Wednesday, August 11, 2004

 

All-Time New England Schoolboy Basketball

Well, here goes. Again, I welcome comments and criticism-

ALL-TIME NEW ENGLAND SCHOOLBOY BASKETBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM:

CALVIN MURPHY, NORWALK, CT.
PAT EWING, CAMBRIDGE RINDGE & LATIN, MASS.
RONNIE PERRY, CATHOLIC MEMORIAL-BOSTON
WALTER LUCKETT, BRIDGEPORT, CT.-KOLBE CATHEDRAL
JOHNNY EGAN, HARTFORD-WEAVER
JACK “THE SHOT” FOLEY, WORCESTER-ASSUMPTION
TRAVIS BEST, SPRINGFIELD, MASS.-NOTRE DAME
DANA BARROS, XAVERIAN-WESTWOOD, MASS.
JOHN WILLIAMSON, NEW HAVEN-WILBUR CROSS
BILL HEWITT, CAMBRIDGE-RINDGE & LATIN
LLOYD HINCHEY, NORWICH FREE ACADEMY, CT.
KING GASKINS, CATHOLIC MEMORIAL
PAUL GOMES, NEW BEDFORD VOCATIONAL, MASS.

SECOND TEAM:

EDDIE "PUMPKIN" GRIFFIN, HARTFORD PUBLIC
BRUCE DALRYMPLE, ST. JOHNSBURY, VT.
JIMMY PIERSALL, WATERBURY, CT.
JIM HEGAN, LYNN CLASSICAL, MASS.
CORNY THOMPSON, MIDDLETOWN, CT.
EARL KELLY, NEW HAVEN-WILBUR CROSS
TONY LAVELLI, SOMERVILLE, MASS.
DWIGHT “POOCH” TOLLIVER, HARTFORD PUBLIC
AL LOPES, PROVIDENCE HOPE, R.I.
DWAYNE McCLAIN, WORCESTER, MASS.
CHRIS HERREN, FALL RIVER-DURFEE, MASS.
WAYNE TURNER, BROOKLINE, MASS.

THIRD TEAM:

HAROLD PRESSLEY, MYSTIC, CT.
JOE HARRINGTON, MORSE, ME.
ERNIE FLEMING, FALL RIVER DURFEE
BILLY CURLEY, DUXBURY, MASS.
JAMES “SCOONIE” PENN, SALEM, MASS.
ADAM HARRINGTON, NORTHFIELD, MASS.-PIONEER VALLEY
MATT BONNER, CONCORD, N.H.
RONNIE LEE, LEXINGTON, MASS.
CARLTON SMITH, BOSTON, MASS.
BILLY COLLINS, BOSTON-DON BOSCO
BRUCE “SOUPY” CAMPBELL, NEW HAVEN-WILBUR CROSS
RON TEXEIRA, CATHOLIC MEMORIAL, BOSTON

FOURTH TEAM (yes, there’s been that much talent)

RON PERRY, SR., SOMERVILLE, MASS.
MARK PLANSKY, WESTFIELD, MASS.
BOBBY CARRINGTON, BRAINTREE, MASS.
DWAN CHANDLER, BOSTON, MASS.
SCOTT BURRELL, TORRINGTON, CT.
BOB BIGELOW, WINCHESTER, MASS.
SEAN CONNOLLY, PEABODAY, MASS.-BISHOP FENWICK
RANDELL JACKSON, WINCHENDON, MASS.
STEVE BUCKNALL, DUMMER ACADEMY-BYFIELD, MASS.
ANDY FARRISSEY, FALL RIVER-DURFEE
STANLEY POOLE, HARTFORD PUBLIC
DAVE HICKS, NEW HAVEN-HILLHOUSE

I tried not to include too many players who attended the type of preps (i.e. Maine Central) where the basketball players are already of college age. I haven’t forgotten Steve Strother of Dorchester, Terry Driscoll of B.C. High, James Walker of Boston Trade (one of the five best players the region ever produced), Albie Rue of Roxbury Memorial, Ed Robinson, Ed Thurman or Lou Tsiropolous of Lynn Classical, nor Mark Belanger (Pittsfield), Art Roberts (Holyoke), Butch Wade, Marcus Camby, Russell Lee of Hyde Park, Perry “Ching” Adams, Elton Tyler, Eddie Gates of Boston Tech, Michael Bradley, Al or Vin Del Negro, Ernie DiGregorio, Jeff Juden, Art Graham, Mickey Hamilt of Belmont, Chucky Chevalier of Charlestown, Charlie Stead and Karl Hobbs of Rindge, Steve Adelman, Marvin Barnes, Bryan Edwards of Cohasset, Rich Watts, Tommy Garrick, Steve Sarantopolous, Mickey Heard, Michael Adams, Wes Matthews, Jon DePina, Tyson Wheeler, Lance Dottin, Tom Barao or Sly Williams- I just couldn’t fit all the greats onto four squads. That’s one reason I welcome challenges and postings of your picks.

Ladies will be addressed soon-expect names such as Rebecca Lobo, Jamila Wideman, Kerry Bascomb, Tracy Lis, Michelle Edwards, Cindy Blodgett, Brianna Stepherson, Kara Wolters, Medina Dixon and Robin Christian.

BCB

Bijan C. Bayne is a travel writer and the author of Sky Kings: Black Pioneers of Professional Basketball

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