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Hiller Tennis Takes Season Opener in Wellesley

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The Hiller Varsity Girls Tennis won their season opener today against Division 1 Wellesley 4-1 in a non-league contest at Wellesley Town Park.

Singles Winners - #1 Vanessa Prathab, #2 Zoe Komodromos, #3 Elisabeth Cooperman. Doubles Winners - #1 Sydney Emerson and Laney Emerson.

Hopkinton Middle School 2.62 Marathon Challenge

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You are cordially invited to participate in the Second Annual Hopkinton Middle School 2.62 Marathon Challenge. This school-wide 2.62-mile run/walk will take place, weather permitting, on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM. We will start at the flagpole in front of Hopkinton Middle School and proceed around the campus with the finish and celebration on the track behind the school.

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Video Segment: 2015 Hopkinton Hillers Softball Preview

Despite the rough winter and record breaking snow, softball season has returned and the squad this past week played a scrimmage game against Hudson at the Fruit Street fields. The high school fields might not be ready but head coach Dennis Baker J.r. is excited for the season "we have a lot of returning players.. a lot of solid returning varsity girls.. we just kind of reload here in Hopkinton, we are going to have to break a few new girls in but we feel really good about the team we have coming back."

Last years main starting pitcher Alyssa Karjel moved to a different High School but Coach Baker is confident that Senior Juliet Hulme can lead the way "she really came on about midway through last year and really created a nice duo between her and Alyssa and Juliet gained a lot of experience, she had a big save against the state champion Bellingham Blackhawks, she won 2 of our tournament games in relief, so she really gained a lot of experience, she's ready to show the league what she has."

Coach Baker also talked about his farther Dennis Baker S.R., who led the Bellingham Blackhawks to the Division 2 state title last year; "Obviously it's a great honor for him, it took him 40 years almost between coaching baseball and softball to win a state title." with a big smirk Hillers coach Baker stated; "he probably should have a couple more but I don't like to ride him to hard about that but I told him he probably should retire, the day I win a state title I might leave the field and never come back."

Coach Baker also stated that despite the schedule changes due to the snowy winter, the team is ready for the season and for the most part everything is going as planned.

To hear more of the interview, watch the video below.

Sharon Timlin 5K Training Program

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Ladies, do you want to run or walk a 5K race? Join the Sharon Timlin 5K training program, starting on May 7 and lasting for seven weeks. A class will be held at Vineyard Church on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM or Thursdays at 9:30 AM (they are the same class) with the purpose of participating in the Sharon Timlin 5K race on June 20. Run together on Saturdays at the Milford bike trail, rain or shine. The program is free; just pay for race registration. For race information, click here.

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Video Segment: Hopkinton Special Olympics and Hopkinton Police Play Annual Basketball Game

The Hopkinton Police department got a chance to test their basketball skills against the Hopkinton Special Olympics team. The annual basketball game between the Police Department and Special Olympics team was attended by many and a good time was had by all in a successful effort to benefit a great cause. Despite the losing effort by the Hopkinton Police Department, Coach of the Police team Phil Powers still had a great time; "It's a fun event for all of us, the Police Department loves doing it." Chief of the Hopkinton Police Department, Edward Lee enjoyed the game as well, with a big grin the Chief pointed out that the Police have to work on their Basketball skills "Its my second year doing this and we lost both times, I think conditioning was a problem, so we're going to work on that and maybe get a big win next year."

Hopkinton Special Olympics Program Director Alec Levine mentioned that the Special Olympics team and volunteers look forward to this game all season long; "This is the highlight of our season, we are fortunate enough to play an awful lot of games throughout the course of the year, we have been able to offer community games at Hopkinton High School, we go to the state games which is the highlight of many program seasons, but the real highlight of the Hopkinton season is this game against the Hopkinton Police Department, they are a wonderful set of officers and very respectful to the athletes, it shows the real community based support that Hopkinton offers its athletes."

For more watch the video below.

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Video Segment: 2014 Boston Marathon Winner Visits Hopkinton

As part of the Desire to Inspire program which serves the goal to inspire through the Marathon, 2014 Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi was greeted loudly as he entered Hopkinton Middle School and at the High School, Meb was greeted with welcome Meb signs featuring the Hiller H. Meb talked to students about being brought up in East Africa at a time of war, coming to America as a refugee and what led to his road to becoming the first American Boston Marathon Champion in the Men's Division in 31 years. Meb encouraged the students to follow their deams and never give up. "You want to do something greater than yourself, you are going to achieve great things and you never know when that day is going to come, so you do the right thing, keep working hard and keep being yourself."

Meb won born 1975 in Asmara, Entrea on the Eastern Coast of Africa and grew up in war torn conditions, he came to the United States in 1987 at the age of 11. Meb discovered he could have a future in running while he was in 7th grade, he ran a 5 minute 20 second mile. Meb competed in many running competitions while in school, he graduated UCLA with 4 NCAA championships. At the age of 38 Meb Keflizighi became the first American to win the Men's Division in the Boston Athletic Association Marathon since 1983. Meb also set the record at the 2014 Boston Marathon, completing the course with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. Meb is the only marathon runner in history to win the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon and an Olympic Medal.

Selectmen John Mosher presented a proclamation to Meb and welcomed the 2014 Marathon winner an honorary citizen of Hopkinton. Mosher summed up the influence Meb had on most of the country when he crossed the finish line first at the 2014 Boston Marathon; "An American who faced potentially career ending adversity but stayed the course became the champion of the Boston Marathon...Your heart and victories speak to us all, you represented us all, Meb you are our champion."

For more information watch the video below and tune into HCAM News Monday, Wednesday and Friday's at 6 and 10pm!

Team Runderdogs Run Boston for House of Possibilities.

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Hopkinton resident and runner Julia McGovern has her eye on the Boston Marathon next month and has put in the time and energy to raise money for the House of Possibilities. Julia's mom, Kel has put out a plea for support.

Hopkinton Varsity Softball Clinic

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Hopkinton Softball Head Coach Dennis Baker is hosting Softball Clinic
Hitting! Fielding! Pitching!
UPDATE *Clinic has been Postponed to May. Date TBD*
Hopkinton High School Athletic Center
8U and 10U 1:30-3:30
12U and 14U 4:00-6:00
Cost: $50
Sign up at www.hopkintonrec.org

Questions? Contact Dennis Baker dbaker@hopkinton.k12.ma.us

Fifth Annual Boosters Fundraiser featuring Hot Accoustics

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Sign up today for the Hopkinton High School Athletic Boosters fifth annual sports fundraiser to be held at the Hopkinton Country Club on Saturday, March 14, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are now only $60 per person. Back by popular demand, “Hot Acoustics” band will rock the house and there will be plenty of cool raffle prizes and silent auction items such as sports artwork from the NE Sports Museum.

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Video Segment: Marlborough takes down Hopkinton Boys Basketball in Semi-Finals

Hopkinton went to WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) on Monday March 2nd to take on 1st seeded 18 and 3 Marlborough in the Semi-Finals after winning in the first round at Wayland High School 53-48. Hopkinton lost a close well fought out game 55-40. The Hillers trailed most of the way but with 6:22 left in the 4th got within 2 and trailed 37-35. The Hillers were then outscored 18-5 in the final minutes. Matt Locke led the way for the Hillers with 11 points, Brian Short put up 18 points for Marlborough.

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