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Massachusetts prep athletes roll on National Signing Day

Jordan Lucas-Worcester Academy

Thanks to ESPN Boston for the list

FOOTBALL

DIVISION 1 FBS

Dereck Beck, Bridgton Academy (Maine) – UMass
Nevin Cyr, Cushing Academy – UMass
Steve Daniels, Worcester Academy – Boston College
Abner Logan Jr., Dexter – Maryland
Jordan Lucas, Worcester Academy – Penn State
Corey Majors, Worcester Academy – Villanova
Eric Olson, BB&N – Northwestern
John Robinson, Worcester Academy – UMass
Canaan Severin, Worcester Academy – Virginia
Jason Sylva, Tabor Academy – UConn

DIVISION 1 FCS 

Tyler Cardoze, Cushing Academy – Bryant
Tyler Catalina, Wachusett/Kent (Conn.) – Rhode Island
Dan Connaughton, BB&N – Penn
David Conroy, Walpole/Bridgton Academy (Maine) – Fordham
Sam Hutchings, Worcester Academy – Albany
Dom Kozlowski, Cushing Academy – Bryant
C.J. Logan, Watertown/Northfield-Mt. Hermon – Villanova
Cameron Shorey, Philips Exeter – New Hampshire

DIVISION 2

Jared Anderson, East Longmeadow/Bridgton Academy (Maine) – St. Anselm
Wes Crowell, Worcester Academy – Southern Connecticut State

BOYS SOCCER 

Tyler Zon, Noble & Greenough – Swarthmore

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Getting Super Bowl Fever, or I Wanna Gronk!

The Giants may have prep school legends Eli Manning (Isidore Newman Prep), and Victor Cruz (Bridgton Academy), but the Patriots have Gronk. If his is close to 100%, he’s good for two touchdowns and some epic spikes. 

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National Prep School Invitational should be hoops madness

Check out http://www.npsihoops.com/ for details!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Thirty of the country’s top prep school basketball teams, up to 100 college coaches on hand to evaluate prospects, and several NBA scouts will gather for the 14th annual National Prep School Invitational.

Held at Rhode Island College from Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5, the nation’s elite exposure event will once again have its top games broadcasted on COX Sports.

With an upwards of 50 players impressively already committed to colleges, the event’s main goal is to provide a springboard for many more to join that group.

The featured young talent competing ranges all the way from the traditional powers of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference to as far as the Canarias Basketball Academy of the Canary Islands.

Highlighting the field is last year’s National Prep Championship Tournament winner St. Thomas More (CT) and NEPSAC champion Maine Central Institute (ME). Previous titleholders Brewster Academy (NH), Bridgton Academy (ME), Notre Dame Prep (MA) and Tilton School (NH) return as well.

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Former Bridgton Academy football star leading Giants into NFC Championship game

From the Conway Daily Sun

By Casey Conley
Jan 20, 2012 6:25 pm
Victor Cruz was one of the biggest surprises of this football season, finishing third overall in receiving yards and helping to lead the New York Giants to their match-up this weekend in the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.

His rise to the top tier of NFL wide receivers came as a surprise for many fans, coaches and opposing defenses, which he burned for more than 1,500 yards and nine touchdowns.

But it also surprised his former football coach at Bridgton Academy, where Cruz played in 2004 between high school at Paterson Catholic in Paterson, N.J., and college at University of Massachusetts.

“Here’s the thing: I think as a coach you have to have a pretty good eye for talent,” said Rick Marcella, who has coached at Bridgton Academy for the past 26 years. “There was no question that Victor was going to go on and become a pretty good college player.”

“But to say, ‘Oh yeah, I knew he was destined for greatness and would go on to play in the NFL,’ I’d be lying to you,” he added.

Cruz arrived at Bridgton Academy in 2004 as a highly-touted recruit at UMass, which at the time was one of the top programs in Division 1-AA (now known as Football Championship Subdivision, or FCS).

Unlike many other New England prep schools, Bridgton Academy only offers post-graduate programs, which tends to attract athletes looking to mature physically or improve academically before college, Marcella said. In Cruz’s case, the athletics were there, but the coach said he “needed to beef up his academics.”

On the field, Cruz was an obvious standout. With a schedule that includes JV squads from the Ivy League as well as colleges in Division II, Cruz had 47 catches for 883 yards and eight touchdowns during his lone season at Bridgton.

Figures that a NE prep star is a key factor in one of the two championship games. Prediction: Giants face Patriots in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII

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