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Josh McLinden – Staff Writer

Everyone is sick of the snow by now. Not only are the heaps of gray lining the roads a major eyesore, driving conditions are dangerous. But spring is right around the corner, along with its array of warm-weather sports.

This year should be an interesting one for Holliston Boy’s Lacrosse. Not having enjoyed much success recently under the reign of coach and die-hard wellness teacher Rich Boles, the team has a new man at the reins this year, Chris Southwick, former coach of Natick High. After a (record) season last year, the team has the potential to improve, especially on offense: the team has two very strong offensive players in captains Kevin Curry and Connor Dupont, along with the Greenberg twins. The team lost three strong defensive players to graduation last year- Mike Ritter, Connor Eagan, and Andrew Koning- so if the team shores up its defense they should be able to make a run for states.

After barely missing the cut for the state tournament last year- by one game- girl’s lacrosse is looking to improve on that 8-10 season. “The Cult,” as they affectionately call themselves, only lost three seniors last year, so the multitude of returning varsity players give the team good potential. Captains Vicky Sostilio and Ali Slyne are looking forward to a tough but fun season this year, with an eye on states.

America’s favorite pastime has a spot in the hearts of the seniors on Holliston’s baseball team this year. Like the Girl’s Lacrosse Team, the boys are coming off a disappointing season in which they missed the state tournament by a single game. And like the Boy’s Lacrosse Team, defense could be a weak point, after losing some strong players such as Connor Capobianco and Johnny McLean. This year, Captain Sean Mayo will be a strong leader in the infield, along with Cato Lacroix in the outfield and at the plate. Junior Jake Frechette has a strong bat as well. With a good amount of potential, the team should be able to make states this year.

Holliston High softball has been enjoying rounds of success the past few seasons. The girls are coming off a 16-8 season in which they made it to the fourth round of the state tournament before a loss to Bellingham. That successful team only lost three seniors- including a talented pitcher in Jenny Lisak and a great catcher in Jess Habif- but a lot of the team’s success comes not only from their talent but from their closeness as a team. With the loss of longtime Coach Deb Guenther, senior captain Marissa Collard-Doney and junior captains Ashley Higgins and Molly Blake are going to have to step up their leadership. It’s quite likely the team will make another successful run for states this year.

The Boy’s Track Team seems to be constantly struggling to breach the top three of the TVL, and this year will be no different. The boys capped a 6-3 season with an upset second place finish in the league meet last year, so hopefully that momentum will carry over to this season. However, the team is losing a number of top point scorers, such as Justin Murray, Tommy Donovan, Dan Ikuma, and Dino Roffo in sprinting and jumps positions which may be tough to fill. Seniors Zack Snow and Trevor Alper are coming off an excellent indoor season and an array of younger runners is looking to step it up as well. The distance runners, led by redheaded captains Evan Reseska and Andy Mysliwiec, will be competitive as always, especially with Reseska’s recent sub-10 minute 8th place finish in the indoor divisional meet. Along with senior honorary captain Ben Moody in the 800 meter run and the 400 meter hurdles, the distance squad is looking good.

Juniors Cam Chisholm (shot put), Devin Sanford (sprints), and Andrew Krauss (hurdles, triple jump) are also frequent point scorers and are continuously improving. The throws team, including Chisholm and hopeful state champion Raeburn Hathaway, along with a host of others, is always impressive. With the retirement of Coach Sam Blackmore, a staple of Holliston track for over a decade, the leadership of the team may be in jeopardy, but with a serious mindset the team has the potential to knock off the TVL’s dynasty teams.
Like the boys, the Girl’s Track Team will be affected by the loss of Coach Blackmore as well. Also coming off a competitive 6-3 season last year, the team is led by a group of captains, who excel in their diversity of events: Kendra Costello in sprints and jumps, Meredith McKunes in sprints and relays, Julie Blackmore in jumps and distance, and Vickie Palmatier in throws. Palmatier and her compatriot Cam Chisholm were the only Holliston athletes to make the All-State Championship meet this past indoor season, where she was seeded third.

Juniors are an important part of the distance squad, including Jill Rosati, Anna Mannello, and Briana Bergen. Virginia Hanstad, the freshman sensation, has been an important part of the distance team as well. Aside from junior Caroline Clancy, sophomores make up the bulk of the girls’ sprinting team: Briana Crowley, Chelsea Dubin, and Meredith’s sister Morgann McKunes are all important factors.

Coming off a fairly weak 5-12 season last year, boys tennis has almost nowhere to go but up. With the return of senior Captain Dave Bunker and junior Henry Lively, the team has its two top singles players returning. The team is looking for Captains Alex Habib and Tim Murko to step up, as well as younger players such as James Lefebvre and Will Foster.

The many coaching changes for Holliston’s spring sports may shake up some traditional leadership on the teams, but such changes aren’t always a bad thing. Look forward to an interesting spring season at Holliston High School, and be sure to take your allergy meds.

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