Hull Kid has long been a label put on a Hull High School student-athlete who illustrates the passion, motivation, talent, determination, effort, and character of a high school athlete. Last week, this proud sports community lost a young man who was the shining example of Hull Kid. The sudden passing of former Pirates’ three-sport captain Bobby Spitz has saddened us all. Bobby wasn’t always the most gifted, fastest, or athletic member of his teams. But he was the most focused, most determined, and utmost leader. If Bobby ever missed a game (which rarely happened), his absence was felt. It was no coincidence that Bobby’s coaches cast him in the most important roles. He was center and nose guard in football, center in hockey, and catcher in baseball positions where leaders are necessary. The massive outpouring of love and support at his wake and funeral last week says all you need to know about Bobby and how much he was loved. Again, this proud sports community came together for an amazing family, who lost an amazing young man – one whose mark on this town will always be an example for Hull Kids to follow.
Girls take home the title
The Hull Youth Travel eighth-grade girls’ team was able to avenge earlier season losses over the weekend and thus emerged as South Shore League Division 2 Tournament champions. Hull overcame a 21-11 deficit at halftime, with a 34-point second half, to knock out East Bridgewater 45-35 on Saturday at Duxbury High School. On the same floor on Sunday, Hull (17-3) was crowned champion with a 42-36 win over Whitman. Kristina Orpen was the weekend star on offense for Hull, and Emily Punchard was a force on the boards.
After splitting two games this season with Cohasset, the seventh-grade boys won the third encounter, with a 41-32 first round win on Saturday at Pembroke High School. Hull (14-3) darted out to a 10-2 first quarter lead and led 24-10 at the break. Cohasset scored the first eight points of the second half before a free throw by John Reynolds stopped the bleeding, and consecutive baskets by Shane McDonough restored Hull’s double-digit lead. Reynolds (14 rebounds) led Hull with 16 points while McDonough added 11. Nicholas McDonald, John Truglia, Brayden Roberts, Dillon Simpson-Sliney, and Max Day also had key efforts for Hull. The Pirates meet Duxbury in the semi-finals on Saturday at 7:15 at Silver Lake Middle School.
After receiving a first round bye, the sixth-grade boys won their quarterfinal tournament matchup, 62-38, over East Bridgewater on Sunday at Cohasset High School. The Pirates led by just two points at the break but dominated the play in the second half, outscoring their opponents 34-12. Isaiah Green led the offense with 23 points, while Max MacEachern and Henry Buchleitner scored 18 and 11 points, respectively. Chris Resnick added a strong defensive presence, as well as six points. Hull advances to the semi-finals to face arch-rival Abington at 3:30 pm on Saturday at Hingham Middle School.
The fifth-grade boys advanced to the semi-finals, with two victories over the weekend. On Saturday, Hull (15-1) defeated East Bridgewater, 52-19. Christian Truglia led the scoring with 14 points. Tristan Lofgren chipped in 12, and Nate Tiani added 11 points. Great overall teamwork was turned in by Audie Bernard, Tegan Belew, Will Kenerson, Alexander McBill, Jackson Nunes, and Matt Kraus. On Sunday, Hull eliminated Abington 33-16. Truglia led the team with 14 points and added many steals and rebounds. Micheal Cimetti chipped in 11 points and was dominant on the boards with his rebounding and shot blocking. Cimetti scored the first eight points for Hull to set the pace. Once again, Hull’s defense and clutch shooting was the path to victory. Lofgren, Tiani, Belew, and Charlie Manewal all made contributions on offense and defense on another great team victory. Hull plays Hanson on Friday night in the semi-finals in a battle of one-loss teams at the Starland Complex in Hanover. Hull’s only loss of the season came at the hands of Hanson, 25-24.
In a rematch of the 2019 first round playoff game, the eighth-grade boys lost to Hingham 60-39. The score line was a vast improvement over Hull’s 74-7 lopsided loss last season to this same Hingham team. Still, Hull led the game for most of the first half but eventually lost the advantage at the foul line, being outscored 41-10. The bulk of the scoring for Hull came from the nucleus of Nick Tiani (eight points), RJ Cheney (eight points), Dan Gianibas (seven points), Sean Reilly (six points), and Jacob Smith (six points). Contributions were made from the entire team including: Jamie Frady, Teddy Bellew, Blaise Belmarsh, Connor Hipp, Chase McDowell, and Barrett Kelly.
The fourth-grade (and some third-grade) boys team hung tough with a talented Weymouth team and trailed by only six points at halftime before bowing out of the playoffs with a 30-15 defeat on Saturday. Hull’s defense held Weymouth scoreless for a seven-minute stretch in the first half. Harry Sestito led Hull with nine points (including a three-pointer), while Rocco Sestito added four points. Colby Lofgren rounded out the scoring for Hull.
The fourth-grade girls slipped to a 4-10 season mark with a gritty 12-8 loss to Norwell in the final regular season game. It was an encouraging team effort by Giana Thorne, Kayla Orpen, Bella Walsh, Alyssa Donato, Natalie Reilly, Giana Martens, Alyssa Martens, Ava Rivichio, Michele Gavin, and Bridget Stamatouras. Despite the loss, Hull qualified for the playoffs and will play Duxbury on Saturday at the Starland Complex in Hanover at 1:25 pm.
Hull lacrosse kicks off
Hull lacrosse will launch the 2020 season with a family event on Saturday, March 14, at the Paragon Boardwalk from 5-8 p.m. The event is to benefit the Hull lacrosse program for boys and girls in grades 1-12. Pizza and drinks will be available. Suggested donation is $5.
Touch base at youth baseball clinic
Hull High School and Hull Youth baseball will offer its annual youth baseball clinic on March 13 and 15 at the high school gymnasium. The two-night clinic will be offered to the HYB Division 2 Group, which is boys and girls ages 7-9, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Division 1 group, boys and girls ages 9-12, will go from 6:45-7:45 p.m. Preregistration is required, and space is limited to 20 players per session. Cost is $30 per player, with all proceeds to benefit the purchase of equipment for the Hull High School baseball and Hull Youth baseball programs. The clinic will feature instructional rotations on throwing/pitching, fielding, and hitting. Instruction and drills will be administered by current Hull High School players. For more information, visit www.hullyouthbaseball.org.
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