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Friday, July 17, 2009

 

CCHS boys sports round-up

Track

Impressive individual performances as well collective hard work and support from all members of the team elevated C-C track to a new level during this past spring season. More

From left to right, Kevin Clarke, Tim Lamere, C. J. Horvath and Cook Welch compete in the one-mile. (Photo courtesy of Anderson Photo)

school records were broken this year than in any year before. The boys team finished the season as champions of the Dual County League Small Division, and placed third, just 1 point behind Lincoln-Sudbury, in the Dual County League championships.

Captains Chris Bojanic of Carlisle, Harry Green and Caleb Brewer worked hard to create a great track atmosphere, which in the end helped every member perform at their best. “The team chemistry was great this year,” noted senior Chris Bojanic. “It made everything go smoothly, and brought such a big team closer together.” Just how big can a track team be? This year’s spring squad consisted of more than 100 participants, making it by numbers the most popular sport at C-C.

“Track isn’t like most sports,” Bojanic concluded, “and for that reason some people neglect to join. But every year we get kids who join for the first time their senior year and wonder why they didn’t join sooner. A huge part of this is due to the great coaching staff, who are extremely friendly.” With this in mind, C-C track may, in the future, become even more popular than it already is, and consequently become even more talented.

Carlisle players included seniors Chris Bojanic, Chris Hofman, Matthew Koski and Ben Verrill, juniors Zander Ansara, Kevin Clarke and Phil Lavely, sophomores Chris Burnham, Sean Fidler, Alex Kindmonth, Ben Parson and Joshua Philippou, and freshmen Owen Guttadauro and Larry White.

Lacrosse

For C-C lacrosse, the spring ’09 season was certainly one to remember. The team got off to a hot start and did not look back, making a deep run into the playoffs. A heart-breaking loss in the state semi-finals capped off a noteworthy season, where the Patriots finished with an overall record of 22-3.

Eric DeBruzzi avoids an opponent’s check. (Photo courtesy of Anderson Photo)

Experience and skill propelled the Patriots throughout the season. Said junior Jack Delehey, “The team had a core group of seniors who were all leaders, as well as young kids who stepped up when they needed to.” In total, there were six Dual County League All-Stars on the squad, as well as one All-American (Zach Driscoll).

The Patriots started the season winning their first 16 games, which gave every player and coach plenty of confidence going into the playoffs. After several hard-fought victories in the early rounds, C-C found themselves matched up against #1 in the state, undefeated powerhouse Medfield. While few gave C-C a fighting chance, supreme confidence and determination kept the Patriots in the game. C-C ended up winning with a dramatic last-second goal in overtime, and advanced to the state semi-finals. While a tough loss to Walpole put C-C out of the run for a championship, it could not taint an unforgettable season.

Next year’s team will enter the season with high hopes, with returning starters at midfield and attack, as well as star junior goalie Robby Snook, who will start for a third year in a row. When asked to predict the squad’s potential success, Delehey replied, “You can expect another deep tournament run.” Carlisle players on this year’s team included junior Eric Debruzzi and sophomore Steven Saul.

Tennis

Fresh off a state championship, the boys tennis team expected nothing less than another dominant season. Their goal was to repeat and take home the title once again, and through

Carlisle tennis players Erik Dinardo, Jay Berajawala, Alex Japko and Alec Ahee celebrate the team’s state championship win.. (Courtesy photo)

outstanding performances, the squad did not disappoint. C-C tennis finished with a perfect record of 24-0, capping off a second straight undefeated season with a second straight state championship.

This year’s team was led by senior captains Justin Lee and George King, two players who had proved their value to the program over the last 3 years. Their talent helped lay out a strong foundation for an extremely balanced team. Although balanced, the team showed some inconsistency at the beginning of the season, as the doubles players lost their only matches in the first few games. However, as that last fact hinted, the team shook off the cobwebs early, and finished strong. By midseason, the team was performing better than ever, but that is not to say they were not faced with extreme challenges.

Star sophomore Alex Steinroeder, who played a key role in last year’s title run, left the team for some time to play a tournament in California. With this setback, other players faced more pressure than ever to perform above and beyond expectations. Captain Justin Lee proved worthy of such a challenge, as he played in the first singles spot, and won three of the season’s biggest matches against rivals such as Acton-Boxborough and Arlington. When Steinroder returned, C-C became a heavy favorite to win it all.

The team’s toughest match came in their win over Wellesley in a rematch of last year’s state semifinals. That victory gave the Patriots a bid to the state finals, a rematch of last year’s match against Longmeadow High School. Once again, C-C did not disappoint, and ended up winning 3 to 2.

When asked how high school tennis differs from other sports, Carlisle junior Alex Japko replied, “While tennis is technically a one-on-one or two-on-two game, you really have to rely on your teammates when facing up against another school. Depth is a huge factor, as the #1 player can’t win every match for you.” Japko went on to note that the offseason work for tennis is just as demanding as any other sport. He then corrected himself in saying that for most tennis players, no true offseason even exists. “For most kids, the real season begins now, as there are endless amounts of summer tournaments on everyone’s agenda.”

C-C tennis has not lost a regular season match since 2005. Next year’s squad will be led by captains Alex Steinroeder and Hayden Callahan. Carlisle players on this year’s team included juniors Alex Japko, Alec Ahee and Jay Berajawala, as well as sophomore Eric Dinardo.

Baseball

With a senior-heavy roster, C-C baseball came into this spring season as the team to beat in the Dual County League. The team had both depth and experience, and third year coach John Kelly seemed to have laid down the foundation for a successfully run baseball program. However, struggling with consistency, the squad finished the season with a record of 5-15,

Pitcher Grant McCandless winds up. (Courtesy photo)

going 5-5 in the DCL Small Division and tying for third.

Senior captains Grant McCandless of Carlisle, Dylan Katz-Wicks, Peter Castrichini, Brad MacHaffie and Dan Tenner were prime examples of this year’s solid roster. The team had an all-star pitching rotation, which is critical for any team’s success. However, it often takes the full package of pitching, fielding and hitting to win consistently. As a result, the Patriots had a tough time wrapping up several games.

Carlisle senior Grant McCandless called this year’s team unique in the sense that “it was possibly the most talented team in recent history, but it never banded together.” He went on to further elaborate on the team’s consistency problems. “Sometimes we played fantastic. Others we played horribly. One day we’d beat #9 in the state Weston, the next we’d lose to a division 3 Tyngsboro team.”

Losing several key seniors, next year’s team will likely consist of fresh young talent. Current juniors including Brodie Stone, David Schloss, Patrick Mitchell and John Bumpus will lead the squad.


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