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Deane contributes in many ways

  • Frontier’s Ella Deane (5) puts up a jumper in the second half against Putnam at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Recorder file photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Ella Deane (5) takes a foul shot in the second half against Putnam at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Recorder file photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier’s Ella Deane (20) sets to a teammate as Melrose’s Lydia Lombardo (12) looks to defend at Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. RECORDER file photo/DAN LITTLE

  • Above, versatile Frontier Regional senior Ella Deane plays the bass drum in the band during a boys’ basketball game between Frontier and Mahar on Feb. 27 at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Below, Deane (5) puts up a jumper in the second half against Putnam at Goodnow Gym. Oh yeah, she also stars as a setter on the Hawks’ successful volleyball team. Recorder file photo/Dan Little



Recorder Intern
Friday, March 16, 2018

Chances are if you’ve been to an event at Frontier Regional School in the past six years, you’ve seen Ella Deane.

The senior has not only starred on the court in basketball and volleyball, but also on the stage as a member of the school’s bands and drama club.

Deane’s weeknights, as can be imagined, are usually pretty busy. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Luckily, there’s a lot of cooperation between academics and athletics and music to be able to keep them all in student life,” Deane said. “It makes for really busy weeknights, but it’s all doing the things that I really love, so it’s awesome.”

For Deane, music and sports are well engrained into her family tree. Her mother plays the flute and sings. Her father plays the guitar. A passionate basketball fan as well, he first introduced his daughter to the game around the time she turned seven.

“He encouraged me to start playing basketball and ended up being my coach the first few years I played,” Deane said.

By fourth grade, she tried volleyball as well. Inspired by her musically-inclined parents, Deane also picked up her first instrument: the trumpet.

“I wanted to pick up an instrument myself,” Deane said. “I don’t know what led me to choose trumpet, but something did.”

When Deane arrived at Frontier for seventh grade, she wasted no time in signing up for the band, participating in concerts, coffee houses and with the pep band on the sidelines of Red Hawk games.

With the pep band, she’s occasionally been called to fill in on other instruments, such as the time she was tasked with the massive bass drum during a boys’ basketball tourney game between Frontier and Mahar Regional School.

“We didn’t have a percussionist to come play for the pep band that night and someone else was already playing trumpet, so I picked up the bass drum and just ended up playing that for the night,” Deane said. “It was really fun. It was nice to play an instrument other than the one I usually play.”

When she was in the game herself, Deane made an impression. On the basketball court, the point guard put up 560 points and made 95 three-pointers in four years on varsity. On the volleyball court, as a setter, she played a key role on the perennial MIAA Division III powerhouse Red Hawks, making the state championship game in all three seasons of varsity.

Winning a state title, Deane said, was her biggest athletic goal.

In 2015, she was on the bench as the Red Hawks claimed the title. In 2016, the Red Hawks were swept in the championship match by Lynnfield High School, 3-0. But in 2017, Deane’s dream became a reality. As a second year captain and all-state player, Deane and the Red Hawks swept Bourne High School, bringing the seventh volleyball title in eight years to old town.

“[In 2015] I got to experience being at the event and being with my team, but actually being a starter and being on the court when the game actually ended and we won and we all got to hug and realize what we had just done together was just a whole other level,” Deane said. “I just felt a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction with what I had done at Frontier.”

But volleyball wouldn’t be the only thing Deane received all-state recognition in. No, she was also recommended to audition for the Massachusetts All-State Ensemble, made up of the state’s best high school musicians.

“It was really nice to be recognized as someone who could perform music at an all-state level and also be recognized as an all-state athlete,” Deane said. “It just made me really thankful for the balance of those things I’m able to keep in my life while also doing them at an extremely high level.”

Deane will also be starring in Frontier’s upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz,” playing both Auntie Em and Glinda the Good Witch. Her second show with the drama club, she was inspired to join by her mother, the woman she considers her musical inspiration.

“My mom actually was Maria in ‘The Sound of Music’ in her high school. So once she told me about that and how fun it was, it really encouraged me to become involved,” Deane said.

As her high school career comes to a close, Deane feels thankful to have had the experiences she’s had.

“I remember coming off the court for the last time knowing I had played my last basketball game, my last game of any sport, just knowing how much I’ve done, how many games I played in that gym and how thankful I’ve felt to participate on so many great teams at so many levels,” Deane said.

As proud as she is of her and her teammates’ athletic accomplishments, she’s also very thankful to see the arts garnering more respect at Frontier.

“Frontier’s really known as an athletics school and I think it’s really important that [both] the arts and how great the music program is at Frontier are also emphasized,” said Deane.

After graduation, Deane plans to major in engineering while also remaining active in music, from playing in ensembles to possibly taking on a music minor.

Wherever she goes in life, one thing for Deane is sure: she’s glad where her journey began.

“Frontier has just been awesome for the past six years I’ve been there,” Deane said.