Plans to start tryouts, practice tabled until January due to rising Coronavirus numbers
By LORENZO RECUPERO
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.
Fresh off a 67-52 win over Malden High School Tuesday, Crimson Tide boys basketball is sitting pretty at 6-2 overall and undefeated in the GBL.
The Tide are now just 4 wins away from locking up a playoff spot, and even landed themselves in the Boston Globe’s top 10 HS basketball teams in the state, but head coach Stanley Chamblain isn’t satisfied with just getting his team to where they are currently.
“Our win over Malden was an ugly win,” said a displeased Chamblain, who has taken a Belichick- esque approach to this season in the sense a single win doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to improve upon. “I’ll take it the win, but we weren’t playing the brand of basketball I know we are capable of playing,” said Chamblain of his squads league-leading victory. “There was just a lack of urgency in our play that is uncharacteristic of our basketball team, but the luxury of basketball is you are in a position to quickly to play again within a couple days and correct those mistakes,” he said.
Just two years removed from playing in the Division 1 State Championship, and with another coach at the helm, Crimson Tide boys basketball is still competing at a high level.
Last year, Stanley Chamblain’s first as head coach, the Tide were able to lockup a playoff spot while snagging 14 Ws.
They didn’t make it to the biggest game of the year, but the team competed well enough to keep Everett’s playoff appearance streak alive at 6 consecutive and did it with a team comprised mostly of sophomores.
In their first official action this season, a scrimmage Monday against a tough Lowell High School team, coach Chamblain saw encouraging signs from a young team still developing its identity.
“We lost our scrimmage to Lowell, but our biggest positive from that game is how we showed our energy. We have a lot of kids who can play basketball on this team and they play it with a lot of energy,” said Chamblain.