If the fall is the start of a year-long marathon, we’re off to a great start. As the winter season begins, schools such as Everett, Barnstable, and Bishop Feehan have an early lead thanks to teams that brought home state championships in football, volleyball, and cross-country.
But now it’s time to hand off the baton. Coaches understand there’s work to be done. They teach and encourage, prod and push, trying to turn teenagers into champions.
For some, such as the Andover swim team and the Peabody soccer team, the payoff is huge. Nothing can match the celebration enjoyed by a handful of teams and individuals this fall.
Selecting 10 worthy success stories from a season filled with candidates isn’t easy. Here, in no particular order, are 10 we thought stood out.
Three cheers for Sarah Broderick:
The thought of a boy standing atop the winner’s platform at the girls’ state swimming championships was a curiosity to some, and outrage to others. But even with the knowledge that Andover’s Rachel Moore wasn’t going to swim the 50 free after winning the event at North Sectionals, no one seemed overly concerned. That’s because Haverhill’s talented junior sprinter, Sarah Broderick, was on the case. And when Broderick touched first in 23.85 to win the event and the Division 1 title, the cheers were a little louder than normal. The boys? They finished second and third.
Rocha on an impressive run:
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