The Everett High School football team is heading in a familiar direction: the Tide are one win away from playing for the state championship at Gillette Stadium.
We salute this phenomenal record of success that has been achieved by head coach John DiBiaso, his staff of capable assistants, and the players, who are seeking to bring home their fourth consecutive Super Bowl title.
This Saturday’s game will be historic in that under the new MIAA playoff format, Everett is for the first time hosting a (North) sectional championship game on its home field, Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium. As they say in sports, “it doesn’t get any bigger than this” in respect to the magnitude of this game. And a tremendous crowd is expected to be on hand for the Everett-Central Catholic clash of titans.
As much as Everett’s record on the field during the John DiBiaso era is unmatched statewide, academically the program has set the foundation for so many of its players to go on and attend colleges and receive degrees.
That esteemed list of alumni includes such recent graduates as Jonathan DiBiaso (Dartmouth), John Montelus (Notre Dame), Matt Costello (Princeton), Manny Asprilla (Boston College), Jakarri Washington (Wisconsin), and Rodman Noel (North Carolina State).
Locally, former EHS players Pat McGrath, Bryan Dasilva, Nick Stanfield, and Jaleel Wingard led the Framingham State football team to the MASCAC championship in the Rams’ first year in the league.
All of this success on and off the field would not have been possible without the outstanding leadership and the commitment to excellence that has been established by Superintendent of Schools Frederick Foresteire at the helm of the Everett school system.
Mr. Foresteire has devoted the resources necessary not only to help athletes on the football team but in all other sports at the high school as well. We’ve said it before but one of our favorite moments of the year is when Superintendent Foresteire introduces the senior football players and cheerleaders at the annual breakup banquet. Mr. Foresteire’s familiarity and knowledge of each senior’s accomplishments and his pride in announcing the destinations of the seniors following their graduation brings immense pride to the leader of our school system.
So it’s not only the remarkable on-field achievement of our football team that has the whole community excited once again, it’s the realization that Everett’s scholar-athletes are standing out in all aspects of student life at the high school.
Thank you, Coach DiBiaso and staff, and Superintendent Foresteire for creating a program that the entire community can take pride in and be proud of.
The thousands of Everett fans who will be there for the football team on Saturday are testament that they believe in the great things coach DiBiaso and Superintendent Foresteire are doing for our student-athletes and that they understand that one’s participation in high school sports can be the perfect vehicle for students to advance toward their goals of a college education.
Good luck, Everett.