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2020-21 Winter/Spring Athletics Recap

The winter and spring sports seasons were unlike any other this year, as most teams competed in the Maine Principals’ Association (MPA).
Baseball, Softball, and Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball, Lacrosse, and Tennis were all able to play a number of games against local competition in the MPA. The Boys Varsity Ice Hockey team played against U18 opponents in New Hampshire (because Dover Arena is our home rink). The Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team also made the best of their unique situation by playing teams like the Seacoast Spartans ’06 boys and the Berwick Boys JV team. The Boys and Girls Crew team was able to take part in two regattas near the end of their season, and Boys and Girls Swimming used the time they could not practice in the pool by creatively hosting dryland workouts via Zoom.

Highlights of the year include:
  • Boys Lacrosse and Softball (a Berwick/Marshwood Co-op) made it to the MPA state regional finals
  • Girls Tennis went undefeated
  • Boys Tennis eleventh grader Gabe Naftoly advanced to the MPA singles quarterfinals
  • Girls Lacrosse posted a 9-3 record
  • Twelfth grader Casey Houlahan was selected to play in the MPA Senior Game


Crew

The highlight of the crew season really centered around the fact that we were able to have a season. Being able to row on the water and have some races with a couple of teams in New England was phenomenal. The passion that the newer rowers displayed was a great sign of the crew team growing as we look towards the future.

Varsity Baseball

Berwick baseball was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to compete against schools in the Class A Maine Principals’ Association (MPA) this spring. With having only three returning players on the roster, it was a great situation for the less experienced players to gain quality innings that will help the program to be ready to defend its EIL title next spring. Led by the three captains, Spencer Aubin ’21, Tyler Shelgren ’21, and Mike Michaud ’21, the Bulldogs finished the season with a 5-13 record. In all but one loss, the outcome was determined in the last couple of innings of play. Aubin led the team in hitting with a .451 batting average, while Michaud contributed with a .389 average. Grade 10 catcher Ian Kula ’23 played brilliantly behind the plate and finished the year with a .294 batting average. The pitching was led by ninth graders Zack Hawrylciw ’24 and Tucker Boys ’24. Throughout the season both pitchers increased their velocity and were able to keep the opposing hitters off balance by having command of their off-speed pitches. The three captains along with Keller Copeland ’21 and Will Maher ’21 did a wonderful job in leading the team in taking the next step forward. 

Girls Varsity Tennis

The Girls Varsity Tennis team finished our season with an undefeated record! We have come a long way with this team. We had a strong lineup of singles players with Becca Naftoly ’24, Eliza Naftoly ’24, and our captain Alayna Morena ’21. Our first doubles was mostly Reese Murphy ’22 and Siddhi Poraiyan ’23, and our second doubles was Olivia Kallay ’21 with either Molly Van Campen ’21 or Sophia Snaith ’22. We really enjoyed playing in the Maine Principals’ Associate this season. The teams were all gracious, the matches were competitive, and the short distance to travel was nice. It was an exciting season for us, not only were we able to play a full season, but we also came away with a flawless record. Great job to everyone on the Girls Varsity Tennis team. Thanks for a fun spring season!

Boys Varsity Basketball

Boys Varsity Basketball enjoyed a vastly different season this year. They started “virtual” practices in early December. Practices shifted to live and in-person in mid-January. This year, the boys would square off against MPA teams due to COVID-19 restrictions. In their first game, they traveled down the road to play Traip Academy and came away with an overtime win. Traip ended up being the team’s only win of the shortened season as they dropped the next three. Due to the rising number of cases, the season was ultimately suspended in early March. Although there was not much basketball played this year, this was one of the most memorable years. Partly due to COVID and how it changed the game, but mostly because this group of young men dealt with adversity head on and fully embraced change. Their spirits never wavered and even when faced with constant setbacks, they stayed the course. We are very proud of what they accomplished this year on and off the court.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse

The Girls Varsity Lacrosse team was welcomed into the MPA (Maine Principals' Association) for this season and found success, earning a record of 9-3. With the backing of five strong twelfth graders and a host of new and returning players, the team enjoyed facing local competition within the state. Our Grade 12 leadership was strong: Hannah Beveridge ’21 and Camden Chase ’21 anchored the defense, Ella Sweet ’21 and Casey Houlahan ’21 led the attack, and Mae McDougald ’21 was phenomenal in net. McDougald and eleventh grader Phoebe Clark ’22 earned the team contribution awards, Houlahan represented Berwick in the MPA Grade 12 game, and Chase won the Holt Award. One of the season highlights came in our last game against Marshwood High School in which we edged out the competition, 11-10. With stellar performances from the team all over the field, it was Houlahan who netted the game winning goal with only a minute left. The team thrived during the season and is ready and excited to return to play in the EIL next spring. 

Boys Varsity Tennis

The Boys Varsity Tennis team enjoyed the opportunity to play in the Maine Principals’ Association this year, playing local schools that we had never played before. New coach in Kathy Varone brought a new look to the whole season. We had a 7-4 winning season with stand-outs like Gabe Naftoly ’22, Alex Penfold ’22, and Jonah Friedman ’22 playing singles along with doubles players Hayden McGovern ’22, Max Sidore ’23, Ian MacLeod ’22, and Anthony Pavona ’24. We are excited for next year as all eleventh graders and one ninth grader are all returning!

Girls Varsity Basketball
 
The Girls Varsity Basketball team finished a shortened season with a 1-3 record, which included two last-second losses to Traip Academy and Marshwood High School. The schedule was rounded out with a loss to a really strong Wells High School team and a win over Wayneflete.  Outgoing twelfth graders Mhrissa Emery ’21, Clare Cole ’21, Camden Chase ’21, and Tess Gianoulis ’21 set a standard for girls basketball at Berwick that will push the program to new heights in the years to come. With a strong foundation of players returning, including Nat Simonds ’22, Charlotte Vatcher ’22, Tea Ginalouis ’22, Amaya Moore ’24, 2021 Team MVP Grace Libby ’24, and 2021 Coaches Award Winner Cam Hamilton ’23, the Bulldogs are looking forward to the 2021-22 season. 

Boys Varsity Ice Hockey

The Boys Varsity Ice Hockey team worked hard this winter to compete in six games, finishing with a 3-3 record. We were fortunate to find U18 opponents in New Hampshire to compete against as our team was restricted to in-state competition only since our home rink is located in Dover. The team was led by four Grade 12 captains, Spencer Aubin ’21, Paddy Condon ’21, Crosby Smith ’21, and Ryan Muse ’21. Despite limited contests, the spirit remained high throughout the winter as the team was able to continue to practice consistently. One notable highlight was a hard fought 3-1 victory with numerous key players missing due to injury and COVID protocols. This game was a significant turning point for the team and shows the kind of character that will continue to be a beacon of Bulldog hockey. Great job to all players, families, and supporters throughout the season!

Varsity Softball

It was a historic year for Varsity Softball. Berwick joined Marshwood High School this spring to form a Coop team. This is the first time Berwick has ever combined with another school to field a team. Needless to say, it was a huge success for our two student-athletes, Lindsay Bennett ’24 and Louise Roper ’24. As the only ninth graders on the team, Lindsay and Louise produced impressive stats. Lindsay batted .442 and was one of the top two pitchers on the team. In her first week of the season she was chosen Seacoast Athlete of the Week with two triples, scoring three runs, and was the winning pitcher in a 13-0 win over York HS. Louise earned the highest batting average on the team at .500 as a true utility player on defense playing outfield, third, and second base. She also gained regional recognition as a Seacoast Athlete of the Week delivering five hits and scoring four runs. It was exciting to see and hear about the terrific season the team experienced with a first place finish in the Class A division with a record of 12-2. They made it to the south regional finals before falling to Biddeford, the eventual state champions.

Girls Varsity Ice Hockey

The Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team was led by twelfth grade captains Hannah Beveridge ’21, Lindsay Goodman ’21, and Ainsley Wescott ’21. All three have been key contributors to the growth and success of the program in their time on the Hilltop. New players included Bella Mazza ’23, Ashlyn Libby ’23, Ella Martin ’24, Tessa Fendelet ’25, Lyla Rahn ’26, Parker Roenick ’26, and Ella Souza ’26. The impact of COVID kept the team from having a traditional season however they embraced the opportunity to compete against unconventional opponents like the New England Wildcats, Seacoast Spartans ’06 boys, and the Berwick JV boys team. Tenth grader Julia Cabral ’23 led the offense with six goals and two assists in just four games, including a hat trick in a 3-0 win against the Wildcats. She was voted Team MVP by her teammates. Wescott received the Coaches Award for her enthusiastic, positive, and passionate leadership. Wescott (Curry College) and Goodman (Endicott College) will continue their hockey careers at the collegiate level in the fall. The Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team was fortunate to be on the ice each day this past winter but look forward to a full season ahead under the leadership of Cabral, Reese Fendelet (’23), and Bella Pomarico (’23) as newly elected captains. 

Swimming

The Boys and Girls Varsity Swimming team had a difficult season but we were able to get some practice time in the water. Most of the season the team was limited to drylands over Zoom, and we unfortunately were not able to have any interscholastic meets due to the Maine guidelines. We were able to have an intrasquad meet, however, which was a great way to end the season. The team was led by captains Owen Richardson ’21, Gannon Ritter ’21, and Sarah Lummus ’21. We look forward to a full season for the 2021-22 school year. 

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

Despite the uncertainties, we put together a high-paced and high-energy pre-season training program that set the team's tone as we finished the season 15-2. We went on to play in the Southern Maine Championship game, falling to the eventual State Champions 11-9 in a hard fought game. 

Our Grade 12 leadership this year was one of the key driving forces behind the team’s success.  Captains Bailey Beakes ’21 (First Team All-Conference) and Crosby Smith ’21 (First Team All-Conference) made for one of the strongest defensive units the team has had in years. They brought a level of intensity, confidence, and a knowledge of the game that made the players around them better. Along with stellar goaltending from Connor Hohn ’22 (All-Conference Honorable Mention) and Topher Peracchi ’24, they played a key role in the team finishing the year with an impressive 3.1 goals-against average.

Our offense was just as impactful totaling 234 goals and 178 assists on the season. Led by captains Jackson Travis ‘21 (First Team All-Conference) and Paddy Condon ‘21 (First Team All-Conference, US All-American) our offense was methodical and potent. Other offensive standouts were Shea Green ’22 and Nick McSorley ’22, Ryan Muse ’21, and Albert Allen ’23 (All-Conference Honorable Mention). In addition to playing offensive midfield, Condon was our face-off specialist, ending the season winning 89% of his face-offs, nearly guaranteeing us possession after every goal. Condon was also responsible for numerous fast break goals, and tallied 18 goals and 14 assists of his own in total earning him a spot on the US Lacrosse All-American team.

What I am most proud of was the character our athletes displayed throughout the season. The boys stuck together through the ups and downs, cheering each other on with explosive enthusiasm, and lifting each other up when someone was down or not playing their best. 
Our rising twelfth graders have enormous shoes to fill, but I know they’ll be up to the task. With key recruits coming in for the 2022 season, and many of our guys playing in the off season, our boys will be primed and ready to hit the ground running as we return EIL play next year.
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