Below are the official 2017 Hockomock League Baseball All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Will Weir, King Philip
Hockomock League All Stars
Matt Callahan, Attleboro
Colin Thoener, Foxboro
Jake Noviello, Franklin
Ryan Hodgkins, Franklin
Alex Haba, Franklin
Jason Ulrickson, Franklin
Will Weir, King Philip
Matthew Farragher, Mansfield
Nolan Dousa, Mansfield
Aidan Wilde, Milford
Zack Tamagni, Milford
Zach DeMattio, North Attleboro
Nick Sinacola, North Attleboro
Sam Burr, Oliver Ames
Kyle Gagliardi, Oliver Ames
Max Tarlin, Sharon
Justin Hutchinson, Stoughton
Jack Connelly, Stoughton
Ruben Gonzalez, Stoughton
Ryan Sullivan, Stoughton
Eoin Kelleher, Attleboro
Dan Hartnett, Canton
Anthony Mollica, Foxboro
Jake Lyons, Franklin
Chris Wing, King Philip
Aidan Cahill, Mansfield
Alex Macek, Milford
Nate Pearce, North Attleboro
Alden Newman, Oliver Ames
Aiden Arnold, Sharon
Luke Johnson, Stoughton
Tyler Medeiros, Taunton
For a history of recent Hockomock League Baseball All Stars, check out our history section.
2017 Hockomock League Baseball All Stars
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Today’s games are listed below.
Canton, 4 vs. Cohasset, 3 – Final – After falling behind early, Canton rallied to tie the game in the fifth inning. In the sixth inning, senior Danny Hartnett doubled and senior Jackson Maffeo knocked in the go-ahead run with a single. Sophomore Paul Sullivan pitched three scoreless innings in relief to earn the win.
Foxboro, 0 vs. Dedham, 3 – Final
King Philip, 0 @ Franklin, 6 – Final – Franklin’s offense got off to a strong start, plating five runs in the first inning and tacking on one more in the second to beat King Philip and qualify for the state tournament. Junior Bryan Woelfel tossed a complete game shutout with just three hits allowed, one walk and a pair of strikeouts. The Panthers loaded the bases with Jake Lyons (double), Ryan Hodgkins (hit by pitch) and Jason Ulrickson (bunt single) reaching base. Josh Macchi followed with an RBI single, Tyler Gomes knocked in a run with a sac fly and sophomore Alex Haba drove in two with a double. James Leofanti doubled to move Haba to third and Jake Macchi’s sacrifice fly brought Haba home. In the second inning, Ulrickson doubled to score Lyons. King Philip’s Dan Antunes tossed 4.2 scoreless innings of relief for the Warriors.
Milford, 12 vs. Hopedale, 3 – Final
Sharon, 2 @ Middleboro, 8 – Final
Foxboro, 2 @ Dedham, 3 – Final
Franklin, 8 @ Bridgewater-Raynham, 2 – Final – Franklin’s offense exploded for 14 hits as a team to complete a season sweep of the Trojans. Ally Shea had a three hits to lead the way while Tara Hartnett (RBI), Olivia DiGiacomo (two RBI, two runs), Anna Balkus (run) and Clara DeCarvalho (RBI double) each had a pair of hits. Alexx Niss also had a hit and brought in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Milford, 5 @ St. Peter Marian, 2 – Final – Ali Atherton scattered six hits in a complete game effort, striking out four in the win. Offensively, Maggie Farrell stroked three hits, including two doubles, while also scoring a run. Jess Tomaso added two hits (double), knocked in two runs and scored once, Emily Piergustavo knocked in a run, scored a run and had one hit and Emily Hartman notched an RBI double.
Sharon, 5 @ Ursuline, 4 – Final – Sharon’s Clara Cook struck out a season-high 15 batters to help the Eagles edge Ursuline on the road. Cook tossed a complete game to earn the win. Offensively, Sam Marglous went 2-for-4 with a pair of base hits and scored a run, and Alli Small, Rebecca Clayman, Shoshana Lowe and Sarah Levitt each had a single for Sharon.
Canton, 3 @ Cohasset, 14 – Final
Foxboro, 7 @ Wayland, 8 – Final (OT)
Franklin, 14 vs. Algonquin, 6 – Final – Franklin goalie Connor O’Rourke made eight saves the FHS head coach Lou Verrochi praised the defensive effort of his team’s defense as the Panthers picked up a key non-league win. Based on North Attleboro’s win over King Philip, the Panthers clinched at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title. Eric Civetti had his way on the offensive end, netting eight goals with one assist and Sam Arsenault and Nitin Chaudhury each scored once and had two assists. Packie Watson found the back of the net twice and Kyle McEniry had two helpers; Johnny O’Glishen and Pat Morrison each tallied a goal as well.
King Philip, 3 @ North Attleboro, 10 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game.
Stoughton vs. Dedham. 3:45
Canton, 10 vs. Holliston, 14 – Final
Foxboro, 15 @ Medway, 4 – Final
Sharon, 18 @ Mansfield, 10 – Final
Milford, 1 @ Medway, 4 – Final
Milford, 0 @ Hopedale, 5 – Final
Sharon, 3 vs. Brookline, 2 – Final
Milford @ Brockton, 5:15
By HockomockSports.com Staff
2017 Hockomock Baseball Preview
2016 Record: 13-10
2016 Finish: Reached D1 South Semifinal
Coach: Matt Bosh
Coming off a great run in the state tournament a year ago, the Attleboro Bombardiers will be looking for a repeat performance in 2017. This year, instead of relying on just one or two pitchers, Attleboro will trust the depth of its pitching staff to get things done on the mound.
Senior Tyler McGovern will be the anchor of the staff while classmates Matt Callahan, Dylan Maskell and Tyler Davis will also factor in on the mound. Juniors James Weir, Drew Pagano, Erik McCormick and John Candiales, along with sophomore Eoin Hammel-Kelleher could all see innings on the mound as well.
Callahan will also see time in the field at shortstop while Weir looks to be a reliable option at first base. Matt Marguerite will patrol the outfield while Steve Hamerski, Tyler Davis, Drew Pagano, Sam Larkin and Alex Whittingham are all likely candidates for spots in the outfield as well. Head coach Matt Bosh said there is a lot of internal battles for most positions.
“Every year brings new challenges and elements,” said head coach Matt Bosh. “The biggest difference from last year I think is the depth of the pitching staff. While last year we were top heavy with Nate and Tyler, this year I think we have more guys that can compete and spread the wealth in eating up innings. But we’ll see how that plays out. The Hock will be tough, like always”.
2016 Record: 11-11
2016 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinals
Coach: Greg Digirolamo
First year head coach Greg Digirolamo likes what he sees from his Bulldogs so far, but the challenge has been finding some grass to play on. Heading into the first week of the season, the weather has prevented the Bulldogs from getting to play outside yet.
Nonetheless, there are some experienced varsity players that will likely factor in right away for Canton. Junior outfielder Matt Casamento might be the most experienced player of the returnees but seniors Jackson Maffeo, Danny Hartnett, Kevin Monagle, Tommy Kilduff and Matt Crandall are all likely to factor in during the season.
A trio of juniors will be Digirolamo’s go-to for pitching to start out the season. Ryan White, Austin Maffie and Rob Wilkenson are all likely to see a lot of innings as the season gets underway.
“It will take the first couple weeks of the season for me to know what we have from a talent perspective,” Digirolamo said. “I will tell you, it only took a week of tryouts to find out I have a good group of kids. They work hard and they’re eager to learn. As a first year coach, that’s all I can ask for right now.”
2016 Record: 8-13
2016 Finish: Reached D3 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Chris Sullivan
Foxboro will be looking to get back to the postseason again this year and will rely on its starting pitching and experience to get there.
Hockomock League All Star Aaron Wentling is back on the mound while Colin Thoener – who missed nearly all of last season – is healthy and ready to produce on the mound. Steve McLaughlin, who has some varsity experience, will also get starts on the mound for the Warriors.
There aren’t many players more experienced at the varsity level than catcher Jesse Galanti, who enters his fourth year as a starter and third as captain for Foxboro. Outfielders AJ Bubencik and Cam Feldman have also played a lot of games at the varsity level and will be counted on to lead the way for the Warriors along with infielder Chad Bearce.
“This group has been through a lot of adversity both on and off the field and has shown a ton of resiliency,” said Foxboro head coach Chris Sullivan. “At this point, nothing really fazes these guys they just keep showing up ready to play every day.”
2016 Record: 13-10
2016 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Zach Brown
Between Franklin’s pitching staff and its lineup, there is a lot of experienced players with success at the varsity level ready to go this season.
After relying on a trio of sophomores on the mound last year, all three are back ready for strong junior campaigns. Jake Noviello and Jason Ulrickson logged a lot of innings are starting pitchers while Bryan Woelfel emerged as one of the best bullpen options in the league. Now they are poised to be one of the top starting rotations in the league.
“We are optimistic that the three of them will give us a chance to have a solid rotation this season and be competitive in every game,” said Franklin head coach Zach Brown. “All three guys are very different but all of them are competitive.”
Offensively, Franklin brings back outfielders Ryan Hodgkins (.388) and Jake Lyons (.368) along with first baseman Josh Macchi (16 RBI) and catcher Tyler Gomes (16 RBI). While there are spots to fill left by talented seniors that graduated, having those four back is a very good sign for the Panthers.
2016 Record: 15-6
2016 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Pat Weir
It’s going to be a challenge for King Philip to replace three all-star caliber pitchers in one season, but head coach Pat Weir and his Warriors are ready to try.
Jake Cavanagh, Jack DiCenso and Jon Rolfe are all pitching at the collegiate now after helping guide the Warriors to a Kelley-Rex title a season ago. This season, Stephen Murray and Chris Wing are back as two of the more experienced arms available for Weir. Will Weir, known for his bat and defensive play at shortstop, could also emerge as an option on the mound.
Will Weir is also one of the key bats back for King Philip, along with senior centerfielder Ryan Coulter. Both had impressive seasons as juniors and will be relied to lead the way in 2017 for KP.
“I’m hopeful we can improve on yesterday and compete today, all we ask is all you got,” said head coach Pat Weir.
2016 Record: 9-11
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Joe Breen
After just missing out on the postseason a year ago, there is a lot of optimism for the 2017 Hornets squad. With two top pitchers and a solid lineup returning, there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
One main reason is the return of senior pitcher Nolan Dousa, who missed last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. After a standout sophomore campaign, Dousa had to watch last season from the dugout. With Dousa on the self, sophomore Tyler Dalton emerged as the team’s ace, giving the Hornets a great 1-2 combination for 2017.
Offensively, the Hornets bring back shortstop Max Boen – one of the team’s top hitters a season ago – along with senior outfielder Zach Peterson, who led the team in runs last year, and senior infielder Aidan Cahill.
“We look to combine the experience of our senior class with the ambition of our underclassmen to create a competitive team for the upcoming season,” said head coach Joe Breen. “Our goal is to be the hardest working, most passionate high school baseball team in the state and let the pieces fall where they may.”
2016 Record: 8-12
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Paul Pellegrini
Milford will be looking to get off to a better start in 2017 after a slow one a year ago played a big part in the Scarlet Hawks missing out on the postseason.
The good news for head coach Paul Pellegrini is that he has the majority of his impactful players back this season. Senior Alex Macek really impressed after missing the beginning part of the season with injury and could be one of the top pitchers in the league this season. Tylor Renaud also provided quality innings a year ago.
Aidan Wilde has been one of the top players in this league for two years yet he’s only a junior this season. Not only is he very good defensively, he’s one of the toughest at-bats in the league and will certainly be a spark plug for the Hawks. Expect senior Anthony Arcudi and sophomore Alex Coady to be contributions this season as well.
2016 Record: 7-13
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Paul Tobin
The Rocketeers will boast a young squad, but not one that lacks in talent. After graduating 13 seniors last year, Big Red will rely heavily on the players they do have returning this season.
The strength of the squad will be up the middle of the field, starting senior captain Kyle McCarthy in centerfield, senior captain John Brennan patrolling shortstop and junior Zach DeMattio – and his big bat – manning the catcher position. From there, each spot is open for competition according to head coach Paul Tobin. Matt Iaconis and Peter Cohen are competing for time at third while Nick Crawley, Aidan Harding, Billy Drummond, Jackson Billingkoff and Nick Sinacola are all batting for infield spots.
Nick Sinacola, Nathan Pearce, Aidan Harding and Matt Iaconis are all candidates to form Big Red’s starting rotation while Peter Cohen, Ryan Prince and Ryan Pasquel are likely to see time out of the bullpen.
“We are talented but inexperienced, so there will be some learning and growing to go through,” said head coach Paul Tobin.
2016 Record: 11-11
2016 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Joe Abarr
Oliver Ames has a lot of players back from a year ago and first year head coach Joe Abarr believes that should translate into a potent lineup for the Tigers.
2016 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year Matt Muir will be captaining the team as a junior and will make the transition from second base to shortstop. He will likely fill the leadoff role for Oliver Ames and will also see time on the mound. Senior Sam Burr is also a team captain, will be the team’s number one starter and also man first base for the Tigers.
Sophomore third baseman Chris Pearsons is back after making some noise during his freshman year and senior Kyle Gagliardi will bring a lot of experience while he patrols center field for the Tigers. Michael Mulrean will see a lot of time on the mound again this year and sophomore catcher Jake Erlich will look to give the Tigers a boost after transferring from Xaverian this year.
“We should hit this year with lots of players with power potential,” Abarr said. “Our pitching staff is very deep with an abundance of arms available from day to day. The challenge will be writing the right lineup. We have a solid infield with underclassmen that should be able to get comfortable in their positions over the next couple of years.”
2016 Record: 2-18
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Kee Arguimbau
The Eagles had a lot of young pieces a year ago and will be looking to take the next step in 2017. Leading the way will be two three-year varsity players in captains Jake Marglous and Aiden Arnold.
Marglous will be back behind the plate for another season while Arnold, one of the top power hitters in the league, will be back at first and also be an option to come in to pitch in relief situations. Other returning Eagles with varsity experience include Jake Teven, Danny Emerman, Jason Hertz, Ben Schwartz, Drew Naisuler, Ben Stamm, Brad Zongetti and Spencer Singer.
Max Tarlin had a very strong season as a sophomore a year ago and will be at the top of the rotation as a junior this season. Sophomore Noah Kamens also picked up some valuable varsity time a year ago and will be a top option for Sharon this season.
“Our strength will be in the experience we have in our pitching staff,” said head coach Kee Arguimbau. “We’re looking forward to the season behind the leadership of our captains, Jake Marglous and Aiden Arnold.
2016 Record: 16-7
2016 Finish: Reached D2 South Semifinals
Coach: Mike Armour
There aren’t many teams in the area that have the luxury of returning their top three pitchers, but the Black Knights of Stoughton do.
Justin Hutchinson, Ryan Sullivan and Nico Parmeggiani are all back after stellar junior seasons on the mound, putting Stoughton is a good position to start the season. Luke Johnson will also see time on the mound, adding another experienced arm for the Black Knights.
Jack Connelly is back at first base after a breakout junior season, Ruben Gonzalez will shift over to take over at shortstop while Matt Hadley and Michael Batte will both see time in the infield as well. Both Hutchinson and Sullivan will see time in the outfield when they aren’t pitching while Pat Hagerty and Nick Hardy are back as well. Johnson and sophomore Evan Gibb will battle for the starting catcher spot.
“We have a lot of experience returning, with 10 seniors on the roster, and look forward to competing in the always tough Hockomock League,” said head coach Mike Armour.
2016 Record: 14-7
2016 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Blair Bourque
While there is a new coach in the dugout for the Tigers, there will be a lot of the same faces on the field for Taunton in 2017.
Blair Bourque takes over the reigns for the Tigers, who also lost league MVP Luke Figueira to graduation. However, Matt Machado and Joe Manchester are back in the outfield, Jacob Crawford is back in the middle infield, Jimmy Hoye is back and ready to take over as starting catcher, and Danny Keogh and Jack Moynihan return as two experienced pitchers.
With the battle for the number one pitcher open, Keogh and Moynihan will be the main two options to begin the season.
“Both of these guys saw success last year pitching at the varsity level and we are looking to continue and build on that success,” Bourque said.
Machado, one of the top defensive players in the league, had a breakout junior season at the plate and will look to be one of the top offensive producers again this season. Manchester shined in his sophomore season and will give the Tigers some power in the middle of the lineup. Crawford is easily one of the best defensive infielders in the league and Hoye will look to prove he’s one of the top catchers.
Today’s games are listed below.
Canton, 68 vs. Middleboro, 34 – Final – Canton built a double-digit lead in the first quarter, racing out to a 17-7 lead after eight minutes. The Bulldogs extended that lead to 33-15 at halftime and then blew the game open in the third, taking a 59-26 advantage into the third. Sophomore Devin Foster had 16 points for Canton while Tony Harris had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Danny Hartnett chipped in with 12 points.
North Attleboro, 59 @ Milford, 44 – Final – Samantha Taggart scored 18 points and Liz Morehouse added 12, as North Attleboro set up a winner-take-all game with Foxboro on Friday night to decide the Davenport division title. Kate Irwin scored 15 points and Nicole Dahlgren had 14 for the Hawks.
Attleboro, 1 vs. Shawsheen, 5 – Final
Canton, 1 @ Lincoln-Sudbury, 1 – Final
Foxboro, 2 @ Saint John Paul II, 5 – Final
Franklin, 1 @ Malden Catholic, 4 – Final
North Attleboro, 4 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – Click here for a recap from this game.
Mansfield, 5 @ Plymouth South, 0 – Final – Mansfield senior Matt Farragher scored his first of three goals in the first period, which turned out to be the game-winner. The Hornets added three goals in the second period, including one on the power play and one shorthanded. Mansfield added an empty netter in the third period. Mansfield senior Tony Rullo had the shutout in net.
Oliver Ames, 4 vs. St. Peter Marian, 0 – Final – After a scoreless first period, OA seniors Jared Costello and Evan DiMartinis each scored a goal in the second to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Brett Williams netted a pair of goals in the third period to ice the game for OA. Sophomore Max Ward recorded two assists in the game and freshman Owen Connor made nine saves in net to record his first career shutout.
King Philip @ Mansfield, 7:00
Canton, 4 @ Medway/Ashland, 0 – Final
Franklin, 1 @ Ursuline, 7 – Final
King Philip, 2 vs. Cohasset/Hanover, 2 – Final
Sharon and Canton both utilized a 2-3 zone but their respective coaches had vastly different outlooks on how things worked out.
Eagles head coach Andrew Ferguson said it was the best defensive effort from his side all season.
Bulldogs skipper Ryan Gordy had just the opposite outlook on his team’s defensive effort, saying it was the worst output for Canton.
No surprise based on each coach’s feedback, Sharon won the game, 62-53.
“I think defensively we were so much better than we better than when we played them the first time,” Ferguson said. “We communicated much better, we took away the corner three which killed us the first time. I think we did a great job on Devin Foster, who’s just a terrific player. We knew if he got going, their guys would feed off that so we started with him. I know [Tony] Harris got a bunch and hurt us but defensively, that’s the best effort we have given for 32 minutes.”
The Eagles limited Canton to just six points in the opening quarter and then used a late surge – scoring seven points over the final minute of the first half, including five from senior Ricardo Ripley — to take a 23-18 lead into the locker room.
“It wasn’t about offense tonight, it was about our defense,” Gordy said. “We gave up a lot of uncontested shots, we didn’t compete hard enough defensive to win a game. That was probably the worst defense we played all season.”
Ben Stamm hit an early three pointer in the second half, Jimmy Fitzhenry (14 points, five rebounds) added one of his own and with just under three minutes to play in the third quarter, Ricardo Ripley (13 points) drained one from deep to give Sharon a 36-29 lead.
But Canton would close the gap with Foster driving to the basket for two and Austin Maffie draining a three to make it a two point game. Sharon once again had a response as Tommy Modelevsky connected from deep. Yet again, Canton chipped with with a layup from Maffie and two free throws from Brian Albert pulled the Bulldogs within three through three quarters.
Sharon took little time to build an early lead in the fourth quarter with a quick 7-0 run. Lester High drained a three for his lone bucket of the game, Ripley drove to the basket for two and Malik Lorquet hit two free throws — all while the Eagles defense kept Canton off the board to start the quarter.
“That’s what you need, guys to step up,” Ferguson said of getting buckets here and there from role players. “Tommy had a big three, Lester had a big three, and Ben hit a big three right at the start of the second half. We need those guys. We’ve been relying on Ricky and Malik, and Jimmy’s gotten better, but you have to have those side guys come in and hit shots. And add in Jayvon Monteiro, he played great defense and Sammy Kirshenbaum rebounded pretty well. That’s what we need from these guys day in and day out.”
“They hit shots – they didn’t hit shots last game,” Gordy said. “Sometimes it comes down to making and missing. I want to give them credit for shots, but we do close out drills all the time and we didn’t close out correctly all game. It’s a maturity issue right now. You can’t beat Franklin and then lose to Sharon in one week, it’s a maturity issue.”
Danny Hartnett connected on a three to get the Bulldogs’ offense back in gear and Harris scored twice in low to make it a three point game. Sharon sophomore Alex Kaufmann hit a pair of free throws to make it 53-46 but two from Harris and two free throws from Foster made it a one possession game with 2:22 to play.
But from there, Canton’s offense went cold while Sharon was successful from the free throw line. The Eagles ended the game with a 9-3 run, with seven points coming on free throws.
“That’s the difference — when we’re not active and we’re not cutting off passes, it’s an ugly defensive scheme,” Ferguson said of his zone being active, causing Canton problems. “But when we get active, when Malik can control the middle, Xavier [Hackett] helps us rebound, and when we aren’t giving teams second and third chances, we’re a pretty good defensive team. When we start giving up extra opportunities get into trouble.”
Sharon improves to 3-10 on the season, and 2-9 in Hockomock play. The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday when they host Franklin. Canton (6-7, 4-7) looks to bounce back on the same day with a visit from Oliver Ames.
By Anthony Rinaldi, HockomockSports.com Contributor
CANTON, Mass. – In a game that was even the whole night, it’s no surprise that it came down to the final seconds of the contest.
Canton’s Devin Foster emerged as the hero after hitting that winning shot in a 60-58 victory over North Attleboro Friday night at Canton High School.
It was a back and forth contest through the first 16 minutes. The largest lead of the half was seven for North Attleboro during the first quarter. Beyond that, neither side had a lead larger than four.
The third quarter was full of runs. Canton came out hot going on a 13-4 run to take a 38-30 lead. North Attleboro responded with an 11-3 run to end the quarter, which tied the score at 41-41 with eight minutes to play.
The fourth quarter was again back and forth; no team led by more than three and it came down to the final possessions. Down by one, Foster connected on a three pointer to give the Bulldogs a two point lead. North Attleboro was able to convert on the other end as Brent Doherty (21 points) found Jonny Friberg (18 points) underneath to tie the game at 58-58.
Instead of a timeout, Canton inbounded the ball with 10 seconds left on the clock and Foster took the ball down the left side and put up a floater sinking it and leaving just four ticks left on the clock. North Attleboro tried to get down the floor but could not get their shot up in time.
“We had the ball at the end and that’s what it was, I really think because we had the ball for the last possession that’s what won us the game,” Canton head coach Ryan Gordy said.
“I came on the left side and knew there was nobody for help so I knew I was going to take the shot,” Foster said.
Strong Second Half Sparks North Attleboro
CANTON, Mass. – The North Attleboro girls basketball team used a strong second half performance to get past Canton, 59-47, on Friday night at Canton High School.
The first half was back and forth throughout and even though North Attleboro never trailed, but their largest lead was only nine, which was a result of five straight points from senior captain Samantha Taggart.
The third quarter is when North Attleboro started to take over the game. Fresh out of the halftime break, the Rocketeers went on a 10-4 run and the defense only allowed just eight points in the quarter. Big Red turned a 27-23 lead at halftime into a 39-31 advantage heading into the final quarter.
“We talked at halftime about getting bodies in there and running some pressure to take advantage because we knew they had some trouble with some guards,” North Attleboro head coach Derek Herber said.
In that third quarter it was Taggart who put the pressure on the guards and gave the Rocketeers a spark. She scored six of her game-high 16 points and had an assist in a 10-4 run which turned the game around for North.
“Sam is the way we run,” said Herber. “She was great for us in that third quarter. She carried us through those times where we had foul trouble, she stayed on the court and was able to settle everyone down.”
Champagne expanded rotation resulted in 10 different players scoring, a more consistent defensive effort and a 69-53 win over visiting Canton.
Beyond Champagne’s starting five of Seth Sullivan, Justin Vine, Tom Madden, Will Weir and Kyle Layman, the Warriors got extended runs from Pharaoh Davis and Noah Goodwin as well as minutes from Brendan King and Adrian Castillo. The Warriors got 19 points from the bench.
“We’re still feeling out some situations,” Champagne said. “There’s not a big difference between our six, seven, eight and nine guys – I said, why aren’t we playing more guys? I think it helped with our defensive intensity, I think we were able to maintain it longer. I thought we did a good job recovering and making them tough shots. We haven’t played that many guys in the first two games but I think it’s something we should do.”
That defensive effort limited Canton to just seven points in the first quarter as KP held a four point advantage after one. With fresh legs in the second quarter, the Warriors offensive exploded for 23 points.
Canton’s Eric Olshaker came away with a steal and Devin Foster, who scored 14 of his career-high 24 points in the second quarter, converted on the other end to bring the Bulldogs within two at 18-16. That’s when KP really created separation.
First, Layman (team-high 16 points, five rebounds) drilled a three and after an offensive rebound, Sullivan hit a three of his own. Weir added a bucket in the paint before Layman connected for another three pointer to create a 10-point lead, 29-19. Sullivan added a late three and KP took a 34-25 lead into the locker room.
Six points apiece from Vine and Layman helped carry King Philip’s offense early while Goodwin added a basket late off the bench. KP allowed just nine points in the third quarter and took a 50-34 lead after three quarters.
“I thought our inside presence was good,” Champagne said. “I thought it was good last Friday too, but we just had a bad third quarter overall. Our length helped close out on their shots too. They have a couple of pretty talented kids. We knew they’d get a certain amount of points but overall I thought we contained them pretty well.”
Canton had its best offensive quarter in the fourth, scoring 19 points but King Philip matched it each step of the way with 19 points of their own.
“They spread it around, they had good depth and they had a lot of guys hurt us in a lot of different ways,” Canton head coach Ryan Gordy said. “Right now we need to do a better job of getting more guys involved, maybe we need to tweak some offensive sets and find ways to get more guys to contribute offensively for us. It’s not going to cut it with just two guys scoring for us.”
Beyond Layman, Vine finished with 11 points and three assists, Weir had 10 points and seven rebounds, Sullivan had six points and King added six points off the bench.
Canton (0-3, 0-3) will look for its first win when they return to action after the holidays on Thursday, December 29th with a trip to Middleboro.
“It’s just about getting better and honoring that process and really focusing on one day at a time and finding ways to improve,” Gordy said.
But with just under six minutes to play, Attleboro senior Tyler Treichler got on the end of a set piece service and used his head to tuck the ball on the inside of the post and give the Bombardiers a 1-0 win in both team’s first game of the season.
As the game ticked into the 75th minute, the Bombardiers earned a free kick near the corner flag. Junior Zach White played it short, only to get it back immediately. He drove a cross to the back post and Treichler was able to jump up in a sea of players and get his head to the ball, putting it just inside the post, making it nearly impossible to stop.
“We’ve been sending the two guys from the back up for corners and set pieces because they can head the ball, so that paid off,” Attleboro head coach Peter Pereira said. “We have a good team and the kids are working hard, that’s what we we are. We’re young but we work hard.
“The freshmen are giving everything they have and that sets the tone for the other kids. We have a while to go though, this is most of the kids’ first ever game playing together because of the ages are so different. I was happy with the performance and of course the points are even more important.”
Each team had just once serious chance in the first half. Lancaster’s low free kick to the near post was deflected to freshman Michael Russo in the 8th minute, but his shot on frame went right at Canton goalie Abe Garber.
Canton nearly took the lead just seconds later off when Paul Corcoran took off down the right flank, centering a pass for Ben Waterhouse but Attleboro goalie Nick Hasenfus came off his line and just got in front.
The Bulldogs started off on the front foot in the second half, finding a chance in the 47th minute, Corcoran sent in a low cross to the near post, where Cole Duserick got a touch on but the ball spun just out of the reach for Waterhouse to get a clean shot and it slipped wide.
Canton’s Jake Verille made a nice run in the 65th minute into the final third but his shot was saved by Hasenfus. Two minutes later, White played Connor Dunn wide and his cross was met at the far post by Nick Lawrence, bit his bid back across goal went wide. Lawrence’s shot three minutes later was stopped by Garber as well.
That led to Andre going for a 50/50 ball on the right sideline, earning a free kick just by the corner. That led to White’s service and Treichler’s winner.
“Attleboro played great, I thought they they had the territory in the first half. We actually had the possession in the first half but we kept the ball in our end so it didn’t do anything for us,” Canton head coach Danny Erickson said, also praising Attleboro’s defensive effort. “They were really dangerous, keeping the ball that first half. I thought we turned it around and had the ball down their end the whole second half, they had a couple glimpses and then they took advantage of a set piece and scored a really nice goal. I don’t think he was completely open, I thought we were on him but he scored a great goal. I thought we gave them a great fight in the second half though but it’s onto the next one.”
Attleboro’s defense was bolstered by Lancaster, who has made the switch from an attacking option to a center back for his senior year. It seemed anytime that Canton had something going in the final third, Lancaster was there to cause a problem.
“Harry is doing well for us. He was playing midfield but I felt like I needed someone back there,” Pereira said. “He’s got the speed, he’s got the experience. He’s covering for everyone back there. With Treichler next to him, he’s learning with Harry too. Then we rotate four sophomores in the wings and we’re hoping they’ll do the job.”