MARLBOROUGH, MA – Championship Sunday of the South Central Mass. Youth Basketball League (SCMYBL) recently saw Marlborough’s 4th Grade Boys, 5th Grade Girls and 8thGrade Girls teams all take home division titles. The three championships won by Marlborough was the high mark within the 26-town, 23-division league in 2014-2015.
With their 50-43 title game win over defending state champion Charlton, the 8th Grade Girls A team completed the most successful travel run in Marlborough Youth Basketball history by capturing their fourth consecutive league title. In the contest, the Lady Panthers jumped out to a 28-9 first half lead but ultimately had to hold off a late-game charge by Charlton that saw them close the deficit to just four points in the final minutes of play. Maddison Farrell then proceeded to hit six consecutive free throws down the stretch to lock up the victory. Farrell totaled 14 points in the game, with Halle McCabe leading the scoring charge for Marlborough with 22 points. Entering the weekend playoffs as a two-seed, the 8th Graders defeated third-seeded Shrewsbury in the semi-finals, 33-20, in a game which saw the Lady Panthers limit their opponents to just six second half points to pull away with the win. McCabe and Farrell again led the team in scoring with 13 points apiece, while the trio of Ciara Shanahan, Natalie Dillon and Nicole Galliac all having standout games defensively. Completing Marlborough’s record-setting squad, which was coached by Mike Farrell and Scott McCabe, were players Allison Cash, Erin Gowaski, Alli Macina, Morgan Raun and Carrie Sibole.
On the boys side, Marlborough’s 4th Grade team won the SCMYBL B Division Championship with a 33-24 win over Boylston. Austin Hunt had a game-high 11 points for the Panthers, with Adam Cronin and Jason Knollenberg chipping in with eight and six points, respectively. In addition, Marlborough received strong efforts from Sean Dineen, Christian DiGregorio and Owen Hathaway, whose aggressive play created numerous turnovers and big stops on defense throughout. To reach the title game, Marlborough bested a tough Spencer squad, 23-16, as Hunt and Knollenberg combined for 18 points with Cronin and Mateo Arellano rounding out the remaining scoring. The game also marked one of the Panthers best defensive efforts of the season, spearheaded by the trio of Ryan Dillon, Dylan Hunt and Tyler Laidley, who collectively shut down Spencer’s top player in the contest. The title-winning team was coached by Rich Hathaway and Jen Hunt.
Rounding out Marlborough’s triple crown was its 5th Grade Girls team, which defeated Charlton in the semi-finals and then Hopedale in the championship game. It marked the fourth year in a row where Marlborough has taken home the SCMYBL 5thGrade Girls A Division title. Team members included Melissa Bibinski, Nina Bradley, Sarah Cronin, Kaylani Figueroa, Siarra Francis, Allison Keenan, Piper Kinney, Avery Pruskin, Aubrey Tunnera and Leanne Wydom, The Lady Panthers were coached by Joe Tunnera and John Bibinski.
In all, 10 Marlborough squads qualified for the SCMYBL playoffs, with a program record eight teams advancing to title games, including the 5th Grade Boys A, 5th Grade Boys C, 7thGrade Boys A, 7th Grade Boys C and 7th Grade Girls A teams.
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4th Grade Boys (from left to right)
Front row - Tyler Laidley, Dylan Hunt, Mateo Arellano, Ryan Dillon, Owen Hathaway and Christian DiGregorio
Back Row – Coach Rich Hathaway, Sean Deneen, Adam Cronin, Austin Hunt, Jason Knollenberg and Coach Jen Hunt
5th Grade Girls (from left to right)
Front Row – Kaylani Figueroa , Aubrey Tunnera and Leanne Wydom
Back Row – Coach Joe Tunnera, Nina Bradley, Siarra Francis, Piper Kinney, Allison Keenan , Melissa Bibinski , Avery Pruskin, Sarah Cronin and Coach John Bibinski
8th Grade Girls (from left to right):
Coach Mike Farrell, Ciara Shanahan, Alli Macina, Allison Cash, Morgan Raun, Erin Gowaski, Nicole Galliac, Maddison Farrell, Halle McCabe, Natalie Dillon, Coach Scott McCabe and Carrie Sibole
MARLBOROUGH’S HALLE McCABE RECOGNIZED FOR SURPASSING
1,000 POINT MARK IN TRAVEL YOUTH BASKETBALL CAREER
Dated: March 8, 2015
MARLBOROUGH, MA – At the recent South Central Mass. Youth Basketball League (SCMYBL) Championship Games held at Marlborough High School, 8th Grade player Halle McCabe was honored as the first player in Marlborough Youth Basketball history to score over 1,000 points in travel league play. McCabe, who has played in the travel program for the past five seasons, has led Marlborough teams to four consecutive SCMYBL championships and currently stands as the Panthers all-time leading youth scorer with 1,262 points heading into the Massachusetts State Youth Basketball Tournament, scheduled for March 21-22.
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8th Grade Girls coaches Mike Farrell and (dad) Scott McCabe, 1,000 point scorer Halle McCabe and Marlborough Youth Basketball president Paul Vaccaro