Friday, March 26, 2004
CCHS boys winter sports
by CCHS Junior Sean DeBruzzi
The Mosquito thanks Anderson Photo of Concord
The story of the Patriot wrestling squad this season summed up in one word, is improvement. CCHS went from 12-6 last year to 16-4 this year. This jump is largely due to hundreds of hours of preparation in the weight room in the offseason supervised by coach Kevin Capone. Freshman Spencer Holland of Carlisle started the Pats off on the right foot at the 103-pound weight class. He missed states by just three places at the sectional meet, placing 8th. Despite a large recruiting class, the varsity squad was almost entirely composed of juniors and they did an outstanding job, sending more wrestlers to states than they have in over ten years. Junior Colin Brady (112) placed 5th at sectionals, sophomore Max Klinoff (119) was third, junior Alex Klinoff (160) was 12th, junior Mike Walker (189) was 5th, and finally, junior Mike Viscariello (215) was 3rd. Among them they left states with five wins, but no one advanced beyond the first day.
Woman wrestler off to the Nationals
Vicky Prete (138) went to the girls New England tournament and came out on top at her weight. She is now headed to nationals. The Patriots are going to be a huge threat in the DCL next year with continued hard work in morning lifting sessions and summer camps.
The basketball team did not have the season that it had hoped for, but it wasn't for lack of effort. Senior captain Collin Stabler made second team All-DCL. The 6'4" Stabler played big underneath, blocking shots, making rebounds, or posting up. Senior Peter Uzoma made first team All-DCL, the Patriots' first in four years. Uzoma, probably the most improved player in the program, did not even make the freshman team three years ago. He returned to become a force inside, under the hoop and from the outside as well. A versatile player, Uzoma hopes to play in college. Senior Tyler Davis, in his final year for the Patriots, stepped up his play to support Stabler and Uzoma. At point guard Davis used his speed to make breakaways or get back on defense. The Patriots lost most games in the second half. Their first half play was outstanding with suffocating defense. Coach Sullivan selected a squad that included more sophomores than ever before, including Sam Viering and Josh Lee. He planned to use this year as a development year for years to come. The coaching staff as well as the players, have high hopes for next year as they have become more refined basketball players.
An outstanding hockey season for the Pats
Nobody can complain about the performance of the CCHS hockey team this season. At 18-3-2, the Patriots went into the tournament seeded first. After winning the first two games of the tournament, their luck changed against Lowell, a team they had beaten 2-0 and 5-2 in the regular season, the second of which clinched the Merrimack Valley Conference/Dual County League Division III title. The Pats fell 4-3 after a gallant comeback effort in the final seconds. Once, the puck even bounced out of the inside of the net off a wrist-shot from senior Kyle Snook. Concord-Carlisle goalie, junior Mark Lakness of Carlisle, made 13 saves in the game. Lakness was named Dual County League All-Star as well as receiving All-Conference honors
A strong season for men's swim team
The CCHS mens swimming and diving team finished up the season very strong with a 12th place finish overall at the MIAA state meet. After finishing 7th in the DCL and 13th at sectionals, the boys surged forward at states. Led by state champion diver Luke Henesy with a score of 410, earning him All-American consideration, the swimmers completed the task. Sophomore Sean Morris placed 14th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.24 and senior captain Jasper Burch placed 9th in the 100-yard backstroke in 57.60. Finally, the boys 200-yard freestyle relay burned the rest of the pack in their heat in 1:33.85 and placed 6th overall, earning Dual County League All-Star status. The relay consisted of junior Sean DeBruzzi of Carlisle, freshman Tim Reagan, Morris, and Burch. Significant contributions were made to the team by freshman Basil Bourque in the 500-and 200-yard freestyles.
Boys cross- country skiing is dominant in the state
The CCHS boys cross-country ski team is one of the most dominant in the state. After finishing up 5-0 in the DCL, the boys went on to 1st in EMass and 1st at the Weston Sprints. At the state meet, the boys placed 5th overall. The EMass meet is a relay and the boys "A" team tied for first with Belmont Hill after junior Matt Briggs sprinted to the finish line and dove across. The team was led by Briggs, junior captain Will Haydock, senior Andy Harris, junior Robert Ippolito, and senior captain Michael Toomey, all of Concord. Thanks to a very strong junior class this year (three of the top five skiers) the Patriots hope to once again preside over the DCL with a strong senior class and also a strong supporting cast behind them. Sophomore Alex Ivanov of Carlisle played this role this year for the varsity squad.
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