September 6, 2017

Worcester Sun, Sept. 6: Doherty’s Tajon Vassar, Mass Fury, defending DACA + more

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Tajon Vassar, a junior running back/defensive back, is another in a long line of legacies at Doherty.

The Sun Football Forecast | Part 4

Doherty’s Tajon Vassar a fast-rising star for the Highlanders |  An overlooked kid who puts in the work, plays both sides of the ball, and is trying to live up to the accomplishments of an older brother, Vassar embodies the traits of many on this year’s hopeful Highlanders. “We’re lucky with Tajon, because he’s one of our best players, if not our best player, and he’s also the hardest worker,” Doherty coach Sean Mulcahy said.

Sound of Fury signifies nothing but football for those who just won’t quit |  The semi-professional Eastern Football League has provided a competitive oasis for scholastic and collegiate gridiron greats since 1961 — many area fans may remember the long-dominant Marlborough Shamrocks — and for the past several years the Worcester-based Mass Fury have been winning trophies and keeping dreams alive.

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Andrew DelBrocco, a senior defensive back, is among the leaders of a stout St. John’s defense.

  • Local football stars to watch on Saturdays and Sundays |  So, if you want to keep track of the Worcester County boys now playing at football’s highest levels, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a handy list of, and outlook for, every CMass native playing in the NFL and the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.
  • McKay brings tireless work ethic to SPM football |  “It was intense,” senior captain Matt Dumphy said of the team’s first day. “It was a lot more this year, but we’re ready for it. In the past, we would maybe do four hours on the first day. This year was six or seven, but we’re learning a lot.”
  • St. John’s depth has Pioneers dreaming big in 2017 |  While most of the region is bemoaning the losses of generational talents, like Grafton’s Ifeatu Melifonwu and West Boylston’s Cole McCubrey, the Pioneers are thrilled to welcome back nearly all of their big names — and expectations — from a season ago.
  • Worcester’s Yiadom primed for big senior season at BC |  The Doherty legend’s name has come up a lot more in talks about the best players in the formidable Atlantic Coast Conference. But to senior DB Isaac Yiadom, that’s all just noise. “I don’t really listen to any of that, I just have to keep doing what I always do.”
  • Wachusett’s Tyler Catalina’s journey to an NFL roster spot |  “I’ve got to keep working and showing the coaches I can handle anything they throw at me,” Catalina said in mid-August. Those coaches, it seems, have seen something from the 325-pounder, who has earned a backup role on the Washington Redskins offensive line.

QCC’s Pedraja among college leaders defending DACA |  In a joint statement with the Boston Public Schools, the 15 public community college presidents in Massachusetts said they are committed to educating all who pass through their doors.

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Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 195]: Charlie Baker deals drug peddlers a losing hand |  When it comes to the lingering opioid crisis that has devastated families from coast to coast, Massachusetts remains at the vanguard of the battle to bring the scourge to an end. Much of that fight has come straight from the top, marshaled by Gov. Charlie Baker, who has pushed new state laws, encouraged regional collaboration and been recognized for his efforts most notably by being chosen to serve on President Trump’s national opioid task force. Now he’s proposing manslaughter charges for dealers whose sales lead to a user’s death. With a topic like this, Hitch couldn’t “just say no.”

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Worcester scofflaws find thrills — and trouble — with invisible cloaks |  “The crime is just one of many that have occurred nationwide since a Chinese-American venture, Shìlì, began to market invisibility cloaks to consumers last year as part of the Harry Potter 50th Anniversary Commemoration.” Wondering what the future could hold for wearable technology? Find out with author BJ Hill in the Sun’s serial glimpse into the fantastic (and mostly fictional) possibilities of a not-so-distant tomorrow.

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Inbox [Sept. 6]: News and notes from Clark, Wheelock, DCU, Literacy Volunteers, Commonwealth Corp., St. Peter-Marian |  Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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