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Tab Picks Best In Holliston Fall Sports

Posted by Andrea Murphy at Dec 8, 2004 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
By Sean Jacquet Sports Correspondent Metrowest Tab With the fall season now over, it is time to honor autumn's best performers. From the Panther football team's resurgence to the perennial success of the soccer teams, the Tab picks out the best of the best in Holliston sports. Best Male Athlete: Tyler Parrino, Quarterback, Football In what was by far the toughest decision, the senior captain narrowly edges the equally spectacular Colin Roux by virtue of his most valuable player election in the Tri-Valley League. The second option last year to current Curry College defensive back, and last fall's winner, John Burke, Parrino rewarded coach Todd Kiley's decision to "live and die with him." Parrino tossed for 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns, while throwing only four interceptions in leading the Panthers to within one win of an outright TVL title. The shifty quarterback also ran for 527 yards and four more scores while managing an offense that averaged 28.6 points per game. This winter the 5-foot-7, 140-pounder will take his game to the hardcourt where he will lead the Panther basketball team as a point guard. Best Boys Coach: Todd Kiley, Football Easy selection here. After leading the Panthers from 1-10 in 2002 to 5-6 in his rookie season last year, Kiley took his alma mater to 9-2 (8-1 TVL) and within a Thanksgiving Day win of an outright TVL title and its first playoff berth since 1991. As it is, those nine wins are the most since 1993. In addition, Kiley guided his squad to its first victory over Hopkinton since 1990 and the first defeat of Bellingham since '97. At one point, the Panthers won eight straight, including victories over Dover-Sherborn (9-2) and Medfield (9-2). Kiley also revamped the Panthers on both sides of the ball. The offense broke the 30-point barrier seven times, while the defense allowed only 12.6 points per game. Under Kiley, eight players earned TVL all-star status. But Kiley's greatest contribution came in the form of a 180-degree attitude change. Kiley reversed the program's direction by instituting a new weight program and demanding the commitment the Panthers had lacked.
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Westwood Spoils Dream 7-0

Posted by Andrea Murphy at Dec 1, 2004 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Sean Jacquet Sport Correspondent Metrowest Tab Throughout the Tri-Valley League title matchup against visiting Westwood on Thanksgiving, the Holliston public address announcer called out the names of past greats from Panther Super Bowl teams, hoping some luck would rub off on the current squad in its pursuit of a playoff berth. But in the end, history could not influence the present, as Westwood's big-play offense again proved to be the difference in the 32nd renewal of this Thanksgiving Day rivalry, which was won by the Wolverines, 7-0. With 2:45 to play in the first half, Wolverine tailback Amadeus Guerrero galloped 82 yards on a power right for the game's only score. The touchdown was simply the biggest run in a huge day for Guerrero, who rushed for 184 yards on 18 carries while cracking the 1,000-yard barrier. "If you double cover the two wideouts then in tight you should be able to out-man them a little bit," said Westwood coach Paul Hallion of the play. "They were tough up front and they stopped us a lot but once you get the crack and you have the four guys out wide. Ammo got the crack and his speed took over." Westwood's victory, along with Dover-Sherborn's 35-34 win over Medfield, rendered any complicated tiebreakers moot, as the Wolverines (10-1, 8-1 TVL) own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Holliston, which ended its season at 9-2 (8-1 TVL). Westwood played Cohasset in a Division 3 playoff game Tuesday night. "It was a hard-fought battle between two evenly matched teams, and they caught one more break than we did," said Holliston coach Todd Kiley. In a game between the TVL's top two teams, the play was anything but pretty, as the squads combined for 10 penalties and four fumbled snaps. The muddy track at Kamitian Field made for a defensive struggle, ironic for the top two scoring teams in the TVL. The Wolverines held the vaunted Panther offense to only 135 total yards in becoming the only team to hold Holliston under 24 points. Westwood also sacked Holliston quarterback and TVL MVP Tyler Parrino (2-of-6, 35 yards, 2 INT) four times, as TVL defensive MVP George Whetstone, Kevin O'Connor, Ryan Harney, and Joe Mascia all invaded the backfield. Morgan Donahue and Joe Fabiano each intercepted passes for Westwood. "I didn't know if they were going to come out and power the ball our try and get Parrino to run around," said Hallion. "We were ready for both. (Westwood quarterback) Jeff White likes to stay in the pocket a little bit more than their guy. "They like to sprint out so I think (the conditions) hurt a them a little more, but at this stage of the game, we played 11 games and we didn't have to put a new defense in." Holliston, meanwhile, was equally impressive, holding the prolific Wolverine air attack and MVP runnerup White to 110 yards on 5-of-13 passing. White was sacked six times, as defensive end Jon Neal had a hand in three takedowns, while Bobby Evers, Zach Rodgers and Brian Zunner each had one of their own. Cornerback Chris Valiant also picked off a pass. "The defense did what they've done all season," said Kiley. "With the field conditions, we knew it would be a low-scoring game. We kept them in check for the most part, but it was just that one big play. You take that away, and we might still be playing." After the game, an emotional Kiley praised his team's efforts, citing their two-year turnaround from 1-10 in 2002 to a share of the TVL title this season. "They did everything that was asked of them," said Kiley. "They worked their tails off in the offseason, and they came out every game and got after it. This is just a special, special group."
By Sean Jacquet/Metrowest News Sports Correspondent Throughout yesterday's Tri-Valley League title matchup against visiting Westwood, the Holliston public address announcer called out the names of past greats from Panther Super Bowl teams, hoping some luck would rub off on the current squad in its pursuit of a playoff berth. But in the end, history could not influence the present, as Westwood's big-play offense again proved to be the difference in the 32nd renewal of this Thanksgiving Day rivalry. With 2:45 to play in the first half, Wolverine tailback Amadeus Guerrero galloped 82 yards on a power right for the game's only score. The touchdown was simply the biggest run in a huge day for Guerrero, who rushed for 184 yards on 18 carries while cracking the 1,000-yard barrier. "If you double cover the two wideouts then in tight you should be able to out-man them a little bit," said Westwood coach Paul Hallion of the play. "They were tough up front and they stopped us a lot but once you get the crack and you have the four guys out wide. Ammo got the crack and his speed took over." Westwood's victory, along with Dover-Sherborn's 35-34 win over Medfield, rendered any complicated tiebreakers moot, as the Wolverines (10-1, 8-1 TVL) own the head-to-head tiebreaker over Holliston, which ended its season at 9-2 (8-1 TVL). Westwood will play Cohasset in a Division 3 playoff game on Tuesday (Curry College, 4 p.m.). "It was a hard-fought battle between two evenly matched teams, and they caught one more break than we did," said Holliston coach Todd Kiley. In a game between the TVL's top two teams, the play was anything but pretty, as the squads combined for 10 penalties and four fumbled snaps. The muddy track at Kamitian Field made for a defensive struggle, ironic for the top two scoring teams in the TVL. The Wolverines held the vaunted Panther offense to only 135 total yards in becoming the only team to hold Holliston under 24 points. Westwood also sacked Holliston quarterback and TVL MVP Tyler Parrino (2-of-6, 35 yards, 2 INT) four times, as TVL Defensive MVP George Whetstone, Kevin O'Connor, Ryan Harney, and Joe Mascia all invaded the backfield. Morgan Donahue and Joe Fabiano each intercepted passes for Westwood. "I didn't know if they were going to come out and power the ball our try and get Parrino to run around," said Hallion. "We were ready for both. (Westwood quarterback) Jeff White likes to stay in the pocket a little bit more than their guy. "They like to sprint out so I think (the conditions) hurt a them a little more, but at this stage of the game, we played 11 games and we didn't have to put a new defense in." Holliston, meanwhile, was equally impressive, holding the prolific Wolverine air attack and MVP runner-up White to 110 yards on 5-of-13 passing. White was sacked six times, as defensive end Jon Neal had a hand in three takedowns, while Bobby Evers, Zach Rodgers and Brian Zunner each had one of their own. Cornerback Chris Valiant also picked off a pass. "The defense did what they've done all season," said Kiley. "With the field conditions, we knew it would be a low-scoring game. We kept them in check for the most part, but it was just that one big play. You take that away, and we might still be playing." After the game, an emotional Kiley praised his team's efforts, citing their two-year turnaround from 1-10 in 2002 to a share of the TVL title this season. "They did everything that was asked of them," said Kiley. "They worked their tails off in the offseason, and they came out every game and got after it. This is just a special, special group."
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What a Feast

Posted by Andrea Murphy at Nov 24, 2004 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
T.D. calls it like he sees it. And let's face it, the 2004 season hasn't exactly been one for the ages. Fourteen local teams enter Turkey Day with a sub.-500 record. On top of that, there have been few big games this season. After all, the Dual County League crown is already claimed (Acton-Boxboro) along with the Bay State Conference Herget title (Walpole) and CMass Division 1 (St. John's), 1A (Wachusett) and Div. 2 (Burncoat) titles. But in the Tri-Valley League, it's all on the line ... just the way T.D. likes it. Don't believe Pointer? Just read on. T.D.'s boys over at the Daily News didn't miss a beat with the Thanksgiving Day Football Tab. It's right there on the cover: 4 teams, 2 games, 1 playoff berth. Those boys are sharp. In the TVL, not only do we have heated rivalries, this year, we have a playoff berth up for grabs. Like the days when Pointer was a pup, it all rides on the Holliston-Westwood affair. All Holliston has to do is beat a Westwood team that is 8-2 overall, but with just one league loss. If the Panthers can do that, they're in. If not, they need some help. Drama in Tri-Valley League makes the day That's where the Medfield/Dover-Sherborn game comes into play. Medfield has only one league loss. A Warrior win and Panther loss would leave Medfield, Westwood and Holliston tied. T.D. loves this stuff. And that's why these two games could turn a somewhat blase 2004 season into a blockbuster. So, sit down with your bacon, eggs and orange juice and read up before heading out. Westwood at Holliston Get there early and buckle up. Both teams excel on both sides of the ball. Both teams have dangerous quarterbacks and game-changing running backs. Both teams have swarming defenses that create turnovers. In all his years, T.D. doesn't know if he's ever seen two more evenly matched teams. Holliston QB Tyler Parrino, who copped TVL MVP honors, is a one-man highlight reel, but Westwood signal-caller Jeff White isn't far behind. The difference in this game is probably going to be a play here and a play there. A prediction: The Panther defense tackles well enough to bring down the Westwood running backs and along the way will create a turnover that seals the win and a playoff spot. TD pick: Score: Holliston 24, Westwood 22
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Memories

Posted by Andrea Murphy at Nov 23, 2004 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
Metrowest Daily News By Ryan Canner-O'Mealy Metrowest News Sports Correspondent Area Coaches reflect on the special tradition of Thanksgiving Football As a senior at Holliston, Todd Kiley knew how important the Thanksgiving game against Westwood was, and he knew that he couldn't make any memories on the sideline. So despite breaking his hand three days before Thanksgiving, the quarterback/defensive back wrapped it up and played defense. The injury would keep him from getting under center, but it wasn't going to keep him off the field. "I only played defense, but there was no way in my senior year, that was going to keep me out," the second-year Holliston coach said. "I didn't perform as well as I could have, but just the adrenaline of being in that game got me through it." Kiley played against the Wolverines three times from 1987-1989. Each game, like the one this year, had postseason implications. The Panthers won in Kiley's junior year, propelling his squad to the Super Bowl. This year, Holliston will complete an undefeated Tri-Valley League season if it can knock off defending champion Westwood, giving the Panthers the league title. So Kiley has the tough task of trying to get his players to look at this as just another game on the road to the Super Bowl. But the coach knows that will be hard, considering that many of his players, like the coach himself, grew up attending the game. "I remember my dad taking us as kids, since I was five years old," Kiley said. "This is something you always dream about, that's why we get into it."