Friday, March 26, 2010
CCHS Varsity Winter Sports Roundup
Boys Swim and Dive Team
As the 2009-2010 winter season came to an end, the Varsity Swim and Dive team left the pool claiming an unbelievable eight school records, and a Massachusetts state diving record thanks to Sean O’Brien of Concord. The boys varsity swim team broke three of the eight records. After a 6-0 record during the start of the season, the boys faced a crushing defeat at Wayland, which Coach Moss described as “one of the worst performances [I have] ever seen”. However, the defeat only strengthened the boys’ desire to win, as they quickly recovered and progressed wildly.
By the time the State meet came around, Coach Golberg claimed that in his eight years of coaching, he had “never seen the team ranked so high in States.” A senior from Carlisle, Phil Lavely, was one of the star swimmers on the boy’s team. Phil ended his high school swimming career on a high note, setting two records during the 2010 season, and a total of four records during his four years on the team. Phil came in seventh in the 200-yard Individual Medley at the State meet, and eleventh in the 100-yard freestyle. Another star varsity player from Carlisle, Drew André, also completed a successful season. Drew came in seventh in the 200-yard freestyle at the State meet, and third in the 100-yard freestyle. Eric Debruzzi was yet another varsity Carlisle swimmer. Eric provided support for all relays at key points during the season, and was successful in many events, providing crucial versatility. Coach Moss is hopeful that the depth of talent in the team will provide for a very strong team during the 2010-2011 season.∆
Girls Swim and Dive Team
Concord Carlisle’s Girl Swim and Dive Team had a successful season this year. Senior Jenn Perugini successfully completed her high school swimming career this year, competing primarily in the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Morgan Evans received a varsity letter as well as the most valuable swimmer award for competing in breaststroke, backstroke and freestyle. Junior Lucy King also received a varsity letter for freestyle and many of her other events and received the Coach’s Award for the year.
Varsity sophomores included Caroline Guild, Catie Peterson and freestyler and Coaches’ Award recipient Marin Epstein. Varsity freshman swimmers were individual medley and breaststroker Emily Smith, breaststroker and freestyler Sarah Poirier and Katrina Stropkay.
Morgan Evans, Marin Epstein, Sarah Poirier and Emily Smith all qualified for the State Meet in their individual events. Emily was unable to swim, but Morgan, Marin and Sarah all participated in relays as well as in their individual events. Morgan swam breaststroke in the school record-breaking medley relay that came in fourth at States. Morgan, Marin and Sarah all swam in the 200 Freestyle Relay, also finishing fourth at States. Morgan and Marin additionally swam in the 400 Freestyle Relay that finished sixth.
After a weak performance at the Wayland meet, the team turned the season around to finish fifth at States. Coach Moss is optimistic about next year since the relays consist of returning underclassmen.
The dive team also had a very successful season. Carlisle divers Sloane Brazina and Jordan Ursch both placed at States. Sloane, a junior, had a difficult start to the season due to an injury, but she was able to recover and come in first at States for the second year in a row. Sophomore Jordan Ursch finished thirteenth at States. While the dive team will be losing Senior Elise Goodhue, who finished twelfth, divers Sloane, Katie Vogel (fifth) and Jordan Ursch will be returning. ∆
Girls’ Basketball Team
Concord-Carlisle’s Girls Basketball team finished a strong season with a final record of nine wins and eleven losses. All three captains were Carlisle athletes. Captain Caroline Deignan played guard, Captain Brooke Cragan played guard forward and Captain Katie Hendrickson also played guard forward. Also from Carlisle was Junior Rebecca Shenton who played forward.
The team began its season with a loss against Acton-Boxborough, who always proves difficult to beat, although CC played a good game. In the following game, the girls team was able to win against Arlington. A memorable game during the season was against Wayland, where the team was down by only three points at half time. After being down by as much as eight points in the second half, CCHS was able to tie it up and finish strong even though the final score was 47 to 44.
Coach Bodenrader admits that it was a difficult beginning to the season because returning starter Jamie Potter was unable to play due to injury. The team also lost five seniors, but Coach Bodenrader feels the team has a bright future, since they are young and athletic. Although Varsity will be losing four seniors, the strong Junior Varsity team from this year will add great depth to the team next year. ∆
Girls Nordic Ski Team
The Girls Varsity Cross Country Ski team was undefeated in its Eastern Division races this year. Tying for first in their first race, members continued on to win their following four races, beating competitors Lincoln-Sudbury and Acton-Boxborough. On March 2, the Girls team took second place for the second year in a row, losing only to Greylock.
Carlisle skiers who contributed to the win include Seniors Kaytie Innamorati finishing eighth and Heather Fischer finishing fourteenth. Other Varsity athletes included Junior Addie Bakewell, who finished in the top six.
The State championship is remembered by many of the skiers as the best meet of the season, just as it has been in the past. The team will be losing seven seniors next year, but Coach Kin Earle is confident, saying, “the team is still strong, and we’re already talking about next year and what we hope to do.” ∆
Boys Nordic Ski Team.
The Boys Varsity Cross Country Ski team finished third in five eastern division races (behind Lincoln-Sudbury and Acton-Boxborough), along with numerous other victories throughout the season. In the Dual Country League Championships, Tim Lamere took 7th, while Chris Burnham took 4th. Both of these Carlisle varsity athletes performed very well during the MIAA Nordic State Championships. Tim finished 20th, and Chris finished 6th.
Whether it was the team’s cheering, or the energy that they put into training and competition, the team was known for their high spirit during races. Coach Kin Earle was excited to say that it has been “a real joy to work with these kids over the last two seasons, and [he] [is] looking forward to next year.”
Kin Earle was liked by the team, as he had doubled the size of the boys team from the previous season, which was a huge improvement. Tim Lamere stated that “Joe Rinaldo and Marc Mazur were great captains. There was good team chemistry and we had a blast.” Although the team is losing seven seniors, the team is still very strong, and goals are already being set for next year’s season. ∆
Boys Wrestling Team
The end of the Boys Varsity Wrestling team’s season marked the end of one of the team’s best years yet. Coach Rivera, who was a state champion wrestler in Virginia, was a new coach this year, and he approached training from a different perspective. While previous coaches taught many moves, Coach Rivera focused primarily on ten moves which the team perfected. The team, which was relatively large compared to previous years, had only one varsity athlete from Carlisle, Cam McGrory.
Cam was a first time wrestler, and showed the greatest improvement of anyone on the team. His dedication and motivation earned him a place on the varsity team, where he played a large role in the team’s success.
After a devastating 27-40 defeat by Waltham, the team bounced back and claimed victory over Arlington, Greater Lowell Tech and Weston. The team’s future was looking very good when they moved onto the Brendan Grant Memorial Tournament. At this tournament, three wrestlers from Concord-Carlisle claimed third, and one took fourth. The team then proceeded to claim third in the Division Two Central Tournament, which was the biggest tournament of the season.
Because of Coach Rivera’s methods and the team’s optimism during tough competitions, the team is looking forward to bringing their high spirit and energy back next season, and competing with the same force as they did in 2009-2010. ∆
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