Weekly Athletic Update, 1/18/17

Ed Reilly
Girls Varsity Basketball (10-1) strung together three solid wins during the week, including impressive Class A victories over Loomis (56-45) and NMH (54-37). Sophomore center Aliyah Boston continues to dominate on both ends of the floor and is being ably assisted by seniors Katherine Puda and Maddie Murphy as the Hilltoppers shoot for a high seed in the upcoming Class A Tournament. AB continues to showcase her multiple talents posting double-doubles in all three contests. The Hilltoppers point towards a Saturday rematch with Nobles who handed the team their only loss to date in a holiday tournament final!
 
Freshman Alexandra Crowthers smashed the WA pool record in the 100-yard backstroke in Saturday’s home meet against Milton Academy. The previous mark had held up for the past 19 years (with many in noble pursuit) so we congratulate Alex and her coaches for this milestone. Until further notice the new mark stands at 1:02:15! On the boy’s side, Kevin Arpin ’19 captured both the 100 and 200-yard freestyle in a close loss to Milton.
 
The Girls Ice Hockey team (8-3) went 2-0 on the week racing past Portsmouth Abbey School (Mickey Sindoris with 2 goals, 1 assist) on Saturday in RI. This was fresh off a tidy 2-0 Class A road win over Phillips Exeter on Wednesday. The team travels to Proctor for a Monday contest before returning to the friendly confines of NESC for Wednesday’s game against Southfield.
 
Boys Ice Hockey dropped two contests, falling 6-0 to the Williston School on Wednesday before dropping a 4-3 Holt League decision at Berwick on Saturday. Costly penalties and an inability to capitalize on power play opportunities have plagued the team of late. The team will try to get back on track as they travel to Providence early in the week for another Holt contest with Moses Brown School.
 
The Girls JV Basketball team picked up their initial win on the season, slipping past Loomis-Chaffee 30-27 on Wednesday in Windsor, Ct. Megan Dickie ’19 led the comeback effort as she tossed in a game high 14 points.
 
The learning curve for young teams can be grueling and the Boys Varsity Basketball team is in the midst of a two-game slide against Class AA foes. Proctor rolled over the Hilltoppers on Wednesday here on Rowe Court and a talented Masters School (Simsbury, Ct) prevailed 81-73 in the BABC event on Saturday in Boston. Sophomore Paul Durkee (20 points against Masters) led the weekly scoring parade for the Hilltoppers who will square off against Class AAA power NMH on Wednesday afternoon on Rowe Court.
 
The V2 Basketball team rolled to their 3rd consecutive home win on Friday evening with a solid 59-42 over St. Andrew’s School. Seniors Kyle Hackett and Peter Banks paved the way with 10 points apiece. The team will conclude a nice 4-game home stand with a 5:30 pm contest on MLK day against the MacDuffie School.
The Freshman Basketball team continues to roll as they registered an impressive 43-38 win over Auburn High School on Wednesday. The team has jelled to date behind a rock-solid defense and an opportunistic freewheeling offense led by Asa Floyd.
 
First-year coach Michael Adu has the JV Boys Basketball team heading in the right direction despite 2 tough loses to Deerfield (38-28) and the Hyde School (Ct.).
 
Wrestling dropped a close match to Marianapolis Prep (27-24) on Wednesday in the back end of a quad match at the Pomfret School then traveled to Tilton on Saturday with but a handful of healthy wrestlers for yet another quad match against Tilton, Tabor and Wilbraham & Monson. Injuries and a depleted roster have taken their toll on the team as they attempt to rally for a good stretch run through the Class A and NE prep championships where individual performances are judged as well as team accomplishments! Good work turned in by Ben Goldsberry, Matt Jordan and Tom McDermott in the Tilton meet as all three went 3-0 on the afternoon.
 
Ski season has arrived as the boys and girls teams participated in the initial CMSL race of the year at Mt. Wachusett on Friday afternoon. Mike Symecko ’17 took a 3rd and Max Glickman ’18 6th on the boy’s side and Gabby Gavala ’20 finished 4th on the girl’s side.
 
Tip of the Week
Thanks to Associate AD Julie Berberian and to Madeline Surgenor, Assistant Dean of Student Life, for organizing the Woman’s Leadership Council here on Saturday morning. On a day when we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, this initiative with a focus on teaching leadership skills will be the foundation for on-going growth and development with our student-athletes.
 
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Co-Athletes of the Week
Alexandra Crowthers ’20 – Swimming
Paul Durkee ’19 – Boys Varsity Basketball
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