By Robert Mingolelli
Varsity Girls Cross Country
Coach: Colleen Naboicheck (11 years)
League: MidWach B Central Mass.
2018 Record: Undefeated 5-0, League Champions, Division 1 Central Ma. District-2nd Place Key Runner's Lost to Graduation: Sarah Maple, Julianna Higgins, Brenna Cox
Captains: Annika Kuchel-senior, Claire Puranananda- senior, Sydney Adams- junior
Other returning letter winners: Kimmie Harding- soph., Maddie Prechtl- soph., Clarissa LaGasse- sr, Mia Garibotto-jr, Mary Teeple- soph.
Comments: “This team is lead by experienced seniors. Our goal is to win the MidWach B League Meet.”
Season Opener: Tues. Sept.10 vs. Fitchburg @ Hollis Hill Farms, Fitchburg
Varsity Boys Cross Country
Coach: Colleen Naboicheck (1st year coaching boys team) League: MidWach B Central Mass.
2018 League Record: 3-2
Key Runner's Lost to Graduation: Eli Kritzer, Ryan Cox, Grant Willsie, Kyle Litchford, Ryan Baker.
Captains: Thomas Orcutt-sr, Patrick Daly-sr, Jack Blount- jr. Other Returning letter winners: Finn Shiely-jr, Declan Lowney-
jr, George Lowney-jr, Ryan Mosscrop-jr, Jacob Strauss-jr, Ben Taylor-soph.
Promising Newcomers: Ethan MacDonald-fr, Toby Strauss-fr. Comments: “I look forward to coaching this boys’ team led by talented captains and promising young runners.”
Season Opener: Sept. 10 vs. Fitchburg @ Hollis Hill Farms, Fitchburg
Coach: Lori Heberich (Ten years coaching at GD, 3rd year coaching varsity)
League: Midland Wachusett A Central Mass.
2018 Record and Accomplishments: 22-2; Division 2 State Champions,
Captain: Carolyn Mullins, sr, middle blocker.
Other returning varsity players: Emma Kenney, soph, outside hitter; Sydney Barlow, soph,
middle blocker; Katie Eberhardt, jr, setter
Promising newcomers: Lots
of potential with several new talented players on the team with numerous strengths.
Comments: This is a rebuilding year for us for sure. Carolyn Mullins, Emma Kenney, Sydney Barlow, and Katie Eberhardt have all stepped up and have shown great leadership so far. Everyone is working hard and we'll just take it one match at a time.” Season opener: Fri. Sept. 6 vs. Westboro, 5:15pm, at G-D
Varsity Field Hockey
Coach: Rachel Connerty (7th season)
League: Mid Wach B
2018 Record: 6-10-2
Ket players lost to graduation: Sarah Willcox, Hannah Bowman, Mikayla Paterson, Nicolette Sannazaro and Morgan Dondero. Captains: Emily Hauk, 2020, Midfield; Emily Miller, 2020, Midfield; Noelle St. Germain, 2020, Forward; Hannah Erickson, 2021, Midfield.
Other returning letter winners: Anne Madden, 2020, GK; Ashleigh Siciliano, 2021, GK. Promising newcomers: Riley Heulings, 2021, Defense; Rachel Erickson, 2020, Fwd.
Comments: “We have some athletic returners and new players and are looking to be competitive in the MidWach B league. The team is driven to make their way back to post-season play.”
Season opener: Wed. Sept. 4 at Shepherd Hill, 7pm.
Boys Varsity Soccer
Coach: Sean Wisbey (16th consecutive season; 10th season at GD 104-54-26)
2018 Record and
Accomplishments: 8-7-5; #10
in District Draw, defeated #7 Algonquin 1-0, lost 6-2 to Marlboro in Quarter-finals. League: Midland Wachusett
B with Nashoba, Westboro, Marlboro & North Middlesex. Returning Starters: Sr. Midfielder Chase Herberich (2018 League and C-Mass. All Star)
Sr. Forward Simon Chandler, Jr. Midfielder Matt Fordham, Sr. Back Ian Maguire (League All Star), Jr. Back Zach Elmasri Sr. Midfielder Peter Ho, Sr. Back Derek Carsuo.
Promising Newcomers: Jr. Exchange Student Paul Waltz (Frankfort, Germany), Sr. Back Elias Jiser.
Comments: “Team goal is to finish in the top four in Div. 1 Central-Mass by taking the next step as a program and earning a spot in the district semi finals in November. We play a difficult schedule opening with Algonquin, Westford and Westborough, but with a good core or returners, you should see some great soccer in Groton again this fall. The team has some positive strengths and also some weakness but the group seems bonded together and ready for the challenge.”
Season opener: Sept. 5 at home vs. Algonquin
Girls Varsity Soccer
Coach: Sean Murphy (Six year coaching overall, 3rd yr. Varsity at GD)
League: Mid-Wach B,
2018 record: 7-10-1
Graduated: Anna Bushnell, Jackie Forbes, Erin Jussaume, Liz Zawada, Kelsey Beausoleil.
2019 Captains: Bianca Resca, Abby Eisenklam, Jillian Van Pelt and Maggie Jiser.
Returning letter winners: Kat
Irby, Sarah Bushnell, Bronwyn Mulligan, Chloe Ashburn, Nicole Tammaro, Anna Griffiths, Mia Devereaux, Natalie Childs, Olivia Childs, Jackie Gervais, Faith Kosiba
Promising newcomers: Meg Quinn, Emma Wilson, Riley Eldredge
Comments: “I am very excited about this group. We have an exceptionally strong returning core. I have coached most of the girls during all three years of my coaching seasons thus far at GD. Great senior leadership, returning team MVP Jillian Van Pelt, sr. and returning leading scorer (Jackie Gervais, soph.), returning top defender (Anna Griffiths, jr) and returning team leader and D1 commit Bianca Resca with limitless potential in goal. I think we will surprise some teams. We have the ability and talent to compete with any team in our league.”
Season opener: Sept. 5 at Algonquin
Groton-Dunstable Varsity Football
Head Coach: Tom Sousa (5th season)
2018 Record: 1-10
League: Mid-Wach D
Captains: Tim Stark -Sr. DB Captain, Bradley teDuits -Sr. QB, Warren Callen -Sr. OL.
Returning Starters: Jack Barry -Jr. WR, David Hendershot –Sr. OL, Billy Zhao –Jr. DL
Colin teDuits -Sr. LB, Brendan Ferrari -Sr. DB
Promising Newcomers: Jon Eisenklam –Jr. DL, Mike Willard - Jr. LB, Ryan Bernard- Jr.
LB, Kyle Plause -Jr. RB, Doug Tompkins –Jr. WR, Will Joyner – Sr. OL,C. Ben Furman – Jr. OL. Players to Watch: Bradley teDuits 3rd year as starting QB;
Warren Callen anchors the offensive line. Tim Stark runs the defense on the field
Comments: Really looking forward to this season. Our Senior Leadership has been great so far. Scrimmages against Westford Academy and Lowell Catholic have been encouraging. A lot of new teams on the schedule this season so it is hard to project how the season will go. Our focus as a staff right now is developing depth and staying healthy throughout the season. Season opener: Away at Marlborough, Fri. Sept 13 7:00pm.