Lookback at Winter Sports
by Jenny Costa on Friday, February 26th, 2016
With the long winter sports season nearing its end, many of Milton’s teams are battling to earn spots in the playoffs, while others have already secured their positions. Once again, these hard-working athletes have represented the entire Milton community and made us proud. Here is a recap of the season and current standings for each of the winter teams.
The girls’ varsity ski team is having a very successful season. Two weeks ago, the team traveled to Crotched Mountain, New Hampshire to compete for the NEPSAC Class B title. Their hard work paid off, as they brought home the second place trophy. Lydia Hill (II) won 1st in Giant Slalom and 2nd in slalom; Kat Stephan (IV) won 3rd in slalom and 5th in GS. The girls are hopeful for a succesful end to the season for Milton.
Though not as successful as the girls were on the slopes, the boys still had a season filled with laughter and great competition. Rush Hogan (I) says, “The environment of the team is pretty relaxed, so it’s easy to be competitive but still enjoy yourself. It’s less about winning and more about pushing each other to be better.” They look forward to reviving the fun atmosphere next year.
Despite a memorable season with talented players, Milton Boys’ Basketball fell short in their playoff bid. The boys are 10-11 overall and 8-3 in the ISL. Dom Cozier (I) says “This year has been special because we’ve been closer than ever. Through the wins and losses, we always get each other’s backs and our senior leadership and captains have been perfect.” Cozier admires captains Nick Tupanjanin (I) and Jonny Blaize (I) for getting the team to perform their best on the court. New member Cormac Ryan (III) claims that the atmosphere of the team was very encouraging and the captains “Have been real leaders and a real inspiration for [him].” These seniors will be missed, but the Mustangs look forward to an even better season next year.
Girls’ Squash continues to dominate the competition with their amazing talent, earning sixth place in Division 1 Nationals. Raneem el Torky (II) led the team at the top of the ladder. Not only did Raneem win all of her matches at Nationals, she defeated the former U.S. Junior Open champion, a current Nobles student. On Monday, February 22nd, the girls fell to Nobles in the contest to determine who ISL championship. The girls hold a record of 14-1-1 in the ISL. The team also looks forward to competing in New Englands. Haley Hunt (II) says, “This team has been one of the best, camaraderie-wise, that I have been on.”
Out on the squash courts, the boys knew they had a tough season ahead of them. Unfortunately, with some injuries, they struggled. The players went to Nationals in Division 3 and lost in the plate finals. With only New Englands left, the boys have no chance at a winning record, which will be the first time in 40 years. On Monday night, however, the boys upset Nobles to win their last match of the regular season. Will Pincince (II) says, “We all are great friends and the bus rides with the team are some of the best memories I’ve had at Milton.” The boys hope to perform well at New Englands.
MA Flygirls will finish their season around .500 in the ISL. With a team comprised of all seniors and juniors (and stand-out eighth grader Talia Davis), the girls had special court chemistry based on years of playing together. Even though the girls will not be competing in playoffs, they can be proud of their hard work and some big wins against challenging opponents. Ellie Lachenauer’s (II) favorite memory of the season was the win against Thayer during the Nickerson Tournament. Down by ten points with a minute and thirty seconds left, the Flygirls came back and won by three points. With one remaining game, the girls hope to finish strong.
MA girls’ hockey continues to surprise their opponents with their hard work and tenacity. Their current record, 13-7-1 overall and 8-5 ISL, is impressive given two wins overall just three seasons ago. Among their many upsets this year, the girls defeated former New England Division One champions, St. Paul’s. Recently the team traveled to Andover and handed PA their second loss of their season, with net-minder Hannah Congdon (II) earning another shut out. With the addition of six freshmen, this year’s team is especially young. Congdon says, “We never go on the ice expecting a loss. We go on wanting a win no matter what. We have a strong work ethic and work harder than other teams, which are the keys to winning.” The girls have two games left in their regular season and it is crucial that they win both games to earn a spot in the top eight to advance to the New England playoffs. Captain Kellie Quinn (I) is hopeful, saying, “We are a real powerhouse and no team in New England wants it more than [we do].”
Milton Boys’ Hockey, always competitive, boasts an impressive 17-4-2 overall and 7-3 ISL records. They are currently 7th in New England according to the JSPR rankings and 5th in the RPI computer ranking and Prep poll. Their record has earned them a spot in the New England elite eight. The boys have two games left in their regular season. Buddy Mrowka (II) says, “The team chemistry is awesome. Everyone gets along great and it’s always fun to come to the rink.”
Thomas Hannah (II) sums up the Aquastangs’ season as “incredible…with a lot of new kids who are making a positive difference to the team.” The following swimmers competed in the Eastern meet in Philadelphia: JJ Batt (II), Thomas Hannah (II), Harrison Jia (II), Ivan Kouzmine (II), JJ LaRochelle (I), Dillon Pang (IV), and Zhenfeng Qiu (II). With an amazing season under their belt, the swimmers have created a team chemistry that is especially strong and led by captain JJ LaRochelle. The boys hope to continue to be successful at the New England meet.
Milton can be especially proud of our Girls’ Swimming and Diving ISL champions. It was a tough meet but they fought to beat St. George’s and Thayer to take home first. Impressively, the girls won the majority of their meets and will be competing in New Englands at the end of March. Last weekend, the following swimmers competed in the Eastern meet in Philadelphia: Elise Atkinson (I), Emma Comrie (II), Casey DeLano (II), Kali Tyler (I), Lily Wright (IV), and Jessica Xu (I). After spending a lot of time together at meets, Kelly Han (IV) says, “The team has grown close and bonds together to create a special chemistry.”
Milton Wrestling concludes their season finishing 8-4 in the ISL and 10-4 overall. Last weekend, the team competed in the Graves Tournament with great results. Thomas Speciel (IV), Dylan Paul (II), and Charlie Hibben (III) placed 6th. Nat Deacon (I) and Anthony Gallagher (III) placed 5th. George Wilde (II) and Theophile Miailhe (II) placed 4th. Shay Quintin (I) placed 3rd. The boys who placed in the Tournament went on to New Englands and gave their best efforts, but all eventually lost in a double elimination system. Throughout the season, everyone came ready to work and supported one another. Quintin says, “The team dynamic is awesome. Even though it’s sort of an individual sport, everyone always cheers loud and roots for one another, because we want the team to win and we want to see our teammates’ hard work pay off. Everyone’s extremely supportive and we have a great vibe of competitiveness and positivity.”
All of our winter warriors worked hard this season. Results like these certainly bode well for next year.
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