FOOTBALL

Xaverian’s Joe Gaziano, Everett’s Lukas Denis lead All-State team

Xaverian’s Joe Gaziano and Everett’s Lukas Denis.

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The Massachusetts Football Coaches Association and the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston will honor the All-State team at a banquet in March.

Winthrop's Gretchen Howard (left) from two hip surgeries and has become one of the area's top goalies.

GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY

Young goaltenders quickly proving their worth

Winthrop’s Gretchen Howard heads a list of early achievers starring between the pipes.

Leah Cardarelli is one of many strong athletes on the Acton-Boxborough girls’ hockey team this year, said head coach Brian Fontas.

GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY

Acton-Boxborough teammates make slick transition from field to ice

The Globe’s Division 1 field hockey Player of the Year has piloted Acton-Boxborough girls’ hockey team to a 4-0 start.

Emily Smith is replaceing four-year starter Ashley Dallaire in goal.

GIRLS’ ICE HOCKEY

Top teams forced to start over in net

Defending state champion Duxbury and Westwood are replacing four-year starters in goal.

Saturday’s roundup: Dover-Sherborn boys win

Andreas Koutopidis and Brian Thompson were the high scorers in the Raiders’ 56-21 defeat of Nipmuc.

Sophomore goaltender Keith Petruzzelli (31) is eager to build off a strong freshman campaign for Springfield Cathedral.

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BOYS’ ICE HOCKEY

Talent makes Springfield Cathedral stand out in a crowd

The Panthers boast six Division 1 commits — by far the most of any MIAA school.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/21/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/davis_ref10_spts-7776--90x90.jpg MIAA doesn’t conduct criminal background checks on referees

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association lags behind athletic groups in other states in screening officials.