Not only does Greater Lawrence Tech freshman Alyssa Goulet play the same three sports (volleyball, basketball, softball) her mother Sandra (Michaud) Goulet did with the Reggies during the late 1980s.
But she also plays the same three positions (middle hitter, center, catcher).
The 5-8 freshman always knew her mom was a gifted athlete with a terrific throwing arm, making it impossible for base runners to steal against her in softball. Sandra is a Greater Lawrence Hall of Famer and helped the Reggies win an MVC volleyball title.
But since matriculating at Greater Lawrence, Alyssa has been reminded plenty more about how talented and hard working her mom was. These reminders serve as motivation.
“It’s kind of cool how all the teachers talk about her and how good she was,” Alyssa said. “It’s motivation for me to get up to that level.”
Alyssa, who has a twin brother Aaron, is averaging 6.0 points for 4-2 Reggies. She played varsity volleyball this past fall for Kevin Maloney.
“It’s kind of cool how I have the same coach as my mom did when she was in high school,” Alyssa said.
Maloney often noticed Alyssa glancing into the stands.
“He’s like, ‘Don’t worry about your mother. I’m the one who taught her. Just look at me,’” Alyssa said.
It’s not surprising Alyssa often looks to her mom. Sandra, who signed Alyssa up for softball at 5 years old and basketball in the fourth grade, used to coach her daughter’s teams when Alyssa was in elementary school.
Sandra was tough on Alyssa, even removing her from games if she was not giving 100 percent.
“Being her mother, I was more strict on her,” Sandra said. “I was a lot harder on her. ... I can see her being even better than I was. She gives 110 percent. I didn’t make the varsity volleyball team as a freshman. She did.”
The Goulet family is very athletic. Alyssa’s brother Bryan Goulet was a football standout at Whittier Tech where as a senior he benched 325 pounds and squatted 420. The 6-9, 320-pounder now plays football at Anna Maria.
Her 6-1 sister Jessica Goulet starred at volleyball (Eagle-Tribune All-Star), basketball and softball at Whittier and now plays volleyball and basketball at Northern Essex.
“I know people are watching me knowing how my sister played and how my mother played,” Alyssa said. “I want to live up to how good they played. I want to prove to them I can do that.”
Alois the scorer
During her first three years at Andover, Jackie Alois primarily rebounded and fed the ball to top scorers Nicole Boudreau, Ally Fazio and Devon Caveney.
With Boudreau and Fazio graduated, Alois has become a scorer. She is averaging 9.3 points a game and has made seven 3-pointers.
“I’ve always been a good shooter,” Alois said. “Just in the previous years, I never thought of offense as an option for me. Now this year, I kind of have to. When the better players are covering Devon (Caveney) and (Angelice Gonzalez), I’m usually open. And I take the open shots.”
Alois and her sister/teammate Rebecca Alois spent a lot of time during the offseason practicing at Andover’s fieldhouse.
Andover has been working on offense a great deal in practice recently.
“We’ve been focusing mostly on our offense,” Jackie Alois said. “Our defense in games has been pretty solid. But when we get down to the offensive end we’re kind of frazzled. We need to settle things down.”
Timberlane senior guard Dakotah Vondrasek is off to an impressive start, including netting 17 points in the Owls’ opener and 12 points in Timberlane’s latest victory.
Vondrasek has the ability to shoot from the outside and drive to the basket.
“She’s shooting the ball very well,” Timberlane coach Bruce Johnson said. “She has great range. As long as she has good shot selection, she will shoot for a high percentage.”
Notre Dame of Lawrence is off to a 7-1 start behind its three returning senior starters, Kiara Torres, Yaniery Martinez and Jessica Brito.
“Martinez, Brito and Torres are picking up where they left off last year, crashing the boards, moving ball well and just really working well together off the pick and roll,” Notre Dame coach Ushearnda Reynolds said.
Games of the Week
1. Andover at North Andover, Thursday at 7 p.m.
Morgan Lumb leads a North Andover squad which won the Greater Lawrence Christmas Tournament this year after Andover won it the previous three seasons. Devon Caveney, who poured in 24 points in a win over Methuen on Friday, leads the Golden Warriors.
2. Ipswich at Pentucket, Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Both CAL teams are undefeated. It’s also a rematch of last year’s Division 3 North title game, which the Sachems won en route to a state championship.
Ipswich has a good one in Masey Zegarowski, whose brother is Syracuse All-American candidate Michael Carter-Williams.
3. Methuen at Billerica, Friday at 7 p.m.
This should be a good challenge for an improving Rangers team against a Billerica squad that just knocked off Central 57-55 on Friday.
PLAYER OF WEEK
Kelsey Schiebel has averaged 14.4 ppg, up from 7.8 ppg last year.
Schiebel set the school record for points in a game (30) and 3-pointers (8) to lift the Jaguars to a 49-42 win over Oyster River last Tuesday.