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February 21, 2010

The Hunted

Rivals covet a shot at Central and superstars Desrosiers, Zenevitch

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"Time is running out, I know that," said Nault. "It's been such a great run with Carson, I really find myself appreciating every minute we have left with him."

Those minutes could come to a crashing halt any time now. One bad night, one amped up opponent playing the game of its life, and it might be over.

The bond is forged

Desrosiers, who will play before rabid ACC crowds and national TV audiences at Wake Forest next year, has forged a deep bond with his teammates and classmates.

"I never expected it to grow like this and get like this," said Desrosiers, after yet another impromptu mid-court rave broke out on the court following the wild season finale win over St. John's Prep. "The only word I can think of is special. It will be a crazy atmosphere in North Carolina, but I don't know if it will ever match what's gone on in this gymnasium this winter."

That emotion and passion flowed over to the girls, too. All three showdowns with Andover took on "event" status.

"It's emotional going through four years with the players, coaches, all of them," said Zenevitch, a cornerstone of the Boston College recruiting class which is ranked 11th in the country. "I've made so many relationships. I'm going to miss them all.

"It's been on my mind the last couple months. It's a little depressing, and exciting at the same time. When we played Masco it really hit me, we have to go out with a big bang."

How long can Desrosiers, Zenevitch and the Raiders carry out the drama?

We see beginning this week.

"It's going to be exciting, lot of fans, great atmosphere, just play hard every game," said senior co-captain Michael Alvarez. "We just try not to think about the end, deal with the moment. The end is something I don't want to think about. Any game could be your last, so do all you can not to let it happen."

Better than Brady?

Tom Brady is widely regarded as the greatest winner in NFL history. Here's how the Patriots great stacks up to a pair of area high school legends.

Tom Brady

Overall recordWin percentagePlayoff recordWin percentageTitles

87-24.78414-4.7783

Central Catholic's Carson Desrosiers

87-11.88812-2.8571

Central Catholic's Katie Zenevitch

77-19.80211-2.8461

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