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Recognizing HHS Seniors Spring Sports 2020 A Tribute from Spring Coaches to the Senior Student-Athletes

This spring, 37 senior student athletes did not get to play a spring sport in their final high school season. They are part of an additional 43 spring athletes whose planned season did not come to fruition. This spotlight on senior spring student-athletes is the collaboration of the HHS Athletic Department and each team's coaches to honor these seniors.

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Today we begin to try and honor our SENIOR student-athletes. It is impossible to measure the impact of losing the spring semester of your senior year to a pandemic...or to think that any type of virtual recognition could somehow make up for that loss. To the Class of 2020: You are an amazingly resilient group of individuals. I am proud of this senior class--you have led by example with grace and dignity. It has truly been an honor being your athletic director." - Jessica Winders, Athletic Director

Boys Tennis

Sam Maston- Captain

Thoughts from Coach Rocky Zima

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Sam has been in our boys tennis program the past three years. Sam made giant steps developing his skills, strategy, and confidence in each year. He was on our junior varsity team for his first two years under the expert coaching of Mr. Holden and Mr. Pimental."
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His skill development and effort was obvious. Sam moved up to the varsity team last season. We had a very strong group of seniors who were returning-we just needed a second team to pair up in doubles. After several matches, it was apparent that we needed Sam to play to give us the best opportunity to win. Sam partnered with James Bonnell, Simon Toh, and Quinn Brunelle at different matches successfully."
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This past fall, you could see Sam up at Riverside Park hitting tennis balls with James and Simon working on their skills and getting ready for the spring matches that never transpired."

Girls Tennis

Rachel Frias -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Kellianne Erath

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Rachel, I enjoyed your endless banter to get me to host a pasta dinner last season, that I may not miss! But I will miss seeing you up at the net as you hunted for every volley you could reach. You are a natural volley hunter and I hope you continue playing in the future. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you will come back and visit next season."
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Jillian Vickery -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Kellianne Erath

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Jill, as a Junior Captain for my first season at Hudson, you were a great resource to me as I navigated my way as a first-year coach at Hudson. I enjoyed watching your marathon matches, you stuck it out and made some great comebacks at 2nd singles last year! You were a great role model for the younger players and your leadership will be missed. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you will come back and visit next season."
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Molly Trunfio

Thoughts from Coach Kellianne Erath

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Molly, you worked hard last season and I hope you will continue to play, you didn’t get into as many matches as you would have liked but you had a positive attitude and were a great role model for the younger players. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you will come back and visit next season."
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Taylor Gaffney

Thoughts from Coach Kellianne Erath

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Taylor, I give you a lot of credit for coming out for the tennis team as a junior, I think you enjoyed the season more than you thought you would. Your height and your vertical stretch made you a very difficult opponent at the net. I know your high tennis career was short, but I hope you continue to play down the road. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you will come back and visit next season."
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Softball

Jordyn Saranski, #16 -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Laura Bowen

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Being the one senior on the team this year, Jordyn Safranski held a special place in my heart. Jordyn has played second base for the hawks for three years and I know whoever takes her spot has very big shoes to fill. As a co-captain, Jordyn took a very young group of girls under her belt and showed them what playing for Hudson softball was all about."
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The amount of kids that showed up to off season workouts was a testament to her leadership. The respect the girls have for her was shown so deeply by the way they responded to her and looked up to her as a role model. Although her final season was taken away, she can walk away from Hudson high school knowing the last time she wore a hawks jersey was when she won the 2019 Division II State Championship. Not many student-athletes can say that."
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Jordyn, thank you for everything you have done for me and this team. You have forever left a positive mark on this program and we will miss you more than you know. Most importantly, thank you for making me the luckiest coach in the world. Best of luck in all you do, I know you will do amazing things. Always remember, once a hawk, always a hawk!"
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Baseball

Anthony Carlman -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Tim Reinhardt

It was clear early on in his high school career that Anthony was a special player. In his eighth-grade year, he was called up to play junior varsity. He played his first varsity baseball as a freshman, and grew as a player his sophomore year. But it was his junior year where Anthony truly came into his own."
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Anthony represented a consistent presence on the team, and was a source of constant positivity. You could tell, he simply loved being out on the field with his teammates. Ask anyone who played with Anthony during the 2019 season and they will remember him for a few things:"

1. He wore his red Quinn Middle School t-shirt, literally, every day of practice. And, literally, every day of practice, that Quinn Middle School t-shirt would be covered in grass and dirt stains (yes, it got washed during the year). That dirty t-shirt was more than just something that Coach Fahey made jokes about. It showed how hard Anthony worked every day in practice, treating each moment in practice like it was his last moment playing.

2. He had a quiet and calming influence on everyone around him. Anthony did not say much, and whenever he was your practice buddy, you had to work to pry information out of him. However, that quiet and calming demeanor was exactly what was needed in a season full of ups and downs.

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3. He was the toughest kid on the team. During the annual Memorial Day game against Marlborough, Anthony collided with another player while chasing down a pop up on the right field line. After the collision, Anthony’s ankle swelled up like a balloon, and the following day had a nasty bruise that extending from his foot all the way to his lower calf. He was questionable to return for our playoff run. However, Anthony did not let that happen. He worked with the trainer each day, and did rehab exercises during practice. Originally, he wasn’t in the lineup for the first playoff game against Oakmont, but after warmups he was clearly ready to go. Once in the lineup, he made the most of his opportunity – he went 1 for 3 with a stolen base, and made every play that came his way defensively.

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4. He was the most clutch player on the team. On a Saturday night in May, Hudson hosted Assabet; with a win, Hudson would be postseason bound. During the game, Anthony drove in the run that sent the game into extra innings, and Hudson eventually won a walk-off victory. But that’s not the at bat everyone remembers from his season. In the district championship game against Bay Path, the game was tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, a runner was on third with one out. Anthony was the perfect player to be at the plate in this moment because he would never let the moment become too big for him. On a 1 ball 1 strike count, Anthony hit an “oppo taco” laser over the right fielder’s head. The go ahead run scored and Anthony slid safely into third with a triple. The next half inning, Hudson won the game.

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Anthony works hard, is mentally tough, and cares deeply about his teammates – more than any hit in any game, that is how he’ll be remembered by those who played with him. Next year, Anthony will attend Westfield State and will study Business Management."
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Sam Person -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Tim Reinhardt

Sam is a ball player. That much is clear when he walks into a room. He seems to always be thinking or talking about baseball – he even did his AP US History research paper on baseball history."
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Sam first cracked the varsity roster during his sophomore year as a backup catcher. His teammates on the 2018 team would say his greatest contribution that year was his chatter during games – in fact, Sam is the only two-time winner of the team’s Chatter Box Award, an award given to the player who comes up with the most creative chatter during a baseball game. More than his ability to come up with imaginative sayings on the bench, Sam contributed to the 2018 team by buying into the team’s culture, and giving maximum effort at all times."
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During the 2019 season, Sam stepped into a much larger role. He split time at catcher, played in 23 of 25 games, and even recorded five strike outs in two innings pitched – the first pitching outing of his high school career. Most impressive about Sam was how he worked to improve in all facets of the game. The biggest growth came in his approach at the plate. At the beginning of the season, Sam consistently tried to pull the ball. This resulted in a number of long foul balls down the left field line, and being fooled by opposing pitchers’ off-speed pitches. As the year went on, Sam slowly and steadily progressed – always working on having a mentality of driving the ball up the middle at the plate. Finally, after a season of consistent work, Sam’s efforts paid off. In a Saturday night game vs. Shrewsbury, the final regular season game of the year, Sam came up to bat with the game tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. On a 1-1 count, he drove a missile of a line drive into right center field, to drive in his brother Tim for what proved to be the winning run. That game launched Hudson on a five-game winning streak that culminated in a Central Massachusetts District Championship."
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During the district championship game against Bay Path, Sam had his finest moment of the season. In the bottom of the sixth inning, he came up to bat with no one out and a runner on first base in a game tied 2-2. Sam, and everyone in the ball park, knew what he had to do – bunt the runner over to second base. Such a simple play, but a play that our team struggled with at times during the 2019 season. After fouling off the first pitch, Sam took a deep breath, stepped back in the box, and executed the bunt. That play put the runner in scoring position, and would eventually lead us to victory."
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Sam excelled at the little things, and those little things make good teams into champions. Next year, Sam will be attending University of Rhode Island, and will be studying Mechanical Engineering."
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Giancarlo Orlandi

Thoughts from Coach Tim Reinhardt

Giancarlo “G-Man” Orlandi is in many ways a coach’s dream. He shows up each day to a practice or a game, works hard, and does anything he is asked to do by coaches or teammates. He is the definition of a selfless player; someone who puts the good of the team above his own."
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During Hudson High School’s run to a Central Massachusetts district championship in 2019, G-Man found himself in a position that many high school athletes have trouble with. He was a junior on a team with nine seniors, and was in a back-up role in the outfield, infield, and at catcher. G-Man accepted his role on the team, and despite not having much opportunity during games, turned the heads of coaches and teammates with his work ethic in practice."
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Whatever the team needed from G-Man, he did it - catch a bullpen, run the bases during a team defense drill, anything – and the most amazing part is that he did it at 100% effort without ever a complaint, making our team more prepared to meet the competition. When the team won its district championship, the headlines went to many of the seniors. However, don’t let that fool you – players like G-Man contributed just as much, and earned that championship as well. Next year, G-Man will be attending WPI where he will be playing football and studying Mechanical Engineering."

Boys Lacrosse

Thoughts from Coach Adam Brownstein

This senior class is a special one to me. Not only would they have been the players I coached throughout their whole high school careers, they were all good kids that understood how to do things the right way. Here's a few words about each of our senior lacrosse players."

Josh Crogan, #13 -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Adam Brownstein

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Crogs was the ultimate team first type of guy. I was really looking forward to seeing how he led as a senior considering he’s been a leader since his sophomore year. Josh was one of the first players to completely buy in to our way of doing things and was a tone setter with his work ethic on and off the field. Not to mention his legendary status of being the only player I’ve ever seen get asked to prom at halftime."
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Andrew Dibattista, #6 -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Adam Brownstein

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The only player I’ve ever had who instead of embracing his top midfielder role, wanted to switch to long pole his senior year! Rumor was that he set up his knee injury just so he wouldn’t have to run anymore. Affectionately known as “Peanut butter” to his teammates, Andrew was always striving to improve and become a better player and person. He was starting to become a more vocal leader as well as letting his work ethic speak for him. Once he finally stopped crushing his teammates at practice, everything started to come together for him."
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Phil Fitzsimmons, #7 -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Adam Brownstein

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Fitzy was the team cop. If people were goofing off in drills, giving less than full effort, trying to undercut our team concept; Fitzy would and did handle all of it. He took it upon himself to fix what needed fixing. He expected no less than the effort he was giving and he was all in all the time. The coaches always said that he was “drive by funny”; something would happen at practice and Fitz would casually say something funny as he went by, so we termed it a drive-by. My biggest regret with this class is that I never tried his idea of LSA in a game."
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Jason Saliga, #18 -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Adam Brownstein

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Saliga is an intense dude when it comes to lacrosse. I’m calling him Saliga throughout all of this because the few times I’ve ever referred to him as Jason the entire program stopped in shock and he told me that he didn’t like it, and to be honest, it made me uncomfortable too. This kid will do whatever it takes to win. All he wants to do is compete, play and win. Play X attack, switch to middie, take face-offs, back to wing attack, play JV goalie; every request was answered with a shrug and a “sure”. There’s a famous Joe Namath quote where he says, “I’ve never lost a game, I just ran out of time”. I think that sums up Saliga perfectly. Intense, never quitting and doing whatever it takes; even getting domed with a golf ball barely slowed him down.
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Gabe Giancola, #29

Thoughts from Coach Adam Brownstein

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Also known as Mike around the team, Gabe really bloomed his junior year. Once he put down the girls’ manager responsibilities and had the chance to grow his confidence with some JV burn; Gabe translated that into success at the varsity level and was a deadly attack-man around the crease. With the strongest flow on the squad, he was the clear MVP of the trivia challenge and Gabe also did the almost unthinkable and subbed into net for us for a game; that’s putting the team first for sure."
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Final Thoughts from Coach Adam Brownstein

"These players lived through the worst times this program has ever seen and fought through it together. They came out of it with a sense of what it takes to be part of a team and they were integral in laying the foundation for a program that they can be proud of.

All five of them are great kids and I would take any or all of them to start a program with me. All of them would fill in at JV if that were what we asked. All of them were at practice and ready to go day in and day out. All of them brought every ounce of effort to every game and live situation that was given to them.

It’s a shame that they’ve lost their senior year, but they will always know that their class was the shining example of how to play the game and how to be a team and a family."

Girls Lacrosse

Cori Hansen, #16 -Captain

Thoughts from Coach Jessica Farland

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Cori was a varsity player since freshman year. She was named captain by her teammates her junior year. I can't say enough about Cori. She is always paying attention, learning the game, developing and leading by example. Sometimes I think she led by example because she was so winded from full field sprints during games that she could not actually talk -- she just kept doing the right things. As a very tall lefty, she was able to use the crease to her advantage effectively and with consistency. I'm pretty sure Cori started and played in every single game at the varsity level her entire high school career. I couldn't get her back on the field fast enough when she needed a break. She was one of the strongest defenders, midfielders and attackers. Cori was a great role model for her peers and the underclass players."
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Maddie Cirillo, #4

Thoughts from Coach Jessica Farland

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A four-year varsity player, Maddie always had stick skills that were better than most. She had a very strong desire to score. This made things difficult because she was such a good defender. Maddie spent a good amount of time on defense and her junior year, she was our strongest low defender. She was physically strong and aggressive, which raised the intensity of the players around her. She wanted to be on offense so bad that she would run the ball all the way up the field from low defense over the restraining line, so she would have an opportunity to go to the goal. Though frustrating sometimes in the moment as the coach, looking back on it now, it shows just how strong her drive to score (and to win) was -- makes me smile now thinking about it."
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Emily Devlin, #17

Thoughts from Coach Jessica Farland

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Emily has been on varsity since her sophomore year. She started to show her confidence and competitive side around the end of her sophomore year. Emily came onto the varsity team as a defender and spent most of the season getting into spot time in games on defense. It wasn't until around the end of the season in practice when we needed more attackers for a drill that I quickly realized she should have been there the whole time. Emily has a strong left and when she found the right lane to the goal, she drove to the goal extremely well. She was unlucky when it came to actually scoring, but she always had the right positioning and kept the attacking plays in motion. She made everyone around for better for it."
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Kamryn Govoni, #13

Thoughts from Coach Jessica Farland

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Kamryn was on varsity since her sophomore year. She has some of the best stick skills on the field that I have seen in a high school player. Kam needed very little guidance when it came to stick handling, passing and catching technique, as well as shooting. I was always confident putting her in as an attacker -- she knew the plays by heart. Kam knew how to use her teammates...and read the field very well. She knew when to pass and when to drive, and she was generally just a solid, consistent attacker the team could depend on."
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Ally Jensen, #12

Thoughts from Coach Jessica Farland

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Ally is one of those kids you just love having on the team. She was paying attention 100% of the time, always interested in learning more about the game and how she could improve as a player. Ally, plain and simple, wanted to do her best and do it well. When others would just accept that they may not get the skill or play we were working on, she never gave up and was always determined. She would ask for help after practice, on the sideline or at halftime during the games. I think this mentality helped her tremendously and you saw the improvement over her junior year as a defender."
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Natalie Peterson, #8

Thoughts from Coach Jessica Farland

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Natalie was a four-year varsity player and leading scorer for the team. Nat scored more goals off the draw single-handedly than I've ever seen. She is extremely fast and she pretty much perfected her fakes and technique so that her drives down the field more often than not ended with a goal. The team leaned on Nat a lot for results when games were close and when we down. If we could get her the ball -- there was a good chance we would score. She worked tirelessly the entire time she was on the field. She would catch the other team from behind in the midfield and either cause turnovers, or slow the other team's momentum down. Nat is tough and nearly impossible to get by on defense. She and Cori were our strongest overall players on the field. A very strong defender, midfielder, and attacker. We would not have won the number of games we did without her on the field."
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Mackenzie Tinglof, #1

Thoughts from Coach Jessica Farland

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Mackenzie has been on varsity since her sophomore year. She always gave 100% of the time, in practice and in games. If I told her to use her non-dominant hand more, she would spend the rest of practice making sure she got a few changes to use her non-dominant hand. Kenzie was very coachable, always wanting to succeed and improve. She never complained, no matter how many sprints the team had to do, how hard practice was or how the game was going. She was always very vocal; that motivating voice on the team every coach needs."
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Rileigh Tinglof, #2

Thoughts from Coach Jessica Farland

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Rileigh showed incredible improvement over her time on varsity. She was a quiet kid, but every once in awhile, she broke out of her shell and we woudl see a whole other side of her. Rileigh had the capacity to really turn on the jets when she wanted to. She always has a great attitude (a family trait, I think) and was always willing to do anything I asked of her....she was any coaches dream."
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Unified Track

Morghan Ghize -Captain Athlete

Thoughts from Coach Diane Ghize

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Morghan is a delightful five year member of the team! She was part of the State Championship Unified Track & Field 2016 and Division Champions in the 2016, 2018, 2019 seasons. Morghan Performed well in javelin, shot put, and 100M. No question, she had the best smile!"
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John Houle -Captain Athlete

Thoughts from Coach Diane Ghize

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John is a five year veteran of the team! He was part of the State Championship Unified Track & Field team in 2016, as well as Division Champions team in 2016, 2018, and 2019. John performed well in shot put and javelin. He sure had the best shot put form!"
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Gary Masciarelli -Captain Partner

Thoughts from Coach Diane Ghize

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Gary is a three year veteran of the team! He was part of the Division Champions team in 2018 and 2019. Gary Performed in javelin, long jump, 100M and 4x100 relay. Gary had the best effortless jav throw!"
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Hannah Tomlyn -Captain Athlete

Thoughts from Coach Diane Ghize

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Hannah is the five year sweetheart of the team! She was part of the State Championship team in 2016, as well as Division Champions team in 2016, 2018 and 2019. Hannah performed well in javelin, shot put and 100M. Those who knew her know she was the team flirt!
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Jake Andrade, partner

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Jake was a two year member of Unified Track & Field. He was part of the Divison Champions teams of 2018 and 2019. His events included shot put, long jump, 400M, and the 4x400 relay. He had the best Kick!"
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Tom Bowler, partner

Thoughts from Coach Diane Ghize

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Tom was a two year member of Unified Track & Field. He was part of the Divison Champions team of 2019. Tom performed in javelin, long jump, 400M and the 4x400 relay. Great team player!"
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Bruno Capitao, Partner

Thoughts from Coach Diane Ghize

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Bruno was a two year member of Unified Track & Field. He was part of the Divison Champions teams of 2018 and 2019. Bruno performed in shot put, long jump, 800M, and the 4x100 relay. Good attitude and smile!"
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Boys Track and Field

Dan Cuddy, Captain

Thoughts from Coach Bill Gaudere

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Dan competed in five seasons of outdoor track, being team captain junior and senior years. He coupled this with two years of award winning indoor track experience as well. He was HHS's top Pole vaulter, ran the 800M, perfomed in javelin and ran the fastest leg on the 4x4 relay. Dan was the top point scorer his junior year and league All-Star, qualifying for the State Championship meet in both the pole vault and 800M. 2020 would have been Dan's season. With the school pole vault record set at 13 feet, Dan was reaching that in practice and would have set a new height record that would have stood for years. He worked hard and put in many hours of extra practice on his own to become a better vaulter. Knowing that if he was stronger meant he could achieve extra height, Dan spent many hours in the weight room getting bigger and stronger. He was an extra coach, working with the younger athletes, teaching them the fundamentals of pole vaulting, using the knowledge he gained from the many vaulting clinics he attended on his own time and at his own expense."
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Matt Haley, Captain

Thoughts from Coach Bill Gaudere

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Matt had two seasons of track under his belt and was captain junior and senior year. He qualified for the Districts in shot put, as he improved greatly during this year's indoor season. He was looking forward to setting more PR's this outdoor season. Matt is a leader by example: always at practice, ready to compete with no complaining."
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Richie Mattocks, Captain

Thoughts from Coach Bill Gaudere

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Including five award winning indoor seasons, Richie has had three seasons for track and field, including being captain his junior and senior year. With the way Richie's Indoor season ended, his final season at HHS looked bright. An undefeated season in the mile was very possible. Richie is one of the few who likes doing hard track workouts. That physical and mental toughness would have paid dividends in 2020."
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Joe Fils

Thoughts from Coach Bill Gaudere

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Joe had three season on the outdoor with events that included high hurdles, 400M Intermediate hurdles, and long jump. But perhaps my foundest memory is from this year's indoor track season, which he was a member of for three seasons as well. During one meet, us winning came down to one event: the 4x4 relay. If we won the relay, we'd win the meet. If we lost the relay..exactly. Joe ran the anchor leg of the 4x4 the previous meet and did not have a great race. I told Joe he was going to anchor the 4x4 again and he knew all too well what was at stake. Our first three runners got Joe the lead he needed so it all came down to him. Joe held off his opponent until the final lap and ended up finishing second. Joe was absolutely devastated. I couldn't get to him fast enough to let him know that he ran a great race, gave it his best effort and that is all any coach could ever ask of his athlete. Joe thought he had let his team down. With his teammates thanking him for his effort, I was able to let Joe know that not only was the guy who ran him down the fastest 400M runner in the league, but that Joe had just run 10 seconds faster than he did the week before! That was truly amazing. That effort showed me who Joe Fils really is. Joe is a "no excuses" kind of guy, and I like that.
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Joseph Lopreseti

Thoughts from Coach Bill Gaudere

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Joe had two seasons of outdoor track. Joey is an athlete who will score you points in the shot put and also is quick enough to run on the 4x1 relay. I was looking forward to seeing what a healthy Joey would be able to bring his final season this year."
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Sean O'Neill

Thoughts from Coach Bill Gaudere

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Sean had four outdoor seasons as the team's top 400M hurdler. This was the year Sean was going to chase down the school record in the 400M intermediate hurdles. Unfortunately that opportunity did not come to fruition with the cancellation of the season."
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Girls Track and Field

Seniors,

I first want to thank you for your resilience through these very unprecedented and weird times. Your commitment to continue your education and athletics will never be forgotten. With this event, your class will live on forever in memories of the year 2020. Even though a lot has changed over the last few months, one thing has not. Your dedication to our track program over the years.

I am so very thankful to have been able to coach you for these last five years. From the first season you stepped out on the track, Chip and I knew you were special. Many times you doubted yourself, questioned the process and cried over what the results were. But, you stood firm in your effort to push through the difficult times, overcame injuries and outperformed the competition.

You are very familiar with tough and weird times. As you have grown up you have faced many obstacles. But you have persevered through them all, seeing them as small tests rather than barriers to your success. You have aced the test; your continued strength, courage and understanding has set you apart from so many. It has set you up for a life full of success.

Stay true to your beliefs, fight for what you believe in, never take no for an answer. Don’t forget your past, but use it to shape your future. Life is going to throw a lot of things in your way, how you handle them, how you treat others, and how you treat yourself is the true testament to your journey.

I know you will continue to excel, continue to represent your family and the Hudson High Hawk family. As you wind down your senior year in an extraordinary way, remember that you too are extraordinary in your own way. Be strong, stay positive and know you have a permanent spot in our Track Family. -Coach Spencer

Morgan Collins, Captain

Thoughts from Coach Spencer Fortwengler

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Morgan was a true Captain, three-time Defending League and District Champion in shot put and discus. She was a true leader on and off the track. Morgan's accolades included being, an All New England Finalist, a three-time Mid Wachusett C All Star as well as a Telegram and Gazette Hometeam All Star. She's a fantastic athlete, but an even better student and member of our community. Morgan heads to WPI this fall and will compete there as well."
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Maddie Hay, Captain

Thoughts from Coach Spencer Fortwengler

A quick and fierce runner, Maddie placed in many races and added much needed points for us. She possessed a never lose attitude, which kept her fighting each day to get better. Maddie also had a great arm in the Javelin as well. She was a terrific leader on and off the track and her ability to help those around her made her a special team member.
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Kelsey Kahn, Captain

Thoughts from Coach Spencer Fortwengler

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Kelsey has fought and overcame injuries in order to excel and compete. She was always willing to do whatever it took to help the team win. There was never a day that you would not find Kelsey smiling. Her amazing attitude and fun nature was an asset to have on our team."
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Caitlin Reagan, Captain

Thoughts from Coach Spencer Fortwengler

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A hard working with a true leader mentality, Caitlin is genuine and is always willing to help her teammates out. She's a strong runner who will be missed in all aspects within our track program."
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Lydia Beatty

Thoughts from Coach Spencer Fortwengler

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Lydia's a very strong and gritty athlete. She has overcome many running injuries and still leads the league in races won. A hard worker, Lydia was always willing to put in more to get better. She was vital member of many relay teams. Her speed will be sorely missed!"
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Julia Harlan

Thoughts from Coach Spencer Fortwengler

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A fantastic athlete who hated to lose, Julia put in the hard work daily and was eager to step up and fill in when we needed her most. She was a member of our relays and helped us dominate in the Mid Wachusett league. Her sense of humor helped get through the tough workouts. Her leadership will be missed next year."
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Kailyn Vaillancourt

Thoughts from Coach Spencer Fortwengler

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Kailyn was a strong runner who dominated the mid distance/mile races for years within our league. It's been a true pleasure to coach her for the last 5 years. Her ability to outperform many while racing was fun to watch. Excited to see her run more races in the future."
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I want to THANK all of our seniors for their hard work, leadership, determination and persistence throughout their respective high school careers. Please follow along with the hasthtag #HHSHawksSeniors2020

Best of luck to the Senior Class of 2020!

YOU ARE AND WILL BE MISSED!

GO HAWKS!

-Jessica Winders, Athletic Director

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Created with images by Briana Devlin, Audrey DeZutter, Dakota Antelman and Siobahn Richards. All other photos provided by the HHS Yearbook Committee and the HHS Athletic Department. Two background images by: Lysander Yuen - "untitled image" • Tirza van Dijk - "800 meter line"