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DHS Class of 2016 honored at athletic banquet: Seventeen Duxbury student athletes earn 7 Letter Award

The Duxbury High School Athletic Department held its annual athletic awards night honoring the graduating senior athletes in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 18. The night’s proceedings were held in the DHS cafeteria with Duxbury Athletic Director Thom Holdgate serving as the master of ceremonies. 

“This is one of the signature events that starts us on the road to graduation,” Holdgate told the capacity crowd. 

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Duxbury girls’ crew qualifies for US Rowing Youth Nationals

For the first time in history, a crew from Duxbury will have a presence at the US Rowing Youth Nationals. 

Duxbury’s girls’ crew first varsity 4+ boat finished in third place in the finals of last Sunday’s Northeast Youth Championship to qualify for the upcoming US Rowing Youth Nationals. The Youth Nationals, hosted by the Princeton National Rowing Association, will be held June 10-12 in West Windsor, NJ. 

In each of the past two seasons, Duxbury’s girls’ first varsity 4+ boat advanced to the finals of the Northeast Youth Championship, finishing in sixth place during both years. While the girls were encouraged to reach the finals the last two years, their finish kept them out of the US Youth National field. Achieving that goal remained a primary mission of the team entering the spring season.

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Dragons revenge denied by Warriors: L-S beats Duxbury in rematch of 2015 MIAA D1 state title game

Last season Duxbury posted a 19-4 record en route to claiming the MIAA Division I south sectional championship for the second straight year. Two of those losses came at the hands of one program: the Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors. 

L-S defeated Duxbury 12-11 during the regular season, adding to the list of legendary contests between the two state powers. Then, in the MIAA Division I state title game, L-S raced past the Dragons 12-4 to win the state’s top prize for the first time in 21 years. 

Fast-forward to 2016 and the defending champs are better than they were a season ago. The Warriors (11-2 to start the season) hadn’t lost to an in-state program since June 2014. 

Last Thursday, Duxbury (9-5 through its first 14 games) welcomed L-S to town for a rematch of the 2015 MIAA Division I state title game. A 6 p.m. start and a solid spectator turnout added to the magnitude of the hotly anticipated showdown. 

“We’ve been looking at this date from the beginning of the season,” said junior midfielder Quinn Schomp. “We’ve always wanted revenge.” 

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Girls’ lax locks up its spot: First-year HC Marrocco leads Duxbury to playoffs

First year head coach Erica Marrocco and the Dragons are officially headed to the MIAA Division I state tournament.

Duxbury’s girls’ lacrosse program secured its spot in the state tournament field following its 16-3 win over Plymouth North on Tuesday, May 17.

“I’m so pumped and so happy to be in the tournament,” Marrocco said. “That’s huge news for us and I’m really happy to finally hear that we’re in for sure. I’m excited for the tournament to start and for us to play those other good teams.” 

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Bartlett, O’Neal honored at PL Scholar Athlete banquet: DHS seniors celebrated for athletic, academic success

On Tuesday, May 3, Duxbury High School seniors Michael O’Neal and Emma Bartlett were honored at the 12th annual Patriot League Scholar Athlete Awards banquet. 

All 12 Patriot League members from both the Keenan and Fisher Divisions gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 24 honorees. The event was held at the South Shore Country Club in Hingham. 

The Patriot League Scholar Athlete Award is given to a male and female senior from each of the 12 schools comprising the league. The winners were chosen based on their display of excellence across multiple sports in addition to their prowess in theclassroom. 

Each nominee, and eventual winner, must have lettered in at least two varsity sports in addition to achieving the highest GPA in their class among student-athletes who filled the two varsity letter requirement.

This year marked the tightest margin of victory for Duxbury’s two award winners that the process as ever produced.

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Girls’ outdoor track gets first win of 2016: Boys’ track squad beats Quincy, clinches winning season

Beautiful weather, a celebratory cookout and a win – things couldn’t have gone much better for Duxbury’s senior track athletes.

Last Thursday the Duxbury girls’ outdoor track program earned its first victory of the season with a 101-28 win over Quincy on senior day. The Duxbury boys’ (3-1) clinched a winning season with their 107-27 victory. 

The senior members of both boys’ and girls’ outdoor track programs were honored in a pre-meet ceremony before getting to work against the visiting Presidents. 

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Boys’ lacrosse beats Scituate on Senior Day

Duxbury’s five-goal third quarter powered the Dragons to a 13-3 win over Scituate.

Senior members of the boys’ lacrosse program were honored in a halftime ceremony on the turf as the Dragons held their annual senior day game Friday afternoon against the visiting Sailors. 

“It was good to finally get here,” said senior captain Mason Krahmer. “It’s an accomplishment that everyone should be proud of but at the same time it’s tough because this is the beginning of the end. It’s tough but we’re ready for the playoffs and what comes next.” 

“It’s an awesome atmosphere for senior day but it’s just tough because it’s kind of our goodbye to the organization before we graduate,” added senior Harrison Piper.

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Clipped by the Clippers: Dragons show fight in close loss to Norwell, beat W-H

Ten games into its season Norwell has already compiled some of the biggest wins of any program in the state during the 2016 campaign.

The Clippers have knocked off fellow Division II power Cohasset in addition to beating Notre Dame Academy, Hingham (the top team in the state in more than a few polls) 13-12 in double overtime.

Duxbury hosted the surging Clippers on Monday, May 9 in a critical contest for the Dragons.

With its 14-10 loss to Hingham on May 5, Duxbury’s Patriot League title hopes had taken a serious hit but a victory over the reigning MIAA Division II state champions would suffice as a worthy morale booster.

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Outclassed reunion: Duxbury wins in Lombardi’s first game against W-H

Whenever you stay in one place for an extended period of time, you’re bound to form a lifelong connection of some kind. 

First-year Duxbury softball coach Sandy Lombardi served in the same role at Whitman-Hanson High School for 14 years. She coached the Panthers in over 300 games, winning 194.

On Tuesday, May 10, Lombardi coached against her old team for the first time since leaving the program in 2013 as the Dragons welcomed W-H for a critical Patriot League contest. 

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Harbormen weather the storm, beat Duxbury: Dragons’ Patriot League title hopes in jeopardy after loss

Duxbury’s unparalleled run of 16 consecutive league championships is in serious jeopardy of being snapped.

As a driving rainstorm descended upon players and patrons at Raymond P. Chandler Memorial Field, Duxbury’s Patriot League archrivals, the Hingham Harbormen, added to the Dragons’ frustrations by trouncing the home team 14-6.

That’s the first time Hingham has beaten Duxbury in 16 years. That victory over Duxbury, its first in seemingly an eternity, gives Hingham the inside track to claim the league championship. 

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Boys' tennis clinches MIAA state tourney berth: Girls' sweep Pembroke, fall to league rival Hingham

The Duxbury boys’ tennis program is officially headed back to the postseason.

Duxbury’s 3-2 home win over Patriot League rival Hingham on Friday qualified the program for the MIAA Division II state tournament. 

The win over the Harbormen also positions Duxbury to claim the Patriot League championship for the fourth consecutive season. Plymouth North beat Hingham earlier this season and now Duxbury holds victories over both Plymouth North and Hingham to stay ahead of their aforementioned Patriot League foes. 

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Boys’ track beats rival Silver Lake: Chaisson sets discus record at MSTCA Frosh/Soph meet

In a rain shortened meet last Wednesday, the Duxbury boys’ outdoor track and field program scored its second straight monumental victory of the spring in a 75-34 win over Patriot League Keenan Division rival Silver Lake.

The meet was called due to inclement weather after 13-out-of-16 events had been completed. The three remaining uncompleted events were discus, long jump and triple jump – all three are signature events for the Duxbury boys’ squad. Even if Silver Lake had swept Duxbury in all three events, the Lakers would’ve come up short, thus awarding the victory to the host Dragons.

“We had enough points and were able to call the win early,” said Duxbury boys’ coach Greg Seery. “We have a nice little rivalry with Silver Lake and it was great to get the win. It’s an exciting time for the program.”

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Duxbury softball wins third consecutive game

The Duxbury softball program earned its third straight victory with a 14-4 win over Patriot League rival Hingham.

This win comes two days following the team’s 5-1 win over Patriot League foe Pembroke.

After starting the season 1-4, Duxbury is now back to .500 and eyeing a trip to the MIAA Division II state tournament.

“The girls are playing with more confidence now,” said Duxbury softball coach Sandy Lombardi. “They’re gaining experience every time they take the field. They believe in each other too. When someone makes an error, they pick up their teammate. They didn’t really know each other early on in the year but they’re playing like a team now.”

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Dragons dig themselves early hole against Hingham: Duxbury DH Lema slugs home run in 10-6 defeat

As has been a recurring theme for this year’s squad, the Dragons made things interesting in the later innings after ceding a sizeable lead to their opponents at the onset of the game. 

Hingham scored a whopping seven runs in the first inning, taking down the Dragons 10-6 during Friday’s contest at Chandler Field. 

The Dragons committed six errors on the afternoon with half of those coming in the top of the first inning. Those errors contributed mightily to Hingham’s score total.

Duxbury coach Gordon Cushing felt that his team played “uninspired” and “detached” during the first inning of action. 

“We just made it so hard on ourselves by the way we played,” he said. “There’s no excuse for that. No one is good enough to overcome playing like that. We talked about it after the first and our guys woke up and played better but by that point it’s too late. We’re just not good enough to get in a hole like that. Some of it we did ourselves and some of it was Hingham smashing the ball around a little bit, too. We just continuously kick ourselves by giving teams 4-5-6 outs an inning and you just can’t do that.”

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Girls’ golf sweeps Cardinal Spellman: Dragons earn spot in MIAA south sectional

The Duxbury girls’ golf team reached the midpoint of its season last Wednesday with a 6-0 victory over Mass Bay South League foe Cardinal Spellman.

The win pushed Duxbury’s record to a nearly spotless 7-1. The victory over Cardinal Spellman marked Duxbury’s fifth consecutive win following its only loss of the season – a 3.5-3 defeat against league mate Monomoy on April 13.

“The girls all seem to be playing better,” said Duxbury girls’ golf coach Jack Stoddard. “They have a better understanding of where everyone belongs now in terms of their spot on the lineup card. The top six players on the card have played very well this year.”

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