Amherst’s Kieran Presley chosen for football, lacrosse all-star games
Recent Amherst Regional graduate Kieran Presley will play in both the Boston Lax Massachusetts All-American game and the 13th Annual Shrine Chowder Bowl Football Classic next week. CAROL LOLLIS Purchase photo reprints »
Kieran Presley has earned not one, but two more opportunities to showcase his talents at the high school level.
The recent graduate of Amherst Regional has been selected to participate in a pair of all-star games next week.
The Boston Lax Massachusetts All-American All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium is set for Monday night at 7. On Friday at 7 p.m., the 13th Annual Shrine Chowder Bowl Football Classic, pitting the top graduating seniors from western and central Massachusetts, will be played at Doyle Field in Leominster.
“I definitely want to get a lot out of these games,” Presley said. “I can’t wait for the competition. Playing against the best of the best is great and I love it when the competition level is raised. I definitely feel honored that I was selected for both, but it wasn’t only my effort that made it possible. My teammates and coaches pushed me and helped me in both sports to gain such an achievement.”
South Hadley attack Evan Marcus was also selected to participate on Monday. Marcus scored 49 goals with 57 assists this past season and helped lead the Tigers to their fifth straight sectional title game appearance.
“The fact that I was one of two players to make the team from the county gives an indication of the kind of player I am,” Presley said. “But I can’t take the credit for what I’ve done at Amherst. The sports I play aren’t one-player sports, so without my teammates none of this would have been possible.”
Presley is bound for a post-graduate year at Loomis Chaffee in Windsor, Conn. He’ll play both football and lacrosse.
In only a nine-game football season for the Hurricanes, Presley rushed for over 1,000 yards. His accomplishments included setting Amherst’s single-game all-purpose yards record with 419 (359 rushing) against Chicopee on Nov. 2.
Over the final three games, Presley ran for 684 yards, including a 175-yard performance in a Thanksgiving victory over Northampton.
Joining Presley for the Chowder Bowl will be teammate Justin Carey, who spent the last three seasons as the Hurricanes starting quarterback. He tossed for over 1,000 years all three seasons.
“Being selected with Justin makes it that much better,” Presley said. “We have been playing together since seventh grade and once our season was over, all we wanted was one more chance to play together.”
A trio of South Hadley Tigers are also on the western Mass. squad. Bryan Shippee rushed for 1,800 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career, while also playing linebacker. As a senior, he rushed for 883 yards and had exactly 1,200 total yards of offense with 15 touchdowns.
Anthony Bullough was a shutdown defender in the Tigers secondary with eight interceptions and contributed on offense with 415 receiving yards. He also served as the team’s punter and kick returner.
Liam Murphy was arguably the best placekicker in the area, making 5-of-8 field goals and 50-of-53 extra points.
Belchertown’s James Ryan, who is set to play Division I football at Sacred Heart next fall, made the squad for his strong play as a receiver, running back and defensive back.
The four-year varsity player eclipsed the career 1,000-yard mark in both rushing and receiving, compiling 1,400 total yards this season to earn team MVP honors. The two-time All-Intercounty League selection was the inaugural member of the Orioles’ 1,000-yard receiving club.
The Chowder Bowl raises funds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children, while proceeds of the inaugural lacrosse event will benefit both the Wounded Warriors Project and One Fund Boston.
“I think that since both games are connected to charities everyone is going to be playing for much more than just winning, knowing that what we are doing is helping someone else out there,” Presley said.
SIMPSON ALL-AMERICAN — South Hadley’s Karly Simpson closed out her girls lacrosse career by being named an All-American on Thursday night.
The Williston Northampton senior midfielder was one of four selections from western Massachusetts, joining Longmeadow High junior midfielders Alexa Cambi and Jillian Scyocurka as well as Berkshire School senior goalie Brittney Brown.
GRANBY FUNDRAISER — Tanya Gets You Fit, a personal training and group exercise studio in Granby, is hosting a 5K Color Run Saturday at Dufresne Park to benefit the Granby High School Booster Club.
The event will last from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. A color run involves volunteers throwing color packs (cornstarch) at runners who will be wearing white T-shirts. The color packs will dye the T-shirts all kinds of different colors.
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