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Angel holds the line

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November 11, 2007

Millis native Brett Angel , a 6-foot-2 275-pound freshman offensive lineman for Dean College, cracked the starting lineup this fall for the Franklin school, which was ranked as high as ninth in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll - its highest ranking ever - while compiling its 9-1 record.

Although the squad guided by head coach Todd Vasey, in his fourth year at Dean, fell just short of equaling the school's best record (10-0 in 1991), it did capture the Northeast Football Conference title outright.

Angel was a captain on the football and basketball teams at Millis High, where he was the Tri-Valley League's football MVP and Lineman of the Year and was a team captain in the Shriner's All-Star Game this summer.

"Brett's by far our toughest, most-physical offensive lineman. He went toe-to-toe against several Division 1 prospects when we beat Nassau Community College, one of the better teams on the East Coast," said Vasey. "He could be a Division 1 player when he leaves here if he continues to improve."

Rowers keep crown
With a crew well-represented by athletes from area communities, the women's youth eight boat for Community Rowing Inc. successfully defended its title at the Head of the Charles Regatta last month.

The women on the winning boat included Stephanie Rosser and Rachel Pattison of Newton North High, Kelly Woodacre and Priscilla Livingston of Wellesley High School, Maja Chelstowska of Watertown High, and Newton Country Day student Daria Les of Belmont.

The rowing club, based in Watertown with a temporary launching site near the Daly Memorial Rink in Newton, is coached by Watertown resident Ethan Curren, whose under-20 crew won the 3-mile event against a field from across the United States and Canada.

The Community Rowing team also recently competed in the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and a special Canadian/Mexican/USA rowing challenge, both held in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Community Rowing has completed a $10 million capital campaign to build its own boathouse near the Daly site on the Charles River.

Rookie plays with focus
Newton North High graduate Alex Hernandez, (below) a freshman on the Suffolk University women's tennis team that won its first Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship, was honored as the conference's co-Rookie of the Year.

Hernandez had a combined 17-3 record in singles and doubles and was named to the conference's second team. She paired with senior Jen Nelson to provide the deciding point at second doubles when the Rams won the conference tournament against three-time defending champion Simmons.

Hernandez and Nelson battled back from a 5-2 deficit - with the teams tied at 4-4 - to win the match, 9-7.

"What's most impressive about Alex is the way she stays focused and composed, and you don't often see that in a player during her first season of college tennis," said Suffolk's head coach, Steve Counihan, whose team had a perfect 14-0 record and qualified for next spring's NCAA Division 3 tournament. "In that last match, she performed like a senior."

When Suffolk ended Simmons' 37-match conference winning earlier in the season, Hernandez won in singles and doubles to help Suffolk win its first regular-season conference title.

Maynard inducts stars
The second annual Maynard High School Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Maynard Lodge of Elks.

The athletes slated for induction are Stephanie Bigusiak (class of 1969), Ron Doran ('62), John Kulevich ('57), Henry Nowick ('51), Frank Smart ('69), Brenda Lockhart Sullivan ('80), Fred Wasiluk ('47), and Bill Watt ('71). The coaches joining the hall's roster are Will DeRosa (football, 1951-65) and Jim Owens (track and field, 1965-1995).

The 1988 state finalist girls' soccer team and the Booster Club Founding Fathers - Ralph Cantino, Fred DeGrappo, Ed Hooper, Bill Howes, Red Larson, and John Walsh - will also be inducted, while Frank Cantino ('49 ), a loyal fan for many years, will receive the Black and Orange Award.

Tickets are $30, and are available by contacting Ed Mullin at 978-897-7894.

Writer is lodge speaker
Boston Globe sportswriter Mike Reiss, a Framingham native whose beat includes the New England Patriots, will be the featured speaker at the B'nai B'rith Sports Lodge dinner Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Papa Razzi in Wellesley. Cost is $20 for lodge members; members who renew for three years or new members who join at the dinner will be admitted free. Reserve by tomorrow at nesportslodge@aol.com.

Marvin Pave can be reached at 508-820-4223 or at marvin.pave@rcn.com.

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