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Friday, June 20, 2003

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CCHS spring boys' sports roundup
Lacrosse

Greg Roberts, leading scorer
The CCHS boys lacrosse team made the state tournament for the first time since 2000. The last state title won by the team was in 1998 when CCHS had its last All-American. This year, with the help of Carlisle's first team All-League player, Scott McNeff, Concord-Carlisle drove to a strong 15-6 season, winning ten of its last eleven games. The one loss was to Lincoln-Sudbury, the Dual County League's best team, but the Patriots took the game all the way to the wire before the Warriors finally pulled away to win by three goals. Scott McNeff was sidelined by a concussion during that game.

The Patriots were one of the hottest teams in the state but ended their season in the semifinals of the Eastern Massachusetts tournament. CCHS went into the tournament ranked fourth, before losing to fifth-ranked Needham, 15-3. Senior Greg Roberts of Carlisle received honorable mention in the voting for All-League players. He scored three in CCHS' second-round win over Sandwich. Robby Clark played midfield for the Patriots and scored in the loss to Needham. John Stone was a versatile player for the Patriots, moving between attack and defense any time the team needed him.

Tennis

Bobby Hailer
The boys tennis team ended their post-season run with a 3-2 loss to Chelmsford, who went on to lose to Lexington in the Division II North final. The team proved that this year was more than a rebuilding year. Despite an injury at second singles, the Patriots were able to defeat two higher-seeded teams in the tournament. The team defeated Reading 3-2 in the quarterfinals before the loss to Chelmsford.

Mark Berajawala of Carlisle played first singles for CCHS this year, replacing Phil Charm. Berajawala also played varsity last year as a freshman behind Charm in the lineup. Despite shoulder problems, Berajawala won consistently for the Patriots. He won his match against Chelmsford 6-2, 6-3 but the team bowed out. At first doubles, Carlisle's Bobby Hailer played with Adam Ampster. This pair also came up with clutch wins for the Patriots on several occasions to help the tennis team improve to 12-7 on the season.

Baseball

Steven Bodnar
The CCHS boys baseball team closed out its season with a win over Acton-Boxborough, 2-0. The team did not qualify for the state tournament, going 7-12 on the season. In the win against Acton, Carlisle's Steven Bodnar walked and scored the first run before Danny Hoffman of Carlisle hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the second run.

Despite a disappointing season for seniors like Ryan McWalter, Nick Carr, and Kevin Flynn, the outstanding play of underclassmen impressed head coach Joe Leone. Three of these underclassmen were from Carlisle. Freshman Jason Forte of Carlisle made the team as a relief pitcher and built strength and control this year. Sophomore Steven Bodnar started at shortstop for the Patriots and was a strong defensive player. Bodnar also pitched relief for CCHS. Junior Dan Hoffman played very well both offensively and defensively for CCHS. He led off the lineup and consistently drove in runs and got himself to first base. In the outfield, Hoffman played impressively. The team looks to be very strong next year with starting pitcher Jeff Nolet and Dan Hoffman leading the team.

Track

Joe Carpenito
Junior Ben Phillipo of Carlisle, who will be captain of the cross-country team in the fall, paced himself to a fourth place finish in the mile at the MIAA Class B Championships. The top four finishers from each class move on to the All-State Championship as did Phillipo. Carlisle's Joe Carpenito also did well for the Patriots track team, running strong races in the distance sprints along with Geff Fauchett. Senior captains Chris Ellis-Ferrara and Peter Vigneron led CCHS with their performances in the mile and two-mile. Vigneron was fifth at States in the two mile with a time of 9:37.00.

The track team started the season with well over a hundred athletes. Next year, the team hopes to break two hundred in their quest for a DCL championship and even a state championship, said head coach Steve Lane in the beginning of the season. The team is known at CCHS to be the hardest working and most dedicated. There were a large number of good runners on the team this year and next looks to be another very strong year for the CCHS running squad.


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