It was a busy week of competition for our teams as we wind down the month of December and head into the holiday season.
The 19th Annual Thomas Blackburn Basketball Tournament saw both varsity basketball teams capture tournament titles with inspired play. Senior Kyla Jones was the Most Outstanding Player on the girls’ side helping the Hilltoppers push past both Marianapolis Prep (66-65) and then Tilton in the finals by a 62-57. In the championship final the Hilltoppers stormed back from a 10 point 4th quarter deficit to earn their 6th consecutive Blackburn Tournament championship. Molly Stokes and Bella Nascimento were named to the All-Tournament team. DaSonte Bowen ’22 poured in 37 points and was the Most Outstanding Player as the WA boys’ team captured their 2nd consecutive Blackburn title with a 99-96 win over the South Kent School. The Hilltoppers defeated KUA in Saturday’s semi-final match up as All-Tourney performers Quest Harris and Judson Martindale led the way.
Girls’ hockey found their scoring touch over the weekend as they skated past Thayer Academy (5-3) and NYA (5-0). A mid-week shutout loss to Berwick Academy (2-0) is the only blemish to date as the Hilltoppers stand at 4-1 heading into this weekend’s Cushing Tournament
Boys’ hockey fell to Pomfret, St. Mark’s (6-3) and to Tabor Academy (8-3) and will look to get back in the win column this week at the Barber Tournament as they face off against the Middlesex School on Friday.
Varsity 2 basketball opened their season with home losses to the MacDuffie School (67-54) and to the Winchendon School (69-54) with Mike Harvey ’20 averaging 20 points per game.
Thanks to wrestling coach, Scott Parker, and his team for hosting a successful quad meet in the old gym on Saturday afternoon. Belmont Hill, Deerfield and Choate came through with some impressive athletes and performances played out in front of a very enthusiastic crowd.
Girls’ swim had a nice 49-39 win over Wilbraham & Monson on Wednesday as Elianna Rodriquez ’20 won both the 50 free and the 100 butterfly event. On the boy’s side, Tanir Zhubanov ’22 captured two events as well, swimming to victories in the 50 free and 100 free style races.
Freshman basketball split a pair of contests with a home victory over the Bancroft School (Wes Larson and Krish Pahari leading the scoring effort) and a tough road loss at the Fay School.
The JV Hockey team dropped their initial contest of the young season as they lost on the road at Cushing Saturday afternoon.