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MIAA statewide tournament scores and highlights from Friday

Emma Angelo scored 10 goals, including the game-winner, along with a school-best 31 draw controls as No. 10 Tyngsboro (19-1) edged seventh-seeded Cape Cod Academy 21-20 to advance to the Div. 4 qua… → Read More

BC High names Tom Conley as new athletic director

The answer to BC High's soon to be vacant athletic director job was right under their nose. The school announced the appointment of Tom Conley as its new athletic director, replacing Jon Bartlett, who is leaving to become AD at St. Sebastian's. Conley, who was a multi-sport standout at BC High, was currently the assistant athletic director at BC High. → Read More

Boston Shootout put area hoops on the national map

Boston never had the reputation of being a basketball hotbed. Thanks to a group of local high school hoop stars dubbed the Boston Six, that myth was dispelled in a span of 48 hours in June 1972. → Read More

Statewide high school tournament scores and highlights from Tuesday

BOYS BASKETBALL DIVISION 1 STATE SEMIFINALS – Wednesday Newton North (20-3) vs. Andover (21-2), 7 (Woburn) Springfield Central (20-2) vs. BC High (23-0), 7:15 (Worcester State) DIVISION 1 STATE FINAL – TBA at Tsongas Newton North/Andover vs. Springfield Central/BC High DIVISION 2 STATE SEMIFINAL – Tuesday Norwood 69, Burlington 66 (ot) DIVISION 2 STATE SEMIFINAL […] → Read More

Statewide tournament scores and highlights from Friday

Amelia Hanscom netted 25 points, while Anna Foley chipped in with 12 as top-seeded Andover (20-1) punched its ticket to the Div. 1 semifinal with a 56-33 victory over Newton North. → Read More

Statewide tournament scoreboard and highlights from Tuesday

Sean Dittmeier scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give No. 7 Norwood (19-2-1) a 3-2 win over No. 10 Newburyport in a Div. 2 second-round game. The Mustangs tied the score with 21 seconds left in regulation on a goal by Kevin Broderick. → Read More

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