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.

Worcester’s Yiadom primed for big senior season for Boston College football

Ever since BC coach Steve Addazio told ESPN Isaac Yiadom had the potential to be an all-conference player, the Doherty legend’s name has come up a lot more in talks about the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference, and college football in general. But to 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, and that’s work on what I’m not good at.”

Wachusett alum Tyler Catalina’s journey toward an NFL roster spot

“I’ve played in so many systems, on so many teams, that I think I can adjust to anything at this point,” the 325-pounder said of his first few weeks in the NFL. “It just is what it is. I’ve got to keep working and showing the coaches I can handle anything they throw at me.” Those coaches, it seems, have seen something from Catalina, who is in position to vie for a backup role on the Washington Redskins offensive line.

Grafton’s Obi Melifonwu is ready for his NFL Draft moment

“Nearly every year there is a player or two who sets the Combine on fire with his workouts, causing fans and scouts to drool over a prospect they may have never seen in an actual game. Calling Melifonwu a ‘workout warrior,’ as some casual observers have for the last month, would be selling him a great deal short, however.”

Last week’s most popular, April 9-15

Here are the most popular Worcester Sun articles April 9-15

Mariano: Have we learned anything from the closing of Our Lady of Mount Carmel? Are you ready for some lacrosse? Read this and you will be
Evan Corrigan: Diary of a visit to Worcester … England, that is
Editorial: Want to make Worcester a better place? Step up by stepping out
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 152]: The continuing saga of the Midtown Mall


Are you ready for some lacrosse? Read this and you will be

While the sport is growing nationwide — from about 250,000 players in 2001 to more than 800,000 in 2015, per US Lacrosse — it is expanding at an exponential rate in Central Massachusetts, where every year there seems to be a new team, new youth program, or a long-suffering squad that breaks through to the tournament.

Kevin Mensah looks to end whirlwind year with scholarship

Hopes remain high that a match with a top collegiate program — maybe nearby? — could be on the horizon for one of the area’s most talented football players as Signing Day nears. Joe Parello has the story.