Westborough High School football team tackles preseason

Westborough High School football team tackles preseason
Westborough High School football was busy practicing for the upcoming season on Monday. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

WESTBOROUGH – After a summer of hard work, the Rangers will soon return under the bright lights for the 2022 fall football season.

Varsity head coach Joe Beveridge called it his “first real season.” That’s because a month after he started training in 2020, the world came to a standstill due to the pandemic, and a year later, he was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.

“I was going through chemotherapy treatments so I wasn’t even out of season last year. So this is my first legitimate offseason with the kids. It’s been great,” she said.

This summer, Beveridge said, to build a stronger sense of camaraderie, the guys lift weights together in the weight room and spend time together outside of the gym.

“It’s [pre-season] It has been a great opportunity for us to come together, so that we can get closer as a team,” he said. “I’ve been trying to get to know them better on and off the field.”

Beveridge said the main goal of the season is to get better every day. He pointed to the challenges the Rangers faced last season.

“Last year, we were a very young team with multiple additions,” he said. “We also had a very tough schedule and we knew we were going to take our bundles, but we compared it to seasoned wood. You go and cut down a tree and you can’t put it on fire right away, you have to let it cure a little bit. Once it’s seasoned, you can go ahead and throw it on the fire.”

Westborough High School football team tackles preseason
Varsity head coach Joe Beveridge was busy working with the Westborough High School football team this week. (Photo/Caroline Gordon)

The captains anticipate the season

Beveridge said that captains Abraham Baublis, Sebastian Grillo and Luke Hadley have successfully led the team into the upcoming fall season.

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“Abe Baublis would arrive at summer practice at 7 am with six kids in his car. To make sure the team is better, he, as a captain, is driving all over the place,” he said. “Sebastián Grillo is a boy who is not going to say much, but he does everything that is asked of him. He put in a lot of time in the weight room, so you can physically see the difference.”

Beveridge added: “Luke Hadley is a kid who leads by example. He worked hard in the offseason. He is a kid that the other kids look up to because they see the work that he has done.”

The captains shared their excitement for the season.

Grillo was eager to see the progress on the football field as a result of his summer job, and Hadley said he was excited to “see the new fitness” the team achieved during preseason. Baublis said that he was excited by the work and energy that he was seeing during practice.

“Everyone is excited to be here together and play football. I know I can trust my teammates because I see them working to make us better,” Baublis said.

season support

Beveridge said Westborough High School athletic director Johanna DiCarlo makes sure the team has the tools necessary for a successful preseason.

“She gives us the best possible opportunities to succeed, whether it’s in teams, facility access or practice time,” he said.

DiCarlo said that, like other WHS teams, soccer adds “a sense of community” to the school, as students can participate themselves or cheer on their peers.

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“Joe has been here for three years and has worked hard to rebuild the program. Joe is amazing,” he said. “He and the kids have put in a lot of effort this preseason and we can’t wait to see him on the field.”

The Rangers played Minnechaug Regional High School on August 27 and will play Northbridge on Saturday. Their first league game is on September 9 against Burlington High School.

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