Winter Sports Preview 2017-18

 

Photo by Helena Yang/The Choate News

Wesley Fang ’19 chases down a shot from his opponent.

Boys’ Basketball

After a disappointing season last year, this is a team looking for a bounce back season, and all signs are pointing to this happening. The large, athletic team has started the season very well and already has quality division wins over Taft and Andover. Co-captain Brad Landry ’18 said of what the team needs to do to reach its potential, “We have to come mentally prepared every single day to push the envelope and force ourselves to get better.” It is still early in the season, but this team is hoping to end the year with a championship.

Girls’ Basketball

This team lost six seniors from their team last year which lost in the Championship of the New England Playoffs last year. Despite this, the team is ready to get back to redeem themselves. They already have had a few solid wins and are hoping to build as their schedule gets tougher. Jocelyn Polansky ’19 said of the keys for success, “Knowing our teammates’ strengths and weaknesses is pivotal come game time.” If the team can mesh despite their lack of experience together, there’s little that this team can’t achieve.

Boys’ Hockey

Boys’ Hockey is looking to make a leap and  finish well in the Founder’s League and earn a spot in the playoffs come March. These goals are well within reach given the leadership and experience brought to the table by upperclassmen Co-captains Jack Hoey ’18, Faisal Alsaif ’18, and Cal Stewart ’18. Chris Guyette ’19 expressed the team’s confidence in their ability and their trust in one another: “We have great leadership and experience, so I think it is the year to accomplish our goals.” Remsen Arena will be the place to be this winter when the Boys of Winter hit the ice.

Girls’ Hockey

This team was oozing with potential last year and look to recognize this potential this winter. Co-captain Nicole McGuigan ’18 said of the team, “We all share a common goal of succeeding this season, dedicating ourselves to the team, and bringing our best selves to the practice and games.” It will be interesting to see how the program has done developing those younger players who will have to play a major role this winter.

Boys’ Squash

The beginning of this season has been encouraging for Boys’ Squash. While they already have some tough losses, the matches were closely contested and showed strong potential. Co-captain Wesley Fang ’19 said of the team’s goals, “We need to work on being good sports during matches and doing a good job representing the school.” The team will likely rely on its older players like co-captain Robin Armour ’18 and PG Ryan Kelly ’18 to compete in the top spots and get the team vital wins.

Girls’ Squash

Just one year removed from a Division II National Championship, Girls’ Squash is back. Co-captain Keeley Osborn ’18 is looking to have another good season, and this year’s team is flush with talent. In order to reach their goals, Co-captain Madison Sakheim ’18 said the team is “training hard every day and focusing on winning each individual match to have a great match record.” This team will be fun to watch as they try to suceed in the upper echelon of high school squash.

Archery

Being one of the lesser known teams on campus never stops the archery team from perfecting their craft. The team has good sophomore archers, as John Geller ’20, Will Greve ’20, and Kiki Kim ’20 all qualified for the team’s first match last weekend. The team’s leadership, made up of Co-captains Mola Adeyemi ’18 and Riley Choi ’18, will hope to lead the team to a successful season.

Wrestling

Led by Co-captains Sam Grabowski-Clark ’18 and Matt Cuomo ’19, alongside Joe Bradley ’19, this team has high aspirations. In addition to beating teams like Trinity Pawling and Brunswick, the team is hoping to win a Class A Championship. Grabowski-Clark said, “Our skill and ambition can push us all to do great things as individuals and as a team.” As the season progresses, watch for this team to become a top contender.

Diving

All signs from the early weeks of practice are encouraging for the diving team. Top diver Kobe Tray ’19, wants to keep resetting his own school record, and hopes to once again be a top diver in New England. Tray said of making sure the team improves as a whole, “We need to work on staying motivated at practice and being able to communicate with each other.”

Boys’ Swimming

“Our team really has to commit to training over the break and has to maintain a positive attitude,” commented Co-captain Ben Zhao ’18 on how Boys’ Swimming will be successful this year. The team lost three seniors, all of whom were All-Americans last year. Despite these losses, the team has high goals: improve on its fourth place finish at New England’s and win the Founder’s League c. The team has made use of its offseason, and despite losing top swimmers, will be strongly back in contention.

Girls’ Swimming

A deep program with a lot of talent, Girls’ Swimming is looking to have another successful season. This depth will have to develop throughout the season. Co-captain Josie Mah ’18 explained how the team needed to improve: “We’ll have to fully dedicate ourselves to training and have a positive attitude at meets and in practice, as well as be supportive of our teammates all the time.” Girls’ Swimming is looking forward to reclaiming the Founder’s League title and winning a podium spot at New England’s this winter.

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