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2014 marked another year of championship performances for local athletes. Both teams and indivuduals from Milford, Upton, and Mendon won state titles and competed on the local, regional, and even national levels. BVT saw a milestone on the basketball court, Milford a milestone in its administration, and all three of the areas schools had athletes give back to their local communities. With that in mind, once again for the 12 Days of Christmas, we bring you the 12 Biggest Local Sports Stories of 2014. Happy Holidays.
Keilan Nova Qualifies for Nationals in Winter Track: Nova qualified for nationals by running the 300 in 40.90 seconds at the MSTCA Coaches Elite Meet at the end of January. The time was good enough to break her own school record. It was the fourth fastest time in Massachusetts and one of the 50 fastest times in the United States.
Milford Swimmer Maddy Garber Wins a State Title: The senior captured the Division 1 state championship in the 100 yard breaststroke in the state meet on February 8th. Her time of 1:03.63 was good enough to set a new MHS record, tie the meet record, and qualify for high school All-America status.
Grady DiAntonio goes back-to-back for Milford Wrestling: DiAntonio defeated Walpole's Armen Andonian to win his second straight state championship in the 285 pound heavyweight division. DiAntonio graduated with a 79-24 career record, including a 38-3 mark in his senior season and back-to-back state titles.
BVT's Ashley Thompson Reaches 1,000 points: The senior became just the third Valley Tech basketball player to pass the 1,000 point mark. She hit the milestone with a 15 point performance in her final game. Thompson finished her career with 1,011 points and averaged 18.2 points per game as a senior, the second-highest scoring average in Central Mass.
Nipmuc's Kevin Hack Captures State High Jump Title: Hack cleared 6'4" to win the state championship at the All-state meet on February 22nd at the Reggie Lewis Center. He followed that up with a 6'5" jump in the regional meet as the first Nipmuc athlete to qualify for New England's in the program's history. The sophomore (now junior) only began high jumping in the Spring of his freshman year. Less than a year later, he earned a state title.
Milford High Finishes its Field Overhaul: After five years of planning and work, the $3 million dollar field renovation project at Milford High was completed in the Spring. The improvements include new field turf to replace the natural grass on the football field, a new track, handicap-accessible bleachers, a new press box, new fencing and tennis courts along with a renovated softball field and a new restroom and concession building.
Milford Legion Wins State Title: Under first-year manager Steve DiVitto, Post 59 won the 11th state title in the program's history and earned a second straight title after winning the intrastate championship in 2013. It was also the first Milford team to win a state title at Fino Field since 1966 when rain moved the final game from Sudbury to Milford. Post 59 went on to advance to the Northeast Regional final, falling just one game short of the American Legion World Series.
Chris Colabello Plays Another Year in the Majors: The 2001 Milford High grad played 59 games in his second season with the Minnesota Twins. He hit .295 with three home runs and 27 RBIs in April and earned American League Player of the Week honors in the season's opening week. The Blue Jays claimed Colabello off waivers after the season and he is expected to compete for a spot on Toronto's roster in 2015.
Valley Tech Soccer Dominates: Both the boys and girls teams at BVT continued their respective runs of success. The boys went undefeated in the regular season and had a single loss in the state vocational final and a 17-1-4 record going into the sectionals. The girls won the Colonial Athletic League for the ninth consecutive season and finished 12-5-1 in the regular season.
Nipmuc Girls Soccer Wins State Title: Under head coach Howard Cohen, who was coaching his final season, the Warriors finished the 2014 season 22-1-1 and rolled to a pair of 5-0 wins en route to the program's third state championship since 2006. The Warriors outscored opponents by a combined score of 23-1 in six tournament games and posted 19 shutouts on the season.
Milford High Welcomes a new Athletic Director: Milford High School welcomed Peter Boucher as the program's new Athletic Director. Boucher comes to MHS from the Canton school system and is only the third person to hold the position since 1981. Nick Zacchilli served as AD from 1981 until his retirement in 2008 and returned in an interim basis this fall prior to the hire of Boucher.
Local Teams Pitch in for Charity: Many local athletes gave back to their community in 2014, including the Valley Tech girls volleyball team whose efforts with the Side-Out Foundation garnered national attention when the foundation's founder, Rick Dunetz, traveled to Massachusetts from Washington DC to meet the team. Milford High swimmers and wrestlers decorated trees for the Gala of Trees to raise money for Smiles for Lily to benefit a local girl battling numerous medial conditions.




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