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2019-20 Globe Scholastic Awards: Franklin teams up to repeat as Dalton Division 1 champion

Franklin High athletic director Tom Angelo (center), his coaches, and administrative staff oversee a Panther program that places a premium on teamwork.
Franklin High athletic director Tom Angelo (center), his coaches, and administrative staff oversee a Panther program that places a premium on teamwork.Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe

Tom Angelo can’t mask his ear-to-ear smile when discussing the success of the athletic program at Franklin High.

The Panthers produce winners consistently in a community with a rich tradition of supporting athletics, from the youth level up to varsity. Beyond the impressive numbers, and the wins and losses, Franklin prides itself in victories large and small, on and off the field, with a simple mantra . . .

“It’s all about being a great teammate, and really sticking to it," said Angelo, entering his fifth year as athletic director for the school district. “It’s a community effort.”

In a 2019-20 school year in which athletics were abruptly halted in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic — two days before the 25-0 Franklin girls' basketball team was scheduled to take on Andover in the Division 1 state final — and the spring season was cancelled entirely, Panther Pride flourished in the fall and winter months.

In addition to the dominance of the Ali Brigham-powered girls’ basketball team, Carm Colace’s 23-2 wrestling squad won a sectional title, and the boys' basketball team went 15-5. In the fall, field hockey (14-2-2), golf (14-4), and girls' soccer (14-2-2) fueled a 77-victory regular-season campaign. The boys' cross-country and swimming & diving teams reached the finish line with unbeaten seasons.

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For the second straight year, Franklin had the most prolific Division 1 athletic program in Eastern Massachusetts.

Fielding 26 varsity teams (in addition to cheer and unified sports), Franklin won 76.12 percent of its 245 games, compiling a 179-51-15 overall record to repeat as the Globe’s Dalton Division 1 champion.

Franklin nosed out Bay State Conference entrants Natick (69.01) and Needham (66.89). The award is named after Ernest Dalton, who was the Globe’s high school sports editor from 1938-70.

The Panthers were one of 10 divisional winners for the awards — now in their 48th year — in which schools are ranked based on their regular-season win percentage. Scores are compiled and updated daily during the season through the Globe’s database. Complete results are available on bostonglobe.com/schools.

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“We have phenomenal coaches, it’s a community effort, and we preach leadership to our student-athletes,” said Angelo, who also lauded a supportive administration headlined by Dr. Sara Ahern, superintendent of schools, and principal Josh Hanna, in addition to his administrative assistant, Sue Jacobsen, and athletic trainer Jenn Edmunds. He also tipped a cap to thetown’s DPW department for their meticulous work on the fields, along with a nod to Ryan Jette at the Franklin Recreation Department for getting it all started at the youth level.

“We have phenomenal coaches, it’s a community effort, and we preach leadership to our student-athletes,” said Tom Angelo, Franklin High athletic director.
“We have phenomenal coaches, it’s a community effort, and we preach leadership to our student-athletes,” said Tom Angelo, Franklin High athletic director.Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe/The Boston Globe

The mission, noted baseball coach Zach Brown, is about impacting students on and off the field. “There are [schools] that talk about athletics being an extension of the classroom, others live that motto . . . There’s a reason why there has been a level of sustained success," he said.

No two individuals exemplify that continuity, and carry the banner more than soccer coaches Tom Geyson and Fran Bositis, who are entering their 52nd and 50th years, respectively, with the athletic department. Geyson, a Boston English and Boston State grad from Charlestown, started as the seventh- and eighth-grade boys' basketball coach in 1969. “The kids involved in athletes want to be here,” said Geyson, who retired from teaching English in 2004, but is in his 36th season as the varsity girls’ soccer coach, in addition to coaching boys’ indoor and outdoor track.

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Bositis arrived in 1971 with a physical education degree from the University of Massachusetts, where he played lacrosse. He wanted to coach football but there were no openings on the staff of revered coach Jerry Leone, whose program was in the midst of a 32-game winning streak. But there was a boys' soccer opening. Early on, Bositis leaned on counsel from coach T.J. Williams (who later achieved noteworthy success at Newton North) at Dean College in town.

The rest is history.

“It’s a privilege to coach here, there is tremendous support from the community,” Bositis said. “We have great kids, and great youth programs.”

Angelo credits both coaches for being receptive to changing with the times. “They are passionate and highly motivated,” he said, taking note of their regular attendance at coaching clinics.

Away from the practices and games, Panther Pride extends into the community.

Every athletic program is expected to support a charity, event, or cause dear to them. Erin Quaile, a girls’ basketball captain-elect and her Panther teammates collected lunches and donations via the Elisha Project in Rhode Island and delivered meals near a homeless shelter. A four-year varsity player who starts at the point, she embraces her role as a leader and supporting other Franklin teams. “Last year, we went further than any other Franklin [girls' basketball] team had gone, it was our goal from Game 1 . . . We had great support . . . and we continue to work hard.”

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John Leighton, in his 16th year as head coach, added, “It’s an exciting time to be around here."



Erin Quaile and the Franklin girls' basketball team soared to a share of the Division 1 girls' basketball title.
Erin Quaile and the Franklin girls' basketball team soared to a share of the Division 1 girls' basketball title.Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff/The Boston Globe


The other winners:

Holmes Division 2 — Thanks to a combined 33-9 mark on the basketball court (17-3 girls; 16-6 boys) and a wrestling program that pinned down a 22-3-1 mark, Hingham (70.12 winning percentage) compiled a 91-39-4 mark in the winter to repeat as D2 champion. In the fall, the field hockey team was 12-3-3 and girls' cross-country 7-1.

Dalton Division 3 — With a 160-90-10 aggregate, Marblehead (63.46) edged Somerset Berkley (61.87) and Medway (60.80) in D3, buoyed by a 17-3 finish for the girls' basketball team, a 16-5 campaign on the wrestling mat, and matching 8-0 marks for the boys' and girls' swim programs.

Ames Division 4 — Norwell (71.04) nosed out West Bridgewater (70.65) for the second straight year for the Ames' Award on the strength of an 85-win winter season. On the ice, the Clipper boys (16-3-3) and girls (18-2) ruled, and Kristi Vierra propelled Norwell to an 18-2 campaign on the court.

Nason Division 1 — In the City, Latin Academy (63.33) beat Burke (55.26) with 102 total wins. The boys' basketball team (19-4) advanced to the BPS final and the Division 2 North semifinals and the boys' and girls' swim programs were a combined 15-3.

Nason Division 2 — In Jameson Pelkey’s first foray as AD, St. John’s Prep did not skip a beat with its fourth straight Nason crown, triggered by a 42-5-3 sprint in the fall (and 108-24-8 mark overall). The Eagles repeated as D1 football champion, the golf team was 18-1, and Manny Costa’s wrestlers pinned down a 34-1 slate. Prep won 80 percent of its games.

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Nason Division 3 — Five fewer losses and four more ties. That was difference between a three-peat for Austin Prep (69.50) and runner-up Bishop Feehan (68.47), its new Catholic Central rival starting this fall. Girls' hockey (17-1-2) and boys' basketball (17-5) paced a 72-27-6 winter, and girls' soccer (13-3-3) and golf (13-2) led the way in the fall.

Singelais Division — Ursuline (59.05) captured its third straight title among Catholic girls' schools, once again denying Notre Dame-Hingham (52.97). The girls' soccer squad finished 13-3-2 and on the ice, the Bears were 13-3-4.

Markham Division 1 — Another year, another D1 vocational title for Blackstone Valley Tech (70.26), which has carved out nine winners in a 13-year span. The Beavers were 8-1 on the gridiron, the soccer teams a combined 24-6-1, and the golf team (10-2) consistently on the green. On the hardwood, girls' basketball netted a 17-5 finish. Kudos to AD Michele Denise and her diligent staff.

Markham Division 2 — In Rochester, Old Colony (62.0) is celebrating its second crown in three years after its narrow victory over McCann (60.89). The difference? A 36-13 winter, fueled by the boys' (18-4) and girls' (15-5) basketball teams.


About the awards

DIVISIONAL ALIGNMENTS

Dalton Division 1 is for schools with enrollments of 1,400 and up, Holmes Division 2 is 1,000-1,399, Dalton Division 3 is 700-999, and Ames Division 4 is 699 and under. Nason Division 1 is for Boston Public Schools, Nason Division 2 is for Catholic boys’ schools, and Nason Division 3 is for Catholic coed schools. The Singelais Division is for Catholic girls’ schools. The Markham Divisions are for vocational schools. The enrollment totals reflect students in Grades 9-12; enrollment figures are supplied by MIAA member schools.

The names

LARRY AMES: Ames was assistant sports editor/schools at the Globe from 1979 to 1994.

ERNEST DALTON: Dalton was the Globe’s high school editor from 1938 to 1970. He died in 1971.

BOB HOLMES: Holmes was assistant sports editor/schools at the Globe from 1996-2016.

JERRY NASON: Nason was the former executive sports editor of the Globe. He died in 1986.

NEIL SINGELAIS: Singelais was the Globe’s high school sports editor from 1970 to 1979. He died in 2002.

WALTER MARKHAM: Born and educated in Lowell, Markham was president and treasurer of the American Vocational Association for four years and was responsible for initiating the concept of regional vocational and technical high schools in the state.

Past winners

DALTON

1973

Catholic Memorial

1974

Brockton

1975

Division 1 — Brockton

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Westwood

1976

Division 1 — Brockton

Division 2 — Concord-Carlisle

Division 3 — Westwood

1977

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Concord-Carlisle

Division 3 — Holliston

1978

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Andover

Division 3 — Westwood

1979

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Methuen

Division 3 — Westwood

1980

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Methuen

Division 3 — Westwood

1981

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Methuen

Division 3 — Duxbury

1982

Division 1 — Winchester

Division 2 — Acton-Boxboro

Division 3 — Duxbury

1983

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Beverly

Division 3 — Seekonk

1984

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Marblehead

Division 3 — Westwood

1985

Division 1— Chelmsford

Division 2 — Marblehead

Division 3 — Duxbury

1986

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Duxbury

1987

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Holliston

1988

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Duxbury

1989

Division 1 — Chelmsford

Division 2 — Acton-Boxboro

Division 3 — Holliston

1990

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Holliston

1991

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Holliston

Division 4 — Weston

1992

Division 1 — Andover

Division 2 — Beverly

Division 3 — Holliston

Division 4 — Weston

1993

Division 1 — New Bedford

Division 2 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Holliston

Division 4 — Norwell

1994

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Walpole

Division 3 — Holliston

Division 4 — Norwell

1995

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Burlington

Division 3 — Old Rochester

Division 4 — Norwell

1996

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Holliston

Division 3 — Scituate

Division 4 — Weston

1997

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Holliston

Division 3 — Medfield

Division 4 — Weston

1998

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Hanover

Division 4 — Weston

1999

Division 1 — Newton North

Division 2 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Norwell

Division 4 — Tyngsboro

2000

Division 1 — Andover

Division 2 — Dighton-Rehoboth

Division 3 — Medfield

Division 4 — Tyngsboro

2001

Division 1 — Lexington

Division 2 — Arlington

Division 3 — Duxbury

Division 4 — Harwich

2002

Division 1 — Peabody

Division 2 — Danvers

Division 3 — Dighton-Rehoboth

Division 4 — Abington

2003

Division 1 — Peabody

Division 3 — Hopkinton

2004

Division 1 — Peabody

Division 3 — Duxbury

2005

Division 1 — Andover

Division 3 — Duxbury

2006

Division 1 — Andover

Division 3 — Duxbury

2007

Division 1 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 3 — Old Rochester

2008

Division 1 — Acton-Boxboro

Division 3 — Winchester

2009

Division 1 — Lexington

Division 3 — Duxbury

2010

Division 1 — North Andover

Division 3 — Medfield

2011

Division 1 — Mansfield

Division 3 — Medfield

2012

Division 1 — Franklin

Division 3 — Hopkinton

2013

Division 1 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Medfield

2014

Division 1 — Masconomet

Division 3 — Duxbury

2015

Division 1 — Franklin

Division 3 — Old Rochester

2016

Division 1 — Needham

Division 3 — Marblehead

2017

Division 1 — Andover

Division 3 — Marblehead

2018

Division 1 — Wellesley

Division 3 — Old Rochester

2019

Division 1 — Franklin

Division 3 — Old Rochester

2020

Division 1 — Franklin

Division 3 — Marblehead

AMES AWARD

2003

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 4 — Medfield

2004

Division 2 — Lincoln-Sudbury

Division 4 — Medfield

2005

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — Cohasset

2006

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — Cohasset

2007

Division 2 — Reading

Division 4 — Norwell

2008

Division 2 — Reading

Division 4 — Westport

2009

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — East Bridgewater

2010

Division 2 — Reading

Division 4 — Norwell

2011

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — Norwell

2012

Division 2 — North Andover

Division 4 — East Bridgewater

2013

Division 2 — Beverly

Division 4 — West Bridgewater

2014

Division 2 — Wellesley

Division 4 — West Bridgewater

2015

Division 2 — Needham

Division 4 — Cohasset

2016

Division 2 — Wellesley

Division 4 — Hanover

2017

Division 2 — Wellesley

Division 4 — Old Rochester

2018

Division 2 — Hopkinton

Division 4 — West Bridgewater

2019

Division 4 — Norwell

2020

Division 4 — Norwell

HOLMES AWARD

2019

Division 2 — Hingham

2020

Division 2 — Hingham

NASON AWARD

1981

Division 1 — Boston English

Division 2 — Matignon

1982

Division 1 — Boston Latin

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 —Bp. Fenwick

1983

Division 1 — No winner

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1984

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — Xaverian

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1985

Division 1 — Dorchester

Division 2 — Xaverian

Division 3 — Abp. Williams

1986

Division 1 — Boston Tech

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1987

Division 1 — Boston Tech

Division 2 — BC High

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1988

Division 1 — Boston Tech

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1989

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1990

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — BC High

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1991

Division 1 — Boston Tech

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1992

Division 1 — South Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1993

Division 1 — West Roxbury

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1994

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1995

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1996

Division 1 — South Boston

Division 2 — BC High

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1997

Division 1 — South Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bp. Fenwick

1998

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

1999

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2000

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2001

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2002

Division 1 — Charlestown

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2003

Division 1 — Madison Park

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2004

Division 1 — O’Bryant

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2005

Division 1 — Charlestown

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2006

Division 1 — O’Bryant

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2007

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2008

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2009

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2010

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2011

Division 1 — Madison Park

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2012

Division 1 — Brighton

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Cardinal Spellman

2013

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2014

Division 1 — New Mission

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2015

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2016

Division 1 — Fenway

Division 2 — BC High

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2017

Division 1 — East Boston

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Bishop Feehan

2018

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Austin Prep

2019

Division 1 — New Mission

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Austin Prep

2020

Division 1 — Latin Academy

Division 2 — St. John’s Prep

Division 3 — Austin Prep

SINGELAIS AWARD

1988

Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

1989

Notre Dame of Hingham

1990

Notre Dame of Hingham

1991

Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

1992

Notre Dame of Hingham

1993

Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

1994

Notre Dame of Hingham

1995

Notre Dame of Hingham

1996

Notre Dame of Hingham

1997

Notre Dame of Hingham

1998

Notre Dame of Hingham

1999

Notre Dame of Hingham

2000

Notre Dame of Hingham

2001

Notre Dame of Hingham

2002

Ursuline

2003

Notre Dame of Hingham

2004

Ursuline

2005

Mt. Alvernia

2006

Notre Dame of Hingham

2007

Notre Dame of Hingham

2008

Notre Dame of Hingham

2009

Notre Dame of Hingham

2010

Notre Dame of Hingham

2011

Notre Dame of Hingham

2012

Notre Dame of Hingham

2013

Notre Dame of Tyngsboro

2014

Notre Dame of Hingham

2015

Notre Dame of Hingham

2016

Notre Dame of Hingham

2017

Notre Dame of Hingham

2018

Ursuline

2019

Ursuline

2020

Ursuline

MARKHAM AWARD

1997

Shawsheen

1998

Greater Lowell

1999

Greater Lowell

2000

Keefe Tech

2001

Keefe Tech

2002

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Norfolk

2003

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Norfolk

2004

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Norfolk

2005

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blue Hills

2006

Division 1 — Greater Lowell

Division 2 — Blue Hills

2007

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blackstone Valley

2008

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blackstone Valley

2009

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blackstone Valley

2010

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Blue Hills

2011

Shawsheen

2012

Shawsheen

2013

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Norfolk Aggie

2014

Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

Division 2 — McCann Tech

2015

Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

Division 2 — McCann Tech

2016

Division 1 — Shawsheen

Division 2 — Essex Tech

2017

Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

Division 2 — Diman Voke

2018

Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

Division 2 — Old Colony

2019

Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

Division 2 — Essex Tech

2020

Division 1 — Blackstone Valley

Division 2 — Old Colony





Craig Larson can be reached at craig.larson@globe.com.