Danny Ventura's High School notebook: Melrose wrestler an Academic All-American

Hunter Adrian had no peers in the local wrestling world.

The four-time Boston Herald All-Scholastic was equally as impressive in Melrose classrooms. The Brown-bound senior with a perfect 4.0 GPA was recently named a first-team Academic All-American.

* His work ethic is unparalleled in the sport of wrestling and that has clearly carried over into the classroom,” said his coach Larry Tremblay. * I'm just so happy for Hunter and his family.”

The 120-pound senior became the third wrestler in state history to win four All-State titles. A four-time sectional and state champion with a 215-6 overall record, Adrian ended his career by winning a third New England title.

Adrian and fellow All-Scholastic Sean Herbert helped lead the Red Raiders to the Division 3 state team title in February.

Wilcox moves up at Arlington Catholic

Arlington Catholic named David Wilcox as its new head football coach, replacing Anthony Petrelis. Wilcox has been an assistant coach at the school for the past 23 years and also serves as theology teacher, track coach and fitness and strength coordinator.

* I am honored and humbled by this great opportunity,” Wilcox said. * I want to thank the whole administration of Arlington Catholic, (athletic director) Mr. Dan Shine and (former coach) Serge Clivio for believing in me and giving me a chance to lead this program.

* Arlington Catholic has a long and successful tradition and I am looking forward to drawing off of the strength of that tradition, one which I have been a part of for most of my professional life.”

MLB eyes pitching prospects

The Major League Baseball Draft is scheduled to take place in two months and a pair of local pitchers could hear their names called quickly.

Wake Forest junior lefthanded pitcher Jared Shuster of New Bedford is currently ranked No. 76. Shuster, who led New Bedford to the Division 1 South sectional final before transferring to Tabor Academy after his freshman year (2014) was 2-1 this season with 43 strikeouts in 26 innings.

Virginia Tech junior southpaw Ian Seymour of Westboro checks in at No. 116. He was a perfect 3-0 for the Hokies with a 2.21 ERA. A three-year standout at St. John's (Shrewsbury), he was named Super Eight tournament MVP after leading the Pioneers to the title in 2017.

Acton-Boxboro's Berrouet going west

Acton-Boxboro junior running back/linebacker Alex Berrouet announced via Twitter that he has verbally committed to play college football at Colorado State for ex-Boston College coach Steve Addazio.

A Dual County League All-Star, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder rushed for 862 yards and nine touchdowns on 118 carries. A dual threat coming out of the backfield, Berrouet caught 20 passes for 335 yards and a pair of scores as the Colonials posted an 8-3 record.

Battis officially Marshfield AD

Marshfield removed the interim tag and named Bill Battis the new athletic director. He took over the position when Scott Madden stepped down to accept a new job as assistant principal.

Battis is no stranger to the Marshfield athletic program as he's served as the school's head baseball coach for the past 20 years. A fixture in the community, Battis received the Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us award in February 2004 for his dedication to the students.

MIAA waits on volleyball plan

The MIAA Volleyball Committee met last Monday and one of the topics they addressed was realignment. With the statewide tournament slated to begin in the fall of 2021, the committee looked into the possibility of going from the regularly scheduled four divisions to five for girls volleyball and adding a second division for boys volleyball.

The decision was to wait and see what the alignment looks like when it is finalized before taking any further action. That will fall on the Tournament Management Committee, whose primary duties will be to create new divisions based on whole school enrollment, while giving consideration to geographic, sectional, and divisional equity.

CM clash set with RI power

Catholic Memorial football coach John DiBiaso confirmed that his team will play Bishop Hendricken in the second week of the 2020 season (date, time and venue are still being sorted out). The Knights are coming off back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl and should be one of the preseason favorites.

Bishop Hendricken has won the past two Rhode Island state championships and features one of the top defensive ends in the country in Jason Onye. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound junior recently gave a verbal commitment to play at Notre Dame in the fall of 2021.

Lacrosse star to transfer

Oliver Ames midfielder Shane Kilkelly has transferred to Kimball Union where he will be part of the Class of 2021. In three years as a Tiger, Kilkelly amassed 190 points.