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Kara Knights concentrated on the ball getting ready to hit it home during one of her home games.
Knights catches the ball in the outfield gaining an out for her team.
Kara Knights concentrated on the ball, getting ready to hit it home during one of her home games.











by Maddie Evangelous

Second in the league in batting,  junior Kara Knights is a Mid-Wach B All-Star this year. As of next year she will be the new captain for Hudson softball.

How long have you been playing softball, and what is your position?

I have played since I was eight, and I play first and second base.

How did you get into softball?

When I was little, I loved to watch the high school softball games.

What goes through your mind when hitting or in the field?

When I am batting, I always think about where I am going to hit the ball and where the pitcher might pitch the ball, so I can be ready for it.

What is a highlight of your softball season?

My highlight of this year would be beating Marlborough.

How does it feel to be in the playoffs?

It feels excellent, exciting and definitely nervewracking.

What is your favorite part of softball?

My favorite part of softball is the money, glory and fame, but I also love winning.

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Sarah Billings prepared to catch a pass from her teammate during a home game versus Tyngsborough.
Sarah Billings and her teammate Brianna Zemotel are spirited for their home game versus Marlborough.











Sophomore starter Sarah Billings has shown off her lacrosse skills on the field this spring.

How long have you been playing lacrosse?

I have played since 6th grade, and I love it.

What position do you play?

I play midfield attack, so I play forward and some defense as well.

When you’re on the field, what goes through your mind?

I am always thinking about being more aggressive and keeping my stick in the air, so I can be ready for the ball. Also I try to focus on keeping my eyes on the ball  at all times.

What is your favorite thing about lacrosse?

Definitely the stick skills and learning new ways to beat a defender. I love to play catch with my friend Hannah Kennedy. I also love being on a team with many awesome people.



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Audrey DiBuono getting on the bus after a big win over Algonguin Regional.
Audrey DiBuono is getting on the bus after a big win over Algonguin Regional.

Audrey DiBuono with her hard work and determination made the varsity softball team as a beginner.

Q: What made you want to play softball?

A: My mom told me to play because I could throw really well, and my brother’s girlfriend Jill Cedrone convinced me that it would be fun.

Q: What did you do to prepare for tryouts?

A: I practiced throwing and hitting a lot with Jill, went to captains practices, ran and worked out on my own.

Q: How do you like softball so far?

A: I like it because it is a fun sport to learn how to play. My team is very welcoming, and they are all good at softball.

Q: What is it like being on Varsity?

A: It is a lot of work mentally and physically because it is a new sport and I am still learning, but it is a challenge that is for the better.

Q: What do you do to improve?

A: I practice, and I work with Jill Cedrone in the offseason. I try to become the best I can be.


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Oliva practicing her hits, while waiting for a ride after practice.


Olivia practices her hits, while waiting for a ride after practice.

Sophomore Olivia Mitchell in her first year on the tennis team has won all her matches.

 Q: How long have you been playing tennis?

A: I have been playing since I was in eighth Grade, and I love it. 

Q: What is your favorite part of tennis?
A: I enjoy playing it because it’s a fun sport. There are awesome people who play it, so it’s nice to be able to play with them and get to know them better.

Q: What made you want to play tennis?
A: My friends said they wanted me to play. They said it was fun, and since I wasn’t doing a spring sport, I decided to try something new. I don’t regret it. I love tennis. 

Q: Do you play tennis other than for the high school team?
A: I only do matches in high school.  Sometimes with my dad I like to rally, which is hitting the ball back and forth.  We just love to play around and have a good time.

Q: How do you feel when you win a match?
A: I had a lot of fun. When I won, I felt excited; it was awesome!

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Seven Year old Michael, In 2004 Michael's dad returned from his 1st year long deployment.
Seven-year-old Michael DeProfio in 2004 meets his dad when he returned from his first year-long deployment.

by Maddie Evangelous

Celebrating Christmas and birthdays can be difficult for eighth grader Michael DeProfio when his dad is 6,942 miles away working for the National Guard.

His father has gotten deployed to Iraq twice during his 20 years of service, once when Michael was six and again a few years ago. It was very difficult to go on with his everyday life knowing that his father was in Iraq. His latest deployment lasted one year. In addition to his trips to Iraq he leaves every other weekend to fix computers as part of his duties for the National Guard.

“During Christmas and my birthday my family and I skyped my dad, so it was like he was still at home,” DeProfio said.

His father’s absence not only affected his time with him, but it affected the way things at home were both with his sister and his mother.

“My sister and I fight a lot when my dad isn’t home, and I am often home alone because my mother works. My mother has to do all the work around the house,” DeProfio explained.

When Michael’s father is in Iraq, he often worries about his safety.

“When I hear about people dying in Iraq, I get nervous that it may be him, but then I remind myself that he is not actually in the battlefield and know that he will be okay,” DeProfio says.

His father’s absence sometimes makes Michael upset, but he has found ways to overcome his fears.

“Whenever I get upset about my dad not  being home, I always talk to my mom, so she can comfort me and I ask to call him to say hello,” DeProfio said.

“When I get the chance to call him, I usually tell him how sad I am to have him not here, but he always says he will only be there for a little longer,” DeProfio said.

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Junior Andy Ducey, Sophomore Matt Snow and Sophomore Kevin Ducey preforming there first song at the Be Visible Concert.
Junior Andy Ducey, sophomore Matt Snow and sophomore Kevin Ducey performing their first song at the Be Visible Concert.

by Maddie Evangelous

“My students were interested in Kony, and when something sparks your interests you should follow it,” World Cultures teacher June Murray explained in reference to the Be Visible Concert on April 27.

Be Visible was a concert to make  people aware about the injustices of Joseph Kony and the children he has made suffer.  Kony leads the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa; he kidnaps and forces children to become child soldiers.

“The focus of the concert was to get people thinking about what’s going on and making the message accessible,” Murray said.

A video on Youtube about Kony blew up and over one night had 3 million views. This goes to show how many people care enough to watch a 30 minute video.

“After watching the Kony 2012 video we decided we wanted to do something about it. Kony is such a powerful man and what he is doing is not right,” senior Nicole Fowler said.

Raising awareness, meeting deadlines and working with people in a large group can sometimes be difficult especially when you are trying to accomplish many goals.

“Most of our original plans like giving flyers to stores, getting advertisements from businesses and going to schools to raise awareness were difficult to accomplish with the little time we had, but hearts were set on the concert and knew we would be able to make it happen,” senior Katie Dunnell said.

Some of the topics that the class addressed at the concert to help raise awareness were the rights of a child, schools for Sudan, U.S involvement in Central/East Africa, night commuters (kids who sneak out so that they do not get kidnapped from their homes) and the importance of raising awareness.

“The concert was a lot of fun. I think that everyone just hanging out with friends and having fun let us think about why we were there and it was for the children and raising awareness,” junior Mary Saffoti said.

Besides raising awareness the class sold Kony bracelets at school and during the concert that represented the children who suffer. They raised  $900 that was donated to Schools for Sudan.

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by Maddie Evangelous

Sasha Barry is the starting girls ice hockey goalie; she was also the second best goalie in the league this season.

How long have you been playing ice hockey? Who got you into hockey?

When I was younger my dad and brother got me into it. I have been playing hockey for 8 years now.

What do you love most about hockey?

It is a great game to play; hockey is a good way for me to get out any frustration. If I am in a bad mood or upset about something, doing what I love best helps me relieve stress.

What goes through your mind before and during a game?

Before a game I think about different shots that could happen during a game and how I can save them. I try to stay positive and get pumped in order to be ready to do what it takes to save a shot.

What do you do to get ready for a game?

I take alone time to listen to music and stretch so that I can focus on what I need to do on the ice. Before every game I re-tape my stick as a ritual.

How do you feel when you save a shot?

I feel pretty cool; I get happy knowing that I did something to help the team, because saving shots is my only contribution to the team.  However it does depend how good the shot was.

What is a strength you have on the ice?

I am flexible, so it is easy for me to get up and down really fast and move quickly.

What is a weakness you have on the ice?

Getting really frustrated quickly, and sometimes I get tired and then become lazy.

What have you accomplished as a hockey player this year?

I have been focused on practicing, saving breakaways and one on ones. I work really hard, and I have gotten much better this year.

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Willow practicing at her family's dance studio. Getting ready for her up coming competition.
Willow is practicing at her family's dance studio. She is getting ready for her upcoming competition.

by Maddie Evangelous

Freshman Willow Beccia has a love for dancing and competes against other girls her age.

Q: How long have you been dancing and how did you get into it?
A: I have been dancing for 14 years. My mom owns a studio in Hudson, so it kind of runs in the family.

Q: Where do you compete, and what is it like?
A: Talent America and Step to Dance are a few that I compete in. There are a bunch of different studios and many different categories to compete in like jazz or tap.

Q: What is your favorite thing about dancing?
A: I love performing and just being on the stage.

Q: Have you gotten any awards for dancing?
A: Yes, I have gotten Best All Around Dancer, and in fourth grade I did a hip-hop solo against 26 other girls and I came in first.

Q: Many people say dancing is not a sport. How do you respond to that?
A: I have to work hard and put a lot of time into it. Learning different steps and memorizing dances takes time and practice. In dancing you can always get better just like any other sport.

Q:Where do you think your dancing will take you?
A: I hope to teach dance to other people and hopefully take over my mom’s studio.

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by Maddie Evangelous

During a state playoff game, one of the greatest days in my hockey career,  I skate onto the ice and see the Waltham fans filling the bleachers, all of them covered in red. Their yells fill my ears. I look over to the Hudson fans hoping to see the same, but as I look over I am able to count only 10 lonely fans  going crazy; trying to keep up with the whole Waltham school. It was hard to believe I was playing at my home rink.

No one wants to watch or support the girls teams; they only care about the boys teams. Surveys show that kids would rather watch boys because of the competition,  intensity and skill level.  Five out of 170 kids say they would rather see a girls sporting event than a boys.

“It is society, not that it is right, but unfortunately it’s unbalanced,” Luis Macedo, Hudson High School athletic director, says.

This lack of support impacts all girls sports at Hudson High. “Just look at our field. It’s in the back of the school, and the grass is always too long,” senior softball player Jill Cendrone says. “No fans come to support us,. There aren’t even benches that the fans can sit at even if they wanted to come, but the boys have a bench and concession stand that’s at the front of the school.”

Personally the lack of support makes me feel as though girls sports do not mean anything. It makes me want to stop playing sports. Only boys get the support and credit for what they accomplish as athletes, and it is not right. It makes me feel like my accomplishments do not mean anything.