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Monday, August 30, 2010
10 off the top: 8/30 edition

By Scott Barboza

It’s Monday again and the weekend seemed to whiz by quicker than James Toney’s chances against Randy Couture in the Octagon. And that means it’s time for another "10 off the top".

The kickoff to high school football scrimmages on Saturday was a reminder that games aren’t too far away (with T-minus 11 days until teams do it for real).

With that, let’s get into another edition of the best and brightest from all points to kick the week off right:

THE BAND IS ON THE FIELD
10. You may have already read in this space that St. John’s (Shrewsbury) phenom Richard Rodgers has decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Cal Bear. ESPNBoston.com High Schools correspondent and Scouts, Inc. blogger Roger Brown had more about it on his recruiting blog and caught up with Rodgers, who talked about his decision.

HITTING THE LINKS
A roundup of links from around the region from the “in case you missed it” dept.

9. Danny Ventura had a nice story on the return of West Roxbury legend Leo Sybertz.

8. The Eagle-Tribune posted its Merrimack Valley Conference preview.

7. Peter Gobis of The Sun Chronicle tracked down former North Attleborough star Anthony Sherman.

6. Carolyn Thornton of The Providence Journal reported that the RIIL will not copy its boys’ basketball statewide tournament format in girls’ basketball.

5. Basketball is still some time away, but Adam Finkelstein of the New England Recruiting Report — who will also be bringing some of his insights to our site during the winter — is always on the job and posted his rankings for the New Hampshire Class of 2012.

4. One more basketball-related item … Alex Murphy of St. Mark’s was tracked down by TheShiver.com, a Kansas recruiting site, at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 in Venice Beach, Calif.

3. We also kicked off our first in a series of team capsules for our MIAA preseason Top 25 football teams with correspondent Neil Carroll making a stop at No. 25 Lynn English. We’ll have previews for No. 24 Holliston and No. 23 North Attleborough later in the day.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
2. North Attleborough football head coach Don Johnson on BC High’s defensive line after Saturday’s tri-scrimmage: "Man, they're big. I wish we could have a couple of those guys.”

SURPRISE, SURPRISE
1. One more item from North Attleboro and the Hockomock. When I asked Johnson who he thought might be a surprise team to watch out for in the always competitive Hock, he had this to say: “I think that would be Oliver Ames. Their junior varsity team has been playing well for the last couple of years. They could really sneak up on some people.”