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January 6, 2013

Around the Horn with Chris Capozzoli of North Reading

Senior Chris Capozzoli is no longer the focal point of the North Reading boys basketball team, and he couldn’t be happier.

Neither could Hornets’ coach Joe Casey for that matter. After last year’s frustrating 7-13 season, the 6-foot-6 Capozzoli is just one of the guys in what could turn into a banner season.

With the transfer of 6-4 John Mastascusa from Malden Catholic, where he was a league all-star, and the return to full health of 6-3 Dan Fitzgerald, the Hornets have used good balance while zooming to a 6-0 record. But Casey believes that the additions have made Capozzoli even more effective.

“Chris has been our steadiest contributor all year long,” said Casey. “He’s quietly putting together a great season and has been our unsung hero. Last year, we asked him to do too much.”

A former three-sport athlete at North Reading, having enjoyed success in baseball and football, Capozzoli has been focused on basketball for the last year and a half. We caught up with him to go Around the Horn.

Did you grow up playing basketball with John Mastascusa?

“We started playing travel basketball together in the fourth grade. The whole core of our team started then. We knew we had a pretty good group.”

Were you surprised he transferred back?

“I was. He said last year that he wanted to come back and play with us but I thought it was a joke.”

Is there less pressure on you this year?

“There is less pressure. It’s not that I don’t like being a focal point, but I enjoy having such a balanced offense. Anyone can step up.”

What were your goals coming into the season?

“Definitely to make the state tournament and make it to at least the (Division 3) North finals. Individually, I’d like to average 15 (points) and 10 (rebounds) and be a Cape Ann League All-Star.”

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