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This is an excerpt from a Boston Globe story:


At Mansfield and Natick, success in the classroom and on the gridiron go hand in hand

By Nate Weitzer, Globe, November 14, 2019

When it comes to their academic progress, Mansfield football coach Mike Redding has always strived to keep his players pointed in the right direction.

Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File/Globe Staff

The more the Mansfield and Natick football programs ask of their student-athletes, the more those players seem to deliver.

Strict academic requirements from both coaching staffs have helped these teams roll through in-state competition en route to Friday’s Division 2 South final at Natick High (5 p.m.).

Perhaps even more importantly, a combination of support and scrutiny regarding academic performance has put many of those players on a successful trajectory beyond high school.

“It’s something we emphasize and the kids take pride in being good students,” said Mansfield 31-year coach Mike Redding, who is in his final year teaching history at the high school.

 “All of our captains are really good players and they can play the game, but they’re all really solid academically, and that just opens so many doors.”

Mansfield senior Vinny Holmes has totaled over 1,800 career rushing yards and is the school’s all-time leader with over 300 career tackles at linebacker. Sporting a 3.5 GPA, Holmes is getting looks from several Ivy League and NE-10 schools, with Bentley at the top of his list.

Fellow captain Nick Marciano also has plenty of options with a 3.5 GPA, starting guard Andrew Cowles leads the Hornets in the classroom with a 4.14 GPA, and Hornets senior quarterback Jack Moussette made good on his excellent grades with an early decision commitment to St. Lawrence.

Junior standouts Cincere Gill (a 6-1, 175-pound all-purpose weapon) and T.J. Guy (a 6-4, 240-pound defensive end) could both wind up playing at Boston College, with Guy announcing a verbal commitment to BC earlier this week.

With those players leading the way, Mansfield (8-1) has dominated against Massachusetts foes, averaging 32 points and yielding just 7.9 points per game — excluding the numbers from their loss at national power La Salle (Ohio) in September.

Under the watchful eye of Redding and his staff, they’ve also been dominating in the classroom.

 “We all try to push each other and we compete with academics,” said Holmes. “Whenever we get a better grade than someone else, we’ll joke about it. [Redding] really pushes us to the limit.”

While Redding doesn’t have any official requirements beyond the MIAA’s standard that players must pass four classes with full credits, his staff checks their progress reports and won’t hesitate to suspend a player if they’re “not giving a good effort,” or are flagged for “behavioral problems.”

The more his players are challenged in the classroom, the more capable they seem to be in absorbing football knowledge.

“We have a lot of complicated systems and having smart kids that can execute makes us tougher to defend,” said Redding. “It certainly makes life easy when you don’t have to worry about eligibility issues.”


Quiz Show Team qualified for the televised tournament on WGBH
Quiz team
Photo ID:
The Mansfield High School Quiz Show team from left to right:  
Top row:  Jacob Adams, Orion Hallowell and Nick DeLucia  
Bottom row:  Danielle Donovan, Annie Sullivan and Tika Naik

Hornets Qualify for WGBH Quiz Bowl Tournament!
Did you know that the Battle of the Bulge was fought primarily in Belgium?  Or that the word nonplussed means to be perplexed?
Or that Mauna Kea in Hawaii, measured from its underwater base, is the tallest mountain in the world?
The Mansfield High School Quiz Show team knew these answers and many more!

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Mike DeBolt
Mike DeBolt

Thank you for your interest in my campaign to raise money for pediatric cancer.
Last year I raised nearly $1,000 which is equivalent to 19 hours of pediatric cancer research.
I have decided to dedicate my senior season to this amazing cause.
I feel fortunate that I can play a sport I love and do not take that for granted.
My goal is to help boys and girls battling this awful disease.
You can pledge an amount for every point I score or a flat donation. Thank you!
Website; https://www.alexslemonade.org/mypage/1864294

​​​Live like Z

Live Like Z t-shirts are available for $10.00 with all proceeds
being donated to the Live Like Z Scholarship Foundation in honor
of former student-athlete Matt Zonghetti who tragically died while
skiing last January in New Mexico.    

Please consider wearing them for Dress Down Day on Friday
and to the football game on Friday night if you plan to attend.
There will be dedication to Matt before the game with a Live Like Z
banner being displayed on the press box and a permanent plaque
will also be on the press box to honor Matt's life.   Matt's family will
be here before the game to be recognized and receive a check
from the Gridiron Club of Mansfield for the scholarship fund.  The
team will also wear Matt's initials and jersey number on their helmets
this season and our game program is dedicated to Matt as well.
Thanksgiving game
Let me know your size and room number and I'll drop them off
by Friday morning.   You can leave $10 in my mailbox in main office
which is on bottom shelf on the left.   

Thanks for your support.  Mike Redding


Building Construction Progress

  Back Wall
Updated photos from 8/19/19

Additional photos
Thank you Shaw's!


Our schools greatly appreciate the generosity of our community businesses.
Shaw's of Mansfield recently donated a carriage filled with school supplies!
These supplies will go directly into the hands of our students and teachers.
Thank you again for supporting our schools!


Congratulations Mansfield!



National Champs

Congratulations to Hillary Crook, a member of our phys-ed department.
Her “Renegade” Women’s Football Team just won their second national championship.


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