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Marauder Cross-Country outpaces Randolph

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The Marauders raced past Randolph on Friday, October 12 for their first team triumphs of the season, as the boys prevailed 18-38, while the girls recorded a 15-50 margin.
  
Fourteen girls competed for Dedham, including eight who ran their fastest pace of the season to that point as well as five who took part in their first varsity meet. Leading the way for the Marauders was Laura O’Hanlon, who finished the 3.2 mile course in 23:40 at a pace of 7:23.75.
 
The next eight finishers for DHS each set a personal best pace of the season. They were Abigail Hill at 24:00/7:30.00, Sarah Hessasta at 24:34/7:40.62, Sarah Collins at 24:39/7:42.19, Jillian Lawless at 26:17/8:12.81, Geneva Driscoll at 26:20/8:13.75, Giorgianna Grant at 26:20/8:16.88, Meghan Goddard at 27:10/8:29.38 and Anne McGonagle at 27:20/8:32.50. In addition, the following athletes competed in their first varsity competition: Risa Kudara at 27:40/8:38.75, Farah Gay at 28:04/8:46.25, Geraldine Joseph at 28:28/8:53.75, Coralie Ligonde at 40:36/12:41.25 and Emma Rush at 40:46/12:44.38.
 
Girls Head Coach Elizabeth Vail praised the squad for its performance. “Almost all the girls improved their times and we had a few girls who typically run a JV race run their first 5K course successfully!” 

The boys earned their victory by a similar pattern, with one runner recording a personal best pace to that point and two other runners racing in their first varsity meet.
 
Sean Kineavy was fastest for the Marauders and swiftest overall on the day among all competitors, finishing in 19:17 for a 6:38.97 pace. Not far behind him were Guy Grant in second overall at 20:55/7:12.76 and David Sullivan running his best pace of the seasaon at 21:00/7:14.48 for third overall.
 
Other Dedham participants included David’s brother Daniel Sullivan at 21:42/7:28.97, Sean’s brother Brendan Kineavy at 23:36/8:08.28, Patrick Samonte at 25:06/8:39.31, Charles Joyner at 27:47/9:34.83, as well as two athletes competing in their first varsity action: Mike Dempsey at 28:25/9:47.93 and Sean MacKinnon at 29:00/10:00.00.

Dedham travels to the Bay State Conference Meet tomorrow morning at Coakley Middle School in Norwood. Boys Head Coach Bill Weschrob said the starts of the various groups including freshmen, JV and varsity separated by gender will be in roughly half-hour intervals beginning at 10. He added that the Marauders would enter one runner in the varsity race and several others at the JV level. “I want to make sure they’re in a race where they’re competitive,” he said. He added that he plans to take six athletes to the state divisional meet on Saturday, November 10 at Wrentham.

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October 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm

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Spikers defeated by Walpole

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DHS Volleyball team battles hard but is defeated at Walpole
 
This past week the Marauders visited Walpole, where the Rebels earned a 3-0 victory to hand the visitors their sixth consecutive loss. The home team took the first set 25-15 despite solid play by starters Jodie Munchbach, Randah Rachmani as libero, Lyndsay Scanlon, Alison Sullivan, Meiya Berkey and Allison Martin. Munchbach led the way with several kills, Rachmani made some notable digs, and the other Marauders focused on keeping the ball alive, making occasional blocks and setting up spikes.
 
The Marauders raced out to a 6-0 advantage in the second set on accurate serves by Sullivan, then with reserve Reena Kumar serving Dedham took a 13-5 lead. Veronica Rose also played significant minutes. But the hosts roared back with smooth passing and jump-serves, capturing the second set 25-23 before clinching the match in the third set, 25-15.
 
Shown here is co-captain Jodie Munchbach playing a ball against Walpole. The three teammates pictured near her on the court are, from left: Reena Kumar (#6), co-captain Randah Rachmani and Alison Sullivan. Seated on bench at far left is Head Coach Stephanie Adams, with her two assistant coaches next to her and several reserve players standing in background at far right.
 
Coach Adams praised the squad for its three most recent matches, which came against Walpole on Tuesday as well as Brookline and Natick the prior week, although she noted room for improvement. “All three matches we played were against top teams in our league,” she said. “The girls played well defensively in the games and that’s what truly helped us. Our offense has been struggling a little bit with getting attacks in and over the net. The end of the season seems to be our toughest because the girls get tired with all the matches we have played.”The Marauders have three contests remaining in their regular season schedule, including a home match against Needham on Monday at 4 p.m. and two encounters on the road.
 
Photo by Scott Heald

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October 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

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Editorial cartoon: Luminaries in town

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October 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

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Rival Senate candidates come to town

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In the closing weeks of a race that polls have for months indicated was tight, Senator Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren came to town this past week seeking support and momentum.
 
Brown appeared on Saturday afternoon at the American Legion Post 18 with Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican and the G.O.P. nominee for president four years ago. Standing in the back of a flatbed truck outside the Legion before the event, Brown and McCain spoke to supporters via a megaphone. Then the two senators, along with Brown’s wife Gail Huff and their two grown daughters, Ayla and Arianna, entered the packed hall to loud applause.
 
State Representative Paul McMurtry of Dedham introduced both senators by noting their distinguished military and legislative service. Then after introducing a Marine who was in the crowd, Brown spoke about the upcoming election. “There’s seventeen days left, folks. Seventeen days, thank God. Let me just tell you something. The one thing I’ve noticed, that I know for a fact – there are good Democrats in here right now, and I know there’s good independents and good Republicans in here right now. The one thing we all have in common right now is we’re Americans first.”
 
Then he articulated some issues he perceives as most essential. “We have some very real problems. We have a $16 trillion national debt, four years of trillion dollar deficits, we’re borrowing 42 cents on every dollar. There’s an attack happening, folks, let me tell you. Especially our seniors, those who have Medicare or are about to get Medicare. Listen, there was a promise made when you paid into Medicare, a promise, a sacred promise that you would have your Medicare. Well, let me tell you something, as a result of ObamaCare… they’re going to take 716 billion of your Medicare dollars and give it to ObamaCare for an entire separate program… I want you to know that I, Senator McCain and every other senator I know are going to fight to protect our sacred promise that we have with you.”
 
McCain, the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee, urged voters to return Brown to the Senate. “He is one of two members of the United States Senate – the other is Lindsey Graham, who’s an Air Force Reserve colonel – and Scott Brown. I was honored to be in Washington at his promotion ceremony to colonel. I remember very well when he came to my office. I said, ‘The Republican senator from Massachusetts – the guy must be a masochist.’ What we had was what was known as the Massachusetts Miracle. Now, my friends, we’ve got to send the Massachusetts Miracle back one more time (to the Senate).” 
 
Warren spent time in Dedham Square and the nearby Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoon. She stopped first at Blue Bunny Books and Toys, where she chatted with supporters, answered questions from the media and accepted several books as gifts from Blue Bunny co-owner Peter Reynolds. Rep. McMurtry introduced her, saying he was pleased to see her meeting with local merchants. Then Warren spoke briefly. “I am delighted to be in the Blue Bunny, and I am delighted to think about the possibilities for the future. You know, more than 700 small businesses have endorsed me in this race.”
 
 
Photo contributed to The Dedham Times
Then she addressed questions from reporters, including one about a comment by a Republican running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, Richard Mourdock, who said that rape could be an act willed by God. “Mr. Mourdock’s comments are a chilling reminder of the voices that will be empowered if Republicans take over the United States Senate. Scott Brown is going around the other 49 states and telling his fellow Republicans to contribute to his campaign because the race here in Massachusetts is likely to be for the control of the United States Senate. Senator Brown is working to empower the voices of people like Mr. Mourdock.” She added, “I’m excited about meeting people all across Massachusetts. They really get what’s at stake in this election… I want to go to Washington to fight for working families and small businesses.”
 

 
From the Blue Bunny, Professor Warren, some supporters and the media strolled down to the Community House and green of First Church, where she met with voters before departing around 12:45 p.m.

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October 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm

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DHS Football: Marauders dominated by Braintree’s ground attack

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by Scott Heald
On a crisp autumn night last Friday at Veterans Field the Marauders were conquered by visiting Braintree, 32-0 in front of a crowd of hundreds, as the Wamps controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage throughout the contest and relied especially on a potent running game. The visitors employed several offensive formations, such as the option set-up as well as sending a runner in motion to take handoffs, which kept the Marauder defense off balance.
After being halted on four downs on their opening series, the maroon jerseys made a big play on a punt by James Sheehan. The Braintree returner fumbled, the first Marauder to arrive cleared him out of the way and Conor Curran, a tri-captain, pounced on the ball at the Wamp 41.
The Marauders moved the chains on a 13-yard burst by tailback Jay Maxwell, then a pass from Kyle Wynn to Joe Linehan went for another 14 yards. But on third down inside the red zone the Wamps came up with a sack, and the resulting Marauder field goal attempt never got off the ground.
Braintree responded with an 83-yard march. The Wamps got on the board with a 3-yard touchdown plunge by quarterback Anthony Luisi with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter to take a 6-0 advantage, with the extra point try failing. After Maxwell returned the ensuing kickoff to his own 30, the Marauders were stymied on their next possession despite some solid blocking by offensive linemen Fred Melly, Mason Costa, Andrew Maher, Joe Amponsah and Jim Coughlin.  
On the visitors’ resulting series the Marauder defense held its ground. Linehan provided coverage on a first down incompletion, Daron Stephen and Robbie Vogt teamed up to stop the ballcarrier well short of a first down on the next snap, and Sheehan pressured Luisi on third down while Matt McMillan covered the intended receiver, setting up a punt as the first quarter ended.
Four plays later, Braintree’s Ryan Solimini sacked Wynn in the end zone for a safety, making it an 8-0 ballgame and giving the Wamps possession. Their drive resulted in a field goal from 29 yards by Luisi.
The Marauders took over at their 20 after the kickoff sailed into the end zone, but Braintree’s Matt Darling came up with an interception on the next snap, giving the Wamps a golden opportunity at the Marauder 41. The visitors capitalized, producing a score on J.P. Salisbury’s 4-yard run with 4:05 remaining in the first half. The extra point by Luisi was good to make it 18-0.
Behind blocks by special-teamers including Ivan Nova, Ryan Uhrmann, Nick Romig and Eric DeAngelis, Gersaint Excellent found a gap and raced ahead on the return to his own 45. A personal foul by the Wamps gave the hosts an additional 15 yards. Maxwell gained 3 on first down and Wynn found Chris Melville on the right side for 4 more on third down, but a fourth down pass fell incomplete.
On Braintree’s ensuing series the Marauder defensive line including co-captain David Jenkins, Paul Leahy and Nova hung tough, then Sheehan roared in for a sack. Nevertheless the visitors mounted another drive late in the first half, with Chris Coraine carrying from 6 yards out on a reverse to score his team’s third touchdown, this one coming with just 14 seconds remaining. Luisi’s point after was good, and the Marauders were stopped for no gain on their lone play from scrimmage after the kickoff.
The second half proved to be no more hospitable for the hosts than the first offensively. The visitors brought Vogt’s kickoff back to the Dedham 34, with Vogt himself making the tackle on Connor Columbus. The Marauder defense led by Linehan stopped the Wamps shy of a first on the initial three downs of the series, and the visitors fumbled on fourth down with Dedham recovering at its 25.
Maxwell rumbled for a dozen on first down, but the Wamps gained a fumble recovery of their own on the next play at the Marauder 32. The Wamps drove to the Dedham 10 on two rushing plays. On the next snap there was a scramble for a fumble, but the visitors emerged with the pigskin.
However a 15 yard penalty drove them back to the Marauder 31. A few plays later on fourth and goal from the 27 a screen pass netted 21 but Vogt stopped the ball-carrier shy of the goal line. Maxwell galloped for 34 on the next snap, followed soon thereafter by a pick-up of 10 by Tavaris Scott on a trap play. But a host of Wamp tacklers stopped Maxwell for no gain on third down, setting up another Sheehan punt.
Braintree’s running game continued to excel, gaining 38 yards on first down from their own 42, although Marauder cornerback Ronny Pucci brought Salisbury down on the next play with a notable open field tackle at the Dedham 19 despite encountering a stiff-arm. On the ensuing snap the Wamps coughed it up again, and Michael Wright recovered for the home team.
Rushing by Maxwell and Melville powered the ball to the Marauder 40 before the third period ended. On third and ten, the visitors broke through for a sack driving the hosts back ten yards, sending Sheehan on once more to punt. Braintree responded with a 53-yard scoring drive, capped off by Luisi’s toss to Craig Barry from 11 yards out with 6:16 remaining. Luisi’s point after was good to bring the score to 32-0.
In their next series the Marauders, with quarterback Mike Kadlick taking the reins, the hosts advanced to the Wamp 29 before turning the ball over on downs. The visitors, with quarterback Mike Mahoney now under center, kept possession for the duration of the contest. The Marauders thereby fell to 1-5, with Braintree improving to 2-4.    
Dedham hosts Brookline (0-6) on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
   
STATISTICS
Passing: D, team 3 comp/10 att, 19 yds, 1 int – Wynn 3/9-19-1, Kadlick 0/1; B, team 4 comp/12 att, 49 yds, 1 TD – Luisi 4/12-49-TD.
Rushing: D, team 28 rush, 130 yds – Maxwell 18-126, Scott 4-20, Melville 3-1, Excellent 1–3, Wynn 2–14; B – team 43 rush, 353 yds, 3TD – Coraine 9-116-TD, Salisbury 12-112-TD, Luisi 14-88-TD, Columbus 7-36, Shaughnessy 1-1.  
Receiving: D, team 3 rec, 19 yds – Linehan 1-14, Melville 1-4, Powell 1-1; B, team 4 rec, 49 yds, TD – Columbus 2-25, Coraine 1-13, Barry 1-11-TD.
Tackles: D, team 46 – Vogt 8, Linehan 7, Excellent 7, Stephen 6.5, Wright 3, Leahy 3, Sheehan 2.5, Pucci 2.5, Maxwell 2, McMillan 1, Melville 1, Tounami 1, Jenkins .5, Nova .5, Uhrmann .5; B, team 30 – Barry 6.5, Baldassini 5, Solimini 2.5-safety, F. DiCienzo 2.5, Cleggett 2.5, D. Anson 2, Botsolis 2, Columbus 1.5, O’Rourke 1.5, Darling 1, Mulkerrin 1, N. Anson 1, Lane .5, D. DiCienzo .5.

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October 14, 2012 at 5:43 am

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