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Brookfield-Tantasqua's traditional rivalry with Southbridge in football was enhanced yet again earlier. Trailing 25-13 entering the fourth quarter, Tantasqua rallied for 1 5 points to defeat the Pioneers, 28-25.

The Warriors were 4-1 heading into mid-October action and coach Joe Beveridge told The Worcester Telegram's Steve Kendall, that the team's strong start had to do as much with conditioning and commitment, as it does (to execution). The play of its top skill players, Jordan Choquette and J.J. Howland notwithstanding, the play of the line, youths such as Zack Zibold, Noah Pestaina and Billy Jones has been instrumental in the team's performance. Brookfield's Bill Edwards is a key assistant coach.

The High School posted outstanding records in cross country (7-0) boys soccer (11-1), girls soccer (9-2-1) and golf (1 5-3), all Districts' worthy.

Ben Rickson, Dan Cleveland, Dan Rickson and Dylan Cave are in the top ten in SWCL scoring in soccer. The Girls' soccer team was led by Meaghan Kelly (24 points), Meghan Meserole and Abby Befford.

The Girls' Field Hockey Team (5-5-1) played in their annual Pink Day Play 4 the Cure contest on October 15th.

MLB The Cubs serious challenge for a World Series title obviously resonates here, as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have reconstructed the entire culture there. Hopefully, if they do win, The Second City will forgive Steve Bartman, the fan who inadvertently reached out over the fence to distract Cubs' OF Moises Alou in 2003, a key incident in the Cubs' (lost) potential close out game in 2003. Bartman was unfairly victimized, a scapegoat, and in this bewitching sports culture, faced death threats. Will Chicago admit wrongdoing, make public efforts to correct this wrong, as Boston did with one-time perceived villain, Bill Buckner?

NFL In a recent press conference call with Patriots' offensive and defensive coordinators respectively, Josh McDaniel and Matt Patricia, the two men broke the legitimately complex game of professional football down into x's and o's.

McDaniels on the hype surrounding the rematch of Deflategate game opponents, Indianapolis and New England. "Everyone can talk all they want," said McDaniels. "But all I know is that we want to beat them, and they want to beat us. That's all we and (Tom Brady) care about now." Patricia: "You can talk all you want about schemes. But what matters to us is tackling the man who has the ball." Coach Belichick said, "(former New York Giant quarterback) Phil Simms was a great, great player. Without him, we wouldn't have won two Super Bowls (when Belichick was the defensive coordinator) in 1986 and 1990.

NBA The Boston Celtics' early impressive showing was a carryover from their strong finish of a year ago — plus the addition of veteran frontcourt players, David Lee and Amir Johnson. Both played with winners, Lee with the 2015 champion Warriors, and Johnson with the Toronto Raptors. Steph Curry called Lee his "best teammate." Lee: It was an honor for Steph to say that. We were together through the building years. We won because of character and chemistry." Second year player Marcus Smart on his point guard role "It's different this year. It's hard to be a rookie and tell players things when you yourself don't know what you're talking about."

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Original Publication Date: November 1, 2015

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