Charlotte DiRocco

CCHS Patriots Round Up 

By Bruce Hack  Correspondent
January 21, 2024

Charlotte DiRocco, a three-sport CCHS athlete competing in soccer and indoor and outdoor track, has signed her NCAA National Letter of Intent to compete at Dartmouth College in track and field.  

Fall Honors were earned by members of the field hockey and golf teams. For field hockey, goalkeeper Crista Celi, Kate Francini, Julia Lambert, Avery Swenson and Hadley Swenson all earned Dual County League honors. On the golf team, Ahrinn Desai and Erika Redmond earned Dual County League honors, and Redmond was named DCL MVP. 

The Alpine Ski teams skied in real snow and had their first competition of the season. 

Thursday, January 11 found the team ready to go, but because of the weather, they had not been able to train on actual gates. It was a family affair for the Patriots, with three pairs of siblings —Flints, Remingtons, and Pooles — placing in the top 20. Overall, the team landed five men and four women in the top 20, including two each in the top five. Despite that talent, it was a tough dual meet with Lincoln-Sudbury: The Warriors beat the Patriots in the head-to-head match-up, with the women losing 33-58 and the men falling 41-50. 

For the boys, junior Henry Flint led CCHS with a second-place finish, followed closely by sophomore Theo Remington in fourth. Sophomore Tucker Kuftinec took 17th, followed immediately by senior Drew Callen and sophomore Jamie Poole. Coming in at 25th and 26th places were senior Harry Nerrow  and junior Sam Snell. Sophomore Finn Ruhmann was just behind in 31st, followed by sophomore Ben Redmond in 33rd. Sophomore James Reynolds finished in 38th and senior Ollie Wachs in 39th. Junior Jack Nugent had a strong first run that put him in the mix with his teammates, but he got caught in the grass, literally.  

The girls were left with a bit more snow coverage at the end of the night. Junior Delaney Remington took fourth with rookie ninth grader Juniper Flint nipping at her heels in fifth. Junior Izzy Poole and sophomore Bella Audette rounded out the top 20 group with 14th and 20th place finishes, respectively. A bunch of CCHS senior women finished next — except for one sophomore who slipped in between them: Grace Creamer, 33rd; Amanda Reynolds, 37th; sophomore Maddie Clancy, 40th; Siena Triola, 44th; Tara Johnson, 53rd; and Natalie Barrett: 58th. They held off the other two sophomores, Elise McMorrow, 60th and Sierra Fonte, 61st. 

Girls’ Ice Hockey had an 0-2 week due to players out sick. They lost the Waltham game 9-2, with both goals by eighth grader Maddie Humber. While the final score might suggest otherwise, the game was a battle. Next up for the Patriots was a trip to Melrose. Unfortunately, CC was down their goalie and a bunch of players due to illness.  Melrose pulled out a 9-4 win against the shorthanded Patriots squad. Ava Thomas lit the lamp twice; Abby Athanasoulas and Maddie Humber scored one each.  

The Indoor Track teams both fell to Westford Academy. The boys lost 59-41 despite getting personal records in the mile, two mile and 1000m. They also had personal records in the 55H and Dash. Cesar Hernandez had a personal record in the 300 with his best run so far in a 40.61 and the long jump. Elyjah Ramos is edging closer to his pursuit of 40 feet in the shot with another PR. The boys 4×4 (Charlie MacDonald, Sawyer Bout, Will Anstey, Liam Quinn) are now only four seconds from the state qualifying mark.  

A short-staffed girls’ squad lost to Westford Academy 52-47. Zeina Fofana had a PR in the 300 and a state Q 44.42 and Claire Beckley PR and is now 0.2 seconds away from qualifying. Charlotte DiRocco won the High Jump, Shotput and 55. Izzy Crowell won the two mile with a personal record. Both Pelin Turner and Maria Chopas had PRs in the mile and Maria qualified for States with a 5:36.37. 

The swim and dive teams both lost to Wayland. The girls lost 98-88 and the boys lost 90-87. In the boys-only meet, Concord-Carlisle defeated Acton-Boxborough 90-78. 

Against A-B, diver Thomas Stone won to stay undefeated. Emlen Lease won the 200-yard Individual Medley and Lucas Leonard won the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events. Noah Jina placed first in the 100-yard butterfly. Cole Scafidi won the 500-yard freestyle. 

The 200-yard medley relay team of Noah Jina, Emlen Lease, Alexander Sproule and Cole Baker took first. Lease, Baker, Jina and Lucas Leonard combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay. The 400-yard freestyle medley was won by the team of Alexander Sproule, Andrew Hodges, Cole Scafidi and Lucas Leonard. 

Against Wayland, divers Maisie O’Donnell and Thomas Stone kept their winning streaks alive and stayed undefeated. On the swimming side for the boys, Alexander Sproule won the 100-yard butterfly. Emlen Lease finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Lucas Leonard, Cole Scafidi, Austin Sun and Alexander Sproule also won.  

For the girls’ team, Sarah Nadzo placed first in the 200-yard freestyle. Alana Leen won the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard backstroke. Bea Turrettini took first in the 100-yard freestyle. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Alana Leen, Bea Turettini, Allison Lu and Sarah Nadzo combined to take first. C-C won the 400-yard freestyle behind the team of Bea Turrettini, Lilly Soillis, Tess Ward and Alana Leen.