Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MIAA Football Camp Road Trip: The Millis Mohawks

With guys like sophomore Kevin Pyne (left), junior Murrell Quashie (center) and senior Ciaran Hourihan (right), Millis will have plenty of size and talent in both trenches.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

MILLIS - After years of coming up just short, the Millis Mohawks finally achieved their goal, winning the Division 4A state championship against Maynard last December at Worcester State.

But, if you were hoping that this small-school power was running out of gas, or that low numbers would take their toll, or that the school's prosperous co-op with Hopedale ending would slow the Mohawks down, you're going to have to keep on waiting.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

MIAA Football Camp Road Trip: The St. Peter-Marian Guardians

St. Peter-Marian's football team wraps up a long first day of camp.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

– New St. Peter-Marian football coach Justin McKay's first day on the job was a long one.

The Guardians met at 1 pm Friday, then hit the practice field at 5 pm, and weren't done until around 7:30. Just when you thought the players were about to catch their breath, McKay reminded them, "what time are we going to be in the auditorium tomorrow?"

"7 am," his team responded in unison.

The grind has officially begun, and St. Peter-Marian hopes to out-work its opposition this year. The Guardians were already one of the most successful programs in Central Mass, annually competing for district titles under former coach Tom Henrickson, and McKay hopes to build off what SPM has already achieved.

Coming over from Algonquin, where he took the Tomahawks from the Mid-Wach cellar to within a game of a district crown, McKay knows he's walking into a much more manageable situation this time around.

"We're lucky because coach Henrickson did such a great job coaching up these kids," McKay said. "So he left us in great shape. The cupboard is far from bare."

MIAA Football Camp Road Trip: The Algonquin Tomahawks

New Algonquin coach Taylor Allen coaches up running back John Polymeros during the T-Hawks' first day of camp.

By Ethan Winter (@EWints

NORTHBOROUGH – While it was certainly a shock when former Algonquin head football coach Justin McKay announced to his team that he would not be returning to coach them next season, the Tomahawks look to continue the progress that McKay has made with the program.

“We were all shocked, it was kind of random but we bounced back from that and it hasn’t set us back at all," running back John Polymeros said. "We are just excited to move on to this year.”

Last season the Tomahawks had their best season since the Dick Walsh coached teams of the 1980s, coming within two games of playing at Gillette Stadium in the Division 2 Super Bowl. Algonquin lost to Mid-Wach A rival Shrewsbury 21-14 in the Division 2 Central Mass final.

The Tomahawks lost 22 seniors and their head coach from that team last year, but even with all the personnel turnover, everything for the most part is staying the same.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

RADIO: Boston College Football and Shrewsbury Legion Baseball

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Fall sports are nearly upon us, and this week's edition of "The Local Sports Lunchbox" on WPKZ recapped a wild summer for Shrewsbury's American Legion baseball team with star pitcher Matt Stansky. Hear about Post 397's magical run, and Stansky's experience winning the MIAA Super 8 on a loaded St. John's (Shrewsbury) squad.

Then, at about the 19-minute mark, we discussed Boston College's upcoming football season with BCInterruption Football Editor A.J. Black. What should we expect from the Eagles, and can they surprise some people, both in the ACC, and across the country? I'm slightly more optimistic than A.J....

Finally, legendary (and newly retired) Clinton High School basketball coach and AD Tony Gannon and I talk the start of fall sports around the MIAA. Listen in for all that, and more, in this week's show below.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Podcast: Chatting with Mets 1st Rd Pick & Boston College Alum Justin Dunn

By Cam Fox (@FoxHSradio)

Listen in to this episode of The Fox High School Radio Podcast with Cam Fox, as he sits down with former Boston College baseball standout and New York Mets first round pick Justin Dunn.

Dunn talks ACC baseball, his recruitment to and experience at Boston College, the adjustment to the pros and, of course, playing with Tim Tebow.

All that and more in Fox's podcast below.