Shovels and snowblowers can safely be stored away and we have finally caught a glimpse of what our spring season should look like! Coaches and athletes alike have struggled with the heavy rain and cool temperatures and we find ourselves a good two weeks behind in terms of training and competition. Be that as it may, WA teams made a concerted effort last week to get out and start their respective seasons but nearly 50% of scheduled games were canceled due to inclement weather.
WA Baseball finally got to play and took their frustration out on the Pingree School banging out 10 hits en route to an opening day road win. Junior Christian Walsh hit for the cycle in his WA debut and senior Shane O’Halloran hit two home runs backing the pitching efforts of Pat Gallagher, Brendan Powicki and Joe Sacco.
Wayne Bolden’s Softball team traveled to the Ocean State and hung on for a nice 5-4 opening day win at the Portsmouth Abbey School. Emma Crocker ’17 led the hit parade for the Hilltoppers with 3 base hits, two RBI’s and a homer and Olivia Valery pitched a complete game for the win!
Junior Mia Conte was impressive winning both the 200m and the 400m as well as anchoring the victorious 4 x 100m relay team helping the Girls Track & Field team earn a split with Phillips Exeter and the Governors School. On the boys’ side, Sam Hatem ‘17, defending NEPSAC 800m champion ran away with that event and ran the leg in WA’s victorious 4 x 400m relay race. Seniors Brian Abosi and Mason Wallace finished 1 and 3 in the shot put event helping the boys’ team earn a split in the tri-meet.
We welcome 1st year Boys Varsity Lacrosse coach Matt Dickson and with a nice blend of seasoned veterans and a host of skilled newcomers it’s just a matter of time before they pull things together and get on the winning track. Out of the gate 0-2, the team will look to rebound with a Monday afternoon contest at home against LCA.
Sean Chenevert’s Girls Lacrosse team has a deep roster as we welcomed nearly 25 US student-athletes this spring. The team ran into a buzz saw of sorts in their opening day contest with Portsmouth Abbey and will look to get in the win column on Wednesday when they host the Winchendon School here at Morse Field.
Both tennis teams are up and running and hoping for mild temperatures and moderate wind down at Gaskill Field as the season ramps up. Colleen Carlson returns to the sideline, this time in an assistant position alongside head boys’ coach, Chuck Glassmire, and head coach Amy Herlihy and her capable assistant, Yuming Lu, return to direct the fortunes of the Girls Tennis team. The girls’ team (1-1) eked out a nice 3-2 win over Portsmouth Abbey on Saturday and the boys’ will attempt to get their 1st win of the year tomorrow (Tuesday) when they host Moses Brown School at 4:15 pm.
Around the Rim
One of the sporting events I really enjoy watching on television is the Masters Tournament held each April in Augusta, Georgia. As one of the four “majors” in the great game of golf it pits the world’s finest players against one of the toughest courses in our land. If you watched the drama of the event unfold on Sunday you saw two outstanding competitors doing everything within their power and everything within the rules of the game to take home the coveted green jacket. In a magnificent demonstration of sportsmanship both Sergio Garcia (eventual champion) and the runner-up (Justin Rose) battled shot for shot over the final holes, never losing sight of the prize at stake, but also never losing the respect they shared for one another’s talents and shot making ability and for the game they so proudly represented.
Athletes of the Week
Christian Walsh ’18 - Varsity Baseball
Mia Conte ’18 – Varsity Track & Field