Currently, Jean-Gilles is living under temporary protective status, which allows him to stay in the country for 18 months at a time. He is eligible to receive scholarships, and is hoping to receive money for college from schools or organizations that he has applied to. While Division 3 programs like Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Regis College have shown interest in him as a basketball player, they cannot offer athletic scholarships. So far, no Division 2 programs have come knocking.
In their efforts to find a creative solution, the Sherlocks have set up an e-mail account at firstname.lastname@example.org, where they are searching for any and all help they can get to help Jean-Gilles continue his education.
No matter what happens, though, Jean-Gilles will always have a place to stay with the Sherlocks, and be a part of their lives. “He’s like a brother now,” Matt Sherlock said. “He’s part of the family.”
On the basketball court, Jean-Gilles has emerged as a major part of the Melrose High basketball family as well, averaging 14 points and 12 rebounds for a squad that sharing a very special season.
Haverhill leans on Hoopes
Although the Haverhill High girls are in the midst of a subpar season, senior captain Molly Hoopes has been a standout.
Coach Bob Melillo praised Hoopes as a “great defensive player” who “covers up for everybody else.” Last week in a loss to Dracut, she had 15 points, 17 rebounds, and 12 blocks.
“She’s been as fine a person as I’ve coached, both as a player with her intensity and as a person, she’s just tremendous. Someone might equal her, but no one will exceed her.”
The Central Catholic boys may be without star big man Doug Gemmell for a while; the 6-5 forward is still recovering from concussion symptoms he sustained two weeks ago.
Gemmell must first go 24 hours without experiencing any symptoms before being reevaluated, followed by a designated number of days without any symptoms before he will be cleared to practice.
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