Gridiron Flashback

In honor of all the fall football stars just waiting for their chance to pound the turf at Veterans Memorial Stadium, during the 2020-2021 Everett High School fall sports season, we are showcasing snap shots of newspaper clips from the past, each including some of the biggest names and games in EHS football history.

1996

Our very first Gridiron Flashback of the year takes us into the time vault and back to 1996, when speedy receiver Michael Denning bolted past rival Malden HS defenders in a 37-0 shutout by the Tide. Everett finished the 96’ season with its 11th Greater Boston League title and first Super Bowl appearance in 24 years. (Leader Herald photo)

More EHS fall sports delayed

Everett Veteran’s Memorial Stadium.

By LORENZO RECUPERO

The field hockey and soccer teams at Everett High School were scheduled to be the first in the city to jump into the modified Covid-19 era of HS Sports in Massachusetts this week but climbing virus infection rates in the community and surrounding areas have forced both seasons to be pushed back.

“We are encouraging everyone to wear mask and social distance so we can play,” said Melissa O’Donnell, fourth-year head coach of field hockey at EHS, who was scheduled to lead her team into their first competition of the year against St. Mary’s of Lynn on September 8 but the match was postponed because Everett as a community has been designated a “high-risk” area or in the “red category”.

A high-risk community, ac- cording to the state, means there’s more than 8 cases of Coronavirus infection per 100,000. Other communities in the area currently designated a red zone include Chelsea, Revere, Lynn, Salem and Saugus amongst others.

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Tide season postponed

Everett High football has been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and Veteran’s Memorial Stadium remains quiet for now. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Friday night lights dimmed by Covid-19 pandemic

By LORENZO RECUPERO

Like an audible straight out of the unprecedented playbook, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released joint guidance for modified high school sports seasons in the 2020-2021 school year.

The guidelines, constructed to keep student athletes safer during the Covid-19 era, modified which sports could conduct full-scheduled seasons this fall, dividing each into lower, moderate and higher risk categories. The higher risk sports, including football, cheer and basketball will not have their seasons take place during the fall and instead will have “floating” schedules, which basically means all games will be postponed for a later date while players are still allowed to practice in the interim, provided paperwork stating health guidelines are being followed are submitted.

The MIAA and DESE released this statement of the changes:

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Rays are Little League champs

Rays’ Ryan McMahon (8) celebrates hitting a home run with players during the Little League championship game between the Major league Rays and the Red Sox at Sacramone Park. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By LORENZO RECUPERO

Everett Little League’s playoff finisher at Sacramone Park Saturday was “Silly” good.

The Rays completed a two-game series sweep of the Red Sox with a 4-0 shutout to capture the 2020 Major League Championship and did so in exciting fashion.

It was 12-year-old pitcher Ryan “Silly” McMahon, who earned the nickname for his playful nature and not his skill set, that helped secure the title for the Rays with a no-hitter on the mound and a home run – his first ever – at the plate.

“He was just out there having fun and being himself,” said assistant coach Mike Belloise, who is in his first season with the Rays but coached McMahon in the past as part of a traveling team when he was 9.

“He just kept saying to me ‘We’ll win one together, we’ll win one together’ and after we did, he came to me and said, ‘I told you we’d win one’,” said Belloise.

After finishing the regular season 5-6-1, the Rays outdid their opponents by a combined score of 26-3 while going undefeated in the playoffs.

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Next batter up: Black Widows take down Legends

Black Widows’ first basemen Makenzie Powers looks to make a save as Legends’ Mia Oliva tags first during a match between the Black Widows and the Legends at Glendale Park on Friday July 31, 2020. The Black Widows defeated the Legends 18-13. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By LORENZO RECUPERO

Not even Covid-19 could stop the Everett Girl’s Softball League from fielding a season in 2020.

The league, which has been around since 1978, typically gets finished with its schedule by June but alterations due to Covid-19 pushed the season into the summer months.

The decades old program caters to youth ranging from Pre K- 8th grade and is split into three divisions: Farm League (Prek-2nd grade); Minor League (3rd- 5th grade); Major League (6th-8th grade).

This year, due to high school softball seasons being cancelled across the country, 18 freshman athletes were welcomed back to the league to help keep their baseball seasons alive.

Vincent “Vinny” Oliva, President and esteemed overseer of the league, has been a part of the program for 8 years and recognized – all things considered – this year has been as good and in some ways more special than years past.

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