Category Archives: Sports

Celtics Rebuilding Year Is Worth Watching

By Callie MacDonald

Going into this season, the Boston Celtics were left with many holes on their team.  Losing players such as Kevin Garnet, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and DJ White, the team needed to fill several places on the court.  Even with the loss of talent forgotten, the team still had a major loss of leadership.  Team leaders Paul Pierce,  Kevin Garnet — and Ray Allen as well, who was traded the year before to the Miami Heat– are no longer on the team.  Their veteran leadership and team-building skills were far greater than their impressive athleticism.  In addition to this, their coach since 2004 has gone to the Clippers.  Needless to say that there were many gaps on the roster.

Although it’s disappointing and frightening to say goodbye to so many well-known faces, it is still a little exciting to get to know the new players.  They received Gerard Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Josephs, Kris Bogans and Kelly Olynyk.  There are also some talented returning players like Avery Bradley, Jeff Green, Jared Sullinger, Courtney Lee, Brandon Bass and, of course, Rajon Rondo.  With all of the team’s leaders gone, Rondo appears to be the one who has the ability to take their place.   Rondo creates so many assists that he is often compared to Steve Nash.  However, he tore his ACL last January, so he has not seen the court yet.

Even though we are nowhere near our former Big Three glory, there have been some notable highlights of the season, such as beating the Miami Heat early in the season.  Also, other players are stepping up to fill the roles of past and injured players.  For example, Jordan Crawford averaging 5.6 assists each game is helpful while Rondo remains on the DL.  They are second in their division, behind the Raptors.  They have 13 wins and 20 losses.

It is no secret that the Boston Celtics are not one of the more impressive teams in the NBA.  However, I still believe they are worth following.  It is a young team with a lot of hope.  There are a lot of possibilities in the years to come.  Most of all, the thing that I love the most about the Celtics is that they are a team.   Unlike other teams in the NBA, they are not centered around one superstar (or a couple in Miami’s case).  Egotistical giants do not dominate the Celtics.  I believe that the NBA right now is too focused on the showmanship of the all stars and barely concerned about playing basketball as though it were a sport that uses the five men on the court to win games.  Even when we had our “all stars” in the big three, they were exceptional leaders more than anything else.  They worked to make the team better.   Right now, we may not have the best team in the NBA, we may not have a shot at the championship for a few years, but we have a hardworking team with a lot of hopefuls and I think that is something worth watching.

Sox Win 3rd World Series in Decade

red-sox-logo11By Peter Palmer

The Boston Red Sox won their 8th World Series this fall, and their third in a span of 10 years. They beat the Saint Louis Cardinals in six games after being down 2 games to 1.

It all started in game one when the Red Sox crushed St. Louis 8 to 1. David Ortiz was nearly unstoppable in the series, going 11 hits for 16 and batting an average of .688 with two home runs and six RBIs. He also won World Series Most Valuable Player.

The team’s trip to the World Series came after its first American League Championship Series win in 5 years. In the ALCS, the Sox  topped the Detroit Tigers 4 games to 2. To get to the ALCS, the Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays three games to one to win the division.

Rolling to Victory with the Sox Once Again!

By Kali Heffernan
“Get the Duck Boats ready!” is becoming a common thing to hear in Boston! The 2013 champs set off on the duck boats on Saturday, Nov. 2 from Fenway. They carried on the famous beard tradition by draping beards on the front of the duck boats. They had an emotional stop at the Marathon finish line. Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia placed the world series trophy and the Boston 617 Strong shirt they had kept in their dugout since April, on the finish line for a moment of silence. The parade had 23 duck boats and 2 million people in the crowd.

Bruins Skate Back from Rocky Start

By Kali Heffernan
The opening month of October for the Boston Bruins was a mixed start. They finished with an 8-4-0 record. As of November 12, they have an 11-5-1 record, meaning they only have 1 regulation loss in the month of November and it came on the 2nd of November, the first game of the month, against the New York Islanders. They lost 3-1. They came home to start at 5 game home stand, their longest of the season. It also became reunion week at the Garden with former teammates Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, Tim Thomas, and Phil Kessel coming to the Garden with their new teams.
The Bruins started this home stand on November 5 against Dallas. They lost in a shootout after a Dallas penalty shot tied the game. Ironically, Seguin and Peverly scored for Dallas in the shootout to win the game over their former team (more on that game below). They continued on Thursday November 7 against Florida with a 4-1 win over the Panthers. Although former teammate Tim Thomas was not in goal, he got a standing ovation from the crowd and a video tribute for what he did for the team when he was in Boston, leading them to a Stanley Cup in 2011. On November 9, Phil Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs came to town. This marked the first meeting between the two since Boston’s amazing game 7 comeback last May.  While Boston dominated the first period, Toronto came back in the second, but the Bruins came out with a 3-1 victory.
On Veterans Day the Bruins faced the Tampa Bay Lightning in a matinee at the Garden. Tampa’s Steven Stamkos had a collision with the goalie post in the second, causing him to be taken out on a stretcher. Late in the second, Patrice Bergeron finally scored for the Bruins. The goal was first awarded to Bergeron, then given to Torey Krug, but eventually given back to Bergeron. Either way the Bruins had a 1-0 lead late in the second. Just 20 seconds later, Danny Paille scored his second of the year. Late in the third David Krejci scored, but it was waved off because of goalie interference, but Jarome Iginla got an empty net with 1 minute left to give the Bruins a 3-0. After a rougher start in October, November and the months to come seem very promising for this Boston Bruins team.
Bruins vs. Stars Nov. 5: a rematch after big summer trade
On November 5, the Boston Bruins faced the Dallas Stars. Over the summer the Bruins and Stars made a huge trade sending Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly and prospect Ryan Button to Dallas for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow and Matt Fraser. This game marked the first meeting between the two since then. It was bound to be an interesting game. I was personally there to witness it all. The scoring in this one started early with Dallas captain Jamie Benn scoring his 5th of the year just 3:38 in. Just under a minute later the Bruins most offensive defenseman, Torey Krug, scored his 5th of the season. The first period ended tied with the Bruins outshooting the Stars 18-10.
The second period was rough with the Bruins only recording 4 shots, while the Stars had 13. They managed to keep it a 1-1 game going into the 3rd. Halfway through the 3rd period, Milan Lucic scored his team-leading 7th of the year to give the Bruins the 2-1 lead. With about 3 minutes remaining in the game, Dennis Seidenberg interfered on Vernon Fiddler’s shot and instead of  Seidenberg being given a penalty, Fiddler was rewarded a penalty shot. Fiddler beat Tuukka Rask to even the game at 2-2. It continued into the extra 5-minute overtime where it remained a tie, so this one would need a shootout.
In the first round, Patrice Bergeron scored on Kari Lehtonen and Tuukka Rask stopped Jamie Benn. In the second round, Lehtonen stopped Jarome Iginla, while former Bruins Tyler Seguin scored on Tuukka Rask. Loui Eriksson, in his first game back since his concussion, had a chance to score against his former team, but Lehtonen denied him. This gave Dallas the chance to win it if Alex Chiasson could score, but Rask stopped him. This extended the shootout for David Krejci, but he too was stopped by Lehtonen, which again gave Dallas the chance to win it. It was up to former Bruins Rich Peverly for the game-winning shootout goal against his former team, and he got it. The Dallas Stars took this one 3-2.

 

Fall Sports Roundup: Hard work and heart led to strong seasons

Football

By Peter Palmer, Andrea Bilton and Matt Jillett

What better way to spend your Friday nights than with watching a game of football? This year’s football team and coaches prided themselves on attracting so many people to the high school football games. It was a good feeling to know that the team was able to fill a fan bus to go to the team’s Dennis-Yarmouth playoff game, and Coach Landolfi was much appreciative of the support. He also showed his gratitude to the dedicated players when he told them, “Thanks guys for working so hard every day and being there every day… we’ve had a pretty good year.” The record overall was 5-4, and 3-1 in the league. The team looks forward to continuing their ongoing season until the final game against Norwell on Thanksgiving Day.

“This season was a real turnaround from past seasons and the coaches made a lot of difference,” said Josh Masse, ’14, a linebacker who missed being out on the field because of an injury. “We got a lot of support from the town and the fans and overall it was a great year.”

*    *     *

Field Hockey

By Cate Marchetti

Hanover’s varsity field hockey team had an outstanding conclusion to a rewarding season. The team finished with a record of ten wins, five losses, and three ties, allowing them to qualify for the MIAA Division 2 South Shore Sectional Tournament. The girls played a strong game, scoring the first goal against Falmouth on Hanover’s home turf. Although the team lost 2-1 to end the season, they asserted themselves by ranking fifth in the Patriot League.

“We made tournament for the first time in four years which was really something special, ” said head coach Judy Schneider.

Hanover’s field hockey team will bid a fond farewell to 14 seniors this year, all of whom put in tremendous efforts this season. Congratulations to next year’s captains Molly McMahon, Amy Leonard, and Hannah McCorkell, and best of luck to the team in the future!

field hockey.png

*    *     *

Boys Soccer

By Matt Jillett

The 2013 boys soccer team “got off to a rough start at the beginning,” according to senior captain Kevin Ghostlaw. “We went up against a tough schedule but fought through it.”

The team’s record was 5-11-2, but the players put in a true effort throughout the long season. At the wrap-up rally on Nov. 13, Coach Stephen Rodday was proud to say that “Boys finished strong overall with a 3-game winning streak. We never lost for a lack of effort.” The season’s highlight would definitely be reclaiming the Gerrish Cup, an accomplishment that the whole team can be proud of. Coaches Stephen Rodday, Brian Rodday, and Mark Centorino really pushed the boys to their full potential this season and are hopeful for the up-and-coming captains for next year’s season. The captains for the 2014 season are Jack Phelan, Drew Zwart, and Jonny Ferrarini, and will be following in the footsteps of previous captains Kevin Ghostlaw and Billy Taylor.

 

*    *     *

Girls Soccer

By Emma Devine

When the 2013 Girls Soccer season started, the team was more motivated than ever. Months before the season, the program lost head coach Garth Nelson, who started the program 32 years ago and has been the only head coach the team ever had. With this loss, the season wasn’t just any other seas. It became a season for Nelson. Each game players wrote “Nelson 32” on their arms and donned “GN” bands on their shinguards to honor Mr. Nelson. Not only did the team honor him physically, but they honored him by the way they played. Nelson always advocated hard work and this season the team worked harder than ever. The girls’ season record was 5-9-5. This included a tie to powerhouse Division 1 Duxbury, a comeback tie against Silver Lake, and enough wins in Division 3 to get into tournament.

Hanover entered tournament lucky number 13 seed, the last seed in the bracket. The first round was against the number 4 seed, Seekonk. Hanover dominated the game with a 3-0 win. The next round was a tough match against the number 5 seed Medway. Medway was heavily favored to win the game but that wasn’t going to dampen the team’s spirits. With a goal from Karly Atturio and outstanding keeping skills from Ashley McGann, Hanover beat Medway 1-0. The Hanover fans stormed the field at the end of the game and celebrated with the team. The win put the team into the South-Sectional semi-finals against the number 1 seed, Cardinal Spellman. The Hanover Spirit was palpable with 2 full fan buses joining the team. Hanover almost had the win and were evenly matched against this seed 1 school, but couldn’t pull off the win, losing 0-2. At the end of the game Hanover fans chanted, “We love Hanover,” which truly showed how incredible the fans were. Although the team lost, in their minds and the minds of their fans they had won. They honored Mr. Nelson and had the best time doing it.

soccer

*    *     *

Golf

By Andrea Bilton and Matt Jillett

This year’s golf team did very well this season, finishing 13-3 and winning its division of the Patriot League again. “At some point during the season, everyone was a standout player,” said Coach Jay Durfee. At the fall sports rally, Captain Tyler Powers agreed. “We had a solid team this year,” he told everyone.

Sophie Morrill, the team’s top scorer with a scoring average of 37.6, was named a Patriot League All Star. Also named were Powers and freshman Charlie Banks, who scored a hole in one in a match against Silver Lake. Captain Brendan Cornell received Patriot League Honorable Mention. Christian Abbate and John Carroll also were strong contributors to the team’s success, Durfee said.

The 15 boys and one girl on the team played 9 rounds every Monday to determine who would play in that week’s varsity matches. Durfee said 95 percent of the team qualified for varsity play. Co-captain Brendan Cornell is among the seniors that the team will miss next year. But with many of the team’s top players returning, the outlook for next season is pretty good.

*    *     *

Cross Country

By Matt Jillett and Andrea Bilton

This year’s cross country team was led by Mr. Brown for the boys team, and Mr. Perry for the girls team. But these weren’t the only leaders on the team. “We had some great leadership,” Mr. Brown said about the dedicated captains who influenced their teammates. The captains of the 2013 cross country team included Joe Eastman, Brendan Hoar, and Brian Meehan for the boys and Sydney Packer, Michaela Nee, and Christina Nee for the girls.

“The season went very well,” said Eastman. The boys had a record of 5-5 and the girls finished 4-6. Top runner for the boys, Shawn Doolin, added, “We put a lot of heart into our races and leave it all out on the course.” The whole XC team would undoubtedly agree.

As Mr. Brown addressed the gym during the Nov. 13 rally, he claimed, “We’re really as good as the slowest runner on the team, and it’s about getting them to work.” He also made sure to praise Stephanie Flynn for qualifying for the All-State meet on Saturday, Nov. 16. Great job to all of the cross country runners and best of luck in the off-season!

xc2xc

*    *     *

Volleyball

By Andrea Bilton, Matt Jillett and Stephanie Flynn

The volleyball team’s coach, David Jakub, had a lot to say about the valiant efforts of this year’s team when it came to adapting to new situations. “My team did really well this year for all the injuries we had,” he told the audience at the rally. “We had major injuries to some of our starters, which meant younger players had to fill in. The team worked extremely hard.”

This did attest to be true. The team prevailed over whatever struggles they may have had and fought as hard as they could throughout the season. The team finished with a record of 7-13, thanks to all of the hardworking senior players who will be rightfully missed. Senior Britton Lastowka was nominated as a Patriot League All-Star and Samantha Colaw was an honorable mention.

“Although the record was not the best, most of the losses were that close that they could have been wins,” said coach Jakub. “The team showed much determination and desire with a great competitive attitude; never giving up never, looking back and preparing diligently for the next match.”

Senior captains Colaw and Mikayla Matheson make way for new leaders, Katherine Hussey and Maranda Grant to take on the upcoming 2014 volleyball season.

The Junior Varsity team finished with a 9-11 record and the Freshmen team finished with a record of 2-18.

vball

*  *   *

Cheerleading

By Andrea Bilton

Hanover High’s cheerleading team was led to great heights this year by coaches Amanda Albright and Ann Galotti. After their 2012 season, the whole team aspired to improve and sharpen their skills and efforts before competing for the second consecutive year at the Patriot League Cheerleading Competition, and for the first time ever, HHS held cheerleading tryouts before school let out for summer. The most amazing thing brought about by these tryouts were four new freshmen who had never been a part of a cheerleading team before, and proved themselves greatly.

Like all teams, there were injuries, sicknesses, and other minor conflicts that put pressure on the whole team to strive for solutions. As Coach Albright put it, “Cheerleading is different from all other sports because if somebody gets sick or hurt, you can’t simply sub in another player.” This does in fact ring to be true since each member of the team is trained for a specific job, and a lot of weight rests on each person’s shoulders to be the best they can be. If someone were to get sick or injured, it is nearly impossible to find somebody to do their job exactly the way it ought to be done.

But in the end, the cheer season concluded with a great accomplishment. At the Patriot League Competition, the team earned the second highest score in the division! Unfortunately, this year the team says goodbye to senior Nicole Manning and senior captains Megan Galotti, Allison Galotti, and Lauren Collins, but will welcome the new season with even more effort and determination to become the best team possible.

                                    

Bruins’Goal is a Return Trip to Championship Game

Boston_Bruins_svgBy Kali Heffernan

The Boston Bruins season is finally here! After losing in game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Chicago Blackhawks last June, the Bruins are back and ready to go. Their goal every season is to make it to the Stanley Cup finals and  eventually win it. After coming so close, but failing to do so, they had to make some changes. With free agency and the trade market open, the Boston Bruins organization had some tough decisions to make. First they had to find out which players would be leaving from free agency. With a small salary cap space limiting the amount of money they could spend on players, they would have to make some hard decisions. First they made sure they resign their most valuable players, Goalie Tuukka Rask and Center Patrice Bergeron. They were both signed to an 8-year deal.

One player they had to lose was defenseman and Alternate Captain Andrew Ference, whose contract had expired. Even though the Bruins would have loved to keep such an amazing player and person, they had to let him go because of the small cap space. He is now Captain of the Edmonton Oilers. They also lost their top line right wing Nathan Horton to free agency. Horton, unlike Ference, did not want to come back to Boston for a 4th year after making it to the Cup finals twice in 3 years and winning one.

After losing many players to free agency, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli decided to make a trade. A big 7 player trade. He decided to trade Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverly, and Ryan Button to Dallas, for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith. The Bruins had many new players to welcome to Boston. Losing former players made room for new players, and prospects. During free agency, the Bruins acquired Jarome Iginla from Pittsburgh. Iginla was not loved by Boston fans at first after choosing to go to Pittsburgh over Boston at the trade deadline last season. He proved himself in the preseason as the team’s top scorer, skating top line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci in place of Nathan Horton. Loui Eriksson was great in place of Tyler Seguin on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The Bruins team has been 4 lines deep, and they wanted to keep it this way, but the third line was a problem. After losing Rich Peverly and Jaromir Jagr the 3rd line needed some work. With many prospects it was open to almost anyone. The preseason gave the prospects a chance to show what they can do. It ended up being a battle between Jordan Caron, Carl Soderberg, and new teammate Reilly Smith on who would play the wings with Chris Kelly on the 3rd line. Soderberg ended up having an injury so the line is Caron-Kelly-Smith as of now. Of course the 4th line, or Merlot Line as it was known for the players’ cranberry-colored practice jerseys, is Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Danny Paille as always.

There is a lot to look forward to with the Bruins this season. It will be exciting, and interesting to see how the new players will work in the team. It is bound to be a great season.

Hanover Girls Hockey: Team, Myth or Legend?

When most people hear about the Hanover girls hockey team, the usual response is something along the lines of: ‘we have a girl’s hockey team?’ Why yes, we do and believe it or not it’s pretty awesome. The team is combined with the town of Cohasset and coached by Deb Beal, a teacher in Cohasset. The season starts in December, and practices are held mostly at Pilgrim Rink in Hingham. Games are played all over the South Shore.

Wicked Local Photo by K.A. MacDonald, published in the Hanover Mariner Jan. 29, 2013
Wicked Local Photo by K.A. MacDonald, published in the Hanover Mariner Jan. 29, 2013

When asked about playing with girls from Cohasset, Hanover sophomore Sam Taylor said, “I love it. They are very nice.”  Hanover and Cohasset are set to break into their own teams by the end of this season, much to the chagrin of players. The girls liked playing together so much they fought the separation each season.

The team started back in 2010 after much planning. It began as a JV team but the next year stepped up to varsity. Though the team hasn’t won many games (as you can see from the stats below) they always play hard and bring their A game every time.

2012-2013 Season Stats
Wed., Dec. 26 Whitman-Hanson L, 6-2
Wed., Jan. 2 at Norwell T, 1-1
Sat., Jan. 5 at Marshfield L, 2-1
Wed., Jan. 9 Martha’s Vineyard L, 3-2
Sat., Jan. 12 Bourne W, 3-1
Wed., Jan. 16 North Quincy W, 4-1
Sat., Jan. 19 at Dennis-Yarmouth T, 2-2
Mon., Jan. 21 at Scituate L, 4-2
Sat., Jan. 26 at Latin Academy W, 4-2
Wed., Jan. 30 Norwell W, 5-4
Sat., Feb. 2 at Martha’s Vineyard L, 4-2
Wed., Feb. 6 Marshfield L, 2-1
Tue., Feb. 19 at Bourne L, 4-2

 

That isn’t to say beginners aren’t welcome. Beginners were what the team was originally based on. The Hanover/ Cohasset team operates based upon a philosophy where the more experienced players play the varsity games and the beginners on the JV team play scrimmages with other JV teams. If you are just starting out it is the perfect set up, because you get ice time each week at practice and games that are just for fun. Molly Cameron, a Hanover sophomore, says to beginners, “It’s the best thing you could ever do and you won’t regret doing it!”

Since most people don’t really know about the team it’s sometimes hard to find new players. Most of the current players  found out about it from friends or from being on the town girls’ team (yes, that’s a thing too). What the players like most about playing hockey and being on the team is the challenge and the friends they make.

If you decide to join the team, it is a good experience. Even if you don’t, it would be good to follow the team’s games and see all the great achievements they make!

Kayla Garity is a member of the team.