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January 1, 2014

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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.

SECOND SNUB

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.

LOCAL CONNECTION?

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.

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