It’s a phrase that all athletes love to hear: Play ball!
On Monday, that’s what Hull High School student-athletes will be doing as they begin the first day of practice in the newly announced MIAA Fall-2 season.
The season was created to replace the traditional fall season for sports that were not allowed to compete due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sports affected in Hull were football and cheerleading.
The indoor track team will also be allowed to compete (outdoors) after having not been allowed to have its winter season. The football and indoor track teams will begin practices on Monday, and the cheerleaders will start practice on Wednesday.
The season schedules are still being compiled by Hull High School athletic director Scott Paine. The football season begins on Friday evening, March 12; Hull is slated to play at home but has not yet confirmed an opponent.
“We have three games scheduled thus far,” says head football coach Mike O’Donnell. “We are waiting to fill the remaining four games with Mayflower League teams.”
In 2019, the football program left the South Shore League and started a two-year stint in the Mayflower League. The three scheduled games to date are: March 19 at home vs. Carver; April 3 at Randolph; and the season finale, the “Thanksgiving game,” at Cohasset on April 23. The Pirates were 5-6 overall that season, including a 4-3 record in the Mayflower League that earned the playoff berth. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by West Bridgewater.
The indoor track team and the cheerleading squad had not confirmed any scheduled meets as of press time.
Youth Soccer back on the pitch
As the high school teams go, so go the youth programs. The recent green light for the high school season was also a starting gun for Hull United Youth Soccer, which has not been in action for an entire year, having been sidelined last spring and this past fall due to COVID-19.
“HUYS is ramping up to run a spring travel and in-town season,” Hull Youth Soccer President Greg Whelan says. “I think we learned a lot in the fall through high school and club play that gives HUYS and the Coastal Youth Soccer League confidence that we can have a healthy season. We are excited.”
Youth Lacrosse registration
Hull Youth Lacrosse is accepting registrations for the spring season. Boys and girls of all levels in grades one-eight (born between Jan. 2, 2006, and Jan. 1, 2015) are invited to sign up. There is no financial commitment at the time of registration, and lacrosse equipment is available. To register, go to www.hulllax.com
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