Bedford High School athletics had “a very successful season,” according to Bedford Public School Director of Athletics Keith Mangan.
Mangan’s measure of success? The Buccaneer had athletes in nearly every spring sport competing in a State Tournament competition. Twenty-four BHS athletes received honors, with three Bucs seniors receiving Player of the Year recognition.
Mangan recognizes the graduating seniors with a “big thank you,” and a reminder to returning students that registration for fall sports is open.
Spring 2023 Dual County League (DCL) Athletic Recognition
- Jessica Lin – Foley Division Player of the Year (Track and Field)
- Kaylee Grace – Foley Division Player of the Year (Softball)
- Eric Miles – Foley Division Player of the Year (Lacrosse)
- Adam Capobianco – All Conference Team (Tennis)
- Lindsey Steele – All Conference Team (Softball)
- Nicole Steele – All Conference Team (Softball)
- Gabriela Zovko – All Conference Team (Lacrosse)
- Ryan Capobianco – DCL All-Star (Baseball)
- Ryan Cohen – DCL All-Star (Lacrosse)
- Alice Cooprider – DCL All-Star (Softball)
- Dillon Denny-Brown – DCL All-Star (Tennis)
- Danielle DiGangi – DCL All-Star (Tennis)
- Josh Garraway – DCL All-Star (Track and Field)
- Spencer Goss – DCL All-Star (Tennis)
- Ian Grove – DCL All-Star (Lacrosse)
- Kate Heller – DCL All-Star (Tennis)
- Samantha Kinch – DCL All-Star (Lacrosse)
- Caroline Luongo – DCL All-Star (Lacrosse)
- Alexa Masters – DCL All-Star (Softball)
- Kate Patterson – DCL All-Star (Softball)
- Farrah Scott – DCL All-Star (Track and Field)
- Samantha Sheahan – DCL All-Star (Track and Field)
- Drew Siwik – DCL All-Star (Baseball)
- Andrew Tram – DCL All-Star (Track and Field)
Girls’ and Boys’ Outdoor Track and Field
The BHS girls’ and boys’ outdoor track and field teams had four athletes compete at the State Championship on June 1. Jessica Lin placed 10th in discus with a distance of 105’1″, Samantha Sheahan placed 22nd in the two-mile with a time of 11:51, Jonny Garraway placed 41st in the two-mile with a time of 9:57, and Carter Rauch placed 53rd in 800M in 2:10.
Track coach Rich Donnelly praised the leadership of seniors Jessica Lin and Josh Garraway this year. The coach praised their hard work during the past three seasons, noting that current seniors had lost their freshman year season to the pandemic. Both athletes are planning to compete in track and field in college.
Donnelly was pleased with the team this season and is looking towards an even “stronger season next year.” Along with juniors who competed at States (Rauch, Sheahan, and Jonny Garraway), Donnelly mentioned junior Farrah Scott, and freshmen Zadie Buckley, Taelor Nichols, Ryan Fitzgerald, and Gil Galman, as athletes to watch in the 2024 season.
The BHS softball team won the Foley Division during the regular season. In the MIAA Division 2 State tournament, the Bucs handed losses to Westborough and Holliston before being ousted 13-0 by Tewksbury in the Round of 8 semifinals. The team ended the season with a record of 16-5.
Coach Dennis Walsh highlighted the athletes who received league distinctions. According to Walsh, Grace, the team’s Player of the Year pitcher, “always wants to have the ball or be at bat in the big moments – and almost always comes out on top in those moments.”
The coach said Lulu Steele worked very hard to become an “outstanding player” and “most consistent hitter” on the team this season. While Coco Steele could “do anything needed on the field,” playing nearly every position well throughout the season, including pitcher, while performing as a top-of-the-lineup run producer. Walsh praised freshmen Masters and Patterson for being consistent, Patterson for solid fielding at first base and Masters for leading the team in total bases, home runs, and RBIs. Of the team’s catcher, Walsh calls Cooprider a “steady force” who loves the game and her teammates and calls a great game.
To wrap up this season, Walsh said, “The team loved to put in the work, was at its best late in games when it mattered most, and competed every game, play, and pitch.”
2023 was Coach Ashley Martell’s first season coaching the BHS boys’ lacrosse team. She said this was “one of the best seasons I have had coaching in my career. I truly enjoyed the boys’ work ethic and above all, their coachability. We had one of the stronger seasons Bedford men’s lacrosse has had in recent years.”
The coach attributes a good deal of the team’s success to the leadership of the team’s seniors, saying, “Sam DiNitto, Aaron Kreiter, Richie Fedele, Nick Tatarczuck, Ian Grove, Ryan Cohen, and Eric Miles set the bar high as far as leaders go. They were a pleasure to coach and I will never forget this season!”
Coach Martell cites the DCL All-Stars Grove and Cohen as the “backbones” of the team’s defense and referenced Cohen’s impressive 182 saves in net as the Buc’s goaltender. Martell said of Miles, the Foley Division Player of the Year, “Any coach would be lucky to coach a player like Eric, he goes 110 percent at all times and knows how to get the job done.”
The team ended the season with a final record of 12-8, making it to the second round in the postseason tournament.
The boys’ tennis team earned their second straight Final Four trophy with wins over Groton, Dunstable, Dedham, and Wilmington and loss to state champion Wayland in the State Semifinals, 4-1. The team’s final record was 12–8.
The girls’ lacrosse team won their first-round game in Dartmouth before losing to Duxbury in the Round of 16. Their final season record was 7–12.
The girls’ tennis squad was eliminated by Scituate in the round of 32 of the MIAA State Tournament. The teams had a final season record of 2-16.
The baseball team just missed postseason play with a final season record 8-10.