2011 Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School graduate Brittany Castillo recently completed a brilliant collegiate soccer career at UMass-Boston, as one of the region’s top backs. During her four-year career Castillo reigned as one of the top backs in the Little East, while she became one of UMass Boston’s top offensive threats and was named to the Little East Conference All-Conference Second Team in 2013. She was recognized as the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week on October 14, 2013 and had started in 16 contests before suffering a season-ending injury. She posted new-career highs in 2013 with three goals and 10 points and added her first career-game winning goal. All totaled, Castillo played in 79 collegiate games. She was a four-time letter winner on the soccer program at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School where she led the team in scoring in her senior season and was named MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2010. She is the daughter of Danette and Tony Kent (step-father) and Michael Castillo and has seven siblings (Danielle Castillo, Nina Castillo, Lucas Castillo, Julia Kent, Anthony Kent, Michael Castillo, Jennifer Castillo). Castillo is majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology.
Falmouth native and 2011 Falmouth High School graduate John Lavin scored five touchdowns this season for NCAA Division 1 Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. A 6’5”, 250-lb. tight end, Lavin collected 198 yards and averaged 18.0 yards per reception for the Bulldogs in 2014. Lavin missed his sophomore season due to injury in 2012 but in 2013 took over as Bryant’s starting tight end halfway through the season. He appeared in all 12 games in 2013, making six starts, caught 10 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown and caught his first-career pass in Bryant’s season-opener that year against Holy Cross. At Falmouth High, Lavin was a three-year starting tight end and defensive end for the Clipper team that went 8-2 and finished second in the Atlantic Coast League under Coach Dana Almeida and he was a phenomenal basketball player for coach Paul Lundberg as well. He is the son of Joe and Sheila Lavin of Falmouth.
Bishop Stang graduate Jack Landry has been listed as a redshirt freshman for the Elon University football team for the upcoming 2015 season. A North Falmouth native, Landry received Bishop Stang’s Most Improved Back Award in 2013 after leading his prep squad in rushing. He will play defensive back for the Phoenix. He is the son of Kevin and Amy Landry of North Falmouth.
Falmouth Academy 2014 graduate Henry Jones has been busy this fall at Clark University, rowing for the men’s crew team. Henry is a freshman at Clark, located in Worcester.
Swarthmore College freshman Oliver Newman had a fine autumn running cross country for the Garnets. Newman was a three-year letterman at Falmouth High School and was an Atlantic Coast League All-Star who qualified for the all-state meet individually during his senior season in 2013. He had a personal-best time of 16:31 on a 5,000-meter circuit and ran on the track & field team as a middle distance runner for one season and notched a personal-best mark of 5:04 in the mile. Newman was also a member of the sailing program for one year, high honor roll student, member of the National Honor Society and had many other accolades. He hails from Woods Hole.
Rivier College junior Michael Janerico is getting ready for his third season behind the plate for the Raiders. He caught and played the outfield for Coach Thomas Kelliher at Falmouth High for two seasons and also played three years as an infielder for Sandwich Post 188 American Legion under Coach Emmons Levine. Majoring in elementary education, he is the son of John and Bridget Janerico of Waquoit.
Bourne High School graduate William Humfreys is a sophomore at Daniel Webster College where he is running for the men’s cross country team. He hails from Falmouth.
Some of Cape Cod’s best collegiate lacrosse players are all joined together playing for the Bridgewater State Bears men’s lacrosse team. Bourne High School graduate Griffin Girard, a sophomore midfielder for the Bears, had a tremendous spring last season and is looking forward to the 2015 campaign. He had 16 goals and one assist. Joining him is fellow sophomore Chris Reed who graduated from Cape Cod Regional Technical High School in Harwich. Reed played in three games last season for the Bears. Falmouth High School graduate Tommy Rutledge played in nine games for the Bears last spring. He is a junior this year.
Duncan Howes of Orleans is enjoying his senior year at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he is an engineering major. Howes is a graduate of Nauset Regional High School in Eastham. Fellow former Nauset warrior Taner Bertuna is also listed as a member of the Big Red Sailing squad. He is studying arts and science and is a junior who hails from Wellfleet. Duncan Howes’ little brother, Quinn Howes, who also graduated from Nauset High, is a junior sailing right along with the aforementioned former Warrior duo. The team is co-ed.
Mashpee native Connor Dintino recently wrapped up a stellar freshman season for the University of Pittsburgh football team where he is listed as a 6’3”, 295-lb. defensive lineman. The son of Chris and Alison Dintino, Connor graduated from the prestigious Choate Rosemary Hall school in Connecticut where he had a brilliant athletic career. In two years at Choate, Connor was a two-year, two-way starter who played offensive tackle and split his time between end and tackle on defense. He was rated the No. 1 overall prospect in Connecticut by 247Sports, No. 2 by Rivals and No. 4 by Scout. He was an All-New England Prep selection and received the prestigious Harvard Football Award for Blocking, Tackling & Interference. In 2013, nearly 60% of his tackles were behind the line of scrimmage and he compiled 40 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, seven sacks and had three blocked kicks in eight contests. In 2012, he led Choate to an 8-1 mark, tying the program record for single-season wins, and anchored an offensive front that helped team average 42 points and 260 rushing yards per game. He was also a standout wrestler who achieved a Top 5 finish at the Prep Nationals to earn All-America status and captained both the football and wrestling teams at Choate while also playing lacrosse.
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School graduates Sam and Jake Eno are both enjoying the collegiate links these days as the two brothers are members of the Le Moyne College (Syracuse) men’s golf team. Sam Eno is a senior and enjoyed a fine fall season as he prepares for the spring campaign. Little brother Jake Eno is a freshman on the squad and will likely see some action this spring as he tunes up his game. The brothers hail from Dennis.
Speaking of former D-Y Dolphins, 2014 graduate Kyle Pina recently completed his first season playing football for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Engineers. A talented and hard-hitting linebacker, he’s equally as impressive in the classroom, having been valedictorian and earning the Harvard Book Club Award at D-Y. A high honors student every term of high school, Pina is a mechanical engineering major at the prestigious Boston school. He hails from South Yarmouth and helped lead the Dolphins to a Super Bowl Championship in 2011 (13-0). Pina played in seven games for the Engineers this fall.
2010 Dennis-Yarmouth graduate Emily Coholan is nearing the end of her undergraduate studies at Stonehill College after captaining the Skyhawks to an excellent season this fall. A senior back for the Stonehill field hockey team, Coholan transferred to the school after one year at Providence College and her collegiate career took off from there, culminating in some fairly prestigious, recent accolades. Coholan was named to the 2014 Northeast-10 All-Championship Team this fall and was twice named the Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 20 and Nov. 17). In 2013, she started in all 20 games she played in and was part of a defensive unit that ranked fourth in the NE-10 with a 1.78 team goals against average, yielding 11.5 shots, including 7.6 on goal, and 6.7 penalty corners per game with three shutouts. The Skyhawks were ranked ninth nationally in Division II for team goals against average and shutouts last year. In 2012, Coholan was named to the Northeast-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll both semesters and started all 19 games for the Skyhawks. Coholan scored a goal in her Stonehill debut against No. 2 Bloomsburg on September 1, 2012.
Coholan was a three-year letterman for coach Karen Olander at D-Y High, serving as captain her senior year. She was named a Boston Herald All-Scholastic and was a two-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star and was named a Massachusetts State Field Hockey Coaches Association (MSFHCA) “Best of 60” and MSFHCA All-Star. She was also a letterman for the softball team, playing for longtime Dolphin skipper Mike Bonasia. She is the daughter of Cathy Coholan and Craig Sampson of South Dennis and she is majoring in political science with a minor in Spanish.
— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm