MOVING ON UP
Central Catholic hockey is on the rise in the Super 8 early-season standings, moving up two spots to No. 3 overall with a 3-0-1 record. The only two teams ahead of the Raiders are three-time defending champion Malden Catholic and multi-time champ BC High.
But the Raiders will have to earn their ranking this week, as they travel to face Austin Prep — the No. 5 team in the Super 8 standings — today and perennial power St. John’s Prep on Saturday.
The Tewksbury-Methuen girls, meanwhile, are ranked No. 4 in Division 2.
I was recently critical of another publication for leaving Eagle-Tribune All-Star Cody Demers, the dynamic Central Catholic receiver/cornerback/kick returner, off its All-State team.
Well, I would like to extend that criticism to the Massachusetts Coaches Association All-State football team, which also omitted Demers. Again, poor decision.
Demers still took home plenty of hardware this postseason along with his Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors, he was named All-Scholastic Division 1 Player of the Year, MVC Large MVP and Lowell Sun Player of the Year.
If multiple reports are to be trusted, Andover’s Bill O’Brien is on the verge of being hired as an NFL head coach after two successful seasons as head coach at Penn State.
Many of those reports have O’Brien, the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, becoming the head man for the Houston Texas, where he would become the coach of another local NFL success story, Londonderry’s Ryan Griffin.
While the Texans had an awful season (2-14), it was a successful rookie campaign for Griffin. The tight end started eight of the 15 games he appeared in, catching 19 passes for 244 yards, with 14 of those grabs and 177 yards in the final three weeks of the season.
LEADING THE WAY
Former Phillips Academy star Chris Kreider is currently leading the New York Rangers in goals with 10 despite not playing in the team’s first seven games.
He is now earning Rookie of the Year consideration, since his 23 NHL games a season ago (in which he scored two goals) were not enough to qualify it as a rookie.
The Pentucket boys basketball team was dealt a tough blow at the start of this season when it was discovered freshman Pat Freiermuth had suffered a back injury and may be lost for the entire year. Freiermuth started at linebacker and tight end for the football team and was expected to be a go-to player for the hoops team.
But despite losing Freiermuth, Pentucket basketball has a distinctly gridiron feel.
Quarterback Ryan Kuchar, running back/defensive back Jeff Porter, kicker Nick Zaia, fullback/linebacker Andrew Noyes and quarterback/defensive back Pat Beaton are all either starters or key reserves. And no, basketball head coach Ed Hickey is not a football coach.
THE KID’S KID
It was a rough day for Boston College football yesterday, as the Eagles were rocked by Arizona 42-19. But there was one fascinating fact. Two of Arizona’s touchdowns were on catches by Trey Griffey, the son of baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr., who was on the sidelines photographing the game.