Lynnfield Sports

Experienced girls’ soccer stung by Hornets

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on Experienced girls’ soccer stung by Hornets

Published in the September 13, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The girls’ soccer team has returned to the field and is looking to make some noise in the Cape Ann League this fall. The Pioneers concluded the 2016 season with a 10-7-2 record. Lynnfield qualified for the Division 3 North state tournament, but the eighth seeded Pioneers fell 3-2 to ninth seed Stoneham in overtime during the first round of the tournament. With a strong nucleus featuring 14 seniors returning to the fold, Pioneers head coach Mark Vermont has high hopes for the upcoming season. “I am excited,” said Vermont. “We have had two weeks of practice and the preseason. The kids have worked really hard and are ready to go.” Four senior captains will be leading the Pioneers this fall, including defender Sydney Santosuosso. “Sydney is a very intelligent player,” said Vermont. “She is strong with the ball on her foot and in the air. We are asking her to play defense because we have had some injuries. I know playing defense isn’t her first choice, but she is willing to do it in order to help the team. She is doing a nice job.” Senior captain Liz Shaievitz will be playing forward for the Pioneers once again. “Liz is very smart, very fast and has good field awareness,” said Vermont. “We are looking for her to score goals.” Senior captain Kate Mitchell will be playing forward and outside midfield this season. “Kate is a very intelligent player who is very fast,” said Vermont. “She is skilled on the ball and is dangerous on free kicks.” Senior captain Hannah Filipe will help anchor the locals’ backline. “Hannah is a very strong player who is not afraid of anything,” said Vermont. “She really sets the tone in the back.” Senior forward Grace Sperling will be starting at forward for the Pioneers this fall. “Grace is a fast and aggressive player who will give everything she has for the team,” said Vermont. Senior Juliana Passatempo will serve as one of the Pioneers’ defensive specialists. “Juliana’s speed and agility combined is probably the best on the team,” said Vermont. “She is lightning fast on the defense.” Senior Mackenzie O’Neill will be starting in net once again for the Pioneers. “Mackenzie does a nice job controlling the box and she uses her height to win the high balls,” said Vermont. “She has a great attitude and is a field captain because she takes a leadership role on the team.” Vermont said senior Olivia Montanile’s defensive tenacity will be an asset to the Pioneers this fall. “Olivia is a strong and intelligent player who will not allow herself to get beat,” said Vermont. “And if she does, Olivia has the determination to get the ball back.” Olivia’s twin sister, Christina, is currently injured and Vermont hopes she will be back in the line-up soon. Similar to Olivia, Christina will be playing defense once she returns from injury. “Christina is tremendously fast and understands the game,” said Vermont. “She will do whatever she can to win the ball.” Seniors Mia Ford, Maddie Gibbons, Olivia Smyrnios, Brie Giammarco and Christina Benvenuto round out the Pioneers’ core. “As a group, they have had an excellent preseason,” said Vermont. “They have had a great attitude...

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X-country teams ‘cautiously optimistic’ about season

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on X-country teams ‘cautiously optimistic’ about season

Published in the September 13, 2017 edition By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The cross country teams have returned to the trail and are looking to take a step forward this season. The boys’ team concluded the 2016 Cape Ann League season with an 0-10 record. The girls’ team concluded last season with a 2-8 record. Both teams have a number of returning runners as well as promising newcomers this fall, which makes Pioneers head coach Joe DiBiase hopeful about the season. “We are cautiously optimistic we will be more successful,” said DiBiase. “Our top runners appear healthy and have worked hard this summer. Both teams are deeper and larger than in years past. There are over 30 kids on each team.” Girls’ team Two captains will be leading the girls’ team this fall, including senior Eliza Brooks. “Eliza is a four-year runner,” said DiBiase. “She has a wonderful personality and is a great leader. She sat out of the (Sept. 8) Masco meet due to a foot injury we are monitoring carefully. She is a good hard worker.” Junior Annie Olsen is the girls’ team’s other captain. “Annie worked hard this summer in Fernando Braz’s wonderful Going the Distance running program,” said DiBiase. “It really shows that her hard work is paying off. Like Eliza, Annie is a cheerful and upbeat person. She is a great leader and a very hard worker.” DiBiase said Brie Passatempo will be one of the girls’ team’s key runners this fall. He noted she finished third during the locals’ first meet against Masco. “Brie took her summer running very seriously,” said DiBiase. “She also worked hard with Fernando. She has a quiet personality and lets her running do the talking. She’s a tough competitor.” DiBiase has high expectations for sophomore Elizabeth St Andre this season. “Elizabeth is a good runner who is just scratching the surface of her ability,” said DiBiase. “She looks very strong so far.” DiBiase said sophomore Cass Shone is a “good teammate who has lots of talent.” “She is getting faster each week,” said DiBiase. Newcomers Lucy Madden, Kiera Rothwell and Sarah Deschenes round out the Pioneers’ core. “All three came aboard this year and give us much needed depth and team spirit,” said DiBiase. “All three new runners are off to a good start and should get better and better.” DiBiase said the girls’ team “looks pretty solid” this season. “They seem to have great team spirit and camaraderie,” said DiBiase. “Our top five runners look good as long as we can remain healthy. The captains set a good tone at the start of practice. We have 12 new runners who are either freshmen or upperclassmen.” Boys’ team Two captains will be leading the boys’ team this season, including senior Ryan Iapicca. DiBiase said Iapicca is “one of the top runners in the league” who “sets the pace and tone of the workouts.” “Ryan is a solid four-year and three season runner,” said DiBiase. “He is coming off a strong summer training workout program. He should be a CAL All-Star this year as he has paid his dues. He is a quiet leader who was our top Lynnfield finisher in our meet against Masco.” Senior Zack Shone is the Pioneers’ other captain. “Zack has been one of our...

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LHS boys’ soccer ready for 2017

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports, Lynnfield Villager | Comments Off on LHS boys’ soccer ready for 2017

Published in the September 13, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI LYNNFIELD — Brent Munroe is back for his 17th-season as head coach of the Lynnfield High boys soccer team. Last fall, the Pioneers went 10-7-2 overall as they lost to Austin Prep, 1-0, in the first round of the Division 3 North state tournament. Ten seniors from that squad graduated but Munroe welcomes back 13 veterans including five starters this year. Three of those starters are this year’s captains. Matt Ricciardi is the senior captain and it is the second year the defender is a captain. The two junior captains are Nathan Bass and John Luders. Bass was a Cape Ann League All-Star last year and he is a midfielder while Luders is also a midfielder. Junior Jack Campbell and David Gentile are the two other starters back. Campbell is a goal keeper while Gentile is a defenseman. Munroe was pleased with what he saw from his team in the pre-season. “We have some good, experienced players back and they played really well,” said Munroe. “We are going to score a lot more than we did last year.” Things got off to a great start for the team last Friday afternoon as they beat North Reading, 3-1, at home on Opening Day. “We scored early and had a lot of good opportunities,” said Munroe, whose team led, 2-1, at halftime. Tom Hauser scored the game’s first goal but the Hornets tied it up several minutes later. With less than six minutes left in the first half, Luders scored the eventual game-winning goal assisted by Alejandro Lynch. Hauser, a sophomore midfielder, then recorded his second tally of the game late in the second half. To close the door. Campbell made eight saves in net. “He played very well in that second half,” pointed out Munroe. The next game for the Pioneers is Thursday as they visit Rockport at 6:30 p.m. Next Monday afternoon at 3:45, the Pioneers host...

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Seasoned Pioneers host Newburyport to kick off season Friday night

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Seasoned Pioneers host Newburyport to kick off season Friday night

20 seniors lead Lynnfield into first battle Published in the September 6, 2017 edition By TOM CONDARDO LYNNFIELD — If you’re unsure of what to expect from this year’s edition of the Lynnfield football Pioneers, you’re not alone. Head coach Neal Weidman is right there with you.  “I’m not sure yet honestly,” Weidman responded when asked about expectations for this season’s squad. “We talk about ability but that is only 10 percent of it. The other 90 percent is attitude, commitment, and toughness. It’s tough to win without the 10 percent, but you need both to go anywhere.” The Pioneers will kick off Weidman’s tenth season Friday night when they host Newburyport. Weidman comes in with a record of 70-31 in his first nine years and his teams have won five straight Cape Ann League championships and a division title, secured five straight playoff berths, and have made a trip to the Super Bowl. Last year was supposed to be a rebuilding year with only three players coming into the season with real varsity experience. The Pioneers started slowly with lopsided losses to Newburyport and Danvers, but they surged from there, running off four straight wins to capture the CAL Baker title. They won their opening playoff game against Northeast before falling to eventual D3A state finalist St. Mary’s in the North semi-finals. The Pioneers ended the year beating Greater Lawrence and losing a one point heartbreaker to North Reading on Thanksgiving to finish 4-0 in the CAL and 6-4 overall. Inexperience will not be an issue this year. All 13 players who will see action on offense are seniors, as are 13 of 16 defensive regulars. Leading the way are captains Nate Drislane, Harry Collins, Nick Kinnon, Cooper Marengi and Anthony Murphy. According to Weidman, the senior leadership has already paid dividends the day before the final scrimmage of the year against Melrose last Friday. “It wasn’t our best day and the seniors did a good job of righting the ship,” Weidman said. “They knew it needed to be different.” The D5 Pioneers then went out and beat D4 Melrose 19-7 in two quarters of spirited play. “If (the seniors) can do that as the season goes on, our expectations are definitely going to go up,” said Weidman. Explosive Offense The Pioneers will feature an explosive offense led by quarterback Matt Mortellite. The senior will be starting his second year as signal caller and lit things up as a junior completing 62 percent of his passes (128 for 208) for 1731 yards and 21 touchdowns – tied for most ever in a single season by a Pioneer quarterback. He will be throwing to a quartet of fleet senior wide receivers in Kinnon, Peter Look, Jason Ndansi, and Justin Ysalguez. Marengi and Drislane are the tight ends. Kinnon caught 40 passes for 597 yards, eight touchdowns and ran for 222 yards and four scores. He was Lynnfield’s leading scorer with 74 points. The Pioneers will feature a “thunder and lightning” backfield this year with bruising Anthony Murphy and quicksilver Tyler Murphy (no relation) alternating at running back. Opening the holes and protecting Mortellite is a senior offensive line of center Zack Huynh, Collins and Babine at the guards, and Nick Torosian and E. J. Umlah at the tackles. The...

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Rebuilt 9th hole still challenges golfers at Sagamore

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Rebuilt 9th hole still challenges golfers at Sagamore

Published in the September 6, 2017 edition By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI LYNNFIELD — Golfers who have played Sagamore Spring Golf Club before this summer saw a change this year as there in a new ninth hole that opened on Memorial Day weekend. Previously, the ninth hole, which golfers hit over water, measured 224 yards from the black tees, 198 from the white, 171 from the silver and 72 from the gold tees. “Our biggest need was a practice green and we knew we had some space,” explained second-year assistant pro Tim Doucette, who is from Middleton. “We broke ground on it last July and opened it with a Hole In One Challenge on Memorial Day weekend.” The new green is located to the right of the old one about 60-yards away as the old green is now the practice putting green. It measures 166 yards from the black tee, 151 from the white, 134 from the silver and 66 from the gold. The tee boxes are still in the same place. “It is just as difficult even though it is closer,” said Doucette. “You now have a longer carry over the water and a bigger bunker to the right side.” Just like the old green, the new green is also elevated and it plays longer that it looks. You do have a bailout area to the left side but that leaves you with a tough uphill pitch shot from the rough. If you miss to the right side that trap looms large. “We haven’t had any holes in one yet,” pointed out Doucette, as the hole has now been open for three months. The maintenance staff is still working on the area as they are creating a road for carts to use behind to green. Last year was a tough one for course maintenance due to the drought conditions in the area. This spring, with the frequent rains throughout the spring and summer, the course is in much better shape. “It has bounced back nicely,” said Doucette. “The greens are very healthy.” With the new hole, Sagamore now measures 5,914 yards from the black tees and 5,458 from the whites. From the sliver tees, it is 4,675 yards while the gold tees are now 3,652 yards. The course opened way back in 1929. Sagamore, which will host the Lynnfield High golf team again this fall, is still a par-70 layout as par is 35 on both the front and back nines. It also has a driving range right behind the first tee to accompany its new practice green. For more information on the Sagamore Spring Golf Course, the website is sagamoregolf.com and the phone number is...

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Pioneers edge Masco 7-6 in first scrimmage

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Pioneers edge Masco 7-6 in first scrimmage

Staunch defense shines brightly against Division 2 Chieftans Published in the August 30, 2017 edition By TOM CONDARDO LYNNFIELD — In last year’s traditional opening scrimmage against Masconomet, the Pioneers and Chieftains combined for 13 touchdowns in 80 plays. This past Saturday was dramatically different when the two teams hooked up for the first real action of the season. Defense ruled the day as each team was only able to punch in a single touchdown. The difference was a successful extra point by Pioneer co-captain Cooper Marengi following a 13-yard TD run by junior quarterback Brett Cohee as the home team edged Masco 7-6. “We played pretty well,” said head coach Neal Weidman. “It was a pretty physical scrimmage which was great for both sides. Compared to last year I thought the tackling on both sides was much better.”  The controlled scrimmage consisted of each team alternating four sets of 10 plays each starting at the opponent’s 40-yard line. The Pioneers held Masco, the sixth rated team in Division 2 – three divisions higher than Lynnfield – to 44 yards rushing. The Chieftains did gain some chunk yardage passing, completing 10 of 18 passes for 140 yards giving them a total of 184 yards of offense. “Defensively we flew around to the ball great,” said Weidman. “They did get a couple of big plays on jump ball type things where we had our hands on the ball. We have to make those plays and get the ball to the ground.” The Pioneers, paced by Cohee’s 89 yards rushing, ran for 130 yards. Senior quarterback Matt Mortellite completed 8 of 14 passes for 51 yards and Cohee was 2 for 5 for 17 yards giving the Pioneers 68 yards passing and 198 yards of total offense. Several turnovers prevented them from scoring more. “We did some pretty good things against a really good, aggressive defense so that was positive,” said Weidman. “The only thing I can really say I was disappointed in was that we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit offensively with penalties and fumbles. That moved us back and didn’t allow us to score a couple of times. It was disappointing to not finish those drives.” The Pioneers also excelled in a five play goal line series after the main varsity scrimmage. They scored on two of the five plays with Mortellite connecting with Marengi and co-captain Nate Drislane. Early Impressions Weidman sees the need for improvement in some areas after the team’s first full week of practice. “We need to execute some things the way they are supposed to be executed,” the coach said. “A few times we have guys doing their own thing and that can hurt plays and opportunities.” Overall, Weidman is pleased with the effort he is seeing from his squad. “Effort is the big thing,” he said. “You can’t fix that if it’s not there. The majority of the effort has been good with a pretty good, positive attitude. The rising sophomores that were on the freshman team last year have brought a little added energy. They’ve been helpful in practices.” Next Up: Salem, Melrose The Pioneers finish up their preseason schedule this week with two home scrimmages. They were taking on Salem Tuesday night as the Villager went to press...

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Register now for Boys of Fall golf tourney Sept. 11

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Register now for Boys of Fall golf tourney Sept. 11

Published in the August 30, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield Pioneer Football Club (LPFC) invites the community to enjoy a day of golf while supporting the Lynnfield High School football program.  The Boys of Fall golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at the Thomson Country Club located at 2 Mid Iron Drive in North Reading. Registration begins at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Don’t golf? Join us for cocktails, dinner, raffles and prizes. The cost of $150 per golfer includes: 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, gift, awards and a buffet dinner. Dinner without golf is $50 per person.  Please contact Robin Tiro-Kinnon at rtirokinnon@msn.com if you have any questions.  Accepting raffle, auction items The Lynnfield Pioneer Football Club is still accepting raffle or silent auction items for the Boys of Fall golf tournament. Contact Robin Tiro-Kinnon for more...

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High expectations for experienced Pioneer eleven

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on High expectations for experienced Pioneer eleven

Begin drive for sixth straight league championship Published in the August 23, 2017 edition By TOM CONDARDO LYNNFIELD — Pro football fans have no doubt heard the silly babblings coming out of Foxboro of a possible 19-0 season for the defending Super Bowl champions. Well the Pats aren’t the only local squad entering this season with high expectations. Though no one is predicting an undefeated season, there is no questioning the potential of the 2017 Lynnfield Pioneer football team. A talented, experienced squad began preseason practice last Friday evening as the local gridders aim for a sixth consecutive Cape Ann League championship and potential deep run in the playoffs. The Pioneers return five offensive and eight defensive starters from a team that last year went 6-4, captured their fifth straight CAL title, and made it to the Division 3A North semi-finals. Nearly 70 players turned out for the first day of practice including 18 seniors and 21 juniors. “It’s obvious that the juniors and seniors who were here last year know what’s going on,” Weidman said following the squad’s initial practice session. “We did twice as much on this day this year than we were able to do last year. Our expectations are definitely higher this year. Last year we had to take it pretty slow and I was pretty patient. I told them I’m not going to be patient this year. We’re going to hit the ground running and that’s really the way they want it anyway.”      The Pioneers do have some holes to fill with the loss of CAL Baker MVP Louis Ellis and Lineman of the Year Mike Stellato. Filling the void starts with the team’s five captains. All League receiver Nick Kinnon, the Pioneers’ leading scorer last year is back for his senior year. As the reigning State Division 5 indoor 300-meter champion and EMass Division 4 outdoor 100 and 200-meter champ, Kinnon figures to give opposing defensive backs all they can handle. Lineman/tight end Nathan Drislane, two-way lineman Harry Collins, linebacker/tight end Cooper Marengi, and running back/linebacker Anthony Murphy round out this season’s Pioneer leadership.      Also returning for his senior season is quarterback Matt Mortellite. As a junior transfer from Malden Catholic last season, Mortellite completed 62 percent of his passes (128 for 208) for 1731 yards and 21 touchdowns – tied for most ever in a single season by a Pioneer quarterback. Weidman is beginning his tenth season as head coach coming in with a 70-31 mark. That .693 winning percentage tops the list all Lynnfield football coaches. During his nine-year tenure, the Pioneers have captured six league titles, a division championship, and earned a trip to the Super Bowl. One big advantage for the Pioneers is that their outstanding varsity coaching staff returns intact. John O’Brien (defense and running backs), Gino Fodera (line), Chris Sakelakos (defensive backs and receivers), Fern Lavoie (special teams), Pat Lamusta and Jeff Gannon (varsity/junior varsity) all return. The Pioneer freshmen have two new coaches in John Davidson, who arrives from Stoneham and Steve Almquist who was an assistant at Saugus. Schedule additions, new division The Pioneers will have two new opponents on their slate this year. Wayland returns to the Pioneer schedule after an absence of 12 years with the teams last meeting...

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Register now for Boys of Fall golf tourney Sept. 11

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Register now for Boys of Fall golf tourney Sept. 11

Published in the August 23, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield Pioneer Football Club (LPFC) invites the community to enjoy a day of golf while supporting the Lynnfield High School football program.  The Boys of Fall golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11 at the Thomson Country Club located at 2 Mid Iron Drive in North Reading. Registration begins at noon, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.  Don’t golf? Join us for cocktails, dinner, raffles and prizes. The cost of $150 per golfer includes: 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, gift, awards and a buffet dinner. Dinner without golf is $50 per person.  Please contact Robin Tiro-Kinnon at rtirokinnon@msn.com if you have any questions.  Accepting raffle, auction items The Lynnfield Pioneer Football Club is still accepting raffle or silent auction items for the Boys of Fall golf tournament. Contact Robin Tiro-Kinnon for more...

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Pioneers report to practice next week

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Lynnfield Sports | Comments Off on Pioneers report to practice next week

Published in the August 16, 2017 edition LYNNFIELD — The 2017 fall preseason schedule for Lynnfield High School is complete. Student-athletes should visit the school website or contact the athletic department for directions regarding payment of athletic fees. After payment is made and prior to participating in their first preseason practice, student-athletes must download a hard copy of the activity/athletic registration form via the school website and bring it to the nurse’s office at LHS to ensure that their physical form is up to date. Athletes must undergo a physical examination within 13 months of the first day of the sports season. The preseason practice schedule for fall sports is as follows: FOOTBALL Equipment will be issued to all football candidates on Thursday, Aug. 17 at LHS. Seniors and juniors will be issued equipment at 5:30 p.m. followed by sophomores and freshmen at 6:30 p.m. Fri., Aug. 18 – Single practice sessions: 4 p.m. arrival, 4:15 p.m. meeting, 5 p.m. practice • Sat., Aug. 19 – Single practice sessions: 7 a.m. arrival, 7:15 a.m. meeting, 8 a.m. practice • Mon. Aug. 21/Tue. Aug. 22 – Single practice sessions: 7 a.m. arrival, 7:15 a.m. meeting, 8 a.m. practice • Wed. Aug. 23 – School-wide freshmen orientation is scheduled in the morning. Single practice session: 4 p.m. arrival, 4:15 p.m. meeting, 5 p.m. practice • Thurs. Aug. 24/Fri. Aug. 25 – Double session: 7 a.m. arrival, 7:15 a.m. meeting, 8 a.m. practice, 11 a.m. break, 12:15 p.m. meeting, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. practice • Sat. Aug. 26 – Scrimmage at Masconomet 9 a.m., fundraiser after scrimmage • Mon. Aug. 28 – Regular after school practices 3:15 p.m. • Tues. Aug. 29 – Practice/scrimmage vs. Salem at LHS 4 p.m. • Wed. Aug. 30/Thurs. Aug. 31 – Regular after school practices 3:15 p.m. • Fri. Sept. 1 – Scrimmage vs. Melrose at LHS 4 p.m. • Sat. Sept. 2 – Meeting 7:30 a.m. followed by practice • Mon. Sept. 4 (Labor Day) – Mandatory practice 9 a.m. • Tues. Sept. 5 – Thurs. Sept. 7 – Regular after school practices 3:15 p.m. CROSS COUNTRY Candidates for the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams will report to the gym lobby for three preseason practice sessions: • Thurs., Aug. 24 at 8:45 a.m. • Fri., Aug. 25 and Sat., Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. BOYS’ SOCCER • Thurs., Aug. 24 and Fri., Aug. 25 – 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at LHS • Sat., Aug. 26 – 10 a.m. scrimmage vs. Saint Johns at LHS (returning varsity players) • Mon., Aug. 28 – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. practice • Tues., Aug. 29 – 4 p.m. scrimmage vs. Marblehead at LHS (all players) • Wed., Aug. 30 to Fri., Sept. 1 – 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. practice • Sat., Sept. 2 – Morning scrimmage vs. Wilmington (varsity only) GIRLS’ SOCCER • Wed., Aug. 23 – 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. collect physicals and activity slips in the high school parking lot right in front of the building. • Thurs., Aug. 24 – Session one: 6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m with the whole program. Report to field at 6:15 a.m. with running sneakers and cleats. Goalies will stay from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Session two: 2 p.m. – 4:30...

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