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MHSFCA announces its All-State football team

The Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association announced its 2021 All-State Football Team as selected by a committee of coaches from the MHSFCA. The All-State banquet will take place on Saturday, March 12 at the Burlington Marriott beginning at 4 p.m. The banquet is co-sponsored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and the MHSFCA. OFFENSE […] → Read More

Thanksgiving Day football scores

TUESDAY’S RESULTS East Boston 50, South Boston 0 North Andover 27, Andover 26 WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS Archbishop Williams 14, Cardinal Spellman 7 Blackstone Valley 47, Nipmuc 19 Brighton 30, Tech Boston 12 Greater Lawrence 28, Whittier 22 Greater Lowell 21, Lowell Catholic 8 KIPP 38, Lynn Tech 12 Latin Academy 32, O’Bryant 0 Nashoba Tech 28, […] → Read More

Campbell goal lifts Team Yellow

In the second of two Eastern Massachusetts Girls’ Soccer Coaches Association all-star games held at Austin Prep, Team Yellow defeated Team White by a score of 1-0. Sabrina Campbell scored the game-winner for Team Yellow with six minutes to go in the match. The Pentucket striker blew by the White defense to get on the […] → Read More

Danny V’s high school football Sweet 16

Abington football coach Jim Kelliher never expected to be spending Friday night at home. He spent all week getting his team prepared for a Division 6 state semifinal contest against a good St. Mary’s team. The traditional week took a turn on Thursday when Kelliher learned he was not going to be able to coach […] → Read More

Danny V’s high school football Stars of the Week

DIVISION 1 Ayden Pereira threw for 120 yards and two scores, while rushing for 129 yards and two more scores as Central Catholic snapped a five-game drought at the hands of St. John’s Prep, dethroning the two-time defending champions, 35-12. William Watson was nearly perfect, completing 19-of-22 passes for 397 yards and five touchdowns as […] → Read More

State championship scoreboard

FIELD HOCKEY DIVISION 1 FINAL – Saturday Andover 1, Walpole 0 DIVISION 2 FINAL – Saturday Westwood 1, Nashoba 0 (ot) DIVISION 3 FINAL – Saturday Watertown 1, Sandwich 0 (2 ot) DIVISION 4 – Saturday Uxbridge 1, Ipswich 0 BOYS SOCCER DIVISION 1 FINAL – Saturday Brookline 2, Newton North 1 (2 ot) DIVISION […] → Read More

Weekend high school football boxscores and highlights

FOOTBALL DIVISION 1 STATE SEMIFINAL – Friday Central Catholic 35, St. John’s Prep, 12 DIVISION 1 STATE SEMIFINAL – Saturday Springfield Central 60, Franklin 49 FINAL – At Gillette, TBA Central Catholic (10-1) vs. Springfield Central (9-1) DIVISION 2 STATE SEMIFINAL – Friday King Philip 31, Milford 16 DIVISION 2 STATE SEMIFINAL – Saturday Catholic […] → Read More

Friday’s football scoreboard

DIVISION 1 STATE SEMIFINAL – Friday Central Catholic 35, St. John’s Prep, 12 DIVISION 1 STATE SEMIFINAL – Saturday Franklin vs. Springfield Central, 11 (Shrewsbury) FINAL – At Gillette, TBA Central Catholic (10-1) vs. Franklin/SC DIVISION 2 STATE SEMIFINAL – Friday King Philip 31, Milford 16 DIVISION 2 STATE SEMIFINAL – Saturday Marshfield vs. Catholic […] → Read More

Week 11 high school football preview: Central Catholic looking to snap skid against St. John’s Prep

Central Catholic can only hope that the sixth time is truly a charm for its highly-regarded football team. St. John’s Prep would be more than happy to keep things status quo. The two teams meet in a Div. 1 state semifinal Friday night at Cawley Stadium with the winner heading to Gillette Stadium for the […] → Read More

Danny V’s Thursday Pickorama

After a ghastly 5-5 effort, we showed a little improvement last week with a seven-win effort. We banked on Lincoln-Sudbury extending its winning streak for one more game, but Marshfield had other ideas. The Rams held on at the end to knock off the highly-touted Warriors. Xaverian’s ground game coupled with sketchy weather forecasts for […] → Read More

Ipswich survives marathon five-setter to get to reach its first state volleyball final

Ipswich volleyball will advance to the Division IV State Finals for the first time in program history! Grace Soresen had 15 digs and 10 kills as Ipswich outlasted AMSA in a five-set thriller, 27-25, 23-225, 25-13, 29-31, 16-14 to advance to the Division 4 state final for the first time in school history. Also stepping up […] → Read More

Tuesday’s tournament scoreboard and highlights

FIELD HOCKEY DIVISION 1 SEMIFINALS – Tuesday at Burlington Andover 5, Franklin 0 Walpole 1, Concord-Carlisle 0 FINAL – TBA Walpole vs. Andover DIVISION 2 SEMIFINAL – Tuesday at Norwell Westwood 3, Falmouth 2 (2ot) SEMIFINAL – Wednesday at Burlington Masconomet vs. Nashoba, 7 FINAL – TBA Westwood vs. Masconomet/Nashoba DIVISION 3 SEMIFINALS – Wednesday […] → Read More

Danny V’s Sweet 16: Blackstone Valley flexes its muscles

Blackstone Valley interim head coach Anthony Landini knew his team was facing a formidable opponent in Stoneham last Friday. He also knew he had the horses capable of accepting the challenge. The Beavers weathered the storm and put together a textbook second-half performance to knock off the previously undefeated Spartans, 28-14, to earn a berth […] → Read More

Danny V’s high school football Stars of the Week

DIVISION 1 Sean Mercuri had 13 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pick-six as Central Catholic defeated St. John’s (Shrewsbury) for the second time this year, 37-13. Mack Gulla ran for 120 yards and two TDs, also adding a field goal, as Franklin defeated Methuen, 24-7. Jack Perry completed 18-of-26 passes for 323 […] → Read More

Saturday’s tournament scoreboard and highlights

FIELD HOCKEY DIVISION 1 QUARTERFINALS – Thursday Concord-Carlisle 2, Wellesley 0 Franklin 4, Winchester 1 QUARTERFINALS – Saturday Andover 1, Shrewsbury 0 Walpole 5, Wachusett 0 SEMIFINALS – Tuesday at Burlington Concord-Carlisle vs. Walpole, 5 Franklin vs. Andover, 7 DIVISION 2 QUARTERFINALS – Thursday Falmouth 2, Reading 0 Masconomet 1, Longmeadow 0 Westwood 2, Danvers […] → Read More

Saturday’s high school football scoreboard

THURSDAY’S RESULTS DIVISION 2 QUARTERFINAL Milford 21, Natick 7 DIVISION 6 QUARTERFINALS Abington 34, Sandwich 0 Rockland 37, Winthrop 34 DIVISION 7 QUARTERFINAL Northbridge 42, West Boylston 13 MVADA LARGE SCHOOL QUARTERFINAL Greater New Bedford 35, Whittier 8 MVADA SMALL SCHOOL QUARTERFINALS Blue Hills 42, Upper Cape 28 South Shore 28, Franklin Tech 19 […] → Read More

Friday’s high school football scoreboard and highlights

THURSDAY’S RESULTS DIVISION 2 QUARTERFINAL Milford 21, Natick 7 DIVISION 6 QUARTERFINALS Abington 34, Sandwich 0 Rockland 37, Winthrop 34 DIVISION 7 QUARTERFINAL Northbridge 42, West Boylston 13 MVADA LARGE SCHOOL QUARTERFINAL Greater New Bedford 35, Whittier 8 MVADA SMALL SCHOOL QUARTERFINALS Blue Hills 42, Upper Cape 28 South Shore 28, Franklin Tech 19 NON […] → Read More

Newton North Hall of Fame inductees announced

The Tiger Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will be inducted at Saturday, November 20 at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Needham Hotel. Tickets are available by contacting Donna Benoit at the following email address: benoitd@newton.k12.ma.us. This year’s inductees are Jim Blackburn, Track and Field Coach Kim Britt, Class of 1966, hockey Richard Clark, Class […] → Read More

Week 10 high school football preview: Division 2 playoffs are loaded

No matter if it’s the new statewide football tournament or the previous playoff system, one thing remains the same — Div. 2 is loaded. If you need further proof that this is the best division of the eight, check out the left side of the tournament. Undefeated Reading, ranked sixth in the Boston Herald Sweet […] → Read More

Thursday’s tournament scoreboard

FIELD HOCKEY QUARTERFINALS – Thursday Concord-Carlisle 2, Wellesley 0 Franklin 4, Winchester 1 QUARTERFINALS – Saturday Shrewsbury at Andover, 11 Wachusett at Walpole, 2 DIVISION 2 QUARTERFINALS – Thursday Falmouth 2, Reading 0 Masconomet 1, Longmeadow 0 Westwood 2, Danvers 1 (2 ot) QUARTERFINAL – Sunday Holliston at Nashoba, 3 DIVISION 3 SECOND ROUND – […] → Read More