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South Shore Tech 36 Holbrook/avon 34

Hanging out in the Weymouth High weight room

Tyler Richards, SST: Richards played a role in all five TDs for the Vikings. He ran for four TDs and threw another to Todd Egan. He scored the tying TD in overtime and threw the walk-off two-point conversion to Ben Brenner.

Ashton Gabler, SST: Gabler rushed for 122 yards on 18 carries.

Brady Sheehan, Holbrook/Avon: Sheehan ran 26 times for 104 yards and three TDs.

Anthony Pettijohn, Holbrook/Avon: Pettijohn ran 12 times for 95 yards and a TD.


High School Roundup: Weymouth And Hingham Set For Td Garden First

Weymouth High will play Hingham in Unified Basketball at TD Garden on Sunday, Jan. 16 as part of the Andrew James Lawson Foundation 2022 Invitational.

It is believed that this will be the first Unified Basketball game staged at the Garden. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.

There will be a full slate of games at the Garden that day, beginning with the Cardinal Spellman girls playing Malden Catholic at 8:30 a.m. There are two other games involving local teams Norwell boys vs. Silver Lake at 1 p.m., and Scituate boys vs. Marshfield at 2:30.

Andrew Lawson died at the age of 27 in 2017 after a two-year battle with cancer. The Norwell High grad didn’t let Down syndrome prevent him from participating in sports with the Clippers.

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According to the Andrew James Lawson Foundation website, the organization is a nonprofit “established in Andrews memory by his family to advance and improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by funding, developing and promoting programs, projects or individual scholarships that encourage and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and help foster inclusion in their community.”

In other high school action on Thursday:

Duxbury 38 Marshfield 28

Matt Festa, Duxbury: Festa threw for 380 yards, four TDs and added another on the ground.

Matt Cielieski, Duxbury: Cielieski hauled in 10 catches for 199 yards and two TDs.

Brady Madigan, Duxbury: Madigan had a pair of TD receptions.


Owen Masterson, Marshfield: Masterson threw four TDs in the loss.

Jason OKeefe, Marshfield: OKeefe finished with 119 yards of offense and scored twice.

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Sean Mccarthy Oliver Ames

A third-year forward, McCarthy is primed to lead the Tigers. Head coach Mike Zucarelli: “While his size has others overlook him, Seans speed and hands make him one of the most difficult guys on the ice to handle. He spent this past off season in the gym and you can see it pay off in his physical style of play.”

Preston Channell South Shore Tech

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A senior center from Pembroke, Preston was the team’s second-leading scorer in the shortened season as first line center. He also plays power plays and one of SSVT’s top penalty killers. Coach Derek Mariani: “He is very physical, great speed, a tremendous accurate shot and knows the game very well.”


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North Quincy Girls Basketball

Secret to success: Selflessness

It’s not a surprise that North Quincy is off to a great start this season, but there are aspects that are surprising. Some unforeseen challenges have pushed first-year assistant coach Matt Ramponi to the head-coaching job. Sophomore Orlagh Gormley entered the season as one of the top players in the area, but she’s tossed her name into the best players in the state conversation already. The Raiders have a very young team, but they play with a level of composure that’s unexpected for a sophomore-laden club.

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Ramponi said Gormley is stoic and humble for her own success, but ecstatic when she sees teammates like Molly Tolland draining 3-pointers. The team, which has players who have suited up together since long before middle school, has bought into a coach who met the team for the first time on Nov. 29, 2021.


Oh yeah, this team is pretty talented, too. Ava Bryan is a sophomore who already has gobs of starting experience. Autumn O’Campus is a double-double threat, and Bridget Capone is North Quincy’s defensive stopper.

Jack Perron Oliver Ames

As a multi-sport varsity athlete, the work ethic of this junior forward is second to none. “He may not be a flashy hockey player, but no one is going to out work or out muscle him on the puck,” said coach Mike Zucarelli. “Jack prides himself on leading this team by example and always doing whatever it takes to help his teammates.”

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High School Roundup: Stoughton High Boys Basketball Somehow Finds A Way To Win

There are comebacks.

And then there’s what the Stoughton High boys basketball team did on Monday.


Down big at the end of the end of the first three quarters against Canton , the Black Knights somehow found a way to send the game to overtime before pulling out a 69-68 win.

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Connor Andrews saved the day. With Stoughton down 7 with 11 seconds remaining, Andrews hit a 3-pointer and added a free throw. Rayan Sablon stole the inbounds pass, which allowed Andrews to hit the tying 3-pointer.

In the extra period, Liam Pearl scored the winning layup with 11 seconds remaining and also had the game-sealing block.

Cashmere Mathurin chipped in with 11 points.


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Andrew Livingstone Oliver Ames

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Livingstone, a sophomore forward, started to come into his own in all three zones at the end of last season. “His raw talent is outstanding to watch and with a year of experience under his belt he has the ability to put the team on his back,” said coach Mike Zucarelli. “He has the ability to be one of the most impactful sophomores in the Hockomock League.”

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Silver Lake Boys Hockey

Secret to success: Years of building

This is a season Silver Lake’s senior class has been waiting for. The core of this team first made some noise two years ago by winning a tournament game against Holliston. Silver Lake followed that up by nearly upsetting the top seed in the Division 3 South Sectionals, but fell to Hopkinton, 5-3.


Playing primarily only Patriot League teams last season was a tough draw, and the Lakers finished 2-9. That record was a little deceiving, as Silver Lake dropped five one-goal games.

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It’s been a totally different story this winter, as the Lakers are off to a 5-2 start, including a 3-2 record in Patriot League games.

The Lakers won the Cashman Tournament over the break, but there’s no doubt what the high point of the season has been so far. Last week, the Lakers defeated Duxbury for the first time since 1997. Head coach Dan Scott was a senior on that team.

It wasn’t an easy win for the Lakers. Duxbury tied the game late, but Markie Kelleher netted the winner with three seconds remaining in overtime.


Senior captain Sam Dilley is the vocal leader of the team, and Kelleher is having a breakout season with 8 goals in seven games. Brett Evans, who plays on a line with the two captains, sets the physical tone.

Senior JD Henley will be a midseason acquisition. He suffered an injury in the first game, but he’ll be returning as a top-six forward soon.

Important Boys Varsity Baseball News: Concessions Help Needed For Winter Sports

Dear Parents of returning players and all interested players, In the spring we are fortunate enough to be able to have all of you attend games and not work concession stands during our season. To offset that and make sure we are involved in our fair share of work it is essential that we step up and do our time in the concession stands during the remainder of the winter season. Parents I ask that you all work at least on stand. If we do not provide help in the two aforementioned seasons, then we will more than likely have to work during our own games, which would cost you the opportunity to see your child play at least once during our spring 2022 season. Please be proactive and jump in and help. The booster club is essential for all of our teams at Patriot. If you have any questions, please email me at …

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Starting The Program From Scratch

Norwell has made impressive postseason strides in recent years, including a breakthrough victory over Notre Dame Academy in the state semifinals in the 2019-20 season. But the program certainly didn’t start that way.

Dinger remembers the ups and downs of getting the team off the ground, such as fundraising for a potential program as an underclassman and struggling to find enough players to form a roster when the team finally came together during her junior year.

“Being one of the players, it was getting people on board,” Dinger recalled the biggest challenge. “Finding those girls who were going to take a leap of faith so we’d have enough players.”

She has lasting memories of the early days. The team’s practices split the rink in half to divide the players who were just learning to skate and others refining their baseline of skills.

The Clippers won seven of their 18 games in their inaugural season not bad for a first-year program but coming back years later shows how much things have changed.

“That whole environment was such a cool thing because now I come back to see how much the program has grown,” said Dinger. “Now we have a full team, everyone can skate and to see where we’ve come from to where we are now, it’s truly an incredible thing.”

Plymouth South 34 Plymouth North 32

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James Mahon, Plymouth South: Mahon hauled in the winning two-point conversion pass in triple overtime.

PJ Murphy, Plymouth South: Murphy ran for four TDs.

Dallas Murphy, Plymouth North: Murphy, a cousin of the aforementioned PJ, ran for three touchdowns and threw a 60-yard TD pass to Anthony Ferrante.

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Where Things Stand Now

There aren’t any more split-rink practices anymore. Those are a thing of the past, but as much as high expectations creep into the mind of a program on the rise, building and maintaining the program’s culture is high on Dinger’s list of things to emphasize now as the team’s head coach. She also hopes to establish a youth program in town.

“Being on a hockey team especially at Norwell, where we now have that family atmosphere it’s fun. It’s the best part, just being with each other,” Dinger said. “Everything else will come: the competitiveness, the strength of the actual program skill-wise, it will come as long as we continue to foster this kind of environment with each other.”

Norwell is coming off a competitive tie with Hanover which keeps the Clippers centered at the .500 mark in the early going of Dinger’s first season. For a coach who once sat on the same bench and laced up the same skates, Dinger can relate to, once again, leading a Norwell group on the come-up.

“I think that’s the best way to get these girls engaged,” she said, “to show them it’s a really fun place to be.”

High School Football: Something Has To Give In Div 7 Final Between Cohasset And Wahconah

When the Cohasset High and Wahconah football teams meet in the Division 7 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday, something will have to give.

The top-seeded Warriors are 11-0 and have scored at least 22 points in every game this season. Wahconah averages a shade over 37 points per game. During a current nine-game winning streak, Cohasset is giving up an average of 8 points per game.

The Wahconah offense keeps pressure on the defense at every moment, said Cohasset coach Pete Afanasiw. They have some unusual formations that they try to exploit, which intellectually puts the defense on the defensive.

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Offensively, the Warriors are led by seniors quarterback Ryan Scott and running back Jonah Smith. According to MassLive.com, Scott has thrown for 1,102 yards and 15 touchdowns with 3 interceptions. Smith has rushed 184 times for 1,650 yards and 20 TDs.

Theyre pretty well balanced, said Afanasiw. They have a quarterback who is a very efficient passer. He throws well from the pocket and on the run, both from the left and the right. They have a really solid running back, who is not the biggest kid in the world but he does have good size. Hes about 180, 185 and he runs really well.

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Cohassets offensive line has played well together all season.

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Archbishop Williams Boys Basketball

Secret to success: Depth

The Bishops entered the week with the same number of wins and different starting lineups . Archbishop Williams lost its starting point guard due to injury early in the season and lost some huge players from last season. The Bishops had a strong season last winter, but a pair of Patriot Ledger All-Scholastics are gone in Jack McCarthy and Andre Mills . Mills starred as a sophomore, averaging 18.4 points per game.

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The Bishops have gone 11 deep to find ways to win games. Junior Josh Campbell and senior Kevin Hamilton have led the scoring effort and are off to scorching starts. Campbell, a guard from Plymouth, is averaging 25.5 points and 8 rebounds per game while shooting 67 percent from the field. Hamilton, a forward from Abington, is at 16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while scoring at a 60 percent clip.

“The 11 that have consistently played have bought into their roles and they can all impact winning on any given night,” said coach Brian Holden.

The Bishops rallied from a 14-point deficit in the second half to defeat Bishop Feehan and have solid wins over O’Bryant and Bishop Stang.

State Semifinals: All The Miaa High School Football Scores And South Shore Highlights

Unified Sports comes to Weymouth

Sixteen teams across the state are so close to Gillette Stadium they can taste it as they compete in this weekend’s state semifinals.

Half of those teams hail from across the South Shore.

There’s the possibility of three double-local Super Bowls. In Division 4, Patriot League foes Duxbury and Scituate would love to run it back. Duxbury won that first meeting by one point. In Div. 6 and 8, four South Shore Leagues could make it to the final.

In Div. 6, Rockland and Abington’s success is hardly a surprise given both teams’ recent track record. But Hull and Randolph in Div. 8 would be stunning.

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Aiden Dunphy Silver Lake

This junior defenseman has led the Lakers in points the last two seasons while possessing great speed and creativity with the puck. Head coach Dan Scott said, “He is just as good in the defensive end as he is on the offensive end. A complete player that plays in all three zones and makes teams keep note of him when he is on the ice.”

Complications Could Keep Miaa Playoff Basketball Games Out Of Garden

Playoff high school basketball at TD Garden is a tradition around here.

It’s a tradition that might continue, but only if the MIAA is willing to make some hard choices about who gets to play on Causeway Street and who doesn’t.

The MIAA basketball committee on Wednesday morning voted 17-0 to recommend using TD Garden in some capacity for the playoffs, but it’s not quite as simple as that.

“There are a lot of moving parts,” said Hingham High athletic director Jim Quatromoni, the statewide tournament director for basketball. “There are so many variables.”

In a phone call with The Patriot Ledger on Wednesday night, Quatromoni laid out the challenges facing the MIAA as it tries to schedule the final rounds of five boys and five girls tournaments, which are being staged in a statewide format for the first time this winter.

Tsongas Center in Lowell has set aside Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 for the MIAA to hold games there, Quatromoni said. That works perfectly as a site for the 10 state finals , which easily can be spread over three days, most likely with two games on Friday and four each on Saturday and Sunday.

“How do you take 20 games and decide which eight go to the Garden?” Quatromoni said. “Sixteen teams are thrilled and 24 aren’t happy.”

“I just feel like trying to squeeze down” the schedule would not work, Quatromoni said.

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Archbishop Williams Girls Hockey

Secret to success: Goaltending + young players chipping in

From the class of 2027 to seniors, the Bishops are getting contributions from all over. Just look between the pipes. Senior assistant captain Amy Donnelly and eighth-grader Evelyn Lacey switch off games in net and it’s worked. While starting 5-1-1, Archbishop Williams has only surrendered 10 goals.

The Bishops’ roster is all different ages. Caitlyn O’Connell, Gabriella Damon and Karaline O’Toole make up the rest of the senior class. Abigail Dunn, Abigail Murphy, Cassandra Martin, Victoria Bellew, Kristin Spiro and Grace Mottau form the junior class.

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Shea Nolan, Caroline Batchelder, Lily Donovan and Alexis Galvin are the freshmen. Archbishop Williams has five eighth-graders and three seventh-graders .

The Bishops’ lone loss this season came to St. Mary’s , 2-0. St. Mary’s is one of the top-ranked teams in the state. Since then, Archbishop Williams is 4-0-1.

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