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Video Segment: Hillers Wrestling 2014-2015 Recap

Hopkinton's Josh Sokol took home the Division 2 State championship, Sokol won the decision 8-2 in the 285 pound bout against Stoughtons Bryan Nguyen. The Hillers had a couple others finish in the top 10 at the state-meet as well. In the regionals, Sokol gave Barnstables Owen Murray all he could handle as they went 3 overtimes before Murray took the meet. Junior Josh Sokol is excited to start the next wrestling season and looks to go further into the post season; "I lost in the all-state finals, I lost in the New England finals, 2nd place means I got to work twice as hard." Sokol did enjoy the feeling of being called a state champion; "it felt good, all the hard work paid off with the coaches and the teammates, throughout the season we trained hard and off season pretty rigorous.. we're setting the goals high for next year."

The Hopkinton Hillers head wrestling coach Tim Nelson talked to HCAM News about a very successful season; "it was a great year overall, I knew coming in that we were going to have a strong returning cast, but how hard the kids work and how healthy the kids stay decide how far we go as a team. We had 11 kids qualify for the state tournament, which is the most in team history, we had 2 kids place in the state tournament, which is the 2nd time in team history we've had multiple state place winners, we had a state champion in Josh Sokol, a heavy weight who went on to be a New England finalist, which is the single best season of any Hopkinton wrestling individual." Nelson has coached in the Hopkinton program for 10 years and say's it's been a work in progress. Hopkinton won the sectional title last year as a team with no individual champions. This year the team sent 11 wrestlers to the sectionals and placed 2nd in the sectionals, just 10 points behind winner Nashoba Regional. Coach Nelson was very proud of Josh Sokol for the vast improvement he made this season; "we knew the potential was there, he continued to work hard and grew into his body a little bit, to go from 4th in the state to the New England finals is an extremely big jump, couldn't be prouder, Josh works hard all year, he's a 2 sport athlete, he's a successful football player as well." Coach Nelson was very impressed at Sokol's ability to go from Football right into Wrestling with essentially no break between the seasons.

Coach Tim Nelson was very impressed with the Hillers wrestlers this season and is excited for the next year in Hillers wrestling. "we have a good amount of guys returning that are doing offseason have some of our better core guys doing something in the offseason, means we should be pretty strong coming back next year."

For more information and to see the Interview with Josh Sokol and Head Coach Tim Nelson, watch the video below.

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Video Segment: Hillers Baseball Prepares for Season

The Hopkinton Hillers Baseball team spent the first few weeks of their season practicing in the High School Athletic Center. Most of the snow was cleared off the Baseball fields using Green Sand but still it's a bit too flooded to practice outside but Head Coach Jay Golden says the team has made the most of it. "Whenever you deal with the weather, it's something we can't control." Coach Golden was greatful too have the ability to come inside and use the entire field house, "we're fortunate to have the facility that we do..we just make the most of it... The Kids are working hard and that's all we can really ask for."

Golden stated that the team energy is as high as it's ever been and despite all the new faces, Golden is excited about the team he has for the upcoming season. Besides the new faces on the squad, another change this year is key offensive player and senior Matt Decina will be transitioned back to the infield. Decina played the Hillers outfield over the past 2 seasons but has plenty of infield experience starting for the Milford Legion Baseball team throughout the last few years.

Despite the rough weather through March, Coach Golden say's the team is ready; "you can get more of a realistic view of where you're at as a team on the field.. but in terms of installing what we need to do as far as first and third defense, bunt defense and first and third offense, we've had so much time inside that we've almost installed everything that we want to."

The Hillers season opens April 10th at Medway High School against Medfield, first home game is currently scheduled for Monday April 27th at 3:45 against Ashland.

The video below features a two box with the Coach Golden interview and shots from a Hillers indoor practice.

Team Hoyt’s Dick Hoyt Named Grand Marshal of the 2015 Boston Marathon

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Along with son Rick, Dick Hoyt Completed 32 Boston Marathons. Lisa Rainsberger to be Honorary Starter of Elite Women’s Race.

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that Dick Hoyt of Team Hoyt will be the Grand Marshal of the 2015 Boston Marathon® on Monday, April 20. Two of the Boston Marathon’s most recognizable figures, Dick and son Rick Hoyt completed their 32nd and final Boston Marathon together in 2014. Dick announced afterwards that he would retire from the Boston Marathon.

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Video Segment: Signs Up Around Town Raising Runner Awareness

You will see signs placed strategically throughout Hopkinton. The signs are an effort by several organizations to make sure drivers look out for runners training as we get closer to the Marathon. Chairman of Hopkinton Parks and Recreation Bob Dobinski explained; "the runner safety program in Hopkinton is in it's 2nd year and it started from a tragic accident down in North Carolina where a runner was killed training for the marathon."

The Hopkinton Police, Chamber of Commerce, Parks and Recreation Commission, Hopkinton Marathon Fund, 26.2 Foundation and the Hopkinton Runners Club all combined to fund the signs and raise awareness to drivers that there are runners training. Dobinski explained you will find a lot of runners training towards the center of town. Parks & Rec Director Jay Guelfi stated that a lot of runners like to run the marathon route or work there way out from the center of town. A good amount of signs can be found throughout the center of town but also on a number of side streets in Hopkinton.

For more information, watch the video.

5th Annual Friends of Hopkinton Football Golf Outing

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A fundraiser to support the Hiller Football Program will be held on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Shining Rock Country Club in Northdbridge with an 8:00 AM-Shotgun Start.

The cost is $150 per player ($125 for graduates within 5 years of HHS)

Registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart, gift, barbecue lunch, raffle prizes, and auction items.

You can register as a foursome or individually or Sponsor a Hole ($100 per hole).

If you can donate a prize please email Don Lehman at [email protected]

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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