Friday, April 16, 2004
Basketball program expands at the Carlisle School
We experienced an immense turnout during evaluations this year with nearly 100 enthusiastic students showing up for tryouts. As a result, we expanded our program to include junior varsity teams. While this was the inaugural year for our JV program, we were very pleased to be able to provide opportunities for a large population of students to play basketball. We are excited about developing this program next year and further integrating it into the basketball program.
With only four returning veterans, Matt Cheever, Brenden Hedblom, Jarrett White and Tyler Andrews, we built our boys varsity basketball team from the ground up. Our "veterans" provided great leadership on and off the court. Other eighth graders this year included David Grean, a force on the boards, Justin Higgins who was tenacious on defense, Oliver Cragan with tremendous ball handling, Henry Carr who provided strong rebounding, Sergio Salvucci and Andy Trebino with their outside shots and Owen Callahan with his strong defense and speed. Seventh graders were strong contributors and developed individual and teams skills. They included Grant McCandless and Max Herman on the boards, Ben Verrill and Jesse Pearlman with strong defense and ball handling. As the only representative from sixth grade, Kevin Clarke brought strong ball handling and hustle to our team. Our varsity teams entered the Middlesex Athletic League this year competing against teams from Bedford, Lexington, Tyngsboro, Newton, Concord and Acton. In addition, we defeated Hanscom twice at home in and out of league games. Our boys played with spirit and determination and represented their school with great pride and dignity.
Rebuilding year for girls
The girls varsity team faced a tough season with grace and style. Not only was the team placed in the Middlesex Athletic League this year, made up of many larger schools, but this was also a rebuilding year for the girls team. Eighth-grader Kate Ostrowski and seventh-grader Brittany Geoffroy, the only two returning players, provided strong leadership for the rest of the team. With boundless energy, Kate led the team as point guard on offense, and provided strong defense and great rebounding. Eighth-graders Molly DeGuglielmo, Erin Hassey, Elisabeth Karafotias, and Nikki Wortel were excellent defenders, making it difficult for opposing teams to score. Lauren LaLiberte and Maddy Traynor were aggressive players, on both offense and defense, and made many steals. Lauren Ursch worked the center and came up with some great shots. Energetic Geoffroy played both point guard and guard aggressively, making many steals. The other seventh graders proved to be hard-working team players. Alison Koning and Kate Hitchner kept the ball moving with their ball-handling skills, Emma Lunig and Casey Tarca provided strong offensive play and great rebounding, and Sarah Mathew added enthusiasm and aggressive defensive play. Sixth-graders Kerrie Bourque and Katie Hendrickson added great ball handling and game sense. Throughout the season, the girls focused on improving their individual skills while learning to play as a team. The team's improvement during the season was phenomenal! Hard work and a positive spirit kept this team focused.
Managers Lisa Yanofsky, Maya Smith, Chelsea Wilkes and Brooke Cragan were wonderful. They did a great job running the time clock and keeping score for both the boys and girls varsity teams. They also worked to set up and put away all the equipment for home games. Thanks for your dedication.
The JV teams were formed in late December. They were not able to join a league this year, but scheduled games against four different Newton schools, along with home and away games with Lincoln. Playing against larger Newton schools and a formidable Lincoln squad, Carlisle always put forth their best effort. Everyone contributed, and everyone improved. It was a fun and exciting season.
We would like to thank the dedicated parents who followed and supported us all season. We are excited about the changes to our program and look forward to next year.
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