High schools kick off football season

Westwood Ma 8/14/17 Xaverian Brothers head football coach coach Al Fornaro during Xaverian Brothers 1st day of MIAA football conditioning drills on their practice field. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter: Henry Brechter

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Friday was the first day teams could hit the field; first scrimmages set for Aug. 26

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The volleyball star won a contest sponsored by Gatorade with her essay on her experience with Cape Cod Champs.

HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/09/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_bcandover5_spts.jpg School football stakes its claim to Friday nights

The national federation issued a resolution asking pros and colleges not to play on Fridays.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ SOCCER

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In order to play for one of two academy teams, players must forgo all other athletic commitments.

Globe honors area’s top scholar-athletes of 2016-17

Four athletes of the year — Patrick Flynn (Hanover), Angela Alibrandi (Westford), Amaya Finklea (Noble and Greenough) and Jeff Costello (BB&N) — were also honored.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_brainspring6_spts.jpg Kristen McDonnell returns as Braintree girls’ basketball coach

McDonnell, who resigned in April with a “heavy heart,” will return to the Wamps bench in 2017-18 after “a lot of reflection over the last few months.”

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/18/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_cambridgefrank2_spts.jpg Dimon Carrigan’s shot-blocking continues to turn heads

The Cambridge basketball star has demonstrated improved offense playing on AAU circuit.

John Piatelli from St. Sebastian’s tried to shake defenders Pat Abad (Longmeadow) and Will Bowen (BC High).

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BOSTON LAX ALL-AMERICAN GAME

Area lacrosse standouts got to strut their stuff

The game featuring the top players from the MIAA and the Independent School League went down to the final seconds.

THE GLOBE’S TOP 20s

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Milford softball, St. John’s Prep baseball, Needham girls’ lacrosse, Lincoln-Sudbury boys’ lacrosse and Wayland volleyball were No. 1 in final Globe polls.

HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK

Soccer great Cat Whitehill to coach Wellesley girls

The Olympic gold medalist and former National Women’s Soccer League star will start this fall.

DENNIS-YARMOUTH 14, MiDDLEBORO 13

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Dolphins quarterback Jacob McCarthy found wide receiver Rob Evans for a winning touchdown on third-and-goal.