Friday, June 30, 2006
CCHS girls spring sports round-up, 2006
Track and Field
Jill McGelligot, one of the co-captains this season and a four-year contributor to the varsity team, made a strong finish to her high school track career as a 200 meter sprinter. Not only did she provide speed, she also brought inspirational spirit and passion to the team. McGelligot's sprinting abilities and enthusiasm for her fellow teammates will be sorely missed next season. Junior Maia Reed was absolutely essential to the team as one of its best pole-vaulters and high hurdlers, with personal records of 8 feet and 17.9 seconds. Senior Laura Scholten and juniors Liz Isenstein and Tess Guttadauro were the top three javelin throwers on the team this year. Laura has been a critical member of the throwing team for four years. Her poise, leadership, and determination have made her a topnotch role-model and an integral component of the team, who will be difficult to replace. Isenstein and Guttadauro will be key returning throwers,
With the departure of many talented seniors, one might be tempted to doubt the success of the team's upcoming season. However, given the exceptionally strong group of returning athletes and their well-respected, "die-hard" work ethic, the future for the girls Varsity Track & Field Team is undeniably promising. Coach Lane is confident that the three co-captains for next year will make a "positive impact on the team, with their ceaseless devotion and passion."
The CCHS Varsity Softball Team achieved extraordinary success this spring, finishing the regular season tied for first place in the Dual County League (DCL) with arch rival Acton-Boxborough (AB). With a record of 18-2, the Patriots' only losses
Carlisle athletes had a significant impact on the team offensively and defensively. The first four batters in the lineup were Carlisle sluggers. Lead-off slap hitter, senior and DCL All Star Sam Luther, was a consistent starter this year in right field. She has been a key contributor to the varsity team since her freshman year and was one of the highly respected co-captains this year. According to Coach McGloin, Luther has been the biggest offensive force on the team.
Second in the lineup was Abbie Rolando, another four-year team member and an infield master at second base. Junior Eliza Jacobellis was CC's number three hitter, a DCL All-Star, and a dynamite shortstop. Coach McGloin called Jacobellis the team's "most natural hitter and most effective clutch hitter" with a total of 36 RBIs, the highest on the team. The power hitter finished the season with a batting average of .484, second only to clean-up hitter, junior Lisa
Junior Meredith DePopolo's lightning speed made her a valuable pinch runner for the Patriots, and she proved to be a talented outfielder.
The departure of three seniors will be a huge loss for the team. Their skills and admirable leadership have proven essential to the Patriots' success. Luckily for CC, a large group of incredibly talented players will be returning, hungry to win the Division 2 State Title.
While one might be tempted to disparage the CCHS Woman's Lacrosse Team's record of 3-14-1, according to Coach Hull, this record is truly not indicative of the team's performance. The Dual County League (DCL) is commonly recognized as one of the most competitive leagues in Massachusetts and contains a number of the state's top teams including Lincoln-Sudbury, Wayland, and Acton-Boxborough (AB). CC certainly gave these powerhouses a run for their money. In games against Wayland and AB, CC finished with scores of 14-17 and 10-16, respectively.
While there was only one Carlisle athlete on the team, she was a vital member. Junior Aubrey Doyle was a consistent starter and a tenacious defender, despite being a first- year lacrosse player. Her dedicated training in the off-season, enthusiastic attitude and impressive work ethic were essential to the team.
Coach Hull could not have been more proud of the CC players. She admires the girls' loyalty to the ideals of the players and people they want to be. This devotion towards good character earned CC recognition as runner up for the DCL sportsmanship award. The team plans to better their record next season with the help of a strong core of returning juniors and a great deal of upcoming talent from the JV team. Coach Hull feels that reaching this goal will "definitely be doable" and looks forward to next year.
Despite entering the season with plans of having a rebuilding year, the CCHS Girls Varsity Tennis team emerged as one of the top competitors in the DCL. Even with the loss of last year's stars, the team had a regular season record of 10-6. CC made it to the second round of the state tournament, where they were narrowly defeated by number-one seed Newton South. From first singles to second doubles, all members of the team pulled through to make the season a success. Not only did CC surprise itself with its accomplishments, the comeback team surprised others in the DCL as well. With a strong core of returning juniors eager for victory, next season holds promise for even greater triumph.
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