HHS volleyball rolls into postseason
The Hopkinton High School volleyball team completed an undefeated regular season at 18-0 and carried that momentum into the postseason, advancing to the Division 1 Central/West sectional championship match against top-seeded Needham on Nov. 9.
In their playoff opener on Nov. 4, the Hillers cruised to a 3-0 victory over Shrewsbury despite playing without senior captain and Tri-Valley League MVP Angie Grabmeier, who sat with an ankle injury.
It was the final home match, and the fans turned out in big numbers to support the Hillers.
“The atmosphere at our first playoff game was so exciting,” Grabmeier said. “The fans encouraged our team and made a huge difference in the result of the game. It was overall a great experience and we are hoping to continue this energy from the team and the school community throughout playoffs.”
The second-seeded Hillers advanced to a matchup with third-seeded Algonquin on Nov. 6 in the sectional semifinals at Framingham High School and swept to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 victory, again without Grabmeier. Juniors Rachel Leeret (16 assists, 11 kills), Cadyn Boyce (eight kills), and Mirabella Paolucci (eight kills) led the way along with sophomore Kate Powers (five kills, five blocks).
In addition to Grabmeier, senior captain Morgan Allen and Boyce were recognized as TVL All-Stars, while senior captain Ashley McDermott and juniors Leeret, Paolucci and Hannah Quinlan received honorable mentions.
Cross country captures league titles
The HHS boys and girls cross country teams both won league titles. For the girls, senior captain Schuyler Gooley was named TVL MVP, while juniors Olivia Jones, Greta Field, Hope DeLuca and Ali Luce and freshman Autumn Tumbleton were named TVL All-Stars. Jean Cann and Laura McKenzie were named TVL Coaches of the Year. …
For the boys, senior captain Alex Brown was named TVL MVP, and senior captains Ian Cann, Cody Ottinger and Will Dionne were named TVL All-Stars along with senior Patrick Barnes and sophomore Jake LaCoche. Jennifer Fairbanks and Luke Fraser were named TVL Coaches of the Year.
Soccer teams pick up playoff wins
Both HHS soccer teams finished with .500 records, good enough to qualify for the state tournament.
The boys ended the regular season with a 7-7-4 record, earning the 14th seed in Division 2 South. On Nov. 4 the Hillers traveled to Fall River and upset third-seeded Diman Regional Vocational Tech High School 2-0 behind goals from senior captain Tim Fargiano and junior Russell DeMarco.
“We knew that they were going to be a good team, but we also knew that if we went to Fall River and played our style of play we would succeed,” Fargiano said. “Our team has developed into a team that prioritizes passing and ball movement, and when we do those things well we are difficult to beat.”
The boys’ season came to a heartbreaking end in the following match against Bishop Feehan. Steven Maffiore scored in the opening minute of the second half to put the Hillers up, but Feehan tied the score on a penalty kick with less than five minutes remaining. After two overtimes of scoreless soccer the game went to a penalty kick shootout, and Feehan prevailed in the 11th round. …
The girls finished 6-6-6 and were the 17th seed in the Division 2 South bracket. The Hillers headed to Cape Cod and knocked off 16th-seeded Nauset Regional High School on Nov. 2, winning via a shootout after the game was tied at 1 after regulation and overtime. Senior Ally Bird scored the lone goal for the Hillers, and junior goalie Kristin McCluskey came up with three saves in the shootout. In the next round the Hillers fell to top-seeded Old Rochester on Nov. 5 by a score of 3-1.
Senior captains Olivia O’Connor and Lexi Hasbrouck were named TVL All-Stars.
Football falls in quarterfinals
The HHS football team qualified for the playoffs but saw its hopes of an underdog run come to an end in the Division 4 South quarterfinals. The Hillers paid a visit to Plymouth South on Nov. 1 and had a tough go of it, dropping a 42-6 decision. …
The HHS field hockey team finished its season with a record of 5-8-5. Senior goalie Lizzy Gross was named a TVL All-Star.