High School: Featured Team of the Week – Melrose Red Raiders

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September 18, 2020

Photo by Paul Connors/Media News Group/Boston Herald) By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06 Just because the state has robbed players and coaches of an opportunity to play high school football this fall, that doesn’t mean we can’t still focus on the wonderful programs around Massachusetts. Players, coaches, families and friends deserve to have their stories told and countless programs deserve to be highlighted, even if we can’t cover games on the field….

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HIGH SCHOOL: Tough Adjustment On The First Friday Night Without Football

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September 11, 2020

By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06 I’ve never played the game of football, but man, it was hard not to wake up and feel the void left by silent stadiums on Friday night. Friday was supposed to kick off the first night of high school games in Massachusetts for the 2020 season. Agreeing or disagreeing whether or not kids should be playing right now is irrelevant. The fact of the matter is…

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High School: The MIAA’s new high school sports calendar is far from fair

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August 20, 2020

The MIAA Board of Directors voted yesterday to pass a proposed revamped schedule of high school sports in Massachusetts due to concerns over COVID-19. The new calendar is based on the recommendations the COVID Task Force, EEA and the governor’s office. As part of the plan, the fall sports season was divided into two seasons. Fall I (Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Golf, Swim and Dive and Volleyball) and Fall…

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High School: There are a lot of questions surrounding the Fall 2 proposal. Here are mine

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August 18, 2020

The MIAA Covid Task voted to send a list of recommendations to the MIAA Board of Directors yesterday. The recommendations called for a “Fall 2 Season” or a “Wedge Season” to be played between February 22nd to April 25th. Football, Cheer, Unified Basketball and any sport not played in the fall would be played during the second fall season. Field hockey, soccer, golf and cross country are to go on…

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High School: A five step plan to play high school football this fall

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August 14, 2020

Image courtesy of the Boston Herald. Photo by Joseph Prezioso I am going to cut to the chase. Here are five simple steps that can be taken to ensure we play high school football in Massachusetts this fall. The steps coincide with a six game league season six game. Five league games and Thanksgiving. The best team standing at the end would win their league title. There would be no…

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Boston College: Eagles navigating strange recruiting waters during pandemic

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August 7, 2020

Image courtesy of JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF By Kevin J. Stone/@kstone06 Over the past decade or so, Massachusetts high school football has gone from under the radar nationally in terms of recruiting to becoming a rising hot bed for some of the top programs in the country. Dozens of players from the area are now committing to top tier programs, which is both a good and bad thing for new Boston…

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High School: Football remains a high risk sport in the state of Massachusetts

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July 25, 2020

The governors office released its latest youth sports guidelines yesterday and in those guidelines, football remained a high risk sport. We are now in “Phase 3” here in Massachusetts but the state views contact sports as high risk which means it is still not totally safe to play those sports. Football, hockey, lacrosse and basketball are among ten sports the state considers high risk right now. According to state guidelines,…

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High School: Fall Sports pushed back to September 14th but football still faces an uphill climb

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July 24, 2020

The MIAA announced on Tuesday that fall sports have been pushed back to September 14th. On the surface, you might think that’s good news but football and all fall sports are not quite out of the woods just yet. The fate of fall sports rests in the hands of Governor Charlie Baker and DESE. No decision will be made on fall sports until the governor and the department of education…

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High School: Unfortunately, Mystic Valley may not be the only program not playing football this fall

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June 25, 2020

Mystic Valley Regional Charter School became the first school in the state to announce that they would not be playing football this fall. According to Superintendent Alexander J. Dan, the district conducted a survey this spring and found that only 16 parents of players who played last season felt comfortable enough to allow their kids to play this season. The affect of this decision will go beyond the Mystic Valley…

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High School: Milford quarterback Brady Olson commits to UMass

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May 23, 2020

Milford High School quarterback Brady Olson announced his commitment to UMass on Thursday night in a surprising announcement. C O M M I T T E D ❗️❗️@M2_QBacademy @coachwaltbell @CoachMirando @FrediKnighten pic.twitter.com/OH8Ow2D4gJ — Brady Olson (@Brady_Olson_241) May 22, 2020 Olson held offers from several schools most notably Georgia Tech and Colorado State. The 6-4 190 pound Olson played at Bishop Feehan last season but is transferring to Milford to play…

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