The Danvers seniors — McKenna, Danny Connors, Nick Bates, Eric Martin, Duncan d’Hemecourt, Jake Cawlina, Justin Woodbury and Evan Eldridge — completed a two-year run with a combined 45-6 record.
“It feels amazing, especially this being our senior year,” Connors, one of four Danvers captains, said. “All of us have been playing together since fourth grade and being able to accomplish what we did as seniors feels good.”
Martin, the NEC Small Most Valuable Player this season, suggested that last year’s title was for the seniors then; this time around was about the current group of seniors.
“It was a great way to end it and it was good that it was our team this year,” said Martin, who will play soccer at Division 1 UMass Lowell next year. “Obviously we were part of it last year, but it was more about George (Merry) and them. This was more for us.”
Now, the seniors are turning it over to the younger players in hopes that they can continue the winning ways.
“They’ve gotta be used to winning now, so they’re just going to take it with them next year and coach Walsh will do the same things that he’s done since he got here,” Bates said.
Bates, who recently decided to attend Salve Regina, and the Springfield College-bound McKenna will each play Division 3 college basketball next year.
Martin is playing soccer, Connors will possibly be playing baseball next year in college at either Salem State or UMass Amherst, and Cawlina is playing football at Curry College.
All together, this group of basketball seniors has to go down as one of the best groups of athletes in Danvers history. And last night was a fitting end to the season.
“We’re lucky to have the Touchdown Club in Danvers to honor us,” Walsh said. “All these guys go to our games and really support us. It’s great for the end of the year.”