Weekly Athletic Update, 1/23/17

Ed Reilly
The temperatures have been unseasonably mild as we head towards the end of January, very similar to the 2015 calendar year when record breaking snow fell throughout the entire month of February. Spring sport enthusiasts are hoping for an early thaw as the WA winter teams gear up for the stretch run that will culminate in NEPSAC Championships during the 1st week of March.
 
Opponents are still searching for an answer to “cool” down the stellar play of Aliyah Boston ’19 who continues to post stellar numbers for our Girls Varsity Basketball team. Boston rang up a 25-point, 18-rebound, 5-block effort on Sunday as the 12-1 Hilltoppers avenged their only loss on the season, slipping past Noble and Greenough, 58-54. A Broadway play is only as good as the supporting actors/actresses and such has been the case for this team as seniors Maddie Murphy and Katherine Puda have contributed mightily as have freshman point guard Livi Correia and steady shooter Lauren Power.
 
Goalies Meagan Miranda and Julia Pelletier registered shut-out wins during the week as the Hilltoppers prevailed on the road over NYA and Proctor. Four different players rang the bell in a 4-0 whitewash against NYA and sophomore Carley Daly registered the winning tally in Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Proctor Academy. Brooks School will provide a test on Wednesday!
 
The WA wrestlers went a combined 7-2 in a tri-meet on Saturday at the St. Mark’s School (ISL opponent Thayer Academy was the other entry). Highlight on the afternoon perhaps was the thrilling 9-7 overtime win for Ben Goldsberry in his match against his St. Mark’s School opponent.
 
Freshman Basketball remains as the lone undefeated Upper School team as it raced past Tabor Academy 57-47 in Marion and eased past Portsmouth Abbey, 62-45. Aggressive defense and a willingness to share the ball have been characteristic trademarks to date for the young Hilltoppers. Cushing Academy will provide a stern test on Wednesday here in Daniels gymnasium.
 
Varsity Boys Basketball grabbed their 1st win in the New Year with a thrilling 83-79 win over Wilbraham & Monson Academy in the AA Showcase event at Cushing Academy. Four Hilltoppers shared the wealth in registering double-digits including co-captain Jack Zimmerman (15 points) whose big three-pointer sealed the win for WA. The team travels to STM on Wednesday afternoon. Sunday’s AA win offset Wednesday’s AAA loss to NMH and Friday’s A loss to Phillips Andover.
 
Boys Ice Hockey sandwiched a Holt League verdict over Kingswood-Oxford School on Wednesday around a pair of losses to Moses Brown and NYA. Currently the team holds down the 3rd slot in the North Division as it prepares for Monday’s road contest at the Pingree School. A return engagement with Moses Brown on Wednesday and a Saturday afternoon NESC contest with Berwick will help determine the play-off standings as the Holt season winds down.
 
The Ski team, preparing to host the 2017 Class C New England Championships later this month, took a 4th (Mike Symecko) and 5th (Max Glickman) on the boy’s side and Gabby Gavala took 4th to lead the girl’s team in Friday’s CMSL race.
 
V2 Boys Basketball team fell from the unbeaten ranks in a 1-1 week, dropping a 56-43 decision to the Commonwealth School on Saturday. The team continues their 5 game road trip as it ventures to STM on Wednesday afternoon.
 
The JV Boys Basketball team held off Tabor on Wednesday, securing a 1-point home win, then fell to a talented Cushing team here on Saturday afternoon. The JV Girls team dropped a close contest to Cushing on the road (20-15) and then fell to a strong Noble & Greenough squad on Saturday.
 
 
Tip of the Week
Tip of the cap to Donald “Dee” Rowe ’47 who has been selected by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to receive the 2017 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award. It was instituted in 1973 and is the highest and most prestigious award presented by the Hall of Fame outside of Enshrinement. Coach Rowe will receive the award at the Hall of Fame Family Reunion Dinner that is part of the 2017 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in September.
Congratulations Dee!
 
 
Co-Athletes of the Week
Ben Goldsberry ’17 – Wrestling
Gabriela Gavala ’20 – Ski
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