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Declan Markey Named Standard Times Boys Athlete of the Year

Declan Markey Named Standard Times Boys Athlete of the Year

Photo courtesy of Ryan Feeney, Standard Times

CLICK HERE to read the full article by Laurie Los Lee of the Standard Times:

ABOUT DECLAN MARKEY:

WHY HE WAS SELECTED: Markey was a standout in three sports and would have been a starter in all three in back-to-back years if there had been a lacrosse season this spring. After earning a spot on the boys soccer Super Team in the fall, he was the Player of the Year for boys basketball in the winter. He likely would have been a Super Teamer or at least an All-Star in lacrosse this spring as a three-year starting attackman and one of the Spartans’ top scoring threats. ... New Bedford’s Ethan Medeiros, an Offensive Player of the Year in football and a Super Teamer in wrestling, was the other top contender for the award.

KEY STATS: With the responsibility of filling the offensive void left by the graduation of Dame Perry and Justin Lopes, Markey delivered on the basketball court. He led a young team to the playoffs by averaging 17.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals per game while knocking down 36 3-pointers. He enters his senior year with 711 points. ... On the soccer field, the three-year starting goalie was a wall in net. He managed a 1.86 goals-against average despite a young and inexperienced defense in front of him. The Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star kept the Spartans in every game and was instrumental in the team’s second-straight playoff appearance. ... Markey was coming off a strong 2019 spring season in which he was the team’s second leading scorer for lacrosse with 38 goals and 11 assists.

MVP MOMENTS: Markey’s highlight-reel moment of the 2019 soccer season came when he scored a goal from his own box on a one-hop punt against Middleboro. Markey also kept the Spartans close against a highly-favored New Bedford team. “We ended up losing 3-1,” coach Nate Greene said. “You see that in the newspaper and you think they got beaten and outclassed, but he was the best player on the field. They were running around us and past us because they’re physically better than us, but he’s going toe-to-toe with Simplice (Tange) and the other forwards they have. He kept us from getting embarrassed. That’s a team that would have beaten us by six or seven goals on most days.” ... In basketball, Markey’s defining moment of the 2019-20 season came when he scored Stang’s final 10 points to lift the Spartans to a thrilling 64-61 victory over New Bedford that pulled his team within three wins of qualifying for the playoffs. Markey went on to have another big performance in the next game at Abington. “He went on a tear,” said coach Colbey Santos. “He legitimately carried our team. We needed to win four out of five [to make the playoffs] and he refused to lose.”

NOTES: Markey also excels in the classroom with a GPA of 3.75. ... He has three sisters, Clare, Nora and Bridget, all of whom have attended Bishop Stang. Clare, a member of Stang’s Class of 2016, recently graduated from Merrimack College. Nora graduated in 2018 while Bridget is a rising freshman. ... Markey is the son of Michaela and Chris Markey, the Massachusetts State Representative for the 9th Bristol District. ... Markey, who first excelled at golf at age three, works at Caddy Shack in Dartmouth.

— Laurie Los Lee

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