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by Cheyenne McLeod

After the district appealed the new football realignment in December, they learned that they had won the appeal in early February. Over February vacation the M.I.A.A released the updated schedule, lasting through the 2020-21 cycle.

Overall in the realignment, divisions were condensed and eliminated. Any division ending in an “A” was eliminated, and the schools in it were rearranged accordingly based on enrollment numbers. Teams in Division 2A were moved to Division 4 or 5, and Division 3A teams were moved to Division 5 or 6. With the removal of Division 3A, the M.I.A.A initially proposed for Hudson to move up from Division 3 to 4, making it hard for a small school like Hudson to play larger schools.

Following the December committee meeting appeal, the Hawks were approved to remain in the same division, which was renamed Division 5. Due to the realignment, the Hawks will play new schools, such as Littleton, Nipmuc, and Maynard and will no longer play Auburn, North Middlesex, and Gardner. Hudson will still play rival schools, Marlborough and Assabet.  

Coach McAnespie is happy with these changes.

“Everything is where we want it. We’re in a league that we want and a division we want to be in.”

 

Football Schedule

Final football schedule following the approval of the December appeal

 

 

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by Siobhan Richards and Collin McMahon

The boys hockey team finished their season with a loss against the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders. The final score of the game was 3-1 with a goal by senior Thomas Sansone. The team’s final season record was 7-10-3.

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Jessie Nemerowicz, rookie linebacker at Bryant, sets up at the line before the play, against Brown. | photo from Maria Nemerowicz

by Serena Richards

After a standout senior football season at HHS, linebacker Jesse Nemerowicz committed to Bryant last year and found unexpected success on the field this season, surpassing even his own expectations.

“[Nemerowicz] put together the greatest rookie season for a defensive player in program history,” according to his Bryant football bio. He is also the third player in Bryant football history to reach over 90 tackles in his rookie season.

During the season Nemerowicz played 11 games, ending his season with 91 tackles and one interception. He also set a freshman record with 14 tackles during a game against the University of Maine.

Even with a record-setting rookie season that features him being ranked number four in the NEC for tackles, there was a major transition from high school to college ball.

“I believe that nothing can really prepare you for the amount of commitment you have to put in once you finally get to summer camp that first day of freshman year,” Nemerowicz explained.“College football is different physically and commitment wise than high school ball in that the game itself is a lot quicker and harder to play. Also instead of being a casual game that you would play after school, it’s now like a full time job.”

Nemerowicz explained how the off season is pretty full as well, working at football five days a week either running and/or lifting. But he says that a good sense of time management, alongside various programs the school offers, helps student athletes balance their sports with academics.

Nemerowicz is excited for his next three years at Bryant, saying he doesn’t like to set goals for himself, but he would rather see the team win their conference championship and get a ring.

Last Friday, Nemerowicz was also named one of the defensive players of the year for Bryant, based off his record-setting rookie season.  

“The only other thing I would add is that the amount of friends and good relationships football has fostered since coming here [has been great],” he said. “Bryant has a great atmosphere, and I’m glad to be playing here.”  

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by Siobhan Richards

Despite being tied at the half, the Hawks fell to Bromfield 41-34 on their senior night game, February 16. Senior Nadia Doherty was the top scorer of the night with 10 points. Their final record was 3-17.

 

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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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