Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball D1 South
#4 Mansfield, 75 vs. #13 New Bedford, 51 – Final – Sam Goldberg scored a game-high 16 points and hauled in 11 rebounds as Mansfield battled back from a first quarter deficit. Matt Ehrlich added 13 points, including 12 in the vital second quarter rally. Christian Weber added 12 points and Nick Baskin chipped in with 10 points.
#7 Taunton, 83 vs. #10 Plymouth South, 54 – Final – Jose Mercado scored 28 points in just three quarters of play because of foul trouble to lead the Tigers. Along with Mercado’s 28 points, junior Quan Roberson had a double-double with 16 points and was a big factor on the boards with 10 rebounds. Carlos Borrero and Tommy MacLean each had 10 points while they combined for 13 assists. Brevan Walker and Lens Esquil combined for 15 points off the bench. D2 South
#3 Foxboro, 68 vs. #14 Nauset, 53 – Final – Foxboro grabbed a lead after the first quarter, grew it by halftime and stretched it to as much as 20 points in the second half. Senior Jason Procaccini scored a team-high 15 points while classmates Rob Lowey added 15 points and Jonathan Carnino had 11 points.
#15 Sharon, 52 @ #2 Whitman-Hanson, 54 – Final – Sharon used a full court press to come back from a double-digit first half deficit and take its first lead, 50-49, with 2:25 to play. The Eagles were unable to take the lead in a tie game and the Panthers sank two free throws with 0.2 seconds left to get the win. Mitchell Sirota led Sharon with career-high 17 points and Tyler Smith added 11 points.
#16 Oliver Ames, 63 @ #1 Bishop Feehan, 68 – Final Hockey D1 South
#4 Franklin, 2 vs. #13 Wellesley, 1 – Final
#9 King Philip, 1 vs. #8 Newton North, 3 – Final D2 South
#3 Canton, 10 vs. #14 Sandwich, 1 – Final
Girls Hockey Division 2 #24 Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 3 @ #9 Notre Dame, 11 – Final #26 King Philip, 0 @ #7 Plymouth, 4 – Final
By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
SHARON, Mass. — It’s not always the perfectly drawn up play that can get you a game winning shot, sometimes a broken play works out just as well.
With 19.5 seconds to go, Sharon called for a timeout after Foxboro tied the game 46-46. Senior Andrew Filipkowski took possession outside the three point line as time winded down to 10 seconds. He raced all the way around the edge, turning the corner on the baseline before dishing out to senior Matt Lowerre in the corner. A slight pump fake allowed Lowerre to drive hard at the hoop, sucking in the defense. Lowerre handed the ball off to junior Peter Banks at the free throw line and he quickly shuffled the ball along to senior David Roelke.
Roelke caught the pass – which was slightly to his left – with one hand, bringing it to his right and rising up all in one motion, shooting a three over the outstretched hand of a lounging defender.
Swish. Then the buzzer.
Roelke’s three gave the Eagles a 49-46 win over Foxboro and put the two teams into a tie atop the Davenport Division with five league games remaining.
“We came into the locker room and said ‘Just like we drew it up,’” Sharon head coach Andrew Ferguson said with a big smile. “I wrote down a couple things before the game tonight and one of those things was trust your seniors. When it kind of broke down, I thought about calling a timeout but I remembered to trust the seniors. Having all three captains out there, I had a feeling we would get the last shot and if it didn’t go in, at least we would go to overtime. Once it left David’s hands though I had a feeling it was going in.”
Before Roelke sent the Eagles into hysterics, it was Foxboro riding a wave of momentum. The Warriors had only trailed once in the first half (down 2-0) and a nine point lead at one point but took just two point cushion into the halftime break.
Sharon took its first lead of the second half when Tyler Smith drained the team’s first three pointer with just over a minute to play in the third to go up 32-21. Andrew Filipkowski drained another with 36 seconds to go in the third to give Sharon a 35-33 lead heading into the fourth.
“We hit three’s in the second half,” Ferguson said of what was the difference between halves. “I thought we got a lot of shots in the first half, we just missed some easy ones. We were tight coming in in a big game against Foxboro. It was similar to what we did against Oliver Ames. It’s an emotional game where you don’t execute as well and finish as well. I think once we calmed ourselves down in the locker room and then started watching them go in, it became easier for us.
“Our focus has been to get the ball inside. With the way that Peter Banks has been playing, the way Mitchell [Sirota] and Mike Zola had been playing, we figured we had a good matchup inside. We kind of got going from three point when they went zone. We had a feeling they might go zone at some point and we had the right guys on the floor when it happened. Going inside then outside to get some shots will work for us.”
It was all Eagles for the first half of the final period as buckets from Ricardo Ripley, Lowerre and Banks preceded a three from Roelke that gave Sharon a 44-36 lead halfway through the fourth. That’s when Foxboro flipped the switch back to on and closed the gap.
Alex DuBrow drained a three but Jimmy Fitzhenry hit a free throw to keep Sharon’s lead at six. With a tick under 90 seconds to play, DuBrow then banked a deep three from straight away to make it a three point game. The Warriors missed a pair of free throws but senior Rob Lowey (seven points, 14 rebounds) came up with the offensive board and putback to get within one.
Bryce Smith hit the front end of two free throws to make it a two point game and then confusion — mainly just for the officials — set in. As the shot clock was winding down and just 30 seconds to play, Jason Procaccini (game-high 18 points, 11 rebounds, six steals) launched a three that hit off the backboard without touching the rim. Lowey grabbed the rebound and quickly put it up, releasing before the buzzer. The shot hit the rim but missed. Joe Morrison tipped the rebound up and clearly pulled in the rebound to keep possession for the Warriors but the whistle blew with one ref putting his hand on his head for a shot clock violation.
After a lengthy discussion, the refs awarded the ball back to the Warriors but instead of a fresh clock (or no shot clock at all since there was only 25 seconds to go), they somehow decided on five seconds on the shot clock.
Foxboro still made it work though as Procaccini got in the post and quickly went up with it to tie the game with just over 20 seconds to play, setting up a timeout for Ferguson and the eventual winning shot from Roelke on the ensuing possession.
The Eagles had nine players register points on the scoresheet and beyond Roelke’s winning three, the most important came from Bryce Smith. When Foxboro held its nine point lead (21-12), it was Smith that rattled off seven straight points to keep the Eagles close. In just his third game back from injury, Smith injected the Eagles with some energy. First came the traditional three point play, then another bucket, followed by a steal and another layup while being fouled to pull Sharon within two just before the break.
“That’s what it’s been throughout this season,” Ferguson said. “Guys have gotten back [healthy] and are contributing. Bryce Smith single handedly kept us in the game in the second quarter and this is just his third game back. David [Roelke], this is just his third or fourth game back too and for those guys to come in and contribute while other guys had down games because of what their defense took away. It’s a good problem for us to have right now.”
Procaccini was a big reason for the lead for Foxboro, recording 12 points and five of his steals in the first half.
“It just seemed like it was one of those nights that for whatever reason, the ball just wasn’t going in the basket,” Foxboro coach Jon Gibbs said. The Warriors connected on a season-low four three pointers. “I thought we had some good looks and the ball just didn’t go in. We had some layups and shots in the paint that didn’t go in, we missed a lot of free throws but that’s basketball. You’re going to have nights like that, especially on the road. On those nights you have to rely on your defense to carry you and I thought our defense in the first half was excellent but for whatever reason we were flat in the third quarter. I really felt like in the first half we should have been able to get some separation, we played really good defense. But because we missed some easy shots we couldn’t get that separation.
“Sharon was able to build a lead and take the momentum and sort of put us on our heels. Give Sharon credit, they played a good game.”
Roelke finished with a team-high 12 points while Smith and Banks (eight rebounds) each added 10 points.
Beyond Procaccini, DuBrow had 13 points and three rebounds.
“We had some sloppy ones,” Gibbs said of his team’s 21 turnovers. “Coming into the game we talked about being patient and playing simple and getting a great shot every time and I don’t think we did a great job. I think we tried to force the home run pass early in possessions and that resulted in some turnovers. There were also some times we were being a little too unselfish around the rim instead of just powering it up strong.
“One positive we can take from this is being down that much that late in the game, and hanging in there and not giving up and making a bunch of plays in a row to give ourselves a chance to win the game was the real positive. Hopefully the next time we’re in that situation we can understand we’re still in it and just keep taking punches and hanging in there.”
Sharon (9-4, 8-3) moves into a tie for first place in the Davenport. There are no tiebreakers for division champs so head-to-head does not put the Eagles in first. Sharon will host Franklin in a battle of division leaders on Monday night. Foxboro (10-3, 8-3) will have a quick turnaround as they take on Bridgewater-Raynham on Sunday morning at 10:00AM at the Dunkin Donuts Center.
“This win makes up for some of those early mistakes for sure,” Ferguson said. “We set a goal at the beginning of the year to win the Davenport Division and we still want to reach that goal. We need one more win to get into the state tournament. We just had Taunton and Foxboro and now we follow up with Franklin. These are all tough ones. Luckily we get Franklin at home which helps us a lot. But right now we’re setting ourselves up to accomplish goals we set as a team.” Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 57 @ Sharon, 73 – Final – Attleboro cut a 10-point Sharon lead at halftime down to two in the third quarter but the Eagles were able to pull away. Sharon hit 12 three pointers between three players – senior Matt Lowerre hit five, sophomore Jimmy Fitzhenry hit four and senior Tyler Smith had three. Fitzhenry finished with a game-high 20 points and Lowerre had 17 points. Attleboro junior Jake Dunkley had 19 points and nine rebounds and sophomore Nate Douglas chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.
King Philip, 66 @ Canton, 53 – Final – King Philip stormed out to a 20-8 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Senior Ben Smith his six three pointers for a game-high 18 points, freshman Kyle Layman had 15 points and eight rebounds, junior Noah Goodwin had 13 points and junior Pharoah Davis had 12 points. Canton senior Griffin Jerrier scored a team-high 13 points for the Bulldogs.
Mansfield, 51 @ Foxboro, 69 – Final – Foxboro used an 11-0 run in the middle of the second quarter to create separation while its defense prevent Mansfield from gathering any momentum offensively. Foxboro senior Alex DuBrow scored a game-high 22 points and had eight rebounds, senior Rob Lowey had 16 points and eight rebounds and senior Jason Procaccini added 14 points and five rebounds. Mansfield junior Sam Goldberg had 10 points to lead the Hornets.
Franklin, 83 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final – The Panthers held a six point lead at halftime (41-35) as the two teams combined for over 75 points in the first half. Franklin had a 23 point third quarter and added 19 more points in the final quarter. Sophomore Connor Peterson had a game-high 16 points while senior Tim Prunier and freshman Jay Dieterle each added 15 points for Franklin. Stoughton senior Brandon Teixeira had a team-high 14 points for the Black Knights.
Taunton, 62 @ Milford, 50 – Final – Milford held a four point lead at halftime and at the end of the third quarter but Taunton won the fourth quarter 29-13 to get the win. Taunton junior Tommy MacLean scored 20 points in the win for the Tigers. Milford sophomore Kayden Kelley had 14 points and 15 rebounds, Dimitry Torres added 11 points and Dwight Anderson had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Hawks.
North Attleboro, 74 @ Oliver Ames, 70 – Final – Brent Doherty scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Rocketeers. North Attleboro held a 20 point lead at halftime (44-24) but Oliver Ames stormed back with 25 points in the third quarter and 13 more in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied 62-62-. Doherty connected on seven three pointers and went 3/4 from the free throw line in overtime. Sophomore Mario Bresko finished with seven points, including a key three pointer in overtime. Junior Jonny Friberg scored a career-high 18 points and had 10 rebounds for North. Oliver Ames’ Carter Evin scored 21 of his career-high 26 points in the second half to help OA get back into it. Tim Kelley added 23 points and senior Shawn Cardoza had nine points for the Tigers. Girls Basketball
Canton, 38 @ King Philip, 56 – Final – The Warriors turned the game around with a 22-4 second quarter. Shannon O’Connor was the top scorer for KP with 10. Sam Madden and Julia Lerouix each scored nine for the Warriors. Canton was led by Emma Murphy with nine points.
Foxboro, 45 @ Mansfield, 49 – Final – Jen Peel was Mansfield’s top scorer with 14 points. Juliana Newell added 10 points and pulled in 12 rebounds and Meg Hill grabbed 14 boards. Cassidy Harrison had a game-high 19 points to lead the Warriors.
Stoughton, 35 @ Franklin, 55 – Final – Olivia Adiletto was the top scorer for Franklin with 13 points. Lauren Rudolph added 11 for the Panthers, who had 10 players on the score sheet. Stoughton was led by Alecia Quinones with 11 points.
Milford, 40 @ Taunton, 44 – Final – The Tigers rallied in the fourth quarter, outscoring Milford 14-7, to pick up their first win of the season. Alyssa Gibson led the way for Taunton with 13 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Wade added nine and Kia Pate had 10 rebounds. Milford was led by Katie Irwin with 12 points and Nicole Dahlgren added 10.
Oliver Ames, 49 @ North Attleboro, 52 – Final – The Rocketeers were led by forwards Caroline Collard and Emily Peters who combined for 24 points. Julia Feid added 13 for North. The Tigers were led by Kayla Raymond with 15 points.
Sharon, 35 @ Attleboro, 75 – Final– Emily Houle scored 33 points and added seven steals to pace the Bombardiers to a big win. Sarah Deyo chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds and Sam Pierce added another 10 points. Emma Eberhardt was Sharon’s top scorer with 14 and Veronica Wallace added 11. Swimming
Canton boys, 77 @ Sharon boys, 93 – Final
Canton girls, 92 @ Sharon girls, 76 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 42 @ North Attleboro, 43 – Final – Brent Doherty was the top scorer for North Attleboro with 20 points. Chad Peterson chipped in with eight points and Ridge Olsen had seven, inlcuding a three-pointer in the final two minutes that turned out to be the game-winner. Attleboro was led by Jake Dunkley with 18 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, and Nate Douglas added eight points and nine rebounds.
Canton, 50 @ Stoughton, 63 – Final – Stoughton sophomore Cam Andrews scored a career-high 24 points to pace the Black Knights while senior Brandon Teixeira had a double-double with 18 points and 18 rebounds. Canton’s Tony Harris scored a team-high 15 points for the Bulldogs.
Foxboro, 64 @ Milford, 44 – Final – Foxboro senior Rob Lowey had his best scoring night of the season, dropping 20 points to lead the Warriors. Alex DuBrow added 15 points in the win. Dimitry Torres led Milford with 15 points while Zach Tamagni had 12 points and Dwight Anderson had 11 points.
Franklin, 67 @ King Philip, 41 – Final – Franklin senior Tim Prunier scored a game-high 14 points while sophomore Paul Mahon had 12 points. King Philip’s Justin Vine had 11 points and junior Noah Goodwin delivered nine points.
Sharon, 60 @ Oliver Ames, 51 – Final – It was a balanced offensive attack for Sharon with Ricardo Ripley and Tyler Smith each scoring 12 points and grabbing a pair of rebounds. Senior Andrew Filipkowski scored 11 points off the bench and junior Peter Banks had six points to go along with 10 rebounds. OA’s Tim Kelley scored a game-high 14 points while Dylan Mahoney and Mike Graziano each scored 10 points.
Taunton, 61 @ Mansfield, 47 – Final – Taunton’s Jose Mercado had a big night, leading the Tigers with 19 points while hauling in 14 rebounds. Tommy MacLean added 15 points and Carlos Borrero had 14 points for Taunton. Mansfield’s Sam Goldberg scored a game-best 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Hornets. Girls Basketball
Canton, 40 @ Stoughton, 41 – Final – Sophomore Jordan Motley dropped a career-best 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record a double-double in the Black Knights’ win. Val Whalen, another sophomore had seven points and 14 rebounds.
Foxboro, 66 @ Milford, 55 – Final – Ashley Sampson scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Warriors while Cassidy Harrison paced Foxboro early, finishing with 14 points. Milford’s Jill Powers had 15 points and six rebounds while Nicole Dahlgren had 10 points and five rebounds.
Franklin, 64 @ King Philip, 44 – Final – Franklin’s Olivia Adiletto scored a game-high 20 points while Aubrie Kutil registered a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Panthers. Maddie Purdue had 13 points, Sam Madden had 11 points and Hadley Zolak and Julia Leroux each had six points for KP.
Taunton, 32 @ Mansfield, 59 – Final – Meg Hill scored 10 points and added nine rebounds and six blocks for the Hornets. Lindsay Dalton added a career-high seven points for Mansfield. Taunton was led by Hannah Moniz with eight points.
Attleboro, 51 @ North Attleboro, 43 – Final – Attleboro had three players earn double-doubles. Sam Pierce scored 15 and had 12 rebounds, Emily Houle had 13 points and 11 boards, and Sarah Deyo had 13 and 10, despite missing all but 1:17 of the second half. North Attleboro was led by Emily Schromm and Samantha Taggart, who each scored nine points.
Sharon, 30 @ Oliver Ames, 62 – Final – Oliver Ames junior Niyera Mitchell had a career day, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in the big win. Kaitlyn McCarthy added 14 points for OA and Francesca Calabraro had 11 points. Alyssa Piazza led Sharon with 12 points. Swimming Boys
Canton, 103 @ Franklin, 63 – Final
Foxboro, 44 @ Sharon, 77 – Final Girls
Canton, 65 @ Franklin, 100 – Final
Foxboro, 74 @ Sharon, 87 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
King Philip, 53 @ Attleboro, 69 – Final– Four different Attleboro players scored in double figures, led by Andrew Milliken’s 15 points and seven rebounds. Nate Douglas added 14 points, Jake Dunkley added 13 points and Lucas Boucicaut had 12 points. Kyle Murphy had 13 rebounds for the Bombardiers. Seth Sullivan had a team-high 12 points for King Philip.
Oliver Ames, 66 @ Canton, 47 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Tim Kelley scored a game-high 17 points, junior Dylan Mahoney dropped 14 points and seniors Connor Moroney and Shawn Cardoza each scored 10 points for the Tigers. Tony Harris had a team-high 16 points for Canton.
Stoughton, 41 @ Foxboro, 63 – Final – Senior Alex DuBrow dropped a game-high 18 points, senior Jonathan Carnino scored a career-high 14 points and senior Jason Procaccini scored 10 points. Brandon Teixeira had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Black Knights.
Taunton, 57 @ Franklin, 53 – Final – Taunton outscored Franklin 20-10 in the final quarter to secure the win. Five different players scored in double figures for Taunton: Quan Roberson had 14 points, Tommy MacLean had 11 points, four rebounds and seven assists, Carlos Borrero had 11 points and five assists, Dominique Smith had 11 points and six rebounds and Jose Mercado had 10 points and eight rebounds. Franklin’s Tim Prunier had 15 points and four assists, sophomore Connor Peterson had 11 points and Kevin Gill had 10 points for the Panthers.
Milford, 62 @ Sharon, 55 – Final (OT) – Milford’s Anthony Arcudi came off the bench and scored a career-high 11 points, all coming in the 4th quarter and overtime. Dimitry Torres led the Scarlet Hawks with 16 points and Dwight Anderson had 12 points, including 10 from the free throw line. Ricardo Ripley had 15 points for Sharon and Tyler Smith had 12 points.
North Attleboro, 43 @ Mansfield, 61 – Final– Christian Weber led Mansfield with 13 points while Phil Vigeant had nine points, Sam Goldberg and Max Boen each have eight points and Tyler Boulter had seven points. North Attleboro’s Brent Doherty had a game-high 17 points while Jonny Friberg had eight points. Girls Basketball
Canton, 21 @ Oliver Ames, 55 – Final – Sophomore Abby Reardon had a team-high 12 points and junior Francesca Calabraro chipped in with nine points for OA.
Foxboro, 66 @ Stoughton, 38 – Final – Ashley Sampson paced Foxboro with 19 points, six assists and nine rebounds. Cassidy Harrison helped out with 16 points for the Warriors and Grace Tamulionis had eight points and 16 rebounds. Val Whalen had eight points and 13 rebounds for Stoughton, while Bridgette Whalen had eight points and nine rebounds. Foxboro broke open a three-point game with a 14-3 run to end the first half and 26-9 through the end of the third quarter.
Franklin, 50 @ Taunton, 32 – Final – Lauren Rudolph was the top scorer for the Panthers with 15 points and Carli Koffinke added 11 for Franklin.
Attleboro, 55 @ King Philip, 41 – Final – Emily Houle led the way for Attleboro in her second game back from injury with 21 points. Sarah Deyo added 18 for the Bombardiers. KP was led by Sam Madden with eight points.
Mansfield, 39 @ North Attleboro, 31 – Final – Jackie Carchedi scored 19 points to lead the Hornets. Meg Hill added six points and seven rebounds for Mansfield. North was led by Emily Peters with nine points and 10 boards.
Sharon, 39 @ Milford, 31 – Final – Alyssa Piazza had a double-double for the Eagles with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sharon also got 11 points apiece from Charlotte Ransom and Emma Eberhardt and five steals from Shira Stoller. Hockey
Taunton, 7 @ Apponequet/Connolly, 5 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Foxboro, 65 vs. Walpole, 50 – Final – Foxboro’s Alex DuBrow scored 16 of his team-high 20 points in the second half. Jason Procaccini added 15 points and Rob Lowey chipped in with 13 points. Foxboro will take on Westwood in the finals of the Westwood 2015 Holiday Invitational on Wednesday at 2:00.
Franklin, 77 @ Algonquin, 72 – Final – For the second straight game, freshman Jay Dieterle led the Panthers in scoring with 22 points. Franklin had five players reach double figures with Connor Goldstein adding 15 points, Paul Mahon scoring 12 points and Kevin Gill and Josh Macchi each scoring 10 points.
Sharon, 61 vs. Tewksbury, 63 – Final – The Eagles were unable to convert the game-tying shot at the buzzer in a close game with a favorite in D2 North. Mitchell Sirota had a team-high 16 points, Matt Lowerre had 13 points and Ricardo Ripley scored 12 points. Lowerre and Tyler Smith were named tournament all stars. Girls Basketball
Mansfield, 33 vs. Shenendehowa, 69 – Final – The Hornets split the two games in New York. On Tuesday, they were led by Caroline Maher with 10 points (all in the second half) and Juliana Newell with 8. Mansfield coach Mike Redding called Shenendehowa “the top team in New York.”
Oliver Ames, 47 vs. Needham, 39 – Final – Needham rallied from a 14 point halftime deficit to get within two late in the fourth quarter by free throws from Kaitlyn McCarthy and Kayla Raymond sealed the win for the Tigers. Junior Francesca Calabraro had a team-high 13 points for OA.
Sharon, 49 vs. Holliston, 35 – Final – The Eagles were led by senior Alyssa Piazza and freshman Emma Eberhardt who each scored 12 points. Sharon advances to the final of the Davenport Tournament to face Sandwich. The game will also be the final night for the team’s Coaches vs. Cancer event, which is raising money for the American Cancer Society. The Eagles have raised $300 so far.
Taunton, 34 vs. Durfee, 40 – Final Hockey
Franklin, 1 @ Mount Saint Charles, 0 – Final– Jeremy Miller scored with 35 seconds left in overtime to give the Panthers the win. Franklin will play St. Joseph Collegiate (NY) on Wednesday in the championships game of the Mount St. Charles Holiday Faceoff. Wrestling
Lowell Tournament (Canton, Foxboro, Franklin) – Foxboro’s Matt Kelley lost a close 1-0 decision in the finals at 126. Franklin’s John Miller was 4th at 220.
Framingham Tournament (Milford) – Milford came in 6th with 125 points.Nick Johnson won the 195 bracket, Nick Marcolini finished 2nd at 106, Brett Kimball was 3rd at 132, Ryan Gray was 3rd at 182, Carlos Terrinha wrestled to a 5th place finish at 113, Ryan Nesta was 6th at 170, Ian Lataille was 7th at 160 and Stan Demko finished 7th at 220. For team scores, Foxboro finished 29th with 72.5 points, Franklin finished 32nd with 68.5 points, Stoughton was 52nd with 43 points and Canton was 55th with 41 points. Gymnastics
Attleboro, 134.15 @ North Attleboro, 130.20 – Final Girls Hockey
Mansfield/Oliver Ames, 4 @ Quincy/North Quincy, 4 – Final
Today’s games are listed below. Boys Basketball
Attleboro, 39 @ Franklin, 72 – Final – The Panthers amped up their defense in the second half, turning a nine point lead at halftime into a 33 point win. Tim Prunier had a game-high 20 points, Paul Mahon scored 16 points and Connor Goldstein had 11 points. Attleboro’s Jake Dunkley had a team-high 16 points.
King Philip, 36 @ Mansfield, 70 – Final – Mansfield hit 11 three pointers including five from junior Phil Vigeant for 15 points. Sam Goldberg added 14 points and seven rebounds and Matt Ehrlich had 10 points.
Milford, 33 @ Oliver Ames, 41 – Final – Tim Kelley led Oliver Ames with nine points while head coach Don Byron said Charlie Ryan had a strong defensive game for the Tigers. Milford’s Nate Davila had a game-high 13 points for the Scarlet Hawks.
North Attleboro, 76 @ Taunton, 74 – Final – North Attleboro had five players score in double digits. Brent Doherty led the Rocketeers with 20 points and five assists, Kyle Gaumond added 13 points and two rebounds, Jonny Friberg had 13 points and six assists, Tommy Reynolds finished with 12 points and four boards and Ridge Olsen had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Stoughton, 54 @ Sharon, 64 – Final – Ricardo Ripley had a team-high 15 points for Sharon while Matt Lowerre added 14 points and Tyler Smith chipped in with 13 points. Stoughton’s Brandon Teixeira led the Black Knights with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Girls Basketball
Franklin, 43 @ Attleboro, 48 – Final – The Panthers battled back to get the Attleboro lead to as few as four points after trailing by as many as 16 in the second half. Aubrie Kutil was the top scorer for Franklin with 14 points and Lauren Rudolph chipped in with 13.
Mansfield, 44 @ King Philip, 30 – Final – The Hornets improved to 3-0 with the win. Caroline Maher scored 11 points to lead Mansfield while sophomore Meg Hill just missed a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds, and eight blocks.
Oliver Ames, 57 @ Milford, 17 – Final – Hannah Carroll, Kayla Raymond and Francesca Calabraro each scored 11 points apiece in the win for Oliver Ames.
Taunton, 14 @ North Attleboro, 46 – Final – The Rocketeers were led by junior forward Caroline Collard, who scored 17 points. Taunton was led by senior Jordan Wade with three points.
Sharon, 45 @ Stoughton, 57 – Final – Alecia Quinones led all scorers with 22 points, her second straight 20-point game for the Black Knights. Alyssa Piazza led the way for Sharon with 13 points, while Emma Eberhardt added 11 points and seven rebounds and Ashley Mukasa tacked on 10. Hockey
Canton, 4 vs. Franklin, 2 – Final – Shaun Kirby scored a pair of goals for the Bulldogs, who came back from a goal down twice in the first period. Matt Lazaro and Jim Jenkins each scored in the third period to give the Bulldogs the win at Schneider Arena at Providence College. Adam Assad and Jeremy Miller scored the Franklin goals.
Stoughton, 2 vs. Holliston, 2 – Final – Stoughton’s Mark Sheehan scored both of the goals for Stoughton. Head coach Dan Mark said freshmen AJ Scott played well in goal for the Black Knights. Wrestling
Cohasset Quad (Oliver Ames) – The Tigers had a strong showing, beating Silver Lake (39-30) and Cohasset (54-20) but lost a close match with defender D3 State Champion Somerset (37-31). Cobey Williamson went 2-0 with a pair of pins at 106, Liston Funai was 3-0 with two pins at 132, Anthony Berksza was 2-1 at 138, Shea O’Connor went 2-1 at 145 and Pat Mills was 2-0 at 220. Swimming Boys
Canton, 92 @ Ashland, 83 – Final
Franklin, 86 @ Foxboro, 21 – Final
Mansfield, 69 @ King Philip, 98 – Final
North Attleboro, 69 @ Sharon, 105 – Final Girls
Canton, 72 @ Ashland, 97 – Final
Franklin, 97 @ Foxboro, 40 – Final
Mansfield, 85 @ King Philip, 93 – Final
North Attleboro, 90 @ Sharon, 78 – Final
Stoughton @ Taunton, 4:00 Girls Hockey
Franklin, 4 @ Medway/Ashland, 2 – Final – Haley Griffin, Regan Paterson, Marlee Paterson and Kate Cashman each scored in the win for the Panthers.
By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
MANSFIELD, Mass. – A three pointer at the buzzer and an early run in the fourth quarter created enough separation as Mansfield opened the season with a 51-39 win over Sharon.
After a stop, Christian Weber connected on a deep three as the buzzer sounded to end the third quarter to give Mansfield a 34-30 lead. The Hornets converted early in the fourth on a backdoor cut from Phil Vigeant and used an early 8-2 run to 42-32 lead less than three minutes into the fourth quarter.
“We got a big rebound there, if that stays on their end momentum kind of stays on their end but that was a big stop,” Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan said. “Then Weber comes down and makes it and then we get the back cut to start the fourth quarter from Phil [Vigeant]. That kind of created a little bit of help for us.”
Following Vigeant’s bucket, Sharon pulled within four again on a pull up jumper from Ricardo Ripley (11 points) but Mansfield junior Max Boen converted both of his free throws on the other end. Mansfield got a stop and once again Boen got to the line. He missed the first of a one and one situation but came away with his own rebound. Vigeant missed a three pointer but sophomore came flying in and got the put back to make it 40-32. Vigeant added two more to complete the 8-2 run and create a double-digit lead.
“I think what makes us difficult to play is that we have a lot of different guys that can score and that can contribute and make plays,” Vaughan said. “I thought we were a little tight in certain parts of the game and I thought we almost waited for something to happen instead of making something happen.”
It was a slow start for both teams as they combined to go 0-12 from three in the first quarter and Mansfield held a slim 5-4 lead. The offenses took turns the second quarter. First it was the Hornets with a 12-0 run with four points from Matt Ehrlich (game-high 16 points) and Kyle Swansburg and two each from Boen and Sam Goldberg.
Trailing by 13, Sharon’s offense came to life and won the final four minutes of the second quarter. Matt Lowerre’s take to the basket plus the foul was followed by a bucket from Mitchell Sirota. Lowerre then drained a three for an 8-2 run to finish the half to bring the Eagles within seven at 23-16.
The Eagles continued that momentum in the third quarter. Sirota and Lowerre each scored four points and Tyler Smith added a basket in a 9-5 start to the quarter. After the Hornets got three straight points, Ricardo Ripley grabbed consecutive baskets to bring Sharon within one at 31-30.
That’s when Weber hit his buzzer beater to give the momentum back. Inside of Mansfield’s big run to start the final quarter was the putback from Boulter. While the last name has been a known one over the past couple of years thanks to big brother Ryan, it was Tyler that made a big impact in his debut.
“That was a huge basket,” Vaughan said. “He was at the other end beyond half court during the foul series. To come and get that and get it up was great. At the beginning of the preseason he was our 14th guy and he’s slowly just moved up the rotation. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and I think he’ll help us down the stretch.”
From going within one point with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter to a 10 point deficit just three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Eagles couldn’t come up with a consistent offense throughout the game.
“They spread us out really well,” first year Sharon head coach Andrew Ferguson said. “I think we did a good job defensively with our switches and we forced some tough shots for them but they just killed us on the glass, especially that weak side rebound. They’d take a shot with six seconds on the shot clock and then get that rebound and get it for another 30, that really hurt us and cut down the possessions we had. We couldn’t shoot the ball in the ocean tonight but the kids played unbelievably hard.”
On the flip side, Mansfield found success on the offensive end with ball movement. As we’ve seen over the past couple of seasons, the Hornets were able to move the ball quickly and get points from it.
“Taking a page out of [Boston Celtics coach] Brad Stevens’ book, when we got into the fourth or fifth pass I thought we scored at about a 50-60% clip,” Vaughan said. “When we were below that we were probably about 20-30% off the top of my head. We looked like a better basketball team when we got deeper into possessions and moved the basketball. It makes guys become better players when we’re able to move the ball.”
Mansfield (1-0) will be back in action on Friday when they host King Philip (0-1). Sharon (0-1) will look to bounce back when they host Stoughton (1-0) the same day. Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.
2014-2015 Record: 5-15
2014-2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Ryan Gordy
The Bulldogs have a good amount of talent with experience returning this season and have added some key young pieces and head coach Ryan Gordy is hoping that combination will be a recipe for success this season.
Senior captains Rishi Jambunathan, Woanyen Mahn and Ben O’Neill all got plenty of experience last year and will be relied upon in getting the younger players involved. Griffin Jerrier, who was a strong rebounder last year, is also back and will help the Bulldogs in the paint.
“We are a team that has a nice mix of veterans and rookies, we have some athleticism, a good work ethic and IQ for the game,” Gordy said. “I would say we are relatively deep this year with 11 guys who can give quality minutes at the varsity level. Our biggest weakness is that this roster is unproven, and we need to learn how to execute in big moments to win games.”
2014-2015 Record: 15-8
2014-2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Semifinal
Coach: Jon Gibbs
When it comes to talent coming back, Foxboro is near the top of the list with the players they have returning this season. Hockomock League All Stars Alex DuBrow and Robby Lowey are both back for their senior seasons and will look to lead the Warriors to another deep postseason run.
Along with DuBrow and Lowey, Foxboro has junior Mark Clagg (third year of varsity), Andrew Block and Jonathan Carnino all back this season. Sophomore Joe Morrison was brought up at the end of last year and the Warriors got transfer Jason Procaccini from Nobles and he could emerge as one of the Foxboro’s top scoring options. Head coach Jon Gibbs will be relying on experience and depth to try take the next step this year.
“We have some good pieces offensively and should be able to score in a variety of ways, so as long as we stay unselfish, we should be able to put some points on the scoreboard,” Gibbs said. “Ultimately, our success will be determined by how big of a commitment we make to defense and rebounding.”
2014-2015 Record: 2-18
2014-2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Paul Seaver
After just two wins in head coach Paul Seaver’s first year, the Scarlet Hawks are looking to take a big step forward in the 2015-2016 season. With nearly everyone back, Milford is in prime position to pick up more victories this season.
Dwight Anderson, a Hockomock League honorable mention last year, is back for his senior season, junior sharpshooter Nate Davila is back, junior Zack Tamagni will be back running the point and senior Dimitry Torres is a player that can make an impact at both ends of the court. Sophomore Kayden Kelley saw some time in the second half of the season last year and should provide good length and size in the post.
“We return 10 of 14 guys from last year’s team, which was the youngest in the league,” Seaver said. “This group had a terrific offseason, coming together both on and off the court, and helping to rebuild the culture within Milford basketball. Some of our strengths would include our improved teamwork and general awareness of working with each other after having played together so much over the last year.”
2014-2015 Record: 20-4
2014-2015 Finish: Reached D2 South Final
Coach: Don Byron
After reaching the D2 South Final last season, the Tigers will have a to overcome a lot to try and get back there this season. All five starters (Carney, Handy, Kyne, Flynn, Welch) from last year’s team graduated as well as a key role player off the bench (Kelley) and another junior Franklin Holgate transferred to Nobles.
But the goal hasn’t changed for Oliver Ames as the Tigers will be making a push for the postseason again this year. Senior Tim Kelley will be one of the Tigers’ go-to options on the offensive end of the court and junior Carter Evin will provide some size in the post to give OA options on offense and defense. Connor Moroney will also be a source of scoring while Shawn Cardoza is another post player with some good experience.
“We graduated a strong senior class last year but with a nucleus of five returning players who played in a number of high pressure games last year we are optimistic,” head coach Don Byron said. “We also will add seven players who were key players on our successful JV and freshmen teams last year.”
2014-2015 Record: 11-10
2014-2015 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Andrew Ferguson
Similar to Foxboro, Sharon is near the top of the list when it comes to returning players back this year. First year head coach Andrew Ferguson has eight returning varsity players at his disposal as the Eagles will look to not only make the playoffs, but try to get further than they did this past season.
Seniors Matt Lowerre, Tyler Smith, Bryce Smith, Mitchell Sirota, Andrew Filipkowski, David Roelke, and Michael Zola are all back for another year while juniors Ricardo Ripley and Peter Banks both saw time last year. Ferguson will be relying on that depth to try and challenge Foxboro in the Davenport title race. Although the Eagles don’t have a ton of size, they make up for it in athleticism.
“We are very excited to begin the season, and expect a lot from a very experienced roster,” Ferguson said. “Our roster will allow us to be very versatile as we try to create mismatches on both ends of the floor.”
2014-2015 Record: 8-12
2014-2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: John Gallivan
There are a lot of questions heading into the season for Stoughton but at the same time, there is a lot of optimism among the Black Knights.
Brandon Teixeira is back for his third year on varsity and is among the best shooters in the league. He will be relied on to captain the team on both ends of the court while junior Ryan Sullivan – who saw minutes last season – should see a bigger role in 2015-2016.
Beyond those two, head coach John Gallivan will be looking for others to step up and emerge as options on offense and as consistent players on defense. Sophomore Cam Andrews could be one of those players after seeing some minutes during his freshman year and junior Cam Gomes could provide some size for the Black Knights.
“There’s a big difference between the games that start at 5:00 and the one’s that start at 6:30,” Gallivan said of JV to varsity. “We have a lot of guys that haven’t played the 6:30 ones yet. We don’t have a ton of size but we can run and we’re hoping to make teams play our style.”
Below are the official Hockomock League Football All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.
Nick Morrison, North Attleboro
Hockomock Kelley-Rex All Stars
Kyle Murphy, Attleboro
Brendan Nunes, Attleboro
Alex Silva, Attleboro
Brian Letourneau, Attleboro
Luke Gordon, Franklin
James Cooke, King Philip
Billy Dittrich, King Philip
Josh Schafer, Mansfield
Connor Finerty, Mansfield
Hunter Ferreira, Mansfield
Nick Morrison, North Attleboro
Bobby Mylod, North Attleboro
Josh Morrison, North Attleboro
Chad Peterson, North Attleboro
Connor Flynn, North Attleboro
Carlos Borrero, Taunton
Sean Donnelly, Attleboro
Nick Yelle, Franklin
John DeLuca, King Philip
Nicholas Martin, Mansfield
Kyle Gaumond, North Attleboro
Connor Briggs, Taunton
Jake Ragusa, Canton
Hockomock Davenport All Stars
Jake Ragusa, Canton
Joe Bires, Canton
Woanyen Mahn, Canton
Austin Ryan, Foxboro
Connor Downs, Foxboro
Connor McNamara, Foxboro
Ronnie Martin, Foxboro
Zach Lanzetta, Milford
Blake Hill, Milford
Connor Moroney, Oliver Ames
Matt Cancian, Sharon
Jake Gibb, Stoughton
Matt Soto, Stoughton
Guy Eddy, Stoughton
Ryan Sullivan, Stoughton
Donnie Foley, Stoughton
Mack Brown, Canton
James Blake, Foxboro
Jack DeSantis, Milford
Ryan McCarthy, Oliver Ames
Tyler Smith, Sharon
Matt Medina, Stoughton