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Friday, March 8, 2002


Co-captain David Rouse takes the ball and heads down the court.
Concord-Carlisle Winter Sports Round-Up

Concord-Carlisle High School is a place where success in sports is often expected, and often achieved. This year's crop of winter athletes did not disappoint, and many of them were student

Co-captain Joshua Robbins reaches for the jump shot.

athletes from the town of Carlisle. Student athletes from Carlisle have always had a major influence in sports at the high school, and this season was by no means any different.

Boys basketball: roller coaster ride

The boys varsity basketball team began the year with high expectations, led by captains Joshua Robbins and David Rouse, both of Carlisle. Early in the season the team was 4-3; however a tough schedule rendered them a disappointing 6-14 at season's end. The team did manage to win their final home game, which was special for the seniors. Robbins was the leading scorer on the team and a Dual County League first Team All-Star. Rouse was one of the go-to guys on offense, while Liam McNeill and Chris Tarr, also of Carlisle, came into the game for instant offense and instant defense, respectively. All four players were key contributors to a season that featured the highs and lows not unlike that of a roller coaster.

Girls basketball: high expectations
Stephanie Holleman warms up with her teammates before the game.

The girls varsity basketball team started the season as the defending Division II State Champions. This year's team had a new look, however, a look that included four players from Carlisle: senior Stephanie Holleman, junior Kelsey Stoico, and two freshmen, Allie Robbins and Samantha O'Keefe. Captain Kelsey Stoico, although hampered by illness, helped lead the team to an 8-8 league record. Only a challenging out-of-league schedule kept this team out of the State Tournament. Next year those returning will include Stoico, a power forward, O'Keefe, a blossoming point guard, and Robbins, who will help fill the void left by Holleman's graduation. Next year's campaign is already filled with hope and promise.

Hockey: breakthrough season

The varsity hockey team experienced their best season ever to date. After finishing dead last in the league just three years ago, they've compiled a 16-3-1 record this year to put themselves on top of the Dual County League. Carlisle contributors include Mark Lakness at backup goalie, Ryan Duff at forward and Dan Hoffman at forward. Hoffman
Forward Ryan Duff,l #16, is a member of the Patriots hockey team which is in the State Tournament play-offs.
helped lead the offensive attack with an All-Star caliber year. Currently the team is in the Division III State Tournament and there is even talk of a potential State Title. The regular season was a total success, and all three players are returning next year as well. Expectations will surely be high next year for this team, now equipped with the confidence of a winning team.

Wrestling: golden future

The CCHS wrestling team featured four Carlisle athletes, two sophomores, Jim Ford and Dan Lipsier, and two juniors, Luke and Matt Kleine. Although at the end of the season the team found themselves sitting in the basement of the league standings, they gained valuable experience for next year. All four
Twins Matt and Luke Kleine are members of the Patriots wrestling team.
competitors are returning next year and look forward to using another year of knowledge to their advantage. Matt Kleine was a captain on this year's team. He promises to be a dominating presence on the team in 2003. They all look forward to competing next year and improving on their record from this year.

Skiing: perfection

Concord-Carlisle High School is known for its dominating cross-country ski program, coached by Carlisle's Dusty Johnstone, and this year was no different. Both the boys and the girls teams finished the year without a blemish on their records, going undefeated in 25 matches. On the boys team, seniors Andrew and Jeremy Boardman of Carlisle helped lead the team to the perfect record. Being four-year veterans, this was the perfect way for them to go out: on top. The girls had Lauren Abend from Carlisle, and she too had a successful season. With this year's perfect season, she's just that much more excited about next year. The expectations will be high in 2003, but the ski teams always seem to meet and exceed expectations.
The Concord-Carlisle Cross-Country ski team placed second in the State behind Mt. Greylock on Tuesday. Team members from Carlisle (left to right) are: Andrew Boardman, Eric Pedersen, John Lamb, Lauren Abend, Jeremy Boardman, Will Lamb and Mike Finizio.

This was the final winter season for seven seniors from Carlisle, and it proved to be a memorable one for all of them. They were all multiple-year veterans in their respective sports, and their contributions will be greatly missed. Overall, Carlisle had a total of four team captains and two League All-Stars during the winter season. These players helped propel three teams into the postseason, and two teams to undefeated seasons. Success is not something Carlisle student athletes are unfamiliar with, and this season simply proved even more.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito