Friday, June 27, 2008
CCHS spring sports round-up: records to remember CCHS boys spring sports
We had a very good lacrosse season that exceeded expectations when the season began. With over 22 seniors leaving last year, it was expected this would be a rebuilding year, and the team would struggle to achieve even modest results. But when all was said and done, we had an excellent year - 14 wins and 6 losses, including an 11 and 1 record in the Dual County League, which made us the champions of both the DCL large and small divisions. We made it to the MIAA tournament and won our first game against Foxboro before getting knocked out by Falmouth in a close game, 5-4.
With only four seniors on the team, we knew we’d be an underdog in many situations, but that helped us surprise a lot of teams. We managed to keep the pressure on all our opponents and wound up winning most of our close games, including a 6 to 5 win over Lincoln-Sudbury where I was lucky enough to score the winning goal with just over two minutes left in the game. There has always been a huge rivalry between our two teams – it was great to be on the winning side this year!
Three other Carlisle seniors made significant contributions to the team. Marty Spears, a three-year veteran defenseman, was one of our key “strength and size” men. He brought a level of consistency to the game that gave us a real edge. Brian Whalen, a newcomer to CCHS this year, was a midfielder who came on strong late in the season, particularly at our first MIAA game with Foxboro which we won, 15-5. Julian Attias, a rising junior and the team’s face-off man, earned numerous extra possessions and continues to perfect his defense and versatility as a team player. He will be a key member of next year’s team.
Despite losing four seniors next year, the Patriots are well positioned for great success as we have a strong group of 15 juniors returning, along with a number of talented sophomores (Steven Saul, Eric DeBruzzi, Conor Deignan, T Ritz and Dillon Mariano from Carlisle) and many JV players preparing to move up next year. The team is solid and will be ready for any opponent next year.
I was proud to be a part of the great ’08 team and wish next year’s team much success.
Boys and girls track
It was a very successful season for the Concord-Carlisle outdoor track team this spring. The team is known at the school for its tight bond and camaraderie. The crew of 140-plus joined together as brothers and sisters to form a successful group of athletes set out selflessly, enduring pain and hard work, to better their team.
Under head coach, Steve Lane, the team had a solid regular season and finished strong in the Dual County League Championship with the boys and girls overall placing third and fifth respectively. After surpassing the qualifying standards with outstanding performances during the season, over 30 athletes on the team were sent to the Division II state championship at Reading High School.
The senior qualifiers include Phil Divino in the mile and 800-meter relay, Jason Mestancik in the pole vault, Matthew Knight in the 800-meter relay, and Arley Donovan in the 100 meter relay, all from Carlisle. Other Carlisle qualifiers include Theresa Fritz-Endres, Hannah Parra, Zander Ansara, Ben Verrill and 2009 captains Blair Robinson, Sam (Samantha) Dweck, and Chris Bojanic.
At the divisional meet, senior Dave McKenna and junior Sam Dweck were first in the discus and pole vault respectively, while senior Phil Divino was third in the mile, earning the three a trip to the All-State meet at Durfee High School in Fall River. From there, McKenna and Dweck both qualified for New Englands in Maine, proving their dominance and making Concord-Carlisle very proud. Mestancik and Bojanic were both named Dual County League All-Stars, and Dweck was named an All-Scholastic by the Boston Globe.
With the loss of many dazzling athletes the previous year, the 2008 track team worked hard and improved from the 2007 team, and look to do so again in 2009 under the legendary coaching of Steve Lane, Mary McCabe, Hannah Bruno, Al Robichaud and Brian Mille
The boys tennis team’s 25-0 record earned them a Dual County League Championship, a North Sectionals Championship and finally the State Division 1 Championship.
Led by seniors Ari Zyskind, Sawyer Lawson, Nathanial Hack and Sam Megowen, they beat Longmeadow, 5-0 in the State Finals and never lost a single match during the entire tournament. Freshman Alex Steinroeder and the doubles team of George King and Sam Megowen won North Sectional Individual titles as well.
Carlisle’s Alec Ahee, a member of the varsity team, contributed to wins against Boston Latin and Tyngsboro. A junior next year, he will be a key player for the team as they look to replace the seniors and defend their state title. ∆
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