Balanced Black Knights Win Battle With Sachems

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Stoughton senior Delaney Nagel goes up for a kill against Middleboro in the D2 South quarterfinal. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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STOUGHTON, Mass. – When the official blew his whistle to bring an end to the point, he pointed towards Middleboro and it appeared that the visiting Sachems had just come from behind to take the opening set in Monday night’s Div. 2 South quarterfinal.

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The Stoughton bench and players immediately contested the call, and after a brief discussion it was determined that the officials had been mistaken. The player had been on the front line and was allowed to go for the hit. The point was ordered to be retaken and the Black Knights got a kill from Delaney Nagel to tie the set at 26-26.

Stoughton went on to win each of the next two points and the first set and then used that momentum to sweep aside Middleboro in front of a vocal home crowd to reach the sectional semifinal.

“When he reversed the call, they were so down, but we were so excited we got the point and we had another chance to come back,” said Stoughton senior Molly Turner. “That excitement, that energy was so huge for us. Once we got that momentum, we were able to get a couple of easy points.”

Stoughton coach Erica Batchelder added, “We definitely did it to ourself, being in that first set making a lot of errors, but we really came together as a team and brought it back to get the win. The end of the first set, we drop that and it may have been a different story but getting that one point it really kept us going.”

The Black Knights fed off the enthusiastic crowd, which included a decent contingent of Middleboro fans as well. The energy flowed from the stands onto the court.

“It’s amazing,” Turner said of the crowd. “We’re a very energy-based team and we rely so much on our fans. They get so into it, they get so hyped up when we do things well. When we use their energy, we play far beyond what we can if we didn’t have them.”

Stoughton jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in the first following kills from Nagel and Alexa Quinones. The Sachems battled back by winning six of the next seven points and the set remained close from that point forward. Turner won a point with her serve and Nagel had another kill in the middle to make it 16-13, but again the visitors went on a run, winning six of the next seven.

Trailing 21-18, Stoughton went on a run to give itself a chance at set point. Quinones, Turner, and Amaya Morris each had kills to tie the set at 22-22. Hanna Holden made it 24-23 when she reacted first to a serve that barely skipped off the top of the net and found a hole in the Middleboro defense.

A couple of mistakes gave Middleboro back the lead and it seemed as though the Sachems might have stolen the opening set, but the Black Knights rallied for a critical point.

“It’s been our story this entire season,” Batchelder admitted. “We haven’t had an easy win all season, they really work hard. Oftentimes we find ourselves down and have to fight our way back, but it definitely got us ready for the postseason.”

The second set was far more straightforward for the hosts, albeit still very close from start to finish. A Rachel Goulston ace put Stoughton ahead 12-8, its largest lead in the set to that point. The Black Knights built the lead up to six points at 20-14 behind two kills from Quinones and an ace from Mia Bennett. Bennett, who finished with a team-high 25 digs, also added a couple of big hits from the back line for points. Stoughton won the set 25-21.

Leading by two sets and on the brink of the win, Stoughton didn’t take its foot off the pedal, jumping out to 11-7 and 15-10 leads. Although Middleboro battled to get back within one, Stoughton was able to keep its composure to secure the win.

“We knew we had to close it out,” Turner said. “We’ve had tough times in the third in the past, so we knew this was a huge one. We knew what we had to and we went out and did what we had to do and we closed it out.”

The Black Knights showed great balance on the offensive side with several players providing contributions. Nagel and Quinones each finished with eight kills and Turner chipped in with five kills and 16 digs.

“My starting six really work the ball around,” said Batchelder, “so it’s really tough to cover us because we don’t have that one player who if you stop you can stop our whole team. We really work the ball around well and keep everybody involved in the game.”

Stoughton (16-4) advances to face No. 3 seed Greater New Bedford Voke on the road.

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Hockomock Cross Country Championship Results 2018

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King Philip junior Mike Griffin won the boys’ varsity race at the annual Hockomock Cross Country Championship at the Wrentham Development Center. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

The Hockomock League held its annual cross country championships on Sunday morning at the Wrentham Development Center. Below are Hockomock cross country championship team and individual results.

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Boys

Team Results
1. Franklin – 38
2. Mansfield – 41
3. King Philip – 109
4. Milford – 124
5. Sharon – 142
6. Oliver Ames – 157
7. Taunton – 191
8. North Attleboro – 195
9. Attleboro – 208
10. Foxboro – 286
11. Canton – 302
12. Stoughton – 369

Individual Results
1. Michael Griffin, King Philip – 15:54.67
2. Tyler Brogan, Franklin – 15:55.00
3. Nicholas Calitri, Franklin – 16:15.56
4. Jason Windvogel, Mansfield – 16:26.14
5. Mike Mullahy, Mansfield – 16:29.48
6. Michael Hagen, Franklin – 16:35.98
7. Alexander Starovoytov, Sharon – 16:36.23
8. Michael Norberg, King Philip – 16:38.50
9. Patrick Heavey, Mansfield – 16:39.59
10. Paxton Howard, Mansfield – 16:45.32
11. Dylan Kehoe, Franklin – 16:49.25
12. Nolan Tavares, Taunton – 16:55.98
13. Cullen Lancaster, Mansfield – 17:00.61
14. Eric DeLorenzo, King Philip – 17:06.14
15. Nate Reservitz, Oliver Ames – 17:07.88
16. Jake McCann-Tiede, Franklin – 17:10.00
17. Julian Dixon, North Attleboro – 17:10.24
18. Nathan Seybert, Attleboro – 17:12.03
19. Kyle Sarney, Oliver Ames – 17:14.00
20. Anthony DiStauro, Milford – 17:15.00
21. Mitchell Regan, Franklin – 17:16.00
22. Maxwell Manor, Milford – 17:17.00
23. Ryan Proulx, Foxboro – 17:17.64
24. Miguel Torres, Milford – 17:21.04
25. Liam Monahan, North Attleboro – 17:21.42
26. Jordan Saks, Sharon – 17:21.64
27. Brendan O’Shaughnessy, Milford – 17:28.54
28. Daniel Barrow, Franklin – 17:30.24
29. Peter Sullivan, Mansfield – 17:30.51
30. Ty Cali, Taunton – 17:33.36
31. Gianni Panno, Milford – 17:37.26
32. Sam Donnellan, Mansfield – 17:37.81
33. Jacob Dubin, Sharon – 17:41.20
34. Bradley Weiss, Sharon – 17:41.55
35. Chris Berthrong, Milford – 17:43.00
36. Colin Quinlan, Taunton – 17:46.00
37. Ryan Goldman, Franklin – 17:47.00
38. David Fiedorczyk, Oliver Ames – 17:49.00
39. Owen McMorrow, Oliver Ames – 17:50.00
40. Liam Walker, Attleboro – 17:50.38
41. Dan Botte, King Philip – 17:50.88
42. Daniel Nobrega, North Attleboro – 17:51.00
43. Siddharth Reddy, Sharon – 17:51.63
44. Kanishka Sethi, Sharon – 17:52.33
45. Alex Maddestra, Canton – 17:52.76
46. Francis Wenner, Attleboro – 17:53.37
47. Ryan Connor, King Philip – 17:54.66
48. Kyle Downing, Canton – 17:59.00
49. Alex Ramirez, Oliver Ames – 18:00.00
50. Colin Rahaman, Stoughton – 18:03.00

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51. Jared Osofsky, Sharon – 18:07.00
52. Alexander Hagen, King Philip – 18:12.00
53. Matthew Shumway, Franklin – 18:14.00
54. Nick Raffa, Attleboro – 18:16.23
55. Thomas Flood, North Attleboro – 18:17.00
56. Damian Geltrude, Attleboro – 18:19.57
57. Gabriel Pardo Cota, Milford – 18:21.67
58. Justin Miller, Mansfield – 18:22.08
59. Ryan Strawbridge, Taunton – 18:24.51
60. Matthew Letourneau, Taunton – 18:25.00
61. Joshua Smith, King Philip – 18:25.50
62. Christopher Galligan, North Attleboro – 18:25.77
63. Trevor Flint, Mansfield – 18:25.99
64. Matthew Andrews, King Philip – 18:27.00
65. Mark Starovoytov, Sharon – 18:28.00
66. Brendan Lemieux, King Philip – 18:31.50
67. Ryan Kelley, Milford – 18:33.00
68. James Kong, Sharon – 18:34.00
69. Mike Peel, Mansfield – 18:35.00
70. Steven Westgate, Taunton – 18:36.00
71. Ben Giffen, Mansfield – 18:38.00
72. Jack Hernon, Canton – 18:41.00
73. Sean Marshall, Attleboro – 18:43.00
74. Shea Duffy, King Philip – 18:46.00
75. Patrick Piscitelli, Foxboro – 18:47.00
76. Cooper Ross, Franklin – 18:47.80
77. Nate Palter, Foxboro – 18:49.00
78. Paxton Downs, Foxboro – 18:51.38
79. Noah Wieland, Sharon – 18:52.00
80. Neil Bowie, Attleboro – 18:57.11
81. Skyler Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:57.56
82. Lucas DeSousa, Taunton – 18:58.00
83. Casey Poirier, North Attleboro – 18:59.00
84. Nipoti Jacob, Oliver Ames – 18:59.50
85. Gavin Kelley, Taunton – 19:00.00
86. Sam Pollack, Foxboro – 19:02.00
87. Liam Bennett, Milford – 19:03.00
88. Andrew Waldorf, Oliver Ames – 19:06.00
89. Tyler Comeau, Foxboro – 19:07.00
90. Aayush Patel, Milford – 19:10.00
91. Zachary Martin, Attleboro – 19:15.00
92. Joey Looney, Oliver Ames – 19:15.50
93. Chris Rota, Canton – 19:15.50
94. Wyatt Fritchman, Oliver Ames – 19:19.00
95. Trey Lawson, Foxboro – 19:31.00
96. Patrick Ibarra, Attleboro – 19:31.00
97. Avery Evan, Oliver Ames – 19:34.00
98. Joshua Tiews, Attleboro – 19:47.00
99. Ryan Carney, Canton – 19:49.53
100. Michael Henriques, Stoughton – 20:00.84
101. Elias Jabbour, Canton – 20:07.00
102. James Vo, Canton – 20:11.00
103. Brendan Gallagher, Stoughton – 20:20.92
104. Sebastian Malek, Stoughton – 20:26.91
105. Kyle Wanless, Canton – 20:38.12
106. Sohil Apte, Canton – 20:42.47
107. Ethan Freedman, Stoughton – 20:50.95
108. Sawyer Julier-Albert, Canton – 21:09.00
109. Joshua McNamara, Stoughton – 21:12.00
110. Robert Currier, Stoughton – 21:23.00
111. Marcos Amado, Stoughton – 21:33.00
112. Gabriel Arroyo, Stoughton – 21:45.56
113. Timothy Gallerani, Taunton – 21:55.00
114. Brad Russo, Stoughton – 21:58.93

Girls

Team Results
1. Mansfield – 79
2. King Philip – 97
3. Franklin – 102
4. Foxboro – 114
5. Attleboro – 131
6. North Attleboro – 134
7. Oliver Ames – 137
8. Taunton – 141
9. Sharon – 180
10. Milford – 254
11. Canton – 332

Individual Results
1. Lexi Quinn, Foxboro – 19:17
2. Abby Hassman, Foxboro – 19:32
3. Tessa Lancaster, Mansfield – 19:42
4. Maya Evans, King Philip – 19:51
5. Margaret Riley, Mansfield – 19:57
6. Daphne Theiler, Sharon – 19:58
7. Catherine O’Donnell, Oliver Ames – 20:04
8. Meghan Reardon, Oliver Ames – 20:06
9. Katrina Walbert, Franklin – 20:09
10. Nia Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 20:22
11. Lindsey Nelson, Foxboro – 20:34
12. Ryenn Hart, King Philip – 20:35
13. Kelly Neuendorf, Attleboro – 20:36
14. Olivia Forbes, North Attleboro – 20:45
15. Julia Fenerty, Franklin – 20:48
16. Jessica Alestock, Mansfield – 20:52
17. Sydney Hawkins, Franklin – 20:56
18. Stephanie Hawkins, North Attleboro – 20:59
19. Kailey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 21:01
20. Brinly Meelia, Mansfield – 21:05
21. Juliana Dudziak, Sharon – 21:19
22. Sarah Giuliano, Franklin – 21:21
23. Alexis Marcolini, Milford – 21:22
24. Isabelle Crocker, King Philip – 21:27
25. Mackenzie Wildrick, Attleboro – 21:28
26. Shea Jamieson, Attleboro – 21:29
27. Abigail Simmons, King Philip – 21:30
28. Kaleigh Walsh, Oliver Ames – 21:32
29. Catherine Hanewich, North Attleboro – 21:34
30. Sydnee Hyacinthe, Stoughton – 21:37
31. Meg Sherwood, King Philip – 21:37.50
32. Olivia Weber, Taunton – 21:42
33. Diana Blouin, Attleboro – 21:43
34. Shruti Srinivasan, North Attleboro – 21:43.50
35. Madison Bettencourt, Taunton – 21:44
36. Emma Lamson, Mansfield – 21:45
37. Dayna Aubin, King Philip – 21:46
38. Olivia Dias, Taunton – 21:46
39. Ariana Baker, Attleboro – 21:47
40. Tarah Agati, Franklin – 21:49
41. Julia Sarro, Oliver Ames – 21:51
42. Mary Viera, Franklin – 21:57
43. Lillian Thibeault, Milford – 21:59
44. Emily Manning, North Attleboro – 21:59.50
45. Natalie Kaiser, North Attleboro – 22:03
46. Emily Steele, Foxboro – 22:04
47. Ava Pisani, King Philip – 22:06
48. Margaret Li, Sharon – 22:06.40
49. Chloe Pennacchio, Canton – 22:06.80
50. Abigail Dunne, King Philip – 22:07

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51. Megan MacVicar, Mansfield – 22:07
52. Eliana Boxerman, Sharon – 22:08
53. Tatyana Mainer-Smith, Taunton – 22:08
54. Sara Comisky, Milford – 22:09
55. Ellen Marshall, Attleboro – 22:13
56. Kimberly Esteban, Attleboro – 22:17
57. Morgan Coleman, Attleboro – 22:17
58. Rebecca Lally, Stoughton – 22:19
59. Jenn Yeomans, Foxboro – 22:20
60. Ariella Levy, Sharon – 22:20
61. Brandi Osborne, Franklin – 22:21
62. Stephanie Malachowski, Franklin – 22:22
63. Rachel Davis, Oliver Ames – 22:23
64. Dana Jaffe, Sharon – 22:25
65. Isabel Hallal, Foxboro – 22:26
66. Berta Faktorovich, Sharon – 22:28
67. Madeline Peckham, Oliver Ames – 22:29
68. Erin Barry, Franklin – 22:29
69. Lily Valcovic, Taunton – 22:30
70. Julia Miller, Mansfield – 22:33
71. Catherine Griffin, Sharon – 22:34
72. Jill Finn, Foxboro – 22:34
73. Meredith Cowan, Mansfield – 22:36
74. Anne Riley, Mansfield – 22:37
75. Kaicey Melito-Santos, Taunton – 22:38
76. Celine Ibrahim, North Attleboro – 22:38
77. Briana Aronne, Attleboro – 22:39
78. Julia DiGiacomo, Franklin – 22:40
79. Katerina Donahue, Milford – 22:41
80. Maura Bruns, Franklin – 22:43
81. Jessica Hart, Canton – 22:44
82. Kavya Anbarasu, Sharon – 22:45
83. Abigail Querzoli, Oliver Ames – 22:46
84. Lilia Angelone, King Philip – 22:46
85. Stephanie Goulet, Milford – 22:53
86. Valaree Buonora, Mansfield – 22:53
87. Julianna Parsons, Attleboro – 22:56
88. Kayla Wong, Canton – 22:57
89. Lindsey Perry, Attleboro – 22:58
90. Kasey Hart, King Philip – 23:00
91. Sarah Roberts, Taunton – 23:03
92. Amy Conley, Foxboro – 24:08
93. Theresa Billo, Stoughton – 24:10
94. Lydia Uhlar, Oliver Ames – 24:11
95. Hannah Fidas, Canton – 24:13
96. Foltz Morgan, Oliver Ames – 24:21
97. Erika Boone, Canton – 24:27
98. Fiona Jorden, Milford – 24:36
99. Sophia Lisle, Sharon – 25:04
100. Lauren Iolli, Taunton – 25:05
101. Allison Chin, Canton – 25:07
102. Heather Maddalena, Stoughton – 25:27
103. Haley Braga, Oliver Ames – 25:35
104. Kate Kelleher, Canton – 25:47
105. Isabella Matondi, Milford – 26:10
106. Michelle Popucheyev, Milford – 26:16
107. Isabella De Souza, Milford – 26:26
108. Jennifer Mazzola, Canton – 26:27
109. Charlotte Hartfiel, Canton – 26:58
110. Kate Pease, Milford – 27:23

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Milford Sneaks Out Win Against Stoughton in Finale

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Milford senior Brendan White (4) had an interception, a fumble recovery, and scored a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, as part of the Hawks’ win at Stoughton in the regular season finale. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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NORTH EASTON, Mass. – When the final whistle sounded at Stonehill College’s WB Mason Stadium, Milford had no idea whether or not it had done enough to secure a spot in the Div. 3 South playoffs but Hawks coach Anthony Vizakis was sure that they had done all they could on Friday night.

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“These kids never quit,” Vizakis said. “A couple of weeks ago the seniors took it upon themselves to take control of the ship and steer it and they’ve done a really good job of getting the team to where they wanted to go. I can’t say enough about that group right there.”

Milford closed out its regular season with a come from behind, 18-15 win at division rival Stoughton in a game that felt like the postseason for both teams. At the start of the night, unofficially, the Black Knights held the final spot in the South bracket with Milford a spot behind and now both teams will have to wait and see how this result impacts the MIAA’s formula.

For the Hawks, it is a third straight win after losing the opening four games of the season. Senior Brendan White, who scored a touchdown, intercepted a pass, and recovered a fumble against the Black Knights, admitted that Friday’s win meant a lot to the upperclassmen.

“It really means a lot to these guys,” White said. “We’ve been through everything together going back to middle school. The way we responded, the way we came back from the hole we dug ourselves into, really shows how good this group of guys is and how Milford football culture is coming back.”

Milford knew it needed a win to have any shot at the postseason and the Hawks had several opportunities to get off to a great start and take the lead in the first half.

Shapel Feaster intercepted John Burke on third down on Stoughton’s first possession, returning it to the Black Knights 33. But the Hawks failed to take advantage. Four plays later, Colby Pires’ fourth down pass to Brendan White fell incomplete and the hosts took back over.

Stoughton was held without a first down on its first three possessions, while the Hawks drove into Black Knights territory on each of the first three times they had the ball. Each time, Milford saw its drive stall, including a touchdown that was called back due to a block in the back penalty.

On the third drive, Sean Lehane (four catches, 70 yards) lined up a 42-yard field goal attempt. The Black Knights blocked the kick with enough force that it ricocheted all the way to the Milford 30 where Christian Georges pounced on it.

Despite having only 13 yards of offense to that point, Stoughton found itself with a chance to take the lead. On third and seven, Burke (9-16, 111 yards) rolled out to the near sideline and he found Alex Iverson open. The senior running back turned and bowled his way through a couple of would-be tacklers for a 26-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

It was the one of only two first downs that Stoughton would get in the first half.

The Hawks needed a spark and finally put together a complete drive right before halftime. Pires (13-22, 183 yards) hit Hugo Lopes for a 30-yard gain to get things started. He then connected with Lehane on a bubble screen for 40 yards down to the one, where Jeff Grier hustled to make the touchdown-saving tackle. On the next play, Pires found Feaster wide open for the touchdown. The extra point was blocked and Stoughton went into the break ahead 7-6.

The Hawks started the third quarter by driving into Stoughton territory but were forced to punt. The Black Knights finally looked to get something going on offense when Burke was able to find Iverson, despite being hit by Josh Ligor, for a 28-yard gain. On fourth down, Burke’s pass was picked off by White to end the drive.

After another Milford punt, Stoughton turned the ball over for the third time. Again it was White that made the play, diving in to recover a botched hand-off at the Black Knights 19. Three plays later, Pires slipped a pass to White underneath the coverage and he dove into the end zone for Milford’s first lead, 12-7.

“That kid…he’s just heart and soul,” Vizakis said about White. “He gives every single thing he has every day and that kid is the definition of a tough football player and a great leader.”

Trailing for the first time on the night, Stoughton put together its best drive. The Black Knights marched 75 yards on 10 plays, mixing up the run and pass and getting Burke outside the pocket. Grier (11 carries, 56 yards) got it going with a 20 yard sweep and a pass interference call on a third down bomb helped keep the drive alive. Christopher Ais would give Stoughton back the lead when he found a seam on the left side and scored from 12 yards out.

Burke rolled to the near sideline and threw a strike to Malachi Green-Hightower, who just managed to keep his feet inbounds, for the two-point conversion and a 15-12 lead with 5:20 to play.

The Milford offense had been struggling at the start of the season, but scored 40-plus points in each of its last two games and seemed to have turned a corner.

The offense came through again in the fourth quarter, going 64 yards on seven plays in just under four minutes to earn the victory. Lucas Rosa (13 carries, 63 yards) had a run of 14 to get the ball to midfield and then Pires went deep to Feaster for 27 yards on the right sideline. After Rosa went 21 yards on two carries, Milford had the ball at the one. Ryan Pearl came off the bench and ran two sneaks to get the ball across for the score.

Vizakis said, “They scored, we expected them to score a few touchdowns tonight, but we also expected to score some more points at the end. That’s a great football team over there…but our kids don’t quit.”

Stoughton had 1:40 left to try and salvage the win. On third and six from his own 33, Burke looked deep down the sideline to Ajahn Rue and the junior receiver went up with Feaster. Both players came down with the ball, but the Milford defensive back ripped possession away, earning his second interception of the night and sealing the win.

“Clutch, clutch,” Vizakis said about Feaster. “He’s the emotional leader and just does the right things at the right time. Talk about a kid who’s overcome adversity in his own life to come out and play football with his friends on Friday nights, you can’t ask for much more than that.”

White added, “I think it was just our attitude from the beginning of the game. We had an attitude that we’re the best team on the field. Stoughton is a really good team and they played really hard but I think we just won the battle tonight.”

Milford (3-4, 3-2) and Stoughton (3-4, 2-3) will now wait and see how the playoff standings work out. The MIAA will announce its official brackets this weekend.

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