Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bob Lobel: My Marathon Experience

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

This is our own version of Mt. Everest.   

For some dreamers, the reality of running the Boston Marathon remains the carrot on the stick. You really want it, but can never get it. The range of runners include the world class elite (maybe 15 in any race that actually have a shot at winning). Winning is a goal held by those who know what world class running is.  

The other end of the spectrum is a group called the “bandits.” These are people that couldn’t qualify for a number if their life depended on it. Running and finishing a Boston Marathon, for some, is reward enough.  

Sadly, 37 years after finishing the Boston Marathon, I'm in need of a confession. Confessing that I was a bandit in 1978 makes me one today. It’s a stain that cannot be erased! 

You just have to live with the way it all went down. Here's how it did go down.  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Postgame Blog: St. John's Runs Past Grafton

St. John's attack Jared Ward looks for space against Grafton.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

On a rainy, windy, chilly afternoon in Shrewsbury, host St. John's overcame a sloppy start to route Grafton 10-0 and put the rest of Central Mass lacrosse on notice.

The Pioneers win came in a game that featured the Top-2 teams in our Central Mass Lacrosse Power Rankings, and featured an avalanche of a third quarter that saw St. John's win every face-off of the period and rattle off seven goals.

"Coach (Terry Leary) harps on assisted goals, so we really brought that through in the third quarter and that's what got us through," St. John's senior Jared Ward said. "First quarter, we were doing a lot of one-on-one stuff. We weren't moving the ball, it was really just a stagnant offense. But, once we get one in transition it usually comes. So, when it rains it pours, they say."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

CMass Lax Power Rankings: 4/19/15

Algonquin senior Alex Sabel (22) scored an overtime game-winner against rival Shrewsbury last week.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Welcome to a special holiday edition of our Central Mass Lacrosse Power Rankings. Due to the fact that tomorrow is a Marathon Monday, and that I will be attending a game between two of the best teams in the region (more on that later), I felt it would be best to release these rankings a half-day early.

Without further ado, here are this week's Power Rankings, along with some notes about some of the big games this week.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Shrewsbury's Skermont Named MIAA Lax Coach of the Year

Shrewsbury coach Nate Skermont (far left) celebrates the 2014 Division 2 Central/West championship with his team.     Photo credit: Shrewsbury Lacrosse.
 By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

Following a season in which his team captured the first district title in school history, Shrewsbury lacrosse coach Nate Skermont was named the 2014-2015 Lacrosse Coach of the Year by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).

Last year was a dream season for Shrewsbury in many ways. The Colonials avenged a 9-0 defeat at the hands of rival St. John's, knocking the Pioneers out of the playoffs in the Division 2 Central/West semifinals, then captured their first ever district title days later in a double-overtime thriller against Westfield.

The Colonials had many heroes last season, as goalie Chris Gorman earned All-American honors, attackmen Joe Buduo and Derek Tinsley wrote themselves into the program's history books with playoff game-winners, pole Griffin Couture established himself as one of the state's best players, and the squad rallied around then-junior Tim Hally's mother, who had suffered a brain stem stroke the year prior.

Skermont remembers last year's team as the best in program history, and a special group with character in spades.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bob Lobel: The Wasted Talent of Aaron Hernandez

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

Murder One. That’s a pretty scary pair of words, especially if you’re the reason someone was convicted of it. 

We know what murder one became for the former Patriots' tight end. Maybe the use of two other words like tight end aren’t exactly appropriate for the trial and conviction of Aaron Hernandez. 

What do you think is the predominate feeling people have about this? I mean, he was a very big part of the professional football future around here. So does that selfishly leave us disappointed that he won't ever play again with Brady and Gronk?   

Do we feel like this idiot, this thug, this sociopath wasted everything he was given in talent by just being a stupid punk? I suppose all of that and more comes into play.