Friday, March 30, 2007
CCHS girls winter sports round-up
The CCHS Girls Varsity Hockey Team completed its second successful season, finishing second in the Dual County League, Division 2, with a record of 15-5. A proud accomplishment for the team was their second game against Acton-Boxborough, a competitive Division 1 team. In this game, Captain Shannon Mahoney scored five goals, a small number compared to her league-leading season total of 48 goals and 15 assists. Another captain, senior Marissa Fabrizio, was a strong defensive player with one goal and six assists, who was a leader on and off the ice. Offensive wing Kathleen Walsh, a senior, had one goal and one assist.
Coach Carol Willa hopes the team will qualify for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) State Tournament each year and remain competitive for more rounds. Unfortunately, the team did not get past the first round this season, losing to Hingham, 6-4. Willa feels that "losing three seniors, including our goalie, will be an adjustment that the team is capable of making." As interest in the program grows, Willa hopes a junior varsity team will help build a stronger foundation for the varsity team and the CCHS hockey program.
After losing a handful of speedy skiers, Coach Doc Furey was extremely pleased with the CC Girls Downhill Ski Team's season. CC placed third out of seven teams in the Massbay Ski League with 20 wins and 10 losses. Junior Nicola Carey was a varsity skier for both cross-country and downhill skiing. Her dedication to both sports paid off, placing her 32nd in the Massbay Ski League. Sophomore Alison Koning, placed 29th and freshman Kelsey Canavan placed 19th. Canavan quickly became the highest scoring Carlisle skier and fourth fastest of all CC skiers. Another Carlisle freshman, Katie Hart, showed great eagerness to learn, which will hopefully land her a spot on the varsity team in the next few seasons. With no seniors on the team, Coach Furey will focus on his goal of making it to the state tournament next year.
In its second year of competition after more than 20 years, the CC Indoor Track Team is getting back on track. Coach Lane entered the season with the goals of improving upon last year's season and getting more people involved. This year the team had more than ten newcomers, reaching a total of over 60 athletes. The girls' team worked hard for their record of 2-7, placing sixth at the Dual County League Championships. "It wasn't the big wins, but the steady improvement," that Coach Lane found most impressive about this season. He was amazed by the number of personal records set this year, in both varsity and junior varsity events, which included hurdling, jumping, throwing, sprinting and distance running.
Senior Olivia Cooney was the only girl who ran the two-mile and also went out of her way to instill confidence in each runner. Senior Alexandria Alberto was a Second Team Dual County League All-Star, who ran the 1,000 meter in 3:09 while also participating in a variety of sprinting events. Freshman Alisha Deary came a long way to earn her spot as a varsity hurdler. Even with the departure of 14 accomplished seniors, Coach Lane hopes to eventually pose a threat to league leaders Lincoln-Sudbury and Acton-Boxboro, each of whom have as many as 100 runners. Until then, he is keeping the same goals of raising awareness for the program and being a step up from the year before.
With a regular season record of 12-8, the Girls Varsity Basketball Team placed fourth in the Dual County League (DCL) and made it to the state tournament for the first time in seven years. Seniors Lisa Debruzzi and Pami Anderson were able co-captains. The team's leading scorer, Anderson was selected a Second Team Dual County League All-Star. Debruzzi, a First Team DCL All-Star, was the team's second leading scorer by just a small margin, with both co-captains averaging nine points per game.
One of the team's greatest accomplishments was beating teams to whom they had previously lost. After losing to Bedford by a staggering 17 points, CC came back to beat Bedford Their game against Wayland was a true test of character and resilience. After trailing the entire game, CC took the lead with only 22 seconds left and won the game. The team's first game in the MIAA State Tournament was less successful. With a strong scoring offense throughout the game, CC struggled to keep up with Charlestown's aggressive offense, losing the hard-fought battle, 65-59.
Senior Liz Isenstein was essential to the team's success. After taking a year off, senior Stephanie Trebino was a pleasant surprise who earned her spot as a starter, scoring double figures in a number of games and earning a reputation for her ability to sneak through defenders. Coach Bodenrader noted that junior Kate Ostrowski, who had transitioned smoothly from JV to varsity, was "one of the smartest players he has ever coached." Next year's team holds great promise given the talent of three freshmen, Brooke Cragan, Kerrie Bourque and Katie Hendrickson, who showed great potential during their first year on the varsity team.
Despite having lost many strong athletes last year, the CC Girls Swim and Dive Team had more girls than ever qualify for the state tournament this year. Finishing fourth in the Dual County League with a record of 4-3-1, the team went on to place eighth at the North Sectional Meet and seventh at the Division 1 State Meet. Coach Goldberg mentions that it was a "great group of kids, and it was great for me to see their improvement." Junior Arley Donovan cut over five seconds off her time in the breaststroke over the course of the season and placed 16th at the State Meet with a personal record time of 1:15:01. Coach Goldberg has high hopes for next season as the team consists of a number of talented and dedicated young swimmers
The Girls Varsity Dive Team was particularly successful this season, with six of eight divers qualifying for the North Sectional and State Meets. During the regular season, the Dual County League requires six dives, but at Sectionals and States, 11 are required, which is very difficult for any diver to meet. CCHS has never had so many girls qualify before, but only four girls could compete in each meet.
Senior and Captain Sarah Landry has been a successful diver throughout her high school career. This year she placed first at the DCL Meet, third at Sectionals, and third at States, and she plans to dive in college. Sophomore Rachel Landry also qualified for Sectionals and States this year, but, due to space limits, she could dive only at the state tournament. Rachel placed an impressive sixth at the DCL Meet and eleventh at the State Meet.
With the loss of many talented seniors, next year will undoubtedly be a rebuilding year for the diving team. Coach Bird, however, is looking forward to the addition of promising new freshmen.
The CCHS Girls Fencing Team finished their third consecutive undefeated season with a record of 14-0. Over the past three years, the fencing team has worked hard for a 45-meet winning streak with the help of some key Carlisle athletes. Throughout the regular season, freshman Juliana Kulik competed in Foil Squad and sophomore, Miranda Morrison, was a part of the regular Saber Squad and an alternate at States. Sophomore Amanda Peterson represented Carlisle in the state tournament, winning the Women's Épée individual rounds for the second year in a row. Despite the loss of a number of valuable seniors, Coach Arianna Klinkov hopes for another undefeated season next year, setting a new school record with four consecutive undefeated seasons.
Editor's note: The round-up of CCHS boys winter sports will appear in next week's issue.
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