Class of 2018 Football Prospects – 5 More (1/26/17)…

Here are five more top football prospects from the class of 2018. As always, these are not in any particular order as we will add them to our overall 2018 class rankings at a later date.

Francis Dooley – Boston College High School – DE / TE – A 6’3″ and 220 pound defensive end for the Eagles who has a great motor and can effectively get clear of blocks. A very disruptive player who gets after the quarterback while also being able to seal the edge against the running game. Dooley could project as a DE or maybe as an OLB.


Andy Clough – Marblehead High School – TE / DE – A 6’6″ and 225 pound tight end who can add to his physical frame while already running a reported sub 5 forty yard dash. Clough is fast enough that he can line up effectively as a slot receiver but is also physical enough to line up as a more traditional tight end where he blocks well. A very solid two way player for the Magicians as he is also a very disruptive defensive end.

Uche Ndukwe – Noble & Greenough School – OLB / TE – At 6’4’’ and 235 pounds Ndukwe is a hybrid defensive end / outside linebacker who can play on the line with his hand in the dirt or standing up on the outside edge. Ndukwe has a quick first step and takes good angles to get to the quarterback. Ndukwe has recieved an offer from Army and will likley draw interest from bigger schools with his size and reported 4.75 forty speed.

Patrick Walsh – Wachusett Regional High School – OL – Walsh stands 6’5” and 275 pounds while running a reported sub five forty yard dash. A very physical and aggressive lineman with good feet and an excellent motor. Walsh engages and holds his blocks often pancaking the defender. A very good run blocker and also solid in pass protection.

Shane Frommer – King Phillip Regional High School – RB / LB / ATH – Frommer stands 5’11” and 180 pounds and is a very good competitor who plays running back and outside linebacker for the undefeated Division 1A Super Bowl champions. Frommer has a great motor and is athletic enough to be utilized in all three phases of the game as he also plays on special teams for King Phillip. Frommer catches the ball well as a receiver and has good field vision that he displays as a running back and as a defensive player. A very good athlete as he also plays goalie for the KP hockey team. Frommer has recieved interest from Harvard, Penn and Princeton and should hear from more schools in the coming months.

Recent Recruiting News and Updates (1/26/17)….

Lots of news on the recruiting front over the past week as colleges make last minute offers and players announce their commitments.

Kalel Mullings of Milton Academy is a top class of 2020 running back who has recently picked up FBS offers from Michigan and Boston College.

Danny Abraham is a BC High running back in the class of 2018 and he picked up recent offers from both Harvard and Yale to go along with previous offers from Boston College, Dartmouth and Coastal Carolina.

Jake Bobo of Belmont Hill is a top 2018 wide receiver recruit who added an offer from UMass to go along with his multiple other FBS offers.

St. John’s Prep defensive lineman Hunter Brown announced that he has committed to play at UMass.

Matt Andreas is a SB/FS from Danvers and he picked up his third Division 1 offer from Bryant.

Quarterback Broghean McGovern of Haverhill committed to Bryant.

Jake Byczko of Lawrence Academy is a top linebacker in the state and he announced that he has committed to UMass.

Noble & Greenough linebacker Uche Ndukwe is a class of 2018 prospect who received his first D1 offer from Army.

Also over at Lawrence Academy offensive lineman Austin Pyne received an offer from Lafayette.

Leominster linebacker Anthony Dandini received an offer from New Mexico Highlands University to go along with his standing offer from Bryant.

Nantucket’s Cory Ryder is one of the top OL prospects in the state and he announced he was de-committing from Holy Cross and committed to William and Mary.

Billerica linebacker Derek Laundry committed to play Division 1 football at Bryant.

Also in Billerica, top defensive end Scott Murphy announced his commitment to play Division 1 football at Army.

King Phillip’s Brett Mazur played tight end and linebacker and he also announced his commitment to play at Army.

(Per Danny Ventura’s Twitter Account) Everett’s Duval Paul is a top defensive lineman in the state who announced his commitment to play at Georgetown.

Also in Everett TE/WR Theo Zidor announced his commitment to play at Central Connecticut.

Nose tackle Cameron Cain of St. Sebastian’s announced that he is committed to play at Union.

Danny Cox of Milton Academy has committed to Union College making him the fourth prospect from Massachusetts to join the Union recruiting class this year.

Mansfield kicker Diogo DeSousa committed to play at the University of Rhode Island.

BC High QB/Athlete Connor Cady will continue his football career at Wesleyan.

Malden’s Josh Simon is a defensive back and a slot receiver who received his first offer from AIC.

Andover offensive lineman Max Beati took an official visit to the University of Rhode Island.

Tabor quarterback Adam Billard announced his commitment to play at Wagner College.

Catholic Memorial wide receiver Kyle Sonnie announced he is committed to play at Assumption College.

Walpole Hockey Versus Nauset Soccer (1/26/17)…

Let’s take a look at two of the most interesting stories of the 2016-17 high school sports year. Down on Cape Cod the Nauset Boys soccer team went 23-0 this season culminating with their victory in the Division 2 State Championship game. The Nauset team gave up only one goal all season long. Twenty-three games and only one goal scored against them… that is an astonishing .04 goals against average. The lone goal came against Masconomet in the playoffs. Nauset was led this season by senior midfielder Jake LaBranche (a Middlebury College commit) and junior midfielder James McCully along with other top contributors Vance Bates and Curtis Moore. Both LaBranche and McCully have been nominated for Gatorade Player of the Year in boys soccer. As amazing as Nauset was in the fall, they are being challenged by the Walpole Boys hockey team that is currently 13-0-1 with ten shutouts and having given up only six total goals against. Six goals over 14 games translates to an amazing .43 goals against average and is reflective of just how dominant Walpole senior goaltender James Corcoran has been this season. Walpole is led up front by seniors Cam Martin and Owen Hunter and the Rebels still have a number of difficult games on their regular season schedule. They say defense wins championships and the Nauset soccer team and the Walpole hockey team have learned that lesson very well.

ITHMA as Signing Day Approaches (1/25/17)….

National signing day on February 1st is quickly approaching and we will try and cover all of the local signings as thoroughly as possible.  Any Massachusetts high school football player who will be signing / committing  to a college offer please feel free to reach out to us via Direct Message on Twitter @IThuddleMA or via our e-mail address so we don’t miss out on anyone. Thank you!

Massachusetts Prep Hockey – Power Rankings – Week 6 (1/25/17)…

  1. Dexter School: New England Prep Independent – (16-3-0) – The return of Jack Rathbone will make Dexter an even stronger team than they were before.
  2. Rivers School: ISL Eberhart –  (14-4-1) – Riding a five game win streak in which they only let up one goal, the Red Wings are playing excellent hockey at the right time of the season. Goalie Aidan Porter and recent Bentley commit Brendan Hamblet have both been playing very well.
  3. Lawrence Academy: ISL Keller – (12-3-0) – LA had been on a roll and were one of the hottest teams before dropping a game to Reilly Walsh and Proctor Academy. Craig Needham and Braden Doyle will look to get the Spartans back on the winning track.
  4. Thayer Academy: ISL Keller – (12-5-0) – Casey Carreau, Jay O’Brien and the rest of the Tigers have defeated Cushing and Belmont Hill in back to back games.
  5. Roxbury Latin: ISL Eberhart – (12-2-0) – Jack Luca and Mike Callahan have led RL during their six game winning streak.
  6. Winchendon School: NEPSHC West – (9-7-1) – Recent wins over Williston Northampton, Proctor, and Kents Hill have Winchendon playing well and they are led by recent Union commit Mike Hardman.
  7. Belmont Hill School: ISL Keller – (12-9-2) – The Hillies rebounded from a 5-3 loss to Thayer by taking care of St. Paul’s with strong play from Sam Hesler and Max Fields.
  8. Deerfield Academy: NEPSAC Founders – (8-6-1) – Led by Thomas Dale, Deerfield tied Kimball Union but dropped a tough game to Choate.
  9. Saint Sebastians: ISL Keller – (10-6-2) – Strong goaltending from Alex Zafonte and offensive production from Liam Gorman helped lead to a win over Governors.
  10. Milton Academy: ISL Keller – (9-7-1) – Ethan Domokos and the Mustangs rebounded from a loss to Lawrence Academy with a win over Tabor.

Colleges That Impacted The MA Football Class Of 2017 – Part 14 (1/25/17)…

Let’s take a quick look at some of the top out of state FBS schools that recruited a prospect from Massachusetts in their 2017 class.

Blake Gallagher is committed to Northwestern having finished his career as a top linebacker in the state while playing at St. Sebastian’s. He will join former Xaverian Brothers defensive lineman Joe Gaziano as a big part of the Wildcats defense over the next few years. His younger brother Bryce Gallagher is a top player in the ITHMA 2019 class.

Ifeatu Melifonwu of Grafton High is committed to play football at Syracuse but Head Coach Jim Harbaugh is making a late push for the defensive back and Melifonwu has indicated as of yesterday that he would make a visit to Michigan. Melifonwu’s brother Obi Melifonwu is a top safety at UConn and will be an NFL Draft pick this spring.

Noah Gray from Leominster High School will head south and play in the ACC at Duke as a tight end or possibly as a wide receiver. Gray is very athletic having played as a quarterback in high school for a while so his upside as a tall (6’5″) tight end or wide receiver will be something to watch for over the next few years.

Quarterback Austin Burton started over at BC High before transferring to Newton South and then played his final year of high school ball down at West Orange High School in Florida. Previously committed to Boston College, Burton later de-committed from BC and will instead play in the Pac-12 at UCLA. His father is local sportscaster Steve Burton who played at Northwestern.

Dallas Hobbs is an interesting case as he came to do a postgrad year at Deerfield Academy from his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a dominant defensive end at Deerfield this past season and had committed to play at UConn but recently de-committed and instead will play in the Pac-12 at Washington State. His father Darrell played at the University of Iowa.

Alex Marshall is a physical (6’7″ and 240 pounds) and productive tight end who played at Andover High before transferring to Proctor Academy in New Hampshire and then finally doing a postgraduate year at Bridgton Academy in Maine. Marshall will now head south to play his college football at Florida State. Marshall was recently one of 56 players in the nation to be selected to play on the Team USA Under-19 National Football Team that will play against Team Canada in the first ever North American Championship to be played in Orlando, Florida this coming Saturday.


MIAA Top 25 Hockey Poll – Week 6 (1/24/17)…

  1. Pope Francis High School: (10-1-1) – Despite the close 2-1 loss to Arlington the Cardinals have an extremely strong resume and Zac Roncarati has been one of the best goalies in the state this year.
  2. Malden Catholic High School: (4-1-3) – Kyle Casey and Brian Cannata have both been solid in net for the Lancers.
  3. Walpole High School: (13-0-0) – James Corcoran has continued his success in net and is proving to be a truly elite goaltender.
  4. Austin Preparatory School: (9-0-2) – Dylan Regan, Louis Finocchiaro and the rest of the Cougars still haven’t lost a game this season.
  5. Hingham High School: (9-1-2) – Wins over St. Mary’s (Lynn) and Reading are two very nice resume building wins and they now face a top fifteen clash coming up on Saturday versus Andover.
  6. Catholic Memorial High School: (7-1-1) – Harry Morrill and Jackson Dobek have the Knights playing at a very high level.
  7. Boston College High School: (7-1-3) – Jamie Sexton and Luke Garrity have played well for the Eagles against a tough schedule.
  8. Arlington High School: (9-1-1) – Peter Scheschareg did what he does best scoring a goal with less than a minute to go as Arlington beat the top ranked Cardinals of Pope Francis. This was a signature win for the Spy Ponders and should help them in Super 8 deliberations. 
  9. Central Catholic High School: (6-2-3) – Eric Lester and Thomas Manty have been very productive so far for the Raiders.
  10. Marshfield High School: (9-1-1) – Nick Young and Nevan Costello have been a dynamic duo in between the pipes for the Rams.
  11. Andover High School: (10-2-0) – Caeden Dillman, Michael Reilly and the rest of the Warriors are one of the hottest teams in the state riding a seven game win streak.
  12. Xaverian Brothers High School: (5-4-2) – Cam Dutra and the Hawks are capable of stealing a game against any team they play.
  13. Braintree High School: (8-2-1) –  Shawn Leslie and the Wamps skated to a competitive 1-1 tie against a very solid Weymouth Wildcat team.
  14. Saint Mary’s Lynn High School: (7-4-0) – The Spartans dropped a closely contested game to Austin Prep but look to get back to their winning ways against Archbishop Williams and Matignon.
  15. Arlington Catholic High School: (5-3-1) – Jack Bertolami and the Cougars fell to an out of state team but rebounded with a good win over Bishop Fenwick.
  16. Saint John’s Preparatory School: (3-5-2) – Kyle Hentosh and Brian Carrabes look to turn things around versus Xaverian on Wednesday.
  17.  Shrewsbury High School: (11-0-0) – The Pioneers defeated Algonquin and top forward Matt Ward recently crossed 100 points scored for his career.
  18. Scituate High School: (11-1-0) –  Cam Francis and the Sailors have a showdown with Hanover on Saturday.
  19. North Reading High School: (9-0-1) –  The Hornets suffered their first blemish of the season against a feisty Newburyport team.
  20. Burlington High School: (6-3-1) – It could be a make or break part of the schedule for the Red Devils as they face Belmont and Arlington later this week.
  21. Belmont High School: (6-2-3) – Kevin Dacey was spectacular in holding on to a 1-1 tie with Reading.
  22. Reading High School: (5-5-1) – The Rockets have played a rigorous schedule but with the talent they have they could be a very dangerous team when they break out.
  23. Framingham High School: (6-3-2) – The Flyers are currently on a five game point streak and look to challenge third ranked Walpole on their home ice.
  24. Weymouth High School: (4-3-2) – Weymouth has been a battle tested team and skated with Braintree to a 1-1 defensive tie.
  25. Franklin High School: (7-4-0) – The defending D1 State champs dropped a couple of games but look to get back on track this week.

“Under the Radar” – Part 2 (1/24/17)…

Zach Laramie – Laramie has had an interesting high school career as he first went to Saint John’s Prep but then transferred back to to Andover. Laramie has made the most of the opportunity being one of the best goalies in the State of Massachusetts this season after having a 1.12 goals against average and a .944 save percentage last year.

Aidan Connolly – A 5’10’’ and 163 pound forward for Marshfield who has been very competitive for the Rams the past two years. Connolly previously skated with Northeastern commit Neil Shea and that led to a very productive freshman year. With the departure of Shea, Connolly has proven he can still produce and is one of the best sophomores in the state regardless of what league he plays in.

Thomas Kramer – Kramer is a very good skating forward who has been playing on the top line for BC High the past two years. Kramer was drafted by the USHL and may follow his brother Pat to that league as he played there prior to his enrolling at Merrimack. Kramer is definitely a name to keep an eye on over the next few years.

Curtis Judd – Judd is a bit of a hybrid as a very solid defenseman who plays best in the offensive zone. Judd is someone with great hockey sense and a cannon of a shot as he is a big part of the Newton North offense. Judd will most likely look to prep or play juniors after his high school career as he tries to take his game to the next level.

Mike Tobin – Tobin is committed to UMass-Amherst for lacrosse where he will play with his brother when he graduates from Reading High School. Tobin could also find a way in hockey as he is an extremely fast skating forward capable of skating with the top teams in the state and producing lots of points over the course of his first two seasons.


MIAA Top 25 Basketball Poll – Week 6 (1/23/17)…

  1. Cambridge Rindge and Latin School: (11-0) – Another week in which Cambridge was not challenged as they defeated Lincoln Sudbury and Waltham. The high/low combination of Jakigh Dottin and Dimon Carrigan has been unstoppable all year long.
  2. Boston College High School: (12-0) – Defeated St. John’s Prep in OT as they added another great win to their resume. Jordan Minor has been a presence up front and the return of Troy Salmans makes the Eagles’ front court even stronger.
  3. Franklin High School: (10-2) – The supporting cast around Connor Peterson keeps getting stronger with Chris Edgehill, Jalen Samuels,Matt Elias and Josh Macchi all contributing for the Panthers.
  4. Everett High School: (9-1) – A comeback win over New Mission led to a letdown loss to Lynn Classical. The Tide may be the only team able to physically match-up with Cambridge’s size and athleticism as star Ghared Boyce leads a very talented team along with Isaiah Likely, Jordan McAfee and Theo Zidor.
  5. New Mission High School: (6-4) – Charles and Charlie Mitchell along with big man Kevin Nunez are a battle tested group capable of beating anyone.
  6. Needham High School: (11-1) – Thomas Shaughnessy proved he was one of the state’s elite players with his winning performance against Newton North along with Brandon Mortenheimer who also had a big game for the Rockets.
  7. Newton North High School: (9-2) – Ethan Wright scores in bunches and is an aggressive offensive rebounder while Noah Neville is also improving and is someone who can take the pressure off of Wright.
  8. Mansfield High School: (9-2) -The Hornets took care of business this week with Tyler Boulter, Phil Vigeant and Sam Goldberg all contrinuting at a high level.
  9. Catholic Memorial: (6-3) – Ulyen Coleman, Jahari Boone and Jarron Flynn will all have to be on their game as they face a trip to Westwood to play a pesky Xaverian team and then have Malden Catholic at home on Friday.
  10. Brighton High School: (7-3) – Mykel Derring, Tyrone Perry and the rest of the Brighton squad are playing very good basketball as of late.
  11. Lowell High School: (10-1) – Alex Rivera, Justin Villanueva, and Tim Sousa all played well in Lowell’s win over Methuen.
  12. Central Catholic High School: (11-1) – Kevin Constant and the Raiders defeated Lawrence and Methuen to pick up two very good wins.
  13. Malden Catholic: (8-3) – Michael Boyd, Curt Philpot and Cam Kelly will look to get the Lancers back to their winning ways after losing to a tough Xaverian Brothers team.
  14. Saint John’s Preparatory School: (7-3) – The Prep lost to Xaverian and BC High by a combined 5 points. Tommy O’Neil , Brian Nju-Ghong and Nate Hobbs will look to turn things around this week.
  15. Arlington High School: (8-0) – Colin McNamara and Nick Karalis are two of the biggest reasons the Spy Ponders are undefeated this season.
  16. Saint John’s Shrewsbury: (9-2) – Tyler Mola and Alex Bradley are a great guard combination for the Pioneers.
  17. Marlboro High School: (9-2) – Joao Mendes and Owen Cappadona look to continue to contribute and some take pressure off star Chris Doherty.
  18. Methuen High School: (9-3) – Losses to  Lowell and Central Catholic will have the Rangers looking to get back on a winning track.
  19. Nashoba High School: (10-1) – Justin Pierce and Andrew Fish have been leading the Chieftains so far this year.
  20. Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School: (8-2) – EJ Dambreville will look to get the Trojans back on the winning track this week.
  21. Falmouth High School: (7-2) – Nick Crocker and Jean Vasquez led the Clippers to a close win over Dennis Yarmouth.
  22. Lynn Classical: (10-2) – After knocking off Everett, Classical looks to keep improving as they hit the road for two weeks.
  23. Mashpee High School: (9-1) – Devaun Ford and Jack Gumbert lead the way for Mashpee as they have burst onto the scene and into our poll.
  24. Boston Cathedral: (9-4) – Cathedral is led by Calvin Cheek and Khalil Blair as they look to stay ahead in the Catholic Central.
  25. Jeremiah E. Burke School: (7-4)- The Bulldogs look to rebound behind Levar Williams and Dajour Dunkley.

Baseball Players to Watch in 2017 – Part 3 (1/22/17)…

Let’s take a look at ten more of the top baseball players as we slowly inch along towards spring.

Brendan Mignone – A 5’9’’ senior RHP for Boston College High School who is committed to play at the University of Rhode Island. Mignone has a mid 80s fastball with good off-speed pitches that mix well with his fastballs. He was previously used as a relief pitcher but could now be used as a starter given the loss of Billy Roche and Henry Ennen from last year’s starting rotation.

Jared Martino – Martino is a very good athlete who is also quarterback for the Malden High football team and played a big role as a sophomore on the varsity baseball team. Martino pitches and plays the field for Malden and should have a very productive 2017 baseball season.

Phillip Barnett – Noble and Greenough’s Barnett was co-ISL pitcher of the year using his arsenal of mostly off-speed pitches. Barnett is a 6’2″ and 160 pound righty who came into his own as one of the best pitchers in the ISL and should have a very good senior season for the Bulldogs.

Gavin Reilly – Reilly is a Wheaton College commit who played for Boston College High School as a reliever last spring. Reilly could move into a starting role as a tall 6’3’’ RHP who looks to be the second on the BC High staff behind their ace Mike Vasil.

Jared Wetherbee – A LHP who previously pitched for St. John’s Shrewsbury and is currently prepping at Avon Old Farms. Wetherbee is a true competitor who has a great fastball in the upper 80s to 90 and has good off-speed pitches resulting in a lot of strike outs. Wetherbee is committed to Elon University where he will enroll in the fall of 2017.

Henry Ennen – Currently enrolled at Phillips Andover, the former Boston College High School pitcher is 6’3’’ and had a breakout senior season for the Eagles last year. Ennen picked up multiple offers over the summer before committing to Northeastern.

Travis Lane –  A RHP who currently attends Phillips Andover and a Boston College commit projects as a power pitcher down the road. Lane has a very good fastball running up to 90 MPH and also has a very good curveball that is a plus pitch for him.

Jake Gustin – A Bryant University commit and a current shortstop for the Peabody Tanners. Gustin is a solid infielder and also has an effortless swing allowing for good contact while at the plate.

Chris Galland – A 6’0″ and 172 pound outfielder who hit over .400 in his final season at Lincoln Sudbury and he is now attending Cheshire Academy for a prep season. Galland is a Boston College baseball commit who will be a good hitter and an athletic outfielder for the Eagles.

Sam Lara – Central Catholic – Committed to play for St John’s University Lara stands 6’4’’ and 220 pounds and is a hard throwing RHP ranging from mid to upper 80s and occasionally touching 90. Lara garnered interest from top schools and looks to once again be a top arm for the Raiders this spring. Lara is a good athlete as he also plays basketball at Central Catholic.