Mansfield High goalkeeper Cam Bovey stopped three penalty kicks and was named the tournament MVP as the Nova Premier Elite boys’ soccer team recently notched its second straight Mass. State Cup championship.

Nova beat GPS Mass. State Elite 3-2 in the title match after double overtime and eight rounds of penalty kicks.

Nova went up 1-0 in the first half on a goal by Attleboro’s Colin Levis from Attleboro’s Joshua Smith. GPS took a 2-1 lead at the 15-minute mark of OT, but Foxboro’s Matt Garcia tied it with three minutes left, assisted by Mansfield’s Matt Rogers, via Bishop Feehan High.

Nova advances to the U.S. Youth Regional Tournament, pitting all of the Eastern Regional champions in West Virginia, starting June 28.

The squad is composed of Michael Russo, Nate LaPlume, Conor Dunn, Alex Naughton, Aidan Lancaster, Will Halben, Jackson Singer, Levis and Smith from Attleboro; Matt Rogers, Colin Caridi, Ryan Hart, Aidan Corrigan, Derek Meuth and Cam Bovey of Mansfield; Matt Garcia of Foxboro and Isac Santos of Seekonk. Mike Arsenault of Attleboro and Mansfield High girls’ soccer coach Kevin Smith serve as the coaches ...

The Attleboro High baseball team missed out on the MIAA Tournament last season by just one win with a 9-11 record, but Bombardier boss Matt Bosh had an inkling that the 2019 season would be a good one. “We knew that they’d have a nice blend of experience and athleticism,” Bosh said of first-year coach Steve Dunlea guiding AHS to 14 wins and into the Division 1 South Sectional title game Saturday. “You had three year starters and you had kids who were great athletes because they excelled at other sports (with an all-basketball infield of Mason Houle, Tim Callahan, Lorenzo Wilson and Nick McMahon). “They had great senior leadership, they’re a great group of kids and Steve has done a great job with them — it’s not surprising what Steve’s done with them” ...

First-year Attleboro High baseball coach Steve Dunlea admits that junior Ryan Morry just might be the Bombardiers’ unsung hero on the season. Morry serves as a right-handed starting and relief pitcher, who is 3-1 with a 1.92 ERA and plays both second and third base as well as serving as a designated hitter ...

And how about Bombardier senior utilityman Troy Gamache who has three pinch hits in the three MIAA Tournament games, having struck out just five times all season? ...

The South Coast Conference may be minus one member for the 2019-20 academic year as the Dighton-Rehoboth School Committee will meet Tuesday to slash all funding for athletics and extra-curricular activities, including the Falcons’ marching band, due to budgetary constraints ...

One casualty may be Falcon junior baseball pitcher Lucas Berube, who earned All-SCC acclaim, the righthander fashioning a 6-3 record with a 3.46 for the 10-win, MIAA Tournament-qualifying D-R baseball program ...

Bishop Feehan High softball coach Bill Milot insists that he has four assistant coaches on the field with a quartet of future collegiate players in pitcher Brooke Sroczinski (RPI), catcher Gabrielle Comeau (Merrimack), third baseman Kaylee Mankins (Bentley) and first baseman Caroline Deem (UMass-Amherst). “I’m the one that’s asking them the questions,” Milot said ...

One of the unsung backstoppers in the Hockomock League, according to Foxboro High baseball coach Derek Suess, is junior catcher Kyle McGinnis. He ranked No. 3 among all Warriors in hitting (.328 with a team-best seven doubles among his 19 hits), drew 10 walks, scored 10 runs and drove in 14 runs, ranking second on the team. Moreover, McGinnis was solid defensively through 139 innings of work, gunning down 10 baserunners ...

“I was happy with my team, at one time we were 4-5 and I didn’t know if we were going to make the playoffs,” King Philip High softball coach Norm Beauchemin said of his 13-win Warriors. “A lot of other teams in the Hockomock League had good years, there seemed to be more quality players this year than in the past.” ...

No doubt that one of those quality players in the Hockomock was North Attleboro High junior pitcher Bella Erti, who returned to the circle for the Rocketeers stronger physically and more confident after a summer season with the R.I. Rebels program, now having over 400 strikeouts over three seasons. “It showed from one season to the next,” said North coach Bill Wallace, “and the best part is that we have her for another year.” ...

For the first time in the history of the St. Mary’s Sacred Heart School athletic program, five middle school athletes qualified for the Middle School Track and Field Championship Meet at Clinton High under the watch of coaches Ashley Hanson and Lisa Serak. Sixth-grader Gigi Colleran took fourth place in the long jump (14-6) and also ran the 200; sixth-grader Brooke Serak, took second place in the shot put (31-3 3/4) and eighth in the long jump (14-1/4) ...

At the New England Championship Track and Field Championship Meet, not only did senior Amanda Mangano clip a half-second off of her personal best time in the 100 meter run (13.10) to finish 15th, she anchored the 4x100 relay team to a seventh place finish with juniors Gabrielle Devlin and Emily Quitzau and senior Zoe Plante ...

The most damning chatter after the seventh game of the Stanley Cup was that the Bruins’ first line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand created 97 scoring chances over the seven games against St. Louis, but scored only two goals ...

Although he played for less than two months with the PawSox to begin the 1984 season, Roger Clemens will become the 14th member of the PawSox Hall of Fame next Friday at McCoy Stadium. En route to a 24-year MLB career, earning seven Cy Young awards, 11 All-Star selections, Clemens has the third most strikeouts (4,672) of any pitcher in baseball history, taken with the Red Sox (1984-96), Toronto, Houston and Yankees.

Peter Gobis may be reached at 508-236-0375

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