Thursday, October 23, 2014


Here we go again...

On a roll...

Denver over San Diego W
Atlanta over Detroit 
Chiefs over St. Louis
Houston over Tennessee
Tampa Bay over Minnesota
Seattle over Carolina
Baltimore over Cincinnati
Miami over Jacksonville
Chicago over New England
New York Jets over Buffalo
Arizona over Philadelphia
Cleveland over Oakland
Indianapolis over Pittsburgh
Green Bay over New Orleans
Dallas over Washington

overall record 34-11-1

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NFL PIcks Week 7

Coming off a 13-1-1 week, you can bet we are feeling pretty confident. The only loss was Seattle and everybody had the Seahawks. This week is a little tougher but away we go...

New England over New York Jets W
Baltimore over Atlanta W
Washington over Tennessee W
Seattle over St. Louis L
Cleveland over Jacksonville L
Indianapolis over Cincinnati W
Buffalo over Minnesota W
Chicago over Miami L
Detroit over New Orleans W
Green Bay over Carolina W
San Diego over Kansas City L
Arizona over Oakland W
Dallas over New York Giants W
Denver over San Francisco W
Houston over Pittsburgh  L

10-5 for the week

overall record 24-6-1

Thursday, October 9, 2014


11-5 last week and away we go....

Indianapolis over Houston   W
Tennessee over Jacksonville W
Baltimore over Tampa Bay W
Denver over New York Jets W
New England over Buffalo W
Cincinnati over Carolina  T
Cleveland over Pittsburgh W
Green Bay over Miami W
San Diego over Oakland W
Chicago over Atlanta W
Detroit over Minnesota W
Seattle over Dallas L
Arizona over Washington W
Philadelphia over New York Giants W 
San Francisco over St. Louis W

The Bears pick would be the bold pick of the week, because they are so hot and cold.
The Patriots also need to be careful because you know the Bills are gunning for them.
Finally, I'm sure most people will be picking the Steelers, but I really like the way the Browns are playing and this is probably their biggest game in several years.

Season - 24-6-1

Sunday, October 5, 2014


Just for the heck of it...

Green Bay over Minnesota  W
Chicago over Carolina L
Cleveland over Tennessee W
Philadelphia over St. Louis W
Atlanta over New York Giants L
New Orleans over Tampa Bay W
Houston over Dallas L
Detroit over Buffalo L
Indianapolis over Baltimore W
Pittsburgh over Jacksonville W
Denver over Arizona W
San Francisco over Kansas City W
San Diego over New York Jets W
Cincinnati over New England L
Seattle over Washington W

11-5 Record in week 5

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

High School Football Schedules

Anthony "The Bull" Cafarelli hopes to smiling a lot this year

Bartlett Indians
SEP 11 David Prouty
SEP 19 Millbury
SEP 26 at Leicester
OCT  4  at Oxford
OCT 10 at Northbridge
OCT 18 at Blackstone-Milville
OCT 24 at Uxbridge
NOV 27 Southbridge

Oxford Pirates
SEP 13 at Uxbridge
SEP 20 at Leicester
SEP 26 at Southbridge
OCT  4  Bartlett
OCT 10 Worcester North
OCT 17 at Millbury
OCT 24 David Prouty
NOV 27 Bay Path

Shepherd Hill Rams
SEP 12 Fitchburg
SEP 20 Gardner
SEP 26 at Leominster
OCT  3  Grafton
OCT 11 at Wachusett
OCT 18 at St. Peter-Marian
OCT 24 Holy Name
NOV 27 at Tantasqua

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Bartlett tops Shepherd Hill 67-66 in classic

Evan Anderson and the Indians celebrate after their huge win over the Rams(photo by Lisa Kontoes)

Dudley – If you missed the high school boy’s basketball game between Bartlett and Shepherd Hill this past Monday night, then you missed one of the best encounters probably ever between the two schools.  If you were at the game, there is a good chance that you are still talking about it!

The intensity in the gym at Shepherd Hill was pretty high as both student bodies turned out in force to cheer their respective teams on in what may very well be one of the last games between the two neighboring schools. 

With Shepherd Hill recently announcing that they are leaving the Southern Worcester County League to join the Midland Wachusett League, their schedule will be changing and may not include the Indians.

Back to the actual game – Bartlett senior Evan Anderson proved to be clutch hitting two free throws in the final .03 seconds to give his team an incredible 67-66 win in a game that the Indians trailed most of the way.

Anderson, who did not have one of his better games, was heckled early and often by the Rams fans after tossing up an air ball on a three-point attempt. However he got his revenge making the winning free throws and staring down the hometown fans as the buzzer sounded.

Despite those last minute heroics by Anderson and fellow senior Alex Givins-Perry, who had a career high 37 points and was unstoppable at times especially in the second half, the Indians struggled and the Rams led and were in command most of the game.

The Rams used their significant height advantage and some early sharpshooting by sophomore superstar in the making Michael “Posey” Rapoza(19 points) to take a 23-18 lead after one quarter, despite 10 points by Indians freshman point guard Anthony Grzembski.

Both teams picked up their defensive intensity as the Rams held on to a slim 33-29 halftime lead.

The third quarter was an all-out war with AGP catching fire and connecting for 11 points, while Rapoza continued his inside dominance with 8 points of his own as the Rams held on to a four point 53-49 lead.
Rams senior David Bianculli drives by Evan Anderson(photo by Lisa Kontoes)

The Rams opened an 8 point 60-52 lead behind a pair of David Bianculli baskets and it looked they were about to take the game over, but the Indians battled back and were aided when one of the Rams big men Chris Lindstrom fouled out with 2:05 remaining.

AGP scored on a dazzling layup with 1:08 left and the game was tied at 61, but back to back hoops by Jefferson Pollier and Rapoza put the Rams up by 4 points 65-61 with 40 seconds left.

Both teams missed key free throws late and when the Rams fumbled the ball out of bounds with 7.1 seconds left, the Indians had one final chance trailing 66-65 setting up Anderson’s heroics.

AGP drove to the basket and when he missed, Anderson was there to collect the rebound and get fouled. The senior calmly went to the line and made both free throws and triggered off a massive celebration by the Indians players and fans and leaving the Rams players and fans stunned in disbelief.

"There is nobody than I would rather have had on the line(in that situation), he (Anderson) knows it and he wants to be on the line,” said Indians coach Tony Paranto. “He didn't have any panic in his eyes at all, he knew he was going to make them and he did.”

Paranto also praised the play of AGP.
 "He's a quality player, he's tough to beat off the dribble, he had that look in his eyes where he didn't care who was in front of him and he elevated his game over those 6’6” kids and he drove himself to another level tonight”.

A lot of people in the gym were aware that this may the final time these teams meet and you could tell that this took the rivalry to another level.

“The kids knew that this could be the last time that we play them and we talked about that the last couple of days at practice,” said Paranto.

The enrollment size of the two schools has definitely been a factor in recent years especially in girl’s sports where the Rams have dominated. This year was also the first time since Shepherd Hill opened in the seventies that the two teams didn’t play each other in football.

Its sad in a way to see the rivalry end, and hopefully the two teams will continue to play each other in some sports (boys soccer and boys basketball) but it is time for Shepherd Hill to move on from the SWCL and its good thing that they are.

Regardless of what the future holds, this game will go down as one of the greatest between the two schools and will not be forgotten. 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pioneers take advantage of Indians mishaps in 33-28 win

Alex Givins-Perry scored 4 times in the Indians loss to the Pioneers(photo by SP)

Southbridge – The criticism started pouring in with regards to the new MIAA playoff system almost as soon as the playoff schedule was announced. There was a remote possibility that Bartlett and Southbridge, two schools with the third longest Thanksgiving rivalry in Central Mass, would meet in the playoffs prior to their annual meeting. Although it didn’t look likely that it would happen, it did.

Bartlett went out to soundly defeat Southbridge 35-14 in their demi-final match-up and advanced to face Northbridge in the Division 5 Central Mass finals and then lose.

For this writer and fan and graduate of Bartlett High School, it was a disappointment and perhaps even a let down that the two teams had already played, but still the Thanksgiving Day rivalry was on.

Southbridge had won the previous five meetings and we’re looking to make it six in a row in this the 94th meeting between the two proud schools. Bartlett on the other hand was having a really good season and it looked like this could their year to snap the Pioneers streak, but they also knew as everyone else did that it would be hard to beat the same team twice in one season in high school football especially when the talent level so even the two team teams. Nevertheless the battle for bragging rights for the two schools was on.

It was apparent on the opening Pioneers 13 play scoring drive that they meant business. Sophomore quarterback Anthony Santos connected with Emilio Torres on 12-yard pass play on fourth down to cap an impressive drive and give the home team a 7-0 lead following Jose Morales’ extra point.

As good as a start as it was for the Pioneers, before you could blink your eye Indians star playmaker Alex Givins-Perry (AGP) returned the ensuing kickoff 76 yards and we had a 7-6 game just like that.

The Pioneers showed early that they weren’t about to back down. They stormed 78 yards and once again ate up the clock with a nine- play drive and took a 14-6 lead when Torres ran 30 yards into the end zone for his second score on the first play of the second quarter.

The Indians finally got the ball on offense and ran their first play from scrimmage in the second quarter. AGP broke through the line on the third play and barreled 55 yards before being caught from behind by Torres on the five-yard line with a touchdown saving tackle. Two plays later the Indians suffered a costly fumble on the three-yard line.

After going back and forth on the next few possessions, The Indians tied the game at 14 when AGP scored his second touchdown with 5 seconds left in the half on a five-yard run and added the two-point conversion on a pass from Ricky Spooner.  The drive was set up by a great defensive play by Anthony “The Bull” Cafarelli who sacked Santos for 21-yard loss forcing the Pioneers to punt and give the Indians excellent field position.
Anthony “The Bull” Cafarelli smothers Anthony Santos for a big sack which led to an Indians score(photo by SP)

The Indians fumbled a second time on the first play of the second half giving the Pioneers excellent field position on the 30-yard line. Four plays later Ariel De La Cruz barreled in from 8 yards out. Morales added the extra point and it was 21-14.

On their next possession, AGP was at it again sprinting 60 yards on a second down play for his third touchdown of the game. Matt Pepin added the extra point and the game was knotted up at 21.

The Indians defense led by the ferocious play of junior captain Neil Flanigan stopped the Pioneers, but a costly third Indians fumble gave them the ball back and on the first play from scrimmage Santos found Jordan Torres for a 21 yard touchdown pass play to give the Pioneers a 27-21 lead. No one was backing down in this game.

On the very next play from the line of scrimmage AGP did it again, this time going 72 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game. Pepin’s kick gave Bartlett a 28-27 lead as the third quarter ran out.

The Indians put together a strong drive eating up a good chunk of the clock but were stalled on fourth down on the Pioneers 25 yard line with just under five minutes left in the game.

Santos did an excellent job of guiding his team down the field all the way to the one yard line where he snuck in on a quarterback keeper to give his team a 33-28 led with 2:05 left.

The unthinkable happened on first down when the Indians fumbled for a fourth time surrendering the ball and the game.

It was a heartbreaking defeat for the Indians and one that led to a huge celebration for the Pioneers who made in six straight in the storied rivalry.

Bartlett coach Dane Laboissonniere was understandably disappointed about the loss and the team’s mishaps “Four turnovers versus none, you are not going to win many games when you give a team a plus four turnover differential.”

“We know he is a talented kid and he showed it out there today,” said Laboissonniere when asked about the play of rival quarterback Santos, who took the Offensive MVP award.

Flanigan, who was all over the field all morning for the Indians, was the clear-cut choice for defensive MVP. 
Neil Flanigan won the Defensive MVP award for his outstanding play(photo by SP)