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CSN, Ch. 38 to air high school Super Bowls

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Globe Staff / November 30, 2007

No matter how many championships the Patriots win, it's highly unlikely there will ever be a Super Bowl staged at Gillette Stadium. So owner Robert Kraft decided to stage his version to reward the best high school football teams in Eastern Massachusetts.

Tomorrow, six of the seven EMass Super Bowls will be played on the Patriots' home field in Foxborough, and games will be televised. Three contests will be on Comcast SportsNet and three others will be on Channel 38. Mike Lynch, Gary Tanguay, and Scott Zolak will call the games on both stations.

"High school Super Bowl championships are once-in-a-lifetime events for the players, their parents, and the communities the schools represent," said Kraft, whose family will cover the costs for the event and produce the broadcasts. "We want to do our part to make the games even more memorable and we have the facility and resources to do that."

Coverage on CSN begins at 9:30 a.m. and will feature Division 3 (Swampscott-Medfield); Division 3A (Greater Lawrence-East Boston); and Division 2A (Gloucester-Hingham). Channel 38, which starts its coverage at 3:30 p.m., will have Division 1A (Chelmsford-Marshfield); Division 1 (Everett-Dartmouth); and Division 2 (Bishop Feehan-Walpole). The Division 4 Super Bowl between Brighton and West Bridgewater is at Stonehill College and will not be televised. The Kraft family's agreement with the MIAA, which runs through 2009, will have one division rotating out of Gillette Stadium annually.

The Gillette lots open at 8 a.m. Parking is free and concession stands will be open throughout the day. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for students, children, and seniors.

Tanguay, who will be the sideline reporter, expects it to be a special event.

"I think it's awesome," said Tanguay, who anchors CSN's Celtics' pre- and postgame shows and hosts Patriots' pre- and postgame shows on WBCN. "I think the Krafts have done a great job with this and the MIAA, and coming together and to be on television. You know every kid at home is going to have a tape or burn a DVD of this. It raises the level. There's the stadium, the big board [with the video screens], they'll have their names announced, they'll be playing on the same field as the Patriots. It's very cool. It's a memory."

For Tanguay, it's a step back to his roots when he was covering high school games after graduating from the University of Maine.

"You just want to make sure you get it right," he said. "The one thing I learned is you want to make sure you pronounce every mother's son's name correctly. You want to have your act together there."

Pigskin feast

Our riches in local college football continue tomorrow when Boston College takes on Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game in Jacksonville, Fla. (1 p.m. on Channel 5), and UMass squares off at Southern Illinois in the Championship Subdivision playoffs at 3:15 p.m. on NESN. The UMass Sports Network plans to carry the game on all three state affiliates beginning with a pregame show at 2:45. Look for it on WRNX (100.9 FM) in Western Mass., WCRN (830 AM) in Worcester and Boston, and WATD (95.9 FM) in Boston/Marshfield. The game will also be on umassathletics.com . . . In college basketball, Vermont plays defending national champion Florida at Gainesville tonight at 7:30 on NESN . . . NESN will begin its hourlong "Breakfast with the Bruins" Tuesday at 8 a.m. As NESN did with the Red Sox earlier this year, the segments are replays of the previous night's game . . . To feed the voracious fanbase that is Red Sox Nation, NESN will air three Red Sox Hot Stove winter meeting specials at 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Tina Cervasio will broadcast live from Nashville and will have the Globe's Nick Cafardo, Gordon Edes, and Amalie Benjamin along with Tom Caron hosting from NESN HD Television Center . . . As fall turns to winter, golfers suffer their form of season affective disorder (I'm married to one), so Channel 7 is offering a vicarious fix tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3, airing the 13th Father/Son Challenge at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Fla. Arnold Palmer (who is playing with his 19-year-old grandson, Sam Saunders), Greg Norman, and Ray Floyd headline the event.

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