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Girls’ golf grabs two wins

The Duxbury girls’ golf team pushed its record to 5-1 on the season by scoring a pair of wins against Mass Bay South League foes Silver Lake (April 25) and Nauset (April 28).

Both wins came on the road with the Dragons beating both teams by an identical 5.5-0.5 score.

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Duxbury softball scores 10 runs in 4th inning for comeback win

Everything changed in an instant. 

The demeanor of the home team and the visitors, the enthusiasm of the crowd, even the sunlight was beaming a little brighter. 

The most notable change was the score. 

Trailing 6-2 to Scituate entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the Duxbury offense exploded for ten runs in the half inning to take a 12-6 lead.

This wasn’t a comeback, it was a gate storming.

Up and down the batting order the Dragons collectively found ways to get on base and circle around to score.

With that said, the line about things changing in an instant might be slightly faulty. After all, it took a while to accumulate those ten runs.

The Dragons completed their extreme reversal of fortune by silencing the Scituate bats the rest of the afternoon to earn a 13-6 victory. 

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Heartbreaker on tiebreaker for girls’ tennis: Dragons fall to Plymouth North, rebound vs. Middleboro

We’ve got an early candidate for “Tennis Match of the Year.” 

Duxbury fell to Plymouth North 3-2 during last Wednesday’s meeting at Plymouth in a match that saw the Dragons and Blue Eagles compete in two separate matches that required a tiebreaker.

At second doubles, the Duxbury tandem of senior captain Susie Fitts and Lauren McKenzie defeated the Plymouth pairing of Chloe Gates and Grace Stanford 5-7, 6-1, (6-3 tiebreaker) to earn the win, tying the match 2-2. 

The match at third singles pitting Duxbury’s Annie Gardner against North’s Sam Holton served as the tiebreaker for the overall match. Holton took the first set 7-6 after winning the tiebreaker 7-4. Gardner came back to win the second set 6-4.

Holton emerged victorious in the third set with the identical 7-6 (7-4 tiebreaker) score to give the Blue Eagles a 3-2 win over their Patriot League adversaries.

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Patriot League powers PN, Middleboro edge Dragons

Trying to score a run – or even get on base – against Plymouth North starting pitcher Joe Walsh would’ve been a near futile order for any team, let alone for a squad featuring a roster comprised mostly of players holding the varsity experience of a mere six games.

Duxbury had already faced one of the premier pitchers in the Patriot League (and the state) in Silver Lake’s Anthony Videtto during the 8-1 loss to the Lakers in the season opener. 

Last Wednesday the Dragons got their first look of 2016 (and most of them in their varsity careers) staring down the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Walsh, the 2014-15 Gatorade Massachusetts Baseball Player of the Year. 

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Lancers slay Dragons: Burke, Piper shine in one-goal loss to Longmeadow

The Longmeadow Lancers didn’t travel two hours – one way – just to get smoked by an Eastern Mass. lacrosse kingpin.

No, they fully intended to make this a game. 

This was a prizefight pitting an established power opposite a program on the cusp of reaching similar greatness.

Friday’s game was the first meeting between the two sides since 2008, when Duxbury won 14-10. That season the Dragons (Division I) and Lancers (Division II) each claimed the MIAA state championship in their respective divisions.

When this year’s battle was over, Longmeadow edged Duxbury 6-5, proving that the Lancers are a legitimate contender for the MIAA Division II state championship. In turn, the Dragons showed again why they belong in the Division I state title discussion.

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Net monsters: Duxbury boys’ tennis team off to 6-0 start

Don’t look now, but the Duxbury boys’ tennis team is in the midst of an ascent similar to that of its undefeated 2015 regular season run. 

Following consecutive 5-0 home victories over Plymouth North (April 27) and Middleboro (April 28), the Dragons sit at a perfect 6-0 on the year.

“We’re 6-0 right now, which is where we’d hoped to be right now,” said Duxbury boys’ tennis coach John Bunar. “We took a big step towards potentially winning the league title with that win over Plymouth North because they beat Hingham earlier this season. But we’ll take these matches one at a time. We’ll deal with Hingham when they’re next.”

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Chaisson, Miele earn individual wins at Rt. 228 Invite

Duxbury’s underclassmen were given their own personal platform to showcase their talents during the Route 228 Invitational held at Newton South High School on Saturday. 

Participants had to qualify for the event with the competition open to sophomores and freshmen only. Over 25 teams were represented with the Duxbury boys’ coming in seventh place overall after scoring a combined 43 points. 

Sophomores Chris Chaisson (132’8”) and James Miele (5’11”) took first place overall in the discus and long jump, respectively, highlighting Duxbury’s performances on the day. Chaisson easily held off BC High sophomore Evan Ohuabunwa (115’07”) to seal the first place win out of the field of 43.

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Dragons light on timely hitting in loss to Rams

Duxbury’s new softball coach Sandy Lombardi got her first taste of the Duxbury-Marshfield rivalry on Saturday as the Dragons hosted the Rams for a rainy, early-morning contest.

Despite being a rookie to the rivalry in terms of active participation, Lombardi has a familiarity with Marshfield’s softball coach Rick Fredericks, as the two were teachers at Rockland High School. 

“I’ve known Rick Fredericks for a long time, he’s a great guy,” Lombardi said. “Marshfield is a good team. They were 5-1 coming into today and we’ve only played two games entering this one. They’re more seasoned than we are.” 

The experienced Rams downed the Dragons 6-2 in a contest featuring skilled starting pitching on both sides.

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Duxbury’s Bunar is the head of the court class: Boys’ tennis coach named MIAA Coach of the Year

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association recently unveiled the names of the 23 recipients of the 2015-16 MIAA Coach of the Year Award, with Duxbury boys’ tennis coach John Bunar receiving the honor for his sport. 

Bunar deflected the praise onto the players that he’s had the privilege of coaching.

“This is more of a program award,” he said. 

“I hope this award brings attention to the fact that we have great kids here,” added Bunar. “The players win the award for you, that’s really what it comes down to. We have great kids and great families here in Duxbury. There’s not a day that goes by where they don’t make me laugh and you’re really proud of them when they do well.” 

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Dragons catch few spring breaks: Duxbury posts 1-2 record during three-game road trip

Students across the Commonwealth could have enjoyed their April vacation by lounging on the beach, visiting a different country or getting caught up on precious sleep.

Seniors perhaps spent the week perfecting their college applications or compiling a head count for their graduation parties.

Members of the Duxbury baseball program spent their “break” on the diamond – competing in a trio of road games. 

The Dragons began the week by knocking off Brockton last Wednesday, beating the Boxers 4-2. This marked the second straight Division I opponent that Duxbury had beaten following its 4-1 win over Quincy on April 15. 

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A Decade of Dominance: Dragons down rival Billerica in OT thriller

Another lacrosse season. Another classic encounter between rivals Duxbury and Billerica. Another thrilling victory for the Dragons.

There are few constants in life, but this trend appears to be grouped in with death and taxes. 

Last Saturday Duxbury beat Billerica 11-10 in overtime, marking the seventh consecutive season that the Dragons have defeated the Indians in either the regular season or playoffs – in 2010 and 2011 it was both. 

“They’re a well-coached team, they have great players and it’s always a great battle,” said Duxbury boys’ lacrosse coach Tony Fisher. “These kind of games are what we want here in Massachusetts. It’s great to see the level of play come up across the board during these games.” 

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Girls’ lacrosse team gets off to 3-0 start under Marrocco

It didn’t take Erica Marrocco long to earn her first win (or her second or her third).

The Duxbury girls’ lacrosse team kicked off the 2016 season, and Marrocco’s tenure as head coach, with a resounding 18-3 win over Sandwich on Saturday, April 9. 

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Duxbury track squads impress in 2016 season opener: Boys beat Whitman-Hanson for the first time in 15 years

A 97-39 win in the season opener would’ve been enough cause for celebration. But this was no ordinary win for the Duxbury boys’ outdoor track program. 

For the first time in at least 15 years, the Dragons gained a victory over their counterparts from Whitman-Hanson. 

Last season the Panthers narrowly held off the Dragons to secure the 77.5-58.5 win. They weren’t as fortunate this year. 

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Girls’ golf beats Barnstable in opener, starts 3-1

Sporting a 3-1 record through its first four matches, the Duxbury girls’ golf program is off to a solid start to its 2016 campaign. 

If not for a 3.5-3 loss to Massachusetts Bay League foe Monomoy, the Dragons would be undefeated heading into April vacation. 

The Dragons appear to be having plenty of fun already this spring. 

“They just really like golf,” said Duxbury girls’ golf coach Jack Stoddard. “These girls are playing together on the weekend and they want to get better. They want to do well this year.” 

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Dragons hault Hanover in season opener: FOGO specialist Hunt swings momentum in Dux favor

With the score tied at 3 and the clock winding down in the first half, the Dragons needed a spark to turn the momentum in their favor. 

Enter face-off specialist Connor Hunt. 

Duxbury’s senior captain won the ensuing face-off following the Indians third score, which led to a goal by Duxbury attackman Bobby Maimaron with just under a minute left in the half. 

Now leading 4-3, Hunt won his second straight draw to give the home team one final offensive possession to close the half. After several seconds of trying to set up an optimal shot, Maimaron made a pass to junior Quinn Schomp who buried his shot for the score with three seconds remaining in the half. 

After ceding their 3-1 lead with 4:30 left in the half, the Dragons needed less than a minute to regain their two-goal advantage. Hunt’s prowess at the face-off X was a key factor in the Dragons taking a 5-3 scoreboard edge into the halftime intermission. 

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  1. Slide show: Graceffa silences Quincy bats in 4-1 victory
  2. Rakauskas wins MIAA-Bruins Sportsmanship Award
  3. Boys’ tennis beats Hanover 4-1 in 2016 season opener
  4. Davenport named Patriot League MVP for boys’ swim: Second straight MVP season for Duxbury junior
  5. O’Neal, Bartlett win Patriot League Scholar Athlete Award
  6. Girls’ tennis holds off Hanover in frigid affair
  7. College-bound senior captains pace Dragons: Girls’ lax program begins year one under HC Marrocco
  8. Former MLB Draftee Josselyn coaching Dux freshmen
  9. Lombardi named Duxbury varsity softball coach: Guided W-H to10 Patriot League titles, 13 playoff berths
  10. Racket-eers: Girls’ tennis team seeks to build on historic ‘15 season
  11. Dealing in Duxbury: Zukowski, Dragons seeking postseason berth
  12. Duxbury resident, former BC hoops star Hooley named ACC Legend
  13. Christenson wins Patriot League Keenan Division MVP: Smith, Campbell named captains for 2016-17 season
  14. Void of snow, Duxbury is embracing “normal” spring: Baseball team searching for third and fourth starters
  15. Three’s a crown: Boys’ tennis program has state title aspirations in 2016
  16. Starting from the top: Girls’ golf program features deep 2016 lineup
  17. Shriners All-Star Game to feature four Dragons: Corcoran, Donato, Nolan and van der Veen earn their spot
  18. Dragons aim to divide and conquer: Duxbury eyes return to MIAA Division I state title game
  19. Girls’ track squad “enthusiastic” about 2016
  20. Outdoor track optimism: Key returnees crucial for Duxbury’s success

 

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