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Friday, November 26, 2010


Carlisle varsity athletes excelled in CCHS fall sports

Girls cross country

Megan Ratcliffe focuses on the finish line. (Courtesy photo) Junior Meg Parson runs at a meet. (Courtesy photo)

The Girls cross country team finished eighth in the state on Saturday, November 20 in Gardner. The team came in second at both the Amherst Invitational meet and the Bay State Invitational. The season’s record was an impressive 4-2. Only losing their first two meets against Weston and Lincoln-Sudbury, the girls went on to win their next four regular season meets. The girls finished second to Lincoln-Sudbury in the Dual County League.

This year, Concord-Carlisle High School sent seven girls to the state meet where 178 racers competed. The race was a 2.9 mile run, with the first place runner finishing with a time of 16:36.4 min. Sophomore Megan Ratcliffe of Concord Street finished 66th with a time of 18:36. Junior Meg Parson of Woodbine Road also went to the state meet as an alternate.





Midfielder and CCHS Senior Lindsay Cook (Photo by Carol Bailey)

Girls soccer

The Concord-Carlisle Girls’ Soccer team had another outstanding season with a final record of 13-3-4. The opening game against Waltham was a good indication of the season as the Patriots defeated the Hawks 5-3. The girls made it to the state quarter-finals, beating Lincoln-Sudbury 2-1 in the second overtime, and finally lost to Central Catholic 2-0 on Wednesday November 10.

The team consistently worked hard at every practice. The success of the season was in part owed to the Carlisle players’ ability to step into their roles as leaders and varsity athletes on the team. Senior Lindsay Cook of Cross Street was a strong player at midfield, and helped to cross the ball. Senior Michelle Solomon of Hutchins Road played aggressively at outside mid. Freshman Hannah Deignan of Forest Park Drive played her forward position with tireless intensity and Freshman Angela Debruzzi of Autumn Lane played a solid season as goalie. Sophomore Maila Kodas of Kimball Road played outside midfield and contributed to the team with her excellent shotmaking. Junior Lauren Tierney of Lowell Street was known for her speed at outside defense, and her positive attitude throughout the season.



Varsity golf


Karolyne Shieh on the green. (Photo by Carol Bailey)

Ryan Harris, Dual County League Champion. (Photo by Carol Bailey)

The talented varsity golf team finished yet another winning season, despite losing nine seniors from the 2009 season. The team had an overall record of 11-6 (8-2 at home and 3-4 on the road) and a Dual Country League Small Division record of 6-4.

Carlisle golfers included junior captain Ryan Harris and Karolyne Shieh, a sophomore. Harris, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Justin, defended his Dual County League individual champion title, winning over Chad Stumpo of Newton South by one shot with a shot one under par seventy-one at the Blue Hill Country Club. Harris has also won the Dual County League All-Star title two years in a row, and leads the team with a stroke average of 37.1. Karolyne Shieh, a Boston Globe and Herald All-Scholastic, finished fourth in the girl’s individual state tournament. Shieh also has a stroke average of 41.6, placing her in the fourth spot on the team.

The coach, Phil Gibson (a 1984 Concord-Carlisle graduate) claims that despite losing three seniors after this season, “Next year we will return 11 players, and I am optimistic that we will be back at a level where we can compete for championships.”

Boys cross country

Carlisleans Tim Lamere, # 338, and Chris Burnham, #310, with the varsity team whose record was 9-0 in the Dual County League. (Courtesy photo)

The accomplished boys varsity cross country team finished their 2010 fall season with an undefeated record in the Dual County League for the second year in a row. Senior varsity runners from Carlisle included Chris Burnham and captain Tim Lamere. Regrettably, Lamere, one of the team’s top runners, missed the last three meets, including a dual meet, Division III DCL Championships, and the EMASS Championship due to a stress fracture, but is looking forward to continuing his running career when he recovers.

After the regular season, the team claimed third place in the Division III Dual Country League meet, and moved on to the EMASS Championship. The runners fought for the championship title, but took fifth place, which unfortunately did not qualify them for the state championship. At the EMASS championship, Chris Burnham, the only Carlisle runner in the meet, took 40th place out of 150 runners and 23 teams, emphasizing Burnham’s drastic improvement during the off-season. During the 2009 cross country season, Burnham was a junior varsity runner, but became one of the best runners on the 2010 varsity team.

Although the team is losing many talented seniors, the team is still and always will be strong under the coaching of head coach Steve Lane and assistant coach Mary McCabe.

Tim Lamere claims that “Lane and McCabe are the most knowledgable and dedicated coaches I have ever had at the high school. They sincerely care about the team and wish to see everyone succeed.” ∆

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