Athletes Speak

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Meghan Hynes ‘14 - Hopkinton - 1/6/14

Meghan Hynes ‘14 - Hopkinton

Meghan Hynes bio:

Hopkinton Ma

Hopkinton HIgh School

Tri-Valley League All-star

5’10 guard

NH/Mass Rivals AAU club

As a year round basketball player I was beyond eager to start my senior year basketball season.

Being a part of the Rivals AAU program this offseason prepared me to have a strong start to my high school season.

The Hopkinton girls varsity basketball team is currently (2-0) in the TVL. With over 20 points in both victories I have been happy with my play so far this season. As competitive athlete you are never satisfied, you are always working to improve and get better and that is what I hope to do as the season continues.

Senior year has been a very busy year, from athletics to academics to balancing a social life, it can be stressful at some points. Staying scheduled helps me maintain success both on and off the court. Performing in the classroom is just as important as performing on the court. I feel that being a student-athlete is actually easier even though you may have more stress, it teaches you time management and how to keep your priorities straight.

My goals for this year are to have a very successful senior year season and to go on and play basketball at the next level, whether that may be a Post-Graduate year or to go straight to playing in college. I am weighing the pros and cons of each situation. I do not want to be bogged down with any huge decisions quite yet. I want to have a fun and successful senior year season and whatever happens is meant to be.


Stay tuned for more from Meghan and other Mass Prep Star Athletes in our periodic "Athlete's Speak Column".

Meghan Hynes ‘14

Jon Berchoff and Nick Cross - 1/15/13

Jon Berchoff and Nick Cross

BEVERLY, Mass. -- Jon Berchoff scored 19 points and Nick Cross added 14 to help the Beverly Panthers boys basketball team defeat the Saugus Sachems, 60-47, at Beverly High School.

Beverly dominated Saugus in a pivotal second quarter to open up a double-digit lead and never look back. The Panthers received contributions from Berchoff, who scored six points, Cross, who scored four and Josh Cairns, who added three in the second quarter.

"We are trying to stay competitive in every game and play as a team." Berchoff said after the game. "We cannot rely on just one or two players to score all the points and grab all the rebounds."

Saugus' star center Shane Ripley netted a game high 22 points in the loss for teh Sachems.

"We definitely want to make the tournament and possibly win the league (Northeast Conference large schools)." Cross said. "We have a tough schedule ahead of us."

Korey Kajko ‘13 PG Wilbraham and Monson (MA) - 11/9/12

Korey Kajko ‘13 PG Wilbraham and Monson (MA)

Former Lexington High School (MA) and current Wilbraham and Monson Postgraduate Korey Kajko '13 PG announced his commitment this week to Sacred Heart University. The star fullback chose Sacred Heart were he will play fullback for the Pioneers. Kajko told NEPS about his decision this week.

It came down to a couple things," Kajko said. I was in between Holy Cross and Sacred Heart and I felt closer with my recruiter at Sacred Heart. I went down for an unofficial a couple weeks ago got to tour the school and then to the football office to talk with the coaches for awhile. They also have a criminal justice program which a lot of the schools I was looking at did not have. Lastly, they have a system with a fullback which everyone knows is rare these days. It just felt right."


Korey Kajko ‘12

Dom Abate ‘13 Beverly (MA) Football - 10/25/12

Dom Abate ‘13 Beverly (MA) Football

Jan Taylor for New England Prep Stars

The Beverly Panthers football team defeated the Danvers Falcons, 35-13, to remain undefeated at 7-0 on Saturday afternoon for their first league win.

The game was competitive early but Beverly proved too dominant as the Panthers put the game out of reach of the Falcons in the third quarter. Senior running back Dom Abate added a touchdown in the win.

"We are excited about winning our first league game of the season," senior Dom Abate said after the game. "We started off slow but we bounced back quickly." "We have some very important and tough league games ahead (most notably against Marblehead, another 7-0 team)."


Alex Moore ‘13 St. John’s Prep (MA) Football - 10/16/12

Alex Moore ‘13 St. John’s Prep (MA) Football

St. John's Prep senior running back / d-back Alex Moore '13 spoke with us after the Eagles (5-1) defeated St. John's Shrewsbury 49-8 on Saturday.


What were some of the keys to your big victory over St. John's Sherewsbury:

We played well on both sides of the ball against St. John’s Shrewsbury. We worked hard last week preparing for SJS’s “blur” offense. They are a good team and they have been very effective with their hurry up offense but our coaching staff did a great job preparing us to counter their hurry up schemes and we put in plays to create challenges for SJS.  

Talk about the way you guys have responded after your lone loss to Everett a few weeks back:

We’re really focused on the end goal of getting back to the Superbowl. Everyone worked hard in the off-season to get ready for this season and we have all come together as one unit with this one goal. I don’t think I have been on a team before with the chemistry that we have. No one wants to let the team down and we have each other’s backs. We are even more determined after the Everett loss to work even harder because we feel like we let that game slip away on us. At times against Everett we played some very good football but we made too many mistakes against a very good team. We have a bye week this week. We feel like we are in perfect position heading into conference play. We’re hitting our stride and we are healthy. 

Lastly, talk a little about the upcoming Catholic Conference Schedule?

We are excited for the Catholic Conference games coming up because this team is so balanced. Teams can try to shut down our running game which is difficult because I think our offensive line can play with anyone right now. Even if the running game stalls, we are developing a great passing game and we have so many options especially since Jack Sharrio (QB) is so mobile. Our defense is solid. It is even better this year because our line is putting so much pressure on the quarterback and because we are containing the run.

Alex Moore ‘13

Trevor Lyons ‘13 Hamilton-Wenham (MA) Football - 10/15/12

Trevor Lyons ‘13 Hamilton-Wenham (MA) Football

by Jan Taylor for New England Prep Stars

Freshman Cam Macri scored a touchdown in overtime to help the Hamilton-Wenham Generals beat the previously undefeated Bishop Fenwick Crusaders, 14-8, at Bishop Fenwick High School.

After a scoreless first half, the Generals broke through in the third quarter when senior Trevor Lyons found the end zone.

Lyons had a big night for Hamilton-Wenham (3-2) as the senior signal rushed for 109 yards on 25 carries, completed five for 93 yards, and had an interception on defense.

"We are very excited about beating a team that was undefeated going in to the game," said Lyons, a captain, after the game. "This was our biggest win so far this season. This was our first time having to play in the cold weather, which was hard to get used to at first."

Sam Mulumba ‘14 Beverly (MA) Football - 10/6/12

Sam Mulumba ‘14 Beverly (MA) Football

by Jan Taylor for New England Prep Stars:

The Beverly Panther football team scored seven touchdowns, including four in the second quarter, to shut down the winless Peabody Tanners, 49-0, in a rare Friday night game under the lights at Hurd Stadium. The win improves Beverly's record to 5-0.

Beverly broke out offensively in the second quarter. They received touchdowns from Brendan McGee, Flaherty, Dom Abate and Joey Kozlowski. The Panthers' unstoppable offense combined with some costly fumbles and turnovers by the Tanners, helped them earn a 42-0 lead at halftime.

Junior Sam Mulumba returned the opening kick of the second half 91 yards for the game's final touchdown.

"This win proved our ability to show the depth we have this season," Mulumba said after the game.

"The whole team has worked very hard all season and jumping out to a 5-0 record shows what a great team we have. We have to continue to work hard for the rest of the season, since we have some tough games coming up."


Isaiah White ‘14 Beverly (MA) Football - 9/24/12

Isaiah White ‘14 Beverly (MA) Football

by. Jan Taylor

The Beverly Panthers received seven touchdowns from six different players to help them defeat the Lynn English Bulldogs, 45-6, at Hurd Stadium in Beverly on Saturday. The win gives the Panthers a 3-0 record to begin the 2012 season.

"It feels tremendous to be 3-0 and blowing out our opponents," Isaiah White, a junior running back, said after the game. "We have so much depth this year that we do not have to rely on the same two or three players to carry the offense. Our defense has also been spectacular"

White ran the ball eight times for 151 yards an one TD in the game.

Beverly has only allowed 20 points in three games this season.

Isaiah White ‘14

Kenny Pierce ‘13 Beverly (MA) Football - 9/18/12

Kenny Pierce ‘13 Beverly (MA) Football

NEPS correspondant Jan Taylor caught up with Beverly senior running back Kenny Pierce '13, who scored twice to help the Beverly Panthers blow out the Lynn Classical Rams, 42-7, at Hurd Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Beverly improved to 2-0 with the win.

"We really played as a team today offensively and defensively and shut down Lynn Classical," Pierce, a senior captain said after the game. "We are off to a good start and looking to keep improving since we have tough games coming up."

Kenny Pierce ‘13

Dylan Mann ‘13 Masconomet (MA) football - 9/14/12

Dylan Mann ‘13 Masconomet (MA) football

NEPS Correspondent Jan Taylor caught up with Masconomet running back Dylan Mann '13 after the game as he discussed the Chieftains big win. Mann scored a 5-yard touchdown at the start of the second quarter to help the Masconomet Chieftains defeat the Salem Witches, 23-8, at Bertram Field on Friday night. It was Masconomet's first win of the season.

"This was a big win for us, especially since we lost (to Lowell) last week," senior captain Dylan Mann said. "Salem has improved this year. We have been working hard to decrease penalties and keeping an eye on opposing teams and their top offensive players."



Brendan Flaherty ‘13 Beverly (MA) Football - 9/9/12

Brendan Flaherty ‘13 Beverly (MA) Football

Beverly running back Brendan Flaherty '13 spoke with correspondent Jan Taylor after Beverly's 34-7 win over Concord-Carlisle on Saturday. The senior had 272 all purpose yards  and 4 touchdowns.

"This was a great win, especially since Concord-Carlisle beat us pretty good the previous two seasons," Flaherty, a senior running back, said after the game. "We have high hopes this season and this win puts us in the right direction to have a successful season."

Flaherty is also a star on the lacrosse field for Beverly and spoke of his desire to attend an Ivy League school after graduation.

Brendan Flaherty ‘13

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