ITHMA Class of 2017 Final Rankings (1/31/17)….

 

The Top 100 Football Prospects in Massachusetts: The class of 2017 has many great student athletes who will represent Massachusetts very well as they move on to play football in college. Let’s take a look at our final 2017 rankings.

  1. AJ Dillon – Boston College – Lawrence Academy – RB
  2. Alex Marshall – Florida State – Bridgton – TE
  3. Blake Gallagher – Northwestern – St. Sebastian’s – LB
  4. Dallas Hobbs – Washington State – Deerfield Academy – DE
  5. Coby Tippett – Towson – Cheshire Academy – DB / WR / KR
  6. John Dean – Yale – Choate Rosemary Hall – LB
  7. Noah Gray- Duke – Leominster – TE
  8. Cal Flanders- Brown– Xaverian Brothers – DE
  9. Jack McGowan – Harvard – Catholic Memorial – LB
  10. Ryan Reagan – Harvard – Duxbury – WR
  11. Graeme Davis – Brown – BB&N – ATH
  12. AJ Ryan – Yale – Xaverian Brothers – LB
  13. Jordan McAfee – UConn – Everett – QB
  14. Ifeatu Melifonwu – Syracuse – Grafton – DB
  15. Cory Ryder- William and Mary – Nantucket – OL
  16. Allan Rappleyea – Wake Forest – Milton Academy – OL
  17. Scott Murphy – Army – Billerica – DE
  18. Kingsley Ejiogu-Dike – Brown – Brockton – LB
  19. Duval Paul – Georgetown – Everett – DL
  20. EJ Perry – Boston College – Andover – QB
  21. Jake Guidone – Dartmouth – Xaverian Brothers – OL
  22. Mike Silva – Harvard – Milton Academy – RB
  23. Alec Lindstrom – Boston College – Shepherd Hill – OL
  24. Sasha Hoban – Yale – Newton South – TE
  25. Mekhi Henderson – Bryant – Xaverian Brothers – DB
  26. Patrick Flynn – University of New Hampshire – Hanover – OL
  27. Brian Espanet – University of New Hampshire – Millis Hopedale – WR
  28. Hunter Long – Boston College – Deerfield Academy – TE
  29. Austin Burton – UCLA – West Orange – QB
  30. Blake Hill – Yale – Milford – LB
  31. Nathaniel Miller – UPenn – Belmont Hill – OL
  32. Alex Claudio – Bryant – Wilbraham & Monson – DB
  33. Griffin Burke – Harvard – Cheshire Academy – DE
  34. Hunter Brown – UMass – St. John’s Prep – DL
  35. Kevin Mensah – UConn – Shepherd Hill – RB
  36. Riley Burns – University of New Hampshire – Milford – OL
  37. Dan Gemmell – Brown – Andover – WR
  38. Bobby Denaro – Iowa State – Nashoba Regional – DL
  39. Benton Whitley – Holy Cross – Minnechaug – LB
  40. Mark Mulvaney – Tufts – Holliston – OL
  41. Cole McCubrey – UMass – West Boylston – LB
  42. Adam Buchanan – Princeton – BB&N – TE
  43. Theo Zidor – CCSU – Everett – WR
  44. Jake Byczko – UMass – Lawrence Academy – LB
  45. Brett Mazur – Army – King Philip – LB
  46. David Onyemem – Bryant – Central Catholic – ATH
  47. Austin Pyne – Lafayette – Lawrence Academy – OL
  48. Greg Wood – Bryant – Braintree – OL / DL
  49. Brian Abosi – UMass – Worcester Academy – OL
  50. Jacob Carlson – Army – Billerica – ATH / WR
  51. Connor Degenhardt – Holy Cross – Westford Academy – QB
  52. Bobby Maimaron – Williams – Duxbury – QB
  53. Kingsley Umemba – Georgetown – BB&N – DE
  54. Devon Piccinin – Bentley – Xaverian Brothers – RB
  55. Tucker Impemba – Cornell – BB&N – DL
  56. Owen Rosenberger – Colgate – Brooks School – OL
  57. Sherron Dailey-Harris – University of New Hampshire – Lawrence Academy – DB
  58. James LoChirco – Bryant – Mystic Valley – LB
  59. Will Sirmon – Holy Cross – Phillips Andover – ATH / WR
  60. Matt Andreas – Stetson University – Danvers – ATH
  61. Carlos Cabrera – Trinity – Central Catholic – OL
  62. Pete Kendall – UPenn – Noble & Greenough – TE
  63. Broghean McGovern – Bryant – Haverhill – QB
  64. Colin Lama – Union – Xaverian Brothers – LB
  65. Derek Laundry – Bryant – Billerica – DL
  66. Ben Murphy – Uncommitted – Bridgton Academy – DL
  67. Declan Burt – Bryant – St. John’s Prep – TE
  68. Carlins Platel- Assumption – Everett – DB
  69. Sam Laurent – Dartmouth – Xaverian Brothers – WR
  70. Matt Donovan – Fordham – Deerfield – OL
  71. Daniel Rymer – Maine – Cambridge Rindge & Latin – WR
  72. Langston Puller – Amherst – Xaverian Brothers – OL
  73. Adam Billard – Wagner – Tabor Academy – QB
  74. Diogo DeSousa – University of Rhode Island – Mansfield – K
  75. Coreese Everett – Uncommitted – Springfield Central – ATH
  76. Patrick Watson – Williams – BC High – OL
  77. Gerrell Boyce – Uncommitted – Everett – DL
  78. David Salazar – Uncommitted – Newton North – LB / DE
  79. Jack Kennedy – Bentley – Barnstable – OL
  80. Marvens Fedna – Uncommitted – Everett – RB
  81. Anthony Dandini – Merrimack – Leominster – LB
  82. Asong Aminmentse – Wagner – Milford – ATH
  83. Nick Pallotta – Merrimack -St. John’s Shrewsbury – WR
  84. Matt Caruso – Bryant – Brockton – ATH
  85. Joe Masterson – Amherst – St. John’s Prep – DB / ATH
  86. Kevin Crabtree – Villanova – Milton Academy – OL / LS
  87. Bobby Mylod – Bentley – North Attleboro – LB
  88. Liam Reddy – St. Anselm – St. Mary’s Lynn – OL / DL
  89. TJ Rothmann – Williams – BC High – LB
  90. Hayden Rockett – Trinity – St. John’s Prep – ATH
  91. Stephen Olive – Bryant – Lawrence Academy – OL
  92. Jack Barrett – Trinity – Holliston – ATH / QB
  93. Tank Walker –Uncommitted – Springfield Central – ATH / QB / DB
  94. Sam Athy – Stonehill – Holliston – ATH
  95. Jack Cappelletti – Bryant – Milford – WR
  96. Shawn Noel, Jr. – Jireh Prep – Bridgewater Raynham – RB
  97. Max Beati – Phillips Andover – Andover – OT
  98. Connor Cady – Wesleyan – BC High – ATH
  99. Glenn Smith – Wesleyan – Lawrence Academy – RB
  100. Ryland Keller – Wagner – Thayer Academy – ATH

 

MIAA Top 25 Hockey Poll – Week 7 (1/31/17)…

  1. Pope Francis High School  (11-1-1) – Cam Peritz, Jacob King and Trevor Crawford have a huge week ahead with BC High and Hingham on the schedule.
  2. Malden Catholic High School (7-1-3) Colin Nestor and Malden Catholic took care of out of state Fairfield Prep, Braintree and Catholic Memorial all in one week so it was a pretty good week to be a Lancer.
  3. Austin Preparatory School  (11-0-2) – JJ Harding and the Cougars took care of Arlington Catholic this past weekend.
  4. Catholic Memorial High School  (8-2-2)- CM rebounded from a hard fought 1-0 loss to Malden Catholic by beating La Salle and showed they can play against the top teams in the state.
  5. Walpole High School  (14-0-1) – The Rebels played to a tie against a good skating Framingham team and then beat a good Wellesley team.
  6. Arlington High School  (11-1-1) – Peter Scheschareg and Kevin Ouellette look forward to a showdown against BC High on February 6th.
  7. Central Catholic High School  (9-2-3) – An offensive outburst led to nine goals in their win over Hingham.
  8. Boston College High School  (7-1-4) – Thomas Kramer and company look to have a strong week against some top competition.
  9. Marshfield High School  (10-1-2) – With Andrew Fithian, Jack Murphy and Aidan Connolly playing well the Rams are in very good shape.
  10. Hingham High School  (11-2-2) -Little time to recoup as Pope Francis is on the horizon for the Harbormen.
  11. Saint John’s Preparatory School  (5-5-2) –Ryan Farrow and Joe Bevere have the Eagles looking up after a two win week.
  12. Saint Mary’s Lynn High School (8-4-1) – The Spartans and Mike Zampanti travel to face Arlington Catholic on Wednesday.
  13. Braintree High School  (9-3-1) -Rebounding from a close loss will be key with a game versus Framingham on the horizon.
  14. Xaverian Brothers High School  (5-5-3) – Jared Grier and Egor Borschev look to get back to their winning ways with a week off from Catholic Conference play.
  15. Shrewsbury High School  (12-0-0) – Matt Ward and the Colonials will look to remain unbeaten this season.
  16. Scituate High School  (12-1-1) –Liam Walsh looks to continue his strong play leading the Sailors this season.
  17. Andover High School  (10-4-0) – Zach Laramie and the Warriors will look to rebound from a tough week of play.
  18. Framingham High School  (7-3-3) – The Flyers almost knocked off undefeated Walpole but left with a 2-2 tie after Joe McInnis scored in the third period.
  19. Burlington High School  (8-4-1) – Strong offensive play from Riley Gilberg and Drew Metzdorf look to propel the Red Devils on an end of season run.
  20. Arlington Catholic High School  (6-4-1)- The Cougars need to get back on the winning track after a loss to Austin Prep.
  21. Reading High School  (8-5-1) – Kevin and Mike Tobin exploded in a two win week for the Rockets.
  22. Weymouth High School  (5-3-3) – Cam Gibbs and the Wildcats look forward to Marshfield in a showdown on February 6th.
  23. Franklin High School (9-4-0) – Brendan O’Reilly, Thomas Sicchio and James Kilroe look to pick up end of season momentum after a two win week.
  24. Waltham High School  (8-4-3) – Adam Becker and the Hawks have Westford Academy and Acton-Boxboro this week.
  25. North Reading High School  (11-0-1)- Joshua Zelikman and Matthew Corrieri continue to lead the Hornets on the season.

Top MA High Schools Sending Players To College – Part 1 (1/30/17)….

 

Once again this year Xaverian Brothers High School is sending a significant number of their seniors on to play college football. The school has a long tradition of producing top prospects including NFL talent such as Matt and Tim Hasselbeck and Greg Comella (in addition to their younger brothers Nat Hasselbeck who played at UMass and J.P. Comella who played at Boston College). This year they have ITHMA Defensive Player of the Year Cal Flanders who is committed to play at Brown University and AJ Ryan who was one of the top linebackers in the state just committed to Yale University. Also from the Hawk’s defense top defensive back Mekhi Henderson is still uncommitted but has scholarship offers from a number of schools, linebacker Colin Lama recently committed to play at Union and Ben Kangos is committed to play at Nichols. From the Xaverian offense running back Devon Piccinin is committed to Bentley while wide receiver Sam Laurent has picked up a number of FBS and Ivy league offers over the past few weeks and quarterback Mattison Cronin is committed to St. Anselm’s. On the offensive line you have Jake Guidone committed to Dartmouth, Langston Puller committed to Amherst and Dan Gioioso committed to Union. Two other former Hawks are doing post grad years as linebacker John Dean is committed to Yale and DB/WR Coby Tippett just announced he is committed to Towson. There is a reason that Xaverian made it to the Division 1 State Championship game this year and it is the number of high quality players they had on both sides of the ball. To send eleven starters from this year’s team on to play in college is a tribute to what Head Coach Charlie Stevenson has built over the course of his career in Westwood.

Hockey Recruiting in MA – Part 4 (1/30/17)…

Five more local high school hockey prospects who are already committed to play hockey in college.

Michael Young Rivers School – A staunch five year prospect patrolling the blue line in Weston, Young has committed to play hockey at UConn. At 6’1” and 220 pounds Young has great size for a defenseman. It will be interesting to see if Young goes directly to Storrs next year or if he chooses to play a season in the USHL as to this point in his career he has only played in the MSHL.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=270506 

Tony AnderozziRivers School – Anderozzi is another Rivers defenseman who will go on to play hockey at Brown University. Anderozzi first began playing at Wichester High and then made his way to Weston. Anderozzi could be on campus at Brown as early as the 2019-20 season.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=445201

Mark GallantGroton – A 2000 birth year Gallant has committed to play hockey at Colgate. Gallant has played varsity hockey since his eigth grade year at Groton. Gallant also plays for the acclaimed ’00 Islanders hockey club in the offseason. Being an ’00 Gallant is set to play two more seasons of Prep hockey before going to Colgate but could also choose to play in the USHL for a year or two.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=321686

Jack RathboneDexter – Rathbone is a very talented offensive defenseman at 5’10” and 165 pounds. As a sophomore playing for Dexter Rathbone had 26 points which is an ashtonishing number for such a young defenseman. Rathbone has played at a very high level since a young age playing for the South Shore Kings hockey club and now playing for the Cape Cod Whalers. Rathbone will most likely enroll right away at Harvard in the fall of 2018 as he has played against good competition. His father played at Boston College.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=311766

Patrick Choi – Boston Junior Bruins – A 5’9” forward originally from South Korea who is now playing for the Boston Junior Bruins hockey club. Choi is a ’98 birth year and will eventually skate for Bentley. When Choi actually arrives on campus is still up in the air as he has a few years before he has to enroll in Waltham.

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=269527

MIAA Top 25 Basketball Poll – Week 7 (1/30/17)…

  1. Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School: (12-0) – The Falcons stay perfect on the season and will be a tough team to beat.
  2. Boston College High School: (14-0) – Carl Pierre has played very well leading the Eagles to an unblemished record so far this season. 
  3. Franklin High School: (11-2) – The Panthers are looking strong behind Conor Peterson, Matt Elias and Josh Macchi.
  4. Everett High School: (10-1) – The Tide took care of Somerville in relatively easy fashion with Isaiah Likely and Gerrell Boyce both playing well.
  5. Needham High School: (13-1) – Thomas Shaughnessy and Brendan Smith led the Rockets in a close win against Framingham.
  6. Newton North High School: (11-2) – Noah Neville and Chris Matthews will be key players with Ethan Wright sidelined for a couple of weeks.
  7. Mansfield High School: (12-2) Sam Goldberg, Christian Weber and Tyler Boulter led Mansfield in their big win over Bridgewater-Raynham.
  8. New Mission High School: (8-3) – Twins Charles and Charlie Mitchell combined for 41 points for the Titans but it wasn’t enough as they lost to St. John’s Prep 67-64.
  9. Central Catholic High School: (12-1) – Colin Bradenese and Victor Mwuarah led the Raiders in their 55-42 victory over Lowell.
  10. St. John’s Preparatory School: (10-3) Tommy O’Neill had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Nate Hobbs had 13 points in their big win over New Mission.
  11. St. John’s Shrewsbury: (11-2) – A team playing very well at the right time of the season and are led by Alex Bradley, Tyler Mola and Sean Burke.
  12. Catholic Memorial High School: (8-4) – Coming off yesterday’s loss to O’Bryant the Knights will look to rebound this week at home against St. John’s Prep.
  13. Marlboro High School: (10-3) – Chris Doherty had 22 points and Owen Cappadona had 10 points in a 58-54 loss to a very good Westborough team.
  14. Brighton High School: (9-4) – Despite the loss to an athletic Duxbury team Brighton had an overall good week with two wins and Mykel Derring is playing very well.
  15. Lowell High School: (10-2) – A loss to Central Catholic will not derail the season as Alex Rivera and Lowell will look to rebound this week.
  16. Malden Catholic High School: (8-5) – Michael Boyd and the Lancers can get right back in the thick of things if they string a few wins together.
  17. Methuen High School: (10-3)- Kevin Fernandez is playing well and helped his team rebound from the prior week.
  18. Nashoba Regional High School: (11-1) – Behind Nate Mansour, Andrew Fish and Justin Pierce the Chieftains improved to 11-1
  19. Falmouth High School: (9-2) All State quarterback Nick Couhig helped lead the Clippers in their big home win over Charlie Campbell and Nauset.
  20. Lynn Classical: (12-2) Following their win over Everett senior Gilbert Minaya helped to continue their winning ways in a 68-65 win over Beverly.
  21. O’ Bryant High School –(11-3) Knocked off Catholic Memorial in an impressive fashion behind strong play from Kobe Smith.
  22. Springfield Central High School: (10-1) – A close 70-63 loss to Hillhouse – New Haven which is the top ranked basketball team in Connecticut.
  23. Jeremiah E. Burke High School: (9-5) Levar Williams and company are back into the rankings after a strong week.
  24. Bridgewater Raynham High School: (10-3) A tough 52-45 loss to Mansfield showed BR is a team to watch in the Division 1 South playoffs.
  25. Boston Cathedral High School: (10-5) Chauncee Cheek is putting Cathedral on his back and making a case for Player of the Year honors.

 

Baseball Players to Watch – Part 4 (1/29/17)…

Let’s take a look at ten more of the top local baseball players as we are just about fifty days away from the start of the season.

Dylan McNary – Doherty HS / Noble and Greenough – McNary is a solid middle infielder who moves well and is a good defensive fielder. McNary also has a good swing with a smooth follow through and he is getting interest from several top baseball programs.

Michael Banks – Newton North High School –  An off-speed pitcher who performed well for Newton North during their Super 8 baseball run last season. Banks should have a solid senior season in the very competitive Bay State Conference.

James Cappello – Assabet Regional High School – Cappello pitches as a tall lefty standing over 6’2’’ and he has a good delivery to the plate. Cappello will pitch at Assumption after his senior year is complete this spring.

Andrew Tache – Algonquin Regional High School – A big righty standing 6’4’’ with a good delivery and reach to the plate. Tache throws his fastball in the low to mid 80s with consistency along with good off-speed pitches and he will play at Southern New Hampshire after he graduates. 

Frank DiOrio – Saint John’s Preparatory School – A key player for the Eagles as DiOrio has been a good outfielder for SJP and helped them make a run to the Super 8 last year. DiOrio is also a very solid bat in the SJP lineup and will play at UMass after he graduates.

Steve Hajjar – Central Catholic High School – A hard throwing left handed pitcher for the Raiders who is a returning conference All Star. Hajjar is a Michigan commit and he will look to lead a talented Raider team to a Super 8 berth.

Patrick Webler – Brookline / Bridgton Academy – A big RHP pitcher who routinely throws in the mid to upper 80s. Webler pitched well for the Brookline Warriors and will look to sharpen his stuff at Bridgton before going to Southern Connecticut State University.

Scott Murphy – Billerica High School – Murphy led Billerica to the brink of a Super 8 berth last year as he is a big bat in the lineup and the backbone of a good Indians team. Murphy is an Army football commit and he will look to lead the Indians to the promised land this spring.

Nick Murray – Saint Mark’s – A big 6’6’’ and 200 pound pitcher committed to the University of Cincinnati  as he throws in the mid 80s while having good deception on his pitches. Murray can definitely add to his physical frame before he gets to college.

Alex Kennedy – Braintree High School – A 6’2″ catcher for the Wamps who is a big bat in the middle of the Braintree lineup. Kennedy drove in the winning run for the Wamps when they won the Super 8 championship last year and they will look for an encore this season.

 

Six New 2017 Football Prospects (1/29/17)…

As we rapidly approach National Signing Day let us add six new class of 2017 prospects that we have identified.

Liam Reddy – St. Mary’s High School – T / DT – Uncommitted – Leddy is a 6’3″ and 275 pound lineman who dominated on both offense and on defense. Reddy plays very physically and runs extremely well for an offensive tackle and he frequently pulls to support the running game. On defense he is a tough interior lineman who is difficult to run against and he always plays to the whistle. Helped St. Mary’s get to the Division 3A Super Bowl this past season and was a CCL All Star.

Josh Simon – Malden High School – DB / WR – Uncommitted – Simon stands 5’11” and 170 pounds and was a very fast and athletic player on both sides of the football. He is a shifty runner with the ball on offense and played as a very disciplined safety on defense. Probably a cornerback or safety at the next level as his speed and quickness should translate well to those positions. Simon was a GBL All Star and recently received his first offer from AIC.

Asong Aminmentse – Milford High School – SS / OLB – Uncommitted –  Aminmentse goes 5’7″ and 180 pounds but plays much bigger being an aggressive hybrid linebacker / defensive back for Milford. Fast enough to drop into coverage or to blitz the quarterback from the outside edge. Aminmentse was a Hockomock League All Star and he will choose between Wagner and Bentley as to where he will play his college football.

Gerell Boyce – Everett High School – DE / TE – Uncommitted – Boyce stands 6’3″ and 250 pounds and was a disruptive defensive end for the Division 1 State Champions. Plays fast and physical and reportedly runs a sub five forty yard dash. Very tough in defending the run as he seals the edge well and is difficult to contain and gets after the quarterback in passing situations. Boyce also plays basketball for Everett along with his bother Ghared who is a top basketball prospect. Boyce is being looked at by colleges and will find a place to play next year.

Joe Masterson – St. John’s Prep – SS / RB – Uncommitted – Masterson is 5’9″ and 180 pounds but plays with an edge and has top line speed. A very fluid running back but an even better defensive back who has good hands and is quick enough to stay with receivers. Reads plays very well and brings a very physical game for someone his size. Was a Catholic Conference All Star and should find a place to play in college.

Paccem Moise – Malden High School – CB / FS – Uncommitted – Moise has good size for a cornerback at 6’1″ and 180 pounds but is also very fast running a reported sub 4.5 forty yard dash. Matches up well with opposing receivers in single coverage and provides strong support stopping the opponent’s running game.

 

 

Some More Of The Top Lacrosse Players In Mass – Part 2 (1/28/17)….

Let’s take a look at ten more of the top lacrosse players in the state of Massachusetts as we head towards the 2017 season.

Frankie Higgins – Hingham High School – Bucknell University –  Higgins is a junior and a big part of Hingham’s success as he is a good long-stick midfielder / defenseman and is also very good on faceoffs winning almost 70% of the time. Higgins had fifteen goals last year and will look to increase his offensive numbers this spring as he will be a leader for the Harbormen this year.

Zach Geddes – Belmont Hill – Georgetown – Geddes stands 6’1″ and 175 pounds and is a very good athlete who also played quarterback and receiver for the Belmont Hill football team. Geddes was all ISL last season and is an athletic midfielder who excels at making the right pass while also having a cannon of a shot.

Jake Calnan – Noble and Greenough – Harvard – A big defenseman Calnan stands 6’3’’ and 200 pounds and is a physical presence for the Bulldogs. Calnan looks to feature as one of the shut down defenders in the ISL this coming season. Calnan also plays for the Noble and Greenough football team and his brother is a top hockey player at Boston College.

Kevin Tobin – Reading High School – UMass – A 5’7″ and 170 pound lightning rod for the Reading Rockets offense, Tobin tallied over 50 points as a top midfielder for Reading. Tobin is a good passer and looks to set up the offense. Also a very good hockey player on one of the top public teams.

Mike Tobin – Reading High School – UMass – The younger Tobin brother who is 5’9″ and 175 pounds and is also a very big piece of the Reading lacrosse team. Tobin is a fast and athletic midfielder who contributes in the offensive zone. Like his brother he is a high scoring forward on the Reading hockey team.

Zach Ludd – Governor’s Academy – Ohio State – A waterbug like attackman Ludd is very effective getting the ball to the net and is a top scorer with a very good shot. Also plays football and basketball at Governor’s Academy.

Dylan Gardner – Xaverian Brothers – Michigan – Gardener should be a key defensive player for Xaverian this year as he returns from an injury. Gardner will help Xaverian compete for the Division 1 State title as Xaverian returns a lot of talented players this season.

Brian Piatelli – Saint Sebastian’s – Cornell – Piatelli is an elusive and shifty attackman who quarterbacks the offense and looks to set up plays for others while also being a scoring threat himself. His quickness and drive to the net make him a player who is very hard to contain.

Parker Joyce – Saint Sebastian’s – Dartmouth – A skilled lefty finisher who can play both attack and midfield and should be part of a dynamic offensive attack for the Arrows this spring.

Jack Cahill – Medfield High School – Holy Cross – A three time state champion for powerhouse Medfield, Cahill is a two way midfielder who scored 46 goals along with 17 assists last season. A very shifty runner with a cannon of a shot. Cahill will look to end his high school career with a fourth consecutive state championship this spring.

Top 2017 Defensive Back Ifeatu Melifonwu To Visit Michigan (1/27/17)….

Grafton’s Ifeatu Melifonwu is currently a Syracuse commit but Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh has been making a late push to get him to flip and to go to school in Ann Arbor. Melifonwu is a 6’3″ and 190 pound defensive back that many think Michigan has projected out as a top college safety. Harbaugh recently attended Melifonwu’s Grafton basketball game and spoke to him for a few minutes following the game. This special attention must have worked because Melifonwu will be taking a visit to Michigan in the near future and there is a very good chance that Michigan will offer him a scholarship. It doesn’t hurt that Melifonwu’s older brother Obi Melifonwu is currently projected as a top six safety prospect in this year’s NFL draft having been a top player at UConn. This is an excellent example of a head coach going the extra mile for a player they think can come in and help their team. If Harbaugh gets Melifonwu to flip from Syracuse it will be a big win for Michigan and you have to give Harbaugh credit for getting out to that basketball game and getting Melifonwu to commit to a campus visit. A big part of recruiting is showing a sincere interest in the athlete and his family and it can often lead to a prospect choosing one school over another.

Ten Key Games to Watch This Weekend (Hockey and Hoops) – (1/27/17)…

MIAA Hockey Poll

MIAA Basketball Poll

  1. #4 Austin Preparatory vs. #15 Arlington Catholic – The battle of Cougars as each team looks for a big win. AP has yet to drop a game while AC looks to get back on their best game after losing a few over the past couple of weeks.
  2. #2 Malden Catholic at #13 Braintree High School – The Lancers come off a great win versus Catholic Memorial and look to continue their momentum versus a very strong skating Wamp team who will look to have a good showing for the Bay State Conference.
  3. #20 Burlington High School vs #8 Arlington High School – The Spy Ponders recently took down top ranked Pope Francis and now face the Red Devils who recently beat a solid Belmont team.
  4. #7 Boston College High School at #12 Xaverian Brothers – The Eagles look to get a win versus Xaverian and put themselves in even better position for the Super 8 Tournament. Xaverian looks to add a signature win to their resume and get into the Super 8 consideration.
  5. #5 Hingham at #11 Andover – Hingham looks to continue its winning ways while Andover looks to get back on the winning path after dropping a game to Central Catholic.
  6. Nauset at #22 Falmouth – Nauset basketball looks to avenge an early season loss while Falmouth looks to improve their standing in the South as one of the top teams on the Cape. Charlie Campbell and the Warriors will look to pull the upset on Falmouth’s home floor.
  7. Somerville at #4 Everett – Somerville basketball played the Tide to a close road loss earlier in the year and now the Highlanders will look for the upset win on their home court.
  8. #14 Saint John’s Preparatory High School at #5 New Mission High School – The Eagles will look to continue a good stretch of basketball after knocking off Malden Catholic. The Titans of New Mission and the Mitchell twins will look to pick up a solid resume win and stay near the top of the rankings.
  9. #2 Boston College High School at Xaverian Brothers High School  – All year Xaverian has been an upset minded team that no one wants to play. The Eagles have been flawless this year led by Carl Pierre and they have a very talented front court.
  10. Springfield Putnam at #5 New Mission High School – (Saturday) – The Titan’s second big game of the weekend will put them up versus one of the state’s most elite talents in sophomore Taelon Martin. Martin will look to lead Putnam to an upset win over the Titans in what should be a very good game of backcourt match-ups.