A three-sport athlete, Hilger also plays center field for the Natick baseball team, but he insists he has no favorite. “Whatever season it is,” he said, “that’s my sport.”
Right now, that means he can be found in the gym, working on his jumper, confident it will be there for him when he needs it most.
Hope means 1,000 points at Medway High School
Sarah Hope is a 1,000-point scorer at Medway High who is headed to Boston University to play for the Terriers next year. But it is the 5-foot-7 senior’s ability to make the opportune play in big moments that coach Joe Iannone says makes her a special player, and made her deserving of the Tri-Valley League MVP honor (shared with Medfield High junior Lauren Petit ).
Against Hopkinton last week, on Medway’s senior night, Hope twice drove in the game’s waning moments, drawing multiple defenders, then dished to an open teammate for a layup. Her free throws at the end of the game secured a 44-38 win.
“Pretty impressive,” Iannone said of his point guard, who averages 16.1 points and 4.4 assists per game. “Pretty impressive how she basically took the game over by making the right pass, and hitting key shots at the end of the game.”
Hope is one of five seniors for Medway (13-5), along with fellow cocaptains Ali Hart and Kayla Corshia ; the team’s defensive stopper, Jules Cassidy ; and Mandy McNally, who is able to give the team a spark at point guard when Hope takes a breather.
Together they have helped bring along the Mustangs’ younger contributors, including starting sophomore forward Casey Sheehan and freshman Sarah DiPillo .
“It’s an interesting team this year that we have,” Iannone said. “We have five seniors, but we also have a lot of youth. It’s been great for the younger players to go against the older players in practice too, so they’ve been developing and learning from them.”
Here and there
Jake Loewen became Hudson High’s all-time leading scorer after he tallied 36 points in a 69-53 win over Marlborough on Monday. His 1,229 points surpassed 2004 graduate Ali Peters, who scored 1,221 in her career. . . Waltham senior sharpshooter Mike Gelineau reached 1,000 points for his career when he scored 29 in a 78-55 win over Westford last week. . . The Medfield boys put together perhaps the best comeback of the season last week when they erased a 26-point first-half deficit to beat Tri Valley League rival Bellingham, 58-55. . . Groton-Dunstable Regional completed a nice comeback of its own when it overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and sophomore Drew Moore hit a three at the buzzer to beat Westborough, 61-60.
Phil Perry can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.