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Triton rallies by Foxboro 10-6

Triton celebrates Round of 16 victory

(Byfield) It’s that time of year.

There were close plays.

Peyton Feldman tries to avoid the tag of Triton catcher Haleigh Harris

There were controversial plays.

There were tears and there were adults yelling at each other afterwards.

It’s tournament time. 

The early rounds were over and now the higher seeds were facing each other with high expectations.

And when today’s Division 3 (Round of 16) Foxboro/Triton game was over, Coach Alan Noyes first words were, “How about them Vikes!”

The Vikings had just defeated #9 Foxboro, 10-6, on Tuesday afternoon.

#8 Triton was overmatched by Foxboro starter Emma Callahan for four innings getting only two hits.

Foxboro celebrates during their four-run third inning

The Warriors aggressive style at the plate produced runs (six of them) but also ended the third, fourth, and fifth innings with outs on the bases. 

Those inning-enders didn’t seem all that important at the time because after 4 ½ innings Foxboro had a 6-0 lead while Triton had only two hits.

Skylar Colburn – 3 hits

But in the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Vikings put on a hitting show.  They whacked seven hits and scored ten runs.

“That ten-run inning was the high this year,” said Coach Noyes afterwards.

It was a nightmare inning for the team from the Hockomock League.  There was a walk, a hit batsman, two infield errors, and several other plays that just didn’t go Foxboro’s way. 

The Warriors, however, had time to cut into their 4-run deficit, but the Triton defense wouldn’t allow it. 

In the Foxboro sixth, shortstop Kyla Story handled three hard-hit grounders flawlessly. 

Shortstop Kyla Story

“That was the best game I’ve had out there,” said Kyla afterwards.

In the Foxboro seventh after a leadoff single, 2B Maddy Jacques fielded a grounder, stepped on second and threw to first for a double play.  1B Skylar Colburn handled the game’s final out unassisted.

“It was one of the best defensive games we’ve played top to bottom,” said Triton catcher Haleigh Harris post-game.

Sophomore Mallory Johnson came on in relief in the third inning and ended up with the win as the Vikings rallied.

Mallory Johnson got the win for the Vikings.

“I have two excellent pitchers,” said Coach Noyes.  “We’re not here without the both of them.”

“I just threw outside fastballs over and over again,” recalled Mallory.  “If it hadn’t been for the defense behind me, it would have been a completely different game.”

The Warriors (12-10) had a two-run double (Emma Callahan) and a two-run single (Meg Kelley) in their four-run third inning.

Peyton Feldman had an RBI in the fourth while teammate Ava Hill had one in the fifth.

Emma Callahan paced Foxboro with three hits.

Almost all of Triton’s positive stats were in their explosive fifth inning.  Skylar Colburn and Grace Romine had two hits in the inning.  Grace also had two RBI in the inning.

Skylar collected four hits two days ago and three hits today against Foxboro.

This game was filled with close plays.  Not everyone was pleased with the calls.  Both coaches got onto the field to seek explanations for on-the-field decisions by the officials. 

Shortstop Peyton Feldman made some good plays for Foxboro.  2B Vittoria Cuscia made a nice catch in foul territory in the first inning.

2B Vittoria Cuscia makes a nice catch in the first inning

One of the plays that Coach Noyes referenced afterwards was centerfield Izzy Oldini getting into the infield to tag out a runner at second to end an inning.

CF Izzy Oldini tags out Ava Hill in the fifth inning.

The weather was good although the wind had the dust flying.

The Triton boys/girls lacrosse teams were on hand late in the game to encourage the school’s softball team.

Foxboro   0   0   4   1    1   0   0   =    6

    Triton   0   0   0   0   10   0   –   =   10

Triton boys lacrosse team watching the game

Emma Callahan had three hits for Foxboro

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Triton overtakes Malden Catholic 10-5

Emma Penniman pitched five innings of 3-hit relief
Haleigh Harris – 3 hits, 2 RBI

(Byfield) Triton had two runners thrown out at third and one at the plate.

But it didn’t matter.

“We were just being aggressive,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.

The Vikings had baserunners in every inning and defeated non-league Malden Catholic, 10-5, on Friday afternoon.

Triton had thirteen hits and everyone in their lineup reached base.

“We’re swinging the bats well,” added Coach Noyes.  “Even some of the outs were loud.”

Grace Romine steals second

Things didn’t go so well, however, for the home team in the first two innings.

“We came out swinging,” said MC coach Ariel LaRosa. 

The Lancers (4-1) had three hits in that first inning including an RBI single by Zaria Jean-Pierre to get a run.

Control issues (three straight walks) and an infield error gifted MC with three more runs.

Reghan Haley tagged out at home

Their lead was 4-2 after two innings.

But freshman Emma Penniman came on in the third inning for Triton and pitched five terrific innings of relief.  Emma struck out seven and allowed only three hits and one unearned run.

“Emma came in and settled things down,” said Coach Noyes.

The Lancers struggled against Emma curveball.

“She had crazy spin on that ball,” said Coach LaRosa.

Popup drops in

The MC bats may have quieted down but Triton’s didn’t.

The Vikings batted around in the third inning and got four runs.  In the fifth they sent up eight batters and got four more.

Junior Haleigh Harris let the Vikings hit parade with three hits and two RBI.

“I haven’t been hitting the strongest lately,” Haleigh admitted.  “Today I was more relaxed, and the hits just popped off my bat.”

Sophomore Mallory Johnson cleared the bases with a double in the fifth inning.

Mallory Johnson – 3 RBI, 2 hits

“Mallory has been swinging a hot stick all year,” said Coach Noyes.

Junior Grace Romine had a two-run single in the third inning.

Rightfielder Molly Hickey had a big game for the Lancers.  Molly handled four chances perfectly in a tough sun field.  She also threw out a Triton baserunner at third plus she led the team with two hits.

A big moment in this game was in the third inning when senior Reghan Haley earned a 2-out, 3-2 count walk with the bases loaded to tie the score.  Grace Romine followed with a 2-run single to give Triton the lead for good.

Malden Catholic is in the All-Girls Conference.  “We’re in a weaker conference,” said Coach LaRosa, “but playing non-conference games like this will make us a better program.”

Wild throw

“Once we had three girls not hit (third inning) it got into the heads of all the girls,” added Coach LaRosa.

Emma Penniman only allowed one baserunner in innings three through six.  “I’m happy with how I did,” said Emma afterwards.  “I threw a lot of curves.”

Both coaches are looking for improvements.

“We’ve got to get better but we’re swinging the bats well,” said Coach Noyes.

2B Maddy Jacques throws to first

“It’ll definitely be a better game when they come to us later in the season,” said Coach LaRosa.

Maddy Jacques, Kyla Story, and Emma Penniman each scored two runs for Triton.

Jaelyn Walsh and Molly Hickey scored twice for the Lancers.

The weather at Triton always includes wind.  Put the breeze with temperatures in the low 50’s and keeping warm was challenging.

Malden Catholic   1   3   0   0   0   0   1   =   5

                    Triton   2   0   4   0   4   0   –   =   10

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Malden Catholic unofficial box
Catcher Jaslyn Iraola waits for the throw
Alex McManus
Zaria Jean-Pierre
RF Molly Hickey had four putouts

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Triton powers by Newburyport 16-8

Freshman Emma Penniman had two home runs
Izzy Oldini – 4 hits, 3 RBI

(Byfield) The hits kept coming.

Triton batted around in three innings and launched three home runs defeating Newburyport, 16-8, on Wednesday afternoon.

“The girls spent a lot of time yesterday in the cage inside and it paid off today,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.

The Vikings (5-2) had fifteen hits and except for a quiet fifth inning gave the Newburyport defense plenty of action.

“We can’t give more than three outs an inning,” said Clippers coach Bob Gillespie.  “You give extra outs and they’re going to pound you.”

Emily Meleedy hit a grand slam in the Newburyport fourth

There were two Newburyport infield errors in the Triton five-run fourth inning.

“It was a great team effort for us top to bottom,” said Coach Noyes. All nine of the Vikings starters made contributions.

Junior Izzy Oldoni had four hits (including a homer) and a walk.  Izzy scored three times and did a good job battling the sun on fly balls in centerfield.

Grace Romine – 3 hits, 2 RBI

Freshman Emma Penniman had what Coach Noyes called, “her best game.”  Emma homered twice and pitched the final 3+ innings.

I saw Emma get a single in three at-bats against Lynnfield, so I was very surprised to see her stroke two solid shots over the rightfield fence.

“The pitches I hit were low and outside,” explained Emma afterwards.  “Those were my first homers for Triton.”

Junior Grace Romine batted ninth and had three hits and two RBI.

CF Nieve Morrissey battles the sun

The Clippers (2-5) were hardly held hitless.  They had hits in every inning but the seventh when Emma Penniman struck out the side.

Sophomore Emily Meleedy had a bases-clearing blast in the fourth inning. 

Emily’s shot, which would have disrupted a tennis match in the distance, narrowed the Triton lead to, 9-5.  However, the Vikings answered with five runs in their half of that inning to restore their big lead.

Emma Penniman pitched 3+ innings

“Mallory (Johnson) started for us and only made one bad pitch,” said Coach Noyes.  “Emma (Penniman) came in and closed it down.  We now have a pitching staff.”

“Hopefully, we’re building something special here,” he added.  “We haven’t lost at home yet.  We’ll see what happens as the season goes along.”

“We didn’t hit the ball well today and that’s a credit to their pitchers,” said Coach Gillespie.  “We play them again at our place.  We’ll see what happens there.”

Both shortstops (Kyla Story & Emma Keefe) made diving stops that kept hits from getting to the outfield and runs scoring.

Leftfielder Matigan Richmond made a nice running catch.

LF Matigan Richmon made a nice running catch

If you don’t dress warmly for an outdoor game at Triton, you haven’t been there before!  Temperatures were in the 50’s and there was a cold wind.  Fortunately, there was plenty of action on the field to lessen your awareness of the conditions.

Newburyport   0   0   1   4   2   1   0   =   8

             Triton   5   0   4   5   0   2   –    = 16

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Triton unofficial box
Izzy Oldoni arrives at home
Waiting on a popup
Newburyport watches
Sophie Lavallee and Emily Meleedy
Dakota Duncan and Skylar Colburn
Reghan Haley
Ball drops in
Triton watches
Shortstop Kyla Story on the ground for a grounder
Throw from third to first
Ball loose in the Newburyport infield
Emma Penniman

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Triton VB advances after sweeping Norton

Triton volleyball wins its first playoff game in school history

(Byfield MA) The first volleyball playoff game ever for the Triton Vikings turned out to be a big success.

Mia Berardino (14 kills) hits into two Norton blockers

Triton defeated Norton in three straight sets.

The game scores were 25-20, 25-17, and 25-16.

“We had a lot of energy but there were nerves,” recalled Triton senior Molly Kimball, “but we settled down.”

The Vikings (11-8) went down 9-13 in Game One and needed a timeout to keep that game from getting away from them.

Triton came out of the timeout, ran eight unanswered points, and were on their way to a three-set sweep of the Norton Lancers.

Senior Mia Berardino connected the Vikings slow start to the schedule.  “It’s hard to play three games a week and then go days without playing,” she said.

Molly Kimball (8)

But the Vikings did get plenty of practice time and it showed tonight.

“We worked on a lot of different things in practice,” said Coach Bob Van Etten afterwards. “We worked on the right side especially and tonight Brianna (Welch) had her best game of the season.”

Brianna finished with six kills and two assists.

Junior Chloe Carter did her best to keep the Lancers in each of the sets with several kills.

Norton (8-10) was tied with Triton at 13-13 in Game Two and 8-8 in the final game but couldn’t keep pace thereafter in either of them.

“We were working with a new lineup,” said Norton coach Kelly Allen.  “We had players coming back from injuries.”

The Lancers lost a key player (Lexi Fleming) during tonight’s match.

“Lexi was injured last season and was coming back from surgery,” added Coach Allen.  “A block tonight irritated her shoulder.”

Kate Andy (5) reaches for a ball

Lexi and her teammate Kate Andy were Tri-Valley League All-Stars last year.

Molly Kimball was a key to the Vikings win with twenty-two assists.

Her setups for Mia Berardino (Stonehill commit) always get the home crowd’s attention. Mia had fourteen kills.

The hard hits are impressive, but Mia has also learned that points can be had by just dropping the ball into an open space.  On the very first play of Game One, Mia was nicely set up for a spike but instead pulled back and dropped a shot into the Norton middle for a point.

Triton has now won seven of their last eight games. They’re in the Round of 16 and will play Tuesday.

“I thought we played well today,” said junior Grace Romine afterwards.  “Bri (Welch) did a nice job with her hitting.”

Mia Berardino made sure that there weren’t any letups after Triton had won the first two sets.  “We’ve been in matches where we win the first two sets and then get relaxed,” she said.  “I insisted that everyone stay focused and win that third game.”

Brianna Welch spikes

Sophomore Kendall Liebert led Triton with five blocks.

I was impressed with the play of Norton’s Sophia Santangelo and Fiona LaCamera.

Mia Berardino: “Tonight was fun.  My parents came and a lot of my friends were here too.”

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Brianna Welch (21) at the net
Mia Berardino serves
Mia Berardino spikes
Mia Berardino gets a hard hit from the second row
Sophia Santangelo (6) and Fiona LaCamera (7) at the net
Sophia Santangelo (6) returns
Mia Berardino up to spike
Chloe Carter (13) returns
Trinity Cole returns
Kendall Liebert blocks
Grace Romine
Molly Kimball

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Triton sweeps Pentucket on Senior Night

Triton wins sixth game of the season
Molly Kimball (8) blocks

(Byfield MA) Triton shut out Whittier last night and did the same thing to Pentucket tonight.

Senior Night is as good as any to put on a good showing.

Mia Berardino, Molly Kimball, and Raegan Falooon were honored pre-game.

“Tonight was really special,” said senior Mia Berardino. “I’m so thankful that our friends and family came and supported us.”

“We had a lot of people come out for the first time,” said senior Molly Kimball afterwards.

The Vikings (6-7) swept the Sachems, 25-6, 25-17, and 25-15.

Pentucket (1-11) had times of competitive play, led by senior Jillian Sheehy, but consistent play continues to be missing.

The Molly (Kimball) and Mia (Berardino) Show has been fun to watch.  Just when you think that it may go on forever, Senior Night arrives and the two of them are part of it.

Mia Berardino (1) spikes

Molly is the setter you dream about if you’re a finisher.  She consistently puts the ball into the hitter’s sweet spots.  “I love playing with her,” said Mia afterwards.

Molly ended up with twenty-three assists versus Pentucket in just three games. 

“Molly has been averaging over twenty assists in the last seven or eight matches,” said Triton coach Bob Van Etten.

Mia is the finisher that every setter dreams of setting up.  Mia is tall, can jump, and hits the ball with authority.  Pentucket struggled to block Mia’s hard hits at the net.

“Mia had twelve kills on just seventeen attacks, which is crazy,” admitted Coach Van Etten.

Mia will be playing for Division 2 Stonehill next year.

Mia gave praise to her teammates: “It all starts with the passers.  They were very, very good tonight.  It helped us get good sets and hits.”

The Vikings will need to get to .500 to make the playoffs.

Jillian Sheehy returns a shot

“We’re going to keep pushing,” said Mia. “We really want to make the playoffs.”

Triton has five matches left and several of them are with teams they have already won against.

“We’re going to get to .500,” Coach Van Etten promised.  “We’ll be 9-9 or 10-8.”

I was impressed with the serving skills of Pentucket’s senior Nicole Zahornasky and the net play of sophomore Ava Snyder.

Grace Romine, Emma Campbell, and Kendall Liebert should be key pieces in the 2022 version of Triton volleyball.

Emma had five kills.  Kendall had big blocks at critical times.

Coach Van Etten: “I thought we played well on an emotional night.  They enjoyed themselves but got right down to business when the game started.”

Molly Kimball: “I am undecided on college.  Recently I have been in contact with the basketball coach at Salem State.  We have a fall league and she’s planning to come to some of the games.  If that doesn’t work out, I could take a gap year.”

The most difficult sport for me to photograph is definitely volleyball.  The action is so unpredictable so getting in position to get a shot is elusive.  But I love the challenge!

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Mia Berardino
Molly Kimball
Raegan Faloon
Jillian Sheehy
Grace Romine
Jocelyn Bickford
Brianna Welch (21)
Mia Berardino dives for a return
Mia Berardino set to return a shot
Nicole Zahornasky serves
Maisie King blocks Mia Berardino
Kendall Liebert blocks Ava Snyder
Eloise Kirkpatrick serves match point
Triton poses during the game

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Grace Romine shines in relief in Triton’s 13-4 win over Ipswich

Grace Romine pitched four shutout innings in relief for Triton
Triton struggled in the field early on

(Byfield MA) Triton can hit and they can score runs.

Today the relief pitching of sophomore Grace Romine kicked in as well to help the Vikings defeat Ipswich, 13-4, on Friday afternoon.

Grace came in for starter Mallory Johnson in the top of the fourth inning.

First batter Grace faced (Rowan Galanis) dropped down a perfect run-producing bunt to give the Tigers a, 4-3, lead.

After that? Ipswich didn’t get a run or a hit the rest of the way, in fact, Grace retired the last ten batters she faced.

“Grace pitched well,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes afterwards.  “She pitched well in a loss to North Reading a few weeks ago.  She’ll probably get the ball when we play Newburyport on Monday.”

Kyla Story had four hits

The Vikings (6-5) had hits in every inning and scored in every inning.

“They’ve got good hitters,” said Ipswich coach Paul James post-game.

Kyla Story, Haleigh Harris, and Natalie Indingaro led the Triton attack.  Kyla had four hits and four RBI.  Haleigh contributed three hits and two RBI, while Natalie had two hits and two RBI.

“We do a lot of hitting,” explained Coach Noyes.  “We put in forty-five minutes to an hour every day we practice.”

The Tigers, however, looked strong in this one into the fourth inning.

“We had it close,” recalled Coach James. 

Triton errors and hit batsmen put the visitors into numerous scoring situations during the early innings and they capitalized four times.

However, despite some shaky plays, the Vikings also had some defensive gems that limited the Ipswich run production.

Catcher Haleigh Harris has the ball ready for incoming Rowan Galanis

Twice in the first four innings, Rowan Galanis was thrown out at the plate. 

In the second inning, it was a throw by centerfielder Izzy Oldoni that got the Ipswich senior. 

In the fourth inning, when Cassidy Smith tried to steal second, the throw went directly to shortstop Kyla Story instead.  Kyla returned the throw to catcher Haleigh Harris catching Rowan trying to score from third.

In the third inning, rightfielder Natalie Indingaro made a nice running catch to rob Maya Williams of a hit.

The Vikings had eight doubles off starter Annabel Morris and those big hits accounted for seven runs driven in.

Senior Gabby McKendry had a two-out, two-run single during Triton’s six-run sixth inning.

Rowan Galanis safe at second

Junior Lexi James had two hits and scored three times for Ipswich.

The weather was warm, and the threatening clouds didn’t turn into anything.

The seniors from both schools were honored afterwards.

Freshman Kyla Story continues to impress me with her hitting and her fielding.  I’m not the only one.

Coach James: “Triton has a great shortstop.”

Coach Noyes: “At the start of tryouts she hid in the corner.  She’s come into her own.  She’s the real deal.  She had a big game against Lynnfield.”

I asked Kyla afterwards about the game: “Our energy got up after a while.  I’ve been practicing a lot.  I play in the middle infield for the Northeast Hurricanes.”

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Senior Izzie Reiniger
Catcher Katie Bekeritis
Natalie Indingaro – two hits, two RBI
Grace Romine pitching
Paige Leavitt slides in safely
Rowan Galanis out at home in the second inning
Lexi James scored three times
Catcher Haleigh Harris chats with new pitcher Grace Romine
Ipswich bench
LF Emily Johnson
1B Gabby McKendry
Katie Bekeritis on base
1B Cassidy Smith
2B Maya Williams
Ipswich box
Triton box

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Triton gets twenty-five hits defeating Pentucket 27-12

Haleigh Harris had one of Triton’s three home runs
Grace Romine gets an out at first

(Groveland MA) “Triton is a crazy hitting team,” said Pentucket coach Deb Smith afterwards.

No chance of an argument on that one from anyone at Groveland Pines this afternoon.

Triton put on a hitting show defeating Pentucket, 27-12, in a game called after five innings.

“We can hit,” said Triton coach Alan Noyes, “and when our pitching develops, we’re going to be pretty good.”

Triton coach Alan Noyes and Emily Johnson

The Vikings (1-1) climbed off the bus hitting today jumping into a seven-run lead in the first inning.

Credit Pentucket.  They put a six-run inning together in the second inning and the game was tied, 7-7, after two innings.

“Pentucket girls don’t quit,” added Coach Noyes.  “A lot of these kids play together on club teams.”

“I liked the way we came back after falling behind early,” said Coach Smith.

The good news for the Sachems (0-2) was the early comeback.  The bad news was that the Vikings weren’t done scoring.

Shortstop Sarah Sargent throws to first

The visitors from Byfield sent fourteen batters to the plate in the third inning adding nine runs.  In the fifth inning it was sixteen batters and ten more runs.

“Triton hit the ball so hard and so well and they were very disciplined waiting for their pitch,” said Coach Smith.  “It was hard to defend.”

Haleigh Harris, Natalie Indingaro, and Mallory Johnson had over-the-fence home runs for Triton.

Sophomore Grace Romine took the win going four innings in relief of starter Mallory Johnson.  Grace also scored three runs, had four hits, and drove five runs in.

Freshman Mallory Johnson collected three hits (including the HR), scored two runs, and added six RBI.

Mallory Johnson homered in the first

Sophomore Natalie Indingaro contributed four hits (including the HR), scored two runs, and drove in six.

Everyone in the Triton starting lineup had at least one hit.

Pentucket did end up getting twelve runs which would be enough to be competitive with many Cape Ann League teams.

Sophomore Ella Agocs and junior Bailey Stock each had three hits for the Sachems.

“There’s nothing we can do but get better,” said Coach Smith.  “I’m not worried.  We’ll learn from today and hopefully get some wins next week.”

Coach Noyes: “Seven of our starters are either freshman or sophomores.  Twelve of the thirteen kids on our roster had never dressed for a varsity game.”

Coach Smith: “We have almost all new players with only one returning starter.”

Crowd at second

Senior Charlotte Latham and junior Meg Hamel did the pitching for Pentucket.

It may be early, but Triton’s freshman shortstop Kyla Story looks to have the range and arm of her predecessor CAL All-Star Bridget Sheehan.  Kyla had three hits and scored three runs.

I haven’t done a Pentucket softball game for a while.  Last time for me may have been when Julie Freitas (assistant coach) pitched the Sachems past Newburyport.  Julie is now at UNH playing club softball.

There was plenty of “action” beyond the leftfield fence if dogs barking is your thing.  One of Triton’s home runs gave those dogs something to bark about landing in the midst of them.

I’ve done a few games and the pattern is for the visiting team to be late arriving.  Learned why today.  It’s because of a shortage of bus drivers due to Covid-19.  A driver has to finish his/her route before bringing a team to a game.

Pentucket scored twelve runs

Sunny afternoon but breezy.

When I get into Groveland Pines it takes me back to college days when I used to come here to watch drivers such as Bentley Warren and Ollie Silva in action.

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Pitcher Meg Hamel waits for a throw
Emma Lopata caught in a rundown
Play at the plate
Ella Agocs and Grace Romine
Freshman Mallory Johnson
Freshman Kyla Story
Sophomore Liv Kiricoples
Sophomore Sydney Pichette
Senior Sarah Sargent
Junior Emma Lopata
Senior Charlotte Latham
Sophomore Ella Agocs

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