My name is Jamie Pote, and welcome to my new website and blog. If you don't know me already, I have been the Sports Editor of the Wilmington and Tewksbury Town Crier newspaper since 1994. I'll be using this site to share my most recent sports stories, as well as play by play updates from games in Wilmington and Tewksbury. Please feel free to take a look around, and enjoy!
The “Pote Report” will be a website dedicated to articles written by me as well as posts and blogs on all sporting events in which I cover. This page will be updated with scores and results from games I attend, as well as news in the local sports world, as well as various posts and blogs.
In my 20 years here at the paper, I’ve reported on a lot of very good athletic teams. I’ve been very fortunate to have covered many teams that have gone very far in their respective sports and tournaments. I believe that I’m correct when I say that before this past fall season I covered two teams win state championship titles, two other teams lose in the state final, two other teams lose in the Eastern Mass final and covered a total of 14 teams reach the sectional finals with six winning and eight losing. And that doesn’t include two programs I didn’t cover at the time, boys track and cheerleading which brought home various titles.
That’s a good amount of success, I think, over the course of two decades.
And the past few months I was able to add to that thanks to the Wilmington High School Girls’ Soccer team. This past Thursday the Wildcats finished off another stellar season. After winning the league title for the third straight year, Wilmington captured its first ever North Sectional Championship before falling in a very exciting state championship game to Notre Dame Academy of Hingham, 3-2, in penalty kicks.
Ever since I started here at the paper, I’ve always enjoyed covering this program. I actually didn’t cover them right away, as my buddy Jeff Nazzaro wrote about the team the first few years, mostly because he was a huge soccer fan and plus my sister was on the team. Nazzaro left and I officially took over the duties of covering the team.
Over the next 18 years or so, I’ve seen so many different players, talented, some not as talented, so many different teams, some talented and some not as talented, and so many terrific games and some not so terrific.
During the 18 years, I saw a lot whether it was Lindsay Bruno becoming the all-time scoring leader before heading off to Merrimack College, or it was watching the Dellascio sisters, Lisa and Diane excel on the field, or it was watching the back-to-back Cape Ann League title teams filled with talent and pazazz and those dramatic victories at home.
I also watched the tough times – the tough seasons with just a few wins here and there. I’ll also always remember the tougher times with certain players. I’ll never forget interviewing former player Lauren Senesi from her hospital bed after she was involved in a serious car accident. And none of us will ever forget the season in which former player Kara Irving lost her life to cancer.
The 18 years or so have been filled with so many things that have been so enjoyable to write about and things that have been very difficult to write. Sure the wins are great and writing about the dramatics make this job so enjoyable, but the difference of thoroughly enjoying covering a team truly starts with the coach and the players. This year’s WHS Girls team, like almost all of the previous ones, is a perfect example of that.
I have so much respect, appreciation and admire Sue Hendee for not only what she has done with this program, but for what she does off the field as well.
As a head coach, you won’t find anyone who knows more about the game of soccer than Hendee. Off the field, you won’t find a nicer person, one who truly, truly cares about people, not just her own players but people. She goes out of her way every year to raise countless amount of money for cancer research, whether it’s riding in the Pan Mass Challenge, organizing the kids Pan Mass Challenge bike ride here in town, or many other events that no one knows about.
In my opinion Sue Hendee is a dynamite coach for so many reasons. Her teams and her players always get better during a course of a season. You never see it go in the opposite direction. Her teams are always a lot of fun to cover as well – she always has a team filled with team oriented girls, who are fun, who care for each other, who play very hard for themselves, each other and for her – which to me is the ultimate difference of a good or bad high school coach.
Sue Hendee got the most out of every single player on this year’s team. One of the many reasons why this team won 19 games, won the sectional title, played three overtime state tournament games — winning two of them — and went to the state final for the first time in school history. It was a magical season that I’ll never forget. I know Coach Hendee and all 25 girls feel the same way.
It certainly goes among the top highlights of my 20-years here at the paper.