Top Stories 2012: Girls Volleyball Tops Millbury Sports

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The Millbury girls volleyball team won the districts for the first time in 2012 and went to the state finals.
The Millbury girls volleyball team won the districts for the first time in 2012 and went to the state finals. Photo Credit: Courtesy Nick Stockhaus

MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury Daily Voice is recapping the top 10 news stories of the year as 2012 comes to a close.

The Millbury girls volleyball team was perhaps the biggest sports story for the town during the year, capping off a successful year for Millbury High School.  The girls team highlighted its season with a win in the district finals, giving Millbury its first volleyball championship.

Led by stars Shanna Hudgin, Payton Bruegger, Sarah MacAdam and Nickie Machacz, the Woolies advanced to the state finals, where they fell to Lynnfield.

Following a close second in the fall was the play of the Millbury boys soccer team. The boys, under coach Brian Ginisi, went a stellar 17-2-1 on the season and won the SWCL title. They fell in the District 2 semifinals against eventual winner Groton Dunstable.

One of the better behind-the-scenes stories was the path of Woolies soccer star Alfred Koroma, who left a war-torn Sierra Leone to come to Millbury and play soccer in a new country, with a new home.

The girls varsity track team under coach Mike Digangi won the SWCL championship in May, narrowly beating out perennial powerhouse Shepherd Hill in the process. They would eventually win the districts, their first win since 1981. One of the stars of the girls team, Molly McCausland, set school records in nearly every event, it seemed, during the spring as she consistently dominated in the javelin.

And of course, the talk of Central Massachusetts was the threat of Eastern equine encephalitis from mosquitoes, which forced all sports contests to be played in the daytime. The result was a very changed sports schedule for nearly every town in Central Mass.

In other sports, Millbury teams would make the playoffs (girls soccer and basketball, football) but fell short of winning titles in 2012. But to all student athletes who competed in 2012, congratulations for a job well done and for representing the Town of Millbury. Woolie Pride!

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These girls are good, but you know what's even better? Womens Pro Beach Vollyball! Maybe some of the Millbury girls will grow up to be Pro Beach Vollyball players! One can only hope.