Friday, March 8, 2002
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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