On Sunday, September 24th, players from the Auburn High School’s 2017 Division 3 State Championship Baseball Team gathered at the Tuttle Post to celebrate and receive their rings. With Athletic Director Brian Davis doing the introductions, he first recognized Superintendent Maryellen Brunelle who told the audience, “I look at our coaches as an extension of the classroom.” As for the season, Davis stated, “This team managed to find a way.”
Coach Eric Swedberg was next at bat, and he recognized many of the special guests including Dena Daoust, Steve Jette, Chris Fuller, this reporter, Chief Sluckis, George Scobie and Superfans Martin “Chick” and Patricia Kopka. He also informed the audience that an anonymous donor covered the $1.200 cost for the Banquet. Additionally, he thanked the APS administration and Facilities Manager Joe Fahey for providing such a great venue.
The Coach’s Award was presented to Josh Tower who was also the Central Mass D3 MVP. Josh and his older brother Zack plan to play together in the spring at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.
AHS 2009 alumnus Jeff Croteau was the keynote speaker, and he brought some excellent messages to these young men. He pitched the Rockets to a Division 2 State Championship in 2009 and was named the MVP. In 2008, he also pitched in the State Championship game, but Auburn lost to Plymouth North, 1-0. Croteau talked about how the values of the game translate into their future and how that special bond between the players will never go away.
When Davis got to the microphone again he reminded everyone that 3 state titles for Auburn High is really remarkable. “We’re lucky and we’re in good hands.” Vice-Principal Eileen Donahue then told the team, “If you could write a script, imagine the last time you wore an Auburn uniform was for a State Championship.” So very true, and the seniors from the team took notice.
Swedberg rapped up the season in his unique way, but first he recognized the other coaches: Rob Nadeau, Dalton Goodrich and Nick Gennetti. “It’s all one program.” He also made a point that has been repeated often in the post season, “Every playoff win meant another day we could be together.” Swedberg added, “You guys make this happen.”
Davis concluded the banquet, “You win and win, all the sudden you’re in the show. Good day.”
The team managers this year were: Delaney Nadeau, Izzy Hoffsommer, Nicole Causey and Brynna Boucher. Freshmen were: Coleman Picard, Joe Clougherty, Mike Breen, Josh Adams, Aidan Gowaski and CJ Willis. The lone sophomore was Evan Bond.
The juniors were Drew Sluckis, Colin Mckeon, Mike Collins, Brian Sarkisian, Matt Palmer, Nick Kamyck, Dom Papandrea, Joe Hopper, Elijah Olacio, and Matt Bregman. The seniors, and now AHS graduates, were Devin White, DW Ganley, Collin Hines, Josh Tower, Steve Saucier and Luke Matthews.
Auburn Mass Daily congratulates all the players, coaches, parents and fans. Next year could be interesting with all pitchers returning. We’ll all have to wait and see. Go Rockets!