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.
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.
In Sports on April 30, 2012 at 12:07 pm
Rock Climbing is becoming a mainstream sport; rock climbing gyms are popping up all over the globe, like the one that just came to Hadley in April of 2011. Rock climbing is the perfect sport for you if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush and if your okay with heights. Read the rest of this entry »
In Sports on October 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm
On Saturday, October 15th, the Hopkins JV Boys soccer team,
played a home game against Sabis on the varsity field, a team not
usually on Hopkins’ schedule. The field was wet due to heavy rain
before the game, and this would lead to some very interesting plays. As
usual, when the Hawks are successful, they score early. Chad
Sanderson scored a goal to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead within the first
ten minutes. Minutes later Sabis got lucky when they scored a goal
off of a deflected cross into the penalty box. About ten minutes
later Chad Sanderson scored another goal, his second of the game, to
give Hopkins a 2-1 lead. The hard-fought first half would end with a
2-1 Hopkins lead. The second half began with a strong Sabis attack,
which would result in a goal about ten minutes into the second half.
Nearly five minutes later, a retaliatory goal by Cole Burdell just
inside the penalty box gave Hopkins a 3-2 lead. There were many shots
by both teams during the rest of the second half without any result.
Both teams fought hard, but the Hawks came out victorious. The final
score was 3-2.
In Sports on October 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm
On Thursday, September 22nd, the Boys JV Soccer team took
the ride to Mahar. Hopkins took a commanding lead early in the game.
Goals by Chad Sanderson, Ethan Sanderson, Matt Pipczynski, and
Dominic Rodgers gave Hopkins a 4-0 lead. Mahar scored one goal later
in the first half to make the score 4-1 going into the second half.
Early in the second half, Chad Sanderson took a corner kick, which
deflected off a Mahar player and into the goal. Mahar responded with
a goal shortly after. Hopkins then scored three more goals to have a
solid six goal lead. Late in the second half, Mahar got a free goal
when the Hopkins defense accidentally kicked the ball in their own
net after trying to clear the ball. This would be the last goal of
the game as Hopkins went on to win 8-3.
On Monday, September 26th, Hopkins began a three game
home stand against Mohawk. Hopkins scored two goals early to get the
lead, both by Chad Sanderson. Hopkins would then score another goal
for a 3-0 lead. In the second half, Chad Sanderson scored another
goal to give Hopkins a 4-0. Mohawk’s defense held strong with Hopkins
constantly threatening. The final score was 4-0. Hopkins has two more
home games later this week, Tuesday 3:30 vs. Hampshire, and Thursday
3:30 vs. Granby.
In Sports on September 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm
On Thursday, September 15th, the JV Boys soccer team took a short bus ride over the river to face off against rival Smith Academy. In the first five minutes of the game Pat Knightly scored the first goal of the game, this was his first of the season and the first goal for the Hawks not scored by Chad Sanderson. Late in the first half, Smith Academy scored with a re-direct off a corner kick. Going into halftime the score was 1-1. About ten minutes into the second half Dominic Rodgers scored a goal to give Hopkins a 2-1 lead. Minutes later, Smith Academy came back with a goal of their own to tie the game. The game was tied for a while until Hopkins had an offensive break which resulted in another Chad Sanderson goal. After intense pressure by the Smith offense, John Jacques held strong in goal. With about ten minutes left Chad Sanderson scored another goal, his sixth of the season, to insure a Hopkins win. The final score was 4-2.
In Sports on September 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm
On Monday, September 12th, the Gateway Boys JV came to Hopkins. In past seasons this would be a great game, and this game was no different. For much of the first half Gateway was on the offensive. However, a combination of a strong Hopkins defense and great goalkeeping by John Jacques prevented Gateway from scoring. About midway through the first half Hopkins had an offensive break, the first of the game, and resulted in a goal by Chad Sanderson. For much of the second half the ball was going back and forth with missed opportunities by both teams. With Gateway threatening late in the second half the Hopkins defense still held strong until the final whistle. Chad Sanderson’s goal in the first half would end up being the difference in this game. Hopkins won 1-0.
In Sports on September 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm
On Tuesday September 6th, The Hopkins JV Boys took the field for the first time this season to face Holyoke Catholic. The game was off to a slow start for both teams. Late in the first half, Chad Sanderson scored two goals to give Hopkins a 2-0 lead going into the second half. Early in the second half Holyoke Catholic was on the offensive and scored two goals. The game was tied 2-2 with about ten minutes left in the game. Hopkins had a great opportunity in the form of a penalty kick. John Jacques took the kick and barely missed over the top of the goal. Minutes later, there was another penalty kick for Hopkins. Chad Sanderson took the kick and made it. This penalty kick would end up being the winning goal for Hopkins. The final score being 3-2.
In News, Sports, The Nest, Uncategorized on May 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm
After having their second loss of the season to Greenfield last Thursday the 5th, the Hawks bounced back at Frontier yesterday. “I came into the game with the mindset that we needed to make up for the loss of Greenfield,” says center fielder James Garand. The 12-1 loss to Greenfield left hanging heads, but not for long. After having a good practice and getting back into it the Hawks came ready to play against Frontier, and it showed.
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In Sports on May 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm
The boys varsity baseball team seems to be on a roll with a total record of 8-1. With a win yesterday they are now tied for first place with Easthampton in the league. The next game for the Hawks is against Greenfield under the lights. It’s an away game that will truly be a test for the Hawks. If they come ready to win with the intensity that they brought against Easthampton making the tournament should not be a problem. The first pitch will be thrown at 7 p.m and fan turnout for Hopkins should be big.