Sunday, September 29, 2013

BHHS T&F/XC Soars at the #manchesterxc Invitational

Our varsity, JV, and freshman runners scored impressive individual and team wins at the Manchester Invitational this past Saturday.  The varsity finished second to Darien, CT by six points.  It was close throughout the meet, and Coach Brennan feels that the next time his runners compete against them that our runners can beat them. The Hawks' individual varsity results were as follows:

  1. Colin Tierney 15:38 
15. Michael Potter 16:22 
21. Avery Ingegneri 16:39 
22. Grant Gauthier 16:40 
29. Dom Parlato 16:49 
48. Tom McMahon 17:11 
83. Jack Rossi 17:49  

Our JV runners were equally as awesome, as they won it with a team score of 26 in a 44 team field and 326 runners.   The individual JV results -

1. Tom Grizzetti 16:57 
2. Collin Manning 17:21 
4. Jared Boulanger 17:25 
6. Caleb George 17:29 
14. Matt Wilks 17:46 
16. Chris Ferreira 17:49 
17. Michael Kiernan 17:59  

The little guys, the freshman, were also a nice surprise. After finishing fourth at the RI Injury Fund, it is clear that they're now beginning to figure it out, as they won at Manchester with the  second fastest Hendricken team average.  Their individual results -

 6. Jeff Venter 11:46 
12. Anthony Lanni 11:58 
29. Stephen Treml 12:29 
31. Russell Hadfield 12:31 
39. Michael Shaw 12:40 
42. Max Waite 12:45 
49. Josh Clift 12:49

Throughout the course of the day's events, Coach Brennan tweeted updates and results along with pictures and and interview with all-round 1st-place finisher, senior Colin Tierney.

Stay with The Network for continuing coverage of Hawks' Cross country as the season continues to unfold.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Hawks Go to 2-0 in Romp over East Providence

So far, so good.

Well, for the football team, anyway...we at The Network had some considerable technical difficulties in the booth last night that precluded us from broadcasting the game.  No matter.  We'll soldier on.

The Hawks remained perfect in the early season schedule, moving to 2-0 in Division I competition (3-0 overall) by routing the East Providence Townies, 38-7.  EP is traditionally one of the stronger football programs in Rhode Island, and the Hawks treated them as such, even though by all indications the Townies may suffer through a down year.

Four different Hawks - Remy Blue, Power Kanga, Terrance Gibbs, and Lee Moses - found paydirt in the end zone: Blue scored twice (rushes of three and 40 yards, which now give him seven TD's for the season), and Kanga, Gibbs, and Moses found their way in once each.  For Gibbs, it was his first varsity TD.  Lee Moses sscored early in the first quarter on a beautifully-executed screen play that resulted in a 63-yard score.

Next up for our guys is the Tolman Tigers,  next Friday night, October 4th, 7pm, at Pariseau Field in Pawtucket.  Let's "travel well", as the saying goes, and continue to support the Quest for 4.

The Network will be there.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"4th & Inches"...with Cam and Rem

Network anchors Cam Brennan went live this afternoon for the weekly discussion of all things NFL - a review of last weekend's games and their picks, a look ahead to the matchups on the slate for Week 4, what they see in store for Peyton Manning and his supercharged receiving corps, and, of course, the Patriots.  The entire program can be viewed to the right in the Ustream viewer.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hendricken Football Podcast for 9/25/13, parts 1 & 2

The "Talkin' Baseball Show"...w/ Matt Rowlands & Nick Bianco

For the second straight Wednesday, Matt and Nick - freshmen here at Hendricken - brought both their baseball knowledge and their - um...'unique' way of presenting it to their listeners on their weekly call-in show.  Topics ranged from the state of the Yankees, to the nature of the wild card in Major League Baseball, to their favorites in the upcoming playoffs.  You can hear the entire show by clicking on the Ustream box to the right.  Enjoy.

Outlooks for Hawks' 2013 X-Country & Soccer

By Niko Spentzos

The 2013 Hawks’ Cross Country team is looking for its sixth consecutive state championship, but there’s tough competition on the paths ahead, primarily archrival La Salle, who is ranked first in the state. Our guys will also face stiff challenges from East Greenwich, North Kingstown, and Cumberland.

This year’s runners are a confident bunch, and they’re working as hard as they can each day in order to reach their pre-season goals. The Hawks will be led this year by senior Colin Tierney and junior Michael Potter. Other strong varsity contributors will be sophomore Avery Ingegneri, junior Grant Gauthier, and Junior Tom Grizzetti. The junior varsity team also looks to be strong this year, and the freshman team is progressing very well and is only going to continue to develop. The ultimate goal for the entire program is to sweep the state championships at all three levels this year. __________________________________________________

by Tyler Lancaster

Coach Johnston took a few minutes to answer some quick questions about the expectations for this year's soccer team. When asked whom he expected to lead the team, he responded, "First and foremost, we expect the captains to step up. They're captains for a reason. They have to be the ones to whom every other player can look for leadership in close games. Most importantly, though, is the idea that as coaches, we see more than soccer players out on the field; we see young men, for whom we also have to be concerned academically as well as from a growth standpoint. So, in that sense, we expect them all to step up."

Coach J also responded in clear and direct ways as to which team or teams he most looking forward to playing ("all of them") as well the long term-goals for the team by the end of the season ("state championship"). When asked if he had anything to add for parents and fans of the team, he added, "The fans have to keep up the support and always in positive ways. Not only do our players - in all sports - represent the school, but all of you do as well."

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hawks Knock off SK in D-I Season Opener

The Quest for 4 has begun.

It was obvious following last week's 34-6 win over St. Ray's in the season opener that the football Hawks were ready to start the season strong in their potentially record-setting bid for a fourth consecutive Rhode Island Division I Super Bowl title.  While Coach Croft and his entire staff no doubt show each opponent they face the degree of respect that they deserve and take each game seriously, the win over the Saints left some questions as to the quality of victory, coming as it had against a D-II opponent.

Last night, however, was a different story.

A gallery of pictures from last night's game can be seen HERE.

The South Kingstown Rebels provided the Hawks with their first real test of the season, a quality D-I opponent in their backyard.  All-State and Superbowl MVP running back Remy Blue, when asked about what he expected from the Rebels prior to the game, suggested that since they (the Rebels) had played very well against West Warwick - one of the serious D-II contenders - last week, he expected a tough game from a playoff-caliber opponent.

For about 2 1/2 quarters, that's exactly what he and his fellow Hawks got.

Make no mistake about it, the Rebels are a good team.  They led the Hawks in just about every statistical category at halftime, except for points, as the Hawks held a narrow 7-0 lead.  The Rebels' running game seemed to have some success penetrating the Hawks' first line of defense and making its way into the early regions of the secondary, moving the ball with consistent, steady regularity.  It simply never added up to an entire, sustained, length-of-the-field drive, as either Rebel penalties or the Hawks' defense brought them to a halt.

The second half (which can be seen here to the right in the Ustream viewer) - especially from the latter part of the third quarter on - was a different story.  The Hawks played with a good deal more patience, took what the Rebel defense gave them, and consistently marched down the field.  Remy Blue, quarterback Pat Gill, and receivers Power Kanga and Mike Scarcella played pivotal roles by either making plays to keep drives alive or breaking big ones and bringing the ball to the house. When the Rebels failed to convert a 4th-and-12 around the Hawks' 35-yard line with about 5 1/2 minutes to go, the game was, for all intents and purposes, in the books as the Hawks' first win of the year.  Final score: Hawks 36, Rebels 14.

There's no doubt, however, that when this game is reviewed by Coach Croft and his staff from the big-picture point-of-view, they'll note that the Rebels are not in any way a team to be trifled with.  They're tough and talented, and if they're allowed to hang around in a game long enough, one or two bounces of the ball can change the complexion of a given matchup in a heartbeat.

The Hawks play next at home this Friday, September 27th at 7:00 vs. East Providence, a team that is always tough and well-coached. The Network will be there for live coverage, with pre-game starting at 6:30. Continue to click on The Network for more Hendricken football stuff, most notably the Hendricken Football Podcast with anchors Stone Freeman and Cam Brennan every Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hendricken Football Podcast for 9/18/13, Parts 1 & 2

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

....And the Network Year Begins...

Hawks' Football - 2013 Season Preview

by Bobby Bordieri

   The 2013 Hawks enter this season looking to defend their three consecutive Superbowl titles and to make it four straight, something that has never been accomplished in Rhode Island high school football history. The season kicked off this past Friday at home against St. Rays, with the Hawks convincingly putting away the Saints, 32-8.
   The green and gold  are the early season favorites, since most of last year's key players return: quarterback Pat Gill, receivers Mike Scarcella and Lee Moses, in addition to running backs Power Kanga and last year's Superbowl MVP, Remington Blue. In the early-season coaches' poll that was revealed last week, the Hawks were ranked first, followed by Cranston East and archrival LaSalle.  That key matchup between the Hawks and the Rams will take place November 17th, at 7pm at Lasalle. Can our guys successfully defend their three belts to make it four straight? Only time will tell, but things are certainly looking bright for the Hawks.
   Coach Haddleland offered his thoughts on the upcoming season here: