Mass HS Class Of 2018 – 5 More Football Prospects (3/31/17)…

Let’s take a look at five more class of 2018 football prospects as the spring recruiting cycle starts to pick up some speed. As always these are in no particular order as we will continue to rank the class at a later date.

 

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Mike Sullivan – Noble and Greenough School – OL – At 6’6’’ and 308 pounds Sullivan is a very good athlete for his size running a reported 5.22 forty yard dash. Sullivan displays good footwork along with very strong arms and hands that allow him to extend his reach. Played guard and tackle but given his size would likely project as an offensive tackle. Sullivan recently visited Notre Dame, Michigan State and Western Michigan as interest in him has picked up.

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Jonathan Pace – Saint Sebastian’s School – DE/T – Pace stands 6’5’’ and has a great frame for a defensive end / offensive tackle with a good motor allowing him to push through defenders to make plays. Pace runs well, has a good first step and has plenty of room to add weight on his frame. Pace has received an offer from Army while also receiving interest from Michigan and other FBS schools.

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Jailen Branch – Milton Academy – DB/WR – Branch is a 5’10’’ and 170 pound cornerback with very good speed and coverage skills. Branch will look to have an increased role on offense as the Mustangs graduate Mike Silva but look for Branch to be one of the best cornerbacks in the ISL next fall. Branch recently visited Harvard and he should receive more FCS interest as the recruiting process progresses.

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Adam Deese – Belmont High School – OLB/FB – Deese stands 6’4’’ and 228 pounds and shows good defensive pursuit and long arms that allow him to get after ball carriers. Deese wraps up well and plays physically on defense but also as a blocking fullback. Deese would be an interesting project as a hand in the dirt defensive end pass rusher as he potentially has the size and speed to play on the defensive line.

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Nick Salmon – Durfee / Tilton – QB / DB / ATH –Salmon is big at 6’2″ and 200 pounds but also has elite speed running a reported 4.58 forty yard dash. Played on both sides of the ball as an athletic quarterback who has game breaking speed and as a big defensive back who is physical and can make plays. Also returned kicks on special teams. Salmon lined up at running back and wide receiver on offense as well. An athletic playmaker who also plays basketball at Durfee and could be a top safety and special teams player in college. Salmon joins the class of 2018 as he will play at Tilton School in New Hampshire next year.

Mass HS Class Of 2019 – Five More Football Prospects (3/30/17)…

Here are five more top prospects from the Massachusetts high school class of 2019. As always these are in no particular order as we will continue to rank the class at a later date.

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Spencer Aronson – Holliston High School – RB/CB/KR – Aronson is a tremendous athlete who literally lines up all over the field. Standing 6’2” and 190 pounds with elite speed and quickness he is utilized as a running back, as a quarterback, as a wide/slot receiver, as a defensive back and as a punt returner. Also a top basketball player Aronson makes big plays on both sides of the ball even throwing for a touchdown last season. Could project as either a receiver or defensive back given his great hands that go along with his speed and quickness.

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Connor Peterson – Franklin High School / Tabor Academy – WR/TE – An athletic wide receiver / tight end who stands 6’5” and 195 pounds and displays a similar game as that of 2018 Duke commit Jake Bobo. Also a top basketball prospect who helped lead Franklin High School to the Division 1 State championship game. Very good hands and runs well for such a big receiver but he is also physical enough to get separation and to block. Peterson will re-class to 2019 with his move over to Tabor Academy next fall where Peterson will also be teamed up with top prospects Chris Herren, Jr. and Noah Fernandes on the Tabor basketball team.

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Lewis Cine – Everett High School – FS – Cine is a hard-hitting free safety who goes 6’2” and 175 pounds. Played a key role in the Everett High School defensive backfield on their way to the Division 1 State championship. Also a top track athlete with great speed but his physical presence stopping the run game and patrolling the secondary is what sets him apart as one of the best defensive backs in the 2019 class.

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Patrick Flaherty – Governor’s Academy – OLB – Flaherty is an all ISL first team linebacker who stands 6’2” and 194 pounds. A quick and physical outside linebacker who reads plays well, aggressively fills running gaps and also gets after the quarterback. Athletic enough to drop into coverage but he does his best work coming off the edge and disrupting plays in the backfield.

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Patrick Conroy – Reading Memorial High School – SS – Conroy goes 6’2” and 190 pounds and plays with a great motor and excellent speed. Diagnoses plays quickly from the defensive backfield which allows him to drop into coverage or to move up to help stop the run. Also plays on special teams but his game instincts and his physical defensive play helped get Reading all the way to the Division 1A State championship game.

Mass HS Class Of 2020 – First Fifteen (3/29/17)…

The freshman class of 2020 completed their first season of high school football so let’s take a look at fifteen of the top Mass HS football prospects that actually made their varsity team and contributed in their first season. This list is not in any particular order as we will rank this class at a later date.

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Josh Atwood – Natick HS – NG/DT – Atwood is a former FBU All-American and stands 6’2” and 280 pounds. He showed flashes of tremendous potential as a freshman for the Red Hawks. Atwood has a quick first step and played well in the trenches at the varsity level which is quite an accomplishment for a freshman. Atwood has the strength to compete at the varsity level and should be one of the top players in the class of 2020.

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Kalel Mullings – Milton Academy – RB/OLB – Mullings has all the makings of a top prospect as he has size, speed and great football instincts. Mullings is reminiscent of a young AJ Dillon and at 6’2 and 195 pounds Mullings contributes on both offense and defense at the varsity level. Mullings excels at running back but is also a very physical outside linebacker and just like Dillon could be considered for either position at the next level.

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Eamonn Dennis -Saint John’s Shrewsbury – ATH – Dennis is 5’9” and 158 pounds but he excelled at the varsity level as a kick return specialist where he returned multiple kicks for touchdowns. SJS often tried to get Dennis the ball in space where he is very shifty and can make people miss. Dennis also lines up in the slot and in formations out of the backfield.

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Kyle Santiago – Milton Academy – RB/CB – Santiago stands 5’11”  and 180 pounds and is an explosive back for the Mustangs. Santiago combined with Kalel Mullings will make for a lethal combination in the MA backfield with Mullings providing the power run game to compliment Santiago’s shifty style of running. Santiago could also translate to a slot receiver as he has good hands and is dangerous every time he touches the ball.

 

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Brady Martin – Lawrence Academy – QB –  At 6’0″ and 170 pounds Martin is on the small side for the quarterback position but this has not stopped him from starting at Lawrence Academy as a freshman. Martin is a passer who stays in the pocket but he can use his feet to evade pressure and find open targets downfield. Martin has already received an offer from the University of Rhode Island and should only improve as his high school career progresses.

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Kevin Lemieux – Cushing / Governor’s Academy – DE – At 6’4” and 240 pounds Lemieux is an intimidating force on the defensive line and is able to use his size and speed to cause havoc in the trenches. Lemieux is someone to keep an eye on as he already possesses great size, a great motor and the physical strength that will help him dominate in the ISL for the next three years.

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Casey Phinney – Marshfield HS – RB /OLB – Phinney started for the Rams this past season and already stands 6’0″ and 200 pounds. Playing as a freshman Phinney displayed solid tackling and vision off the outside edge. He can shoot gaps and consistently wraps up the ball carrier. Phinney also received carries on offense and should be a bigger piece on both sides of the ball for Marshfield over the course of the next three years.

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Sammy Malignaggi -BB&N – CB/WR – Malignaggi is a 5’10” corner that plays well in coverage and has good ball skills. Starting as a freshman at BB&N, Malignaggi faced bigger receivers and showed how he could be both physical with them and stay with them with his speed. He excelled at using his hands to knock the ball away and to deny space to opposing receivers. Malignaggi will be a great corner to watch going forward as he gets more assignments versus top receiving competition.

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Luke MacPhail– Dexter – QB – Already standing 6’3”and 180 pounds MacPhail has a great frame which should bulk up as his career continues. MacPhail shows good poise, grit and leadership beating out the previous starter as a freshman. MacPhail has good touch and excels in throwing the ball down the sidelines to receivers in stride. MacPhail will continue to improve his pocket presence and overall fluidity as his career moves along.

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Blake Brookes – Belmont Hill – ATH/WR/OLB – Brookes is a phenomenal athlete and could be the best overall athlete on his football team as he has already committed to play lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University which is one of the top programs in the country. Brookes currently plays WR and OLB at 6’4” and 200 pounds but the sky is the limit for Brookes as he could also translate to a tight end or more of a DE/OLB hybrid. Brookes has great speed and running ability and has a physical presence not only on defense but also as a ball carrier after the catch similar to Duxbury’s Ryan Reagan. It will be very interesting to see if he stays with lacrosse or if top college football programs come calling in the future.

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Kevin Pyne – Millis-Hopedale High School- T/LS – Pyne stands 6’8” and 265 pounds and started on the offensive line as a freshman for the Division 4A Super Bowl champions. An athletic and physical tackle who plays well in both the run game and in pass protection. Pyne should continue to grow into himself but he already has offers from top college programs including Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan and UCLA in addition to others. Kevin’s brother Austin will be playing college football at Lafayette next fall and his cousin Drew Pyne is a top class of 2020 quarterback who plays at New Canaan High School in Connecticut.

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Caleb Coleman – Groton School – RB/OLB/SS – The very athletic Coleman goes 6’1” and 180 pounds but runs very well and also has a very physical side to his game. Played on offense, defense and special teams and made big plays in all three phases of the game. Gets to the edge well running the ball and can also catch the ball out of the backfield. Coleman is very aggressive on defense lining up as a hybrid outside linebacker who can pressure the opposing quarterback. Also plays on the Groton basketball team.

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Jamarii Robinson – Randolph High School – WR – Robinson is an athletic wide receiver who stands 6’2” and 170 pounds. Excellent hands and a very fluid runner help him stretch the field but he also makes plays across the middle in traffic. Runs good routes and is tough to bring down after the catch. Also kicks for Randolph.

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Cameron Large – Noble & Greenough High School – WR/OLB – Large lives up to his last name as he is already 6’4” and 215 pounds. An athletic and physical player who makes plays on offense, defense and on special teams. Runs well with good hands making him a big play threat on both sides of the ball. With three more years of high school football Large is definitely a player to keep an eye on.

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Cooper Smith – St. John’s Prep High School – OL/G – Smith is already 6’3” and about 285 pounds and filled in on the offensive line for the Eagles late in their season. Moves well and is a physical player who should start on the line next fall as a talented St. John’s Prep team will look to compete for a Division 1 State championship.

ITHMA Preseason All-State Mass High School Baseball Teams (3/28/17)…

ITHMA Preseason 2017 All-State Mass High School Baseball

 

First Team

Pitchers: Mike Vasil – BC High, Nick Couhig – Falmouth High School, Chris Holcomb – Barnstable High School, Sam Jacobsak – Milton High School, Joe Simeone – Groton-Dunstable Regional High School

Catcher: Peter Burns – Austin Prep High School

First Base: Jack Kennedy – Barnstable High School

Middle Infielders:Drew Metzdorf – Burlington High School, Charlie Auditore – Walpole High School

Third Base: Mike Yarin – St. John’s Prep

Outfielders: Jeff Mejia – North Reading High School, Justin Files – Braintree High School, Chris Francouer – St. John’s Prep

 

Second Team

Pitchers: Sam Lara – Central Catholic High School, Brian Gaughan – Walpole High School, Brendan Mignone – BC High, Dan Chapski – Xaverian Brothers High School, Chris McGory – Medfield High School

Catcher: Cole Durkan – Wachusett Regional High School

First Base: Zach Stevens – Lexington High School

Middle Infielders: Jake Gustin – Peabody High School, Sal Frelick – Lexington High School

Third Base: Aidan Wilde – Milford High School

Outfielders: Frank DiOrio – St. John’s Prep, AJ Ryan – Xaverian Brothers High School, Alex Kennedy – Braintree High School

Third Team

Pitchers: Ryan Cusick – Lincoln Sudbury High School, Nick Dombkowski – West Springfield High School, Corey DiLoreto – Reading High School, Gavin Reilly – BC High, Steve Hajjar – Central Catholic High School

Catcher: Cal Christofori – Belmont High School

First Base: Danny Ryan – Rockport High School

Middle Infielders: Ramon Jimenez – Chicopee High School, Tim Simoes – Xaverian Brothers High School

Third Base: Ryan Abel – Taconic High School

Outfielders: Vincente Mendoza – Xaverian Brothers High School, Alexander Almonte – Lawrence High School, Ian Seymour – St. John’s Shrewsbury

Medfield High School Lacrosse – A Shining Example Of A Public High School Sports Program (3/26/17)…

The Secret Of Their Success – The Medfield Lacrosse Program


ITHMA wanted to get a better understanding of how a top high school sports program becomes dominant over a span of many years so we decided to reach out to Head Coach John Isaf of the Medfield High School Lacrosse program. Medfield has won three straight Division 2 Lacrosse State Championships and their senior class will be trying for their fourth consecutive title over their four year high school careers. The Warriors will open their season on April 4th against Holliston but play a brutal overall schedule with games against top out of state programs as well as top in state programs including perennial powers Dover-Sherborn, BC High, Xaverian and Duxbury. Medfield beat Hingham 13-9 to win the 2016 D2 State title and don’t be surprised to see a rematch of these two teams once again at the end of this lacrosse season as they both return top talent and are two programs that are built for long-term success.

  1. What is your outlook for Medfield Lacrosse this coming season?

Same as every season. Work harder than the previous day and commit ourselves to the standards and process, not outcomes, we know produces improvement from the beginning of the season to the end so we are playing our best ball in June. We have a good core of returning talent at key positions, we have excellent leadership and experience from our Captains and seniors, we need to find guys who can step into big shoes to fill at the faceoff x and goalie, and we have some young talent we will have to develop. Success will come down to how hungry, relentless, together and compelled we are to do all the little things that lead to success.

 

  1. Who are some key players to watch on your team this year?

We have a number of key players who are critical to our success. I think our Captains will be critical to our success. So Jack Cahill (Mid), Andrew Garfield (Mid), Matt Dold (LSM) and Mark Nevins (Att) are veteran players and leaders to keep an eye on. Other key guys we need to play big roles for us are Owen Murphy at Attack; Dylan McNally at Faceoffs; Devin Kelley, Andrew Cook, Davis White and John Quinn on Defense; Kyle Keegan, Brian Abely, Jack Fitzgerald, Alex Griffin and Tom Schofield at Midfield; and then whoever wins the battle at goalie…Liam Gately, Brady Neeb or Kevin Walsh.

 

  1. Who are some of your past team players that went on to play college lacrosse?

We have been fortunate to have a number of players from each graduating class that go on to play college lacrosse.

In this year’s senior class we have Jack Cahill heading to Holy Cross, Andrew Garfield going to Quinnipiac and Matt Dold to Bentley.

From the 2016 class…John MacLean at BU, Kevin McCordic at Providence, Matt Treiber at Tufts, Kyle Gately at Hamilton, Nigel Reiff at Bentley and Jack Vara heading to Princeton.

In the 2015 class we had Will Murphy at Holy Cross, Sam Hurley at Bentley and Dan Zlevor at Franklin & Marshall.

In the 2014 class we had Matt Crowell at Bowdoin, Robert Treiber at Tufts, Brian Bissell at Williams, Blake Frasca at RPI, Jimmy Ganem at Roger Williams / UMass Boston, Jack Isaf at Ithaca and Tyler Hagan at Mt. Ida.

In the 2013 class we had Ben Cox at Vermont and Andrew Melvin at Bates.

We also have many former players playing club lacrosse at schools like Boston College, South Carolina, Northeastern, Maryland, Clemson and Stonehill to name a few.

 

  1. How do the coaches at Medfield promote their players to colleges?

We advise our guys and their parents on the college recruitment and college search process…to focus on the right academic fit first and foremost as there are no guarantees lacrosse will work out so you better like the school for the school. I meet with them early in their HS careers to go over what they need to be thinking about and doing to identify the right college fit for them first…and then focus on whether lacrosse can help them get there. I know and talk to a number of college coaches about our players over the years and most college coaches know our program and the caliber of student and player we produce. So coaches reach out to me for recommendations and background on our guys and I reach out and recommend our players and share information from a coach’s perspective…share their highlight reel, academics, coachability, etc. A number of college coaches come to our games in May and June and ask about who they should be looking at. The success and visibility of our program certainly helps our players get noticed and we try to promote them with content via our twitter channel (@Med_Lax) as well.

 

  1. Prep schools have emerged taking some talented athletes from towns. How does Medfield keep their kids home?

We don’t keep all of our kids…we lose several incoming 9th graders every year to private schools. I think the sustained success of our lacrosse program and our highly ranked academics is an attraction to keep kids home. They and their parents know they will develop their skills and competitiveness in our program, play in huge Friday/Saturday night games in front of big crowds, have a chance to compete for state championships, and gain exposure to college coaches/recruiting because so many college coaches know our program and come to our games. Combine that with the highly rated nature of our school and academics…US News & World Report recently ranked Medfield as the #1 high school in Massachusetts…and you have a very attractive and affordable path to success on the field and in the classroom. We compare favorably in producing college-level/ready student athletes to good schools as many private schools in the area.

 

  1. Do you encourage kids to play multiple sports?

Yes. Most of our players are multi-sport athletes…football, hockey (Medfield won the D2 State Hockey title in 2016 with many lacrosse kids playing on that team), basketball, soccer, track. There are so many reasons to play multiple sports…athleticism, competitiveness, avoid overuse injuries and burnout, play different roles, etc. I was a Basketball/Lacrosse/Football guy myself. We always want our guys with sticks in their hands in the off-season too though…so playing together in a tourney or hitting the wall on a weekend in the summer and fall and then getting some lacrosse-specific skills training a few days p/week in the winter and preseason is a way to continue to develop and prepare for lacrosse season without interfering with the sport in season. I don’t think I’m alone in my belief that specializing in a single sport at the youth or even HS level is just not in the best long-term interest of the student-athlete.

 

  1. 7. Anything else you would like to add about being a lacrosse player in the Medfield program?

We have such great tradition and pride in our program and have developed such a lacrosse culture in our town…that it’s just such a special experience for the guys to be a part of our program. Our alumni are invested and come back to help our guys by coming to practice and being on the sideline for games…we compete for state championships every year…we prepare our guys to play at the next level in college…we play a really tough schedule full of big games against top teams in MA and from other states like NY, NJ, CT, CA, NH, WA…we teach life lessons and develop relationships that extend beyond HS and the field, helping our guys with internships and jobs and networking with our alumni.  We just try to create a memorable experience and instill values the guys can take with them as they move on in life.

2017 ITHMA All-State MIAA Hockey Team (3/26/17)…

2017 ITHMA All-State MIAA Hockey Teams

 

First Team

Forward Line: Peter Scheschareg – Arlington High School , Cam Peritz – Pope Francis High School , Aidan Connolly – Marshfield High School

Forward Line: Thomas Kramer – Boston College High School , Cam Martin – Walpole High School , Mike Zampantini – Saint Mary’s Lynn High School

Forward Line: Sean Brown – Central Catholic High School , Matt Ward – Shrewsbury High School , Scott Swennes – Framingham High School

Forward Line: JJ Harding – Austin Preparatory School, Noah Strawn – Old Rochester Regional High School , Harry Morrill – Catholic Memorial High School

 

Defensive Line: Marc O’Rourke – Hingham High School , Brendan Maloney – Malden Catholic High School

Defensive Line: Justin Smith – Marshfield High School , Cam Tobey – Falmouth High School

Defensive Line: Ryan Campbell – Boston College High School , Cam Francis – Scituate High School

Goalie: James Corcoran – Walpole High School

Goalie: Jack Pinard – Arlington High School

Goalie: Zach Laramie – Andover High School

 

Second Team

Forward Line: Kevin Tobin – Reading High School , Caeden Dillman – Andover High School, Shawn Leslie – Braintree High School

Forward Line: Egor Borschev – Xaverian Brothers High School , Joe Tavella – Central Catholic High School , Drew Metzdorf – Burlington High School

Forward Line: Matt Schreiner – Falmouth High School , Kyle Hentosh – Saint John’s Preparatory High School , John Pigot – Arlington High School

Forward Line: Marc Faia – Everett High School , Kevin Ouellette – Arlington High School , Justin Collins – Malden Catholic High School

 

Defensive Line: Jacob King – Pope Francis High School , Curtis Judd – Newton North High School

Defensive LineFrankie Bonanno – Burlington High School , Jack Murphy – Marshfield High School

Defensive Line: Andrius Kulbis-Marino – Lowell Catholic , Jeremy Reiser – Pope Francis High School

 

Goalie: Andrew LoRusso – Saint Mary’s Lynn High School

Goalie: Luke Garrity – Boston College High School

Goalie: Alex Moore – Framingham High School

 

Third Team

Forward Line: Tom Albert – Malden Catholic High School , Mike Tobin – Reading High School , Bryan Bessler – Everett High School

Forward Line: Connor Doherty – Lowell Catholic High School , Patrick Coyne – Falmouth High School , Andrew Fithian – Marshfield High School

Forward Line: Louis Finocchario – Austin Preparatory High School , Anthony Quinlivian – Shrewsbury High School , Liam Quinlivan – Shrewsbury High School

Forward Line: Patrick Donovan – Walpole High School , Will Wolford – Xaverian Brothers High School , Dante Maribito – Saint Mary’s Lynn High School

 

Defensive Line: Liam Sage – Braintree High School , Andrew Moore – Walpole High School

Defensive Line: Pat O’Halloran – Burlington High , Matt Loud – Scituate High School

Defensive Line: Cameron Geary – Arlington Catholic High School , Jack Harney – Dennis – Yarmouth High School

 

Goalie: Kevin Dacey – Belmont High School

Goalie: Brendan Clancy – Catholic Memorial High School

Goalie: Dylan Regan – Austin Preparatory High School

 

ITHMA Mr. Hockey: James Corcoran – The Walpole High goalie was nothing short of spectacular this year as he posted 14 shutouts with a .46 GAA and a remarkable .970 save percentage. Corcoran took over the full time job as a sophomore and has improved his performance every year. Corcoran stood on his head throughout this season but especially so during a three game Super 8 series against BC High that went to overtime in two games. Corcoran proved that he could both carry his team deep into the State playoffs and compete against the elite competition in Massachusetts.

ITHMA Offensive Player of the Year: Aidan Connolly – The Marshfield High sophomore was the second consecutive Ram to put up over 50 points in a season as he follows in the footsteps of Neil Shea who is a Northeastern commit. Connolly was the leading scorer on his team scoring 18 goals and distributing 39 assists during the season. Connolly was a leading reason that Marshfield had a very successful season and received a spot in the Super 8 where he sparked his team with a huge third period comeback win against Austin Prep.

ITHMA Defensive Player of the Year: Jack Pinard – The Arlington High standout junior goalie led the Spy Ponders to their first Super 8 Championship becoming just the third public team to do so. Pinard was stellar in net letting up only four goals in four games as Arlington faced some of the top competition in the state. Pinard anchored an Arlington defense that played well at the right time and resulted in a Championship drive to remember.

ITHMA Rookie of the Year: JJ Harding – The Austin Prep junior transitioned well from NEPSAC hockey to the MIAA scoring 42 points with 19 goals and 23 assists. Harding scored 33 points as a sophomore at Lawrence Academy and increased his scoring total in fewer games as a Cougar. Harding was able to provide a true scoring threat for Austin Prep leading them to earn a spot in the Super 8 followed by a deep run in the Division 1 State tournament.

Mass HS Baseball – Some Thoughts As The Season Approaches (3/25/17)…

A few things to consider as the Massachusetts high school baseball season quickly approaches….

 

Here at ITHMA we may have overlooked the Barnstable Red Raiders in our preseason baseball poll as they have welcomed back Chris Holcomb who is a hard throwing LHP committed to the University of Alabama. Holcomb previously pitched for Nauset Regional High School down on the Cape but came back to Barnstable for his senior season. He will join catcher Ryan Proto (a UMass Lowell commit) and three year starters in third baseman CJ McCabe and first baseman Jack Kennedy (a Bentley football commit) on a very solid squad that plays their first scrimmage against Peabody today.

The MIAA recently made some minor baseball rule changes including where a team can notify the umpire that they intend to intentionally walk a batter and the pitcher does not have to throw any pitches as the batter will be awarded first base. This change will reduce pitch counts a bit but from a traditional point of view it removes another nuance from the sport that makes it so unique.

Billerica native and Northeastern Head Baseball Coach Mike Glavine has a 2017 roster loaded with Massachusetts talent. We count an impressive eighteen players that call Massachusetts home including five freshmen in catcher Colin Casey from Boxford, infielder Ian Fair from Walpole, LHP Sean Mellen from Norwood, outfielder Kyle Peterson from Brockton (Thayer Academy) and infielder Scott Holzwasser who played at Lincoln-Sudbury. This will continue next year as well with Jeff Costello of BB&N and Sam Jacobsak of Milton High School already committed to Northeastern.

Just for comparison sake Boston College currently has ten players on their baseball roster who call Massachusetts home. These include five freshmen in pitcher Joey Walsh from Plymouth North, catcher Jake Goodreau from Southwick, C/OF Jacob Yish from St. John’s Prep and outfielder Nick Latham from Phillips Andover. The Eagles will add Nick Couhig of Falmouth High School in their class for next year.

Speaking of Boston College baseball it is interesting to note the presence of heavy equipment vehicles on the fields in Brighton where the new baseball stadium complex is going to be built. Not sure if they are aiming to have it completed for next season or the year after but it appears work has begun and this really can’t come soon enough as they have had to travel to other fields to play their home games this season.

The Catholic Conference – Bay State Conference Baseball Challenge to ALS will be held at BC High on April 22nd. At 11:00 AM Catholic Memorial will play against Newton North, at 1:30 PM St. John’s Prep will play against Walpole, at 4:30 PM Xaverian Brothers will play against Norwood and at 7:00 PM BC High will play against Braintree. Should be a great day of baseball with some of the top teams and players in all of Massachusetts.

Looking forward to a great season!

Boston College Football Class of 2018 Recruiting Strategy (3/24/17)…

Boston College Football Class of 2018 Recruiting Strategy

 

Lawrence Academy 2018 tight end Joey Luchetti recently committed to Boston College and he joins wide receiver Jehlani Galloway from Classical High School in Providence, Rhode Island as the two players currently in the BC 2018 recruiting class. Luchetti reportedly had no other offers and Galloway had received offers from some other colleges including UMass and Maine. It would appear that BC Head Coach Steve Addazio is looking for New England recruits who can come in and help make their football program competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 2017 BC recruiting class was helped significantly by the late addition of Lawrence Academy running back AJ Dillon who flipped from Michigan to BC. The Lawrence Academy angle is of interest because their football program is run by former BC Eagle Paul Zukauskas and the fact that they have two other 2018 linemen that BC has already offered in OL Finn Dirstine and DL Ryan Betro. Another former Lawrence Academy offensive lineman Eddy Fish has also announced that he is transferring from Illinois to Boston College. Clearly Coach Addazio is making a big play to try and keep all of the Lawrence Academy kids in state and playing for Boston College. Dirstine is already a national recruit so he would be the top target for BC while Betro has been picking up a number of college offers recently including Syracuse and UMass. This is an interesting strategy for BC to focus on the top local kids rather than trying to chase prospects from other states that are, frankly, much more sought after and harder to get to come to Massachusetts to play their college football. A recent Boston College junior day featured a number of other local prospects including several top players from the Division 1 State Champions Everett High School. This is a good start for the Eagles but here at ITHMA we think there are still a lot of Massachusetts high school players that BC should already be in on with offers and it seems that BC frequently comes in after another school targets a prospect. This was true for Betro who was offered first by Syracuse, Millis-Hopedale OL Kevin Pyne who was offered first by the University of Rhode Island and Milton Academy RB/LB Kalel Mullings who was offered first by Michigan. There is no way BC should not have been the very first offer for every single one of these kids given they are playing in their backyard.  There are a number of other Massachusetts players that should also have been already offered by BC and are sitting out there for other colleges to identify and get in early on. BC needs to do a better job locking up the top local kids early in the recruiting process and keep players like Xaverian Brothers DL Joe Gaziano and St. Sebastian’s LB Blake Gallagher from going to Northwestern along with Brooks School TE Pat Freiermuth choosing Penn State and Leominster WR Noah Gray choosing to attend Duke. Anyone who attended the State Championship game would have offered Everett DL Duval Paul on the spot yet he is leaving to play at Georgetown. These are the kids BC needs to identify and lock up early so the commitments of Luchetti and Galloway show some promise that BC is finally focusing in on the right recruiting areas where they can be successful.

Tennessee Offers WR Jacorey Brooks – Class of 2021 (3/22/17)

It was recently reported that Tennessee was the first college football program to offer wide receiver Jacorey Brooks who lives in Miami. The reason we mention this is because Brooks is currently in the eighth grade and he will not play high school football until next fall when he attends Booker T. Washington High School. Brooks is already 6’3” and 165 pounds and he has received interest from colleges as a result of his play on a very well-known 7 on 7 team called the South Florida Express (his eighth grade school did not have a football team). Brooks is already looking to visit Tennessee and indicates he is also interested in LSU because they develop wide receivers well. I guess the biggest issue here is where does this all stop if schools are offering eighth graders college football scholarships? We are seeing the same thing here in Massachusetts with freshmen who have played a single year of high school football already being offered by top FBS programs but this seems to be a first where a college is offering a player that isn’t even in high school yet. With so many talented Class of 2021 eighth graders playing here in Massachusetts (including the Wellesley eighth grade class who won the AYF National Championship) it is probably only a matter of time before we see an FBS college program offer one of these players. College coaches are under ever increasing pressure to recruit top athletes and to win football games so it shouldn’t surprise anybody that they will do anything they can to try and secure a top prospect regardless of their age. It will be interesting to see if other colleges now also offer Brooks and he will be an interesting player to keep an eye on over the next four years. More locally it will be interesting to see if any college programs offer a Massachusetts prospect before entering high school and which of the 2021 recruits will attract the most attention.