Rivalry Pushes Hockomock Runners Into Top Gear

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Franklin’s Tyler Brogan (left) and King Philip’s Mike Griffin have developed a rivalry over three years of competing against each other in cross-country and track. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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On Saturday morning at the Wrentham Development Center, one of the top individual rivalries in the Hockomock League had its latest chapter, as King Philip’s Mike Griffin and Franklin’s Tyler Brogan squared off at the annual league cross-country meet. Griffin took first place (by a commanding 16 seconds) for the second straight season and for the third straight fall Brogan took second.

They are two of the top distance runners not only in the Hock but in the state and both admit that having another Div. I-caliber runner (Brogan committed this week to Northeastern, while Griffin has narrowed his choices to Arizona State or Tennessee) to compete against multiple times a season, in cross-country as well as indoor and outdoor track, has propelled them to reach new levels of success.

“Having someone of that caliber of a runner to pretty much always be there to push you has made me a much better runner,” Brogan said. Although he finished second on Saturday, Brogan recently beat Griffin in an invitational meet and edged him this summer in the Tommy Cochary High School Mile in Falmouth. “Sometimes it’s frustrating where we go back-and-forth,” he added, “but the most important thing is having him has made me much more competitive and just overall a better runner.”

Griffin added, “Being able to compete with one of the other best runners in the state obviously makes me go faster.” He compared himself to other elite runners that may not have the same level of competition within their league. He said, “Because I have Brogan and because I have my teammate Mike Norberg, I have to try to win.”

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by the coaches how much the rivalry has enhanced each runner’s performance and preparation.

“I think the rivalry has kept both of them sharp as neither one can really get an easy win within the league,” said Franklin cross-country coach Nicholas Bailey. “When you think that one has gotten an upper hand, the other will come right back and the roles will be swapped. It’s been a lot of fun to coach Tyler and watch this rivalry unfold over the past few years.”

The rivalry didn’t begin until the spring season of their freshman year. Brogan was a soccer and basketball player coming into high school, while Griffin made his mark as a runner immediately, finishing third at that fall’s league meet and setting freshman records. In spring track, the league got its first inkling of what a dynamic rivalry it would become.

“Cross-country freshman year, the only freshmen that could compete with me were from other states,” Griffin explained. “I remember I was doing some run with my teammates and they were like this freshman kid from Franklin gave one of the top milers in the league a run for his money and almost beat him. I was so excited because I was like, wow I have someone who’s going to be racing with me the next three years who’s my speed.”

Brogan said, “During spring track, I did really well. At the end of that season or maybe in the summer I thought, okay I like basketball and soccer but I’m not that good. I know I’m not going to college and play basketball or anything, so I started running all three seasons.”

He added, “Three years later, we still race each other all the time. I feel like we just go back-and-forth, back-and-forth every meet.”

It is a friendly rivalry. While there is always the desire to win (for instance, Brogan couldn’t contain his frustration when he spoke about his performance in Saturday’s meet), there is mutual respect. They both know that without the other, they might not have pushed as hard, might not have put in the extra time to turned potential into consistent success.

After every race, there is a moment when the two runners, no matter who came in first, come together and acknowledge how much they had to push to achieve the times that they posted.

“Even though we’re competing, even though we’re rivals, we’re doing the same exact thing and just have a lot of respect for the guys who can do what I do, put themselves through the pain of running as fast as we do, and still come out with a great result,” Griffin said.

“He’s not someone to go around and brag about winning or stuff like that,” Brogan said. “That makes it even better, someone of that caliber who does win a lot and who can maintain not being extremely cocky or showboating. There’s sometimes where I beat him, I know he won’t be sulking or anything like that.”

Both guys talked about how a love for running began in middle school with gym class miles and fitness tests. As you would expect, they both stood out among their peers. That has continued throughout their high school careers and across multiple events. Whether it is mid- or long-distance, they never seem to be far apart at the finish line.

“I have not traced their head to head record against each other over the seasons but I am willing to bet it is as close to a 50-50 split as it comes,” said KP cross-country coach Chris Elgar. “They can beat each other in every single event, which is a rarity. You usually have a situation where one excels in the shorter races while the other has the advantage in the longer races; not so with these guys.”

The expectation that a fast time is going to be needed to take first every race ups the expectation, the adrenaline, and the enjoyment of those head-to-head meetings. Not only does it help to have someone just as fast to push you to another gear, but it is also more fun.

“It definitely increases the amount of nervousness you feel,” Brogan said, “but it also increases that sense of I’m going to go out and run a good time because that’s what we all want. That’s why I like these high-level meets where these times can be fulfilled.”

It is no surprise that after facing each other so many times over the past three-plus years, Brogan and Griffin need no time to point out each other’s strengths.

“His short kick,” Griffin replied immediately when asked about Brogan’s biggest strength “If he’s able to stick on someone the whole race and you’re with him with 100 meters to go, he’s going to beat you. He has a short final kick but it is killer.” He added with a chuckle, “A lot of the times, he likes to push me to the lead and I get stuck in the lead always hearing him right on my heels.”

Brogan highlighted Griffin’s versatility, being able to excel at multiple distances, as one of his biggest strengths, but also noted his personality. “I never really see him getting nervous before races and stuff like that,” Brogan said. “They have a boombox, the KP team, and they’re always going around like that and having fun. I’m sure he still has some [nerves], but he never shows it.”

As the runners head into the final cross-country postseasons of their high school careers, the rivalry is still far from the finish line. The duo will face off numerous times over the winter and spring. Each race, their names will be the ones that draw the most attention and, most likely, will be the first two mentioned on the podium – only the order left to be decided.

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

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

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/02/19

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Franklin, 1 – FinalOliver Ames scored inside the final five minutes of each half to grab two points on the road at Franklin. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute when Jacob Cummings nodded in a cross from Donny Tappin. OA got on the board just before halftime when Colin Milliken buried his chance in the 37th minute, scoring after Anthony DaCosta headed on a cross from Brady deVos free kick. Milliken set up the game winner, feeding Jimmy Keane in the 75th minute to make it 2-1.

Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 0 – FinalMansfield’s Evan Eames, Cam Eddy, Adam Elsner, Colin Caridi, and Michael Caridi all played well defensively in front of Hornet keeper Anthony Salisbury (shutout).

Taunton @ Attleboro – Postponed to Wednesday, October 9th at 3:45.
Foxboro @ Sharon – Postponed to Saturday, October 5th at 2:00.
Stoughton @ Milford – Postponed to Wednesday, October 9th at 4:00.

Girls Soccer
North Attleboro, 2 @ Canton, 5 – FinalNorth Attleboro’s Steph McKenna scored twice but the Rocketeers suffered a setback on the road. Olivia Wills had the assist on both goals while Summer Doherty, Ari Rice, and Colette Petitt played well for North.

Sharon, 0 @ Foxboro, 8 – FinalKailee McCabe, Katelyn Mollica, and Jordyn Collins each scored a pair of goals to help Foxboro earn a big win at home. Jordan Carman and Caroline Rongione each scored once while McCabe, Mollica, Kendra Wentling, Lizzy Davis, and Reagan Buckley all had an assist for the Warriors.

Franklin, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – FinalSeniors Leah Johnson and Abby Hodges played well for the Tigers while Emily Meyers had a strong showing in net to grab the shutout for OA.

King Philip, 3 @ Mansfield, 0 – FinalKing Philip scored a pair of first half goals and added an insurance tally late to secure two points on the road at Mansfield. Ally Stanton opened the scoring in the 15th minute, finishing off a feed from Avery Snead. Chloe Layne doubled the lead in the 30th minute, heading in a corner from Makayla Griffin. Ava Tormey added an insurance goal in the 75th minute off a scrum inside the area. Olivia Salisbury played well for Mansfield, making two incredible saves.

Attleboro @ Taunton – Postponed to Wednesday, October 9th at 3:45.
Milford @ Stoughton – Postponed to Wednesday, October 9th at 4:00.

Volleyball
King Philip, 2 vs. Medway, 3 – FinalKing Philip won a pivotal fourth set to force the match to five but saw its eight-match win streak snapped by the visiting Mustangs, 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 25-18, 13-15). Nicole Coughlan (14 kills, three aces) and Catherine Waldeck (13 kills, six blocks) continued to pace the Warrior offense while Lauren Peterson dished out 18 assists and had four aces.

Boys Cross Country
King Philip, 25 @ Attleboro, 32 – FinalKing Philip had four of the top six runners to pick up a close win on the road at the new Highland Park course. Mike Griffin crossed the finish line first in 16:29 for the Warriors while Mike Norberg was shortly before in 16:34 for second overall.

Sharon, 19 @ Canton, 43 – FinalMark Starovoytov took first place by one second and the Eagles had seven of the top eight runners in a win over Canton. Starovoytov won in 18:39 while Canton’s Kyle Downing took second in 18:40. The Eagles had six more runners finish under the 19-minute mark.

Results: 1. Mark Starovoytov, Sh (18:39) 2. Kyle Downing, Can (18:40) 3. James Kong, Sh (18:45) 4. Bradley Weiss, Sh (18:51) 5. Jacob Dubin, Sh (18:54) 6. Siddharth Reddy, Sh (18:55) 7. Jordan Saks, Sh (18:57) 8. Peter Milne, Can (18:59) 9. Balint Mihajlovits, Sh (19:08) 10. Elias Jabbour, Can (19:37).

Stoughton, 35 @ Foxboro, 22 – Final

Mansfield @ Oliver Ames, 3:45

Milford, 27 @ North Attleboro, 28 – Final

Franklin @ Taunton – Postponed to Thursday, October 3rd at 3:45.

Girls Cross Country
King Philip, 23 @ Attleboro, 35 – FinalDespite only having one of the top three runners, King Philip’s depth was on display as the Warriors had six of the top right finishers to earn a win on the road. Sophomore Maya Evans won the race in 20:36 for KP.

Results: 1. Maya Evans, LP (20:36) 4. Ava Pisani, KP (22:03) 5. Meg Sherwood, KP (22:31) 6. Dayna Aubin, KP (22:48) 7. Abigail Simmons, KP (22:57) 8. Erin Regnier, KP (23:43)

Sharon, 20 @ Canton, 37 – Final – Sharon’s trio of Daphne Theiler, Eliana Boxerman, and Juliana Dudziak continued their strong start to the season, sweeping the top three spots, in that order, to help the Eagles to a win. Theiler won the race in 21:31 while Boxerman and Dudziak followed a second later.

Results: 1. Daphne Theiler, Sh (21:31) 2. Eliana Boxerman, Sh (21:32) 3. Juliana Dudziak, Sh (21:32) 4. Marie Messinger, Can (22:42) 5. Johanna Bouwmeester, Can (23:25) 6. Margaret Li, Sh (23:31) 7. Kayla Wong, Can (23:40) 8. Berta Faktorovich, Sh (23:53) 9. Sierra Robisfon, Sh (23:53) 10. Kate Kelleher, Can (23:57).

Stoughton, 45 @ Foxboro, 18 – Final

Mansfield, 31 @ Oliver Ames, 24 – Final

Mansfield, 19 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 38 – Final

Milford, 26 @ North Attleboro, 31 – Final
Franklin @ Taunton – Postponed to Thursday, October 3rd at 3:45.

Golf
Milford, 186 @ Sharon, 172 – FinalSharon’s Ethan Skelly earned match medalist honors, shooting a match-low 40 to lead the Eagles to a win at home. Nathan Daley added a 42 for the Eagles while Andrew Glaser and Eric Carter each shot 45. Ed Madden paced Milford with a team-low round of 42.

North Attleboro @ Canton – Postponed to Wednesday, October 16 at 3:30.
Oliver Ames @ Mansfield – Postponed to Wednesday, October 16 at 3:30.
Taunton @ Stoughton – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/17/19

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Sharon, 1 @ North Attleboro, 0 – FinalSharon senior Michael Baur headed in a corner kick from classmate Brian Higgins in the 78th minute to deliver a win for the Eagles.

Girls Soccer
Oliver Ames, 6 @ Attleboro, 0 – FinalOliver Ames freshman Catie Wilson scored a brace in a two-minute span midway through the first half to spark the Tigers to a road win. Senior Erin Holmberg (assist), senior Abby Hodges, junior Emma Pereira, and sophomore Allison Evin (assists) also scored for Oliver Ames. Seniors Olivia Carroll and Leah Johnson had strong games for the Tigers while sophomores Emily Meyers and Maisy Hakimdin combined for the shutout in net.

North Attleboro, 2 @ Sharon, 0 – FinalNorth scored twice in the second half to break open a scoreless game and pick up the road win. Twelve minutes after the break, Alex Moulson’s shot was deflected to Ari Rice at the far post and she knocked it in for the eventual game-winner. Twelve minutes from full time, North sealed the win when Steph McKenna’s through ball found Olivia Wills, who slotted it past the keeper. Regan Fein earned her third clean sheet of the season for the Rocketeers, while North coach Bill Wallace said Colette Petit, Abi Slaney, Lily Cameron all played inspired for North.

Boys Cross Country
Attleboro, 33 @ Mansfield, 23 – FinalMansfield’s Michael and Owen Mullahy took first and second, respectively, to lead the Hornets to a win over Attleboro in the season opener. Michael Mullahy won the race in 17:07 with Owen finishing just one second later at 17:08. The Hornets also got top five finishes from Benjamin Giffen (fourth, 17:50) and Collin Stevens (fifth, 17:55). Attleboro’s Nathan Seybert was the top finisher for the Bombardiers, taking third overall in 17:32.

Results: 1. Michael Mullahy, Mans (17:07) 2. Owen Mullahy, Mans (17:08) 3. Nathan Seybert, Att (17:32) 4. Ben Giffen, Mans (17:50) 5. Collin Stevens, Mans (17:55) 6. Francis Wenner, Att (17:56) 7. Ethan Sylvia, Att (18:00) 8. Neil Bowie, Att (18:10) 9. Zach Martin, Att (18:34) 10. S. Cataloni, Att (18:43)

Canton, 26 @ Foxboro, 31 – FinalResults: 1. Ryan Proulx, Fox (16:36) 3. Nate Palter, Fox (18:51) 6. Jake Parkman, Fox (19:32) 10. Nicolas Olson (20:04)

Franklin, 25 @ King Philip, 34 – FinalKing Philip had two of the top three runners but Franklin had four of the top six finishers to pick up a win on the road over the Warriors. KP’s Mike Griffin (14:34) won the race with Mike Norberg (14:51) taking third place. Franklin’s Tyler Brogan was second overall while Nicholas Calitri, Camden Harrington, and Declan Walmsey all scored key points for the Panthers.

Results: 1. Mike Griffin, KP (14:34) 2. Tyler Brogan, Frank (14:51) 3. Mike Norberg, KP (14:51) 4. Nicholas Calitri, Frank (15:12) 5. Camden Harrington, Frank (15:50) 6. Declan Walmsey, Frank (16:03) 7. Dan Botte, KP (16:04) 8. Clancy Golden, Frank (16:39) 9. Griffin Sieczkiewicz, Frank (16:45) 10. Joseph Zercie, Frank (16:48)

Milford, 33 @ Sharon, 26 – FinalDepth was the key for the Eagles in their season opener as Sharon took second, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth to earn a win over the visiting Hawks. Milford’s Max Manor crossed first in 15:22 but the Eagles’ Mark Starovoytov took second while Bradley Weiss and Jordan Saks grabbed key points by finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Results: 1. Max Manor, Mil (15:22) 2. Mark Starovoytov, Shar (15:51) 3. Liam Bennet, Mil (15:56) 4. Bradley Weiss, Shar (16:00) 5. Jordan Saks, Shar (16:07) 6. James Comisky, Mil (16:15) 7. James Kong, Shar (16:20) 8. Jacob Dubin, Shar (16:21) 9. Siddhath Reddy, Shar (16:25) 10. Balint Mihajlovits, Shar (16:41)

North Attleboro @ Stoughton, 3:45

Oliver Ames @ Taunton, 3:45

Girls Cross Country
Attleboro, 36 @ Mansfield, 23 – FinalMansfield’s depth was on full display in its season opener. Tessa Lancaster set a new home course PR, clocking in at 20:23 to win the race. Mansfield took fourth through seventh and added two more top 10 finishes to beat Attleboro. Attleboro’s Kelly Neuendorf was the top runner for the Bombardiers, taking second play in 21:16.

Results: 1. Tessa Lancaster, Mans (20:23) 2. Kelly Neunendorf, Att (21:16) 3. Kimberly Esteban, Att (21:33) 4. Jessica Alestock, Mans (22:03) 5. Emma Lamson, Mans (22:21) 6. Anne Riley, Mans (23:15) 7. Devin Anderson, Mans (24:35) 8. Morgan Coleman, Att (24:36) 9. Alexis Divasta, Mans (25:11) 10. Grace Benton, Mans (25:40)

Canton, 34 @ Foxboro, 23 – Final – Results: 1. Abby Hassman, Fox (19:57) 2. Jenn Yeomans, Fox (21:35) 5. Emily Steele, Fox (22:24) 7. Isabel Hallal, Fox (22:58) 8. Mabel Linck, Fox (23:20) 10. Sophia Sougaris, Fox (23:52)

Franklin, 26 @ King Philip, 33 – FinalFranklin had seven of the top 10 runners, including seventh through 10th, to edge King Philip for the win. Sidney Hawkins was second while Sarah Giuliano and Caitlin Casey were fourth and fifth, respectively, to grab key points for Franklin. King Philip’s Maya Evans won the race in 18:57.

Results: 1. Maya Evans, KP (18:57) 2. Sidney Hawkins, Frank (19:10) 3. Ava Pisani, KP (19:16) 4. Sarah Giuliano, Frank (19:18) 5. Caitlin Casey, Frank (19:25) 6. Meg Sherwood, KP (20:00) 7. Charlene Peng, Frank (20:32) 8. Ruth Ann Mulvey, Frank (20:37) 9. Emma Nelson, Frank (20:40) 10. Liliana Duffy, Frank (20:41)

Milford, 33 @ Sharon, 23 – FinalSharon took the first three spots to open the season with a win over visiting Sharon. Daphne Theiler won the race for the Eagles in 18:13 while Eliana Boxerman (18:14) and Juliana Dudziak (18:15) followed right after in second and third, respectively. Milford’s Emma Lawrence was the top runner for the Hawks with a fourth place finish.

Results: 1. Daphne Theiler, Shar (18:13) 2. Eliana Boxerman, Shar (18:14) 3. Juliana Dudziak, Shar (18:15) 4. Emma Lawrence, Mil (18:26) 5. Sara Comisky, Mil (19:14) 6. Lexi Marcolini, Mil (19:39) 7. Kerry O’Connor, Mil (19:43) 8. Margaret Li, Shar (20:38) 9. Kavya Anbarasu, Shar (21:29) 10. Sierra Robison, Shar (21:33)

North Attleboro @ Stoughton, 3:45

Oliver Ames, 30 @ Taunton, 25 – FinalOliver Ames had the top two runners in the race but the next five to cross the finish line were Tigers from Taunton High to secure the win for the home team. Junior Lily Valcovic (21:21) was third, sophomore Nia Mainer-Smith (21:40) was third, and senior Kailey Melito-Santos (21:49) was fifth overall.

Golf
Attleboro, 176 @ Mansfield, 154 – FinalJason See carded a low-round of 36 to earn match medalist honors and lead the Hornets to a win over visiting Attleboro at Norton Country Club. Nate Morreale added a 38 for Mansfield while Joseph Gormley finished with a 39 and Ryan Dow carded a 41. Attleboro’s Jack Handy led the Bombardiers with a 39 while Brendan Raymond added a round of 41.

Sharon, 171 @ North Attleboro, 161 – FinalNorth Attleboro junior Sam Gallagher was the lone golfer to shoot under 40 on the day, carding a low-round of 39 to lead the Rocketeers to a win over Sharon. Aidan Weir added a 40 for North while both Jillian Barend and Justin Strom shot 41. Andrew Glaser led the Eagles with a 40, Eric Carter added a 41, and Nathan Daley finished with a 42.

Stoughton, 188 @ Franklin, 156 – Final Franklin’s Pat Dolan had his best outing of the season, shooting a low round of 37 to earn match medalists honors and lead the Panthers to a win over Stoughton. Jack Paterson followed with a 38, Quinten Faro added a 40, and Jake Blaney shot a 41 for the Panthers. Stoughton’s Max Huminik and Joe Mark each shot a 45.

Cross Country: 2019 Hockomock League Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2019 Hockomock Cross Country Preview

Attleboro

2018 Boys Record: 0-5
2018 Girls Record: 2-3
Home Course:
Coach: Martin Tighe

There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Attleboro boys and girls cross country squads as they begin the season with a brand new course.

The town converted Highland Country Club into a multi-use facility that includes a 3.1-mile cross country course that will be named after Mark Coogan, an Attleboro native at competed in the 1996 Olympics. Head coach Marty Tighe worked alongside Bishop Feehan coach Bob L’Homme to design the course and the teams will host the first invitational later this month with 22 teams from both Massachusetts and Rhode Island registered. With a new course, the Attleboro boys team looks to compete with the other top teams in the league led by junior Nathan Seybert, who finished in the top 20 (17:12.03) at last year’s league championship. Seybert had a very strong offseason and expects to be among the top runners in the league.

While the depth isn’t the same on the girls’ side, they do have some top runners returning. Kelly Neuendorf had a terrific sophomore campaign, punctuated by a 13th place finish at the league championships, and will be looking to continue that success this season.

Canton

2018 Boys Record: 2-4
2018 Girls Record: 1-5
Home Course: Pequitside Farm
Coach: David Hiltz

The Canton boys cross country team is looking to build on the past two seasons while the girls are hoping to avoid the injury bug this season. The boys’ squad has won a pair of dual meets in back-to-back season and return a majority of their top runners from last year. Sophomore Kyle Downing will lead the way after taking first for the Bulldogs in all of the dual meets last season. Senior captain Alex Maddestra will also be a top option, as both him and Downing clocked in under 18 at the league championships a year ago. Junior Jack Hernon had a big offseason and has impressed so far this preseason while junior Elias Jabbour and senior captain Chris Rota look to round out the top five for Canton.

“I think the boys have the potential to be very successful this season,” said head coach David Hiltz. “We have a healthy mix of talent and depth, along with hosting two of the previous three Davenport Champs on our home course, we have a real opportunity for achievement this fall.”

On the girls’ side, the Bulldogs will have a younger squad but with more depth for the 2019 season. They did lose their top runner to graduation in Chloe Pennacchio but have some strong contributors back and even picked up a new runner that figures to be in the top five mix. Junior Jessie Hart had a strong sophomore campaign and will likely lead the pack while senior captain Kayla Wong is back to full health and will be looking to replicate the success she had two seasons ago. Junior Marie Messinger has switched sports over to cross country this fall and will be one of Canton’s top runners. Beyond the top three, the Bulldogs have space for new names to step into the top group A mix of experienced seniors all the way to freshman will all be competing for the final spots.

“There is a top three that is emerging, but for the first time in a few years, the girls have a good mix of depth…some seniors who are experienced and ready as well as some new, younger freshman who are coming in and looking to compete,” Hiltz said. “If they stay healthy, the girls have the talent to be better than they were a year ago. It’s an exciting place to be at as a team.”

Foxboro

2018 Boys Record: 1-4
2018 Girls Record: 5-0 (Davenport Division Champions)
Home Course: Payson Field Road
Coach: Joe Cusack

Foxboro might have two of the top runners in the league this season, with the girls looking to defend their division title and the boys’ team looking to have a bounce-back season.

On the girls’ side, the Warriors graduated last year’s winner at the Hockomock League Championships in Lexi Quinn but bring back Abby Hassman, a three-time league all star and former league MVP that placed second just behind Quinn. Coming into the season, Hassman will likely set the pace for all runners in the Hockomock League, finishing in the top three at the league championships in each of the three years she has participated. Seniors Jenn Yeomans, Emily Steele, and Isabel Hallal all return from last year’s division-winning squad. Freshman Sophie Sougaris will also be in the mix for the Warriors this season.

Foxboro senior Ryan Proulx returns as the top runner for the boys’ team and could be the fastest returner in the Davenport division this season. Proulx won three races last season and took second overall in Foxboro’s other two races, the top Warrior in all five league dual meets. A lot of hard work has made senior Nate Palter another top option for the Warriors. Foxboro will be looking for other names to step up to round out the top five throughout the season.

Franklin

2018 Boys Record: 5-0 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2018 Girls Record: 4-1
Home Course: Dacey Field
Coaches: Nick Bailey & Paul Trovato

The Franklin boys squad went a perfect 5-0 in league dual meets last season to win the Kelley-Rex division title and the 2019 squad to poised to replicate that success this year. Not only did the Panthers win the dual title, but top three finishers from senior Tyler Brogan and junior Nicholas Calitri also helped Franklin claim first place at the Hockomock League Championships. Brogan has been a top runner in the Hock for the past three years and is off to a good start this season, winning the Tommy Cochary High School Mile in Falmouth in August. Calitri had a great sophomore campaign, finishing third overall at Hocks and will be a top runner again this year. Senior Cam Harrington will give Franklin a strong third option while the Panthers are looking for Joe Zercie, Declan Walmsley, Clancy Golden, Griffin Sieczkiewicz, Matt Zielinski, and Alec Hanley to all be in the mix throughout the season.

“As a team, the 2019 Franklin High Cross Country team is looking to continue to be competitive in a very talented Hockomock League,” said head coach Nick Bailey. “With a number of very talented runners as well as some younger runners looking to make a name for themselves, the Franklin boys have prepared themselves for a very challenging Hockomock league dual meet season.”

The girls’ squad graduated a staggering 22 seniors from last year’s Kelley-Rex division-winning team, so there will be a lot of new faces. Junior Sydney Hawkins is one of the top returning runners for the Panthers, finishing in the top 20 at the Hockomock League championships last year. Senior Sarah Giuliano took 22nd overall last year at the league meet and will give the Panthers a strong top duo alongside Hawkins. Franklin will also rely on junior Sidney Brady, sophomore Caitlin Casey, and sophomore Liliana Duffy

“The team has good leadership and is very supportive and will be competitive in the Hockomock League,” said head coach Paul Trovato.

King Philip

2018 Boys Record: 3-2
2018 Girls Record: 2-3
Home Course: Rice Field
Coaches: Chris Elgar & Lauren Farkash

Senior Mike Griffin returns to defend his Hockomock League Championship win and will have a strong core of runners alongside them as the Warriors look to challenge for the Kelley-Rex title and a top spot at Hocks. Griffin clocked in at 15:54.57 to win Hocks while classmate Michael Norberg took eighth overall, so King Philip has a strong 1-2 punch to lead the way this season. Senior Eric DeLorenzo finished 14th overall and the Warriors are also expecting strong seasons out of seniors Dan Botte, Nate Farkash, and Shea Duffy. Junior Javon Joseph will likely be in the top five mix for KP this season while classmates Andrew Noke and Liam Noke are battling for a spot as well. Sophomores Ryan Andrews, Matt DiFiore, and Brendan Weddleton, along with freshmen Brendon Berdos and Nate Sylven have all had strong showings so far this preseason and will be in the mix as KP pushes for a league title.

“I am very excited with the depth that the squad has this year,” said KP head coach Chris Elgar. “In a league that is so competitive, it will come in handy. As a team we are looking to build on the first squad qualifying for the All State meet from last fall.”

On the girls’ side, the Warriors are looking to replicate the success from a year ago. The Warriors lost three dual meets last season by three, nine, and 11 points so the record of 2-3 was a bit deceiving. KP showed their depth with a terrific performance at the league championships taking second place overall. In that race, sophomore Maya Evans put an exclamation point on a great first year by finishing fourth overall at 19:51. Ava Pisani and Abby Simmons have had strong preseasons and will be apart of the top five for the Warriors throughout the year. Meg Sherwood is looking to continue the success following a strong rookie year and Dayna Aubin will be another strong option for KP this season.

“Our top five looks really strong, so I’m hoping we can have a winning dual meet record with a little bit more experience,” said KP coach Lauren Farkash. “It’s going to be a lot of work but the girls are excited, they are fired up, so we’ll see what we can do. I’m feeling cautiously optimistic about the season.”

Mansfield

2018 Boys Record: 5-1
2018 Girls Record: 5-1 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
Home Course: Plymouth Street Soccer Complex
Coaches: Ian Flanagan & Derek Ellis

The Mansfield girls team has a lot of talent back to try and defend its Kelley-Rex division championship, but head coach Derek Ellis knows it’s going to take a lot of hard work throughout the season to fend off the tough competition in the Hockomock League. The Hornets have five of their top seven runners back from the team that won the Hockomock League Championship race last season. Junior Tessa Lancaster, who took third overall at Hocks, will lead the pack this season and will challenge for the top spot in the league this year. She will be joined by senior Jess Alestock, who finished in the top 20 last year alongside captain Brinly Meelia, both who should big pieces of the puzzle for Mansfield this year. Junior Emma Lamson and senior Julia Miller are looking to take the next step after strong seasons a year ago. Ellis also expects junior Annie Riley and sophomore Meghan Johnston to be important contributors this year.

“Cross country championships are not easy to win, you need your top five runners to perform at their highest level in that championship race, you can’t afford to have one person to have an off day,” Ellis said. “I believe the freshman group on this team is going to give this team some much-needed depth. The freshman did their summer training and have looked great in the early workouts. I would not be surprised if they factor into the scoring at the championship meet.”

On the other side, there is a big change for the boys’ squad. For the first time in a long time, it won’t be Julie Collins with a stopwatch in hand leading the Hornets. Ian Flanagan takes over as head coach but expectations are still high for one of the most dominant programs in the Hockomock League. Mansfield had its streak of 14 straight league titles snapped last season when Franklin won the dual meet title so the Hornets are looking to get back on top in 2019. The strength of the team this year will be depth. Senior Mike Mullahy is back after a top-five finish at Hocks a year ago but the Hornets graduated all of their top five runners. Flanagan will be looking to senior Ben Giffen and junior Trevor Flint to step up and be top options this season while juniors Tim Corkery and James Schlenker, along with sophomore Collin Stevens, will be in the mix.

“With it being my first year, I was anxious to see what kind of shape everyone was in coming into the year,” Flanagan said. “So far I have been pleasantly surprised by the improvements made over the summer. Everyone is on the same page, with expectations and goals. Having run in the league not too long ago I know the prestige of Mansfield cross country, and it is great to see these guys want to put Mansfield cross country back on the map.”

Milford

2018 Boys Record: 4-1
2018 Girls Record: 2-3
Home Course: Milford High
Coach: John Vanderkeyl & Glenn O’Connor

Milford had one of its best seasons since joining the Hockomock League on the boys’ side, but the 2019 squad will have a completely different look. The Scarlet Hawks graduated 10 of its top 12 runners so there is plenty opportunity for new runners to step up for head coach John Vanderkeyl. Captain Max Manor, who is coming off a solid spring track season and has been a top option for Milford since his freshman year, will lead the pack this season and will be in contention for a top spot in the league this year. The Hawks are also looking for senior Liam Bennett to have a big year after a strong offseason. Sophomore James Comisky could have a chance to have a big season while seniors Sam Vilt and Gabe Pardo Cota, junior Andres Alvarez (an XC newcomer), and freshman Mark Butters are likely to factor into the Hawks’ top seven this season.

“We are a young team but we have a group of guys that ran all summer to get in shape and are ready to step into the big shoes that we have left to fill,” Vanderkeyl said. “I am hoping that they are all ready to make the jump to help compete for the Davenport Division and stay in the top half of the league. There are so many fresh faces and guys that are really starting to figure it all out and I am excited for the season.”

The Milford girls cross country also graduated a good amount of runners from last year but expectations are still high as the Hawks bring back their top two runners from last year. Senior captains Lexi Marcolini and Sara Comisky, who both finished in the top 25 at Hocks last year, will be leading the pack for Milford this year. Another reason for high expectations is the addition of three runners from Milford’s spring 4×400 team that qualified for the New Balance Nationals. Bella Gonzalez (400M hurdles), Emma Lawrence (400M), and Kerry O’Connor (D3 State Champ at the 300M indoors and D2 State Champ at 200M outdoors) are now members of the cross country team and are looking to give Milford a big boost. Sophomore Stephanie Goulet and freshman Sydney Kalil will also be in the mix this year.

“We’re looking to surprise the Hockomock League in 2019,” said head coach Glenn O’Connor.

North Attleboro

2018 Boys Record: 3-2
2018 Girls Record: 4-1
Home Course: North Attleboro High
Coach: Anne Marie McGrail

North Attleboro will be looking to continue their dual meet season success after both squads had strong campaigns in 2018.

On the boys’ side, the Rocketeers will have to place their top runners in Julian Dixon and Liam Monahan, who were their top runners at the Hockomock League championships last year. Senior Daniel Nobrega and sophomore Christopher Galligan had the best finishes at that meet for returning runners.

Senior Olivia Forbes had a top 20 finish at the league meet last year while Catherine Hanewich clocked in at 21:34 to finish 29th overall, which bodes well for the Rocketeers during the 2019 season.

Oliver Ames

2018 Boys Record: 3-3
2018 Girls Record: 0-6
Home Course: Borderland State Park
Coach: Kyle Sousa

The Oliver Ames girls team has five of its top seven runners back from a year ago, including one of the duos in the Hockomock League. Juniors Catherine O’Donnell and Meghan Reardon will lead the way for the Tigers in 2019, both coming off top 10 finishes at the league championship meet last season. Oliver Ames also has a lot of the depth in the program with senior captain Julia Sarro and juniors Abbey Querzoli and Rachel Davis coming off strong training sessions over the summer.

“There is no question in my mind that this is one of the most committed groups of athletes you will ever find,” said head coach Kyle Sousa on the girls’ team. “These girls have been training all summer long, pushing each other to the limit. This is not just a group of talented runners. It is a team that has already begun making sacrifices for each other. I trust every one of them to come through on race day. They are so strong–physically and mentally. Don’t ever count them out.”

There is a lot of optimism on the boys’ side as well. Despite graduating their top runner in Zane Reservitz, the Tigers bring back the other six of their top seven from last year’s squad that placed 4th in Division 3 and 15th at the All State Meet. Seniors Rory McLaughlin, Owen Nipoti, and David Fiedorczyk will bring a tremendous amount of varsity experience, juniors Kyle Sarney and Nate Reservitz will be a major threat to watch, and sophomore Owen McMorrow is looking to continue the success he had his rookie year.

“It’s relatively rare to see this much experience on your varsity squad,” Sousa said of the boys’ team. “All of these guys have been battle-tested at the highest level of Massachusetts Cross Country. When the gun goes off I know they will never quit on each other. They will fight for every body, every point, every second, every inch of the 5000-meter race. That is all we ask. And that is all we need.”

Sharon

2018 Boys Record: 5-0 (Davenport Division Champions)
2018 Girls Record: 3-2
Home Course: Deb Sampson Park
Coach: Phil Gingras & Alan Conway

Sharon might not have a star runner on its boys’ team this year, but the Eagles are a very deep team and any one of a half dozen runners could take first in a given race. Mark Starovoytov, Bradley Weiss, Sid Reddy, Jordan Saks, Jimmy Kong, and Jacob Dubin have all had good showings this preseason and all six are vying for the Eagles’ top spot. Sophomore Balint Mihajlovits had a strong rookie season and should be in the mix this season. Freshmen Nathaniel Traut and Michael Williams could factor in as well after strong preseason showings.

“If this team continues to push each other as they have over the last couple weeks, they stand to have a shot at a birth at All-States,” said coach Phil Gingras.

On the girls’ side, the Eagles have three top runners returning ready to push for the league title. Sophomore Daphne Theiler had a tremendous freshman year (6th place at Hocks) and will lead the pack again for Sharon this season. Senior captains Eliana Boxerman and Juliana Dudziak will be alongside Theiler leading the Eagles. Gingras noted all three had strong summers and will be critical during the dual meet season. Senior captain Kavya Anbarasu, junior Margaret Li, and senior transfer Dani Williams provide solid depth for Sharon, which could be in store for a memorable season.

“If these girls [Anbarasu, Li, Williams] are able to close the gap on the lead pack they’ll stand a shot to do something special in the postseason,” Gingras said.

Stoughton

2018 Boys Record: 0-5
2018 Girls Record: 0-5
Home Course: Houghton’s Pond
Coach: Dave Barbato & Katrina Daly

First-year head coach Dave Barbato is aiming for improvement throughout the season as the Black Knights look to bounce back from last year. Stoughton has to replace top runner Colin Rahaman but senior Sebastian Malek and sophomore Bobby Currier will be two solid options for Barbato. Malek improved throughout the course of last season and finished at 20:26.91 at the league meet. Currier was one of the top newcomers for Stoughton a year ago, clocking in at 21:23.00 at Hocks.

The Black Knights don’t have as many runners on the girls’ side as some of the other programs in the league but will be looking to give just as much effort. Captain Julia Franey and senior Rebecca Lally will be the leaders of the pack for this group. Lally had the top finish of all returners at least year’s championship meet at 22:19. Sophomore Jess Maddalena will be building off a strong rookie season and freshman Elaine McCarty will certainly be in the mix for the Black Knights this season.

“With some time to train and some trust in the new things they are seeing there should be some improvement by late season,” Barbato said.

Taunton

2018 Boys Record: 1-4
2018 Girls Record: 2-3
Home Course: Taunton High
Coach: Jessica Ouellette & Mike Kelley

The Taunton girls team is hoping the experience gained last season will pay off this year, with nine of their top 10 runners back for 2019. The Tigers finished fifth at the Hockomock League Championships a year ago and are hoping to be in contention to move up the leaderboard this year. Sophomore Nia Mainer-Smith is back the lead the pack for Taunton coming off a 10th place finish at Hocks. Junior Olivia Dias looks to be another top runner for the Tigers; both Dias and Mainer-Smith were apart of the Tigers’ 4×400 team that ran at Nike Outdoor Nationals this past spring. Kailey Melito-Santos, Olivia Weber, Tatyana Mainer-Smith, Lily Valcovic, and Kaicey Melito-Santos all had strong seasons last year as well.

“We’re looking to build off the momentum from 2018, which was the first time we ever beat Oliver Ames or King Philip,” said head coach Mike Kelley. “Nine of our top ten runners from last year return and the league seems fairly wide open. Our big team goals are finishing with a winning record in the dual meet season, finishing in the top three at Hocks, and the top eight at the Eastern Mass Division 1 meet.”

On the boys’ side, the Tigers bring back six of the top seven after graduating just one senior in that group last season. Junior Nolan Tavares had a stellar sophomore campaign and was the top runner for the Tigers at the league championship meet last year, just missing out on a top 10 placement. Tavares will be at the front of the pack alongside classmate Ty Cali and senior captain Colin Quinlan. Sophomore Ryan Strawbridge has looked strong as he makes his return from an injury during track season.

“The team’s resiliency and energy in supporting one another continues to be some of our biggest strengths,” said head coach Jessica Ouellette.

2019 Hockomock League Boys Indoor Track All Stars

Below are the official 2019 Hockomock League Boys Indoor Track All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Tyler Brogan, Franklin

Hockomock League All Stars

Colin Levis, Attleboro
Will Regan, Foxboro
Tyler Brogan, Franklin
Dylan Kehoe, Franklin
Nicholas Calitri, Franklin
Michael Hagen, Franklin
Michael Griffin, King Philip
Terrell Jacobs-Baston, King Philip
Michael Hargadon, Mansfield
Aidan Sacco, Mansfield
Greg Waters, Mansfield
Joseph Cappelletti, Mansfield
Jack Rivard, Mansfield
Tyler King, Mansfield
Raffi Marzella, Mansfield
Jason Windvogel, Mansfield
Colby Eason, Mansfield
Patrick Heavey, Mansfield
Hugo Lopes, Milford
Joseph Madden, Milford
Omar Jasseh, North Attleboro
Owen Nassaney, North Attleboro
Liam Monahan, North Attleboro
Liam Conway, North Attleboro
Aaron MacDonald, Oliver Ames
Isaiah Stessman, Sharon
Chris Gong, Sharon
David Peters, Stoughton
Colin Rahaman, Stoughton
Jaden Falaise, Stoughton
Sebastien Celestin, Taunton

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 01/10/19

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Hockey
Franklin, 0 vs. Pope Francis, 5 – Final

Boys Indoor Track
Mansfield, 76 vs. Oliver Ames, 24 – FinalMansfield swept the 55M dash, led by Greg Waters’ first place finish in 6.92. Joe Cappelletti and Aidan Sacco took second and third, respectively, for the Hornets. Jack Rivard (37.90) and Dan Knight finished first and second in the 300M, both setting personal best times. Patrick Heavey won the 2 Mile with a Hockomock-best time of 9:57.18, Colbey Eason won the shot put 47-09.00 and sophomore Nico Holmes had a big PR with a toss of 39-05.00 to take third place.

Attleboro, 57 vs. King Philip, 43 – FinalAttleboro swept the 55M dash and went first and second in three more events to earn a close win over King Philip. Humza Habib (6.95), Dante Williams, and Colin Levis were the top three finishers in the 55M dash for the Bombardiers while Levis (37.33) and Habib came in first and second in the 300M, Alex Paradise (5-08.00) and Ethan Shangraw were first and second in the high jump, and Shangraw (18-07.00) and Demar Dunn went 1-2 in the long jump. King Philip swept first place in the distance events with Mike Griffin winning the 1000M in 2:37.59, Eric DiLorenzo crossing first in the 1 Mile in 4:44.00, and Michael Norberg taking the top spot in the 2 Mile in 10:22.88.

Franklin, 55 vs. Taunton, 45 – FinalFranklin swept the 1000M race to highlight a close win over Taunton. Senior Michael Hagen set a new personal best time at 2:47.65 to win the race with classmate Nicholas Zaffino just 0:00.02 seconds behind. Senior Dylan Kehoe rounded out the top three for the Panthers. Andrew Faught (8.80) and Nicholas Mazzarella went 1-2 in the 55M hurdles for Franklin. Taunton’s Sebastien Celestin was a double winner, taking first in both the 55M dash (6.89, PR) and the 300M (37.50, PR).

Milford, 70 vs. Canton, 25 – FinalMilford took first and second in four events and swept the high jump to earn a win over Canton. Anton Luckett won the high jump at 5-04.00 with Sean Lehane and Tiago Filadelfo taking second and third, respectively. Milford’s Hugo Lopes (37.48) and Rafaell Feliciano went 1-2 in the 300M, Ryan Kelley (1:31.53) and Anthony Ghalbouni were first and second in the 60M, Maxwell Manor (4:46.07) and Anthony DiStauro went 1-2 in the 1 Mile, and Miguel Torres (10:24.13) and James Comisky were the top two finishers in the 2 Mile. Canton’s Nate Quan was first in the long jump (19-04.50) and Cam Sanchez won the 55M dash (6.97).

Sharon, 82 vs. Foxboro, 17 – FinalSharon won eight individual events and both relays to record a big win over Foxboro. Isaiah Stessman was a double-winner for the Eagles, taking first in the high jump (5-04.00) and the 55M hurdles (8.17, PR). Foxboro senior Will Regan won the 600M in 1:27.08.

North Attleboro, 54 vs. Stoughton, 46 – FinalNorth Attleboro swept the 1 Mile and took first and second in the 2 Mile to earn a close victory over Stoughton. Liam Monahan won a pair of events for the Rocketeers, clocking in at 4:40.56 to win the 1 Mile with sophomore Jackson Magas taking second and sophomore Kyle Robinson coming in third. Monahan won the 2 Mile in 10:25.10 with junior Daniel Nobrega taking second. Stoughton took the top three spots in the 55M hurdles with junior David Peters (7.91) coming in first, sophomore Christopher Ais taking second, and junior Anthony Pizzano clocking in third.

Girls Indoor Track
Mansfield, 75 vs. Oliver Ames, 25 – FinalMansfield senior Amanda Mangano won three events for the second straight meet, helping the Hornets beat Oliver Ames. Mangano won the 55M dash (7.66), high jump (5-00.00), and long jump (16-06.50). Hornet sophomore Grace Fernandez cut off nine seconds to PR in the 600 to take first, Maggie Riley had a personal best time to win the 1 Mile and senior Zoe Plante shaved off nearly a half a second for a PR to win the 55M hurdles.

Attleboro, 31 vs. King Philip, 69 – FinalKing Philip swept the the 600M race, won both relays, and took first and second in three more events to pick up a win over Attleboro. Sophomore Grace Crocker set a new PR, clocking in at 1:50.68 to win the 600M with junior Liliana Rolfe and junior Brianna Quirke taking second and third. The Warriors earned the top two spots in the 55M hurdles (Abigail Dunne and Victoria Priestley), the shot put (Bailee Ziolkowski and Sarah Vigevani) and the high jump (Paige Berdos and Dunne). Attleboro’s Abisola Olaogun won both the 55M dash and the long jump (PR, 15-09.25) for the Bombardiers.

Franklin, 47 vs. Taunton, 53 – FinalTaunton won six individual events as well as the 4×400 relay to edge Franklin in a tight meet. Sophomore Olivia Dias was a double winner for the Tigers, winning the 55M dash (7.77) and the 600M (1:45.27) while Kerla Sylvestre won the 300M (43.46), senior Maggie Sullivan was first in the 1000M (3:17.26), Annabella Chavez had the top toss in the shot put (29-02.00), and Victoria Gravel won the long jump (15-10.00). Franklin’s Daniella Pierre was a double-winner, taking first in the high jump (4-10.00) and the 55M hurdles (8.92).

Milford, 76 vs. Canton, 20 – FinalMilford’s 4×200 relay team of Kerry O’Connor, Sydney Sutton, Sarah Flanagan, and Sienna Pierce set a new school record with a time of 1:49.35 to highlight the Scarlet Hawks’ win over Canton. O’Connor also won the long jump (16-04.00) and the 300M (42.16), Sutton took first in the 55M dash (7.57), Flanagan was second in both the 55M dash and 300M, and Pierce was fifth in the 55M dash and third in the 300M. Canton’s Bronwyn Mahoney won the shot put (30-05.50), Chloe Pennacchio took second in both the 1 Mile and 2 Mile, and sophomore Lauren Sullivan placed second in the 600M with a PR of 1:56.41.

Sharon, 60 vs. Foxboro, 36 – FinalSharon junior Jada Johnson continued her dominant season, this time winning three events to help the Eagles pick up a win over Foxboro. Johnson took first in the 300M (42.71, PR), the 55M hurdles (8.51, PR), and the high jump (5-04.00) to pace Sharon. Foxboro junior Isabell Hallal ran a PR in the 600M, clocking in at 1:50.06 to win the race.

North Attleboro, 75 vs. Stoughton, 16 – FinalNorth Attleboro swept three events on its way to a big win over Stoughton. The Rocketeers took the top three spots in the 55M dash (Vanessa Ibarhim, Emily Nardelli, Meagan Dowd), the 300M (Tess Collins, Lily Wetherbee, Sam Hawkins), and the long jump (Wetherbee, Celine Ibrahim, Hawkins). Stoughton sophomore Katrina Billo was first in the 1 Mile in 6:21.38.

2018 Hockomock League Boys Cross Country All Stars

Below are the official 2018 Hockomock League Boys Cross Country All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Mike Griffin, King Philip

Hockomock League All Stars

Nathan Seybert, Attleboro
Mike Norberg, King Philip
Eric DeLorenzo, King Philip
Tyler Brogan, Franklin
Michael Hagen, Franklin
Cam Harrington, Franklin
Dylan Kehoe, Franklin
Nicholas Calitri, Franklin
Jason Windvogel, Mansfield
Mike Mullahy, Mansfield
Patrick Heavey, Mansfield
Paxton, Howard, Mansfield
Cullen Lancaster, Mansfield
Julian Dixon, North Attleboro
Nate Reservitz, Oliver Ames
Zane Reservitz, Oliver Ames
Alexander Starovoytov, Sharon
Nolan Tavares, Taunton

Honorable Mentions:
Liam Walker, Attleboro
Kyle Dowling, Canton
Ryan Proulx, Foxboro
Mitchell Regan, Franklin
Peter Sullivan, Mansfield
Anthony DiStauro, Milford
Liam Monahan, North Attleboro
Rory McLaughlin, Oliver Ames
Jordan Saks, Sharon
Colin Rahaman, Stoughton
Ty Cali, Taunton

Player of the Week: Mike Griffin, KP Cross Country

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Mike Griffin
 
By HockomockSports.com Staff

King Philip junior Mike Griffin has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Player of the Week, presented by Morse Insurance, for Oct. 28 through Nov. 3. Griffin is the ninth player chosen as Player of the Week for the 2018-19 school year.

Griffin put in a stellar performance at the annual Hockomock Cross-Country Championship at a rain-soaked Wrentham Development Center last Sunday morning. Griffin won the boys’ title in a time of 15:54.67, narrowly beating second-place Tyler Brogan by just one second with a strong kick down the final straightaway. With Griffin leading the way, KP finished third overall as a team.

“Mike is an outstanding student-athlete that has, through dedicated hard work, earned the respect of his teammates and his competition,” said King Philip coach Chris Elgar. “This is particularly true of the friendly rivalry between himself and the equally talented second place finisher (Tyler Brogan of Franklin).” Brogan won the dual meet match-up to start the season, but then Griffin finished first in the remaining meets, including the rematch between the two on Sunday. Elgar added, “Mike finished first in the remainder of the dual meet season and is excited to build on his Hock performance at the divisional championships and beyond.”

Griffin has had a strong three years on varsity for KP cross-country and track. His performance at this year’s league meet was 13 seconds faster than his time from last year, when he finished third, despite the course recovering from the previous day’s heavy rains and what the runners described as a slow opening mile. Griffin showed his strength in the closing stretch, as he stayed ahead of Brogan in the race to the finish line.

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.

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Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/09/18

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Canton, 2 – FinalCanton scored a pair of goals in the opening 10 minutes but Oliver Ames responded with a pair of second half goals to earn a point on the road. Senior Griffin Roach scored a pair of early goals to put the hosts ahead, a lead that Canton took into halftime. But Oliver Ames struck for a pair of goals inside a five minute span to level the scoring. Sophomore Kevin Louhis brought the visitors within one on an assist from sophomore Colin Milliken in the 59th minute, and two minutes later, Milliken tied the game off a feed from Haendel Louhis.

Taunton, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalStoughton junior Mason Eschleman scored his first career goal in the final five minutes to hepl the Black Knights earn a point against visiting Taunton. Eschleman finished off a centering pass from John Ortiz with just three minutes to play to bring Stoughton level. Taunton took the lead in the 10th minute when Mateusz Hagemajer converted a pass from Dylan Kullas. Stoughton sophomore Nolan Gerome made 22 saves in net while Taunton keeper Nolan Melo made 13 stops.

Girls Soccer
Canton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalOliver Ames used a first half goal to earn a 1-0 win over visiting Canton, clinching a spot in the state tournament. Daniella Ferrini scored off a rebound of Erin Holmberg’s shot to put the Tigers ahead. Emma O’Donnell recorded the shutout in net for Oliver Ames.

Stoughton, 1 @ Taunton, 2 – FinalAlex Wapenski scored a pair of goals to help the Tigers edge Stoughton. Stoughton’s goal was scored by Cintia Khouzami, assisted by Mackenzie Manning. Nicole Weir and Nikki Anderson both had strong games on defense for the Knights.

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 6 @ Milford, 0 – FinalAttleboro went on the road and recorded a convincing victory, beating Milford 6-0. Alex Compton paced the Bombardiers’ offense, netting a hat trick while Anna Beck, Hannah Webster, and Takara Keele each scored once in the win.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Canton, 1 – FinalClick here for a photo gallery from the game – Maggie Connolly followed up a Meg Aldrich shot that OA goalie Kara Ostrander saved and knocked in the rebound to lift Canton to the victory. The Bulldogs created a number of chances to try and put the game away in the second half but Ostrander made a series of saves to keep the Tigers in it. Sophomore Riley O’Connor earned the shutout for Canton.

King Philip, 0 @ Foxboro, 1 – FinalFoxboro senior Sophia Lowe scored late in the first half as the host Warriors handed King Philip its first loss of the season. Lowe converted with 4:15 left in the first half to give Foxboro the lead. King Philip had over 20 shots on goal but Foxboro keeper Julia Carangelo had a strong game, recording the shutout.

Franklin, 7 @ Sharon, 0 – FinalFranklin raced out to a 4-0 lead at halftime and never looked back in a win against Sharon. Cassi Ronan and Stephanie Bell each scored a pair of goals to pace the Panthers’ offense, Amanda Lewandowski and Victoria Quinn each had a goal and an assist in the win, and Olivia Rondeau (first career goal) and Katie O’Rourke (assist) each had one point apiece.

Mansfield, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final

Taunton, 2 @ Stoughton, 0 – FinalAfter the majority of the game went without any scoring, Taunton tacked on two goals late in the second half to grab two points on the road in a win over Stoughton. Kathryn Robinson (assisted by Jillian Pagliuca) and Cierra Bartel (assisted by Kennedy Thielker) each scored once for the Tigers.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Milford, 3 – Final

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Canton, 3 – FinalCanton defended home court with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-15, 25-17) of visiting Oliver Ames. Taylor Harris had eight kills, one block, and 13 digs, Olivia Chinsen had a solid night with two aces, three kills, and 10 digs, and Erin Devine and Bailey Shea both had solid games at the net, combining for seven blocks and eight kills. Nicole Brown continued to run the court with 17 assists and five kills for the Bulldogs. Oliver Ames’ Jordan Bosse had 12 kills, eight digs and three aces, Sadie Homer finished with 32 dig, and Allie Kemp added 24 assists.

King Philip, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – FinalKing Philip’s Catherine Waldeck and Nicole Coughlan had strong performances at the net while Jessie Kornfeld and Kristen Masse were strong at the service line, helping the visiting Warriors knock off Foxboro (25-15, 25-5, 25-22). Coughlan had a team-high 12 kills while Waldeck added nine to pace the offense. Kornfeld finished with 10 service points, including four aces while Masse had 11 service points, one ace, and three kills.

Franklin, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final

Mansfield, 2 @ North Attleboro, 3 – FinalAfter splitting the first four sets, North Attleboro earned the win with a 15-5 win in the fifth set, taking the match 3-2 (25-19, 19-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-5). For Mansfield, Greenly Kelly had 11 kills and three blocks and Sam Sternberg added 19 digs and 15 service points.

Taunton, 0 @ Stoughton, 3 – FinalStoughton swept Taunton (25-22, 25-23, 25-16) in a close match, earning its ninth win of the season and clinching a spot in the state tournament. The Black Knights got contributions from the entire line up with Amaya Morris having a strong two-way game, recording six kills and five blocks.

Boys Cross Country
Attleboro, 30 @ Taunton, 25 – FinalTop 10: 1. Nolan Tavares (Tau, 17:37) 3. Ty Cali (Tau, 18:01) 4. Colin Quinlan (Tau, 18:23) 7. Cameron Parker (Tau, 18:31) 10. Ryan Strawbridge (Tau, 19:04).

North Attleboro @ Canton, 3:45

Sharon, 19 @ Foxboro, 43 – FinalSharon’s Alex Starovoytov edged Foxboro’s Ryan Proulx for first place, and the Eagles had six of the top seven finishes in a big win over the Warriors. Starovoytov beat Proulx by just one second, both runners nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the pack. Sharon’s Jacob Dubin rounded out the top three.

Top 10: 1. Alex Starovoytov (Sha, 17:22) 2. Ryan Proulx (Fox, 17:23) 3. Jacob Dubin (Sha, 18:21) 4. Jordan Saks (Sha, 18:22) 5. Bradley Weiss (Sha, 18:37) 6. Nathan Stockton (Sha, 18:41) 7. T. Liu (Sha, 18:52) 8. Trey Lawson (Fox, 18:56) 9. N. Wieland (Sha, 19:11) 10. Mark Starovoytov (Sha, 19:32).

Franklin, 23 @ Oliver Ames, 33 – Final

King Philip, 35 @ Mansfield, 25 – FinalKing Philip had the top two runners in the race but Mansfield had the next six, helping the Hornets pick up the win. KP’s Mike Griffin won the race, over 20 seconds ahead of the rest of the pack. KP’s Mike Nordberg was second overall while Jason Windvogel, Patrick Heavey, and Paxton Howard were Mansfield’s top three runners.

Top 10: 1. Mike Griffin (KP, 16:42) 2. Mike Nordberg (KP, 17:05) 3. Jason Windvogel (Mans, 17:13) 4. Patrick Heavey (Mans, 17:26) 5. Paxton Howard (Mans, 17:31) 6. Mike Mullahy (Mans, 17:35) 7. Cullen Lancaster (Mans, 17:52) 8. Justin Miller (Mans, 18:07) 9. Eric DeLorenzo (KP, 18:10) 10. Peter Sullivan (Mans, 18:24).

Milford, 20 @ Stoughton, 41 – Final

Girls Cross Country
Attleboro @ Taunton, 3:45

North Attleboro @ Canton, 3:45

Sharon, 31 @ Foxboro, 24 – FinalFoxboro’s trio of Abby Hassman, Lexi Quinn, and Lindsey Nelson continued to dominate, taking the top three spots in the race to lead the Warriors to a close win over Sharon. Sharon had the next four runners cross the finish line but Jill Finn’s eighth place finish help secure the win.

Top 10: 1. Abby Hassman (Fox, 20:18) 12. Lexi Quinn (20:18) 3. Lindsey Nelson (Fox, 20:34) 4. Daphne Theiler (Sha, 21:42) 5. Eliana Boxerman (Sha, 22:10) 6. Margaret Li (Sha, 22:23) 7. Juliana Dudziak (Sha, 22:37) 8. Jill Finn (Fox, 23:07) 9. Catherine Griffin (Sha, 23:19) 10. Emily Steele (Fox, 23:22)

Franklin, 25 @ Oliver Ames, 34 – FinalOliver Ames had the top two runners cross the finish line but Franklin had the next five, resulting in a close win over the Tigers. OA’s Meghan Reardon and Catherine O’Donnell crossed together but Franklin’s Julia Fenerty, Sydney Hawkins, and Kat Walbert all crossed within a minute, and Sarah Giulino and Julia DiGiacomo came across less than a minute later to help secure the win for the Panthers.

Top 10: 1. Meghan Reardon (OA, 20:51) 2. Catherine O’Donnell (OA, 20:51) 3. Julia Fenerty (Frank, 21:12) 4. Sydney Hawkins (Frank, 21:20) 5. Kat Walbert (Frank, 21:40) 6. Sarah Giuliano (Frank, 22:27) 7. Julia DiGiacomo (Frank, 22:28) 8. Julia Sarro (OA, 22:29) 9. Brandi Osborne (Frank, 22:48) 10. Erin Barry (Frank, 22:50).

King Philip, 33 @ Mansfield, 22 – FinalMansfield’s Tessa Lancaster and Maggie Riley continued to shine, taking the top two spots in the race, while Jessica Alestock and Brinly Meelia took fifth and sixth, respectively, to help the Hornets clinch the win. After splitting the top four spots, with KP taking third and fourth, the race came down to the next two spots, which Mansfield took both of.

Top 10: 1. Tessa Lancaster (Mans, 20:31) 2. Maggie Riley (Mans, 20:38) 3. Maya Evans (KP, 20:50) 4. Ryenn Hart (KP, 21:50) 5. Jessica Alestock (Mans, 22:14) 6. Brinly Meelia (Mans, 22:19) 7. Isabelle Crocker (KP, 22:52) 8. Emma Lamson (Mans, 22:57) 9. Abigail Simmons (KP, 23:03) 10. Abigail Dunne (KP, 23:19).

Milford, 24 @ Stoughton, 31 – FinalStoughton had the top runner but Milford’s depth proved to be the difference. Milford’s Sara Comisky, Lillian Thibeault, and Lexi Marcolini finished second, third, and fourth overall, respectively, and senior Kate Donahue grabbed seventh overall to secure the win for the Scarlet Hawks.

Top 10: 1. Sydnee Hyacinthe (Sto, 22:58) 2. Sara Comisky (Mil, 23:07) 3. Lillian Thibeault (Mil, 23:24) 4. Lexi Marcolini (Mil, 23:40) 5. Rebecca Lally (Sto, 24:42) 6. Julia Franey (Sto, 25:17) 7. Katerina Donahue (Mil, 25:56) 8. Stephanie Goulet (Mil, 26:37) 9. Theresa Billo (Sto, 27:20) 10. Heather Maddalena (Sto, 27:29).

Golf
Sharon, 154 @ Canton, 149 – FinalCanton picked up an important win over division rival Sharon with junior Chris Lavoie leading the way. Lavoie carded a team-low round of 34 to pace the Bulldogs. Tommy Dimock (37) and Thomas Singleton (38) both had sub-40 rounds while Conor Hunter carded an even 40 for Canton. Sharon’s Corey Carter had one of the best rounds of any Hock golfers this season, earning match medalist honors with a 33. Ethan Skelly was also impressive, shooting a 34 for the Eagles.

Foxboro, 177 @ Franklin, 166 – FinalFranklin’s Matt D’Errico earned match medalist honors after shooting a 40. Jack Paterson (41), Jake Blaney (42), and Gerard Collins (43) all scored for the Panthers while junior Matt Lathrop led the Warriors with a 41.

Mansfield, 158 @ Stoughton, 179 – FinalMansfield sophomore Jason See carded a round of 38 to earn match medalist honors and pace the Hornets to a win on the road against Stoughton. Ryan Dow, Ava Haggis and Joe Gormley all chipped in with a 40 for Mansfield. Stoughton was led by Luke Bainton with a 40 and Josh Hough with a 43.

Milford, 8 @ Nipmuc, 1 – Final (Match Play)

Oliver Ames, 160 @ Taunton, 191 – FinalOliver Ames senior Nolan Donze shot a 2-under par round of 34 to lead the Tigers to a win. Ryan Bock added a 40, Tate Hadges finished with a 42, and Brad Powers added a 44 for the Tigers.

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/27/18


Today’s games are listed below.

Girls Soccer
Stoughton, 0 @ Milford, 1 – FinalStoughton’s goalie Brianna Buckley had an outstanding game in net but the Hawks were able to earn two points at home. Milford’s Olivia Sullivan scored the game-winning goal while Hawks goalie Olivia Marshall made five saves in net. Stoughton head coach Tara Daniels said Olivia O’Neil, Nicole Weir, and Nikki Anderson all had strong games defensively for the Knights.

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final

Mansfield, 2 @ Canton, 4 – FinalCanton’s Meghan LaBelle and Maggie Malloy each scored a pair of goals as the Bulldogs picked up their second win in as many days.

Franklin, 1 @ North Attleboro, 0 – FinalClick here for a Photo Gallery from this game. Franklin’s Victoria Quinn scored with under 10 minutes to play to give the Panthers a win on the road at North Attleboro. Quinn got her stick on a shot from Cassi Ronan to put the Panthers up 1-0 with eight minutes left. Christina Luccini made a save on a penalty stroke early in the second half to keep the game tied.

Stoughton, 0 @ King Philip, 6 – FinalFour different Warriors had at least two points as King Philip recorded a big win over Stoughton. Alli Meehan had two goals and an assist while Claire Lawlor, Dana Truini, and Nicole Connor each scored once and had one helper. Meghan MacDonald also scored once while Kate Lindmark added an assist. KP co-head coach Kim Meehan added that Christina Gifun, Emma Izydorczak, and Sammy Robinson played well defensively for the Warriors.

Oliver Ames @ Sharon – Postponed to Friday, 9/28.

Taunton, 2 @ Milford, 0 – FinalLauren Torres and Jillian Pagliuca each scored once as Taunton went on the road and earned a win over Milford. Emma Sheehan had the shutout in net for the Tigers while Alana Tavares, Skylar Rheaume, and Kathryn Robinson all played well for Taunton.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 1 @ Foxboro, 3 – FinalAttleboro won the third set to prevent the sweep but Foxboro came back and won the fourth set to clinch the win (25-17, 25-18, 15-25, 25-16). For Attleboro, Ana Leonardo had 16 assists, a dig, a kill, and a block while Chelsea Calcagni paced the Bombardiers’ offense with nine kills.

Mansfield, 0 @ Canton, 3 – FinalCanton edged out Mansfield by two points in the first set and went on to complete the sweep to beat Mansfield at home (25-23, 25-10, 25-28). Taylor Harris paced the Bulldogs’ offense with 11 kills, 11 digs, a pair of aces, and a block. Bailey Shea had a strong game at the net as well, registering two kills and a block. Nicole Brown added five kills, five aces, and 16 assists for Canton. For Mansfield, Greenly Kelly had nine kills ad four blocks, Sam Sternberg added 14 digs, and Abby Sullivan finished with nine service points.

Franklin, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final

Taunton, 2 @ Milford, 3 – Final

Boys Cross Country
Stoughton, 40 @ Canton, 18 – Final

Top 10: 1. Kyle Downing (Can, 18:53) 2. Alex Maddestra (Can, 18:55) 3. C. Rahaman (Sto, 19:40) 4. Jack Hernon (Can, 19:43) 5. Chris Rota (Can, 20:27) 6. Elias Jabbour (Can, 20:44) 7. E. Connor (Sto, 20:49) 8. Ryan Carney (Can, 21:03) 9. M. Veliotis (Sto, 21:09) 10. M. Henriques (Sto, 21:16).

Milford, 21 @ Foxboro, 39 – FinalFoxboro’s Ryan Proulx took first place but Milford had the next four runners cross the finish line as the Hawks went on the road and earned a victory. Milford’s Max Manor, Gianni Panno, and Anthony DiStauro all crossed in a 20-second span for second, third, and fourth respectively.

Top 10: 1. Ryan Proulx (Fox, 16:15) 2. Max Manor (Mil, 17:37) 3. Gianni Panno (Mil, 17:46) 4. Anthony DiStauro (Mil, 17:54) 5. Brendan O’Shaughnessy (Mil, 18:45) 6. Trey Lawson (Fox, 18:21) 7. Chris Berthrong (Mil, 18:35) 8. Miguel Torres (Mil, 18:52) 9. Patrick Piscitelli (Fox, 19:13) 10. James Comisky (Mil, 19:25).

Franklin, 24 @ Mansfield, 31 – FinalThe top five runners finished within an 11-second span and the top 10 was all within a minute in a very exciting finish at Mansfield. Franklin junior Tyler Brogan crossed first, edging Mansfield’s Patrick Heavey by just two seconds. Franklin senior Mike Hagen and sophomore Nick Calitri took third and fourth overall while Mansfield’s Jason Windvogel rounded out the top five.

Top 10: 1. Tyler Brogan (Frank, 16:49) 2.Patrick Heavey (Mans, 16:51) 3. Mike Hagen (Frank, 16:52) 4. Nick Calitri (Frank, 16:56) 5. Jason Windvogel (Mans, 17:00) 6. Peter Sullivan (Mans, 17:08) 7. Dylan Kehoe (Frank, 17:11) 8. Mike Mullahy (Mans, 17:12) 9. Camden Harrington (Frank, 17:20) 10. Paxton Howard (Mans, 17:21).

Taunton, 46 @ King Philip, 15 – FinalKing Philip’s Mike Griffin was first overall, taking first in a time of 16:11 in the 3.07 mile course.

Girls Cross Country
Stoughton, 30 @ Canton, 26 – Final

Top 10: 1. Sydnee Hyacinthe (Sto) 2. Chloe Pennacchio (Can, 23:02) 3. R. Lally (Sto, 24:48) 4. Kayla Wong (Can, 25:03) 5. Jesse Hart (Can, 25:06) 6. J. Franey (Sto, 25:10) 7. Ally Chin (Can, 25:23) 8. Briana Gilchrist (Can, 25:28) 9. T. Billo (Sto, 25:39) 10. Erica Boone (Can, 26:02).

Milford, 39 @ Foxboro, 21 – FinalFoxboro’s trio of Lindsey Nelson, Lexi Quinn, and Abby Hassman took the first three spots, pacing the Warriors to a win over visiting Milford. Milford’s Lexi Marcolini and Sara Comiskey crossed together as the Hawks’ top placement.

Top 10: T1. Lindsey Nelson (Fox, 21:04) T1. Lexi Quinn (Fox, 21:04) T1. Abby Hassman (Fox, 21:04) T4. Lexi Marcolini (Mil, 22:06) T4. Sara Comiskey (Mil, 22:06) 6. Lilly Thibeault (Mil, 22:49) 7. Emily Steele (Fox, 23:29) 8. Jenn Yeomans (Fox, 23:34) 9. Jill Finn (Fox, 23:36) 10. Isabel Hallal (Fox, 23:42).

Franklin, 30 @ Mansfield, 25 – FinalMansfield junior Jessica Alestock and sophomore Emma Lamson finished strong over the 800 meters to earn seventh and eighth, respectively, clinching the win for the Hornets. Hornet sophomore Tessa Lancaster was first overall, jumping ahead early and never looked back. Julia Fenerty was the first Panther to finish, taking second overall.

Top 10: 1. Tessa Lancaster (Mans, 20:24) 2. Julia Fenerty (Frank, 20:30), 3. Maggie Riley (Mans, 20:33) 4. Sydney Hawkins (Frank, 21:05) 5. Kat Walbert (Frank, 21:08) 6. Brinly Meelia (Mans, 21:12) 7. Jessica Alestock (Mans, 21:55) 8. Emma Lamson (Mans, 22:06) 9. Brandi Osborne (Frank, 22:15) 10. Sarab Giuliano (Frank, 22:15).

Taunton @ King Philip, 3:45

Golf
Attleboro, 184 @ Franklin, 163 – FinalFranklin senior captain Matt D’Errico and sophomore Nolan Norton shared medalist honors, both shooting low-rounds of 39 to pace the Panthers past Attleboro. Jake Blaney chipped in with a 41 for Franklin while Ethan Johnson and Jack Handy led Attleboro, each shooting a 43.

Stoughton, 189 @ Foxboro, 169 – FinalFoxboro’s Noah Hicks earned medalist honors with a low-round of 41, leading the Warriors to a win over Stoughton. Charlie Baughan and Jon Dowling each shot 42 and Matt Hague had a 44 for the Warriors. Stoughton’s Max Huminik had a career-low round of 43 to lead the Black Knights.

King Philip, 184 @ Taunton, 187 – FinalKing Philip juniors Ray Mullin, Jack Hastry, Nate Ihley, and Kayla Shuberth all shoot 46 to lead the Warriors to a win against Taunton.

Milford, 173 @ North Attleboro, 161 – FinalNorth Attleboro’s Marcus Costa and Matt Wanless led the Rocketeers, each shooting a 39 at the middle course of Heather Hill. Jillian Barend added a 40 and Brett Dusel carded a round of 43.