To his credit: The lone senior in the Falcons' starting lineup, Bessette's leadership skills were key for a young Saint Stephen's team that secured part of the Class 1A state title. The Falcons shared their first state championship since 2004 with Weston Sagemont.
Bessette said the team title was the highlight of his season: "When we knew we won, the whole team went crazy. All of the guys, and really our whole school, had waited so long for that. It felt surreal." Bessette went 9-1, going unbeaten in region play.
Fast fact: Sports are in Bessette's blood. His mom, Cindy, won a world championship during her time as a professional sailor. His mom and dad, Mark, both played tennis at NAIA Hendrix College in Arkansas. Bessette enjoys watching hockey in his free time.
Up next: Bessette is heading to Amherst (Mass.) College to play tennis next season. The NCAA Division III Jeffs won the national championship in 2011 and 2014.
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SAINT STEPHEN'S -- Brian Berdusco, jr.; Russell Berdusco, 8th; Nani Forcano, fr.; Neo Cho, jr.
-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer