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Hawks Headed to the Cage for the First Time Since ’06

In Sports, The Nest on February 28, 2014 at 8:01 am

-Hawks Claw Staff

With just twenty seconds to go, Hopkins scored the go ahead basket against Holyoke Catholic on a left-handed lay-up from Maddie Stevens.  Stevens was left wide open, giving Nicole Morrison a clear path for the inbound pass.  The Hawks were down seven points with just four minutes left on the clock, when Stevens hit a 3-pointer to provide her team with the momentum needed for the 38-36  upset win over the 3rd seeded Gaels.   The next game time has yet to be announced, but the Hawks will be playing the semi-final game at The Cage for the first time since Hopkins’ last 1000 point scorer, Erica Hunter, led the Hawks there in 2006.


Check out highlights of last night game from WGGB — Hopkins footage rolls about four minutes in. 


Hawks First Tournament Game in Ten Years

In News, Sports, The Nest on February 24, 2014 at 8:47 am
The Hawks line up for the national anthem.  Photo by Tom Pitta

The Hawks line up for the national anthem. Photo by Tom Pitta

Pipczynski ’15

The Hopkins Academy Boy’s Basketball team is scheduled to play McCann Tech on Tuesday February 25th, at 7:00 pm. The game is going to be held at Hopkins Academy. Hopkins is seeded 6th, McCann Tech is seeded 11th. Read the rest of this entry »

Omer Makes 3/4 Court Shot

In Sports on February 11, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Kelley ’15

Andrew Omer comes up with a loose ball at Pioneer and pulls up from the opposite three point line and makes it at the end of the third quarter. This shot put Hopkins down by 1 and they went on to win by 9. Follow this link to see the video on Masslive.


Hawk’s Beat Eagles

In Sports, The Nest on January 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Matt Pipczynski ’15

Hopkins Academy (3-2) went in focused and prepared to play Easthampton (2-3) on Monday. At one point in the game the Hawk’s led by 21 points. The final score was 55-47. Brett Morrison led the Hawk’s with 22 points and Alex Curran put up 13. Greg Pipczynski led the team on the glass with 10 rebounds.

Hawks Off to a Good Start

In Sports, Uncategorized on December 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

Matt Pipczynski ’15

This past Friday, Hopkins boys’ basketball played their first game of the season against Palmer. This season opener was coach Angelo Thomas’ first win with the Hawks. The final score 62-38, with Hopkins on top. Spencer Butterfield scored 18 points and made 4 three-pointers. Zach Kelley put up 15, Brett Morrison got 10, and Andrew Omer also got 10. The game against Smith Academy that was to be played at the cage  was cancelled, and the next scheduled game for the boys is Friday, December 20th, at Hopkins.

Fantasy Football Week 13 Outlook

In Sports on November 27, 2013 at 8:42 am

DJ Gardiner ’14

Coming into this week there are a lot of big matchups and must-win games for the NFL teams that are making a push towards the postseason. As well as having a lot of good matchups this week we also can enjoy our Thanksgiving meals while watching some football with three games being played on Thursday. This is going to be a big week so here is a look at players and teams that should really up their games in order to help their team come out victorious. Read the rest of this entry »

NFL Picks – Week 11 – Kelley and Omer pick

In Sports on November 15, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Omer Picks

1. Jets Over Buffalo

2. Chicago Over Baltimore

3. Cincinnati Over Cleveland

4.  Philadelphia  Over Washington

5.  Detroit Over Pittsburgh

6. Atlanta Over Tampa Bay

7. Arizona  Over Jacksonville

8. Houston Over Oakland

9. San Diego Over Miami

10. New Orleans Over San Francisco

11. New York Over Green Bay

12. Seattle Over Minnesota

13. Denver Over Kansas City

14.  New England Over Carolina

Byes: Dallas, St Louis

Kelley Picks–

1. New York Jets @ Buffalo:  New York

2.  Baltimore @ Chicago: Chicago

3. Cleveland @ Cincinnati: Cincinnati

4. Washington @ Philadelphia: Washington

5. Detroit @ Pittsburg: Detroit

6. Atlanta @ Tampa Bay: Atlanta

7. Arizona @ Jaxonville: Arizona

8. Oakland @ Houston: Houston

9. San Diego @ Miami: San Diego

10. San Fransisco @ New Orleans: New Orleans

11. Green Bay @ New York Giants: New York Giants

12. Minnesota @ Seattle: Seattle

The Boys’ Path to Western Mass. Final

In Announcements, News, Save the Date, Sports on October 31, 2013 at 9:51 am
Save the date for the following games!

Save the date for the following games!

To All Parents

In Editorials, Sports on October 18, 2013 at 1:44 pm

By now, as varsity and junior varsity players,  high school student should be experienced enough to know how a team works.

This isn’t elementary school, there is no certificate for participation or a ribbon for effort. Everyone does not deserve fair playing time. You EARN playing time. So to all the parents who think they know best about coaching a team and think that their child is the best thing since sliced bread, I think otherwise. Your child doesn’t have to be on the team, if the coach decides that what’s best for the team doesn’t involve your kid, then so be it.

The team is there to win. It’s not about fun at this level, it’s about do whatever it takes to make it to tournament or to put a banner up on the gym wall. We’re past fun. If  you can’t contribute to that banner and help get there, then you should be on the bench where you belong. Don’t blame the coach, he does what he believes is best for the team. If you want your kid to be in the game, don’t complain to the coach or the athletic director, how about getting your child the training needed to earn a spot on the court or on the field. This complaining and threatening results in coaches unable to return and coaches not wanting to return. Coaches that would’ve been successful and could have brought the team somewhere,  won’t return.

It’s not about fair and unfair, life isn’t fair and the sooner people realize that the better off they will be. You don’t just get a spot and receive playing time just by signing up. You earn every second of that time. What u lack in skill you must make up for in effort and the ability to play all positions. Some will have to work harder than others. That’s how it’s been and how it will always be. So the next time you want to ream out a coach for not playing your kid, I suggest you hand your kid a ball and tell them to get better. And if it turns out that your kid is not good enough to play, don’t throw a fit, just accept the fact that your kid is better off trying out another activity.

Rivera Out For The Season

In Sports on May 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm


The New York Yankees aren’t off to the start they were expecting this season, especially with all of their new offseason aquisitions. The Yankees are playing just above .500 and are in third place in the best division in baseball, with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Baltimore Orioles in first and second respectivly. However the Yankees are going to be in trouble down the stretch. The best closer of all time, Mariano Rivera tore his ACL during batting practice on May 3rd. The accident occured when Rivera ran after a fly ball during batting practice, when he reached the warning track in the outfield his right knee buckled and he fell to the ground in pain. Rivera like most bullpen pitchers was shagging fly balls in the outfield, like he always does. Although the injury will likely bench the 42 year old closer for the rest of the season, however Rivera won’t rule anything out.

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