Quincy Advances To ‘Sweet 16’ With 55-36 Win Over Hopkinton

Junior captain Alyssa Hopps scored a game-high 22 points as the #9 Presidents defeated #24 Hopkinton in the Div. 1 tournament Friday night at QHS. Quincy will travel to #8 Lexington Monday for a round of 16 matchup. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

The Quincy High School girls’ basketball team advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the Div. 1 state tournament with a convincing 55-36 win over Hopkinton Friday night at QHS.

The #9 Presidents were led by junior captain Alyssa Hopps who poured in 22 points in the victory. Hopps was also a force of defense with seven blocked shots, six rebounds and two steals.

Quincy will travel to #8 Lexington for the round of 16 matchup Monday at 7 p.m., according to the MIAA website. Lexington (16-4) advanced after defeating #25 Acton-Boxborough, 74-55.

Quincy’s other high scorers against the #24 Hillers were junior captain Niamh Gendron (15 points) and freshman Frankie Diaz (7 points).

Their win over Hopkinton stretched Quincy’s consecutive win streak to 10 games and improved their record to 18-3.

Junior captain Niamh Gendron passes to a Quincy teammate in the Presidents’ 55-36 tournament win over Hopkinton Friday. Gendron scored 15 points in the Presidents’ victory. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Freshman guard Frankie Diaz – who scored 7 points for the Presidents – pushes the ball up court against Hopkinton. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Junior captain Niamh Gendron scores two of her 15 points in the Presidents’ 55-36 win over Hopkinton in the Div. 1 tournament. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Senior Paige Mann sparked the Presidents’ offense early against Hopkinton. She left the game early in the second quarter with an injury and did not return. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Freshman Frankie Diaz (right) ties up a Hopkinton player to force a jump ball as teammates Niamh Gendron and Paige Mann move in. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Freshman Rory Kennedy eyes a three pointer for the Presidents against the Hopkinton Hillers. The Presidents won the round of 32 matchup in the Div. 1 tournament 55-36 and will travel to #8 Lexington Monday night in the “Sweet 16” round. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
The Presidents’ bench cheers on their teammates in Quincy’s 55-36win over Hopkinton Friday night in the Div. 1 tournament. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Freshman Frankie Diaz scores two of her seven points in the Presidents’ 55-36 win over Hopkinton in the Div. 1 tournament. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Junior captain Alyssa Hopps glides to the hoop for two of her game-high 22 points that paced the Presidents to a 55-36 win over Hopkinton in the Div. 1 tournament Friday night at Quincy High School. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Quincy fans give a special shout out to the Presidents’ Niamh Gendron, Alyssa Hopps and Kyrie Blue with a homemade sign proudly displayed during Quincy’s 55-36 win over Hopkinton Friday night. The #9 Presidents will travel to #8 Lexington Monday for a round of 16 matchup. Game time is 7 p.m. according to the MIAA website. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Mark A. Azar, 62

Mark A. Azar, originally from Dorchester, long time resident of Quincy, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at the age of 62.

Mark A. Azar

Mark was born in Dorchester on December 20, 1961 and was a son of the late Acad “Archie” Azar and Beatrice Pearl (Stevenson) Azar.   Mark graduated valedictorian from South Boston Heights Academy on June 6, 1980.  Former 19 year employee of FedEx, followed by 22 years with Eversource Electric– Mass Ave., Boston. 

Mark was a passionate lover of cars, lawns, beaches and especially the Bruins.  He loved the casinos and the Bahamas.  He enjoyed walking Castle Island and working in his yard.  Mark loved spending time with family and friends.

Mark was the beloved husband of Josephine (Borkowski) Azar of Quincy, his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 37 years.  He was the devoted brother of Frederick Azar and his wife Dottie of Easton, Janet Pino and her husband John of Florida, Stephen Azar of Quincy, Robert Azar and his wife Terri-Lyn of Wrentham, Stella Hooley and her husband John of Carver, Carol Webber and her husband Stephen of Westford, Thomas Azar and his wife Julie of Whitman, William Azar and his wife Laura of Florida, Marianne Goodnight and her husband Dr. James Goodnight of New Jersey, and Laura “LuLu” Azar of Quincy.  Mark was the devoted brother-in-law of Anne Marie Cook and her husband Joseph of Weymouth, John Borkowski and his wife Brigette of Quincy, Charles Borkowski and his wife Christina of Weymouth, DeeDee Queeney and her husband Jerry of Dorchester, and Edward Borkowski of Wrentham.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday, March 7, 2024, 4-8 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, South Weymouth at 809 Main St. (Rte. 18 opposite South Shore Hospital).

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, South Weymouth at 809 Main St. (Rte. 18 opposite South Shore Hospital), at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2024, prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in St. Ann’s Church, 757 Hancock St., Quincy at 10 a.m.

Services will conclude with interment in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Mark’s name to Massachusetts Fallen Heroes by visiting: www.massfallenheroes.org.

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Janice M. Kussman, 88

Janice M. (Logan) Kussman, born March 6, 1935, of Quincy formerly of South Boston, died February 27, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. She was 88.

Janice M. Kussman

Beloved wife of 64 years of the late Frederick J. Kussman, Jr, devoted mother to Joanne Devin of Canton, Patricia Kussman, Frederick F. Kussman, Mary Burke and her husband Kenneth of Quincy and Claire Pacchielat and her husband Tony of Easton.  Loving nana to 10 grandchildren Paul, Christine, Katelyn, Melissa, Edward, Steven, Michael, James, Sarah and Joseph.  Loving and cherished great-nana of 9.  Sister of the late Peggy Coughlin, Thomas Logan, Claire Capeless, Ronald Logan, Joan MacQueen, Stephen Norton, and Ronald Norton.  Janice is survived by her sisters-in-law Marilyn Norton of Scituate and Carole Kussmann of Milton, and friends Terry Dunn and Beverly Welch of Quincy. Janice is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Janice graduated from Gate of Heaven High School in South Boston.  She was a stay-at-home mom for many years before working at State Street Corporation and Manet Community Health Center in Quincy.  She loved her family, extended family, her childhood friends and her Hough’s Neck friends and neighbors.  Pool parties, watching grandchildren, visiting friends, vacationing at the Anastasi’s cottage and hosting dinner for over 30 years every Tuesday for “Tuesday Night Dinner” were among her favorite activities. Janice and her late husband Fred had an open-door policy at their home.  All were welcome, always, especially during pool season, The grandchildren were spoiled with treats,  warm towels and kind words. Janice had a prolonged illness with Alzheimer’s Disease, but her generous spirit and loving nature was enjoyed by all.  When she became homebound her neighbors; the Anastasi, Pringles, Haskins, Quinn and others carried a ramp from Steve A’s home and set it up for Janice.  It was a beautiful act of kindness from our very exceptional neighbors.  Special thank you to Karen W, Danielle U, Mary M, Old Colony Hospice and all those who visited with Janice, you helped our family provide the care needed in such a loving way.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday March 5 from 4-8 PM at Keohane Funeral Home 785 Hancock Street Quincy.  Celebration of Life at the funeral home at 9:30 AM prior to the funeral Mass Wednesday March 6 at the Holy Trinity – Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Quincy at 10:30 AM.  Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Janice may be made to The Hough’s Neck Community Council Scholarship, c/o Dave DiBona, 45 Turner Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

Donations in memory of Janice may be made to  The Hough’s Neck Community Council Scholarship c/o Dave DiBona, 45 Turner St., Quincy, MA 02169. See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Anne Marie Patten, 87

Anne Marie (Fair) Patten, 87, of Wareham, passed away on February 24, 2024, at Royal Cape Cod Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Buzzards Bay. She was the wife of Richard K. Patten and the daughter of the late James and Florence (Morse) Fair.

Anne Marie Patten

She was born and raised in Quincy. She then lived on her boat in Quincy Marina for 5 years. Later, she lived in East Bridgewater and Rockland before moving to Wareham. She graduated from Quincy High School.

Mrs. Patten worked as a Medical Secretary at Carney Hospital in Dorchester for 37 years before retiring. In 1964 she and her husband began Patten Trucking and Quincy Truck Leasing.

Mrs. Patten was a member of Quincy Yacht Club and St. Patrick’s Church in Wareham.

Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Richard K. Patten; a son, Richard Patten and his wife, Gayle of Quincy; a brother, John Fair and his wife, Lucy of Quincy; a sister-in-law, Joan Klaus of Quincy; 5 grandchildren, Kevin, Andrew and James Patten, Laura and David Harshorn; 8 great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Linda Harshorn.

Her funeral was held privately.

Arrangements are by Chapman Funerals & Cremations – Wareham, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.

Janis E. Burton, 93

Janis E. (Powell) Burton, age 93, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, February 22, 2024 in the comfort of her home.

Janis E. Burton

Janis was born in Boston, to the late Vernard and Marjorie (Irvine) Powell. Raised and educated in Quincy, Janis had lived in Houghs Neck for most of her life.

She was employed as an executive secretary for the Lily Transportation Corporation in Needham for ten years.

Janis was a woman of faith and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Wollaston where she served as Chairperson of the Deacons and was an expert on the church’s by-laws.

She was active as a leader of the Campfire Girls and was involved with summer camps at Camp Kiwanee in Hanson for many years.

Janis was a miniature enthusiast and had served as president of the Tiny Treasures Society, coordinating and attending conventions for twenty-four years. She was also a longtime member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts.

She loved to travel with family and friends. Most of all, Janis was dedicated to her family, especially her daughter, son-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Beloved wife of the late Richard F. Burton.

Devoted mother of the late Stephanie E. Mahn and her surviving husband Gary W. Mahn of Canton.

Loving grandmother of Jennifer L. Flanagan and her husband Andrew, Eric S. Mahn and Christina Franklin, and Justin T. Mahn.

Cherished great grandmother of Kayleigh, Liam, Aaron, and Ryan.

Dear aunt of Cindy Li and her husband Al, John Powell and his wife Ellen.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at the First Baptist Church of Wollaston, 81 Prospect Avenue, Quincy, on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Janis’ memory may be made to the First Baptist Church of Wollaston, 81 Prospect Avenue, Quincy, MA 02170.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Jeannette Mattie, 85

Jeannette Mattie (Foley), 85, of Jefferson City, Missouri passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at her home in Jefferson City, Missouri. She was born on December 21, 1938 in Quincy, Massachusetts to the late Robert and Jeannette Foley. Jeannette was a 1956 graduate of Quincy High School. She earned her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Webster University in St. Louis Missouri. She was a Vice President of Human Resources at CitiGroup in St. Louis.

Jeannette Mattie

Jeannette was preceded in death by her son Edward R. Mattie. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Michael E. Mattie; Her sons Michael (Michelle) Mattie of Columbia, Missouri and Christopher (Kathy) Mattie of St. Louis, Missouri; her daughters Lisa (Patrick) Masek of Wardsville, Missouri and Suzanne (David) Glazer of McCordsville, Indiana; Daughter-in-law Valerie Mattie of Overland Park, Kansas; sisters Mary Johnson of Quincy, Massachusetts, Barbara Kelly and Margaret Strange of Maryland, sister-in-law Mary Post of Quincy, Massachusetts; twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received on Saturday, March 16, from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Wardsville, MO. A mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am. Entombment will take place at the St. Stanislaus Mausoleum immediately following.

North Quincy Girls’ Basketball Battles, Bows To W-H In Div. 2 Tournament

NORTH QUINCY High School girls’ varsity basketball team earned the #20 seed in the Div. 2 tournament but bowed to #13 Whitman-Hanson on the road Feb. 28. The Raiders finished the season at 12-10. From left to right: junior Iris Gjoka, senior Molly Toland, senior Mary Saccoach, freshman Nora Geary, senior Jillian Jaehnig, senior Caroline O’Donnell, senior captain Ava Bryan, senior captain Autumn O’Campos, senior Grace Pickering, sophomore Harper Mergel, freshman Maeve Powers, sophomore Ella Lynch, senior Emma Cramond and sophomore Maeghan Smith. Head coach is Liana Cunningham and assistant coach Alyssa Camara. Courtesy Photo

By TOM JOYCE

How many teams can say they’ve erased a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter?
Not many, but the North Quincy High girls’ basketball team is one of them.
The #20 Raiders, who trailed by that much going into the final quarter of their MIAA Division 2 Round of 32 playoff game against the #13 Whitman-Hanson Panthers on Wednesday, Feb. 28, battled to the very end but came up short bowing 63-60. North had tied the game with under a minute remaining but were unable to make a full comeback. They ended up dropping a tight one by three points on the road. With the loss, the Raiders finished their season at 12-10.
Much of the first half was competitive, though Whitman-Hanson pulled away late in it.
The Raiders were sharp early, taking a 4-2 lead in the first minute of the game – but then Whitman-Hanson’s offense woke up. Autumn O’Campos (18 points) hit two free throws after Ava Bryan (19 points) made a basket, giving the team an early lead. However, Whitman-Hanson responded with a 7-0 run started by a three-pointer.
Back-to-back-to-back layups from O’Campos then gave the Raiders a 10-9 advantage, but Whitman-Hanson erased this lead in the final 90 seconds of the first quarter. The team hit a three-pointer and a layup, taking a 14-10 lead.
Whitman-Hanson then built on that lead late in the second quarter.
That 5-0 run late in the first quarter ended up being a 10-0 run for Whitman-Hanson that extended into the second quarter, as the team added five more points unanswered before the Raiders could respond.
The Raiders chipped away at that deficit. A three-pointer from Maeve Powers (12 points) and two free throws from two trips to the line for O’Campos made it a two-point game, 25-23, with 1:12 left in the first half, but Whitman-Hanson got some breathing room after that.
Whitman-Hanson scored eight unanswered points in the final minute of the first half: two three-pointers and a layup; the team went into halftime leading the Raiders by 10 points, 33-23.
Whitman-Hanson kept that momentum going in the third quarter, expanding its lead.
While Bryan scored six points at the free throw line alone in the third quarter, Whitman-Hanson outscored the Raiders 19-14 over those eight minutes and led 52-37 going into the fourth quarter.
The Raiders slowly but surely chipped away at that lead. Whitman-Hanson started the fourth quarter with a layup, extending its lead to 17 points. However, the Raiders responded with a 14-0 run that made it a three-point game, 54-51.
Powers hit a layup and a free throw to start the run. Then O’Campos made two free throws, and Caroline O’Donnell made back-to-back shots underneath the basket. A layup from O’Campos and a three-pointer from Bryan added five more points, making it a one-score game.
With 2:20 remaining, the Raiders made it a two-point game, 58-56, after Bryan hit a wide-open three-pointer; this came about 30 seconds after O’Campos hit a free-throw.
Then, thanks to free throws, the Raiders tied the game. Whitman-Hanson went to the line with 1:29 remaining and missed both free-throw attempts. However, when O’Campos went to the line with 33.7 seconds left, she hit both of her shots, tying the game at 60 apiece. She got the ball back for the Raiders after stealing it from a Whitman-Hanson player.
Ultimately, the Raiders were unable to make a comeback. They fouled a Whitman-Hanson player with 18.5 seconds remaining, and the girl hit a free throw, giving the team a 61-60 advantage. Whitman-Hanson then stole the ball in Raiders territory, and a foul with 3.5 seconds left sent an opposing player to the free-throw line. Whitman-Hanson hit both of its shots, giving it a 63-60 advantage.
Then, as the Raiders looked to make a couple of passes and then attempt a long three-pointer, Whitman-Hanson intercepted one of those passes, ending the game.
Whitman-Hanson advanced to the Round of 16 of the playoff tournament with the win.
The playoff game against Whitman-Hanson was a rematch for the two Patriot League teams. The Raiders hosted Whitman-Hanson on Valentine’s Day and lost a close one, 45-42.
A strong regular season finish helped the Raiders not only clinch a playoff spot but also secure better seeding. With three games left in the regular season, the team was 9-9 and needed to win a majority of its games to earn an automatic spot in the playoffs. The team did one better — winning each of its final three regular-season games to punch a ticket to the postseason tournament.
The Raiders had some experience on their side this season, with eight seniors on the roster. The team this year includes: senior guard Mary Saccoach, sophomore guard Maeghan Smith, senior guard Emma Cramond, senior forward Jillian Jaehnig, senior forward/center and captain Autumn O’Campos, junior guard Iris Gjoka, senior guard/forward and captain Ava Bryan, sophomore guard Ella Lynch, freshman guard Maeve Powers, senior guard Molly Toland, freshman guard Nora Geary, sophomore guard Harper Mergel, senior forward Grace Pickering, and senior forward/center Caroline O’Donnell. Quincy High alum Liana Cunningham served as the team’s head coach.

 

 

John J. Evans Jr., 81

John J. Evans Jr., 81, of Quincy, originally from South Boston, passed away peacefully on February 26, 2024, surrounded by family. John, known to friends as “Jay”, was the son of the late John and Margaret Evans.

John J. Evans Jr.

Jay enlisted in the Army National Guard before joining the Boston Police Dept.  He would eventually land his dream job as a Firefighter on the Boston Fire Dept.  His career would span 36 years, the majority of it serving as the senior Captain of Engine 8 in Boston’s North End. He was a star athlete growing up in Southie, playing both baseball and hockey for Boston State College.  His exuberance for hockey would lead him to coach and referee for many years in the Quincy Youth Hockey program.  He spent his summers in Maine and the winters on vacations in warm destinations as much as he could.  Foremost in his life was family, especially his wife, from whom he was inseparable.

He was the devoted husband of the late Carol Evans for almost 50 years; proud father to Jay and his wife Heidi, of Windham, NH, and Kristina Galligan and her husband Jamie of Houghs Neck; brother to Betsy Canavan and her late husband Paul, Marjorie Grennon and her husband John, Janice Donovan and husband Bobby; brother in law to the late Helen Wall and her late husband George, Jeanette Meyer and her late partner Bill Stocker, and Fred Meyer and his wife Laurie; adored by his grandchildren, Carter John Evans, Carolynne “Callie” Galligan, Xander Adams Evans, and James Evans Galligan.  Loved by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Monday from 4-8 p.m. at the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A celebration of life service will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday morning at 9:15am prior to the funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Quincy at 10 a.m.  Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.  See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

Judith L. Badger, 84

Judith L. “Judi” Badger, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Thursday, February 22, 2024.  She was 84.

Judith L. Badger

She was born in Melrose to Helen Glendyne (Carpenter) and Edward Shrow LeBaron and raised in Quincy.  She graduated from North Quincy High School in the Class of 1957 and was a proud majorette during her time there.  After high school she pursued her passion for design with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  There she earned her associate degree and went on to put her skills to use by designing cakes and dresses.

In the early 60’s Judi started a family of her own, having two sons.  A devoted single mother, she worked hard to care and provide for her children.  Throughout their childhood she had many jobs, including, waitressing, designing cakes and clothing, specifically bridal and special occasion dresses.  She was selfless, supportive, and always made her family a priority.  She often hosted parties for special occasions, inviting the neighborhood over to share her beautifully made cakes.  She enjoyed dressing up as “Carpy” the clown and do face painting for the kids.  Judi adored her grandchildren and was instrumental in helping her sons care for them.  Whether it be babysitting during the day or making sure birthdays were always a very special occasion.  She truly loved her family and was her happiest while spending time with them.

In her free time, Judi liked to travel and go on cruises, or have dinner at the Elks with friends.  For 40 years she took great pride in organizing her class reunion with her dear friend Mary Player.

Devoted mother to Jon L. Badger and his wife Karen of Whitman and the late Jeffrey A. Badger. Cherished grandmother to Erika (Aaron), Jared, Leah, Sean (Colleen), Reanna and Candace (Jason) and her 12 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday, March 7th, from 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. Funeral service will be celebrated on Friday, March 8th, at 10 AM in First Baptist Church of Wollaston-Quincy, 81 Prospect Avenue, Quincy. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Pedestrian Struck In Quincy Point Hit And Run

By SCOTT JACKSON

Police are seeking the driver who fled from the scene after striking a pedestrian Tuesday evening in Quincy Point.

This image was taken from surveillance footage released by police showing the SUV involved in Tueday’s hit and run.

The pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle in the area of 1020 Southern Artery in Quincy Point at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Quincy police said in a statement.

Initial reports indicate that a mid-size dark colored SUV struck a pedestrian attempting to cross Southern Artery in a crosswalk and fled the scene of the accident, police said. The SUV fled northbound on Southern Artery towards South Street. The vehicle that fled the scene is believed to have damage to the passenger side bumper, hood and windshield.

The Quincy Police Department, Quincy Fire Department and Brewster EMS responded to the scene. The pedestrian that was struck was transported to an area hospital. Police on Wednesday said the victim suffered serious injuries and remained hospitalized.

The incident is under investigation by the Quincy Police Department’s Traffic Unit. Anyone with information about the hit and run is asked to contact the department at 617-479-1212.