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February 11, 2014

In the Paint: Picking all-stars by grade is a balancing act


Costello would be a great fit on these types of all-star teams because he has a knack for picking up the scraps, getting hard-work hoops on loose balls under the basket or slipping behind a defense in a halfcourt set.

As far as juniors go, Hamilton-Wenham’s Jimmy Campbell has been a versatile player all year who’d make any lineup better. But, arguably the biggest snub of all is Danvers’ Peter Merry. As a long, shot-blocking presence in the middle, Merry is a difference-maker, plus he’s a very capable offensive threat. He has missed time this season due to injury, however, and Danvers’ choices were limited because of the need for Francois on the sophomore team and Allen on the freshman team.


The Waring School’s Henry Balf is mostly known for his dominance on the soccer field. Balf recently committed to Boston College, where he’ll continue his soccer career playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

But Balf is also a very good basketball player for Waring. He has scored 221 points through 11 games (20.1 average). He missed a few games this season while attending a soccer showcase in Florida.

The senior from Beverly scored 21 points in a win over Brimmer and May recently, which came one game after dropping 35 in a victory over B.U. Academy. Waring is currently 10-4.

Waring earned the No. 2 seed and will begin its league playoffs next Tuesday when it battles the Cambridge School of Weston.


St. John’s Prep will host the fourth annual IAABO Board 130 Classic Sunday and Monday. The tournament features eight (four boys and four girls) of the best teams in Eastern Mass.

St. John’s plays Lynn English, the defending champ, on Sunday night at 7:15 p.m. Andover and Everett play in the other boys game, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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