Hull’s boys’ track team earns
share of So. Shore League title
It was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Hull High School boys’ winter track team. It resulted in a shared South Shore League championship.
Led by another four-time first-place performance by Matt McCluskey, Hull outlasted host Abington 53-37 on Tuesday and earned a share of first place with Carver with a final record of 4-2. McCluskey took top honors in the high jump, long jump, 55-meter hurdles, and 55-meter run, securing his mark as one of the top performers in the league this season. Other key winners in the meet for Hull were: Tony Alibrandi, in the 300 meters; Robert Hunter, in the two-mile; and Sam Tuchman, in the 600. The girls’ team finished its season at 3-3 with a close loss to Abington 58-41. Winners for Hull were: Elsie Harper, in the long jump; Maeve Donohue, in the shot put; and Nina Tiani, in the 55-meter hurdles. The 4×200 relay team of Tiani, Harper, Ronni Fleming, and Mattie Tuchman finished the season undefeated.
On the topic of track, former Hull High standout Noah Lanner had an outstanding performance as a member of the Bridgewater State University team, placing third in the 300 meters and being part of the first place 4×100 relay team at the Jim Sheehan Invitational Meet on Saturday at Fitchburg State College.
Football team on a roll
The Pirates scored touchdowns on their first three plays and threw in a blocked punt for a score as Hull rolled over host Bishop Connolly, 41-6, in Fall River on Saturday. The host Cougars (1-2) failed on a fake punt in their own territory on their first possession, and Hull (4-1) took advantage on its first play with a 25-yard scoring pass from Luke Richardson to Jimmy Polito. On the Pirates’ next possession, the first play resulted in a Richardson 65-yard touchdown pass to Austin Bongo. Hull made it a three-score lead when Jayden Stilphen blocked a punt, which Johnny Gianibas scooped up and scored. The lead went to 28-0 at halftime on a 34-yard scoring run by Ben Oliveiri. Second-half touchdowns by Oliveri and Polito, and six successful extra points by Hayden Anastos, finished the scoring for Hull. The Pirates were due to return to Fall River this weekend, but their game at Atlantis Charter was cancelled. Instead, Hull will travel to Rochester to take on Old Colony VoTech on Saturday at 1 p.m. Hull will close out the season on Thursday evening at Cohasset.
Youth soccer success
One year off didn’t appear to affect the Hull United Youth Travel soccer teams on Saturday. Hull picked up several wins both at home on the turf and at away venues. The girls’ grade seven and eight-1 team defeated visiting Kingston 3-1. Elsie Harper, Emily Irby, and Misha Attardo tallied the goals for Hull, while Kaelyn Burle, Erin Walsh, and Hannah Pearson led the way on defense in front of a solid goalkeeping performance by Montana Alibrandi. The girls’ grade five and six-1 team dropped a 3-0 result to host Norwell, despite a solid overall effort by the team, led by several great saves by goalkeeper Riley Munn. The boys’ grade three and four team defeated visiting Plympton 4-2. A strong Hull offense was led by two goals by Tristan Misdea and single scoring strikes by JD McAuliffe and Luka Truglia. Henry Littlefield also added a key assist, while Cayden Love also had a strong attacking game. The midfield and defensive units played a solid game, led by Macklin Concannon, Frankie Bernard, Colby Lofgren, PK Gunderson, and goalkeepers Billy Littlefield and PJ Rivieccio.
The boys’ grade five and six team blanked Middleborough 5-0 at home with a strong overall effort, breaking open a 1-0 halftime lead with four second-half goals. Christian Truglia and Finn Walsh netted a pair of goals each, and Sam Szabo added another goal for Hull. Nate Tiani was a key player from his central defender position while goalies Tristan Lofgran and Pat Lancaster earned the clean sheet shutout. Other notable efforts were turned in by Jacob Lin, Rocco Sestito, and Mason Delgallo. The boys’ grades seven and eight squad came away from Cohasset with an impressive 7-2 win. Oliver Szabo scored three times to lead the offense, while Elly Thomas tallied twice and Asher Hermann and JT Gould also found the back of the net. Teddy Hipp was stellar in goal for Hull. The girls’ grades three and four team dropped a close 2-1 loss at Duxbury. Despite having practiced just once, Hull played well as a team, led by Abby Baglione, who scored the only goal, Sophie Munn on defense, and goalkeeper Evelyn Concannon.
Youth Lacrosse season starts
Hull Youth Lacrosse opened its seasons on a bristly Sunday morning, playing their first game on the Hull High field turf. After two years of not playing lacrosse the Hull girls’ grade five and six worked incredibly hard to secure a much-deserved 7-1 victory against a good Hanover team. The girls played well in all aspects of the game as the defense was solid. The midfield-controlled possession and attack was scrappy on both offense and defense. It was a great team win for the Pirates on the new turf field. The grades seven and eight girls’ team fell in a close contest to Quincy, 9-8. Matti Driscoll and Emily Irby starred for the Hull girls, winning multiple draws and each scoring two goals. Ally Leary and Erin Walsh also played great defense, according to girls’ lacrosse coach Shanna Driscoll. The girls’ grades three and four team played an exhibition game against visiting Hanover in which the score was not kept. Hull goalie Sophia Cusack played a superb game, limiting scoring opportunities on several occasions. This was her debut appearance playing the position. Hull coach Renee Kiley appreciated the efforts of fourth-grader Evelyn Concannon, who showed strong stick work and ball handling.
Hull Youth Lacrosse opened their seasons on a bristly Sunday morning playing their first game on the Hull High football field on April 11. The seventh and eighth grade girls lacrosse team lost a close game to the Quincy seventh and eighth grade girls 9-8. Matti Driscoll and Emily Irby starred for the Hull girls winning multiple draws and each scoring two goals.
Ally Leary and Erin Walsh also played great defense according to girls lacrosse coach Shanna Driscoll, but it wasn’t enough to pull out the victory over Quincy. The team’s next game is against Weymouth next Sunday at Hull High School.
The third and fourth graders also opened their seasons as well playing an exhibition against Hanover in which the score was not kept.
Hull goalie Sophia Cusack played a superb game against Hanover limiting scoring opportunities for them on multiple occasions. This was her first-time playing goalie. Hull girls lacrosse coach Renee Kiley appreciated the efforts of fourth grader Evelyn Concannon showed strong stick work and ball handling skills.
Darvence Chery contributed to this column.
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