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by Brianna Cabral

Rec basketball shifted its focus from games to clinics this year. The second and third grade division started these clinics on Dec. 4 at Quinn Middle School. These preseason clinics ran for three weeks. Joshua Aponte (Recreation Assistant for the Town of Hudson) created the drills and the schedule for each clinic.

Both boys and girls participated in these 50-minute clinics. The games started on January 7 and will continue until their last game on February 13.

Other sports have done clinics before the season started, but basketball is the only sport run by the Hudson Recreation Department. The other sports have parent-run associations that plan and run the seasons, such as the Hudson Youth Soccer Association.

Aponte felt students should have some fundamental work before the games began.

I knew I wanted to touch on all aspects of the game and teach the basic form and technique,” Aponte said. “Through research, past experiences from coaching and playing, and creating a few of my own drills, I focused on very simple, detail-oriented drills that the kids could build upon week to week.”

They used sayings to teach the children shooting form. They told the children to act like they are “holding a pizza,” and when they release they should “reach in the cookie jar.” These movements help the players to remember the fundamentals and make learning the basics of the sport fun.

Chloe Cabral, a second grade basketball player, went to all three clinics. “I learned a lot of stuff. I learned dribbling, shooting, and boxing out,” she says. Chloe has scored four points in her first game and six points in her second, and she thinks she would not have done so well without the clinics.

Steven Santos, the director of the recreation department, explains, “I’ve had conversations this past summer with both the boys and girls varsity coaches regarding clinics in general and also providing more clinics for the kids in the lower grade levels.”

The high school coaches and the department are putting their effort into improving the future of basketball in Hudson.

Last year Hudson High School’s basketball stats were disappointing. The girls varsity record was 1-19, and the boys varsity record was 4-15.

If the clinics work, it will have an effect on the whole basketball program in Hudson, especially so on our travel teams. This year only 12 people tried out for the girls sixth grade team. Last year there wasn’t a seventh grade team because only four girls tried out. But with these clinics, it might increase the amount of players.

The recreation department designs the clinics to be “fast paced, challenging, and most importantly fun,” says Aponte. “Our hopes are that we see these children come back every year and play basketball, and if they work on what they have learned, they can become great players as they get older.”

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Seizing control of the match, Bonina's opponent flips him on his side. After struggling on the mat for several seconds after this move, Bonina would be pinned, giving his opponent the comeback victory. | by Dakota Antelman

by Dakota Antelman

In the second of three matches at a tri-meet on Saturday, the co-op Hudson/AMSA/Assabet/Tahanto wrestling team lost to Wayland 52-15 at the Assabet RVT High School gym.

The remnant of a once dominant independent program, sophomore Joey Bonina was the only HHS athlete to participate in the match.

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by Serena Richards

On Tuesday, January 3, the boys basketball team beats Bromfield, 59-32.

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by Ally Jensen

Sports fans and athletes always focus on the competition, the records, and the scores, but this year’s new ultimate frisbee club is not basing its success on their number of wins and losses.

In October, the club started meeting mostly on Thursday mornings. Anyone can join the new ultimate frisbee club whose main focus right now is having fun rather than being competitive. Whether or not it will remain this way is up to the team.

“It’s just like hey, come and throw a frisbee around for awhile and have fun. That definitely makes it more inviting,” senior Jared Colbert says. The idea that this team isn’t based on skill is what differentiates it from other teams. “We’re just making it so everyone’s experience playing ultimate frisbee is fun.”

Other students also find that atmosphere inviting.

“There’s not much pressure to do well, which makes it easy to play,” George Sachs-Walor says.

Team members first learned about and played ultimate frisbee in gym class.

Although the players don’t have much experience, the coach has more than enough. Math teacher Mark Krans, the founder of the team as well as the coach, has been playing ultimate frisbee since he was a freshman in college. He played on the Boston College ultimate frisbee team for four years.

“It’s a sport for people who haven’t found another sport. It’s something you can easily play forever,” Krans says.

This sport’s diversity is a huge part of what makes it so unique. Many people on the team were looking for a new sport to join.

“It’s so different from every other sport I played. It’s so diverse, like it’s not what you’re used to. It’s great. It’s great that it is something I can bring all my friends to. I think that’s what makes it special,” junior Elizabeth Cautela says.

At this point, a dozen students have attended practices, but they hope more will join through word of mouth.

One struggle with the team is that not many people know the rules of the game.

“It’s a mix between football and handball because we play on a football field and have an end zone, but there are other specific rules like you can’t move around with the frisbee. You have to stay in one spot,” Cautela says.

This lack of familiarity means that fewer schools have ultimate frisbee teams. In Massachusetts only sixteen schools have teams, including Concord, Boston, Cambridge, Newton, and Acton.

Most of the other teams in Massachusetts are in a competitive league, but Hudson’s team is simply an after school club right now.

“We want it to be an inviting place where anyone can just have some fun with a frisbee,” says Krans. “Like I said, we’ll just see how it goes, and hopefully more and more kids will enjoy it.”

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Regan Gannon spins away from the defense of Hudson's Emily O'Neil in the second quarter. | by Dakota Antelman

by Dakota Antelman

Girls basketball came from behind to beat the Clinton Gaels at home Thursday afternoon. With the 48-44 victory, the Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak and improved their record to 2-4 heading into the new year.

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by Jordan Cullen

Ali Collins committed to Merrimack College on November 15, and she has received an academic and athletic scholarship for lacrosse.

Merrimack was not Collins’s first choice for schools. Boston College was her first choice because she liked both the academic options and the campus.

“BC was definitely my first choice more for a school. I definitely wasn’t looking at BC as a possible school for lacrosse.”  

In her junior year, Collins decided that she wanted to play lacrosse in college.

Merrimack, which is in North Andover, Massachusetts, is close to home, but Collins would have been willing to go to a school far away if the program was something she was interested in and if she was able to get a scholarship for academics.  Merrimack became interested in her as an athlete when she sent a video with clips of her best games.

Varsity lacrosse coach Richard Fulvi has been coaching for 23 years, but for two of those he has worked with Collins, who is a a goalie on the team. Even though Fulvi has only been coaching Collins for a couple of years, he believes that she is an excellent player and person.

“For the 23 years that I have been coaching I have always said, I will coach till I am blue in the face, but if I don’t have an amazing kid to really work hard and learn, then I am useless,” Fulvi said. “Ali was phenomenal last year and remains to be. The kid knows how to put in the work.”

Collins has been playing lacrosse in the spring since eighth grade. She does not play lacrosse all year long because she does cheerleading, is starting gymnastics in her senior year, and has done basketball for most of her high school career. Collins had a 71.3 save percentage last season.

Collins’s family is very proud of her achievement. “I’m happy and excited that Ali was able to sign to a great college, and I’m excited to see her succeed at Merrimack,” Morgan Collins, her sister, said.

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by Siobhan Richards

As the winter sports season begins, the All-Stars for each fall sport were announced by Midland Wachusett League C. Every year the league chooses a few students from each sport due to their outstanding performance during the season.

Cross Country 

Junior Jake Doherty Munro is the only All-Star for both cross country teams. He has been a top runner for HHS in both cross country and track.

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Volleyball

Senior Megan Miller is volleyball’s sole Mid-Wach C All-Star. Their record this season was 3-15.

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Golf

Seniors Liam Marsh and Dan Morton as well as freshman Bailey Watts are the All-Stars for the golf team. The team made it all the way to districts and finished the season 9-9.

 

 

Field Hockey 

Sophomore Emily White is one of two All-Stars for field hockey. She was a key player this year starting almost every game and scoring the most goals on the team.

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Junior Elizabeth Cautela was one of the captains of the field hockey team this year. She had the most saves of any goalie in the Mid-Wach C league.

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Football

Senior Stephen Miranda was chosen as an All-Star for football. He played almost every game of the season at quarterback and scored many touchdowns himself. He also received the MVP Award at the Turkey Day Game.

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Junior Connor Nemerowicz is the defensive player selected as a Mid-Wach C All-Star. Their season record this year was 3-8, but he hopes to do better next year and maybe make it to playoffs.

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Soccer

The girls soccer team had a great season this year with a 9-7-2 record. They made it to playoffs. Five starting varsity players, including all three captains, were selected as All-Stars.

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A spreadsheet showing the new divisional changes.

by Serena Richards

With realignments in the 2017 football season, Hudson, Oakmont and many other schools oppose the new postseason divisions. Hudson, with 363 enrolled athletes, is the second smallest school, next to Oakmont with 348 enrolled athletes, in the new division. Many concerns have risen around this.

“When we were competing against teams in our C division [this past season], with like enrollment, that was a great move for us,” Athletic Director Jessica Winders explains. “That was based off enrollment. It was where we fit. We were playing against schools that were similar sized to us.”

“We want to make sure that we are placed in a division where we can compete,” Oakmont’s Athletic Director Eric Dawley shared.

It makes the postseason unfair, with small schools like Hudson or Oakmont, playing against schools like Worcester North or Nashoba, with almost double the amount of enrolled athletes.

Coach Dan McAnespie explained that his main concern is the bottom four schools, Oakmont, Hudson, North Middlesex Regional, and Grafton, being much smaller.

A spreadsheet showing the new divisional changes.
A spreadsheet showing the new divisional changes.

Although the size comparison is a concern, there are other reasons schools are opposing this. Traditional games are one of the other main concerns.

“The bigger concern for us is that we are giving away some of the history and tradition of opponents, that we have always historically played,” Dawley said. “And our football program here has a lot of tradition, a lot of history. We have had a lot of success over the years.”

Another concern is how this is going to affect the leagues through the proposed 2017-2020 seasons. “What will happen to league football? Will it even exist anymore, or will we have to play teams that are in our division, competing for the same four playoff spots each year,” Dawley further explains, and Winders expressed similar concerns.

The only way a school can oppose this proposed alignment is by bringing an appeal to the M.I.A.A. football committee meeting. One was held Friday December 3; however, the outcome of that meeting will not be known until mid-February 2017.

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by Dakota Antelman

As snow fell in Marlboro, the district champion Marlboro Panthers kicked off to the 3-7 Hudson Hawks. Two hours later, the Panthers walked off their home field having beaten the Hawks 44-0.

Senior running back Owen Cappadona scored three touchdowns in the first half and even opened the scoring by throwing a touchdown pass to his teammate Kevin Short on the first Panther drive of the game. Luke Goulet added touchdowns for the Panthers in both the first half and the second half.

Hudson tried to counter Marlboro’s offensive assault but was marred by miscues throughout the first half. Early on, Stephen Miranda was flagged for intentional grounding in the end-zone for a safety. Later in the half, Hudson lost a fumble giving Marlboro possession deep in Hawk territory.

As the game progressed and the Panther lead increased, the Hawks regularly kept the ball on fourth down and tried to keep their drives alive. However, this was often to no avail as the Panthers racked up four turnovers on fourth down.

Marlboro’s win excited the home crowd who have now seen their home team shut out its rival Hawks in each of the past two Thanksgiving Day home games. For the Hudson fans who made the trip across town lines to Kelleher Field, the loss was a difficult continuation of years of losses to their rivals on Thanksgiving morning.

Before they next play Hudson, the Panthers will graduate a large senior class that includes Cappadona, Goulet and quarterback Evan Schmidlein. Likewise, the Hawks will hope that their large junior class will turn out strong results next fall as seniors.