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HHS Ultimate Frisbee Opens Season

by Matt Varrell
4/11/2014

(Carl Berg looks for a cutter)

Spring has arrived and with it is the Holliston High School Ultimate Frisbee team season. Holliston enters the season with a large team, building momentum off the 2013 season in which the team showed regular improvement despite its youth and inexperience.

Holliston began its 2014 campaign last Thursday with its home opener against Ashland. Under perfect conditions, the Holliston A-team (varsity) got off to a slow start and found itself down by a score of 8-1 at halftime, with its only point coming from a strong grab by senior Andrew Stering from sophomore Teddy Campbell. The second half showed improvement both offensively and defensively as Holliston found their stride. Holliston posted points from junior Matt Ristaino, junior Corey Cox, junior Max Heihsel, and a pair from sophomore Lee Mogren to make the second half competitively even. However, the strong Ashland team kept the pressure on, matching Holliston point for point, and eventually prevailed by a final score of 15-6. Ironically, the B-team (junior varsity) had a very similar result, starting slowly but showing improvement (led by Beshoy Saied and Peter Georgakopoulos), also losing by a final score of 15-6.

(Rusty Varrel flicks downfield)

On Monday, Holliston Ultimate continued its season with a home match against Nipmuc Regional High School. After a very competitive game, Holliston succumbed to Nipmic by a final score of 15-12.  The season-opening homestand continued on Wednesday with a match against Newton-South. Holliston fell to 0-3 with a 15-10 loss.  Despite the rough start, the team is showing progress and is looking forward to a finding its first win.

The 2014 roster include: seniors Carl Berg (co-captain), Chris Kerstgens, Tom Leary, Andrew Stering, Rusty Varrell (co-captain); juniors: Nathaniel Bagge, Corey Cox, Cam Gilfoy, Max Heihsel, Ben Kaplan, Jonathan Redus, Matt Ristaino, and Mark Toronto; sophomores: Ethan Bagge, Paige Bagley, Teddy Campbell, Ben Durkee, Lee Mogren, Kevin Montain, Liam O'Brien, Josh Perlmutter, Joey Polny, Beshoy Saied, Jon Sherfey, Tommy True, Kale Young, and Jesse Zanghi; and freshmen: Ben Cappello, Maddy Colantonio, Tim Davidson, Peter Georgakopoulos, Reuben Kittrell, Shane Leary, Bernie Lougee, and Bechoy Morgan. Returning coaches are Chris Lavasseur and Jefferson Wood. Helping on the sidelines is assistant coach Curtis Mogren.

(Teddy Cambell elevates for the disc)

If you are not familiar with Ultimate Frisbee, come out to a game. The season schedule is posted on the HHS website.