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Accomplished female student-athlete plans to attends college and pursue a teaching career

by Kevin Devlin

I watched Christine Duffy play CYO basketball when she wore younger girls’ clothes and instantly knew she would evolve into a hoop star. And, I, along with others, were right in our initial assessment, because she did become one of South Boston’s, no, one of the state’s best female athletes.

Christine, 18, is the daughter of James and Debbie Duffy, and sister to James, Kathleen, and Courtney. She just completed her fourth varsity basketball season at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree and accomplished so much. Christine finished her fantastic high school hoop career with 1,348 points. She averaged 6 steals, 4 rebounds, 8.5 assists, and 14.5 points per game.

Christine led her team to state tournament action all four years that she played for the Bishops and to back-to-back state titles in 2007 and 2008. Boston Herald sportswriter Dan Ventura considered her the MVP of the 2008 state title game when he watched her team defeat Quaboag.      

Christine was chosen as an All-Scholastic for the Patriot Ledger in 2007, ’07, and ’08.

She was a Boston Herald All-Scholastic in 2007 and selected as a member of the Herald’s coveted “Dream Team” in 2008. Christine was also chosen as a member of the Boston Globe’s “Super Team” in 2008.

Last fall, before the start of the hoop season, she was the “MVP” of a high school league held at the Dorchester House gym located on Dorchester Avenue. In December 2007, she was selected to the “All-Tournament Team” in the Big Apple Basketball Tournament, and then in February, 2008, she was chosen for the “All-Tournament Team” in the Comcast Basketball Tournament held at Boston College High School.       

In addition to her high school heroics, Christine has been a member of the Magic Rebels and the Bay State Magic Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams for the past ten years. Overall, her squads captured four AAU state titles.

Christine has had much success on the court and many victories, but none as satisfying as defeating arch rival Cardinal Spellman.

“I think winning the state title in 2007 and beating Spellman was my most exciting moment,” said Christine. “We were underdogs and nobody really gave us a chance of beating Spellman in the state tournament, but we showed them all and beat them. It was great…it was exciting to finally beat the hex….and then we beat Spellman again this season in the tournament.”      

Christine is undecided about which school she’ll attend next September but knows that she wants to major in Early Education and become a teacher. And, we all know the school she goes to will be getting an ace of a player.

Christine’s hard work, dedication, focus, and sacrifice, has thus far truly paid huge dividends. Her mom and dad, Debbie and James, are proud of their daughter’s commitment to hoop and her accomplishments. They are now looking forward in seeing Christine furthering her education and continuing her exploits on the court.

“It was great to see Christine accomplish all of this and end it like this during her senior year,” said Debbie. “She was lucky to have great teammates and also tremendous coaches. Her Gate of Heaven CYO coach Marie Laundry, her AAU coaches Stacey Cotter and Franny Elves, and her high school coach Jim Bancroft, were all caring and good coaches. It was a great experience for her and a lot of fun. Playing basketball kept Christine busy and off of the streets. And now…she’s looking forward to college.”

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