Friday, April 9, 2010
CCHS Varsity Winter Sports Roundup
Girls varsity hockey
The Girls Varsity Hockey season came to an end this year with a final record of six wins, 13 losses and one tie. Sophomore Jenny Robinson of Carlisle played center and was also the leading scorer for the team. Coach Willa commends her as a “hard worker and strong motivator to all.” Sophomore Katherine Hreib switched from offense to defense this year and was quickly recognized as a consistent and tough defensive player. Paige Howard played right wing and was able to adjust to the pace of a high school game as a freshman. Eighth-grader Monica Chen played right wing and Coach Willa expects her to have “a lot more to contribute in the next four years.”
Concord-Carlisle’s game against Chelmsford was especially memorable, since it was their first win of the season. Going into the game, the team held a record of zero wins and eight losses, but the coach comments that it is a testament to the character of the team that they were able to turn the season around and win six and tie one of their final 12 games. The team will only be losing two seniors this year, and Coach Willa is hopeful that the returning players will be able to come out strong next year after learning how to play and work hard together this past season.
Boys varsity hockey
After a phenomenal end to the season, the team left the rink with 20 wins, two ties and only one loss. The boys concluded their season by placing third in the Massachusetts Division Three Power rankings, and placing first in the Dual Country League Division Three rankings.
Carlisle varsity athletes included Ryan Robinson, Justin Harris and Steven Saul. Robinson, a junior at CCHS, played defense. Justin Harris, a senior, played forward and Steven Saul was goalie throughout the season.
This season the boys brought much energy and confidence to the ice, and the coaches of the team stated that the 2009-2010 boys hockey season was the best season in Concord-Carlisle history. The boys are looking forward to bringing back the same aggression and success during the 2010-2011 season.
Boys indoor track
Concord-Carlisle varsity boys indoor track and field team finished with a record of five wins and not a single loss. Carlisle athletes included Ben Parra, Ben Parson, Zander Ansara and Sean Fidler. Parra, who will be a captain next year, claimed the title of fastest 300-meter sprinter in the Dual Country League Small School Division. Parson completed a successful season, as he was one of the team’s strongest distance runners, and provided the team with talent and support during the Dual County League championships.
Ansara, one of the captains of the team, was known as the best hurdler on the team and competed in the Dual County League championships. The final Carlisle varsity athlete on the team is Fidler, who was the premier shot putter on the team. Fidler will be a captain next year and provides the team with energy and spirit. Coach Lane quipped that “sometimes it’s hard to stay focused when you know you’re going to win by 30-40 points!” The boys team did a great job turning in “high-level performances” each week. Although the team is losing many talented distance runners, the coaches are excited for next year’s season, as the returning boys encompass many very talented sprinters, jumpers and throwers.
Girls indoor track
Concord-Carlisle Girls Indoor Track team had an undefeated season with a final record of five wins. However, not a single one of the meets was an easy win. Coach Lane commented that, “each meet came down to the last event or two… We had no margin for error…the girls we were relying on to score points had to come through without fail, or we’d lose and every meet [they showed] wonderful consistency.”
Carlisle athletes on the indoor track team include Makayla Barton, junior; Sarah Dowcett, senior; Caroline Kimball-Katz junior; Maila Kodas, freshman; Christine Learned, junior; Sarah Ojemann, sophomore; Hannah Parra, junior; and Lindsey Verrill, sophomore. Although the team will feel the loss of many senior athletes, there is ample opportunity to build depth through the underclassmen.
Boys varsity basketball
The boys season included many close and exciting games with over half the games being decided in the last minute of play. The team lost their first four games while missing several key players, but rebounded to win nine of the last 14 regular season games. CCHS could never be counted out, once scoring seven points in the last six seconds to tie Wayland before losing in overtime.
The team qualified for the State Tournament for the fourth time in five years by beating Billerica in a “must-win” final game. In the tourney, CCHS lost to Middlesex League Champion and third-seeded Belmont in a close game when the tying shot missed in the final minute.
Carlisle senior Kevin Clarke was co-captain along with John Bumpus and Drew Vanasse. Juniors Edwin Delva and Brima Rogers were Dual County League All-Stars. Clarke and Bumpus were co-recipients of the James Hayes award for courage, work ethic, leadership and overall contributions to the boys basketball program.
Coach David Cohen said “It was one of the most exciting seasons in CCHS history with amazing finishes, spectacular comebacks, and satisfying wins.” ∆
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