The Salem News
---- — BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
After two years spent at the top of Massachusetts Division 3 boys high school basketball, Danvers High was supposed to come back to earth. With four starters having graduated and the fifth suffering a season-ending knee injury over the summer, not much was expected of the Falcons. Junior transfer Devan Harris gradually made those expectations change.
Harris, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound power forward with a soft touch, became Danvers’ go-to player and delivered all season. He was consistently good throughout the year and seemed to get stronger as the season progressed. He finished the year averaging a double-double, leading the team in both points and rebounds. He was fourth in the area in scoring, checking in at 18.9 per game.
Harris’ regular season high-water mark was a 35-point, 12-rebound game in a win over Billerica, but his best game came when the Falcons needed it most. He scored 35 points and pulled down 20 rebounds (12 offensive) in a 62-59 win over Belmont in the Division 2 North semifinals. Overall, Harris’ postseason production was outstanding. He scored 23 points and hauled in 16 rebounds in a quarterfinal victory over North Andover and averaged 23.8 points and 14.5 rebounds through four playoff games.
Danvers wasn’t able to make it three straight state titles, but Harris did help the team reach the North final and win 20 games for the third consecutive year. Harris was recognized by the Northeastern Conference coaches, being voted co-MVP of the league along with Lynn Classical’s Phil Rogers.
A versatile, 6-foot-3 player who did everything for the Falcons ... Averaged 11.6 points per game plus approximately six rebounds and four assists ... Named Northeastern Conference All-Star ... Scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Falcons come back for a win against Beverly ... Excellent defensive player who often matched up with the opposition’s best player, regardless of position ... Was a key reserve on Danvers’ Division 3 state championship team last year.
A tough, intelligent, skilled player, Berchoff was Beverly’s glue this season ... Led the Panthers with 378 points this season and was second on the team with 16.4 points per game ... One of six players to be selected to the All-Northeastern Conference Team ... Gathered 7.5 rebounds per game ... Scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds against Bridgewater ... Will attend Bridgewater State and continue playing basketball.
St. John’s Prep, Senior
Excellent all-around player who stood out on both ends of the floor ... Combo guard capable of creating offense off the dribble or knocking down open shots from the perimeter ... Averaged 12.5 points, three steals and five rebounds per night ... Named Catholic Conference all-star ... Scored 22 points in OT win at B.C. High ... Dropped 25 points in a victory over Lynn Classical ... Solid defensive player ... Captain in both basketball and baseball ... Plans on doing a post-graduate year at either Phillips Andover or Phillips Exeter.
Bounced back with an excellent season after missing his entire sophomore year due to a broken leg ... An inside-out player who seemed to get stronger as the year went on ... Helped the Generals win the Cape Ann League Kinney Division and earned All-League status along the way ... Averaged 13.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game ... Scored 20 points against St. Mary’s in the Generals’ loss in the Division 4 North semifinals ... Hopes to continue playing basketball in college.
Bishop Fenwick, Senior
Senior captain helped the Crusaders return to the state tournament for the first time in five years ... Led the team in scoring by totaling 379 points in 21 games, good for an 18.1 average ... Earned game MVP in Good Sports Invitational at the Boston Garden ... Also named game MVP in Beverly Christmas Tournament game against Boston Latin ... Two-time Catholic Central League all-star ... Scored career-high 35 points against Shawsheen Tech ... Led the team with 25 points in Division 4 North first round tournament win over Mystic Valley ... Looking to play in college at either Suffolk or Salve Regina.
One of the most dangerous scorers in the area, Cross can score from any spot on the floor ... Led Beverly and was second in the area in points per game with 19.4 ... Named Northeastern Conference All-Star ... Had a memorable game at home against Salem, pouring in 23 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as the Panthers stormed back from a 20-point deficit to win ... Returned from injury to score a season-high 34 points, to go along with 10 rebounds, in a win over Malden ... Looking into prep schools to do a post-graduate year.
Sharp-shooting guard was the primary ball-handler for the Witches and a major scoring threat ... Was tops in the area with 67 made 3-pointers ... Averaged 13 points per game ... Played the role of facilitator too, dishing out a team-best 5.7 assists per game ... Selected as one of six All-Conference player in the Northeastern Conference ... Scored 17 points, including the game-tying bucket in regulation and the game-winning points in overtime in a Division 2 North first round win over Brighton.
Peabody resident broke into the Generals’ starting lineup last year, and took his game to another level this season ... Led Hamilton-Wenham with a 17.5 points per game average ... Named Cape Ann League Kinney Division Player of the Year ... Scored 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over Triton ... Contributed 28 points and 11 rebounds against North Reading ... Helped the Generals win a league title and advance to the Division 4 North semifinals ... Hopes to continue playing basketball at either Salem State or Westfield State.
St. John’s Prep, Junior
A pure shooter with a high release ... Powered the St. John’s Prep offense with 14.5 points per game and a team-high 39 3-pointers made ... Picked as a Catholic Conference All-Star ... Turned in a brilliant game in the Prep’s tournament loss to Central Catholic, scoring a game-high 30 points and pulling down eight rebounds ... Aiming to play college basketball in the Ivy League or the Patriot League.
Arguably the most exciting player on the North Shore, Keys helped the Witches immensely after moving from Mississippi ... The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 12.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and knocked down 23 3-pointers ...Scored 16 points, grabbed eight rebounds and threw down three highlight reel dunks in a 74-69 win over Lynn English ... Named Northeastern Conference All-Star.
A Salem News all-star quarterback in football, Millett charged up the Magicians’ basketball offense in coach Mike Giardi’s first year back at the helm ... A 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard, he started all 22 games for Marblehead and played more than 28 minutes per game ... Led the team with 299 points, good for 13.6 points per game ... Will play football at Holy Cross next year.
Team co-captain was extremely consistent for the Tanners ... Led Peabody by scoring 13 points per game ... Scored in double figures 14 times this season ... Named Northeastern Conference All-Star ... Had a season-high 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against North Shore Tech ... Pumped in 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds against Danvers and added 20 points and 13 rebounds against Lynn English ... Carries a 3.98 Grade Point Average and ranks 19th in the senior class at Peabody High ... Intends to major in Engineering and has been accepted into Northeastern, RPI, WPI and Virginia Tech, while waiting on decision from Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.
High scoring guard had an explosive season for the Chieftains ... Posted 450 points through 21 games, averaging more than 20 a game to lead the North Shore ... Connected on 58 3-point shots this year ... Set the area’s single-game scoring mark for the season when he dropped 44 points — 31 in the first half — in an overtime win over Georgetown ... Named to the Cape Ann All-League team ... Hopes to play college basketball, or do a post-graduate year after graduating from Masco.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie, Junior
Junior guard emerged into a leading role for his team this season ... A dangerous scorer, Schaejbe was third in the area with 19.1 points per game ... Knocked down 51 3-pointers and dished out 3.4 assists per game ... Dropped 29 points in a game against St. Joseph’s Prep ... Also scored 28 in a game against Peabody and 24 against Shawsheen ... Named to Commonwealth Athletic Conference all-star team.
Super-quick guard with the ability to be a lock-down defender on one end and a complete floor general on the other ... Surpassed 1,000 career points in early January ... Scored 15 points and dished out 11 assists in Pingree’s upset of El Toro (Cal.) at Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. ... Named tournament MVP at Old Spice Classic ... Also a Salem News all-star in football, Spears will hit the gridiron for Trinity College next fall.
Beverly — Chris Sinclair, Sr. G; Josh Cairns, Sr. G; Jonangel Franco, Sr. G.
Bishop Fenwick — Dom Luoni, Sr. G; Rishad DeSilva, Sr. G; Devin Graham, Sr. G.
Danvers — Peter Merry, Jr. C; Mark McCarthy, Sr. G; Devonn Allen, Fr. G.
Hamilton-Wenham — Marcus Zegarowski, Fr. G; Nikos Lara, Sr. G/F.
Ipswich — Matt Jaeger, Sr. G; Jake Long, So. G.
Marblehead — Spencer Craig, Jr. G; Cian Saunders, Jr. G/F; Will Millett, Jr. F.
Masconomet — Jalen Aho, Sr. G; Kevin Martin, Sr. F
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie — Yordanny Sanchez, Sr. F.
Peabody — Jared McCarron, Sr. G; Matt Correale, Jr. G.
Pingree — Justin Assad, So. G; Kyle Lentini, Sr. F; Connor Reardon, Sr. F; Alonzo Jackson, So. F.
Salem — David Kazadi, Sr. C; Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez, Jr. F.
St. John’s Prep — Kareem Davis, Jr. G; Max Butterbrodt, Sr. F.
Swampscott — Chad Nelson, Sr. F; Joey Ragusa, So. G; Andre Reeves, Fr. G.