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Right: With Athletic Director Jay Costa (left) and parents, Tom and Kathy Altomare, looking on, Shrewsbury High senior Brittany Altomare signs her national letterof intent to attend the University of Virginia. Right: With Athletic Director Jay Costa (left) and parents, Tom and Kathy Altomare, looking on, Shrewsbury High senior Brittany Altomare signs her national letterof intent to attend the University of Virginia. Shrewsbury – In addition to all the usual birthday gifts one might expect to get when turning 18, Shrewsbury's Brittany Altomare also received one that very few teenagers get – a full athletic scholarship to a major university.

Altomare, a senior at Shrewsbury High School (SHS) and the daughter of Tom and Kathy Altomare, signed a national letter-of-intent Nov. 19 – her 18th birth- day – to attend the University of Virginia, where she will play golf for the Cavaliers.

"This is the best birthday present ever," Brittany said. "Virginia is such a good school. I loved it as soon as I got there. The campus is so pretty and there's a lot of tradition there, too, and the practice and golf facilities are second to none – lush fairways and grassy greens."

Brittany was a four-year member of the SHS boys golf team (the school doesn't have a girls team), captaining the team as a junior and senior, helping the Colonials finish fourth in the state's Division 1 tournament earlier this month.

A three-time Massachusetts Junior State Champion, Brittany burst onto the Central Mass. golf scene five years ago when – as a 13-year-old – she fired a 7-under-par 66 at the International Country Club in Bolton.

"Brittany's tremendous skill and technique, combined with her experience and success at the national level, should make for an easy transition into college golf for her," Cavaliers coach Kim Lewellen said. "I think Brittany is the type of player who could make an immediate impact for us at Virginia."

Altomare said she began playing golf when she was 8.

"I would tag along with my grandpa [Nick Altomare] and my dad when they went to play golf. They would play all the time and I would go with them," Brittany said. "At the time I played a lot of diff erent sports – soccer, softball, I swam, I snowboarded – I did everything. But, over time, I found myself giving each one up so I could play more golf, and pretty soon, golf was all I played."

Hudson Catholic announces student ambassadors

Senior Brittany Ferrecchia and Junior Brian Cormier have been selected by Hudson Catholic High School as its student ambassadors to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).

It is the goal of the program that the student ambassadors become active, involved and informed participants in the MIAA and that they will assume leadership roles in their schools.

Ferrecchia and Cormier attended a leadership workshop at the MIAA offic e i n Franklin Nov. 18. The workshop featured nationally known motivational speaker Harvey Alston.

Alston is best known for his book, "Be the Best," a phrase he adopted some years ago as his personal philosophy.

Ferrecchia and Cormier are scheduled to attend another workshop at the MIAA office in January 2009.

Trophy added to Westborough-Algonquin football rivalry

School official s a t Westborough and Algonquin Regional high schools added some luster into their Thanksgiving Day rivalry when they announced recently that the winner of the annual tussle will be awarded the Joe Mewhiney/ Dick Walsh Trophy.

The trophy is named for Mewhiney, Westborough's former football coach, athletic director and assistant principal, and Walsh, Algonquin's former football coach and athletic director.

Contact Ken Powers at kpthesportsguy@yahoo.com with your sports team's news.

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