The Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball boys' fifth-grade team with their local news source of choice. Back row (l-r): Coaches Chris Ryan, Andy Romanowsky, and Brian Schmidt. Front row (l-r): Carter Schmidt, Finn Stewart, Julian Sagalyn, Isaiah Engermann, Alexander Moritz, James Ryan, Jack Werner, Brendan Rowe, Logan Michael, and Coby Romanowsky. Courtesy photo

Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball soars in Metrowest League

By Celeste Katz


Who says all the basketball action in Concord and Carlisle is on the high school court?  

Not the young — very young — competitors and Metrowest League champs of Concord-Carlisle Youth Basketball. 

Fourth-grade girls basketball. Back row (l-r): Grace Henricks, Claire Burns, Greta Barker, Isabel Fredette, Colbi Hansen, Ella Barkin, and Sydney Adkins. Front row (l-r): Juliet Cavallo, Charlotte Frizzell, Caroline Johnson, Ruby Richmon, and Ella Wessling. Courtesy photo

“It was an incredible season for CCYB and was by far our best showing in the history of the program that started over 10 years ago,” said CCYB Boys Director and Coach Chris Ryan. 

Sixth-grade boys basketball: (l-r) Charlie Schmidt, Will Bonnes, Tucker O’Neill, Owen Ahigian, Clayton Karczewski, Jack Newton, Henry Phillips, Haggai Salzman, Liam Anderson, and Aleksi Romanowsky. Courtesy photo

“In years past, we would only see a handful of teams win one or two games at the most, with an occasional team making it to the semifinals,” Ryan said.

“This year, we had three girls teams and four boys teams make the championship round.” 

Sixth-grade girls basketball. Back row (l to r): Annie Dale, Coach Kleem Chaudhary, Ella Thomas, Shaye Driscoll, Nifemi Oladapo, Sophia Lundberg, Alana Homer, Faye Gibon, and Coach Ben Dale. Front row (l-r): Brielle Chaudhary, Vivie Nojiri, Alana Jean-Ross, and Brooklyn Bohs. On the court: Evelyn Keener. Courtesy photo 

Five teams won in the championships, including the fourth- and sixth-grade girls Maroon teams, the fifth- and sixth-grade boys Maroon teams, and the seventh-grade boys White team, Ryan said. 

The seventh-grade girls Maroon team made it to the semifinals and the eighth-grade boys Maroon team made it to the Championship game. 

Seventh-grade boys basketball. Front row (l-r): Sam Hale, Colin Renner, Jackson Winn, Lukas Calabro, John Phillips, Will Pisapia, Ewan van der Swaagh, Finn Burke. Back row (l to r): Colin Woods, Maton Yosefson, Sam Woods, Theo Kamon, Coach Ryan Phillips, and Ryan Haggerty. Courtesy photo

The CCYB program features five girls’ teams with 55 players and 11 boys’ teams with 118 players. 

President Marc Caruso says CCYB, with a focus on skills, self-esteem, and camaraderie, is about much more than championship swag — or swagger.  

“Keeping a positive attitude, trying your best, and supporting your teammates are important skills in life and not just basketball,” he said.