Spring sports teams gearing up for a new season
As winter shifts to spring, that means spring sports season is right around the corner. Most Dartmouth High sports teams begin the regular season this week, while several have already competed in their first contests of the year.
Dartmouth High coaches are already excited for the new season. Here’s what coaches had to say on the final days of practice:
With a win against Brockton on Tuesday to open the regular season, Head Coach Mike Frates said the season is already off to a great start.
“So far everything seems to be going as well as it can be this early in the season,” Frates said. “It’s a really great group of kids this season. They enjoy being around each other, and love playing. That makes things a lot easier.”
He’s expecting big things from the two senior captains, Hunter Pimental and Jake Cruz. With a roster dominated by junior and senior returning players, Frates said experience is not something the team is lacking.
Head Coach Beth Arguin is planning a strong season, even despite the loss of starting player Rachel Pereira.
“We lost one starting player, so we should be alright,” Arguin said.
Arguin noted she has a roster of players to fill the void, and is expecting big things from Hannah Arruda, Joya Alves, Sophia Sousa, and Kayleigh Alfonso.
“The goal this season is to win, and go a lot farther than we did last year in the tournament,” Arguin said.
With seven varsity starters returning this season, an older, experienced defensive unit already built up, and more than 50 percent of the team being varsity newcomers this season, Head Coach Chris Tresca is seeing a bright future.
“The combination of a strong, experience, veteran group of returners with an influx of young, talented, athletic newcomers should lead to great success for our squad this season,” Tresca said.
He’s expecting big performances from junior captain Sofia Reardon and senior captain Chloe Martinez, goalies Clair Smith and Molly Rioux, and freshmen Sorelle Lawton and Meredith Sylvia.
Tresca has three goals heading into the season: Secure wins against non-conference powerhouses like Old Rochester, Apponequet, Falmouth, and Sandwich; earn a league title against rivals Bridgewater-Raynham, Barnstable, and New Bedford; and earn postseason qualification after missing out last season.
This season, eight returning players and a host of freshmen will dominate the lineup, and Head Coach Peter Crane is already seeing strong effort even before the season begins.
“The team has been working hard over these last few weeks in preparation for their first game [on] April 3,” Crane said.
He’s expecting strong effort from the team’s captains, Will Cote, Logan Bosworth, Tyler Jacobsen, and Charles Gamache, and already has high hopes for his usual yearly goal.
“Our goal for every season is to make the tournament and exceed the previous year,” Crane said.
Head Coach Donald York is excited for both how deep the boys tennis team is looking already, and a host of new match-ups that were added to the schedule.
This season, the team will face teams including Duxbury and Apponequet. It’s a challenging lineup, but York noted his mix of returning players and a few new freshmen are up to it.
Trevor Schwarzmann returns this season, after finishing his strongest season yet last year. The team also adds two new freshmen who York said will be strong: Justin Kerney and Dylan Marshall.
Head Coach Steven Charest is working to determine placement for his 26-member team this season, which includes many returning juniors and seniors, and a few new faces.
“This season's looking up,” Charest said. “We have a great team and a great group of girls playing.”
He’s expecting big things from senior captains Sarah Sughrue and Megan Marshall who will likely be on singles this season. Two other seniors, Maddie Mazoyer and Olivia Lombard will be on doubles,
This season, his main goals are to secure a spot in the postseason. Charest noted the Indians will face many good teams this season, including Old Rochester, Fairhaven, Barnstable, Durfee, New Bedford, and Apponequet.