Milford’s Soares Spreads Language of Hoops in Haiti

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Former Milford standout Mike Soares (black shirt) joined with former Mansfield star (and former Bridgewater State teammate) Rocky DeAndrade to run basketball and fitness clinics for hundreds of kids in Haiti. (Photos courtesy of Michael Soares)

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Several months ago, Michael Soares was playing basketball with Pierre Valmera and they started discussing fitness training. Soares was a standout at Milford and played college basketball at Bridgewater State University, where he studied kinesiology. After graduating from BSU, he opened an online training company, New Human Project.

Valmera is the president and founder of Power Forward International, a non-profit organization that runs basketball camps in his native Haiti with the goal of creating sport and educational opportunities for Haitian youth.

When Valmera found out that Soares was interested in training and had a background in collegiate basketball, he asked him to join the cause and help out with the next clinic. It didn’t take much convincing to get Soares involved and he then asked his former Bridgewater State teammate (and former Mansfield standout) Rocky DeAndrade to take part as well.

“Right on the spot, I was like, hell yeah, why not?” Soares explained. “I reached out to Rocky because he and I have been doing a lot of stuff together and had been reaching out to a lot of YMCAs and middle schools and stuff about the importance of fitness and basketball.”

In December, Soares and DeAndrade traveled to Port-au-Prince. For both, it was their first visit to Haiti and it put into perspective the importance of giving back.

“We didn’t know what to expect,” Soares said. “The local people were super nice, but it was crazy to see the state where people were living their day-to-day lives.”

The clinic featured nearly 400 kids between the ages of 8-18. While Soares and DeAndrade had run clinics before, including one of the clinics sponsored by Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter this past summer, this was a significantly larger audience than usual. Soares said, “The kids were so nice. They were the most attentive kids I’ve ever been around.”

Language was a major concern at the start of the clinic, as only a handful of the kids spoke any English, but as it turned out that became a non-issue once the training began. Soares put them through a series of workouts, including stretches, squats, lunges, and more.

“It was so exhilarating,” Soares reflected. “It was really cool seeing all the kids and every time we finished something all the kids cheered and clapped. Honestly, it was one of the highest feelings I’ve ever gotten.”

Around 400 kids attended the clinic in Haiti.

Basketball became a universal language at the clinic, transcending any cultural differences. It was also clear from the start that the kids would have no problem picking up a game that many of them had never played before.

Soares marveled, “It was crazy how quick these kids picked up the drills. A lot of the kids hadn’t played basketball before and they were learning how to dunk on the spot. I was like, this is absurd. There’s so much talent and raw athleticism out there.”

He added, “We couldn’t communicate with hundreds of the kids at the camp but we can communicate through basketball and seeing their reactions when we taught them something new and they were able to do it. Seeing the reaction on their faces was interesting because I never thought I’d be able to communicate with someone who didn’t speak the same language as me.”

The clinic was more than just an opportunity to spread the sport to a new audience. As Soares noted, many of the kids that attended were there for a meal. Power Forward International, with help from Soares and DeAndrade, raised enough money for 400 meals, 200 backpacks, and new clothes for the attendees. “Some of the kids bused in from five hours away,” Soares said. “It was just simple rice and chicken but some of the kids said it was the most filling meal of the year.”

Soares has made a point of donating his time and a percentage of the money he has raised from his New Human Project to children’s health organizations. Being able to assist so many Haitian kids through fitness and basketball has inspired him to expand his efforts to help kids locally. He and DeAndrade have talked about running 100 camps to give back.

“Rocky and I are very like-minded,” he said. “When we were in Haiti, we were going over our business goals and professional goals and none of them ever had to do with benefitting ourselves but they were about helping others. We mesh really well, so we’ll be doing more of what we did in Haiti.”

A number of the kids from the clinic have reached out to Soares through social media to say thank you and to share videos of workouts in Haiti. As someone who has played sports at a high level for years and whose career is based on fitness, it is gratifying to see the impact that the clinic has had for so many kids.

“Even though they don’t have anything, they’re still working on their game,” Soares said, while describing videos of kids using creative methods to keep working out, such as using cinder blocks in the middle of the street.

“Basketball is a way of giving these kids life skills. It’s a way of giving them something to focus on instead of not working on anything or having no goals. Basketball, or sports in general, gives them life lessons and life goals to accomplish.

For more information about Power Forward International, visit https://pfii.org/.

DeAndrade and O’Driscoll Net 1,000th Collegiate Points

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Former Hockomock League MVPs and HockomockSports.com Players of the Year Rocky DeAndrade and Karlie O’Driscoll each reached 1,000 points in their collegiate careers over the span of two days this week. (Caldwell University Athletics/Bridgewater State University Athletics)

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In 2014, Sharon’s Karlie O’Driscoll and Mansfield’s Rocky DeAndrade compiled impressive lists of achievements during their senior years of high school. Both reached the South sectional final (O’Driscoll in Div. 2 and DeAndrade for the second straight year in Div. 1), both were named Hockomock league MVPs by the coaches, and both were selected as Player of the Year by this website.

This week, now as seniors in college, they were both making headlines again.

O’Driscoll, a forward at Caldwell University (N.J.), scored her 1,000th point on Jan. 24 in a 72-49 victory over Felician College. The next night, DeAndrade notched his 1,000th career point in a 68-58 victory over Fitchburg State.

“Going into college, there’s definitely a possibility [of scoring 1,000 points] if I do my job and do what I have to do, but it wasn’t a goal for me because I wanted to do more about the team aspect,” O’Driscoll said in a phone call on Friday. “Each game I wasn’t thinking, oh I need to score to get closer to my 1,000, I was just thinking I need to score to make my team win and it just kind of happened.”

DeAndrade had similar thoughts about getting to 1,000 points for the Bears. He said, “It’s not something you think about really. I expect to get there, so you just work hard and do your thing. I knew if I stayed there for four years that the chances of getting it were pretty inevitable.”

Chasing 1,000 points and dealing with the excitement that builds up as you get closer to the milestone was something that O’Driscoll dealt with in high school. She also reached that total at Sharon and knew what to expect. She had also seen two of her fellow seniors, Kristen Drogsler and Sharell Sanders, reach that mark in the past two years.

“At Sharon, it was an amazing experience to be able to do that and in college I’ve had so many teammates in the past four year who have reached that milestone, so it was special for me to be able to join so many amazing players,” she explained.

Coming into the game, O’Driscoll needed 15 points to get to 1,000. She got off to a great start, scoring 14 points in the first half. “I wasn’t trying to force it too much,” she said. “I know a lot of my teammates were trying to get me the ball and I told them midway through the first half to stop forcing the ball to me, it will happen when it happens.”

Just a point away in the third quarter, her team ran a play for her to start the half, but it did not go as planned and the ball was knocked away. The inbound was also intended for O’Driscoll, but again it was tipped out of play. Finally, on the third try, the ball got into guard Tina Lebron and she drove and dished to O’Driscoll for a layup and the foul.

“It was a lot more emotional this time,” said O’Driscoll, who finished that night with 20 points and 10 rebounds. “In high school, I knew I was playing in college, so I knew I had four more years to play basketball. I think it’s really setting in now that this is my last year, my last few games, so to do something like this to represent my school and myself was such a different experience.”

DeAndrade came close to reaching 1,000 points in high school, scoring more than 900 for his career, but never had the countdown or the hype that surrounded the milestone until this season. He went into the Fitchburg game knowing that he had a shot to get there, but tried to keep it out of his mind.

“Before the game, I wasn’t nervous at all,” he said. “I was excited. I thought I was going to have a really big game.” He was right. DeAndrade scored 13 points to get within a basket with most of the second half remaining and the Bears holding onto a lead, but that last two points took a while to happen.

“I needed two points with 11 minutes to go in the second half and I was like, okay I’m going to get this, just play your game,” he recalled. “Sure enough, the clock just kept going and we’re under two minutes and I still need two points, so I was like oh jeez I need to get going now.”

DeAndrade reached his milestone at the line, knocking down a pair of free throws with 1:48 left to play. When the Bears got the ball back, they stopped the game to celebrate his accomplishment. He said, “I think the whole hype of the night, you know, and the expectation to get 1,000 that night it was a relief to get it over with. It was awesome though.”

When asked what it felt like to say he was a 1,000-point scorer, DeAndrade said, “I haven’t thought of that, but it’s always good and my name will be in the rafters, so that’s cool.”

Not surprisingly, both players have their teams in good positions heading down the stretch of the season.

DeAndrade is leading the Bears with more than 16 points and nearly four assist per game and has Bridgewater at 5-1 through the first half of MASCAC play. O’Driscoll is second on the team with 11.3 points per game and has helped Caldwell to a 17-3 overall record, including 10-1 in the CACC.

For both seniors, the personal milestone was fun and important, but they each want to close out there collegiate careers like they did their high school ones – with league titles.

“I think we’ve made the changes we need to since last year and getting the whole team involved in doing their jobs and doing what we need to win,” said O’Driscoll, whose team reached the conference final but lost to University of Sciences and was knocked out in the first round of the Div. II NCAA tournament.

“Me and my fellow seniors have been together since the beginning,” she added, “and we’re really excited and really confident about winning the league this year. That’s a very strong goal we’ve had since the beginning and to do it our senior year and go out with a win would be incredible.”

DeAndrade had plenty of success in his four years and Mansfield and is hoping to translate that knowledge of how to win to the second half of the MASCAC campaign. He explained, “That would mean a lot. That would cap off the college experience.

“We put in a lot of work in from Oct. 15, so if you get to the end of the season and you can come away with the championship that’s obviously the big goal.”

The Campus Report: Winter 2017 Update

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The HockomockSports.com Campus Report is an update on former Hockomock League athletes currently competing in collegiate sports. If you would like to submit an update, please e-mail info@HockomockSports.com.

Babson men’s basketball has been the top ranked DIII college program for a good portion of the season and former HockomockSports.com Player of the Year and Franklin Panther Sam Bohmiller has played a vital role. The Beavers (21-1) are riding a 12-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s visit to Clark. Bohmiller has started in 20 games this season (missing two for an injury), averaging 29 minutes per game. Shooting at 53.4% from the field (49.2% from three point), Bohmiller is averaging 7.6 points per game as well as 2.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds and nearly 1.0 steals per game.

Mansfield’s Joe Collins has had a terrific year for Southern New Hampshire’s hockey team through 26 games. A graduate student, Collins is second on the team with 11 goals, first on the team with 21 assists and leads the Penmen with 32 points. His +8 is second on the team and his three game-winning goals is tied for the most on the team. Collins is currently riding a three game point streak, recording two against Daniel Webster, one against Franklin Pierce and two against Framingham State. Collins will conclude his final regular season on Saturday in Foxboro against Stonehill.

Taunton graduate Angie Martinez etched her name into Mount Ida’s record books twice this season. In early December, Martinez became just the fourth women’s basketball player in program history to join the 1,000 point club. Less than a week later, Martinez became the first ever Mustang to record 1,000 rebounds. She then took her success to another level in January, hauling in her 1,125th career board, making her the all-time women’s rebounding leader in Great Northeast Athletic Conference history. For her senior season, she is third on the team with 9.1 points per game and leads the Mustangs with 12.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

Bridgewater State currently sits at 13-9 overall and 6-3 in MASCAC play, good enough for third. The Bears are coming off a win over league-leading Salem State in a game that saw Taunton grad Fawaz Mass drop a game-high 23 points and former HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Rocky DeAndrade chipping in with 16 points. Mass (16.2 ppg) and DeAndrade (14.4) are currently the top two in scoring for the Bears while Mansfield’s Greg Romanko, a captain is at 8.8 points per game and Milford’s Michael Soares is at 4.3 points per game. Mass is second on the team in rebounding and DeAndrade leads the Bears in assists. Soares scored a career-high 19 points late last month in a win over MCLA. Romanko also scored a season-high 19 points back in December in a rout of Maine-Augusta.

Bridgewater travels to Worcester State on Saturday to battle Milford graduate Aaron Anniballi and the Lancers. Anniballi turned it on midway through the season and was rewarded, earning starts in the last five games and six of the last seven. In a road trip to league-leading Salem State, Anniballi dropped a career-high 22 points, including a career-best five three pointers made. In the last five games, Anniballi is averaging 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Lancers. For the season, he’s second on the team in assists and fourth in scoring despite just seven starts.

Former HockomockSports.com Hockey Player of the Year Ryan Spillane found the back of the net for the first time in his collegiate career, netting one of five goals in Saint Anselm’s win over Daniel Webster. A Franklin High product, Spillane has appeared in 14 games this year, including the last four. He registered his first assist on Friday, February 3rd against Southern Maine and then scored his first goal on Saturday. N

Success on the ice at Saint Anselm is noting new for the Spillane family though, as Kaitlyn Spillane, a junior, continues to be a big piece of the Hawks’ women’s hockey team. After 12 points as a freshman and 24 points as a sophomore, Spillane is already up to 26 points during her junior campaign. Her 26 points is good for second on the team, a combination of 10 goals and 16 assists. She’s currently riding an eight game point streak heading into Friday night’s tilt with Williams. During that stretch, she registered four points in a win over New England College.

Michael Choate has strung together two strong meets for the Boston University swim team. The former KP Warrior had three top three finishes against Boston College, including third in the 100 backstroke (52.79), third in the 200 butterfly (1:58.57) and second in the 200 backstroke (1:52.11). He followed that up with three more top three finishes against Bryant, including second in the 200 free (1:47.26) and third in the 500 free (4:56.08). He was also apart of the 200 medley relay that took third (1:38.76). North Attleboro’s Sarah Hargrave also had solid showings in the same meets. On senior night against BC, she took first in the 500 free (4:57.16) and first in the 200 free relay (1:37.34). Against Bryant, she placed third in the 100 free (54.43) and was apart of the 400 free relay that touched in third (3:49.61).

2016 HockomockSports.com First Team selection Alecia Quinones has been a top option off the bench for UMass Boston this season. The Stoughton High product has come off the bench and appeared in all 22 games for the Beacons, averaging 5.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and shooting nearly 40% from the floor. Quinones showed what she can do when she played 23 minutes earlier this season at Colby College. She scored 20 points on 8/13 shooting in the win for UMass Boston.

A trio of former Hockomock rivals turned teammates are playing a big role for UMass Amherst’s men’s swimming team. Attleboro’s Owen Wright, Franklin’s Austen Sholudko and King Philip’s Chris DiGiacomo have all helped the Minutemen as they head into Atlantic 10 Championships next weekend. In their latest meet against Fordham, Wright took first place in the 50 yard free (21.53), fourth in the 100 yard free and was apart of the 200 yard free relay team that took second place. DiGiacomo took first place in the 200 yard backstroke, second in the 200 yard IM and placed third in the 200 yard free. Sholudko placed fifth overall in the 1000 yard free and was seventh in the 500 yard free.

Bristol Community College has racked up 13 wins so far this season and is averaging an impressive 88.6 points per game as a team. Former HockomockSports.com Boys Basketball Player of the Year and Taunton standout Jose Mercado is currently third on the team in scoring with 13.8 points per game, fifth on the team with 4.5 rebounds a game and second with 2.0 steals. After coming off the bench for the majority of the season, Mercado has worked his way into the starting line up, starting five straight games. In that stretch, he’s averaged 16.4 points, 5.6 boards, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals for the Bayhawks, who are 4-1 with him in the starting lineup.

Former HockomockSports.com Girls Basketball Player of the Year Kat Tamulionis has found a new home at Babson and recently helped the program to its 600th win. The Foxboro alum has appeared in 14 games, earning her first collegiate start at Mount Holyoke on January 21st. In the program’s 600th win, a 72-51 win over Emerson, Tamulionis scored a career-high eight points Another former Foxboro standout Ashley Snyder has made nine appearances for the Beavers so far this season, playing a season-high 12 minutes against Emory & Henry earlier this season.

There were plenty of Hockomock alums on the court on Wednesday night when Wheaton visited Clark University. Foxboro’s Rob Lowey and Alex DuBrow dressed for the visitors while Milford’s David Mercier and Joe Atkinson are both captains for the Cougars. In just his second collegiate start, DuBrow made a big difference down the stretch for the Lyons. The freshman hit a pair of free throws with 51 seconds left to give Wheaton a four point lead and then stole an inbounds pass with 22 seconds left, adding one more free throw to help ice the game. DuBrow tied a career-high with 13 points in the game while adding four assists. On the season, he’s averaging 6.8 points, 2.7 assists and leads the team with a 1.6 assist/turnover ratio. Mercier had a game-high 21 points while Atkinson added 16 in the loss. For the season, Mercier is fourth on the team with 10.7 points and fourth in rebounding at 4.2. Atkinson is the team’s top rebounder with 7.5 boards a game and is averaging 11.8 points for Clark (13-9).

Taunton’s Dylan Schrama had a strong showing in Clark University’s meet with WPI at the end of January. Competing in five events, Schrama was first for Clark in three events and touched the wall before anyone else in one event. He took first place overall in the 200 yard IM, clocking in at 2:15.42. He also placed fourth in the 50 yard backstroke and took third in the 100 yard free style. He was also a member of the 200 yard medley relay that came in third overall.

King Philip graduate and current Northeastern sophomore Carly Schnabel was tabbed as the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Swimmer of the Week. She’s the first Northeastern swimmer to earn the honor this season. Competing at Harvard, Schnabel turned in a historic performance in the 1,000-yard free by setting a new program record in 10:03.95 for first place. Her time is over seven seconds ahead of the next closest conference competitor for the event this season.

Keene State snapped a two-game skid with the help of King Philip alum Jimmy Layman. The junior forward came off the bench to score 13 points (5/8 FG), had four rebounds and came away with three steals. The Owls (15-7) recently were ranked 10th in the Northeast in the NCAA Regional Rankings for DIII. Layman has a been a top contributor off the bench so far this season, playing in 21 games and averaging 3.8 points per game and 2.1 rebounds. He scored a season-high 17 points back in December at WPI.

Less than a week after Mansfield junior Tyler Boulter set a new program record for most threes in a game (10), older brother and former Hockomock League MVP Ryan Boulter decided it was his turn to set a record. In Merrimack’s home game against Southern Connecticut, Boulter put on a show – connecting on nine three pointers to tie the school record. The sophomore forward finished with a career-high 40 points in the Warriors’ overtime win. Although just a sophomore, Boulter is currently leading the Warriors with 18.2 points per game, averaging 3.3 threes in contest. He also is hauling in 4.4 boards on average.

UMass Dartmouth women’s basketball program is used to having a Hockomock alum leading the way, and this year is no different. After years of dominance from North Attleboro’s Meg Ronaghan, now it’s Franklin’s Alicia Kutil that’s leading the way for the Corsairs (19-3). Kutil is second with 13.6 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game, while adding 2.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals. She was named the Little East Conference Player of the Week earlier this week.

Mansfield’s George Apostolopoulos qualified for the NEISDA Division II/III Championships in the 50 breaststroke over the weekend at the Bridgewater State Bears Invitational. Apostolopoulos posted a time of 35.43 seconds in the 50 breaststroke to qualify. Attleboro’s Dylon Willis helped the Bears to a pair of wins at a tri-meet at the end of January, beating Husson and Regis. Willis was apart of the 200 medley relay team that came in second, took first in the 50 yard breaststroke (28.08) and the 100 yard breaststroke and was second in the 100 IM.

Also at Bridgewater State, Mansfield’s Abbie Grant and Danielle Souza, North Attleboro’s Adi Tobias and King Philip’s Emily Garven are swimming for the Bears. At the BSU Bears Invitational, Grant was second in the 50 yard butterfly and the 100 yard IM, Souza took third in the 200 yard free, Tobias grabbed second in the 100 yard butterfly and Garven won the 50 yard backstroke as well as the 100 yard free.

Attleboro’s Bri Hochwarter is averaging 13.6 points per game and has been a big reason why Wheelock College women’s basketball has registered 10 wins this season. She is also averaging 3.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals for the Wildcats. Hochwarter is on a strong stretch, scoring in double figures in four straight games. She’s hit 14 threes in that stretch, averaging 16.8 points per game.

Former Mansfield Hornet and Winnipeg Jets draft pick Erik Foley is enjoying another successful year at Providence. After an impressive freshman year (seven goals, 12 assists), he’s already topped his rookie point total during his sophomore year. He’s tied for a team-high 10 goals and also has 13 assists, good for 23 points – third for the Friars. Providence is 17-8-4 on the season and ranked #11 in the country.

With the NEWMAC Championships on the horizon next week, Taunton’s Kyle Werra and WPI’s men swimming team are looking to make a slash. Werra has competed in eight events for the Engineers so far this season. At the Clark University Cougar Invitational, Werra set three best times for the season. In the 200 free, he clocked in a 1:57.85, in the 100 breaststroke he touched the wall at 1:08.12 and in the 400 medley, he timed at 4:45.18.

Oliver Ames alum Caitlyn Abela continues to be a big piece for Saint Anselm. The Hawks, who have former Canton assistant Colleen Moriarty on the staff, stand at 15-8 on the season. Abela is second on the team at 10.9 points per game, scoring a season-high 23 earlier this year in a win at Daemen. She’s also averaged 3.3 rebounds a game this year (season-high 11 at Adelphi) and 1.1 assists (season-high 4 vs. NYIT).

A pair of former Hockomock rivals are now teammates at Merrimack. Franklin’s Lexi Martin and Attleboro’s Emily Houle are both contributing for the Warriors (11-11) this season. Martin, a sophomore, has started in all 22 games this season, averaging 8.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. She scored a season-high 19 points in a win over New Haven in early January and had a stretch in which she scored in double figures in six of eight games. Houle, a freshman and last year’s HockomockSports.com Girls Basketball Player of the Year, has played in 11 games, scoring five points in a game at Adelphi against former head coach Missy Traversi and hitting a three in a close win over St. Michael’s last week.

Former Mansfield Hornet Kevin Conner has scored 13 points in back to back games for Mount Ida heading into this week’s contest with Rivier. The Mustangs (14-8 overall) are currently in fourth place in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Conner, who was slowed by an injury to start the season, has started in every game he’s been available for. In a win at Rivier, Conner was a perfect 6/6 from the field and in a loss to conference-leading Albertus Magnus, Conner added 13 points including a pair of threes. In 17 games, Conner is averaging 8.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists a game.

Attleboro’s Kerri Beland is having a strong sophomore season for the Salve Regina women’s basketball game. The former Attleboro Bombardier is leading the Seahawks in scoring with 12.5 points per game, shooting 40% from the floor and 36% from three point. She’s also fourth on the team in rebounding with 5.3 boards.

Ever since the turn of the calendar, former Franklin standout Chris Rodgers has gone on a tear for WPI. After coming off the bench for the start of the season, Rodgers picked up his first start on December 6th. In his last seven starts, dating back to January 18th, Rodgers has been one of the Engineers top options on offense. He scored a season-high 23 points and hauled in nine rebounds in a narrow loss to Springfield and scored in double figures in six of those seven games. He’s averaging 15.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists in that span for WPI, who have four wins in that same stretch.

The Campus Report: Winter Season Rolls On

Below is an update on former Hockomock League athletes currently competing in collegiate sports. If you would like to submit an update, please e-mail info@HockomockSports.com.
Mansfield graduate and Merrimack freshman Aidan Friend was named the Northeast-10 Conference Track Rookie of the Week. Friend finished second in the 60M with a time of 7.09, which was a personal best and ranks fourth on the school record board. That time is also the fourth-fastest recorded in the event in the NE-10 so far this season according to Merrimack.
Franklin graduate Sam Bohmiller has averaged 8.2 points a game over the last six contests for Babson, who is 5-1 in that stretch. In wins over Coast Guard and Wheaton, Bohmiller pulled down four rebounds and had three assists. In the Beavers’ win over WPI, Bohmiller netted 10 points, the second highest total of the season. Also in that WPI game, Bohmiller’s former teammate Chris Rodgers came off the bench to score 10 points for the Engineers, including a layup to make it a two point game with 19 seconds left. Rodgers has been solid option for WPI this season had just last week had a game-winner. With 0.4 seconds left and WPI trailing by one, Rodgers floated one for the go ahead bucket.
Merrimack freshman Maeve McGowan had a first place finish in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.82 against Bentley. The Mansfield alum was also first in the 200 backstroke by nearly 10 seconds, finishing in 2:21.95 and first in the 100 butterfly in 1:26.26.
Bridgewater State is an ever 3-3 over its last six games, the last being an overtime win over MCLA fueled by former Hock players. OA’s Ryan Carney came off the bench to score a team-high 13 points, Taunton’s Fawaz Mass finished with 12 points and three steals and Mansfield’s Rocky DeAndrade had eight points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals. In overtime, all but one point for BSU was scored by a Hockomock alum. Carney had seven of his points in the extra period, Mansfield’s Greg Romanko had a three, Mass and DeAndrade each hit a pair of free throws and Milford’s Michael Soares had a dunk.
Former Canton standout Quinn Merrigan is 14-3 for Gettysburg wrestling so far this season. A sophomore, Merrigan has won five straight matches and 13-1 since a 1-2 start to the season. A year removed from a 22-15 campaign as a freshman, Merrigan – who wrestles at 149 – has been a vital part of the Bullets’ 5-4 season this year.
Stoughton alum Aaron Calixte had his best scoring day of his collegiate career on Wednesday night. The sophomore scored a career-high 23 points to lead Maine to a 105-100 overtime win on the road at Hartford. Calixte scored the Black Bears’ first four points in the extra period to keep pace with the Hawks. He finished with five assists and four rebounds in the game. On the season, Calixte is fourth on the team with 9.4 points per game.
Boston University has a trio of former Hockomock swimmers making a splash for the Terriers. Freshman Michael Choate came in first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:54.45 to get nine points for BU in a win over Bryant. Choate was second in the 1000 free and sixth in the 200 butterfly. Another KP alum also played a big role in the win as Stephanie Nasson was first in the 500 free by over six seconds and was second in the 200 free for four points. North Attleboro’s Sarah Hargrave was less than a second behind Nasson in the 200 free to finish third and she also was second in the 200 breaststroke, finishing just 0.15 seconds behind first place.
Former Mansfield 1,000 point scorer Ryan Boulter has reached double-digits in the scoring column over the past two games, including a career-high 18 points in Merrimack’s loss to Adelphi. Boulter played a personal high 34 points, hitting four three pointers and seven field goals in total. He also hauled in a career-high six rebounds in the game. Boulter, a freshman for the Warriors, had 11 points and three rebounds in a 105-81 win over American International earlier this week.
Mansfield’s Kevin Conner scored a season-high 17 points and shot 60% from the field as Mount Ida scored a big win over Anna Maria for the first time since 2012. Connor also had a season-high four assists and hit a pair of three pointers for the first time this year as the Mustangs picked up a 21 point win.
Northeastern had a massive win over UMass this past weekend. A pair of Hockomock alums both had important finishes for the Huskies in the win. King Philip’s Carly Schnabel had a trio of individual top five finishes, finishing 4th in the 50 free (24.19), 4th in the 200 free (1:53.57) and fifth in the 100 backstroke (59.49). Oliver Ames’ Jacquelyn Gover was 4th in the 3 meter diving with a score of 234.00 and sixth in the 1 meter diving with a score of 237.65.
Franklin’s Marcus Giese has worked his way into RPI’s starting lineup as a freshman. After coming off the bench for the first 13 games, Giese has started the last two games. He’s shot 50% from the field between the two games with 16 points and combined for 14 rebounds. RPI, which won both games after a four game skid, is now 9-7 overall.
Stoughton’s Chrystal Holland had one of her best games of the season earlier this week as AIC rolled to a big win over Merrimack. Holland came off the bench, shooting 60% for six points. The Yellow Jackets are an impressive 16-4 in Holland’s senior season.
Taunton grad Dylan Schrama has impressed in his first year for Clark University. In the Cougars’ most recent meet against WPI, Schrama was fourth overall and first for Clark in the 200 free. In the 100 free, he finished fifth in 52.36.
Stoughton’s Tahira Peralta cracked the starting lineup for the first this season late last week for Salem State. The senior has started the past two games, shooting nearly 50% for 17 points. She had a pair of rebounds in each game – both wins – as the Vikings snapped a three game skid.
Meg Ronaghan continues to dominate for UMass Dartmouth. The North Attleboro product, who scored her 1,000th career point earlier this season, was named the Little East Conference and the New England Women’s Basketball Association Player of the Week. She had a career-high 37 points – only two off the program record – and 20 rebounds in a win at Rhode Island College. She’s leading the Corsairs with 18. points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. Over the past four games, Franklin’s Alicia Kutil has averaged 10.3 games for UMass Dartmouth, who went 3-1 in that stretch.
Milford alum Natasha Gonzalez has started all but one game for Worcester State so far this season. Over the past five games, she’s averaged 7.2 points per game, including 11 points against Keene State. In her two starts this year, Gonzalez has combined for 13 rebounds and seven assists.
King Philip’s Olivia Sugrue had a pair of wins for Bridgewater State in its meet with Bentley. Sugrue won the 100 butterfly in 1:10.77 and won the 200 IM in 2:41.54. She also placed fourth in the 100 backstroke. KP’s Emily Garven had a pair of third place finishes for the Bears. In the 200 butterfly, the freshman earned the Bears three points with a time of 2:56.07 and in the 100 butterfly, she finished in a time of 1:15.97. Mansfield’s Abbie Grant won the 500 free in 6:00.21 to get nine points for BSU and was third in the 200 free.
 

The Campus Report: Catching Up With Basketball Alums

Below is an update on former Hockomock League athletes currently competing in collegiate sports. If you would like to submit an update, please e-mail info@HockomockSports.com.
Joe Farroba’s Bridgewater State team is full of former Hockomock players and for the first time this season, all five of them made up his starting lineup on Thursday night. Oliver Ames’ Ryan Carney, Taunton’s Fawaz Mass, Milford’s Michael Soares and Mansfield’s Greg Romanko and Rocky DeAndrade. The five combined for 72 of the team’s 83 points in a double overtime win over UMass Boston. It was Carney’s first collegiate start and he didn’t disappoint, scoring a career-high 23 points while Romanko also netted a career-high 18 points. For the season, Mass leads the Bears in scoring with 15.2 points (5.6 rebounds), DeAndrade is third with 8.9 points (3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists), Romanko has 8.8 points (3.3 rebounds), Carney 8.3 points and Soares 3.1 points (2.1 rebounds).
Canton’s Olivia Murphy has been a monster for UMass Boston so far during his senior season, leading the team with 20.1 points and 15.6 rebounds a game. She’s been a nuisance for opponents by averaging an impressive 8.4 offensive rebounds per game and is leading the team with 2.6 blocks a game.
Former HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Sam Bohmiller has played a big role for Babson in the first part of the season. Bohmiller has started in all 11 games, averaging 5.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and has connected on a team-high 17 three pointers. Babson is 7-4 so far this season.
Franklin’s Lexi Martin has missed the past two games but has been a vital piece for Merrimack so far in her freshman year. Through her 12 appearances, Martin has averaged 6.4 points per game, shooting nearly 50% from the floor. She’s added 2.3 rebounds a game as well. Back at the beginning of December, Martin poured in a career high 19 points in a 72-68 win up at St. Michael’s.
Taunton’s Angie Martinez continues to be the go-to scorer for Mount Ida in her junior season. Martinez is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game while also pulling in over 13 rebounds a game (another team-high). Over the Mustangs’ past three games, Martinez has averaged 19 points, including dropping 23 points in a 59-57 win over Becker.
Out in Worcester, a trio of former Milford Scarlet Hawks are playing a big role for Clark. Juniors David Mercier and Joe Atkinson are both regulars in the lineup while former Milford coach Steve Manguso is in his third year as Associate Head Coach. Former North Attleboro standout Justin Perron is in his first year as an assistant coach. Mercier is averaging 9.3 points per game and 4.4 rebounds while Atkinson is scoring 7.4 points per game, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
At Framingham State, Joe McCabe is having a solid start to his senior season. A former Canton standout, McCabe is a captain and has appeared in all of the Rams games except for one. McCabe is coming off his best scoring performance since November, scoring 10 points against Salem State.
A trio of Hockomock alums – all from different schools – are the captains at Colby Sawyer this year. Mansfield’s Katie McCarthy, Oliver Ames’ Kristin Ellis and Sharon’s Jessica Shenkel are the captains are all in the top six in scoring on the team. Shenkel leads the 7-4 Chargers at 11.4 points per game, Ellis has averaged 5.5 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds and McCarthy has 3.7 points a team-best 3.7 assists a game.
King Philip alum John Mullane is just one of two players to start all 10 games for Elmira College in New York. Mullane, a senior, is averaging 6.4 points per game, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He also leads the Eagles in free throw attempts (25) and offensive rebounds (16). Mullane had a season-best 13 rebounds in the team’s 62-59 win over Endicott at the end of December.
King Philip graduate Ellen Wagner has impressed early on in her sophomore year for Roanoke College. Wagner is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.7 points and four rebounds a game. She scored a career-high 17 points back in December, shooting over 72% of the floor to help the Maroons to a big win over Mary Baldwin College.
Former Stoughton 1,000 pointer scorer Aaron Calixte has appeared in all 14 games for Maine, a D1 team, this season. Calixte is averaging 8.1 points per game, shooting at nearly 50% from the floor. He is averaging 2.4 assists per game and 2.6 rebounds as the Bears are 4-10 so far this season.
Speaking of D1 programs, former KP star Jake Layman and Maryland is ranked third in the country. Layman has started in all 15 games and is averaging 11.1 points per game and 5.3 rebounds a game. He has 18 steals and 14 blocks on the season. Layman had one of his best games of the season when he dropped 18 points in the Terps 88-63 win over Rutgers.
Over at UMass Dartmouth, former HockomockSports.com Girls Basketball Player of the Year Meg Ronaghan scored her 1,000 career point in the fourth quarter in a win over Salem State. The North Attleboro grad scored 21 points in the game to reach the milestone. Check back on Sunday for our feature story on Ronaghan.
Also at Umass Dartmouth, Franklin graduate Alicia Kutil has started all 10 games and is averaging 9.5 points per game, which is fourth on the team. Kutil is also averaging 4.9 rebounds while Milford grad Jess Pye has appeared in five games so far for the 8-2 Corsairs.
On Wednesday, former Mansfield standout and 2015 Hockomock League Boys Basketball MVP Ryan Boulter dropped career-high 17 points in his 11th game played for Merrimack. The Warriors needed a late bucket to secure the win but Boulter was a big reason that Merrimack was in it. Coming off the bench, Boulter played 26 minutes and shots 55% from the floor and hit five three pointers. So far in his rookie year, Boulter is averaging 5.8 points per game.
Another former Mansfield player, Kevin Conner, has started in all 11 of Mount Ida’s game so far, averaging 6 points per game and 3.6 rebounds a game. The Mustangs are 4-5 so far while Conner’s best game came back in December in a one point loss to Johnson & Wales. The sophomore had a season-best 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in the game.
Former HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Karlie O’Driscoll has been a big part of Caldwell’s nine wins i 15 games so far this season. The Sharon alum is third on the team in scoring at 11.9 points per game while she leads the teams in rebounds at 5.8 per game. In the two games in 2016, O’Driscoll has reached double figures both times, scoring 24 points over the two games.
Taunton’s Chris Green and Sharon’s Jimmy Fritzson are the two leading scorers for Rhode Island College through 12 games this season. Green is scoring a team-best 18.3 points a game, also averaging 3.4 rebounds a game and has shot nearly 90% at the free throw line. Fritzson, a former 1,000 point scorer for the Eagles, is second on the team with 11.3 points per game and is averaging 2.1 rebounds a game.
Former Franklin big man Marcus Giese is enjoying a successful start to his collegiate career at RPI. Standing at 6’8, Giese has played and scored in every single game this season. He’s averaging 6.4 points per game (a career high 10 came against Hibert in November), is pulling in 5.3 boards a game and 2.1 assists per game. RPI is 7-4 so far this season and 1-1 in conference play.
Sharon’s Emilee Daley scored a season-high 17 points in Boston College’s win over Bryant just before the new year. Daley was 7/11 from the floor and had a pair of rebounds and assists in just 23 minutes of play. Daley, who played two years at Sharon, is averaging 8.3 points per game and 3.1 rebounds off the bench for the 11-1 Eagles.
Attleboro’s Kerri Beland is currently third in scoring at 6.0 points per game for Salve Regina. Beland has started in 10 games so far this season and is pulling down 3.3 rebounds a game and has 1.5 assists a game. Back in December, the former Bombardier scored 12 points in a win over Curry.
Former Oliver Ames 1,000 point scorer Caitlyn Abela is second in scoring for Saint Anselm, who is 7-5 to start the season. Abela is averaging 10.4 points per game, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. In the month of December, Abela scored 61 points over five games for the Hawks. Her strongest scoring performance of the year came when she scored 19 points in a loss at Assumption.
Another former player for OA’s Laney Clement-Holbrook is enjoying success at the D1 level. Asia Mitchell-Owens is currently third in scoring with 10.5 points per game for UMass Lowell. Mitchell-Owens has started in all 13 games for the River Hawks (3-10). The former Tigers is also averaging 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game.
Former Attleboro coach Missy Traversi’s Wildcats are 6-2 so far this season. Wheelock has four straight games and Attleboro grad Bri Hochwarter is a big season. The junior is second in scoring at 12.9 points per game and has scored in double figures in each of the last four games.