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

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.

 

 

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.

Juvenile Stabbed At Quincy Center Station

By SCOTT JACKSON

A juvenile suffered non-life-threatening injuries Monday evening after being stabbed in the neck at the Quincy Center MBTA station, police said.

The stabbing occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. on Monday, according to MBTA Transit Police.

Four juveniles suspected of being involved in the stabbing were detained by transit police.

Red Line service was delayed due to the stabbing and resumed later on on Monday.

Quincy, NQ Girls In Basketball Tournaments; NQ Boys’ Hockey Also Seeded

Three local high school teams have earned berths in the MIAA winter tournaments and two teams will host home games this week.

The Quincy High School girls’ basketball team (17-3) is seeded #9 in the Div. 1 tournament and will host #24 Hopkinton (10-10) Friday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. The Presidents clinched the Patriot League Fisher Division Championship for the second consecutive season and are the highest locally seeded team in the playoffs.

Quincy would play the winner of the Lexington vs. Acton Boxborough game if the Presidents advance Friday night. Lexington (16-4) is seeded #8 and Acton Boxborough (15-7) is seeded #25.

The top-seeded team in the Div. 1 girls’ basketball team is Bishop Feehan (16-4).

The North Quincy girls’ basketball team will also see tournament action as the 12-9 Raiders are seeded #20 in the Div. 2 tournament and will play at #13 Whitman-Hanson (16-4) on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Medfield (18-2) is the top seeded team in Div. 2.

In Div. 3 boys’ hockey, the #32 North Quincy Raiders  (8-10-2) will host #33 Diman RVT (15-4-1) Monday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in a preliminary round match-up at Quincy Youth Arena. The winner will take on top-seeded Nauset Regional (18-1-1) on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7:15 p.m. at Charles Moore Arena, Orleans.

For more tournament details visit the MIAA website.

Arrest Made In Wollaston Shooting

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy police have arrested a Lowell man in connection with a shooting that left a man with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Lowell man, who police did not identify by name on Saturday, is facing charges of armed assault with intent to murder, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building or dwelling, illegal possession of ammunition, possession with intent to distribute a class A substance, and possession with intent to distribute a class B substance. The suspect is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court on those charges.

Quincy police were called to the area of Elm Avenue and Marlboro Street in the Wollaston section of the city just after 3 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, for a reported shooting. The victim was taken to a Boston hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested that same evening.

“I would like to commend the outstanding work of the department’s patrol and detective units in making a quick arrest and also let residents in the Wollaston neighborhood of Quincy know that this was an isolated incident and there is no ongoing threat to the public,” Police Chief Mark Kennedy said in a statement.

Any witnesses with additional information regarding the incident are asked to contact the department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 617-479-1212.

Driver Extricated From Vehicle Following Quincy Center Crash

By SCOTT JACKSON

A 62-year-old Quincy resident sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being entrapped in their SUV during a single-vehicle crash in Quincy Center on Tuesday afternoon.

The crash took place at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of 1250 Hancock St., police said in a statement. The SUV, driven by the 62-year-old Quincy resident, had been traveling southbound on Hancock Street when it traveled over the curb and struck a traffic light pole near the Hancock Adams Common.

The driver of the vehicle was entrapped in the car as a result of the crash, police said, and had to be extricated by Quincy firefighters. The driver was then transported to Boston Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. No further update was available on the driver’s condition.

No pedestrians were injured as a result of the crash.

The crash is under investigation by the Quincy Police Department’s traffic unit and no citation had been issued as of late Tuesday.

$600,000 Approved For Quincy 400

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy city councillors on Monday approved an appropriation of $600,000 to cover costs associated with the Quincy 400 initiative, which will celebrate the quadricentennial of the city’s 1625 settlement next year.

“The goal of this exercise is to provide the seed money where we will have some ability over the next couple of months to come up with a rough schedule or calendar, the detailed breakdown of all the programs we’re going to do,” said Chris Walker, the chief of staff to Mayor Thomas Koch.

“This is really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we’re going to do everything we can to make this a memorable experience for the city.”

Councillors approved the appropriation in an 8-0 vote on Monday; Ward 1 Councillor David McCarthy was not present at Monday’s meeting.

The $600,000 will come from the city’s hotel/motel tax receipts, a tax charged to visitors who stay in one of Quincy’s hotels or motels. Eric Mason, the city’s director of municipal finance, said there was $2.7 million in that account prior to the council vote. Mason anticipates the city will collect an additional $1.2 million in hotel/motel taxes in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal year 2024, which ends on June 30, and $1.3 million in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2025, which begins July 1.

The total costs of the Quincy 400 initiative are expected to be higher than $600,000, Walker wrote in a memo to city councillors. The city hopes to get outside funding for the initiative, he said, and having the initial funding in place will make that easier.

“What’s before the body is essentially seed money to get the ball rolling on planning and certain specific activities that have been discussed to date,” he said in the memo. “We fully anticipate that that the costs associated with the celebrations befitting the significance of this anniversary will be greater than what’s before you – but the goal is use this initial funding to leverage private donations via outside groups and sponsorship dollars in the coming months.”

The $600,000 will also allow the city to “get to a firm final plan, a full calendar, and the schedule and timing of projects associated with the anniversary celebration,” Walker wrote, and the administration is hopeful that information could be shared with the City Council before the body recesses for the summer at the end of June.

The memo also included a rough estimate of how the $600,000 would be spent.

Half of the funds, $300,000, will be for programming. That could include a major concert or concerts; a lecture series featuring notable Quincy residents or others with ties to the city; educational programming within the Quincy Public Schools; museum exhibits; expansion of existing events, like Lunar New Years and the Flag Day and Christmas parades; and “the telling of our immigrant story.”

The second largest item, $100,000, would be for personnel/contractual. That could include project management, outside firms to assist in major bookings, and an outside firm to assist in corporate sponsorships.

The budget also includes $80,000 for marketing – promotional materials, branding and souvenirs – and $20,000 for a website. Also included in the budget is $50,000 each for a heritage tree program and an historic signage program.

While the memo included those estimates, Walker said they are subject to change.

“Please note that the funding is flexible,” he wrote in the memo. “The Council is being asked to appropriate the bottom line total of $600,000, not the individual budget buckets. The funding would be interchangeable as specific plans take shape.

“Many of the ideas below came from community discussions and internal planning over the last several years, and we certainly hope you will continue share your ideas with us in the lead up to the new year.”

Person Rescued From Fore River Channel

By SCOTT JACKSON

A person was rescued after reportedly jumping from the Fore River Bridge Saturday afternoon, police said.

The Quincy Police Department received multiple 911 calls around 3:45 p.m. on Saturday reporting a person had jumped from the Fore River Bridge into the Fore River Channel below, the department said in a statement.

The department’s marine unit located a person in the water near the bridge’s fender system, the department said. The person was taken aboard the Quincy police boat Guardian and was given immediate medical attention. The police boat was able to transfer the person to a nearby dock, where Brewster EMS treated the person before transporting them to Boston Medical Center. Police did not provide an update on the person’s condition.

The water temperature at the time of Saturday’s incident was approximately 38 degrees, police said.

The Quincy Fire Department, Braintree Police Department, State Police and Coast Guard all responded to the incident on Saturday, Quincy police said.

Search Underway For Quincy High Football Coach; Ford No Longer Acting Coach

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy High School Principal Keith Ford on Tuesday announced he would no longer serve as the acting football coach for the school’s football team.

Ford announced he would be stepping away from the position of acting head coach days after being named to the post.

“On Friday, January 26, 2024, after collaborative discussions with our Superintendent and Athletic Director, I was appointed Acting Head Football Coach,” Ford said in a letter to the Quincy High community. “This decision was made to provide consistency with our students in the interest of a full off season workout plan. It is my practice to move full steam ahead in making sure that all aspects of the assignments I’m given line up with my core values which are hard work, dedication, and commitment.

“My intent was to get the ball rolling as quickly as possible with supporting our student athletes both academically and athletically as we gear up for the 2024 football season. However, it appears the impact of this decision is resoundingly unsupported by the community. Therefore, I will continue to be a man of integrity and lead this school community as Principal the best way I possibly can. I do not want to be a distraction to this process so I am stepping down as Acting Head Coach. The coaching position has been posted and we will allow this process to continue in the manner it was intended to.”

Kevin Mahoney, the athletic director for the Quincy Public Schools, on Jan. 26 had announced Ford would be serving as the acting head coach for Quincy High following the departure of Vernon Crawford after one season. A former linebacker for the New England Patriots, Crawford had been hired as the school’s head football coach in February 2023. The team finished the 2023 season with a record of 3-8.

Ford played college football at the University of Maine and Northeastern, and has previous experience coaching at the high school level.

The vacant head coaching position was posted Tuesday on the Quincy Public Schools website and can be view online at SchoolSpring.com. Candidates have until Feb. 14 to apply for the position.