Player of the Week: Christian Balmain, Taunton Wrestling

Christian Balmain
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Taunton senior Christian Balmain has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 2 through Jan. 8. Balmain is the 15th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year and the fourth of the winter season.

Balmain became just the second Taunton wrestler to reach the 100-win plateau, after going a perfect 3-0 for the Tigers at this past weekend’s quad meet at Norton High. The 152-pound senior won by forfeit, major decision, and by pin to hit triple digits for career wins. Led by Balmain’s perfect day, Taunton improved to 8-3 on the season.

“Over the course of his senior year, Christian has been a great leader for our team on the mat,” said Taunton coach Adilson Galvao. “He not only comes to our team practices but does extra practices twice a week to keep up his cardio and skill. He has faced the toughest opponents so far this year on the team and is still [undefeated] with him controlling many matches.”

Coming off a loss to league-leading Milford on Wednesday, Taunton went into a difficult quad meet at Norton. The Tigers would earn three impressive wins, beating Norton 50-24, Mansfield 61-15, and Quabbin 72-12. Balmain picked up six points with a forfeit win against Quabbin, added a major (12-4) decision against the Lancers, and then earned a first-round pin against the Hornets, needing just 1:20 to pick up the win. Balmain improved to 15-0 overall this season with six pins and also leads the Tigers in takedowns (32) and points (68). He is 13 wins away from matching the school record of 113.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Christian Balmain
Christian Balmain The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Christian Balmain The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Player of the Week: Jack Watts, Foxboro Hockey


 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro senior Jack Watts has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 27 through Jan. 1. Watts is the 14th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year and the third of the winter season.

Watts has been critical to Foxboro’s perfect start to the season and last week he had 14 points (five goals and nine assists) as the Warriors picked up road wins against Old Rochester and Blue Hills. He had a hand in all but one of the 15 goals that the Warriors scored over the two games, as they improved to 3-0 on the season.

After scoring a goal in a season-opening 2-1 victory over Northbridge, Watts took his offensive game up a notch last week. He accounted for all five goals in a win against Old Rochester, scoring twice and adding three assists. Less than 24 hours later, Foxboro was back on the ice against Blue Hills and the Warriors scored 10 goals as a team. Watts was a part of all but one of those scores, recording a hat trick of his own and assisting on six other goals, proving unstoppable in the offensive zone.

Click here for a photo gallery from Foxboro vs. Blue Hills boys hockey.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Jack Watts
Jack Watts The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Jack Watts The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Player of the Week: Trent Santos, Taunton Basketball

Trent Santos
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Taunton senior Trent Santos has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 20 through Dec. 26. Santos is the 13th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year and the second of the winter season.

Santos has been a big reason for Taunton getting off to a perfect 3-0 start to the season and helping the Tigers lead the league with 77 points per game through the opening two weeks. He led the team in scoring in all three games, scoring 22 or more each night, including a career-high 41 in a win over Sharon on Monday.

The season kicked off with a trip to Stoughton and Santos started in midseason form, scoring 20 points through three quarters, half of Taunton’s points at that stage, and matching his career-high with 27. Three days later, Santos knocked down three from beyond the arc and scored 15 of his team-high 22 points in the first half to help the Tigers edge division rival King Philip. That set up Monday’s performance, as Santos took his game to another level against Sharon. He hit four threes and scored 20 points in the first quarter alone, on his way to a new career-best of 41 points.

Click here for a photo gallery from Taunton vs. Stoughton boys basketball

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Trent Santos
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Player of the Week: Jake Wall, Mansfield Track

Jake Wall
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Mansfield senior Jake Wall has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 13 through Dec. 19. Wall is the 12th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year and the first of the winter season.

Wall got off to an impressive start to his senior season, winning three events in each of Mansfield’s first two dual meets. The University of Michigan-commit and defending state champion in the long jump, won the 55-meter hurdles and long jump in both meets, while also taking first place in the 55-meter dash against Attleboro and the high jump against Taunton.

“Jake has had an outstanding start to the indoor track season winning all six of his events while also breaking the school’s indoor long jump record,” said Mansfield head coach Kevin Butera. “Jake has developed into a real triple threat at the conference and state level as a sprinter, hurdler, and jumper with top marks in the Hockomock 55M, 55M hurdles, and the long jump.”

Wall got his season kicked off with three first-place finishes against Taunton, helping Mansfield win its opening dual meet at Wheaton College. He won the 55M hurdles in a time of 7.95, the high jump with a height of 5-04.00, and the long jump with a leap of 22-03.00. Four days later, at the Reggie Lewis Center, in a loss to Attleboro, Wall won three events again. He won the long jump in 21-10.75, the 55M dash with a personal best of 6.85, and the 55M hurdles with another personal best of 7.89.

Click here for a photo gallery from The Hockomock League Cross Country Championship Meet.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Jake Wall
Jake Wall The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Jake Wall The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Player of the Week: Daphne Theiler, Sharon Cross-Country

Daphne Theiler
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Sharon senior Daphne Theiler has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 15 through Nov. 28. Theiler is the 11th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

Theiler wrapped up her remarkable season and career by winning the Div. 1 All-State meet this weekend at the Wrentham Development Center, using a great kick in the final stretch to get to the line first. The senior added this title on to her undefeated dual meet season, her win at the annual Hockomock Cross-Country Championships, and a first-place finish at last week’s Divisional Meet.

Theiler was undefeated this season, winning all her league dual meets. In the league championship meet, she won by six seconds over Katie Sobieraj of Oliver Ames, finishing in a time of 19:08.3. Last week, at the Div. 1C meet, also at the Wrentham Developmental Center, Theiler came in at a time of 18:33.8 to win by nearly 14 seconds. On Saturday morning, Theiler bettered her time from the divisional meet by seven seconds (18:26.5), chasing down Acton-Boxboro’s Catherine Callahan in the final straightaway, overcoming what appeared to be an insurmountable lead in the final few yards and crossing the line just 0.2 seconds in front to win the D1 state title.

Click here for a photo gallery from The Hockomock League Cross Country Championship Meet.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Daphe Theiler
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Player of the Week: Kaitlyn Carney, Franklin Field Hockey

Kaitlyn Carney
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin junior Kaitlyn Carney has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 8 through Nov. 14. Carney is the 10th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

Carney was the Hockomock League’s leading scorer in the regular season, and she has continued that form in the playoffs, leading the Panthers with five goals and two assists in three tournament games, helping the Panthers march to their first state semifinal appearance.

“Kaitlyn proved why she is one of the most talented field hockey players in the state with her goal against Central Catholic and her two goals and assist against Winchester,” said Franklin head coach Michelle Hess. “Her two goals against Winchester were very impressive…one was a beautiful penalty stroke and the other was on a corner top shot that was one of the hardest drives I have seen all year. Kaitlyn is an extremely talented player that gives 110% or more every time she steps on the field!”

In the opening round, Franklin dispatched Beverly 6-0. Carney scored twice in a three-minute span in the first quarter to build a 3-0 lead and send the Panthers on their way. She added an assist on Franklin’s fourth goal. Carney continued to be a huge influence in the Franklin midfield in the second-round win over Central Catholic. She helped set up Raena Crandall’s game-winner just before halftime and then sealed the win with a goal late in the second half. On Thursday, in the quarterfinal, Carney scored with a penalty stroke to open the scoring late in the first quarter and then doubled the lead with a rocket from a corner.

Click here for a photo gallery from Franklin vs. Central Catholic.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Kaitlyn Carney
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Player of the Week: Tyler DeMattio, North Attleboro Football

Tyler DeMattio
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

North Attleboro senior Tyler DeMattio has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 2 through Nov. 7. DeMattio is the ninth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

DeMattio led North to a blowout win in the opening round of the Div. 3 tournament. Plymouth North scored on the opening possession Friday at Community Field, but the Rocketeers scored the next 48 and advanced to the quarterfinal. DeMattio provided the fireworks on offense for North, rushing for five touchdowns and kicking the first four extra points, finishing with 34 of the team’s 48 points.

After giving up a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, North responded with a touchdown of its own. DeMattio, who finished the night with 143 yards on just 10 carries, scored his first touchdown with a one-yard dive and then added the extra point to put North ahead for good. He added a 17-yard TD on the next possession, an 11-yard score on North’s third drive, and a 23-yard TD to make it four for him and put North ahead 28-6. A Danny Curran kickoff return touchdown got the second half started right for North and on its next possession DeMattio added his fifth score, this time from 19 yards out. North advanced to host Milton this week at Community Field.

Click here for a photo gallery from North Attleboro vs. Plymouth North.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Tyler DeMattio
Tyler DeMattio The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Tyler DeMattio The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Player of the Week: Owen McMorrow, OA Cross-Country

Owen McMorrow
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Oliver Ames senior Owen McMorrow has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 24 through Oct. 31. McMorrow is the eighth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

McMorrow pulled away from the field at this weekend’s Hockomock League Cross-County Championships at the Wrentham Development Center. Despite running on a track that was still saturated from the previous day’s rain, McMorrow finished in a time of 16:14.7, which was more than 20 seconds better than second-place finisher Brayden Cali of Taunton. It was also 40 seconds faster than McMorrow’s last league meet at the Wrentham course, where he finished 13thas a sophomore in 2019.

OA coach Kyle Sousa said, “Owen has been training tirelessly all summer and all through the fall, and really for the past four years, but it all came together on Sunday at the Hockomock League Championships. Faced with a tight pack through the first kilometer, Owen pressed the pace in the middle of the race and blew the race wide open. Once he started to open up a gap, he just kept fighting to build a lead. That lead carried him to a huge win, both individually and for the team.”

After helping OA win the Davenport dual meet title, McMorrow’s first-place finish also pushed the Tigers to a three-peat of Hock Championship titles. OA finished just one point above Taunton, which won it’s first Kelley-Rex division title this fall. McMorrow has improved at the league meet every season. He finished 39th as a freshman, 13th as a sophomore, third last season when the event was held at Highland Park, and then finished first in his final league race.

Click here for a photo gallery from the boys meet.

Click here for a photo gallery from the girls meet.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Owen McMorrow
Owen McMorrow The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Owen McMorrow The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Player of the Week: Tom Marcucella, Foxboro Football

Tom Marcucella
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro senior Tom Marcucella has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 17 through Oct. 23. Marcucella is the seventh player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

Marcucella had another prolific passing day for the Warriors, leading Foxboro to a big win at Canton that clinched at least a share of the Davenport title. The senior quarterback completed 14 passes for 290 yards and tossed four touchdown passes, including a pair to Rashaad Way, and the Warriors scored 42 points against the Bulldogs. It was the fifth time in seven games that Foxboro has eclipsed the 40-point mark (they scored 38 in another) and took the season total to 276 points, which is nearly 60 points more than anyone else in the Hock.

Foxboro made sure to get off to a quick start on Friday night to avoid an upset on the road. Marcucella tossed touchdown passes of eight yards and 76 yards, both to Way, and Dylan Gordon added a rushing score to put the Warriors up by 21 after one. Marcucella connected with Gordon on a 45-yard strike and with Tommy Sharkey on a 20-yard pass in the second quarter to put the game out of reach before halftime.

Marcucella leads the league with 21 touchdown passes this season, a league-high nine of them to Way. Foxboro can clinch the outright league title with a win against Oliver Ames this week.

Click here for a photo gallery from Foxboro vs. Canton.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Tom Marcucella
Tom Marcucella The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Tom Marcucella The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Player of the Week: Mike Matheson, King Philip Golf

Mike Matheson
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip senior Mike Matheson has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 10 through Oct. 16. Matheson is the sixth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

Matheson shot a medalist round of 73 to take home the individual title at the Hockomock League Golf Championships at Easton Country Club. Matheson finished one shot better than Canton’s Conor Hunter to take the crown and his effort helped the Warriors win the team title as well. KP shot 233 as a team, which was two strokes lower than the Davenport champion Bulldogs.

Along with Matheson’s round of 73, Jared Curran shot a 79 and Pat Reardon finished with an 81 to bring home the team title.

Last Wednesday, Matheson birdied the third, eighth, and 13th holes. He also made a nice up and down on the 16th to save par. On the final hole of the round, he was able to get up and down for par from about 100 yards out, which allowed him to hold off Hunter by a single stroke. Matheson has been the low scorer for the Warriors this season, averaging a 37.7, which is seventh best in the Hock but less than a stroke off the top spot. He has been instrumental in KP going 9-1 in the league and winning its first Kelley-Rex title since 2011.

Click here for a photo gallery from the Hockomock League Championship meet.

The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.

Mike Matheson
Mike Matheson The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision. Mike Matheson The Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, is selected by the HockomockSports.com staff. Nominations can be submitted throughout the week up until Saturday night at midnight. There may be a poll posted on every Sunday with the nominations. The results of the poll influence the selection but do not strictly dictate the decision.