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T&G Hometeam high school boys’ volleyball Super Team for spring 2024

The Central Mass. High School Sports Awards is proud to announce the player of the year nominees for boys’ volleyball. The winners were announced during the live show that took place June 26 at the Hanover Theatre.

The Central Mass. High School Sports Awards show is part of the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, the largest high school sports recognition program in the country.  

Player of the Year

Francis McGonagle

St. John’s

Junior, Outside hitter

McGonagle had a 1.30 passing average, 249 kills, 161 digs, 30 aces and 45 total blocks. He helped the Pioneers to a berth in the Division 1 state tournament. McGonagle was a team captain and Catholic Conference all-star. His most memorable moment of the season was when his younger brother, August, took over as setter and the Pioneers battled back from two sets down to beat Newton North. McGonagle is also a member of St. John’s rowing and basketball teams and the National Honor Society. He is the son of Beth and Ken McGonagle of Southborough.

Eric Barcelos

St. John’s

Senior, Middle hitter

Barcelos repeated as a T&G Super Team selection after helping the Pioneers to an appearance in the Division 1 state tournament. He was a team captain and Catholic Conference all-star. Barcelos helped key a late-season, three-game winning streak by totaling 38 kills, 15 blocks, 17 digs and 3 aces in victories over Catholic Memorial, Newton South and Lincoln-Sudbury. In the fall, he will attend Emmanuel College, where he will play volleyball. Barcelos is a resident of Marlborough.

Cam Barlow

North Middlesex

Senior, Outside hitter

Barlow switched to libero while rehabbing an early-season elbow injury, returned to outside hitter and led his team to the Division 2 state tournament Elite Eight. Barlow, a two-year captain, two-time T&G Super Team honoree and Groton-Dunstable Regional graduate, finished the season with a .261 hitting percentage, 31 aces and 225 digs. He set a program record with 660 career kills. He was a two-time Mid-Wach all-star and two-time team MVP. In the fall, he will attend Brigham Young University, where he will study finance. He is the son of Heather and Shane Barlow. The family is in the process of moving to Utah.

Gavin Butterfield

Algonquin Regional

Sophomore, Middle hitter

Butterfield earned T&G Super Team honors in his first season playing volleyball. Registering 15 blocks against Acton-Boxborough was his most memorable moment of the season. Skiing, golf and boating are among his other interests. He is the son of Malissa Jean-Charles and Brian Butterfield of Southborough.

Daniel Caetano

Leominster

Senior, Outside Hitter

Caetano earned his third straight T&G Super Team selection after recording more than 300 kills. Watching his young teammates grow and help the Blue Devils win 10 games and qualify for the Division 1 state tournament was his most memorable moment of the season. He is the son of Karina Caetano of Southborough.

Logan DeMarzo

Nipmuc Regional

Junior, Middle blocker/hitter

DeMarzo registered 173 kills, 57 blocks and 56 digs to lead the Warriors to an appearance in the Division 1 state tournament. Additionally, DeMarzo recorded 72 points from serve and had a .215 hitting percentage to earn a spot on the Tri-Valley League All-Star team. Winning Nipmuc’s final regular-season match against Algonquin with a reverse sweep was DeMarzo’s most memorable moment of the year. He is the son of Shawn and David DeMarzo of Upton.

Guilherme Enrique Garcia

Marlborough

Senior, Outside hitter/Opposite hitter

Garcia concluded his outstanding career by setting a program record with 290 kills and leading the Panthers to the Division 2 state tournament round of 16. He also had 46 aces this season. Garcia was a captain and his team’s MVP. He earned Mid Wach all-star honors for the second time. Garcia’s most memorable moment of the season was the team’s bus ride home from Keefe Tech. Garcia had 23 kills and four aces to lead the 3-2 win. In the fall, he will attend Westfield State, where he will study computer science. He is the son of Anisio and Robert Garcia of Marlborough.

Haden Houachanthara

Nipmuc Regional

Junior, Outside hitter

Houachanthara, a junior at Blackstone Valley Tech, played in 78 sets and totaled 204 kills, 656 attacks and 22 aces. He helped lead the Warriors to an appearance in the Division 1 state tournament. He added 4 solo blocks, 225 digs and 435 receptions and was named to the Tri-Valley League all-star team. Houachanthara was a team captain. The most memorable moment of his season was when the fourth set of Nipmuc’s match against Bellingham was tied, 28-28, he got set and hit it perfectly. Houachanthara plans to obtain his master plumber’s license. He is the son of Terry and Ponce Houachanthara of Whitinsville.

Suraj Marla

St. John’s

Senior, Setter

Marla repeated as a T&G Super Team selection after leading the Pioneers to the Division 1 state tournament. He recorded 594 assists, 27 blocks, 19 aces and 43 kills. St. John’s victories over rivals St. John’s Prep and Lincoln-Sudbury were his most memorable moments of the season. Marla was a team captain and the recipient of the prestigious Pioneer Award. In the fall, he will attend Boston University. He is the son of Prasanthi Cotla and Chakrapani Marla of South Grafton.

Liam O’Neil

Doherty

Senior, Setter

O’Neil finished his outstanding career as Doherty’s leader in career assists with more than 1,400. This season, he totaled 654 assists, 56 kills, 38 blocks, 48 aces and 114 digs and led the Highlanders to the Division 2 state tournament round of 16. His most memorable moments of the season were coming back from 14-22 against Marlborough to win the fourth set and winning the Highlanders’ final home game in Doherty’s old gym. He was a two-year captain and the 2024 Inter-High MVP. In the fall, he will attend Averett University in Danville, Virginia, where he will study sports medicine and play volleyball. He is the son of Maryrose and Thomas O’Neil of Worcester.

Frank Sclar

Wachusett Regional

Junior, Outside hitter

Sclar totaled 184 kills, averaged 9.7 kills per game, and had an 84% serve rate. Having his most dominant game against Leominster on Senior Night and shutting out the game with the winning kill to keep the Mountaineers’ five-game winning streak alive was his most memorable moment of the season. Sclar was a team captain. He plans to join the U.S. Army and become a Massachusetts State Trooper. He is the son of Lisa and Barry Sclar of Holden.

Logan Shattuck

South

Senior, Libero

Shattuck led the Colonels in digs and helped South to a berth in the Division 2 state tournament. He was a team captain and Inter-High all-star. The young South team’s performance in its opening game against a strong Doherty squad was Shattuck’s most memorable moment of the season. The Colonels went on to finish 12-6, the best in program history. In the fall, Shattuck will attend Regis College, where he will study exercise science. He hopes to become an athletic trainer or coach. He is the son of Nicole Golinski and Nathan Shattuck of Worcester.

Honorable Mention

Division 1

Quinn Maher-Killelea, Leominster

Cheehmua Moua, Fitchburg

Brady Truong, Fitchburg

Broly Vue, Fitchburg

Division 2

Nick Andrade, Marlborough

David Batchelor Ayer Shirley

Christian Colon-Baez, Doherty

Joseph Cosa, North Middlesex

Simon Diaz, Burncoat

Martin Eisha, North

Josh Gallagher, North Middlesex

Jeandry Hernandez, North

Nowlan Losty, Nashoba

Jaden Mott, Burncoat

Miles Pyatt, Ayer-Shirley

Michael Simmarano, Doherty

Sam Ssempa, Marlborough

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