Attleboro, 5 @ Ashland, 1 – Final – Jake Parker scored four goals for the Bombardiers and P.J. Elliott scored the fifth.
Canton, 2 vs. Newburyport, 0 – Final – Tommy Kilduff scored the opening goal off a Brad Murphy assist in the third period. John Hagan added an empty net goal with 30 seconds left to wrap up the win. Quinn Gibbs had the shutout in goal for the Bulldogs.
North Attleboro, 2 @ Bishop Feehan, 2 – Final
Stoughton, 9 @ Apponequet/Connolly, 2 – Final – Stoughton sophomore Sean Doherty scored a hat trick to pace the offense. Ryan Chipman and Jon Lessa each added a pair of goals for the Black Knights while sophomore Luke Bainton scored his first career goal.
Taunton, 2 @ Somerset-Berkley, 2 – Final
Peckham Tournament (Canton, Sharon) – Canton took second overall with 243 points at the 20th annual Peckham Tournament while Sharon grabbed fourth place with 176 points. Norton won the tournament with 289 points. First place finishes for Canton included Harry Carter (120), Eddie Marinilli (126), Anis Chakir (132), Joe Pacitti (152) and Mark Whalen (220). Sharon’s Ian Langol-Leonard won the 195 bracket.
Braintree Quad (Mansfield), 9:00AM
Attleboro @ Mansfield, 7:00
Stoughton @ North Attleboro, 3:00
Oliver Ames, 137.3 @ Attleboro, 141.5 – Final – Oliver Ames totaled its highest all around team score in four years but fell just short to Attleboro. OA sophomore Gianna Martucci placed third in the all around with a 35.75, scoring an 8.9 on both vault and bars, an 8.75 on beam, and a 9.2 on floor. Freshman Lauren Picanzi placed fourth overall with a 35.2, scoring an 8.8 on vault, 8.9 on bars, 8.6 on beam, and an 8.9 on floor for the Tigers. OA junior Charis MacCuish tied for first on the bars with a 9.4.
King Philip, 133.95 @ Attleboro, 141.5 – Final – According to athletic director Mark Houle, this was a school record score for the Bombardiers.
Mansfield @ Sharon, 9:30AM
Franklin, 114.35 @ Sharon, 126.7 – Final – Franklin junior Liz Traphagen took the individual all-around with a score of 32.65. Traphagen scored an 8.1 on vault, 7.6 on bars, 8.35 on beam and 8.6 on floor. Franklin sophomore Sadie Rondeau was third overall on beam with an 8.1
Franklin, 0 @ Canton, 6 – Final – Canton junior Marissa Devane potted a hat trick to pace the Bulldogs.
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 4 @ Stoneham, 2 – Final – Shayna Menzer scored a pair of goals for Mansfield/OA. Isabelle Shantler and Kenzi Fraser each scored a goal in the win.
CANTON, Mass. – Early in Wednesday night’s dual meet in the Canton High gym, the Bulldogs looked at home on the brand new mat, winning four matches in a row and taking the lead over visiting Mansfield heading into the 138-pound weight class.
Canton’s Max Gallagher had the lead after the opening round and seemed to have control of the match in the second with a 5-2 advantage on Mansfield senior Stephen Healy. The match and possibly the whole dual meet turned in an instant when Healy squirmed out of a hold and flipped Gallagher. He went from the edge of being pinned to winning the match and earning six points for the Hornets.
When the ref slapped the mat, the Hornets bench exploded out of its seats to celebrate the turn in momentum. Mansfield won 145 at a walk over and then took four of the next five matches, three of them by pin, to seal the victory. Canton would earn pins in the final two matches of the night but the Hornets walked away with a 37-34 victory.
“Stephen Healy really stands out,” said Mansfield coach Mark DiSanto. “He’s a senior who has worked his butt off and he came through big for us. That was a big match, it was probably one of the differences.”
Antonio Sevastos started off the night with a 2-0 victory at 106 pounds to put Mansfield ahead 3-0, but the hosts went on a roll with four straight wins to take control. Justin Dickie had a second round pin at 113, Harry Carter won 8-2 at 120, Eddie Marinilli just held on long enough to edge Will Stratton 3-2 at 126, and Anis Chakir rolled to a 12-4 major win at 132 for a 16-3 lead.
“We had a couple matchup issues,” said Canton coach Brian Caffelle, “and honestly we thought we were going to steal one in particular. We had a good lead, we were feeling good, and saying to ourselves, okay if we win this match then we can really seal the deal early on.”
Healy found a way to pull out his match and after the Hornets won by forfeit at 145 the lead was down to just one point. Although it is difficult to overcome a missing weight class, Canton bounced right back with a second round pin by Joey Pacitti on a big reversal.
“I stress that regardless of what happens, we’re giving up six but we still have to go out there and wrestle well enough to make up for it,” Caffelle explained. “You can’t use that as an excuse.”
Sophomore George Glaropolous got a first round pin at 160 that got Mansfield back to a one-point deficit at 22-21 and then his classmate Jayden Curley pulled off a big win at 170 to give the Hornets their first lead of the night.
Curley battled Canton senior Brandon Lentol and the pair traded near falls in a high-scoring opening round and Curley took control in the second, building an 18-6 lead. But in the third round Lentol started to get back into the match, cutting the lead to 10 and then as the horn sounded he seemed on the edge of putting Curley on his back only to have time run out.
It was a big win for the younger wrestler, particularly because he was one of several Hornets who had to move up a weight class for the dual meet. Freshman Vinnie Holmes was another who bumped up and he rolled to a first round pin at 182.
“Right now I think everyone is focused one match at a time and for the team,” said DiSanto. “Whatever us coaches ask them to do they’re going to do. If we ask for them to bump up, they’re going to bump up and they like that challenge.”
Shane Cremmen sealed the victory for Mansfield with two matches remaining, getting a first round pin to push the lead to 37-22. Mark Whalen (220) and Nick Matt (285) ended the meet on a high note for the Bulldogs with back-to-back pins.
“We’re still trying to learn to win on a consistent level and we’re right there. I think we’re right on the cusp of doing great things,” said Caffelle.
He added, “We’re right there and it’s something we can build on. This is going to sting a little bit but you’d rather have these matches early on in the season because it’s going to pay off when we have a real dogfight in sectionals or when we really start going into the Davenport.”
With the win, Mansfield improved to 6-1 on the season, which is just one shy of the win total for the Hornets in all of 2015-16. This even more impressive considering the vast majority of the roster is underclassmen.
“It’s a big win for the team,” said DiSanto. “We take this match, enjoy tonight and get right back to work tomorrow, but overall the success that we’ve had is fantastic. Everyone is just coming together and they’re focused on team first.”
Mansfield will try to keep its momentum in a Super-Quad at Plymouth South before the prestigious Marshfield Tournament. Canton will head to the Lowell Tournament next week, which is one of the top tournaments in the state year-in, year-out.
Outlook: After falling victim to the playoff system’s alignment and just missing out on a postseason berth, Canton will be relying on a mix of experience and youth to try and get back to the state tournament under the new alignment.
Davenport division MVP and HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Jake Ragusa is off playing at Merrimack so that will be a major void for Canton to fill. However, the Bulldogs do return some players in key spots that will help them out of the gates. Senior Anthony Ross is back under center and could see an expanded role in 2016. Dan Alice is back after suffering an injury last season and should lead a stable of running backs, led by fullback Alec Ragusa. Joe Mulkay, Dan Pierre, Tony Harris and Mike Marino should all factor into the offense as well for Canton.
Defensively, Canton has some experience on the line in Brian Smith, who also plays as a tackle on offense, as well as Mark Whalen, who saw valuable minutes last year, and Ben Paolillo. Alec Ragusa will be the anchor in the linebacking corps alongside Thomas Monagle (also the team’s kicker) and Marino. Harris, Alice and Mulkay figure to be important pieces in the Bulldogs’ secondary this year.
“The kids have a strong work ethic and had a good offseason and now a good preseason,” head coach Dave Bohane said. “I think we’ll be strong up front on both sides and we have kids in key spots with experience.”
Outlook: Coming off the program’s first league title since 2010, the Foxboro Warriors are hoping to stay near the top of the Davenport division again this year. And with one of the top returning quarterbacks in Mark Clagg under center for another year, the Warriors will likely be in the thick of the division race.
Clagg threw for nine touchdowns last season, third most among returning quarterbacks. After splitting some time with Darren Kelly last year, it looks like it was be Clagg’s spot full time in 2016. Another positive for having Clagg back is the experienced wide receivers he will have to work with. Jamaine Few is a big, experienced target at 6’3 and will be a tough one on one matchup for defensive backs. Trey Guerrini also has experience with Clagg while Phil Dure and John Whitehouse could be viable options as well. Foxboro will have to fill the void at running back, after the stability of Ronnie Martin and Keeyon Neal in previous years. Eseosa Omuemu, Matt Mullally and Anthony Capachietti are all possible choices to start in the backfield.
Defensively, the Warriors will rely upon experience in the linebacking and defensive back corps. Junior Matt Pond and senior Brandon Corey will be key cogs among the linebackers while Paul Darcy and Guerrini will be key pieces in the Warriors’ secondary. Foxboro will look to develop solid options on both the offensive and defensive lines.
“As always, the senior leadership plays a key role in the success of the 2016 campaign,” head coach Jack Martinelli said.
Outlook: The Scarlet Hawks have posted back-to-back 7-4 seasons and are hoping to continue their winning ways in 2016. With 11 starters returning, Milford is on the right track to do so.
It all starts with Yale-commit Blake Hill, who will be a top player on both offense and defense this season. Offensively he can hurt you in many ways, including running with the ball or catching passes. Hill will have some space to run thanks to an experienced offensive line that includes Riley Burns, Ryan Gray and Pat Brogioli. Junior Matt Curran will take over under center for the Scarlet Hawks and will have Jack Cappelletti, Tony Mobilia and Tyler Joyce as pass catching options to work with.
Defensively, Hill is one of the top linebackers in the league. He’ll be flanked by Harrison Bliss, Asong Aminmentse and Joyce. Burns, Gray and Brogioli will all be two-way linemen for the Scarlet Hawks. Shapel Feaster, who will also see touches on offense, will be in the secondary along with Alec Salamone, Mobilia and Cappelletti.
Outlook: As with any defending league champion, the North Attleboro Rocketeers will have some holes they’ll have to fill this year. But Big Red also has a slew of talented, experienced players back as North Attleboro looks to make a splash in its first season in the Davenport division.
Junior Chad Peterson is back under center after a breakout sophomore season in which he tossed 13 touchdowns, second most in the Hockomock League. While Kelley-Rex MVP Nick Morrison has graduated, North Attleboro returns Bobby Mylod and Nick Rajotte, who will give the Rocketeers a variety of attacking options. Thomas Reynolds will anchor the offensive line from the center position while Peterson will look for Hacmoni Cuevas, David Engler, Mario Bresko and Nick Dean to emerge as receiving threats.
It will be a lot of the same faces making plays on the defensive side of the ball. Reynolds and senior Tom Kummer are two major pieces and will take up the center of the defensive line. Mylod emerged as one of the top linebackers in the Hockomock and in the state last season and will be complemented at the position by Ryan Kingston, Zach DeMattio and Cuevas. Rajotte and Kyle McCarthy both had solid years in the secondary last season and will be big pieces to the defensive puzzle again this season.
“It’s going to be an interesting year switching to the Davenport division,” head coach Don Johnson said. “It certainly isn’t going to be any easier.”
Outlook: A lot of the players listed as key and returning players for Sharon this season were also on last year’s list, and that’s a good thing for the Eagles, who are looking to take the next step forward in 2016.
Junior Drew Naisuler will step into the starting role at quarterback and will have some weapons at his disposal right away. Running back Juvan Elisma had a stellar 2015 campaign as a junior, rushing for eight touchdowns – tied for fourth most in the Hockomock League and tied for second in the Davenport. Now Elisma will look to cap a strong football career at Sharon by leading an Eagles’ rushing attack that will likely include junior Sam Spencer as well. Naisuler will have an experienced receiver as Josh Rotman is back for another year while junior Austin Dodes figures to be another target this season.
“Our season will be decided by how physical we can be and if our new varsity players can step up and make an impact,” head coach Dave Morse said.
The Eagles will also bring back some experience on both sides of the line. Nate Hirsh has been a key cog of the line on both sides of the ball for the Eagles. Ian Langol-Leonard and Wilhelm Bolt also will likely be key experience pieces up front for Sharon. Defensively, Rotman also is back as a talented defensive back. Xavier Hackett is another name to keep an eye on, as the senior has been able to make plays for Sharon in the past and looks to do more of the same in 2016.
Outlook: No matter what team, it’s always going to be difficult to replace a three year starter at quarterback. But with the talented offensive line Stoughton has back this season and senior Dave Cellucci taking over under center, the Black Knights’ offense is in good shape.
The offensive line returns starters Lino Azul, Ryan Pierre and Andrew Iverson while Harry Kimball and Brendan Walsh – who both started on the defensive line – will play on both sides of the ball now. That experience will help give Cellucci a little more time in the pocket when he’s called upon to throw. Meanwhile, Ryan Sullivan, Izon Swain-Price and Justin Ly all figure to be key pieces in the backfield. Sullivan and Swain-Price caused havoc for defenses last season with a combined 10 rushing touchdowns. Swain-Price will also be a receiving option while Jack Connelly is back for another year at tight end.
Stoughton will look to continue its tradition of having a staunch defense. The Black Knights have depth on the defensive line with Pierre, Azul and Kimball all seeing time there along with junior Jason Joseph. Iverson, Ly and Connelly will all see reps at linebacker and Sullivan and Izon Swain-Price will likely be two of the top defensive backs in the entire league.
“We hope to stay healthy and get into the playoffs,” head coach Greg Burke said. “This has been a great group in the weight room and conditioning, that will have to carry us in the league. We know it will be a tough league this year.”
Below are the official Hockomock League Wrestling All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Hockomock League MVP
Matt Kelley, Foxboro
Hockomock League All Stars
Brendan Lewis, Canton
Brian Kelley, Foxboro
Matt Kelley, Foxboro
Matt Mullally, Foxboro
Jordan Carlucci, Franklin
John Miller, Franklin
Anthony Fruci, King Philip
Nick Johnson, Milford
Devin Spratt, North Attleboro
Nick Gould, North Attleboro
Colin Fiske, North Attleboro
Jack Donahue, North Attleboro
Nick Morrison, North Attleboro
Brennan Sankey, North Attleboro
Mike Gould, North Attleboro
Leo Thibeault, North Attleboro
Luke Cullen, Oliver Ames
Yosef Ellis-Rech, Sharon
Luke Stillman, Sharon
David Ellis-Rech, Sharon
Tyler Jensen, Sharon
Jason Powell, Sharon
Devlin Carroll, Stoughton
Mark Whalen, Canton
Phil Dure, Foxboro
Mike Racca, Franklin
Nick DeGloria King Philip
George Glaropoulos, Mansfield
Ryan Gray, Milford
Alex Devitto, North Attleboro
Patrick Mills, Oliver Ames
Wilhelm Bolt, Sharon
Matt Medina, Stoughton
Justin Bradley, Taunton
Today’s games are listed below. Wrestling
Canton, 27 @ Oliver Ames, 35 – Final – Oliver Ames held a slim two point lead (29-27) heading into the final match. OA’s Sam McKeen got the pin to seal the win for the Tigers while Casey Bellevue (106), Shea O’Connor (145) and Ryan Lehane (152) all picked up wins for OA too. Canton’s Justin Dickie, Anis Chakir, Brendan Lewis, John Cudmore, Caleb Nix and Mark Whalen all had wins. Swimming
King Philip @ North Attleboro, 3:30 Gymnastics
North Attleboro @ Oliver Ames, 8:00
Today’s games are listed below. Hockey
North Attleboro, 2 @ Bishop Feehan, 5 – Final – Zach McGowan and Erik Clements scored for the Rocketeers. Wrestling
Foxboro, 42 @ Canton, 33 – Final – Picking up wins for Canton were Steven Corkery, Justin Dickie, Brendan Lewis, Brandon Lentol, Mark Whalen and Nick Matt
Taunton, 6 @ Franklin, 59 – Final
Sharon, 45 @ Milford, 33 – Final
Oliver Ames, 62 @ Stoughton, 18 – Final – Oliver Ames improved to 10-3, which is the best start in program history. The Tigers got pins from Casey Bellevue (113), John Quilla (120), Chris Belleton (126), Liston Funai (132), Shea O’Connor (152), Ryan Lehane (160), Jacob Murphy (170), Jay Fruci (182) and Carter Wood (195).