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Soccer Opens With A Tie Against Clockers

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The 8th Grade Boys' Soccer Team opened their season with a 2-2 tie in Ashland on Tuesday. Johnny Francis opened the scoring in the first half with a goal assisted by Devon Rutter. The game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Hopkinton took the lead in the second half on a corner kick goal scored by Connor Delaney. Hunter Clarke, Zach Sisitsky and David Hart played solid games for the Hillers.

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26.2 Foundation Continues Support for Hopkinton's Schools

In 2006, the 26.2 Foundation, then known as the Hopkinton Athletic Association, spearheaded the funding, design, and construction of new bleachers for the Hopkinton High School athletic field. Collectively, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) and the 26.2 Foundation donated $350,00 to fund this project that is now enjoyed by the students and families of Hopkinton. Since 2006 and for a total period of 10 years, the 26.2 Foundation will make its $10,000 payment to the Hopkinton Public Schools while the B.A.A. contributes its portion in payments of $25,000 per year.

26.2 Foundation Executive Director Tim Kilduff presented this year's contribution in person to the School Committee at their meeting on September 12, 2013. Watch the HCAM News video as Kilduff delivers the check and talks about future plans to continue the unique relationship between the 26.2 Foundation, the B.A.A. and the Boston Marathon, and the Hopkinton Public Schools.

Tough Loss for Boys Cross Country Against Norton

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In temperatures close to 100 degrees for their first home meet, the Hiller Boys Cross Country suffered a tough loss against Norton with a final score of Hopkinton 35, Norton 20.

Coach Fairbanks said, "Yes, it has been a long time."

The boys team was undefeated last year and finished in 1st place. The previous season the Hillers had one loss and tied for 1st place, but Fairbanks said the team is not yet out of it.

Hopkinton's Kyle Driscoll finished first with a time of 17:00 flat, even in the heat. Complete results are attached below.

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Vineyard Church Program Focuses on Spiritual and Physical Health

Vineyard Church Family Life Pastor Areli Biggers wanted to create a class for women at the church that combined exercise with spirituality. After reading the book "Running by the Book" by Corrine Baur, Biggers was inspired to base her class off of the principles of that book. The class, which is designed for women of all abilities, follows the book's 12-week guide of positive empowerment, with each week focusing on a different topic that relates the messages of bible scripture back to the challenges of exercise and pushing through adversity.

The 21 women in Biggers' class have been working extremely hard to meet the end goal of the program, to complete a 10k. At the end of the twelve weeks, the class will be participating in the AFA Veterans Fun Run in Bedford on November 9, 2013.

Although the class has been in session for a few weeks now, Biggers encourages all who are interested to still join the class, which meets Thursdays at either 9:30am or 6:30pm for cross training and on Saturday mornings for runs.

For more information about the class, visit www.vineyardhopkinton.org/get-plugged-in/for-women. Or contact Biggers at areli@vineyardhopkinton.org

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Football Fundraiser Raises Over $1,000

Under the Friday night lights on September 6, the Hillers won their scrimmage against North Middlesex Regional High School 33-31. However, the game was not just a tune-up for the team's first regular season game at Wayland High School on the 12th. It was also a fundraiser in honor of the memory of former Hopkinton High students Evan Girardi and Tommy Weaver. Over $1,000 was raised from community donations at the game to benefit both the Live4Evan and the Tommy Weaver B+ (Be Positive) foundations.

The Hillers first home game kicks off on September 20th at 7pm against Nipmuc Regional High School.

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Planning Starts Early for 2014 Boston Marathon; Registration Opens September 9

Interim Police Chief Chuck Wallace and Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) Executive Director Tom Grilk appeared before the Board of Selectmen at their September 3 meeting to provide an update on the plans for the 2014 Boston Marathon which will be held on Monday, April 21, 2014.

At question for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon was whether or not Hopkinton was prepared to meet the planned increased field size of 36,000 runners. Planning for the 2014 marathon is being done by the Hopkinton Working Group; a group that Wallace explained is made of up representatives from the Hopkinton Police and Fire departments, the Hopkinton Public Schools, the Department of Public Works, the Marathon Committee and independent subject matter experts working with the B.A.A. One of the group’s goals was to decide whether or not Hopkinton felt comfortable with the logistics and security involved with the increased field size of 36,000 runners.

After looking at all of the potential challenges Wallace said that the group was confident that based on a strong commitment from the BAA and their willingness to engage in good faith discussions and planning for the security needs for the 2014 marathon, the Working Group would support the B.A.A.’s request for a parade permit for a field not to exceed 36,000 runners.

“We do feel comfortable that we can put on a safe race with the support of the B.A.A.,” said Wallace.

In past years, the request for the parade permit was typically submitted one month prior to the start of the race, but with the added security measures required due to the events at the finish line last year, planning and the request for the parade permit has started much earlier. While not yet officially submitted, Grilk told the board that the hoped to have it to the board by the beginning of October.

According to a press release from the B.A.A. dated August 29, registration for the 2013 Boston Marathon will open on Monday, September 9 at 10 a.m. and while Grilk admitted that in a perfect world the parade permit would be settled well in advance of registration, it is necessary to start the registration early so that the runners will have time to prepare and complete their training. Security planning for the upcoming race will also be extended and will require more time to finalize.

“The plans that are finally developed will be absolutely state-of-the-art,” said Grilk.

Before leaving the meeting, Grilk also talked about all of the opportunities that he has had to talk about “Boston Strong”.

“People here don’t give in; have not, never would, never will,” said Grilk. “It’s a privilege to work together with all of you, with the chiefs, with the working groups; they have given us the opportunity to earn their trust.”

A special registration period for the 2013 Boston Marathon began on August 19 and concluded on August 29 for the 2013 Boston Marathon starters who reached the half marathon checkpoint or later, but did not have the opportunity to cross the finish line on Bolyston Street. Those 5,624 runners were contacted by the B.A.A. via email; thus far, more than 4,500 entries have been received.

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Hopkinton's Christian Lavoie: Starting Pitcher for the Pittsfield Suns

Baseball has always been an important part of Hopkinton High graduate Christian Lavoie's life. However, now a Junior at UMASS Lowell and currently a starting pitcher for their baseball team, getting to this point hasn't been easy. After missing most of the Hiller's games during his Sophomore and Senior years due to a stress fracture in his spine, Lavoie had to work hard to prove his talents to play on past high school.

IIn his first two seasons at UMASS Lowell, Lavoie has a 7-3 record with a 3.46 earned run average and has struck out 59 batters in 80 innings of work for the River Hawks. Starting next season, the team will be playing in the America East Conference, a change that will move the team up from Division II to Division I.

This past summer, at the recommendation of his college coach, Lavoie also played for the Pittsfield Suns, a summer baseball collegiate team. As a starter, Lavoie led the Suns' starting staff with both a 2.89 ERA and 56 innings pitched. He was also second on the team in strikeouts with 40. One moment that really stands out for Lavoie during his first summer with the Suns was when Hopkinton residents Hank Allessio, Eric Sonnett, and Ken Weismantel came out to Pittsfield to cheer him on.

Lavoie says that his strength is his control, particularly on his fastball. However, not wanting to rely too heavily on his signature pitch, Lavoie wanted to add another dimension to his game, and worked hard this summer to develop his changeup and curveball.

Ideally, after college, Lavoie would love to continue on playing baseball at the professional level. However, considering how much he has had to overcome to get to where he is now, Lavoie says getting to that point would go beyond his expectations.

Lavoie says that the secret to his success is his work ethic and positive attitude, a message which he hopes to impart on those currently playing baseball in Hopkinton.

Hiller Volleyball Spikes Panthers

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Hiller Varsity Volleyball opened their season in Franklin with a 3-1 win. Coach Grabmeier reported that the Panthers took the first set 25-19 and the Hillers fought back winning three straight sets 26-24, 25-21 and 25-15. The Hillers next game will be at home on Tuesday September 10 at 6:30pm against the Medfield Warriors. All Hopkinton Volleyball Home Games will be covered by HCAM and replayed the same night at 10pm on HCAM-ED and on the weekends on HCAM-TV and HCAM-ED.

Big First Win for Boys Cross Country

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The Boys Cross Country team pulled off a big win in their first meet of the season against Westwood on Wednesday, September 4 with Hopkinton at 19 and Westwood at 44. Top three runners for Hopkinton were Kyle Driscoll, Evan Park, and Jack Cote.

According to Coach Fairbanks, the times were slow for a few reasons; 1) it was a 3.1 mile course which is longer than what the team is used to, 2) the Hillers didn't run until 5pm, 3) it was the first day of school, and 4) the course is easy to get lost on.

Football Fundraiser for B+ and LiveForEvan

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The Hopkinton Athletic Department is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Fundraising Football Scrimmage on Friday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m.

We will asking for an admission/donation of $3 per student and $5 per adult for the game vs North Middlesex High School.
All of the proceeds from the game will be donated to local organizations named in honor of former Hopkinton High School students Evan Girardi and Tommy Weaver.

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