Friday, June 29, 2007
CCHS boys spring sports round-up
Track and field
The boys track and field team had a great season this year producing a large number of EMass (Eastern Massachusetts finals) qualifiers. Carlisle qualifiers included senior Andy Brown in the 110 m hurdles, senior Dan Canina in the shot-put and discus, senior Ted Day-Fratto in the 400 m, junior Phil Divino in the one mile, senior Dan Fidler in the one mile, junior Jason Mestancik in the pole vault, senior Zander Pease in long jump, senior Evan Tierney in the 200 m, senior David Tobin in the 800 m, and senior Alex van Leer in the pole vault. Dan Fidler came in fifth in the one mile and later finished 17th in the state. Van Leer finished fifth with a vault of 11'06". Dan Canina came in fifth in the discus with 137'02". Two of the three team captains were from Carlisle this year Dan Canina and Dan Fidler, and both were named DCL All Stars and nominated as Boston Globe All-Scholastics. Fidler had the second fastest one-mile time in the history of the school at 4.29.05. Canina was DCL Champion in shot-put and number two in discus. The team hopes to have a great season next year with Phil Divino set to be a captain.
The baseball team finished the season with a record of 11-9-0 and made it to the first round of the play-offs where they lost to a strong Belmont team, 2-1. Carlisle senior Ben Hoffman was out for the season with a dislocated throwing shoulder but stuck with the team and was a great help to the new coach John Kelly. Senior Robert Dollins played outfield for the majority of the season and was a big contributor to the team. Junior Brendan Hedblom started at catcher and had a fantastic season. He will return next year as varsity captain. Junior Parker Schweer was the pitcher and used his intelligence and knowledge of the game to help him on the mound. Sophomore Grant McCandless was quite a surprise this season, stepping up to become one of the top starting pitchers. After a successful season, Coach Kelly anticipates an excellent and productive season next year.
The boys tennis team had an amazing year, finishing the regular season undefeated with a record of 17-0. The team was Dual County League Champion and North Sectional Finalist, losing a tough match to rival Acton-Boxborough whom they had beaten twice in the regular season. The team got a bye in the first round and then beat Boston Latin, Masconomet, and Lexington before reaching Acton-Boxborough. The entire team was composed of Concord players this year. Ari Zyskind was a first-team DCL All-Star and Boston Globe All-Scholastic. Doubles partners Sam Megowen and George King were named first-team DCL All-Stars. Sawyer Lawson made second-team DCL All-Star and Nathaniel Hack was a DCL Honorable Mention. The team is looking forward to another great year, and with only one graduating senior, the majority of the team will be returning.
The boys lacrosse team had a fantastic season this year, making it all the way to the Division 2 East Finals. The Patriots, seeded sixth in the tournament, beat Marblehead, North Andover and Wayland before succumbing to Medfield, the number one seed, in the championship game. The team was Dual County League Co-Champion with Wayland, finishing their season with a strong 14-6 record. For the second year in a row the team received the DCL Sportsmanship Award as voted by the league coaches.
Senior co-captain Eric Zuk was named a DCL second-team All-Star this year. Coach Dalicandro calls him "a true leader and an outstanding athlete." Zuk also captained the basketball team which helped him become a formidable defenseman. Peter Stone has played varsity for three years and showed great skill as a defenseman. He is the third of three Stone brothers who have come through C-C lacrosse. His strong knowledge of the game made him a valuable contributor to the team. Greg Gatti is also a three-year varsity player and defenseman who especially contributed on man-down plays. He plays short stick and his understanding of positioning was essential to the team. Junior star Oliver Cragan was out for all but two weeks of this season, but is a strong offensive midfielder and is expected to be a great player and leader for the team next year.
Due to the very large team this year, there were many players who were also important contributors this season. Carlisle seniors include Connor Callahan, Evan Carpenito, Billy Luther, Nick O'Laughlin and Rushi Ganmukhi. These players carried their team and helped their teammates make great improvements throughout the season.
Photos by Anderson Photo
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