Category Archives: Sports

Boys Soccer: Season full of Highs and Lows

The boys varsity soccer team is off to a good start this year, though they still realize they have room for improvement. After  10 games, Hanover has a record of 5 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties.  Despite their middle of the road record, the team has had some ups along with the inevitable downs. Hanover started the season with a disappointing 1-0 loss at Rockland before school had even started. It was a game where they out-hustled and

Junior sweeper Liam Riley covers a Scituate forward earlier this year
Junior sweeper Liam Riley covers a Scituate forward earlier this year

outplayed Rockland for most of the game but they just couldn’t put one in the back of the net and it cost them.  Their next game was at Top 25 Silver Lake, where they lost 3-1 but put up a great battle with the game being remembered as a moral victory.  After two relatively easy victories over Middleboro and North Quincy, the team traveled to Pembroke for what might have been their toughest game all year. Facing arguably the best team in the league, Hanover played an incredibly tough game all around and led Pembroke for a good portion of time after a Zach Chase goal.  Toward the end of the game, Pembroke dominated play and scored in the last 5 minutes of action to force a tie. It was an upsetting result at the time but, looking back, the team acknowledges that they nearly beat an exceptional team that has been dominating all year.

Despite the Indians playing a fiery, competitive style all year coming into the Scituate game, the Sailors took it to them for a 4-0  drubbing in which Hanover showed little resistance. Hanover quickly recovered, coming back to beat Plymouth North 3-0 and program nemesis Hingham 1-0, a feel-good win for the Hanover program and alumni as well. The following week. Hanover beat Plymouth South 1-0 with Joe Maguire getting the deciding goal.  After a rain postponement last night Hanover felt another game slip away as they tied Quincy 2-2. Despite scoring 2 well executed goals and controlling play in surges for a lot of the game, Hanover let Quincy steal a point by scoring on 2 set pieces.

Captain Drew Zwart still regards the season a success at this point. “We have a young team and a lot of younger guys have stepped up big time,” said Zwart. “The team chemistry has been great and everyone gives everything they have. All the seniors have been good examples as well as fellow Tri-Captains Johnny Ferrarini and Jack Phelan. They play their heart out and bring physical tone to every game and people follow their lead.” At this point in the season Ferrarini has kept opponents’ totals low with  good defensive games while Zwart (5), Nick Kelsey (5), Chase (2), and Maguire (2) have done the bulk of the scoring.

Hanover’s record might be surprising to some outside the program who saw a lot of inexperience in this year’s team. Zwart himself was somewhat

Sophomore midfielder Zach Chase scores a goal in a 2-0 victory over North Quincy. Nick Kelsey scored for Hanover as well
Sophomore midfielder Zach Chase scores a goal in a 2-0 victory over North Quincy. Nick Kelsey scored for Hanover as well

surprised with how well the team has battled. “Not to say I didn’t think we could compete with teams like Hingham, but the fact that we came out and took it to them shows hows defiant of a team we have. On any given day we can compete with any team in the state.”

The second half of the season will be similar to the first, a mixed bag of very good teams with some sub-par teams that can still pose a threat if overlooked. Hanover will face Patriot-Fisher foes Scituate, Pembroke, Plymouth South, North Quincy, and Middleboro each one more time as well as match ups with talented Duxbury, Whitman-Hanson and Rockland squads. According to Zwart, “The biggest challenge going forward is taking advantage of our opportunities and building upon leads, our defense has been exceptional all year and played large minutes, but we still need to take some pressure off them by expanding the difference margins in our games.” If the team can do that, they have a chance to make a deep run in the state tournament.

Hanover resumes play on October 7 against North Quincy. You won’t want to miss it.

Five on Track Team Place in State Meet

The HHS track team sent 13 competitors to the MIAA Division 4 state championships at Durfee High School in Fall River. In the long jump, senior Elijah Abi-Kheirs placed fourth and junior Sarah Miller finished sixth. Sophomore Stephanie Flynn finished sixth in the mile run. Freshmen Niamh Kenney finished eighth in the two-mile and Emma Buckley was sixth in the 200 meter run.

 

Young Softball Team Has Winning Season

Going into the spring it looked bleak. Losing seven out of nine starters to graduation in a game where experience is so important was not a good sign. With only three upperclassman remaining, it was their turn to provide some serious leadership to the mainly freshman and sophomore team. For the underclassman, myself included, it was our turn to prove something. We needed to prove that our work ethic and dedication could match the experience and age of the other teams in our league.

By attending  pre-season practices led by team captains Morgan Delaney and Angela Katsikis, it was hard to gage how our team was going to end up. With only three juniors and seniors to demonstrate how it’s done, the underclassmen approached the practices timidly. The team had great attendance and quickly understood the drills, yet anyone could see that something was missing. Whether it was not being used to each other, being cooped up inside in a long winter that bled into the spring, or just rustiness, we were missing the cohesiveness that we had last year.

However, this gap disappeared as soon as we stepped on the field for our first game. We went all the way to North Plymouth for opening
day. It was clear in this game that we were not just a “developing” team. We got hit after hit, including two homeruns from freshmen Lindsey North and Abby Harrison.

Our first game was a strong victory. We hit the ground running and didn’t stop for seven games straight. These wins included an extra inning win against Plymouth South, where Emma Hardy got the RBI single to put the game into the eight inning. Also, in a game against
Rockland, Morgan Delaney hit a triple to give Hanover the lead after being down in the fifth. In the same game Linnea Martin got two doubles.

The freshmen more than stepped up as the season progressed. Lindsey North hit so well, she was moved to the leadoff position and became a permanent starter at second base. Additionally, Alyssa Tofuri had several key hits, including a double against Hingham. Sophomores Emma Hardy, Caroline O’rourke, and Joy Replogle worked their way into the starting lineup and more than held their own. Upperclassmen Angela Katsikis, Stephanie Spitz and Morgan Delaney displayed their skill and leadership throughout the season.

Sadly, this glory did not last when we took our game to Silver Lake. Not only is this team a division above us, but they are probably ranked among the very best teams in the state. With a knockout pitcher-catcher combo and an incredible hitting team, they provided quite the match. To put it delicately, we lost. As the pitcher I am especially sorry to say we gave up nine runs. We scored no runs of our own.

After this, we carried on with a few successes, but played shakily. We even lost to Hingham, providing them with their only win of the season. Thankfully, we regained the luster we had prior to Silver Lake, with a win against North Quincy to enter the tournament. Sadly, we lost to Quincy’s superior pitching to miss the league championship by one game. The Quincy game was a sad way to end the season, but the season was a success overall.

Boy’s Lax Takes on Tough Schedule, But is Still Successful

If you look around the sports team at HHS, you will see many of them play very similar schedules. They are mandated to play other Patriot League teams (Keenan Divison once, Fisher Divison twice) and a handful of selected non-conference games. Almost all the teams stay pragmatic and schedule Norwell, Rockland, Abington and one more relatively local team. Not the boy’s Lacrosse program. Partially because Lacrosse on the South Shore is still growing and Hanover is ahead of the curve, and partially to be challenged, Boy’s Lax has arguably played the most difficult schedule of any HHS athletic team the past two years. Already in a league with two teams perennially in the state’s top 15 (Hingham and Duxbury ), the boys load it up in non-conference too. Last year the program faced Mansfield, Milton, Acton-Boxborough, and Cohassett out of league. Three of those teams are classified as Division 1 by the MIAA while Cohasset has been a powerhouse the past five years. The schedule resulted in an excellent season in which they dabbled in and out of power rankings and eventually fell to a great Dover-Sherborn in a thriller of a game.

This season has held a similar tough schedule in which they face Division 1 teams Weymouth, Falmouth,  and Sandwich, along with D3 stalwarts Cohasset and Norwell. The boys have jumped out to a 8-2 start while overwhelming teams with their talent and performing well offensively and defensively. As of Thursday, they were #6 in the Boston Globe South Rankings and named to the ESPN Boston High Schools’ top 25. Their two losses came at the hands of reigning D3 State Champ Cohasset (#13 ESPN Boston) and a talented Hingham group (#10 ESPN Boston). Both games were tightly contested and were lost by a 2-goal margin. Their record has put them second overall in the Patriot League, behind only Duxbury.

The remainder of the schedule will continue to challenge the team as they will take on a good Scituate team as well as a solid Silver Lake squad, both winnable yet challenging games. Hanover will also have to face state #1 Duxbury, as well as Scituate and Cohasset again. If the past is any indication, they boys will still make it though with an outstanding record and high playoff seed.

Indians Still Working Things Out on the Diamond

The Hanover Indians baseball team has started off to a pedestrian first half and they know it. It took the team longer than usual to get through 10 games due to four rain postponements against Norwell, Pembroke, Quincy, and Middleboro. The second half of the season will be very compacted with three to four games a week and will require great stamina from the boys. If they play in a way similar to the first half, they very well may miss out on a coveted MIAA postseason birth.

Junior Shane Fallon takes a lead off first vs. Duxbury.
Junior Shane Fallon takes a lead off first vs. Duxbury.

The Indians started out rough with a blowout loss to Norwell, followed by a disappointing 8-4 loss to a mediocre Scituate team. The subpar play was picked up slightly in a 2-0 victory over North Quincy with Ryan Kelleher getting the win and Mike McLeod’s surprise success at the plate. Hanover continued to struggle against Whitman-Hanson through 6 innings, but a change was sparked with a 4-run rally to come within one before the umps took the tie away from them.

Heading into vacation week, Hanover lost freshman Matt Lanagan and junior Mike McLeod to travel, but their absence opened it up for the emergence of sophomore Sean Cornell. Hanover hit Rockland all over the place, taking a 7-0 lead before Rockland made a comeback and Troy Bridson had to come in for the save. Thursday of vacation week marked a doubleheader against a highly touted and undefeated Abington team. The first game, Kelleher pitched a complete game gem and Hanover hit Abington hard for a 5-0 victory. In the second game, Dave Griffin went out and topped Kelleher’s performance while getting an early 2-RBI hit from Kelleher to back him up. The game would end 2-0. Hanover then got beaten 4-1 by a highly ranked Silver Lake team. Matt Sointu threw his best but Hanover couldn’t get its bats moving til the end.  In the next outing, Hanover was tied with a good Duxbury squad 1-1 through 5 innings but a few mistakes in the 6th lead to a domino effect and Duxbury won with ease.

Despite the inconsistency, some Hanover players still put up great numbers. Pitchers Sointu and Kelleher are pitching great, each with a 1.94 ERA. Kelleher has also been hot at the plate, leading Hanover with a .345 batting average, followed by junior Justin Paskell at a .344 clip. In limited action, Phil Levangie is hitting .294 and just getting started.

Despite their ups and downs, Hanover is ready to get rolling in the second half. The second half of the season will be a grind for the Indians but that doesn’t mean they can’t be successful. Says senior captain Kelleher, “We need to have more timely hitting if we want to start winning games. Our pitching has been strong but we need to start scoring more runs.”

Kelleher pointed to the performance of Sointu, who has a 1.94 ERA but is 0-3 due a lack of run support, and team batting average of .210 when he is pitching.

Kelleher is very optimistic about the second half. “I’m looking forward to getting the bats going. As soon as we start to hit we are capable of going on a 5-game win streak. Tourney Time is the best time of year and hopefully we can make a run this year after an extra innings loss to Apponequet last season.”

Hanover gets back at it May 5th in Patriot League play.

Boys Basketball Shows Heart in Tough Season

By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson

The boys basketball team finished 8-13, but according to Coach Nick Hannigan, that record does not reflect the hard work and strong performances of his players.

Jack Buckley, a junior, was the team’s lead scorer, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds per game. He was named a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic and a Patriot League All Star. Ryan Kelleher, a senior, was “a big rebounder and a vocal captain,” Coach Hannigan said. Seniors Brian Wheeler and Dylan O’Neill joined with junior Jack Phelan to move the ball well on the court, and seniors Matt Sointu and Gerard Wynn had “big contributions off the bench.” Senior Alex Harper was strong on defense.

By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson

“We persevered through a lot of ups and downs,” said Dominic DiPietro, one of three senior captains along with Kelleher and O’Neill. “We definitely stuck together.”

Teammate Dave Griffin, a senior, agreed. “The team chemistry was strong.”

A highlight of the season, according to Griffin and DiPietro, was beating Rockland to clinch a spot in the state playoffs. The victory was particularly sweet because it followed a loss to Rockland at the buzzer earlier in the season.

The Indians fell in the first round of playoffs to Cardinal Spellman, who went on to win the Division 3 state title. With nine seniors set to graduate, the team looks to returning young players to make another run for the championship next year.

Boys Hockey Makes Strong Statement in Drive to State Title

The boys hockey team brought hope to Hanover High School this winter with its first trip to the state championship game in years. After winning the South Sectional Championship for Division 3, they won five 5 playoff games to make it to the state title game at the T.D. Garden in Boston. The Indians fell short in that game, losing 7-1 to Shrewsbury, and although it was a tough loss, it was a big step in the  right direction for the team.

“I don’t think anyone expected us to get that far,” said senior captain Pat Nevins. “With our hard work ethic and really growing into one big family, that was a big part of it. We loved being together.”

“Of course a win would’ve been better,” Nevins added, “but to have my last game at the Garden … we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

This season’s finish was a big improvement over recent years. The 2011-12 team lost three of four games to end the season and miss a chance at the playoffs, and last year’s team finished with a 5-11-4 record.

Hanover finished this regular season with 13 wins and 7 losses, winning the last four games of the season. The players worked extremely hard this season and the time and effort paid off for the Indians, coached by Jonathan Abban.

“We were a close group, there was more team chemistry,” said junior Andrew Zwart. “Sometimes (in past seasons) the seniors would disconnect, but that didn’t happen.”

The five senior captains included Nevins, Matt McDougall, Drew Caldwell, Matt Randall and Mike Proctor. McDougall was  the team’s leading scorer with 30 points and Nevins had 27 points. Both McDougall and Nevins were named Patriot Ledger All-Scholastics.

A tragedy occurred in the middle of the season,  when Hanover youth hockey player Matthew Cox was seriously injured in a ziplining accident. The team showed a great amount of support for Matthew and dedicated their season to the boy. Players would wrap their equipment in blue tape in support of Matthew while he was still in critical condition and attended his funeral when he passed away. The loss motivated the team to win games not just for themselves but for Matthew as well.

As the 2013-2014 season closes for the Indians, the team prepares to come back next year and go all the way to win the state Division 3 title. Despite losing 11 seniors, strong performances by young players give the team hope for the future. Sophomores Landon Hasenfuss and Colin Mahoney contributed 20 points each in the season.  In net the team was lead by Sophomore Noah Clapp and Zwart. Junior Cole Methot and freshman Mike McGlame were strong on defense.

 

 

 

 

Wrestlers Top in their League

The HHS wrestling team showed a lot of spirit in the winter season, winning the Patriot League title.  They finished with a record of 8 wins, 4 losses and two ties. They were at their best on their home turf, winning 83 percent of their home matches.

“We had an awesome team because our freshmen came out of the youth program and did great,” said senior Karl Lamoreaux. “It was nice to win the league championship before I graduate.”

The youth of the team gives hope that next year will be just as successful.

By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson

Girls Hockey Skates to Best Season Yet

The Cohasset/Hanover girls hockey team finished the season with a 11-5-3 record, a big improvement from last year’s 5-10-3. It was their best finish in their short four-year history as a varsity team. They were second in the league, and made it to the playoffs for the first time ever.

By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson

Seeded 10th out of 28 teams in the Division 2 State Tournament, the team faced #26 seed Milton  but lost  4-0.

“It was pretty cool to help start the program and then play my last game in the state tournament,” said captain McKenzie Dunphy, who was among the girls who established the original team. “It was pretty emotional.”

The team’s top scorers from Hanover were sophomore Ari Soldano with 22 points, sophomore Sam Taylor with 19 points, and senior Julia Dares with 16 points.

By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson

A highlight of the regular season was beating Whitman-Hanson-Pembroke, the top-ranked team in the league, 4-1. “It was awesome,” said Dunphy. “It was the first time we had ever won against them.”

The combined team will lose five graduating seniors including Dunphy, Whitney Joy and Dares.  But with a lot of strong young players on the team, next season looks like it will be a good one too.

“It’s sad not to be coming back,” Dunphy said. “We made our best friends on the team.”

Gymnasts Somersault to Success

By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson

This year, Hanover High School’s girls gymnastics team had a stellar season, excelling both in team spirit and high scores. First-year coach Shannon Gerrish had nothing but good things to say about the team, praising their fantastic skills and great bond.

The team is composed of 20 girls- senior captains Kaitlyn Powers and Marina Goba, Aly Byrne, Haley Kmito, Nicole Manning, Shannon Connelly, Devan Martin, Breanna Harris, Sarah Powers, MaryKate Whitley, Michelle Leary, Charlotte Calkin, Kelsey Kosak, Abby Goodson, Sophia Baker, Genevieve O’Donnell, Taylah Olson, Meaghan Bishop, Lauren Galotti, and MaryKate Armstrong.

A team that large surely is astounding, according to Coach Gerrish. “When I was in high school, it was a struggle to have enough girls to even have a team, so a team of 20 is really remarkable!”

The team’s overall record was 4-6, yet they came achingly close to winning a handful of times. Three meets were lost by a mere 0.5 of a point or less, and one meet was even decided by 0.05 of a point! But even with the few losses scattered throughout the season, the girls were able to finish 5th overall out of 14 teams at the league meet, their season high score tallying up to a fantastic 134.65.

By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson

“We continued to improve as the season progressed, which is every coach’s dream!” said Gerrish. “The girls and myself worked very hard to make changes to their routines to give them the best opportunity of obtaining the best score possible.”

It is clear how hard the gymnastics team worked throughout the season, and their efforts were definitely rewarded with a great overall outcome!

Some of the season highlights were Lauren Galotti’s beam score of 9.0, her vault score of 9.25, Devan Martin’s 8.2 on bars, and Kaitlyn Powers on floor with a 9.25 and all-around 34.9. But though gymnastics does lend itself to individual success, it is still a team sport. And Coach Gerrish makes it clear that the girls led a fabulous example of unity and teamwork throughout the whole gymnastics season.

“We had an amazing team morale and on a couple of different occasions went out to eat as a team after meets,” she said. “The girls were so positive and encouraging toward one another during the entire season!”

Though the gymnastics season has come to an end, it is only a matter of time before it starts up again next year. And Gerrish hopes to take the reins once again to lead her girls to victory, inspired by the fantastic demonstration of determination, skill, and focus shown by all members of HHS’s gymnastics team.

By Steve Ryerson
By Steve Ryerson