Looking Ahead to Fall Athletics
by Andrew Godwin on Friday, June 6th, 2014
As we approach summer and wrap up the 2013-2014 school year, it’s time to fast forward to Milton fall sports. All the Milton teams look to contend for ISL titles, and it is clear that they all have the potential to do so.
First, let’s talk some football. After a 8-1 season with an ISL title and Tom Flaherty Bowl under its belt, the Mustang football team looks to dominate the upcoming season. Unfortunately, this year, the team graduates many of its key players from this past season. Defensive End Peter Graves (I), Running Back Drew Jacobs (I), Quarterback Anthony Scurto (I), along with several other seniors graduating this year could leave a potential hole for the team next year. However, with a New England Championship last season, the recruiting pool seems to be greater than that of years past. Coach MacDonald, always a strong recruiter, has been speaking to potential Milton football players in hopes of filling some key positions on the field. Additionally, rising seniors such as co-captains Bobby Gilmore (II) and Jeff Brown (II) along with nationally recognized kicker Justin Yoon (II) have been training hard in the offseason. With these three key players, and a strong offensive and defensive line, the football team anticipates its contention for another New England title.
Next, let’s move onto soccer. After a winning season for both the Boys’ and Girls’ soccer teams last fall, both teams look to contend for an ISL title. Though both teams also lost several key seniors, rising seniors and juniors will define the success of each team next fall. After winning thirteen games last season,Boys’ Soccer hopes to take the next step and rise to the top of the ISL. A rising senior, Jesse Martinez (II) said, “With the group of guys we have for next year, the sky’s the limit. We can win as many games as we want; the difference is gonna be whether or not we work for it.” Jesse, along with Mark Leon (II) and captain Chris Lewis (II) will all be key players for the team in the fall. As for the girls’ team, a nine-win season this year shows promise for next fall. Next year, Captains Niki Young (II) and Michaela Brickley (II) as well as many members of the team aim to compete for the championship while also having another great season.
After a disappointing loss to Nobles to end their 2013 season, the Field Hockey team has a lot to prove next fall. The team had a strong showing last season, recording eight wins in total. Despite losing seniors Cameron Park (I), Maura Noone (I), Jess Levey (I), Kat Feary (I), and many others, this team is loaded with plenty of young talent and veteran leadership, all of whom wish to improve upon last year’s season. Led next year by co-captains Erika Lamere (II) and Juliet McCann (II), the team will make a strong bid for the ISL title.
We can’t forget about Cross Country. Under Coach Scott Bosworth, both Cross Country teams are sure to be atop the ISL. After finishing 5th at ISL’s this year, next year’s captains Connor James (II) and Rick Dionne (II) along with Trevor Atkeson (III) and David Mercier (II) will lead the Boys’ team through a successful season. As Connor James recently stated, “I think next season we are going to have a chance to do something really special and be in contention for an ISL championship. We have a lot of developing talent on the team and I think we are capable of having our best season yet.” On the girls’ side, co-captains Laura Barkowski (II) and Emy Bosworth (II) will help the team have another fantastic season and hopefully bring home an ISL Championship. Emy said, “We’re losing our number one runner from last season, Victoria White (I), but we have a lot of returning veterans to make up a strong varsity team. This year we want to win the league and I really think we can do it. The team is already planning to train hard this summer so we can go into the season in shape and ready to be a really competitive team at the top of the league. The team is really close and has a ton of great traditions so it should shape up to be a really fun, successful season!”
And finally, we have volleyball. Following a great 2013 season with eleven total wins, the volleyball team hopes to be a serious threat in the ISL this year. With a strong group of girls, the volleyball team should have another strong season. The skill level and depth posed by key players Jamie Murray (II) and Marina Fleites (II) should advance the team’s position even further in the ISL next fall.
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