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GREATER BOSTON LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Malden High kicker Ronald Juarez gets D1 Football Offer from Merrimack

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Former Everett High star DB Lewis Cine recovering from major injury in first NFL season

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  When Malden High head football coach Witche Exilhomme learned the news that the first Division 1 college football offer to a Tornado player since he assumed the reins was in the bank, his immediate reaction was pride.

   Then it was right back to the kid: “He will get more offers very soon, if one coach strikes gold, other coaching staffs want a piece of it, too,” Coach Exilhomme said.

   The Malden coach, who led the Tornado football team to its most victories in eight seasons (4-6) this past fall, got a text from Class of 2022 placekicker Ronald Juarez Tuesday night that he had received a D-1 offer from Merrimack College.

    It was the first Malden player to receive a D-1 offer since 2015, when the coach’s own two brothers, D.J and Danley Exilhomme got the nod from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).

    Not a bad package deal for the Blue Devils — two of Malden’s all-time best players!

     Juarez had a standout career at Malden High, playing the 2018-2020 seasons under former head coach Steve Freker and then his senior year, 2021, with Coach Exilhomme.

    Due to unpredictable and cloudy recruiting seasons during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was difficult for Juarez to be seen extensively, though he did attend several national-level kicking camps accompanied by Coach Freker in the past several years. They were run by nationally-renowned Chris Sailer and also Kicking World, in out-of-state locales such as Florida, North Carolina and New Jersey.

  Following last season, Coach Exilhomme suggested that Juarez attend the coach’s former postgraduate destination, Milford Academy, in upstate New York. Juarez was immediately accepted and locked it in to attend Milford just about one year ago.

    It turned out to be exactly the right move, as Juarez excelled at Milford — which plays a national schedule — dominating the kicking game, including a 51-yard field goal made in one game and several other clutch kicks.

    In the meanwhile, Juarez continued to send highlight clips to basically every Division 1 and Division 2 college football program on the East Coast.

   “He knew what he wanted and he stayed with it. I really don’t think he missed contacting any program you could possibly think of,” Coach Freker said. “He’s a very hard worker and has always been extremely motivated.”

     Malden High Director of Athletic said he always thought highly of Juarez. “He worked hard to improve his craft of kicking and he also stepped it up in the classroom when he set his sights on playing college football.

  “Ronald Juarez is most likely the best placekicker or at least one of the very best, to ever play football at Malden High,” Conefrey said, noting the Class of 2022 grad booted the game winning field goal in not one, but two Thanksgiving wins over Medford, in the 29-0 rout in 2019 and the 12-10 (no offensive touchdowns scored) win in 2021.

     Juarez’s “ship came in,” so to speak, when he received his first Division 1 offer from Merrimack Tuesday night. After receiving a number of other offers from Division 3 and 2 schools, this first D-1 offer really excited him.

     Coach Exilhomme is convinced more high-end offers are coming. “Everyone’s always digging for gold when it comes to college football recruiting. More will come knocking, wait and see.”

      On sending Juarez to Milford Academy. when Exilhomme once attended as a player and then returned two years ago as a coach: “It turned out to be the right move. We put a lot of work into getting Ronald (Juarez) to Milford and getting him in the right spot and it has paid off for him,” Coach Exilhomme said. “Coach Freker played a big role in all of it. He cares so much for all the Malden players and continues to show it.”

     Juarez said he is excited for what could lie ahead. “I am very thankful for all the help I received from coaches at Malden, Coach Witche and Coach Frek and also from Mr. Conefrey,” the college-bound kicker said. “I also am grateful to my family for the support they have shown me every day.”

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Former Everett High star Lewis Cine making speedy recovery after devastating leg injury in Game #6 of his NFL career

   When the injury was first announced, it was said — point blank— there was doubt if the former Everett High and University of Georgia star defensive back would ever play football again.

   The injury for the Minnesota Vikings safety was that bad.

    While blocking for a punt in a game played in London two months ago, Cine sustained a horrifying injury, breaking BOTH major bones in his leg, the fibia and the tibia, as well as severely dislocating his ankle.

  The Vikings selected Cine in the 1st Round of the 2022 NFL Draft after a controversial trade back from the 12th spot. Cine was the 32nd overall pick. He got a fantastic contract, signing for $11.6 million guaranteed on a four-year rookie pact, including a $5.6 million signing bonus.
Despite the crushing injury, Cine said recently, “Nothing is going to keep me from playing next season.”
      Cine, 23, has been spotted on television clips, walking around inside the Vikings Stadium, barely two months after his potential life altering surgeries.

     Good luck, Lewis, and a speedy recovery!  A college athlete extraordinaire. He could end up being one of the greatest comeback stories of the 2023 season in the NFL.

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Revere High Boys Basketball looking for breakout season this year after completing final scrimmage

   Revere High Boys Basketball is looking for a big season this year after a busy offseason and productive scrimmage action this preseason.

   The Patriots wrapped up the scrimmage work against Melrose at home on Wednesday, as head coach Dave Leary and staff put some finishing touches on the product. Revere also scrimmaged fellow Greater Boston Leaguer Chelsea in the Ron Bennett Jamboree at Lynn English and former Northeastern Conference (NEC) rival Winthrop.

     Revere Boys and Girls basketball will be two of the first sports to kick off the full Winter Season slate next Tuesday, December 13 when the Patriots host GBL rival Everett at Revere High School at 6:00 p.m.

     The Revere Girls Basketball team is on the road that same night at 6:00 p.m. at Everett.

     Revere Boys Swimming splashes off the 2022-23 season on Wednesday, December 13 at Boston Latin Academy.

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Former Malden High standout Ronald Juarez, Class of 2022, recently received a Division 1 football offer to attend Merrimack College.
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Ronald Juarez kicked the game winning field goals in each of the past two Malden High Thanksgiving Day victories over Medford before this year, in 2019 and 2021.
Former Everett High and University of Georgia star Lewis Cine suffered a horrifying injury while blocking on a punt for the Minnesota Vikings against New Orleans in London in early October. (Courtesy Photo)
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Lewis Cine, above, played for Everett High in 2018 in 2015 and 2016 before transferring to a high school in Texas.

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