Class of 2026 star AJ Dybantsa wants to put Brockton, Mass. (back) on the map
By MATT WHITFIELD COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Brockton, Mass. has produced several great boxers in Marvin Hagler and Rocky Marciano. On the basketball front, Brockton native AJ Dybantsa has the potential to be a very special athlete himself. “Not everybody knows about Brockton, so I’m really trying to put it on that map, Massachusetts gets a little bit more love, but Brockton is my home,” Dybantsa, one of 18 finalists for the 2023 USA Men’s U16 National Team, said during training camp. Dybantsa is only a freshman at Saint Sebastian’s Country Day School, and the top rated player in the Class of 2026, but the youngster already sees the need to give back to his community. “After winning [Massachusetts] Gatorade Player of the Year, I donated $1,000 to the Boys and Girls Club on behalf of Gatorade, so that was a great,” said Dybantsa. Dybantsa said he went to the Boys and Girls club a couple time during his early years. Being that home is special to him, Dybantsa is also considering playing at home in the Northeast in college. “It’s definitely a consideration [to stay home in the Northeast]. I don’t have any specific schools I want to go to but, it’s definitely a consideration,” said Dybantsa One school that may be hard to turn down is UConn, as they recently offered Dybantsa. “[It’s] exciting, I know that they just won a national championship, so it’s a blessing. Any offer is really a blessing,” said Dybantsa. He also holds offers from Boston College, Providence, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Alabama and Washington, according to his dad. Dybantsa hasn’t taken any unofficial visits and recruitment wise says, “I’m open to anybody.” Dybantsa is only a freshman but his court acumen is already very special. “[I’m a] play-maker first, leader. I try and get to the rim a lot, but I can do a little bit of everything. I can play defense as well,” said Dybantsa. Follow Matt on Twitter Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram And Like ZAGS on Facebook.
Football stars come home to Brockton with this advice for kids who may be struggling
BROCKTON — Two star football players from Brockton returned to deliver a message of hope to local fifth graders at the Angelo Elementary School. “These two have been through what our kids have been through. They’ve lived the life of our fifth-grade students. They’ve been through some of the same obstacles our kids are going through,” said John Kelly, principal of Angelo Elementary.
Sports score, highlights: Diman track and field teams fare well at Division IV states
The spring high school season is in its final stages of the regular season for Fall River area teams. Here's a look at scores and highlights from the weekend action:. Girls Outdoor Track: Diman at Division IV state championship. LOCATION: Notre Dame Academy in Hingham. RECORD: Diman, 6-0-1 HIGHLIGHTS: The...
700 people participate in first annual Dick Hoyt Memorial ‘Yes You Can’ Run Together
Just days after iconic athlete Rick Hoyt passed away, hundreds of people will take part in the event he helped plan in honor of his late father.
Daily Bulletin: May 25, 2023 - Sports Schedules, Student Council Applications, and Reward Store Reminder
The daily bulletin for May 25, 2023 announces the availability of weekly sports schedules for both middle school and senior high. The Abington Middle School Student Council Executive Board is accepting applications from sixth and seventh graders who want to become leaders and represent their classmates. Applications can be obtained from Ms. Cantwell in Room 157 or Mr. Mingacci in Room 325, and must be submitted by May 26th.
Quincy Public Schools Hosts Special Olympics to Celebrate Student Abilities and Achievements
The QPS Special Olympics took place at Creedon Field and welcomed students from across the district. The Quincy School Committee, QPS administrators, Special Education department, educators, and staff were thanked for their support.
MIAA released its latest softball power rankings. See where Taunton area teams stand
TAUNTON— The MIAA released its final softball power rankings of the season on Friday, with tournament seedings set to come out Tuesday. The rankings only include scores entered into Arbiter, verified by MIAA and schools as of May 26 at 4 a.m. The top 32 teams qualify, while teams 33 and below qualify for a play-in game with a .500 or better record.
Sports scores, stats from the weekend: D-R softball's Kelley hits two home runs vs. GNBVT
RESULT: 22nd Place (10) HIGHLIGHTS: Dmitrius Shearrion led the way for the Tigers, finishing fifth in the 100 meter with a time of 0:11.12 and sixth in the 200 meter with a time of 0:22.13 while Malachi Johnson had the best Taunton finish in field events, coming in sixth in the long jump with a distance of 21'8.25".
Marika Lyszczyk continues to pave way for women in baseball
BROCKTON -- Marika Lyszczyk is no stranger to making history on the baseball diamond. She'll make some more Thursday night when the 22-year-old from Canada makes her debut with the Brockton Rox in the team's home opener.In 2020, Lyszczyk became the first woman to catch in a men's collegiate baseball game when she was behind the plate for Rivier University of New Hampshire. She'll blaze another trail for women in baseball Thursday night at Campanelli Stadium by becoming the first woman to play any position in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League in her Rox debut.Lyszczyk will toe the rubber...
Taunton High senior wows in national rifle competitions: Top stories
Before we begin the new week in earnest, we're taking a look back at the week that was, and the stories that led the news with Taunton Daily Gazette readers. Some more of our picks for Greater Taunton All-Scholastics. This time, we highlighted the extraordinary accomplishments of local athletes in: hockey (co-ed) and girls basketball.
Locals, Massachusettsans shine at Vermont City Marathon
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont City Marathon returned on a warm, sunny day, and saw a pair of runners from Cambridge, Massachusetts steal the show. Maegan Krifchin was the big winner on the deal, downing a 14-year old record to become the first women’s runner to ever complete the VCM in under 2 hours, 35 minutes, while Louis Serafini was about 50 seconds shy of the men’s record as he claimed his first ever marathon victory.
Senior who 'hasn't played much' helps Hingham baseball top Weymouth to clinch playoff spot
HINGHAM — With the Hingham High baseball team's season on the line, an unsung hero came up huge in multiple innings. Left fielder Luke Thrun saved the day for the Harbormen with his bat and his glove in Friday's 13-11 win over Weymouth in the regular-season finale. In a game with three lead changes, he doubled twice, scored twice, drove in three runs and swiped two bases. And in the final inning, he came up huge defensively, tracking down a fly ball that appeared destined to go over his head.
Celtics co-owner gives $1,000 to each UMass Boston graduate
Rob Hale, co-owner of the Boston Celtics, gave graduates of UMass Boston $1,000 each at their commencement ceremony Thursday and instructed them to give away half the money.
Lake Monsters win rainy season opener over Brockton
Vermont native Wyatt Cameron was called upon for a six out save when he was took the mound with the bases loaded in the eighth inning against the Brockton Rox. He struck out the side and then shut the door in the ninth as the Lake Monsters beat the Rox 6-4.
Succession: Norwell baseball coach Barrett Jacobs takes over for dad in Clippers dugout
ABINGTON − Like father, like son. That's the story of the Norwell High baseball program, which might have changed hands, as far as coaches go, but is still in the family. The Jacobs family, that is. Tom Jacobs guided the Clippers for 20 seasons, winning 200-plus games. When he...
HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Quincy girls lacrosse wins city battle vs. North Quincy
Quincy High junior Grace Connor had a hat trick and an assist and registered her 100th career point Friday to help lead the girls lacrosse team to a 14-4 win over city rival North Quincy. Senior captains Delia Nichol (4 goals, 2 assists) and Caroline Campbell (4 assists) also starred...
Local Swim Instructor Pens Children’s Book
Norfolk resident Michelle Consoles has taught swimming lessons for close to thirty years. She is currently teaching private swimming lessons using the Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program, which is designed to help students progress at their own pace. It was her experiences teaching area children how to swim that compelled her to write her first book, “Sink or Swim.” It’s about a boy named Nate who is afraid of the water.
Belmont High’s Lehr Takes 800M And Mile State Titles In Big PRs At Division 2 Championships
Photo: One Win, One To Go: Belmont High Dana Lehr after winning the 800 meters in the D2 championships (Courtesy photo) Belmont High’s Dana Lehr left the M.I.A.A. Division II Track & Field Championship in Hingham as hot as the weather. Over two early summer afternoons during the Memorial...
Taunton's O'Leary commits to Villanova in signing ceremony
TAUNTON— It's official: Caelen O'Leary is headed to Villanova. The Taunton High School senior and track and field standout put pen to paper for the Wildcats Thursday in a ceremony in the Rabouin Field House attended by family, friends and her track and field hockey teammates. "I can’t thank...
Lenox's Culver Second in 2-Mile Run at State Meet
NORWELL, Mass. – Lenox’s Alice Culver placed second in the 2-mile run on the first day of the Division 5 Track and Field State Championships at Norwell High School on Thursday. Culver ran a time of 11 minutes, 20.26 seconds, about 3.5 seconds behind winner Olivia Jackson of...
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