School names top sportsman
Ricky Riccitelli is one of those youngsters who excels in several sports, in particular cricket and rugby.
Named last night as Francis Douglas Memorial College sportsman of the year, Riccitelli is in his final year at the New Plymouth school.
The year 13 student has played cricket at the school since 2006 and been a member of the first XI since 2009.
He was the leading run scorer for the premier grade side in 2011-2012 season, hitting two centuries and he has been included in the Taranaki men's A squad for the upcoming season.
Last season, Riccitelli played for the Taranaki B team after representing the province at under-12, under-13, under-14, under-15, under-16 and under-18 levels. He was also a member of the Central Districts under-19 squad last season.
Riccitelli plays hooker and has been in the first XV since last year, and in the school's top team since 2006. At age-group level rugby for Taranaki, he has played under-14s, under-16 and under-18s and was in the Hurricanes under-16 squad this season.
Riccitelli, who is sports captain for Francis Douglas this year, has coached several cricket teams at the school since he was a year 9 student in 2008.
This year, he took up the challenge of helping to coach one of the school's under-15, under-63kg rugby teams.
As well as coaching and playing cricket, Riccitelli has also done a lot of umpiring of morning grade cricket throughout Taranaki.
He has also represented Francis Douglas in other sports on the Shell Todd Oil Services Taranaki secondary schools' sporting calendar.
These include cross-country, touch, netball, rugby league, volleyball (both junior and senior), 10-pin bowling, skiing-snowboarding and junior A basketball.