Weekly Athletics Update—May 2, 2022

            Weekly Athletics Update—May 2, 2022
With just three weeks remaining in the Spring season, we are pointing towards the finish line for so many Worcester Academy seniors. Our Class of 2022 student-athletes have finally been able to play, to compete and hopefully enjoy the experience of having done so in a Worcester Academy uniform. We offer congratulations and thanks to all our spring athletes and coaches who have made this unique journey.

  • Girls’ tennis is on quite a roll! Saturday, the team captured their 7th consecutive match easing past Wilbraham & Monson Academy for the 2nd time this Spring. It was Senior Day and all parties made significant contributions in keeping the Hilltoppers on the right side of the ledger. On Wednesday, the team will travel to NMH for a critical match before ending the week with another road test at St. George’s School on Saturday.
  • Boys’ tennis encountered some rather challenging weather conditions at Cushing on Wednesday in a match that was called (CA was in charge by a 5-1 count) due to high winds and yes, hail. Saturday was an entirely different scenario (weather as well as play) and the visiting Hilltoppers powered past Marianapolis Prep to earn their 2nd win of the season.

  • Varsity baseball split two league contests, beating Cushing Academy in the first ever WA appearance at Polar Park (8-3 win) and then dropping a 2-1 game at Dexter-Southfield on Saturday. Carson Walsh ’22 etched his name in the WA record books with the 1st ever WA homerun at Polar Park to ignite the win over Cushing. Junior left hander, TJ Power pitched 6 strong innings and registered 8 strikeouts, but D-S pitching kept the visiting Hilltoppers at bay throughout the contest. The team will make their 2ndappearance at Polar Park on Monday when it entertains St. Sebastian’s School in our “Catching Cancer”  game. 

  • Varsity crew encountered some rough, windy conditions in their match-up with St. Mark’s and the Groton School on Wednesday and is in search of their initial victory at the Lake. 

  • Golf travelled to historic Rhode Island Country Club on Tuesday and came away with a convincing win over St. Andrew’s School. Junior Brendan Roy took Medalist honors for WA with a tidy round of 36 (1 over par). Suffield turned the tides on the travel weary Hilltoppers on Thursday with a 224-230 verdict. Tyler Hughes ’23 was the Medalist for the afternoon.

  • Varsity softball saw their record even out at .500 on Wednesday as they dropped a well-played 12-7 game at the New Balance Field against Choate Rosemary Hall. Road trips on Friday and Saturday (Williston Northampton and Noble & Greenough respectively) proved to be a challenge as the bats were stifled in the back-to-back losses. The team will look to make a good run down the stretch when they host Lawrence Academy on Tuesday at 5:00 pm. Congrats to Elise Siciliano ’23 who represented WA in the WNEPPSA All-Star game on Sunday at Ethel Walker School.

  • Our boys’ track & field team brought a small group to compete at the Belmont Hill School but the team had some major individual accomplishments to be proud of.
    • Peter Papavasillou ’22 once again captured 1st place in both the 100/200m 
    • Brigham Dunphy ’22 won the high Jump and took a 2nd in the 400m
    • Jorden Afonso was 2nd in the triple jump and 4th in the long jump
    • Steven Zhang grabbed a 4th place in the 300 low hurdles and teammate, Tonga Low a 5th
  • JV baseball dropped a pair of contests as depth in the pitching ranks continues to be a concern.
Co-Athletes of the Week:
Nathan Palumbo ’22 – Boys’ Varsity Tennis
Elise Siciliano ’23 – Girls’ Softball