School sports set to start immediately

Everett High School Dance Squad members (from left) Rejeana Guillaume, Melissa Dalice and Fransisca Vales perform a routine at halftime of a Crimson Tide basketball game on February 10, 2020. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)


By LORENZO RECUPERO

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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Plan for high school sports to kick off season February 1

Needs approval of city board of health, would give athletes a chance to play short seasons


By LORENZO RECUPERO

Pending approval from the City of Everett’s Board of Health (BOH), team sports play at Everett High School is scheduled to resume Monday, February 1.

Should the City’s BOH approve the winter schedule, according to the Everett Public Schools, the following sports teams will move forward with a modified season in 2021.

If the vote passes, boys/girls basketball along with coed ice hockey will begin tryouts and a preseason Monday, February 1. The regular season for both sports would start on March 1 and run through April 10.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) will not be conducting any state-wide tournaments, but the Greater Boston League (GBL) is exploring a division only tournament to wrap up the year.

Along with Everett High School, the GBL currently consists of teams from Malden, Medford, Revere, and Somerville. If a season and subsequent inter-division tournament are approved, these teams would also match up with Lynn Classical, Lynn English, and Chelsea High School to help bolster the competition.

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Hoop dreams on hold at EHS

An array of shoe colors line the bench of Everett’s varsity girls basketball team during a game at Everett High School last season. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

Pandemic puts winter sports season on the bench, local towns virus rate too high


By LORENZO RECUPERO

The Monday after Thanksgiving is supposed to be the day high school basketball teams get to dig in.

In Everett, it’s marked the first official day of the winter sports season, when nets are set free and shots go flying.

This past Monday, though, Everett High School’s gymnasium remained shuttered to sports events, blocked by the ongoing pandemic still denying organized sports in the area.

Everett and other surrounding communities, including Chelsea and Revere, are still ‘Red Zone’ areas where COVID infection rates are too high to allow organized team sports within the public schools.

So, instead of athletes bouncing balls, the court at EHS remains scuff-less and is now being used as an E-Learning center to accommodate students who are unable to learn from home.

What would have been a day of excitement and try-outs turned into a day without basketball, a development something Head Coach Stanley Chamblain laments.

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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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