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Friday, May 7, 2004


Girls basketball captures key win

Front row (left to right) Kerrie Bourque, Katrina Ellis-Ferrara, Brittany Geoffroy. Second row: Blair Robinson, Missy Wingard, Marissa Potter, Emily Beinecke. Back row: Coach Beth Bourque, Casey Tarca, Whitney Betancourt, Alexandra Anastos, Jacqui Nolet, Coach Tena Herlihy.
After losing to Wakefield 50-24 at home in the first game of the season, the Concord-Carlisle girls seventh-grade travel basketball team avenged the loss with a 41-28 win Saturday in its last game of the regular season at Wakefield.

Wakefield, one of the top teams in the league, is a CC rival. Leading the Patriots was Concord guard Katrina Ellis-Ferrara with 20 points, including two 3-pointers. Marissa Potter, also of Concord, scored 10 points, followed by Carlisle center Missy Wingard with 7 and Carlisle guard Kerrie Bourque with 4 points. Bourque is the only sixth-grader on the seventh-grade team.

With a stellar defensive effort, Concord forward Whitney Betancourt shut down Wakefield's best scorer. Also playing top defense were Alexandra Anastos, Jacqui Nolet, Blair Robinson and Casey Tarca. Brittany Geoffroy, a Carlisle guard, was a key ball handler and captured several steals.

It was a great game by all of the players, and the team was able to take away a win despite being down two players (Emily Beinecke and Laura Mandler, both of Concord).

The Patriots ended the season with a 10-7 record. After losing 6 of their first 8 games, the team won 8 of 9 games to end the season. The only loss after the team's winning streak began in late January was a 2-point loss to Wakefield last weekend (28-30).

The team is coached by Beth Bourque and Tena Herlihy, both of Carlisle.

Mites 1 clinch tournament title

Front row, (left to right) Charlie Canty, Sam Rice, Andrew Long, Patrick O'Brien, Tim Badgley, Christian Salemy, Nick First, Graham Hunt, Brendan Finigan. Middle row, Michael Messina, Philip Mitchell, Nick Brozowski, Nick McCormack, Cam Douglas. Back row, Asst. Coach Jim Canty, Head Coach Darren Messina, Asst. Coach Paul Long, Asst. Coach Dave Douglas. (Missing) Patrick McCauley.

The Concord-Carlisle Mite 1 hockey team went undefeated and skated to victory to win the Massachusetts Hockey District 8 Mite A Jamboree Championship, played at Groton Academy during the Martin Luther King weekend.

The Mite 1 team, coached by Darren Messina, opened the tournament by managing to hold off a scrappy Nashoba team, winning 5 to 3.

Concord-Carlisle came out flying in the second game to trounce Natick 5-0, with the first goal scored by the line of Sam Rice, Nick McCormack and Andrew Long. That goal was quickly followed by a goal from the Brendan Finigan-Michael Messina-Christian Salemy line. Three more goals in short order clinched the shutout.

Game three pitted Concord-Carlisle against the other undefeated team at that juncture of the tournament - Acton-Boxborough. Midway through the game Sam Rice slammed the puck into the net, surprising the Acton-Boxborough team 1-0. Patrick O'Brien doubled the score with an open-net goal to lock in the win.

The game four championship match positioned the Mites against the Demons, hailing from the towns of Ashland, Hopkinton and Holliston. Charlie Canty, who capitalized on the play of his line-mates Tim Badgley and Nick Brozowski, scored the only goal of the game.

The three straight shutouts were anchored by the solid defensive play of Patrick O'Brien, Philip Mitchell, Cam Douglas and Nick First. Graham Hunt in goal thwarted the opponents' attack for shutouts in the last two games.

Nitehawks soar
Local track club among best in Northeast region

Some of the Nitehawks team. Front row (left to right), Nicholas Harper-Johnston, Paige Brazina, Scott Brazina. Middle row, Matthew Smith, Sloane Brazina, Ema Woodward, Amanda Pease, Trainer Dawn Ivanov. Back row, Coach Carol Pease, Alex Ivanov, Nick Chehames, Walter Woodward, John McCoy, and Head Coach Alex Ivanov, Sr. In the background, Meet Director John Hrones.

Surveying athletic fields this spring, one gets a sense of all but one of the nation's highest participation sports for kids — track and field. According to the AAU, the nation's largest amateur athletic organization, over 50,000 U.S. athletes under age 18 will participate in track and field meets this year, most representing clubs rather than schools.

Equally surprising, one of the Northeast region's top clubs, the Nitehawks, recruits and practices in the Concord-Carlisle-Acton area. Originally founded as a cross-training program for soccer teams, the club now includes both dedicated and seasonal track participants.

"Track and field improves fundamental athletic skills," says Head Coach Alex Ivanov, also an accomplished youth soccer coach. "Speed, stamina, strength, balance — any improvement made on the track is fully transferable to other sports."

Other coaches include Groton's Joe Fischetti and Carlisle's Carol Wingard Pease. All are former high school and college track stars now eager to share the challenges and rewards of track with local kids.

Among younger athletes, Sloane Brazina set a meet long-jump record, while Amanda Pease placed first in shot put in the girls 9-10 division. Scott Brazina placed second in the long jump in the boys 7-8 group. Other Carlisle participants included David Warner, Randy Clark, Spencer Langdon, Alair Langdon, Ema Woodward, Walter Woodward and Roy Bondurant.

With spring sprung, the Nitehawks move onto the outdoor oval, seeking club- level sponsors and new participants of all ages, genders, distances and events. "The beauty of track and field," observes Ivanov, "is how it accommodates many different skills, temperaments and body types — sprinters, distance runners, jumpers, shot-putters."

Practices are normally held Monday evenings and Saturday mornings. For more information e-mail Alex@ or call 1-978-287-0594.

2004 The Carlisle Mosquito