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 Pictured is the Chuck Stone Little League all-star team. The team consists of 11- to 12-year-old players from all four CSLL regular season teams. Back row (left to right): Coach Chris Vezina, Manager Jeff Parker, Aedan Erickson, Shea Brennan, David Vitello, Jacob Knowles, Mark Gauthier, Coach Matt Bonenfant, Jenna Bonenfant, Logan Hume, Coach Lorne Hume.Front row (left to right): Deavin McGivern, Jeremy Vezina, Logan Parker. Not pictured: Connor Mahony and Stephan Mack Photo by Adam Lewis
ATHOL — The Chuck Stone Little League all-stars are set to begin pool play this week with their first game scheduled against the Orange all-stars for Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. at James H. Salevan Field. They will then play against the Quabbin all-stars on Thursday in Quabbin. Here is a breakdown...
Orange all-star Cole Johnson tags out Quabbin's Jeff Mielnicki trying to steal second base in the bottom of the third inning of Sunday's game. Johnson was also Orange's only run, scoring on a bad throw by Quabbin's catcher, putting his team up 1-0 in the top of the first. Photo by Mike Phillips
ORANGE — On what would have been the third out of the top of the fifth inning, a dropped third strike and errant throw by the Orange all-stars allowed Quabbin’s Sam Bray to reach base and take second. Marc St. Germain then singled over the glove of center fielder Jayden Carey, scoring Bray to put...
Pictured is Lucais Marks, a participant for Team China in the ASPAC Lacrosse tournament in the Jeju Islands of South Korea. Marks is a goalie and also plays for Dickinson College. Courtesy photo
Lucais Marks, grandson to Molly Aitken of Athol, is currently playing goalie for Team China in the 2017 ASPAC Lacrosse Tournament in the Jeju Islands of South Korea. The tournament began June 16 and will conclude on June 24. “I’m a very hands-on grandma,” said Aitken. “I love their sports. I’m...
Sam Paul is the type of leader that contributes in ways often outside of the box score. Photo by Mike Phillips
There are two types of leaders. Those that step up in the time of need which often is usually duly noted and in sports, usually shows up in the box score. Then there are leaders that set an example. They usually go unnoticed in the box score but carry a team on the court or field through their...
Mahar's Matt Jenks gathers in a rebound over a North Middlesex defender on Thursday night. Jenks contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Mahar's 52-34 win. Photo by Mike Phillips
FITCHBURG — In a matchup of two undefeated teams, Sam Paul hit a three to put Mahar up 3-1 to start the game off and the team never looked back, leading the rest of the way to defeat North Middlesex 52-34 on Thursday night. “With summer basketball, it’s going to be, from night to night you’re...
 Pictured is Christine Wheeler's Team USA jersey. Courtesy photo
ATHOL — Nick Wheeler of Orange began playing Dek Hockey at 12 years old at 202 Sports on Daniel Shays Highway in Orange. From there he got into refereeing and then started playing in tournaments up and down the Northeast. His wife, Christine Wheeler, who he met in college, would watch his games...
Mahar's Sophia Apteker gathers in the rebound and puts the ball back up, completing the basket and drawing the foul. Apteker missed the free throw but brought the game to within two, down 19-17. Photo by Mike Phillips
GARDNER — The great UCLA head coach John Wooden once said “all of life is peaks and valleys” and that sure was the case Wednesday night for the Mahar girls summer basketball team. After not scoring for the first 11:30 in the second half, Mahar finished the game on a 14-2 run en route to a 29-21...
 Athol's Amber Mahony shoots from just inside the arc during the first half of Wednesday night's summer league game. Mahony contributed eight points for Athol in their 59-40 loss. Photo by Mike Phillips
GARDNER — Summer basketball can sometimes be more about development than the record. Often times players come straight from other sport seasons and use summer basketball to get back into basketball shape. “It’s summer basketball, we’ve got young kids playing and you’re just throwing them out...
Mahar’s Ryan Donaldson goes up against two Lunenburg defenders to gather in the rebound. Donaldson contributed two points in Mahar’s 38-35 win and had several key defensive plays on Tuesday night. Photo by Adam Lewis
FITCHBURG — It took a team effort on Tuesday night and the Mahar boys summer league basketball team was up to the task, fending off Lunenburg 38-35, thanks to an all-around team effort led by Quinn Gervais, Matt Jenks and Sam Paul. “They gave us a test and these games are fun in the summer time...
Mahar's Hannah Paul puts one up from beyond the arc in Mahar's 47-16 win over Murdock on Monday. Paul contributed five points in the win. Photo by Mike Phillips
GARDNER — The Mahar girls summer league basketball team dominated both sides of the floor on Monday night, beating Murdock 47-16. “Murdock is rebuilding program so we knew we were going to take it but we actually started too slow and we actually looked sloppy,” said Mahar coach Scott Parker,...

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