HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Booker, Rodriguez earn All-NECC honors

Booker (Dean athletics)

A pair of locals were chosen for All-New England Collegiate Conference honors in men’s college basketball.
Dean College sophomore Jordan Booker, who was a standout at Crosby, earned First Team All-NECC honors after scoring in double figures in 22 of 24 regular season games. Booker also earned Second Team All-United States Collegiate Athletic Association recognition.
In 25 total games — all starts — Booker leads Dean in scoring at 17.9 points per game. He is also the top man in free throw percentage at 83.8, minutes per game at 35, assists at 4.3 per game, and steals at 2.3 per game.
Dean plays in the USCAA Tournament Consolation Round tonight against Florida College.

Rodriguez (Wheelock athletics)

Wheelock College junior Dejuan Rodriguez, former St. Paul big man, was named Second Team All-NECC. He started 23 of 24 games for the Wildcats and averaged team-highs of 8.3 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game to go along with 15.9 points (2nd). Rodriguez was the team’s leading rebounder on the defensive end of the court and was second in offensive boards. Rodriguez had two games of 30-plus points, including a high of 31. His best rebounding game was 15.
Booker and Rodriguez were standouts in this area, and now they’re recognized for their efforts in the NECC.

Elder (SNHU athletics)

Ashley Elder, Southern New Hampshire University
indoor track and field

The former multi-sport Bristol Central star had a great season indoors, and she was rewarded for it.
Elder, a junior, was named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s All-East Region team on Feb. 26. Elder was one of 521 women recognized nationwide as All-Region.
Elder earned the recognition through her efforts in the shot put, which she finished in the Top 5 in at each of the seven meets she competed in. She had six Top 2 showings and five victories. Elder finished first in Division II at the New England Indoor Championships in the shot put and threw a personal-best 44 feet, 10.25 inches.
Next up for Elder is the outdoor track and field season.

Stephens (CCSU athletics)

Peyton Stephens, Central Connecticut State University baseball
A star at Sacred Heart High School, Stephens is in his freshman season with the Blue Devils.
It only took him until his second game to pick up the first hits, RBI and stolen base of his CCSU career. In the bottom of the fourth inning of a Feb. 24 game against North Dakota State, Stephens singled to right field for his first career hit.
In the seventh inning, Stephens singled to center field to drive in Nick Garland. With Jeremy Sagun at the plate, Stephens took off and stole second base. He finished the game 2-for-4 with the run batted in.
Stephens was All-NVL and All-State in his junior and senior seasons at Sacred Heart.

Joey DeFillippi, Mount Ida College basketball

DeFillippi (Mount Ida athletics)

It wasn’t just about statistics for the senior from Bristol Central.
Along with being a good player, Mount Ida senior Joey DeFillippi was a good sport, and that was something he was recognized for. DeFillippi was named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference All-Sportsmanship Team.
DeFillippi does yard work and car washing for community service. He is also a student-worker at Mount Ida.
While at Bristol Central, DeFillippi was Academic All-Central Connecticut Conference. The well-rounded student-athlete is a Sport Management major at Mount Ida.

Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.