by Jack Vecellio
The boys soccer team finished their terrific season going 16-3-4. The team had a very strong group of guys this year led by four captains who showed great leadership.
Cairn Bright – a leader on and off the field; Cairn is the guiding light for how the team trains, prepares, and executes game plans.
Dylan Martin – a complete competitor; Dylan leads through his play during practice and in games, as well as how he conducts himself on the bench when he’s not on the field. No one wants to win more than Dylan and that winning spirit is infectious.
Payton Sladeski – an All-State player, Payton leads by example; he shows other players what is possible and they depend on his skillset to get us through difficult games and difficult times; The head coach, Evan Hortan states “he was sidelined for 3 weeks with an injury and during that time it was like I had an assistant coach with me on the bench.”
Brady Burch – Brady also leads through his dedication to the game and his desire to win. No one puts more blood and sweat on the field than Brady and the other players know he’ll never quit. He makes other players believe they can push themselves further than they thought they could go.
This powerful group posted 11 shutouts including 3 in the postseason. They won Moriarty League which means they beat everyone in their league at least once and never lost a league game.
This team also had a very impressive postseason making it to the final state match and coming just shy of that state title to Easthampton.
The girls soccer team finished with a record of 7-6-3 this year. The teams three senior captains Isabel Marapeese, Makayla Santos, and Grace O’leary all led their team through a strong season.
Makayla and Isabel both lead by example on the playing field and at practice. Despite not being able to play this year, Grace has been able to be positive influence who has contributed consistently. She encourages her teammates on the sideline and during practice.
The team scored 25 goals through 16 games and only gave up 12 goals. This year they had 11 different players score and a very strong defense contributing to 6 shutouts.
Girls Cross Country
Girls Cross Country had a great season this fall. They were 11-1 overall, and were Pioneer North League Champions having gone undefeated in league competition.
The team placed fifth overall at the PVIAC Championships, third in the MIAA Division 3 B sectional meet. They were also 9th in the State Championships!
Abigail Howard and Leah Gump led the team throughout the season, with one or the other winning every meet. Sylvie DiBartolomeo, Nicole Plasse, Sadie Ross, Sasha Malo, and Ayla Starr rounded out our scorers in every meet. It was an impressive group of young women most of whom will be returning next year.
Senior captain Sadie Ross was the soul of the team throughout the season, providing strong leadership every step of the way.
Boys Cross Country
The boys cross country team also had a strong season finishing 11-2.
The boys team tied the Pioneer North League Champions with Mohawk. They were 13th at the PVIAC Championship, and 9th at the Division 3B sectional meet.
Luke Howard, an eighth grader, qualified for the State Championships and finished 69th overall in a field of 200 runners.
Captain Erich Brown, Patrick Boyden, Amory Maxey, Evan Hedlund, Oliver Brown, Pax Stark, AJ Desmond, and Ben Desmond rounded out the scorers behind Luke in every meet.
Frontier football ended the season with a record of 4-6 coming just shy of qualifying for the playoffs. The team had graduated 6 seniors last season so they had some gaps to fill.
Captains Josh Semaski, John Semaski, Iain Spearance and Sam Shrieber were great role models for all the new players on the team. There was an abundance developing talent on the team this year, which bodes well for 2022 and beyond.
Josh Semaski joined the 1000 yards club rushing for a little over 1500 yards this season.
The field hockey team ended their season with a record of 11-7-1. This season captains were Emily Demaio, Chelsea Camp, Lila Roche, and Maeve Huit. They were leaders on the field and champions at developing team spirit.
The team won their first game of the statewide tournament against Hopedale, beating them 1-0. In round of 16 teams, which is the new tournament style, which would be the team’s second playoff game, they lost a hard fight to Manchester Essex Regional High School.
The Frontier Unified Basketball Team had a great season this year holding a regular season record at 5-1. at the end of the regular season and after the jamboree it was 7-2.
This was a great group of students. They all were fantastic and really showed growth from the start of our season to the end. These players competed and became very close to each other even though we had a wide range of ages. All students made an impact for not only Frontier but also for the whole Unified Program that the Special Olympics puts on.
Captain Lila Santos along with the other upperclassmen showed great leadership to their younger teammates. The team states that their biggest victory was creating a family.
The volleyball team had a terrific season with a record of 23-4. The team won Western Mass against Mount Greylock and were the state champ runners up.
The team this season was led by captains Jillian Apanell (junior), Tia Gottschalk (senior), and Elise Friedrichs (senior).
A big congratulations goes out to Sydney Scanlon and Jillian Apanell for being selected to the Massachusetts Volleyball Coaches Association All-state team. They were picked to a team of 18 out of 188 players in Divisions 3, 4, and 5.
The team’s success can be partially attributed to their strong chemistry on and off the court. As they came together gathering for team breakfasts or lunches before games and battling it out on the court as one cohesive unit.