A First Look at Winter Sports
by The Milton Measure on Friday, December 7th, 2012
As students return from Thanksgiving break, much anticipation and excitement awaits our student-athletes, particularly first-time Varsity athletes and seniors participating in their final high school winter season.
Tri-captains Sam Clifford (I), Allison Ward (I), and Jordan Quintin (I) return to the basketball court for their final varsity season. Sam told the Milton Measure, “The MA fly girls hope to win big this year. We have a lot of returners and some fresh talent; I’m really excited to start playing and winning some games.” With her energy and enthusiasm, Sam is not only a strong player but also a spiritual leader on the team. Jordan Quintin, another captain, tells TMM, “Our strength this year is our speed and quickness. We’re a guard heavy team and our goal is to fast-break a lot this season. If we continue to stay focused and work hard, we [captains] really believe we have a shot at the ISL title. It’s exciting to see how well we’re working together this early on in the season.”
The captains’ positive outlook on this season is inspiring. Fans, make sure you look out for elite ball handler Kayla “Noodleface” Jang (II), sharpshooting newcomer Abby Greene (II), and Erika Lamere (III), eager to prove herself after last year’s injury plagued season. The team has a lot of talent and this season is off to a strong start.
Over on the Williams Squash Courts, both the boys’ and girls’ teams look promising. Along with Charlotte Ross (I), co-captain Lillie Simourian (I) has a very positive outlook for the girls’ team this season. Lillie said “This year’s team is the best we have had since I have been at Milton. We have a fantastic group of girls and get along really well.
We are really looking forward to a successful season and hope a ton of people come out and support our team because squash is awesome.” After last year’s 13-1 season, Charlie Blasberg (II) of the Boys’ Varsity Squash team is also hopeful for an ISL championship this year. “We had a strong team and a lot of success last year, and almost everyone from that team is coming back for another round, except we are bigger, badder, and better than we were last year.” The team was unsure if their ace, Carson Spahr (III), would be able to compete this season due to an illness, but he is back now and playing better squash than ever.
The boys hockey team has gained new contributors this season and have been off to a great start of the season with a 6-0 win over St. Marks. Charismatic Forbes seniors Jake Farabee and Elliot Vorel bring relentless intensity and skill every time they take the ice. On the other hand, Cameron Park (II), from Girls Varsity Hockey, says, “We have a lot of new girls this season and there’s a lot of potential. Head Coach Stone has lots of experience, and our assistant coaches, Coach Carr and Olympic player Coach Cahow, are both very knowledgeable and encouraging.” Both the Milton girls and boys should enjoy a lot of success in the rink this winter.
Zoe Kurtz (I), a senior on the swim team, has only positive things to say about the upcoming season. “We pride ourselves on our ability to come together in support for each other. We all swim individual races, but our team spirit makes swimming feel like a team sport above anything else. This year, we want to preserve this attitude among the team. We would like to swim fast, have fun, and enjoy our time together.”
Jess Levey, a junior on the swim team, indicated, “The swim team is looking very strong this year. We have many good new swimmers and a strong senior class. With over 30 swimmers, the team is very big. This weekend we race against Deerfield, who is arguably the best team in New England. Saturday will be a tough race but hopefully our hard work will pay off. The diving team is looking very strong too. Matt Rohrer and Josh Ellis along with two underclassmen look like they are going to have a great season as well. This year’s swimming and diving time is off to a great start and hopefully, with the help of some new talent, we will have another successful season.”
The Milton Mustangs are starting the season strong and hope to keep up the intensity throughout the season.
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