Dragons Look to Turn Up the Heat

By Tyler M.

After a strong season by the winter sports team despite all the snow and the cold, the Duxbury Dragons are set on igniting another memorable 2015 spring season.

2014 Duxbury Lacrosse seniors Brendan Burke, Nick Marocco, and Trevor O'Brien proudly pose after winning the 2014 Division 2 South Sectional Finals.
2014 Duxbury Lacrosse seniors Brendan Burke, Nick Marrocco, and Trevor O’Brien proudly pose with a trophy after winning the 2014 Division 2 South Sectional Finals. Photo courtesy of Todd Maddock.

Baseball has many achievements to build on heading into the spring. The boys finished the 2014 season at 19-5, were Patriot Keenan league champions for the first time since 2010, and made it to the Division 2 South Sectional Semifinals for the second time in the history of the program. They are coached by Mr. Gordon Cushing. Senior captain Cam W. said, “We have some key returning players, but [the season] will really come down to our pitching. [We’ll need people] to step up.”

Crew is coached by Ms. Micaela Streitfield, and comes into this spring for the first time as an official DHS spring sport. Both the boys and girls have won many medals and, with lingering thoughts on the possibility of qualification for the US Rowing Nationals in Florida, have high hopes for the season as well.  Girls senior captain Claire H. said the weather would likely be the biggest challenge for the Lady Dragons. Claire said, “We got a lot of medals [last spring] and we all cannot wait to race again in the spring. We will hopefully make it to the US Rowing Nationals in Florida… [Our toughest challenge] is we have practice in the afternoon, [when] the [ocean] water is much rougher and the winds are higher. A lot of days, we are stuck indoors.”

Girls Golf looks to defend the Patriot Keenan league championship and the undefeated regular season record it had last spring. The girls are coached by Mr. Jack Stoddard. After losing of two really strong players from last year’s squad, the Lady Dragons understand that they have work to do. Senior Ellie F. said, “We have to make up those deficits, but [it will be difficult] to beat the same great teams that we beat last year, [like] Barnstable and Falmouth.”

Boys Lacrosse eyes another state championship run this spring. The boys finished at 23-6 as Patriot Keenan league champions, Division 1 South Sectional Champions, and State Finalists in 2014. They are coached by Mr. Chris Sweet. Senior Matt S. anticipates difficult out of state matchups against Pittsford Mendon High School and Garden City High School, which the Dragons hope will be pivotal preparation for future playoff games.

Girls Lacrosse was 15-5 in 2014 and brought home a Patriot Keenan league championship. The girls are coached by Ms. Pam Williams.

Boys Outdoor Track is coached by Mr. Greg Seery. Senior captains Chadd D.,Craig F., and Ben C. hope to lead the boys to a league championship for 2015. Craig said, “We have a lot of great athletes in every category of track and field, so I think that not only can our team goals be reached, but a lot of individual goals as well.”

Girls Outdoor Track is coached by Mr. Ron Glennon. The girls look to improve from the 2-5 record they had in 2014.

Sailing is coached by Mr. Chris Lash. Senior captain Jan K.P. said, “I think we can do better than we did last year. We have a strong senior class, and we’ve got some [talented underclassmen] coming up.”

Softball comes into 2015 off a 7-11 record last spring. The girls are coached by Mr. Rod Laniewski and the captain is senior Mackenzie B.

Boys Tennis returns to the courts again this spring as defending Patriot Keenan league champions. They are coached by Mr. John Bunar. The boys will have to compete without one of their star players from last year, junior Erik S. Senior captain Fred C. said, “We lost him, but I think we’re still solid. We have a couple of good freshmen coming in.” Fred also said that Whalen High School may be a challenging team for the boys to beat during their run for another state title, but he is still confident that his team will do well.

Girls Tennis is coached by Ms. Lori Seman and the captains are seniors Sarah H. and Sarah P. The Lady Dragons were 11-6 last year.

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