Milford off to good start in new league
Milford fared very well in its first Hockomock League action this season. As newcomers to the league, the Red Hawks started regular-season play with consecutive wins over new rivals Canton, Stoughton, and North Attleborough.
Coach Steve Manguso believes that his players will become more familiar with their league opponents, and vice versa, as the season wears on.
“People are wondering about us, and we’re wondering about them,” Manguso said. “After 10 games, there’ll be no more secrets. But right now, we’re still feeling each other out, I guess.”
Seven contributors from last year give Manguso a veteran bunch that plays with grit.
Senior guards Michael Titlebaum , Aaron Annaballi , Joe Atkinson, and Scott Van Buskirk provide pressure, whether Manguso has them playing man-to-man defense or in a 2-3 zone, while 6-foot-6 senior David Mercier , 6-4 senior Michael Tracy, and 6-3 senior Michael Soares have helped give the Red Hawks an advantage on the glass.
Though Milford now has shorter bus rides to away games, Manguso says the switch from the Midland Wachusett League hasn’t made his schedule any easier.
“We were in a good league last year, and we’re in a really good league this year,” he said. “I don’t know if that part of it is going to change that much. There’s plenty of competition. As I look at these Hockomock teams, I think they’re all very good.”
So far, his team fits right in.
Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org