Friday, March 21, 2003
Concord-Carlisle athletic winter sports season comes to an end.
Boys winter sports
The CCHS wrestling team fought its way to its best regular season finish in twenty years this season. The team combined for twelve wins, six losses, and a tie. They finished fourth in the Dual County League (DCL) behind Weston, Lincoln-Sudbury, and Wayland. Unfortunately, by sectionals the team had been crippled by seven varsity injuries. The Patriots top wrestler this season was freshman Max Klinoff (112), formerly of Carlisle, who wrestled to a 16-4 season and 6th place at the sectional meet, one place out of states. Four wrestlers placed at sectionals. Sophomores Colin Brady (103), Sam Dane (130), and Alex Klinoff (160), all placed seventh at the sectional meet.
Senior captains Luke (135) and Matt Klein (145) of Carlisle were both injured at the end of the season. Luke missed sectionals completely and Matt was injured there. Despite the injury, Matt was able to complete the first day but missed the second. CCHS' only representative at the 2002 State competition, senior Matt Bloom, injured his calf muscle before sectionals and was not able to compete. At 215 pounds, sophomore Mike Viscariello injured his spine halfway through the season. Senior Ed Walters stepped up in his first year of wrestling to fill Viscariello's spot but was also injured before sectionals. At heavyweight (275), junior Jason Bertoli tore his ACL before sectionals. The close of the season was a disappointing one for the Patriots, but the regular season was a stunning improvement that is becoming traditional under second year head coach, Bob Walker. Other Carlisle resident wrestlers were sophomore Greg Coscia, junior Dave Nelson, and freshman Jeremy Mestancik.
The CCHS cross-country ski team, coached by Carlisle's Dusty Johnstone, was perfect this winter, racing to a 5-0 dual meet finish. In the final race of the season, Concord-Carlisle had a winner. In his final race as a CCHS Patriot, senior Chris Ellis-Ferrara of Concord took first place in the freestyle race in 23:43. Ellis-Ferrara also took second in the classic race in 27:19, missing another first by just 15 seconds. Ellis-Ferrara led after the first of two laps in the classic, but fell behind in the end. In the freestyle, senior Peter Vigneron was the Patriots next highest finisher (17th), followed by junior Michael Toomey (34th), sophomore Will Haydock (44th), senior John Lamb of Carlisle (47th), sophomore Matt Briggs (49th), sophomore Rob Ippolito (59th) , and junior Andy Harris (62nd). Haydock was 10th in the classical race for the Patriots. The boys finished 5th in the state behind Hoosac Valley, Lenox, Mount Greylock and Taconic. Lamb is an Indian Hill resident and a senior at CCHS. What better way to end a season than with a Dual County League championship and eight of the top 70 finishers at the state meet in the freestyle event.
In the downhill, sophomore David Graham was the only CCHS student-athlete to race at the state meet held at Berkshire East. Graham was 66th in the giant slalom in 49.39 and 55th in the slalom in 34.43. Freshman Roy Bondurant of Carlisle had a very good freshman year in the downhill competitions.
The Patriot boys stunned long-time head coach Jerry Moss this season. "I didn't think we had a shot at better than 10th or 11th this season, and the boys placed 5th," Moss said after the state championships held at Harvard University. Senior co-captain Justin Fanning led the Patriots, placing second in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle in 22.37 and 48.37 respectively. Both times were personal bests and the 100-yard was school record-setting, breaking Drew George's previous record. Fanning's performance was supported by the relays of sophomore Sean DeBruzzi of Carlisle, senior co-captain Ezze Burch, junior Jasper Burch, and Fanning. This team placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:33.73) and fifth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:43.73). Both were also the team's best times of the season. Freshman diver Luke Henesy turned in a great performance at states, placing fifth. Henesy was fourth going into the final round but finished behind Wayland's Tom Hehir, scoring 405.75 points. Jasper Burch tied for ninth place in the 100-yard backstroke at 58.98, a personal best. He went into the race seeded 15th, three places out of scoring. Ezze Burch was 30th in the 50-yard freestyle (24.15) and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of DeBruzzi, Ezze Burch, Jasper Burch, and freshman Sean Morris placed 13th, one place out of scoring, in 3:37.31. The boys regular season ended at 6-6 with a win against Newton-South. Junior Ben Phillipo and DeBruzzi were Carlisle's only male representatives on the swim team.
CCHS hockey was led this year by three senior goalies: Brittany Busa, J.T. Wheeler, and Dave Schrader. Each of the three has been a Dual County League All-Star at some point in his career, helping the Patriots to four straight appearances in the state tournament. Each saw even playing time and starts in multiple games. The Patriots season ended in the second round of the state tournament against Lowell at the Chelmsford Forum. Number one seed Lowell was not able to pull away from the persistent Patriots until the third period. Sophomore Derek Brozowski scored the hat trick for CCHS, assisted by junior Dan Hoffman of Carlisle and sophomore Brandon Dunton. The Patriots tied 2-2, lost 9-3 to Lowell this season, and finished 11-6-4.
Both captains, Hoffman and John Cadigan, will return next season to try for CCHS' fifth appearance at states. Sophomore Kevin Tarca of Carlisle made a tough move from defense to forward this year but hopes to make a full transition by next year and get a starting position. Sophomore goalies John Kilfoyle and Mark Lakness of Carlisle showed their dedication to hockey and to the team this season playing fourth and fifth string, but next season both will probably get a chance to start.
The men's basketball record at CCHS may not look so good (5-15), but what it does not say is that the Patriots finished the second half of the season at a strong 4-6 and had two Dual County League All-Stars. The Patriots final game was a win away against Boston Latin, 69-65. Senior John Pauler of Carlisle led the team with 15 rebounds. Junior Tyler Davis of Carlisle came up with a clutch steal that turned into a free throw opportunity. Davis sank both, reviving CC scoring. Pauler and Davis both came off the bench and consistently brought life back into a weary starting lineup.
Playing against the best team in the league, the Patriots led the game heading into the second half. The final deficit was almost thirty points. This proved to be the case for most of the season, but Patriot basketball is beginning to show its potential in the DCL. Senior captain Kevin Flynn along with junior center, Colin Stabler, made the first team and second team DCL All-Star respectively. Senior Todd Coffey was the Patriots outside shooting threat along with Flynn and Davis. Seniors, Tim Haines, Nick Morford, Pauler, and others helped the team to instill fear in the hearts of DCL opponents.
Head coach Dave Blake, of the CCHS men's fencing team, had just one goal this season; to be undefeated. The team on the other hand had three, to be undefeated, to be DCL Champions, and to be state champions. Three individual wins in foil, epee, and saber at the state championship level finished the Patriots' perfect season at 16-0. This is the first time in over 20 years the program has gone undefeated. The Patriots became the first ever men's state championships, and senior foil Henry Kennard became Concord-Carlisle's winningest fencer ever.
Kennard, a team captain, went 69-0 in his final season, demolishing the previous record of 34-0. He became state champion in the foil and allowed less than one point against in each of his matches. He was joined by juniors Ian MacEachern and Ryan Morris, who won epee and saber at the state match respectively. Carlisle was represented by freshmen Kenny Hwu, Michael Luby, Keith Lewin, and Nate Johnson. Senior Derek Hwu of Carlisle was 7th in saber at the state competition.
It should be noted that coach David Blake is from Carlisle. Back in the mid-eighties he was a fencer on a CCHS winning fencing team.
Girls winter sports
The girls' Alpine skiing season ended with an outstanding overall record of 54-8. With the contribution of two Carlisle skiers, senior Lauren Abend and junior Tara Callahan, the girls team's regular league season's record was 22-3. The girls record in the Eastern Mass Championship was 15-0, and their State League record 17-5. They came in sixth overall.
Girls cross-country skiing
The girls' cross-country team placed third at the State Championships this season. Freshman Cassi Walsh, juniors Evelyn Caruso and Meredith Eaton, and senior Lauren Abend were the Carlisle girls on the team. Both Meredith and Lauren earned varsity spots on the team this year. Lauren Abend was a strong athlete, and high achiever who came in the top 20 in every race this season. Meredith placed 24th in her first race this season, and in her last race she placed ninth. In this, Meredith's first year, she improved from her first to last race at the state champs. The girls had a strong season, winning all of their meets by a large margin. They were against the best this season but surpassed them all with a 25-0 record, placing them first in their league.
Girls swim and dive teams
Many Carlisle girls made a strong impact on this season's swimming team. Freshmen Irene Dennison, Sanne Wortel and Raina Patel, sophomores Laura Clark and Annie Pauler, and junior Laura Bryant made up a strong part of the team. Annie Pauler had a great first year, and was a strong swimmer and according to coach Moss has a lot of potential. Laura Clark improved the most during the season at the league meet and made the sectional cut. Laura also has a promising season next year in competing in the 200 or 400 meter free relay. Laura Bryant, though experiencing a frustrating year due to a knee injury, is already looking forward to next year. The girls team had an overall record of 5-5 and a record of 5-6 in their league. The 200-free relay placed ninth and the 300-free relay placed eighth overall.
Libby Daltas, Rachel Grean and Carol-Ann Walhagen were strong divers on this year's diving team. Libby Daltas, a junior, received a varsity letter and got 16th place in state. Rachel Grean, a sophomore, got twelfth place in state. Carol-Ann Walhagen was a great diver and hard worker, with a great work ethic.
The girls fencing team had an overall record of 10-4. Eva Jellison, a sophomore, strongly contributed to this year's team. Eva's weapon was saber. She had a personal record of 27-1 and received a varsity letter. Freshmen Ariel Morrison and Laura Scholten were strong first-year fencers. Ariel's weapon was also saber and she also received a varsity letter this season, with a record of 9-2. Laura's weapon was foil, and her personal record was 8-3. Amanda Peterson, a sixth-grader in the junior varsity team dueled with epee and had a 10-4 record. This year was a building season for the girls team, which was made up mostly of freshmen. There were lots of varsity freshmen who fenced with saber and foil who had just learned this year. The team is looking forward to next season with their team of newly experienced fencers.
Thanks to Carol Bailey and Anderson Photo for the sports photographs and to
CCHS sophomore reporters
Sean DeBruzzi and Caitlin Holland
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