Yesterday, versus the Watkinson School, the Lady Pioneers of EHS kicked off their 2013 season. In a closely contested game for the first few innings, the team showed major improvements in the areas of communicating, supporting each other, as well as staying positive and focused.
The opposing pitcher presented a new challenge for the squad with velocity and a more traditional windup routine than the team had seen much of. The girls struggled pretty much across the board through their first at bats but as the course of the game wore on, more frequent and solid contact was made, resulting in Amanda Jarmolowicz and Chloe Segal earning the first two RBI’s of the season along with hits for many of the girls, including some newcomers.
Natasha Armstrong and the rest of the defense showed heart and tenacity, overcoming early jitters to finish strong. Leslie Kane and Liza Greenblatt each had terrific moments on the mound and Molly Cappucci and Thea Belak had solid performances anchoring the backstop. The second wave of players showed the same hustle and grit as the starters.
However, a 14-2 loss is not something to get to caught up in; the team will improve after break (fingers crossed) in anticipation of what will be a hectic, fun, and memorable season!
Yesterday, April 9th, the JV and varsity tennis teams joined forces in their first match of the season, facing off against the Eaglebrook team. Ryan O’Leary hustled against a skilled opponent and made sure to always chase down each point, leading to a 6-3 victory. Michael Sippl also won his set, playing aggressively throughout his match for a 6-2 win. Alexi Altenberg’s impressive 6-4 match was hard-won, and he moved his opponent around the court like a chess piece. Tyler Libstag had a great EHS tennis debut, working his placement game for a 6-2 win. James Bougioukas, in his first singles match ever, fell victim to a more experienced opponent, but demonstrated great promise and potential in his 2-6 set.
Eagle Hill’s doubles teams played extremely well, despite most of these pairings having very limited practice time together, due to inclement weather in the first weeks of the season. Established team Ellena Pfeffer and Greta Witmer had some trouble shaking the dust off in their match, getting into the groove late in a 3-6 set. Lauren Cobb and Blake Jordan, playing together for the first time, played their strengths in a 6-1 victory. Bella Friehs and Kaitlin Parthum communicated well and won some impressive points, but were unable to overcome the inherent challenges of a brand-new partnership, falling 1-6 in their set. The doubles matches were finished out by Noah Friedman and James Bougioukas, both playing extremely aggressively in their 6-2 victory.
With a final match score of six wins to three losses, EHS tennis can count this Eaglebrook match as a victory. For their next match, varsity squares off against Winchendon at home on Wednesday, April 25th.
Charlie Shure- won 7-2, loss 3-0, loss 17-2
Josh Berman- won by pin, won by pin, won by pin
Levi Oury- won 9-0, won 6-0, won by pin
Rob Misericordia- won by pin, won by Pin, lost by pin
Brett Fenton- lost by pin, lost by pin, lost by pin
Team Record- 9 wins, 6 losses
Wrestler of the day- Levi Oury