By Justin McAllister
In baseball, at the top of the list is the “five-tool” player who excels at hitting and hitting for power and has a rocket arm, fantastic fielding glove and speed to burn.
The “gold standard” for a football player, for a hundred years-plus, has been the “triple threat” star in running, passing and kicking. In today’s football parlance, “triple threat” now means the best player at running the football, catching the ball and playing defense.
Well, we are not sure if Everett High School senior Mike Sainristil ever threw on a baseball glove or not, but it is quite certain the 5’10”, 175 lb. future Michigan Wolverine knocked it out of the park on the high school football field this past season.
For his dominant, productive and successful fall campaign, Sainristil has been honored as the 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year, signifying the top high school player in Massachusetts. The Everett High senior is now able to designate a $1,000 grant from Gatorade to a local or national cause or group of his choice.
“It is a great honor for our football program and community,” Sainristil said of the Gatorade award, “especially considering all the great players from Everett and other schools who have been receiving this award in the past.”
Sainristil is the sixth Everett player in the past 22 years to receive the award as the top player in Massachusetts. The prior Crimson Tide award winners are Omar Easy (1996), Diamond Ferri (1999), Frank Nuzzo (2003), Matt Costello (2010) and Jonathan DiBiaso (2011).
The Tide senior wide receiver and defensive back did “by land and by air” offensively. Sainristil caught 30 passes for 762 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season, leading Everett (10-1) to the Division 1 North Sectional semifinals. He also ran for nearly 300 yards and five more scores and a two-point conversion to finish second in scoring in the state in Division 1, with 104 points. The Michigan-bound Sainristil also recorded six interceptions in the secondary, including three in one game, also leading Division 1 and the state among defensive players.
Sainristil is also a well-rounded student-athlete who considers community service a priority in his life. He is a musician who plays the violin, piano and drums, Sainristil is a member of the Haitian Club at Everett High. He has volunteered locally as a youth football coach and as part of multiple community service initiatives through his church.
“It’s a dream come true to have [coached] a player and person like Mike Sainristil,” first-year Everett head coach Theluxon Pierre said in an online report. “It makes my job a lot easier. He is [a] very coachable kid, someone the younger players look up to because of the way he is. He’s just an awesome kid who does it all both on and off the field.”
Sainristil has maintained a “B” average in the classroom. It was also recently reported that taking advantage of NCAA early signing rules, Sainristil has agreed to immediately enroll at the University of Michigan. He will graduate from Everett High School later this month and attend college classes beginning in the spring semester, making him eligible for spring practice with the Wolverines and head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was in the area just last week to sit down for dinner with Sainristil and his family.
Sainristil joins recent Gatorade Massachusetts Football Players of the Year Sal Frelick (2017-18, Lexington High School), Bobby Maimaron (2016-17, Duxbury High School), Danny Dalton (2015-16, Marshfield High School), Joe Gaziano (2014-15, Xaverian Brothers High School) and Neil O’Connor (2013-14, Leominster High School) on the state’s list of former award winners.