Byline: Kevin O'Malley
Nobody's perfect. Not even Oxford's triple-sport, student-athlete Amanda Bolio. It's just that she comes a little closer to perfection than most.
Bolio missed just one of her 25 free throw attempts at Shrewsbury High School to win the Central Mass. Girls' Foul Shooting Championship on March 18 and advance to the MIAA State Free Throw Championship.
The championship will be held during halftime at one of the Boston Celtics' five April home games at the TD Banknorth Garden. (Date has yet to be announced.)
Bolio, one of just four finalists, will represent Central Mass. at the Garden, having won the Southern Worcester County League shootout at Uxbridge High School on March 11, prior to rolling through the regional shootout at Shrewsbury the following weekend.
Her 96% accuracy in the Central Mass. final was nearly as good as her GPA - which, at 97.6%, places her eighth in the Oxford High School Class of 2007. Last year, Bolio, a three-year member of the National Honor Society and a high honor student, earned the Oxford High School Athletic Directors/Scholar-Athlete Award.
Bolio has enjoyed a splendid senior season of athletics, captaining the Pirates soccer squad last fall and serving as captain for first-year coach Melissa Paulhus during this past basketball season. Bolio also plans to play an infield corner position for the Pirates softball squad this spring.
Bolio, the daughter of Paul and Debra Bolio, hopes to continue her athletic career in college at either Western New England College or Bridgewater State.
After being part of back-to-back SWCL East championship teams under legendary coach John Doldoorian, Bolio was one bright spot in an otherwise bleak rebuilding year for the Pirates basketball team as they struggled through year 1 A.D. (After Doldoorian), finishing 2-18. Bolio averaged 12 points per game, good enough for second in the SWCL East, and was named a SWCL East all-star.
However, she was not the only Pirate to earn league all-star status. Both Mike McDonald and Nick Armoando made the boys' all-star squad.
The undefeated Division 2 state champions from Tantasqua put four players on the SWCL West all-star squad, as seniors Terry Peretti and Andrew Kazanovicz, junior Brian Vayda and sophomore Dan Kemp were all named...