Friday, April 28, 2017

Bishops Sports Blog



“Rain, Rain Go Away!!”

As the month of May approaches, one thing we can all agree on as an athletic department is the fact that Mother Nature can certainly be unfair sometimes. We are almost at the halfway point of the spring season, and more than half our teams have yet to play a 1/4th of their schedule. April was bad to us and we have fought through cancellations and a plethora of postponements. However, early season success for a majority of our teams has spirits running high here at Archbishop Williams. 5 out of 6 of our Varsity teams in the spring currently have records of .500 or better, and if May is good to us “weather-wise”, we can expect a lot of these teams to still be playing come tournament time. Now let’s take a look at the breakdown of every team currently playing in the spring:

Tennis

The girl’s tennis program has found an amazing amount of success early on in their season. Behind the knowledge and experience of Coach Bois, the girls have already reached nearly 40% of their win total from last season… in four games this season! The Lady Bishops are 3-1 to start the season, with wins over St. Mary’s, O’Bryant, and Arlington Catholic. Their only loss came at the hands of CCL competitor, Austin Prep. What is even more incredible is the fact that practices have been limited due to the weather that we endured in the month of April. The team has used gym time and the new Dignan Center on rainy days, but still find themselves at 3-1. Daisy Zhang, who is slated as Coach Bois’s 3rd singles player, remains undefeated in her four matches so far this season. 8th graders, Brooke and Taylor Alessi, have also impressed in their roles as 1&2 singles players. Every match they have gone up against opposing team’s best players, who are often upperclassmen. Very impressive! The girl’s will hope for a month of rain-free weather in May, as they are lined up to play St. Mary’s, Pope John, Spellman, and Fenwick in their next four matches.

Boys Lacrosse

“The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose.” This quote couldn’t be any truer for our Boys Lacrosse program. The Bishops have had a tough start to the season, starting the year 0-6. To make matters worse, the boys only managed to score 39 goals in those first 6 games, while giving up 106. However, this quote defines our team because instead of calling it quits on the season, the boys rallied behind Coach Curley and Coach Hesse (who was not in attendance) to beat CCL competitor, Bishop Fenwick this past week 11-8. Fenwick, who had previously beaten the Bishops, 15-7 earlier in the season, struggled to find answers for the attack of Jake Barry, Cam Dean, and John Vaughan. In net, Cam Gregg made key saves when the time called.

Coach Curley had this to say about the win: “The boys played with a different type of intensity today. You could tell that they had enough of losing. They wanted this one badly and despite it being tied at half, we felt confident that this was our game. I’m excited to see what we can do in the second half of the season, but one thing I do know… If we continue to play with this demeanor, we will see a lot more of the ‘W’s’ fill in.”

Girls Lacrosse

Sitting at 6-4 in their first ten games of the season, the girl’s lacrosse team has to be happy with the start of their year. The Lady Bishops, or the “Road Warriors”, have seemed to find more success traveling to other team’s venues. They have posted a 3-1 record on the road, while sitting at 3-3 at home. All four losses have come at the hands of CCL competitors (two v. Fenwick, once v. St. Mary’s, and once against Austin Prep), but the girl’s have dominated opponents in their wins. In their wins, they are averaging a win-margin of 11.8 goals. Seniors Mollie Manning (#1 in the state of MA) and Sharon Doherty (#3 in the state of MA), have combined for a total 107 points in ten games. If the Lady Bishops want to keep winning, they must continue to get added support from their underclassmen including Mel McClay (31 points), Haley Mullen (21 points), Kim Dunn (12 points), and Allie Delmonte (11 points), along with strong defensive play/goaltending.

Senior captain Mollie Manning had this to say about the team: “We have been battle-tested early having to play Fenwick twice, St. Mary’s & Austin Prep both once to start the season. We are a younger team, so getting that tough competition early on is only going to help us in the last half of the season. We still have a lot to improve on, but we are confident in what we have going.”

Track & Field

Spring has fared well for our Track & Field program! With five meets under their belt, the girls’ have yet to be beaten with a record of 5-0 and the boys’ find themselves right behind at 4-1. The work that both sides have done throughout the season is definitely showing. With 15 athletes displaying perfect attendance over April vacation and a large majority of the team showing up for a good portion of break, the dedication and drive is there. The latest meet came against a very strong St. Mary’s program. The girls’ cruised, dominating their opponent in all 15 events… winning 106-23. The boys’ managed to win 10 of their events, and persevered to a 72-62 victory despite two photo-finish loses in both relays. The Bishops have another CCL showdown against Austin Prep on Tuesday.
Coach Van Dorpe had this to say about the latest win: “I don’t know if it was the 60 degree weather at 7 pm or the fact that the meet was held under the lights, but there was a different vibe tonight. The kids in all events showed great enthusiasm and support of their fellow teammates. They have been working extremely hard and it showed against a St. Mary’s team that has given us some fits in past years.”

Baseball

The Bishops baseball team have had a tough go at it weather wise to start the season, but remain a perfect 5-0 to start the season… including wins over powerhouse Austin Prep to start the season, two wins against Carver, a win over a strong Hingham team, and CCL opponent Arlington Catholic. Senior, Brett Sullivan, and freshman, Myles McDermott have been nearly unhittable in four starts (4-0) and will look to keep it going this weekend. Sullivan is projected to get the start in Spellman today, while McDermott is projected to get the start tomorrow on the road against Scituate.
While pitching has been a strong point to start the season, the Bishops have not struggled hitting either. In the five wins so far this season, they are averaging a total of 7.2 runs a game. The infield is experienced and very stout defensively, led by shortstop Timmy Chase… and with senior Casey Earle behind the plate, this hot start should continue.
Jack Rega (Senior LF) had this to say about the team’s hot start: “I am very excited about this team’s performance to start the season. We are getting timely hits from everyone and the defense has been superb. We are a resilient team and if we get down or if the game remains close, we are confident in late innings both offensively and defensively.” This showed against Carver as they scored 6 runs in the 6th inning to pull away 10-4 last game… behind Rega’s 3/3 performance at bat.

Softball

Speaking of resilient, the girl’s softball team had a big bounce back win over St. Mary’s yesterday (3-0) after losing 14-1 v. Abington earlier in the week. The victory against St. Mary’s brought the team’s overall record to an impress 4-3 record. The bats have struggled a bit to start the season (19 runs in 7 games), but the team has only given up 22 runs on the season, with 14 of them coming in one game. If you take out the Abington loss, the Lady Bishops and U of Maine commit, Kyleigh O’Donnell, have only given up 8 runs in 6 games… and average of 1.33 a game.
Coach Bill O’Brien and company know when the bats do get hot; this team can be a force in the South. “We haven’t hit the ball all that well to start, but in our wins, we are getting timely hitting and smart base-running. The hitting will turn around and once it does, we will be in very good shape overall as a team.”
The Lady Bishops face three CCL opponents in a row in their next three games (Spellman, Fenwick, and Matignon) and will look to continue on a winning streak.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bishops Sports Blog ~ Start of the Spring 2017

“The Girls Do It Again!”

(Pictured Left to Right: Senior captain Meg Donovan, Coach Mahoney, Senior captain Mollie Manning)
Congrats to our girls’ basketball team… the Division 3 state champions! This is number 6 in program history and number 3 in the past five seasons. The Lady Bishops defeated Hoosac Valley at Springfield College, 62-37 to finish the year with a 22-4 record. While junior point guard, Asiah Dingle, set the tone with her 15 points along with great contributions from the two seniors and company, it were freshman Jess Knight (11 points) and Meg Marcel (7 points) who helped seal the victory for the girls. Despite losing Donovan and Manning next season, the team returns a ton of talent in which should be another fantastic season.

“We Have Landed a Coach!”
Our athletic department is excited to announce Jarrett Hesse as the new Varsity boys’ lacrosse coach. After a long search to land a new coach, we believe we have found a gem in Hesse who brings experience and leadership to the program. The new coach has a strong lacrosse background having played in high school (East Syracuse-Minoa) and in college (Lycoming College in PA), as well as, coached at the high school level (Freedom HS in Virginia). We look forward to having Jarrett on the sidelines for us this season.


Archbishop Williams Athletics is proud to announce a new partnership with Adidas for our spring sports season. Adidas – along with its corporate partnering brands – will bring a new level of quality to all AWHS-branded clothing items. We hope that this exciting partnership will be a preview of future ventures for next season (fall/winter seasons). Thanks to our Dean of Student Life, Bill Kinsherf ’89, who worked diligently with administrators, students, and faculty to make this partnership happen. Adidas has been around since the mid 1900’s and it has grown significantly producing over 364 million pieces of quality apparel each year.
*Important Info: Please Check GOBishops for information on two jackets that have been APPROVED for next school year’s outerwear.*


 “The Dig”
The Dignan Center continues to be a huge hit for students here at AWHS. Every day after school from 2:30 until 4 p.m., all students are allowed to come and get a nice workout in, using our top-of-the-line workout equipment. The new facility has drawn rave reviews from alumni, students, athletes, coaches, and more. Assistant athletic director, Pete Umbrianna, has been supervising the facility. “Every day after school we have about 20-30 kids working out which is pretty awesome considering the number of students we have participating in sports and clubs. I’ve already in five months seen some significant changes in a lot of our students. We have 7th graders in here lifting with seniors. It’s pretty awesome to witness that and I’m excited to expand workouts into the summer.”
Anyone interested in coming down to get in a workout must register on FamilyID and go through a training session with Coach U!

Season Previews

Boys Lacrosse
The boys’ lacrosse program opens up their season away on Monday, April 3rd against CCL competitor, Bishop Fenwick. The Bishops come into this season looking to improve on an 11-9 record. With a new coach (see above) and a team excited to get back outside on the turf, expectations are high. Junior defenseman Mark Higgins had this to say about the upcoming season with a new coach… "He pushes us so much and it definitely has been hard, but we all know it’s going to pay off in the end." The Bishops lost a heartbreaker in the first round of playoffs last season in OT. With four CCL competitors to begin the season, it is vital that the team gets off to a hot start.

Girls Lacrosse –
The girls’ lacrosse program opens up their season away this Thursday at Plymouth South. After finishing the season 14-7 last year, Coach McClay and company is confident that the team returning is talented enough to rack up another season of double-digit wins. St. Anselm commit Mollie Manning and senior Sharon Doherty lead a group that is hard-working, talented, and experienced. “We are excited to see what this season brings. We had a tough playoff loss last season which left a bad taste in our mouths. The past is the past and we are looking to get back to the playoffs this season… starting with a tough game at Plymouth South to start the year,” said Doherty.

Tennis -
Second year coach, Kathryn Bois is looking forward to the season and is excited about the talent that the team possesses this season. After going 7-9 in her first year, Bois has raved about young, new talent mixed with veterans. Freshman Taylor and Brooke Alessi have already created buzz around the program. Senior star Crystal Zeng said this about the season "We have more people joining the team this season, and I saw a couple of really good new players. I'm sure our team would get more competitive this year and it will be a great season".

Baseball –
Could this be the year our baseball team makes a deep run in the playoffs? While that is too far away to be determined, our baseball program is confident that the team possesses the pieces to make a deep run in the postseason. After going 13-9 last season, the Bishops had a heartbreaking loss at Stonehill College to Mashpee (6-5) in the playoffs. A number of seniors return and a number of talented underclassmen certainly make the Bishops scary on paper. With plenty of bats in the lineup, talented fielders, and a veteran coaching staff, the Bishops could reach 13 wins pretty easily. Is pitching going to be key? Freshman Miles McDermott may be that answer… after all he did reach 80 mph on the gun during tryouts! Senior Timmy Chase had this to say about the season… “We have the guys to make a late-season run. Our lineup is dangerous and if our pitching can keep us in games, we believe we can produce enough runs to win a lot of games this season. I’m looking forward to ending my athletic career with such an awesome group of guys.”

Softball –
The Lady Bishops begin the 2017 season with a tough home game against Hopkinton on Monday, April 3rd. After winning 13 games last season, the Lady Bishops will rely on Maine commit, Kyleigh O’Donnell’s arm, as well as, a very talented infield to match last season’s success. Defensively, the Lady Bishops should be stout… but it is their bats that could get them to the postseason again. They possess speed and power, including freshman Meg Marcel who has been raising many eyebrows in tryouts and practices so far. Coach Bill O’Brien had this to say about his team this upcoming season… “We know what we are going to get from O’Donnell when she is on the mound. But we are confident in our girls behind her in the rotation. This is an experienced group of girls who I know believe that we can make some noise in the 2017 season.”

Track & Field –

One of the more frustrating parts of the spring season is the weather and this year has been no different. Snow and rain have played an unfortunate role in the start of our Track & Field season, but the team continues to push through it with a majority of the athletes maintaining great attendance early on. After an extremely successful winter season, Coach Bryan Van Dorpe is ready to follow that up with a successful spring. “The weather has made it tough on our kids, but they continue to work hard in the workout facility and they are maintaining excellent attendance. We have a large number of student-athletes participating and I see a lot of talent. We have a new coach helping us out and despite the tough start weather wise; we know we got to prepare the best we can for Quincy/North Quincy this Saturday.” 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

2017 TCL Winter Track All Stars and MVP Anand Panigrahy

11 March -

Congratulations to our Winter Track team and the Following All Stars and TCL MVP:


The TCL CO-MVP Anand Panigrahy

Winter Track AWHS All-Stars:
GIRLS
Julia McRoberts
Hannah Kelley
Ruth Labranche
Chigozie Sumani
Taylor Jackson
Ashley Tran

BOYS
Anand Panigrahy
Stephen Lynch
Tyler Kelly
Brendan McClelland
Jared Kennedy
William Hua

Coach Van Dorpe and Anand Panigrahy

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bishops Blog ~ Tourney Time!

Bishops Blog ~ Tourney Time!
 27 Feb 2017

*REMINDER: Spring Registration closes March 1, 2017! Please go to GOBishops for more info*





Girls Hockey


Congrats to the girls’ hockey team who clinched a playoff berth in the MIAA Division-2 State Tournament. While the season was one similar to a rollercoaster at an amusement park, the girls’ stepped up when they needed to. Heading into their last four games of the regular season, playoff hopes were iffy. Faced with a 6-10 record, the Lady Bishops managed to win their last four games over the likes of Mount St. Joseph Academy, Stoneham, Fontbonne Academy, and Marshfield. Due to the late push, the team clinched the 26th seed and will square off against a very good Westwood team (16-4-2). The two teams scrimmaged in the pre-season with Westwood winning that by one goal.
In order for the girls to pull off the upset, they must continue putting pucks in the back of the net. In their last four games, the Lady Bishops scored 19 goals and only gave up 4 goals. The return of junior Hannah Bell has seemed to spark the team. Bell has 13 points in 13 games played. Mackenzie Heath still leads the team in goals with 13, but Chelsea Taxter is not far off with 10 goals on the season.
The first round begins tomorrow night (2/28) at 5:30 pm at the Canton Ice House (pictured above). Go support the girls in their quest for a first round upset and a state tournament title!

Girls Basketball
Girls’ basketball finished the regular season with a spectacular record of 16-4. However, the season ended on a note that Coach Mahoney and the girls would rather forget losing their last two games heading into the tournament. The injury bug and sickness came through like rapid fire and as a result, the team played their last couple of games with a limited bench. As the playoffs near, the Lady Bishops hope to get healthy at the right time.
The two loses to end the season dropped the Lady Bishops to a 5th seed in the Division-3 South bracket. Pictured above, the girls’ team drew a tough Bourne program that is 15-7 on the season, winning 6 out of their last 8 games. Bourne is lead by 6’3 Center, Emma Fenton. Fenton has created mismatches all year long inside, so the Lady Bishops will need a team effort from the likes of Mollie Manning, Monica Spain, and Jess Knight in order to contain the sophomore center. The last time these two teams met was indeed in the first round of the tournament last season, which resulted in a 76-32 victory for the Lady Bishops. Mahoney and the team will have their work cut out for them this time around.
Last year’s season ended in a tough loss to Bishop Fenwick at the TD Garden. What will this season bring? The girls’ are very confident, despite ending the year with two losses and know that if they can all get healthy in the near future, this will be a team that can make it back. If they can get by Bourne in round one, they will face an extremely tough matchup against either Coyle & Cassidy or Norwell. The team will look to rely on tough defense, clutch shooting, and Co-MVP of the CCL, Asiah Dingle running the point in order to get back to the Garden. The team is proven (wins over Bishop Feehan, Cathedral, Wellesley, etc.) and if they get hot at the right time, watch out! Good luck girls!
Boys Hockey
Unfortunately for the boys’ hockey team, they came up just short in qualifying for the Division-1 State Tournament. It came down to needing a point against a tough Hingham team, and the game ended 3-2 not in our favor. The Bishops ended the season 8-9-3 with big wins coming against the likes of Arlington Catholic, Reading, and Barnstable. With 7 seniors graduating, the boys’ hockey program will need big-time contributions from the underclassmen in order to get back into the tournament. With lots of talent coming up, the future is bright.
Despite finishing one game under .500 on the season, the boys’ battled in almost every game. Slow starts seemed to be an issue for most of the season, but you could never count this team out. Nick Glass finished the season with a team-high 12 goals and 22 points, followed closely by Ben Murphy’s 9 goals and 17 points.
As a team, the Bishops finished the season with 58 goals for and 53 goals against. Even though the season didn’t end the way the boys’ and coaches’ wanted, it was very exciting to watch them battle all year long. We wish the seniors the best of luck and look forward to the future of this program getting back in the tournament.
Boys Basketball
The boys’ basketball team had a rather tough and somewhat frustrating season. Finishing with a record of 4-16, it can be hard to pull out many “positives”. However, two things really stick out with this season. First, this veteran team (7 seniors) battled in many of their games all season long. One example of this happened just one week ago, when the Bishops went on the road to face a Cohasset team that finished with 15 wins. Finding themselves down 33-11 at half, things were not looking good at all. The team had more turnovers in the first half than they did points. BUT, like they did in a lot of their games this season, they battled back to make things interesting. In fact, so interesting that the Bishops found themselves down just 2 points with 25 seconds left and the ball in their hands! A few shot attempts later, the final horn rang and the final score read 56-54 Skippers.
Now what comes next for a team that won just 4 games? How about a JV team that went 14-4 against their competition and a freshman team that went 9-9 on the season? The 23 combined wins by both sub-varsity teams has Bishop Basketball fans buzzing. That mixed with a group of juniors led by James Dolan, Tom Veasey, and David Liddell looks promising. Can we expect another 4 win season? Highly doubtful… Next year should make for a good one.
To the 7 seniors graduating… Thanks for your hard work.. leadership... and mentality that defines what it is to be a Bishop. Good luck in your future endeavors.
Cheerleading
Cheer traveled to Central Catholic High School this past weekend to compete in the CCL’s. After spending weeks practicing, the cheer team came into the competition confident that they would be successful… and sure enough they were! The hard work that the girls’ have been putting in on a weekly basis showed. Cheer qualified for Regionals thanks to an outstanding performance!
On top of their performance that qualified them for Regionals, their performances during the Boys’ basketball games can not go unnoticed. The team amazed audience members and fans with their back flips and cheers during timeouts and periods.
Regionals will take place next Sunday (3/5) at noon. Be sure to go check out the girls’ as they hope to flip into a top finish! Good luck to Coach Durkin and the team.
Track & Field
It was an unfortunate ending of the season for the Track & Field, but it wasn’t due to team performance. Weather played a big part and we were stuck with some snow that unfortunately forced the League Championship Meet to be cancelled. Despite not having the meet, the track & field team finished the year with a second place finish in the league… the highest place since 1996 (5-1-1)!
Next up was the Division V State Class Meet. Nobody on the team finished in the top 3 in any race, but many of the members competing either broke previous school records or achieved personal bests. Some of the highlights included Anand Panigraphy finishing 5th in the long jump, Julia McRoberts who threw a personal best and finishing 9th in the Shot Put Final, and Ruth Labranche who also broke her own school record, finishing 12th, in the long jump. Feel free to check on the school athletic website under Track & Field for a complete listing of all the records broken and individual personal bests.
Congratulations on a record-setting season for the Track & Field team!
Swimming
It was a record-setting season for the Swim team in the winter. The co-ed team finished the year 6-2, as well as, finishing in 3rd place in the CCL Championships which were held at Simmons College. The meet had over 300 swimmers competing for league bragging rights, so it is extremely impressive that the Bishops finished in 3rd place! More impressively… the swimmers that represented the Bishops that day broke 6 school records!
The state meet occurred at Boston University and the Bishops most certainly made a splash. 8th grader, Nicole Miller, finished in 8th place in the 200 Free and 14th place in the 100 Backstroke at the Division-2 State Championship. What an incredible job by Nicole to cap off what has been a record-setting season for the 8th grader… yes 8th grade! Andrew Henault represented the Bishops in the 50 Freestyle, while Megan Miller, Colleen O’Callaghan, Nicole Miller, and Sarah McDermott represented the Bishops in the 200 Medley Relay. Both the group of girls and Andrew were the first to swim their respective race in more than 12 years for the Bishops.

The future looks bright for the Swim team, but it won’t be an easy task repeating what was a season to remember! Great job to Coach Lally and all the swimmers.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Central South Sectional Entries Boys and Girls

MIAA Central South Sectional Entries Boys and Girls

Good Luck to our swim team entries at they compete this weekend in State South Sectionals. Great regular season and now the post season. 

Today at MIT - Meet begins at 4:15

Vy Doan '17 swims in the 100 Butterfly, 100 Breaststroke and will be in the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay

Nicole Miller '21 swim in the 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke and will be in the 200 Medley Relay and 200 Freestyle Relay

Sarah McDermott '17 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay
Megan Miller '20 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle Relay

Colleen O'Callaghan '17 Relay Alternate
Lauren O'Brien '21 Relay Alternate
Sam Zanghi '18 Relay Alternate

Boys on Sunday at MIT - Meet begins at 4:15

Andrew Henault '17 50 Freestyle

You can watch live here for a small fee;

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Bishops Blog - Mid Winter Season

AWHS Sports Blog (1/27)

*ALL Spring registration is now OPEN on FamilyID. Please register before 28 February*

Girls Basketball
The Lady Bishops are on a roll as the mid-season point came and went, having won 6 games in a row. They are an impressive 7-0 on the road and 10-2 on the year (Currently ranked #13 in the state of MA!!). In their last game against St. Mary's High School, another stellar performance was put on by junior Asiah Dingle and senior Meg Donovan. Asiah led the team in scoring with 27 points and Meg had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks. Mollie Manning continued her hard work on the defensive end and also chipped in with 8 rebounds. The girls have already qualified for the tournament, congratulations!!!!! Senior Meg Donovan said "this year is no different than the other years I've been on the team; we are a great team and we are going to be confident going into the playoffs."

The Lady Bishops return tonight in a HUGE matchup against the state’s #1 team, Bishop Feehan on the road. Feehan beat Archies by 13 in the first game of the season, but the girl’s are confident the result will be different this time around.


Boys Basketball

The boys’ basketball team started the season in tough fashion and now find themselves holding a record of 2-10 a little more than halfway through the year. However, what makes this team special is their will to keep working hard and signs are showing, going 2-3 in their last five games, including two very good wins at home v. Bishop Fenwick & Pembroke. As the season continues, playoff hopes are slim... BUT the future of the program is bright. The JV team is 8-2 and looks extremely strong. The freshman team has also had a strong season so far, holding a record of 7-5. I got a chance to talk to Coach Dolan about the season so far and he had this to say…  "This year is definitely a rebuilding year for us. Although we may not being lighting it up on the scoreboard, we are definitely growing our program with many great young players. Our Varsity players continue to play with high intensity and passion. That is a great model for our young kids to follow."

The Bishops square off against Baystate Academy tomorrow (1/28) in a day game. The boys will look to make it 3 wins in their last 6 games!

Swimming
Head coach Joe Lally when describing his victory over Cardinal Spellman… “The Bishops went Beast Mode!!” Beast Mode is one of the many terms that can be used when talking about the year our swim team is having. After 7 meets, the team sits at 6-1, one of the best starts in recent years. Senior captain Vy Doan is one of the many outstanding performers that have completed this roster. One of the leaders of the team, Doan continues to get better and better each week. In the last meet against East Boston (51-42 win!), Doan led the way with wins in a 100 Butterfly and 100 Breaststroke, which helped qualify her for States in both events, as well as, breaking her own school record in the Breaststroke. Great job Vy! While it would be too long to name all the outstanding performers of the swim team, feel free to check the athletic website for a more in-depth look at the excellence being displayed by each and every member.
Swim concludes their regular season Saturday, February 4th at the CCL Championships (at Simmons College).
Track & Field
Another one of the many bright spots throughout the winter season here at AWHS has been our Track & Field program. Similar to swimming, our Track & Field team can be described in many events as going “Beast Mode”.  After beating Spellman 80-74, the Bishops faced a potential “trap” meet against Marian. Instead of falling into that trap, the Bishops responded behind strong leadership and talent, beating Marian 122 -18. The night started with two of our student-athletes completing their personal bests in incredible fashion (Stephen Lynch recording a 4:55.67 time in the 1 mile run & Julia McRoberts recording a shot put throw of 32’.25”) Julia is now ranked #1 and Stephen is now ranked #3 in the league in their respective events! That is amazing!
On top of all of that, we also wanted to recognize the Boys 4 x 200 Relay Team (Anand Panigraphy, Tyler Kelly, Brendan McClelland, and William Hua) who qualified for the State Class Meet and again broke their 2-day old school record (1:38.99). Phenomenal!
Check out more on the athletic website for a large list of our athletes who broke personal bests and continue to impress Coach Van Dorp on an everyday basis.



Girls Hockey
The girls’ hockey team has had a bit of a roller coaster ride throughout the season, standing at a record of 5-6 on the season. With 9 games remaining, the Lady Bishops must win at least half to find a spot in the playoffs. One constant in the first 11 games for the girls have been an inability to find the back of the net in losses. Of the six losses on the season, 5 out of the 6, the Lady Bishops have been held scoreless. However, in their five wins, they have scored an amazing 30 goals. As the girls continue to compete and battle for a playoff spot, they must find a consistency with scoring goals. Sophomore Mackenzie Heath leads the team with 6 goals on the season, while Junior Maggie Leonard is not far behind Heath, with 4 goals. Making the playoffs would be quite the feat for a young program... but they must find a way to deliver some goals if they want to get there.
The Lady Bishops square off twice in a row (Away & Home) against CCL competitor Arlington Catholic next week. Let’s go girls!
Boys Hockey
Similar to girls’ hockey, the Bishops find themselves right on the cusp of a playoff spot a little more than half-way through the season. After ten games, the boys’ hockey team stands at 4-3-3 on the season with 10 games left (two in the Falmouth tourney over Feb. vacation). Two things have really stuck out with this feisty and competitive squad… early game struggles and success on the road v. success at home. A constant so far this season for the boys has been early game struggles. You can never count this team out in games, but in order for them to land in the playoffs, the Bishops must get off to better starts. Also one thing to be found a bit surprising has been the team’s success on the road v. at home. On the road, the Bishops hold an undefeated record of 3-0-1. However at home, they stand at just 1-3-2 on the season. With hopefully more continued fan support, the Bishops will look to turn around their home record. The good news… 7 of the last 10 games are on the road.
Next up for the Bishops … Tonight (1/27) on the road against Bishop Fenwick and tomorrow night at St. John’s Prep (1/28). Good luck to the boys!
Cheer

The cheerleading team continues to get ready for their big competition in February. They have been practicing every week and Coach Durkin is confident the team will be ready to go by the next month. Since then, the girls have done an amazing job performing throughout our boys’ basketball games. Make sure to come check them out. Through their cheers and consecutive back flips, they certainly do make timeouts that much more entertaining!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bishops Blog Winter Season - January 6th 2017

Bishops Sports Blog – January 6, 2017

Boys Basketball
The boys’ basketball team has had a difficult start to their season, going winless in their first four games. Behind newly-hired head coach, Jim Dolan, the Bishops have showed fight, grit, and a competitive nature, despite struggling to add a W to their record. They look to bounce back against Arlington Catholic tonight at home, which is the home opener (6:30 pm start.. come support the boys!). Senior captain Brian Keating has this to say about the season.. "We lost a lot of our scoring from last season so it has been a difficult start offensively for us. However, we have been working hard and guys have been stepping their game up. The offense will come, and despite some early season frustrations, we are confident that improvements will be made.”

Girls Basketball
The Lady Bishops have found a continued success to start their season. It can be very difficult to match such a successful season (Girls’ BBall made it all the way to the Garden last season), but the team has started off hot going 4-2, with their two losses coming against two VERY good programs, Bishop Feehan & Newton South. So what has been the reason behind their early season success? It could very well be the 57.8 points-per-game that the Lady Bishops have put up. It could also very well be the fact that the girls’ have only given up an average of 39 points per game defensively. The team will look to get to win #5 on the road tonight against Arlington Catholic (6:30 pm start).

Swimming
Over the Holiday break, the swim team won their first meet against Arlington Catholic on the road. They also competed in an invitation at Middleboro with Catholic Memorial and Dedham High School, which was some great competition for the boys & girls. The team has their first home meet tonight at Randolph High School, going against league competitor, Matignon. The meet is set to start at 6:30 p.m. Good luck to the boys & girls!

Winter Track & Field
What a start for the Track & Field program here at Archbishop Williams. In the first three meets, the Bishops have maintained an impressive undefeated record at 2-0-1, with their only tie coming against Austin Prep (very first meet of the season). Since that first meet, the Bishops have defeated St. Mary’s (103 to 43) and Cathedral/Lowell Catholic (95 to 46). In the last meet, there were six first place finishes by both the boys’ and the girls’, which goes to show how hard this team has worked in the first month of the season. More impressively, 20 different athletes in the program have already achieved personal best records. Feel free to go onto GoBishops and check out the list of “personal bests”. Coach Van Dorpe has worked very hard with this team, both on-the-track and off-the-track, and the 20 “personal bests” are a great testament to that hard work and effort put in by the head coach. The team travels to Bishop Fenwick next week (Tuesday, January 10) in what is going to be their toughest test to date.

Girls Hockey
“We will continue to improve our season as long as our effort is there. We’re a good team with a lot of heart.” Junior Hannah Bell, hit the nail on the head with this quote, and that effort and heart has shown as the Lady Bishops hockey team has won 2 straight games, improving their record to 4-3 on the season. Despite being very young, the girls’ have battled against some pretty good competition so far this season. They have been shutout in two of the seven games so far this season… the other five games? 27 goals! That’s an average of almost 4 goals a game, which is fantastic considering they haven’t scored in 2 out of 7 games. Goalie Allison Delmonte has been on a little streak of her own… 2 straight shutouts in net. The Lady Bishops host Arlington Catholic tomorrow (Saturday the 7th) at home (12:45 pm at Zapustas Arena).

Boys Hockey
The boys’ hockey program has had a roller coaster ride type of season so far. In the first five games, the team has notched a record of 2-2-1, with their only tie coming at home against Lowell Catholic. The two losses have come against Massachusetts powerhouses, Pope Francis and St. Marys, but the team has looked outstanding in both of their wins against Chelmsford and Westford Academy. If there is one thing that describes this boys’ team, it is feisty. More than half the games so far this season, the Bishops have gotten themselves into a hole to start the game. However, this “feisty” attitude, has allowed them to battle in games and mount comebacks that is exciting to watch. The fan support has been fantastic and we are looking forward to seeing what this team can continue to build as the season continues to shift into gear. The next game for the boys’ is tomorrow night, on the road, against Bishop Fenwick (6:00 p.m. start).

Cheerleading

The cheer team looks great this year after going to States last season, and we are looking forward to seeing them perform at our home boys’ basketball games! They don't have a competition until February so they have time to get ready and improve through practices. Coach Durkin has been working very hard with this group and achievements have already been accomplished in practice. Congratulations to senior, Marcella Natale, and seventh grader, Emily Martignetti, for completing their first back hand spring.