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.

Quarterback

1st Team
Bobby Maimaron, Sr. Duxbury (Williams)
E.J. Perry IV, Sr. Andover (Boston College)

2nd Team
Jordan McAfee, Sr. Everett (UConn)
Jack Barrett, Sr. Holliston (Trinity)

3rd Team
Ryan Malkowski, Jr. Quabbin
Tank Walker, Sr. Springfield Central

Running Back

1st Team
Devon Piccinin, Sr. Xaverian
Kevin Mensah, Sr. Shepherd Hill

2nd Team
Mike Pedrini, Sr. Melrose
Danny Abraham, Jr. BC High

3rd Team
Devin DeMeritt, Sr. Duxbury
Devaun Ford, So. Mashpee

Wide Receiver

1st Team
Ryan Reagan, Sr. Duxbury (Harvard)
Brian Espanet, Sr. Millis-Hopedale (New Hampshire)
Cedric Gillette, Jr. Andover

2nd Team
Coreese Everett, Sr. Springfield Central
Hayden Rockett, Sr. St. John's Prep
Hunter Ferreira, Jr. Mansfield

3rd Team
Keith Lynch, Sr. Lowell
Greg Plunkett, Sr. East Bridgewater
Nick Pallota, Sr. St. John's of Shrewsbury

Tight End

1st Team
Dean Brooks, Sr. Billerica
Colin Robinson, Sr. Algonquin

2nd Team
Eric Kiley, Sr. Maynard
Sasha Hoban, Sr. Newton South (Yale)

3rd Team
Declan Burt, Sr. St. John's Prep
Brendan McKeon, Jr. Shepherd Hill

Offensive Line

1st Team
Patrick Flynn, Sr. Hanover (New Hampshire)
Cory Ryder, Sr. Nantucket (Holy Cross)
Alec Lindstrom, Sr. Shepherd Hill (Boston College)
Mark Mulvaney, Sr. Holliston
Greg Wood, Sr. Braintree (Bryant)

2nd Team
Max Beati, Sr. Andover
Carl Sanuth, Sr. King Phillip
Riley Burns, Sr. Milford (New Hampshire)
Jake Guidone, Sr. Xaverian (Dartmouth)
Federico Ernst, Jr. St. John's of Shrewsbury

3rd Team
Pat Watson, Sr. BC High
Quinn Murphy, So. Duxbury
Henri Behaegel, Sr. Billerica
A.J. Gibbs, Sr. Mansfield
Thomas Reynolds, Sr. North Attleboro

Athlete

1st Team
Ifeatu Melifonwu, Sr. Grafton (Syracuse)
Nick Couhig, Sr. Falmouth
Cole McCubrey, Sr. West Boylston (UMass)

2nd Team
Mike Sainristil, So. Everett
Noah Gray, Sr. Leominster (Duke)
Jean-Charles LaGuerre, Sr. Haverhill

3rd Team
Brandon Winn, Jr. Tewksbury
Chris Campbell, Jr. Shrewsbury
Gates Kelliher, Jr. Falmouth

Defensive Line

1st Team
Cal Flanders, Sr. Xaverian (Brown)
Scott Murphy, Sr. Billerica
Duval Paul, Sr. Everett
Elijah Miranda, Jr. BC High

2nd Team
Hunter Brown, Sr. St. John's Prep
Jeff Wolff, Sr. BC High
Xavier Gonsalves, So. Mashpee
Ethan Amorello, Sr. St. Peter-Marian

3rd Team
Gerell Boyce, Sr. Everett
Mike Mahoney, Sr. Doherty
Sam LeSavage, Sr. Xaverian
Sean Deely, Sr. Grafton

Linebacker

1st Team

A.J. Ryan, Sr. Xaverian
Jack McGowan, Sr. Catholic Memorial (Harvard)
T.J. Rothmann, Sr. BC High
Kingsley Ejiogu-Dike, Sr. Brockton (Brown)

2nd Team
Anthony Dandini, Sr. Leominster
Alex Olsen, Sr. King Phillip
Nick Gearin, Sr. Duxbury
Bryce Shaw, Jr. Bridgewater-Raynham

3rd Team
Duane Bennitt Binns, Jr. Everett
Jack Fontana, Sr. Grafton
Matt Gastaldo, Jr. Natick
Travis Sjoberg, Sr. Mansfield

Defensive Back

1st Team
Mekhi Henderson, Sr. Xaverian
Keshaun Brown, Sr. Brockton
Bobby DeMeo, Jr. BC High
Matt Andreas, Sr. Danvers

2nd Team
Peter Ryan, Jr. Natick
Carlins Platel, Sr. Everett
Ryan Trocki, Sr. Shrewsbury
Mathias Villafane, Jr. Central Catholic

3rd Team

Collin Sweeney, Sr. Quabbin
Will Matovu, Jr. Tewksbury
P.J. Falzone, Sr. Maynard
Tionne Brown, Sr. Turners Falls

Kicker/Punter

1st Team
Diogo DeSousa, Sr. Mansfield

2nd Team
P.J. Barry, Sr. St. Peter-Marian

3rd Team
Jake Tondel, Sr. Shepherd Hill

Offensive Player of the Year: E.J. Perry IV, Andover

The senior quarterback helped his team overcome a slow start to make a deep tournament run. Perry's Golden Warriors averaged nearly 42 points per game, as he threw for nearly 3,400 yards and 47 touchdowns on the year.

Thanks to Perry's brilliance, the Warriors could never be counted out, including in the postseason, where he led Andover to upset wins over Lexington and St. John's Prep.

Perry will graduate as one of the Bay State's most prolific passers ever, and continue his football career at Boston College.

Defensive Player of the Year: A.J. Ryan, Xaverian

The senior continued the tradition of outstanding linebacker play at the X with a fantastic senior season, culminating in yet another Super Bowl appearance.

"Football IQ" and "instincts" are phrases thrown out a lot when discussing linebackers, but they definitely apply to Ryan, who consistently showed the ability to diagnose plays and find the football, no matter what the opposing offense was doing.

Ryan was previously committed to Brown, but has since re-opened his recruitment, and we're sure he will excel wherever he ends up. (And with schools like Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Colgate and Boston College all recruiting him, you know he's no dummy)

Lineman of the Year: Pat Flynn, Hanover

Pat Flynn is old-school football personified. A 6-foot-4, 275 lb two-way lineman who produced stacks of pancakes on offense, and proved to be a one-man avalanche on defense, the Hanover OG/DT helped his team capture the Division 3 state championship.

In the title game at Gillette, Flynn pushed Grafton's front seven around, then came back on the field and clogged things up so that Syracuse-bound running back Ifeatu Melifonwu couldn't find any room to work.

Despite utilizing spread principles, Hanover was built on toughness and physicality, and they couldn't have found a stronger cornerstone. Flynn will continue his football career at FCS power New Hampshire next fall.

Player of the Year: Bobby Maimaron, Duxbury

Yeah, whenever you break the state's all-time passing touchdowns record, you know you've had a legendary career. But it wasn't just individual greatness, as Maimaron's quick release and pinpoint accuracy led Duxbury to the Division 2 state title, with scoreboards breaking and records falling along the way.

All that, and Maimaron was without his most lethal weapon, Harvard-bound receiver Ryan Reagan, for a good portion of the year. Duxbury has its fair share of haters, but there's no denying what this team, and this quarterback, accomplished this season.

Also a gifted lacrosse player, Maimaron will continue his career as a dual-sport athlete at Williams College.

Coach of the Year: Brian Lee, King Phillip

Nobody was talking about the Warriors coming into the season but, thanks to Brian Lee and his talented staff, King Phillip's incredible turnaround will be the topic of many off-season conversations. After bowing out in the first round of the playoffs and finishing 5-6 a season ago, KP suffered a rash of injuries during the early goings of 2016.

No matter, as Lee leaned on his offensive line and defense, and the Warriors grinded their way to a perfect regular season and Hockomock Kelley/Rex crown.

Still, there were doubts. After all, this is King Phillip, a program that has never appeared in a Super Bowl, let alone won a state championship. Those doubts were erased in the playoffs, as the Warriors defeated established powers Marshfield and Bridgewater-Raynham on their way to Gillette Stadium.

Then, in the biggest game in program history, Lee's team opened it up. With Reading stacking the box again KP's vaunted ground game, the Warriors threw the ball a season-high 18 times, and quarterback Brendan Lydon responded with 255 yards and three scores to deliver a thrilling 21-18 D1A championship win.

For putting his program on the map and pressing all the right buttons this season, Lee is our pick for Coach of the Year.

63 comments :

Anonymous said...

Brockton Pride favors LB and Sean king WR

Anonymous said...

Who put forth Rothmann and Binns at LB? Good picks by the people who did, if you don't mind me asking. Or was this all you? Either way- impressive.

Joe Parello said...

I made the final cuts (so yell at me if your favorite player didn't make it), but this was a team effort, with all our reporters nominating players, and some healthy debate.

Anonymous said...

Xaverian's RB is definitely not better at the position than Fedna or Jenkins but ok....

Anonymous said...

Everyone gets a trophy! 5-6 team gets three players on All-State? Guidone is going to Dartmouth, fyi. Plenty of deserving kids who toiled away at non-stellar programs got zero recognition..but the usual schools with the great PR teams are well-represented. And so it goes....

Neal said...

It's a difficult and thankless task and you guys do a great job covering the games. But I would have rated Pat Watson higher, 1st Team, based on the great BC High running game and the level of competition Watson faced every week. No disrespect intended to any of the other kids, many of whom I've seen play, but Watson played against the toughest D1 players in the state every week and was outstanding. I'm a BC HIGH fan, obviously but it's a statement of fact. Thanks again for the great season coverage.

Joe Parello said...

Thanks for the correction on Guidone, not sure how I mixed that up. As for kids toiling away and getting no recognition on other teams... Unfortunately, if a team isn't playing in the tournament, or at least playing big games during the year, we're probably not going to see them, so they're not going to be on our radar. It's unfortunate, but we can't honor every deserving kid in the state. We tried to include some of the better players from lower division, and from Central/Western Mass, because those kids rarely get any pub, but like I said, we're gonna miss some.
As for Watson: Yeah, he's a dude. This year was stacked on the OL and at RB. A lot of really good players barely missed the cut at those two spots, so know that we think very highly of him.

Anonymous said...

Did Rogers from Hanover or Riley Burns from Milford.

Anonymous said...

Did Rogers from Hanover or Riley Burns from Milford at least get nominated by anyone?

Anonymous said...

You're forgetting samuel laurent daniel gioioso and colin lama on the first teams for their respected positions

Anonymous said...

how you leaving Xaverians Lama off the LB list? That's bad enough, and then you go and leave out Dan Gioioso and Laurent too?
come on guy

Joe Parello said...

Rogers was our final cut, definitely hard to leave him off. Oh, and Riley Burns is on the team, maybe you missed him, but he's a 2nd team OL.
As for the Xaverian guys... All of em are good, but we can't include the whole team guys. The X is pretty well represented here, as it should be after another great year.

Anonymous said...

Gates Kelliher is a beast!

Anonymous said...

Some good some horrendous. You had some kids on first team that weren't even all stars in their respective leagues. How did Francis Dooley or Kyle Burke or Joe Rockwell not make any team.

Anonymous said...

Connor Cady??? Kid had like 18 rushing touchdowns against the toughest schedule in the state and you put kids over him on third team who play a joke of a schedule.

Anonymous said...

No one said you should put the whole X team, especially me. but you left players off you shouldn't have. I'm a Prep guy and hate X, but all 3 that keep getting mentioned surely belong on this "all star list" you can't leave off players like that and call it an Allstar list guy.

Anonymous said...

Cady doulsnt breathe in the X game with the O line playing the way is did if they flfave him time to even get to the secondary he would've eaten them up. Easily one of the fastest kids in the state.

Anonymous said...

^true, the one play they gave him time to get to the secondary in the first X game he went for a 60 yard run.

Anonymous said...

Then he should have no problem being All State in track! Where no one is going to tackle him and he doesn't have to throw the ball!

Anonymous said...

The Wareham Vikings have a great RB in junior Isaac Nascimento. He put up some incredible stats this year (1,792 yds on 193 carries with 27 TD) with other teams knowing his team was committed (to the run and only passed about 6 times a game. On most plays there was 11 in the box. I'd choose that kid to pilot the ship for me over most!!

Anonymous said...

From elsewhere on site:

BC High at #7? They finished 6-4, lost to X two times! Got blown out on Turkey Day by CM. In playoffs they barely crossed midfield and ex-Abraham, their offense was inept and ill-suited to their talent. Any observer would say they underperformed, seeing how they have reclassified kids, 1300 handpicked boys, and a geographic footprint from Winchester to Barnstable. And don't reward Duxbury with number 2 ranking..look at who Everett plays, and then the Vineyard Vine softies Dux plays..Quincy? Silver Lake? Plymouth North? Coach chose to deny his seniors a chance for a #1 ranking and an undefeated season by sitting them against mean old Marshfield!

Anonymous said...

Last two QB's should've been Yarin and Cady. I'm a prep fan and Yarin is a wicked good athlete and even though Cady couldn't do anything in the X games he should've been on there because he tore through the rest of the defenses he played against, in the first or second toughest schedule in the state. Just watch his highlights.

Anonymous said...

Everett is far and away the best team in the state. Sanristil should've been first team.

Anonymous said...

Travis Lanpher had the best season of any wide receiver in the state. 87 catches, 1200 yards and 21 TD catches. At least third team. And as for taking Malkowski off that list as a 3rd team all state, he was the most dangerous weapon on the most prolific offense in division 3. Only team to score more than 30 on grafton was quarterbacked by him. Extremely deserving of that spot.

Brian said...

I also agree Cady should be third team. Even though he was less then stellar at passing he dismantled defenses for most of the season with his legs.

Anonymous said...

Dismantled teams with his legs to a 6-4 season? Westford QB is more deserving, or Newton North qb, or Dartmouth qb, to name three quick ones.

Anonymous said...

All those teams you just listed play a schedule not even in the same universe as BC High Prep or X plays. If Cady played that shcedule it wouldn't even be a competition

Brian said...

When the newton north QB got into the playoffs and had to play legit teams he couldn't even complete a pass against Brockton. Who ran all over Brockton the next week.... Connor Cady

Anonymous said...

..and if BC High didn't have 7 kids who have reclassified and kids from 27 different towns blocking for him, he wouldn't be running for that much yardage. BC High has one of if not the largest male populations in the state, they should play the toughest schedule. If a linemen gets hurt, they have 12 other ones to plug in. They lost to X and CM who have many less kids in their school, they came in 3rd in their conference, and they are over-represented on a state all-star team already. Lexington qb had far superior numbers. Give it a rest, or blame your coaching staff for not being able to beat X the second time around. Everett's qb made adjustments, and won, and BCH has as much if not more talent.

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Anonymous said...

The whole X Front 7 should be on this list. As an outsider, their front 7 was fun to watch and full of play-makers. It's going be hard to replace kids like Ryan, Lama, Flanders etc.

Anonymous said...

Duxbury LB Joe Gooley should be on someone's radar. He plays hard. Would also not be surprised if he retakes over at tailback also next season.



Gene Kapuscienski said...

Joe,
I don't have a student in this mix, and need to commend you on your "bravery". Congrat's to all of the kids chosen, and to all of the players on all of the teams who had remarkable seasons!!

Anonymous said...

CM QB should've got 3rd team, Cady should've been considered as an ATH

Anonymous said...

I think Rogers had the most Tds in the playoffs, 15 with 11 in the last three! Oh well congrats to those on the list.

Anonymous said...

To say BC High has more talent then Everett is an absurd statement. Everett is head and shoulders above the rest of the state in the talent department.

Anonymous said...

This list is painfully inaccurate

Anonymous said...

1st team Linebackers: MCGOWAN, RYAN, LAMA, ROTHMANN
Any other list is a joke and if you ask any linebacker on this list, I guarantee they would agree.
Also, HOW can you leave out Everett's RJ Fialli??
I'd really like an answer as to how Lama and Fialli get left off a all star linebacker list with 12 spots. This website is becoming a joke amongst high school athletes. You guys need to pick players with more thought and research. Some of you're #1's are there just because it's names you have been told are "all stars" - Be better than that.

Anonymous said...

Great job with the list, guys. It's always interesting to see the different takes on the different all star lists. That being said, Central Catholic is not well represented on the list with two players going D1 this year and possibly a couple more who will go D1 next year. They also have the #1 power ranking in the state which means they play the toughest schedule. Carlos Cabrera (several D1s pursuing) is a beast on the Dline and David Oneyeman (Bryant Committ) flies around the field at safety. QB Bret Edwards had one of the highest completion percentages in the state at 66%.

Anonymous said...

I completely believe Ryan Reagan is the best receiver in he state but how is he on the list when he was injured for just about the whole season?

Anonymous said...

^ It's kind of like if you put him on there you'd have to put Dan Gemell on there too

Anonymous said...

How does a player become a third team TE all star when they never played the position all year

Anonymous said...

If you're talking about McKeon, they probanly put him there bc there's no wing back position on the list. Kid is a stud just like his brother. Good blocker and receiver.

Anonymous said...

I might've listed McKeon as an athlete though. Saw him play vs SJS and he's a pretty good safety if thats the kid I'm thinking of. Either way, strong fast player.

Anonymous said...

Just reread list and I think it mirrors the central mass view of football- a little off, name recognition vs stats and team success obviously didn't go completely by what happened on the field this year

Anonymous said...

Tim Nenninger of Wachusett had a phenomenal season on both sides of the ball. How he is not on this list is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

What about Eric kiley of Maynard at lb? He lead if of CMASS in tackles with well over 130 this year. Should be at least on the 2nd team

Anonymous said...

Joe rockwell should've been on this

Anonymous said...

Mckeon is nothing like his brother, but that is not the point. There are players who actually played TE, That should be nominated.

Joe Parello said...

Well, I think he/she just said McKeon was a "stud" like his brother. No, their games are not the same (Brendan is shorter and quicker), but the person above was right- Shepherd Hill runs a different kind of offense, the Double Wing. Still, a lot of what the younger McKeon does (block, catch down the seam, split out and use his body to box out DBs) is a part of the tight end skill set. If you want to argue semantics, and be angry that he often lines up a little behind the line of scrimmage, and occasionally runs the ball, that's your prerogative.

To answer the other thing about McKeon, yeah, he's a very good safety as well. Maybe we'll list him as an athlete next year (if he makes the team again) to avoid any confusion, haha.

I won't comment on any other guys who didn't make the list because, frankly, we had to draw the line somewhere, and we did. There were plenty of very tough cuts. You guys mentioned some of them, and I'm always glad to see more kids brought up, but there's nothing else I can really say. This is the team we came up with, and we stand by it.

But, Eric Kiley is on the team as a tight end, fyi :)

Anonymous said...

When it comes to Perry and Maimaron, both are great and it was a privilege to witness both these past few years. So my points on Perry below are not to debate, just to highlight the player I saw a bit more of. Two stats I believe have been overlooked -- 1) Perry threw for 3,000+ and ran for 1,000+ this season, I doubt that's happened before in Mass.; 2) Perry threw for 47 TDs and ran for 14 more. I have to think that total of 61 has never been matched. Congrats to both great players and continued success in college!

Anonymous said...

Kyle Burke should've been on here as an athlete.

Anonymous said...

Littleton isn't on here... rauker is a stud, more of a stats guy he was pre season all state watch his film and understand why he has d2 offers and d1aa interest. Also Rausa lit the league up. Both kids are great kids 3 sport all stars

Anonymous said...

I meant to say ^ not a stats guy

Anonymous said...

I don't see how you can wedge a kid into a position that is "like" the position he played, because his brother was a stud. His team was 5-6, in CMass D2, and already has 2 kids on All-State team. Seems like you bent over backwards to find a spot for him..I think at the very least your first tiebreaker should be for seniors as well. And obviously one of your writers has mooneyes for Natick..they have 2 kids on team? Wellesely has zero?

Anonymous said...

I have been holding off from commenting, but i must:
How can you guys do an all-star list and not have used stats? This list makes it clear you did not. You have players who did not even play this season on the list and players who, to be blunt-did nothing this season. We all know you guys love to say and print certain names, all hs sports writers do, but when you claim to name the best of the best, do it right.
You won't address certain players being left off that readers are asking about because you cant defend it- nothing you would say would make any sense.
To basically say you can't put too many players from one team on a list is laughable, if they are better players at their positions than other players, then Yes, you can and should. You can't name players as all stars in a position and leave off other players that are better than them regardless of the school they attend. If they are a better player, they go on the list.
You left off players that play for some of the best teams in the state, excel doing so, are game changing players and make plays that win games-that is an all-star.
Its clear this is a list done by name recognition/Commitments to colleges,and then trying to pick sub-par players on sub-par teams to make it "fair" and That is not a real All-star list. I read all the other comments and as a follower of HS football, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable and I have to agree that all the kids that the readers have listed in the above comments (some deleted) deserve to be on this list over 3/4 of the players you guys listed instead of them.
If you guys are not going to be real, please don't do an all-star list, just tweet game play by plays, scores, hs sports news and college commitments. I would really rethink articles like this in the future, especially if you are not going to have input from coaches, consider the teams/schedules the players play or use stats.
It is really a disservice to the kids and the readers. I also agree with another reader who said this website is becoming a joke among high school kids, I heard it first hand and it was not from any kids who play football.

Anonymous said...

To the comment above,
these guys bust their tails all season and cover the entire state of Massachusetts high school football. They put together a list based off of people who have had great seasons, people who attend camps, people who have good highlight tapes, and yes kids who have committed to Division 1 and 2 colleges. These kids on the list are all deserving of being recognized as an all star. No matter what list they put together, there are people who are going to be happy, and there are people who are going to be upset. You can't please everyone in life, and they did their best job based off of resources they have to put together a list. Yes there are kids on the list who may not be as deserving as kids who aren't on the list, but in a world where everybody thinks they deserve a trophy, they did a great job of putting a list together of talented football players. This website is run by guys who put their heart and sounds into covering high school sports to make high school athletes get recognition and observance from the state and from colleges. I guarantee that without a website like this, many kids who have committed to colleges would not be as well known. Joe and team, you did a great job, and don't let anyone tell you differently. Thanks for your coverage of Mass Football all season, it was a pleasure to watch and read, and I cannot wait until next season!

-Former Highshool football player

Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment about Kyle Burke. Unbelievable athlete who started on both offense and defense on a very good D1 team with lots of great talented players but average coaching. Also played against the toughest competition in the state every week.

Anonymous said...

I also agree with the comment about Kyle Burke. He is a wicked good athlete. He had like 5 or 6 interceptions against some great competition, 2 pick sixes one of which was a 101 yard pick six. Not to mention he was a stud on offense with a ton of receiving yards and touchdowns. He was the best defensive back on BC high.

Anonymous said...

You forgot all-state, Bentley committ, LB Bobby Mylod out of North Attleboro. Kid willingly moved from MLB to SLB and shut down half of the field while also leading the Hockomock in total scoring and yards. Snub and a half.

Anonymous said...

Dartmouth's quarterback was a baller. Lit it up on both sides of the ball playing through a broken wrist ...

Joe Parello said...

Wow, this has been a bumpy ride, lol. Regarding the comment a few places up that said we should basically quit: We do use stats. Some kids missed time, but absolutely dominated when they came back (Reagan and Mensah), some didn't put up huge numbers but had massive impacts on games. Oddly enough, people also got mad at us for including kids who put up big numbers, saying that we only look at stats, but that's another matter :)

Also, we did consult coaches. In fact, that was the first step. Now, maybe you could argue we didn't talk to the right coaches, or we cut guys that coaches recommended (we did with some of them), but to say we didn't look at stats (when we could find them), or that we didn't consult coaches is just not true.

As for not commenting on players who didn't make the list: I've said about many of the guys that they're great players and it was hard to whittle the list down. No doubt there are many great players who didn't make the list, either because we couldn't get accurate stats on them, none of our correspondents had seen enough of them, or we just chose somebody else who impressed us.

What I will not do is say that a kid who made our team doesn't belong here, and frankly I've done enough defending kids on the list. There isn't a bad player on here, though I know a few of them have become punching bags, which isn't fair. They worked hard too.

As for deleting comments: People picking on individual kids who made the team was the reason I deleted about a dozen comments. You guys can call us stupid all day (believe me, all you have to do is scroll up to see that we left those comments, haha), but I won't tolerate people ragging on kids who did nothing wrong.

All that said, thanks for reading and engaging. We're still a young and growing site, and all feedback makes us better.

As for the comment defending us: It means a lot, and we do put a lot into this. My eyes almost fell out of my sockets the other day from watching highlights of all these kids, but it's what we love to do. It's impossible for us to see every kid in person, but we tried to make as fair and complete a list as we could.

If you don't like our All-State team, InsidetheHuddleMA.com has a good one as well (that includes prep school players), and of course, the established papers in each region do a fine job.

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