The Dexter School in Brookline has routinely produced prospects that go on to play football in college. Last year Dexter had an extremely young but talented team that should be a very tough opponent over the next few years. Dexter has elite talent in the 2019 class along with the number one 2020 quarterback in Luke MacPhail. Supplementing this with a talented group of rising seniors Coach Casey Day should have a very bright future at Dexter the next few seasons.
Jake Mello – WR/TE – 6’3” and 200 pounds.
Liam Kelly – WR/DB – 6’3” and 192 pounds.
Tyrell Wiggins – RB/WR/DB – 6’0” and 175 pounds –
Stephen Brooks – TE/WR/DE – 6’4” and 200 pounds –
Luke MacPhail – QB – 6’3.5” and 185 pounds –
Ryan Bingham – RG/NT- 6’1” and 300 pounds
As the 2017 high school baseball season winds down we are asking any players and/or coaches to submit players (Via DM/Email) to be considered for our 2017 ITHMA All-State baseball team. Any supporting player statistics for the season would be extremely helpful in making sure we recognize all of the top players in the state this year.
Let’s take a look at some of the teams that did not make it in to the 2017 Super 8 Baseball field this year and see if any of these teams have made a further case for themselves with their state tournament play. The other day we saw Lynn Classical lose to Marblehead 6-2 in the Division 2 North quarterfinals eliminating the Rams from the tournament. Taconic beat Pope Francis 1-0 in extra innings and will now play top seed Westfield today at 3:30 PM in the Western Mass Division 1 Tournament semi-finals. Andover beat Malden Catholic 6-5 and will now play Lexington today at 4:00 PM in the Division 1 North semi-final. Methuen beat Chelmsford 1-0 and will now play Lowell today at 7:00 PM in the other Division 1 North semi-final.
Update: Andover lost to Lexington 7-1, Methuen lost to Lowell 3-1 and Taconic beat Westfield 9-3 in games played today.
So Lynn Classical is out of the Division 2 tournament with their loss while Taconic, Andover and Methuen all came away with close victories to continue on in their brackets. Obviously this is all retrospective but it does help the committee evaluate their decision making process looking ahead to next year by seeing how the teams on this year’s bubble went on to play in the state tournament field.
As always these prospects are listed in no particular order as we will continue to rank the class of 2018 at a later date.
Nick Murray – Saint Mark’s School – WR/DE/ATH – At 6’6” and 210 pounds Murray is a phenomenal athlete who is currently committed to play baseball at the University of Cincinnati. Murray has great physical size for a wide receiver but also shows the speed and quickness of a much smaller player. Very good at presenting a target for the quarterback and good hands catching the ball away from his body. It will be interesting to see which path Murray chooses as he could project as a very good football player.
Masyn Lorick – Tewksbury High School – DB/WR/ATH – At 6’1” and 174 pounds Lorick is a quick defensive back that can be put in single coverage and is also aggressive defending against the run. Lorick moves well in the defensive backfield and is also a sure handed receiver on offense for the Redmen. Lorick also plays on the Tewksbury basketball team.
Cole Durkan – Wachusett Regional High School – RB/DB/ATH – At 5’11” and 175 pounds Durkan is a quick and shifty running back on offense while being a very solid defensive player in the secondary. Durkan is a very good athlete who is committed to play baseball at Stony Brook as a catcher. Durkan runs a reported 4.68 forty, has very good hands catching the ball out of the backfield and he also contributes on special teams handling punt and kickoff returns for Wachusett.
Brandon Winn – Tewksbury High School – RB/DB/ATH – At 5’10” and 180 pounds Winn is a patient ball carrier with a low center of gravity and good vision. Winn uses the whole field as he looks for gaps to run through. Winn can also contribute as a receiver being a sure handed target out of the backfield or lined up in the slot. Winn returns kicks on special teams and is a very good athlete who also plays basketball and lacrosse at Tewksbury.
Liam Kelly – Dexter School – WR/FS – Kelly stands 6’3” and 192 pounds and is a lanky, sure-handed receiver who runs good routes. Running a reported 4.6 forty Kelly has quick feet and makes great cuts out of his routes creating space between himself and the defender. Kelly also plays on special teams and as a safety on defense. Kelly should have a very productive senior season with lots of skill players returning for Dexter.
ITHMA Player Profile – Tommy MacNeil
High School: St. Mark’s School
Grade: Junior – Class of 2018
GPA / SAT: 3.76 GPA 1350 SAT
Position(s) Played: DE
Height-Weight: 6’0” and 220 Pounds
Speed: 4.88 Forty Yard Dash
2016 Football Stats:
Gym Stats: Bench 290, Squat 365
Other Sports Played:
Notes: All-ISL First Team
In the winners bracket of the Super 8 Baseball Tournament you now have a looming battle between top seed St. John’s Shrewsbury and second seed St. John’s Prep that will be played this Saturday at 1:00 PM in Brockton. These two teams know each other very well as they have already played twice this season with St. John’s Shrewsbury winning their first game 3-2 followed by St. John’s Prep winning their second game 4-1. St. John’s Shrewsbury already has wins over Belmont by a score of 3-1 and over BC High by a score of 7-1. St. John’s Prep beat Newton North 18-3 in the opening round of play followed by a 7-4 win over Central Catholic. The winner of this game will move on to the Super 8 finals and will be in a very good position having no losses in the tournament. The loser of this game will drop down into the “one loss” bracket and will be eliminated from the tournament if they lose another game. The key thing to watch for in this game will be St. John’s Shrewsbury ace Ian Seymour (a Virginia Tech commit) going up against St. John’s Prep pitching by committee strategy where Head Coach Dan Letarte will roll out a number of pitchers including MIT bound Casey Bussone, Zach Begin, Jake Sanderson and Max Gieg. The St. John’s Prep strategy uses multiple pitchers for a couple of innings each to utilize their overall pitching depth and to keep opposing batters off balance. St. John’s Prep has been the runner-up in the last two Super 8 finals so this game really could not be any bigger for both of these teams. The date and time for this game have delayed until Saturday at 1:00 PM due to all of the bad weather we have been having but this game will be well worth the wait when these two top teams face off once again down in Brockton.
The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts had a young but talented football team in 2016 and they will now look to put the pieces together to compete against the top teams in the ISL in 2017. Governor’s should have a very high powered offense in 2017 with several players capable of catching the ball and players who are home run threats every time the ball is in their hands. On the defensive side of the ball they will be led by defensive end Cam Gagnon who has already received an offer from Bryant and should accumulate more college offers this summer. Governor’s 2017 football season should an important one for them as they will try to get back to being ISL champions for the first time since 2014.
Camden Gagnon – DE – 6’5” and 240 pounds.
Shane Smith – ATH – 6’3” and 200 pounds –
Hudl Film – Wake Forest Baseball Commit
Quinn Stott – RB/ATH – 5’10” and 185 pounds.
Pat Flaherty – OLB – 6’2” and 194 pounds.
Kevin Lemieux – DE – 6’4” and 240 pounds.
Opening Day for the 2017 Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) season is on June 14th so we decided to take a quick look at the rosters of the ten teams to see how many players from Massachusetts will be playing down on beautiful Cape Cod this summer. Surprisingly we found only six players from Massachusetts spread across three teams. The Chatham Anglers led the way with three players including outfielder Colby Maiola from North Reading (North Reading High School) and the University of Massachusetts – Lowell, pitcher Daniel Metzdorf from Burlington (BB&N) and Boston College and outfielder Charlie McConnell from Reading (Belmont Hill) and Northeastern University. McConnell was also a top hockey player while at Belmont Hill. The Harwich Mariners have pitcher John Witkowski from Melrose (Avon Old Farms) and Boston College on their 2017 roster and the Orleans Firebirds have first baseman Steve Passatempo of Medford (Salisbury School) and the University of Massachusetts – Lowell on their 2017 roster. Finally the Hyannis Harbor Hawks have outfielder Cam Walsh from Duxbury (Duxbury High School) and Northeastern University. Looking at the rosters it is amazing to see the type of athletes that are drawn to play in this league every summer. Top players from top national college programs dominate every roster and this should make for some excellent baseball being played on Cape Cod over the next few months. If you are down on the Cape this summer make sure to take in a game as it really is a great time for the whole family.
The Massachusetts high school football class of 2019 is looking to be very deep in terms of prospects. The following student athletes already hold college scholarship offers to some very good football programs.
Alex Cherry – WR/TE – Saint Sebastian’s School – Army (5/17/17)
Lewis Cine – S/ATH -Everett High School – Coastal Carolina (4/28/17), Southern Mississippi (5/9/17), Rhode Island (5/16/17), Syracuse (5/18/17), Florida (6/4/17), Boston College (6/5/17), UMass (6/10/17), Michigan (6/12/17), Rutgers (6/12/17), UConn (6/13/17)
Mike Sainristil – ATH – Everett High School – Coastal Carolina (4/27/17), Rhode Island (4/28/17), Boston College (6/5/17)