It was a busy week to start the month of May as our teams head for the finish line. Typical of Spring NEPSAC sports only Tennis and Track and Field offer New England-wide Tournaments. All other end of season tournaments are league driven by sport and that would include US Rowing Youth Championships and NEIRA (crew), the Western New England Softball league (softball) and the CNEPBL (Baseball). Due to their outstanding seasons to date all three of our “league” participants have qualified for their respective tournaments and will play this weekend with dates and times to be announced.
Girls’ Varsity Tennis has pushed their mark to 10-2 heading into their final two matches of the season as they position for a spot in the Class B Tennis Tournament.
Boys’ Varsity Tennis dropped both matches during the week. Bennett Gelardi ’23 and Rishi Toke ’23 paired up for the lone Hilltopper win on Wednesday and senior tri-captain Andrey Muhkin won a three-set tiebreaker to pace the home town team in Saturday’s match against Suffield Academy.
Varsity Baseball wrapped up the # 1 seed in the Central Mass Prep league with a win over Dexter-Southfield on Wednesday, then split their final two games of the week with a road loss at Lawrence Academy and a solid winner over Cushing at Gaskill Field on Saturday. The team concludes the regular season with a road contest at MacDuffie on Wednesday in preparation for a semi-final contest on Sunday, May 21 at Gaskill. By virtue of a 1st place league finish, WA has a bye in 1st round action which begins on Saturday.
Varsity Softball dropped a 2-1 decision at Cheshire and then a pair of games at Cushing (3-0 to the host Penguins) and to St. Paul’s in the night cap. Currently, WA holds down the 3rd slot in the Western New England standings and awaits a possible weekend match in the round of four.
Varsity Girls’ Lacrosse got in the win column on Friday with a nice home victory over Beaver Country Day School on Friday but fell to the Pomfret School in Connecticut on Saturday.
Crew Team is gearing up for their appearance in the Northeast Youth Championships on Saturday with a nice showing on Wednesday that produced wins in two events, a second in another and a 3rd place finish in the final race of the afternoon.
JV Baseball split a pair of games losing at home to Belmont Hill School before a nice 11-4 win at New Balance on Friday afternoon over Cushing.
Brendan Roy ’23 and Tyler Hughes ’24 continue to pace WA golf who opened with a 217-232 win over Pomfret on Wednesday, but then fell in their lone tri-match of the year to host Williston (201 – 221) and to Pomfret (207 – 221).
Boys Lacrosse travelled to Reading and lost a 1st ever match to Austin Prep as Will Masterson and Parker Greene both scored a pir of goals in an 11’4 setback. WA welcomed Lexington Christian to Morse Field on Thursday (Senior Day) and sent our five members of the Class of 2023 out on a happy note.
Track and Field has 20 student-athletes qualifying for the NEPSAC D II Championships this weekend at Williston and warmed up for the season finale with a nice home showing at Gaskill on Saturday. Several “personal bests” were posted on the girls’ side and Delaney Martin continued to shine in the field events posting a 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Javelin, Shot and 800m. Kirsten Walker ’26 placed 2nd in her 1st ever attempt in the triple-jump. The boys beat three out of the four teams assembled and received several quality efforts en route. Jason Stien ’24, Harry Martel ’25 and Paul Saucier ’24 finished 1 -2 3 in the Javelin event while Liam Shields grabbed yet another 1st in the 400m. Tyler Cook had a “PB” in the discus and Jordy Afonso a 1st place finish in the triple jump.
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Congratulations to all the seniors who are concluding their playing careers here in the Spring.
On Friday, our Year-End Award winners were honored based on performances during the 2022-2023 Academic Year.
THE HAROLD W. PRESSON TROPHY, given annually to the best all-around athlete (Male and Female)
Thomas (TJ) Power
THE ROBERT J. DELAHANTY PRIZE, given annually to the Worcester Academy student displaying the best Sportsmanship in athletic competition during the year (Male and Female)
THE JOHN P. COUGHLIN AWARD, given annually to the outstanding athletic manager of the year.
Additionally, five members of the Class of 2023 were recognized with the Varsity “10” Award for earning a “minimum” of 10 Varsity letters during their career at WA.