Everett DJ Moonlights as Star Quarterback

Leader Herald Staff

Quarterback Zeke Santiago braces for the football in pregame warmups.
Photo by Joe Resnek

When he’s not spinning tunes at local entertainment venues and parties, Zeke Santiago (Zeke the DJ) is passing spirals to his teammates as the quarterback of the Mass Warriors, a semi-pro football team out of Weyland that competes in the New England Football League (NEFL). This past Saturday he led his team to a raucous 28-14 victory over the Somerville Chargers.  

“It felt great,” said Santiago, who was 7 of 9 with 150 yards and two touchdowns. At 4-0, the Warriors are currently the number one seed in the league.

Santiago brings his experience from Chelsea, where he was a two-sport all-star for the 2005 Chelsea High School Red Devils. Santiago has been a professional DJ based in Everett for the past decade, over which time he’s also been playing semi-pro football for the NEFL.  

He told the Leader Herald that playing football is more than just a hobby.  

“I feel like I need to play. It’s a passion. I was debating whether or not to play this year but I just felt like I had to,” said Santiago.

His next game is Saturday at 6:30PM at Weyland High School. 

Zeke is a full-time DJ in the area; he can be reached at zekethedj.com.

New Ladder 1 Is A $1 Million Reality

Leader Herald Staff

From on online Twitter feed we have learned that Everett’s brand new Ladder 1 is about to go into service following a final inspection.

Thus ends about 2 years of negotiations and meetings and warnings and pleadings by the Fire Department for a new piece of badly needed state of the art equipment.

It is a brilliant red, double axel monster of a truck with major league capabilities and nothing quite like it in most departments at this moment in time.

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Bill Russell

The death of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell is giant loss.

For those of us old enough to remember his heroics on the basketball court – and his heroics in life, Russell represented about the best in professional athletes and human beings on and off the court.

He didn’t put up with racism. He always spoke out. He was bitter about how he was treated in Boston for many years before he became a sports God.

Russell was about as good as a professional athlete could be in the time he played.

He has been voted the greatest player in professional basketball history.

We’re not sure what Michael Jordan or Lebron James would have to say about that.

Intellectually, Russell towered above all the rest playing during his time.

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Getting Revved Up For Fall Sports!

Leader Herald Staff

Few cities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are more renowned for their high school sports programs than Everett.

Coming off the heels of a surprising 2022, the Tide hopes to ramp things up a bit with the kickoff
of their 2022-2023 fall sports season this Saturday at 10AM at Sacramone Park.

At that event there will be free lunch and slush for all athletes and families. There will
also be a punt, pass, and kick contest, face painting, corn hole, yard pong and various
other assorted games.

At the center of the day will be a kickball contest between first responders and Tide athletes. Contestants must be 8+ to play and can sign up at the main hut.

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Steaming It Up On A Hot Summer Day

Photo by Josh Resnek

By Josh Resnek

For weeks I had been wanting a New England summer treat – the kind my father loved, which I came to love, and frankly, which I cannot do without at least several times during an average summer.

I’m talking steamers and clam chowder.

I know. I know. Clam chowder can often be so disappointing.

Steamers, however, always manage to please.

Over the weekend, my wife and I ate at the Barnicle on Marblehead Harbor. I’ve been eating there all my life.

It isn’t the grandest of New England waterfront restaurant venues but it is solid.

The chowder was solid.

What does that mean?

It wasn’t all gouged out of a can and heated up and served as a homemade treat. The chowder was, and has always been, specially made. In recent years, the chowder has gotten better and better at the Barnicle.

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