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 (Mass) 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.

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, West Boylston’s Cole McCubrey and Leominster’s Noah Gray, the Pioneers are thrilled to welcome back nearly all of their big names from a season ago, starting with highly regarded athlete Hunter Gorgas.