Weekly Athletic Update
Senior Ben Goldsberry survived a grueling 2-day event at the NEISWA Championship in Hyde, Maine, winning 4 out of 6 matches in the 152 lb. class and earned an invitation to the National Prep Tournament this weekend at Lehigh University. Ben will join the nation’s best high school wrestlers and represent Worcester Academy on the national stage! Congratulations to Ben and to his coaches Scott Parker and Brendan O’Connell on this magnificent accomplishment!
Our Ski team had an excellent showing at Wednesday’s Class C Championship event at Mount Wachusett. Our boys’ Alpine team finished in 3rd place and earned a podium appearance and 3rd place trophy for their fantastic team effort. Michael Symecko ’17 placed 5th in the Slalom and 8th in the Giant Slalom, junior Max Glickman earned a 4th in the GS and Jackson Baker, Peter Kittredge, and CC Collins all had top 20 finishes to propel the team to their best finish in years. On the girls’ side, freshman Gabby Gavala grabbed a 6th in the Slalom and a 10th in the GS while sophomore Nika Osgood had a personal best time earning her a 19th place finish and solidifying an 8th place overall placement for the girls! Congratulations to both teams!
Varsity Swim had an entertaining contest with Thayer on Saturday winning a close meet on the boys side (56-48) and an equally satisfying 49-36 win on the girls side. Kevin Arpin and Cyrus Salmassi continue to impress as they once again captured two events each while freshman Elianna Rodriquez joined fellow frosh Alex Crowthers as multiple winners in the girls’ event. Senior Eunice Yang also captured two events securing winning times in both the 50- and 100-freestyle event. Earlier in the week the WA boys powered past St. Sebastian Country Day 84-59 as Kevin Arpin and Cyrus Salmassi once again were victorious in two events. Dana Hall, however, turned the tide on the girls side pushing past WA, 94-76.
Boys Hockey split a pair of one-goal contests to start the week winning on the road at Groton School 3-2 (a Pat Lavin overtime winner) and losing a Holt match at home to the Pingree School 1-0. A quarterfinal trip to the Hoosac School on Saturday resulted in a 4-1 defeat putting an end to the Hilltoppers season.
Girls Varsity Basketball team solidified their stronghold on a #1 Class A ranking as it avenged an earlier season loss to Tabor by thumping the Seawolves in Marion, 50-37. Senior guard Maddie Murphy poured in 16 points to lead the way and was ably supported by Aliyah Boston’s 15 and Lauren Power’s 12. On Saturday, the Hilltopper defense was particularly strong limiting a talented New Hampton squad to 10 first-half points en route to a 50-29 win.
Senior Night proved a nice elixir for our Boys Varsity Basketball team as they cruised past Tabor Academy, 84-66. Sophomore forward Paul Durkee led the scoring parade with 20 points, senior co-captain Jack Zimmerman had 16 as did sophomore forward, Mitch Doherty. Despite a career-high 24 points from senior co-captain Charlie Clay, the Hilltoppers fell on the road to Kimball Union on Saturday.
Girls Hockey had a tough week on the injury front with several WA players mending from a physical stretch of games. After starting the week with a 2-1 win over Winchendon (seniors Emma Crocker and Taylor Brown scored and Julia Pelletier made 25 saves), the Holderness School turned the numbers around handing the home-town team a tough 2-1 overtime loss. Andover scored an empty net goal late in game action on Saturday as they pinned a 5-2 loss on the visiting Hilltoppers.
Varsity 2 Basketball captured three games during the week with victories over Bradford Christian Academy, St. Andrew’s School, and the Commonwealth School on Saturday. Friday’s road win at St. Andrew’s School saw 10 Hilltoppers break into the scoring column and senior Peter Banks’ 22-point, 10-rebound, 4-block effort on Saturday was enough to push WA past the previously unbeaten Commonwealth School. The team will host a semi-final Prep 6 League game on Thursday, March 2nd.
Freshman Basketball rebounded nicely from their only defeat of the season pushing past the Fenn School in a tightly contested game on Wednesday. Both JV Basketball teams lost their games during the week as the girls fell to Marianapolis Prep and the boys dropped contests to Deerfield and Andover.
A Note to Our Athletes
As NEPSAC championships approach, it is important to stay the course with your game day preparation and trust the work you have done and the work your coaches have done in preparing you for this opportunity. Seek the comfort and support of your teammates and never lose sight of the need you have for one another. Amidst the pressure of a difficult situation the most important quality you possess as a great teammate is the ability and willingness to collaborate.
Good luck to all our teams!
Co-Athletes of the Week
Julia Pelletier ‘ 17 – Girls Hockey
Benjamin Goldsberry ’17 – Wrestling
Charlie Clay ’17 – Boys Basketball