Conants, Reardon sign NLIs

By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Three of Westwood High School’s star athletes signed their National Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics on Monday afternoon.

Siblings Sarah and Zach Conant both signed their NLIs to run cross-country at UMass, while Ali Reardon signed to play soccer at Merrimack.

Reardon helped Westwood to a 6-7-5 record this season as the Lady-Wolverines came up just short of a playoff bid.

“Ali is a special player,” said head coach Seth Lucash. “The things she and the rest of the seniors have been able to do for our program over the last four years will never be forgotten. The seniors were amazing every step of the way. It’s going to be hard to find such great leadership moving forward to replace Ali, Victoria Webb-Johnson, and Olivia Jordan. This was an extremely close team and I’m really proud of how hard they worked and the relationships they were able to develop with one another.”

Along with their success on the field, the Westwood girls soccer team also made some key contributions off the field.

Pictured alongside her friends and teammates, Ali Reardon signs her NLI to play soccer at Merrimack; speaking volumes to just how close of a team Westwood girls soccer was in 2018.   Photos by Westwood Athletics

Pictured alongside her friends and teammates, Ali Reardon signs her NLI to play soccer at Merrimack; speaking volumes to just how close of a team Westwood girls soccer was in 2018. Photos by Westwood Athletics

“We continued our tradition of raising money to fight Breast Cancer,” said Lucash. “We were able to raise $5,127 which well exceeded our goal of $2,000. The varsity, JV, and freshman teams all took part in a walk in Boston. It was really nice to see that.”

As for Zach and Sarah Conant, head coach Jen Teahan could not be more proud of the two siblings on their commitments to run as Minutemen.

“Sarah is unbelievable,” said Teahan. “Truly top-notch. I’m so happy for her and Zach getting to the next level, they’ve worked extremely hard to get there. Sarah meant everything to our girls team this year as our No. 1 and helped lead us to second place in the league. She crushed it all year long, breaking three school records on three different courses, including our league championship meet by over 32 seconds.”

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