Athletic News Archive

Weekly Athletic Update, 2/28/17

Ed Reilly
The stage has been set for the remaining Worcester Academy teams to participate in this weeks NEPSAC Tournament action so let’s get that schedule out front!

  • Swim – Saturday, March 4, 9:00 am - Class B Championship at Roger Williams College in Bristol, RI
  • Girls Hockey – Wednesday, March 1, 3:00 pm - Division II Quarter-Final contest vs. Brooks at NESC
  • Girls Basketball – Wednesday, March 1, 4:00 pm - Super 4 Tourney Semi-Final contest vs. New Hampton on Rowe Court
  • Boys Varsity 2 Basketball – Thursday, March 2, 5:30 pm - Semi-Final Prep 6 League Championship vs. winner STM-MacDuffie
NEPSAC championships have already occurred in Ski (Boys took home a 3rd place finish and the Girls 8th) and Wrestling. Congratulations to senior wrestler Ben Goldsberry who won 2 matches on the national stage over the weekend at Lehigh University. Worcester Academy athletics also extends their best to senior Kaz Grala for his 1st place finish over the weekend in the NASCAR Truck Series in Daytona Beach, Florida! Tremendous work by all!
The Varsity 2 Basketball team avenged an early season loss to the STM school on Monday to start the week. Pete Banks (17), Kyle Hackett (15) and Matt Adiletta (10) all registered double-digit scoring in the 60-42 win! The victory ensured a #2 seed in the Prep 6 Tournament and a bye into semi-final action this Thursday evening at 5:30 pm. The regular season ended with a record 0f 12-2.

Girls Varsity Basketball sent their senior class out in style on Saturday afternoon, slipping past Thayer Academy by a 68-56 count. Aliyah Boston ’19 had game highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds and seniors Maddie Murphy (17) and Jackie Pariseau (12) also scored in double figures. The 19-2 record ensures a #1 seed for the Super 4 Tournament that begins with a semi-final contest against the New Hampton School on Wednesday here at Rowe Court.

Girls Hockey also secured the #1 seed in the NEPSAC Division II Tournament on the heels of a sparkling 17-6-1 record. The seed was solidified over this past weekend with impressive road victories over Greenwich Academy (4-3) and the Canterbury School (2-1). The Hilltoppers will face off on Wednesday afternoon against the Brooks School at NESC at 3:00 pm. In an early season contest the Hilltoppers squeezed past Brooks, 1-0 on a Carley Daly tally.

The Boys Varsity Basketball team dropped their final two road contests of the season falling to the eventual #1 Class AA seed Cushing Academy on Wednesday and then to the Holderness School (95-86) on Friday evening. Senior co-captain Charlie Clay had a well deserved end to his WA career as he pumped in a career best 26 points in the game.

On the sub-varsity level, kudos to Coach Emmanuel Masumbuko and his Freshman squad for compiling an impressive 12-1 mark on the season (the lone defeat to the Eaglebrook School). Despite a difficult season in terms of wins and losses on the JV basketball level, a special thanks to the work coaches Adu and Pine have done respectively with the boys’ and girls’ programs. Also, credit to team members for pulling together, staying together and having some fun through the process.
Tip of the Week
At the end of yet another season, a quick thanks to all the staff who help make this operation work with little or no fan fare in return. Seasonal awards reflecting the time, energy, and commitment our support staff gives comes in a heartfelt thanks from my desk to
Sally Williamson-Card, Julie Berberian, Howie Shattuck, Dave Fields, Rich Agbey, Kevin Coyle, Jamie Mili, Paul Vaillancourt, Meg Farraher, Mike Gencarelli, Jim Bria, Soup Campbell, Chris Nichols, and Frank Esposito.
It’s a pleasure each week to write about the accomplishments of our athletic teams, but a joy to work with perhaps the best team Worcester Academy has to offer!
“It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.”
~John Wooden, Coach
Athlete of the Week
Kaz Grala ’17 – NASCAR