Pats sign Cam Newton, players say it’s brilliant

League reacts as star QB heads to Foxborough

By LORENZO RECUPERO

In March Tom Brady officially left the Patriot’s and signed up to be a Buccaneer and suddenly, the juggernaut of the AFC (and the entire NFL, really) was relegated from a postseason fixture to a playoff wannabe.

Suddenly, all that has changed, and the Patriots are once again hovering closer to the top of the AFC (and NFL) power rankings with the signing of former league MVP, quarterback Cam Newton.

News of Newton’s signing with the Patriots blasted off around the league like the ceremonial muskets fired once the home team scores a touchdown at Gillette Stadium.

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New Crimson Tide head coach to lean on experience for 2020

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Everett High QB, Duke Doherty, escapes the pass rush in 2019 and will be counted on this season by new head coach Gregory Bluestein to lead the Tide for 2020. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

BY LORENZO RECUPERO

Theluxon Pierre, Everett High School alumni and head football coach for the last two seasons, was relieved of his position with the team and his assistant Gregory Bluestein has been appointed interim head coach for the remainder of the 2020-2021 football season.

The shakeup was not due to Pierre’s coaching performance but a result of his lack of teaching credentials required at

Everett Public Schools. Bluestein, who has a Master of Education degree in Athletic Administration, has been teaching at the school for the last eight years.

With EHS now set to have its third head coach in four seasons, the question becomes could this be the year the Crimson Tide’s current slows down?

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MIAA seeks to create separate girls and boys HS field hockey teams

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Everett High School field hockey players in 2019.

By LORENZO RECUPERO

High school field hockey and how it’s conducted may be getting a noticeable makeover soon.

The MIAA Field Hockey Committee met virtually Friday and approved a tentative plan to separate boys and girls in high school field hockey competitions in Massachusetts.

The proposal, which aims to create a 7-on-7 boys’ field hockey program as a separate sport, looks to revamp field hockey competitiveness, fairness, and safety.

Since the late 1970s, following the court ruling in “Attorney General v. MIAA” field hockey in Massachusetts has been a coed sport with some schools having multiple boys on their roster.

Most notably, Somerset Berkeley, winners of the last two Division 1 state championships, has two boys on their roster. To some coaches, this is altering the sports overall fair play on the field.

King Phillip coach Lisa Cropper, who spoke on behalf of the Massachusetts Coalition to Preserve Girls Field Hockey, has been advocating for a systematic change to how field hockey is conducted in the state.

“We want to return the opportunities for fair play, and for safety,” Cropper said.

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Sports seasons left alone, playoff realignment sought

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The Jack McGrath Press Box at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

MIAA seeks to get more athletes involved in championship bid

By LORENZO RECUPERO

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Football Committee convened virtually via video chat and decided not to fix what isn’t broken.

The committee met to discuss proposed high school football divisional and tournament alignments for the 2021-23 seasons and voted 14-0-2 (two abstentions) in favor of keeping the current 8 division format with a redesigned playoff alignment.

Both the football committees proposals will go up to the Tournament Management Committee next on June 4 for official approval.

Since 2016, football has been played within 8 divisions, but a plan passed in February by the entire MIAA membership maxed the number of divisions in any given sport to five.

The MIAA’s approved plan, however, provided a provision that would allow for sports committees to “request divisional expansion or alternatives to realignment” when necessary to the TMC.

The football committees 8 division format proposal will allow for 16 teams to have a shot at a state championship and even more to participate in the tournament.

Proponents of the format noted the need to afford all athletes across each division the same opportunities to make it to the postseason.

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Pats have work cut out with tough schedule, replacing Tom Brady

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick at a press conference in 2019.  (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By LORENZO RECUPERO

The NFL officially released the schedule for the New England Patriots 2020 season and it isn’t a particularly easy one.

The 16 opponents on the schedule have a combined .530 winning percentage from a season ago.

Because of this (and you know, losing arguably the best quarterback in NFL history), the sports media is abuzz with predictions the Patriots and Coach Belichick will lay down and tank (purposely lose games to secure a higher draft pick) in order to get a chance at the multi-talented, extremely coveted Clemson quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, in next year’s draft.

Amongst the pundits, the Pats’ season slate was labeled a ‘perfect tanking for Trevor schedule’.

After losing out in the bring-Tom-Brady-back sweepstakes, such a schedule and a chance at Trevor is a huge break for the rebuilding Pats and ol’ faithful schemer Belichick, right?

Not exactly.

And here’s why.

First, if we are to dispel the theory of the Pats tanking, we have to look closely at all angles and at the biggest development this off-season: quarterback Tom Brady has left the building.

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