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
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Player of the Week: Shaw Downing, Franklin Field Hockey

Shaw Downing
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin junior Shaw Downing has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 3 through Oct. 9. Downing is the fifth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

Downing has been a major factor in Franklin’s perfect start to the season and its league-leading offense. With 10 goals and five assists, include two goals and an assist last week, Downing is second on the Panthers in scoring and sixth in the Hockomock. Her two goals on Friday afternoon were the difference as Franklin beat rival King Philip to move two games up in the league standings.

“Shaw is a highly skilled player who does a great job with deflections and redirecting the ball into the net,” said Franklin head coach Michelle Hess.

Last Tuesday, Downing got a second half assist during Franklin’s big win over Stoughton. Three days later, in a league title showdown with the Warriors, Downing needed only five minutes to find space in the circle and fire a shot through legs and into the back of the net. With two minutes left in the quarter, Downing struck again, tipping home a pass from the top of the circle by classmate Kaitlyn Carney. Although that was the end of the scoring, Downing, Carney, and freshman Raena Crandall posed a consistent threat to the KP defense, helping Franklin run its unbeaten streak to 40 league games.

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.

Shaw Downing
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Player of the Week: Emily Sawyer, KP Volleyball


 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip junior Emily Sawyer has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 27 through Oct. 2. Sawyer is the fourth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

Sawyer was dominant in the middle for the Warriors last week, as KP rolled off another three wins to stay perfect at 10-0 and tied with Franklin for the lead in the Kelley-Rex division. KP swept both Canton and Attleboro and earned a 3-1 win against Milford, which was the first set that the Warriors have dropped all season.

Following up the win against Milford on Monday, the Warriors traveled to fellow league leader Canton two days later. Sawyer (who is listed at 6-foot-3 for basketball) was an imposing figure at the net for KP and was dominant right from the opening point. She finished with a career-high 16 kills (also a season-high for all KP hitters) and added three blocks, scoring points both on the outside and in the middle. There was no let-up from KP on Friday, as they swept Attleboro, and Sawyer had another impressive match with 10 kills, partnering with classmates Sami Shore and Ahunna James to give the Warriors an intimidating front row.

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Emily Sawyer
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Player of the Week: Jack Lasbury-Casey, Mansfield Soccer

Jack Lasbury-Casey
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Mansfield senior Jack Lasbury-Casey has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 20 through Sept. 26. Lasbury-Casey is the third player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

Lasbury-Casey has been a rock at the back for the first-place Hornets. The senior keeper has yet to allow a goal through the opening six games and helped Mansfield to a 4-0-2 record. While the Hornets are a tough defensive team, Lasbury-Casey has also provided several key saves to keep the opposition off the board.

“He’s played great all year,” said Mansfield head coach Steve Sheridan. “That Franklin game, if it wasn’t for him, we don’t even get the point. He made two phenomenal saves in the second half that had both of Franklin’s coaches looking over wondering how he got it. I had to watch film to see how he did it. He’s so smart, he cuts down angles. He reads the ball well, his basketball intellect takes over. He just knows where that ball is going.”

Last week, Lasbury-Casey and the Hornets kept clean sheets against three league rivals, including two of the chasing pack in the Kelley-Rex. On Monday, they held KP scoreless to earn a 1-0 win on the road and followed that up with a convincing 6-0 victory over Stoughton two days later. On Friday afternoon, Lasbury-Casey came up with two important stops late in the second half against Franklin to earn a point for the Hornets and keep them one point in front of Taunton in the title race.

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 Lasbury-Casey
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Player of the Week: Sofia Goclowski, Sharon Soccer

Sofia Goclowski
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Sharon junior Sofia Goclowski has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 13 through Sept. 19. Goclowski is the second player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

Goclowski helped the Eagles pick up their first three points of the new season, earning a win against Taunton and a non-league draw with Milton. After being held scoreless in the opener at North Attleboro, the Eagles scored 10 goals in their next two games on home turf and Goclowski was a key to that offensive explosion, racking up three goals and four assists.

“After a slightly rocky start, our team settled in for a solid first week of matches and found the back of the net 10 times,” said Sharon coach Cat Sullivan. “Sofia played a role in nearly every goal we scored. Sofia is a highly intelligent and gifted player; she’s also one of our hardest workers and she’s very unselfish, so it is no surprise that she is consistently finding ways to set her teammates up for success.”

On Wednesday, Sharon scored seven times in a win over Taunton. It was the most goals that Sharon had scored in a game since 2016. Goclowski ran the show that day. The junior midfielder had a hat trick and assisted on two other goals. Two days later, Goclowski recorded a pair of assists against Milton, helping Sharon twice come back from a goal down to earn another point on its home pitch.

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.

Sofia Goclowski
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Player of the Week: Isaiah Pantalone, Milford Football

Isaiah Pantalone
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Milford junior Isaiah Pantalone has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Sept. 6 through Sept. 12. Pantalone is the first player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2021-22 school year.

Pantalone made an impressive varsity debut on Friday night against Foxboro, amassing 368 total yards on just six touches and caught three touchdown passes, helping the Hawks open the season with a 49-28 win. He finished with four catches for 296 yards, one carry for 11 yards, and had a 61-yard kickoff return.

“You saw that kid tonight, Isaiah Pantalone, he’s a special kid,” said Milford head coach Dale Olson after the game. “Isaiah is a dynamic athlete he played subvarsity last year because of the amount of senior athletes we had.”

If there were questions about whether Milford could match last year’s prolific offense, they were answered just seconds into the game. A halfback pass from Matt Girard found Pantalone wide open for an 80-yard score on the first play from scrimmage. Later in the first half, Evan Cornelius found Pantalone across the middle, in between a pair of Foxboro defenders, and he burst out of the pack for a 74-yard touchdown.

After Foxboro got a score back and cut the Milford lead to seven, Pantalone stole back momentum with a 61-yard kickoff return that gave the Hawks excellent field position, and turned into another Milford touchdown. He also caught a 76-yard pass, which would have been a touchdown but for Tommy Sharkey’s hustle, and had an 11-yard carry that came up an inch short of the goal line. With the chance to run clock in the fourth quarter, Milford got Pantalone one-on-one on the outside and hit him on a 66-yard slant that effectively put the game away.

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.

Isaiah Pantalone
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Player of the Week: Brigid Earley, Franklin Lacrosse

Brigid Earley
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin junior Brigid Earley has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 27 through July 5. Earley is the 29th and final player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and ninth in the spring season.

Earley came through with some of her biggest moments of the season last week, helping the Panthers see off Chelmsford to reach their first state title game and then nearly coming back to beat perennial power Westwood in the final. Earley, who had not played goalie for Franklin before this season (she played attack as a freshman on JV), allowed less than five goals per game this spring.

“This is her first year playing goalie and look where she brought us,” said Franklin head coach Kristin Igoe Guarino after the state final. “She’s incredible and she made some huge saves on some Div. I shooters and kept us in the game. I’m really proud of her. She learned quick and she led us to the state finals.”

In the state semifinal against Chelmsford, Earley made four saves, including a point-blank stop early in the second quarter the prevented the Lions from tying the game. Franklin proceeded to go on a 5-1 run to take control. Earley saved the best for last, coming up with her most impressive performance of the season on the biggest stage.

She made 10 saves in the game against Westwood, consistently making big stops at big moments to keep the Panthers within touching distance of the nine-time champs. Earley was called into action a lot in the opening half, as the Wolverines ramped up the pressure, but she made saves with her stick, her legs, and her mask to keep Westwood out. She came up with a big stop that kept momentum for the Panthers in the third and then somehow got enough of a shot to send it off the post, which started a break that got Franklin back within one. With the game tied in the fourth, she came up with three big stops from close range that kept the Panthers even going into the closing seconds.

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.

Brigid Earley
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Player of the Week: Gavin Wells, North Attleboro Baseball

Gavin Wells
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

North Attleboro junior Gavin Wells has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 20 through June 26. Wells is the 28th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and eighth in the spring season.

Wells came through with two of the biggest hits of the season for the Rocketeers, including a walk-off against fellow Davenport champ Oliver Ames and a game-saving hit against previously unbeaten top seed Nauset, to help North reach the Div. 2 South semifinal.

“Gavin has been a consistent and steady player for us all year,” said North Attleboro head coach Mike Hart. “He doesn’t get worked up in any situation and came up big for us twice in consecutive games. Down to the our last out of the season against Nauset, with the tying runs in scoring position, we knew Gavin would have a quality at bat to give us a chance to go to extra innings and win it. We’re glad he’s coming back next year!”

In the playoff opener, North faced OA for the third time this season and it turned out to be a slugfest at Community Field. The Rocketeers rallied with six runs in the bottom of the fifth, including an RBI-single from Wells, to seemingly take control, but the Tigers came back with four runs in the seventh to tie the game at 11-11. North loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning and Wells recorded his third hit of the day to plate the game-winning run.

Two days later, North took the long ride down the Cape to take on top seed Nauset. The undefeated Warriors had North on the ropes, down to its final out in the top of the seventh, but Wells delivered again, this time with a two-out, two-run single to center that tied the game and forced extras. North would go on to score eight times in the eighth inning to hand Nauset its only loss and reach the semifinal. He also walked twice and stole a pair of bases between the two games.

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.

Gavin Wells
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Player of the Week: Rudy Gately, King Philip Baseball

Rudy Gately
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip sophomore Rudy Gately has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 13 through June 19. Gately is the 27th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and seventh in the spring season.

Gately has been stellar in his debut season for the Warriors and that continued on Saturday morning in the state tournament opener against Quincy. He struck out eight in a complete game shutout of the Presidents, also sparking the offense with two hits and two of KP’s four runs. It was the program’s first playoff win in 12 years.

“Rudy goes out there and throws a hell of a game each inning, so it’s important to get that one, two, three, and then get back in and start hitting,” KP head coach Jeff Plympton said after the Quincy game. “He’s had an absolute hell of a year. He’s got three pitches that just work for him and he keeps people off-balance.”

Gately allowed at least one base runner in all seven innings, but only allowed three Quincy hitters into scoring position. He struck out eight batters, including striking out the side in the fourth inning (two of those coming with a runner on second). He also closed out the sixth and seventh innings with big strikeouts. Gately went 2-for-4 at the plate. He doubled to lead off the fourth and came in to score KP’s second run. In the fifth, he led off with a single and stole both second and third before scoring for the second time in the 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.

Rudy Gately
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Player of the Week: Katelynn Taylor, Franklin Track

Katelynn Taylor
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin senior Katelynn Taylor has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for June 6 through June 12. Taylor is the 26th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2020-21 school year and sixth in the spring season.

Taylor continued her impressive senior season with a record-breaking week. She set new school records in the shot put (twice) and the discuss, closed out the dual meet season with first place finishes in both events, and then won both at this weekend’s Hockomock Championships at Foxboro High, which helped Franklin take the team title.

“Katelynn entered this season determined to win the Hockomock Championship and break the Franklin school records in both the shot put and discus and she accomplished it all,” said Franklin coach Mark Rudolph. “What’s best is that she is a competitor and throws best in the biggest, most competitive meets. Katelynn still has so much potential and she is just scratching the surface of what she can accomplish. I’m so thrilled that Katelynn is going to continue her throwing career at Springfield College”

Taylor, who was recently named Franklin’s Hockomock League Scholar-Athlete, started the week competing in the Jim Hoar Invitational at Gordon College and broke the school’s 27-year-old shot put record with a throw of 34’0.25”. She won both the shot put and the discus in the final dual meet of the season against Attleboro, completing a perfect 5-0 record in both events as the Panthers took second in the Kelley-Rex division (one game behind Mansfield). On Saturday, Taylor achieved her goal of winning the title at the league meet. Her throw of 35’11” broke her own record that she had set just six days prior and she also set a new school record in the discus with a throw of 108’5”, both throws were good for a first-place finish. Taylor will compete in the Div. 1 Sectionals this weekend at Hingham High.

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.

Katelynn Taylor
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