Townie Sports Roundup
By Kevin Kelly
Congratulations to my friend and fellow Townie George “Jecka” McCabe for being inducted into the Xaverian High School Hall of Fame this month.
George coached the Hawks for 24 seasons, 17 as the head coach.
Coach McCabe won two Super Bowls, nine conference titles and coached pro legends like Matt Hasselbeck ’93 and Greg Comella ’93.
George got his start on Clapboardtree Street coaching with Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Armand Caraviello in 1968, and stayed with the Hawks through the 1971 season. He followed Armand to Medford, and returned to Xaverian in 1973. George was named the Hawks Head Coach in 1976, and quickly re-established Xaverian as a football powerhouse.
During his tenure as head coach, George led the Hawks to Catholic Conference Championships in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1992. In 1983 he had his first undefeated team that would go onto play at Sullivan Stadium in the school’s first of many Super Bowls. George would go on to win over 100 games against the best teams in the state in his career at Xaverian. The 1986 Hall of Fame team captured the school’s first Super Bowl Championship under his leadership.
- THANKSGIVING DAY FOOTBALL MATCHUPS
(all games at 10:00 AM):
*Everett (9-2) at Masconomet (7-2)
TOWNIE: EVE junior fullback Jonte Joseph
*Malden Catholic (2-7) at Waltham (4-5)
TOWNIES: MC senior QB Colin Sullivan (injured) and senior lineman Quinlan Sullivan
*Boston Latin (3-6) vs. Boston English (4-5) at Harvard Stadium
TOWNIE: BL freshman lineman Eoghan Kelley
*Northeast (6-3) at Essex Tech (3-5)
TOWNIE: NE sophomore tailback Ryan McGonagle
*St. Clement (3-6) vs. Lowell Catholic (5-4) at Chelmsford HS
TOWNIE: SC junior lineman Luke von Hunnius
*Winthrop (3-7) at Revere (5-5)
TOWNIE: REV senior QB Eddie Sullivan
*East Boston (4-6) vs. South Boston (1-7) at White Stadium
TOWNIE: EB senior linebacker Izzy Vega
*Winchester (5-5) at Woburn (4-5)
TOWNIE: WIN junior QB Liam Fitzpatrick
UMass-Dartmouth freshman Carly Cahill finished 5th in the 100 Breast stroke and 4th in the 200 Freestyle Relay but the Corsairs fell to Roger Williams by a 169-64 score…Elms junior Aislinn Carrier finished 1st in the 100 Freestyle, 2nd in the 200 Medley Relay and 3rd in the 400 Freestyle in a 166-88 setback to Colby-Sawyer.
#16 Yale 2-3-0
#17 Northeastern 3-4-3
Salem St. (women) 0-2-0
Nolan Vesey 3-4-7
Brendan Collier 0-4-4
Mike Doherty 1-2-3
Aaron Titcomb 0-2-2
Conal Lynch, Tufts (JR/wing)
Brendan Collier, Northeastern (SR/wing)
Michael Doherty, Yale (SR/center)
Nolan Vesey, Maine (JR/wing)
Aaron Titcomb, Merrimack (JR/defenseman)
Danielle Kelley, Salem St. (JR/wing)
Jacqueline Sindoris, Salem St. (SOPH/wing)
Rose Sullivan, Salem St. (FR/wing)
- At the Pope John XXIII soccer banquet, sophomore defenseman Conor Kelly was named team captain for the 2017 season. The Charlestown Youth Soccer program is now a sensational “feeder” to many high school and collegiate teams.
- At the Boston Latin soccer banquet, junior goalkeeper Jack Evans received the Golden Gloves Award as well as a Dual County League All Star Honorable Mention. Jack was also named captain of the 2017 varsity team. Jack’s younger sister Katie was awarded the Most Improved Player Award for the JV team.
Charlestown youth football team captures league title
The Charlestown Youth Football Townies fifth-and-sixth-grade team captured the Commonwealth Youth Football League Spartan Division championship with a 33-21 victory over Wakefield Sunday in Melrose.
The undefeated Townies (10-0), led by head coach Joe Bitopoulos, will play the Northeast Youth Football Conference champion Peabody Black team in the Super Bowl Sunday at 11 a.m. at Bentley University in Waltham.
Jayden Prophete sparked Charlestown’s high-powered offense against Wakefield with touchdown runs of 67 and 30 yards. Yariel Ortiz had two long receptions and made some key tackles on defense.
Jeremy Taylor had a huge fumble recovery and returned the ball 50 yards to set up Charlestown for a touchdown.
Quarterback Ricky Carbral displayed excellent leadership at the controls of the Townies’ offense.
Charlestown had defeated teams from Medford, Watertown, Beverly, Lynn, Stoneham, Melrose, and Wakefield on the road to the league title.