Friday, March 28, 2008
Winter sports round-up: Concord-Carlisle girls shine
For two consecutive years, the CCHS Girls Varsity Basketball Team qualified for the Division 2 State Tournament, finishing the regular season 10-10. Coach Joe Bodenrader finds it a “huge accomplishment to be able to compete with such strong teams” as Lincoln-Sudbury who, as returning state champs, defeated the C-C Varsity team by only ten points. During their first year competing in the Small Dual County League (DCL), CCHS finished 6-2 and tied for first place. Unfortunately the team didn’t make it further than the first round of the state tournament in which the team was defeated by Westford. In tough losses like this, Bodenrader admires the girls for their “confidence to go out and play their best” no matter whom they are competing against. He is expecting another successful season next year since there are only two departing seniors. Returning players from Carlisle include junior Kate Hitchner and sophomores Katie Hendrickson, Kerrie Bourque, Brooke Cragan, and Caroline Deignan. Hendrickson and Kitchner contributed as forwards, while Bourque, Cragan and Deignan provided depth as guards. Bourque worked very hard this year to earn her spot as the only starter from Carlisle.
The Girls Varsity Alpine Ski Team finished another astounding season and showed significant growth from the previous season. After completing their regular season with a record of 26-4, the team placed first in the Mass. Bay Ski League Omega Division, two places ahead of the prior season. Carlisle freshman Michelle Solomon was a wonderful addition to the team, placing first in the league and being named a league all-star. Solomon went on with the team to compete in the State Tournament where she placed sixth in both the slalom and giant slalom. With such impressive finishes, Solomon was chosen as a representative for the Eastern High School Championship race against other neighboring states. Carlisle sisters, sophomore Hillary Cook and freshman Lindsey Cook, helped contribute to CCHS’s fourth place finish in the state tournament. Out of the 170 racers at the state tournament, Hillary placed 63rd in giant slalom and 87th in slalom, while sister Lindsey placed 48th in giant slalom and 54th in slalom. In addition, the Cook sisters finished in the top ten of their league during the regular season. Coach Bob Furey expects another successful season next year with the loss of only two seniors.
In its 43rd season, the fencing team continues to improve and grow in participants. With roughly 50 members, including both girls and boys, the team is split into three squads: foil, saber, and epée. Finishing the regular season with a record of 13-1, the team ended its three-year winning streak; however, the team continued on to the state tournament where they finished first for five consecutive years.
Carlisle fencers included Genevieve Carmichael, Ariel Chin, Jenna Gillies, Kaytie Innamorati, Alex Knobel, Juliana Kulik, and Carolyn Tobin on the foil squad; Kelsey Erickson, Chelsea Wilkes, and Amanda Peterson on the epée squad; and Julia Hisey on the saber squad. Peterson earned the silver medal and Hisey placed sixth in the state tournament for their respective categories.
Diving Coach Tracy Bird believes it wasn’t just the large coaching staff that helped lead the
CCHS Swim and Dive Team to another successful season, but also the team’s “great sense of family.” The unprecedented team spirit and work ethic help unite the large group of 61 swimmers and divers, which continues to grow year after year. Head Coach Jerry Moss sees this year’s team as “one of the hardest-working group of swimmers and divers” he has ever coached.
The team’s efforts certainly paid off. After finishing fourth in the Dual County League (DCL) with a record of 4-3-0, the team advanced to the Division I State Meet where they placed fourth with a total of 119 points. Freshman Morgan Evans was a key contributor to the team’s success at the state tournament after finishing ninth in the 100 freestyle, sixth in the 100 breaststroke, and third in the 200 medley relay. The other Carlisle contender at states was freshman Sloane Brazina, a DCL All-Star, who placed second in the diving competition with an impressive 443.35 points.
Amanda Caddell, also from Carlisle, was also the only team member to both swim and dive. Another top female swimmer was senior Arley Donovan who specialized in the 100 breaststroke. Next year’s returning swimmers from Carlisle will include Emma Caroline Materne, Jen Perugini and Lucy King.
Despite their impressive record of 13-5-3 in the Dual County League, the Girls Varsity Ice
Hockey team was stymied, for the second year in a row, in the first round of the Division 2 State Tournament. Before their loss in double overtime at the state tournament to Winchester, they had worked hard to achieve their non-losing streak of nine games. Senior Captain Shannon Mahoney helped lead the team to many victories with her season total of 25 goals and 16 assists. For the third year in a row, Mahoney’s skills and leadership earned her the title of DCL All-Star. Next year’s sole returning Carlisle player will be junior Kelsey Bradley. As Coach Carroll Willa has hoped, the team continues to grow with a total of 22 players contributing to the 2008 season.
Still a relatively new program, the Indoor Track and Field team returned for its third season with more than 20 new additions to the team. With more than one-third of the team being freshmen, rookies played an important part in the 2008 season. Freshman Hannah Parra trained for short sprints and competed in the 4x200-meter relay and the 55- meter dash at the Dual County League Championship. After a rocky start of 1-3, the girls team finished strong defeating its last two opponents and ranking ninth at the DCL Championship. Other runners at the DCL Championship included sophomores Alisha Deary, competing in the 55-meter hurdles, and Sarah Dowcett, who finished 11th in the high jump. Now that the team has made a name for itself, Coach Steve Lane hopes to continue to improve until the team provides a threat to league leaders Acton-Boxboro and Lincoln-Sudbury. ∆
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