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Metrowest Daily News Sept 9, 2006 News photo by Lisa Cassidy Yesterday at practice, Army Sgt. Patrick Lemieux presented Holliston High senior halfback/linebacker Mark Petercuskie with a nomination to the Army All-American Bowl scheduled for Jan. 6. Petercuskie will attend the University of New Hampshire next year.
By Boston Herald sports staff Thursday, September 7, 2006 A LOOK AT 12 OF THE PREMIER PLAYERS IN DIVISION 3: Chris Costello, Sr., QB, 6-0, 185, Archbishop Williams: He was the maestro behind the Bishop’s last two marches to the postseason. Jake Cuneo, Jr., OL, 6-4, 255, Cohasset: Cuneo is the anchor of what figures to be one of the better offensive lines in the South Shore League. Brian Doyle, Sr., QB, 5-10, 170, Hopkinton: With standout running back Jon Stickney gone, look for Doyle to shoulder more of the offensive burden. Jonathan Jean-Louis, Sr., WR, 6-0, 180, Arlington Catholic: One of the quickest players in the state, Jean-Louis is being scouted by several of the major colleges. Brian Kelly, Sr., OL, 6-5, 275, Westwood: Kelly very well could be the premier interior lineman in all of Division 3. Michael Lane, Sr., RB, 5-7, 170, Medfield: Lane rushed for more than 1,300 yards in leading the Warriors to a 9-2 record last season. Sam Lovell, Sr., WR, 6-1, 180, Tyngsboro: Lovell is a sure-handed receiver with plenty of skills. John Norcott, Sr., RB, 6-0, 205, Norton: Rest assured that this national powerlifting champion isn’t going down on the first hit. Jay Pena, Sr., RB, 6-1, 190, Whittier: Pena can go the distance on any play, a trait that has endeared him to the college scouts. *******Mark Petercuskie, Sr., LB, 6-1, 215, Holliston: The son of a coach, this extremely instinctive linebacker is earmarked for the University of New Hampshire next season. Nathan Sherr, Sr., RB, 5-11, 200, Austin Prep: Despite missing some time late in the season with an injury, the two-time All-Scholastic led Eastern Mass. in scoring last season. Tim Wells, Sr., WR, 6-2, 170, Abington: Wells had little trouble switching from quarterback to wide receiver and making an immediate impact. OTHER STARS TO WATCH: Brett Angel, Sr., OL, 6-1, 240, Millis; Andrew Babb, Sr., QB, 5-10, 175, Ashland; Josh Billings, Sr., TE, 6-0, 195, Bishop Fenwick; Steve Boghos, Jr., QB, 5-11, 175, Austin Prep; Christian Boudreau, Sr., OL, 5-8, 215, East Bridgewater; Dan Boylan, Sr., FB, 5-11, 205, Dover-Sherborn; Kevin Brooks, Sr., QB, 6-1, 180, Westwood; Chris Burke, Sr., DB, 6-1, 180, Austin Prep; Nick Cambi, Sr., C, 6-0, 185, Cohasset; Mike Capobianco, Sr., WR, 5-7, 140, Ashland; Billy Chau, Sr., OL, 6-1, 245, St. Mary’s; Clint Clay, Sr., FB, 5-11, 200, Whittier; John Creamer, Sr., QB, 6-0, 180, Abington; Zach Desrochers, Sr., LB, 6-0, 215, Greater Lowell; Anthony DiPaolo, Jr., QB, 6-0, 180, Cohasset; Ronnie Dunn, Sr., OT, 6-5, 275, Abington; Pat Duran, Sr., OT, 6-3, 245, Cardinal Spellman; **** PAT FALLON, Sr., RB, 6-1, 180, Holliston; John Franco, Sr., OT, 6-1, 250, Greater Lawrence; Chris Frano, Sr., FB, 5-9, 195, Arlington Catholic; Pat Fullerton, Jr., RB, 5-9, 180, Shawsheen; Joe Gabriele, Sr., RB, 5-9, 170, Abington; Ricky Garth, Sr., QB, 5-10, 170, Greater Lowell; Ryan Gold, Sr., FB, 5-9, 185, Westwood; Joe Gore, Jr., QB, 6-0, 165, Shawsheen; Nick Gottschall, Sr., OL, 6-1, 350, Arlington Catholic; Colin Halloran, Jr., DB, 6-2, 200, Tyngsboro; Mike Harrington, Sr., FB, 6-0, 190, Medfield; Jake Haas, Sr., TE, 6-3, 220, Archbishop Williams; Chris Haddad, Jr., QB, 5-8, 170, Bellingham; Brandon Holbrook, So, RB, 5-8, 160, Carver; Matt Kelleher, Sr., RB, 5-7, 150, Ashland; John Kupiec, Sr., RB, 5-11, 190, Bellingham; Paul Larkin, Sr., OL, 6-3, 210, East Bridgewater; Dan Law, Sr., C, 6-2, 200, Bishop Fenwick; Ryan LeBlanc, Sr., DB, 5-7, 180, Norton; Matt Lenzi, Sr., RB, 5-10, 170, Greater Lowell; James Long, Jr., OT, 6-4, 230, Norwell; Stephen Masella, Sr., DB, 5-10, 185, St. Mary’s; James McSweeney, Sr., OL, 5-10, 185, Medway; Ryan Moriarty, Sr., RB, 5-9, 175, Dover-Sherborn; Joe Migliacci, Sr., RB, 5-11, 195, St. Mary’s; Shawn Miller, Sr., RB, 5-10, 165, Tyngsboro; Paul Ostrander, Jr., WR, 6-2, 210, Hopkinton; Mark Parr, Sr., OT, 6-0, 260, Austin Prep; Joel Penney, Sr., RB, 5-10, 185, Whittier; Paul St. Pierre, Sr., OG, 6-0, 180, Cohasset; Mike Rapa, Sr., OT, 6-0, 220, Norwell; Jeff Richardson, Sr., RB, 5-11, 190, Norton; Erickson Seang, Sr., FB, 5-10, 170, Lynn Tech; Jimmy Skane, Jr., TE, 6-2, 190, Mashpee; Brian Sodersjerna, Sr., TE, 6-5, 245, Hull; John Squires, Sr., QB, 6-6, 185, Bishop Fenwick; Thane Sanford, Sr., RB, 6-4, 210, Whittier; ***JOE SANTOS, Sr., QB, 5-10, 170, Holliston; Fletcher Smallzel, Sr., WR, 6-1, 170, Cohasset; Bryan Stanley, Sr., WR, 6-3, 215, Arlington Catholic; Bud Stevens, Sr., WR, 6-1, 185, Medfield; Ryan Tkowski, Sr., WR, 5-11, 175, Medway; Anthony Tomasz, Sr., FB, 6-0, 190, Hopkinton; Joe Tran, Sr., WR, 5-9, 180, Archbishop Williams; Nick Vardaro, Sr., LB, 6-1, 210, Austin Prep; Luis Villafane, Sr., WR, 5-8, 170, Greater Lawrence; Corey Wass, Sr., WR, 5-10, 180, St. Mary’s; Matt White, Sr., DE, 6-4, 240, Bellingham; Charles Young, Sr., OT, 6-0, 200, Cardinal Spellman; Chris Young, Sr., RB, 5-11, 200, Cardinal Spellman
by Chris Klingenber Metrowest Daily News Correspondent Thursday, August 24, 2006 HOLLISTON -- The Holliston High football team graduated 17 of 22 starters from last year's team, but the young Panthers have had a very productive summer and seem ready to step right in and fill the void left by the graduating players. "We think we have some young kids that can step up," said Holliston coach Todd Kiley. "We lost some size up front, but I think our athleticism will make up for that." Ever since school went to break for the summer, the Holliston football team has been hard at work. The Panthers have attended two camps -- the Bay State Football Camp in Wayland and the BC Camp in Chestnut Hill -- and have spent a large amount of time in the weight room. Holliston also competed in the Framingham Passing League for most of the summer. It started in late June when about 25 players attended the BC Camp at Chestnut Hill. There, kids received a chance to work on skills with the well-known Boston College coaching staff. "The BC Camp was a good chance for everyone to jump-start into things," said Kiley. "There was a lot of knowledgable faces there, and I think our kids learned a lot." Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the team gathered for a couple of hours a night for Strength, Speed and Conditioning. "There has been a great turnout all summer long," said Kiley. "Everyone is very committed and understand what it takes to win." In the Framingham Passing League, Holliston was well represented. It gave a lot of the younger kids a chance to play without the pressure of winning on their shoulders. "The Framingham League was good because they didn't keep track of records and there was no playoffs," said Kiley. "It gave the kids a chance to play with no pressure. Even though they weren't necessarily doing what they would be doing during the season, a lot of the kids got a chance to show some skills." Even knowing that the first day of practice was just days away couldn't slow down the young and eager Panthers. Last weekend, Holliston sent about 95 percent of the team to the Bay State Football Camp at Wayland High. With just shoulder pads and helmets on, the Holliston players got one last chance to tune up before the start of the high school season. "Things went real well at the Bay State Camp," said Kiley. "We know that we have a lot of holes to replace, but the commitment has been great. There has been a large amount of kids that have been strictly committed to improving and doing whatever possible to help out the team." In a very tough Tri-Valley League, Holliston must be ready right out of the gate. "The (TVL) is one of the best league's around," said Kiley. "As a staff, we feel really good. We have had a lot of kids work extremely hard, and that's what it takes to win."
By Chris Klingenberg/ TAB Sports Correspondent Thursday, August 31, 2006 Every year graduation has an impact on local high school sports teams. Most coaches hope to lose a minimal amount of key players, but every once in awhile there will be that occasional team that will be dominated by seniors. That was the case for last year's Holliston High football team. The Panthers graduated 17 of 22 starters, and are looking for a lot of help to fill the shoes left behind. So how does Holliston expect to improve on last year's 8-3 mark with an inexperienced team? Speed, speed, speed and more speed. "We feel that our junior class has some nice speed, and our senior class is a nice complement to that," said Holliston coach Todd Kiley. "This might be the most athletic team that I have ever coached, but we are going to be very inexperienced." In a very tough Tri-Valley League, Holliston will try to use its speed at the skilled positions to work around the lack of experience. Mark Petercuskie, a first team TVL all-star, has the ability to help in the ground game and also the aerial attack. On the other side of the ball, the senior tri-captain is a fierce linebacker. "(Mark) is a gamer," said Kiley. "He makes big plays and is always around the ball. Football is in his blood." Petercuskie has already accepted a full scholarship to play at UNH after his senior season at Holliston. Juniors Matt Bellomo and Matt Edwards are also expected to start in the backfield for the Panthers. Seniors Billy Dooley and Jonathan Moussavou will join Petercuskie as threats in the passing game. Senior tri-captain Joe Santos will be the man responsible for getting his teammates the ball. Santos is entering his second season as the quarterback, and is also a defensive back on the team. "Joe has always been a great athlete," said Kiley. "Now that he has a year of experience under his belt, we expect him to minimize the mistakes on the field and become a leader for the team." Dan Markow is the other captain of the team and is strong on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball from his tackle position. On the defensive side of the ball, Holliston will be anchored by a strong linebacker core. Petercuskie will lead the attack, but Rob Bowles isn't far behind. The defensive line also has a pair of stars. Seniors Pat Fallon and Mike Silverstein are both dominate players from their defensive end position. "It's tough to tell how we will be (this year)," said Kiley. "If our kids rise to the occasion and step up then we should have a good season, but the learning curve has to be small.
Metrowest Daily News While the regular season is still more than a week away, there was plenty of action yesterday as a number of area teams continued preparations with scrimmages. Holliston's Matt Edwards eyes some daylight against Franklin.