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St. Thomas Native Aliyah Boston Named Gatorade Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year 2016-17

Aliyah Boston of St. Thomas averaged 23 points and 14.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A native of St. Thomas who is a high school sophomore was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year.

Aliyah Boston, 16, got the distinction for the state of Massachusetts last month after leading her Worcester Academy team the Hilltoppers (19-3) to the New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AA tournament semifinal game.

The 6-foot-3 center logged a double-double in every game this year, averaging 23 points, 14.7 rebounds, 4.8 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists per game in leading the Hilltoppers (19-3) to the NEPSAC Class AA semifinals. She is rated as the No. 4 recruit in the class of 2019.

“Aliyah is unguardable most of the time,” said Tilton coach Tara Brisson. “She is so skilled and strong, and the leap she has made between last year and this year is insane.”

After leaving her home in St. Thomas to live with her aunt in Worcester, Boston now volunteers as a youth basketball coach and as a student ambassador for Worcester Academy, where she maintains a B average. She is the first Worcester Academy athlete to be so honored.

“Her hard work this season was reflected in her game on both ends of the court,” said Worcester Academy coach Sherry Levin.

“The support of her teammates helped her achieve this honor.”

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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