Friday, April 6, 2007
CCHS boys winter sports round-up
Boys basketball had a magnificent year, winning their first DCL championship since the late '70s. Led by tri-captains Eric Zuk, John Flaherty and Danny Castaline, the team showed amazing ability and chemistry throughout the season and worked well together in putting together one of the best teams that C-C has had in years. The Carlisle contingent on the team was led by Zuk, junior starter and three-year veteran Matt Cheever and junior Dave Grean. All three got significant playing time and were critical to the success of the team. It was powered along by talented younger players as well.
The C-C team kicked off the year with a bang and kept it rolling. Wins over Bedford, Acton-Boxborough and perennial powerhouse Boston Latin were some of the most exciting games in recent memory. At the end of the year, C-C won a thrilling game over Boston Latin, completing the season sweep and capturing the DCL title with a win over Westford Academy.
C-C's wonderful season ended with a loss to Latin Academy, the rival of Boston Latin. Academy ended up winning in overtime by utilizing their advantage in speed.
C-C is graduating an excellent class of seniors, but has high hopes for next year. With Zuk, Castaline, Flaherty and senior guard Mark Walton graduating, C-C returns Grean, Cheever, talented guard Tony Lania and starting power forward Eric Beaulieu, as well as Phil Recco, who has the athleticism to be a force down low. The team also has young talent in Brad MacHaffie, Harry Scales, Ben Lee and others to fill the void left by the seniors.
For next year the team seems to be set for the men down low and with the point-guard position wrapped up with Lania. C-C will look for another guard, most likely Lee or Scales, to fill the other starting guard position. 2007 was a very exciting basketball year, and 2008 looks to be the same.
The hockey team had a great year that started slowly but picked up momentum, eventually going far into the playoffs until they were bumped out in an overtime loss to Savio Prep. The team cruised through the first two rounds of the playoffs, dealing out a loss to Boston Latin, just days after Latin Academy sent the C-C basketball team home.
The hockey team had a very good record against such division rivals as Newton South, Bedford, Wayland and Westford Academy. It was led by seniors K.C. McCarthy, Carlislean co-captain Ben Hoffman, and countless other players who stepped up to carry the load at various times. A good mix of upper- and under- classmen created a team that played fluidly. They had been on a tear through the end of the year until they lost to Savio Prep in the third round of the Division 3 playoffs.
The game against Savio Prep consisted of everything a hockey fan would want: a lot of goals, good play, hard hitting and a great comeback. Unfortunately, the great comeback was not led by C-C. With 25 seconds left in the game, Savio Prep tied it up, and two and a half minutes into the overtime, they scored the game-winning goal.
Although the exciting comeback win and the side story that Savio Prep is being torn down after this year overshadowed the C-C season, it does not diminish the team's accomplishments this season.
The Concord-Carlisle Ski Team had a wonderful season this past winter. Co-captains Ben Haydock of Concord, David Tobin of Carlisle and Matt Coogan of Concord, led the cross-country ski team all the way to States. At States, the team placed fourth overall, a wonderful achievement. The downhill ski team had an equally successful year. Captains Robert Dolins and Conor Callahan, both of Carlisle, led the team to States, where they placed first overall, dominating in the same fashion as they have in previous years.
Both ski teams graduated many skiers last year but had high hopes for this year. Each team kept up the winning tradition that Concord-Carlisle has grown to expect.
Led by Carlisle native and senior captain Dan Fidler and Jesse Levine of Concord in only their second season after a long period of inactivity, the C-C Indoor Track Team had another great year. Indoor track is commonly considered one of the tougher sports in the school.
Fidler finished ninth in the mile with a 4:30 time and Levine finished 12th in the long jump with 19 feet 9 inches. While these two athletes highlighted the year for indoor track, many more contributed to C-C's great year, and everyone looks forward to next year.
The wrestling team had another successful year, highlighted by Carlisle native Jason Mestancik, who qualified for the All-State Tournament in the Division 2 tournament where he came in fourth in his 135-pound weight class.
With the wrestling program fielding a young but talented group of kids, the team looks forward to success in the years to come. With sophomores Dylan Katz-Wicks, Tim McGonagle, Alex Fleming, Ethan Schneider and newcomer Mike Callender, the team has a strong group of players coming back for the next two years. With stars in many of the different weight classes, C-C looks to dominate and have many wrestlers in States next year.
Swimming and diving
Although many seniors were missing from this year's squad, the Boys Swimming and Diving Team managed to achieve a 6-6 record in the regular season for the first time in over five years. Returning Carlisle swimmers Dan Abel, Andrew Edes and Captain Basil Bourque provided a solid foundation, while Carlisle newcomers Phil Lavely and Donald and Henri Wathieu brought in a much-needed infusion of talent to compensate for the loss of last year's four graduating seniors.
Sophomore Dan Abel achieved a personal best swim in the 200-yard individual medley relay at the League Meet, while Bourque almost bested his 100-yard breaststroke time of 1:14.23. Donald Wathieu and Phil Lavely competed in all three relays (200 medley, 200 and 400 freestyle) throughout the season and in the post-season, while Donald's younger brother Henri swam in the 400 freestyle relay at States. At States, all three relays posted their best times of the season, while Lavely managed to swim a personal best in the 500-yard freestyle as well. Junior Donald Wathieu also contributed with an excellent 100-yard backstroke swim at the State meet. After this outstanding season and a new pool across the street, the team can only look forward to bigger and better things.
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