Rising Stars

Whether exceling in the heat of competition or in the classroom, these student-athletes from the South Shore are proving that they’re at the top of their game—and turning heads in the process.

BY RILEY STEFANO • PHOTOGRAPHY BY JACK FOLEY

CHARLOTTE ALLARD

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Hometown: Cohasset

Age: 18

High School: Notre Dame Academy

Graduation Year: 2016

Sport: Lacrosse

Number: 1

Position: Midfield

Goals: 263

Assists: 70

Ground balls: 173

Fun Fact: If she could travel anywhere, she would love to visit Italy.

Charlotte Allard began handling a lacrosse stick when she was in the fourth grade. As a freshman in high school, she helped her team take home its first Massachusetts Championship title. Allard has been named the U.S. Lacrosse All-American and Under Armour All-American, and has also been honored as a Boston Globe All-Scholastic Honoree, Boston Herald All-Scholastic Honoree and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic Honoree. She was also named ESPN First Team All-State. Now a senior in high school, Allard will continue playing lacrosse post-graduation for the NCAA National Champion team at the University of North Carolina.


JOE WALSH

Joe Walsh. Wicked Local photo/David Wolcott

Joe Walsh. Wicked Local photo/David Wolcott

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Hometown: Plymouth

Age: 17

High School: Plymouth North

Graduation Year: 2016

Sport: Baseball

Number: 14

Position: Pitcher

Earned Run Average (ERA): .58

Batting Average: .429

Fun Fact: “My favorite television show ever, is Rocket Power.”

 

Baseball star Joe Walsh has a sweet game-day tradition. He peels back the wrapper of a Reese’s Fast Break candy bar before each game he pitches in. Walsh was the first Plymouth North student to be named Gatorade Player of the Year in 2015 for Massachusetts. His other awards include Perfect Game Third Team, Underclass All-American and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic , Boston Globe All-Scholastic and Boston Herald All-Scholastic. He also made the East Coast Pro and Area Code Baseball teams. Entering his senior year of high school, Walsh will remain an Eagle after graduation when he ventures to Boston College to bring his baseball career to the next level.


 

PAIGE RADOMSKI

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Hometown: Kingston

Age: 21

High School: Silver Lake Regional

College: Assumption College

Major: Biology

Graduation Year: 2016

Sport: Soccer

Number: 15

Position: Forward

Goals: 21

Fun Fact: She has a dog named Sophie.

Paige Radomski has a series of rituals she performs in the locker room and on the field before every game.  Judging by her athletic success, the rituals must be working. In high school, Paige was a two-time Patriot League All-Star and last year she was named the 2014 NE-10 Player of the Year and earned a spot on the Daktronics Division II Commissioners Association All-America Second Team for her soccer skills at Assumption College.  Radomski, who hopes to one day pursue physical therapy, is on the college student-athlete honor roll and was named Assumption College’s 2014 Athlete of the Year, her school’s most prestigious annual award.


 

DANNY DALTON

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Hometown: Marshfield

Age: 17

High School: Marshfield High School

Graduation Year: 2016

Sport: Football

Number: 22

Position: Tight End

Touchdowns: 12

Tackles: 49

Catches: 91 for 1,267 Yards

Fun Fact: New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski is Danny’s idol. His dream is to play for the Patriots one day.

Danny Dalton is the No. 1 Massachusetts football recruit according to ESPN. He has committed to playing for the Penn State Nittany Lions and wants to study communications and sports broadcasting. Last season, as a high school junior, Dalton broke the school record for the most touchdown catches in a season. Dalton has won a multitude of awards including ESPN Boston MIAA 1st Team All-State, Boston Globe All-Scholastic, Boston Herald All-Scholastic, Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic, massprep.com 1st Team All-State, EMass All-Star, and ACL All-Star. With an impressive junior season, everyone is looking forward to Dalton’s last year as a Ram.


 

ISABELLA O’CONNOR

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Hometown: Plymouth

Age: 19

High School: Notre Dame Academy

College: University of Florida

Major: Pre-law

Graduation Year: 2018

Sport: Lacrosse

Number: 32

Position: Midfield

Goals: 7

Fun Fact: “I love country music! ‘Speakers’ by Sam Hunt is my favorite song right now.”

“Bella” O’Connor has been part of two championship teams in her lacrosse career. As a high school junior, O’Connor led her team to a Division I State Championship title and as a freshman in college last year she was part of the Big East championship team. O’Connor has been named both the Under Armour All-American and U.S. High School All-American both her junior and senior years. O’Connor has been a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic, Boston Globe First Team All-Scholastic, and Boston Herald All-Scholastic Honoree and she can’t wait to get back to Florida to continue enjoying the sunshine.


 

SADIE MCGIRR

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Hometown: Hingham

Age: 18

High School: Hingham High

College: Princeton University

Graduation Year: 2019

Major: Computer Science

Sport: Rowing

Position: Six-seat, in 8+ boat

Fun Fact: “I had never even heard of rowing but I decided to join my freshman year because my friend said it was a good thing for tall

While most 18 year olds were still asleep in bed, Sadie McGirr spent her summer mornings out on Hingham Harbor coaching other rowers at Lincoln Maritime Center. McGirr was a member of the 2014 United States Junior National Rowing Team. She placed in both the 2013 and 2015 Youth National Rowing Championships and holds the world record for the Junior Women’s Half Marathon ERG (rowing machine) competition.


 

JESSE BUNTING

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Hometown: Plymouth

Age: 19

High School: Plymouth North/ Tabor Academy

College: Fordham University

Graduation Year: 2019

Sport: Basketball

Number: 21

Position: Forward

Average Points per Game: 24

Average Rebounds per Game: 14

Fun Fact: Jesse loves to surf; he taught himself when he was 7 years old.

Jesse Bunting was offered 20 Division I full-scholarship offers to play basketball. His high school honors and awards between both of the schools he attended include: NEPSAC 2015 Class A Player of the Year, NEPSAC 2014 Class A 3rd Team All-League, NEPSAC 2015 Class A 2nd Team All-League, Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic and Atlantic Coast League All Star.

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