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Hopkinton’s Kate Powers named 2022 Daily News Female Athlete of the Year – Milford Daily News


Hopkinton girls volleyball comes back to beat Westborough in Division 2 state championship

Watch how the Hopkinton High girls volleyball team rallied to win a Division 2 state championship in their coach’s final game.

Tommy Cassell, MetroWest Daily News

She’d never done it before. 

Kate Powers first learned how to toss a discus as a freshman at Hopkinton High in 2019.

That’s when she fell in love with the sport of track and field, and the act of throwing weighted objects – the discus, hammer, weight and shot put – for long distances.

“I feel like a ballerina dancing in the middle of a concrete circle,” Powers said.

No one imagined her dance turning out this well.

On Tuesday, Powers made the 15-hour drive from her Hopkinton home to Lexington, Kentucky, with her father, John. The recent Hopkinton High graduate will toss weights for the Division I University of Kentucky women’s track and field team.

“One day it clicked and I took off,” Powers said.

Kate Powers named Daily News Female Athlete of the Year

The youngest of four siblings, Kate Powers grew up in a competitive household. Sports brought out the most spirited of juices.

“It was always a competition and that’s part of a reason why I am who I am today,” Powers said.

Originally from New Hampshire, Powers and her family moved to Hopkinton when she was in third grade. Despite being young for her class, Powers stood out.  

“I was always bigger than the rest of the kids,” Powers said.

Hopkinton High girls volleyball coach Margie Grabmeier remembers a young girl coming to all of her team’s volleyball games when Powers was in elementary school. The youngster would watch her older sister play and always say ‘hi’ to the varsity coach.

“The Kate that you know now was little Kate,” said Grabmeier, who recently retired after coaching at Hopkinton for 20 years. “She was confident.”

At the behest of her two older brothers, both seniors at Hopkinton High at the time, the then-14-year-old freshman joined the Hillers’ track and field team.

Powers was fresh off trying out for the Hopkinton softball squad – but she didn’t secure a starting spot on varsity. Her brothers persuaded her to give track and field a shot.

“I really had nothing to lose and I wanted to try it,” said Powers, now 17. “(My brothers) Garrett and Ben would teach me later after practices.”

Right away, Powers caught the attention of Hopkinton High track and field coach Mike Donahue. He knew the Hillers had a natural thrower on their hands.  

“She picked it right up,” Donahue said.

“None of us knew how much upside there was,” Powers’ father said.

As a sophomore, Powers helped the Hillers indoor track and field team win a Division 2 state championship during the 2019-20 season.

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Source: https://www.milforddailynews.com/story/sports/high-school/2022/08/19/kate-powers-hopkinton-ma-daily-news-female-athlete-year-2022/10049379002/

Hopkinton girls volleyball comes back to beat Westborough in Division 2 state championship

Watch how the Hopkinton High girls volleyball team rallied to win a Division 2 state championship in their coach’s final game.

Tommy Cassell, MetroWest Daily News

She’d never done it before. 

Kate Powers first learned how to toss a discus as a freshman at Hopkinton High in 2019.

That’s when she fell in love with the sport of track and field, and the act of throwing weighted objects – the discus, hammer, weight and shot put – for long distances.

“I feel like a ballerina dancing in the middle of a concrete …….

Hopkinton girls volleyball comes back to beat Westborough in Division 2 state championship

Watch how the Hopkinton High girls volleyball team rallied to win a Division 2 state championship in their coach’s final game.

Tommy Cassell, MetroWest Daily News

She’d never done it before. 

Kate Powers first learned how to toss a discus as a freshman at Hopkinton High in 2019.

That’s when she fell in love with the sport of track and field, and the act of throwing weighted objects – the discus, hammer, weight and shot put – for long distances.

“I feel like a ballerina dancing in the middle of a concrete …….

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