HHS Sports Roundup: Boys track, wrestling off to fast starts; COVID forces pause for many teams

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The Hopkinton High School winter athletics season got off to a fast start over the past week, although many of the teams had to take a pause due to the COVID-19 surge.

On Monday, the HHS boys indoor track and field team improved to 2-0 with a 63-32 victory over Norwood at Wheaton College. Winners for Hopkinton included Sean Golembiewski (55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles), Ben Scott (2 mile), Lex Kaye (1,000), Wyatt Ruff (mile), Colin Davan (600) and Jakai Bellafatto (long jump).

In last Tuesday’s opening meet, an 85-15 rout of Medfield, Golembiewski set two school records, in the 55-meter hurdles (7.70 seconds) and high jump (6 feet, 5 inches). Also winning events for Hopkinton were Russell Perryman (shot put), Kaye (2 mile), Scott (mile), Anshu Velur (600), Neil Abraham (55), Luke Boothroyd (300) and Ruff (1,000). …

Girls track fell 50-45 to Medfield in its only meet so far. Kate Powers won the shot put, while Ellie Driscoll (55 hurdles), Steph Johnson (1,000) and Katie Callery (2 mile) also took firsts. …

At the Milford Invitational on Saturday, the HHS wrestling team took fourth place. Sebastian Losada was first in his weight class, while Adam Distasio, Stephen Moody and John Carlson took second.

In a dual meet last Tuesday, the Hillers topped Dedham, 48-4. Among the highlights was freshman Anthony Flores getting a pin in his first varsity match.

In a quad meet at Methuen on Dec. 11, the Hillers posted a 66-12 win over Boston Latin and a 36-12 decision over Lynnfield/North Reading but fell 43-36 to Methuen. Liam Kassab, Ben Stefanov, Jack Hoyt and Grigory Shvechkov won their first varsity matches, while James Muzzy, Alec Brookes, Josh Huang and Distasio recorded pins.

Wednesday’s Coaches vs. Cancer match at Ashland was postponed. …

Boys basketball dropped a tough 80-76 overtime decision to host Norwood last Friday to fall to 1-1. The Hillers had a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, saw it get away, then rallied to force OT on a Nate Kasper drive in the final seconds before coming up short in the extra period. Kasper led the Hillers with 35 points.

In their opener last Tuesday, the Hillers routed visiting Westborough, 79-45, led by 22 points from sophomore Sam Pantera and 16 from Kasper.

Tuesday game at Holliston and next Wednesday’s game at Foxborough were postponed. …

The girls basketball team had its first two games postponed. The Hillers are slated to host the inaugural Mary Korbey Invitational Tournament next Tuesday and Thursday. …

Both HHS swim and dive teams lost to Holliston on Monday. The boys fell 97-64. Tyler Fallon won the 50 free and Davis Peishoff took first in the 100 free. The girls lost 105-69.

On Saturday, both HHS teams lost to Framingham. Peishoff won the 100 fly for the boys, who fell 85-49. Olivia Jaye won the 50 free for the girls, who dropped a 93-68 decision.

Last Wednesday, the boys opened their season with a dramatic 85-82 victory over Ashland, with the HHS relay team of Fallon, Shawn Haley, Lucas Coffman and Peishoff winning the final race to ensure victory. The girls fell to Ashland 97-79 despite the strong efforts by divers Tess and Eve Weatherhead. …

The boys ice hockey team is 0-3, following Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Norwood. Wednesday’s game against Holliston was postponed.

Last Wednesday, the Hillers battled Medfield to overtime before falling 2-1. Joey Carrazza scored a shorthanded goal in the second period for the Hillers’ only tally, while Jack Lang played well in goal.

The Hillers opened their season Dec. 13 with a 6-1 loss to Norwell, with Carrazza scoring the lone HHS goal. …

The girls ice hockey coop team fell to 0-5 with Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to Medway. Hopkinton goals were scored by Bianca Musgrave (two), Avery Bent and Morgan Fraser.

Previously, the girls lost to Dedham on Saturday (6-3), Medfield last Wednesday (10-0), East Bridgewater on Dec. 12 (6-4) and Framingham on Dec. 9 (8-1).