At a moment in history when a virus looks to disassemble our society, now we must endure a terrible moment in our life and times as New England sports fans, with news that Tom Brady is leaving the Patriots.
Brady leaving us, leaving the Patriots, leaving our Sunday football matinees as New England Patriot fans is all about an extraordinary moment in our sports lives.
It is a solemn moment. It is a moment with terrorizing qualities.
Above all, it marks a dramatic circumstance at a time when everything about the New England Patriots is about to change.
It is incomprehensible for many of us who have spent the past two decades watching Brady and the patriots go to the Super Bowl nine times and win six times, to now realize the party is over.
The 2019-2020 winter sports season at Everett High School was one of the best on record.
Although none of EHS’ teams won a division or state title, three made it to the MIAA postseason and two earned league championships for stellar play during the regular season.
In any case, all three teams showed major improvements from a year ago.
Boys’ hockey, led by second-year head coach Alex Naumann, had the most glaring improvement. After missing out on the postseason for consecutive years, Naumann finally had the team playing up to its potential. They picked up 7 more wins than they did a season ago and earned a playoff bid for the first time in four years. They finished overall 12-8-1 (lost 12-0 to Boston Latin in first round of playoffs), a vast improvement from a 5-14-1 record last year. The winning season does more than the record could project, too. The confidence from a playoff berth might’ve set the foundation for more wins moving forward.
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
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.