RHAM soccer kicks off 2013-14 season
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Aug. 27, 2013
On Aug.24, more than 80 RHAM soccer hopefuls gathered for the first day of team tryouts for the 2013-14 season. At Veterans Park, boys drilled under the supervision of coaches Jim Fromme (head coach), Ray Bell and R.J. Toner. Across the street at the school, girls were supervised by Melissa Kissane (head coach), Kori Wallace and Heather Spada. Tryouts were scheduled to last for three days, with teams being assembled prior to the first scrimmages during the first week of school.
The turnout for the girls was “pretty similar to last year,” said Kissane, counting a total of 48 candidates at the first session. “When you have this many kids coming out every year, it shows that we’re building the program,” said Kissane. The team lost a number of seniors last year. “So it will be nice to see last year’s underclassmen lead and grow this year,” said Kissane.
A total of nine seniors trying out, five of whom have solid varsity experience, “will be a very good foundation for a strong team,” said Kissane. Fifteen freshman hopefuls suggested strong prospects for future seasons.
Last year’s boys’ varsity team went all the way to the semifinals in the state tournament, where it lost to Farmington. After losing only a couple of starters, Fromme said, “We’re cautiously optimistic” about the new season. “The boys are excited,” he added. “That’s always a good sign.”
The first day of tryouts brought a total of 16 freshmen and 12 seniors, as well as sophomores and juniors. Among those trying out on Aug. 24 were co-captains Xavier Doran, Zach Russo and Brandon Fromme, all seniors. Doran and Fromme were both All-Conference players last year. Junior player Ben Lawrence was both All-Conference and All-State.