2000-2001 All State

First Team Second Team
Player School Player School
Moses Sonko Classical Rich Doyle Rogers
Mike Williams St Raphael J.P. Corry Barrington
Marc DiFanti Hendricken Fran Murray Barrington
Josean Vega St Raphael Sean Geraghty Hendricken
Derek Grundy Smithfield Frank Gautier Cranston East

First Team Player Biographies
Moses Sonko- Classical
The 6-foot-5 junior center helped the Purple to a 9-7 record in Division I-AA. He scored 26 points in 
Classical's 71-66 quarterfinal victory over La Salle, and 13 points in a semifinal loss to St. Raphael. Sonko 
led his team in virtually every category. He scored 21 points per game, rebounded at a 16 per-game clip, 
and averaged 4 steals, 2 assists and 3 blocks. He also led the Purple in minutes- played, and displayed 
sharp ball-handling and outside shooting skills.
Mike Williams- St. Raphael
The dominant center in the league, Williams was instrumental in the Saints' third consecutive Division I-AA 
state title. Williams, a 6-foot-5 junior powerhouse, tallied 24 points in the Saints' 76-56 win over 
Hendricken at the Providence Civic Center. Against Classical in the semifinals, Williams canned 17 points 
and grabbed 13 boards. He notched 22 points in St. Raphael's 84-68 quarterfinal triumph over Mount 
Pleasant. Williams surpassed the 1,000-point mark, having scored 538 this season. He pulled down a season 
total 347 rebounds, had 41 assists and 17 blocked shots.
Marc DiFanti- Hendricken
A four-year varsity player, DiFanti finished his high school career with 1,053 points. This past season, the 
6-foot-3 senior and team captain averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds. "What makes Marc such a special 
player and person," Hawks coach Jamal Gomes says, "was his leadership in other areas." An honorable-
mention McDonald's All- American, DiFanti also was R.I. Gatorade Player of the Year. He scored 20 
points in Hendricken's 74-60 victory over Hope in the Division I-AA quarterfinals.
Josean Vega- St. Raphael
The Saints' speedy 6-foot senior guard was their catalyst to a 13- 3 finish atop the regular-season division 
standings. Vega was second behind teammate Mike Williams in points scored (20) in St. Raphael's 
championship win over Hendricken. A team captain, Vega scored 18 against Classical and 11 points against 
Mount Pleasant. Vega also makes this year's Coaches Association Academic All-State team. From the free 
throw line this season, Vega shot 76 percent. He scored 433 points this season, had 98 rebounds, 63 assists 
and 42 steals.
Derek Grundy- Smithfield
After fighting back from a concussion suffered early in the season, the 6-foot-2 senior guard/forward 
powered the Sentinels to the Division I-A state championship game against Cranston East. Smithfield's
 65-42 win at the Providence Civic Center, in which Grundy had 19 points and 13 rebounds, marked its 
first appearance in the finals in nine years. Grundy, a team captain, missed four games because of his 
injury. He marked his comeback with a 28-point, 12- rebound performance in Smithfield's 68-63 win 
over South Kingstown. He scored a career-total 1,363 career points, ranking him the school's top all-time 
scorer. Grundy was deadly from 3-point range (118 over three seasons). He averaged 18.6 points last season.