Friday, January 18, 2013

He Was Super

Dartmouth-bound safety Lucas Bavaro of St. John's Prep in Massachusetts earned area student-athlete of the month honors for December according to a piece in the Salem News. From the story:
He was the leader of a Prep defense that was particularly stingy down the season’s homestretch and into the playoffs; Bavaro had 23 tackles (including three for losses) and an interception in the final month of the season. In the Prep’s Super Bowl triumph over Brockton, he blocked a punt and forced a fumble.
Speaking of Bavaro, last month the Danvers Herald had a story with his reflections on a "Super season." From the story:
“A lot of the papers had it wrong – everybody called me a tight end this season,” said Bavaro. 
That would be his father – Mark Bavaro was a tight end for the NFL Super Bowl champion New York Giants of 1986 and 1990. He was also a two-time Pro Bowl selection, in 1986 and 1987. 
“[My father] helps a lot,” said Lucas. “I watch film with him a lot. He always gives me advice. He’s helpful to have around, as he’s had that [NFL] experience.”  
Jake Smirk, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas has Tweeted that he'll be in Hanover this weekend. Find his Rivals recruiting page here. He is listed as having offers from Colorado State, Cornell and Georgetown in addition to Dartmouth. Find his video package here. There's a video interview with him here.
Among other prospective recruits in town is Mike Langman, a 6-5, 275 tackle from Naperville North in Illinois. Find his Hudl video package here. He's listed as a unanimous all-conference player and the conference offensive lineman of the year. His Rivals page lists offers from Dartmouth, North Dakota, South Dakota and Yale and he's had interest from Harvard as well.
According to Newsday, Dartmouth grad John Idzik is the "clear front-runner" to be the new general manager of the New York Jets. From the story:
It appears the Jets have found their man. Only one question remains: Does John Idzik want the job?
The Garden City News on Long Island has a story about the winner of the Robert J. Reeves IV scholarship, honoring the former All-Ivy offensive lineman at Dartmouth. From the story:
The scholarship was created in memory of Bobby Reeves, a member of Garden City High School’s Class of 1999. Bobby was a rare and colorful person; he was a gifted athlete, a strong performer in the classroom and was selected funniest person by his class. Upon graduation, Bobby went on to Dartmouth College, where he played football all four years. 
The Associated Press is among the outlets reporting Dartmouth's decision not to award Advanced Placement credit. From the story:
(Hakan Tell, a classics professor and chairman of the college's Committee on Instruction) pointed to an experiment undertaken by the college's psychology department as proof that AP courses often fall short. 
Rather than award credit for an introductory course to incoming students who got the highest score on the AP test, the department gave those students a condensed version of the Dartmouth course's final exam. Ninety percent failed, Tell said. And when those students went on to take the introductory class, they performed no better than those who did not have the high AP test scores.
Interestingly, Hanover High School does not offer AP classes, much to the amazement of some college classmates of a couple of Certain Hanover High Grads. According to their guidance counselor, there's a growing movement away from AP classes at elite high schools in part because they "teach to the test."