MIAA Baseball Super 8 Update – Some Key Results Today (5/23/17)…


Senior Ian Seymour led top ranked St. John’s Shrewsbury to an impressive 12-1 victory at BC High and in doing so probably locked up the top overall seed in the Super 8 tournament. BC High is still in very good shape for a Super 8 berth but may have slipped down in the rankings a bit.

Braintree High School took care of business winning 11-1 over Milton High School and this win keeps them right at the top of the Super 8 field.

Also in the Bay State Conference Newton North junior ace John Grady pitched in a huge game against Walpole High senior ace Brian Gaughan. Newton North came out on top by a final score of 5-3 which resulted in the Tigers clinching the Bay State Conference Carey Division and puts them in very good shape as far as securing a Super 8 berth.

Reading High School lost to Winchester High by a score of 4-3 and they will now play in a big game at Belmont tomorrow as they try and keep their Super 8 hopes alive.

Andover High School added another win to their resume with a 5-0 win over Chelmsford High so they keep their Super 8 hopes alive for now.

Lynn Classical beat Marblehead 6-1 on Monday afternoon to keep their name in the mix for one of the last Super 8 berths.

100 Days To College Football Kickoff – 17 Mass Players To Watch In 2017 (5/23/17)…


As the 2017 college football season approaches let’s take a look at 17 players with ties to Massachusetts who should play a significant role in their team’s success this coming season.

17. Mike Dunn – RB – Lafayette – Dennis-Yarmouth High School / Cheshire Academy – Dunn was third on the team in rushing yards last season so expect him to build on that this coming season.

16. Brian Dunlap – WR – Harvard – Natick High School – This could be a breakout season for Dunlap as a top wide receiver in the Ivy League.

15. Isaac Yiadom – DB – Boston College – Doherty Memorial High School – A big part of the Boston College defensive backfield this coming season.

14. Shane Leonard – OL – Boston College – Marshfield High School – Look for Leonard to get a significant amount of playing time on the Boston College offensive line this year.

13. Danny Dalton – TE – Penn State University – Marshfield High School – Will be in the mix for playing time at Penn State this fall.

12. Lukas Denis – DB – Boston College – Everett High School – Will compete for significant playing time in the Boston College defensive backfield.

11. Alex Marshall – TE – Florida State University – Andover High School / Brooks School / Bridgton Academy – The 6’7″ tight end could find his way on to the field for the Seminoles as a true freshman.

10. Shyheim Cullen – LB – Syracuse University – Lowell High School – Cullen was getting more playing time towards the end of last season so look for him to be on the field more this season.

9. Chris Lindstom – OL – Boston College – Shepherd Hill Regional High School – Will be a starter for the Eagles on the offensive line.

8. Lubern Figaro – S – Wisconsin University – Everett High School – Look for Figaro to be an important part of the Wisconsin defensive backfield this season.

7. Connor Strachan – LB – Boston College – St. Sebastian’s School – A fixture as a linebacker who is the heart of the BC defense.

6. Justin Yoon – K – Notre Dame – Milton Academy – Yoon has been a very dependable kicker for the Irish the last two seasons

5. Jon Baker – OL – Boston College – Millis High School – In 2016 as a junior Baker started in all 13 games at center for the Eagles.

4. Sean McKeon – TE – Michigan University – Shepherd Hill Regional High School – McKeon should build on solid playing time as a true freshman to a breakout sophomore season for the Wolverines.

3. Joe Gaziano – DL – Northwestern University – Xaverian Brothers High School – Gaziano emerged as a defensive star for Northwestern last season and should have a huge year this fall.

2. Maurice Hurst, Jr. – DL – Michigan University – Xaverian Brothers High School – A likely first round NFL draft pick who will dominate in the Big Ten this season.

1. Christian Wilkins – DL – Clemson University – Framingham High School / Suffield Academy (CT) – A likely first round NFL draft pick who will help Clemson try and win back-to-back NCAA championships.

Elon University Baseball Team’s Dynamic Duo (5/23/17)…


Elon University down in North Carolina has been a very good baseball school for a long time and they could be getting a pair of aces from Massachusetts in their 2017 baseball recruiting class. Matt Tabor announced his decision to become an Elon Phoenix in July of 2015 and a year later was followed by Jared Wetherbee committing to Elon. Tabor is a starting right-handed pitcher for Milton Academy and he has the ability to confuse hitters with his control but he can also reach up to the mid 90s on the radar gun and he has proven to be an elite arm for the Mustangs. Wetherbee is a starting left-handed pitcher who can reach the low 90s on the radar gun while also sporting a devastating curveball used to fool hitters and take command of the game. Both are extremely tough competitors on the hill and they both have the ability to not only take over a game but to also captivate an audience while they are out on the mound. Both Tabor and Wetherbee have the potential to take their game to the next level as Major League Baseball scouts have taken notice of Tabor at Milton Academy and he could be selected somewhere in the first ten rounds of the 2017 MLB draft which will be held on June 12th – 14th this year. Wetherbee was one of the best pitchers in the MIAA last year while pitching for St. John’s Shrewsbury and he has continued his dominance this year at Avon Old Farms (CT) where he has allowed only eleven hits and three runs over the span of almost 38 innings pitched while going up against top competition in the Colonial League. Elon University and Head Baseball Coach Mike Kennedy have recruited the state of Massachusetts very well and as a result should have two potential pitching aces arrive on their beautiful North Carolina campus this fall.

MIAA Super 8 Baseball – Tuesday Showdowns (5/22/17)…


This week is full of some terrific match-ups as teams try and build their case to be selected to play in the Super 8 Tournament next week. Already this week we have seen Reading High School and St. John’s Prep add to their win totals but it will be two games tomorrow that will go a long way in determining the final selections and tournament seedings. First off is top ranked St. John’s Shrewsbury traveling to play at BC High in a game featuring two teams that have very likely already punched their tickets into the Super 8 field. The question here is will St. John’s lock up the top overall number one seed or will BC High keep that discussion open with a win over the Pioneers? The other huge clash tomorrow is Walpole traveling to play at Newton North in a Bay State Conference game that could go a long way towards determining which of these two teams is still in the discussion for a Super 8 berth. All of the teams in the hunt still have a number of games to play this week before their regular seasons end and every game looms large given how close the field is but hopefully the weather holds off and we get to see some excellent high school baseball games starting tomorrow afternoon.

Saint Clement High School Closing – Football Prospects (5/22/17)…


Saint Clement High School in Medford, Massachusetts will be closing their doors for good following the last day of classes this June. The school has had problems with enrollment numbers over the past fews years and they had already closed the Saint Clement Elementary School last year. Now the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (who operate the school) has decided that they will also be closing the high school at the end of this school year. This abrupt closing of the high school will also shut down the St. Clement Anchormen football program with some very talented players who will now choose to enroll at other high schools where they should help contribute on the football field. Eventually some of these players could also look to continue their academic and football careers at the collegiate level. Let’s take a look at some of their top underclassmen.

2018 Prospects

Michael Thompson – WR/ATH –  6’3” and 185 pounds

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Luke Von Hunnius – T/DL – 6’5” and 240 pounds 

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2019 Prospects

Jesus Rivera – ATH – @jesusrivera3rd

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Luis Velazquez – WR/ATH – 6’4” and 200 pounds

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2020 Prospects

Thierry Seide – RB/ATH – 5’9” and 190 pounds

 

Saint John’s Shrewsbury High School – Football Prospects (5/20/17)…


Saint John’s Shrewsbury has produced its fair share of Division 1 football prospects over the years. The Pioneers routinely challenge themselves with a tough schedule putting their athletes up against other top teams in the region. Saint John’s Shrewsbury’s schedule last year was the toughest in Central Mass as they played against Catholic Memorial and out-of-state powerhouse Xavier High School (CT). Led by a talented senior class the Pioneers will look to be one of the best teams in the state this coming fall.

2018 Prospects

Hunter Gorgas – TE/WR – 6’5” and 245 pounds

Liam Doran – OLB/MLB – 6’1” and 220 pounds

Neal Nasuti – OL – 6’4” and  276 pounds

Andrew DelBrocco – DB – 6’3” and 195 pounds

Coleman Drugotch – WR/DB – 6’0” and 185 pounds

Peter Oliver – RB/SS/ATH – 6’0” and 205 Pounds

Michael Bernard – RB/SS – 5’11” and 195 pounds

Josh Shrestha – WR/ATH – 5’7” and 165 pounds

Steven Bucciaglia – QB – 6’1” and 200 pounds

Zachary Pedone – WR/ATH – 5’9” and 175 pounds

Federico Ernst – G – 6’1” and 300 pounds

 

2020 Prospects 

Eamonn Dennis – ATH – 5’10” and 165 pounds

 

 

Mass HS Baseball – Saturday Super 8 Updated Projections (5/20/17)…

There are still some key games to be played but the field is starting to take shape based on this past week’s results.

Locks (5)

St. John’s Shrewsbury (15-2) – Won games against Holy Name and Wachusett.

St. John’s Prep (12-5) – Bounced back from a loss to St. John’s Shrewsbury by beating Newton North 7-5.

Braintree High School (12-5) – Lost to Newton North 9-2 but bounced back by beating Walpole 5-3.

BC High (10-6) – Added two wins by beating Chelmsford 8-6 and Lincoln-Sudbury 4-2.

Central Catholic (13-4) – Tough stretch for CC as they lost to Andover 1-0 and then lost to Lawrence 4-0.

On The Bubble (1)

Winner of Newton North (12-6) vs. Walpole (12-5) – The Bay State Conference (along with the Catholic Conference) is top to bottom one of the toughest in the state this year so there is no way two BSC teams don’t make it in to the Super 8.

In The Mix (5)

Reading High School (12-2) – A big 5-1 win over previously unbeaten Lynn Classical certainly helps their case.

Loser of Newton North (12-6) vs. Walpole (12-5) – Needless to say this is a pretty big game for these two teams.

Andover High School (11-5) – A big 1-0 win over Central Catholic shows they can play against the top teams in the state.

Lynn Classical (15-1) – A 5-1 loss to Reading makes it crucial for the Rams to win their remaining games.

Taconic (16-0) – Beat Westfield 3-1 and beat Pittsfield 9-0 but these types of teams need to schedule top Division 1 teams if they want to be fairly evaluated for tournaments like the Super 8.

BC High – Class of 2018 and 2019 Football Prospects (5/19/17)…


Boston College High School routinely puts together elite teams in all of their sports programs including football, hockey, basketball, baseball and lacrosse. The football team at BC High is usually in the mix competing for a state championship. The last two years the Eagles have seen numerous prospects move on to play football at the next level and the next few classes are also filled with many talented players. Running back Danny Abraham is one of the state’s top backs while Will Bowen is a University of North Carolina lacrosse commit who has also recently received football offers from Army and Navy and he could have more upside potential than nearly any other player in the 2018 class.

2018 Prospects

Danny Abraham – RB/FS – 5’11” and 190 pounds

Will Bowen – OLB/FB/WR/ATH – 6’3” and 215 pounds

Elijah Miranda – DL/Edge – 6’2” and 230 pounds

Bobby DeMeo – CB/WR/KR/PR –  5’11”and 185 pounds – @bobby_digital3

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Francis Dooley – DE/OLB – 6’3” and 220 pounds – @frannydooley14

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Evan Ohuabunwa – G/T – 6’2” and 290 pounds

Tom Aicardi – T/G – 6’4” and 290 pounds

2019 Prospects

Keith Henderson – DT – 6’0” and 290 pounds – @nolimitkeith74

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John Destefanis – MLB/FB – 6’0” and 210 pounds

 

 

 

Xaverian Brothers High School – Class Of 2018, 2019 and 2020 (5/18/17)…

The state’s best high school football program plays their home games over on Clapboardtree Street in Westwood. Xaverian Brothers High School has had a tremendous run in the last four years winning two state football titles as well as being the state runner-up twice. Numerous talented players have come through the halls at Xaverian and last year was no different with ten plus players from their 2016 team going on to play college football. Xaverian Brothers will also have nearly a dozen former Hawks playing NCAA Division 1 football next year including Maurice Hurst who will likely be a first day NFL draft pick after his senior season at the University of Michigan. After graduating a banner class the Hawks will look to reload over the next few years and will do so with the help of many of the prospects listed below.

2018 Prospects

Dom DePaoli – T/DT – 6’3” and 270 pounds

Brian Abraham – FS/ATH – 6’3” and 204 pounds

Matty Drouillard – OLB/S – 6’0” and 210 pounds

Ike Irabor – RB/DB/ATH – 6’0” and 185 pounds

Brian Fallon – K – 5’10” and 171 pounds

2019 Prospects

Cooper DeVeau – FS/WR/KR/PR/ATH – 5’10” and 175 pounds

2020 Prospects 

Adam Harrington – RB/CB – 5’8” and  150 pounds

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Mass HS Baseball – Super 8 Projections – Updated (5/19/17)…


Locks (4)

Central Catholic (13-4) – Came up with a big 6-2 win over Methuen yesterday. (Lost to Andover 1-0) (Lost to Lawrence 4-0)

St. John’s Shrewsbury (15-2) – Beat St. John’s Prep 3-2 in a very competitive game and they will have to play them at least one more time this season. (Beat Holy Name) (Beat Wachusett 6-4) (Play Westboro)

St. John’s Prep (12-5) – More tough games ahead including Newton North and St. John’s Shrewsbury once again. (Beat Newton North 7-5)

Braintree High School (12-5) – Rallied to beat Peabody 10-5 but face Newton North today in a game with huge Bay State Conference implications and will face Walpole down the road. (Lost to Newton North 9-2) (Beat Walpole 5-3)

In The Mix (8)

BC High (10-6) – The Eagles still have to face Lincoln-Sudbury, Newton North and St. John’s Shrewsbury. (Beat Chelmsford 8-6) (Beat Lincoln-Sudbury 4-2)

Walpole High School (12-5) – The Rebels still have to face conference foes Braintree and Newton North. (Beat Natick 2-1) (Lost to Braintree 5-3)

Lynn Classical (15-1) – Questions regarding strength of schedule make their upcoming game against Reading High School one of the biggest games of the year. (Beat Lynn English 6-3) (Lost to Reading 5-1 )

Peabody High School (12-5) – A tough loss to Braintree but Peabody still will face two solid teams in Austin Prep and Andover. (Lost to Gloucester 10-9) (Lost to Malden Catholic 7-6))

Reading High School (12-2) – A huge match-up with undefeated Lynn Classical will likely determine which of these two teams is still in the hunt for a Super 8 berth. (Beat Lynn Classical 5-1 )

Newton North (12-6) – The Tigers beat Wellesley 13-2 and they still have the schedule to make a case for themselves as they will face Braintree, St. John’s Prep, BC High and Walpole. (Beat Braintree 9-2) (Beat Norwood 2-0) (Lost to St. John’s Prep 7-5)

Taconic (16-0) – Taconic is clearly playing the best baseball in western Massachusetts but will probably have to have a perfect record to make it into the Super 8 based on their strength of schedule. (Beat Waconah 6-0) (Beat Westfield 3-1) (Beat Pittsfield 9-0)

Malden Catholic (10-6) – Their recent 1-0 loss to Xaverian Brothers as well as a 9-3 loss to Pope Francis has the Lancers squarely on the bubble as of right now. (Beat Peabody 7-6)