Milford’s Antonellis Named MIAA Student of the Month

Nick Antonellis
Milford’s Nick Antonellis at the 2017 Hockomock League Swim Championships. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

Below is a release from the MIAA regarding their selection of Milford senior Nick Antonellis for their Student of the Month program.

Milford – Nicolas Antonellis, a senior at Milford High School, has been selected as the recipient of the “MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award” for April 2017.

Nicolas is a four year member of the Milford High School swim team, the last two in which he was voted team captain. This past season he closed out a four year undefeated streak of league dual and championship swims in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley races. Nicolas was selected as a Hockomock League All-Star during each of his four years of participation and was recently selected as league MVP. During his career, he competed in the MIAA sectional and state swimming finals every season culminating with an MIAA State Division II 200 Individual Medley Championship. “Nick is one of the best leaders in the athletic program,” said his swim coach, David Chaplin. “His ability to communicate with his teammates, coaches and athletic administration makes him an invaluable member of our extended athletic family.”

Academically, Nicolas is ranked 14th in the senior class at Milford High School, earning a 4.10 Grade Point Average. His schedule includes five Advanced Placement courses. He is a member of the National Honor Society, peer mentoring program and holds the office of Class Representative in the student government. Nicolas plans to attend Bates College this fall, where he will study Pre-Med and compete on
the swim team.

Outside of the classroom and athletic arena, Nicolas is a significant contributor in his community. He was awarded first prize in the V.F.W Voice of Democracy Essay Contest for his essay entitled The American Spirit. “Nick is a rare find, one of the best we’ve had here in Milford and one of the best in my entire career,” said Milford High School Athletic Director, Peter Boucher.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented on a monthly basis to one male and one female student-athlete who display excellence in the areas of academics, athletics and community service. Students in grades 9-12 who attend MIAA member schools are eligible to receive the award. Monthly award winners receive a certificate of recognition and are featured on MIAA.net. Nominations for the award may be submitted by principals, athletic directors, teachers, coaches, guidance counselors or other school administrators. A complete list of “MIAA StudentAthlete of the Month Award” recipients and finalists can be found under the “Educational Athletics” and “Leadership” sections at www.miaa.net.

Photos: Teams Wear Orange For Concussion Awareness

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Hockomock teams are sporting a lot of orange this week in support of the MIAA’s Concussion Awareness Week. The MIAA teamed with former New England Revolution star Taylor Twellman’s foundation ThinkTaylor and equipment company INARIA. Each high school received soccer balls, wristbands, scarves and bag tags.
You can submit pictures to us via e-mail at Info@HockomockSports.com or tweet them to us @HockomockSports, @R_Lanigan or @Josh_Perry10.

Five Hockomock Coaches Recognized by MIAA

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Franklin’s Tom Geysen was named the MIAA Coach of the Year for Girls Soccer. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
By HockomockSports.com Staff
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced its Coach of the Year award winners for the 2014-2015 school year and five coaches from Hockomock schools were honored. These five, along with all of the other winners, will the be honored at the MIAA Coach of the Year banquet at the end of May.
The five Hockomock coaches that received the honor were Franklin’s Fran Bositis for boys soccer, Franklin’s Tom Geysen for girls soccer, Franklin’s Chris Spillane for boys ice hockey, Milford’s Dave Chaplin for boys swimming and Milford’s Linda Zacchilli for boys volleyball.
Spillane and the Franklin boys hockey team had arguably the best season of all Hockomock teams so far this year. The Panthers were selected to play in a Super 8 play-in game for the first time in program history and were the first Hockomock team to do so. Franklin then beat Xaverian in overtime in the play-in game to make it to the Super 8 tournament. Spillane led the Panthers to a 17-4-3 overall record with three of their losses coming to the three time defending Super 8 champions, Malden Catholic.
Bositis and the Panthers boys soccer team enjoyed another successful Fall season, winning their fourth straight Kelley-Rex title, going 12-1-3 in league play, 13-2-5 and advancing to the D1 South Quarterfinals before bowing out on penalty kicks. Impressively, Bositis’ squad allowed just seven goals all season, just 0.35 allowed per game which was easily the best in the Hockomock and one of the best in the entire state.
Geysen and his girls soccer team also enjoyed another successful Fall as they clinched their fifth straight Kelley-Rex division title and are still the only girls team to win the division since the split started in 2010. Geysen guided the Panthers to their third straight D1 South Sectional Final, where they bowed out to Whitman-Hanson in double overtime. Geysen’s team went undefeated in league play at 13-0-3 and their only loss came in the sectional finals to finish the season 17-1-3.
Milford also picked up two winners, with Chaplin guiding the boys swim team to a perfect 5-0 league record and the program’s second straight Hockomock Davenport Division title. Besides sweeping the Davenport, Chaplin’s team also picked up wins against Kelley-Rex teams Attleboro, North Attleboro and Mansfield. At the 2015 MIAA Central/South Boys Swimming and Diving Sectionals, Milford placed 18th overall with sophomore Nicholas Antonellis grabbing a pair of sixth place finishes.
Although not technically in the Hockomock League, Milford boys volleyball coach Linda Zacchilli was selected as the Coach of the Year for the sport. Zacchilli, who is in her 26th year at the helm, guided the Scarlet Hawks to a 16-4 regular season record last year and has the Scarlet Hawks off to a 9-4 start so far this year. The Scarlet Hawks made back to back appearances in the MIAA State Finals in 2012 and 2013.
For a full list of MIAA Coach of the Year award winners, click here.

MIAA Announces New Cutoff & Seeding Dates for Spring

The MIAA announced on Tuesday that it voted to push the cutoff and seeding dates back for all spring sports. Below are the new dates.
Team tennis: New cutoff date: 6/1 || New seeding date: 6/2
Individual tennis: New cutoff date: 5/11 || New seeding date: 5/12 & 5/13
Boys lacrosse: New cutoff date: 5/28 || New seeding date: 5/29
Girls lacrosse: New cutoff date: 5/28 || New seeding date: 5/29
Baseball: New cutoff date: 5/31 || New seeding date – 6/1
Softball: New cutoff date: 5/31 || New seeding date: 6/1
Boys volleyball: New cutoff date: 5/25 || New seeding date: 5/26
Track & Field: New cutoff date: 5/28 at midnight

Dahlgren Tabbed MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month

By HockomockSports.com Staff
Milford senior Ryan Dahlgren has been selected as the MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month for November. Dahlgren is a two-sport athlete, competing in golf and lacrosse, and has taken seven AP courses so far in high school.
Below is a release from the MIAA:

Milford – Ryan Dahlgren, a senior at Milford High School, has been selected as the recipient of the “MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award” for November 2014.
Ryan is a member of the Milford varsity golf and lacrosse team. This year was Ryan’s first year on the varsity golf team. “Instead of giving up and quitting, he spent three seasons with the JV team working on his game and striving to be a better player. His one goal was to someday make varsity. This year he tried out and achieved his goal to make the team. I couldn’t have been more proud of him and his efforts,” said head golf coach, Jason Potty. “His positive outlook, mental toughness and strong work ethic set the tone for a young team trying to build its identity. Ryan exemplifies what is truly means to be a teammate.”
Since his sophomore year, Ryan has taken seven AP courses and excelled in all of them. AP American History, AP English and Language Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, and AP Spanish. With this intense course workload, he is currently ranked third in a class of 276 and holds a G.P.A of 4.22.
Ryan is also a leader in his school community. Milford High School has a strong and successful Best Buddies Program that Ryan is a big part of. “On our golf team, we had a student with special needs and from day one Ryan took it upon himself to help this student-athlete succeed within our program. He took it upon himself to give him a daily ride to and from practice and to all team functions,” said Coach Potty. Some of the other programs Ryan is a part of include; student leadership, peer mentoring, National Honor Society, treasurer of C.A.R.E, microfinance secretary, Spanish National Honor Society and Junior State of America club. Even with all of the extra curricula programs, he can find time to balance his academic, athletic and work schedule.
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented on a monthly basis to one male and one female student-athlete who display excellence in the areas of academics, athletics and community service. Students in grades 9-12 who attend MIAA member schools are eligible to receive the award. Monthly award winners will receive a certificate of recognition and be featured on MIAA.net. Nominations for the award may be submitted by principals, athletic directors, teachers, coaches, guidance counselors or other school administrators. A complete list of “MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month Award” recipients and finalists can be found under the “Educational Athletics” and “Leadership” sections at www.miaa.net.