We published our high school hockey previews in Friday's edition of the Globe. Here are summaries with links to each of the previews.
Division 1 boys hockey
There’s a pretty strong consensus in Eastern Massachusetts that as of now, one Division 1 hockey team stands out among the rest. It’s not surprising that this favorite hails from the Catholic Conference, nor that this favorite has “Catholic” in its name. Only this year, coaches aren’t talking about Catholic Memorial. Heading into 2010-11, No. 1 Malden Catholic is the team to beat, and just about Super 8 contender sees it — including the Lancers. Read more.
Division 2 boys hockey
Expect to see some new faces in EMass Division 2 hockey this year. Few teams escaped the offseason with many players retained from last year, their rosters ravaged by graduation and transfers to prep — and the postseason staples were no exception to this rule. Defending state champion Canton lost 13 seniors from last year’s team. In addition, offensive star Kevin Rooney transferred to the Berkshire school. “It’s been a learning experience so far, we’re still forming our identity,’’ said coach Brian Shuman. Read more.
Division 3 boys hockey
When Bob Jackson was asked who the best player was on his Marblehead High hockey squad, returning 14 players from last year’s Division 3 North championship squad, he couldn’t name one. “Our team chemistry is our best player,’’ Jackson said. It may sound like a cliche, but the Magicians' roster includes a pair of twin brothers, two cousins, and a first line that has played together on the varsity for four consecutive years. Rather than having each player skate to center ice as his name is announced before games, the entire team comes out together. Read more.
For the past three years, the St. Mary’s girls hockey team has been its own toughest competition. It has a record-breaking 77-game unbeaten streak, scored the most goals in the state during that time and four Division 1 state championships (2005, ’08, ’09, and ’10). But this year, the Spartans are going to have to find their way without All-Scholastics Courtney White and Courtney Winters. And so far it hasn’t been easy. The Spartans tied Braintree, 0-0, in their opener before beating Duxbury, 3-1, Wednesday. The streak is now at 79, but there’s work to be done. “Like every team, we need to find our identity and role with it and embrace challenges that come our way,’’ said coach Frank Pagliuca. Read more.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.