WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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ice hockey, a sport once belonging only to boys, has now become so popular with girls that it's earned its place as a way to dem- onstrate just what girls are made of. And the Wellesley U-12 girls' ice hockey A-team is as tough as they come. Last March, the team took home the biggest trophy, beating Arlington 3-1 in the finals for the coveted 2017 State Championship in Springfield. This U-12 championship team has 16 girls, one head coach, and four assistant coaches, whose daughters all play. There are more than 50 teams in this age bracket in Massachusetts, which shows how popular girls' hockey has become across the state. "Winning states was a huge accomplish- ment," says assistant coach, Larry Weene, who grew up playing hockey in Wellesley. "Getting there was one thing, but winning is once in a lifetime. I've never seen such a strong team. All these girls are natural athletes—we don't have one weak link—they look like they've played together for 10 years." Head coach of the team and director of the Wellesley Girls' Program, Doug Youngen, who played as a kid in Ohio, agrees. "I've been coach- U-12 Wellesley Girls' Ice Hockey Team Wins State Championship P AT T Y L E N Z B O V I E writer J O H N H A R M O N photographer 113 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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