Athletic Director:

Joseph Russo
(508) 261-7540 (ext 33113).

 

Athletics Assistant

Donna Harrington
(508) 261-7540 (ext 33112).

In the Spotlight

Congratulations to the Gymnastics Team

Meets:  5 wins one loss
 Win - December 23,2014 Mansfield 132.1 King Phillip 128

 Win - January 3, 2015  Mansfield 134.25 North Attleboro 130.65

 Win - January 4, 2015 Mansfield  139.15 Attleboro 132.3

Loss January 14, 2015 Sharon 136.05 Mansfield 133.65

 Win January 17, 2015 Mansfield 136.9 Canton 122.7

 Win February 6, 2015 Mansfield 138.9 OA 134.9

 Hock Meet was on February 7, 2015

Mansfield, Sharon and King Phillip share the Hockomock League title.  

Hockomock League All Stars:

Brittany Ayalla
Kelly Crawford
Shannon Moore

 

Ryan Boulter Reaches 1000 Point Milestone

The Mansfield boys basketball program has had a wealth of success over the course of several decades especially the most recent one. Being crowned Kelley Rex Champions on three separate occasions and advancing far into the state tournament highlighted by a tough overtime loss in the 2013 state championship are both notable accomplishments of the past 10 years. One of the things that has been missing for quite some time was a 1000 point scorer despite all of the great players to suit up in the green and white.  

Senior Ryan Boulter, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Tuesday, has made it into the Mansfield Hornet history book. After dropping a career high 39 points against Brighton on Monday, he was only one away from 1000 and it didn’t take long into Tuesday’s contest – 17 seconds to be exact - against rival Foxboro for him to achieve the feat. Michael Boen fed his co-captain a beautiful bounce pass as Boulter found room near the rim. Boulter gathered the pass and successfully laid the ball into the basket. The crowd applauded while holding up signs up that read “1000” and teammates celebrated with him. Mansfield finally has their newest 1000 point scorer after going 36 years since Paul Souza reached the milestone in 1979.

“It feels great. This award means a lot to Mansfield and it means a lot to my teammates too,” Boulter said.
“The coaching staff also deserve this award because they pushed me so hard in practice and they made me into the player I am today.”

“This is a kid that stuck with it. After sophomore year, he could have stopped working on his game as he already made it,” Mansfield head coach Mike Vaughan said.

“He was already good enough but he didn’t want to be just good enough. He wanted to be one of the greats to wear a uniform here and follow the lead of some of the great players these past 7-8 years.”

When a player reaches 1000 points, it’s usually safe to assume that he played varsity for all four years and was part of the starting lineup for at least three of them. Boulter’s adventure to 1000 points was much different. Just three short years ago, as a freshman, he was six foot one and part of the freshman team. Although he had the sweet shooting touch that he has today, Boulter was still growing. As he continued to grow into the six foot six young man he is now, Boulter started blossoming as a player.

He was a key reserve during his first season on varsity in his sophomore year. A game that will be remembered forever is the state championship battle against Putnam at the DCU Center. Trailing by three with less than ten seconds remaining, Boulter found himself with the ball and lifted a desperation three pointer. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t find the bottom of the net but luckily enough, Boulter was fouled on the shot attempt and was sent to the free throw line to shoot three with 5.5 seconds to go. The poised sophomore didn’t let the enormous pressure get to him as he calmly sunk all three free throws which tied the score up and sent the game into overtime. Boulter knocked down several big three pointers but the Hornets fell just short on the scoreboard as Putnam was crowned state champions. 

When asked if there was a special moment that has stood out so far in his career, Boulter answered,
“Sophomore year and how we got to the state championship game. We as a team worked so hard to get there and even though we lost, I feel like everyone came together as a team and unit. We worked so hard to get there and it was a special moment for us. We know now that we can get to that chapter and that we can win it now. That was just special.”

In his junior year, Boulter continued to emerge as he was part of the varsity starting lineup. Coach Vaughan wanted the outstanding three point shooter to develop into more of an all-around type of player. Boulter followed his coach’s wishes and started to work really hard on driving to the hoop instead of just standing outside the three point line in the corner popping threes.

“I worked really hard on my game over this past year. Coach Vaughan really wanted me to work on getting to the hoop and I worked really hard on it over this year,” Boulter said. “

My teammates push me each day in practice to keep driving to the hoop and to keep on working on it. They just keep pushing me and luckily I’ve really improved on that part of my game.”

“I think for Ryan when he came as a sophomore with that unique ability to spread the floor and shoot the three, he was able to get bonus points. Junior year, he complemented his game and this year, you are really starting to see a kid going inside out, he’s shooting over people,” Vaughan added. “I keep telling college coaches that he’s a kid that three years ago he was 6 foot one. He’s finally figured out how to play at six foot six, he’s finally learning how to play inside out. His body is starting to grow into himself and I think his upside is unbelievable.”

Hard work and a never-give up mentality has let Boulter become an awesome role model for his teammates and his humility is a key factor into why many of his past and present teammates call him one of their favorites. 

“Ryan was always one of my favorite teammates because of the wide variety of things that he could do for the team,” Rocky DeAndrade, a former teammate of Boulter’s, said.

“There isn’t any secret as to why he’s as good as he is because he’s been working hard ever since we started together four years ago. He’s got a gift with that Klay Thompson shot of his.”

“He’s just an awesome teammate and friend. He makes everyone around him better with not only the way he shoots but the way he defends, gets to the basket and passes,” Boulter’s co-captain Michael Boen said.
“He’s such a hard worker in practice as well and he deserves this more than anyone else I know.”

Boulter has deservedly earned the title of the new "Mr.1000” and the sky is the limit for the talented, hardworking senior.

Article by Lance Reynolds


Girls Hockey Alumni Game

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The first MOA girls hockey alumni game was held last week – it was great seeing everyone and enjoyed playing together one more time!! (clck on image to view larger picture)


Mansfield’s Amazing Season Comes to End

ATTLEBORO, Mass.- Coming off of a 3-2 double overtime victory over North Attleboro at home on Wednesday night, the next test for Mansfield in the D1 South tournament was a quarterfinal matchup Saturday night against #1 seed Bishop Feehan. Knocking off an 18-0-1 team seemed like it would have been a lofty goal for the Hornets but they gave the Shamrocks all they could handle. However, Feehan remained undefeated as they walked away with a 3-2 win.

It wasn't a lack of effort or skill that caused Mansfield to fall short in their upset bid against the Shamrocks. It was the complete opposite. The Hornets dominated possession time and shots on goal making them look like a more superior team than Feehan. Despite Mansfield having the upper hand throughout the game, a curl shot from Maddie Jolin from 25 yards out in the 78th minute of the contest went over the head of Hornet goalie, Ashley Cuneo, resulting in a 3-2 Shamrock victory.

“I was so pleased with the way we played. We moved the ball, we went side to side, we had possession for large spans, we attacked, we found seams. We did everything that we have trained for all year long,” commented Mansfield head coach Kevin Smith. “Shelby Hogan (Shamrock goalie) had the game of her life – she was awesome- and of course, it came against us. I thought we could have scored seven or eight. (Hogan) just had brilliant opportunities and of course, Jolin was fantastic too.”

Jackie Carchedi, who had two assists in the upset bid, stated, “This team is amazing. Every player gave it their all tonight and left everything they had on the field. We may have come up short but I think that was one of the best fought games we've played all year."

Mansfield had several great opportunities to find the back of the net in first half of play. Abby Broyles broke away from Feehan’s defense in the third minute but couldn’t execute as her shot went over the net. In the 15th minute, Broyles, again, found space but this time, the ball went just inches right of the net. Jen Kemp, had another great chance for the Hornets in the 37th minute but her shot went just inches left.

Feehan struck first as they were able to find the back of the net in the 31st minute. Emily Hogan found Jolin through Molly Shield and Jolin completed the sequence as her shot went past Cuneo resulting in a 1-0 lead.

Mansfield continued to dominate time of possession and shots on goal in the second half. They finally got on the scoreboard in the 47th minute. Carchedi found Reiter open close to the Shamrock net off of a corner and Reiter successfully headed the ball past Shelby Hogan which tied the score at one. Seven minutes later, in the 54th minute, Carchedi was set up with a free kick and her shot seemed like it was going to go into the top shelf of the net but Hogan made a phenomenal diving save which kept the score even.

The Shamrocks had their first real scoring threat of the half in the 61st minute when Enissa Almedio took a shot but the ball hit the post and bounced back to her. However, her second shot was saved by Cuneo. Just a minute later, though, Feehan went ahead on a goal from Alexandra Stockman making the score 2-1.

Mansfield would then get even again in the 69th minute. Carchedi had her second assist of the game when she found Kemp open near the net resulting in a 2-2 tie.

Hogan came up big for the Shamrocks in the final ten minutes of the game as she saved a handful of shots. Jolin, who had been quiet for the most of the night, except for her goal in the first half, won the game for the Shamrocks with four minutes remaining on a curl shot that went over Cuneo.

Coach Smith was pleased with his team’s effort in their upset bid against the #1 team in the state and he let his players know. “I told them that I was so proud of them of the way they played. They did everything. We trained, the style of play, the tempo, it was just a great game. I told them don’t doubt yourself one bit – you did everything you were supposed to do,” Smith remarked.

Mansfield had an amazing season going 11-4-4 finishing second in the highly competitive Kelley Rex division of the Hockomock league.

“I hate that we can’t practice again. This was just a great team,” Smith added.

Carchedi commented, “I'm so proud of the team. Everyone worked so hard since August and all the hard work paid off: going to the weight room, captain’s practices, camps etc. Our record was 11-4-4 and any time you can get double digit wins is always a good thing."

“I thought our team was very special and we were able to become one of the best teams to come through Mansfield with our records and stats," Lindsey Bjorkman said. We also play in such a competitive skilled league and we never gave up no matter what! I will never forget this season.”

The Hornets will be without senior starters Lindsey Bjorkman, Molly Shield, Abby Broyles, Melissa Bongarzone, and goalie Ashley Cuneo next year. However, Mansfield looks poised to make another run at being one of the top teams in the Hock and to qualify for another postseason berth.

The Hornet head coach is looking really forward to next season as he concluded, “When you lose five senior starters who have been a mainstay of our program for four years, it’s a loss. But the future is good. I brought seven JV kids up for the tournament to train and holy cow, they can play. There are kids that are fantastic that have been on the bench all year long. They are real good and they are waiting for their opportunities. I am real excited."

“Next season is looking really good for us. We have 14 returning players. Most of us are going to be seniors, a handful of sophomores will be moving up and next year’s freshman class has some good talent. Obviously we are losing seniors this year who were key players on the field but our bench was so deep this year that by next year I don't think there's going to be a problem filling those positions. I'm just hoping that next year we can qualify for tournament again and possibly get further than this year,” Carchedi finished.

Article by Lance Reynolds


Carchedi Rises to the Occasion
Mansfield Live Another Battle

MANSFIELD, MASS. – Jackie Carchedi did not let the pressure get to her. Mansfield was down 2-0 with 15 minutes remaining and it seemed like North Attleboro was in firm control and ready to grasp a first round win over their Kelley Rex Rival. Carchedi, however, had other thoughts in mind. The junior forward rose to the occasion as she contributed two goals and a key assist which proved to be the difference maker.

“She had a great game tonight. She loves the environment – the state tournament and the pressure – and she really wanted the ball. You could tell that she was demanding it in the field,” said Mansfield head coach Kevin Smith of Carchedi’s performance.
“She’s checking the spaces in between the lines to see where the ball would go. She did not want to just hide from the ball. She wanted the ball to go. Big players come up in big games.”

North Attleboro scored the first two goals of the game off of scores from Haley Guertin in the 18th minute and Nicole Chretien in the 62nd minute. Mansfield had plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net in the first 65 minutes but were unable to do so. Ashley Cuneo had a couple of key saves allowing the Hornets to have confidence of making a comeback.

The Hornets picked up its intensity in the final 15 minutes as Carchedi started to stand out. In the 66th minute, Mansfield was awarded a free kick which Molly Shield took. She sent the ball perfectly to an open Carchedi. Carchedi made the most of it as she successfully finished the sequence resulting in the Hornets first score to cut the Rocketeer lead in half. Two minutes later, North Attleboro’s Hanna Caster took a shot at net but Cuneo came up with the save. In the 72nd minute, Carchedi struck again with a beautiful assist to Jen Kemp which put the score tied at two. The Hornets and Rocketeers remained deadlocked at two and went into overtime.

In the third minute of the first overtime, Abby Broyles broke away from North’s defense and tried to finish but her shot ended up wide of the net. Neither of the teams had serious scoring chances which ended up making the exciting game go even longer as it would go into double overtime.

Shield took another free kick, this time being in the fifth minute of the double overtime session, and found Kemp close to the Rocketeer goal. However, Kemp’s shot went over the net. Just a minute later, the Hornets were set up with another free kick. Instead of having Shield take it, Coach Smith decided to let Carchedi have a chance at being the hero. The poised junior forward did not let the pressure get to her as she rose to the occasion. She calmly struck the ball off of the free kick and the ball went to the left of North’s goalie, Kiersten Bixby, finding the back of the net. The Mansfield crowd roared in applause and Carchedi’s teammates swarmed her. The Hornets completed their comeback and it was in large part due to its junior forward who loves when the bright lights come on.  

Carchedi and the rest of her Hornet teammates will look to keep up its momentum on Saturday evening when they travel to Attleboro to take on #1 Bishop Feehan.

“Feehan’s great, they’re the number one team, they’re undefeated. They are 18-0-1 and it’s going to be another battle. I like my team. From day one they’ve been working hard in the offseason since last year. I’m excited to see what they can do against the number one team. I’m looking forward to the battle,” Coach Smith concluded.

Article by Lance Reynolds


September 22

Most Monday nights are usually spent just doing homework and studying. However, this past Monday ( September 22nd) was not a typical Monday for the Mansfield Hornets boys' and girls' soccer teams, as they took on the Foxboro Warriors at Gillette Stadium. It’s a very rare sight to see a high school sporting event taking place at the home of the Patriots and Revolution. The only time students get to play on the field is for the football state championship. If someone was told that there was a high school soccer game being played at Gillette, they would most likely respond, “Oh, that’s cool. Is it a championship game?” This was not the case as it was just a regular season game which made the event as a whole very unique.

Eddie Ross, group sales manager for the Revolution, discussed how the event came about.

“We had heard about this idea from some other MLS clubs who had run this program before. Mansfield has been one of our long standing partners as well as Foxboro. Donna Harrington who we work with in Mansfield has ties with both youth soccer organizations and Mansfield High School. The second she heard about it, it sounded like she was hooked. She got Mansfield bought in and she probably did more work than we did to get Foxboro interested. All of a sudden, we had two rolling partners in Foxboro high school and Mansfield high school. Melissa Mailing from Foxboro high also did a ton of work and they made it happen.”   

Everyone that was involved with the event was in store for the experience of a lifetime, including the players, the coaches, the referees, the list goes on. It truly was a very memorable night for everyone. The boys' team ended in a  4-1 score with Foxboro on top, and the girls' team tied 2-2 as they were unable to hold on to their two goal lead within the final ten minutes of the game. That did not stop the players from coming home with positive thoughts.

Mansfield boys head coach Steve Sheridan said that coaching at Gillette was much different.

"It was a very thrilling experience for all coaches and players. From a coaching perspective, it was very different from playing on our normal HS fields.  One thing that was very evident from the beginning was the noise level of the crowd and not being able to communicate like normal with the players on the field."

Coach Sheridan also commented on how the experience will translate into the rest of the season.

"I think it will positive and judging from last night's game it has (Hornets won 1-0 over Attleboro).  I'm hoping that they don't take this experience for granted and roll it into a positive thing going forward."

Lindsey Bjorkman, senior captain of the girls' team, talked about the experience.

“The feeling was incredible! Just being out on that field gave you a rush of adrenaline.”

“Overall, I thought that playing at Gillette was a really great experience and I appreciate all of the effort put into getting us able to play there,” stated the senior captain of the boys' team, Andrew Sarkis.

“The game may have not gone in our favor but it was nevertheless a privilege to play there.”
Ben Jankowski seemed blessed to be able to play at Gillette. He explained,

“It was a great once in a lifetime experience that our whole team appreciated. It was crazy to look up at the stadium around us while playing, especially on the same field that professionals play on. Even though we lost, I can’t think of a team more deserving to play at Gillette.”

Brad Eames chimed in,
“It was awesome playing there even though we didn’t do as well as we would have wanted to.”

Traveling to play at Gillette gave both the boys and girls teams a sense of team unity. The experience was one that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives.

Photos from both games can be viewed here: https://2014mhsboysvarsitysoccer.shutterfly.com/pictures#:albumId=7413

Article by Lance Reynolds