Super 8 Hockey Preview – First Round – Best of Three Games
All Games Sunday March 5th – Tsongas Arena in Lowell
12:00 PM – (2) Boston College High School vs. (7) Walpole High School – A battle of a traditional hockey power in the Eagles and a lockdown defensive team in the Rebels.The goalie match-up will be the one of the best in the tournament with Luke Garrity for the Eagles and James Corcoran for the Rebels who have both put in all-state caliber seasons. Cam Martin was the hero for Walpole scoring the game winning goal that beat CM and he will be a key forward in this game as well. Sophomore Thomas Kramer has been a spark plug for BC High for the past two seasons and he could be a difference maker on Sunday.
2:00 PM – (3) Pope Francis High School vs. (6) Central Catholic High School – Two very solid teams who posted great regular season records and they are both capable of winning the Super 8 Tournament. Pope Francis is led by Cam Peritz and defenseman Jacob King. The Raiders are led by Sean Brown who is a standout sophomore forward along with junior forward Eric Lester.
4:00 PM – (4) Arlington High School vs. (5) Hingham High School – The Spy Ponders are led by a trio of senior forwards in John Piggott, Kevin Ouellette and Peter Scheschareg. The Spy Ponders have proven they can compete against elite teams in the state having already beaten Marshfield and Pope Francis. The Harbormen are led by senior defenseman Marc O’Rourke along with senior forwards Drew Hickey and Frankie Higgins. The Harbormen have also played a tough schedule and have already beaten Catholic Memorial, Marshfield and Pope Francis this year.
6:00 PM – (1) Malden Catholic High School vs. (8) Marshfield High School – The defending State champion Lancers are again the number one seed in the tournament and they are led by Matt Yianacopolus, Justin Collins, Tom Albert, and Joey Guarino. The Lancers are a phenomenal defensive team that likes to keep the score low and they spread out their scoring with several playmakers. Marshfield is a hot team coming off a stunning comeback over Austin Prep and they will now look to continue their success behind high scoring sophomore Aidan Connolly, high scoring senior Andrew Fithian and defenseman Jack Murphy. A great 1 versus 8 match-up that should be a very competitive game.
Dimon Carrigan of Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School stands 6’9” and 212 pounds and he is looking to help lead the Falcons to back-to-back state basketball championships. Carrigan is a senior center who was instrumental in their tournament run last year as they beat Catholic Memorial 77-73 in the Eastern Division 1 finals and then beat St. John’s Shrewsbury 66-51 to capture the state title. This year Cambridge is poised to face a very solid Everett team in the Division 1 North bracket and they would then face whichever team emerges from the very competitive Division 1 South bracket. Earlier this season Cambridge beat national powerhouse Crossroads School from California where Carrigan played very well against five star All-American Shareef O’Neal who is Shaquille O’Neal’s son. Carrigan’s play has attracted college coaches as he already holds a scholarship offer from Southern Connecticut and he has received a lot of interest from Boston College and Quinnipiac. He says he would like to play as a power forward or as a small forward at the next level. When Carrigan isn’t playing basketball he says he enjoys hanging out with family and friends and likes to go to the movies. He also likes to listen to Kendrick Lamar and play the video game Naruto. Cambridge takes on Lawrence High School tonight at 7:00 PM and then they would face the winner of Lowell vs. St. John’s Prep as they make their way through the Division 1 North field. Dimon Carrigan will play a key role in how far the Falcons go this year and following the basketball season he will look to decide upon which college program fits him best where he will represent Cambridge and Massachusetts very well.
Williams College is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country and it is also home to a solid football tradition although it has struggled in recent years. Williams has implemented an energetic new coaching staff and they have pulled in several top players from Massachusetts who will look to turn things around in Williamstown. Offensive lineman Patrick Watson played for Boston College High School and led the Eagles to a very solid year against some of the toughest competition in the state. Watson will look to make an immediate impact being such a physical player and he will be joined by fellow Eagle TJ Rothmann. Rothmann is a very physical linebacker who anchored the BC High defense and he also played fullback on offense showing his great overall versatility. Duxbury High School also sends two players from their state championship team including quarterback Bobby Maimaron and wide receiver David Colucci. Maimaron held a Division 1 offer from Appalachian State before committing to Williams and he is the Massachusetts state record holder for all-time touchdown passes thrown. Colucci is a versatile receiver who could turn out to be a dynamic offensive weapon for Williams. Finally, Williams added place kicker Min Kyu Park from Milton Academy who will help out on the special teams unit out in Williamstown. With the addition of these five high quality players from Massachusetts it won’t be long before the Williams Ephs are once again competing for NESCAC Championships.
St. John’s Shrewsbury tight end Hunter Gorgas stands 6’5″ and 245 pounds and he just picked up his first Division 1 scholarship offer from the University of Rhode Island. He can expect to pick up many more college offers given that he has received interest from other schools including Michigan, Duke, Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College, Maryland, Holy Cross, Yale, Temple and Bryant. Gorgas says his ultimate goal is to play Division 1 football and to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps as he played at Notre Dame where he won a national championship back in 1966. The college recruiting process has been the most exciting time of his life and he hopes he eventually plays at a top college football program that would give him a chance to be the second member of his family to win a national championship. Gorgas chose to attend St. John’s because of the excellent academics and athletics and he feels he will be completely prepared for college by the end of his senior year. In his free time he plays Madden 17 and NBA 2K17 and proudly claims that he will beat anyone in Madden and will beat anyone in 2K playing as the Raptors…. we sense an ITHMA Madden Tournament in the near future. He also likes doing field workouts with his teammates but also has some very diverse interests including playing music (he wants to start a band with his friends), going to dinner with his family and he even follows the news coming out of NASA. Gorgas hopes to win a state title in football and basketball before his high school career at St. John’s is over and then he wants to showcase the talents and abilities that God has given him at the collegiate level. We expect Hunter Gorgas to receive many more offers from top college football programs in the near future and the school he chooses will get a top Massachusetts prospect who will represent our state very well at the next level.
Some huge playoff games start tonight so let’s take a look at some of the most interesting match-ups.
(8) Belmont vs (9) St. John’s Prep – 3/1/17 at 5:00 PM at Chelmsford – The Eagles have been one of the hottest hockey teams in the state and just missed getting into the Super 8 Tournament field. Belmont is coming off one of their best seasons in recent history and brothers Connor and Kevin Dacey will look to lead the Marauders to an upset win.
(7) Waltham vs. (10) Arlington Catholic – 3/1/17 at 7:00 PM at Chelmsford – Both of these hockey teams are capable of making a strong run in the Division 1 North field with Waltham led by Adam Becker and Arlington Catholic led by Mason Beecher.
(6) St. Mary’s vs (11) Reading – 3/1/17 at 7:30 PM at Stoneham – Two talented teams that should result in a terrific playoff hockey game.
(1) Scituate vs. (16) Dedham – 3/1/17 at 7:30 PM at Brockton – The Sailor will look to compete for a Division 2 state hockey championship as they are coming off a great regular season.
(2) Medway vs. (15) Quincy – 3/1/17 at 6:00 PM at Franklin – The Mustangs are a high seed as a result of a strong regular season and they will now look to make some noise in the D2 hockey playoffs.
(4) Bridgewater-Raynham vs. (13) Attleboro – 3/1/17 at 6:30 PM at BR – Two very solid basketball teams who present as a good match-up in what should be an entertaining game.
(7)North Attleboro vs. (10) Braintree – 3/1/17 at 6:30 PM at NA – Tow basketball teams that faced stiff competition all season long in their respective conferences which should make for an excellent game.
(6) Newton North vs. (11) Newton South – 3/1/17 at 6:30 PM at NN – A heated crosstown rivalry usually makes for an exciting playoff basketball game.
(5) Catholic Memorial vs. (12) Taunton – 3/1/17 at 6:30 PM at CM – The Knights will look to continue their dominance in Division 1 South basketball play but will face a competitive Taunton team.
(7) Nauset vs. (10) Foxborough – 3/1/17 at 6:30 PM at Nauset – Two very good basketball teams and look for the winner to make some noise in the Division 2 tournament.
Danny Abraham is a top junior running back at BC High and he already holds college football scholarship offers from Boston College and many Ivy League schools including Harvard and Dartmouth. Abraham burst onto the recruiting scene this year by breaking out as a star for the Eagles by rushing for over 300 yards versus Andover High School. Abraham was a key player for BC High as they won two playoff games versus Braintree and Brockton and advanced all the way to the State semi-finals. Because of his success this past season Abraham’s recruiting is far from over as he says he is still receiving interest from other top schools including Notre Dame, Georgia, UMass, Duke, Buffalo and Syracuse so it will be interesting to see which college program he ultimately chooses. The 5’11” and 190 pound running back selected BC High based on the recommendations of family friends and Pop Warner coaches who told him it would be a great school for him to attend in terms of academics and athletics. In his free time he can be found hanging out with his friends or playing Madden and he likes to listen to different music artists including Future, Meek Mill, and Kanye West. His main goals for the rest of high school are to stay healthy in his senior season and to bring a state championship trophy back to Morrissey Boulevard. Abraham will look to be the best running back in the state as he returns for his senior season and he is now considered one of the top national prospects. Danny Abraham will have a number of schools to choose from and wherever he attends college he will represent the State of Massachusetts very well at the next level.