Franklin Athletics Year In Review

Franklin Athletics Year In Review

Franklin Girls soccer team after State Championship win over Nashoba

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Jonathan Geromini, Writer

As the sporting year comes to an end, it is a time to look back at the wild, unexpected and truly amazing year in Franklin High Athletics. A year that included sectional final appearances, state champions, MVP’S and amazing moments. So lets take a look back on the year that was, and the year that was unforgettable.

Girls Athlete of the Year: Kristi Kirshe: There was many great athletes from the girls side this year but this is a no doubter. Senior Kristi Kirshe had a year that was no less then stealer. The High School All-American and Gatorade Soccer player of year led the FHS girls Soccer team to their first state championship in school history scoring two goals in the state championship against Nashoba and finished her soccer career with 102 goals and 46 assists. Kirshe also help lead the girls basketball team to the South Sectional final and the girls Lacrosse team to their second straight Hock title. The Williams College bound athlete had one of best years in FHS history and could not have come at a better time.

Boys Athlete of the Year: Sam Bohmiller: The Babson-bound Senior had all the expectations in the world after a superb junior season and he all but met and exceeded them. Bohmiller had a year that had a hock all-star, a member of the all-south sectional team and finishing his career with 975 points which is 6th all time in FHS history. Bohmiller lead his team to the 2nd round of the MIAA tournament and was the man down the stretch for the third straight year for the Panthers.

Girls Moment of the Year: Girls Soccer State Championship:  Probably the moment of the last decade for FHS girls soccer team was the night they won their first state championship in school history against Nashoba. No one could touch the girls team this year as their 22-0-1 record left teams not knowing what hit them. It was a magical season for the girls team and a season that will be remembered for a long time.

Boys Moment of the Year: Basketball beats Mansfield: The best team in the state, undefeated, three of the best players in the hock. You did not half to tell the boys basketball team when they faced Mansfield on senior night. In front of a full rattle city crowd and led by Bohmiller the panthers shocked the state of Massachusetts by beating the Hornets by two points and handed a team that would go to the state final their first loss of the season showing that even the biggest giant can be tamed.

Boys Rookie of the Year: Nick Santucci: The young freshman made a big splash for the varsity baseball team hitting .425(a team best) and becoming the only freshman in the Hockomock league to be voted a hock all star. Santucci, a starter all year at third base for the panthers lead the team in hits, average and on-base percentage.

Girls Rookie of the Year: Bailey Knous :  Knous had a banner year her freshman year.  A member of the state champion girls soccer team Knous was the only freshman in the state to place in the indoor track  All state championships and was the only freshman in the hock to be named a hock all-star in indoor track and had the best 300m time in the hockomock league(41.73).

Coach of the Year: Coach Geysen: For 30 years Coach Geysen has coached soccer, track and field and basketball at FHS. But this year could have been his best. The coach of the state championship girls soccer team Coach Geysen won his first state championship and was named Boston globe all scholastic coach of the year for the second time in three years. Coach Geysen will cap off an amazing year when in the summer will be inducted into the Mass soccer coaches hall of fame which is very well deserved.