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Video Segment: Hopkinton beats Ashland in the 91st Thanksgiving Meeting 9-7

Hopkinton and Ashland met on thanksgiving morning for the 91st time at the home of the Clockers. Snow fell throughout the previous night into the morning, making the field a sloppy wet surface.

First Drive of the Game Pat Ryan illudes a couple of defenders and completes to Haiden Pereira who was forced out of bounds at around the Ashland 45 yard-line, then a few players later, Jake Kelleher at Quarterback, Pat Ryan Spread to the left, Pat Ryan catches the football for a first down. The Ashland defense stepped it up however, Drew Donohue stuffed for a loss, then Jake Kelleher sacked, the Clockers defense got the job done and keep the game scoreless.

On Ashland's posession QB Mitch Porter finds Filip Cooper under pressure and Cooper turns on the Jets and breaks into Hillers territory. Colin Hanrahan than sets up Ashland nicely within the Hillers 20 yardline heading to the 2nd quarter. Ashland kept the charge going with a great catch by Max Feinburg. Later in the drive a Hopkinton Pass interference call sets up a Mitch Porter Touchdown to make it a 6-0 game, a Joe Kerkach extra point put the Clockers up 7 with 8:16 left in the first half.

After the Ashland touchdown, both defenses went back and forth forcing punts but then in the 4th quarter Pat Ryan goes to Matt Decina for the first
down, then later in the drive Pat Ryan connects with Matt Decina for the touchdown. Hillers were an extra point away from tying the game, however did not convert on the extra point as Ryan took the snap and threw it incomplete with 6:56 left to go in the game. Clockers remained ahead 7-6.

The Hillers then went for the onside kick but Ashland scoops it up and has the football with great field position. Ashland moved the chains a couple times but the Hillers defense bent but did not break as they force the turnover on downs. Hillers get the ball at their own 30 with 2:24 left to go in the game.

Kelleher then threw a ball off the hands of Pat Ryan and the Clockers intercepted. Ashland had a chance to end it with a first down, but Colin Hanrahan jumped offside pushing the Clockers back 5 yards late in the 4th and leading to an incomplete pass followed by a punt late in the game.

Jake Kelleher put together a good last drive finding Matt Decina and Pat Ryan for big completions and found Haiden Pereira inside the 10 yard-line.
A flag pushed the Hillers back on 4th down so now it was about a 31 yard field goal try for Adam Giordano, Giordano kicked it through to make it 9-7 Hopkinton with not a lot of time left. Hillers kick off and Ashland is hoping for a miracle. lateral followed by lateral but Hopkinton special teams come through and secure the 9-7 victory. The Hillers finish the season 5 and 6, Ashland 6 and 5.

Congratulations to the 2014 Hopkinton Hillers Football team on a great finish!

Hopkinton Education Foundation Accepting Marathon Applications

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The 119th Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015. The Hopkinton Education Foundation has submitted applications for charity numbers and hope to have runners participate on behalf of the Education Foundation again during the Marathon. Completed applications must be sent to Sherry Grady.

Mail: Hopkinton Education Foundation, Attention: Sherry Grady, P.O. Box 109, Hopkinton, MA 01748
Fax: 813-639-5851
Email: grady76ts@comcast.net

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Video Segment: 5 Hopkinton Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent to Play in College

Elise Chandler - Girls Lacrosse - Signing with the University of New Hampshire of the America East Conference. Elise is a Tri-Valley League Honorable Mention Lacrosse All-Star.

Elise talked about how much she loves Hopkinton and credited her coach as a reason for her success. Elise also stated she likes the amount of support given throughout the Hopkinton Community.

Jimmy Hervol - Golf - Signing with the University of Connecticut of the American Athletic Conference. Jimmy was a selected as a Metrowest Daily News Golf Super Team All-Star, 2 Time Tri Valley League MVP, and 3 time TVL 1st Team All-Star, and 3 time Hopkinton Team MVP.

Jimmy talked to HCAM News about why he chose UCONN "The coach is a great guy, he's got a great plan for the Golf Program, I love the school, the size is perfect, great academics, if Golf doesn't work for me, i'll have a great fall back on education."

Sara Freedman - Field Hockey - Signing with Stonehill College of the Northeast 10 Conference. Sara was selected as a 1st team Tri Valley League All-Star this fall.

Sara gave her coach credit for her success; "I had a really good coach and really pushed me to play in college. It's really good to be part of such a good school, were all together and we always work as a unit, I love being a Hiller." Sara told HCAM news she chose Stonehill because of the small size and fall scenery.

Alissa Karjel - Softball - Signing with St. Bonaventure University of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Alissa is a 2 Time Boston Herald All-Star, a 2 Time Metrowest Daily News Softball Super Team All-Star, Tri Valley MVP, 3 time Tri Valley League 1st Team All-Star, and 2 Time Hopkinton Team MVP.

Alissa told HCAM News that she is relieved she can play her final Softball season at Hopkinton High School without the pressure of trying to decide what college she will attend. Alissa chose St. Bonaventure because of her Buffalo roots and she loved the school.

Declan McWilliams - Signing with the University of Tampa of the Sunshine State Conference. Declan is a Tri Valley League Honorable Mention Lacrosse All-Star.

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Video Segment: Powderpuff Football 2014 Highlights

It was the Junior Ladies of Class of 2016 vs the Senior Ladies of Class of 2015. This years Annual Powderpuff game was one for the history books.

The seniors started off with the football and Juliet Hulme started off with a touchdown run on the very first play. The Seniors would convert to make it 8-0. The Juniors struck right back however Kate Welzel pushing her way through for a touchdown shortly after. The conversion was unsuccessful keeping seniors up 7-6.

The seniors had an answer on the opening play of their 2nd drive as for the 2nd time in the game Juliet Hulme took a run 80 yards to the end zone to make it a 14-6 game. The Juniors did not go away, on the next drive Emily Marculits took a big hit after a big gain. After taking a big hit Emily Marculits had another big 30+ yard run, then on the following play Kate Welzel threw to Michelle Doucette for the touchdown. It was 14-12 Seniors at the half.

The juniors brought the trickery to open up the 2nd half, Kate Welzel unknowinhgly casually took the snap and then casually took a jog into the endzone to put the juniors on top. Elise Carlson grabbed the pass for the conversion making it 20-14 Juniors. Down for the first time in the game, the seniors had a response, they give the ball to Juliet Hulme for a first down, things got a little feisty then Katelyn Delaney ran right up the right side and right into the end zone, and does the same on the conversion to put seniors back on top 21-20.

On the following drive Emily Marculits would help the Juniors strike right back after a big Gabby Lockett run as she set up a Juliet Hulme touchdown. Katelyn Delaney then converted to allow the Seniors the winning score with no time left on the clock.

A 28-27 final the Seniors won the 2014 Powderpuff Game, a game that will go down in Powerpuff historyas an instant classic. Both teams played a great game and gave it their all.

Local Thanksgiving Football Recap

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Hopkinton and Ashland had a defensive battle in their 91st meeting. With 7 minutes left in the game, Pat Ryan to Matt Decina was the lone Hillers touchdown reception. Hopkinton pulled off the victory with a last second 32 yard field goal from Adam Giodarno to take the game 9-7. Overall The Hopkinton Hillers are 49-37 and have 5 ties against the Ashland Clockers. Hillers finish the season 5 and 6 while Ashland finishes 6 and 5.

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Video Segment: Powderpuff Football Friday November 21st

Believe it or not this coming week is the off week before the annual Highschool thanksgiving football game but don’t worry the Girls of Hopkinton High School have you covered. Friday November 21st at David M. Hughes Stadium, it’s time once again for the annual Powderpuff Football Game between the Juniors (Class of 2016) and Seniors (Class of 2015)

Admission is $5 and is open to all members of the community. All proceeds will benefit the Junior and Senior Classes. Check out the videos to meet the teams.

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Video Segment: 2014 Hopkinton Volleyball Team Wins State Championship

The 2014 Hopkinton Hillers Volleyball team won the Division 2 State Championship for the first time ever in the programs history. The team finished the season with 19 sweeps, a 22 and 2 record and swept Weston in the Division 2 State Championship to win the ultimate prize. Although early on momentum would shift back and forth the Hillers came away with the 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-22, 25-14). At one point in the 2nd match the Hillers were down 20-13 but won 11 of the next 12 points to take the 24-21 lead and took any momentum away from Weston.

Holly Adams led the attack with 15 Kills, Whitney Thalheimer contributed with 8 Kills, Hanna Engstrom also racked up 7 Kills. Engstrom was also a threat from the service line with 3 aces. After the game Engstrom talked about the teams effort: "We get better every day we work our hardest and I think we deserve this, we work so hard everyday."

Captain Kaitlyn West continued her outstanding defensive play and contributed in the Championship game with 5 Digs. West had a hard time wiping the smile off her face as she talked to HCAM News about the championship victory: "I think we all have our own strengths and we put them all together and we connect so well."

Coach Margie Grabmeier was excited that this team won the state championship because of how hard they worked throughout the season and the character of the team: "This could not happen to a nicer team, sportsmanship has always been top of the league, they're great girls, they may not be related but they're a volleyball family, I'm so proud."

To see the full highlights from the State Championship and Semi-Finals victories watch the Videos.

Riding the Wave…

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The Hopkinton Hiller Cheerleaders (HHS) continue the tradition of being one of the premier cheerleading squads in the state. After winning the Tri-Valley League Championship, HHS moved on to the South Regional Cheerleading Competition held at Whitman-Hanson High School on November 16th. There, they competed against twelve other teams in Division 2 and came in second place with a nearly flawless performance; missing the top spot by a mere 2 points.

Hopkinton Hillers Kickoff -- 7p.m. Friday

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The Hillers Varsity Football team will take on Oliver Ames High School of North Easton, Mass. on Fri., Nov.14 at 7 p.m. at David M. Hughes Stadium in Hopkinton. Don’t miss one minute of exciting Hiller action! Bring the family and enjoy a game under the lights. The Hopkinton High School Athletics Boosters will have the doghouse well stocked with plenty of hot chocolate, popcorn and other delicious treats popular with the fans. After this, next Hiller game is Thanksgiving Day – this year in Ashland.

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Video Segment: Hopkinton Volleyball Advances to the Division 2 State Championship

The #8th ranked Hopkinton Hillers took on the #1 Ranked Notre Dame of Hingham Cougars at Canton High School in the State Semi-Finals. Hopkinton pulled off the sweep winning Game 1 (25-22), Game 2 (25-8), Game 3 (25-23). It was a good all around team effort by the Hillers who utilized their front line power and talented servers to take down the Cougars. Holly Adams led the scoring with 18 Kills and 10 aces, Hanna Engstrom also recorded 6 aces and 7 kills and Renee Cooprider had 25 assists.

Game 1 was back and fourth and their were multiple momentum shifts. At one point the game was tied 21-21 but the serving errors and good defense by the Hillers allowed them to secure the victory. In game 2 it was Hillers domination the whole way through as at one point the Hillers took a 12-3 lead and never looked back. Game 3 Notre Dame gave it their all to hang on to State-Championship hopes and fought back trailing midway through with a 12-7 run to make it a 24-23 game in favor of Hopkinton but Holly Adams was able to score the last point. A perfect set up from Cooprider allowed Adams to hit a downward flying smash that landed just before the backline. Holly Adams spoke to HCAM news after the game: "We worked really hard all season so we deserve it." "We're fired up and we are playing for Hopkinton."

Head Coach Margie Grabmeier after the victory: "This is an incredible feeling, I love this feeling." Grabmeier mentioned that many of the seniors on the team have been playing together for 3 years and the goal from Day 1 was to get to the State Finals."We have a powerhouse team with great defense, offensive weapons and a 3rd year varsity center and that's how you get this far you can't do it with just 1 or 2 players."

The State Finals will take place at Fitchburg High School Saturday November 15th at 3:00pm, Central Finalist Hopkinton (21-2) will take on North Finalist Weston, who swept West Finalist Minnechaug at Milford High School in the other state semi-final game.

To hear more of the interviews with Holly Adams, Head Coach Margie Grabmeier or to see the game winning score for the Hillers in the State-Semi Finals matchup view the videos.

Go Hillers!!!

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