Central’s brilliant sophomore Dinges heads to Nobles


May 2 – Ashley Dinges was set to go down with the great Katie Zenevich (CCHS ’10) as possibly Central Catholic’s two best basketball players since the girls started attending the school in the fall of 1996.

The 6-foot-tall super sophomore from Haverhill was our region champion this winter with 22.7 points per game and was already a two-time Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer (top 5 players in the region).

But Dinges, who already has an offer from UNH, decided to transfer to the Noble and Greenough prep powerhouse in Dedham. Dinges, who played as an 8th grader at Bradford Christian, will repeat his second season at Nobles.

For decades, the best hockey players opted for junior or preparatory schools. Over the past decade, area coaches have sweated keeping their best basketball players. and often it’s a losing battle.

Now it is also a big trend among girls.

Recent examples of stars leaving local high schools for prep schools include Dinges, Haverhill’s Kendall Eddy (Brooks) and Haverhill’s Colleen Phiri (Bradford Christian) as well as Division 1 North Andover’s college boys Nirel Lougbo (Tabor, Marquette), Windham’s Steph Davis (Proctor, Holy Cross) and Nicolette Arnold of Pinkerton (Lawrence Academy, Sacred Heart).

Lawrence’s Vicky Morales (Proctor, Sacred Heart) and Elemy Colome (Proctor, Syracuse) went straight to prep schools.

All Time Leaders

Here are 46 years of our annual women’s basketball top scorers.

2022: Ashley Dinges Central 22.7; 2021: Colleen Phiri Haverhill 22.6; 2020: Grace Efosa Whittier 24.5; 2019: Brooke Kane Pinkerton 20.3; 2018: Efosa 23.4; 2017: Alyssa Casey Andover 21.0; 2016: Jillian Webber Andover 19.6; 2015: Leigh-Ann Trépanier 21.6 scholarship; 2014: Amanda Williams central 18.3; 2013: Clairee Putnam Windham 18.2; 2012: Nicole Boudreau Andover 22.9; 2011: Boudreau 23.1;

2010: Rashidat Agboola Methuen 24.9; 2009: Agboola 21.7; 2008: Sam Wheeler Timberlane 18.5; 2007: Anna Aguirre Methuen 18.3; 2006: Andrea Lavigne Whittier 18.1; 2005: Glennies Morel Lawrence 20.6; 2004: Morel 16.5; 2003: Meredith Waldie Methuen 19.6; 2002: Waldie 19.4; 2001: Jackie Vocell Timberlane 18.7; 2000: Jillian Middlemiss Methuen 19.2;

1999: Sarah Broadhead Brooks 20.1; 1998: Damaris Damien Gr. Laurent 21.8; 1997: Caroline Lahey Lawrence 19.6; 1996: Charlotte Muller Andover 20.8; 1995: Julie Wrobel St. Mary’s 16.9; 1994: Kristie Hall Pinkerton 16.8; 1993: Kerry Hagerty Andover 18.0; 1992: Katie Qualter Salem 18.2; 1991: Andrea Sunday Salem 17.0; 1990: Sunday 20.4; 1989: Betsy Wrobel St. Mary’s 21.5;

1988: Michelle Roy Gr. Laurent 15.2; 1987: Roy 20.3; 1986: Darlene Orlando Methuen 17.0; 1985: Kris Kinney Pinkerton 18.0; 1984: Sue Murphy Timberlane 23.1; 1983: Beth Sullivan Andover 17.5; 1982: Heather Thomson Andover 19.2; 1981: Thomson 19.0; 1980: Nancy Rochefort Methuen 20.0; 1979: Kathy Szostak Methuen 21.0; 1978: Alyce Beal St. Mary’s 16.3; 1977: Sharon Zagorski North Andover 19.0

The cakes are baking

Happy birthday to the best local sportswriter I’ve ever known, Dave Dyer of the Tribune (Saturday) and women’s basketball center coach Casey Grange (Sunday). … In 13 games, Timberlane grad Kiley Simmons leads Clark’s women’s lacrosse team with 28 goals and 33 points. She’s a junior midfielder from Atkinson.

Mr. and Mrs. Right

Kyle Wakefield and Julie Brennan were voted “Mr. and Mrs. Right” for the Andover High Class of 2012. Their classmates knew a good thing when they saw it. They got married on February 19! Kyle played hockey for the Golden Warriors and Julie was a hockey cheerleader.

Flagship football

Athlete-scholar Methuen Jason Silverio intends to run for UMass Amherst. He is a two-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star wide receiver/defensive back. … If my community decided whether or not to keep its mascot, the last people I would want to make that decision would be the school committee.

Vasquez makes a decision

Methuen High 6-5 basketball/volleyball center Randy Vasquez will continue his hoops career at Southern Maine Community College. … Seb Tonini, a St. Michael’s (Vt.) College junior, was named to the first-team All-NE 10 at third doubles and second-team at No. 6 in singles. He was a three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star at Pinkerton.

Left too early

Jonathan Ahern of Haverhill, former nose guard and wrestling co-captain of Whittier Tech, died April 26. He was an electrician and was only 21 years old. …Wouldn’t it be nice if we had two local girls joining the magic 40ft triple jump club this spring? Andover High senior Jodi Parrott, a Cornell freshman, went 38-10.5 and Phillips senior Kiera Suh of Andover, a Yale freshman, went 38-8.75.

One last thought

If you can put a smile on someone’s face today, do it.

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