The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced there will be a 2021 MIAA High School Football season beginning February 22.
The rescheduled fall sports season, or “Fall 2” season as it’s been dubbed by the MIAA, will be allowed to start later this month after the pandemic ravaged any plans of play when the school year started remotely in September.
The safeguards in place for the upcoming football season include larger team boxes, to ensure social distancing, and face masks must be worn by players and coaches at all times.
With the MIAA’s announcement came an equally as important announcement for the Everett Crimson Tide: a familiar face will be taking over as new head football coach.
The hometown hire of Robert DiLoreto, a graduate of Everett High’s 1984 class, keeps with the school’s trend of bringing in familiar faces to help lead its youth athletes, as he joins a group of former EHS graduates who have come back to lead at their alma mater, including basketball coach Stanley Chamblain, softball coach Stacy Poste, and former football coach Theluxon Pierre.
With recent approval from the Everett Board of Health, sports teams at Everett High School will be allowed to compete for the first time in the 2020-2021 school year.
The highly anticipated decision from the Everett BOH comes weeks after much delegation and planning on behalf of the school, city, and state administrators on how best to safely conduct school sports during the ongoing pandemic.
Because Everett’s been deemed a red zone by the state due to higher Coronavirus infection rates here, none of the fall or winter sports teams at Everett High School have been able to gather or practice in any formal way.
Since the pandemic started closing schools last March, coaches and players from each respective sport have been closed-off from any in-person communication, making the recent developments to continue school sports in Everett this season a relief to those involved.
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The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and the Everett School Committee both formally agreed to allow winter sports at EHS to start but Everett’s governing bodies at City Hall put a hold on the planned start date of December 15.
The city is still in the red but Everett High School (EHS) had been given the green light to jump-start its Winter Sports season.
With authorization from the MIAA and a unanimous 8-0 vote from the Everett School Committee, Winter Sports at EHS will (prospectively) be allowed.
Instead, according to boy’s basketball coach Stanley Chamblain, the school committee and the city will reconvene after the holiday break to confirm the unanimous vote or deny it and cancel the Winter Sports season altogether.
Chamblain was a huge proponent of continuing play through the ongoing pandemic – with all the safeguards in place – as he believed a winter void of sports in Everett could have degenerative effects on the long-term health of Everett academics. His voice was heard loud and clear by the School Committee ahead of the unanimous vote.
In the red zone, in a potential game-winning position with 37 seconds left on the game clock, quarterback Cam Newton fumbled the ball, helping cement yet another New England loss.
Which team (Bills) the Patriots lost to and the final score (27-24) means nothing in this story, though.
The latest loss, the Pats fourth straight, hasn’t been a thing since they dropped four in a row back in 2002.
Incidentally, via that factoid, we are pulled back in time enough to evoke memories of just one year before that, the 2001 season — the year the New England Patriots football dynasty began in earnest with a guy they call Tom Brady.