Local roundup: Bailey Patella named to All-New England Class AA team


Bailey Patella of Lenox, whose Vermont Academy basketball team won the New England Prep School Athletic Council's Class AA championship, was named to the All-New England Class AA team.

Patella, who transferred from Lenox High School in September and reclassified as a junior, earned Honorable Mention notice from NEPSAC.

He was one of four players from Vermont Academy named to the Class AA team. Bruce Brown was the Class AA player of the year and a first-team pick, while Vermont coach Alex Popp was the Class AA coach of the year.

Joining Patella on the Honorable Mention list is Siena recruit Tom Huerter from Cheshire Academy and Patella's teammate Christian David. UMass recruit Unique McLean of Hoosac School was named to the third team.

Can Taylan of Darrow School was named to the Class D second team.


GLOUCESTER >> Williams College defenseman Zander Masucci is one of nine finalists for the Sid Watson Award. The award is presented by the American Hockey Coaches Association to the best NCAA Division III player in the nation.

The recipient of the award will be announced on Thursday, March 24, during the Division III men's championship banquet in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Masucci is the NESCAC player of the year, and is joined by eight players of the year from other leagues.

If the Williams defenseman wins the award, he would be the eighth NESCAC player to win the honor since it was first awarded in 1993. The last NESCAC player to win the Watson Award was Amherst's Jonathan LaRose in 2012.


CLERMONT, FLA. >> In the first game of a doubleheader, Rachel Quackenbush tossed a one-hit shutout as MCLA scored a 5-0 win over Norwich (0-4). In the second game of the doubleheader, Washington-St. Louis beat MCLA 10-1, in a game stopped after five innings.

Quackenbush, who struck out 15, lost her opening-game, no-hitter on a two-out single by Payton Warner in the top of the third inning. Quackenbush walked two batters.

The Trailblazers, meanwhile, got all the runs they'd need when Sam Boyle hit a two-run doiuble in the bottom of the second inning.

Freshman Katie Berghela was 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Michaela DiNicola was 3 for 4 with a pair of runs scored.

In the second game, MCLA's Katelyn Henault got rocked for 10 runs, nine earned, on 13 hits. She walked three and struck out two.

Washington's Janet Taylor got things rolling with an RBI double in the first inning and Hannah Mehrle ended the game with a two-run home run in the fifth.

The Trailblazers (4-2) had only four hits off of Washington (16-4) pitcher Maggie Clapp. Quackenbush was 3 for 3.


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