Boston High School: Sharon

Player of the Week: Marblehead's Will Millett

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MARBLEHEAD, Mass. -- Through two weeks of the Massachusetts high school football season, there's a tight end who leads the state in receiving.

Marblehead senior tight end Will Millett added to his state-best tally with an impressive 7-catch, 273-yard performance with three touchdowns in the Magicians' 48-27 win over Lynn Classical on Friday night.

ESPN Boston High Schools editor Brendan C. Hall caught up with our New England Dairy Player of the Week for Week 2 for this interview on Monday:

(Video by Scott Barboza)



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TOP 5 PERFORMANCES FROM WEEK 2:

Dexter Andrews, Sr. RB, Brighton – 21 carries, 300 yards, 3 TD, in 28-13 win over Martha’s Vineyard.

Adrian Lingo, Sr. K/MLB, Sharon – Hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Eagles to a 10-7 win over Falmouth.

Mike Maggipinto, Sr. RB, East Longmeadow – 26 carries, 302 yards, 2 TD, in 55-27 win over Amherst.

Doug Santos, Soph. RB, Peabody – Ran for 273 yards and 5 TD in 43-7 win over Lynn English.

Will Millett, Sr. TE, Marblehead – 7 receptions, 217 yds, 3 TD, in 48-27 win over Lynn Classical.

Top MIAA hoop performances: Feb. 27

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Each and every night throughout the MIAA basketball playoff season, we will highlight the state's top performances. Here are my top performances from Thursday night's slate of MIAA basketball state tournament play.

As a reminder, readers are encouraged to submit their top performances via email (bhall@espnboston.com) or tweeting at ESPN Boston High Schools editor Brendan Hall (@BHallESPN). Deadline for all submissions each night is midnight.

1. Alyssa Guyon, Jr. F, Ludlow
Monster night on the boards for Guyon, as she recorded 26 points and 21 rebounds in the Lions' 58-47 D2 West win over Quabbin.

2. Bridget Herlihy, Jr. F, and Brianna Herlihy, Soph. F, Braintree
The sisters combined for 29 points and 26 rebounds in the Wamps' 58-39 Division 1 South quarterfinal win over King Philip.

3. Tom Nadeau, Sr. G, Stoneham
Scored 26 points and added six assists in the Spartans' D3 North win over North Reading.

4. Kendra Hicks, Sr. F, Springfield Central
Notched a double-double in the Golden Eagles' D1 West win over Shepherd Hill, recording 15 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks.

5. Lauren Carnevale, Sr. F, Pittsfield
Had a double-double in the Generals' 57-42 D2 West win over Belchertown, recording 18 points and 15 rebounds.

6. Chris Lockett, Jr. F, St. Mary's (Lynn)
Had 24 points in the Spartans' 70-48 rout of Maimonides in D4 North.

7. Steve McGrath, Sr. F, Stoneham
Along with 23 points, had eight rebounds, six steals and three blocks in the Spartans' win over North Reading

8. Joey Crane, Sr. F, Cardinal Spellman
Recorded a double-double in the Cardinals' rout of Dedham in D3 South, with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

9. Karlie O'Driscoll, Sr. F, Sharon
Came up with 15 pts, nine rebounds and 8 steals in the Eagles' 52-50 thriller over Oliver Ames in D2 South.

10. K.C. Cunningham, Jr. G, Worcester South
Had 20 points in the Colonels' 63-51 upset of top-seeded Fitchburg in D1 Central Quarterfinals.

Recap: No. 2 Mansfield 80, No. 19 Sharon 68

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SHARON, Mass. -- Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan said it best when describing junior Ryan Boulter.

"For him, every look he gets at the basket is a good look, whether he's covered or not."

After Sharon made it a five point game after being down as much as 14 in the second half, Boulter stepped up and nailed a three with a hand right in his face to put Mansfield up 71-63 and the Hornets never looked back, taking down Sharon 80-68 in a New Year's Eve matinee game.

Boulter scored 21 of his game-high 28 points in the second half and after attempting just three three-pointers in the fist half, Boulter went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in the second half.

"He's an animal," Mansfield point guard Rocky DeAndrade said.

Boulter was 7-of-9 from the field in the second half and when DeAndrade was asked whether there is any doubt that Boulter should have taken the contested shot, he was quick to answer.

"No doubt at all," he said. "I have full trust in Ryan. When he gets the ball and he's going to make a move and shoot, I know theres a good chance its going to go in. We trust in Ryan's ability to create for himself. We run plays for him but if he's gotta do it himself, he can do it."

The Hornets got off to a very hot start, shooting over 70 percent from the floor and took a 29-17 lead after the first quarter, but Sharon responded in the second quarter, outscoring the Hornets 18-13 to go into halftime down 42-35.

"In the first quarter, I was actually shocked how efficient we were on offense," Vaughan said. "We scored in different ways -- foul shots, three's, got to the rim -- but we were kind of doing a little bit of everything we wanted. They came back and delivery a second punch and I think we absorbed it through the first half and I think the second half was similar to that -- we absorbed their punch and did what we needed to do defensively."

Mansfield extended their lead to 56-42 midway through the third quarter, but Sharon took their turn on offense, closing out the quarter 13-7 in their favor.

The Eagles opened the fourth quarter on an 8-3 run, and a Jordan Mello-Klein three-pointer made it a four point game at 67-63.

"I can't say I was surprised knowing that Jimmy [Fritzson] and Brian [Mukasa] can put up points quick, but obviously it came quick," DeAndrade said of their lead evaporating.

Mansfield was able to respond with free throw from Boulter and then his dagger three deflated Sharon.

"We withstood a run in the fist half from them, we withstood a run in the second half from them," said Sharon head coach Bruce Jackman. "I think the turning point was in the fourth quarter when we had five possessions and never got a shot off. We turned it over a couple of times -- we just got nothing out of it and then they came down and just buried a three. It went from like four to seven and it was just awful after that. We just really ran out of gas."

Beyond Boulter's 28 points, junior Michael Boen added 18 points and nine rebounds, and DeAndrade -- who was celebrating his birthday -- added 15 points.

For Sharon, Fritzson had a team-high 19 points while Earl Dessesaure had 15 points and eight rebounds, Mello-Klein added 14 points and Mukasa finished with 13 points.

Mansfield improves to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in Hockomock play and will host Oliver Ames on Friday. Sharon's first loss drops them to 4-1 and 2-1 in league play and will travel to North Attleboro on Friday.

MIAA Boys Hoop Countdown: Nos. 25-21

December, 2, 2013
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To kick off the start of the MIAA basketball season, ESPNBoston.com will spend the next five days counting down the teams in our Preseason MIAA Top 25 Poll, starting with Nos. 25 through 21 today and concluding with the state’s top five teams on Friday.

Today’s previews include Hockomock members Taunton and Sharon, a Bishop Feehan squad who is moving up to Division 2 with a solid core coming back, and Central Mass. foes South and Wachusett, along with our “Last 10 out”.

For a refresher on how the final 2012-13 poll ended up, CLICK HERE.

Be sure to check back each day this week for the latest in the boys basketball top 25 countdown.

Last 10 out: Braintree (13-10), Doherty (14-7), East Boston (11-7), Fitchburg (13-9), Franklin (16-8), Lynn Classical (15-9), Milton (15-9), North Quincy (18-6), Quincy (14-7), Watertown (13-8)

25. WACHUSETT
Coach: Tom Gibbons
2012-13 results: 19-5, reached Division 1 Central Semifinals
Key players: Tyler Dion, Justin Bowker, Kevin Durkin, Brian Quinn
Analysis: The Mountaineers lost a lot of leadership off of last year’s team, including graduated seniors Zack Berman, Jesse Maresca, Trevor MacNeil, Zach Knapp, and Alex Cooper, but Coach Tom Gibbons returns what may be the biggest frontcourt in Central Mass. in juniors Kevin Durkin and Justin Bowker. At 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-5, respectively, the Mountaineers’ twin towers will man the post, while sophomore point guard Tyler Dion, who picked up plenty of big-game experience last year, will be expected to fill Berman’s shoes at point guard.

24. BISHOP FEEHAN
Coach: Matt Freeman
2012-13 results: 18-4, Division 3 South quarterfinals
Key players: Mike Nelson, Frank Oftring, Austin Burlone
Analysis: Feehan has to be one of the favorites in Division 2 following their run in last year’s playoffs. The Shamrocks return senior Austin Burlone, junior Frank Oftring, and sophomore star Mike Nelson in hopes of building off an 18-win season last year. With games in the opening few weeks against Archbishop Williams, Westford Academy, and Martha’s Vineyard, we’ll find out soon enough just how far this Feehan squad can be expected to go this year.

23. WORCESTER SOUTH
Coach: Pat Williams
2012-13 results: 14-7, lost in Division 1 Central First Round
Key players: Kasheen Cunningham, Nate Mensah, Khalil Bryan-Robinson, Aaron Maday
Analysis: The Colonels will be living life without last year’s star Rod Milton, but the cupboard is far from bare for South coach Pat Williams. South returns three of their top four scorers from last year, including point guard Kasheen Cunningham, combo guard Nate Mensah, and forwards Khalil Bryan-Robinson and Aaron Maday. As has been the case for the last three years, the top dog in the Inter-High will likely come down to South or Doherty, a fierce rivalry that has been a must-see matchup every time the two meet.

22. SHARON
Coach: Bruce Jackman
2012-13 results: 15-8, Division 2 South semifinals
Key players: Brian Mukasa, Jimmy Firtzson, Erik Kushner, Ade Bright
Analysis: There aren't many backcourts in the area that are going to be stronger than the pair of seniors Brian Mukasa and Jimmy Fritzson. Both finished in the top 10 in scoring in the Hockomock last year and both have the chance to eclipse the 1,000-point mark this season. The biggest question will be down low, were the Eagles graduated Kevin Bartas and Ian Beach, but they will rely heavily on Erik Kushner and players from last year's JV squad, who only had one loss last season.

21. TAUNTON
Coach: Charlie Dacey
2012-13 results: 16-7, reached Division 1 South semifinals
Key players: Gerald Cortijo, Shaq Davis, Corey Green.
Analysis: Taunton had a strong first campaign in the Hockomock League last season, and will look to try and upset Mansfield as the top team in the Kelley-Rex this year. Shaq Davis, who has been making plays for Taunton for some time now, will be back with another year of experience under his belt as. Sharpshooter Gerald Cortijo and Corey Green, who is just a junior, will also be big playmakers for the Tigers.

Uni Watch: New helmets for Sharon, Marshfield

July, 29, 2013
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In our ongoing series taking a look at some of the uniform changes around Massachusetts for the upcoming football season, today we look at two helmet tweaks -- one minor, one major.

Be sure to tweet us your team's new uniforms at @BHallESPN, @ESPNScottB, or @ESPNBostonHS, or you can use the hashtag #UniWatch2013

Sharon, coming off an historic 2012 season, is making minor changes to its unique helmet decal:


Meanwhile Marshfield is making a major overhaul of its helmets, switching from forest green to black, with a matte finish:


What do you guys think? Which helmet do you like better, Marshfield or Sharon? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
The Hockomock League recently announced its boys' lacrosse All-Stars and season Most Valuable Player.

Here's a look at the list, courtesy of Ryan Lanigan and HockomockSports.com:

Editor's note: League all-star lists may be sent to editors Scott Barboza (sbarboza@espnboston.com) or Brendan Hall (bhall@espnboston.com).

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Pat Ward, Canton

ALL-STARS
Kurt Leavitt, Canton
Ben Lodge, Canton
J.C. Marcone, Canton
Conor O’Brien, Canton
Pat Ward, Canton
Tyler Ames, Foxborough
Alex Pacitti, Foxborough
Luc Valenza, Foxborough
Kyle Finamore, Franklin
Mike Patjane, Franklin
Jake Sargeant, Franklin
Mike Sullivan, Franklin
Connor Eshmann, King Philip
Brendan Murphy, Mansfield
Matt McIntire, Milford
Eric Overdahl, Milford
Josh Rosenblum, Sharon

Our MIAA All-State Boys Hoops Team

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THE SUPER TEAM

All-StateG – Malik James, Jr., Brighton
The 6-foot-1 point guard was named ESPN Boston’s “Mr. Basketball” last week after an explosive playoff campaign that saw him average 20 points in six games and deliver the Bengals the MIAA Division 2 state championship, their first state title in school history. James is expected to finish up his high school playing career at a prep school next season.

All-StateG – Darien Fernandez, Sr., Wareham
One of the state’s flashiest lead guards, the 5-foot-7 Fernandez once again took the South Coast Conference by storm with his no-look passes and rainbow jumpers. He averaged 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals as the Vikings went unbeaten through the SCC for the second straight year, and returned to the D3 South title game for the third time in four seasons.

All-StateF – KayJuan Bynum, Sr., Springfield Putnam
The 6-foot-3 Bynum was a physical presence on the boards, leading the Beavers in rebounds in the MIAA Division 1 state title game as they downed Mansfield in an overtime thriller. For the season, Bynum led the Beavers in scoring (15.7 points), ranked second in steals (2.5) and rebounds (9.6), and shot 39 percent from three-point range (40-for-103). Bynum is headed to Southern Connecticut State in the fall, where he will play linebacker on the football team.

All-StateF – Chris Bardwell, Sr., North Andover
In one of the most remarkable transformations in years, the 6-foot-5 Bardwell went from a benchwarmer on Central Catholic as a junior last year, to MVP of the state’s most competitive league, the Merrimack Valley Conference, as a senior at North Andover. For the season, Bardwell averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and 1.5 blocks as the Knights reached their first Division 2 North title game in six seasons.

All-StateC – Tyler Gibson, Sr., Rockland
The 6-foot-6 senior lived up to the hype garnered after an explosive summer, leading the Bulldogs to a South Shore League title and D3 South semifinal appearance. He averaged 21.4 points, 15.3 rebounds, 4.8 blocks and 2.1 assists per game while seeing many a double-team. That includes at least eight games with 20 points and 20 rebounds. Gibson is signed with UMass-Lowell for next season.

BEST OF THE REST

All-StateRiyadh Asad, Sr. G, West Springfield
One of the most talented lead guards outside of the Eastern Mass. region, Asad led a deep and talented West Side backcourt to one of the top seeds in Division 1 West, where they lost to eventual state champion Putnam in the semifinals. For the season, he averaged 19.4 points per game.

All-StateJaleel Bell, Sr. G, Wayland
One of the most decorated players in school history, the 6-foot Bell leaves Wayland as a two-time Dual County League Small MVP, and three-time DCL Small champion. The four-year starter led the state in scoring average this season (27.4 points per game), and leaves Wayland with 1,244 career points.

All-StateZack Berman, Sr. G, Wachusett
The Mountaineers won respect around the state with a challenging non-conference slate, taking down squads such as Cambridge and Brockton, and leading the way was the 6-foot Berman. The two-time Mid-Wach A MVP and three-year captain averaged 14 points, six assists and four rebounds as the Mountaineers reached the semifinals of the Division 1 Central tournament.
All-StateJoel Berroa, Sr. F, Central Catholic
One of the state’s premier rebounders, the 6-foot-5 Berroa picked up the slack as injuries piled up for the Raiders, helping them to a second Division 1 North title in four seasons. He averaged 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks this season. Berroa is currently considering Northeast-10 interest as well as post-graduate options.

All-StateA.J. Brodeur, Soph. C, Algonquin
The 6-foot-8 Brodeur is one of the most promising young stars in Massachusetts, and played a big part in the Tomahawks capturing the No. 1 overall seed in Division 1 Central this season. He averaged 17.5 points, 14.4 rebounds, 8.5 blocks and 4.5 assists; that also includes four triple-doubles of points, rebounds and blocks. Brodeur is headed to NEPSAC powerhouse Northfield Mount Hermon next season.

All-StateStevie Collins, Soph. G, Lynn English
The Bulldogs were one of the state’s most fascinating teams to watch in the second half, and the 5-foot-9 Collins was the catalyst in their run. English’s run to its first D1 North Final since 2009 included a monster 38-point performance from Collins in the semifinals against Everett. For the season, Collins averaged 14.5 points and six assists per game.

All-StateBrendan Hill, Soph. F, Mansfield
Playing in the competitive Hockomock League, the 6-foot-5 Hill came away as the league’s MVP as just a sophomore, as the Hornets made their first Division 1 state final appearance in school history. He averaged 13.4 points and was the league’s leading rebounder. Hill is also a standout wide receiver on the Hornets’ football team.

All-StateFreddy Hogan, Jr. G, Lynn English
The Bulldogs’ most consistent player from the get-go, he averaged 20 points per game over the first 12 games of the season before English hit full throttle en route to the D1 North finals. For the season Hogan led the team in scoring (16.9 points), and also averaged six assists.

All-StateJameilen Jones, Sr. G, BC High
Another returning All-Stater, the 6-foot-3 Jones navigated the Eagles through a tough Catholic Conference en route to one of the top seeds in Division 1 South. For the season, Jones averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Eagles took a surprise first round exit in the playoffs. Jones will be pursuing post-graduate options for next season.

All-StateEric Martin, Sr. G, Danvers
One of several point guards making the list primarily for their distribution, the 6-foot Martin was the Northeastern Conference’s MVP this season after averaging 8.8 points, 7.2 assists and 3.7 steals per game. The two-time NEC All-Star led the Falcons to their second straight MIAA Division 3 state championship this season, and also has over 100 career goals for the Falcons’ soccer team, good enough for best all-time in the school.

All-StateTommy Mobley, Soph. G, Newton North
One of the state’s premier shooters made headlines throughout the season for his marksmanship, hitting 94 three-pointers and twice hitting nine in a game. He was named MVP of the Bay State Conference’s Carey division after averaging 18.4 points and five rebounds per game. He was also named to the All-Tournament Team of the Comcast IAABO Board 27 Classic.

All-StateBrian Mukasa, Jr. G, Sharon
The 6-foot Mukasa navigated the Eagles through a wide-open Division 2 South, losing to district champ Scituate in the semifinals. For the season, he was the Hockomock League’s leading scorer at 18.1 points per game, to go along with 4.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals.

All-StateDavid Murrell, Jr. F, Springfield Putnam
An athletic slasher, the 6-foot-3 Murrell was another defensive stalwart for a Beavers squad that earned their first MIAA Division 1 state championship in school history. For the season, he averaged 14.9 points and a team-best 10 rebounds, and also shot 53 percent from the field.

All-StateIsaiah Nelsen, Sr. F, North Andover
The 6-foot-6 post leaves North Andover as a two-time All-Star, and one of the program’s all-time leading scorers and rebounders. For his senior season he averaged 18.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and two blocks as the Knights made their first D2 North Final appearance since 2007. Nelsen is signed with St. Anselm College for next season.

All-StateTyler Nelson, Jr. G, Central Catholic
Another one of the state’s premier shooters, and one of several returning All-Staters, Nelson shot 41 percent from three-point range as the Raiders captured their second Division 1 North title in four seasons. For the season, he averaged 17.2 points and 4.7 assists, and shot 89 percent from the free throw line.

All-StateFrantdzy Pierrot, Jr. G, Melrose
The Red Raiders were the state’s final remaining unbeaten before they fell to state champ Brighton in the D2 North semifinals, and the 6-foot-3 Pierrot was the catalyst. He was named MVP of the Middlesex League after averaging 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists; that number includes averages of 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in the playoffs, with an injured ankle. Pierrot is also a highly-regarded soccer player for Melrose during the fall.

All-StateKamari Robinson, Sr. F, Springfield Central
Another returning All-Stater, the 6-foot-5 Robinson slid over to the wing position after leading the Golden Eagles to a Division 1 state championship in 2012 as a power forward. The move produced dramatic results, as he averaged 20.8 points per game and was named the Western Mass. Player of the Year.

All-StateElijah Rogers, Jr. G, Brookline
The 6-foot Rogers controlled everything for the Warriors in surprise blowouts of New Bedford and Marshfield, en route to the program’s first Division 1 South semifinal appearance since 2004. For the season he averaged 14.9 points, 5.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds. Rogers has been receiving varied amounts of interest across Divisions 1 and 2.

All-StateNick Simpson, Jr., Brighton
In his first run through the Division 2 playoffs, the 6-foot-5 Simpson was instrumental, helping the Bengals earn some dramatic wins throughout the tournament. For the season, he averaged 25 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the Bengals won their first Division 2 state title in school history.

All-StateJustin White, Jr. F, Holyoke
Also a star quarterback for the football team, the 6-foot-3 White brought that toughness underneath to impressive results, as the Purple Knights reached the Division 1 West semifinals. For the season, White averaged 16.3 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
All-StateJoel Berroa, Central Catholic
As injuries to key frontcourt players continued to pile up, Berroa saddled up and took on the brunt of the duties down low, marking the best forwards and keeping them in check. He was one of the Merrimack Valley Conference’s leading rebounders (9.4 per game) as the Raiders reached their second Division 1 Eastern Mass. Final in four seasons.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike McVeigh, North Andover

Long a Cape Ann League stalwart, the Knights began their first season in the state’s best league, the Merrimack Valley Conference, and made their presence felt immediately by capturing a share of the MVC Large title. The Knights also reached their first Division 2 North final since 2007 in the process, putting a nice bow on what has been a storybook career for the long-time coach. After 31 years on the sideline, one of the truest class acts in the game is calling it a career, with an overall record of 497-176 and a playoff appearance in every season.

All-Defensive Team
Lucas Hammel, Sr. G, Central Catholic
Joel Berroa, Sr. F, Central Catholic
Prince Unaegbu, Sr. F, Brighton
Tyler Gibson, Sr. F/C, Rockland
Obi Obiora, Jr. C, Brookline

All-Shooters Team
Tommy Mobley, Soph. G, Newton North
Tyler Nelson, Sr. G, Central Catholic
Tim Dufficy, Sr. G, Whitinsville Christian
Tyler Desrosiers, Sr. G, Agawam
Daivon Edwards, Sr. G, Brighton

Justin White photo is courtesy of MassLive.com and the Springfield Republican

Brian Mukasa photo is courtesy of HockomockSports.com

D2 South: Scituate 83, Sharon 79

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TAUNTON, Mass. –- Six-foot-five John Foster is set to play football at Cornell next fall, but his monster basketball performance on Tuesday night proved he's far from done at Scituate High School.

The senior captain poured in 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the top-seeded Sailors beat Sharon 83-79.

“He’s just so strong,” Scituate head coach Matt Poireir said. “I watched what he did preparing for football. He’s worked so hard and you see the results and the strength right here. I’m extremely proud.”

It was a game of momentum swings, as Sharon took complete control in the first quarter (outscoring Scituate 26-18) only to have Scituate rally in the second quarter (outscoring Sharon 19-12). The Eagles were able to steal momentum heading into halftime as junior Jimmy Fritzson’s fall away three-pointer gave Sharon a 38–37 lead at the break.

Scituate came back out swinging in the third quarter to regain the lead 58-56 heading into the final frame. Despite only making three field goals in the fourth quarter, the Sailors shot 19-of-24 from the free throw line in just the final frame on their way to the win.

“Obviously it was a great high school basketball game,” Sharon head coach Bruce Jackman said. “We certainly couldn’t handle Foster. He was just a load inside and we tried everything we could defensively inside.”

It looked as though Sharon was going to have a chance to tie or take the lead with 31 seconds left, but Foster had other plans. Scituate’s Matt McRae missed both of his free throws, but Foster came up with a monster offensive board before being fouled himself. He was able to hit one of two to extend the lead to three. On the other end, Sharon was unable to convert a layup and lost the rebound out of bounds. A free throw from Tarran O’Toole made it 83-79.

Despite his potential game saving offensive rebound and his scoring, Foster refused to take any credit.

"It’s all because of my teammates,” Foster said. “We knew going in that they were a little undersized so they were going to feed it to me down low. I just had a lucky night and it went in for me.”

Even after battling over two Sharon players for the big rebound, he still didn’t take the credit.

“Their big man had fouled out at that point so I knew there was a size advantage but there was a lucky back rim bounce and it came to my hands,” he said.

The Sailors were able to weather an unbelievable offensive performance from Fritzson, who dropped 34 points in the loss. Classmate Brian Mukasa added 20 points.

"We had certain things we tried to do to contain because you can’t stop good players from being good players,” Poirier said. “They’re a very good team, they can shoot, they can run.”

The game was marred by fouls, especially in the fourth quarter. Both teams found themselves in the double bonus less than halfway through the quarter. There was a total of 35 free throws shot in just the fourth quarter. Scituate’s Noma Okundaye and Sharon's Ian Beach, Kevin Bartis, and Fritzson all fouled out in the game.

Scituate’s David Cox added 14 points, O’Toole had 11, with 7 of them coming off free throws in the fourth quarter, Okundaye finished with 10 and Ben McLarey notced 9 points. Beach was the only other Eagle in double figures with 15.

Scituate will now play the winner of Milton and Wellesley on Saturday at UMass-Boston in the D2 South Finals. The game is scheduled to tip off at 4:00.

A BRIGHT FUTURE
Sharon will graduate eight seniors, but both Mukasa and Fritzson will return to the Eagles next year. Mukasa has been a rock for Sharon for the past two seasons, but Fritzson has had a breakout season, mostly in the second half, that has opposing teams worried.

The two combined for 54 of the Eagle’s 79 points and are both incredibly talented shooters.

“With Fritzson and Mukasa coming back, along with Erik Kushner, who’s a real good vocal leader, we have a real good nucleus,” Jackman said.

Roundtable: Midseason All-State, Superlatives

January, 25, 2013
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At the midpoint of the MIAA basketball season, we've asked our panel of experts to submit their picks for ESPN Boston All-State, as well as Mr. and Miss Basketball along with a number of superlatives:

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Brendan Hall
ESPN Boston High Schools Editor


All-State Super Team
G – Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic
G – Darien Fernandez, Sr., Wareham
G – Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High
G/F – Kamari Robinson, Sr., Springfield Central
F/C – Tyler Gibson, Sr., Rockland

Second Team
G – Jaylen Blakely, Sr., Brockton
G – Nick McKenna, Sr., Danvers
F – Nick Cambio, Jr., Central Catholic
F – Brendan Hill, Soph., Mansfield
F – Isaiah Nelsen, Sr., North Andover

Third Team
G – Riyadh Asad, Sr., West Springfield
G – Juwan Gooding, Soph., New Mission
F - Sam Dowden, Sr., Andover
C - Dakari Wornum, Sr., Dorchester
C – Chris Baldwin, Soph., Springfield Central

Girls Super Team
G - Infiniti Thomas-Waheed, Jr., Newton North
G - Donnaizha Fountain, Sr., Cambridge
F - Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading
F - Caitlyn Abela, Sr., Oliver Ames
C - Molly Reagan, Soph., Braintree

Mr. Basketball Finalists
Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic – WINNER
Darien Fernandez, Sr., Wareham
Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High
Tyler Gibson, Sr., Rockland
Kamari Robinson, Sr., Springfield Central

Defensive Player of the Year – Drew Healy, Lowell
Coach of the Year – John Walsh, Danvers
Best Shooter – Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic
Biggest surprise (player) – Dakari Wornum, Dorchester
Biggest surprise (team) – St. Peter-Marian
Most underrated (player) – David Stewart, Madison Park
Most underrated (team) – Melrose

All-Defensive
G – Tyree Weston, Soph., New Bedford
G – Marcus Middleton, Sr., Stoughton
F – Isshiah Coleman, Sr., New Mission
F – Prince Unaegbu, Sr., Brighton
C – Drew Healy, Sr., Lowell

All-Shooters
Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic
Tommy Mobley, Soph., Newton North
Daivon Edwards, Sr., Brighton
Giulien Smith, Soph., Catholic Memorial
Ben Judson, Soph., St. John's Prep

Second half sleepers to watch

Dorchester
The Bears are a streaky team, but also a gritty one, as shown in their 58-57 loss to East Boston on Wednesday. Dakari Wornum has been one of the breakout stars of the first half of the season, but a number of athletic shooters -- including Jeduan Langston, Khalil Newson, Ceejae Agnew-Carter and Dean Lee -- can make this team explode at any moment. The expected return of 6-foot-7 junior D'Bryant Coraprez should bolser the frontcourt too.

Sharon
We knew junior point guard Brian Mukasa (18.8 points per game) was good, and we though he had potential to be this good, but we had questions about the Eagles' supporting cast. Jimmy Fritzon (14.2 points per game) has some answers.

Waltham
Hawks are my favorite to win the Dual County League's Large division, in a year of parity across the board. Keep an eye on Mike Gelineau, one of the area's more underrated shooters.

Case
Most expected Wareham to run away with the South Coast Conference (again), but guess who's sitting at 11-2 and 8-1 in the league? The Cardinals are allowing a league-best 46 points per game, and face Wareham on Wednesday for a first-place battle in the SCC. Keep an eye on 6-foot-8 senior center Matt Plante.

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Chris Bradley
ESPN Boston correspondent


All-State Super Team
G - Darien Fernandez, Sr., Wareham
G - Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic
F - Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High
F - Kamari Robinson, Sr., Springfield Central
C - Tyler Gibson, Sr., Rockland

Second Team
G - Jaylen Blakely, Sr., Brockton
G - Riyadh Asad, Sr., West Springfield
F - Nick Simpson, Sr., Brighton
F - Nick Cambio, Sr., Central Catholic
F - Brendan Hill, Soph., Mansfield

Third Team
G - Nick McKenna, Sr., Danvers
G - Rod Milton, Sr., Worcester South
F - Sam Dowden, Sr., Andover
F - Isaiah Nelsen, Sr., North Andover
C - Chris Baldwin, Soph., Springfield Central

Girls Super Team
G - Kayla Burton, Sr., Newton South
G/F - Donnaizha Fountain, Sr., Cambridge
G/F - Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading
F - Morgan Lumb, Sr., North Andover
C - Molly Reagan, Soph., Braintree

Mr. Basketball Finalists
Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic - WINNER
Darien Fernandez, Wareham
Jameilen Jones, BC High
Tyler Gibson, Rockland
Kamari Robinson, Springfield Central

Defensive Player of the Year - Isshiah Coleman, New Mission
Coach of the Year - Sean Connolly, St. John’s Prep
Best Shooter - Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic
Biggest Surprise (Team) – Wachusett
Biggest Surprise (Player) – KayJuan Bynum, Springfield Putnam
Most Underrated (Player) – Sam Dowden, Andover
Most Underrated (Team) – Dorchester

All-Defensive
G - Marcus Middleton, Sr., Stoughton
G/F - Nate Anderson, Sr., New Mission
F - Isshiah Coleman, Sr., New Mission
C - Alex Cooper, Sr., Wachusett
C - Drew Healy, Sr., Lowell

All-Shooters
Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic
Tim Dufficy, Sr., Whitinsville Christian
Tommy Mobley, Soph., Newton North
Zack Berman, Sr., Wachusett
Jaylen Blakely, Sr., Brockton

Second-half sleepers:

Andover
If Connor Merinder is back in time for the tournament, then consider Andover a favorite in Division 1 North. Central Catholic has clearly separated themselves from BC High, St. John’s Prep, Lowell, and Andover so far, but if Andover gets a healthy, productive Merinder back, they will make a run to the Division 1 North final. The Golden Warriors have gone 10-2 thus far without the 6-foot-5 forward, who is considered one of the MIAA’s best in a loaded 2015 class. Sam Dowden has done a great job of leading Andover so far, but getting a healthy Merinder makes them a legitimate contender to be at the DCU Center come March.

Worcester South
South became the first team to finally knock off previously undefeated Wachusett in Central Mass. The Cononels, who with the win moved to 8-2, did so without junior point guard Kasheen Cunningham, one of the area’s best outside shooters. South has the best scorer in Central Mass. in Rod Milton, a strong young big man in Khalil Bryan-Robinson, and a constant threat from outside in Cunningham—with Central Mass. Division 1 as up in the air as it has been in years, look for South to make a run to the Division 1 finals at WPI.

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Ryan Kilian
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Mass. Prep Stars (www.massprepstars.com)


Boys Super Team
G - Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic
G - Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High
G - Malik James, Jr., Brighton
F - Brendan Hill, Soph., Mansfield
C - Chris Baldwin, Soph., Springfield Central

Girls Super Team
G - Morgan Lumb, Sr., North Andover
G/F - Alana Gilmer, Soph., Archbishop Williams
G/F - Donnaizha Fountain, Sr., Cambridge
F - Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading
C - Molly Reagan, Soph., Braintree

Mr. Basketball
Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic

Miss Basketball
Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading

Defensive Player of the Year
Boys: Kendall Hamilton, Sr., Wakefield
Girls: Infiniti Thomas-Waheed, Jr., Newton North

Coach of the Year
Boys: Mike Kasprzak, Melrose
Girls: John McNamara, Pentucket

Best Shooter
Boys: Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic
Girls: Morgan Lumb, Sr., North Andover

Biggest Surprise
Boys: Frantzdy Pierrot, Jr., Melrose
Girls: Molly Bent, Soph., Barnstable

Most Underrated Player
Boys: Doug Gemmell, Sr., Central Catholic
Girls: Tess Noguiera, Sr., Pentucket

Most Underrated Team
Boys: Melrose
Girls: Ipswich

Second Half Sleepers

Boys: Wakefield – They have been hanging in the wings with a few losses and have battled some injuries but with a healthy Bruce Brown and continued improved play of Kendall Hamilton, Mikol Blake-Green and others they should be back in the title hunt by the end of the regular season.

Girls: Westford Academy – Westford Academy has played a very difficult schedule, losing to Bishop Feehan, Wachusett and Billerica by a combined five points. They have wins over Lincoln-Sudbury and Arlington Catholic as resume boosters and can play with any team in the state. Juniors Sam Hyslip and Hannah Hackley lead the Grey Ghosts in most statistical categories.

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Rob Sarmiento
Founder and Editor, Beantown Hoops (www.beantownhoops.com)


First Team
G - Jameilen Jones, Sr., BC High
G - Darien Fernandez, Sr., Wareham
F - Sam Dowden, Sr., Andover
F - Tyler Gibson, Sr., Rockland
F - Doug Gemmell, Sr., Central Catholic

Second Team
G - Jaleel Bell, Sr., Wayland
G - Jaylen Blakely, Sr., Brockton
G - Malik James, Jr., Brighton
G - Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic
F - Isaiah Nelsen, Sr., North Andover

Third Team
G - Giulien Smith, Soph., Catholic Memorial
G - Juwan Gooding, Soph., New Mission
G/F - Bruce Brown, Soph., Wakefield
F - Brendan Hill, Soph., Mansfield
F - Nate Anderson, Sr., New Mission

Girls Super Team
G/F - Donnaizha Fountain, Sr., Cambridge
G/F - Olivia Healy, Sr., Reading
G/F - Molly Bent, Soph., Barnstable
G/F - Morgan Lumb, Sr., North Andover
F - Sarah Hope, Sr., Medway

Mr. Basketball - Jameilen Jones, BC High
Miss Basketball - Olivia Healy, Reading
Coach of the Year - Mark Antonelli, Somerville
Best Shooter - Tyler Nelson, Central Catholic
Biggest Surprise (player) - Molly Bent, Barnstable (Girls)
Biggest Surprise (team) - North Reading
Most Underrated (player) - Jaleel Bell, Wayland
Most Underrated (team) - Melrose

All-Shooters
Tyler Nelson, Jr., Central Catholic
Sam Dowden, Sr., Andover
Sam Bohmiller, Sr., Franklin
Tommy Mobely, Soph., Newton North
Mike Gelineau, Sr., Waltham

Second Half Sleepers

Boys: Franklin - Well-coached and playing in a tough conference will make them battle ready come playoff time. Plus, they have a player who can make threes in bunches with Bohmiller.

Girls: Arlington Catholic - Seem to always make a run and their style of play is tough to prepare for. They are young in some key positions, but first half of the season experience will show during the playoffs.

Recap: No. 10 Taunton 74, Sharon 59

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SHARON, Mass. -– There are times when Taunton looks unstoppable offensively. The Tigers get into a rhythm, the defense creates turnovers, they get out on the break and into the lane, and it appears as though every shot is going to fall.

At the start of the third quarter in Tuesday night’s Hockomock League clash at Sharon, Taunton found one of those grooves. The Tigers scored the opening eight points of the second half and rattled off 21 points in 4 minutes and 17 seconds to break open what was, to that point, a tight game with the Eagles.

Sharon tried to fight back, getting as close as 12 points late in the third quarter, but thanks to that early second half surge, Taunton comfortably held on to a 74-59 win and improved to 10-1 on the season.

“They came out right away in the second half and upped it to 18-20 and we just never really recovered from that,” said Sharon head coach Bruce Jackman. “It was like a knock-out punch.”

Taunton head coach Charlie Dacey credited a defensive switch at halftime for creating turnovers and allowing the team to have a strong third quarter.

“We switched from a zone press to a man-to-man press and we can do that and we got the reaction, which was positive,” he said. “It opened up a little gap for us and then the game is played differently.”

Taunton senior guard Shaquille Davis sparked the second half outburst by knocking down a three-pointer, dishing to a wide open Gerald Cortijo-Pamilla for another three, and then finishing at the basket. Davis is beginning to find his scoring touch after a tough start to the season and, on Tuesday, led all scorers with 20 points.

“I was in a little slump at the beginning of the season, but I’m finally coming out of it,” said Davis after the game. “I was also trying to make my team better.”

The Eagles star player Brian Mukasa finished with 15 points, but he was forced to work for all of them against a rotation of Taunton guards, including Cortijo-Pamilla, Fawaz Mass, and sophomore Corey Green. Taunton held the high scoring guard to just 5-15 from the field and 2-6 from three-point range.

“We want to deny him the ball, which is pretty hard to do,” said Dacey about the plan for defending Mukasa. “We had three kids running at him all night long and, you know, he had to work for everything. I thought we played well tonight.”

Jackman noted, “Their guards are real good, they’re physical, and we’re just not as physical as they are right now. They’re very good and they’re very strong. We just couldn’t handle it.”

Taunton jumped out early with the first eight points of the game, but Sharon (7-5) dropped into a zone, which frustrated the Tigers and did not allow them to get out on the break. The Eagles battled back to end the opening quarter down just one at 13-12. The second quarter showed a much improved offensive effort from the Tigers following a dismal 3-14 shooting performance in the first. Taunton outscored Sharon 24-15 to open up a 10-point halftime lead. Davis had nine points at the half as did Sharon senior captain Kevin Bartas.

Senior forward Anthony Parker was strong again for Taunton, finishing with 16 points (10 in the second half) and 6 rebounds to help make up for the loss of fellow forward Enrique Perez to a sprained ankle. Cortijo-Pamilla (13 points, four steals) and Green (12 points on 5-5 shooting) also finished in double digits.

Dacey was impressed by the maturation of his young guard.

“He (Green) was big. Twelve points and he played great defense,” he remarked. “He’s coming along nicely."

The Eagles had three players join Mukasa in double digits. Bartas, who had nine at the half, finished with 11 points, senior Ian Beach had 10 (eight in the second half), and junior James Fritzon (3-9 from three-point range) battled illness to score 13.
Jackman gave credit for his team’s struggles (the Eagles shot just 21-62 from the field) to the talent on the Taunton squad.

“Once we get down by 15 or 16 and we get out of our offensive sets,” he explained. “A lot of that has to do with them (Taunton). That’s why they’ve only lost one game.”

Taunton will play its next three games at home including a showdown with New Bedford on Sunday. Sharon will face rival Stoughton on Friday in a critical league game for both teams.

Sharon's Morse named Patriots Coach of the Year

December, 11, 2012
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Press release from the New England Patriots:

Sharon High School’s Dave Morse has been named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year in recognition of his team’s EMass Division 3 Super Bowl victory over Wayland, 12-3, on Saturday, Dec. 1. In just his second season at Sharon High School, Coach Morse led the Eagles to the school’s first Davenport Division title, first Super Bowl appearance and first Super Bowl championship. Sharon High had won seven total games in seven seasons before hiring Morse, the youngest football coach in Massachusetts at the time. The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $2,000 to Sharon’s football program in Morse’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Year selection.

Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Andre Tippett, the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited Coach Morse and his team on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Sharon High School. The visit and check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television magazine show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on Patriots.com.

This is the 17th year in which the Patriots join the National Football League in conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives.

“Everyone is calling Sharon’s victory a Cinderella story, but for me, it looked like a team who was very determined to finish what it started,” Tippett said. “To have success on the football field, you need a great coach and team players who are hard workers, disciplined and who know how to persevere. You need a little luck on where the ball rolls but everyone has to be on the same page: offense, defense and especially special teams. That’s what I saw during the season and again today during my visit with Coach Morse and the Eagles at Sharon High. The seniors have left a great legacy for others to follow and the program is in good hands with Coach Morse. The Patriots are pleased to award Coach Morse and Sharon High School a donation to the football program and we congratulate them on their groundbreaking Super Bowl championship.”

In 2011, Tippett decided to take the award on the road so he could visit the schools that benefit from the program. In previous years, Tippett has invited the Coach of the Week and senior captains for a visit to Gillette Stadium. This year was also the second year the Patriots accepted nominations for High School Coach of the Week.

ESPN Boston 2012 MIAA All-State Team

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OFFENSE
All-StateQB -- Nick Peabody, Sr., Barnstable
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound signal-caller led the Red Raiders to their most successful season in over a decade, claiming the Old Colony League title outright, holding the No. 1 spot in ESPNBoston.com's statewide poll for seven weeks, and falling to Everett, 20-19, in a thrilling Division 1A Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. For the season, he threw for 2,627 yards and 34 touchdowns while also carrying the ball 73 times for 366 yards and seven more scores. He is considering several Division 1 FCS schools for college.

All-StateQB -- Drew Belcher, Jr., Reading
In two years as the Rockets' starter under center, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound dual-threat quarterback has gone 21-4, including two Middlesex League titles and a Division 2 Super Bowl championship this season. Through the air, he was very efficient, completing 107 of 169 passes for 1,710 yards, 21 touchdowns and just two interceptions. On the ground he was just as dangerous, carrying 138 times for 804 yards and 15 scores.

All-StateQB -- Troy Flutie, Jr., Natick
The son of Boston College legend Darren Flutie, the younger Flutie endured a record-setting 2012 campaign in leading the Redhawks to the Division 2A Super Bowl title game. He completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,153 yards and 35 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, and on the ground he carried 167 times for 1,075 yards and 14 more scores.

All-StateQB -- Andrew Smiley, Jr., St. John's (Shrewsbury)
Smiley took the starting job during the preseason following injuries, and in his first year running the Pioneers' "Blur" offense, he set the Central Mass. single-season record for passing yardage. The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder completed nearly 62 percent of his passes for 3,123 yards and 25 touchdowns; on the ground, he carried 141 times for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns. The Pioneers also led the state in yards from scrimmage, averaging 442.2 yards per game.

All-StateRB -- Jonathan Thomas, Jr., St. John's Prep
The Catholic Conference's Offensive MVP established himself as one of the state's most dangerous in leading the Eagles to their first Division 1 Super Bowl title in 15 seasons. The 6-foot, 195-pound Salem resident carried 220 times for 1,794 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also added nine catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns, and defensively added 20.5 tackles and two interceptions. Thomas currently holds a scholarship offer from UMass, but more are sure to follow.

All-StateRB -- Quron Wright, Sr., Holy Name
The 5-foot-6, 165-pounder finished his career as the all-time leading rusher at both his school and in Central Mass. This fall, he totaled 3,199 yards from scrimmage and 38 touchdowns for the Naps, who made the postseason for an eighth straight year. That includes 35 rushing touchdowns and a state-best 2,254 rushing yards, as well as 806 return yards and two return touchdowns. For his career, Wright has 5,891 rushing yards and 2,659 return yards, to go along with 95 touchdowns (84 rushing, seven kickoff return, two receiving, two interception return).

All-StateRB -- Brendan Flaherty, Sr., Beverly
Considered the most dynamic back of the Panthers' vaunted three-pronged rushing attack, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Flaherty led the Panthers to the Division 2A Super Bowl title and their first undefeated season in 100 years. On the season, he carried 160 times for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns, and added 10 catches for 236 yards and four more scores.

All-StateRB -- Dylan Oxsen, Jr., Plymouth South
By far the state's most surprising breakthrough this fall, Oxsen took Eastern Mass. by storm as the Panthers qualified for postseason for the first time in the school's 30-year history. After recording just three touchdowns last fall, the 5-foot-8, 205-pounder exploded for a state-best 40 rushing touchdowns in 2012, to go along with over 2,100 yards on the ground.

All-StateWR -- Brian Dunlap, Soph., Natick
Already off to a remarkable start to his young varsity career, the 6-foot Dunlap led the state in receiving, with 86 catches for 1,570 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had 34 carries for 301 yards and another score. In just two years of varsity, Dunlap already has record-pace receiving totals: 155 catches, 2,742 yards, 35 touchdowns.

All-StateWR -- Jakarrie Washington, Sr., Everett
The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder was as dangerous on the ground as he was through the air, as the Crimson Tide captured their third straight Super Bowl championship. He caught 33 passes for 439 yards and nine touchdowns, and on the ground had 75 carries for 697 yards and 15 more scores. Defensively, he also recorded two picks and two fumble recoveries, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

All-StateWR -- Elijah Scott, Sr., Cambridge
Scott exploded into the spotlight following the Falcons' shootout loss to Everett, and stayed there for good. On the season, he recorded 73 catches for 1,047 yards and 11 touchdowns, the latter tying a school record, as the Falcons went 7-4 for their first winning season since 2007.

All-StateWR -- Dylan Morris, Sr., Barnstable
The 6-foot, 180-pounder established himself as one of the region's best deep-ball threats, as the Red Raiders reached their first Super Bowl since 1999. On the season, he recorded 33 catches for 716 yards and 13 touchdowns. Morris signed a National Letter of Intent with UMass last month, for baseball.
All-StateWR -- Will Heikkinen, Sr., Andover
Part of one of the most dynamic receiving corps in Eastern Mass., the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder led the Golden Warriors in receptions (67) and receiving yards (1,126), to go along with nine touchdowns as the Warriors reached the Division 1 playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

All-StateTE -- Terrel Correia, Sr., Nantucket
Another one of the state's surprise breakthroughs, the 6-foot-7, 270-pounder was a matchup nightmare for the Mayflower League. On the season, he led the 4-7 Whalers with 26 catches and 372 yards for five touchdowns. Correia is verbally committed to UMass, where he plans on converting to the offensive line.

All-StateOL -- John Montelus, Sr., Everett
The Notre Dame-bound left tackle concluded his Crimson Tide career as a three-time Super Bowl champion. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder started on each of those Everett championship teams and was a finalist, the first-ever lineman, for our Mr. Football Award. Montelus, who didn’t allow a sack in his high school career, will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

All-StateOL -- Rob Kosharek, Sr., Duxbury
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound road-grading tackle was a key part of a Dragons' offensive line that fueled the team to a then state-best 37-game winning streak, that only ended in a Division 2 playoff game against Mansfield. Kosharek led the team in pancake blocks with 28, nearly doubling the amount of Duxbury's second leading blocker.

All-StateOL -- Aaron Dyke, Sr., Auburn
The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder was among the state's most punishing road graders, as the Rockets won their fifth straight Central Mass. Super Bowl title. With Dyke leading the way, Auburn once again went over 3,000 mark in rushing (3,155 yards, 10.1 yards per carry, 53 TD) and accumulated 66 total scores and nearly 4,000 yards of offense. They also outscored the opposition 468-84, with four shutouts, to go 13-0 and captured the Division 3 Super Bowl title.

All-StateOL -- Matt Comerford, Sr., Reading
Reading was one of the state's most dominant offenses in capturing its second Division 2 Super Bowl title in four years, and the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder made sure the Rockets won the line of scrimmage. The Rockets were one of the best rushing attacks (2,544 yards, six yards per carry, 34 TD) and totaled 4,272 yards from scrimmge with 56 touchdowns. Comerford is also a standout goaltender on the Rockets' lacrosse team.

All-StateOL -- Joe Previte, Sr., Brockton
The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder played the interior and was a force for the Boxers, allowing them to total over 3,000 yards rushing in their newly-installed flexbone attack. Behind Previte, the Boxers averaged 255.5 rushing yards per game, among the state's best, and returned to the Division 1 Super Bowl for the first time since 2009. Previte also recorded 35 tackles and a sack as a defensive tackle.

All-StateATH -- Tedaro France, Sr., Barnstable
A true three-phase contributor, the Red Raiders receiver and defensive back was considered by his peers the MVP of Barnstable’s run at a Div. 1A Super Bowl. France tallied 41 receptions for 884 yards and 13 receiving touchdowns. He also had 682 combined return yards for 1,600 yards all-purpose yards and 19 total touchdowns.

ATH -- David Harrison, Jr., Weymouth
Quarterback, running back, wide receiver, it didn't matter which role Kevin Mackin asked the versatile Harrison to play this season. Harrison finished second in Division 1 with 21 touchdowns scored while hauling in 12 touchdown passes and throwing for eight more scores.

All-StateK -- Jackson Bockhorst, Sr., BC High
A feared weapon, not only in the kicking game but with his kickoffs, Bockhurst has earned the reputation as one of the most consistent kickers in the state during the last several seasons. In 2012, Bockhurst connected on three field goals and 17 point-after tries for 26 points.

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DEFENSE
All-StateDL -- Maurice Hurst, Sr., Xaverian
As the Catholic Conference's Lineman of the Year, Hurst was a dominant force in the middle, recording 51 tackles (23 for loss), 11 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception. Offensively, he also ran for 63 yards and five touchdowns as the Hawks' goal line running back. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Hurst is the state's No. 2 overall prospect, and will be heading to Michigan next year.

All-StateDL -- Jon Baker, Jr., Millis/Hopedale
Considered one of New England's top Class of 2014 prospects, Baker dominated the Tri-Valley League once again as the Mohawks made a second straight Division 4 playoff appearance. As a defensive tackle, he registered 78 tackles with four sacks, and was named the league's Lineman of the Year for the second straight season. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Baker currently holds offers from UMass, UConn and Boston College.

All-StateDL -- Peter Ngobidi, Sr., Catholic Memorial
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Hyde Park resident established himself as one of the state's premier edge-setting defensive athletes, despite the Knights' struggles to a 2-8 campaign. Off the edge, he led the Knights in sacks (12), ranked second in tackles (68) and recorded three forced fumbles. Ngobidi will continue his career next fall at UMass.

All-StateDL -- Jeff Soulouque, Sr., Everett
Soulouque was a feared pass-rusher coming of the edge of the Crimson Tide defense which allowed just 12.6 points per game for the three-time defending Super Bowl champions.
All-StateLB -- Marshall McCarthy, Sr., Duxbury
Perhaps the most surefire tacklers in the state, McCarthy was the fulcrum of the Dragons' defense at his inside linebacker position. The 6-foot, 195-pounder led the team in tackles with 116 (79 solo), averaging nearly 10 tackles per game, and sacks with 12.5. He also had two forced fumbles and an interception.

All-StateLB -- Sha'ki Holines, Sr., Springfield Commerce
The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder is bound for UConn next season and was capable in the pass rush and he is adept at stuffing the run. Holines also finished the season with two touchdowns on offense.
All-StateLB -- Zack Hume, Sr., Nashoba
The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was one of the most feared linebackers across the state, as the Chieftains captured their second straight Central Mass. Division 2 Super Bowl title to extend their win streak to a state-best 26 games. Hume totaled 113.5 tackles on the season, giving him over 100 for the third straight year, with 10.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, a sack and an interception. Hume is also the two-time Defensive MVP of Mid-Wach B.

All-StateLB -- Andrew Ellis, Sr., Barnstable
Leading one of the state's most aggressive, athletic front sevens, the 5-foot-11, 230-pounder recorded over 100 tackles as the Red Raiders spent seven weeks at No. 1 in our statewide poll and reached their first Super Bowl since 1999. He had 105 tackles on the season, to go along with four interceptions and two forced fumbles.

All-StateLB -- Brad Schiff, Sr., Sharon
At just 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds, Schiff came away with the Defensive MVP award in the competitive Hockomock League. He recorded 174 tackles (17 for loss), four forced fumbles, a sack and an interception as the Eagles unexpectedly captured the Eastern Mass. Division 3 Super Bowl title in their first-ever postseason appearance. For his career, Schiff had 320 tackles (36 for loss), seven forced fumbles, three sacks and an interception.

All-StateLB -- Sean Smerczynski, Jr., St. John's Prep
The 5-foot-10, 216-pounder was an integral force for the Eagles as they captured their first Division 1 Super Bowl title in 15 seasons. On the year, he recorded 76 tackles, six tackles for loss, a sack and two fumble recoveries and was named a Catholic Conference All-Star.

All-StateDB -- Alex Moore, Sr., St. John's Prep
Earlier this week, Moore was named ESPN Boston's Mr. Football for the 2012 for his impact in all three phases of the game. On offense, he carried the ball 112 times for 857 yards and 14 touchdowns, and added a team-high 20 receptions for 455 yards and five more scores. Defensively, he recorded 67 tackles from the strong safety position, to go along with four forced fumbles, four interceptions (including a return for a TD) and five tackles for loss.

All-StateDB -- Micah Morel, Sr., Brockton
One of the top safeties in the state, Morel was also asked to play quarterback for several weeks when Austin Roberts was lost to injury for the Division 1 EMass Super Bowl finalists.
All-StateDB -- Jalen Felix, Sr., Everett
Playing lock-down corner, Felix tallied two interceptions for the three-time reigning Super Bowl champions. Felix also made his presence felt on the offensive side of the ball, leading the Crimson Tide in rushing with 684 yards for nine touchdowns. He also tallied three receiving touchdowns in addition to a kick return for a score.

All-StateDB -- Lucas Bavaro, Sr., St. John's Prep
The Dartmouth commit was one of the most hard-hitting forces in the state, playing a hybrid role of linebacker and free safety for the EMass Division 1 champion Eagles. Bavaro finished third on the Eagles with 46.5 tackles (41 solo), including five tackles for loss. He also tallied two interceptions, two forces fumbles, a fumble recovery and two punt blocks.

All-StateRET -- Cam Farnham, Sr., Andover
Always a big-play threat in the return game, Farnham was also a integral part of Andover's vaunted passing attack. The shifty speedster hauled in 11 touchdown receptions with two returns for a score.

Everett returns to No. 1 in final 2012 football poll

December, 3, 2012
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We updated our statewide MIAA Top 25 football poll this afternoon for the final time in 2012, following Saturday's action-packed slate of Super Bowl championships.

To see the complete poll, CLICK HERE. A few notes and observations:

Everett back at the top: For the third straight year, Everett finishes the season as the No. 1 team in the land, after capturing a third straight Super Bowl title in thrilling fashion. It's also the second straight year the Crimson Tide both began and finished at No. 1.

In 2011, the Tide went box to wire as the top team in the land, blowing out teams by an average of 28.6 points. This fall, they spent the first four weeks of the season at No. 1 before suffering an upset at the hands of Barnstable in double-overtime. The Red Raiders then spent the next seven weeks at No. 1, but the two met again last weekend at Gillette Stadium for the Division 1A Super Bowl title; and this time, it was the Tide on top, narrowly escaping Foxborough with a 20-19 victory.

How steady has Everett been at holding down the No. 1 spot? Only two other teams -- Brockton and Xaverian -- have ever held the No. 1 spot in the history of our poll, for a combined four weeks. That means Everett has been the No. 1 team in the land for all but 11 weeks since the inception of ESPNBoston.com's statewide poll in 2010.

Prep second to none: One of the most interesting debates we had was what to do with the Nos. 2 and 3 spots. In the end, we went with St. John's Prep at No. 2, and Barnstable falling two spots to No. 3. Everett coach John DiBiaso commented after his Super Bowl win on how he thought Barnstable played better on Saturday than they did in the Week 4 upset; still, it's hard to look past the beating St. John's Prep laid on Brockton, going up 34-6 midway through the second quarter en route to a 48-28 win for their first Division 1 Super Bowl title in 15 years.

Leominster returns: Coming off an historic 2011 Super Bowl-winning season, the Leominster Blue Devils were one of the most-hyped teams in the state coming into this fall, stating the year at No. 7. They fell out of favor late in October, but rebounded nicely with a 42-32 win over St. John's of Shrewsbury to capture their second straight Division 1 Central Super Bowl and finish the year 9-4. For that, they jump back into the poll at No. 10, in part measured by their competitive games against Everett and Brockton.

Also of note with the win? Leominster is now 4-0 against St. John's since Dave Palazzi took the reigns as head coach in 2011.

Central Mass. flip-flop: There has been spirited debate all season long about which is the more dominant team in Central Mass. -- Nashoba or Auburn? Both teams have Division 1 prospects, feature very strong run games, and are 2-0 against common opponents.

In the end, we jumped Auburn up to No. 6, and Nashoba down to No. 8, after the latter had spent most of the season as the highest-ranked CMass squad. What gave Auburn the edge was strength of victory against common opponents. Both handled Hudson easily, but against Shepherd Hill there was a different tune. Shepherd Hill gave Nashoba a heck of a fight in the Division 2 Central Super Bowl last weekend, but Auburn dispatched those same Rams fairly easily back in October, 35-6.

Beverly finishes strong: Beverly's Division 2A Super Bowl victory over Natick, sparked by a Gillette Super Bowl record 347 yards on the ground, was convincing enough to move them up five spots to No. 5 for the final poll. The Panthers were led all season long by Brendan Flaherty, who at this point is a shoo-in for All-State; and for all the talk about his running ability, it was his play at safety that was the difference against Natick, keeping the Redhawks receivers in check with some physical play in the deep field.

Hock rocks: The Hockomock League finishes has the most presence in the final poll, with three teams on the list while no other league has more than two. That said, none of the teams finsihed in the top ten -- Mansfield finished at No. 12, followed by King Philip (20) and Sharon (21). This has to be a surreal feeling for Sharon, which won a combined seven games in the 10 seasons preceding this historic Division 3 Super Bowl championship season.

Feehan flies in: Division 3A Super Bowl champion Bishop Feehan picked a great time to make a season debut, coming in at No. 16 in the final poll following its 21-7 win over Lynnfield. It was an impressive final month for the Shamrocks, who dominated Somerset on Nov. 9 to take the Eastern Athletic Conference crown, then laid a whooping on Dighton-Rehoboth, 49-7, in the Tuesday night Division 3A playoffs.

Also making returns to the poll were Central Catholic (23) and St. John's of Shrewsbury (24).

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For the final time in 2012, here's how the football poll breaks down by league affiliation:

Hockomock - 3
AA - 2
Bay State - 2
Merrimack Valley - 2
Middlesex - 2
Atlantic Coast - 1
Big Three - 1
CAL/NEC - 1
Catholic Conference - 1
Central Mass. Conference - 1
Dual County - 1
Eastern Athletic - 1
Greater Boston - 1
Mid-Wach A - 1
Mid-Wach B - 1
Old Colony - 1
Patriot - 1
South Shore - 1
Southern Worcester County - 1

Schiff shows why he's Hock, Sharon MVP

December, 1, 2012
12/01/12
2:47
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Brad Schiff made his first career interception count.

The Sharon High middle linebacker stepped in front of a pass in the flat to end a Wayland drive with just under 3 minutes remaining in the Division 3 Super Bowl and capped an improbable season for the Eagles.

Schiff, who was named the Hockomock Defensive MVP by the league’s coaches, has been a mainstay in the middle for the Eagles this season and labeled an All-State caliber player by head coach Dave Morse.

“We knew that was going to be the nail in the coffin,” Morse commented amidst the pandemonium on the field after the game. “He’s made plays all year. That’s his first career interception and it came at a big time.”

With only 30 seconds left on the clock, Schiff also broke up a pass on the goal line to end Wayland’s final drive.

“I’m doing my job,” he explained. “I saw him go to the flat and I did what I’m supposed to do. That’s what happens, you come out on top. We got the ball back, ground and pound, that’s how you win a game.”

The Wayland offense put up 36 poins on Tuesday night against Westwood, but the Sharon defense was tenacious in limiting the Warriors ground game. In addition to Schiff’s big plays, junior defensive lineman Erik Kushner had two big sacks.

Sharon has come to expect this type of defensive effort.

Schiff said, “I say we have a really smart defense. We spend hours and hours watching film. We had this team studied back and front. Our pursuit was good and we wrapped up.”

Morse echoed those sentiments, “They bought into hard practices, to early morning film sessions, to film sessions before practice – they bought into it and it shows. That’s how you win Super Bowls.”

This was the first ever playoff appearance, let alone Super Bowl victory, and Schiff was at a loss to explain what it meant to him and the team to come out on top.

“It’s unreal,” he said. “It still hasn’t hit me. I’m overwhelmed by emotions. It’s hard work, it’s commitment for four years. It feels great.”

Recap: Sharon 12, Wayland 3

December, 1, 2012
12/01/12
2:03
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WALTHAM, Mass. –- When Dave Morse took over the reins in 2011, Sharon football had only won four games since 2008.

Now, in just his second year, the 25-year old fierce head coach has taken Sharon to the promise land, leading the Eagles to a 12-3 win over Wayland Saturday in the MIAA Division 3 EMass Super Bowl.

“They bought in to hard practices,” Morse said of his team’s commitment. “They bought in to early morning film sessions. They bought into it and it shows – that’s how you win a Super Bowl.”

Senior running back Sean Asnes led the way for Sharon with 17 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. He added another score through the air on a 4-yard touchdown reception.

“Sean [Asnes] was great,” Morse said. “He got hard yards when he needed to. He lowered his shoulder against a very stout defense that shut a lot of teams down this year. He’s learned to play running back over the last four years. He’s not just a fast kid who can touch the ball.”

After a back-and-forth scoreless first quarter, Sharon finally got on the scoreboard just before half.

With Wayland on offense facing a third down at their own 22, Sharon junior defensive end Erik Kushner sacked Wayland’s Matt Goddard. The ensuing Wayland punt came from the edge of their own goal line, which gave Sharon good field position at the Warrior 47.

The Eagles used a combination of Asnes, Toby Modebelu, Evantz Elisma, Sean O’Neill, and Adam Block rushes on the next eight plays to get to the Wayland 4. Their ninth play of the drive was a pass from O’Neill to Asnes out in the flat that saw Asnes extend out and cross the goal line. Sharon’s extra point was no good, giving Sharon a 6-0 lead at halftime.

The Eagles started the second half with a bang, as Asnes took the first snap and zig-zagged 71 yards for a touchdown to double Sharon’s lead to 12-0.

It looked as though Wayland would strike back on their first drive of the second half, marching down from their own 32 to the Sharon 9. But the stiff Eagle defense – led by Hockomock defensive MVP Brad Schiff – did their part, driving the Warriors back five yards and holding them to just a 30-yard field goal from Eric MacLean.

Neither team was able to muster up a solid drive after the opening scoring drives. It looked as though Wayland would have a chance to close the gap late in the fourth quarter, taking it from their own 27 into Sharon territory – until Kushner and senior Adam Banks came up with a huge sack forcing Wayland into a fourth and 15.

When it looked like the Warrior’s drive had been halted, Sharon’s Schiff was flagged for pass interference. Two plays later, Wayland found themselves just 30 yards out from the end zone. With Goddard out of the game, Wayland had sophomore Robert Jones under center and on 1st down, Schiff atoned for his penalty with a huge interception – his first career pick.

“We knew that was the nail in the coffin,” Morse said. “Schiff is an all-state caliber player. He’s made plays all year. That is his first career interception and it came at a big time.”

Schiff took full responsibility for the pass interference call that kept Wayland’s drive alive but made up for two plays later with his interception.

“That was my fault,” Schiff said. “You gotta move on

Sharon drained the clock some on their next play, but timeouts and stout run defense gave Wayland another shot. Jones found Roby Williams, who lateraled it to Dayleon McKenzie who tossed it to running back Robert Williams (17 carries, 98 yards). The speedster took it all the way to the Sharon 11, good for 43 yards.

However, the Eagles defense stood strong again, Jones was unable to connect on four straight throws with Schiff disrupting the fourth down toss into the end zone.

Sharon took a knee and watched as the seconds ticked away to win their first Super Bowl. For the seniors on the team, it’s a sweet feeling after where the program was when they first started at Sharon.

“This is always our goal,” Schiff said. “We strive for it year after year. I never thought we would make it this far, but that’s what happens when you put in the work and time – you get where you want to be.”

Sharon – 0 - 6 – 6- 0 --- 12
Wayland – 0 – 0 – 3 – 0 --- 3


Second quarter
S – Sean Asnes 4-yard pass from Sean O’Neill (kick failed)

Third quarter
S – Asnes 71-yard run (kick failed)
W – Eric MacLean 30-yard field goal

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