Athletic News Archive

Weekly Athletic Update, 1/30/17

Ed Reilly
Coach Emmanuel Masumbuko’s freshman basketball team remains the lone undefeated US team heading into the final month of the season. Asa Floyd continues to lead the way as the young Hilltoppers rolled over Portsmouth Abbey (62-45) and Cushing Academy (60-37). The team will host the St. Mark’s School on Wednesday at 3:30 pm.

Carley Daly ’19 scored three goals and added 3 assists in a 2-0 week for the Girls Ice Hockey team. The biggest goal was, in fact, the lone goal scored in Wednesday’s big win (1-0) over the Brooks School, the 1st program win ever against Brooks. Wednesday’s contest at Southfield will be a test for WA!
The Pomfret School provided a strong test for the GV Basketball team on Wednesday but the surging Hilltoppers prevailed 57-51. The trio of Katherine Puda ’17, Madeline Murphy ’17, and Aliyah Boston ’19 have the team (13-1) poised for a deep run into March. Three games over a 4-day period will test the depth of the team as it gears up for a Friday evening tilt with Tabor Academy.
Michael Symecko ’17 won the Slalom event on Friday evening at the CMSL race at Mt. Wachusett. Gabby Gavala ’20 took a 4th place on the girls’ side.
Barbara Gould’s Swim team has their most challenging day (fundraising swim for NEADS) in the rearview mirror and raced past both Portsmouth Abbey and Marianapolis Prep this week. Hours of training in the pool appear to be paying dividends as multiple WA swimmers recorded PR’s in meet victories.
The Boys Hockey team had their busiest week of the year as they position for a high seed in the upcoming Holt Conference Tournament. Two league wins to start the week over Pingree (4-3) and Moses Brown (4-1) had the team primed for a productive stretch, but a tough Holt loss to Berwick Academy (4-3) and a 4-0 shutout at NMH closed the week on a tough note for the Hilltoppers.
Boys Varsity Basketball is in need of some W’s down the stretch to ensure a seed in the upcoming Class AA tournament. Triple AAA power St Thomas More prevailed in Colchester on Wednesday and Class AA foe Vermont Academy slipped past the Hilltoppers in the National Prep Showcase Tournament Sunday evening at Rhode Island College. The team will have a week to prepare for Saturday’s game against Cheshire Academy on Saturday.
Varsity 2 Basketball dropped back-to-back contests for the 1st time in ’17 as the STM team prevailed 50-41. The team will try to get back on track on Tuesday afternoon as they travel to Barrington, RI to take on league foe St. Andrew’s School.
In their only contest of the week, the JV Girls Basketball team registered a 2-point home victory over the Pomfret School. The counterparts on the boys’ side fell to Marianapolis Prep and the Hillside School.
In Varsity Wrestling, senior Ben Goldsberry worked his way to a 7-5 overtime win in his match and despite wins recorded by Aidan Ormsby and Jared Bushnell the host Hilltoppers fell to Phillips Andover on Wednesday afternoon, 30-15. Congratulations in order to Sophia Magri ’20 who won her 1st match – an exhibition match – on Saturday at Lexington Christian School. Great accomplishment!
Athletic Tip of the Week
Great intercollegiate programs and their coaches would much prefer recruiting a multiple sport athlete to an athlete who specializes. Branch out, test your skills in another sport!

Co-Athletes of the Week
Carley Daly ’19 – GV Ice Hockey
Michael Symecko ’17 - Ski