Boys soccer off to playoffs with an outstanding record

The Nantucket Boys Varsity Soccer team is coming to the end of another exciting and productive season. With the playoffs rapidly approaching, they end their season with an outstanding record of 15 wins, 2 loses, and 2 ties.

Junior captain Emmet Clarke explains that their main goal is “ to make a long run in playoffs, and hopefully challenge for the sectionals.” In the past years, they have been very successful in accomplishing that goal and have gotten very far in the playoffs and hope to keep the streak going.

Senior captain Carter Snell explained that their goals as a team for the rest of the season is to “ learn to adapt to the more difficult opponents we are going to face and play our best in order to win. As a team I think we have excelled in our ability to play new positions when needed and maintain our style of play. I think we can improve on our cooperation on the field regarding communication and discipline.”

The team has been very consistent at holding the ball and controlling games, but sometimes struggle to secure the win and have had some unlucky draws. There are many new upcoming players this year that have consistently improved as a whole. This season they have a very young team. Some of the new upcoming players are sophomore defender Charlie Clarke, sophomore backup goalie Jesus, sophomore striker Jackson Milne, sophomore striker Derek Partida and freshman offender Gavin Pekarcik.
One of their all time rivals is the one and only, Martha’s Vineyard. There is a healthy competition between the islands. Earlier this season after a long traveling day to the Vineyard, the boys were able to walk away with a win. This triumphant defeat over the Vineyard was their first one in the last 5 years. Their most difficult competition this year would have to be Cohasset. They have been undefeated this season and will be the Whalers upcoming opponents in the playoffs.  

The team believes that to beat them and move on in the playoffs,  they must play their game and not get sucked into Cohasset’s style of play. By doing this and playing their best they believe that they will be able to beat Cohasset and move forward in the playoffs.  The team hopes to continue on with an amazing season and end with another state championship.

Golf team continues to drive for post season play, states

The Nantucket High School Golf Team is on their way to the State Championships. They are already off to a respectable start with a 3-3 record, and are continuing to make their way up the ladder. It has been over four years since the team has made it past the playoff rounds in the League, but they’re all hoping to turn it around this season.

Coach Roberts states, “the last three years have been about rebuilding the team, since our team is so young. We have a lot of young new talent that we hope will bring a lot to the team.”

Senior captain Ben Lombardi agrees.  He thoroughly believes that they can make it to the State Championships with all the new players, talent, and strive.  It will also help show how far they have grown and come over the past few years. The team hopes to improve on many things throughout the season. “We need to definitely improve on consistency.  We have been a little inconsistent with our scoring throughout. Our wins have come off of very high scoring matches, and our losses have come off of very low scores. I believe that we need to make it more of a solid average of scores,” stated Lombardi.

According to senior captain Tyler O’Keefe, there are several new promising players this season: Senior Zander Trudel, and Freshmen Jack Gammons, Will Harris, and Roy Ryder.  These players are showing their commitment to the game, and dedication to work towards a goal.  

“Our rival is Monomoy, who we’ve lost to twice this season – the second time we only came up a few points short. Our hardest competition is most certainly Sturgis West because they have a solid team that have beat us every time for the past few years.” explained O’Keefe.  Both captains believe that in order to beat these opponents,  they have to bring their best game to the course and make every shot count. Also, “each player needs to consistently score 20 points,” added Lombardi.

Coach Robert said that in the past years, including this season, they have been caught in the middle ranks, but he feels that the team is capable of performing better in the second half of the season. They hope that the next time they play,  they will come out on top with a win.

The Nantucket High School Golf Team has been working hard this season and are growing tremendously in terms of ability and team chemistry. They will have to work their hardest to accomplish their goal, making it to the State Qualifiers.