Madison Stott, Bigger Than A Sport

By Mackenzie Boucher
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The thought of running after an exhaustive day at school can sound like an added daily strain, but for those committed to the Dartmouth High School track team, like senior Madison Stott, track forces them to push through and achieve a new level of strength and appreciation for progress. Madison has broken records for relay, relay split, and the 300 meter race, and her success story is one of inspiration, triumph, and opportunity.  

Madison Stott

Madison joined the Dartmouth track team in the winter of her freshman year, followed up with spring track, and since then has done every season of track for the rest of her high school career. Now she is happy taking on the responsibility of being a captain for the winter and spring teams. “At first I didn’t think much of it, usually soccer was my main sport. By junior year, I figured out that I would want to do track in college because of how much I’ve grown.” Madison compares it to her experience playing soccer, “in track it is much easier to see your growth since you get a new time every meet and can use those stats to compare with your other times to see your growth straight on, versus soccer where you don’t have the stats to show you are growing as easily and readily available. You only go by how you feel you did.” The undisputed nature of progress on the track team encourages athletes like Madison to continue striving for faster times. 

Corroborating what Serena Carnes said in a previous interview about the Dartmouth High School track team, Madison has also found a second home on the track.“We are all one big family, I really enjoy running track because of the huge support of my team and the positive energy they give me,” Madison says, “the people who are there for you say it’s okay, you can do it. We believe in you. We have faith and that builds a bond.” The consistent positive reinforcement to perform despite fear of failure, created a nurturing environment for teammates of different skill levels and strengths, and for Madison she believes, “if my teammates weren’t cheering for me and my coaches weren’t pushing me I wouldn’t be where I am.”

Admittedly, she finds a lot of people who think the track team is synonymous with endless running and suffering, connotated with the image of a hamster endlessly running on a wheel. Consequently, they have trouble understanding why anyone would subject themselves to such a lifestyle. However, for Madison track is a means of multifaceted progress; social, emotional, and physical. “When you’re in your own separate event groups, you form better friendships and bonds with people you wouldn’t expect.” Those friends, she finds, grow bonds of a mutual understanding; that everyone wants to help anyone who needs it. Teammates tend to take affirmative action,“ especially if they can see that someone is having a hard time, the workout is hard for them, you can see it on their face or body that they’re getting drained, you can continue it with them, or give them motivation to help them through it.” It’s just the way of the Dartmouth track team.  

As someone who strives to beat past times, every meet is like a mini-Mount Olympus built by herself, that she has to climb. She remembers one such instance,“it was my junior year at the states meet during winter track, it was the last meet of our season, my relay team was working really hard towards the goal of beating the school record that season.” 

She remembers after the relay, the team was filled with one sentiment, “I think we did it. Anticipation, waiting to see the time. Once it happens you’re filled with joy. You’re jumping up and down. Your heart is still racing,” Madison was shocked, “I couldn’t believe it, I just stared at the time, it didn’t feel real, I couldn’t believe I just did that.” She swelled with pride for herself and her team, and the accomplishment has become a pillar of her track experience, motivating her to keep going, to achieve the bliss of seeing a record on the clock.

Records are not the only motivator by any means, the personal nature of rivalries between players is a significant factor in meets. “Anytime we run against Durfee there is this one runner that I know will push me. We are always neck and neck, if she is in a race, it will be an important race to me specifically. It’s a good motivation.” Madison appreciates how the competitive nature positively affects her. 

Madison plans to continue track in college, and is weighing her options currently. She knows, “it will be a whole new aspect of running. I’ll be running against all these other runners I’ve never ran against before. I’m excited for it. I know in college other people will feel the same passion I have for track, and will take it as seriously as I do.” She does not shy away from a new challenge because of the strength the Dartmouth track team originally provided her, “they’re gonna be big, strong, and fast, which is intimidating, but I know they’ll be as welcoming as this team was when I was a freshman.”

Madison passionately believes the positive effect that track has provided her is unparalleled. “Track is individualized, so you get more attention and support because it’s just you,” she says. “It keeps you in shape physically and mentally. I would suggest doing track to anyone.”

Serena Carnes, Bigger Than A Sport

By Mackenzie Boucher
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Track is one of the few sports that runs all year round, similar to the sport itself, it’s more about longevity than one-time lucky breaks. It’s also arguably one of the hardest sports to understand. The first thing that comes to mind for a non-track expert is races, but the sport itself is much, much more complicated than getting a fast time. Track and field includes shot puts, vaulting, javelin throwing, variations of jumping, relay, distance running, and racing, making it more of a collection of sports than a single sport; such as soccer or football. But for some athletes, like Dartmouth High School senior captain Serena Carnes, the complicated amalgamation of skills it takes to succeed at track becomes second nature. 

Serena has done softball, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and basketball, but “track is the hardest, yet most rewarding sport” she says, “it is a way to clear your thoughts and be in a better mental state.” She has fully committed to doing track during the winter and spring seasons, cross country in the fall, and occasionally has done the 4×4 relay. 

Serena Carnes
Serena Carnes

Serena has been part of the track team since freshman year, “I originally had no desire to do track, but my mom encouraged me a lot to do it and try something new.” She looks back at that paramount choice now, “it is one of the best decisions that I made in high school.” 

Four years later, she is now captain, acting as a mentor to the team. “As a person, I believe that one of my strongest attributes is my overriding positivity. As a captain, I feel as though my positivity is also one of my strongest attributions to everyday track life.” She leads warmups, and always offers unwavering support to the team, “I truly value making sure everyone feels heard and appreciated.”

As opposed to sports like basketball, where there can only be one Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and the rest of the team is consequently subjected to anonymity, track and field is about lifting each other up, because everyone has to rely on each other to win a meet. 

“The motivation from my teammates and coaches, along with the strong desire to better my times in my races, is what truly feeds the love that I have for track. It is the most welcoming and inviting environment, because no matter how you perform, you will always have a smile on your face on the bus ride home because of the support that everyone gives you,” Serena says about the social dynamics of the team. 

When the natural pressure of going for gold combines with outside factors, no one is immune to feeling stressed, but Serena attributes her ability to rise above the stress to the encouragement from Coach McCarron-Deely and her teammates. To be on the Dartmouth track team evidently involves having the strength to help others reach their goals, and the humbleness to be helped yourself. 

But don’t let the friendly demeanor of DHS track fool you. At its core, track and field is highly competitive, as seen in the rivalry against the Bridgewater-Raynham (B-R) track and field. “B-R has been Dartmouth’s biggest competitor for a long time,” Serena says about the power struggle. “Before our last dual meet on Tuesday (1/24/23), the girls Dartmouth track and field team had only beaten B-R once before, and the boys Dartmouth team had never beaten them before. This meet was by far our biggest and hardest meet of the year, and it came down to the relay races at the end to ultimately win.” 

At Coach McCarron’s directions, Serena, “ran around the track spreading out the team and telling them to be as loud as possible because the last relay races were very important,” all part of being captain and biggest cheerleader of her own team. 

Serena points to the last meet as being  the most important meet of her athletic career. She had the exhaustive task of running the two mile after the one mile race, against their biggest competitor, and the pressure was starkly high. Running the two races took endurance, mental strength, and adrenaline, but in the end her determination rained triumphant and she earned first place, “Our team ended up winning against B-R for the second time ever, becoming Southeastern Conference league champions.”

Serena plans to continue track in college as a club, “I’ve learned so much about myself and that if I can put my mind to something, it is definitely attainable.” Serena thoroughly enjoys track and the sport has taught her that, “trying new things can take you by surprise, and you can start to love them and leave what you’ve known behind,” a lesson that hopefully we all get to experience.

B-R Wrestling Takes SEC Title

With its 48-22 victory conference foe New Bedford, the Bridgewater-Raynham wrestling team captured the Southeast Conference title undefeated. With the win, the Trojans improved to 12-1 overall and closed out their league schedule with a perfect, 3-0 mark. With the loss, the Whalers finish their SEC schedule with a 1-2 league record.

“We just wrestled so tough,” said B-R coach Sean Petrosino.  “I have been coaching for 19 years and this may have been the best overall team effort I have ever seen.  Top to bottom everyone wrestled like warriors.  I have never been more proud of a group of individuals.”

B-R Wrestling  stats:

Senior Nathan Leach 19-0 (Ranked #1 in the State)
Senior Captain Chris Hogg – 9-0 (Over 100 Career wins)
Senior Captain Christian Curley 21-1 (Ranked #7 in the State)
Sophomore Brent von Magnus – 20-1 (Ranked #6 in the State)
Junior Myles Beckett 10-2 (ranked #6 in the State)
Sophomore Jackson Rinke 12-2
Sophomore Luke Driscoll 12-5
Sophomore Matty Fernandes 9-6
Freshman Jack Alves 14-6
Freshman Kennedie Davis 19-6

Durfee Hoop Teams Take Holiday Tourneys

It’s been happy holidays for the Durfee boys and girls basketball teams as both squads won their respective holiday tournaments. The Hilltopper boys won their own Skip Karam Holiday Tournament, while the Lady Hilltoppers captured the Taunton Holiday Classic.

In the boys’ finals match-up, the game went down to the wire, as Durfee held off a late charge from a talented Taunton squad, 76-73. The Tigers went into that contest undefeated. Durfee, which started quickly in the game, built a double-digit lead in the third quarter while Taunton standout Tyler Santos was on the bench due to foul difficulty.

Santos returned to the game and the Tigers quickly closed the gap. The Toppers were equal to the task however, as clutch performances from Jeyden Espinal and Devontae Stewart helped Durfee fend off the Tigers’ surge. Espinal was named the Tournament MVP.

Durfee had a balanced attack with Espinal leading the way with 21 points. Stewart had 19 points, while Jaleale Simmons added 17 points and Avonte Lamore chipped in with 13. Santos, with a dominating fourth quarter performance, lead all scorers with 28 points.

In the semi-final round game, Durfee had little trouble in advancing with a dominating 90-41 win over Brighton. Taunton had advanced by handing Dartmouth its first loss of the season, 61-57. Hunter Matteson scored a game high 31 points to lead Dartmouth in that one. The Indians had an easy go of it against Brighton in the consolation game.

Durfee boys celebrate tourney championship

The Durfee girls took the Taunton Holiday Classic with a solid 49-29 win over Holliston in the finals. With the win, the Lady Hilltoppers remain perfect on the year at 5-0. Mya Hayes-Paulette led Durfee with 12 points, while Jada Holley added 10. Both girls were named to the All-Tourney team

In the semi-final round match-up, Durfee handed host Taunton its first loss of the year with a 49-39 victory. Hayes-Paulette led Durfee with 14 points in that one, while Holley added 10 and Landry Caron and Julia Hargraves chipped in with eight points each.

Durfee girls team after capturing Taunton Holiday Classic

Durfee Swim & Dive Sweeps Stang

The Durfee Swim & Dive teams dominated Bishop Stang at the UMass-Dartmouth Tripp Athletic Center. The Durfee girls posted a 100-67 victory, while the Hilltopper boys prevailed, 89-40.

With the win, the Lady Hilltoppers improved their record to 2-1 on the season. It was a complete team effort, with many athletes being able to try new events and allow the Topper squad to show off its depth.

Diver Rachael Silva

Individual winners for Durfee included Rachael Silva in the 1-meter dive with a score of 225.65, Aimee Tiebout in the 500-meter freestyle, Zoie Mussotte in the 100-meter backstroke, and Claire Bjerre in the 100-meter breaststroke. Mussotte and Tiebout teamed up with Avery Antunes and Gill Tiburtino in the 200-meter medley relay to take first in that event. Other strong performers for Durfee were Paitynn Botelho, Casey Carvalho and Abigail Carrerio

Forrest Malo doing breaststroke

The Durfee boys also came home with a win to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Hilltoppers showed off the hard work they have been doing this season going into the holiday break. Individual winners included Cooper Long in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle, Michael Harrington in the 500-meter freestyle, Jack Fitzgerald in the 100-meter backstroke and Forrest Malo in the 100-meter breaststroke. The relay team of Harrington, Fitzgerald, Long and Omar Mahmoud took home the win in both the 200-meter medley and 200-meter freestyle. 

Durfee Wins Hotly Contested SEC Field Hockey Title

With New Bedford playing the role of spoiler down the final stretch of the season, Durfee captured the Southeast Conference Championship in a race that went down to the last game in league play. The title is not only the first for the Hilltopper field hockey program, it marks the first outright title for any Durfee team since the inception of the current SEC.

“We are so proud,” said Durfee coach Nicole Henrique. “This team has grown so much over the years. We could not be happier and we are truly proud. It is such an accomplishment for us. As a team and staff, we are honestly over the moon.”

Durfee started the season on fire, going 7-0-1 out of the gate, including a 5-0 mark in league play. That run included a 3-2 victory over Dartmouth. Things got interesting when three weeks later, Dartmouth returned the favor with a 2-0 win over the Hilltoppers. That put the Indians temporarily in first place with a 5-1-1 mark but Durfee still controlled its own destiny. Win their final two games and the Toppers were champs.

Enter New Bedford. The Whalers, who fell to Durfee 3-0 earlier in the year, secured a 2-2 tie with the Hilltoppers, leaving Durfee and Dartmouth tied atop the conference standings. When Durfee then blanked Bridgewater-Raynham, 6-0 in its final league game, it secured itself at least a tie for the league title.

The final game on the league docket matched Dartmouth with New Bedford. In the first meeting, the two teams had played to a 1-1 tie. A win for Dartmouth and it would share the league title. New Bedford did it again though, playing the Indians to another 1-1 draw, thus securing the landmark league title for Durfee.

Complete League Results

Final League Standings:

Dartmouth Takes 4th Straight SEC Volleyball Title

The Dartmouth girls volleyball team has captured the Southeast Conference championship yet again. With its 3-0 win over New Bedford, the Indians finished league play with a perfect 8-0 mark. It marked the fourth straight year that Dartmouth has gone undefeated in conference play.

“We overcame a lot of obstacles this year,” said veteran head coach Rachel Lassey. “We’ve had key players being injured or sick. All players have really stepped up, and embraced different roles a number of times throughout the season, and we have been able to stay strong.”

The team, which is a veteran squad made up of mostly juniors and seniors, has been led by senior co-captains Lauren Augusto, a setter and Ava Crane, an outside hitter. Augusto is on her way to getting 1,000 assists. She would be the third player in Dartmouth High history to achieve the feat.

Other key performers have been senior outside hitter Erynn Jasparro, junior middle Adeline Ablett, junior libero Gaby Velazquez, junior outside hitter Brooke Davis, junior middle Haley Jenkins and junior defensive specialist Olivia Arruda.

“We are very excited to continue to be a force in the SEC,” added Lassey. “We are very proud to have this accomplishment, and hope to keep it going for as long as possible.”

Lassey herself was recognized for her coaching excellence. This past weekend, she was inducted into the Massachusetts Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame.

The Indians are 13-2 overall on the year. The lone setbacks came against undefeated and top-ranked Westborough and Swansea’s Case High, which is ranked second in Division 4. Dartmouth has five games remaining on its docket before trying to make some noise in the MIAA state tournament. In the most recent power rankings, the Indians are ranked fourth in Division 2.

B-R Golf Takes SEC Championship Tournament For Second Straight Year

Southeast Conference regular season champion Bridgewater-Raynham took first place at the SEC Championship meet held at Fall River Country Club. It was the second straight year the Trojans have won the tournament title.

Team Champion B-R

In winning the championship with a team score of 199, B-R had four golfers shoot in the 70s. Justin Peters had the tournament overall low score with a 73. Jason Coughlin posted a 76, while Pat Concannon shot 77 and Richie Thayer had a 79.

Dartmouth took second place at the event with a team score of 193. Chase Guilherme was the Indians’ top finisher shooting a second place 74. Mikey Correia was third with a 75, while Will Gagni carded a 78 and Ian Emery an 83.

Rounding out the field, host Durfee took third place with a score of 178. The Hilltoppers’ top finishers were Brady Sullivan with a 78 and Mike Banalewicz with an 80. Brockton took fourth with a score of 148. The Boxers were led by Ryan Merritt with a 79. New Bedford was fifth with a team score of 120. Craig Batista shot an 85 to lead the Whalers.

Complete Results:

1st Place Bridgewater-Raynham-305 (199pts)
Justin Peters – 73 (53 pts)
Jason Coughlin – 76 (50 pts)
Pat Concannon – 77(49 pts)
Richie Thayer -79 (47 pts)

2nd Place Dartmouth-310 (194pts)
Chase Guilherme – 74 (52 pts)
Mikey Correia – 75 (51 pts)
Will Gangi – 78 (48 pts)
Ian Emery – 83 (43 pts)

3rd Place Durfee-326 (178pts)
Brady Sullivan – 78 (48pts)
Mike Banalewicz – 80 (46pts)
Ethan Tho – 83 (43pts)
Dan Matuszek – 85 (41pts)

4th Place Brockton-356 (148pts)
Ryan Merritt – 79 (47pts)
Brady Witt – 90 (36pts)
Brian Poz – 92 (34pts)
Ryan Sinnot – 95 (31pts)

5th Place New Bedford-384 (120pts)
Craig Baptista – 85 (41pts)
Trevor Rodrigues – 92 (34pts)
Luke Tarpey – 94 (32 pts)
Cam Molleo – 113 (13pts)

The SEC Championship field of performers

Dartmouth Field Hockey Win Over Durfee Tightens Conference Title Chase

Dartmouth junior Grace Haskell scored twice off corners in the late stages of a tight game to lift the Indians to a 2-0 win over first place Durfee, tightening the race for the Southeast Conference title down the stretch.

With the win, the Indians improve to 8-1-4 overall and 5-1-1 in the SEC. The lone blemish on that record came at the hands of Durfee, 2-1 back on September 21. What could end up costing Dartmouth a share of the title though is an early season, 1-1 tie against New Bedford.

Durfee started the season red hot, going 7-0-1 before finally succumbing to non-league foe Dighton-Rehoboth on September 30. The Hilltoppers are now 9-2-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference. Durfee still controls its own destiny though.

The Toppers have a game in hand on Dartmouth and if they can pull off wins against New Bedford tomorrow and Bridgewater-Raynham on October 19, they will win the conference championship. In its previous meetings, Durfee defeated New Bedford, 3-0 at home and dominated Bridgewater-Raynham, 6-0 in Bridgewater.

Dartmouth, which is currently on a roll, going 6-0-2 over its last eight games, has one league contest remaining, against New Bedford on October 21.

A look at the current league standings:

B-R Golf Continues SEC Dominance

The Bridgewater-Raynham golf team continues to reign supreme over the Southeast Conference field. The Trojans recently defeated Durfee 145-99 at the Fall River Country Club to finish with a perfect 8-0 record in league play. The league title was the ninth straight for B-R.

“I could not be prouder of a fine group of golfers who have conducted themselves with pride and dignity both on and off the golf course,” said B-R coach George Pimental. “They have kept an eight year league championship streak alive, with this being B-R’s ninth consecutive league championship.”

Justin Peters

Among the highlights of the campaign were co-captain Justin Peters, who shot under par during several matches. His low score came against SEC foe New Bedford, where he shot a 3 under par 33. Co-captain Pat Concannon and captain-elect junior Richie Thayer were steady performers throughout the season, both making major contributions to securing the SEC crown.

Richie Thayer

Seniors Nick Rossi and Jason Coughlin stepped up in a major way during two non-league matches against powerhouse opponent Xaverian. The duo both shot their best scores, contributing to a pair of wins over Xaverian.

Bridgewater-Raynham golf team
2022 Bridgewater-Raynham golf team