Thursday, December 8, 2016

RADIO: The High School Football Lunch Box, Season Finale

By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

It was a heck of a season across Central Massachusetts, but all good things must come to an end. The gang is joined on its final episode by SuiteSports reporters Matt Feld and Connor Evans to break down last Saturday's Super Bowls, and Shrewsbury coach John Aloisi calls in to talk about his team's surprising run to Gillette Stadium.

Finally, we reveal who had the best year picking games, and tell you our favorite memories from the 2016 season.

For all that and more, listen in below.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The SuiteStars: Our 2016 MIAA All-State Football Team

Duxbury quarterback Bobby Maimaron
By SuiteSports Staff

SuiteSports is proud to unveil its first ever MIAA All-State football team, compiled with the input of our many contributors who hustled across the state all season long. Please keep in mind that we do have an "athlete" category, so be sure to check there before you freak out that your favorite player didn't make the team, and continue all the way down for our annual award winners.

One rule we're going to lay out here: We encourage debate and discussion, and we'd love to hear who we "snubbed." However, we ask that you avoid personal attacks on players. It's not a good look, and personal attack comments will be deleted.

Also note that we have listed, in parenthesis (), where a player has committed to play college football. Obviously, not everyone on our team has picked a school, or chosen to play college football at all, but if we missed a commitment, Tweet editor Joe Parello and let him know.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Patriots Continue Tradition of Hanging MIAA Champions' Jerseys

 By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

The New England Patriots continued one of the region's cooler, yet lesser-known traditions, hanging a jersey for every New England high school state champion in The Hall at Patriot Place, the team's Hall of Fame and Museum.

That means all eight MIAA state champions crowned Saturday will have a jersey hanging in the same building as some of the greatest players in NFL history, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady headlining that group. The Hall will also honor the jerseys of state champions from each state in New England, along with five prep school bowl winners and select Pop Warner champions.

For MIAA Division 2 Super Bowl champion Duxbury, it was senior running back Devin DeMeritt's jersey chosen to be honored by the Patriots.

Central Mass HS Football Power Rankings: The End of 2016

Shrewsbury's run ultimately came up short at Gillette, but with sophomore quarterback Drew Campanale (10) hanging around for another two seasons, the Colonials might be back. Photo by Nate Weitzer. Click to enlarge.
By Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

While no Central Mass team was able to bring home a state championship in 2016, it was still an exciting year of football around the region. Between the intense battle in Division 2 (both before the playoffs and during), Grafton's amazing run, and the Cinderella story of the Maynard Tigers, this was a year we will be talking about for a while.

It was pretty tough to choose a true No. 1, but here is our crack at it after a memorable season. Thanks to everybody for reading, and be on the lookout for our Central Mass All-Star team later in the week, and first ever All-State team as well.

If you'd like to see where Central MA's best stack up against the rest of the state, also be sure to check out our final statewide Top 25.

Now, onto our final CMass Top 10, and first 10 out. Please note that all of our "previous rankings" came at the end of the regular season, and the playoffs caused a LOT of movement.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Top 25 MIAA Football Rankings: The End of 2016

Thanks to a dominant postseason run, Hanover rose more than any other team in our power rankings.
Ed. Note- SuiteSports would like to thank all of you who have read the site throughout the 2016 season, and we're proud to present our final power rankings of year, as selected by our panel of staff writers and correspondents. (Updated 12/6)

*Thanksgiving Day results are not included in final records