Anchor Sports was really looking forward to covering spring sports this year. The feedback from the winter sports coverage was great, and we couldn't wait to get outside. Unfortunately, we know now that will not happen this year. This is devastating news for all athletes and coaches, especially for the seniors who were gearing up to play their last season of high school sports. We want to make sure they get the recognition they deserve and will be running a series of articles spotlighting the spring sports athletes of the Class of 2020. While we took extreme caution taking their photos, we understand and respect those who chose to just share their experiences with us during these unprecedented times.
Photos by Joshua Ross
CARLY PRICE - TENNIS
"I’ve been playing tennis for as long as I can remember and it seems like yesterday that I was a tiny freshman, so shy that I barely talked at all my first year on the team. Since that year, not only has my love for tennis grown immensely, but the sport really offered me a platform to understand what it is like to be truly passionate about something and also share that passion with those around you. This is definitely not what I had planned for my senior season, but it is important to remember that I do have three amazing years to look back on. So to my teammates (past and present), my coaches, and anyone else who was involved in this journey with me, thank you for everything.”
EMMA CASEY - GOLF
"This certainly wasn’t the ending any of us imagined, but I wouldn’t trade the experiences I had with my girls golf teammates for anything. I couldn’t be more grateful for everything our coaches did for us and the bonds we have made on this team in the time that we had will be cherished forever. Thankfully Katelyn Breen, Julia Waal, and myself got the opportunity to be captains in our junior season, but my heart goes out to my classmates that didn’t get to experience that this season. I will carry all these memories made and lessons learned with me as I continue my golf career at Stonehill College in the fall. "
CAROLINE RASO -TRACK
My name is Caroline Raso. I have been running track for HHS for the past 4 years focusing mainly on the mile and the 1000m in the winter and the mile and the 800m in the spring. Although this is not what I expected my last season of track to look like, I am incredibly grateful for the experiences I have had on this team. From finding new trails on long runs in Wompatuck, to singing on the bus home from the Reggie Lewis Center, to running a mile under the lights at the New Bedford meet, I will certainly miss it. However, I know that the friendships I have formed and my love of running will continue to thrive for the rest of my life. I would like to thank Lily Dickason for forcing me into joining distance freshman year. I do not know what my track experience would have looked like without your persuasion. I would also like to thank Coach Deely for always pushing my teammates and I to race hard and train hard. Thank you to my parents for believing in me and to my friends for making winter and spring track so memorable.
BETH LAINE (CAPTAIN) - LACROSSE
“Playing lacrosse since third grade taught me more than how to throw and catch, but how to be a leader, a teammate and friend. I love my team very much and will be cheering for them next year. I hope to give back to the lacrosse community in the future as it gave so much to me."
AIDAN CONNERLY (CAPTAIN) - TENNIS
"I am so grateful to have been a part of the HHS Tennis Team for the past 4 years. After a long day of classes I always looked forward to hitting the courts with my awesome teammates. Even though I never expected my final season to end before it started, I will forever treasure the lively pasta parties, the competitive (but fun!) practices, and the nail biting matches that hinged on the final court with the entire team cheering. The special camaraderie on our team could never be duplicated. Thank you to Coach Gill for his enthusiasm, incredible devotion to the team and constant efforts to support us on and off the court. And thanks also to Assistant Coach Jeff for his guidance and tennis expertise. Although I've played tennis since elementary school, it's my experiences being part of the high school team that has grown my passion for the sport, which I know will continue for the rest of my life."
AUDREY EHLER (CAPTAIN) - LACROSSE
"Playing for this program has given me some of the greatest years of my life, and some of the greatest friends and teammates. We have all worked so incredibly hard in the off-season to prepare for Spring 2020 and to not be able to step out onto the field one last time is heartbreaking. My favorite memory is beating Marshfield 10-9 because Kyle Wilson, the freshman, scored the game-winning goal with 10 seconds left. We gave everything we had and to come out on top was the best feeling. Next year I will be playing division 1 lacrosse at Umass Lowell while studying nursing. I want to thank Coach Carla, Coach Bennett, my teammates and family for their constant support because I would not be where I am today without them. "
EVAN LAMLEIN - TRACK
“I can’t help but speculate how great the spring season would have been, for all my classmates across every sport. However, all things that are good must come to an end, and high school sports are definitely good. I think I lost track of all the Patriot League titles we have earned, all thanks to the team-oriented mentality that we promote at Hingham High. I see it on every field and court, Hingham kids form a special bond, and it leads to success. I plan to bring this mentality to Trinity College next year, where I have another four years of academics and athletics to look forward to. This is a common theme for everyone. We all have more to prove, and won’t let this bump in the road deter our goals. We are all Harbormen for life.”
GABI MANNING (CAPTAIN) - SOFTBALL
“I’ve played softball since I was six years old and played on all star teams and attended many long AAU tournaments over the years but more than anything I’ve been looking forward to a senior season with my hardworking and dedicated team/coach ever since I made varsity starter as a freshman. I’m definitely heartbroken that me and my co-captain won’t be able to lead the team this year even though I know it’s the right call in terms of health and safety and I wish my girls the best of luck next year!”
GRACE RICHARDS (CAPTAIN) - TRACK
"I have been so lucky to run, jump and throw side by side with some of my best friends for the past four years. The Hingham Track team has proven not only to be a large team of around 100 plus athletes, but also a large community. Although I wasn’t able to compete in my very last season, I am forever thankful for my coaches and teammates who have made the past four years unforgettable. I know that the past month or so has been incredibly hard, especially for us seniors, but I look forward to the future and seeing where your sports careers take you. Thank you HHS athletics for the best four years of my life."
JORDAN LEIBOVICI (CAPTAIN) - TENNIS
Tennis has been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve always had love for the game and I’m grateful to have met so many amazing players, coaches, and friends. I’m honored to have met Coach Gill who has been a tremendous mentor. The past three seasons have been so memorable thanks to my awesome teammates and coaches, and I know we’re all disappointed we couldn’t finish our last one together.