Winter Sports Season Recap

Hello Everyone,

As the weather has turned and we head into the Spring Sports season, I would like to send along this quick recap of our amazing successes this past Winter Sports season. On the heels of a tremendously successful Fall, the Cats this Winter brought home 2 State Championships (4 total so far) and had many incredible individual accomplishments by our student-athletes and coaches which has ensured that Weston remains in the conversation of athletic excellence. Additionally, the MetroWest Daily News recently published their seasonal article that ranks the top athletic programs in the MetroWest and State. In their Spring & Fall rankings Weston finished 2nd & 3rd overall in the State. This Winter season Weston would continue to hover at the top finishing 2nd (in the MetroWest) 1 point behind first place. Rankings are determined by assigned points for how a team finishes during the season then all points are calculated. Once again, this is a remarkable accomplishment for our student-athletes and coaches and something Weston, I am sure, is very proud of. Additionally, I would like to thank all WHS teachers who worked with our department and student-athletes on early dismissals, etc. Your support of our student-athletes does not go unnoticed.

Recap of Winter Sports 2022/23:

~ Girls Indoor Track coming off the programs first Indoor Championship last year brought home another State Championship for the program. After breezing through the Dual County League regular season the team grabbed invitational & divisional wins before setting their sights on the ultimate prize – a State Championship. Running without sophomore superstar Alessandra Gavris out with a late season injury, the Wildcats looked to the many other “stars” on the team. Leading the way were Sloan Hinton (State Champ in the 600M & 4×200 & 4×800 Relay), Olivia Jackson (State Champ in 2 mile), and State Champions in the 4×200 Relay (Lily Kacyvenski, Solana Varela, Avery Lehman & Hinton), 4×400 Relay (Annie Dong, Varela, Lehman & Kaitlyn Ewald) & 4×800 Relay (Analeise Schact, Chloe Schiller, Sophia Moukaddem & Hinton). In the State Meet Weston found themselves down by a few points to Norton HS with just the 3 relays remaining. A sweep of all three were enough to propel Weston to the top spot for a second consecutive season. Note: Many of these same student-athletes went onto The Meet of Champions, New England’s and Nationals.

The team also brought home the DCL Foley Division Championship as well as the 3A Divisional Championship. Kaitlyn Ewald was selected Player of the Year for the DCL Foley Division. Coach Jason Montrose was selected MSTCA Coach of the Year and Kathy Vinciullo was awarded the MSTCA Assistant Coach of the Year. (Note: Coach John Monz was named MSTCA Cross Country (fall sport) Coach of the Year recently as well)

~ Three days after the track championship, Weston crowned another champ – Boys Swim/Dive, their 26th in program history and second consecutive under 3rd year coach Jim McLaughlin. Where do I begin…? The Tide won the first two races of the meet and never looked back taking the 200 Medley Relay with Nico Frangioni, Nate Whitworth, Evan Hoaglund & Austin Chiocca. Then Max Nelson took home the 200 Free, Hoaglund took the 50 Free, Nelson with the 100 Fly, Hoaglund with the 100 Free, the quartet of Hoaglund, Nelson, Nick Cross & Frangioni took the 200 Free Relay, the 400 Free Relay also went to the Tide with Nelson, Alex Jylkka, Chiocca & Cross. That along with a number of other swimmers who scored points propelled Weston to a score of 326 points, 113 points over second place Wayland. Last week Nelson, Hoaglund and the Relay Medley of Cross, Frangioni, Nelson & Hoaglund were selected as Boston Herald All-Scholastics. (I’m sure the Boston Globe will have a handful of Weston All-Scholastics as well once they are announced)

~Girls Swim/Dive finished 5th at States with notable accomplishments by Caitlin Lacey, Margaret Liu, Maddie Schiller and Sadie Nelson bringing home a 3rd place finish in the 200 Free Relay. Diver Bella Pettinato finished 6th at States and took home 3rd at Sectionals along with diving teammates Ella Sweeney 4th and Savanna Ferucci 8th.

~ Boys Indoor Track an 8th place finish at the State Meet with notable finishes by the 4×800 Relay team of Alex Ko, Carsen Valenta, James Osborn and Ben Tavares making the podium in 3rd place and Valenta 4th finishing in the mile.

~ Boys Basketball found themselves back in the MIAA State Tournament, but it wasn’t easy, however very rewarding! After 15 games in the regular season the Cats found themselves 5-10 and needing to win their final 5 games of the season to qualify for the tournament. With 9 seniors (Gutting, McLoughlin, Williams, Gold, Crawford-Cranmore, Onwuama, Iyer-Singh, Wagner & Shulkin) was no way this team was not going to taste the tournament. Playing outstanding fundamentally sound basketball Weston scratched and clawed to 5 consecutive victories and landed as the #39 seed in the State Tournament earning a trip to Medway for a first round game. Down 11-0 and 40-23 at the half in front of an almost sold-out Medway High School, Weston dug deep and played hard nose basketball in the second half and climbed back to within 3 points with a little over a minute to play in regulation. Unfortunately, a total comeback was not in the cards, but the Cats left the court with their heads held high. Dana Williams and Hunter Gutting were selected DCL Foley All-Stars.

~ Boys Hockey who is part of a co-op with Dover Sherborn took their solid play throughout the regular season and headed into tournament play as the #18 seed and a first round trip to Dorchester to play Boston Latin Academy. After Boston Bruins National Anthem singer Todd Angilly got things started, the DS/Weston Boys Hockey team played back and forth hockey and found themselves tied at 1 after 3 periods. It didn’t take long before Sawyer Garzone (DS) found the back of the net less than a minute into the overtime period and a date with #2 seed Sandwich in the Sweet 16 of the D4 State Tournament. Sandwich the defending D4 State Champion did not expect the fight they would receive from the DS/Weston Raiders. Heading into the 3rd period Sandwich was only up 1-0 due in large part to the scrappy play of the Raiders and some incredible goaltending by Weston junior Andrew Goldstein (TVL Goalie of the Year) who finished the game with 45 saves, many in acrobatic style. Final score Sandwich 3, DS/Weston 0.

~ Alpine Ski saw both our boys’ and girls’ teams in league championship races with both falling just short of league titles. States saw many Weston skiers place very high in overall competition. Peter Stojanovic (5th), Olivia Weeple (22nd), Britte van Zadelhoff (49th) Jackie Burns (51st), Jackie Stjernfedlt (63rd) and Henrik Stjernfeldt (69th). (Note: there are over 150 skiers that compete in both the boys and girls division at States)

~ Nordic Ski saw the Weston/Waltham co-op finish 4th on the boys side in league play and 6th on the girls side. Weston/Waltham boys finished 7th at the MIAA State Race. Over 40 Nordic skiers represent our two schools. Weston skiers Kaitlyn Mayer, Mackenzie Morong, Milo Fernandez, Holden Langenhagen and Seva Plotnichenko all scored points at the State Race.

~ Girls Basketball won 2 of their last 3 regular season games to finish the season on a very positive note. Unfortunately, injuries played a major role in the successes of the team, however, an influx of upcoming 8th graders next year will help to solidify the program. Emma Flory was selected a DCL Foley All-Star.

~ Girls Hockey had a fast start to the season, but another team that saw injuries play a major role in the ultimate success of the team. Molly Ross, Coco Curran and DCL/MVC All-Conference goaltender Devin Dacey were keys and led the way for the WarCats.

~ Weston Wrestling under Weston alum Travis Anza has seen some very promising numbers and along the way some success. The team has once again entered into matches with close to a full slate of wrestlers for each weight class and the future is bright.

Once again, thank you all for your support!

Go Cats!

Michael McGrath

Director of Athletics

Weston Public Schools

781-786-5845

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