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Friday, April 4, 2003

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Carlisle School winter sports season was all about basketball

Girls team has winning season

The 2002-03 Carlisle Girls Basketball team played well together and had a winning season! With six returning and six new eighth graders, one seventh grader, and one sixth grader, the girls team had both experience and strength.

The whole team worked together to be able to run several different offenses and to be able to switch defenses during a game. Working on outside shooting was also a goal throughout the year. The new members on the team fit right in, giving the team great depth. The season started off with some non-league games which gave the girls a chance to practice playing together and find their respective strengths. The team went on to play great basketball throughout the season, ending with a record of seven wins and three losses in league play.

Front row (left to right) Erika Koehler, Sarah Kennedy, Lisa DeBruzzi, Brittany Geoffroy, Meredith Popolo. Second row, Joanna Bromley, Liz Isenstein, Diane Lee, Kate Ostrowski, Pami Anderson, Cori Armistead. Back row, Meaghan Levey, Eliza Jacobellis, Stephanie Trebino, Alexandria Alberto, Emily Howe, Cassidy Lane, Amy Caruso, Coach Wendy Stack.
The three losses were to the same team that gave the Carlisle girls a tough time last year · Notre Dame Academy. In all three games, both teams played hard and the scores were close. In the third game, the Carlisle girls played outstanding basketball, combining scoring by Pami Anderson with the leadership and play of point guard Lisa DeBruzzi. Alexandria Alberto played a strong defensive game, effectively covering the area around the basket. Emily Howe made some key baskets along with playing great defense. Sarah Kennedy's hustle and ball-handling skills kept Carlisle going, while Meredith Popolo added to our strong defense. The speed, defense, and passing skills of Stephanie Trebino were greatly missed due to her sprained ankle. In the end, Notre Dame Academy pulled out the win, 42-39. However, our team was satisfied knowing that they had played their very best.

Throughout the season, eighth graders Cassidy Lane, Erika Koehler, Diane Lee, Liz lsenstein, and Eliza Jacobellis each made great contributions to the team. Lane added solid defense and rebounding, and Koehler helped with her defensive moves and timely outside shots. Lee used her great speed to shut down opponents who were strong shooters and good ball handlers. Isenstein played very aggressive ball, making steals and key shots. Jacobellis added to the team with her speed, great defense, and outside shooting. Joanna Bromley made the team, but was sidelined with an injury for the entire season. Seventh-grader Kate Ostrowski and sixth-grader Brittany Geoffroy showed determination, speed, and good ball handling. Managers Cori Armistead, Meaghan Levey, Amy Caruso, and Gaby Manganela did a great job keeping score and running the time clock during games.

What an awesome season! Congratulations, girls, for a season filled with hard work, great team playing, good sportsmanship, and lots of fun. Good luck to the eighth graders next year in high school. Here at the middle school, we'll be working on building another strong team for next year.

Boys team has an exciting year

The 2002-2003 boys basketball season was one of excitement and success. The Huskies finished the season with a league record of 6 wins and 3 losses.

Front row, left to right, Tyler Andrews,Dan Fidler, Spencer Holland, Eric Zuk, Tyler Smith, Jarrett White, Jake Dockterman. Second row, Brenden Hedblom, Evan Tierney, Billy Mills, Dan Canina, Welles Mattson, Greg Gatti, Ben Hassara, Andy Brown, Johannes Wesselhoeft. Back row, Peter Hantzis, Coach Trierweiler, Michael Hassey, Matt Cheever, Mr. Gale, Jared Higgins, Taylor Habbe.
Some of the most exciting games, however, were non-league games such as the games with Acton. The first game at Carlisle was a tough one with the score being close throughout the game. At the end of regulation time, the score was tied. In overtime Carlisle's shooting went cold and Carlisle lost a very close game. The rematch at Acton was a closer game with the lead changing many times. In the closing minutes good team defense, clutch free-throw shooting and a last second blocked shot by Peter Stone led the team to victory.

The successful season can be attributed to the steady play of a predominately eighth-grade team and a talented supporting case of seventh graders. The eighth-grade veteran players also worked well with the new players which was great for team unity.

Peter Stone, Dan Fidler, Spencer Holland, Evan Tierney, Eric Zuk, Welles Mattson, Michael Hassey and Ben Hassara were on the team last year which provided the experience needed for a successful season. Fidler's speed made him invaluable on defense. Stone and Mattson were terrific rebounders and Hassey was one of the most improved players on the team Tierney and Hassara were excellent all-around players. Tierney's jumping ability usually meant we got the ball to start a game. Holland was a terrific ball handler and team leader in assists. Zuk was the town leader in scoring and steals.

There were four eighth graders that were new to the team this year: Dan Canina, Andy Brown, Billy Mills and Greg Gatti. Brown's speed made him a defensive specialist while Gatti and Mills were all-around good players. Dan Canina was an outstanding scorer and team leader in rebounds.

The five seventh graders on this team were an experienced group since they all were members of last year's team. Matt Cheever, Brenden Hedblom, Tyler Andrews, Jarrett White and Tyler Smith are all talented ball players and will form the nucleus of a very good team next year.

The team would like to thank this year's managers, Jared Higgins, Chris Lin and Taylor Habbe for the excellent work they did. In addition to the managers this year, the team had two statisticians from the sixth grade: Jake Dockterman and Johannes Wesselhoeft. Their excellent and precise work was instrumental in helping the teams improve. The team would like to thank Mr. Gale for all the help he gave this year.


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