High School: State title preview capsules: Divisions 1 & 2

December 2, 2022

Division 1 #4 Springfield Central vs. #7 St. John’s Prep Time: Saturday, 12:30 pm Records: Springfield Central: 10-1, St. John’s Prep: 10-2 Outlook: We are getting the juiciest match up in D1. There will be plenty of talent on the field in this one on both sides. The headliners of course are Central quarterback William Watson and Prep athlete Joenel Aguero. Watson of course is committed to Nebraska while Aguero…

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High School: Chuck Adamopoulos steps down at Central Catholic

December 1, 2022

Maybe it is just how he is, but Chuck Adamopoulos does not give off the impression of someone who should retire. Adamopoulos still has a bounce in his step, and approaches things with a youthful vigor and sense of humor. But this week, Adamopoulos stepped down from his head football coach position at Central Catholic. He has roamed the Raiders’ sidelines since 1997 with an impressive record of 204-79 with…

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High School: State title preview capsules, Divisions 3 & 4

December 1, 2022

Division 3 No. 6 Wakefield vs. No. 1 Milton Time: Saturday, Dec. 3, 5:30 pm Records: Wakefield 12-0; Milton 12-0 Outlook: The Warriors have surprised a lot of people this year to set up this unique matchup at Gillette Stadium. Wakefield is in a championship game for the first time since 2001, while Milton is at Gillette for the first time. Wakefield just took down Melrose on Thanksgiving in a thriller…

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High School: State title preview capsules, Divisions 5-8

November 30, 2022

Division 5 No. 4 Shawsheen vs. No. 2 North Reading Time: Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30 pm Records: Shawsheen 12-0; North Reading 10-2 Outlook: North Reading made it to this point last year before losing to Swampscott. The Hornets returned a good nucleus and were expected to make it back again. Although North Reading has losses to Amesbury and Lynnfield, it has largely been a dominant run through the season. Leading the way for North Reading has been…

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High School: Connecticut Playoff Preview

November 29, 2022

Image courtesy of Hartford Courant Sports By Jake Klein NEFJ Correspondent The first round of Connecticut’s Playoffs get underway Tuesday night, so let’s take a look around the state at the best first round matchups in each class. All quarterfinal games are at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night.   Class LL Quarterfinals: #8 Trumbull at #1 Southington #7 Hamden at #2 Greenwich #6 Glastonbury at #3 West Haven #5 Fairfield Prep…

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High School: Bedford stuns Londonderry, 15-14 in New Hampshire D1 state title game

November 28, 2022

Do you believe in miracles?? Yes! The famous line uttered by the great Al Michaels after the U.S Men’s Hockey team upset Russia in the 1980 Olympics still resonates with sports fans today. Bedford’s 15-14 win over Londonderry in the Division One State title game isn’t on the same level as the miracle in Lake Placid but it is still an upset when you consider the fact that going into…

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UNH: Playoff game in Worcester sets up unique opportunity for Espanet & Santos

November 28, 2022

Images courtesy of UNH Athletics It’s not hyperbole to say that Saturday afternoon’s FCS second round showdown between New Hampshire and Holy Cross could be one of the best games in the history of New England college football. Swagger, confidence, history, great coaching staffs, local recruiting implications, a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals on the line, an undefeated season at stake, literally every story line you could think of is…

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High School: Post-Thanksgiving MIAA Top 25

November 27, 2022

It was an eventful Thanksgiving across the Commonwealth, and even some classics. Most of the season is over, and we now turn our eyes to the eight state title games at Gillette. There is a fair amount of movement this week, not just from the games, but also some reevaluating of teams we may have misplaced earlier in the season. That sort of movement will continue as we come down the home…

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High School: Thanksgiving Day – Hornets roll to Davenport title in 33-0 win over Foxboro

November 25, 2022

The Mansfield Hornets came into Thursday’s annual Thanksgiving game against Foxboro with two goals in mind.   Win the game and if possible, get a shutout. The Hornets checked off both boxes in a 33-0 win. Foxboro moved the ball effectively throughout the game but Mansfield was able to hold them out of the end zone. The bend but don’t break style enabled the Hornets to shut out all four…

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