Local sports roundup
Region – The Northboroughbased Under-16 FC Puma boys soccer team made history recently when it captured its first-ever Mass. Premier League Division 1 State Championship.
The team, which had a 6-1-2 regular-season record, consisted of Dan Eder, Northborough; Steve Geller, Connor Gibbs, Westborough; Jose Saquich, Marlborough; Tramaine McNeil, Jon Dumas, Eric Schoellkopf, Bryan DaSilva, Milford; Steve Whitney, Upton; Keith Danley, Framingham; Augusto Trento, Leominster; Rory Burk, Westford; Tommy Barron, Westfield; Jo-han Herrera, Revere; Brian Hicks, Lowell; and Peter Kostakis, Lowell.
The coaching staff consisted of head coach Dave Teggart, Northborough; assistant coach Steve Gibbs, Westborough; team manager Cheryl Eder, Northborough; and Christian Battaglia, director of coaching and player development.
As a result of winning the state title, the team advanced to the U.S. Youth National Soccer Region 1 Tournament in West Virginia, where it bowed out with an 0-1-1 record, although it fought valiantly against teams from Pennsylvania and New York.
Another rewarding season
for Post 234
The Northborough Post 234 American Legion baseball team once again flirted with a berth in the state sectional playoff s, and while it didn't reach that goal that it had set for itself, it still enjoyed a memorable 17-10 season.
Post 234 was 14-8 in the regular season and was 3-2 in the postseason, the year ending with a 5-4 loss to Northbridge in the deciding game of the three-game series between the teams.
Pitching paced Post 234 in Zone 4 with Mike Bonner (1.83 ERA in 34-1/3 innings), Mike Sperenzella (2.39 ERA, 29-1/3 innings), and Tyler Hilbert (2.43 ERA, 23 innings) all among the top eight in ERA.
Also turning in solid pitching performances for Post 234 were Andrew Grant, a rising junior at Westborough High and former Ranger Andy Bower.
Former Algonquin Regional standout Graham Hennigson led Post 234 – and Zone 4 – in hitting with a .489 average, compiled by racking up 22 hits in just 45 at-bats while another former Tomahawk, Kevin Brown, was fifth in batting in Zone 4 with a .421 average – he was 32-of-76. Former Ranger Taylor Allen was Post 234's third-leading hitter with a .355 average (27-of-76).
Other hitting highlights were provided by Westborough's Fran Whitten, who's headed to Maine on an athletic scholarship to play baseball, as well as Nick Delbuono, who's headed to St. John's University on an athletic scholarship to play baseball.
Liu, Murthi medal at
Westborough's Henry Lui and Arya Murthi made their trip to Fort Lauerdale, Fla., a memorable one as both earned medals in the U.S. National Karate Federation's National Championships.
In the tournament, held July 17 to 19, Lui won gold in the 7-yearold bracket of the Kumite division, while Murthi won bronze in the 11-year-old bracket of the Kumite division.
Also competing under the Boroughs Martial Arts banner were Westborough residents Shannon Finnegan and Michael Chang, who was a gold medalist in 2008.
Goguen tourney signup
In last week's local sports roundup it was mentioned that the Second Annual Bill Goguen "Slice of Heaven" Golf Tournament will be held Sept. 4 at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough.
What was not mentioned was how interested golfers can sign up for the tournament.
That can be done by logging on to www.sliceofheaventournament. com and signing up.
This year's tournament will be played on Juniper's Lakeside Course. Last year's was on the Riverside Course.
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