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Trabucco ready to serve as volleyball captain

By Marvin Pave
August 14, 2011

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Brianna Trabucco is stepping in for the single-season and career leader in assists with the women’s volleyball program at Merrimack College. But the junior captain from Canton is not concerned about the numbers.

A two-time Hockomock League volleyball MVP and three-sport captain at Canton High, Trabucco learned of her new role as a cocaptain two weeks ago from head coach T.J. Hajjar, in his first year at the helm after being promoted from assistant.

“Honestly, I was hoping for it, and excited when I found out,’’ said the 5-foot-9 Trabucco. “Last year we were the eighth seed in the Northeast-10 tournament and were beaten by New Haven in the first round. It’s an incentive for all of us to improve this year and as a captain, it’s my responsibility to get us all on that same page.’’

Trabucco, who split time as a defensive specialist and setter her first two college seasons, is penciled in as the starting setter when practice begins tomorrow, taking over for graduate Elyse Lorenz.

Hajjar said Trabucco will be “a household name this year in our conference. As a setter, she is the full package. She brings much more than just athletic ability and talent to Merrimack. Brianna is a born leader. She hasn’t seen a ton of playing time in her first two seasons, but we expect a lot from her this year.’’

Merrimack, 12-14 overall and 9-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference last fall, is a young team with eight incoming freshmen and four upperclassmen.

“Definitely more of them than us, which makes it even more important for me to be a motivator and make the new players work as hard as the rest of us,’’ said Trabucco, who played beach volleyball doubles this summer at the Newport Volleyball Club in Rhode Island. Her partner, Bowdoin College player Melissa Haskell, had been a postseason foe when she captained the Medfield High team.

Trabucco led Canton High to back-to-back Hockomock League volleyball titles as a junior and senior. Her nickname was “B’’ and her Bulldog teammates called her one-handed winners “B-stings.’’

A standout setter at Canton High, Trabucco said she enjoys the position because “you get to touch every single ball and get it to the hitter on the second ball. It’s like being a quarterback.’’

She was also a point guard on Canton High basketball team and a centerfielder on the softball diamond.

Weymouth golf tourney to honor Mary Jo Livingstone The Weymouth Educational Foundation and Weymouth Rotary Club’s annual fund-raising golf tournament will have a special and poignant meaning when participants tee off Aug. 29 at Presidents Golf Club in Quincy.

The tournament, whose proceeds will help the foundation provide a college scholarship and support extracurricular activities and programs in the local schools, is being held in memory of the district’s late superintendent, Mary Jo Livingstone, who died suddenly in April at age 53.

A 1975 Weymouth High graduate, Livingstone returned to the town’s school system initially as a math teacher. She served the community for more than 25 years and was named the Weymouth district’s first female superintendent in 2007. Livingstone was a strong supporter of the foundation.

The Weymouth Rotary Club, in its 88th year, supports the foundation and provides thousands of dollars in scholarships annually to graduates of Weymouth schools. It also supports Weymouth Elder Services, the Weymouth Youth Center, the Weymouth Food Pantry, and numerous other organizations.

For information about the tournament, contact Bill Garvey at 781-331-9700 or Richard Smith at 781-337-3331, or register online at The cost is $125, $500 per foursome. Registration is at 7 a.m. followed by the scramble-style tournament at 7:30. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Bettencourt took first shot at Olympic boxing team Stoughton’s Sean Bettencourt (inset) fell short in his bid to earn a spot on the US Olympic boxing team for next year’s Summer Games in London, after competing in the recent trials in Mobile, Ala.

A 178-pound light heavyweight, the 22-year-old won the New England Golden Gloves Novice and Open titles last year, and defended his Open title this year.

He entered the trials ranked fourth among eight competitors.

Bettencourt lost a 12-4 decision in his first fight against Marcus Browne of Staten Island, N.Y., then dropped an 18-14 decision to Caleb Plant of Ashland City, Tenn., this year’s national Golden Gloves champion.

Bettencourt, who fights out of the Big East Boxing gym run by Joe Ennis in Stoughton, said before the trials he expected to remain an amateur. His first amateur fight was 19 months ago.

Here and there Hingham’s Matt O’Brien, a lefty relief specialist for the Intercity League regular-season champion Lexington Blue Sox, has the distinction of pitching for both Holy Cross (three seasons) and Boston College (as a fifth-year senior after losing a season to injury). “He’s consistent, someone you can count on, and the ultimate team guy,’’ said Blue Sox manager Rick DeAngelis, whose team has won four straight league titles and begins its latest playoff run today . . . The Taunton-based Tri County Saints Youth Hockey program is accepting registrations for its fall house league for beginner and intermediate skaters ages 10 and under. In addition the Saints travel team (mites and midgets) has joined the South Shore League and has limited openings. For information go to Registration for learn to skate/learn to play hockey programs can also be found on the website . . . The preseason honors keep rolling in for University of New Hampshire junior linebacker Matt Evans of Hanover. The latest: His selection to the College Sporting News Football Championship Subdivision preseason All-America team.

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