Milton’s Winter Sports Teams Approach End of Season
by Maya Thakore on Friday, February 10th, 2017
Milton has seen both success and disappointments in its winter sports programs this winter. And, now, as the season draws to a close, many teams who have battled hard for months are hoping for the opportunity to enter into postseason play.
Both Boys’ and Girls’ Squash Teams have done well this year and are generally pleased with their efforts this season. After a rocky start to the season, Boys’ Squash is currently on a winning streak after beating its last two opponents. Their record now stands 5-5, and they are seeded around 4 or 5 in the ISL. Girls’ squash, meanwhile, has a winning record of 5-4, leaving the girls ranked second in the ISL. Charis Palandjian (II), a member of the Girls’ Varsity Squash Team, says she is “proud of the season so far and hopeful for continued success at Nationals and New England’s.”
Contributing to the Girls’ Squash team’s success are some particularly skilled players. Co-captain Raneem El Torky (I) currently holds the top position on the ladder and has been dominating her matches, having won every single one. Caroline Spahr (III), the team’s second seed, also continues to win and shows a lot of promise as a young player who is sure to further her talent throughout her time at Milton. Caroline’s teammates add that she shows signs of being a strong leader in her upperclassmen years.
The other squash co-captain, Sarah Willwerth (I), has not let an arm injury stop her from practicing, being an active member of the team, or being a strong leader. Both Boys’ and Girls’ Squash will attend Nationals in Hartford, Connecticut at Deerfield Academy next weekend and New England’s on the weekend of February 24th. They will find out more about their seeding and division in coming days.
Meanwhile, both basketball teams will be reliant on the last few games of the regular season to determine their playoff eligibility. Boys’ Basketball has had a steady season this year and are 9-7. And after losing many seniors last year, Girls’ Basketball has a large proportion of underclassmen and first-year students on the team. Despite the lack of experience, the girls have come together as a team to find some success with four wins and seven losses overall.
Wrestling has had success at their tournaments and has seen strong performances from some of the senior leaders. George Wilde (I) and Nate Goddu (I) of the wrestling team both placed for Milton at Northern New England’s tournament.
Boys’ Hockey has a winning record of 9-6-1, but the team’s postseason qualification is not certain. Captain Buddy Mrowka (I) believes that the team’s success so far stems from its strong camaraderie. “I think the closeness of the team gives us a chance to make some noise at the end of the year,” he remarks. Girls’ Hockey, however, has struggled more this season. The girls battled Williston for third place at the Harrington Invitational Tournament in January, and their home record is even, but the team’s overall record is 6-9-3.
This year, both Boys’ and Girls’ Swimming and Dive are graduating a few of their record holders. Graduating this year with the record in the 200 medley relay are Julian Batt, Harrison Jia, and Thomas Hannah. Additionally, Casey Delano (I) of Girls’ Swimming holds records in 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 breaststroke, and 400 freestyle relay.
Skiing also has had a strong season, coming in second in their first race and third in their second. Additionally, the team is ranked amongst the top of the ISL and is headed to New England’s soon. Captain Emily Bell (I) attributes much of this success to the drive of the underclassmen. She notes that, “the sophomores and freshmen are very experienced and talented skiers which moves the team forward in a strong direction.”
Thanks to the talent, teamwork, and motivation of many teams, Milton’s large success this winter will hopefully continue into the postseason and perhaps result in some ISL titles and New England placements.
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