ELITE Players “In the Headlines”!!
Ryan Fitzgerald “14 earning recognition as one of most improved players in Middlesex League.
Mickey Lyons “14, Chris Demartinis “15, Mike Demartinis “17 and others from Mass Elite family poised to make major run at Middlesex league title for Burlington Red Devils
Recently staff writers at Hoop Rootz sat down with Evan Cook “19 (Dunstable MA) and Aidan Callahan “21 (Rowley MA) about the upcoming Winter basketball season!
GREAT TURNOUT @ “PREP UP” THANKSGIVING CLINICS
Many eager, skilled and hard working players from Grades 3-12 participated in our programs annual “Prep Up” Thanksgiving Clinics held at both of our basketball hubs in Danvers and Lowell. Elementary/Middle School players attended the sessions to get in some extra work for their Winter travel teams and High School student athletes attended so they would be well prepared for their upcoming HS tryout sessions. Players worked on a variety of skills – including Dribbling, Shooting Form, Offensive/Defensive Rebounding, Multi-Basketball Passing Drills, Controlled “Game Play” and much more!
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS – 5 GREAT YEARS!
Most of the Mass Elite Family came together on Friday November 1st to celebrate our programs 5th year of Anniversary at our programs “Night of Champions” event held at Masconomet HS! Festivities included Competitions, Award Ceremony, Alumni/Coaches vs. Players Game and much more.
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*2013 NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS PICTURE GALLERY*
Mass Elite’s November Madness Draws 100+ Competitive AAU Teams
Our programs 5th Annual November Madness Tournament was a huge success – drawing 106 competitive AAU teams from all throughout New England! Special thanks to The Rivals, Middlesex Magic, NH Spartans, MIBC, Bay State Magic, Boston Bobcats and South Shore Warriors for supporting our event!
Fall Season “SUCCESS” Continues at RI Hawks, MIBC and Bay State Magic Halloween Weekend Tournaments!
Mass Elite teams had an action packed “Halloween Weekend” of hoops at tournaments operated by popular New England programs such as the RI Hawks, MIBC and Bay State Magic! Teams earned tournament championships at the 9th, 8th, 6th and 5th grade levels. In total our “student athletes” played in nearly 70 games of competitive hoops.
*Highlights of the weekend included*
*14U National-Griffin continued their remarkable Spring run, going 3-0 and winning the tournament championship at the RI Hawks Fall Showdown! The team has thus far this Fall has compiled a 16-1 record and made a name for itself as one of the most improved teams from the Class of 2018. Jacob Cowen (Bedford) attacked the basket hard and also hit a high percentage of his outside shots. Other standout performers included – Max Zawel (Weston), Jared Marshall (Reading) and Marcus Barker (Peabody).
*11U National-Beers is still undefeated this Fall season, combining for a 14-0 record while competing in some high level tournaments. The team continued their strong run, going 3-0 at the RI Hawks Fall Tournament. It was all about defense because in all 3 games, Coach Beer’s squad held opposing teams under 20 points. Top performers included Isaiah Taylor (Methuen), Ty Chan (Lowell) and Jalen Gilmore (Nashua NH).
*12U National went undefeated at the MIBC Halloween Bash – defeating Middlesex Magic, NH Spartans and host-club MIBC. Joe Pimlott (Lexington), Sean Culhane (Burlington), Calvin Geisler (Methuen) and Nathan Bass (Lynnfield) all enjoyed very productive weekends.
*15U Eldridge enjoyed a “championship weekend” at Bay State Magic’s annual Fall tournament – going undefeated against some strong teams! Some of the standout performers included - Cole Marzinzik (Hampton NH), Zach Lahlop (Reading) and Brendan Powers (Newburyport).
Top High School Players from Class of 2014 Selected for B.S.T Exposure Showcase Championships
Ryan Fitzgerald (Winchester HS), Cesar Fulcar (Watertown HS) and Mickey Lyons (Burlington HS) participated in the B.ST. Northeast Exposure Showcase, consisting of some of the top college prospects in New England. Ryan, Cesar and Mickey are all entering senior years at their respective High Schools and drawing significant interest from top colleges and universities from New England.
Lots of Chips Awarded at the RIVALS Fall Ruckus in Hanover!
National and Regional AAU teams continued to improve at the RIVALS Fall Ruckus in Hanover – including participation in 90+ games of competitive Fall Hoops! Team not only won a lot of games, but most importantly continued to show remarkable improvement as student-athletes prepare for the upcoming Winter Basketball season.
*Highlights of the weekend included*
*10U National-Beers continued their undefeated Fall season, going 3-0 while “playing up” in the 6th grade division of the RIVALS Ruckus tournament. The team defeated Kingston Thunder, The Rivals and BSS – now 11-0 on the Fall AAU season! Stand-out players during the weekend included – Steven Piro (Methuen), Vito Piro (Methuen), Stephen Norris (Nashua NH) and Ty Chan (Lowell).
*16U-National Coughlin went 3-0 and won the divisional championship defeating The Rivals and NH Spartans by an average of over 35 points! The final game against a tough BV Chaos closed out the tourney win! Jake Carbone (Woburn HS), Jonathan Lawrence (Peabody HS), Kyle Coughlin (Beverly HS) and Zack Bladd (Winchester HS) had great performances this weekend with support from Nick Gott and Mike Mele.
*17U National-Polli had a productive weekend, the “highlight” game of the weekend being against Bay State Magic when the team came back from a 22 point deficit. Nick Raucci (Reading HS) hit 9 three pointers in the game, scoring 32 points in total. Other standouts throughout the weekend included – Brendan Bouthilette (Billerica HS), Ray Veguilla (MASCO HS), Brendan Morrison (Peabody HS) and Derek Hogan (North Reading HS).
*14U National-Griffin had another undefeated weekend and earned another tournament championship, now sitting at the 13-2 on the Fall season. The team has won games this Fall by a margin of 20+ points per game. Outstanding performances by Marcus Barker (Peabody), Michael Read (Lexington), Jack Cowen (Bedford) and Ernie Brand (Bedford).
*14U Kelley went 3-0 and earned a championship, defeating programs such as the Middlesex Magic and BSS by an average margin of 25+ points per game. Essex Gall (Lexington), Ethan Pewu (Burlington), Mitchell Macneil (Tyngsboro) and Joseph Paulo (Tyngsboro) had strong showings.
*11U Crowe went undefeated on the weekend, defeating Middlesex Magic and BSS. The team played exceptional team basketball – distributing the ball well and playing excellent defense. Stand out performers included - Bennett Powell (Billerica), Cam Boudrot (Billerica), Jake Carbone (North Andover) and Odongo Makokha (Chelmsford).
ELITE Teams Continue Success at NH Spartans Fall Tournaments and Hoop Rootz Beast of the East!
Mass Elite teams continued to have lot’s of success at respective weekend tournaments – these being at the National, Regional and Local levels. In total 25+ teams competed at the NH Spartans Fall Tournament and Hoop Rootz Beast 0f the East tournament – winning multiple tournament championships across all levels!
ELITE TV Recap – Members of Class 0f 2014 and 2015 Defeat SS Wolfpack at Hoop Rootz Beast of the East
*Highlights of the weekend included*
*12U-National team had an excellent weekend in Derry, NH ﬁnishing the weekend undefeated and with t-shirts in hand. It was a total team effort as the group held each of their opponents under 20 points. In the championship game the team held its opponent, the NH Spartans to only 4 points in the second half en route to a 39-17 win. The team is undefeated on the season and has not had a win by less than 20 points.
*10U-National Beers squad also continued their undefeated Fall season (also winning a tournament championship) at the NH Spartans Fall Tournament , thus far compiling a 8-0 record after three weekend events. Top performers of the weekend included Nate Geisler (Methuen) and Jalen Gilmore (Lowell).
*14U National-Boykin and 14U National-Griffin teams combined for a 10-2 record at the Hoop Rootz Beast of the East tournament – defeating programs such as the SS Wolfpack, CMAC, MABC, Mass Commanders and other teams from throughout New England. Standouts from the teams included – Stanley Smudin (Natick), Jack Cowen (Bedford), Noah Cate (Weston), Yanis Nyantenji (Nashua NH), Xahn Frater (Nashua NH) and Richie Mercado (Nashua NH).
*16U National-Coughlin continued a nice Fall tournament stretch, defeating the Mass Ducks and Central Mass Thunder at the Hoop Rootz Beast of the East tournament. Kyle Coughlin (Beverly), Jonathan Lawrence (Peabody) and Zach Bladd (Winchester) were standouts all weekend.
*11U Crowe played very well at the NH Spartans Fall Tournament. Mateo Fontanez (Malden) had a season high 16 points against the teams 15+ win against MIBC. Odongo Makokha (Chelmsford), Jake Carbone (North Andover), Munir Hariniwala (Acton) and Bennet Powell (Billerica) also had very productive weekends.
6 Tournament Champions Awarded at the Annual Fall Classic!
All of our families National Invitational teams participated in the annual Middlesex Magic Fall Classic, considered one of the most highly competitive and highly regarded AAU tournaments held each Fall in New England. Mass Elite National Teams combined for 24 wins throughout the weekend and a “record setting” 6 tournament championships at the 12th, 9th, 8th, 6th and 5th grade levels. Student-athletes from our basketball family won more games/tournament championships then any other program that represented the event, demonstrating the depth and strength of our family!
*Highlights from the weekend include*
*Tournament championship for the 18U National-Polli team, including two wins against highly skilled Middlesex Magic and Rivals teams (consisting of many scholarship athletes). Cesar Fulcar (Watertown HS) and Mickey Lyons (Burlington HS) were two of the best players on the court in all three of their respective wins, drawing major interest from the college coaches in attendance. Cesar showcased his outstanding court leadership – handling the point and finding teammates in transition. Mickey continued his offensive outburst, averaging over 20 points per game.
*A tourney win for the 15U National-Frechette team, winning all of their games by a margin of at least 20+ points and continuing their undefeated Fall AAU record. Teams defeated included the RI Hawks, The Rivals and Evo. Top performer for the weekend included Justin Connelly (St. Johns Prep) who is making a name for himself as one of the premier “combo guard/forwards” in all of Eastern Massachusetts. Justin shot the ball exceptionally well throughout the entire weekend and demonstrated his outstanding length and improving athleticism on defense.
*The 14U National-Griffin team won a tournament championship, winning all of their games by a margin of 20+ points. Teams defeated included The Rivals, Middlesex Magic and BSS. Standout performances by Jack Cowen (Bedford), Jared Marshall (Reading) and Marcus Barker (Peabody).
*Our 12U National team went undefeated and earned a championship, continuing to build off if their undefeated record so far this Fall. Excellent play “up front” by the triple towers Sean Culhane (Burlington ), Joseph Pimlott (Lexington) and Joey Walsh (North Andover). Culhane was the leading scorer for the team in all three games and had some outstanding blocks on defense. Jack Cleary (Lynnfield MA) and Michael Barrett (Andover MA) were tremendous on the press, creating turnovers with great anticipation. Stephen Dwyer (Lynnfield MA) was the ﬂoor general for the team setting up the offense. Anthony Vincinguerra (Wakefield), Ryan Marcus (Wakefield) and Calvin Geisler (Methuen) also had strong performances.
*Combined 6-0 record and two championships for our 11U National-Griffin and 11U National-Beers teams – defeating the Middlesex Magic, BSS, Evo and RI Hawks. Standout performances by Jalen Gilmore (Nashua NH), Ty Chan (Lowell), Ethan O’Hara (Manchester) and Alex Karaban (Southboro). Our families Class of 2021 is undefeated thus far this Fall after the first two weekends of tournament play.
*4 combined wins (and “runner up” status) by our 13U National-Polli and 10U National-Kane teams. Both teams continue to demonstrate vast improvements, especially on the offensive side of the floor where both teams pushed the ball well and found open teammates in transition.
Fall Tip Off Showcases Talent of the Mass Elite Program!
35+ Mass Elite teams kicked off their Fall 2013 AAU seasons this past weekend at the Fall Tip Off – Presented by ZG Report! In total, Mass Elite teams were the most impressive in the tournament – finishing with a 44-28 combined record demonstrating the overall talent and depth of the program. Our family played in 80+ games throughout the weekend, playing in competitive games at the 3rd-12th grade levels against some of the top competition in New England.
ELITE TV Recap – Mass Elite Flexes Muscles Against Competition at ZG One Day Warmup!
*Undefeated records by the 14U National-Boykin and 14U National-Griffin teams, winning all games by an average of 25+ points. Teams defeated included “Premier” Hoops (two games by 30+ point average), Mass Evolution and the CT Defenders. Standout student athletes throughout the weekend included – Yanis Nyantenji (Nashua NH), Xahn Frater (Nashua NH), Colin Lomasney (Peabody), Angel Mejia (Methuen), Jack Cowen (Bedford) and Max Zawel (Weston).
*Undefeated performances by the 11U-National Griffin and 11U-National Beers teams. winning games by an average of 30+ points – defeating VBC, Rise Above Basketball, Mass Commanders and “Premier” Hoops. Top performers included - Ethan O’Hara (Manchester), Jeff Goguen (Billerica), Alex Karaban (Southboro), Bobby Sweet (Acton), Jalen Gilmore (Nashua NH) and Ty Chan (Lowell).
*Strong performance by the 15U-National Frechette team, going undefeated and beating the CMAC Hawks and Mass Commanders by an average of 20+ points. Top players for the weekend included – Derek Lamparelli (BC High School), Ryan Veguilla (MASCO HS), DJ Frechette (Nashua HS) and Justin Connolly (St Johns Prep).
*Our programs 16U- National Coughlin team went undefeated in the ZG tipoff this weekend beating NS Bobcats by over 30 pts and winning a close game against a tough CT Defenders. Mike Mele (Innovation Academy) and Jake Carbone (Woburn HS) were key scorers this weekend, while John Baltayan (Billerica HS) and Nick Gott (Shawsheen Tech HS) cleaned up the boards. Kyle Coughlin’s (Beverly HS) play against the CT team was outstanding dropping 30 points in the game!
*Excellent start to the season for the 12U National team, defeating the South Shore Rockets team 58-20 and Bay State Flash 60-6. In the ﬁrst game a balanced offensive attack and pressure defense caused the team to jump out to a big early lead. Sean Culhane (Burlington) was a standout player during both games, providing production on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.
*Big wins for our 17U/18U National-Polli teams, beating the CMAC Hawks and Northshore Bobcats. Standout players throughout the weekend included – Cesar Fulcar (Watertown HS), John Roop (Arlington HS), Mike Algeri (Reading HS), Brendan Bouthilette (Billerica HS) and Chris Demartinis (Burlington HS).
* Strong debut for for the 13U National-Polli team – demonstrating strong court awareness, toughness and good skills. Intriguing performances by Cam Impemba (Burlington), Ryan Culhane (Burlington), John Bodette (Andover) and Evan Cook (Dunstable).
*Undefeated day for the 11U Crowe team, including strong performances by Mateo Fontanez (Malden), Jayden Halecki (Ipswich) and Biljan Sharifi (Concord).
Mass Elite Student Athletes Receive Most Recognition at Hoop Rootz King of the Court Showcase, 5th-8th grade Classes Draw Significant Praise!
Most recently 35+ of our top student athletes from our 5th-8th grade classes were invited to participate in the annual Hoop Rootz King of the Court Showcase held at “The Fieldhouse” in Sudbury. The day consisted of skills/drills stations, mini-games, tournament play and even a DJ was in the building playing some tunes while the boys were competing. In total, more players from the Mass Elite family were invited and attended the event then any other program in New England, this demonstrated by all of the praise our players received in the recaps below posted since the event!
ELITE TV Highlights
“SKILL/WILL/SACRIFICE” – A LOOK AT OUR CLASS OF 2017
Sean Culhane @ Hoop Rootz King of the Court
Class of 2017′s Ryan Veguilla Official “Mixtape”
Class of 2017′s Mike Demartinis Official “Mixtape”
Class of 2017′s Noah Gray Official “Mixtape”
ELITE Student Athletes from Classes of 2014/2015 Have Standout Night at Hoop Mountain Fall Classic
Top student-athletes from our talented High School program were invited and attended the Hoop Mountain Fall Classic at Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro MA! Players from both our Classes of 2014 and 2015 gained lots of attention from the 50+ college/prep school coaches in attendance.
*Highlights from 2013 Fall Classic Included*
*Mickey Lyons (Class of 2014, Burlington HS) was one of the most talked about players at the Fall Classic, drawing significant interest from many top New England universities and colleges. Mickey demonstrated his explosive offensive skills, also showing off his outstanding athleticism making some explosive plays from “above the rim”. Mickey will be the starting shooting guard/small forward at Burlington HS where he expects too be one of the top players in the Middlesex League.
*Ryan Fitzgerald (Class of 2014, Winchester HS) drew significant interest from local universities and colleges. Ryan is the “team captain” at Winchester High School, where he is starts at the guard position. Ryan figures to be one of the top players in the Middlesex League this Winter.
*John Roop (Class of 2014, Arlington HS) was spot on hitting outside jump shots and long range missiles at the Fall Classic. John was one of the best pure shooters at the event. John expects to be the starting Point Guard this Winter for his Arlington HS team.
*Brendan Bouthilette (Class of 2015, Billerica HS) was one of the top Juniors at the event, demonstrating his strong offensive skills and swarming defense. Brendan was fearless “playing up” against many Seniors and Post-Grad players.
*Hastens Kearse (Class of 2015, Lincoln/Sudbury HS), Chris Demartinis (Class of 2015, Burlington HS) and Mike Algeri (Class of 2015, Reading HS) all made big statements at the event, showing why they are some of the best all around players from the Class of 2015 in their respective leagues.
FROSH/SOPH Classes Have Impressive Showing at NERR Elite 75 Fall Exposure Event
Mass Elite Basketball had a very strong showing at the NERR Elite 75 Freshmen/Sophomore showcase held at The University Sports Complex in Hanover MA – representing some of the most talented student/athletes in the classes of 2016/2017!
*New England Recruiting Report “Write Up’s” Include*
Kyle Coughlin “16 – Best Sophomore Back-Court Players
Justin Connolly “17 - Best Freshmen Back-Court Players
D.J. Frechette “17 - Best Freshmen Back-Court Players
Ryan Veguilla “17 - Best Freshmen Back-Court Players
Mickey Lyons from Burlington and other Mass Elite HS Players EARN HIGH MARKS at Hoopville Fall Back to School Showcase
Mickey Lyons (Class of 2014 – Burlington HS) continues to turn many heads, most recently this past weekend after his stand out performance at the Hoopville Fall Back to School Showcase where Mickey and others from our Classes of 2014 and 2015 battled some of the best competition in New England!
*Highlights from Hoopville Fall Showcase Included*
*In weekend tournament action, Mickey Lyons (Burlington HS) averaged nearly 28 points per game – facing off against many scholarship athletes and other D2/D3 prospects. Mickey also was one of the tournament leaders in three pointers made, demonstrating a fierce ability to hit shots from outside the three point arc. Mickey drew interest from many college coaches in the building and is beginning to make a name for himself as one of the top prospects coming out of the Middlesex League.
*Ryan Fitzgerald (Winchester HS) demonstrated why he is “the captain” of his Winchester HS Basketball team, playing with outstanding tenacity on both offense and defense. Ryan was the 2nd highest scorer for the Class of 2014 throughout the weekend, scoring in a variety of ways. Ryan offensively was hitting his mid-range jumpers, although most notable was his ability to crash the offensive boards. Ryan drew interest from multiple college coaches who made it out to the event.
*Brandon Bouthilette (Billerica HS) from our Class of 2015 “played up” with our Senior Class throughout the weekend and did not appear to have any anxiety playing with the older boys. Brandon was 2nd in scoring throughout the weekend for our 2014/2015 classes games, showing distance from outside the three point line but also the ability to attack the rim with ease. Brandon worked a lot on improving his strength from the Spring season and it really shows. Brandon is projected to be a starter this Winter for his Billerica HS team.
*Michael Algeri (Reading HS) and Chris Demartinis (Burlington HS) from the Class of 2015 also “played up” with our senior class and played with comfort, control and confidence. Michael and Chris both project to be starting guards at Reading/Burlington High Schools – where they will face off in some tough Middlesex League battles.
Hoop Rootz and Mass Elite “Back to School” Interviews In Full Steam!
RECORD TURNOUT at 2013 Fall Tryout Sessions – 325+ Players
Outstanding turnout this far at Fall AAU tryout sessions for our National, Regional and Local (“Part Time”) teams – held at locations in Reading, Danvers and Lexington! Players have represented over 75+ local cities/towns in Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Sessions will continue throughout the month!
Mass Elite TV presents some exclusive highlights of our 4th-8th grade Fall National Invitational Tryout sessions held last week, drawing many outstanding and hardworking student athletes from all throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire!
Hoop Rootz “Closes Books” on 2017 Class, Naming 6 of our Student/Athletes for All-State Teams in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Hoop Rootz over recent weeks has “closed the books” on the Class of 2017, as the members of this talented class will now be entering HS beginning this week and next. They also have named “ALL STATE TEAMS” for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island – all featuring 6 student/athletes from Mass Elite’s outstanding Class of 2017, 2 of which were named “Starters” and 4 others being named “Reserves”. Since the 2011 Spring season, the Class of 2017 has earned three National Tournament Bids, Won a Massachusetts State Championship and have attended National Tournaments in Virginia, Tennessee and this past Summer at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando Florida!
ALL-MASSACHUSETTS TEAM Noah Gray – (Starter) Leominster HS Every squad needs a work-horse with intangibles in the front-court and when you combine his skills and tenacity with his still-growing 6’4″ strong-bodied frame, Gray, who also is standout on the gridiron, has the potential to play this role at a high-level as he enters his freshman year.
Mike Demartinis – (Reserve/Combo Player) – Burlington HS After a grammar/middle-school career playing more of a point-forward role on the floor, DeMartinis has now made the full-transition to the back-court as his freshman year at Burlington HS gets set to begin.
Alex Frawley – (Reserve/Combo Player) – Billerica HS Combines a smooth long-range stroke, with which he can be deadly, with the ability to use the dribble drive to create offense for his squad. Has a good feel for the game and should make an impact for the Billerica HS Varsity from the get-go.
Ryan Veguilla – (Reserve/Scoring Guard) – MASCO HS Southpaw guard has had a productive 2013 scoring the ball from the perimter and off the slash while he has also showed the ability to step over and run the show from the point, which will likely make him an immediate contributor next season at varsity level.
ALL-NEW HAMPSHIRE/RHODE ISLAND TEAMS DJ Frechette – (Reserve/Scoring Guard) – Nashua HS Can set up his teammates off the dribble and handle against pressure while also providing a long-range scoring threat and the ability to score it at the rack.
Cole Swider (Starter/Guard) – Portsmouth HS Skilled wing with good-size, a smooth long-range stroke, and a nice feel for the game. High-ceiling potential when you combine his skill-level with the genetic probability that he has plenty of growing left to do.