Wednesday, November 23, 2011

On The Radar

Good thing the Dartmouth football season wrapped up this week. I don't know what it is doing down in the valley right now, but we may have 10 inches of snow on the ground already – and it's still coming down! Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

Click here to see a WCVBtv piece on Everett, Mass., quarterback Johnathan DiBiaso (above) who broke the Massachusetts schoolboy record for career touchdown passes and is considering Dartmouth, Harvard and Holy Cross according to a Boston Globe story. The Globe calls him, "statistically the greatest quarterback in the history of Massachusetts high school football."

From the Globe piece:
On Oct. 28, DiBiaso threw six touchdown passes in the first half of a 41-14 win over Medford, which vaulted him past Brockton’s Tom Colombo’s state record (85).
With as many as three games left to play, Everett’s senior southpaw has 97 touchdown passes, 38 this season. He is gunning for the season record of 43 he set last season.
A couple of Boston Globe writers discuss DiBiaso at the front end of this video and the Boston Herald has a video interview with DiBiaso. There's a story from earlier this month when he broke the touchdown record in the Everett Independent.

If you haven't read it already, check out the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine story on Athletic Director Harry Sheehy. Although I tease him about taking food out of my family's mouth, old friend (and novelist) Brad Parks did his usual nice job with the story. From the story:
“President Kim said to me, ‘Tell me what’s in the way of success and I’ll remedy it,’ ” says Sheehy. “And (admissions and financial aid) was one area where I said, ‘Jim, here’s one that if we don’t fix it, we’ll never be successful.’ And we’ve really made some remarkable improvements in that area.”

By now you've seen the All-Ivy League picks and the Big Green was well represented. The two biggest quibbles for me were safety Joey Casey and linebacker Bronson Green both being selected Honorable Mention. I suppose it is a lot to ask for to have eight first-team All-Ivy picks when you don't really challenge for the championship, but Casey and Green could at least have been on the second team.

If there's a concern looking over the list it is this: Dartmouth had 10 players receive 11 All-Ivy recognition (Shawn Abuhoff was first-team defensive back and return specialist), and all but one of the players honored is a senior. That's a whole lot of talent graduating.

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