Photo Gallery: Boys Lacrosse & Baseball Senior Days

David Creed •

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The Nantucket boys lacrosse and baseball teams honored their seniors following their games on Saturday.

We begin with the boys lacrosse team who head into the Div. 4 state tournament as favorites to win the state championship after ending their season on a 13 game win streak and 15-1 overall. The Whalers are anchored by a group of nine seniors who have made significant contributions to the program and helped it blossom into one of the Cape & Island's finest.

The nine seniors are: Jack Halik, Hunter Strojny, Michael Culkins, Kinnick King, Colby O’Keefe, Griffin Starr, Paddy Carroll, Ryan Davis, and Cole Chambers. Nantucket head coach Sam Aloisi had high praise for this group and said they deserve all of the success they’ve earned to date.

"I think a lot has been said about them and it's just a unique group," Aloisi said. "They've played together so long in all sports growing up and they're friends. A lot of that translates onto the field. They have a certain chemistry about them. I think they decided that it could have gone either way where they could have a great year or they could just be okay and finish out, win a couple tournament games. They've made up their mind they want to finish it out, which is great. That's the challenge lots of times is keeping their heads in it through the spring here when they want to be surfing and fishing and chasing girls. But hopefully they're going to keep their heads in it and finish it out.”

The boys lacrosse brackets will be released on Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. Check back in with Current Sports on Instagram for any updates as they become available. You can access the brackets tomorrow by clicking here.

Below are photos taken by Chris Tran.

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The baseball team also celebrated their seniors on Saturday and while their season is over without a state tournament appearance, the team improved as the season went along.

Head coach Jack Pearson expressed his appreciation for the commitment his players showed and is excited for what the future holds for this young core.

“We increased the number of wins 500 percent over last season (1-15 last year; 5-15 this season),” Pearson said. “We lost some one run games, a two-run game. We lost a close game to a Sturgis team graduating eight seniors.”

“Overall, just really encouraged,” he said. “It is a great group. Sad to see this one go but also excited about the years to come.”

The three seniors were captain Shea Dwyer, as well as the Abreu brothers – Felix and Junior. Pearson said he wishes he had more time with the twins but added they gave the team everything that was asked of them. As for Dwyer, Pearson had high praise for the captain.

“Shea did everything we could have asked of him,” Pearson said. “He led the team in a lot of statistics but also led the team off the field. He did a great job.”

Below are photos taken by Chris Tran and David Creed.

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