PHOTO: Final Thanksgiving Day Game...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition

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2017 NRHS football season in review...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition NORTH READING — The Hornets had a great 2017 season with plenty of highlights. The following is a week-by-week recap of each game courtesy of our man on the gridiron, Andrew Mounter. Beat Brighton, 31-8 (1-0) Senior quarterback and co-captain Kyle Bythrow got the Hornets off to a great start by gaining 281 all-purpose yards (191 rushing, 90 passing) as North Reading crushed Brighton on the road, 31-8 in the season opener. “Kyle is a tremendous athlete,” said head coach Jeff Wall. “He is a leader in the classroom as well as on the football field, and he is respected by his teammates and coaches alike.” Bythrow found senior Lionel Beane for a 30-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Then he threw a 28-yard TD pass to...

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Hornets and Pioneers ready for another classic in the 59th annual Thanksgiving Day Game...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition NORTH READING — The North Reading Hornets and the Lynnfield Pioneers meet up yet again tomorrow morning, for the annual Thanksgiving football game. Both teams are entering the game with successful seasons as North Reading (6-4) captured the Cape Ann League Kinney division and reached the semifinals of the MIAA Division 4 North while Lynnfield comes in with a 9-2 record as they reached the final of the MIAA Division 5 North but lost to Watertown in a close one, 38-34. “Lynnfield is big, fast, strong and talented,” said Hornet head coach Jeff Wall. “They do not have a strong suit on offense as they run the ball well and they pass the ball well. Their defense is aggressive and they are well-coached.” Lynnfield’s offense is very...

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A Pioneer’s view of the big Thanksgiving Day game...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Published in the November 22, 2017 edition By TOM CONDARDO NORTH READING — One big question hangs over the 59th meeting on Thanksgiving Day between the archrival Hornets and Pioneers tomorrow morning at Arthur J. Kenney Field in North Reading: which team can best bounce back from their late season disappointments? The Pioneers suffered a devastating last second loss in the Division 5 North Final against Watertown a week ago Friday. The Hornets experienced a similar fate in their Division 4 semi-final when they failed to convert a two-point conversion with 16 seconds left in their bid to upset top-seeded Melrose. North Reading followed that up with a 21-7 loss to Wilmington last week. Both teams need to shake off the losses if they hope to finish their season with a win over their...

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Life lessons learned on the gridiron...

Nov 22, 2017 by

Rotary clubs host Thanksgiving rivals at luncheon Published in the November 22, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO NORTH READING — The annual Thanksgiving Day showdown between the Lynnfield and North Reading football teams has become a rite of passage for both schools as well as a highly anticipated event in the two towns. The same is true for the annual pre-Thanksgiving Day luncheon, which was hosted by the North Reading and Lynnfield Rotary Clubs at Kitty’s Restaurant on Nov. 15. North Reading Club President Mike Walbourne served as the master of the ceremonies during the luncheon. He said the two clubs do “a lot of great work” in their respective communities. “In the coming months, both the North Reading and Lynnfield clubs will be working on a food project,” said Walbourne. “We will be giving away...

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