Showing posts with label sports. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sports. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

@FHSPantherHocke shares Monkey Sports trade in event - from 1/19 to 1/21/24

FHSPantherHockey (@FHSPantherHocke) posted:

"Monkey Sports trade in event @ Norwood store located at 949 Providence Highway, (Route 1), from Friday, 1/19 - 1/21 - 15% off eligible products.  
Trading in your old gear is not limited to hockey equipment. "
@FHSPantherHocke shares Monkey Sports trade in event - from 1/19 to 1/21/24
@FHSPantherHocke shares Monkey Sports trade in event - from 1/19 to 1/21/24

Thursday, October 5, 2023

MIAA reminder on growing trend of scams posing as legitimate sporting events

Thank you to @boston25 and the Better Business Bureau for the story on the growing trend of scams posing as legitimate video streams of events.

Be sure to look for links from official school accounts, the MIAA or NFHS Network. "Check before you click."

Shared from ->

MIAA reminder on growing trend of scams posing as legitimate sporting events
MIAA reminder on growing trend of scams posing as legitimate sporting events

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Globe All Scholastics for Spring 2023

The Globe salutes the region's best high school athletes and coaches in eight spring sports. Click on each sport to read about the honorees. Find the All-Scholastics section in print on Sunday, July 16.

Athletes of the Year - Baseball

Alfred Mucciarone
The right-hander was Franklin’s next dominant ace, recording a 1.24 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 67 innings for the Division 1 finalists. Mucciarone was the Hockomock MVP, had a 19-3 career record, and will pitch at UMass Lowell.


Austin Campbell
A breakout season saw the lefty finish 9-0, strike out 91 batters over 59 innings, and forge a 1.06 ERA during a 23-4 season for the Division 1 state finalists. The Hockomock All-Star plays summer ball for GBG.

Honorable mention

Henry DiGiorgio, junior, Franklin

Athletes of the Year - Boys Lacrosse


Luke Davis
Franklin’s dynamic offense featured three All-American selections, and Davis led the charge with a program-record 141 points (83 goals, 58 assists) and a program-record 138 career assists. The Hockomock League MVP will play at Boston University.

Honorable mention

Justin Alexander, senior, Franklin
Jayden Consigli, senior, Franklin
Tyler Sacchetti, senior, Franklin

Athletes of the Year - Girls Lacrosse


Kaitlyn Carney
The James Madison-bound Carney finished with 68 goals, 43 assists, and 101 draw controls and earned USA Lacrosse All-American honors. A two-time Hockomock All-Star, she helped guide the Panthers to the Division 1 semifinals.

Katie Peterson
Peterson powered the Panthers to the Division 1 semifinals, finishing the year with 65 goals, 40 assists, and 115 draw controls. The Hockomock League MVP and USA Lacrosse All-American was named the Franklin High Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Athletes of the Year - Girls Outdoor Track

Sarah Dumas
The multi-talented junior won the pentathlon in dominant fashion at the Division 1 meet (3,335 points) and the Meet of Champions (3,341). She finished second at nationals (3,518). Individually, she also won the 100 hurdles at the Meet of Champions (14.37).


Elizabeth Hopkins
The school record holder in the javelin, Hopkins was the Division 1 (131-0) and Meet of Champions (131-2) winner in the event. She has a 4.58 GPA, is in the National Math Honor Society, and plays the cello.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Monday, June 26, 2023

Boston Globe provides final Spring Sports Top 20 rankings by sport & division

Franklin baseball finished #2, girls lacrosse finished #4, boys lacrosse #6 in the Spring Sports ranking from the Boston Globe. Read the brief on each sport and find the Top 20 listings here ->  (subscription may be required)

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Friday, April 21, 2023

Franklin Health Department: Wellness Update - Youth Sports Safety Month

It's Youth Sports Safety Month. 

Help your kids enjoy their favorite sports safely. 

Explore some tips from the CDC to get you started:

Franklin Health Department: Wellness Update - Youth Sports Safety Month
Franklin Health Department: Wellness Update - Youth Sports Safety Month

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Franklin TV: MIAA on Officiating

The Challenges and Rewards of Refereeing Sports. 
by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 03/12/2023

If there is one venue where parental passions tend to run hot, it’s school sports. The folks who officiate games often take the brunt of many an overwrought complaint.

Franklin TV: MIAA on Officiating
Franklin TV: MIAA on Officiating

However, they know that feelings can run deep, and they try to take it all in stride.

The discussion was upbeat, and focused on how all involved; coaches, officials and parents – how everyone can help to make the student experience positive while promoting good sportsmanship. Jay, Pete, our guest officials and MIAA’s Rich Pearson covered it all in an informed conversation worth watching.

Watch for this and other episodes about all the ins-and-outs of school sports on, ‘Winning Ways with MIAA’.

Thanks for listening to 102.9 wfpr●fm. 
And – as always – thanks for watching

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online   

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

MIAA: Winter Tournament Seeding Process Updates

Winter Tournament Seeding Process  

Winter Tournament Seeds Released February 25

During the Fall 2022 season the MIAA launched an effort to streamline the production of the final power rankings, and create a smoother process of building and releasing the tournament brackets. These new guidelines once again will be used by sport tournament directors, seeding committees, and MIAA staff for the Winter 2023 postseason in Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Ice Hockey and Girls Ice Hockey.

CUTOFF DATE – Thursday, February 23: All regular-season games in Basketball and Hockey must be completed by the end of the night in order to be included in the power rankings, postseason records and qualification requirements.  Scores must be recorded into Arbiter before the end of the night.

WORKING DAY – Friday, February, 24: The season data from Arbiter will be collected by MIAA staff as of the 4 AM report.

By 9 AM, staff will produce and publish a report on with each team's record (broken down by division, listed alphabetically by school), and all schedules and score data as reported to Arbiter throughout the season. No power rankings data will be published at this time.

If there are any changes that need to be made from that point, they must be communicated BY EMAIL to either the MIAA sport-specific liaison or tournament liaison.
BOYS, GIRLS HOCKEY - Richard Pearson -

Information entered directly into Arbiter will not be valid after 4 AM on the Working Day.

Schools will have 24 hours to report any corrections, and tournament officials/MIAA staff will also have the same 24 hours to track down any missing scores, and make any corrections to the data. Any changes or corrections to existing score data must be verified IN WRITING by both schools.

BRACKET/SEEDING DAY – Saturday, February 25: At 9 AM, the data will be considered FINAL and no more changes will be made. The final data will be used to create the final power rankings, which will be published along with the brackets on the following scheduled release times:


The initial bracket release will include only matchup information, and brackets subsequently will be updated by tournament directors and MIAA staff with dates, times and sites for individual matchups.

MIAA: Winter Tournament Seeding Process Updates
MIAA: Winter Tournament Seeding Process Updates

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Franklin TV: New? News! Welcome to Franklin

by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 01/29/2023

If you’re new in town – welcome! Thanks to Franklin Newcomers & Friends, here’s where you can gain traction on all things Franklin.

Town of Franklin: 
Need a helping hand? Visit the Franklin Area Nonprofit Network.
Franklin Downtown Partnership:
Franklin Arts & Culture:

For MOM:
The MOMS Club of Franklin is a non-profit, international organization comprised of stay-at-home mothers and their children.

For the KIDS:
Hockomock Area YMCA:
Franklin Youth Soccer Association: 
Franklin Youth Baseball: 
Franklin Youth Hockey:
Franklin’s Veterans Skating Arena:

Franklin Matters, your daily source of information about what matters in Franklin, Massachusetts (daily):
Franklin Observer (daily):
Franklin Town News (monthly):

Local Radio:
Franklin Public Radio, on 102.9: 
Dean College’s Power88 WGAO: 
Milford’s MyFM:

Thanks for listening to 102.9 wfpr●fm. 
And – as always – thanks for watching.

Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( online 

Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (
Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

Sunday, September 25, 2022

NFHS Releases 1st High School Sports Participation Survey in 3 Years

Editor's note: The data is an interesting read. The question not answered here is if the sports participation declined 4%, what was the overall school enrollment doing during the same period. There is an overall school population declining trend and it may be more interesting to put these participation numbers in that full context.

"After collection of sports participation data was interrupted the previous two years by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) was able to compile its High School Athletics Participation Survey for the 2021-22 school year – its first official report since 2018-19.

Although the total of 7,618,054 participants in 2021-22 is down four percent from the 2018-19 figure of 7,937,491, high school sports are on the road back after schools in many states were unable to offer programs in normal fashion during portions of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years.

The 2021-22 total is composed of 4,376,582 boys and 3,241,472 girls, according to figures obtained from the 51 NFHS member state associations, which includes the District of Columbia.

"Given what has occurred in our country the past three years, we believe a decline of only four percent in participation totals from 2018-19 is pretty remarkable,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, CEO of the NFHS. “We know some states that were able to complete surveys in 2020-21 reported participation increases this past year. So, we are very optimistic that trend will continue in the years to come as schools fully recover from the effects of the 2020 shutdown.”

Among the top 10 boys sports in participants from 2018-19, golf was the only sport to register an increase – up just under four percent with 148,585 participants and surpassing tennis as the eighth-most popular sport. Golf was one of the few sports to increase on both sides of the ledger as girls participation was up one percent to 80,829 participants.

Perhaps the biggest storyline in boys participation totals, however, is the sport of football. While boys 11-player football was down three percent (1,006,013 to 973,792) – less than the overall survey average of four percent – participation in 6-, 8- and 9-player football registered a 12 percent increase – from 31,221 to 34,935.

The slight movement from 11-player to other versions was seen in school sponsorship as well. While the number of schools with 11-player football dropped by 514 (14,247 to 13,733), the number of schools offering 6-, 8- or 9-player football increased by 227 (1,563 to 1,790).

And gains by girls playing football were even greater. In all four versions of the game (11, 9, 8, 6), girls participation increased 39 percent from the 2018-19 survey – 2,604 to 3,633. Additionally, the increase in girls flag football was 40 percent – 11,209 to 15,716 participants.

Altogether, boys and girls participation in all versions of football decreased only 2.2 percent – from 1,051,047 to 1,028,976.

“Certainly, the football numbers are encouraging after the previous report from the 2018-19 season,” Niehoff said. “The movement from 11-player to other versions of the game continues to be attractive to schools in some states, and the growth of girls flag football continues to gain ground in more areas of the country.”

Beyond golf, baseball experienced the best showing among top 10 boys sports from the 2018-19 survey with a decrease of only 1,736 – 482,740 to 481,004 – and remained fourth in popularity behind football, outdoor track and field, and basketball.

The other change in the boys top 10 sports was wrestling, which nudged cross country for sixth place – 231,874 to 231,387. Wrestling was down six percent from the previous survey while cross country had the biggest decline at 14 percent.

Other boys sports outside the top 10 that experienced significant gains from 2018-19 were volleyball (up 4.6 percent) and bass fishing (10,626 participants). 

Volleyball continued its rise in popularity among girls sports and was the only top 10 sport to register an increase from three years ago. With 454,153 participants, volleyball is only 2,500 participants behind track and field for the No. 1 participatory sport for girls. In addition, the emerging sport of girls sand/beach volleyball increased from 2,237 to 6,489 participants. 

Among other girls top 10 sports, soccer moved ahead of basketball to No. 3 behind track and field and volleyball, with softball remaining fifth. Cross country, swimming and diving, and competitive spirit registered the biggest declines the past three years among top 10 sports with 13-percent drops.

In addition to flag football, girls wrestling continued its recent surge in popularity with a 50 percent increase since 2018-19 – 21,124 to 31,654 participants. A total of 32 states now offer separate state wrestling championships for girls.

While most of the traditional sports experienced some level of decrease since 2018-19, the 2021-22 survey showed a dramatic rise in Unified sports participation. With only 5,541 combined participants from 10 states in 2018-19, this year’s survey indicated 47,909 combined participants in almost 20 states.

In addition to Unified sports participants, the survey indicated another 7,689 combined participants in Adapted sports. The 55,598 combined participants in Unified and Adapted sports represents a 163 percent increase from three years ago.

“It is great to see a growing interest in several emerging sports, as well as programs like Unified and Adapted programs,” Niehoff said. “Our goal continues to be to involve as many students as possible in high school sports and other activity programs.”  

This year’s survey indicated participation by high school students in 69 different sports, as well as 16 Adapted sports and 16 Unified sports. In addition to those previously noted, some of the more popular other sports (combined participation numbers) were bowling (57,219), field hockey (56,091), ice hockey (42,092), water polo (37,379) and weightlifting (25,257).

With an increase of about 20,000 participants, Texas topped the list of state participation with 846,161. Texas was one of 14 states that enjoyed a gain in participation since the 2018-19 survey. California retained the No. 2 position with 762,823 participants despite a drop of more than 60,000 from three years ago.

Other changes in the top 10 involved Ohio moving to No. 3 with 378,354 participants, followed by Pennsylvania (315,097), Illinois (314,839), New York (313,404), Florida (291,504), Michigan (271,423), New Jersey (264,139) and Massachusetts (215,848).

The NFHS High school Athletics Participation Survey was started in 1971 and was compiled in its current form through the 2018-19 school year and now resuming annually with the 2021-22 survey.

Following is a link to a partial report of the full survey. The full survey will be available soon on the NFHS website at"

Shared from the NFHS site

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Superintendent Letter to Families - 09/16/22

Sep 16, 2022

Dear Franklin Families,

I hope this letter finds you well. It has been a busy few weeks as we opened Franklin Public Schools for our 2022-23 academic year. We welcomed back 4,695 students and over 800 faculty and staff members! The preparation and effort put forward by our staff to ensure a successful opening required a dedication that necessitated hard work, stamina, and a commitment to our students that I recognize and value. I wanted to express my deep gratitude to all of our leaders and staff members. Schools are the heartbeat of a community. I am beyond proud to be leading this district.

Instead of sending multiple individual messages, I wanted to share five key updates, which you can find below. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.


Lucas Giguere
Superintendent of Schools
Superintendent Letter to Families - 09/16/22
Superintendent Letter to Families - 09/16/22

Yes, this is a week old and after meeting with Lucas this week, plans are underway to improve communications from the School District on multiple fronts.

"This equity tool moves the needle dramatically in the right direction"

"A new tool to determine MIAA alignments will be implemented starting with the current alignment cycle, which will go into effect for the 2023-24 school year.

The formula, presented at Thursday’s virtual board of directors meeting, will be based on competitive equity. Previously, enrollment was used as a baseline, with factors such as co-ops and vocational status moving a school up or down.

“The goal for this equity tool is to remove as much subjectivity as possible by using real, measurable data,” said Jared Shannon, Wahconah athletic director and vice chair of the MIAA’s Tournament Management Committee.

The equity formula focuses on stability and high-needs numbers, as reported to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and would create a baseline alignment that schools can then appeal. Data points include English language learners, public assistance, SNAP, transitional aid, MassHealth, homelessness, and foster care, among others."
Continue reading about the new MIAA alignment process (subscription may be required)


"This equity tool moves the needle dramatically in the right direction"
"This equity tool moves the needle dramatically in the right direction"

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

FHS fall sports games/matches postponed Tuesday due to weather posted the results of Hockomock League competition on Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022. We share the FHS results here and provide the link to the full set below. 

Girls Soccer
King Philip @ Franklin – Postponed to Friday, 9/16 at 3:30

Boys Cross Country
Franklin @ Attleboro – Postponed to Wednesday, 9/14 at 3:45

Girls Cross Country
Franklin @ Attleboro – Postponed to Wednesday, 9/14 at 3:45

Franklin vs. St. John’s Shrewsbury – Postponed to Tuesday, 9/20 at 3:15

For the other results around the league

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Friday, September 2, 2022

Lifelong Community Learning: Badminton, Basketball, & Co-ed Volleyball Starting Soon

15 Tuesdays
(Thursdays wait list only)
beginning 9/13
$180 per person
Looking for a night of fun and exercise? Join us for a great workout and some friendly competition. Basketball is a great way to de-stress and add variety to your routine. In this handball game players will use skills such as dribbling, shooting, running, and jumping. It's BASKETBALL - be part of the fun!
5 Tuesdays, beginning 9/13
$75 per person
This Pilot Program Basketball class is designed to provide exercise and fun for adult women. It also offers gym time for women to enjoy playing in a recreational setting. Be part of the fun! Plan to join in.
9 Tuesdays, beginning 10/25
$90 per person
Over 50 and looking for some basketball and camaraderie? We have just what you want. Players can look forward to developing good cardiovascular endurance which helps keep your heart healthy. You will get a full body workout and burn some calories in the process. Free throw and jump shooting are great training for hand-eye coordination and can challenge you mentally. Join the fun!
15 Wednesdays, beginning 9/14
$180 per person
Badminton is a racquet sport played by two people or four people. Unlike other racquet sports, badminton involves hitting a shuttlecock – a cone-shaped projectile that moves differently than a ball - the ideal sport for those who like to be kept on their toes.
14 Mondays, beginning 9/12
$170 per person
Build your strong foundation in the basics of volleyball. The mechanics of passing, setting, and spiking will be the focus, as well as the importance of good positioning. A fun, competitive time is guaranteed for all!

For more class options & additional details visit:

Lifelong Community Learning - Franklin Public Schools | 218 Oak Street, Room 137, Franklin, MA 02038

Sent by powered by
Trusted Email from Constant Contact - Try it FREE today.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Franklin Families = sign up for Youth Basketball at Downtown Sports this winter!

Youth Basketball Association at Downtown Sports!

Dear Basketball Families,

Downtown Sports would like to welcome you to one of our newest winter offering, the Youth Basketball Association for players in Grades K-4

To improve outcomes for players in basketball we surveyed parents, listened to coaches one-on-one, and facilitated focus groups on improving results on the court.

From this collaborative work we created the Youth Basketball Association which we feel can provide an alternative for families looking for more engagement and growth.

Some Highlights of the YBA...

  • Program runs from late November to Early March.
  • Provides one weekly, weekday Targeted Training Session (Practice) which will be facilitated by a lead coach and supported by your child's head coach. This will always be on the same day and time.
  • Game modifications utilized based on best-practice for the grades/grade-spans we service. Ex. Size of Ball, Rim Height.
  • Game Times (Saturday's) always at the same time each week.
  • Professional Development for our Head and Assistant Coaches and an expectation of teaching the same skills so all players are provided a guaranteed curriculum. 
  • Supplemental Training option on Friday afternoons focused on dribbling and/or shooting. 
  • A Travel Team Option (Grades 2-3)
  • A per hour cost rate that is similar to other area programs which includes a team pinnie and all weekly practices/games.

Our Divisions include:

  • Kindergarten Co-ed
  • 1st/2nd Boys
  • 1st/2nd Girls
  • 3rd/4th Boys
  • 3rd/4th Girls
  • Travel 2nd Boys for players who demonstrate grade-level proficiency in basketball
  • Travel 2nd/3rd Girls  for players who demonstrate grade-level proficiency in basketball

To Register, please click here. Once at the page view by category and scroll down to Winter Basketball. 

If you have any other questions regarding this new Winter Basketball Program do not hesitate to reach out to the Coaches at Downtown Sports

Franklin Families = sign up for Youth Basketball at Downtown Sports this winter!
Franklin Families = sign up for Youth Basketball at Downtown Sports this winter!

Where is Downtown Sports? 240 Cottage St, Franklin
Visit their webpage ->