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Boys Hockey Season is One to Remember

By Ben Freedman, ’25

Staff Writer

Congratulations to the Hanover boys varsity hockey team who won the Massachusetts D3 state championship at the TD Garden on March 20. Led by their five captains Coach Abban, the team claimed the title after an exhilarating playoff run, and an awesome 5-3 win over top-seeded Marlborough. Freshman phenom Michael Munroe scored two goals, senior Max DaSilva had one and senior Robbie Hanna added two, including an empty netter to clinch the win.

“It’s awesome,” DaSilva told HNIB News after the game. “It’s always been a dream to end my career this way.”

On their playoff journey, third-seeded Hanover won four games prior to going to the championship, two of which were very suspenseful.  They started the playoffs March 5 with a 5-0 win over Old Rochester Regional High School, ranked 30th. Next they overpowered 13th seeded Dracut with an 8-0 win on March 8. For the round of 8 on March 12, Hanover topped 6th-ranked Medway 2-1. In the semifinals on March 15, the Hawks beat second-seed Scituate 2-1. Throughout the playoffs, the team showed its depth, with scoring from seniors Tyler MacDermott, Quinn Brown, Nate Curtis, Charlie Cataldo and junior Ben Lines. Junior Liam Monahan was solid in the net.

Hanover won D3 state titles in 1997, 2001 and 2016 at the Garden, as well as a D2 title in 2007. The team rallied this year behind the slogan “unfinished business;” their last trip to the Garden was canceled due to COVID in March 2020; they were declared co-state champions but wanted the full Garden experience this time. And they got it, in front of a huge cheering section of fans.

Best of luck to the seniors on the team who are graduating this year, and best of luck to next year’s team!

Pictures from the championship game

Winter Sports: Hockey Wins State Title, Wrestler Makes School History

The Hawk Staff

After an exciting season of winter sports, Hanover High has two state champions and many strong performances in the books.

Boys hockey, ranked third in the state, captured the Division 3 state title with a 5-3 win over top-seeded Marlboro at the TD Garden on March 20. They started the playoffs March 5 with a 5-0 win over Old Rochester Regional High School, ranked 30th. Next they overpowered 13th seeded Dracut with an 8-0 win on March 8. For the round of 8 on March 12, Hanover topped 6th-ranked Medway 2-1. In the semifinals on March 15, the Hawks beat second-seed Scituate 2-1. The team rallied behind the slogan “unfinished business.” Their last trip to the Garden was cancelled due to COVID in March 2020; they were declared co-state champions but wanted the full Garden experience this time. And they got it, in front of a huge cheering section of fans.

Arnold, coach Russ Lindsay, and Mann

Sophomore Anthony Mann earned the first wrestling state title in school history at the Division 3 tournament Feb. 18-19. He won his title match in the 138 lb weight class with a pin early in the third period. Mann and senior Garrett Arnold both advanced to All-States on Feb. 25-26. Mann lost in the quarterfinals and Arnold lost a tough match in the first round.

Boys basketball and girls hockey qualified for the tournament but fell in the early rounds.

Boys basketball, ranked 20th with a record of 9-11, kicked things off with a home win over Advanced Math & Science Academy on March 1. The Hawks beat AMSA, ranked 45th, by a score of 66-28. The team then faced 13th seeded Oakmont on March 4, failing to advance after a 65-55 loss.

Girls Hockey vs Scituate Feb. 23

Girls hockey, ranked 31st, lost a gutsy first-round matchup against second-seeded Braintree High School on March 3. The team fell 2-1 with a goal scored by Abigail Hanna. This was the team’s first solo season after pairing with Cohasset in the past, and they finished with an impressive 8-8-2 regular-season record.

Other HHS teams recorded some strong performances to round out their seasons.

Marvin Felix finishes strong. Photo by Robin Chan, Wicked Local Photos

For indoor track, HHS sent several athletes to the the Division 4 state finals at the Reggie Lewis Center on Feb. 17. Freshman Hannah Geary finished fifth in the 1000 meter run, sophomore Sophia Foley finished 11th in the mile, and junior Jillian Farrell was 19th in the two mile. The 4×800 relay featuring Geary, Foley, junior Anna Mahoney and sophomore Ayla McDermod finished 14th. Sophomore Marvin Felix earned 8th place in the 55 meter dash.

In gymnastics, HHS finished fourth in the Patriot League championship on Feb. 13. Meghan DeRice, a junior, placed 4th in the individual vault and floor competitions. Freshman Emma Lyons tied for 5th on the bars and sophomore Morgan Sullivan earned 2nd place for floor.

The swim and dive team, which competes with Marshfield, sent senior Caris Mann to the state championship in two individual events: the 200 IM and 100m breaststroke. Mann earned personal records in both events and 10th place for the breaststroke. The 400 freestyle relay, which Mann also competed in, finished 14th. Overall, the girls finished 18th out of 41 teams.

The HHS Dance Team travelled to Worcester Tech High School on March 5 to compete in the 2022 MSAA State Dance Tournament. 

While the girls basketball team fell short of making the tournament, they were led by top scorers Dani Tilden and McKalah Gaine, both seniors who were also named Patriot League All-Stars. Senior Caroline Moody earned the Sportsmanship Award and senior Rachel Meehan won Scholar Athlete.

According to athletic director Mr. Hutchison, students participating in sports this winter season earned an average grade point average of 3.8.  This impressive achievement includes each winter program, including every level of each sport, earning MIAA Academic Excellence Awards with the highest level of awards earned by the girls’ swim and dive team and dance team. 

Wrestling photos courtesy of Mrs. Arnold

Girls Hockey photos

More boys hockey photos

The Gray Area of Sportsmanship: Winning at What Cost?

By Teddy McCrann, ’23

Staff Writer

In recent years, the reputation of youth sports as a fun and enjoyable experience for kids has been tarnished by overly aggressive coaches and a focus on winning at all costs. These types of coaches value performance over development and, either directly or indirectly, have influenced their players to demonstrate poor sportsmanship. An example of this type of behavior was seen in a Connecticut high school girls basketball game this past January, where Sacred Heart Academy, under coach Jason Kirck, beat their opponent by a whopping 88 points in a 92-4 win. As a result of this game, Kirck was given a one-game suspension for demonstrating poor sportsmanship and “disrespecting” the opponent, Lyman Hall High School. In my opinion, Kirck fully deserved the suspension after emphasizing the negatives of youth sports.

Many can argue that Lyman Hall High School’s team was simply not evenly matched with Sacred Heart and deserved to lose, similar to many professional sports teams that fail to perform and lose by significant margins. Although this mindset is relevant to the situation, the fact that this is youth sports and not professional provides a different outlook on the suspension of Kirck. No high school basketball score should have a point differential of 88 points, as this type of result can be avoided even if the teams are unevenly matched through a program the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference calls “Class Act.” This voluntary program educates coaches on how to manage high school games and scores in a manner that is respectful to the other team. According to Newsweek, Sacred Heart is not involved in this program. This is the first sign that supports the suspension of Kirck, as he and his program have made no effort to uphold sportsmanlike ideals and behaviors during games. 

Additionally, it was reported that Kirck and his team were still running fast breaks in the fourth quarter on long outlet passes. Fast breaks are when a basketball team “pushes” the ball up the court and increases the tempo of the game, ultimately looking to score more. At this point toward the end of the game, Sacred Heart had to have been winning by 60 or more points, which is ridiculously out of reach for the other team. Kirck had no regard for slowing the game down and respecting Lyman Hall.

While society has become more coddled in recent years, and more people are cautious of not treating younger kids and teenagers too harshly, it is still important to allow kids to have fun while playing sports and especially important to teach beneficial life lessons in the process. Allowing your players to “disrespect” and beat down another team on the court or field is not teaching these important life lessons, and will actually inspire a whole new generation of coaches who take their jobs way too seriously. By now, Coach Kirck has served his suspension and hopefully learned from his mistake, but the debate over whether certain youth coaches take it too far will be prevalent for many years to come. 

Source: https://www.newsweek.com/high-school-basketball-coach-serves-1-game-suspension-after-team-routs-opponent-92-4-1666978

Skiing vs Snowboarding: Which is Your Winter Favorite?

By Paulina Leskow, ’24

Staff Writer

Winter is one of the most special times of the year. Many people associate winter with the holidays, no school, and warm hot chocolate by the fireplace. When others think of winter, they picture fresh powder and the mountains opening up for skiing and snowboarding. Debates over which is the better sport have been going on for decades. Some prefer whichever sport they mastered first. Others are unwilling to try the other because they have gotten used to one.

In an informal survey of about 20 HHS students, I found that more than half felt skiing was the better sport, while just 15 percent prefered snowboarding. But nearly a quarter of people surveyed couldn’t decide because they love them both.

Fans say thatboth sports offer great views from mountaintops and lots of chances to make fun memories with family and friends. And when you get going fast enough, whether on skiis or a snowboard, you can feel like you’re flying. The techniques and style of skiing and snowboarding are very different, though, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both. Below are some of the pros and cons for each sport:

Snowboarding Pros

  • Less equipment so easier to transport and take on and off, boots more comfortable
  • Easy to control falls and get back up faster
  • Both feet are on the board, making it easier to steer
  • Turning is simple and only requires the toe and the heel
  • Similar to skateboarding, could be easier to learn for skaters
  • Easy to get the hang of even at an older age
  • Easy to do tricks, and it looks really cool on the slopes

Snowboarding Cons

  • More difficult to maintain balance
  • Hard to ride on a ski lift with snowboard on, and annoying to have to unstrap and restrap the board every time you get on or off
  • Can get stuck in powder or snow very easily
  • Difficult to learn to stay up; many elbow, knee and tailbone bruises will result

Skiing Pros

  • Easy to maneuver, steer and control speed downhill
  • Easier to ride on icy patches on skis than on a snowboard.
  • Easier to get on and off a ski lift with skiis on
  • Easier to balance
  • Ski poles are beneficial and really fun to use.

Skiing Cons

  • Takes a long time to learn, and harder to pick up at an older age
  • Bad habits can be produced easily and are very difficult to rid of
  • Difficult to get back up on two feet after a fall, especially if a ski falls off
  • Ski boots are stiff, leading to sore muscles in the legs and bruising
  • Gear and lift tickets can be pretty expensive
  • Easy to lose control and crash if going straight down the trail

Whether you prefer skiing, snowboarding or both, it is important to stay safe on the slopes, and to have fun while the snow is still on the mountains!

featured image: https://trustcarehealth.com/blog/snowboarding-and-skiing

Fall Sports Update: Tourney Underway!

Special Thanks to Mr. Hutchinson, HHS Athletics Director

The MIAA fall tournaments are underway for our Hanover Hawks.  On Wednesday the volleyball team defeated Saint Paul Diocesan in convincing fashion, 3-0.  Then yesterday, the field hockey team defeated Nipmuc 1-0 by scoring late in the fourth quarter and blocking multiple shots on goal in the final minutes.

Tonight , football will host the Minnechaug Falcons at 7:00 PM.  Admission to the game is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.  Digital tickets are required and can be purchased at gofan.co.  

On Saturday there is a soccer double-header at the Harry Gerrish Memorial Field.  At 4:00 PM, the girls host Archbishop Williams.  Then at 6:30 PM, the boys host Stoneham.  Admission to each event is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens.   Admission is FREE for students thanks to a sponsorship by the Don Bunker Insurance Agency of Hanover.  Student tickets are still required for statistical purposes and can be obtained at the same site, gofan.co, as all other digital tickets.

The football and soccer games will be live-streamed by Hanover Community Television (HCTV).  To watch the games, visit HCTV’s Educational Channel.  

The MIAA website is a great resource for tournament brackets, seedings, pairings, and upcoming games.  For your reference, the sports accessible on the MIAA site in which Hanover is competing are each in division 3, unless otherwise noted in this communication. 

A few currently scheduled away tournament events are below.

Volleyball: Friday, 11/5, 4:00 PM at Cardinal Spellman – MIAA Division 3 Statewide Tournament

Cross Country: Saturday, 11/13, 11:30 AM at Gardner Golf Course – MIAA Division 2 Tournament

Competitive Cheer: Sunday, 11/14, TBA at Marshfield High School – MSAA South Sectional Tournament

Staff Join Unified Sports Team for First Game of Year

By Norah Kelley, ’24

Staff Writer

After a year and a half without games due to the pandemic, the HHS Unified Sports Team resumed play on October 21. In the fall, the team plays soccer, and for this first match, school staff was invited to take part. Teachers and students played hard and showed great teamwork and sportsmanship. Family and friends came to support the Unified Team and watch the game. Even some dogs came to watch! 

“I am so proud of the Unified Soccer team. They played with so much heart and our faculty players did a fantastic job!” said Mrs. Gately, HHS Spanish teacher and the program coordinator. “It was a great day for everyone.”  Mrs. Gately thanked Ms. Nixon, Mr. Decie, Ms. Doyle, Mrs. McHugh, Mrs. Bostwick, and Mrs. Cotter “for playing with so much gusto!”

Students are eager for another game soon, hopefully against another Unified Sports Team. Other local districts including Abington and Marshfield have Unified Teams as well, and HHS has played against them in the past. For now, practice continues every week. Later in the year, the team will switch to volleyball or basketball in the winter and kickball in the spring. 

Unified Sports is part of a national program that is a branch of the Special Olympics. Its goal is to bring together athletes with and without intellectual disabilities to compete on the same team. I look forward to our Unified Sports practices every week. The team is so supportive, and everyone loves to be there. If you are interested in joining, please reach out to Mrs. Gately or me for more information! 

Football Plans to Keep Excitement Going Long into Tournament

By Ben Freedman, ’25

Staff Writer

As the students and staff know, the Hanover High school’s varsity football team got off to an excellent start. This is not only due to Hanover’s extremely talented roster, but also the significant coaching staff, and the ecstatic fanbase that attends the games. With a 5-2 record after a Homecoming win over Pembroke Oct. 22, the team is ranked 6th out of 31 teams in Division 3. This sets up exciting possibilities for the upcoming tournament, and the varsity players are planning to go all the way.

“If we are healthy, we have a team that can win the state championship,” said Dylan Rice, #3, a senior wide receiver.

David Quinlan, #2, a junior wide receiver and defensive end, agreed. “I do really think we have a shot to take it,” he said. “Everyone keeps saying ‘oh next year,’ but I truly think we can go back to back (and win this year and next year). If we have everyone healthy and at the top of our game, we really have a shot.”

Michael Landolfi, #1, a junior and the team’s quarterback, said the secret to their success this season after a disappointing Fall 2 last year, is commitment. “I think we have a lot of kids back from last year and we are very locked in,” he said.

The Hawks are captained by Rice, Quinlan, Landolfi, senior Thao Lanagan and junior Joe Curran. The team’s performance has been stunning, with the squad racking up more than 30 points in six of its seven games. For Nick Freel, #10, a junior linebacker and running back who has scored a good share of those points, the Sept. 10 game against Whitman-Hanson showed the team its potential. Hanover won 33-20.

“There was a lot of skepticism going into the season, but that game helped us realize just how good we can be,” Freel said.

Hanover fans have been psyched for the return of a normal football season. 

“I love going to the football games and it feels good after a year of not having games,” said Nieve Rowlette, a senior.

Anna Bucchianeri, a senior who sings in the chorus at the games, agreed. “I think it’s a very good social event for everyone, especially after COVID 19.”

Kaya Bianculli, a junior, said attending the games gives you a chance to see people you don’t always see in school. “The environment is really fun and energetic,” she said.

Senior Jack Johnston agreed. “They’re fun and electric!” He hopes to be there when the team comes up against Plymouth South again. Hanover’s’ 42-35 loss against them Oct. 1 was a nailbiter that the Hawks would love to avenge.

For players on the freshman and JV squads, attending the games is a preview of what’s ahead for them.

“It’s a super fun experience to go to the games, and you get to see what it’s like to watch a varsity football game,” said Noah DeMeule, a member of the freshman squad.

Michael Bean, a sophomore nose guard/defensive tackle on JV, added “Personally I feel like it’s nice to be there to support the team and the players.”

Whatever happens this year, the team and fans are confident exciting football is here to stay in Hanover.

“Next year the team is going to be even better since most of our team is juniors,” said Rice. “They will have another shot of making a deep run into the tournament and winning a state championship.”

Those long-term plans for success are echoed by junior Sam Healy, #77, a left guard/defensive tackle. “The hope is to win the following games, and then to win the championship the next two seasons,” he said. “Coach Landolfi always talks about playing like a championship team and to not let one bad play turn into another.”

Featured pictures are from the Hawks’ 47-13 win over Dighton Rehoboth on Sept. 24. For more, click on the link:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/RTt879bKBjHKLRSo6

Fall Sports Update: Teams Preparing for Post-Season

Special Thanks to Mr. Hutchison, HHS Athletics Director

Excitement for our Hanover Hawks is growing as teams prepare for the postseason.  This year marks the first MIAA Statewide Tournament, different from past years when the tournament began within regional sections.  Along with this new format is a new seeding system based on power rankings and anticipation is growing.

Current MIAA Power Rankings (for applicable fall sports)

Boys Soccer (4-9-2): Currently ranked 16th out of 62 teams in Division 3.

Field Hockey (5-6-1): Currently ranked 18th out of 54 teams in Division 3.

Football (4-2): Currently ranked 6th out of 31 teams in Division 3.

Girls Soccer (12-3): Currently ranked 4th out of 66 teams in Division 3.

Volleyball (4-13): Currently ranked 28th out of 57 teams in Division 3.

The regular season for the majority of fall sports ends next weekend.  There are a few opportunities to come to HHS to support your Hawks as they finish the regular season.  For links to schedules for each team, visit the MIAA Schedules tab on the Hanover Athletics website.

Cheer, Cross Country, Golf

There are three other fall programs that power rankings do not apply; competition cheer, cross country, and golf.  The competition cheer team will compete Oct. 23 at their first competition of the season, the Duxbury Invitational.  The squad is scheduled to perform at 11:25 AM and spectators are permitted.  Best of luck to the competition cheer team at the Duxbury Invitational.

The cross country teams have completed the regular season and are in preparation for the Patriot League Championship, hosted at the Marshfield Fair Grounds on Oct. 30.  Afterward, the teams will participate in one last invitational before competing in the MIAA Cross Country tournament on Nov. 13 at Stanley Park in Westfield.

The golf season is complete and the program celebrated its successes at a team gathering Oct. 21.  Congratulations to the coaching staff and student-athletes on a successful season.  A special congratulations to the following Patriot League Award recipients: Scholar-Athlete Liam Monahan, Sportsmanship recipient Charlie Cataldo, and All-Stars Charlie Cataldo and Chris Doherty.

Some Pictures and Media Coverage

Girls Cross Country

Boys Cross Country

Volleyball

Football

Field Hockey

Girls Soccer

Boys Soccer

Volleyball Serves Up Grit, Regardless of Record

By Paulina Leskow, ’24

Staff Writer

One of the most intense and movement-based sports played at Hanover High School is volleyball. The Hawks volleyball team practices very hard and never gives up. Although they do not have the greatest win record, their strength and determination encourages others to fight for every point like they do. Whether it is the JV1, JV2, or Varsity, every member of the team loves playing the sport for it enhances not only teamwork and communication, but also makes them stronger.

“All season I have been impressed with the attitude in the volleyball program,” said Varsity Coach Colleen Smith. “Day in and day out, the girls come to practice looking to get better despite their records.”

Currently 2-10, the team has gone five sets in two nail-biter matches and has had several other close sets. “To me the record is no indication of the talent that is on this team and we really just need to get a win to get over the slump,” Smith said.

Due to the coronavirus the past two years, the team has had to play and practice with masks on. Even though it is a struggle, the players work through it. Every weekday after school, the girls practice in the gym, putting in as much effort as if it were a game. In addition, Varsity not only practices on Sunday nights, they wake up every Thursday morning to attend practice at 5:30 am. Talk about commitment! Even though they are tired those mornings, the team is eager and excited to play. Senior captains Lauren Salvas and Allie Calabro lead the team and encourage the girls to try their best and never give up.

“Our captains have set the tone this season and are not only vocal leads but also lead by example in practices and games,” Smith said.

The coaching staff, which also includes Coach Andrea Hurley and Coach Kate Manning, not only arrives at every practice with energy and motivation, but they also love what they are doing and help the team have fun while they are playing. With a few weeks left in the season, hopefully the team can pull off more wins and continue to have fun. 

Fast Facts

  • Captains: Lauren Salvas and Allie Calabro
  • Coaches: Kate Manning  (Jv2), Andrea Hurley (Jv1), and Colleen Smith (Varsity)
  • Practices: Jv1 and Jv2 are every day after school, Varsity practices Thursday at 5:30 in the morning, Sunday nights and every weekday
  • Record: 2-10
  • Wins: Against Plymouth North, Silver Lake
  • Photo Gallery in The Enterprise
  • More pics
  • Stats on MaxPreps

Hawks Don’t Fly in Baseball Season Opener

By Carson Butler, ’21

Contributor

It had been 700 days – and a new school mascot – since Hanover Baseball had said the words “Play Ball!” Since that day, ten spots had opened on the varsity team, which meant that one thing this year’s squad would not have was experience. The team’s four captains – Ryan Pelish, Brendan Poirier, Carson Butler, and Ian Kirby – all have some varsity time under their belt. And one thing this team has shown in practice is the ability to compete for their jobs and bring the energy day in and day out. The boys had not yet played together on a team for the high school, but had developed a great chemistry throughout the summer and fall seasons of 2020. That chemistry and energy would be tested as the Hawks took the trip up north to Quincy for the season opener May 7.

Adams Field is a great venue for any fan to catch a game and is player-friendly with the well-prepared infield ready to go on game day. In years past, Hanover has enjoyed playing Quincy, ensuring they reach the top of the Patriot League by winning the games they need to win and beating the teams they need to beat. The same situation would need to occur Friday. Pelish pitched five strong innings, allowing only two earned runs with plenty of support from his offense. Poirier, Wes Bryan, Jack Fish, Tim Porter and Carter Zielinski all added hits to the box score. The players with no varsity experience stepped up, an encouraging sign for games to come as the captains’ bats will heat up as well.

With a 5-2 lead heading into the 6th inning, Hanover sent out Butler to shut the door and attempt a six-out save. Coming in from shortstop, Butler struck out two of the three batters faced to make it a 1-2-3 inning. While still holding a comfortable 5-2 lead heading into the 7th inning, the wheels started to fall off. With Butler unable to get ahead in the count as he faced the 7th, 8th, and 9th batters in the lineup, the base runners snowballed into four runs in dramatic fashion. Quincy walked it off and won by a score of 6-5. 

Butler reflected on his outing. “I need to be better out there. I owe it to my teammates and especially to Pelish after a 5-inning gem,” he said. “It sure is a tough pill to swallow, but with all of the work I have put in this offseason mentally and physically, I can live with the results knowing my teammates have my back. Believe me, I will be back. The commitment and the understanding of being all in will be prevalent in games to come.”

Surely a disappointing loss, the team looks to move on as the Hawks take on North Quincy, Scituate, and Plymouth South in the week ahead.