Amy Pelletier has always had a deadly accurate outside shot on a basketball court.
The former Bishop Fenwick star, who scored over 1,200 points in high school for the Crusaders, is now playing a leading role at Stonehill College, where she has started every game while averaging 30 minutes a night and scoring 15.8 points per game.
The Skyhawks (14-5 overall 11-4 NE-10) had a thrilling come-from-behind win over St. Rose in Albany last weekend. Stonehill was down by nine points with 90 seconds left, but roared back to send it into overtime and won, 92-81. Pelletier, a junior guard, scored 16 of her 23 points in the second half of that triumph. In finishing just one point shy of equaling her career best, the Beverly native also knocked down 5-of-11 three-point attempts.
“Against St. Rose it was a matter of coming back possession by possession. They had the lead the whole game until we finally tied it up right at the end (of regulation). Earlier our shots weren’t falling, but we never gave up. We proved to ourselves that we can handle any adversity,” said Pelletier.
“We’re a veteran team and are playing a lot smarter. We’re poised and executing our plays really well. Our goal is to finish at the top of the league, and we’re taking it one game at a time. My role is to hit the 3-point shots (she’s currently making them at a 48.5 success rate).”
The honors student, who is majoring in finance, was named to the Assumption Tip-Off Classic All Tournament team at the start of the season.
Last year Pelletier played in all 29 games for Stonehill and averaged 10.3 points per game. She was ranked second in NE-10 in 3-point field goals per game and 26th nationally in Division 2.
One thing that makes her so successful is a quick release.
“My teammates are finding me coming off screens,” said Pelletier.
“I’m so happy I decided to go to Stonehill; I love the school and couldn’t be happier. It’s a nice mix of strong academics and athletics. We play in one of the top leagues in the country in Division 2, and the competition is great. On any given night every team in this league can beat anybody else.”
Steve Langton is getting lots of attention in Sochi, Russia at the Winter Olympics as a member of the USA bobsled’s “Night Train” team that has high expectations. His younger brother, Chris, is ready to step in if needed as the Americans’ first alternate.
While Steve’s background is as a track star at St. John’s Prep and later Northeastern, Chris started in high school track for the Eagles, then dabbled in wrestling at Northfield Mt. Hermon prep school before concentrating on lacrosse and went on to have a fine career at Cornell.
“I had no idea (Chris) was doing (wrestling) until he came home with a big trophy,” said his mother Anne. “I guess they needed somebody to fill in, and the coach asked Chris to try it because they needed somebody in that weight class so they wouldn’t have to forfeit. He surprised everybody by winning.”
Despite not having any experience Langton was a natural, an All-New England in the 215-pound class.
At St. John’s Prep he set a state record and was named All-American in the shuttle hurdles relay and was a member of the Division 1 and New England state champion 4x200 relay team. He was also an outstanding lacrosse midfielder for the Eagles and later in college for the Big Red. Running up and down the field played a big part in his meteoric rise in bobsledding.
Steve Langton captained the Huskies’ track team, where he excelled in sprints and jumps. In 2004 he was third in the 100 meter dash at the America East championship, and the following year indoors placed third in the 55 meter dash and fourth in the long jump at the championship meet.
Dr. Ed Hardiman, the headmaster at St. John’s, and some of the school’s coaches made a video and tweeted it out to the brothers with a strong message of support from the Prep community.
Four years from now it’s a good bet the Langton brothers will both be members of the USA bobsled team in 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea -- maybe even on the same four-man team.
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.