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Holliston February 2018

Holliston February 2018

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Page 20 Holliston Local Town Pages February 2018 Sports Andrew Frey Just Keeps Swimming By Christopher Tremblay As far back as he can remember, Andrew Frey found himself in the water on a regular basis. At a young age, he was part of a low commitment swimming rec team out of Holliston, where he got to not only swim with his friends, but also hone his craft in the water. Now as a junior, he is swimming for the Holliston- Medway High School team and enjoying every minute of it. “To me, swimming is a lot of fun and a sport unlike any other,” the Holliston junior said. “Swimming was something that I always knew I wanted to do once I got into high school, and I found myself loving the team once the season began.” As a freshman, he swam under then Coach Julia Mc- Adams, a very tough and disciplinary coach. Although he had swum for years, Frey found he was not that strong of a swimmer on the high school level, so at the encouragement of other teammates, he joined the Kingfish Swim Club out of Medfield following his freshman campaign. “My freshman year, there were a lot of strong swimmers on the team, so my presence didn’t make that much of an impact,” he said. “Looking to improve, I joined the Kingfish after the season, but if I thought that high school was tough, the Kingfish was worse. I was getting beat up daily, but it only fed my motivation to swim better.” While he didn’t exactly see his freshman campaign to be a success, Frey was part of the Holliston-Medway 4 X 100 freestyle relay, where he swam the second leg in the States. “I wouldn’t really say I was a big part of the relay team as I was basically carried there by my teammates. I was pressured to swim my best, I was hoping for a sub one minute in my 100, while not letting the others down,” Frey said. “Participating on the state level allowed me to see the best swimmers that Massachusetts has to offer and gave me motivation to do better.” The team didn’t place all that high at the Division 1 State Tournament, but it was an eye-opener for the freshman. Frey, who enjoys swimming the shorter distances like the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, found that participating in the off-season program truly helped his cause. When he showed up for the beginning of his sophomore season in the pool, he found he was ready and the practices were not as difficult as he had found just a year earlier. He also felt that he was able to contribute the team that year while posting personal best times in the 50 freestyle (25 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (53 seconds). Lauren Doerrman, now in her second year as the Holliston- Medway head coach, has seen quite an improvement from last winter in Frey’s swimming. “Coming into the season, the other swimmers were telling me how much work Andrew did in the off-season. That was exciting to hear, and I couldn’t wait to see it for myself,” the Coach said. “He improved his swimming drastically since last year, and in only a few meets this year has already qualified for the states in a few events.” Between his sophomore and junior seasons with the high school, Frey moved up from the junior to senior team for the Kingfish. According to the Holliston junior, the jump incorporated more swimming as well as dryland, or out of water, exercises thus improving his skills. Coming into this season, Frey was hoping to qualify for the States in five different events and as of the time of this writing, he Swimmer Andrew Frey moved from the back of the pack to the front the hard way, through grit and determination. had already crossed of four of them. With still a lot of swimming to be done, the Holliston swimmer has qualified for the states in the 50 free with a time of 23 seconds, the 100 free (50.5 seconds), the 200 free (1:53.5) and the 200 IM (2:08). He has yet to qualify in the breast stroke, where he currently has a best time of 1:07 and needs to be at 1:06. Once he gets to the State Tournament, he is hoping to place in the top 20 of whatever events he chooses. “He has always been a solid swimmer that you can rely on, but he seems to have taken off this season,” Doerrman said. “To see his work ethic in the pool is amazing. He is a great role model to the other athletes, especially the younger ones.” While his personal goals are going well, his biggest goal is to help the team capture a Tri-Valley League Championship. Buy online and SAVE! Low, low prices! Locally owned & operated W.R. MARTIN COMPANY Finish Carpentry ♣ Kitchens ♣ Bathrooms ♣ Remodeling Working With You and For You! Bill ♣ (508) 359-6939 Calls Returned Promptly

February 2018 Holliston Local Town Pages Page 21 Sports Progress A Key To Holliston Sextet’s Impressive Start By Ken Hamwey, Staff Sports Writer Dan Geary is in his third year as Holliston High’s hockey coach, and he’s hoping the current campaign will yield the first playoff berth in his era. So far, the Panthers are 8-1-1 at the halfway mark and on the verge of making his team’s goal of locking up a tourney slot a reality. During Geary’s first year on the job, Holliston finished 4-12- 4, and last season the Panthers missed qualifying by one victory, compiling a record of 7-8-5. “The theme I’ve stressed right along has been progress,’’ Geary said. “And, the three steps to keep progressing are to work harder to improve, play smarter, and to improve one’s hockey IQ. By playing smarter, that translates to knowing the game plan and executing it.’’ Geary emphasized that Holliston has had nine ties in his first two years and that a change in style when leading is what will turn ties to triumphs. “It’s about playing sound situational hockey,’’ he noted. “It’s about slowing the pace and maintaining puck control. It’s about knowing when to take an icing call and how to limit turnovers. The players need to focus on those things.’’ Although Geary and his 27 varsity skaters are aiming for a playoff berth, his approach to that objective is all about focusing on day-to-day practices and games. “Yes, we think about the tourney, but I emphasize the importance of competing for two points every time we have a game,’’ he said. “If we do that, then the tourney berth will take care of itself. Also, on any given day in the Tri Valley League, we can expect a battle with every team. Winning the league title is also a goal, but it’s not talked about much. Teams like Medfield, Hopkinton, Westwood and Medway are talented and traditionally strong.’’ The Panthers are now in that mix of strong teams and their four senior captains deserve some credit for their leadership and competitive spirit. They include center Jack Larche, left wing James Franco (7 goals, 9 assists) Eight seniors who’ve played a role in helping the Holliston hockey team improve are, front row from left, Jake Kober, James Crews, and Will Fitzgerald. Back row, from left, are Jack Wilkie, Jack Larche, Tim Ringie, Cam DeCristofaro, and James Franco. and defensemen Tim Ringie and Jack Wilkie. “They’re all top-notch teammates who lead by example and by being vocal,’’ Geary said. “Jack is a two-time captain who’s vocal, hard-working and fierce. James has lots of energy and gives 110 percent all the time. Tim is a solid one-on-one defenseman who’s tough to play against and Jack is heady and has a great ice vision and a high compete level.’’ Geary is bullish on his other four seniors. They include defensemen Jake Kober (4 goals, 8 assists) and Will Fitzgerald, right wing Cam DeCristofaro and goalie James Crews. “Jake is a warrior who’s got good ice vision and a good shot,’’ Geary said. “He’s also got grit and toughness. Will has lots of hockey intelligence. He’s steady and heady and a fine all-around defenseman. Cam is a physical presence, able to check very effectively. He always holds himself accountable, and James is our back-up goalie who’s a solid teammate. He’s always pushing others to excel.’’ The three juniors on the squad are classified by Geary as “good situational hockey players.’’ They are right wingers Dan Rutowicz and Alex Naya and left wing Logan Brooks. “Dan has been out all season because of a shoulder injury, but he could be returning soon,’’ Geary noted. “All three of the juniors are quick, have speed and excel as penalty killers.’’ Center Cooper DeCristofaro (7 goals, 5 assists), left wing Sam Farrell and defenseman Tommy Labb headline a group of sophomores who’ll be counted on in the present and in the future. “Cooper is a second-line center who was originally on defense,’’ Geary said. “He’s got a good, hard shot, he’s a play-maker who can finish and his offense is at a high level. Sam is very fast, and he can be a game-changer, because he creates offense with his speed. He also kills penalties on the power play. Tommy is our fifth defenseman but he gets ice time. He’s solid, physical and is a stay-at-home defenseman.’’ Geary emphasized that seven other sophomores will be in Holliston’s future plans. “Three sophs on defense will be counted on to step up next year,’’ he said, “and three forwards are progressing and getting acclimated to the physical nature of high school hockey. We also have a goalie who’s improving.’’ Two freshmen — goalie Nico Quatromoni and forward Kevin Balewicz — are contributing in a big way. “Nico is our starter,’’ Geary said. “He’s sound, has good technical skills, is instinctive and a good positional player. Kevin plays all three zones effectively, has a good offensive touch, is coachable and smart. Our other four freshmen are fine role players who have a strong future.’’ Two of Geary’s senior captains — Larche and Ringie — like the way their coach has emphasized progress and what’s needed to achieve it. “Improving daily, playing smarter and increasing our hockey IQ give us a chance to beat a team that might be more skilled,’’ Ringie said. “Coach Geary has also stressed a gameby-game focus. No one looks beyond the next opponent.’’ Larche notes that watching film continually and hard work in the off-season are major factors in the Panthers uptick. “Because we’ve strived to improve daily, optimism is running high, and so are expectations,’’ Larche said. “When you watch lots of film, you get to see what’s happening around you. That’s how a team progresses.’’ New Name – Same Great Therapists & Service! 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