Medford rekindles rivalry, oust Tide on penalty kicks

Everett’s Alcin Tysenger and Medford’s Jordan Ianakiev get tangled up as they battle in Everett’s MIAA playoff loss. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

A renewed rivalry is brewing between Medford and Everett High Schools.

In Friday’s second round MIAA Division 1 playoff bout at Medford HS, the two sides met for the third time this season, with Medford besting the Crimson Tide 4-3 in penalty kicks.

In their two regular-season meetings, both 1-1 ties, undefeated Medford was really put to the test but couldn’t take down the Tide (12-2-3) until the playoffs, EHS’ first visit to the tournament in 3 years.

Although Medford (13-0-4) is moving on to the next round, the slim margin in skill and style separating the two sides caused a friction all season that has really relit the rivalry flame between the two Greater Boston League counterparts.

“The rivalry has been restarted,” said third-year EHS head coach Pedro Blas. “In general, with our schools being traditional rivals and our team continuously getting better, it was clear they wanted it and we wanted it bad, too,” said Blas.

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Tide kickoff playoffs at Methuen High

EHS’ Cam Mohamed (2) as the football team takes the field for a game against Medford. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)

It’s playoff time for the Tide.

Led by the powerful running game tandem of JC Clerveaux and Cam Mohamed the number 9 ranked Everett football team will travel to #8 Methuen High’s Nicholson Stadium Friday, November 5 for a 7 PM kickoff in the first round of the MIAA Playoffs to determine the Division 1 champs.

Rob DiLoreto’s explosive offense and stout defense will be tested with by the Merrimack Valley Conference foe.

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Tide set to kickoff postseason against Medford

Everett goalkeeper Dominick Reyes dives to catch a ball shot at him during pregame warm-ups.

By LORENZO RECUPERO

Led by a senior forward Dan Cadet, Everett High School manufactured a nearly perfect regular season, earning a playoff spot for the first time in three years.

Securing a first-round bye, the Tide will travel to Medford High School Friday, November 5 for a 3:30PM tilt to decide which heavyweight will be moving on in the tourney.

With only one loss coming to Lynn Classical back in September, the Crimson Tide earned the 19th-seed in a crowded MIAA D.1 tourney slate that features 41 teams. Medford, the 14th-seed, remains undefeated, entering the tournament with 12 wins and 4 ties.

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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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EHS sports roundup

At the start of the week, Everett High School had three teams entering the MIAA playoffs. By Wednesday morning, only two remained.

Basketball – Crimson Tide boys basketball handled their opening round playoff test with thorough besting of Methuen High School, moving past the first round with a 66-34 victory. They will host Cambridge Rindge and Latin in the quarter finals at EHS on Friday (2/28) at 7PM.

The Lady Tide will tip-off against Reading in the first round of the playoffs. The game is scheduled for 7PM Wednesday (2/26)at EHS. Hockey – In their first playoff appearance in four years, the Crimson Tide failed to make it out of the first round, falling to Boston Latin, 12-0.