As the 2008 season goes into full swing, we've invited a handful of local standouts to write about their seasons on our Player Diaries blog.
I'll allow our contributors to introduce themselves:
Abbie Brown, Westwood, Field hockey
So, two years ago, Westwood field hockey wasn't the best team in the state, nor are we now, but we are working our way to tournament again. Last season, we went to the tournament for the first time in nine years which was a big accomplishment for the us. This year we hope to do the same thing and get further than last year. As of right now, the Westwood Wolverines field hockey team is 2-0 from beating Stoughton and Scituate in two nonleague matchups. We still have a long way to go until we make the tourney, but our team is willing to do whatever it is to make it again.
I play field hockey and lacrosse, and run winter track. This past spring my team was the 2008 Division 1 girls' lacrosse state champions.
Mike Savery, Hingham, soccer
My name is Mike Savery and I play midfield for the Hingham boys' soccer team. We were 6-6-6 last year, making the playoffs for the ninth straight time under our coach Ken Carlin. However, our worst season under coach Carlin ended just as horribly, losing to Oliver Ames in the play-in round, 1-0. This year, however, will be much different. We are returning eight starters, and have 15 senior players, myself included. I will be looking to split some time this year on the right side, as we have yet to figure out the winning formation. Along with playing on the soccer team, I am a four year varsity skier, two of those years as captain.
Kara Dunford & Gabrielle Ferro, Notre Dame Academy, cross country
Kara: I'm at senior at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham. I'm running cross country in the fall for the first time. Besides cross country, I am one of the captains of the indoor and outdoor
track teams. I am also editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and I am interested in pursuing a career in Journalism in the future.
Gabrielle: I am a sophomore in my first year at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham. I have just started my fifth season of cross country. In my first year of high school I ran varsity cross country for Canterbury School in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. My family has since been relocated to
Massachusetts. I was fortunate enough to start my cross country career in grade school, and since then I have fallen in love with the sport and realize the importance and lifetime benefits of it. I enjoy writing and feel that this is a good opportunity to become more involved in my new
Check back for much more from this trio as the season goes on. If you're interested in writing for us, drop us an email with your name, school, sport, and a quick note on why you'd like to contribute.