FSU’s Marazzi, Coppinger Nab All-star Honors
Fitchburg State junior guard Angelina Marazzi and classmate Catherine Coppinger were selected to the 2018-19 Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball All-Star Teams as voted upon by sports information directors or primary contacts from each of the nine NCAA schools in Worcester County as well as members of the local media.
Marazzi earned a spot on the first team after posting a team-best 481 points on 38.7 percent shooting from the field as well leading the Falcons in assists with 99. The second-year guard also netted 40 steals and three blocked shots in 26 contests for the Falcons.
Coppinger was named to the second team after registering a WACBA-leading 326 rebounds in addition to 297 points, 61 assists, 59 steals and six blocks in 25 contests for the Green and Gold.
Holy Cross junior Lauren Manis was named WACBA Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, while Crusader’s head coach Avery LaBarbera was tabbed Rookie of the Year. Worcester State head coach Karen Tessmer earned WACBA Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year accolades to round out the major award winners.
On the men’s side, junior guard Nicholas Tracy was selected to the WACBA second team.
Tracy posted a team-best 369 points on 47.5 percent shooting from the field to go along with 110 rebounds, 33 steals, a team best 81 assists as well leading the team in blocks with 23.
Senior Marcos Echevarria of Nichols repeated as the WACBA Men’s Basketball Player of the year to lead all honorees, while Bison head coach Scott Faucher earned Coach of the year accolades. Assumption’s Cal Connelly received WACBA Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Year honors to round out the major award winners.
MASCAC track polls released
The Fitchburg State men’s outdoor track and field team was recently selected third in the 2019 MASCAC Preseason Coaches Poll on Wednesday afternoon.
Bridgewater State was selected as the favorite to win the MASCAC crown after receiving four first place votes to amass a total of 16 points to edge second-place Westfield State’s total of 12 points, which included the final first-place ballot.
Sitting in a tie in the third slot were Fitchburg State and Worcester State with nine points. Massachusetts Maritime rounded out this year’s preseason poll in the fifth spot after finishing with a total of four points.
The Fitchburg State women were selected fourth with a total of 13 points in the conference’s women’s outdoor track & field Coaches Poll on Wednesday.
Westfield State was selected as the preseason favorite, collecting five of the possible six first place ballots to amass a total of 25 points to outdistance second place Bridgewater State’s total of 19 points, which included the final first-place vote.
Finishing in third place with a total of 17 points was Worcester State, while Fitchburg State followed in fourth with 13 points. Framingham State was next, finishing in fifth with 10 points, while Mass. Maritime closed out this year’s poll in sixth with six points.