Friday, December 14, 2007
CCHS girls fall sports round-up
After qualifying for the Division 1 State Tournament for the past four years, the Concord-Carlisle Girls Varsity Volleyball Team has rightfully earned the respect of their competitors. The team ended their regular season with a record of 12-6 and finished fourth in the Dual County League (DCL). Seeded sixth in the Central Division, the team was rewarded for their exceptional record with their first-ever home match during the State Tournament. After defeating Worcester-South at home, they went on to beat heavily favored Franklin, who was the third seed. Coach Fuller has no regrets about their Division 1 Central West semi-final loss to Milford, "an excellent team that continued to make it all the way to the State Finals."
Coach Fuller praises co-captain All-Star Carlisle senior Nikki Wortel as a key asset to the team's success and "one of the top five players in the league." Wortel's outstanding serve was highly valued at her position of outside hitter. For the second consecutive year, she was a First-Team DCL All-Star. Senior Elizabeth Karafotias emerged as a designated server in addition to her position as setter. Fuller admired Karafotias' "friendliness and ability to help younger players by making them feel comfortable on the team."
Despite the loss of seven seniors, Coach Fuller remains optimistic about the 2008 team, which will consist of six to eight new players, some of whom will be starters. Next year, the team hopes to continue to qualify for the state tournament. Now that the CCHS volleyball program has grown in interest and a strong freshman team has developed, Coach Fuller believes that the next step is to incorporate volleyball in middle school sports program to build a stronger foundation at an even younger level.
During their first year in the DCL Small League, the CCHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team swept the league with a record of 4-0-4, competing against Bedford, Weston, Wayland, and Tyngsboro. Competing in a smaller league allows teams to make more attainable goals and play teams that are closer to their own skill level.
Coach Slocum admires this "hard working group of girls with a great attitude that makes for a positive team environment." Junior Ema Woodward was highly regarded by Coach Slocum for her "remarkable cross[ing pass] and great touch on the ball." Junior Alison Koning's speed and assiduous work ethic earned her not only her first varsity letter, but also three assists. Coach Slocum recalls Koning's best assist during the game against Newton-South where she perfectly placed the ball for teammate, sophomore Hillary Cook, who scored a tremendous goal. This was only one of Cook's three goals, in addition to her one assist.
With their regular season record of 6-6-6, the team qualified for the Division 2 State Tournament. Freshman Lindsay Cook was called up to play with the team, but the team did not make it past the first round, losing to North Andover 1-0. Goals for next year's team include maintaining the DCL Small League title and making it deeper into the tournament.
With a history of great Carlisle runners, the CCHS Varsity Girls Cross-country team continued the tradition during the 2007 season. Co-captain senior Andrea Fine was highly respected by all her teammates and admired for her constant support of others. Junior Theresa Fritz-Endres completed her third varsity season year as the fourth best C-C runner, and she went on to run with fellow Carlisle Junior teammates Liza Faulkner and Blair Robinson in the Eastern Massachusetts State Meet (EMass). Faulkner was a key runner during the season, placing first against both Bedford and Wayland. Coach Hart found Robinson to be "quite the pleasant surprise as a brand new runner" who was voted a First Team DCL All-Star. At EMass, Robinson ran the 5K race in 19:46, and as one of the top seventeen girls overall at EMass, she qualified to go on to the Massachusetts Division 2 state meet.
With a record of 7-2, the team placed third in the DCL and sixth at EMass. Next year's goal is to make it to the state meet. Coach Hart believes this goal is attainable because there were no C-C seniors at the EMass meet, and next year's team consists of many strong juniors. Despite the solid program Coach Hart has seen from the Carlisle Middle School, there were no Carlisle freshman on the team this year; however, Carlisle members of the JV Girls Cross-Country team this year included senior Crissy Sandwen, junior Kelsey Erickson, and sophomores Kelsey Canavan, Brooke Cragan, Julia Hisey, Annie King, Kati Lerner, and Christianna Marks.
After a disappointing start of 1-5-2, Coach Betsy Smith felt the CCHS Varsity Girls Field Hockey team really "dug deep," finishing their regular season 8-8-2. The team finished fourth in the DCL, although Coach Smith believed "the record didn't show how good the girls really were" because most of the team's losses were in very competitive one point games.
With 12 seniors departing last year, there were many position changes on the team. Senior co-captain Kate Ostrowski was voted a First-Team DCL All-Star for her tremendous stick work at left midfield. Ostrowski and co-captain Lauren LaLiberte were very committed, working endlessly to organize practices and camps. LaLiberte had great timing and always knew where and when to attack, which allowed her to play an excellent center defense position.
During her first year at defense, senior Julia Lyons prevented many goals from being scored and rightfully earned her First-Team DCL All-Star award. Senior Felisha Patel played forward and midfield in her first year on varsity, and Coach Smith admired her aggression and how "she looks so gentle and then out comes this fighting tiger."
After leading the JV team for the beginning part of the season, juniors Haley George and Sam Dweck joined the varsity team, adding great character to the team. George played sweeper "with more energy than anyone else on the team," according to Coach Smith, who also found that Dweck had "really developed as a midfielder and overall field hockey player." Once sophomore Georgia Guttadauro's "rocket shot" was discovered, she switched from center midfield to center forward.
Among the JV players on the varsity team were Carlisleans junior Samantha Hankey, sophomore McKenzie Dray, and freshman Juliet Dalton, who helped out in the midfield and forward line. Since the majority of next year's team will be seniors, Coach Smith laughs as she mentions the word "Senioritis" since there will be only two non-senior returning varsity players. Hopefully, these girls will be able to use their experience and qualify earlier for the tournament.
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