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SHS Sports Roundup: Volleyball Wins 10th; Boys' Soccer Heating Up; Cross Country Sweeps Meet

Highlights from the Stoughton High volleyball, boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' cross country, and field hockey teams.

VOLLEYBALL

In a back-and-forth match, the Stoughton High volleyball team pulled out a 3-1 win Wednesday against visiting Foxborough, improving to 10-4 on the season.

Stoughton won the first set 29-27, fighting off four Foxborough set points. The Black Knights then fell behind 8-0 in the second set, but won eight of the next nine points to climb back into the set. Stoughton never led however, and Foxborough hung on, 25-21. Stoughton fell behind again in the third set, 9-3, but tied the set at 10, and ended up winning 25-23.

In the fourth set, up two sets to one, coach Ken Gay spun his lineup, putting his players in different starting positions than in the first three sets, and the move worked out, with Stoughton cruising to a decisive 25-10 win.

Kayla Motley finished with 16 kills, 18 digs and 7 blocks; Emma Zuk had 35 assists and 11 digs; Sam Malley had 22 digs and held 11 service points; Nicole Daniels had 22 kills and 4 blocks; and Gabby Medina had 36 digs.

While Gay said Wednesday's win was a team effort, he praised the play of Motley and Malley in the final set.

Malley's serving helped Stoughton close out Foxborough.

"I think she proved to everybody why she belongs on varsity," coach Gay said of his freshman.

Stoughton has already qualified for postseason play. The team next hosts Oliver Ames on Friday.

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BOYS' SOCCER

The Stoughton High boys' soccer team beat Foxborough for the second time this season, this time 4-2 Wednesday afternoon at home.

Melvin Amado scored twice for the Black Knights, with Jon Silva and Chris Rego scoring the other goals. Freshman goalie Kyle Silverman played well in net.

With the win, Stoughton improves to 4-10-1 on the season.

The Black Knights tied Randolph, 2-2, Monday on the road, with Pat Jackman scoring both of Stoughton's goals. Stoughton is 3-2-1 over its last six games.

Stoughton hosts Oliver Ames on Friday.

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BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY (courtesy of coach Harvey Blonder)

In a Wednesday meet at Houghton's Pond, Stoughton boys achieved a perfect score vs. the City of Boston, winning 15-50 (lower score prevails).

Wayne Barnaby (18:22) won the 5K race overall for his first cross country victory.

David Lockhart (18:30), Alec DeNapoli (18:54), Jack D'Addieco (20:12), Jason Marshall (20:19), Luke Butera (20:19) and Nick Quattrucci (20:24) followed sweeping the first seven spots.

Sean Ellertson (21:44), Rob Gair (21:53), Jonathan Oliveira (22:04) and Alex Smith (23:56) rounded out the boys' team.

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GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY (courtesy of coach Bob Clarke)

In a Wednesday meet against Boston's cross country program at Houghton's pond, the Stoughton High girls won the meet, 18-45, with the lower score prevailing.

Amy Kelly won the 5K race overall with a time of 20:51 with Kerry O'Neil coming in second at 21:15.

Shannon Barkey came in 4th (22:13); Katie Daly came in 5th (22:31); Susanna Noe came in 6th (22:52); Carson McGrath came in 7th (23:16) Rebekah Medina 8th Julia Bobeck-Ariene Ohimor-and Ada Monyeki. This is the team's best finish of the year.

"In all my years of coaching I have not seen such fantastic sportsmanship as both teams [Stoughton and Boston boys and girls] displayed," coach Bob Clarke said. 

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FIELD HOCKEY (courtesy of coach Dan Mark)

The Stoughton High varsity field hockey team lost at Foxborough 3-0 on Wednesday. Katie Cellucci played well in goal. Amanda Glickman, Megan Flaherty and Katie Turner had strong games at back.

The SHS JV field hockey team defeated Foxboro 3-2 on a goal by Samantha Mattie with one minute left. Samantha Doherty and Devin Bates scored the other goals.

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GIRLS' SOCCER

The Stoughton High girls' soccer team lost at Foxborough, 6-4, Wednesday evening, but the four goals easily represented a season-high for the Black Knights.

In fact, Black Knights scored more goals Wednesday night than scored in the previous 12 games combined (a total of three goals).

Junior Rachel Berkowsky and freshman Karina McCune had two goals each for Stoughton. Berkowsky now has a team-leading four on the season. McCune scored hers on breakaways. They were her first two varsity goals.

The Black Knights (0-13) travel to Oliver Ames on Friday and travel to Braintree on Saturday for an evening game (6:30 p.m.).

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