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Stoughton High Sports Roundup: Volleyball Picks Up 7th Win; Kelly Breaks Girls' XC Course Record

Plus, Stoughton High field hockey edged despite 'outstanding' effort from Katie Cellucci in goal; and David Lockhart, Wayne Barnaby and Alec DeNapoli continue to pace the boys' cross country team.

VOLLEYBALL

The following is submitted by coach Ken Gay:

On Friday, the Stoughton High volleyball team defeated an extremely tough King Philip squad 3 sets to 0. Each set was tight through the mid-point where Stoughton was able to string multiple service points together and claim victory at the end of each set.

The victory was a total team effort with multiple star players. Stars of the match were Ashley Medeiros with 11 service points and 4 aces; Gabby Medina with 26 digs; Nicole Daniels with 18 kills and 4 blocks; and Emma Zuk with 21 assists.

A great victory for Stoughton over a top level Hockomock League team.

With the win, Stoughton improves to 7-3 and bounces back from a home loss to Canton on Wednesday. Stoughton's next match is Tuesday, Oct. 9 at home against Mansfield.

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FIELD HOCKEY

The following is submitted by coach Dan Mark:

The Stoughton High field hockey team lost at Mansfield 1-0 on Friday.

Katie Cellucci was outstanding in goal making 19 saves. Michelle Connolly, Gina McGaughey and Masha Lourie had strong games at mid field.

Stoughton is now 2-8-1 on the season. The Black Knights next host North Attleboro on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

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GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY

The following is submitted by girls' coach Robert Clarke:

The Stoughton High girls' cross country team suffered its first loss of the season against Oliver Ames at Houghton's Pond on Oct. 3, with Oliver Ames winning 21-40 (lower score prevails).

Amy Kelly was first overall with a time of 20:22 breaking this 5K course record for Stoughton girls.

Kerry O'Neil came in 6th (21:07) - the third fastest time on this course for a Stoughton girl. Shannon Barkey came in 12th (22:34); Kati Daly came in 13th (23:46); Carson McGrath came in 15th (23.52); Erika Raskind came in 16th; Rebekah Medina finished in 24:42; Julia Bobeck finished in 25.32; Emelina Kozak finished in 26.28; Ariene Ohimor finished in 29.31; and Ada Monyela finished in 32.13 in her very first cross country race.

Stoughton next faces Canton on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Houghton's Pond.

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BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY

The following is submitted by boys' coach Harvey Blonder:

The Stoughton boys' cross country team was beaten by Oliver Ames 17- 44 on Oct. 6 (with the lower score prevailing) but there was no lack of effort by the team. Out of 12 boys, eight ran personal bests and the other four ran their best time at Houghton's Pond, Stoughton's home course.

Leading the way were David Lockhart (18:24, 4th); Wayne Barnaby (18:44, 8th); and Alec DeNapoli (18:53, 9th)

Luke Butera moved up to 4th man on the team (20:24) and Jack D'Addieco (20:46) continued his strong season as the 5th man.

DeNapoli, Butera and D'Addieco all set personal bests. Also setting overall bests were Nick Quattrucci (20:47), Sean Ellertson (21:27), Rob Gair (21:53), Jonathan Oliveira (22:38) and Alex Smith (24:24).

Jason Marshall (20:52) and John Eppenstein (21:55) ran their best times at Houghton's Pond. The team has raced at Houghton's Pond since 2007 and the course is not easy. Lockhart, Barnaby and DeNapoli moved up to 5th, 6th and 8th all-time on the course. Luke Butera  also added his name to the list of best times.

The team responded well to a recent challenge given them - the challenge was to run 50 miles in a week - a fairly common total for more experienced distance runners, but a total which is significantly more than their normal training load. 

Fifteen boys and girls combined  met the mark. Not surprisingly nearly every athlete who reached the goal also ran their fastest against OA.Topping everyone's training total was David Lockhart who ran 70 miles in the week with a day off! David managed the feat by running 20 miles in a single day, surprising everyone including his coach.

Stoughton next faces Canton on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Houghton's Pond.

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