Teams of the Decade Project Announcement

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Franklin poses with its 2018 MIAA D1A State Championship trophy after beating Central Catholic. (Ryan Lanigan/
There has been a lot of talent in the Hockomock League over the past decade, and we’ve seen first hand the ups and downs that happen throughout each season. Some of my favorite memories from covering high school sports are the moments following state championship games, seeing all of the hard work from the athletes pay off. I’ve always said it takes a perfect storm for teams to win a state title, it’s an incredible achievement.

We are excited to announce a new feature that we will be working on with the goal of publishing by the end of the school year: The HockomockSports Teams of the Decade Project. This website has covered the league for nearly the entire decade, but both Josh and I were freelancing with other publications in the area prior to that. We have covered countless games, interviews hundreds of coaches and athletes, and covered some incredible teams during the last decade and we’re hoping this will be a fun project for all involved.

This is going to be one list, roughly 15-20 teams, with all sports considered. That means we’ll be comparing baseball teams with field hockey teams, football teams with softball teams, lacrosse teams with gymnastics teams, and so on. The only requirements are that the team competed in the Hockomock League and competed between Fall 2010 and Spring 2020 (yes, this school years teams are eligible). This will be a list of specific teams (e.g. 2018 Franklin baseball), not just a program. Some squads will have state championship trophies, but it isn’t a requirement. There are a lot of great teams that came up short for a variety of reasons. Of course, it’s tough to judge different sports against one another, and there are a lot of factors we’ll be considering as we construct this list.

We started the project over the summer, and from our research, there were over 30 teams that won state titles in this decade alone, so there will be tough decisions to make. We’re creating this list in good fun and there is no right or wrong. We’ll have a group of honorable mentions and a write up on each team that makes the list; it will be a fun trip down memory lane. We are hoping to do something a little more in-depth for the top three or five teams.

While we are making the final choices on our list, we want to hear from you. Use the contact form below to let us know which team you think should be on the list and how high up. Make sure to include some details and any info you think we should know. You can always contact us through our social media platforms, @HockomockSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And of course, shoot us an email if that is best for you.

Let the debate begin!

Ryan Lanigan
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