Junior forward Mitchell Pelletier scored his 1st career hat trick powering the WA Boys Hockey team to a 4-1 win over the Hoosac School on Friday evening. On the heels of a solid 5-3 Holt win over Portsmouth Abbey on Wednesday, the team was primed for a clean sweep as they entertained North Yarmouth Academy on Saturday afternoon. Despite a strong effort, the depth and overall size of NYA proved to be too much for the Hilltoppers to overcome as they dropped a 4-0 decision to end the week.
Despite securing wins in 5 out of the 6 matches, the WA Wrestling team dropped a 48-29 decision to Wilbraham & Monson on Wednesday. On Saturday the team traveled to the Hyde School in Connecticut and finished 11th out of 21 teams in the Northern New England Tournament. The team will gear up for the Class A Championships this coming Saturday at the Williston-Northampton School.
Mickey Sindoris scored with less than a second remaining in regulation as the Hilltoppers salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Southfield School on Wednesday. In a defensive battle on Saturday afternoon the Winchendon School held home ice advantage with a 2-1 win over WA.
Freshman Basketball remained “undefeated” as they pushed past the St Mark’s School (50-32) and Marianapolis Prep ((54-42). St. John’s will provide a stern test for the team on Wednesday afternoon in a 3 PM headliner here at Daniels gym.
A strong Tabor Academy girls quintet jumped off to an early lead on Wednesday and held off a nice comeback by the hometown team in posting a 59-50 win over the Hilltoppers. Aliyah Boston posted another double-double on Wednesday in a 58-33 conquest of Suffield Academy. Head coach Sherry Levin will pursue career win #300 in Saturday’s home tilt against Phillips Exeter Academy here on Rowe Court!
The Varsity 2 Basketball team overcame a sluggish opening stanza but rebounded in solid fashion to post a 54-29 win over Bradford Christian School on Friday evening. Ten Hilltoppers hit the scoring column for the 7-2 Hilltoppers who travel to the Dexter School on Wednesday.
Both Junior Varsity Basketball teams struggled to come out on the winning side during the week but continue to compete and improve as the season unfolds. The boys JV team looked particularly sharp for long stretches in Saturday’s tough loss to Andover.
Dylan Lien ’19 provided a 2nd half spark tossing in 16 points (four 3-pointers) but the Hilltoppers could not come back from a huge deficit on Sunday against the St. Andrew’s School, dropping a 87-72 decision. Cheshire Academy gained control mid-way through the 1st half of Saturday’s home contest and coasted past the Hilltoppers, 87-71.
Ski country received a fresh coat of wintry mix for Friday’s CMSL race but times and conditions were challenging on the course. Max Glickman (5th) and Mike Symecko (7th) led the way on the boy’s side and Gabby Gavala (3rd) took home honors on the girls side. Special thanks to WA coaches Nadine Price, Tony Johnson and Patty Peterleitner who have worked diligently in positioning Worcester Academy to host the Class C Championships on Wednesday, February 15th at Wachusett Mountain.
Swim team took to the road for two events last week, losing at Williston-Northampton on Wednesday before winning at Moses Brown School on Saturday.
Athletic Tip of the Week
One of the great benefits of living here in New England (and for many of us being New England natives) is being exposed to a number of professional organizations that have a phenomenal record of success. For the true sport aficionado, how can you not be impressed with the dominance of the New England Patriots?
For coaching role models we have perhaps the greatest football coach in the history of the game in Bill Belechick. On the “playing” side there’s very little debate that Tom Brady is the greatest to ever play his position and what an example he provides.
Sunday’s championship test can and should serve as a great lesson and reminder to those who play the games (our student-athletes), those who coach the games and those who “think” they can coach the game, that Championship teams and all their components possess championship characteristics. After the greatest comeback in the history of the NFL there wasn’t one post-game interview where an athlete talked about “me;” it was all about team and all about “we.” The common thread was an incredible pride in being part of a “team” that collectively knew what each part needed to do and were willing to be held accountable individually to assure that success.
After a dismal 1st half performance a locker room of true professionals came together knowing that they could do better and vowed to do just that. There was
no quit, no finger pointing, no excuses and no blame game. If the stories are accurate, there was no yelling, no screaming, no questioning the play calls, just a resolve to come together and play together for each other!
In the end, the beauty about playing a team game is that the entire team – offense, defense and special teams – needed to function to have an opportunity to achieve the desired level of greatness. The enthusiasm, energy, and emotion players needed to invest was exceptional and so to was the poise, resolve, and demeanor of the head coach who pulled it all together.
I hope that all who are connected with WA athletics (who watched this epic event) will take some concrete lessons away from this incredible accomplishment and apply it to make our own teams and programs Patriot-like. I know I will!
Co-Athlete of the Week
Mitchell Pelletier ’19 – Varsity Boys Hockey
Aliyah Boston, ’19 – Varsity Girls Basketball