By Nick Curcuru
---- — Gloucester’s Isabel Pett is making her mark at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec Canada.
The senior high jumper, who is the Gloucester High School girls’ high jump record holder, took her game to the next level last month at the Ottawa Winter International meet in Ottawa, Ontario. In the meet, which pitted seven of the top collegiate track and field programs, Pett competed against some of the best high jumpers in the area and took home a gold medal.
The senior anthropology major bested the field with a jump of 1.55m (just under 5’1”) to take home the gold. The medal was Pett’s second of the 2013 season as she turned in a Bronze medal in January at the Laval Invitational in Quebec City, Quebec. She was one of four McGill athletes to take home a gold medal at the Ottawa Winter International meet and the lone woman.
Rockport’s Josh Altman had a breakout Sophomore season at Springfield College this winter. The sophomore shooting guard established himself as the team’s sixth man seeing action in all 28 of his team’s games earning one start.
The 6’3” guard averaged just over 19 minutes per game off the bench for Springfield and was fourth on the team with 6.9 points per game. Three point shooting is the former Rockport High School star’s game and he finished up the year second on the team sinking 25 shots from behind the arc.
Springfield finished the season with a 19-9 record falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at home this past weekend with an 89-77 loss to Ithaca.
Altman’s best performance came in a November 17 win over Bridgewater St. where he scored a career high 21 points and went 3-for-3 from behind the three point line.
Gloucester’s Hannah Cain continues to be one of Brandeis University’s most potent players as a sophomore. Cain, who burst on the scene to start every game as a freshman last season, followed that up with a stellar sophomore season starting all 25 games for the 10-15 Judges this winter.
Cain is amongst the team leaders in every important statistical category leading the team with 5.6 rebounds per game as a guard. She is also second on the team in points and assists with 8.3 points per game and 3.1 assists per game. Cain built on a freshman season where she led the team in assists and was second on the team in rebounds.
Gloucester’s Adam Philpott has worked his way into the rotation as a sophomore swing man at Bates College. Gloucester basketball’s second all time leading scorer appeared in 17 games off the bench for 10-15 Bates this season averaging 2.9 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Philpott’s best game came in a January 12 win over Bowdoin where he scored a career high 13 points while sinking a pair of three pointers.
Manchester Essex alum Joe Mussachia and the Amherst basketball team finds itself ranked amongst the nations best Division 3 schools once again. Mussachia and the Lord Jeffs currently sport a 25-2 record and are ranked No. 2 in the nation behind the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Mussachia, the all time leading scorer at Manchester Essex Regional High School with 1,700 career points, has appeared in 13 games for the Lord Jeffs this season averaging 1.2 points per game on the year.
Amherst recently captured the New England Small College Athletic Conference championship and will meet SUNY Plattsburgh in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
Gloucester’s Heather Cain has settled in nicely as a freshman on the Trinity College basketball team. The 2012 Northeastern Conference Small Most Valuable Player has appeared in 22 games off the bench for 13-11 Trinity and is already seeing a significant 13.2 minutes per game.
Heather Cain averaged 2.9 points, one assist and two rebounds per game for Trinity this season and figures to be a staple in the team’s lineup in the future.
Former Manchester Essex standout Lizzy Ball, the only female to score 1,000 points at the school, has taken her game to the Division 1 level for Fairfield University.
The true freshman is already seeing playing time for Fairfield appearing in 13 games for the 17-12 Stags. Ball and her Fairfield teammates begin play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this weekend. The winner received an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Gloucester’s Ryan Cusick has returned to the UMass Amherst baseball team with a bang helping the Minuteman to a win over the University of Ohio this weekend going 5-for-5 at the plate.
Cusick is batting .500 early this season with seven hits in 14 at bats.
The former Gloucester High School star returns after missing last season’s playoffs with an injury on the final game of the regular season. He was voted to the Atlantic 10 Conference’s All Rookie team as a freshman in 2010. After sitting out 2011 with a shoulder injury he returned in 2012 to take over the leadoff spot in the Minutemen’s lineup and started at second base. He led the team in stolen bases.