Bailey, Champney lead Wheaton basketball squad
Wheaton College head women’s basketball coach Melissa Hodgdon has set the bar high for senior cocaptains Andrea Bailey of Needham and Jenny Champney of Bedford.
“They know they have to lead by example in practice, and therefore I know they’ll be the leaders on the court in games,’’ said Hodgdon, whose team was 17-11 overall last season, 9-4 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. “We won’t be successful if they don’t do that, and they know that.’’
A 5-foot-5 guard who starred at Needham High, Bailey averaged 7.5 points, 5.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game last year for the Lyons. With 348 career assists through three games this season, she has a good shot at breaking the program’s 20-year-old mark of 430 assists.
The 6-1 Champney, who averaged 11.8 points, 6.1 boards, and 1.6 blocks last winter, is Wheaton’s career blocks leader and just 69 points shy of 1,000. Champney was named to the Durgala Memorial All-Tournament Team last weekend at host Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where her performance included a 22-point, 10-rebound effort in a 78-53 loss to Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Bailey chipped in with seven assists in the game.
“Jenny and Andrea appreciate the tradition we have built and they have been pivotal in bringing our freshman and sophomore classes along,’’ added Hodgdon, whose team was 1-2 going into today’s game at the University of New England. “I believe both will have individual bests this year. Teams focus on them and that is a great sign of respect,’’ their coach said.
Bailey was a Bay State Conference first-team selection in both basketball and soccer, and a two-year basketball captain at Needham High. She helped propel the Rockets to the Division 1 South sectional final her junior year.
Champney played on three state tournament-qualifying teams at Bedford High while earning Dual County League All-Star honors each season and hitting the 1,000-point career mark. She was captain of basketball, field hockey, and track and field.
They are joined on the Norton school’s roster by 5-7 freshman guard Hallie Vitagliano, a three-sport athlete at Newton North High.
Hanly’s eighth career goal, and her third game-winner, sent UUA champions Washington (18-3-1) into the NCAA sectionals held last weekend at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.
Hanly and her teammates proceeded to top Wheaton College of Illinois on penalty kicks, 2-1, and Calvin College of Michigan by a 2-1 score.
The next stop for Washington, which was ranked 17th nationally in Division 3, is San Antonio and a berth in the national semifinals next weekend, where they will face Lynchburg College of Virginia on Friday afternoon in the Blossom Soccer Stadium.
“Elyse came back from an early season injury to play her best soccer,’’ said head coach Jim Conlon.
“She’s an explosive, special player whose service from the wing is extremely dangerous and she can score from a distance because of her powerful shot.’’
Hanly was a soccer team MVP and all-state selection at Westborough High, where she also lettered in basketball and lacrosse.
“I’ve improved about 20 feet a year since I began throwing the hammer in 2006,’’ said Daly, the 2005 all-state champion in the discus while at Hopkinton High.
She has been training with Bill Sutherland, a Southern Connecticut State University coach, and former American women’s hammer record-holder Anna Mahon, a former Sutherland pupil who now coaches at Yale University.
Daly has established a website, www.emilydalyhammerthrow.com, in an effort to tell her story and seek sponsors for her Olympic quest.
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