Player of the Week: Jada Johnson, Sharon Track

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Jada Johnson
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Sharon junior Jada Johnson has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Feb. 3 through Feb. 9. Johnson is the 19th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the ninth player in the winter season.

Johnson put in a strong performance at the annual Hockomock League Indoor Track Championships this weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. She took first place in three events: the 55-meter hurdles, long jump, and high jump, helping the Eagles take fifth overall (second among Davenport teams) with 60 points.

In the 55-meter hurdles, Johnson took first in a time of 8.43, which was 0.3 better than the second-place runner and 0.4 faster than her time at last year’s championship meet. Johnson then took first in the high jump, clearing five feet, seven inches. The next highest jump was five inches lower.

In her third event of the day, Johnson jumped 18 feet, 3-1/2 inches to win the long jump competition by nearly a foot. Her distance set a new Sharon record as well as a new meet record, breaking the record she set last year. It was also almost a foot longer than her jump at last year’s indoor championships and three inches longer than her jump at the outdoor championships last spring.

Johnson has been a strong performer for the Eagles in both indoor and outdoor track for several seasons. The Eagles were second in the state in Div. 3 last winter, with Johnson taking second in the long jump, fifth in the high jump and third in the hurdles at the state meet. She also finished second in both the long jump and the high jump at last year’s Div. 2 EMass Outdoor Track Championships, which the Eagles won.

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.

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Player of the Week: Morgan O’Hara, OA Swimming

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Oliver Ames' Morgan O'Hara
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Oliver Ames junior Morgan O’Hara has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 27 through Feb. 2. O’Hara is the 18th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the eighth player in the winter season.

O’Hara dominated the annual Hockomock Girls Swim Championships at Milford High this weekend, helping Oliver Ames win its first ever team title at the meet. O’Hara finished in first in all four of the events that she took part in (two individual races and two relays) and set new meet records in all four. The Tigers grabbed the lead only a few races into the meet and never looked back, finishing with 378 points as a team, which was more than 60 points better than second place Franklin. OA also won the Kelley-Rex dual meet title with a perfect 5-0 record.

“Morgan is the example of leading the team,” said Oliver Ames coach Lauren Gray. “Morgan has always kept her eye on everyone in the league and she knew what she wanted to achieve. It shows in how she’s beating her own records year after year.”

It wasn’t until the sixth race of the day that O’Hara first got into the pool, but she made an instant impact, winning the 100-yard freestyle in a meet record time of 53.54. It broke the record that she set last winter. Two events later, O’Hara was the anchor leg for the meet record-setting 200-yard freestyle relay team, which finished in 1:42.74, nearly five seconds better than the second place team from Attleboro.

In the very next event, O’Hara showed her versatility by winning the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 59.12, more than three seconds better than the second place finisher and another time that eclipsed a meet record that she set last year. Although the title was mostly secured going into the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, OA made sure to finish in style, setting a fourth meet record with a time of 3:46.66. It was more than eight seconds better than the second place team from Franklin. O’Hara swam the anchor leg to close out the meet for the Tigers.

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.

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Player of the Week: Ali Brigham, Franklin Basketball

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Ali Brigham Franklin
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin junior Ali Brigham has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 20 through Jan. 26. Brigham is the 17th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the seventh player in the winter season.

Brigham has established herself as one of the top players not only in the league but in the state and had another dominating week for the Panthers, who remain undefeated in league play and with just one loss overall (an exclusion game against Coyle & Cassidy). The 6-foot-3 center, and George Washington University-commit, scored 20-plus points in all three wins this week, including a showdown against fellow league leader Foxboro.

“It’s great coaching a kid that wants to become better,” said Franklin coach John Leighton following the Foxboro win. “She’s not complacent. She’s not close to the player that she wants to be, yet. She keeps expanding her game.”

The week began with a non-league game against potential Central rival Holy Name. Brigham scored 23 points in the game and sealed the season sweep against the Naps by scoring the game-winning basket with just a second remaining on the clock. The following night, she put together an impressive stat line of 27 points, 15 rebounds, and six blocks to lift the Panthers to a win at Foxboro, ending the Warriors’ 33-game league win streak (and 26-game win streak overall).

On Friday night, Brigham was back at it again, scoring 24 points, as Franklin beat Attleboro to maintain its two-game lead on Mansfield in the Kelley-Rex division, trying to end the Hornets’ three-year run as league champs and win their first title since 2013. For the season, Brigham leads the Hockomock League with 22.7 points per game.

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.

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Player of the Week: Xavier Machuga, Canton Basketball

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Xavier Machuga
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton senior Xavier Machuga has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 13 through Jan. 19. Machuga is the 16th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the sixth player in the winter season.

Sometimes moments transcend the game and that was the case on Tuesday night when Machuga took the court at the start of the Bulldogs’ game with Mansfield. Less than two years after suffering a life-altering brain aneurysm in May 2017, Machuga put on his Canton No. 10 uniform and returned to the court. He scored the first basket of the night for Canton, drawing a standing ovation from both sets of players and fans.

“Xavier’s moment, it’s bigger than basketball,” said Canton head coach Ryan Gordy. “To see all the hard work he’s put in to get back to that moment, it’s pretty emotional for me, him and his family, and all the guys on the team. It’s been a long road to recovery and it’s just a really awesome, special moment for him and everybody in our community to see that happen.

“Tonight was pretty special, it was one of the coolest moment I’ve been involved in in my life.”

Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan, who coached Machuga in AAU prior to the incident, said, ““It’s so much bigger than basketball. Just to be able to recognize a kid who, given different circumstances, would have been here and been a key contributor to the Canton High team, but because of some unfortunate events had to take another path. I knew X before he got sick and now I’ve been able to see what he’s been able to do after he got sick. What’s amazing is he still wants to impact people. You just can’t say enough good things about when people live their life that way and want to do good things.”

Machuga moved from Connecticut to Canton as a freshman, was a swing player as a sophomore, and looked set to be an important varsity player for his final two seasons until he suffered an aneurysm in May. He spent a week in a medically-induced coma and had to learn how to walk and talk again. Over the past 18 months, as Machuga worked hard to recover, he became an inspiration to the Canton program (being on the bench for every game for the team’s first league title since 1992) and the entire school community. That culminated on Tuesday night when he took the floor for the varsity team for the first time and gave everyone who was there a moment to remember.

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.

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Player of the Week: Brendan Tully, Foxboro Hockey

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Brendan Tully
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro senior Brendan Tully has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 6 through Jan. 12. Feid is the 15th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the fifth player in the winter season.

Tully, a senior defenseman and the team’s third leading scorer, had a strong week with three goals and three assists as Foxboro pulled off a rare tie against Franklin and a big win against Stoughton that has the Warriors at 11 points for the season and closing in on a playoff spot, which would be the second straight winter that Foxboro reached the playoffs through point accumulation rather than the Sullivan rule.

“The way that handles the puck and sees the whole ice makes him stand out,” said Foxboro coach Mark Cedorchuk. “He can move it up the ice himself if teams give it to him or he can move the puck when he needs to and finds guys making cuts. He just sees the game real well and has a high hockey IQ.”

On Wednesday, Foxboro went on the road to take on perennial power Franklin and jumped out to a 3-1 lead after two periods. Tully scored one and assisted on another as the Warriors pulled ahead of the seven-time defending Kelley-Rex division champions. Although the Panthers battled back to earn a point in the third period, it was an impressive result for the Warriors. Two days later, Foxboro beat Stoughton 9-3, with Tully finding the back of the net twice and assisting on two others.

Tully was the team’s leading scorer as season ago and is third on the team in points this year in goals (seven), assists (eight), and points (15). His play on the blue line and the defensive zone has also helped the Warriors allow only 21 goals this season, good for a little more than two goal allowed per game. The Warriors goal differential of plus-23 is fourth best in the Hock behind only Mansfield, Canton, and Oliver Ames.

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.

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Player of the Week: Julia Feid, North Basketball

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Julia Feid
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

North Attleboro senior Julia Feid has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 30 through Jan. 5. Feid is the 14th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the fourth player in the winter season.

Feid continued her strong season on both ends of the floor to help the Rocketeers win twice last week, the first wins of the season for North. Leading a young roster, Feid scored 34 points combined and continued to play tough defense and help out on the glass in a road win against Weston and a big win at home against Sharon.

“Julia carried us to our first two victories of the season,” said North Attleboro coach Derek Herber. “She was great on the offensive end this past week, but where she has improved the most for us is on the defensive end. She leads the team in rebounds and is second in deflections/steals. She is doing this while playing in the post for the first time in her career. She has been such a great team leader for us this season.”

On Wednesday night, North went on the road to face Weston and Feid exploded for 20 points. It was the best offensive game of the season for the Rocketeers, who scored 61 as a team, and ended the team’s six-game losing streak to start the season. On Friday night, Feid had 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists and also spearheaded North’s pressure defense, which limited Sharon to only 34 points. It was the fewest points North had allowed this season and the Rocketeers ran away with a 23-point win.

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.

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Player of the Week: Jayden Curley, Mansfield Wrestling

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Jayden Curley
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Mansfield senior Jayden Curley has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 23 through Dec. 29. Curley is the 13th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the third player in the winter season.

Curley, who has just one loss this year, continued his success by winning the title at 170 pounds at the annual Marshfield Holiday Tournament and was also named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Curley was one of two individual winners for the Hornets in Marshfield (the other was George Glaropoulos) and helped Mansfield take third as a team behind only St. John’s Prep and Cumberland (R.I.).

“Jayden had a great tournament,” said Mansfield head coach Mark DiSanto. “He dominated his finals match and deserves this honor.”

Curley entered the tournament as the top seed at 170 pounds and won four matches to clinch the title. In the round of 16, Curley needed only 58 seconds to earn a first round pin and then added a second pin in the quarterfinal. Against the fifth seed from Bristol County/Dighton-Rehoboth in the semifinal, Curley won 5-0 thanks to a second period reversal and a takedown in the final 20 seconds to seal the win.

In the final, Curley took on the third seed, Billy Tat from Oliver Ames, and Curley dominated the match from the start to win 17-1. He led 7-1 by the end of the first period, added eight points in the second, and had a late takedown to seal the tech fall victory.

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.

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Player of the Week: Maggie Malloy, Canton Hockey

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Maggie Malloy
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton senior Maggie Malloy has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 16 through Dec. 22. Malloy is the 12th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the second player in the winter season.

Malloy had a big week, scoring seven goals, to lead Canton to a pair of wins, including a win at King Philip in the Bulldogs’ league opener. Malloy now has nine goals in four games this year and the defending Hockomock champions and Div. 2 state finalists are unbeaten at 4-0, outscoring those four opponents 20-3.

Malloy was held scoreless in the opening game of the season, but tallied two goals in Canton’s win against Plymouth South. This week, she boosted her scoring total with a pair of impressive performances. Malloy scored all four of Canton’s goals in a 4-1 win against KP, tallying twice in the first period and once each in the second and third to seal the points for the Bulldogs. On Saturday, Malloy was at it again, recording a hat trick against Whitman-Hanson/Silver Lake in an 8-0 victory.

This is the second Player of the Week honor for Malloy, who also earned the recognition in March during Canton’s run to the MIAA Division 2 State Championship game last season. This marks the first time that an athlete has been selected twice for Player of the Week for the same sport.

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.

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Player of the Week: Bryant Ciccio, Attleboro Basketball

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Bryant Ciccio
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Attleboro junior Bryant Ciccio has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 9 through Dec. 15. Ciccio is the 11th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year and the first of the winter season.

Ciccio has led Attleboro to a perfect 3-0 start, setting a new career-high in points in the season opener against Bishop Feehan, scoring a big basket to stymie a late comeback by Canton, and hitting clutch free throws in the closing seconds of regulation to force overtime against Mansfield. The junior point guard is averaging 22 points per game for the unbeaten Bombardiers.

“Bryant’s ability to make plays for our team in crucial situations was a major factor in the outcome of our first two league games,” said Attleboro coach Mark Houle. :He is a fierce competitor who continues to work hard and improve with his teammates every day.”

The season started with a game against cross-town rival Bishop Feehan and Ciccio scored 10 of his game- and career-high 25 points in the fourth quarter to help Attleboro rally and beat the Shamrocks. Ciccio went 8-of-10 from the free throw line in the fourth. On Tuesday, Canton rallied from a 12-point deficit to cut the Attleboro lead to just a single point, but Ciccio hit a big basket that restored a three-point advantage. He finished with 17 points in the win and four assists.

The week concluded with a dramatic victory over defending state champion Mansfield, which was the first time that Attleboro had beaten the Hornets since a similarly dramatic game in 2014, snapping an eight-game skid to Mansfield. Ciccio hit a free throw with 0.6 seconds on the clock to force overtime and then sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the overtime period that turned out to be the game-winning points. He had a game-high 24 points in the win, including five three-pointers, and four rebounds.

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.

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Player of the Week: Lauren McGrath, Franklin Volleyball

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Lauren McGrath
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin senior Lauren McGrath has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 4 through Nov. 10. McGrath is the 10th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

McGrath, a senior setter, was the key piece for a Franklin team that won three tournament games this week, all in five sets, to claim the Div. 1 Central/West title. It was the first sectional title in program history and McGrath was the fulcrum for the Panthers attack, spreading the ball around to Franklin’s array of attacking options, including a program-record 55 assists in the tournament opener against Concord-Carlisle.

“Over these past three playoff games, she has given me 110% for every single ball,” said Franklin head coach Kelsey Weymouth. “She works hard every point to get her feet to the ball. Being the player who never comes out of the game, her head always needs to be in it and over the past few games her drive and passion have reflected on her teammates and it’s awesome to see.”

On Sunday, second-seeded Franklin avoided an upset bid from No. 10 Concord-Carlisle in a dramatic five-set victory. The Panthers won the opening two sets comfortable, but the Patriots battled back with narrow wins in sets three and four. Franklin pulled out a 15-13 win in the fifth. McGrath sparked the Franklin attack with a program record 55 assists.

On Wednesday, the Panthers bounced back from a 2-0 deficit on the road at No. 3 Hopkinton, winning the final three sets, including 15-11 in the fifth, to advance to the program’s second sectional final. McGrath led the way with 42 assists, her second most this year. On Saturday evening, McGrath and the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead against No. 4 Shrewsbury, only to be forced into a fifth set for the third straight match. McGrath (38 assists) was outstanding again for the Panthers, picking the right hitter for each situation, especially during a dominant 15-5 fifth set. McGrath was second in the league with 426 assists during the regular season.

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.

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