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Catholic West: Brave new world for Pope Francis


Devan Tongue Pope Francis

Devan Tongue
Pope Francis

It’s a brave new world for the former Springfield Cathedral program, now known as the Pope Francis Cardinals following a merger with Holyoke Catholic.

The roster will have a decidedly different look than that which bowed in the Div. 1A semifinal last season thanks to graduation and the decision by a number of other players to move on.

Not that veteran coach Brian Foley is without talent. Junior forward Riley Prattson, who’s bound for Providence, and junior defenseman Danny Petrick, who’s headed to Northeastern, lead the way. Junior Cam Peritz and sophomore Devan Tongue add to the mix up front and seniors Cam Griffin and Matt Deloria are back on defense.

Pioneers Need To Develop Consistent Attack

ST. JOHN’S (S) (7-13-2)

Cody DiGregorio St. John's (S)

Cody DiGregorio
St. John’s (S)

Developing a consistent attack will be foremost on the agenda for coach Mike Mead and his staff as the Pioneers don’t return a single player who achieved double-digit points a season ago.

Senior Matt Negrotti (3-3-6) and sophomore Tyler Reynolds (3-3-6) are the most experienced forwards. Sophomore Ty Matthews moves up from the JV team. Senior Mike Parente (9 points) and sophomore Jack Herlihy return on a defense that will also include sophomore St. Peter-Marian transfer Cody DiGregorio.


The Guardians will look to build on the momentum of last year’s strong second half that saw them close 5-4-1. New coach Ryan Neville steps up from his former assistant’s role.

SPM returns its top four scorers. Junior Nick Pennucci (20-12-32) and senior Conor Leonard (13-15-28) form a solid one-two punch, assisted by sophomore Nick Palermo (8-11-19) and junior Cole Archambeault (6-10-16). Juniors Ben Crapo and Zach Natale will lead the defense.

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

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