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Student-Athlete of the Week

2017-2018

Week of September 4-11: Nik Paganis '21



Freshman Nik Paganis is a member of the Freshman Football team. Nik threw for over 175 yards and 3 TD passes in the game against Tewksbury . Congratulations Nik!

Week of September 11-18: Sean Kelley '20

Sophomore Sean Kelly is a member of the JV Football team. In two games during that week Sean had 200 yards receiving, 2 receiving touchdowns, one throwing touchdown, and played the entire game on Offense, Defense and Special Teams. On Special Teams he executed an onsides kick and had a punt that was downed at the opponents three yard line. He is also the signal caller on our defense and our practice player of the week two weeks ago. Congratulations Sean!

Week of September 18-25: Patrick Brown '18

Senior Patrick Brown is a member of the Cross-Country team. He is one of the most consistent runners on the Cross Country team. He recently won the Lake Q 5K in a time of 18 minutes and 59 seconds. He was the first MC Cross Country runner to ever win the Wakefield race outright. Pat also took 3rd place in his age group and 10th overall male at the Samaritan's 5k last weekend with a time of 19 minutes and 24 seconds. Congratulations Pat!

Student Athlete of the Month September: Alex Joyce '20 and Kyle Furey '20

Sophomore Alex Joyce has been an offensive force for the varsity soccer team with 8 goals in the month of September including 4 goals against New Mission, 2 goals against Saugus and goals against CM and Xaverian. Congratulations Alex!

Kyle is presently tied for MC #1 golfer. Kyle had a hole in one at the Charles River Country Club in their winning match over CM. He also represented MC at the Catholic Conference Individual Tourney on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Congratulations Alex Kyle!

Week of October 2-9: James Connors '20

Sophomore James Connors is a member of the JV Soccer team. Last weekend James scored twice once against league rival BC High and also against Bishop Fenwick. James is the team’s lead scorer with 5 goals this season. Congratulations James!

Week of October 16-23: Noah Carlson '18

Senior Noah Carlson is a member of the Varsity Cross-Country team. He has been a consistent performer all season. At the Twilight Invitational he ran the 5k in 19 minutes and 34 seconds. This is a season record for him. Noah is also one of the Cross Country captains and he leads by example every day. He trains hard and he always waits after each meet to be sure that the bus is clean. He provides a great example for his teammates to follow. Congratulations Noah!

Week of October 23-November 2: Brian Cannata '18

Senior Brian Cannata is a member of the Varsity Golf team. He is a two-time Captain. Brian scored 74, to finish as the runner-up in the 2017 MIAA Div II / Individual Tournament. In the team portion of the tourney, Brian led our Lancer Golfers to a 7th place finish, in a field of over 100 players. Brian also set the Malden Catholic, low 9-hole match score of 32, during the 2017 golf season. Congratulations Brian!

Student Athlete of the Month October: Liam McKinnon '19

Junior Liam McKinnon is a member of the Cross-Country team. This runner has had an outstanding season. He is one of the most reliable runners on the Cross-Country team. Throughout the month of October, he has been chasing down our top senior at every meet, improving his times week after week. He finished in the top 10 at every dual meet, and he ran a time of 18 minutes and 21 seconds at the Twilight Invitational on October 21st. He ran a great race at the Catholic Conference Classic, and he finished strong at the Frank Mooney Invitational with a time of 18 minutes and 33 seconds. He is a quiet and humble runner, and his dependability has been extremely important this season. Congratulations Liam!.

Student Athlete of the Month November: Mike Gizzi '21

Freshman Michael Gizzi recorded over 70 yards rushing against Bishop Feehan High School, helping the freshman football team notch an 18-6 win over Bishop Feehan on Thursday 11/3. On the defensive side, Gizzi had 5 tackles including 2 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and an interception and return of 20 yards. Mike followed this up with two strong games against Austin Prep and Waltham, helping the Lancers achieve a hard fought win against AP and a tie against Waltham respectively. Throughout the season, Mike has brought tremendous energy to our practices as well. Congratulations to Mike for incredible all-around performances on both sides of the ball throughout the month of November!

Week of December 20-27: Chris MacDonald '18

Capt. Chris MacDonald ’18, Varsity Basketball.

Chris was selected to the All tournament team of the Highlander Holiday Classic. Chris led the team in scoring over the 2 day tournament scoring 27 points in 2 games including 19 in game 2 vs Somerville. Chris also had a career high 32 points in our first win of the year vs East Boston.

Week of December 27 - January 2: Cristian Rios '21

Cristian Rios ’21, Varsity Basketball.

In Cristian's first varsity start vs Somerville he scored 9 points and had 13 rebounds. Cristian also just recently scored 12 points and had 14 rebounds in a win vs Winthrop.

Week of January 2-9: Kyle Holmes '18

Kyle Holmes ’18, Indoor Track

Dealing with tough practice conditions for the past two weeks, Kyle had a career race Tuesday, January 2nd finishing 3rd against BC High. He had a huge PR of 7.16 seconds which moves him into the top-20 all time at Malden Catholic and qualifies him for the MSTCA Coaches’ Invitational, an elite-level meet scheduled for the end of this month.

Week of January 9-16: Zach Morgan '18

Zach Morgan ’18, Indoor Track- Shot Put/Throws

First season with shot put, senior Zach Morgan threw a personal best of 36’ 2.5” in the meet against BC High. This throw was over 4 feet further than his previous best throw. He now holds the furthest throw for the indoor season.

Week of January 16-23: Joe Tranchina '21


Joe Tranchini, ’21, Freshman Hockey
Joe leads by example with constant hard work. Joe has never missed practice or a game, he gives 100% everyday.

Week of January 23-30: Kevin Batting '18

Capt. Kevin Batting’18, Varsity Wrestling.

Kevin won the prestigious Pentucket Holiday Tournament, pinning his way to the finals, before meeting Korey Scheffen of Pentucket in the finals. Kevin pinned Scheffen within the first period, proving essential in providing a 5th place team finish for Malden Catholic.

Congratulations Kevin!

Week of January 23-30: Patrick Kilburn '18

Captain Patrick Kilburn '18, Varsity Wrestling

Patrick had an impressive showing at the Wakefield Tournament, winning first place at a very difficult 132 pound division. Patrick won his finals match, 10-5 over Joe Gdemba of Catholic Memorial, sewing an important sectional victory.

Congratulations Patrick!

WEEK OF APRIL 2-9: JORDAN KELLEY '19

In Jordan's first MC Rugby match he was the leading scorer with 4 tries, leading tackler, and played all 70 minutes. Jordan helped bring the team to a 46-19 win over Blue Hills in the first match of the season on April 4th earning him the man-of-match.
Congrats Jordan!

Week of April 9-16: Varsity Tennis Team

The MC Tennis team had one of its biggest win to date by beating Catholic Conference rival Xavierian 3-2. It was a total team effort. Number 1 Singles Player Senior Emery Zahner play one of his best matches in his four years at MC. He won the first set, lost the second and came back strong to win the third. Senior Stephen Valente played the number 2 singles player in a hard-fought match, but the results were not in his favor. A gentleman on and off the court he always plays the match the correct way and is a role model for the sport. Senior Shawn Maloney and Junior Luke Ventola played a doubles match for the ages coming back from a set down to win the next two sets with authority. Second doubles players had a tough go on the court, but continue to improve. Senior Atria Yan uses his powerful forehand to and speed to keep the pairing moving forward. Meanwhile, Senior Nico Spadafora works the net to put away points. Third singles is one of the toughest spots to play on the team. Freshmen Zach Goff has played well in his first two matches of the year. He is still working to find his game, in which he did against Xavierian. He won his first set in a seven-point tie breaker (7-4). Zach continued his hard play making his opponent move around the court, which forced a break. A consistent serve kept him ahead on points. In an epic 2 1/2 hour battle, Zach broke his opponent for his first win and the team’s first win in the Catholic Conference this year.