Re: EMASS Girls H.S. Hockey 2013-2014
posted at 1/20/2014 12:11 PM EST
In response to NNDad's comment:
Well, I went 0 for 2 picking St. Mary's and Watertown/Belmont. I wonder when the Andover/Tewksbury Methuen game will be rescheduled so we can see if I go 0 for 3.
On the 8th grader issue, I think it has kept a lot of teams going, which helps grow the sport. Newton South wouldn't have been able to field a team for the past few years without 8th graders. That being said, I think it opens the door for the kind of unnecessary use of 8th graders on teams like Beverly/Danvers who bring them up simply to make their teams more compeditive. That's why, though it seems like rooting for the Yankees, I was hoping for a St. Mary's win (of course St. Mary's has eight graders too, but thats a whole different discussion).
What I really bugs me is that girls are expected to go to prep school if they want to have a serious chance of playing in college. So the top talent goes to prep school, so the most compeditive hockey is played in prep school, so if you want to be compeditive you have to go to prep school. Is that cycle ever going to change in Massachusetts. Another NN parent pointed out that hockey seems to be the only girls sport in Massachusetts where girls don't regularly go from top public school teams to a D1 college teams.
Agree to need for MIAA waiver and co/ops for programs that NEED it to field a team and keep programs afloat. St Marys obviously needs waiver based on quick look at their roster. Abuse of waiver program needs to be monitored for abuse (Bev/Dan!) and dealt w/ accordingly.
Interesting, sad but true, observation of hockey being the only public HS sport where girls don't go to D1 colleges. Cycle will not change any time soon; take a look at all top U14 &U16 club teams rosters and you will see that almost every player is enrolled in a Prep school.
By the way, there is absolutely no way that this Bev/Dan 8th grade star is going to be there next year; you'll most likely finds her on Nobles roster!