HHS basketball teams split with Norwood as winter season begins

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Hopkinton High School opened the winter season this past week.

The boys basketball team split a weekend series with Norwood. In the opener on Friday night, the visiting Hillers fell behind big in the early going but fought back, led by the hot shooting of senior guard Brian Keefe (22 points), and took the lead in the final minute. However, the hosts came up with the big plays down the stretch to earn a 77-73 win. Seniors Anthony DiPietro (17 points), Matt Cooper (11) and Josh Czerepuszko (10) also had big offensive games.

In the rematch on Sunday, Czerepuszko led a balanced attack with 14 points as Hopkinton took an early lead and held on for a 70-60 home victory. Junior guard Nate Kasper scored 10 points. Ten Hillers registered at least one point.

The girls basketball team also dropped its opener vs. visiting Norwood on Friday night, 38-36, despite 12 points from junior guard Lauren Cho. In Sunday’s rematch, the girls pulled out a 42-39 road victory behind the efforts of senior point guard Lulu Murphy, junior forward Lexi Trendel and junior guard Kiki Fossbender, who scored 14 points.

Boys hockey opened its season with a 5-1 victory at Norwood last Wednesday. Sophomore Pavit Mehra scared three goals to lead the attack. Quentin Barnes and Aidan Walsh had the other Hopkinton goals, while goalie Colin Norred made 19 saves. In the rematch on Saturday, the Hillers dropped an 8-1 decision. Joey Carazza scored the HHS goal.

Girls hockey opened its season on Saturday, despite minimal practice leading up to the game, and dropped a 3-1 decision to host Westwood. Senior Kristin McCluskey played well in net.

Boys track opened its season last Wednesday with a 68-18 victory over Westwood in a meet held at Wheaton College in Norton. Winners for the Hillers included Ethan Champlin (high jump and 55), Nick Brown (mile), Harrison Prucher (55 hurdles), Aidan Morin (shot put), Matt Burdulis (2-mile), Wyatt Ruff (600) and Aidan Rowell (300), along with the 4×400 relay of Tommy Bernardin, James McCarthy, Neil Abraham and Prucher.

Girls track also rolled past Westwood, 60-25. The winners for Hopkinton were Tiffany Mikulis (300), Kate Powers (shot put), Cat Dacey (600), Katie Callery (1,000), Hailey Tolson (55), Ellie Driscoll (55 hurdles) and Grace Joy (mile), along with the 4×400 relay of Dacey, Caitlin Barnes, Joy and Callery.

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