While the Duxbury High School sports program enjoyed a banner year in 2008 with three State championships there were several other non-high school events and political decisions that affected the sports scene in town. Trying to single out which event was the most significant is certainly open to debate. Therefore, letâ€™s get started and see if you agree with this writer.
Dave Shea has come a long way in the hockey world since showing up at Toby Garden in Duxbury with a used stick and his motherâ€™s figure skates for his first pond game.
On Nov. 19, Shea was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame for his contributions as a long time announcer of the Boston Bruins and Massachusetts college hockey. The Pembroke resident was one of 11 inductees in 2008, including Bruins legend Milt Schmidt, former Bruin and current Harvard coach Ted Donato and U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team star Stephanie Oâ€™Sullivan.
In years past, Coach Friend Weiler and his Duxbury girlsâ€™ hockey team hoped they could be competitive with the Barnstable Red Raiders. Now it appears the pendulum has finally swung the other way, as the Lady Dragons opened their season with a 4-0 win on Saturday afternoon at The Bog.
An air of quiet confidence surrounded the Dragons as they went through their pre-game warm-up in the Patriotâ€™s practice bubble prior to their Super Bowl match-up with defending Division IIA champion Gloucester, while the Fisherman were hooting and hollering at the other end of the field in hopes of frightening those â€˜little rich kidsâ€™ from Duxbury.
Tuesdayâ€™s Boston Globe fantasized that Duxbury take on Everett for the Division I title; a suggestion that the Apponequet coaching staff might agree with after the Lakers took a 31-13 pounding at the hands of the Dragons on Tuesday night in Fall River.
The Duxbury High School girlsâ€™ soccer team finished the second half of its regular season schedule with a 3-5-1 record in its last nine games; a sign that an early exit in post-season play was a strong possibility.
In the good old days Thursdayâ€™s Thanksgiving Day game between Duxbury and Marshfield would have been for the league title. But with the league champion Rams (9-1) now playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the Dragons waltzing through the Patriot League undefeated at 10-0 after winning the inaugural Patriot Bowl (47-13), the Turkey Day battle boils down to bragging rights on the South Shore.
Amanda Jones, along with her synchronized skating teammates known as â€œIcing on the Cape,â€ got off to a great start Saturday evening when they skated in their season opener at the Thanksgiving Synchronized Skating Competition in Plymouth.