Pirates teams ready for season with high hopes – and true grid
Varsity football coach Mike O’Donnell enters his fifth season with a returning cast that has high aspirations. The Pirates bring back a shipload of starters from this past spring’s 6-2 team (remember: they did not play last fall). “We have good athletes at the skill positions, but we will need to develop depth and work in few new players on the offensive line,” O’Donnell says.
Hull will be led by tri-captains seniors Jaeden Stilphen (running back/linebacker), Aiden Robey (tight end/linebacker), and junior Aiden Murphy (center/defensive line). All three bring leadership and experience on both sides of the ball.
Hull will also bring key players on offense who will look to put up impressive numbers again. Junior quarterback Luke Richardson is a solid pocket passer and has many options in the passing game, including deep threat junior Austin Bongo. Junior John Gianibas, junior Tyler Sordillo, sophomore Nick Tiani, junior Ethan Campbell, and senior Nathan Simoly will all be key contributors to the Pirates’ attack, and most of them also play on defense.
Coach O’Donnell sees several more players making an impact this season: sophomore Sean Reilly (guard/linebacker); senior Ryan Dunn (guard/linebacker); senior Joe Johnson (offensive tackle/defensive end); Connor Sordillo (offensive tackle/defensive tackle); sophomore Luke Mullin (guard/defensive tackle); sophomore Luke Dunham (quarterback/linebacker); sophomore Blaise Belmarsh (wide receiver/defensive back); junior Thomas Burke (wide receiver/defensive back); and junior Sean Angellis (defensive back).
The Pirates will scrimmage against East Boston on Saturday at home, at 11 a.m., before opening the season on Friday, Sept. 10, at home, at 6 p.m., against Blue Hills.
Soccer team has eyes on the prize
After a 6-6 record in the season shortened by the coronavirus last fall, the girls’ varsity soccer team looks to re-establish its mark as one of the top programs in the area.
Head coach Stew Bell is entering his 22nd year for the Lady Pirates. Senior co-captain Nina Tiani (SSL AllSstar) was the leading scorer for the Pirates last year, averaging a goal a game, while junior co-captain Bridget Fleming (SSL All-Star) and Mattie Tuchman return to anchor a strong back four, which includes newcomers junior Allie Truglia and freshman Elsie Harper. Also returning from last year are sophomore midfielders/wingers Sarah Duran, Veronica Fleming, and Bailey Her. All three had strong first seasons and will look to have an even bigger impact this year.
In addition to the aforementioned returning players, Coach Bell is excited about the playmaking skills of freshmen Fallon Ryan and Elly Thomas. Both have excellent foot skills and will look to combine with Tiani and the other offensive weapons and help the Pirates put some balls in the opposing net. Junior Amelia Donovan has looked strong in net, and sophomore Kallen Creed is a versatile player who should help strengthen the midfield and will serve as a backup to Donovan in goal. Junior Hailey Gould has also enjoyed a solid preseason and gives the Pirates more depth at the striker position. Freshman Margot Harper has made big strides from last year and will be competing for playing time.
Coach Bell has also been pleased by the hard work put forward by freshmen Kaelyn Burke and Abby Jeffries-Ranger and eighth-graders Hannah Pearson, Emily Irby, and Montana Alibrandi. Sophomores Maeve White, Madison Constable, Ava Russo, and Edie Brooks will also compete for playing time.
“Our goal every year is to make the tournament. That is something that we have achieved for five straight years and is obviously a tradition we want to continue,” Bell says. “If we can continue to work hard, there is no reason why we cannot compete for the league title. My consistent message to the girls all preseason is that they need to compete in every drill and push themselves to improve every time they step on the pitch. We have a strong core group who really put in a lot of hard work in the off season. We do not have the same depth we have had in years past, but there are girls who have the potential to help us if they can push themselves and believe in themselves.”
After two encouraging scrimmages against Scituate and Quincy, Hull will open the season on Tuesday at home against Marshfield.
The young and the talented
The boys’ varsity soccer team will also try to build on a six-win season and will do so under the direction of a new head coach – yours truly (that would be me!).
Hull will be led by three experienced varsity players in tri-captains and seniors Richie Chau and Sean Marois and junior Jack Burke. All three have played on the varsity team for three years. Chau will anchor the defensive middle of the pitch, and Burke returns as the center midfielder. Marois is a fast and skilled forward.
Players who saw action last year and who will be starters this year include: junior defender Ryan Maher; junior forward/midfielder Tony Alibrandi; sophomore forward Rob Casagrande; sophomore defender/goalkeeper Sean Walsh; and junior defender/goalkeeper Sasha Green. Walsh and Green, as well as sophomore Connor Hipp, are all candidates for the goalkeeper position. Sophomore Matthew Angelis and juniors Santiago Andrews and Isaac Ruiz will see playing time.
Hull also has a talented group of highly skilled club level freshman who will see varsity playing time. They include: Oliver Szabo, Nick McDonald, Max Day, Dillion Simpson-Sliney, Jonah Whelan, and Sam Tuchmann. I am also looking to get a few eighth-graders (Teddy Hipp, JT Gould, Max Lofgren, and Asher Hermann) developed and contributing as well.
The group is working hard, and we have a lot of skill and talent but will have to grow up quickly this season to compete with our schedule. Hull fared well in a scrimmage against Archbishop Williams on Wednesday and will take on Rising Tide Charter School in Plymouth on Friday. The Pirates open the season at Scituate on Tuesday, then have the home opener at home against Mashpee on Thursday.
Hull Boosters events
The fourth Hull High Athletic Hall of Fame inductees will be honored on Saturday, Nov. 27, at the South Shore Country Club in Hingham and will also be recognized during the Thanksgiving football game on Nov. 25. The Hull Boosters will also have a meat raffle fundraiser at the Cathay Center in Weymouth on Oct. 16, from 4:30-7 p.m. The Boosters will also have their annual sticker drive on Saturday, Sept. 4. All Hull High School fall athletes are asked to be at the school at 1 p.m. that day to start canvassing the community to sell Hull Boosters’ stickers.
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