Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Norton XC Team Honored at School Committee Meeting & Sun Chronicle All-Stars & Honorable Mention Announced

The Norton girls and boys XC team (along with others) were honored at the school committee meeting this past Monday night. 

The Sun Chronicle Newspaper also announced their All-Stars for the 2013 XC Season:

Anya DiLorenzo - Girls Sun Chronicle All-Scholastic
Girls Honorable Mention - Conrina Jurczyk

Billy Sullivan - Boys Sun Chronicle All-Scholastic
Boys Honorable Mention - Max Marcotte, Mike Tierney, & Chris Wrenn

Monday, November 18, 2013

All-State Meet Results

Congrats to the Norton boys varsity TEAM and Anya DiLorenzo for qualifying for the All-State Championships and having a great performance after such a historic season.  Below are the results.

91st - Billy Sullivan: 16:16
94th - Mike Tierney: 16:17
104th - Max Marcotte: 16:24
119th - Chris Wrenn: 16:39
132nd - Eric Sanford: 16:47
162nd - Joey Annand: 17:20
172nd - Mike Travers: 17:31

BOYS TEAM: 16th / 19 Teams - Total Time: 1:22.23 - Average 16:28.60 (2.9 Miles)

74th - Anya DiLorenzo: 19:14

Congrats to everyone on such an amazing and historic season!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Taunton Daily Gazette Write GREAT article on NHS Boys Team!!

Kevin LaBounty
Taunton Gazette


Kevin R. LaBounty

NORTON – It has been a season of firsts for the Norton High boys’ cross country team.
The Lancers beat Hopkinton in a dual meet for the first time in their Tri-Valley League history. They then beat Medfield in a TVL dual meet for the first time ever.
Those pair of key victories would eventually lead to the first undefeated league dual-meet campaign for Norton and its first dual-meet championship since joining the TVL.
If all that wasn’t enough, the Lancers culminated an outstanding campaign by earning the first state-meet appearance in the program’s overall history last Saturday in Wrentham.
“Making All-States is an incredible feat for this school,” Lancer head coach Kent Taylor said. “The boys and I could not be more proud than to represent this town with the best 26 cross country high schools in the state out of a total of 336 schools.”
All the success this fall has been because of the talent and commitment of the Lancer student-athletes as well as the terrific guidance provided by Taylor, who is in his sixth season of building outstanding boys’ and girls’ cross country teams at Norton.
“The team is not only comprised of the athletes, but the school administration and the parents,” Taylor said. “We had so much support at the division meet. It was great to see.”
The Lancer boys have been a close-knit band of about 25 runners this fall.
Norton’s top three runners have been senior captains Billy Sullivan and Max Marcotte and junior Mike Tierney. Junior Eric Sanford and sophomore Chris Wrenn have shared the duties at the fourth and fifth positions with freshman Joe Annand in the sixth spot and junior Mike Travers in the seventh position. Sophomore Parker Cleathero and senior Nathan DiOrio have also worked hard this year to get into the team’s top seven spots.
Following the season, Taylor was named the TVL Boys’ Coach of the Year. As a group, the Norton boys earned second place in the voting for the TVL Sportsmanship Award.
Sullivan was named to the TVL All Star first team, while Tierney and Wrenn were second-team selections. Marcotte, Sanford and Annand were honorable mention choices.
There have been several reasons for the success of the team this fall.
“First off and most importantly, the kids did their summer training,” Taylor said. “They got their base training done before practice started. We were able to hit the ground running at the start of practice. That was important with the tough early meets we had.”
“Second, for the most part, we have been able to stay injury free. You have to stay injury free if you want to win this league and we were able to do that. It showed we had a lot of dedicated kids. If you work hard good things will come. We also had great, great leadership from our senior captains. They have been amazing captains for me.”
After dispatching Bellingham 18-41 in their season opener, the Lancers traveled to Hopkinton and beat the Hillers for the first time ever in a dual meet, 20-35. Norton secured five of the top six positions at Hopkinton State Park. Marcotte finished second with Tierney third and Sanford fourth. Sullivan placed fifth and Wrenn was sixth.
It didn’t get an easier for Norton during its next dual meet as they had to host a talented Medfield squad. But the Lancers took a giant step towards winning the dual-meet crown by edging the Warriors, 27-29, for their first dual-meet victory ever over their rivals. Norton earned six of the top 10 spots. Sullivan finished third, Marcotte was fourth and Tierney was fifth. Sanford placed seventh, Wrenn was eighth and Annand was 10th.
“I knew with what they had coming back that it would be Medfield and Norton battling it out for the title,” Taylor said. “We knew Medfield would be really strong. After seeing them, we thought we could win, but we knew we needed to run our best race. We wanted to peak the kids for that meet and we ran out best. It was a well thought out race by our kids. They executed the race perfectly. They couldn’t have executed it better.”
Norton won a home non-league meet against West Bridgewater (20-43) and an away TVL meet in Ashland (15-49) before facing a stiff challenge at Dover-Sherborn. The Lancers overcame a tough course to win, 25-30. They won two home meets over Westwood (15-50) and Millis (20-43), the latter coming on Senior Day, securing their first dual-meet title with a 20-43 in Holliston to finish 10-0 overall and 9-0 in the TVL.
“I’m ecstatic,” Taylor said of the title. “It was a tough meet against Dover-Sherborn. Holliston was another great race. That meet seemed a lot closer than the score indicated.”
It was the first dual-meet title of any kind for the Norton boys going all the way back to 1988 when the team was a part of the Mayflower League. It was also the first time a Small School from the league has won the crown in more than 15 years as Large School squads Medfield, Holliston and Hopkinton had dominated the field over that span.
“To see the excitement on the boys’ faces was great,” Taylor said. “This is a very tough league to win in. It is a really impressive feat. I couldn’t be more proud of them. It says a lot about the character and hunger of the boys. They had motivation and determination.”
Norton then finished second during the TVL Meet in Medfield with 71 points, outlasting Dover-Sherborn, who was third with 76. Medfield, which had loaded itself up with soccer players since the dual meet with the Lancers, captured the team crown with 26 points.
Norton capped its outstanding team season with a fourth-place finish last Saturday during the Eastern Mass. Division V Meet at the Wrentham Developmental Center, assuring its spot in the MIAA Division II State Meet this Saturday on the Gardner Golf Course.
“We will keep it simple on Saturday,” Taylor said. “We will run the fastest we have ever run. I want the boys to shoot for personal bests and just go for it. They really have nothing to lose at this meet. Just being there is a privilege.”
Newburyport won the division title with 47 points, followed by Hamilton-Wenham (66 points) and Seekonk (115). Norton was fourth with 143 points. The Lancers had four of their top seven runners earn personal bests. Sullivan finished 15th overall with a personal-best time of 16:46. Tierney placed 25th with a personal-best 17:08 and Marcotte was 28th in 17:12. Wrenn placed 34th overall in a time of 17:18. Sanford was 41st (personal-best 17:29), Annand (personal-best 17:43) was 50th and Travers was 81st (18:15).

“I was very pleased with the way the boys ran last Saturday,” Taylor said. “Four of our top seven runners had personal bests, how could I not be. They ran exactly the way they were supposed to, not going out too fast and keeping their splits even.”

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Norton Boys TEAM Make All-States as a Team for First Time in History; Anya DiLorenzo First Female in Over 12 Years to Make All-States!

After a hard fought race with Newburyport, Hamilton Wenham, & Seekonk, the Lancer boys settled for 4th place overall, but good enough to make it to ALL-STATES for the first time in Norton High School history.  Only 24 of the best cross country teams in Massachusetts make it to All-States, and for the first time in history, Norton High school is one of them.
Norton Boys Make All-States
The boys had a few PR's and had a great race at the Wrentham Developmental Center.  Senior Captain Billy Sullivan earned a medal by placing 15th place overall with personal record time of 16:46.
Senior Captain Billy Sullivan Places in the State Championship Meet

On the girls side, Anya DiLorenzo placed 21st overall and made the cutoff to All-States with a 20:02.  Anya is the first girl in at least 12 years to make it to All-States from Norton. 

Anya DiLorenzo First Girl to Make All-States in Over 12 years!

The girls placed 20th overall as a team.  Placements are below:
21st - Anya DiLorenzo: 20:02
37th - Corina Jurczyk: 20:39
119th - Caroline Weber: 23:27
123rd - Sarah Anderson: 23:36
151st - Janelle Poplawski: 25:20
155th - Karoline Weber: 25:31
159th - Laura Carlson: 25:51

Norton Girls Post Race

The boys placements are below:
15th - Billy Sullivan: 16:46
25th - Mike Tierney: 17:08
28th - Max Marcotte: 17:12
34th - Chris Wrenn: 17:18
41st - Eric Sanford: 17:29
50th - Joey Annand: 17:43
81st - Mike Travers: 18:15

Congrats to all the runners on a great season!  The boys will be competing at the ALL-STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS at Gardner Golf Course next Saturday at 11:00 am as a team and Anya DiLorenzo will be competing at 12:20! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

All-Stars & Awards Named for TVL Season; 4 All-Stars, 2nd Sportsmanship, TVL Coach of the Year

TVL All-Stars & Awards - 2013 Season 

2nd Team All-Star - Anya DiLorenzo

Honorable Mention - Corina Jurczyk 

1st Team All-Star - Billy Sullivan 

2nd Team All-Stars - Mike Tierney, Chris Wrenn 

Honorable Mention - Max Marcotte, Eric Sanford, Joey Annand

2nd Sportsmanship - Norton Boys

TVL Coach of the Year - Kent Taylor - Norton

Congrats to all you athletes you were voted all-stars!

Monday, November 4, 2013

MSTCA INIVITATIONAL RESULTS; Norton teams take home 9 medals & a plaque, the most EVER!

Mass State Track Coaches Association
38th Annual Cross Country Invitational Meet
Date : Nov 2,2013   
Place: Wrentham Developmental Center-Wrentham Mass
Plaques were awarded to places 1-3 in each race, Medals were awarded for places 4-50 in each race
Chris Wrenn prepares for his race - He took 5th place overall in the sophomore 5k race 
Anya DiLorenzo gets Norton's top finish with a 3rd place overall in the sophomore 5k race
Freshman Joey Annand placed 4th overall in the freshman 3K race 
Sarah Anderson placed 40th for a medal in the freshman 3k race 
Senior Captain Billy Sullivan captures 5th place in the Junior/Senior 5k
Senior Captain Max Marcotte captures 14th place overall in the Junior/Senior 5k
Melanie Morris competes in the Junior/Senior girls 5k 
Norton team takes home 9 medals & a plaque, the most EVER!
Order of Races:

*Highlighted athlete denotes medal/plaque winner

12:15 p.m. 10th Grade Boys Div 2 5k:  
Chris Wrenn - 17:35 - 5th Place Overall 
Parker Cleathero - 20:00 - 74th Place Overall 
Connor Johnson -20:30 - 91st Place Overall 
Chris Alves - 21:21 - 111th Place Overall 
Camden Cleathero - 21:25 - 114th Place Overall 
Alex Carignan - 21:38 - 121st Place Overall 
Ryan Gill - 21:58 - 125th Place Overall 

12:35 p.m. 10th Grade Girls Div 2 5k
Anya DiLorenzo - 20:06 - 3rd Place Overall 
Caroline Weber - 23:09 - 32nd Place Overall
Rachel Wheeler - 27:35 - 89th Place Overall 

1:05 p.m. 9th Grade Boys Div 2 3k
Joey Annand - 10:20 - 4th Place Overall 
Thomas LeClair - 11:25 -29th Place Overall 
Evan Garrone - 12:23 - 73rd Place Overall 
Chris Tatarczuk -12:44 - 90th Place Overall 
Devin Pereira -13:07 - 104th Place Overall 
Nick Joyce -13:47 - 130th Place Overall 
Sam Marcotte -14:01 - 135th Place Overall 

1:25 p.m. 9th Grade Girls Div 2 3k
Sarah Anderson - 13:15 - 40th Place Overall 
Janelle Poplawski -14:43 - 106th Place Overall 
Karoline Weber -14:44 - 108th Place Overall 
Renee Sanford - 15:26 - 128th Place Overall 
Olivia Saccocia - 18:09 - 168th Place Overall 

1:40 p.m. 11-12th Grade Boys Div 2 5k
William Sullivan - 16:48 - 5th Place Overall 
Max Marcotte -17:17 - 14th Place Overall 
Mike Tierney -17:40 - 24th Place Overall 
Eric Sanford -17:56 - 33rd Place Overall 
Mike Travers -19:17 - 89th Place Overall 
Troy Parker - 20:10 - 131st Place Overall 
Nate DiOrio - 20:49 - 165th Place Overall 
Sean Eykel -21:26 - 189th Place Overall 
Tony Chen - 21:53 - 195th Place Overall 
Ben Skotny -22:36 - 211th Place Overall 
 Noah Beauchamp -24:13 - 246th Place Overall

2: 05p.m. 11-12th Grade Girls Div 2 5k

Corina Jurczyk - 20:52 - 23rd Place Overall 
Melanie Morris - 25:39 - 134th Place Overall 
Laura Carlson - 25:40 - 139th Place Overall 

Marissa Eisnor - 30:35 - 195th Place Overall 

Norton will next compete this Saturday, the 9th at the Division 5 State Championships in Wrentham.  The girls will compete at 12:40 and the boys will compete at 2:00!