7. Hingham turns up heat at state track meet
David Jewett may coach track again someday, but if he doesn’t, he certainly went out on top. The Hingham girls’ coach presided over a team that won the Division 3 Relays, Division 3, and then the All-State meet on a sweltering day better spent on Nantasket Beach. One star of that day was senior Julie McConville who ran the amazing double of the 2-mile and the mile, finishing second in the 2-mile and fifth in the mile while gaining valuable points. The Harbormen won the title by just 3 points over Lowell. McConville and four other seniors missed graduation to compete in the state meet. “They did it not because of themselves but to help the team,” said Jewett. “I cannot say I could be any prouder of them, and it means a lot to me as a coach.”
8. Journey to a title includes a ferry
Maybe they’re used to it, but we’re always more impressed when a Martha’s Vineyard school wins a state championship. Take the boys’ tennis team. Ned Fennessy completed his 23d season as coach by leading the Vineyarders to their second straight Division 3 state title. And it wasn’t easy. For the EMass title match, the team left Oak Bluffs for Woods Hole and was on the road for 15 minutes before finding out the match was canceled. Back to Woods Hole and a ferry ride home. It took three hours to get to Worcester for the state championship, but it was worth it. And with the trophy in hand, the team was greeted on the island by police cruisers and fire trucks, sirens blaring. “These kind of things are pretty big on the island,” said Fennessy.
9. Middleboro deserved a happy ending
The baseball season didn’t start the way folks in Middleboro had hoped. In late March, former teacher and boys’ soccer coach Jim Braga was killed in a car accident. His grandson Cody was a catcher on the baseball team, and the players wore “JB” patches on their uniforms every time they took the field. The last time that happened was June 15 in Lowell, and when the Sachems walked off the field at LeLacheur Park, they were Division 3 state champions. Senior shortstop Kevin Huscher had the winning hit in the bottom of the seventh to beat Hopedale, 4-3. “I told Cody that was for his grandpa,” said Huscher. “He was a soccer coach of mine. He was a great guy.”
10. Mother’s day in May, daughter’s in June
We all knew Meredith would eventually defeat her mother Leslie. It was just a question of when. It didn’t happen in April, when Meredith and her Notre Dame of Hingham lacrosse team fell, 7-4, to Leslie and Westwood in the first Battle of the Franks. But when it mattered most, in the Division 1 South final, ND (H) beat Westwood, 10-7. Score one for the kid. The Cougars didn’t stop there, beating Westford to win the EMass title before edging Longmeadow to win the state championship. It was a grand finale for star senior and two-time All-Scholastic Alex Dalton, who is off to Notre Dame. The MIAA trophy was a nice prize for a long season. But nothing compares with bragging rights at the Frank family summer barbecues.