The Super Bowl without Tom Brady and the Patriots was a world championship game without much meaning for New England football fans.
I speak for most of us New England Patriots devotees who watched the Super Bowl, who lamented at the same time that the Pats, led by the GOAT (Brady), were not in it.
Until the day of the game we weren’t caring who was going to win or lose. We were mostly considering whether or not Brady would leave the Pats after two decades and six Super Bowls, or whether he will stay.
The game came and went. Patrick Mahomes and former Pat Jimmy Garoppolo engaged in a battle destined to be won by Mahomes daring and precision near the end when needed most with just 6 minutes to go.
Again, who really cared among us from around here? I didn’t.
It’s been a long four years since Everett High School put a team on the ice in the postseason.
And now, a win or a draw away from clinching a tournament berth, there’s no one better to tell the tale of how the Crimson Tide have turned it around than senior captain and goalie, DJ Schovanec.
“I know it sounds crazy to think about [EHS in the playoffs] because when you hear Everett you don’t really think about hockey, ” said Schovanec, who was semi-part of the last team to make the postseason four years ago as an eighth grader that participated in practices for the junior varsity.
He was watching that game from the stands four years ago, and his recollections tell him he’s got to make sure he changes how he remembers things.
“[The playoff loss] wasn’t even pretty, as an eighth grader watching I could see that we were getting blown out of the water,” recalled Schovanec, who is 9-4-1 overall in net this season and looking to change Everett hockey’s fortunes for the better this time around. Continue reading EHS hockey a draw away from postseason
Boys basketball — With a 56-48 win over Snowden in the BABC MLK Classic on Monday, the boys improved to 8-2 overall. They hit the hardwood again at EHS Wednesday (Jan.22 @7pm) against 9-1 Chelsea High School. Look for the height advantage of the Crimson Tide to help propel them past a skillful but undersized Red Devils squad. With two more wins, EHS will qualify for the division 1 tournament.
Undefeated Everett boxer Shayna Foppiano is set to enter the ring for the fourth fight of her career, and if you asked her how she feels going into the bout, she’d tell you her third win is on the horizon.
“After the win, the plan is to get maybe one more fight under me and then following that go after the New England title,” said a confident Foppiano (2-0-1, 1 KO), who is finding true value in her work ethic and preparedness. “[The plan] is to beat all the good local girls and expand to fighting around the country,” said Foppiano.
If you look at the Everett High School boys and girls track records for what they are, a lack of wins might make it seem like the team isn’t on top of things, but head coach Jehu Cimea isn’t worried about records as much as he is overall effort.
“All our athletes try their best for us each meet we’ve had,” said Cimea, in his third year at the helm for the Tide.
Following Tuesday’s loss to Malden High School, the boys dropped to 1-2 and the girls to 0-3 overall, respectively. The lone win for EHS came last week in a 48-38 triumph over Medford High School.
“Hard work has defined our season so far,” said Cimea, who is choosing to build off effort rather than records with this years team. “Their hard work is paying off. They want to perform their best always and push themselves always,” said Cimea.