Canton, 45 @ Milford, 61 – Final – Milford built a double-digit lead by halftime (29-17) and pulled away in the third quarter to get the win. Zach Tamagni led the way with 22 points for the Scarlet Hawks while Shane Cosquete added 13 points and junior Kayden Kelley had 10 points and 19 rebounds. Canton junior Tony Harris had 15 points and 12 rebounds while Devin Foster chipped in with nine points.
Foxboro, 43 @ Stoughton, 52 – Final – Stoughton hit four of its seven three pointers in the final quarter to pull away from the Warriors. Matt Valle (16 points) hit three trifectas in the frame while Colin Sanda also hit one as the Black Knights won the fourth quarter 20-15. Foxboro’s Joe Morrison scored a team-high 15 points while Jamaine Few added 13 points for the Warriors.
Franklin, 55 @ Taunton, 42 – Final – Taunton turned a second half deficit (25-17) into a third quarter lead (27-25) but Franklin rattled off a 10-4 run to close the quarter and never looked back. Junior Connor Peterson led the way for the Panthers with 21 points while Paul Mahon added 12 points and Jalen Samuels chipped in with 11 points.
Milford, 56 @ Canton, 42 – Final – Kate Irwin led the Hawks with 22 points and Milford coach T.J. Dolliver added that the Hawks got “lots of contribution from the bench offensively and defensively.”
Stoughton, 29 @ Foxboro, 72 – Final – Lily Sykes led the way for the Warriors with 19 points and Ashley Sampson chipped in with 16. Grace Tamulionis added 10 points for Foxboro. Stoughton junior Val Whalen registered 17 points and eight rebounds for the Black Knights.
Taunton, 21 @ Franklin, 63 – Final – Ali Brigham was the top scorer for the Panthers with 13 points. Franklin also got 11 points from Kate Morse and nine points from Bea Bondhus.
King Philip, 34 @ Oliver Ames, 65 – Final – Oliver Ames limited the Warriors to just 13 points in the first half, running away with a big win at home. Kayla Raymond scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter to set the tone for OA. Niyera Mitchell notched a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds while Abby Reardon chipped in with 11 points.
North Attleboro, 73 @ Sharon, 48 – Final – Caroline Collard was the top scorer for the Rocketeers with 12 points and Emily Schromm scored 11 for North. Emma Eberhardt had a game-high 19 points for the Eagles and Faythe Gomolka scored nine.
Taunton, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Taunton scored once in each period while Justin Chappell made 22 saves to earn the shutout win. Nick Terry netted a pair of goals while Cam Sneyd found the back of the net once. Zack Albert, Mike Volkmann, Jordan Hoey and Cam Welby each had an assist in the win.
Foxboro, 65 @ Sharon, 88 – Final – Foxboro’s Dan Egan had a first place finish in the 100 free for the Warriors.
Foxboro, 80 @ Sharon, 90 – Final – Emma Bridges came in first place in four separate events and qualified for both sectionals and states in one of them but the Warriors fell short to Sharon. Bridges qualified for states by winning the 200IM in 2:24.35. She also finished first in the 100 fly, the 200 medley relay (with Allison Curran, Lexi Nelson and Lindsey Nelson) and the 400 free relay (with Curran, Nelson and Nelson as well). Lindsey Nelson also won the 100 breaststroke.
Canton, 85 vs. Hopkinton, 97 – Final
Foxboro, 65 @ Norton, 72 – Final – Johnmichael Boucher and Dan Egan each won a pair of events but the Warriors fell to Norton in a non-league meet. Both Boucher and Egan were apart of the 400 yard relay with James Donoghue and Thomas Perry that won in 4:37.43. Egan won the 100 yard free in 1:01.62 and Boucher won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:22.84.
Canton, 79 vs. Hopkinton, 103 – Final
Foxboro, 78 @ Norton, 90 – Final – Emma Bridges won three events for Foxboro but Norton picked up the non-league win at Wheaton College. Bridges was first in the 100 yard butterfly (1:03.22) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:10.28). The 400 yard relay consisting of Lexi Nelson, Lindsey Nelson, Allison Curran and Bridges also finished first (4:16.97).
Below are the official Hockomock League Girls Swimming All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Leah Zogby, Franklin
Hockomock League All Stars
Elizabeth Saltz, Attleboro
Tiffany Ha, Canton
Emma Bridges, Foxboro
Ashley Loomis, Franklin
Leah Zogby, Franklin
Colleen Proulx, Franklin
Jennifer Ayotte, Franklin
Helen Huang, Franklin
Molly Brown, Franklin
Fahra Whichard, King Philip
Callie Sullivan, King Philip
Sam Nasson, King Philip
Cara Angelo, King Philip
Claudia Beasley, Mansfield
Jennifer Prior, Mansfield
Alexa Lancisi, Milford
Jackie Dirschel, North Attleboro
Erini Rigas, North Attleboro
Mia Esterman, Oliver Ames
Aprille Gangi, Oliver Ames
Makayla Paquin, Oliver Ames
Emily Zhou, Sharon
Audrey DeSzendeffy, Sharon
Ilka Zaniewski, Sharon
Tara Zhou, Sharon
Jennie King, Taunton
Lorna Li, Taunton
Maddie Nourse, Canton
Lexi Nelson, Foxboro
Megan Lazarek, Franklin
Holland Nievergelt, King Philip
Emily Weiner, Mansfield
Amber Stearns, Milford
Adi Tobias, North Attleboro
Delaney Benton, Oliver Ames
Katie Eckler, Stoughton
Aimee Kistner, Taunton
MILFORD, Mass. – After back-to-back seasons of finishing in second place to its league rivals, the Franklin girls’ swimming program brought home its first Hockomock Championship title with a dominating performance on Saturday at the Milford High pool.
The Panthers finished with an overall team total of 383, more than 100 points better than defending champion King Philip’s total of 264. The top five was rounded out by Taunton (230), Sharon (186) and North Attleboro (186).
The championship meet was the culmination of a season of first for the Panthers, who also finished undefeated in the dual meet season and won the Kelley-Rex title for the first time in the seven-year history of the program.
“This is a big deal,” said Franklin swim coach Jess Pridham. “For the last two years we’ve been runners up and I can’t take credit for their talent. I’m just the chessmaster. I put together the best meet possible and their talent has brought us this far.”
It was not that long ago that the Panthers finished a season winless, but a strong crop of swimmers entered the relatively new program and helped raise it to the championship level. Those swimmers are now seniors and capped their final year with Franklin swim with the title.
“There were seven that started together and seven that are finishing together,” explained Pridham, “and to be the Hockomock champions, finally that culmination of their senior year and being able to hang onto it…We talk about our favorite swim memories and I think this will quickly become a fave for them.”
Senior Leah Zogby, who recently signed her National Letter of Intent to swim at Holy Cross, added, “The whole senior group took charge in leading us to the title… I think we’ve really taught the rest of the underclassmen what it means to race and be a team and I can graduate knowing that we’ve left a good feeling behind.”
The Panthers jumped out to a quick start and took control of the meet. After four events, Franklin was ahead by nearly 40 points on second place Taunton. That jumped to a 195-109 lead after the fifth event and the meet turned into a race for second place.
Ashley Loomis was a standout for the Panthers on Saturday. She claimed the 200-yard freestyle title in a time of 1:58.58, which was 13 seconds better than Jennie King of Taunton in second. Loomis added a similarly dominant performance in the 500-yard freestyle, winning with a time of 5:15.49, which was nearly 20 seconds better than Sam Nason of King Philip.
Loomis also was part of the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay teams that each took first for Franklin.
“We were confident, but we didn’t let that stop us from racing hard and I think that showed in how much we succeeded,” said Zogby about the team embracing the favorite tag that came from winning the dual meet season.
Zogby, who won the 200-yard IM and took third in the 100-yard butterfly, added, “We have a big team, great coaching throughout the year, and you just see kids get better in the pool everyday and that’s rewarding too.”
Depth was a key to the Panthers success in winning the meet title. Franklin had one of the larger teams in the meet and, as Pridham explained, it was not just Zogby or Loomis bringing in first place points, but the ability to score points up and down the roster that helped the Panthers win so decisively.
She said, “We have depth and, yes, we have girls that finish first in the Hockomock and we have girls that finish second and third, but we have a lot of what I like to call clean-up swimmers who come in sixth and seventh and 10th and accumulate points for us.”
When asked what it meant to be the top team in the league, Pridham replied, “In a dual meet we’ve got one other team to compete against but bringing the whole Hock together and being able to compete at everybody’s level…it’s awesome.”
In addition to Franklin swimmers, several others had notable performances in the pool on Saturday. Emma Bridges of Foxboro won both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke. Tiffany Ha of Canton won the 100-yard freestyle, narrowly beating out Callie Sullivan of King Philip, and finished second in the 100-yard backstroke.
Tara Zhou of Sharon won the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke, was part of the Eagles’ winning 200-yard medley relay team that took first and the 400-yard freestyle team that claimed second place.
Franklin – 383
King Philip – 264
Taunton – 230
Sharon – 186
North Attleboro – 183
Oliver Ames – 149
Foxboro – 136
Mansfield – 132
Canton – 126
Milford – 121
Attleboro – 105
Stoughton – 85