Matt Powell – Silver Lake Regional HS (LB – Class of 2018) – ITHMA

Contact Information: mtp2424@gmail.com

Twitter: @powell12_

High School: Silver Lake Regional High School

Grade: Junior – Class of 2018

GPA – SAT: 3.9 GPA

Position(s) Played: Linebacker/Offensive Guard

Height – Weight: 6’2″ and 240 pounds

Hudl Highlights

Speed: 5.2 Forty

Gym Stats: 465 squat, 455 deadlift, 235 bench

Other Sports Played: Wrestling

Notes: League All Star

College Interest: Bentley, Saint Anslem, UPenn, Harvard, Bryant, Bowdoin, Trinity 

College Offers:

Links: Strong Line Play , Local Article , All Star , Line Play

Super 8 Hockey – Friday Edition – Last Three Looking To Qualify (2/24/17)

With the Super 8 Hockey Tournament coming up, ITHMA has identified nine teams as “locks” to make it in and they are Hingham HS, Arlington HS, Central Catholic HS, Pope Francis, BC High, Catholic Memorial, Austin Prep, Walpole HS and Malden Catholic. With one more spot left to fill, three teams have separated themselves from the rest of the field to potentially earn their way into the tournament.

Marshfield HS: (18-2-2) The Rams have had a great year posting an impressive 102 goals for with only 25 goals against. The Rams only two losses have been to Hingham and Arlington who are both very good Super 8 teams. The Rams have also beaten several very good teams such as Xaverian, Framingham, Franklin, Weymouth and Waltham. This overall resume makes a very strong case for the Super 8 committee to consider.

Xaverian Brothers: (10-6-3) The Hawks boast a 75 goals for to a 37 goals against on the season. The Hawks play in the very tough Catholic Conference and they play St. John’s Prep tonight with the winner eliminating the other from Super 8 contention.

Saint John’s Prep: (10-7-2) The Eagles overcame a rough start to finish with 63 goals for and 32 goals against. One of the hottest teams over the latter part of the season with a current winning streak at 5 games and they will look to make it 6 in a row with their season finale versus Xaverian tonight.

Thursday Super 8 Hockey Tournament Update (2/23/17)…

With wins last night in the Cardinal Classic, it looks like Central Catholic and Pope Francis will make it into this year’s Super 8 Hockey Tournament basically leaving only one open spot for other teams to compete for. Shrewsbury tied last night which will probably eliminate them from consideration. The final spot could go to the winner of tomorrow night’s Xaverian vs. St. John’s Prep game. So here is how the field looks from our point of view.

In the Super 8 Tournament – 9 Teams:

Hingham HS

BC High

Austin Prep

Arlington HS

Malden Catholic HS

Walpole HS

Catholic Memorial

Pope Francis

Central Catholic

On The Bubble – Only 1 Team Will Make It:

Xaverian Brothers

St. John’s Prep

Marshfield HS

Burlington HS

Framingham HS

Adam Deese – Belmont High School (LB/FB – Class of 2018) – ITHMA

ITHMA Player Profile – Adam Deese:

Contact Information: adeese13@gmail.com

Twitter: @adeese003

High School: Belmont High School

Grade: Junior – Class of 2018

GPA – SAT: 3.1 GPA, 1340 SAT

Positions: LB/FB

Height-Weight: 6’3” and 228 Pounds

Hudl Highlights

Speed: 4.90 Forty Yard Dash

Gym Stats: Bench 315, Squat 425, Power Clean 285

Other Sports Played: Track

Notes: League All Star

College Interest: Bryant, Columbia, Dartmouth, URI, Sacred Heart, Wagner, Assumption, New Haven

College Offers:

Links: League All Star , Local Paper Strong Defensive Play , Local Paper ,

The Man Who Should Be The Next Athletic Director At Boston College (2/22/17)…

Having put a lot of thought into this because it is such a critical time over at Boston College, we think Villanova Athletic Director Mark Jackson is the perfect candidate to take over and lead Boston College back to prominence. Jackson is a Boston guy having grown up here and he attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. He played football as a defensive back at Colby College in Maine and received his master’s degree from Trinity College in Connecticut. Not only is Jackson coming off a national championship for the Villanova men’s basketball team but he also has years of experience at the University of Southern California (USC) where he was responsible for the football program and the baseball program (amongst others). He is a former college football player who also worked with NFL teams in administrative roles including the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots. Jackson has overseen record growth in the Villanova Athletic Fund including a recent $22.6 million dollar gift and he has been heavily involved in large capital building projects. He was also involved with fundraising and building projects during his time at USC. A local guy who played football and has extensive, top-level knowledge of college football and college basketball operations while also being an excellent fundraiser and a guy who knows how to upgrade on-campus athletic facilities. He has the experience that Boston College needs right now to turn things around and they should focus in on bringing Mark Jackson and his family back to Boston as soon as possible.

Domenic DePaoli – Xaverian Brothers HS (OL – Class of 2018) – ITHMA

ITHMA Player Profile – Domenic DePaoli:

Contact Information:

18ddepaoli@xbhs.net

Twitter: @ddepaoli99

High School: Xaverian Brothers High School

Grade: Junior – Class of 2018

GPA – SAT: 4.48 GPA

Position(s) Played: Offensive Line (Left Tackle)

Height – Weight: 6’3″ and 270 pounds

ITHMA Player Write-Up: Domenic DePaoli – LT – Xaverian Brothers HS – Following in the footsteps of other physical XBHS linemen, DePaoli stands large at 6’3″ and 270 pounds. Playing on the line with Dartmouth bound OL Jake Guidone and Brown bound TE/DE Cal Flanders, DePaoli consistently opens running holes for Bentley bound RB Devon Piccinin. With so many of his current teammates receiving college offers it is very likely DePaoli will draw significant interest as well.

Hudl Highlights

Speed: 5.1 Forty Yard Dash

Gym Stats: 455 squat, 545 deadlift, 285 bench, 275 power clean

Other Sports Played: Shot put for both indoor and outdoor track

Notes: 2016 Division 1 South Champions, 2016 Catholic Conference Champions, ITHMA 2016 All State – Honorable Mention

College Interest: Columbia, Dartmouth, Fordham, URI, Bentley, Union

College Offers:

Links: POW 10/24/16 , 2018 Prospects , All State Team , 2018 Recruit Rankings

Dartmouth College Recruiting Class of 2017 From Mass. (2/22/17)…


Head Coach Buddy Teevens and Dartmouth College finished their 2016 season with a 4-6 record and they went a disappointing 1-6 in Ivy League play. The Big Green will look to turn things around in 2017 with the help of two top prospects from Massachusetts who both come from state powerhouse Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. Offensive lineman Jake Guidone and wide receiver Sam Laurent have both committed to play at Dartmouth and both of them should contribute over the next few years up in Hanover. Guidone has been a constant presence on the Hawks dominating offensive line that made it all the way to the state championship game this year before losing to Everett. Laurent is a bit of an anomaly as his recruiting status took off late in the process with many college teams making a late run for his services as he is a 6’3″ wide receiver with very good speed. Guidone and Laurent will join quarterback Harry Kraft of Belmont Hill (Patriot’s owner Bob Kraft’s grandson) as the only three players from Massachusetts on the Dartmouth roster next season.

Super 8 Hockey Tournament Watch – The Field Narrows (2/22/17)….

The Case for Massachusetts Super 8 Hockey Tournament Contenders:

 

Super 8 Tournament Locks – Six Teams: (In No Particular Order)

 

Hingham High School (15-4-2) – A recent 2-1 loss to BC High does not change the fact that the he Harbormen are a lock for the Super 8 Tournament as they have played one of the toughest schedules in the state regardless of being a public or private school. The Harbormen have beaten other Super 8 contending teams including Pope Francis, Andover, Catholic Memorial and Austin Prep which makes a very strong case for them.

Boston College High School  (13-2-4) – The Eagles have been one of the state’s best teams so far this year and have lost only two games. Goalie Luke Garrity has been very strong in between the pipes and captain Ryan Campbell a strong defensive leader. Key wins for the Eagles include victories over Andover, Central Catholic, Pope Francis, Malden Catholic and Arlington. Their recent win over Hingham may have earned them the #1 overall seed in the tournament.

Austin Preparatory School  (15-2-3) – The Cougars bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Hingham by beating Duxbury 3-1. The Cougars have several key wins over teams including Saint Mary’s Lynn and Saint John’s Prep as well as several solid teams such as Arlington Catholic while also tying Central Catholic and Malden Catholic.

Arlington High School  (18-2-2) – The Spy Ponders have been one of the state’s most dominant teams and have been led by Peter Scheschareg. The Spy Ponders have posted key wins over Hingham, Andover and Pope Francis. Their recent 3-2 win over Marshfield guarantees them a top spot in the Super 8 field.

Malden Catholic High School  (12-3-3) – The Lancers end their regular season with Central Catholic tonight and then either Pope Francis or St. Mary’s Lynn in the Cardinal Classic Tournament. This year the Lancers have already beaten highly ranked Catholic Memorial, Xaverian Brothers, Central Catholic and others.

Walpole High School  (20-0-1) – Another 6-0 shutout against Norwood and Walpole will end their regular season against Brockton tonight. The Rebels have yet to drop a game behind goalie James Corcoran and their stingy defense. The Rebels play in a very strong Bay State Conference which they should represent very well in the Super 8 Tournament.

Strong Cases – Three Teams: (In No Particular Order)

Catholic Memorial   (13-4-2) – A 4-0 loss to Hingham followed by a 6-1 loss to Xaverian could pose a problem for the Knights as the Super 8 committee reviews teams. Brendan Clancy and Harry Morril have led the Knights this year and they have several key victories over BC High, Malden Catholic and Saint John’s Prep.

Pope Francis High School  (14-4-1) – Pope Francis has two games left playing in the Cardinal Classic and a win over St. Mary’s Lynn tonight and a win in the championship game tomorrow could give them the boost they need to make it into the Super 8 field. The Cardinals boast wins over Arlington, Central Catholic and Austin Prep among others.

Central Catholic High School   (13-4-3) – Another top team playing in the Cardinal Classic Tournament they will face Malden Catholic tonight in a huge game that could influence the last teams to qualify for the Super 8. Matthew Pasquale along with forwards Eric Lester and Sean Brown have led the Raiders to a very solid regular season. The Raiders already have wins over teams such as Andover and Hingham.

 

A Shot – 7 Teams: (In No Particular Order)

Saint John’s Preparatory School  (9-7-2) – The Prep has had an up and down season but they are capable of playing with anyone and could compete in the Super 8. They will look to improve their case in their last regular season game against Xaverian Brothers.

Marshfield High School  (16-2-2) – A tough 3-2 loss to Arlington shows they can play with anyone in the state but a win would have made a strong statement for them making it into the Super 8 field.

Saint Mary’s Lynn High School  (13-5-2) – The Spartans tied Andover 3-3 in a game they probably needed to win to stay in the hunt.

Shrewsbury High School  (18-0-0) – Captain Matty Ward and the Colonials certainly have a strong case for the Super 8 as they have not lost a single game this year. If they win their last two regular season games they will present a difficult decision for the tournament committee as their strength of schedule does not compare to other teams under consideration.

Burlington High School  (15-4-2) – The Red Devils beat Medford 4-2 but they will also need to get some help from other teams to have a shot at the Super 8.

Xaverian Brothers High School  (10-6-3) – The Hawks dominated Catholic Memorial in their 6-1 win and will now look to close out their regular season with a win over St. John’s Prep which would definitely help their overall resume.

Framingham High School  (12-5-4) – Scott Swennes and the Flyers would need a miracle but they have put together a solid overall resume going into the Super 8 or the Division 1 state tournament. Their recent 3-0 win over Chelmsford keeps them in the discussion for a final spot.

Dropped Out: Andover High School, Scituate High School

New – Massachusetts Football Player Profiles – ITHMA (2/21/17)….

Inside the Huddle Massachusetts (ITHMA) is considering the creation of ITHMA Football Player Profile pages and we want to gauge player interest in pursuing this. There would be no charge to players and we think it would be another great way to get local athletes exposure to college coaches. Information would include name, high school, height, weight, position, gym stats, historical performance, GPA / SAT (optional), and other information worth noting. If players are interested please DM us on Twitter and we will let readers know if there is enough interest for us to move forward with this. Thank you!

Player Profiles:

2018 Profiles:

Mike Bernard

Drew Callahan

Chris Chaisson

Joe Cox

Adam Deese

Domenic DePaoli

Eric DeMayo

Coleman Drugotch

Matt Drouillard

John Grady

James Hanafin

Mitchell Hayes

Gates Kelliher

Seth Kourtesis

Wes Legare

John McNamara

Matt O’Neill

Anthony Owens

Matt Powell

Ben Robinson

Angelo Santiago

2019 Profiles:

Luke Folan

Kevin Hennessey

 

 

Athletic Director Brad Bates Leaving Boston College (2/21/17)…

So it was recently announced that Boston College Athletic Director Brad Bates will be stepping down in June and BC will need to hire a replacement during what are very challenging times over at the Heights. Legendary Head Coach Jerry York and his hockey program are an isolated bright spot but they play in Hockey East and are not part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) which is where the BC Football and BC Basketball teams have both had very difficult seasons the past few years and have played poorly against in-conference teams. Brad Bates hired football Head Coach Steve Addazio and basketball Head Coach Jim Christian so one would have to think any new athletic director would want the ability to make changes at these two programs should they not get on the winning track in the very near future. Regardless of existing contracts, if these two featured programs can’t turn things around very quickly the trend of losing top recruits, empty stadiums and lower Flynn Fund donations will all call for changes at the top. With Bates now leaving in June his two head coaching hires may be more vulnerable over the next few seasons. With respect to BC football, Steve Addazio did manage to get top local 2017 running back recruit AJ Dillon to commit to Boston College and he also recently embraced the local recruiting scene by offering Class of 2020 top prospects in Milton Academy running back Kalel Mullings and Millis-Hopedale offensive lineman Kevin Pyne. This is an obvious start but if Addazio really wants to build his recruiting wall around the local area there are many other top local prospects that should already have been offered by BC. These kids all fit the BC model, are from the area and they are all capable of playing at a high level in the ACC. BC sometimes seems to be spending too much time shooting for top national recuits going against schools that are much more attractive to prospects and they really need to get back to finding under the radar type athletic kids who would be a good fit at BC and who can just play ball. With regards to basketball it may take more time for Jim Christian to build relationships with area coaches to identify and get in early on top basketball recruits. Not losing top local players like Jermaine Samuels of Rivers to Villanova is what Christian needs to focus on going forward. Identify top local kids that really want to stay in the New England area, get in early on them and offer more playing time at a program that is turning things around. Addazio and Christian will have to show progress by the end of their 2017-2018 seasons as any new athletic director will be under enormous pressure to have these two programs moving in the right direction. Identifying and retaining top prospects from Massachusetts for both sports will play a key role if BC Football and BC Basketball hope to be competitive in the ACC and be relevant once again as national programs. ITHMA will talk more about possible candidates for the BC Athletic Director job tomorrow as this is a key hire at a very important time.