High-SchoolMassachusetts: Five Days of List-Mas

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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The best mascots in Massachusetts high school sports.

Any school can be a mascot like the Hawks or the Bulldogs. It takes a creative school to come up with something that is a little more exciting. And some of the Massachusetts schools have some awfully creative mascots. But which schools made our top five? Read below, and let us know if you think your school should have made the cut.

5. Quincy Presidents

4. Sci-Tech CyberCats

3. Millbury Woolies

2. Northfield-Mt. Hermon Hoggers

1. Salem Witches

Honorable mention: Agawam Brownies, Ashland Clockers, Auburn Rockets, Bourne Canalmen, Charlestown Townies, Holy Name Naps, Marblehead Magicians, Westford Academy Grey Ghosts, St. Clement Anchormen

Think your school belongs on the list? Leave a comment below and let us know about it!

And from all of us here at ESPNHS, Merry List-Mas!
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The five best NBA players ever to come out of Massachusetts.

Jake Layman, Kaleb Tarczewski and Rene Castro are all standout basketball recruits who are likely headed to D-I colleges — and possibly beyond. Massachusetts has sent its share of school players to the NBA. But who’s been the best? Here’s our list of the five best players from Massachusetts to play in the NBA.

5. Michael Beasley
This is blatant cheating, as Beasley was a Maryland kid who played for six high schools in four states, but his final stop happened to be Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg. As a senior, Beasley averaged 28 points and 16 rebounds per game, earning McDonald's All-American honors. After one brilliant college season at Kansas State (26.2 points, 12.4 rebounds), Beasley was drafted No. 2 overall by the Miami Heat in 2008. In three NBA seasons, Beasley has averaged 15.9 points and 5.8 rebounds.
4. Vinny Del Negro
A feared shooter during his time in the NBA, Del Negro is a product of Springfield (though he played his high school ball at Suffield Academy in Connecticut). Del Negro played 12 seasons in the NBA, peaking from 1994-97, when he averaged between 12.3 and 14.5 points per game. He also had three seasons where he hit more than 40 percent of his 3-pointers.

3. Dana Barros
Finally, a true Massachusetts native on the list. Barros was born in Boston and played at Xaverian, then moved on to Boston College. The 16th overall pick in the 1989 NBA draft, Barros averaged 10.5 points per game for his career and made the 1994-95 All-Star team by posting 20.6 points per game for the Philadelphia 76ers. Barros also played five productive seasons for the Celtics from 1995-2000. He finished his career as a 41.1 percent 3-point shooter.

2. Bill Laimbeer
More blatant cheating, and a dagger in the back of Boston sports fans. Laimbeer was born in Boston, but was raised in Chicago and played his high school ball in California. But his birth certificate reads "Born in Massachusetts," so he makes the list. A physical big man, Laimbeer helped the Detroit Pistons win back to back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. He was a four-time All-Star and and an all-time great villain — just type "laimbeer + fight" into YouTube and enjoy.

1. Patrick Ewing
Ewing was born in Jamaica, but moved to Massachusetts at age 11 and attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin. One of the greatest players in NCAA history at Georgetown, Ewing was the No. 1 pick of the 1985 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. The 7-foot center made 11 All-Star teams and averaged 21.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for his career. A 1998 Hall of Fame inductee, Ewing was also named one of the 50 Greatest Players of All-Time by the NBA. Unfortunately, many people remember Ewing more for moments like this. And this. And this.

Tomorrow: Wild Card! Check back tomorrow to find out what our list is.

POWERADE Massachusetts hoops rankings

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MIAA basketball action is just beginning, but many of the state's top prep schools are already into their regular season schedules. No. 1 St. Mark's has a couple of impressive wins on its resume, as does No. 2 Northfield-Mt. Hermon, and both teams have solidified their spots atop the POWERADE state rankings.

Look for more movement in the rankings once everyone is playing games. For now, there is only one minor change from the preseason rankings, as Wilbraham a Monson and Worcester Academy have flipped in the 5-6 spots.

POWERADE Basketball State Rankings

After games ending 12/13
  1. St. Mark's (4-0) — Last week: No. 1
  2. Northfield-Mt. Hermon (2-0) — Last week: No. 2
  3. Central Catholic (1-0) — Last week: No. 3
Click here for complete POWERADE state rankings.
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Whether you’re putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you’re making that special list for Santa, there’s nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we’re bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: The top underclassmen in high school football.

The state championships are over and the Class of 2012 had a great run, but it’s never too early to start looking at the impressive players in the Class of 2013 and beyond. Who’s going to rule the gridiron in Massachusetts next season? We give you the early rundown of who to watch for.

5. Devante Sewell (SO), Springfield Commerce, RB
Credentials: Ran for 1,160 yards (6.8 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns this season, with seven games of 100-plus yards

4. Troy Flutie (SO), Natick, QB
Credentials: Dual threat passed for 2,018 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 1,100 yards and 11 TDs

3. Luke Catarius (JR), BC High, LB
Credentials: Led BC High to an EMass Division 1 Super Bowl title by making 129 tackles (24 tackles for loss)

2. John Montelus (JR), Everett, OL
Credentials: 6-foot-5, 295-pound left tackle already has offers from UConn, Virginia and NC State

1. Maurice Hurst Jr. (JR), Xaverian, DL
Credentials: May be the most explosive, destructive player in the state next year; finished 2011 with 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks, and also rushed for more than 200 yards in one game

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The POWERADE Massachusetts Weekly Basketball Rankings.

Did I miss someone who should be on the list? Hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) and let me know about it.
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Whether you're putting together a grouping of best quarterbacks or worst albums, or you're making that special list for Santa, there's nothing quite like a good list. So in honor of the holiday season we're bringing you lists all week long — Merry List-Mas!

Today: Massachusetts A-Listers

What is an A-Lister? In Hollywood, it's the George Clooney and Julia Roberts crowd. In the NFL, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are A-Listers. In the NBA, it’s LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The A-List is the best of the best. So which athletes can be considered A-Listers in Massachusetts this year? That’s where today’s list comes in. Regardless of sport, here’s our list of the top five A-List athletes in the state.

Jonathan DiBiaso
Everett, Football
Credentials: Named 2011 Gatorade State Player of the Year after throwing state-record 44 touchdown passes; threw 43 TD passes in 2010; led Everett to Super Bowl championships in 2010 and 2011.

Ryan Fitzgerald, Junior
Malden Catholic, Hockey
Credentials: Led MC to Super Eight championship last year; tough call between Fitzgerald and senior teammate Brendan Collier, but Fitzgerald's 24 goals and 42 assists in 2010-11 were tops on the team. Committed to Boston College.

Jake Layman, Senior
King Philip, Basketball
Credentials: Ranked No. 53 nationally in the ESPNU 100; averaged 24.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.6 blocks last year; committed to Maryland.

Armani Reeves, Senior
Catholic Memorial, Football
Credentials: Named ESPN Boston Offensive Player of the Year after running for 1,001 yards and scoring 15 total touchdowns; committed to Penn State.

Rhett Wiseman, Senior
BB&N, Baseball
Credentials: A potential first-round draft pick, Wiseman batted .447 with 11 home runs and 29 steals last year; committed to Vanderbilt.

Click here to check out some of the other states in our Five Days of List-Mas.

Tomorrow: The top underclassman football players from Massachusetts.

Think I missed someone who should be on the A-List? Hit me on Twitter (@ESPNHSGrimala) and make your case.

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