Weekly Athletic Update, 2/14/16

Ed Reilly
Congratulations to our Girls Hockey team who received the John Coughlin Sr. Central Mass Sportsmanship Award. It is the 2nd time our team has been recognized by the Central Massachusetts High School Hockey Officials Association and Head coach Kevin Zifcak will receive the award at the Annual banquet in March. Also, congratulations to our varsity basketball teams – players, coaches and parents – for their efforts to raise awareness and dollars for the American Cancer Society in our annual “Coaches vs. Cancer” game. A special thanks to the parents and friends from Philips Exeter Academy and Wilbraham & Monson Academy for their support and contributions as well.

Emma Crocker scored the lone goal in the 2nd period as the Hilltoppers edged the host Vermont Academy team 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. Meagan Miranda stopped 20 shots to register the shutout. The win, coupled with Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over the Rivers School (1st win ever against Rivers), has the Girls Varsity Hockey team well positioned for a strong playoff run. Taylor Brown scored two 2nd period goals to lift the Hilltoppers.

Sophomore center Aliyah Boston registered 20 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Exeter on Saturday. It was the 300th career win for Varsity Girls Basketball head coach, Sherry Levin.

Four different Hilltoppers scored in a 4-1 Senior Day win for the Boys Hockey team as they rolled past Rye Country Day School. Earlier in the week in Holt League action, WA fell 4-3 to Portsmouth Abbey. Wednesday’s final league game with the Pingree School will determine seeds for the conference tournament that begins on Saturday, February 18th.

Sophomore center Mitch Doherty poured in 26 points and senior captains’ Charlie Clay and Jack Zimmerman hit big shots down the stretch in Saturday’s 64-61 victory over Wilbraham & Monson. It was the 2nd time this year the Hilltoppers Boys Varsity Basketball team has emerged victorious over W & M. Despite placing 5 players in double-figure scoring on Wednesday, the host Hilltoppers fell to Exeter, 74-66.

Varsity Ski team went through their final stages preparing for Wednesday’s Class C New England Championship race at Mount Wachusett.

WA Wrestling qualified the following for this weekend’s New England Class A Championships in Hyde, Maine: Jared Bushnell (qualified with overall record); Ben Goldsberry (qualified with 4th place finish in Saturday’s Class A Championships); Matt Jordan (qualified with 4th place finish in Class A Championships); Aiden Ormsby (qualified with overall record). Congratulations to the boys and good luck in Maine!

Seniors Eunice Yang and Maya Yoshikawa and freshman Alex Crowthers were once again multiple winners as the Girls Swim team raced past the Winsor School 56-38. Qualifying times (which will include the final two meets of the year) will determine New England entries for the Hilltoppers. Congratulations to our Middle School team who also emerged victorious over the Winsor School.

Varsity 2 Basketball travelled to the Dexter School on Wednesday, emerging with a 54-42 win as senior Kyle Hackett poured in 6 3-point field goals to lead WA.  The team will play 4 games in a 6-day stretch (3 at home) starting with Wednesday’s 3:30 pm game with Bradford Christian Academy.

Freshman Basketball started the week in grand fashion – what a season it has been to date – with a win over Auburn High School followed by a thrilling 53-46 victory over St. John’s on Wednesday. The backcourt duo of Asa Floyd and Carlton Steinberg have been stalwarts for the young Hilltoppers. Unfortunately, the opportunity for an undefeated season went by the boards on Saturday morning as they fell to a strong Eaglebrook team 62-58. Great work by all!

Both JV Basketball teams ran into high-powered squads in dropping contests to Exeter and NMH.


Athletic Tip of the Week
As we wind down our winter home contests and our student-athletes (some teams have already had their Senior night) play their final games in the friendly confines of Daniels Gymnasium (NESC and Mt. Wachusett as well), we “tip” our cap to those seniors who have been a part of our programs. We are grateful for your time, your commitment, and your representation of our Athletic program here at Worcester Academy. Each individual experience is unique and whether you have excelled, overachieved, or simply been a part of the program of your choice, we salute your contributions as well as your efforts. If you have been in a position to lead, we hope you have led well; in a position to learn, we trust you have invested well in the lessons your coaches have tried to instill. Step forward to the next journey and let your experiences from this past winter prepare you for the next challenge!


Co-Athletes of the Week
Jordan McAllister ’18 – Boys Varsity Basketball
Maya Yoshikawa ’17 – Girls Swim
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