Newburyport Daily News
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Bobby Barry was a CAL All-Star for Pentucket this past season, and he said the highlight of his season was beating previously undefeated North Reading 3-0 on Jan. 11. Barry’s best performance came on Jan. 20 against Everett, when he recorded 5 points on 2 goals and 3 assists to help lead the Sachems to a 9-2 win. Barry also recorded a goal and an assist in the Sachems’ 4-2 win over Rockport in the Newburyport Bank Tournament. Barry looks up to his grandmother as a role model, and he said he is still undecided on his college plans.
The Triton captain finished his high school career with a big senior season, tallying 21 points on 7 goals and 14 assists. Brown was huge for Triton down the stretch, scoring goals in back-to-back games against Pentucket and against Newburyport in the Newburyport Bank Tournament. Brown also recorded three points in a 5-3 win over Lynnfield on Jan. 29, recording a goal and two assists in the game. After graduation, Brown said he plans to attend Westfield State.
The senior defenseman was a key presence on the Newburyport blue line this past year. Federico tallied 8 points on 1 goal and 7 assists, with the lone goal coming on Jan. 4 against Pentucket. Federico also tallied assists against Canton and Pentucket in the two teams’ second meeting. After his strong play in the Newburyport Bank Tournament, he was named to the Newburyport Bank All-Tournament team, and after the season he was named a CAL All-Star. Federico said the highlight of the year for him was winning the Newburyport Bank Tournament, and after graduating he will attend Elon University.
The Amesbury senior captain recorded 9 points on 6 assists and 3 goals this season, none bigger than the game-tying goal he scored in Amesbury’s pivotal matchup against Marblehead in the Newburyport Bank Tournament, which sent the game into a shootout and ultimately sent the Indians to their first state tournament appearance since 2006. After the season, Fitzgerald received the First Annual Leo Dupree Award. Fitzgerald is also a standout football and baseball player, having played varsity on both teams for three years while captaining the football team this past fall. He maintains a 3.93 GPA and said he looks up to his Dad as a mentor.
Bobby Hallowell was a fixture on Pentucket’s blue line who was praised by his teammates as someone you could always rely on game-in and game-out. Like his fellow Pentucket All-Stars, Hallowell pointed to the North Reading game as the high-water mark of the season, when the Sachems took down the previously undefeated Hornets on Jan. 11. Hallowell was also honored as a CAL All-Star at season’s end. Off the ice, Hallowell has a GPA of 3.49, and he said the people he looks up to most are his parents.
An assistant captain as a junior, Matt Kelleher was one of Newburyport’s most reliable players throughout the course of the season. Kelleher recorded 17 points on 5 goals and 12 assists, recording two assists in a game against Amesbury on Jan. 16, while also tallying an assist in the Clippers’ regular season finale against Franklin. Kelleher was honored as a CAL All-League selection after the season, and looking back he called the teams 4-3 shootout victory over Triton in the Newburyport Bank Tournament the highlight of his season.
Ben Mirageas burst onto the scene as a freshman this year, earning CAL All-League honors in his first season of high school hockey. Mirageas had 18 points on 7 goals and 11 assists on the year, finishing as the top-scoring freshman in the league and second highest scoring defenseman behind Masconomet’s Tyler Costello (29 points). Mirageas scored two goals in a 5-2 win over Amesbury on Jan. 16, and later came up huge in the Clippers’ showdown with Triton in the opening round of the Newburyport Bank Tournament, when he scored the game-winning goal in a shootout to send the Clippers to the finals.
Jack Norton was sensational in his sophomore season, finishing the year tied for 2nd in the Cape Ann League with 32 points on 12 goals and 20 assists. He recorded a four-point game against Lynnfield on Jan. 29 in which he went for a hat-trick plus an assist to lead the Vikings to a 5-3 victory. Norton also scored the tying goal in Triton’s crucial season finale against Andover. Norton said the highlight of the year was the big run Triton made at the end of the season, in which Triton came back from a huge late season hole and just missed qualifying for the postseason. Down the road, Norton hopes to play hockey in college. Off the ice he has a 4.5 GPA, and he credited coach Drew Wile as a key factor in his development as a player.
A senior captain, Devon Shuman was a key factor in Triton’s late season resurgence this year. Shuman played in 11.2 games, had a goals against average of 2.54 and a save percentage of .902. His best performance of the season came against Newburyport in the Newburyport Bank Tournament, when he stood on his head to make 38 saves in a tightly contested shootout loss. Shuman is also a standout student, with a GPA of 4.7, putting him in the top three of his class. After graduation, he will go on to attend Miami (Ohio) University on a full academic scholarship.
A Georgetown High School import, Patrick Slack was one of Pentucket’s main contributors on defense. Slack said he scored 3 goals and had 7 assists on the season, including a goal in Pentucket’s 4-2 win over Rockport in the Newburyport Bank Tournament, and after the season he was honored as a CAL All-Star. While Slack acknowledged that the team had a difficult season, he said they all had fun and enjoyed playing together. Slack has a GPA of 4.7 adjusted and is undecided on his college plans.
The junior standout was tied for the team lead in points, recording 20 points on 5 goals and 15 assists on the year. He recorded four points in a 6-2 win over Saugus on Jan. 4, scoring a goal to go with three assists, and then he followed that up with a three-point game against Danvers on Jan. 20, when he scored a goal along with two assists. Smith said the highlight of his season was making the state tournament, and after high school is over he hopes to go to a good academic school to play hockey. He said the people he looks up to most are his father and grandfather.
The senior import from Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School had a big final season for Amesbury this year. Stevens tied for the team lead in points with 20 on 13 goals and 7 assists, and in a key late season matchup against Marblehead with a state tournament berth hanging in the balance, Stevens scored to cut a two-goal deficit to one, giving his team a chance to eventually win the game in a shootout and clinch its first tournament appearance since 2006. Stevens also scored two goals in a 2-0 victory over Triton on Jan. 27. Following the season, Stevens was awarded the team’s Hard Hat Award for desire and determination, and after graduating Stevens hopes to attend Wentworth University to study business and possibly play hockey.
An assistant captain as a junior, Ben Ventura finished the year tied for the team lead in points scored with 26, tallying 9 goals and 17 assists on the season. Ventura had a four-point game in the Clippers’ 4-3 win over Amesbury on Feb. 15, recording 2 goals and 2 assists to lead Newburyport to a 4-3 victory. He also scored the game-tying goal in Newburyport’s 4-3 win over Matignon in the Newburyport Bank Tournament final, for which he was named Tournament MVP. Off the ice, Ventura is a strong student. He has a GPA of 4.2, and he said he looks up to his parents as role models.
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 sport. 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:
Monday: Boys basketball
Yesterday: Girls basketball
Today: Boys Hockey
Tomorrow: Boys Indoor Track
Friday: Girls Indoor Track
Saturday: Wrestling, Girls Hockey and Swimming