Winter officially ends today for high school sports as we punctuate another amazing season of accomplishments by debuting our 2007-08 winter All-Scholastics.
As always, selecting players for the limited number of spots on these elite teams is an arduous task for the Globe's high school sports staff. It's with the input of coaches and trusted observers that we present our take on the region's most noteworthy competitors. We remind everyone that this is a day to celebrate not only those who earned All-Scholastic honors, but also the countless others that were considered.
There's also a batch of multimedia on the All-Scholastics page for your perusal. Here's what you'll find:
- Airin' it out: We took four boys' hockey Super Teamers -- a quartet that competed in the Super 8 title game in Pat Kiley, Rob Toczylowski, and Mike Lozzi of Reading, and Greg Crovo of Malden Catholic -- and pitted them in a postseason rematch. But since we couldn't afford ice time at a local rink, we got the next best thing: air hockey. Check out how their only little Final Four tournament unfolded.
- Just horsin' around: We took seven boys' and girls' basketbal Super Teamers -- Gerard Coleman (West Roxbury), Jake O'Brien (BC High), Julian Colaruso (Catholic Memorial), Mary Nwachukwu (Dighton-Rehoboth), Ashley Rivera (Lowell), Caroline Stewart (Masconomet), and Courtney Finn (Winthrop) -- and brought them across Morrissey Blvd. to BC High's McNeice Pavillion for a game of H-O-R-S-E. A bit of a gender war broke out and the ladies walked away as queens of the hardwood.
- The 200 club: Check out a photo gallery documenting the five girls' hockey All-Scholastics that all reside in the elite 200-point (or more) club. Massachusetts may never see another group of athletes quite like this.
- Moments to savor: We count down 10 of our most memorable moments from the winter season. Now you tell us yours.
Thank you again to everyone that made the winter season a little less chilling, and a lot more chilling. Congrats to all of our All-Scholastics.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail email@example.com.