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Mystic Valley girls named CAC baksetball All-Stars

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Two members of Mystic Valley Regional Charter School’s girls’ basketball team were recently named Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) All Stars. Sophomore Talia Mamayek of Melrose and junior Menel Lamadzema of Everett were honored at Greater Lawrence Tech for their seasons – which coincided with setting a new program record for wins with 18. In addition, Lamadzema was named the CAC’s Most Valuable Player.

Mamayek was the team’s second-leading scorer this past year, scoring 9.5 points per game. She led the Lady Eagles with almost 11 rebounds a game and was the team’s best defender, according to Head Coach Jason Cantwell, who added, “Talia’s ability to play bigger than her height was one of the main reasons for our success this past season. Talia is a coach’s dream; she comes to practice ready to work and improve each and every day. I was proud to see her hard work pay off this season as she was nominated by all coaches in the league as a consensus first team All-Star. That’s as big a compliment as any player can get.”

Lamadzema earned her fourth consecutive All Star award and her first MVP trophy. Lamadzema, who had become the school’s all-time leading scorer at 1,516 career points in the final game of the season, could become the first five-time CAC Basketball All Star in school history. Averaging a school-record 25 points per game this past season, she also set a school record with 43 points scored against Lowell Catholic in January. Coach Cantwell added, “Having a player as gifted as Menel is a pleasure. She works as hard as anyone to improve, and I was proud when the coaches in the league voted her MVP. I look forward to working with her going forward [as] she begins to prep for her senior year and basketball at the collegiate level. She has a realistic shot at 2,000 points, which would be an incredible feat.”

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