, Newburyport, MA

September 5, 2013

Daily News cross-country capsules

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Boys Cross-Country


Coach: Ernie Bissaillon (1st year)

Key returning athletes: Liam Gallagher, sr.; James Worthen, sr.; Jim Stone, sr.; Tim Keleher, sr.; Riley O’Connor, so.

Newcomers: Brian Chabot, so.; Cole Legg, so.; Patrick McQue, fr.

Strength: Summer training.

Concern: Limited experience after top three runners.

Coach’s outlook: “We’re looking forward to having a competitive season in a very tough league.”


Coach: Don Hennigar (27 years)

Key returning athletes: Nick Carleo, jr.; Tim Englehart, sr.; Gabe Ficht, jr.; Jared Healey, sr.; Joe Molvar, so.; Tyler Newfell, sr.; James Nutter, sr.; Chris Orlando, sr.; Max Vye, sr.; Peter Conway, so.

Newcomers: Jack Carleo, fr.; Ben Hanke, sr.; Jackson Kealey, fr.; Josh Molvar, fr.; Brendan Powers, fr.; Harrison Speak, fr.

Strength: Experience, depth.

Concern: Health.

Coach’s outlook: “We hope to improve all season and be very competitive in the All-State Meet.”


Coach: Darrel Cox (9th season)

Key returning athletes: Sean O’Brien, sr.; Alan Barlow, sr.; Cooper Carifio, sr.; Derek Lovasco, sr.; Alex Demeule, jr.; Drew Kapener, jr.; Jeremy Binding, jr.; Tom Gallagher, sr.; Sam Coppola, so.; Brett Repke, so.; Josh Wiles, so.

Newcomers: Dan Imperioso, jr.; Owen Meyer, so.; Mike Labrecque, fr.

Strength: Leadership with Carifio in second year as captain.

Concern: Graduation of twins Tom and Joe Labrecque from team that went 8-2.

Coach’s outlook: “With Newburyport, which has six of top seven back, and H-W, we won’t be undefeated, but we should be very good. I’m hoping we can go 10-1.”


Coach: Joe Colbert (12th year)

Key returning athletes: Austin Stevens, sr.; Will McCaffrey, sr.; Curran Callewaert, sr.; Brandon Duford, sr.; Will Koski, sr.; Chris Barry, jr.; Dan Horgan, jr.; Ryan Kent, jr.; Scott Tanch, jr.; Brian McCaffrey, so.

Newcomers: Nick Amello, jr.; Cam Atherton, jr.; Nick Dullea, jr.; Ethan Smith, jr.; Luis Fernandez, so.; Ryan Atherton, fr.; Bryan Popp, fr.; Ryan Sheedy, fr.; Hunter Stevens, fr.

Strength: Work ethic.

Concerns: Learning to compete.

Coach’s outlook: “We have our biggest team in several years with 33 boys and their enthusiasm has been great. They’re very coachable and work hard. We are hoping to be competitive each week, improve throughout the season, and hopefully wind up with a winning record.”

Girls Cross-Country


Coach: Ernie Bissaillon (1st year)

Key returning athletes: Julia Shorter, sr.; Emily Pugh, sr.; Samantha Stone, so.; Hailee Gibadlo, fr.; Julia Schlick, jr.; Morgan Fahey, jr.

Newcomers: Molly Rains, fr.; Abbey Tamburello, jr.; Lauren Gonthier, so.

Strength: Conditioning.

Concerns: Depth.

Coach’s outlook: “We hope to be competitive in a very tough league.”


Coach: Don Hennigar (27 years)

Key returning athletes: Erin Carroll, sr.; Kelly Conway, sr.; Kristen Mackie, jr.; Rachel Haley, jr.; Lily Eagan, jr.; Olivia Kearney, so.; Rose Hart, sr.

Newcomers: Sophia Carlat, fr.; Alex Mackie, fr.; Rebecca Speak, jr.; Maria Sterling, jr.; Juliet Stevenson, jr.; Liane Wilson, fr.

Strength: Senior leadership, attitude.

Concerns: Progression of younger runners.

Coach’s outlook: “A successful Cape Ann League season and a run at the All-State Meet are the goals.”


Coach: Todd Ruland (5th year)

Key returning athletes: Jordan Balletto, sr.; Emma Marchant, sr.; Kasey Mann, sr.; Alena D’Olympio, jr.; Kelsi McNamara, jr.; Kristen Olson, jr.; Brianna Repke, jr.; Sarah Thurlow, jr.; Taylor Moore, so.; Sophie Capobianco, so.; Erica Warner, so.

Newcomers: Jackie Brennan, sr.; Sara Maloney, sr.; Julie Stasiuk, jr.; Anna Moura-Cook, jr.; Sarah Stewart, so.; Vivian Burke, fr.; Alyssa Demeule, fr.; Grace Madden, fr.

Strength: McNamara is back from an injury that kept her out of last season.

Concern: Health.

Coach’s outlook: “Kasey Mann is in the best shape of her life and is positioned to make a major contribution. Emma Marchant and Kelsi McNamara were both injured last year and their return will really help us out this year.”


Coach: Joe Colbert (12th year)

Key returning athletes: Liz Willmonton, sr.; Nicole Sullivan, jr.; Ceili Riccio, jr.; Emily Willey, jr.; Ania Burgess, so.; Ava Moran, so.; Bridget Moran, so.

Newcomers: Laura Frackiewicz, sr.; Sydney Rybicki, sr.; Nellie Thurlow, jr.; Maddie Quigley, so.; Audrey Martin, so.; Brooke Shea, so.; Greta Auwerda, fr.; Sophia Corsetti, fr.; Sarah Maggiacomo, fr.; Cassie McGrath, fr.

Strength: Leadership from Willmonton and Sullivan.

Concern: Youth and inexperience.

Coach’s outlook: “I think this is the most talent we’ve had on the girls team in several years. Once the new girls figure it out and the returning girls get themselves in shape, I think we can be pretty competitive.”