Boston High School: Robert Jones

Recap: Sharon 12, Wayland 3

December, 1, 2012

WALTHAM, Mass. –- When Dave Morse took over the reins in 2011, Sharon football had only won four games since 2008.

Now, in just his second year, the 25-year old fierce head coach has taken Sharon to the promise land, leading the Eagles to a 12-3 win over Wayland Saturday in the MIAA Division 3 EMass Super Bowl.

“They bought in to hard practices,” Morse said of his team’s commitment. “They bought in to early morning film sessions. They bought into it and it shows – that’s how you win a Super Bowl.”

Senior running back Sean Asnes led the way for Sharon with 17 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. He added another score through the air on a 4-yard touchdown reception.

“Sean [Asnes] was great,” Morse said. “He got hard yards when he needed to. He lowered his shoulder against a very stout defense that shut a lot of teams down this year. He’s learned to play running back over the last four years. He’s not just a fast kid who can touch the ball.”

After a back-and-forth scoreless first quarter, Sharon finally got on the scoreboard just before half.

With Wayland on offense facing a third down at their own 22, Sharon junior defensive end Erik Kushner sacked Wayland’s Matt Goddard. The ensuing Wayland punt came from the edge of their own goal line, which gave Sharon good field position at the Warrior 47.

The Eagles used a combination of Asnes, Toby Modebelu, Evantz Elisma, Sean O’Neill, and Adam Block rushes on the next eight plays to get to the Wayland 4. Their ninth play of the drive was a pass from O’Neill to Asnes out in the flat that saw Asnes extend out and cross the goal line. Sharon’s extra point was no good, giving Sharon a 6-0 lead at halftime.

The Eagles started the second half with a bang, as Asnes took the first snap and zig-zagged 71 yards for a touchdown to double Sharon’s lead to 12-0.

It looked as though Wayland would strike back on their first drive of the second half, marching down from their own 32 to the Sharon 9. But the stiff Eagle defense – led by Hockomock defensive MVP Brad Schiff – did their part, driving the Warriors back five yards and holding them to just a 30-yard field goal from Eric MacLean.

Neither team was able to muster up a solid drive after the opening scoring drives. It looked as though Wayland would have a chance to close the gap late in the fourth quarter, taking it from their own 27 into Sharon territory – until Kushner and senior Adam Banks came up with a huge sack forcing Wayland into a fourth and 15.

When it looked like the Warrior’s drive had been halted, Sharon’s Schiff was flagged for pass interference. Two plays later, Wayland found themselves just 30 yards out from the end zone. With Goddard out of the game, Wayland had sophomore Robert Jones under center and on 1st down, Schiff atoned for his penalty with a huge interception – his first career pick.

“We knew that was the nail in the coffin,” Morse said. “Schiff is an all-state caliber player. He’s made plays all year. That is his first career interception and it came at a big time.”

Schiff took full responsibility for the pass interference call that kept Wayland’s drive alive but made up for two plays later with his interception.

“That was my fault,” Schiff said. “You gotta move on

Sharon drained the clock some on their next play, but timeouts and stout run defense gave Wayland another shot. Jones found Roby Williams, who lateraled it to Dayleon McKenzie who tossed it to running back Robert Williams (17 carries, 98 yards). The speedster took it all the way to the Sharon 11, good for 43 yards.

However, the Eagles defense stood strong again, Jones was unable to connect on four straight throws with Schiff disrupting the fourth down toss into the end zone.

Sharon took a knee and watched as the seconds ticked away to win their first Super Bowl. For the seniors on the team, it’s a sweet feeling after where the program was when they first started at Sharon.

“This is always our goal,” Schiff said. “We strive for it year after year. I never thought we would make it this far, but that’s what happens when you put in the work and time – you get where you want to be.”

Sharon – 0 - 6 – 6- 0 --- 12
Wayland – 0 – 0 – 3 – 0 --- 3

Second quarter
S – Sean Asnes 4-yard pass from Sean O’Neill (kick failed)

Third quarter
S – Asnes 71-yard run (kick failed)
W – Eric MacLean 30-yard field goal

Recap: Wayland 36, Westwood 14

November, 28, 2012

READING, Mass. -- The Wayland offensive line opened up fault lines tonight against a Westwood defense, which never got a chance to get off of their heels, as they were constantly back pedaling en route to a 36-14 romp. Wayland will play Sharon in the Division 3 Super Bowl Saturday.

“Our plan was to take out their speedy quarterback-receiver conbo,” Wayland head coach Scott Parseghian said. “I think we did a great job of shutting them down.”

Westwood showed a couple of sparks that may have spread into a flame, but they were unable to sustain a scoring streak that would have combated the early 13-0 lead the Warriors held. The Wolverines' Daniel Roache scored a touchdown in the second quarter with 6:06 left to make the game 13-7. Wayland’s Robert Williams thought it best to keep the score margin wider than one touchdown, so he ran 63 yards twenty seconds later to make the game 19-7.

In the third quarter, Westwood would again show some life and score with 6:30 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Wolverines, the Warriors went on to score four minutes later, a Williams run, again, and a 36-yard field goal from MacLean in the final ticks of the game.

“We were able to dominate right from the get-go,” said senior captain Kevin Kelly. He also attributed his team’s ability to dominate to the offseason workout regiment.

Wayland’s first series began with a four-and-out, but the punt by Eric MacLean, which rolled past the 20-yard line, was mishandled by the returner and Robert Jones was able to recover the ball for the Warriors deep in Westwood territory.

Williams, who would go on to score four touchdowns during the evening, took his first in, a 17-yard scamper with 6:58 left in the first quarter. A failed kick and a Westwood three and out gave Wayland the ball back and Williams another chance to punch it in, and punch it in he did. After taking carries of 11 and seven yards, he bounded into the end zone from three yards out making the score 12-0. The extra point from MacLean made the game 13-0.

“I contribute my scoring today completely to the line,” Williams said. “They are the ones who get the gaps to open up, allow me to read the linebackers and the safety’s movements. It feels amazing to get this win. I’ve been waiting for it a long, long time. As a team, we’ve been waiting long but working hard to get it.

Wayland 13 6 14 3 – 36
Westwood 0 7 7 0 – 14

Way – Robert Williams 17 run (kick failed) 6-0
Way – Robert Williams 3 run (Eric MacLean kick) 13-0

Wes – Daniel Roach 16 run (Geoffrey Cote kick) 13-7
Way – Robert Williams 63 run (botched kick, rush failed)19-7

Way – Robert “Robey” Williams 35 pass from Matt Goddard (MacLean kick) 26-7
Wes – Robert Berluti 6 pass from Alex Berluti (Cote kick) 26-14
Way – Robert Williams 44 run (MacLean kick) 33-14

Way – MacLean 36 FG 36-14

MIAA announces Student-Athletes of the Month

May, 12, 2011
The MIAA has announced its Student-Athletes of the Month for February and March. Each of these students will receive a certificate of recognition, will be recognized on the MIAA's website, and will be featured in an upcoming edition of the “Building the Future” MIAA Student Services Newsletter.

Their bios are listed below, courtesy of the MIAA:


A member of the Plymouth North High School cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track teams, Dan Gordon has enjoyed an outstanding interscholastic running career. He is a three-time Atlantic Coast League champion in cross country and in the one-mile run. He is also the recipient of the Atlantic Coast League Individual Sportsmanship Award. At the state level, Dan has earned several first place finishes. Among these accomplishments are first place in the 5000 meter run at the MSTCA Boston Holiday Challenge this past December, first place in the 2 mile run at the 2011 MIAA Division III indoor championships, and first place in the 2 mile run at the 2010 MJAA Division III outdoor championships.

Academically, Dan Gordon ranks among the top students in the senior class at Plymouth North High School. He carries a 3.48 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. As a junior, Dan advanced to the regional round of the State Science Fair. Dan has also served as a class vice president, a position that he was elected to as an underclassman.displays an incredible amount of leadership and dependability as a senior in high school. At the request of the school administration, he was asked to speak at the local middle schools on the topic of “leadership.”n Dan spends time writing for Plymouth North High School’s newspaper, “The Eagle.” He is also the anchorman for the school’s cable news program, “PNN News.” In its year end issue, The Old Colony Memorial, named Dan Gordon “Plymouth Athlete of the Year.”

A member of the North Attleborough High School field hockey, gymnastics and tennis teams, Lauren Hauer has enjoyed an excellent interscholastic athletic career. She has earned two varsity letters in the sport of field hockey, as well as the Big Red Award. She has also earned three varsity letters as a member of the tennis team, with a fourth letter expected this spring. Lauren’s hard work resulted in the achievement of the most improved tennis award. The leadership that Lauren displays also led to her selection as a captain of the field hockey and tennis teams.

Academically, Lauren carries a 90.82 GPA. Her academic achievements have earned memberships in the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She spends time as the publicist of the National Honor Society, editor and chief of the yearbook, and gym leader, as well as a member of SADD, SCAR, Friendly Faces, and the Prom Committee. Recently, Lauren received first place in the NAHS Science Fair and second place at the Regional Science Fair.

Outside of school, Lauren spends time volunteering in the community at Sturdy Memorial Hospital and Madonna Manor Nursing Home. She is also a member of the Maonite Youth Group. Lauren stays active in the field hockey community by serving as a Field Hockey Recreation League Assistant Coach and a camp counselor.


A member of the Cohasset Middle-High School football and basketball teams, Robert Jones has enjoyed an outstanding athletic career. As a co-captain on the basketball team, Robert led Cohasset to its first South Shore League championship in 14 years and an appearance in the MIAA Division 4 State Championship game. Robert’s accomplishments on the basketball court resulted in his selection as the South Shore League MVP and a three-time league all-star. This past season, Robert became the fifth basketball player in school history to score 1,000 points. He was also selected as a South Shore League all-star in football earlier this year.

This past winter, Robert’s mother, a beloved, longtime teacher aid at the Deer Hill Elementary School in Cohasset, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Robert dedicated the basketball season to his mother and followed in her footsteps by volunteering through a Community Service Course offered at Cohasset. Athletic Director Ron Ford said, “It has amazed me how Robert has been such a great example to all in the community of how to deal with adversity, giving back and putting the needs of others ahead of his own.”

While dealing with the adversity in his life, Robert still made the honor roll this year and maintains a 3.0 grade point average. He plans to attend Framingham State University in the fall while continuing his basketball career. Robert stays involved in the athletic community by serving as a teacher assistant to the school athletic director, helping to promote school spirit and publicize the accomplishments of student-athletes at Cohasset.

A member of the Wareham High School field hockey, indoor track, and outdoor track teams, Mary Grace Brogioli has enjoyed an outstanding athletic career. As a four-year letter winner in the sport of field hockey, Mary Grace led her team in goals scored for two seasons. She was named a South Coast Conference All-Star three times and was also selected as a team captain as a senior. Mary Grace is a four-year letter winner on both the indoor and outdoor track teams as well. She has served as a two-year captain during both sport seasons. Mary Grace holds indoor track school records in the long jump, 4 x 200 and 4 x 400. She also holds outdoor track school records in the 400 hurdles and 4 x 100. Mary Grace is a state meet qualifier in several indoor and outdoor track events.

Academically, Mary Grace Brogioli ranks fifth in the senior class at Wareham High School with a 4.0 GPA. She has received the Gold Scholar Award for being ranked among the top 10 students of her class during each of the first three years at school. Mary Grace challenges herself with a course load of many honors and Advanced Placement classes and achieved a combined score of 1900 on the SAT exam. She attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine and received the Smith College Book Award for exemplifying academic achievement, leadership qualities, and concern for others.

Mary Grace Brogioli is looked upon by her peers and teachers as a leader in the school and community. She is a member of the Wareham High School Student Council, serves as class secretary, and is a member of the School Council, an advisory group to the prindpal made up of students, teachers and community members. She is also a student member of the Wareham High School New England Association of Schools and Colleges committee, President of the Principal Foreign Language Club, a CCD teacher for her church, and has held a part-time job for all four years of high school.

Fourth time's a charm as Winthrop tastes D4 title

March, 15, 2011

BOSTON -- Neither participant in yesterday's Division 4 state championship game seemed willing to give an inch, so someone was going to have step up and make something happen. That someone turned out to be Winthrop junior Joe D'Amore.

D'Amore used an array of transition hoops, free throws and a big 3-pointer during a five-minutes it was pan in the fourth quarter where he outscored Cohasset, 11-7. It may not have been the biggest run, but the most important one, as the Vikings took a nine-point lead and made six free throws in the final minute to hold off Cohasset for a 58-55 victory and the Div. 4 state title.

“It just felt like someone had to step up and I did,” said D’Amore, who finished with 15 points. “I got a couple baskets in transition and got in my groove from that. That’s how I like to get going, with baskets in transition.”

The victory was extra sweet for Winthrop (19-6), who reached the Div. 4 North sectional final in each of the last four years, but suffered heartbreaking losses in the last three. If any team has paid it's dues, it's the Vikings.

"All season long we kept on saying, we don’t want to win, we have to win," Winthrop coach David Brown said. "The seniors have been to the North finals four years in a row and they didn’t want to go out on a losing note."

"This is just the cherry on top of the pie," Brown continued. "It’s so sweet to win the state championship. We’ve had some tough losses in the last three years in the North finals but these kids always had the attitude that next year was going to be the year."

Along with D'Amore, the Vikings other hero was senior center Anthony Hatzisavas. A four-year player for Winthrop, the 6-4 senior missed all but four games of his junior year and four more this year after having December surgery for a herniated disc in his back.

Playing through the pain, the Vikings big man came through with a team high 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a victory he called the biggest accomplishment of his life.

"I missed pretty much all last year. I had surgery in December. Went through rehab, missed first four games this year," recalled Hatzisavas. "The best accomplishment I ever had in my whole life. I don’t think I’ll ever have another feeling like this. It’s just the best feeling ever, knowing we finally got over the hump and I’m going out on top."

Winthrop ended the first quarter with a 16-9 lead, but Cohasset (22-3) came storming back to score the first eight points of the second, and took a 17-16 lead on a pair of free throws by Robert Jones. Michael Griffin put an end to the Skippers spurt with a 3-pointer of his own, and both squads settled in for a dogfight.

"We didn’t get off to what would be our normal start and dug a little bit of a hole early," admitted Cohasset coach Bo Ruggerio. "I thought Winthrop was very well prepared and I thought we were well prepared but unfortunately we didn’t box out early. I thought when we got our fast break and got the press going we were able to stick in there."

D'Amore's eruption in the final frame helped Winthrop open its biggest lead of the game at 53-43. Cohasset rallied behind Shane Haggerty, who had a game best 17 points and seven points in the final minute to drag his Skippers close. Junior Kyrel Jaundoo added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Cohasset.

Cohasset boys, Hull girls win D4 South

March, 12, 2011
BOSTON -- Cohasset boys’ basketball coach Bo Ruggiero didn’t mince words at halftime, with his team down 28-24 to Boston Cathedral.

“I said, ‘We’re not playing well. We’re shooting the ball poorly. Sam Richardson and Robert Jones, our two mainstays for three years, are playing terrible.’” relayed Ruggiero.

Those two players responded as Cohasset matched the thunder provided from the Skippers fans to storm back on the court, overcoming a six-point fourth quarter deficit to take a close contest, 65-64 to win the MIAA Division 4 Boys’ South Sectional Championship.

“This is a gutsy group of kids,” said Ruggiero. “My guys, who are supposed to be the players, became the players. We got a great effort from our five.”

It took some hot hands to spark the comeback, with guard Sam Richardson scoring 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the third quarter, keeping Cohasset (22-2) close.

Richardson gave way to the point guard Jones, who hit a perfect 5-for-5 field goals, including four 3-pointers as the trump card in the comeback Cohasset win. Those shooting performances were looked at a responsibility for Jones and Richardson.

“I didn’t really have an option with what I had to do,” said the senior co-captain Richardson. “I played lousy in the first half. I wanted to win.”

“We had some discussions at halftime and came out in the second half and ran a more disciplined offense, which ended up getting us more quality shots,” said Ruggiero. “When you take bad shots and throw the ball away like we were in the first half, they (score) quickly.”

Cathedral (20-4) demonstrated its athleticism from the start, punctuated by Kyle Lawyer’s dunk just a few minutes into the contest, part of his 17-point effort. Forward Joe Green led all scorers with 23 while 5-foot-3 point guard Carlos Bermudez (perhaps a generous height listing), pushed the tempo with 17 of his own, accenting six steals as a thorn in the Skippers’ side.

“You can’t press little shorty (Bermudez). He’s just way too good of a player,” said Ruggiero, who switched defenses from a trap, to man-to-man and back to his base 1-2-2. “Our mixing and matching of the defenses kept the game in reach.”

Adding to the early adversity was Kyrel Jaundoo’s four first half fouls. He brought down ten first half rebounds and was a defensive standout for Cohasset. Rather than curtail his high-energy game, Jaundoo kept the pace high as Ruggiero rolled the dice by starting him in the second half.

“We’re not in that game without Kyrel Jaundoo,” said Ruggiero. “There was no way we were going to win that game without his presence. He’s a tremendous athlete. He’s come a long way. He is a major reason why we were even around early in that game.”
Jaundoo never did foul out, as he and junior Robbie Mahoney muscled their way to double-double performances.

The exclamation point came as Jones nailed a three-pointer while falling down, boosting the Cohasset lead to 63-59 with 15 seconds to go, a shot he didn’t realize found the twine.

“I thought I bricked it,” he said. “I fell down and tried to sell the foul. Sometimes they fall I guess. (That was) all luck.”

Bermudez spotted-up for a three at the top of the arch to close the gap to 63-62. Richardson was intentionally fouled, hitting both shots to increase the lead back to three points. With fouls to give, Cohasset took the clock down to 4.3 seconds. Bermudez heaved a three in pressure, which failed to catch iron. Green put the chance home, but Cathedral came up one point short.

Now, Cohasset will try its hand at a state title at the T.D. Garden, a place Ruggiero hasn’t coached in since the 1974-75 season, as a member of the Medfield coaching staff.

“Everything that’s in the past is in the past,” said the coach. “The present is right now, enjoying this game. The future is Tuesday.”
Asked what the present felt like for Richardson as he clutched the trophy after the game, he went through the spectrum of emotion.

“I’m jittery. I’m everything. I’m pumped,” he said. “No one ever thought we be here. Proving (we could get here) is one thing and actually (winning it) is another. It’s awesome.”


Jumping out to a 13-2 to run, Hull’s early start foreshadowed the team’s later jumps for joy, winning the MIAA Division 4 Girls’ Basketball South Sectional Championship over Greater New Bedford, 50-38.

The Pirates (15-10) received balanced scoring and rebounding, dominating in the paint throughout. Nicole Heavern and Amy McDonald each netted 13 points, with Lauren Geary’s 12 not far behind.

Hull’s early run opened up a 13-2 advantage, but the Lady Bears (15-7) chipped away, thorough transition offense and Vanessa Conceicao’s drives to the hoop, leading all scorers with 16 points. But the Greater New Bedford offensive never got too comfortable, as the Pirates opened in a full court press and never allowed much room to breathe.

“We’re an in your face defense,” said Hull coach Elizabeth Londergan. “We’re going to be in your face all game. So, get ready for it. Defense wins championships. Now we’re the champs.”

The Pirates led 27-16 at the half, but received more good news when Lady Bears’ forward Stephanie Antoine fouled out in the third quarter. Without one of its best defenders and toughest interior players, Hull swept the offensive boards clean, out-rebounding the Lady Bears, 48-29, led by Katie Manning’s 12 rebounds.

Entering the fourth quarter down 40-27, Hull needed just two field goals (part of 10 points in the quarter) to keep Greater New Bedford at bay.

The win was a triumph in more ways than one for Hull, which opened the school year with no budget for the team, getting the necessary $240,000 by holding yard sales, bake sales, anything to raise the money.

“It’s really good for the town of Hull because the last two years we’ve had no budget,” said Londergan. “We’re thanking the boosters, the AD and all the parents who continue to work hard so these girls can have a chance. Without them, we wouldn’t even be here. We’d be not playing.”

Now, they’ll continue playing in hopes of a state championship. The game plan will be the same for that game as it has been for every other contest throughout the season. In the Pirates’ locker room, a “Little Things” poster is on display, with items written on it from members of the team. The poster includes little things like diving on the floor and making free throws. Londergan said if the team followed the poster, they’d be playing in the T.D. Garden.

“I don’t think they believed me,” she said with a smile.