By Tyler M.
Now that fall sports are underway, Duxbury sports teams are hard at work. DHS received the Boston Globe Dalton Award for being the program with the highest winning percentage in Division 3 during the 2013-2014 school year. This year’s teams have high hopes of achieving the same level of success.
Cheerleading placed 5th in the state competition last year. Senior captain Maggie A. said she is looking forward to the South Sectional competition on Nov. 16 at Whitman-Hanson, after which the cheerleaders may advance to the States again if they score high enough. They hope to do better this year and possibly advance to nationals. Maggie A. believes that the team needs to work extremely hard and work together, and not lose motivation.
Boys Cross Country ended last fall with a record of 7-3. The boys are 2-3 so far this year. Senior captain Craig F. said that his team is looking forward to competing in the All-League Meet in Silver Lake, the Eastern Mass Division 3 Meet in Wrentham, and possibly the MIAA All-State Meet in Franklin Park. “We need to train harder than we ever have.” said Craig F. “The competition is only getting better and better, so we need to keep working hard if we want to have a shot of competing with the top teams in the state…” Fellow senior captain Kevin O. added that it will be important for the boys to run together as a team and push themselves to beyond what they think they are capable of.
Girls Cross Country finished at 2-8 last year. The girls have began their 2014 season at 1-4.
Field Hockey finished at 17-1, with an undefeated regular season. The team also won the Patriot League and was a South Sectional Finalist, and is off to a 8-1-2 start so far this year. Senior captain Madison V. is looking forward to playing Acton-Boxborough, a team that plays in a way similar to the Duxbury girls. Said Madison V., “It is important that we communicate and get along on and off the field… we also focus greatly on team ethic rather than individual skill. We believe that we can achieve more if we bring our personal skills to the playing field but apply them to the overall team play.” Fellow senior captain Haley J. agrees with Madison V. that the team needs to take advantage of its chemistry.
Football comes into the 2014 season off of a 5-5 overall record and a Patriot League title. The team struggled initially, but has begun its league season by winning its first two games and is now at 2-2. Senior captain Cam W. is looking forward to facing Hingham, Quincy, and Marshfield this fall. He is intent on maintaining team chemistry to achieve success. Said Cam W., “I believe that we need to stay together and work hard to improve each and every day.”
Boys Golf finished at 14-5 on the course last fall. The team is also off to a very hot start this season, undefeated at 16-0, and it was the first fall team to make the state tournament. Senior captains Jared S. and Erik C. said that their upcoming matches against BC High and Xaverian will be critical, as those are non-league matches that will need to bring victories if the team still has its undefeated season intact.
Boys Soccer held a 12-5-1 record last year and is off to a hot start so far on the season, currently sitting undefeated, atop the Patriot League, and with a spot in the state tournament at 8-2-0. They recently beat Hingham 2-1 and then shut out Silver Lake 2-0 for two of their biggest victories. Senior captain Ben C. said, “We were looking forward to playing Hingham and Silver Lake this year. In my high school career, the soccer team [had] not beaten either of these teams… In order to be successful and stay on the path that we are currently on, we need to stay focused. This comes from the entire team, from the kids who play 80 minutes to the kids who play 5 minutes…”
Girls Soccer was 14-1-3 and Patriot League Champions last fall. The girls are 5-2-4 so far this year. Senior captain Logan S. is really looking forward to playing against Hingham and ultimately her final home game against Whitman-Hanson, both of which will be exciting games for the Lady Dragons. Said Logan S., “With a new coach [Mr. Ferguson] this year, it’s important that the team stays focused during practices, and works hard to show the coach what we are capable of.”
Volleyball finished the regular season last year at 18-0. It won the Patriot League for the first time in its program’s history and made it to the South Sectional Finals. Once again, the team is off to an impressive start, at 10-1 with a spot in the state tournament.
Public high schools in Massachusetts are split into four divisions based on enrollment, of which the Dragons won the Dalton Award for Division 3. “The big deal,” athletic director Mr. Holdgate explained, “is that it shows that the overall [athletic] program was winning… when people think Duxbury, they think lacrosse, or ice hockey or something like that, not realizing that we have a lot of other programs that do pretty well.”
Regarding reasons for success, Mr. Holdgate said, “We have a lot of kids program-wise that are willing to put in [the extra effort], and what happen is ‘winning breeds winning’ in certain cases [throughout the different programs] and… a lot of those successful kids are not just successful here in athletics, they’re successful in the classroom and they’re successful in their extra-curricular activities.”