A Look at the Winter Sports’ Season
by James Wang on Friday, December 9th, 2011
With a very successful season last year, falling just short of a New England Championship to Choate, the Varsity Boy’s Basketball Team returns with high hopes for the season. Team captain, Travis Sheldon (I), speculated, “I think we can have a really strong team and a promising season ahead. We’re playing the hardest schedule we’ve ever had, especially with some tough out of league games. I think we’re going to need almost everyone to be playing together and to step up for us to be successful.” The team started out their season with a solid win over Governor’s 68-47. Sheldon stressed the importance of defense during the season. When talking about the game, he said, “Our success will be determined on how well we can defend and rebound this year. We have a ton of guys who can shoot and score the ball, but we need to get on the glass more, not allow second chance opportunities defensively and give ourselves second chance opportunities on the offensive end. Ike Ngwudo (II), Alec Brennan (III), and Greg Blaize (I) were huge for us rebounding on Saturday. I give a lot of credit to them.” The squad will be looking forward to a successful season.
The Varsity Girl’s Hockey Team looks to have a great season despite losing a lot of talent. “We lost a lot of key players to last year’s graduating class, but I know that the team will grow as the season progresses and I’m looking forward to it,” says team senior Brighid Noone (I). With a strong senior class this season, including Noone, Sarah Evans (I), Carly Cummings (I), and Kate Couturier (I), and led by captains Erin Martin (I) and Meghan Kelleher (I), the team has kicked off the season on a good note. Despite their loss to Tabor 3-0, they defeated New Hampton Prep 2-1 and NEWHL 6-2 in a scrimmage. The team looks to continue improving their record throughout the season.
Coming off a New England Championship victory over Kent last winter, the Milton Boy’s Hockey Team was the team to beat this season. After losing 13 talented seniors from the squad, the Mustangs were put in a challenging spot. Yale-bound captain, Robert O’Gara (I), says, “I think it is going to take some time to gel as a team, seeing as there are so many new guys. But everybody is working hard and we have the talent to succeed this year.” The team started off the season in a disappointing fashion. They tied NMH 4-4 and lost to St. Marks 5-4 in overtime and St. Sebastian’s 10-3. Obviously this was not the start the team is looking for, but O’Gara strongly believes that the team will come into its own and start thriving as an unstoppable force. Some noticeable key players of the squad are Anthony Sabitsky (II), Jake Farabee (?), manager Henry Arndt (I), O’Gara, and goalkeeper Andreas Graham (II). O’Gara closed the interview by stating, “I was excited about the fan base at our first home game. I just wish it was a better turnout for Milton. I hope the MA super fans keep the spirit up.”
After a disappointing season last year, the Varsity Girl’s Basketball Team seems to be getting back on their feet during the first couple of weeks of their season. In their first two scrimmages, the team scored 42 and 41 points. Their prior season’s highest scoring game was 45, which shows once the season hits its stride, the girls will definitely show improvement over the last season. Led by captain Catherine Hartigan (I), the team should really have a successful season this year seeing all the new talent on the court. Watson Leffel (I) shares her thoughts about the season: “We have a lot of young talent and the team is very excited for this season as well as the future of the program… I’m really excited for the season and we have a lot of home games this year so we would love it if people could come out and support us!” The team has a home game at 6 pm tonight against Governor’s. So make sure to fly the colors and show your support!
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