Winter Captain Interviews
by Andrew Godwin on Friday, December 5th, 2014
With winter quickly approaching, sports teams and captains are gearing up in preparation for their seasons to begin. To get a glimpse of what goes into preparing for these teams, I asked team captains about their thoughts and expectations for the upcoming season.
Carson Spahr (I) – Boys’ Squash
“It’s really an unpredictable season. We lost our 2 and 3 [seeds from] last season, so almost everyone is moving up two spots, but with a new freshman recruit who could play as high as 2 this year, it really comes down to how badly everyone on the team wants to win.”
Sean Brennan (I) – Boys’ Ice Hockey
“We’re all excited for the new season. It’s a fresh start for all the guys, and we have a lot of skill coming in, so it should be an exciting season. This year should be much better than last season. We have a lot of great guys that will contribute right away, whether in the locker room or out on the ice.”
Erika Lamere (I) – Girls’ Basketball
“We have a new coach this year, which is very exciting. Her name is Bri Fecteau, and she used to coach at Harvard University and played professional basketball in Europe during her career. We have a very strong returning squad, so I think we’ll continue to be a strong team in the ISL. We’ve been third in the ISL and made it to the second round of the playoffs the past two years, so we really want to continue that success this season and beat Rivers and Nobles.”
Katherine Flaherty (I) – Girls’ Ice Hockey
“First off, we are so excited for the season to begin. The team was practically counting down the days until we got to step on the ice. This season will be interesting to see how the team responds to the loss of high impact players Kaitlin Gately and Delany Harrop. While some see this loss as a big blow to the program, I remain extremely optimistic. I think that, in their absence, we are going to be able to see other players step up to fill those roles. We are also very excited about the incoming players this year and are confident that they will make significant contributions to the team.”
Jesse Conway (I) – Girls’ Squash
“We should be stronger than last year. We only lost two seniors, but we have a couple new players, in particular Raneem, a new sophomore, who will help us a lot. In general, we have a pretty deep ladder. I think we have a good chance at doing well in the ISL as well as at Nationals.”
Jonny Blaize (II) – Boys’ Basketball
“For starters, we don’t have much size after losing a few seniors, but we’re a very athletic and resilient team, so we will be able to make it work. Everyone has been working hard, and it showed in our captains’ practices, as our scrimmages were highly competitive and very intense. We look like a more focused, goal-driven team this year, and I’m excited to watch us continue to improve and grow as the season goes on.”
Colby Parsons (I) – Swimming and Diving*
“I think we should have a good season. We have some really talented swimmers and divers coming back this year, and a few new members that should really help us out. It’s hard to say how we compare to last year, because the season hasn’t started yet, but I think all-around the team is better. We lost some good seniors last year, so that might shake things up. We’ll see.”
Clay Desir (I) – Wrestling
“We’re looking to win everything. We don’t want to settle for silver.”
It’s clear that all the captains are excited about the upcoming season and are ready to resume their quest for a championship after a long offseason. All the teams have phenomenal talent across the board and are poised to be serious contenders in the winter season. Go ‘Stangs!
*Note that Colby Parsons (I) is not a captain. The Swimming and Diving captains are Sophie Kaufman (I) and Steven Char (I).
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