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Four Deep Sports Talk Holds Annual Southeastern Massachusetts High School Sports Awards Show

April 29, 2024

Four Deep Sports Talk presented its annual basketball Players and Coaches of the Year awards and Hall of Fame awards this past weekend.

The weekly radio show broadcast on WARA AM 1320 in Attleboro covers what the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association used to consider its south section. Brockton resident Dominic Damiano runs it. This is the fifth year the show has given out these awards.

The show named Dartmouth High School junior Kat Cheesbro its girls’ basketball player of the year, Taunton High senior Troy Santos its boys’ basketball player of the year, Bridgewater-Raynham head coach Cheryl Seavey its girls’ basketball coach of the year, and Whitman-Hanson head coach Bob Rodgers its boys’ basketball coach of the year.

Cheesebro averaged 27.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and 3.0 assists per game and was named Southeast Conference Most Valuable Player. Santos shined in Hockomock League play and netted his 1,000th career point late in the regular season.

Rodgers coached Whitman-Hanson to a 16-7 record and an appearance in the MIAA Division 2 statewide tournament, while Bridgewater-Raynham went 16-7 under Seavey and made it to the MIAA Division 1 statewide tournament. 

Meanwhile, the three lifetime achievement award winners were longtime Brockton High football coach Armond Columbo, longtime Abington High football coach Jim Kelliher, and current Marshfield High boys’ basketball coach Bob Fisher.

Columbo, who died in 2018, won 316 games and nine Super Bowls as a head high school football coach in Massachusetts from 1960 to 2012.

Kelliher was the head coach at Abington High School from 1974 to 2023, making him the only head high school football coach in state history to coach more than 500 games with one program. His teams won 305 games and five state titles.

Fisher, who has 696 career wins, is poised to become just the third head coach in Massachusetts High School basketball history — boys’ or girls’ — to eclipse the 700-win mark next winter.

The awards ceremony took place on Saturday, April 27 at Adria Restaurant and Banquet Facility in East Bridgewater.


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