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Video Segment: Elite Kenyan Runners visit Elmwood School

As part of the John Hancock scholars and stars program. Some of the elite Kenyan runners visited Elmwood school. The athletes got to check out some artwork and dances relating to the Kenyan culture the students worked on. The annual event is always one of the favorite days of the year for alot of the students and staff.

In addition to a few students, HCAM News talked to runners Bernard Kipyego (winner of Amsterdam Marathon and 3rd in Boston Marathon last year), Wesley Korir (2012 Marathon winner and member of the Kenyan Parliament) and Caroline Rotich (Former winner of Prague and Las Vegas Marathon) as well as Master of Ceremonies and legendary broadcaster Larry Rawson.

Hiller Girls Tennis 3-0 Beating Medway

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Hiller Girls Varsity Tennis Team hosted the Medway Mustangs on Wednesday a took them in 5 straight sets. Maria Parfenova had her first varsity start, winning at second doubles with Devon LaMachia 6-2, 6-2. The Hillers League Record is 1-0 and Overall Record: 3-0. The Lady Hillers will be off practicing during their April Break and will return to Action on Monday, April 27 when they travel to Ashland for a 3:30 pm match.

Rules for Boston Marathon Day

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Items Spectators are not allowed to bring to the Boston Marathon
-Weapons (firearms, knices, mace etc.)
-Backpacks or any similar item carried over the shoulder
-Suitcases and rolling bags/rollers
-Coolers
-Glass Containers or Cans
-Flammable Liquids, fuels, fireworks or explosives
-Any Container capable of carrying more than 1 liter of liquid.

To see the full policy and rules of the Boston Marathon, check out the attached PDF.

Lady Raquets Win 2nd Match

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The Hopkinton High School Girls Tennis beat Rockets in Auburn on Monday 5-0 winning their second non league game of the season making their record 2-0.

An outstanding performance by the Lady Hillers as they swept all 5 matches in 2 sets.

Vanessa Prathab #1 Singles won 6-1, 6-1. Zoe Komodromos #2 Singles won 6-0, 6-0. Elisabeth Cooperman #3 Singles won 6-0, 6-0.

At #1 Doubles Sydney and Laney Emerson won 6-0, 6-0. At #2 Doubles Olivia Centrella and Devon LaMachia won 6-2, 6-1.

Hillers are at home on Wednesday as they host the Medway Mustangs at 3:30 pm.

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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 wrestling...to 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 donaldelehman@aol.com

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.

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