CHRIS EDGEHILL, JUNIOR – FRANKLIN
Franklin’s Chris Edgehill became just the second sophomore to be selected to the HockomockSports.com First Team, joining Mansfield’s Brendan Hill in 2013. Edgehill enters his junior year with two years of starting experience and has helped the Panthers reach the D1 State Finals in both of those seasons.
As a sophomore, Edgehill led the Panthers in scoring with 17.1 points per game while dishing out 3.5 assists and grabbing 2.5 rebounds. Don’t be surprised if he replicates those numbers this year, or even improves on them. Edgehill is one of the most dangerous shooters in the region and on top of that, he’s a gifted scorer around the rim.
He isn’t afraid of contact, and he’ll make you pay with terrific free throw shooting. There will certainly be a lot of defensive attention on Edgehill after what he’s accomplished the past two years, but Edgehill will make sure to get the players around him involved.
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2016-2017 Record: 15-9
2016-2017 Finish: Reached Div. 1 Central first round.
Coach: John Leighton
The Panthers bring back 10 players from last year’s roster, which reached the state tournament but lost in the opening round to Natick, and there are high expectations on Oak St. as the new season gets underway. Franklin enters the season as the favorite in the Kelley-Rex division and its balanced lineup has the potential to make a run in the state tournament as well.
Much of the enthusiasm for Franklin’s chances this winter come from 6-foot-3 center Ali Brigham. The junior recently committed to George Washington (where her father once played) and is the lone returning player from last season HockomockSports.com First Team. While she (deservedly) garners much of the attention, the Panthers have a number of other weapons to give the opposition headaches. Senior guard Bea Bondhus, who committed to Springfield College, is one of the top three-point shooters in the Hock and sophomore guard Elizabeth Wilson is back from an injury that cut short the promising start to her varsity career.
The Panthers will also bring back versatile junior forwards Megan O’Connell and Breanna Atwood, who add size in the paint but can also take defenders off the dribble or knock down outside shots. Seniors Hailey Sanders and Calen Frongillo add depth to the frontcourt, while senior Shannon Gray and juniors Kelsey MacCallum and Sydney Garilli are capable of stepping in at either guard position.
“It is our goal to compete each night and to improve from last year,” said Franklin coach John Leighton. “With 10 returning players, we feel our experience will help us to better prepare for the season and compete against the best in our league.”
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