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December 22, 2009

Gloucester standout Ressel named to prestigious Super 26 Team

The accolades just keep coming for Gloucester High School senior Conor Ressel.

Earlier this month, Ressel was named to the Massachusetts Football Coaches Association's 15th All-State football team, also known as the "Super Twenty-Six" team. The team is selected by the state's football coaches, a committee of five coaches led by Lincoln Sudbury's Tom Lope put the team together based on nominations from high school coaches. There were over 100 nominations.

The Fishermen running back, who is now playing for the Gloucester hockey team, was already named Northeastern Conference Offensive MVP and broke the single-game, single-season and career rushing records at GHS. He also helped lead the Fishermen to their second 13-0 season and Super Bowl title in the last three years.

The 6-foot, 200-pound running back was one of 13 offensive players and 13 defensive players named to the team. Ressel joins Walpole's Ryan Izzo (the state's all-time touchdown leader), Marlboro's Anthony Carter and East Longmeadow's Michael Barthelette as the chosen running backs. Masconomet's Chris Splinter is the only other North Shore player to be named to the team.

Ressel is the third Fishermen player to be elected to the Super 26 team. In 2007, defensive end Anthony Enderle, who helped Gloucester to the Division 2A Super Bowl title, was named to the team and in 2004 defensive end Nate Hunter, who is currently an All-American shot putter at Northeastern University, was selected.

The Gloucester running back will be honored at a banquet on March 7 with the other 25 members of the team at Lantana's Restaurant in Randolph.

"He deserves to be on that team," said Gloucester head coach Paul Ingram, who nominated Ressel to the team. "They want stats and he certainly has them. Plus he stacks up with the state's best players."

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