Last spring, stepbrothers Keifer Heckman and Nick Ouellette captained the Peabody High lacrosse team. This fall, C.J. Alimonti will lead the boys’ soccer team while his stepsister, Jenna Ferullo, is a field hockey co-captain.
Because of the way their home fields line up, the pair could be playing at the same time on adjoining fields. To get to Donahue Field where the soccer team plays, fans go up a short hill at the back of the McVann-O’Keefe Skating Rink parking lot. The Tanners’ field hockey team is right behind the chain link fence on the outfield grass at the baseball field, so it’s easy to pick a spot to watch both games.
“Jenna and I have been together since we were 7 years old and we always played sports,” said C.J., who will most likely play center midfielder, but is willing to help out wherever the team needs him. “I think it’s awesome that we’re both captains. We can always give each other advice, and we’ll be friendly rivals. I’m sure there will be some talking back and forth if one team is doing better than the other; it will all be good-natured joking.”
Ferullo started playing field hockey as a freshman and is one of two captains for the Tanners this fall. She is a forward and feels her best position is right inner.
“I think it’s exciting and pretty interesting that we’re captains during the same season,” said Ferullo. “We both have a passion for sports, and achieving the honor of being named captain is special.
“C.J. and I get along well, and since we’ll be so close when we have home games I’m sure we will hear a lot of cheering when our teams score. I’ll know if the soccer team is winning, and he’ll be able to tell how we’re doing. I’ll follow soccer, and C.J. will pay more attention to field hockey this season. If things don’t go well we’ll always be there to cheer each other up.”