Canceling the spring sports activities season was a blow to many — gamers, coaches, followers — however nobody felt the sting greater than the senior athletes, their final likelihood to put on the purple and white evaporating in a pandemic on the spot.
The category of 2020 on the Martha’s Winery Regional Excessive College class is stuffed with stellar spring sports activities groups. The women tennis group has gained 5 consecutive state championships, and the boys tennis, women lacrosse and crusing groups have been all league champs final yr.
As freshmen, Alex Rego, Chesca Quinlan-Potter, Hannah Rabasca, Simone Davis and Molly Pogue joined a group that had simply gained this system’s second-straight state championship. There have been numerous expectations however they rose to the problem, including three extra championships throughout their profession. And though they’ll miss the prospect so as to add a sixth consecutive title to the report books, the ladies mentioned a few of their fondest recollections came about off the court docket.
“The journey experiences we had, it was simply hysterical,” Rego mentioned. “The stuff that went down on the bus and the ferry, it was so enjoyable. Tennis is a group sport however if you’re taking part in, you’re alone or with a accomplice. On the similar time, that is the closest I’ve ever felt with any sports activities group I’ve ever been on.”
Doubles companions Chesca Quinlan-Potter and Molly Pogue turned so shut it was as if they might learn one another’s minds.
“We had Pogue-Potter telepathy,” Quinlan-Potter mentioned with fun.
“They have been probably the most iconic duo,” Rego added. “They’d matching socks and did particular handshakes earlier than each match. It was fairly hardcore.”
The boys tennis group had been bettering every year, making it to the state semi-finals final season led by seniors Owen Favreau, Spencer Pogue, Chris Ferry and Luke Nivala. Within the state quarterfinals they upset Dover-Sherborn, which had gained 53 straight matches.
The seniors have been wanting ahead to a run at a state championship this spring.
“This yr we have been actually wanting ahead to taking part in as a result of we knew we have been going to be stronger than final yr,” Favreau mentioned.
The crusing group additionally had a banner 2019, successful the Cape and Islands league championship. Abigail Hammarlund and Joe Serpa have traversed Winery waters since they have been youngsters. Serpa honed his racing abilities on the Winery Haven Yacht Membership whereas Hammarlund discovered the ropes from her mother and father.
“I’m so grateful for the alternatives we did get, for all of the regattas we certified for,” Serpa mentioned. “Our group has been superb over the previous three years — nice youngsters, nice coaches and nice competitors.”
Softball group seniors Emily Mello, Tianna Rambonga and Kya Maloney mentioned they’d not solely miss the competitors, they have been even lacking the near-freezing March practices.
Mello got here up via the Little League ranks in grades 4 via eight. In highschool she made the varsity softball group as a freshman. Rambonga additionally made the varsity group as a freshmen and earned her stripes pitching after getting beaned within the eye with a throw she didn’t see coming. Maloney performed T-ball when she was six, however then traded her glove for a lacrosse stick. She switched to softball as a sophomore.
The seniors reminisced about one Could afternoon throughout their freshmen yr when the coach arrange a slip and slide for the ladies to apply sliding
“Proper subsequent to the lacrosse women. They have been jealous,” Mello mentioned.
“Yeah, I used to be a lacrosse woman on the time,” Maloney mentioned. “I used to be jealous,”she added with fun.
A yr in the past, the baseball group was acknowledged by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Affiliation with the Sportsmanship Award below first yr head coach Kyle Crossland. Jeremy and Jared Regan, Miles Sidoti, Hoffie Hearn, Jackson Pizzano, Cam Moore, Ryan Mendez and Kenny Hatt make up a senior class that was primed for an additional run on the playoffs with their second-year head coach.
“I’ve cherished having him as a coach,” Sidoti mentioned. “Crossland likes to win and he desires to win, so I feel he put some fireplace beneath us.”
The monitor and subject group had numerous momentum rolling into the spring. Within the fall the boys cross nation group gained the state title and the ladies cross nation group gained states in 2019.
Seniors Catherine Cherry, Vito Aiello, Ashley Biggs, Wyatt Belisle, Linda Borges, Jojo Bonneau, Tyla Packish, Peter Burke, Paige Pogue, Sprint Christy, Madia Bellebuono, Tripp Hopkins, Molly Carroll, Josh Pinto and Tom Sykes have been able to make their mark.
“I don’t suppose I’ve a favourite second,” Bonneau mentioned of his monitor profession. “There are such a lot of. I’ll look again at exercises or races or pre-race and I’ll say, these have been the great occasions.”
For Biggs it was the friendships that she’s going to keep in mind. “I feel the relationships on this group are fairly completely different from different sports activities. All of us discuss to one another. There’s probably not separate teams everybody hangs out with. All of us get alongside very well and everybody has enjoyable collectively. I feel that’s distinctive in regards to the monitor and cross nation group. I feel it’s simply lovely.”
Final season, the ladies lacrosse group rode an undefeated league report to a prime seed within the playoffs and made it to the third spherical of the event. Seniors Skyla Harthcock, Katherine O’Brien, Jennaleigh Griffin, Olivia Schroeder, Megan Zeilinger, Chloe Hoff and Rose Herman have been desirous to step up this yr to be leaders of the group.
“Our grade may be very shut with the underclassmen,” Harthcock mentioned. “We have been very excited to play our final season with these women. And now we simply don’t get to. We don’t even get to see them both, so it’s form of arduous.”
For boys lacrosse, seniors Colby Zarba, Hunter Athearn and William Herman have performed collectively since freshman yr. A few of their favourite recollections aren’t essentially of video games they gained, however reasonably occasions once they have been down however didn’t stop.
“My favourite reminiscence from a sport is the final sport of the season final yr in opposition to Bishop Feehan,” Zarba mentioned. “We didn’t win, which is bizarre to say that it’s my favourite, nevertheless it was 11-1 after the primary quarter and we got here again and misplaced 12-10. It was a brilliant good sport.”
He continued: “The toughest a part of all this hasn’t actually hit anybody but as a result of we’re not graduated and moved on in life. However I feel when everybody seems again on this, we’re going to understand we have been stripped of our final season and it means greater than what we predict proper now. It’s defiantly an enormous bummer. Everybody was actually wanting ahead to it.”
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