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Monday, September 13, 2010
10 off the top: Opening week edition

By Scott Barboza

Week 1 of the Massachusetts high school sports calendar is in the books, so we’ll be taking some time today to digest all the action from the week that was. And, as we do each Monday, we’re also taking a look around the local scene and beyond in New England for our “10 off the top” link-o-rama.

Let’s get to the action:

CONTRIBUTING ON BOTH SIDES
10. With the kickoff of the MIAA football schedule behind us, we take a minute to reflect on those whose efforts paid off on both sides of the ball this weekend. After hauling in a touchdown pass and breaking off a game-breaking fumble recovery for a score, we caught up with Marshfield’s Jonathan Fraser after the Rams’ 33-20 win over Dracut on Saturday.

NORTH OF THE BORDER
9. This one comes from our neighbors to the North and the Canadian Football League. Check out former Everett High standout Diamond Ferri, who now plays for the Montreal Alouettes, and the hit he delivers around the 2:45 mark of this clip.

FROM BEHIND ENEMY LINES
8. This coming Sunday, Mike DeVito will be the object of many jeers cast at the television when he suits up for the New York Jets in their impending match-up with the Patriots. However, Pats fans might reserve some of that ill will directed toward the Nauset High grad and former Wellfleet resident considering what DeVito did for his old team. Amana Comak of the Cape Cod Times has the story here.

YEAH, THEY’RE GOOD
7. Jim Wilson of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette shares the opinions of many around the region — including us here at ESPNBoston.com High Schools — that St. John’s Shrewsbury football is, in fact, pretty darn good.

TAKE THE TEST
6. Phil Stacey of the Salem News takes an interesting look at the evolving complexities found in the defensive schemes of local high school football teams.

PUTTING IN OVERTIME
5. Doug Saffir of The Boston Globe takes a look at Reading High swimmer Erica Belcher’s Olympic aspirations.

GRANITE STATE RUNDOWN
4. Marc Thaler of the Union Leader, who also covers New Hampshire happenings for ESPNBoston.com, has his third-week Power Poll up.

“THE RIVALS”
3. On Saturday, the Smithsonian Channel premiered “The Rivals.” Directed by Kirk Wolfinger, the documentary followed the football teams of Mountain Valley High, in Rumford, Maine, and Cape Elizabeth High and their quest for the state championship during the 2007 season. A sneak preview is provided here.

A RECRUIT ON TWO FRONTS
2. Connecticut hoops recruit Phil Gaetano verbally committed to Sacred Heart as reported by Lucas Shapiro, writing for New England Recruiting Report.

1. What remains to be seen from that headline is the story behind the author of that post. Shapiro is a junior at Milton (Mass.) High and is somebody who has the pulse of basketball happenings throughout the region. We often turn our attention to high school athletes who dazzle on the court, but it’s times like these that it’s nice to pause and put the spotlight on a youngster who’s doing great things in high school sports in a different form. He’s talented and takes his beat seriously; that’s much more than could have been said about me when I was his age, so he might just take my seat one of these days. Keep up the good work, Lucas.