynnfield, when he scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 57-46 loss. Despite his injury, Rogers was still named a CAL All-Star after the season. He maintains a 3.4 GPA and said he looks up to deaf NFL fullback Derrick Coleman as an inspiration.
Choosing Our All-Star Squads
The Daily News All-Star teams are selected by the sports staff after consultation with area coaches for the particular sports. Statistics, awards, consistency, postseason performances and team success are the key factors in choosing each sport’s squad.
The Daily News presents our annual winter sports all-star teams. The teams will run in the newspaper and online by sport each day through the end of this week.
The schedule of all-star teams is as follows:
Today: Boys basketball
Tomorrow: Girls basketball
Wednesday: Boys Hockey
Thursday: Boys Indoor Track
Friday: Girls Indoor Track
Saturday: Wrestling, Girls Hockey and Swimming