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WACBA Reveals 2018-19 All-Star Selections

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By WACBA Hoops | @WACBAHoops 

WORCESTER, Mass. – Nichols College senior Marcos Echevarria and Holy Cross junior Lauren Manis have repeated as the Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Players of the Year, as revealed on Wednesday in Jen Toland’s weekly college column.

The announcement also features the annual All-Stars, Rookies of the Year and Coaches of the Year as voted upon by sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County, including Division I Holy Cross and Division II Assumption College, as well as members of the local media.

Echevarria claimed the hardware for the third consecutive year while it was also a threepeat for the Bison with first-year head coach Scott Faucher earning Coach of the Year accolades. Assumption’s Cal Connelly, meanwhile, became the second Greyhound in as many years to secure Rookie of the Year honors. For the women, Manis narrowly missed out on a perfect ballot while fellow Crusader Avery LaBarbera was named as the Rookie of the Year, and Worcester State’s Karen Tessmer was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Nichols’ DeAnte Bruton and Matt Morrow joined Echevarria on the first team, as did Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza, Becker’s Kareem Davis, and Holy Cross’ Jehyve Floyd. The second team was comprised of Fitchburg State’s Nicholas Tracy, Worcester State’s Tyler Dion, Assumption’s Matthew Kelley, Clark’s Tyler Davern, and WPI’s Jake Wisniewski and Reid Walker.

Manis and LaBarbera along with Worcester State’s Brittany Herring, Assumption’s Morgan O’Donnell, Fitchburg State’s Angelina Marazzi, and Becker’s Adrianna Dowdy were named to the first team. Clark’s Ogechi Ezemma, Anna Maria’s Amber Wilson, Becker’s Cassidy Harrison, Fitchburg State’s Catherine Coppinger, as well as, Worcester State’s Catherine Sweeney and Kaitlyn Berkel landed on the second team.

This year’s Paul N. Johnson and Pat Oroszko Courage Award recipients will be announced at a later date.

WACBA (Worcester Area College Basketball Association) is an organization billed as “one of its kind in the country” featuring nine colleges, 18 programs plus sports information directors and media members to foster friendships and camaraderie along with promoting the GREAT GAME OF BASKETBALL throughout the TRADITION RICH Worcester County Area.

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 MEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Marcos Echevarria (Lynn, Mass.), Nichols (third consecutive)
Rookie of the Year: Cal Connelly (Rochester, N.H.), Assumption (back-to-back for Greyhounds)
Coach of the Year: Scott Faucher, Nichols (third consecutive for a Bison head coach)

First Team
Nichols College Marcos Echevarria*# Lynn, Mass. Sr.
Nichols College DeAnte Bruton*# New London, Conn. Jr.
Anna Maria Mike Rapoza*# Charlton, Mass Jr.
Becker College Kareem Davis^# Lowell, Mass. Sr.
Holy Cross Jehyve Floyd# Sayreville, N.J. Sr.
Nichols College Matt Morrow Leicester, Mass. So.
Second Team
Fitchburg State Nicholas Tracy Indianapolis, Ind. Jr.
Worcester State Tyler Dion Barre, Mass. Jr.
WPI Jake Wisniewski West Brookfield, Mass. Jr.
WPI Reid Walker Lithia, Fla. So.
Assumption College Matthew Kelly& No. Potomac, Md. So.
Clark University Tyler Davern Webster, Mass. So.

 WOMEN‘S ALL-STARS

Player of the Year: Lauren Manis (Franklin, Mass.), Holy Cross (back-to-back)
Rookie of the Year:
 Avery LaBarbera, Holy Cross
Coach of the Year: 
Karen Tessmer, Worcester State

First Team
Holy Cross Lauren Manis*# Franklin, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Brittany Herring*# West Brookfield, Mass. Sr.
Assumption College Morgan O’Donnell# Easton, Mass. Sr.
Fitchburg State Angelina Marazzi& Manchester, N.H. Jr.
Holy Cross Avery LaBarbera Harrison, N.Y. Fr.
Becker College Adrianna Dowdy& East Haven, Conn. Sr.
Second Team
Clark University Ogechi Ezemma*& Hope Valley, R.I. Sr.
Anna Maria Amber Wilson New York, N.Y. So.
Becker College Cassidy Harrison*# Foxborough, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Catherine Sweeney& Lowell, Mass. Jr.
Worcester State Kaitlyn Berkel Waterford, Conn. Sr.
Fitchburg State Catherine Coppinger Boston, Mass. Jr.

* 2017 First Team
^ 2017 Second Team
# 2018 First Team
& 2018 Second Team

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week Five (Dec. 11th)

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WORCESTER  Another busy week of college basketball in the Worcester area is in the books, which means it is time to unveil our fifth Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.

Make sure to stay connected with @WACBAHoops today on Twitter for game results, news and more.


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WACBA Men’s Player of the Week: Caleb Green (Holy Cross | Soph. | Londonderry, N.H.): Green averaged 16.5 points, 7.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in a 1-1 week for the Crusaders. He began the week by recording 17 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in an 82-78 victory at UMass Amherst. Additionally, he connected on six free throws in the final minutes to secure a four-point win against the Minutemen. Four days later against Rhode Island, the sophomore tallied 16 points, eight assists, three steals and two rebounds in a 79-63 loss. For the week, he connected on 12 of 12 free throws, while handing out 14 assists with just two turnovers.

Hassell WEB WACBA WACBA Men’s Rookie of the Week: Eddie Hassell (Worcester State | Fr. | Milton, Mass.): Eddie Hassell had another strong week for the Lancers coming off the bench. The four-time reigning MASCAC Rookie of the Week, Hassell averaged six points and four rebounds per game in two games this week. His strongest performance came against Salve Regina on Saturday, when he scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 19 minutes.

Men’s Basketball Honor Roll

Matthew Kelley (Assumption College | Soph. | North Potomac, Md.): Kelly scored a game-high 15 points while shooting 7-for-13 from the floor in a loss to Stonehill College. The sophomore added four rebounds and two assists in the game, as well.

Dewayne Thomas (Becker College | Sr. | Lowell, Mass.): Thomas averaged 17.5 points per game this past week, on 53.6 percent shooting. The senior also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game. At press time, Thomas ranks fifth in the NECC in blocked shots at 1.4 per game.

Brendan Kittredge (Clark University | Jr. | Clinton, Mass.): Kittredge posted a team-high 17 points in Clark’s 75-64 victory last week over Framingham State. He also added two assists, five rebounds, and two steals in the win, too.

Tyler Dion (Worcester State | Jr. | Barre, Mass.): The junior guard averaged 17.5 points and three rebounds in a pair of games last week for the Lancers. He began the week netting 13 points, while tallying five assists, three rebounds and one steal in a one-point loss to Skidmore College before posting 22 points, five assists, three caroms and one swipe in another one-point loss to Salve Regina.

Reid Walker (WPI | Soph. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 17.5 points and totaled eight steals, six assists and three blocks as the Engineers went 2-0 last week. The sophomore led the Crimson and gray with 13 points at Framingham State and 22 points at Salem State.


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