Player of the Week: Sam Stevens, Mansfield Basketball

Sam Stevens
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Mansfield senior Sam Stevens has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Jan. 5 through Jan. 11. Stevens is the 16th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the fifth for the winter season.

Stevens scored in double digits in all three games for the Hornets this week, helping Mansfield bounce back from its loss to Franklin by winning three straight and staying in a first place tie atop the Kelley-Rex division. Stevens came in as Mansfield’s second leading scorer, but he led the team in points in two of the three games this week, including a 26-point night against Milford.

“Sam had a great week against three tough opponents,” said Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan. “He averaged just under 20 points in those games with six rebounds, while shooting 56% from the three-point line.”

Mansfield opened the week with a trip to Foxboro and found itself trailing the Warriors at halftime. Stevens helped start the second half comeback with a three as part of an 8-0 run that got the Hornets back even at the start of the third quarter. He finished with 14 points and four rebounds and he knocked down a contested three to put the Hornets up 10 in the fourth.

Stevens followed that strong second half performance with a big night on Wednesday at Milford. He scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds, as the Hornets again found their rhythm after the break and put the game away. On Friday at Oliver Ames, Stevens was at it again, scoring 19 points in another win. He scored seven points in the fourth to help the Hornets turn a one-point lead into a double-digit 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.

 

Player of the Week: Nick Piazza, Attleboro Hockey

Nick Piazza
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Attleboro sophomore Nick Piazza has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 29 through Jan. 4. Piazza is the 15th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the fourth for the winter season.

Piazza put together an impressive week between the pipes for the Bombardiers, keeping Attleboro in games against two of the league’s powerhouse programs. He limited Mansfield and Canton only one goal apiece (the second goal against the Hornets was scored on an empty net) and no goals when skating five-on-five. He made a total of 77 saves in those two games.

“Nick’s play in net has resonated a quiet confidence within our team,” said Attleboro head coach Mark Homer. “Nick’s physical play is complimented by his mental awareness and hockey IQ, when playing in high intensity situations. He is the type of goaltender who makes most saves look easy.”

Mansfield was held without a goal until four minutes into the third period and its sixth power play of the game. Piazza made at least nine saves in each of the three periods and finished with 30 total. On Saturday, Piazza was even better against the defending Div. 2 state champion Bulldogs. He stopped 47 shots and was only beaten late in the third period by a shorthanded breakaway. It was Attleboro’s closest game with Canton since moving to the Hockomock League. In the previous four meetings, Canton had scored a combined 26 goals.

Although Attleboro lost both games last week, 2-0 and 1-0 respectively, Piazza gave his team a chance to win both games with his solid performances and drew rave reviews from both of the opposing coaches. For the season, Piazza has a goals against average of 1.50, has saved 146 shots, and saved 94 percent of the shots he has faced. Attleboro has allowed only 10 goals, tied with Canton for the fewest goals against in the league.

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: Eddie Marinilli, Canton Wrestling

Eddie Marinilli
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton senior Eddie Marinilli has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 22 through Dec. 28. Marinilli is the 14th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the third for the winter season.

Marinilli became the first Canton wrestler to earn two individual titles at the prestigious George Bossi Holiday Tournament in Lowell. As the third seed at 152 pounds, Marinilli upset the No. 2 seed on his way to the individual crown. This is the third time in as many years that Marinilli has been named a Player of the Week during the wrestling season.

Marinilli started the two-day tournament on a roll. He earned first-round pins over his first three opponents, from Weymouth, Wellesley, and LaSalle Academy (R.I.). In the quarterfinal, he pulled away from his opponent from Haverhill with a big third round, pulling out a 13-6 victory. In the semifinal, against the second-seed from Chariho (R.I.), Marinilli grabbed a 5-0 lead in the third period and held on for a 5-2 win. He dominated the final against the four-seed from Chelmsford, winning 8-1 to secure his second title in Lowell in three years.

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: Olivia Quinn, Franklin Basketball

Olivia Quinn
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin sophomore Olivia Quinn has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 15 through Dec. 21. Quinn is the 13th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the second for the winter season.

Quinn has gotten off to a great start to her second season on varsity, helping the Panthers win their opening three games and scoring at least 17 points in all three, including 20-plus in both games this week. Her emergence as an inside-out threat has added a different dimension to the Panthers’ attack and helped them score 80 points twice and win by an average margin of 38 points per game.

“Olivia has work tremendously hard during the off season,” said Franklin coach John Leighton. “She has developed into a threat from the wing as well as in the paint. We are excited to see her continue to grow as a player.”

Against King Philip on Wednesday, Quinn showed off her range and ability to take the ball to the basket, scoring 20 points and grabbing five rebounds in a 30-point win against Franklin’s division rival. On Friday against Canton, Quinn was even better, leading the Panthers with 22 points in another big victory. In the season opener against Milford, Quinn scored 17 to get the defending Kelley-Rex and Div. 1 Central champions rolling into the new 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.

Player of the Week: Alex Fritz, King Philip Basketball

Alex Fritz
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip senior Alex Fritz has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Dec. 8 through Dec. 14. Fritz is the 12th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year and the first for the winter season.

Fritz set a new career-high with 36 points and hit the game-winning shot as time expired to left the Warriors to a dramatic 86-84 victory at Sharon in the season opener. The KP senior, one of the league’s top returning scorers helped the Warriors avoid a remarkable Eagles comeback and secure a win, despite letting a 21-point lead slip in the fourth quarter. He also had eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in the win.

“Alex was able to create a lot of offensive opportunities, not only for himself, but for everyone on our team,” said King Philip head coach Dave DeStefano. “Not only is he a threat from the three-point line, he is able to get in the lane where he can score as well as use his court vision and unselfish attitude to find his teammates for easy shots. His leadership came through on Friday night.”

KP jumped out to a 66-45 lead after three quarters, with Fritz scoring 30 points through the opening 24 minutes. He scored 10 points in each of the first three quarters to help the Warriors build a big advantage. Sharon stormed back into the game, taking an 84-83 lead inside the final minute.

Fritz tied the game with a free throw and the Warriors forced a turnover to get the ball back with just 5.2 seconds remaining. Fritz got the inbound pass and went the length of the floor. He pulled up for a short jumper on the baseline at the buzzer to give KP the win. It was his 11th two-point basket of the night.

 

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 Griffin, King Philip XC

Mike Griffin
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip senior Mike Griffin has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 10 through Nov. 16. Griffin is the 11th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Griffin concluded his stellar four-year cross-country career by winning the Div. 1 All-State Meet at the Gardner Municipal Golf Course on Saturday afternoon. He finished in 16:06, which was seven seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from Concord-Carlisle (and 20 seconds ahead of teammate Mike Norberg, who finished fifth overall) to bring home the title. His time was nearly 50 seconds faster than last year’s meet at Stanley Park, where he finished ninth overall.

“His state title was the culmination of over three years of hard work and dedication to running,” said King Philip head coach Chris Elgar. “While undeniably he has a natural talent, you could even say gift for running, but that does not credit enough how much his work ethic contributes to his success. One small example was his confidence in a well thought out ‘agenda’ for how to race this course to his best ability. Because he is a student of his craft, he knew exactly what he needed to do on Saturday. He would also be the first person to recognize the support his co-captain and close friend Mike Norberg has on his success. They really help each other reach for the highest of standards.”

Griffin has been a dominant cross-country runner since his freshman season and a few weeks ago brought home his second straight individual title at the Hockomock League Cross-Country Championships at the Wrentham Development Center. The University of Tennessee-commit finished 18 seconds ahead of Franklin’s Tyler Brogan. In four years, Griffin never finished worse than third in the league meet and improved his time by more than 40 seconds from his freshman to senior seasons.

Click here for a photo gallery from the 2019 Hockomock Cross Country Championships.

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: Taylor Harris, Canton Volleyball

Taylor Harris
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton senior Taylor Harris has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Nov. 3 through Nov. 9. Harris is the 10th player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Harris was the star performer for Canton during its run to the Div. 2 Central title, starring in all three of the Bulldogs’ playoff games, including the Central final against Westboro at Wellesley High. With Harris showing off her all-around game, the Bulldogs reached a second straight Central final and beat the Rangers 3-1 to secure the program’s second sectional title.

“Taylor is an amazing player,” said Canton coach Pat Cawley. “She’s one of the top players I’ve ever coached. Offensively, defensively, blocking she is really a great player…Taylor is certainly in a class of her own.”

In the playoff opener against Tantasqua, Harris sparked the Canton offense with 16 kills. She was also the top hitter in the dominant win against North Middlesex in the Central semifinal, leading the team with 13 kills and adding 12 digs. Against Westboro on Saturday afternoon, Harris demonstrated her overall game to help Canton go a step further than 2018 and secure the Central title. She finished with 20 kills and nine digs in the final.

For the season, Harris led the league with 332 kills and was in the top 10 in the league with 161 digs, while helping the Bulldogs earn yet another Davenport division title. She was also recently selected as the Hockomock League MVP.

Click here for a photo gallery from the D2 Central final.

 

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: Kyle Fitzgerald, Canton Football

Kyle Fitzgerald
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton senior Kyle Fitzgerald has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 27 through Nov. 2. Fitzgerald is the ninth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Fitzgerald put in a star performance in Canton’s impressive win against Scituate on Friday night, helping the Bulldogs get a measure of revenge over the team that beat them in the South final last season. Fitzgerald rushed for 167 yards, scored three touchdowns, and picked off a pass as the Bulldogs rolled to a 34-14 victory.

“He’s our leader, he’s the guy we lean on as much as anybody,” said Canton head coach Dave Bohane said of Fitzgerald. “He was dialed in all week, as were all the kids, but Kyle he really appreciates the big stage. He’s an excellent student, a great kid, very well respected by the kids in the school. He gets it, he gets the magnitude of these games.”

Leading by just a touchdown in the third quarter, Fitzgerald intercepted a pass at the Scituate 40-yard-line. On the next play, he burst through the line and broke free for a 40-yard score. He bowled over a defender at the goal line for a seven-yard touchdown that made it 28-0 and then added a 56-yard TD after the Bulldogs recovered an onside kick. Fitzgerald is tied with teammate Johnny Hagan with a league-leading 10 rushing touchdowns this season.

Click here for a photo gallery from this 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.

 

Player of the Week: Abby Hassman, Foxboro XC

Abby Hassman
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Foxboro senior Abby Hassman has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 20 through Oct. 26. Hassman is the eighth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Hassman cruised to a dominating victory in Saturday morning’s Hockomock Girls Cross-Country Championships at the Wrentham Development Center. She completed the windy 5K course in a time of 18:52.34, which was nearly 49 seconds better than her nearest competitor, to win the league meet for the second time in the past three seasons.

“Abby has a lot of natural talent, but really dedicated herself to training this summer and season,” said Foxboro coach Joe Cusack. “She set some pretty lofty goals for herself, and winning back the Hock title (which she won as a sophomore) was definitely one of them. She also wanted to run sub-18:00, and did that (at Twilight). With the Divisional meet and All-States coming up, I’m really excited to see what she can do. She’s running with a ton of confidence right now, which goes a very long way in these November meets.”

Hassman jumped out to an early lead on Saturday and by the two-mile mark was out of sight of her competitors. Her time was a full 40 seconds better than last year, when she finished second to teammate Lexi Quinn, and 11 seconds better than her winning time as a sophomore in 2017. During her four-year cross-country career, Hassman has never finished worse than third at the Hock Championship meet and last season helped the Warriors end a long league title drought.

Click here for a full photo gallery from the Hockomock League Cross Country Championships.

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 Paterson, Franklin Golf

Jack Paterson
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

Franklin junior Jack Paterson has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 13 through Oct. 19. Paterson is the seventh player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2019-20 school year.

Paterson concluded his regular season in style, shooting a round of 76 at Blue Hill Country Club to earn medalist honors at the annual Hockomock Championships. He finished one shot ahead of Mansfield’s Ryan Dow to win the individual title. With Paterson leading the way, the Panthers took third as a team, just a stroke behind Davenport champion Canton and 13 strokes behind first-place Mansfield.

“Jack has had an incredible year and his performance at Hocks really demonstrates just how great he has been,” said Franklin coach Dustin Picillo. “His average which was top three in the league however he played 10 home matches at Franklin Country Club, which is one of the top three hardest courses in our league. His play at Hocks represented what he has done all year — just going out every match and competing regardless of rain or sun or wind. Great finish to a really strong season for our captain.”

Despite windy conditions, Paterson bested the elite field at the Hockomock Championships to round out a strong regular season that saw him average 38.2 per round, which was fourth best in the league. The Panthers went 14-4 this season, heading into Monday’s Div. 1 South sectional tournament.

Click here for a full photo gallery from the Hockomock League Golf Championships.

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.