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Xaverian Pilgrimage to Italy: Day 1

Post by Bobby Palladino ’13

June 22, 2012

Today was a very long but exciting day. When we got off of the plane, everyone was hot, tired and cramped while moving through the massive crowd at the airport. However, the relief of an air conditioned bus ride soon had everyone refueled.

We were given some free time to settle into the hotel in Rome during which several of us crossed the street to the supermarket to buy some food and drinks. Our activities began with a visit to St. Peter’s Square, which is in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. We were given time to walk around, get lunch, take photos and relax. The square was much larger than I had expected and was overwhelming at first. All of the architecture and artwork was a lot to take in, especially during our next activity, which was a visit to the Vatican Museum.

Afterwards, we celebrated mass at the Chapel of St. Monica, at the college for the Augustinians, and dinner followed at Sor’eva. The food was outstanding and everyone was so full that not a single person wanted gelato on the way back!

By the time we returned to the hotel, everyone was ready for much needed rest. It was a perfect start to our pilgrimage, and I can’t wait to continue it.

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State Champs

The Xaverian Hawks defeated Algonquin 7-1 on Saturday to clinch the 2012 Division 1 Baseball State Championship.

The Hawks were held to just 1 hit through 4 innings, but took the lead on a Chris Hoyt 2 RBI double in the 5th that was inches from leaving the ballpark..

Alex Person struck out the side in the 6th, then sparked a rally with a leadoff double to left field. After stealing third base, Person scored Xaverian’s 3rd run when Mike LaVita reached first base and drew an errant pickoff throw.

With two outs in the bottom 6th, Tyler Wolfe drew a bases-loaded walk, forcing in Xaverian’s 4th run. Chris Hoyt stepped to the plate and knocked in another 2 runs on a single to put the Hawks up 6-1. A perfectly executed sacrifice fly in the 7th by Mike LaVita made it 7-1 Xaverian.

The 6 run lead was more than Alex Person needed, as he allowed just 1 run and 7 hits over 9 innings. The Hawks pitching staff pitched 5 complete game wins, compiled by starters Nick Ahearn, Tim Duggan, and Alex Person.

Xaverian defeated #2 Walpole, #7 Silver Lake, #6 Norwood, #8 Taunton, #1 Lowell, and #10 Algonquin during their 2012 Division 1 State Championship run. This is the school’s 3rd baseball State Championship, and 2nd State Finals appearance in 3 years. For more on the Xaverian baseball program, visit the Xaverian Brothers High School baseball page.

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Pagliuca and Darrow atop New England

(Photo by Mr. David Palmieri)

Dana Pagliuca ’13 won the triple jump in the All New England Championship with a jump of 46 feet 6 inches, a new school triple jump record. Kyle Darrow ’13 placed 4th in the long jump with a jump of 21 feet 8 inches.

For more sports news visit the Xaverian athletic news page.

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Xaverian Baseball Tops Taunton, Clinches D1 South Title

Senior captains Tim Duggan and Chris Hoyt accepted the Division 1 South Championship trophy after Xaverian baseball defeated #8 Taunton 10-2 on Monday. Senior Nick Ahearn held the Tigers to just 2 runs over 9 innings pitched. Senior Mike LaVita plated 2 runs on a single in the 7th inning, and Junior Alex Person clinched the victory with a 3 run homer in the 8th. This is the 3rd consecutive year Xaverian has reached the Division 1 South Finals. The Hawks will face #1 Lowell in the Division 1 Eastern Mass Championship on Tuesday at 7pm. The game will be played at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton. For more on the baseball program visit the Xaverian Brothers High School baseball page.

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Hawks Advance to Division I Finals

Xaverian Junior Alex Person pitched all 9 innings during Friday’s 4-2 win over #6 Norwood. Person allowed just 4 hits while striking out 15 Mustangs in the Division 1 South Semifinals. The Hawks will face #8 Taunton in the Division 1 South Finals on Monday. The game will be played at 4pm at Braintree High School. For more on the Xaverian baseball program visit the Xaverian Brothers High School baseball page.

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Michigan for Mo

Xaverian defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. has verbally committed to the University of Michigan. Michigan was one of several outstanding scholarship offers that he received including Boston College, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina and Virginia. He was recruited as a defensive tackle by Michigan coaches, Mallory and Mattison.

For Maurice, the decision to go with University of Michigan was an easy one, “It’s just the right fit for me,” he says. “It feels like Xaverian but on a larger scale—a balance of great football but also challenging academics.”

“Maurice has been a great player for Xaverian,” says Charlie Stevenson, director of athletics and head football coach. “His size, quickness and athleticism make him the top player in Massachusetts and the northeast. We are very happy for him that he has chosen the University of Michigan and wish him all the best. We are thankful that we will have one more year with him and are hopeful for a great season.”

For more information on the Xaverian football program, click here.

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Hawks Advance to Division Finals

Senior Tim Duggan allowed just 5 hits in 9 innings as Xaverian defeated #7 Silver Lake 3-2 on Wednesday. The Hawks will face Norwood today in the south division finals. The game will be played at 4pm at Campanelli Stadium (home of the Brockton Rox). For more on the Xaverian baseball program, visit the Xaverian baseball page.