Winter sports competitions are just getting underway and official post-season honors for fall sports will be posted tomorrow—an ideal time to take one last look back at fall sports and some of the season’s highlights.
In cross country, both the boys’ and the girls’ teams posted strong seasons. The girls’ squad claimed the Mountain Division of the Skyland Conference for the second year in a row. With freshmen and sophomores making up six of the nine runners on the girls’ roster, this is a young team with a promising future. Next fall, the team will miss the contributions of its seniors Sammy Bittman and Olivia Wilson, and the squad will look to talented junior Nicole Johnson to lead the charge. Joining her will be a core of underclassmen who have continued to develop as runners this season.
The boys finished the season second in the Mountain Division. Head coach Eve Campeau was pleased with the season and noted that the team has great depth and potential for development. "Runners that started out posting times of 23 or 24 minutes moved into the 18-19 category. Over the course of the season, the team really began running as a core group." Highlights from the season included senior Matt Petit and junior Bobby D'Angelo qualifying for the Meet of Champions; Petit placed second and D'Angelo fourth at the group championships to advance to the MOC. Looking ahead to next fall, the team will miss the contributions of Petit and fellow senior Landon Braemer. A strong trio of juniors will be expected to lead the charge, however: D'Angelo, Jackson Ensley and Joe Johnson. In addition, the freshmen and sophomores who Campeau says "grew by leaps and bounds this season" will round out the squad.
The girls' squad finished out with a solid 13-7-2 record. The team's group of seniors made a big impact this season. On goal, Nyla Mulcahy recorded 12 shutout wins—more remarkable for the fact that it was her first season as keeper. Adding strong defensive play throughout the season were Emma Dean and Jen Lowe, while Lauren Renna consistently anchored the team at midfield. On outside midfield, Sabrina Marques and Erica Phiansunthon were solid contributors. Next fall, the juniors Ava Diggins and Mia Kirby will be expected to lead the charge and the team will look for increasingly significant contributions from juniors Alex Delehanty, Amanda Lazar and Catherine Quan-Shau. In addition, this year’s lineup of talented sophomores bodes well for the future of the program. The team will look to Hayley Goldin on offense, to significant contributions from Eve Ryan and Catelyn Woelfle and to increasing contributions from Courtney Hanks and Kajal Mehta. In addition, the team’s eleven freshmen will continue to add depth and versatility to the program.
Girls' tennis (14-3) finished in a three-way tie for the Prep B championship and in a two-way tie for the Skyland Conference championship.
Senior Sharon Jin had an impressive season at first singles, ending with a 10-2 record. At second singles, Lara Drzik (8-4) did a great job making the adjustment from first doubles last fall—as did Hannah Cohen (7-4) who moved up to third singles from second doubles last season. In doubles play, the first team of Martine DiDomenico and Andrea Aloise posted a fantastic season, dropping only one match and claiming the Prep B title for first doubles. At second doubles, seniors Katherine Duggan and Genny Fisher had a solid season as well. Lila Birnberg, Carleigh Matthews and Charlotte Walsh worked hard with the team all fall, got in some good playing time and rounded out the squad. Coach Chris Walsh noted that there was also an excellent JV lineup this fall and some of those players will certainly contribute at the varsity level next year.
Congratulations to all of our athletes; Go Knights!