Sainristil Begins New Chapter at Michigan

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Mike Sainristil, one of the more electrifying athletes to ever wear the crimson of Everett High, is off to Michigan. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Josh Resnek

Mike Sainristil signed a letter of intent last week to attend the University of Michigan and to play football there, a testament to his prowess on the field as one of the best high school football players in the history of the EHS program and in the state of Massachusetts.

Sainristil, known for his speed and hands and for his smooth but raw sense of command on the football field, was praised as not just a great football player but as a credit to the Everett High School.

In a massive display of his popularity at the signing last week at EHS, his coach Theluxon Pierre said of his star player: “Great, great kid. What a future he has standing before him.”

Sainristil signed the letter of intent with a huge crowd watching and cheering.

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Boys Basketball Team Starts New Chapter

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First-year head coach Stanley Chamblain (center) gathers his team during a timeout. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Leader Herald Staff Report 

Everett is 2-0 on the young season, having defeated Saugus (75-22) and Gloucester (61- 44) in a pair of Northeastern Conference games to open the campaign.

For the first time in more than a generation, EHS has a new coach on the sideline, as Stanley Chamblain has taken over for John DiBiaso.

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Breaking the Mold at Mystic Valley

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Anastasia Bessler (#55) makes a tackle for Mystic Valley.

Bessler Named CAC’s First-Ever Female All-Star

By Lorenzo Recupero

Football may be a predominantly male sport, but don’t tell that to one Mystic Valley senior, Anastasia Bessler, who has excelled in the sport regardless of her gender.

A Boston Herald report a year ago accounted for less than 60 female football players in all the high school programs across the state, Anastasia being one of the headliners amongst them. Recently, she was named the Catholic Athletic Conference’s first ever female all-star performer.

As a CAC all-star, Anastasia will be eligible to play in the Shriners All- Star Football Classic played by all the top seniors from eastern and southern Massachusetts each summer for the last 40 years.

“She’s in the trenches with the boys,” said Michael Bessler, Anastasia’s father, a lifelong Everett resident. “A lot of people don’t even know she’s a girl until she takes her helmet off,” said Bessler proudly of his daughter who was already Mystic Valleys first female football player and team captain.

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Pope John Drops High-Powered Finale at Gillette Stadium

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Head Coach Paul Sobolewski is surrounded by his players after Pope John captured the Eastern Mass. Championship.

By Lorenzo Recupero

Behind the tutelage of first year head coach Paul Sobolewski, the 2018 Pope John football team made a name for itself, even with the, 45-36, loss against St. Bernard’s in the MIAA Division 8 Super Bowl last weekend at Gillette Stadium.

The thriller of a game will go down as the second most high-scoring affair in MIAA championship game history, with 81 points dropped combined between the two electrifying teams.

And In the eyes of the man at the helm, the biggest loss in recent program history may actually be setting up the next biggest win.

“[The Super Bowl] loss was more beneficial to the team than the 12 wins,” said Sobolewski, a reasoning that he says stems from a majority of the team being underclassmen, including its leading scorer, sophomore John Smith Howell. “As a program, we will learn a lot more from this,” he said while noting that his players have not left his office since their last game, unable to halt the focus on football ahead of them.

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Crimson Tide Finish With a Flourish

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Everett star Mike Sainristil weaves through the Masconomet defense.

Leader Herald Staff Report

The Everett High School football team capped a 10-win season with a 32-0 shutout of Masconomet on Thanksgiving.

The Crimson Tide, who were defeated in the Div. 1 North semi nals earlier in the month, rebounded with impressive wins over Acton-Boxboro and Masco, as the program reached double digits in wins for the 13th time since 2006.

The win marked Everett’s third consecutive Thanksgiving victory over Masconomet in a brief series that will likely end next year when the Crimson Tide (10-1) join the Northeastern Conference in football.

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