When Marissa Garey scored her 1,000th point for the Groton School recently her name went in the school record book. The senior captain from Salem became the first girl to ever reach that coveted mark in the 130-year history of the school. Garey reached 1,000 in a 24-point performance in her final game and finished her career with 1,017 points.
She was highly recruited for basketball, but decided to make a full-time commitment to her other passion — crew. Garey had her choice of several excellent colleges for both sports and picked the reigning national champion University of Virginia.
“I knew with three games remaining that I had a chance to do it, but I really didn’t think I would (reach 1,000) until I scored 26 points against Milton in the third to last game of the season,” said the Lady Zebras MVP, who was selected to play in the NEPSAC all-star game in Connecticut last weekend. “They had a very good team, and after that I knew I had a good shot to do it.
“Playing against the best players in the all-star game was a nice way to end. It was a lot of fun, but now I will concentrate on getting ready for our crew season. For a while I really didn’t know if I was going to continue with basketball or crew in college. I was looking at Williams and Yale for basketball, but then realized I wanted crew more.”
Garey has enjoyed her experience as a member of the very successful Groton crew team and even had the opportunity to row on the Thames in England back in 2011. Virginia, Villanova, and Dartmouth were at the top of her list once she made up her mind to pursue the sport in college.
“I weighed the pros and cons of each school,” said Garey, who received a scholarship to the D-1 powerhouse. “UVA has won the NCAA championship the past few years, and I know it’s a huge commitment. I’ll never have this chance again so I decided to go for it.
“Crew is huge at Virginia, and the team has its own dining hall, study hall, and dorms for the men’s and women’s teams. I know a lot of responsibilities go along with all the special treatment. I’m going into the college of arts and science, but can transfer later. Right now I’m interested in a career in law or finance.”
Spring is the big season for crew at the college level although teams go to regattas during the fall before training in the winter to get ready for the big events.
“At UVA if you’re on the crew team you don’t go home from the end of the Christmas break until the end of July,” said Garey, who has a B+ average at Groton where class ranking is not kept. “There are a lot of weekend regattas in the fall, and UVA goes to the Head of the Charles in Boston. Spring is big, and the team goes to Florida and California to row.
“Four other girls in my class are going to continue with crew in college. One will be at Virginia, one is going to Harvard, and two to Dartmouth. It’s going to be weird competing against three of my teammates.”
Garey is on spring break now, but even then she will be busy getting in shape for her last crew season at Groton before becoming a Cavalier.
“Classes start up again on March 27, and then we’ll have regattas every weekend,” she said. “Basketball helps get ready for crew because of the jumping and running, but I need to do long distance running to work on my endurance. I have an erg (rowing machine) in front of my TV at home to help with my training, and I’m preparing for an intense summer getting ready for college.”
Steph Ciampa had to wait patiently to get her opportunity to start in goal for Mercyhurst, but once her chance came the senior from Peabody made the most of it. Ciampa was named Goaltender of the Month (February) for College Hockey America after a 6-0 performance to lead the Lakers to the regular season title and is an impressive 17-1-0 this season. In February she allowed only 11 goals in her six starts and four were on the power play. She faced 123 shots and recorded a .911 goals against average.
Ciampa is ranked eighth in the country in save percentage (.935), and fourth in GAA (1.40) for the season. She is second behind Noora Raty of Minnesota in winning percentage (.944) and seventh in shutouts with four.
Mercyhurst earned a first round bye and is hosting the CHA quarterfinals this weekend. The team is ranked ninth in the country in Division 1 with a 26-6-1 record and is 17-3-0 in league play. Ciampa has earned six Goaltender of the Week awards.
The Silvio Cella Family Foundation has given more than $35,000 in grant money to help high school football programs across the state since 2010. The latest recipients are Northeast Metro Tech (coach Don Heres), Randolph (Keith Ford), Blackstone-Millville Regional (Anthony Naler), and Smith Vocational and Agriculture (Jeff Peterson). Each school, representing one of the four areas in the state, received $3,000.
“This much needed grant money will help these schools improve player safety and upgrade facilities and equipment, and help build a sense of teamwork and community,” said fund President Michael Cella of Peabody in a press release. “Being part of a football team takes dedication, builds character, and prepares these young athletes for life ahead. We are honored to carry on my Dad’s legacy and continue to support high school football players and coaches. Silvio Cella was an innovator on the field and a champion for athletes and coaches.”
Cella was a dedicated football coach and athletic director in Revere for 49 years. His children Michael and Gina are committed to helping improve playing conditions, increasing player safety, and helping student-athletes prepare for their future. Every summer the foundation holds a golf tournament to raise money to award to schools in the North, South, Central, and West parts of Massachusetts. A special donation was also made to Revere High in memory of the former coach/AD.
Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org