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Video: Hopkinton Hillers Boys and Girls Spring 2016 Track Preview

In the first video HCAM news talked with Hillers Boys Head Coach, Chris Shea. Shea is entering his 22nd season with the Hillers. Captains Josh Normandeau, Jon DeYoung and Michael Cuthbert talked about the upcoming season and what they are hoping to accomplish this spring.

In the second video, HCAM news talked with Hillers Girls Head Coach, Brian Hall. Hall is entering his 11th season with the Hillers, 10th as Head Coach. Captains Jackie Barnes, Taylor Velazquez and Isabelle Giordano talked about the upcoming season.

The Harlem Wizards are Back!

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The Harlem Wizards are back at Hopkinton High School on Sunday, April 10 to play against the Hopkinton Public Schools staff! Doors open at 1:00 PM and the game is at 2:00 PM. Tickets bought in advance here are $12 for students and $15 for general admission, tickets at the door are $15 for students and $18 for general admission, and courtside plus tickets are $30.

For more information, click here. Part of the proceeds go to the HPTA.

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Video: Hillers Baseball Preview 2016

The Hopkinton Hillers baseball team is back at practice and getting ready for the 2016 season. Despite many new faces on the team this season, 5th year Head Coach, Jay Golden is feeling good about this years team; "so far, the attitude, the approach, everything since day 1 has been really good...it's a solid group of kids, nice kids, they pull for each other, they support each other."

Infielders Jack Vaccari and Kyle Halloran will anchor the team as this years captains and provide great experience to the infield. Coach Golden stated this years captains were voted in unanimously by teammates. "The two of them are very good friends, they have been since they were little, they know where each others going to be without even saying a word..their very good leaders."

The pitching rotation is expected to be anchored by Tom Onsi, Geoff Holler and Drew Simi. while the outfield is a battle between several different players. Hear more about this years team in the video below.

Here is the 2016 Hopkinton Hillers Baseball Schedule:
HOPKINTON VARSITY BASEBALL
2016 ROSTER

Scott Babigian #1 Junior IF/OF
Chris Burdick #3 Junior IF/P
Cole Dragsbaek #22 Junior P/IF
Brian Gaughan #4 Junior P/OF/1B
*Kyle Halloran #5 Senior IF
Connor Hebert #21 Sophomore OF
Geoff Holler #15 Senior P/OF
Jake LeBlanc #14 Junior 3B/1B
Sam Lehman #11 Senior OF
Brett McIntire #8 Junior IF/OF
Jack Morse #10 Senior OF
Jack Nealon #6 Senior OF
Tom Onsi #16 Senior P/OF
Alex Reynolds #2 Junior C
Drew Simi #20 Senior OF/P
Zack Sisitsky #7 Sophomore 1B/P
*Jack Vaccari #9 Senior SS
Nate Wilson #19 Senior OF
Ryan Wolfe #12 Junior OF/1B/P

Hillers High School Baseball and Softball Opener Postponed

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Some early April snow has cancelled practices and postponed many scheduled High School games throughout the state. The Hopkinton Hillers baseball and softball home opener and opening game of the season originally scheduled for Friday April 8th has been moved to Thursday April 28th. Both teams were scheduled to take on Dover-Sherborn. The next scheduled game for both teams is on Monday April 11th at Medfield High School. Stay tuned for possible further postponements or delay updates.

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Video: Hopkinton Hillers Varsity Tennis 2016 Preview

The Hopkinton Hillers Boys Varsity Tennis team is in the beginning weeks of their practice and ready for the season. This seasons roster is anchored by Captains Luke Whitehouse and Will Nadeau. Brothers Chris Mastroianni and Ryan Mastroianni are returnees from last year and more than likely will play in the number 1 and 2 positions for Hopkinton. Head Coach, Mike Miller said the definite decision hasn't been made but it's likely the 2 seniors could be slotted 1 and 2 again this season.

This years roster includes: Avi Arora, Aamir Benicaso, Ethan Hart, Wills Howard, Andrew Keeley, Jon Keeley, Chris Mastroianni, Ryan Mastroianni, Ryan McCrory, Will Nadeau, Nalin Storm, Jason Tao, Luke Whitehouse and Andrew Xu.

View interviews with Head Coach Mike Miller and Captains Luke Whitehouse and Will Nadeau below.

Paul Clerici Presents "Boston Marathon: History by the Mile"

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Local author Paul C. Clerici will be at the Hopkinton Senior Center on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00 PM to talk about his popular book, “Boston Marathon: History by the Mile.”

The award-winning writer takes readers through the entire colorful 26.2-mile journey, mile by mile, town by town, story by story. With his unique, vast array of experience and knowledge as a 23-time Boston Marathon runner and 30-plus-year sports journalist, Clerici brings the great race to life through informative, humorous, and enlightening detail.

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Video: HMS Students VS Teachers, Hillers Swimming Banquet

In the latest Hopkinton Hillers Sports Update, Hopkinton Middle School Students and Teachers battled it out on the Basketball Court for Project Just Because. and another season of Hillers Swimming came to an official end with the end of the season banquet. Check out highlights below!

Jim Montalto, Leah Holmes and Maggie Sloan to Run the 2016 Boston Marathon for the Hopkinton Public Library Foundation

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Hopkinton resident Jim Montalto and Hopkinton natives Leah Holmes and Maggie Sloan (pictured) will run the 2016 Boston Marathon to raise money for the restoration, renovation and expansion of Hopkinton Public Library.

Hillers Girls fall to Notre Dame Academy in Semi-Finals

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The 4th seeded Hopkinton Hillers earned their ticket to the Semi-Finals against 1st seeded Notre Dame Academy of Worcester by beating 5th seeded Ashland 54-47 in the quarter finals matchup. Undefeated Notre Dame Academy stayed undefeated as they took down the Hillers Girls 61-48.

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Video: Hillers Sports Playoff Highlights

-On Thursday March 3rd the 3rd seeded 17 and 3 Hopkinton Hillers took on 14th seeded 11-8 and 2 Bourne in the 1st round of the playoffs at the Gallo Arena in Bourne and one Hiller hit a landmark during the Hillers offensive fireworks. The Hillers got the 4-0 shutout over Bourne, Will Abbott had a pair of Goals and Cam Finlayson had a goal and 2 assists and the senior also scored his 100th high school career point in the victory.

-In the Quarter-Finals on Saturday March 5th, more action at the Cape, this time against 12-8 and 1 11th seeded Cohasset. The Hillers skated away with the 4-1 victory as 4 different players score goals for the Hillers. Hopkinton advances to the semi finals to take on 2nd seeded 19 and 3 Norwell Thursday March 10th in Bourne at 8pm.

-4th seeded 14 and 6 Hillers Girls Basketball battled fellow TVL Rival #5th seeded 13 and 7 Ashland in the quarter finals of the Central Division 2 playoff bracket. Things did not start off well for the Hillers as 3 different Clockers connected for a pair of field goals to help outscore Hopkinton 16-9 in the first.

2nd quarter, Julia Canestrari heated up and hit for 3 field goals including 2 3's to help the Hillers outscore Ashland 11-9. Ashland leading 25-20 coming out of the half but the Hillers get the 13-10 edge in the 3rd quarter to cut the lead down to 2 heading into the final 8 minutes.

In the 4th quarter, Ashland Senior Sam Leone joined the 1000 point club with a 3 pointer. Quite a huge accomplishment to score 1000 points in your high school career. she was congratulated by fellow teammates as well as the Hillers for the tremendous accomplishment. Hillers Freshman Lilly Morningstar was a star, she hit for 8 points in the quarter to help the Hillers outscore Ashland 21-12 and take the game 54-47.

Morningstar finished with 10 while Julia Canestrari had a team leading 17 and Mikayla Pucci had 13 points as the Hillers advanced to the semi-finals where they will meet up with undefeated 20 and 0 Notre Dame Academy at Clark University Wednesday at 7pm March 9th.

-The 10 and 10, 7th seeded Hillers boys battled 2nd seeded 17 and 3 Medfield in the quarterfinals Medfield ended the magical season for the young Hillers taking them down 74-49.. Medfield would lose to Marlboro in the semi-finals round 59-58. Congratulations to coach Keane and the Hillers boys on a great turnaround.

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