In the Cape Ann League, Hamilton-Wenham is sure to take over where it left off this winter. With first-year head coach Jon DeMarco running the show, the Generals played competitive basketball throughout the season, even taking down powerhouse Masconomet on the road.
Whatever type of run the Generals make next season, they’ll have to do it without leading scorer Cassandra Fibbe, as she’ll graduate in the spring. Hamilton-Wenham will bring back Sue Rose, Haley Willis and Sam Charette and will continue to be dangerous from 3-point land.
Masconomet went through perhaps its biggest transition this past season, proving it could be dangerous with a new cast of faces in the lineup. Now, with three-year starter Claudia Marsh graduating, the Chieftains will once again need to recharge its core group of players, but that shouldn’t cause concern: the Chieftains will always be a threat to opponents with head coach Bob Romeo at the helm.
“We have a couple kids that can step up for us,” said Romeo. “You don’t replace Claudia or Abi (Rose) necessarily, but you do some other things that will help us. I think we’ll be OK.”
With players like Nicole Femino, Hannah Kiernan and Meg Collins back, Masconomet should be just fine in the CAL Large.
Ipswich will once again make adjustments with senior co-captain Julia Davis having played her final game. Though Davis and fellow captain Brigid O’Flynn will be difficult to replace, you have to be excited for what’s in store for sophomores Masey Zegarowski and Caroline Soucy.
Zegarowski is perhaps the area’s top player and continues to dazzle on the court. Soucy’s game has improved as she matured over the past year. Together with freshman Jenna Gagnon, the Tigers have an opportunity to make a lengthy tournament run with Pentucket moving up to Div. 2 next winter.