2019-20 Boston Globe High School Sports Articles

Dan wrote for the Boston Globe from September 2014 through January 2020 for the Sports Department’s High School desk.  Dan has covered a variety of sports, mostly football, hockey, and softball. You can find all of Dan’s High School articles from this year below.


2018-19 Girls’ Hockey All-Scholastics – April 5

Austin Prep captures program’s first D3 state title – June 22

Hudson claims first state softball title in nearly a decade – June 22

2018-19 Softball All-Scholastics – July 7

Participation in school sports is down for first time in 30 years – August 26

Dispute over length of quarters leads to high school football game’s cancellation – September 20

Danvers one of the teams saving its best for last – November 29

In a small town like Abington, football represents ‘one big family’ – December 2

Football family returns home to Swampscott High – December 3

Austin Prep girls’ hockey rallies to topple top-ranked Braintree – January 29

EMass girls’ hockey: Caitlin Burke headlines Players of the Week – January 28

In debut, Newton South’s Lucy Jenks was the state’s Gatorade Girls’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year – January 27

For fledgling varsity programs, growth is more important than wins and losses – January 21

EMass girls’ hockey: HPNA’s Hannah Keating headlines Players of the Week – January 14

Canton’s Olivia Maffeo overpowers Waltham in girls’ hockey – January 11

Moriarty sisters acing chemistry for Medway/Ashland girls’ hockey – January 7

Girls’ Hockey Players of the week – December 31

The Braintree girls’ hockey team is loaded and full of confidence – December 17

Ashland tops Bishop Fenwick in a thriller to win D6 title – December 7

Mansfield tunes up for D2 Super Bowl by stopping Foxborough – November 28

Dom Cavanagh sparks Ashland in D6 semifinal win over Millbury – November 23

Hanson’s Ally Sentnor is SI’s SportsKid of the Year – November 22

Mansfield’s Vinnie Holmes headlines Week 12 Players of the Week – November 17

Somerset Berkley’s unbeaten run begins at the back – November 15

Holliston hits the ground running in the second half to surprise Canton – November 15

Caitlin O’Connell’s goal propels Dover-Sherborn to D2 title berth – November 14

Catholic Memorial lets up, but still handles BC High – November 8

It’s Somerset Berkley vs. Walpole in D1 South field hockey final – November 6

Dover-Sherborn, Sandwich advance to D2 South field hockey final – November 5

Top-seeded Canton scores measure of revenge, ousting Scituate – November 1

Live updates: MIAA football tournament seeding meeting – October 27

BC High’s victory eliminates Xaverian from postseason – October 25

Lynnfield’s Clayton Marengi headlines Week 7 Players of the Week – October 20

King Philip uses long scoring drives to get by Attleboro – October 11

Canton holds off Foxborough – October 1

Cardinal Spellman dominates St. Mary’s – September 26

Xaverian grinds out comeback win over Bridgewater-Raynham – September 20

Rockland passes South Shore test against Cohasset – September 13

After slow start, King Philip pulls away to beat North Attleborough – September 6

Five-star basketball recruit Terrence Clarke of Dorchester considering BC – August 30

Eileen Donahue to be inducted into NFHCA Hall of Fame – August 26

2019 high school football: Returning Globe All-Scholastic selections – August 16

Paul Funk stepping down as Dennis-Yarmouth’s football coach – August 5

Norwell’s Kristi Vierra, Tabor’s Cat Barry selected to All-America Cup – July 14

Athletes of the Year for track, golf, tennis, and volleyball – July 4

There were many options, but only five can be Globe lacrosse Athletes of the Year – July 3

Meet the Globe’s high school baseball and softball Athletes of the Year – July 2

Here are the final Globe Top 20 rankings for the spring season (CONTRIBUTOR) – June 29

Methuen, Gloucester, and Austin Prep advance to state softball finals – June 20

Fairhaven softball dominates Plymouth South in D2 South semifinal – June 12

Jim Connor resigns as Hingham football coach after one season – June 6

MIAA softball tournament seedings announced – June 4

Ryley White, Sabrina Morse to take Dracut softball on one more tourney run – May 28

Reading girls’ softball perseveres against Lexington – May 27

Belmont Hill breaks through for ISL baseball title – May 24

EMass softball: Dracut’s Ryley White headlines Players of the Week – May 21

Acton-Boxborough softball hitting on all cylinders (CONTRIBUTOR) – May 21

Wednesday’s School Roundup (CONTRIBUTOR) – May 15

Hopkinton has a kick in its step in Tri-Valley League race – May 14

Taunton rolls over Bishop Feehan in softball – May 9

EMass girls’ softball: Hanover’s Maeg Amsler headlines Players of the Week – May 7

In the topsy-turvy Hockomock League, any softball team can win on any given day (CONTRIBUTOR) – May 7

Jesus Rodriguez changed the culture for Newton South softball team – April 30

Lowell softball team off to a fast start with reloaded lineup (CONTRIBUTOR) – April 24

EMass girls’ softball: Hopkinton’s Julianna Ceddia headlines Players of the Week – April 24

Slappers are still making noise in New England – April 17

Austin Prep is looking to take the next step (CONTRIBUTOR) – April 10

EMass girls’ softball: West Bridgewater’s Colleen O’Toole headlines Players of the Week – April 10

Sophomore pitchers have Taunton and Plymouth South softball teams thinking big – April 3

Shriners hockey games offer last go-round, showpiece – March 29

Kaia Hollingsworth produced a net result – March 17

Emily Rourke’s OT goal gives Wellesley back-to-back D2 titles – March 17

Wellesley explodes in third period to beat Walpole – March 12

Tewksbury, Winchester claim sectional titles – March 11

Austin Prep holds off Braintree in D1 quarterfinals – March 9

State tournament tracker, Day 12 – March 8

Central Catholic withstands Lowell to reach D1 North final – March 6

Pembroke girls roll into Division 2 South sectional final – March 6

Wellesley girls silence Canton in opening round of D2 tournament (CONTRIBUTOR) – March 4

St. John’s Prep hockey rallies, stuns St. Mary’s in D1 North shootout (CONTRIBUTOR) – March 3

State tournament tracker, Day 5 – March 1

Braintree girls’ hockey blocks out Barnstable in D1 – February 27

Austin Prep girls headline strong Division 1 field – February 23

EMass girls’ hockey: Scituate’s Christine Oar headlines Players of the Week – February 20

Julia Masotta has Methuen/Tewksbury on a roll (CONTRIBUTOR) – February 19

Goaltenders count on focus and confidence – February 13

EMass. girls’ hockey: Barnstable’s Bridget Everett headlines Players of the Week – February 6

‘The foot’s on the gas’: For the first time as a varsity team, Bishop Stang qualifies for the state tournament (CONTRIBUTOR) – February 6

Lydia Pendleton sparks Methuen/Tewksbury girls’ hockey over Andover (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 30

The Pembroke girls’ hockey team struck out on its own, and it’s flourishing – January 29

North Quincy boys’ hockey turning doubters into believers (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 24

EMass girls’ hockey: Framingham’s Georgia Parker headlines Players of the Week – January 23

How an MIAA rule has helped middle schoolers excel on the ice for varsity squads (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 22

At Masconomet, making a five-school girls’ hockey co-op work – January 16

Sam Taber’s hat trick powers Austin Prep girls’ hockey past Westwood – January 15

BC High boys’ hockey weathers storm vs. St. John’s Prep (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 10

Six pairs of sisters make Walpole girls’ hockey a family affair (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 9

EMass girls’ hockey: NDA’s Alexa Graziano headlines Players of the Week – January 8

Rob DiLoreto makes a return as Arlington football coach – January 4

Sean D’Urso, Andover work with blank slate (CONTRIBUTOR) – January 2

EMass girls’ hockey: Westwood’s Olivia Jordan headlines Players of the Week – January 1

2018 Boston Globe High School Sports Articles

Dan has written for the Boston Globe since September of 2014 for the Sports Department’s High School desk. In May of 2018, Dan was named the softball beat writer for the remainder of the spring season. You can find all of Dan’s High School articles from this year below.


Norton’s Kelly Nelson has a state record and a shot at the Olympics, but wants a title the most – May 30

2018 Softball All-Scholastics – July 1

Division 5 high school football team previews – September 6

Mason Cadorette has made an impact on Dighton-Rehoboth’s Super Bowl run – November 29

‘Meaning behind the jersey’: For Super Bowl-bound Scituate, football family ties run deep – November 28

2018 Football All-Scholastics – December 16


Canton girls’ hockey rallies for double OT win – December 27

Here’s the schedule for the holiday week high school hockey tournaments – December 24

Canton knocks off Franklin in boys’ hockey (CONTRIBUTOR) – December 20

Rachael Johnson’s halfcourt prayer lifts Coyle & Cassidy girls’ basketball over Nauset – December 18

Weymouth girls’ hockey rallies to support young player – December 18

Jake Higgins sparks Hingham boys’ hockey over St. John’s Prep (CONTRIBUTOR) – December 15

A legendary coach retires, a game-winning drive, and other top moments from this fall (CONTRIBUTOR) – December 14

Julia Masotta sparks Methuen/Tewksbury girls’ hockey to convincing win (CONTRIBUTOR) – December 13

Girls’ hockey players to watch in 2018-19 – December 11

Development key to success at Austin Prep – December 11

Late TD gets Stoneham past Old Rochester in Division 6 Super Bowl – December 1

Thanksgiving Day players of the week – November 24

In a Sannella family tradition, to the victor goes the . . . colors (CONTRIBUTOR) – November 23

In his Braintree finale, Billy Silvia soars with record-setting performance – November 22

Dighton-Rehoboth continues roll, win streak at 7 games – November 21

Pentucket flag football game will honor Reid Garrant – November 17

Saturday’s MIAA soccer finals moved from Worcester State – November 16

For Natick girls, first D1 South title is a keeper – November 13

Lucas Plotkin helps Arlington cross-up Masconomet for D2 North title – November 13

Catholic Memorial’s Zach Mitchell headlines Week 10 Players of Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – November 12

Scituate manhandles Canton to win D5 South crown – November 10

Cohasset claims Division 7 South title over Abington – November 9

Stoneham’s Seth Russell headlines Week 9 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – November 5

Catholic Memorial has final word, knocks off Needham – November 3

Stoneham, Abington advance in high school football playoffs – November 2

Northeast’s Zach Sanderson headlines Week 8 Players of Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October 28

Scituate comes through in final minutes – October 27

The tournament phase of 2018 football season set for kickoff – October 22

MIAA North and South football tournament – October 21

Takahri Hobbs of Boston English headlines Week 7 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October 21

North Attleborough denies Canton – October 20

Carleigh Hall sparks Dighton-Rehoboth girls’ soccer – October 16

TechBoston’s Marcus Gonzalez headlines Week 6 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October 15

Milton hands Needham its first loss – October 12

Sunday Night Football bus making a stop at Boston Latin-Nantucket game Saturday – October 12

Hingham girls’ soccer hands No. 2 Natick its first loss – October 9

Needham’s Tyler Reid headlines Week 5 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October

Robbie Gallery’s sack preserves Canton victory – October 5

The Globe’s Week 4 high school football players of the week (CONTRIBUTOR) – October 1

Mashpee rallies to get past Abington – September 28

The Globe’s Week 3 high school football players of the week (CONTRIBUTOR) – September 24

Will Klein, Abington run over Norwell – September 21

The Globe’s Week 2 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – September 17

Catholic Memorial defense keeps Stoughton at bay – September 14

Danvers baseball legend Roger Day hanging ’em up – September 11

HS Football Week 1 Players of the Week (CONTRIBUTOR) – September 9

Senior duo teams up as Scituate surges past Norwell – September 7

Nationwide participation in school football drops for second straight year – August 24

Freshman pitches Greater New Bedford to D2 softball crown – June 23

Norwell girls lacrosse one step away from Division 2 crown (CONTRIBUTOR) – June 22

Freshman steps into circle, hurls Greater New Bedford into D2 softball final – June 19

In D2 debut, Greater New Bedford softball rules South – June 16

Taunton softball captures Division 1 South crown – June 15

Newton North, Methuen reach Division 1 North softball final – June 14

SOFTBALL: Middleborough 1, Plymouth South 0 – June 14

Kelsey White leads Taunton softball to D1 South final – June 13

Abington pitcher Tori Young delivers vs. West Bridgewater (Jun 12)

Abington defense shuts the door, and shuts down West Bridgewater – June 12

SOFTBALL: Case 7, Coyle & Cassidy 6 – June 12

Norton softball reaches D2 South semifinals after dramatic walkoff win – June 11

SOFTBALL: Taunton 9, Dartmouth 2 – June 11

Milford softball starts quest for a repeat against Feehan – June 9

Erin Barry lifts Braintree to narrow win over North Attleborough – June 9

Norton softball team tops Medfield in tournament opener – June 8

SOFTBALL: Bishop Feehan 3, Attleboro 1 – June 7

2018 MIAA girls’ softball tournament brackets – June 5

Enos powers Taunton softball past North Attleborough – June 1

Latin Academy softball wins 13th straight City League title – May 31

Kelly Nelson turns in another dominant performance as Norton blanks Walpole in softball – May 30

Tuesday High School Roundup (Contributor) – May 29

Norton avenges only loss of season in win over Abington – May 24

No. 7 King Philip softball walks off with win in 8th – May 22

2017 Boston Globe High School Sports Articles

Dan has written for the Boston Globe since September of 2014 for the Sports Department’s High School desk. In September 2017, Dan was named as one of the High School Football beat writers, covering Massachusetts’ Division 5. You can find all of Dan’s High School articles from this year below.

Football coach John DiBiaso leaving Everett after 26 seasons – Wednesday December 6

In MIAA’s Super Bowl showcase, these plays were game-changers – Sunday December 3

Dennis-Yarmouth dominates Division 5 Super Bowl – Saturday December 2

Unbeaten Dennis-Yarmouth set to tackle final test in Division 5 Super Bowl – Wednesday November 29

Brown a home run hitter for Everett (Thanksgiving Players of the Week) – Saturday November 25

King Philip bowls past Franklin for 24th straight win – Thursday November 23

Millis QB Bryce Latosek a star among Players of the Week – Sunday November 19

Everett QB Jake Willcox headlines Week 10 Players of the Week – Monday November 13

Kurt Hopkins, Millis run over Wareham – Friday November 10

Abigail Campbell sparks King Philip over Duxbury – Thursday November 9

CM’s Nick Goffredo headlines Week 9 Players of Week – Monday November 6

Scituate sails into Division 5 South final – Saturday November 4

Martha’s Vineyard cancels final two football games – Friday November 3

Chelmsford’s Sal Lupoli headlines Week 8 Players of the Week – Monday October 30

Bryce Griffin gets Norwell back on track – Saturday October 28

Methuen’s Peter Kwayke catalyst in victory over Lowell – Monday October 23

Wareham scores a last-minute victory – Saturday October 21

Sal Frelick (6 TDs) keeps Lexington rolling – Monday October 16

Norwell captures South Shore League crown – Friday October 13

Newton North QB Will Thompson leads Week 5 Players of the Week – Monday October 9

Chase Stafford has Somerset Berkley on the run – Saturday October 7

Methuen’s Jordan Perdomo headlines Globe’s Players of the Week – Monday October 2

Kelleher, Hopkinton pass Medfield in overtime – Thursday September 28

Lexington QB Sal Frelick among Week 3 players of the week – Monday September 25

Marshfield ends Falmouth’s 17-game win streak – Saturday September 23

Lowell quarterback headlines Week 2’s players of the week – Monday September 18

Andrew Carroll leads Hanover over East Bridgewater – Saturday September 16

Globe’s Week 1 high school football Players of the Week – Sunday September 10

QB Ryan Benco leads Holliston over Millis-Hopedale – Saturday September 9

It doesn’t get much better than Xaverian-Everett to kick off season – Thursday September 7

20 EMass high school players to watch this season – Thursday September 7

2017 Division 5 high school football previews – Thursday September 7

It’s North vs. South in 39th Shriners All-Star football game – Friday June 16

Division 2 South – Greater New Bedford 5, Westwood 3 – Sunday June 11

Nelson pitches Norton to D2 South title – Saturday June 10

Olivia McGrath leads Latin Academy to City League title – Tuesday May 30