Weekly Athletics Update—Feb. 21, 2022

                                                            Weekly Athletics Update—February 21, 2022
Congratulations to our boys’ varsity ice hockey team who finished the regular season with a 15-6-1 record and a Holt Conference 1st place finish. The team concluded Holt Conference play with a tidy 8-5 road win at the Kents Hill School to finish at 10-1-1 and secured a quarter-final round bye in this weeks Conference Championship. A 5-0 shutout win at Pingree School on Wednesday positioned the Hilltoppers nicely for Sunday’s league clinching victory in Maine.  The Hilltoppers will host a semi-final contest at the WIC on Friday evening.

  • The Class C Alpine Championship (11 schools gathered) took place on Wednesday at Mount Wachusett and the “home turf” seemed to provide a nice impetus for our teams, especially on the girls’ side who finished in 2nd place overall. Kayzie Salmon finished 4th in the SL (just missing a trip to the podium for Bronze) and along with Mia Harris and McKenzie Manley led the team to an impressive finish in the GS. On the boys’ side, co-captain Edward Jiao just missed out on a top 10 finish in the GS and managed to grab a top 20 finish in the SL. It was an impressive day of racing for the team and congratulations to all on an outstanding season.
  • Boys’ varsity basketball had a nice week as it looks to secure a home court advantage (top 4 teams in AA) for the upcoming NEPSAC Championships. Senior Jake Shapiro has been a nice spark of late and the depth provided by Tre Norman ‘23, Kayvaun Mulready ’23, TJ Power ’23 and Dan Becil ’22 has remained steady throughout this impressive campaign. At 12-4 in AA, and 17-7 overall the Hilltoppers will conclude the regular season with home contests against Winchendon and Cushing and a road trip to Tabor on Saturday.

  • Our 3rds team tagged on 2 more wins in impressive fashion racing past Auburn High School and Marianapolis Prep, pushing their record to a gaudy 10-1 with 8 consecutive wins on the ledger.
  • Girls’ varsity basketball received nice contributions from Lola Lesmond (21points) and Alexandra Eldredge (20 points) and ran past St. Andrew’s on Wednesday before falling on the road to New Hampton Prep on Saturday. The push for a play-off seed continues in the final week with a road contest at BCA on Wednesday and a pair of home contests vs. Winchendon (Friday eve) and Thayer (Saturday afternoon).

  • Girls’ ice hockey concluded the week and their home ’21-’22 seasons in resounding fashion with a 5-2 Senior Night win over the Kents Hill School. The Hilltoppers jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the 1ststanza and sealed the win with solid play over the final two periods. The team travels to the Millbrook School Friday evening before concluding the season on Saturday at the Canterbury School.
  • Varsity 2 basketball played Winchendon on even terms for a half, but the host team turned things up a notch in the 2nd half and ran away from the Hilltoppers by a 55-35 count. Krish Pahari ’22 led the way with 13 points for WA who will conclude their season with a home game on Wednesday (Senior night, 3:00 pm contest) and a road game to NMH on Saturday.

  • JV girls’ basketball battled hard but dropped their lone contest of the week against the St. Andrew’s School by a score of 41-35. Kristine Walker ’26 and Tea Richardson Ojeda ’25 paced the Hilltopper attack with 11 points apiece. The team concluded the season with a home game against NMH on Wednesday and a road contest with Thayer on Saturday afternoon.

  • Middle School boys’ basketball concluded their campaign with a pair of road losses at the Rectory School on Monday and at Bancroft on Thursday. Thanks to Kyle Layne-Allen for his work with the team during the Winter season. 
Around the Rim:
Senior night salutes are in the books for our boys’/girls’ ice hockey team and for our swim team (creatively held despite a cancellation of their last meet vs. Dana Hall) and congrats to all. This week our three US basketball programs featuring seniors from the Class of ’22 will be recognized. The V2 and boys’ varsity team will be recognized on Wednesday afternoon and our girls’ varsity basketball group on Friday evening. 
Co-Athletes of the Week:
TJ Power ’23 – Boys’ Basketball
Kayzie Salmon ’24 – Ski Team