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;

Click Here for NFHS Link to watch swim

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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Bishops Info;

Apparel - Tryouts are wrapping up and teams are being finalized. Our athletic apparel store is open until the 5th of December. Orders will not be accepted after Monday. This allows for Christmas delivery. Info and the link are on www.gobishops.com.

Practice Schedules are provided by the coaching staff. If you have questions about when your team is practicing please contact the coach of your particular sport. 

Meet the Coaches - Please remember our "Meet the Coaches" night on the 6th of December at 7PM in the Auditorium. This is a mandatory meeting for all athletes and at least one parent or guardian. A parent may be excused if they participated in the fall meeting. The student athlete still must attend.

The Dignan - Please register for the Dignan Athletic Training on Family ID. You will need to complete a familiarization training session as well. Please email Coach Umbrianna at pumbrianna@awhs.org to schedule session.

Bishops “End-of-the-Season” Sports Blog
November 30, 2016

The winter season is officially underway here at AWHS, but before we can take a look at what is to come, we must first rewind and reflect on what has been an extremely successful fall season. Our participation numbers continue to increase each year, and this year was no different as we saw the highest amount of participation numbers among our students in recent years. Not only were our participation numbers high, but we also saw an increase in the number of teams that qualified and advanced in playoffs. The buzz is high here at AWHS, and that should continue right into the winter season.
Arguably the most exciting part of the fall season was the grand opening of our brand-new workout facility. The Paul L. Dignan Athletic Training Center, also known to students as “The Dig”, has been open every day after school for all students, followed by time into the night for faculty to work-out in. Students and facility have had the opportunity, and will continue to have the opportunity, to work with new assistant Athletic Director, Pete Umbrianna as he trains and supervises workouts after school. Take a look at this brand new facility! 

Football:
Archbishop Williams football had quite the rollercoaster finish to their season. The boys ended their year with a winning record at 6-4, despite being knocked off in tough fashion in the second round of the playoffs to a very stout Norwell team (8-6 final). After cruising past Dover-Sherborn in the first round of the playoffs, the Bishops traveled to Norwell to face a very experienced Clippers team. After a scoreless first half, the Clippers struck first to make it 6-0. Going for an extra point to make it 7-0 seemed wise… the snap ended up being botched, but the Clippers found some magic of their own and converted their mistake to make it 8-0. Late in the 4th quarter however, the Bishops weren’t finished. Archies scored with a little over 3 minutes to go to make it an 8-6 game. Going for the tie, the Bishops ran a trick play, but weren’t able to catch Norwell off guard. A late rush was once again denied and the Bishops fell. After a tough loss, the Bishops once again were caught off-guard as Wareham and their Wing-T offense came to Memorial Field and won a tough road game. Having lost two straight, the Bishops had to turn their focus to Spellman for their rivalry Thanksgiving game.
Thanksgiving Eve brought the rivalry game… Archies v. Spellman. A rivalry that has a large history. One that has brought fans a plethora of close and very physical games. How would Archies respond after two straight loses? The answer… a 14-6 victory on Spellman’s home field! After a monster first drive which was capped off by a halfback pass TD from senior captain Casey Earle to senior captain Timmy Chase, the Bishops got off to an 8-0 lead. The rest of the game was back-and forth, with Spellman having the ball in the final two minutes. After moving the chains, Spellman’s QB was picked off at the 10 yard line by Chase to seal the deal. The gravy bowl is back where it belongs! Thanks for a great season boys, and expect another awesome year next year. Shane Rose said it best… “It was the best season of high school sports that I have ever played!”
(Pictured above from Left to Right: Coach K, Senior Captains Tim Chase, Casey Earle, Jack Rega, and Brendan McClelland)
Cheerleading:
2016 was quite the season for the cheer team here at AWHS. The year started with the exciting new hire of head coach and AWHS alum, Bridget Durkin. Durkin brought in a substantial amount of experience, despite only being a recent college graduate. She was a cheerleader for Archies for eight seasons, which included a National Championship in 2010 and three state championships.
The cheerleading squad spent most of their season getting ready for their meets, including Regionals. The could be found every Friday night supporting the football team with their loud and exciting cheers, pushups, and routines. When they got to Regionals, they placed 4th which qualified them for the State Tournament!
The team battled injuries all season long and unfortunately were not able to finish in the top 10 in states Cheerleader, Sophia Nitkey, spoke about the tough climb in states. “The week before States, we unfortunately lost one of our senior flyers to injury and it forced us to completely change our whole routine,” stated Nitkey. Despite their finish, the girls’ fall season was extremely exciting and we look forward to their winter season!
(Pictured above: The girls compete in States!)
Cross Country:
One thing we take a lot of pride in within high school athletics is improvements that our made throughout a season, both among the whole team itself, as well as, individuals. Both the girls’ and guys’ cross country teams in the fall finished 6th in the CCL, but it were the improvements made throughout the season that stuck out. For example, we can just take a look at the 1-mile time trial that the team completed to finish their season. The whole team ran the same Time Trial to start the season, and 100% of the team improved on their individual times from August! That is amazing and certainly a testament of how hard the individuals have worked this season for Coach Van Dorpe.
The captains did a great job stepping up as the season went on and becoming true leaders. 11 different runners earned a Varsity letter this season. The team battled all year long in races and we must give a shout-out to Shannon Kelley who not only qualified for the All-State Meet at Gardner Municipal Golf Course, but finished 59th out of 172 total runners in Division II. The course was by far the toughest that Shannon has faced all year long, yet she still managed to only finish 26 seconds behind the other CCL representative. Thanks for a great season to all the runners for AWHS, and we look forward to seeing what the team can do next year.
(Pictured above: Shannon Kelley finishes 59th at All-States!)
Girls Soccer:
What a year for our girls soccer program here at AWHS. The Bishops finished with an outstanding record of 15-2-4, with one of their two losses coming deep into playoffs against the eventual state champion East Bridgewater. The girls left everything they had on the field, despite losing 2-1. It certainly was a testament of how hard they have all worked throughout the season. The Bishops battled through injuries all season long, but didn’t seem to be super affected by them as they had a multiple number of girls who stepped up and ended up playing major roles on the team. Senior captain, Mollie Manning, had this to say about the season. “We had a super young team, but we still did very well this season. It was an awesome group of girls and I cannot wait to see what the team does next year with most of the core coming back.”
Five players on the girls’ soccer team were named 2016 CCL All-Stars (Ceira Monahan, Asiah Dingle, Mackenzie Heath, Chigozie Sumani, and Kaylee Walsh). On top of that, both Heath and Sumani were named Division-4 1st team all-stars, while Dingle was named to the Division-4 All-State team! Incredible work girls. The Bishops return most of their team next season and should be a force to be reckoned with once again in the CCL.
(Pictured above: The 2016 Girl’s Soccer Varsity Team)
Boys Soccer:
The boys’ soccer team had an extremely difficult finish to what was a spectacular regular season. The boys finished the regular season 12-3-4, and drew Saint John Paul II in the first round of the playoffs. The bishops took it to their first round opponent from the start, winning 7-1 in dominant fashion. However, in the second round of the playoffs, the Bishops were upset by the Holbrook bulldogs 2-1. The Bishops had a good amount of chances in the second half, but could not capitalize as the final whistles blew. It was a tough pill to swallow, especially considering the way they dominated the regular season and the first round of playoffs, but the kids fought extremely hard all year long. Senior captain Sean Keenan had this to say about the team’s season. “The season didn’t end up the way we wanted it to, but we gave it our all and had a lot of fun along the way. Couldn’t have received any of my awards and records without my teammates and my coach.”
Those awards that Sean were talking about? Both him and Connor Hawker received Eastern Mass All-Stars, while Keenan also received a New England All-Star. The team is losing a lot of leadership and talent, but it will once again be a team to watch out for in 2017.
(Pictured above: Eastern Mass All-Stars, Keenan & Hawker with Coach Mitchell)
Girls Volleyball
Girls Volleyball ended their season with a record of 6-10, but their record hardly defines the type of season they have conquered. Despite starting the season 1-6, the girls’ have improved greatly as the year has gone on; posting a 5-4 record in their last 9 games, ending their season with a victory on a special night.
            The day that everyone in the AWHS community will remember occurred on Saturday, October 15. Archbishop Williams and the volleyball program came together for the “Kate McCarthy Scholarship Game” against South Shore Christian Academy. In front of a “playoff atmosphere”, the volleyball team honored their forever teammate, KPM3. Not only did the Bishops win the game on the court, but they also helped raise $2,863 for the scholarship.
            It was not only an amazing day, but these types of moments are what make a whole season successful. Great job by Coach Lewis, the Volleyball girls, and parents/community who made this such a memorable moment within their season.
Senior captain Kyleigh O’Donnell signed her official National Letter of Intent for softball to go play at the University of Maine. Congrats to Kyleigh and outstanding senior leadership that she showed this volleyball season. The girls, despite being a younger team, will look to improve on a 6-win season next year!


(Pictured above: The 2016 Girls’ Volleyball Team)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Bishops Blog - October 25th 2016

Bishops Blog
October 25, 2016
General Info:
Winter registration is open until 1 November. Please go to www.gobishops.com for more info.
Dignan Center – The “Dig” is open for students who complete the “Familiarization Training session” and register on line under the Dignan section. We have posted available times for workouts and will update over the next week. 

If you are interested in a training session email Coach McClay at gmcclay@awhs.org. www.gobishops.com has more info posted on usage, rules and regulations of the facility.

Locker rooms – please note the locker rooms are open at 7:30 to stow your gear (There is no access during the day except for gym classes). Remember no food or drinks are allowed in locker room or Dignan facility. (Water only). Please do not stow food in locker room.

Football:
          The regular season has officially come to an end! The Bishops finished the season with a winning record of 4-2, after winning their last two regular season home games against Austin Prep and Arlington Catholic by a combined score of 70-12. Against Austin Prep, QB Jack Rega completed all three of his passes for touchdowns, including a 54-yard bomb for a TD to senior, Timmy Chase. LB Ryan Carroll had his most memorable game of his high school career, posting 10 tackles and a sack.
            This past Friday night, the Bishops took it to Arlington Catholic, winning by a score of 40-6. The boys started the game slow, committing two early turnovers, but woke up in the 2nd quarter scoring 27 points. Oronde Alfred ran for over 130 yards and 2 TD’s. The game was capped off by a great TD run by freshman Nick Tardanico who took a sweep to the house.
            With the win, the Bishops finished 3rd in Division 3A south, only behind East Bridgewater and Norwell. They will open up their playoff run against Dover-Sherborn this Friday night (10/28) at 6 p.m. Come be loud and support the boys as they set their hopes to play at Gillette Stadium for a State Championship run.
            Fun Fact: Senior captain Casey Earle is having an OUTSTANDING senior season. He leads the team with 51 tackles, an average of 10.2 tackles per game, while also having rushed for 68.4 yards a game. Keep up the good work Casey!

Cheerleading:
            Cheer will head over to Braintree this weekend
            Sunday, November 6 the team heads to the Fall CCL Cheer Championships at Austin Prep. More info will be provided with start times etc as soon as possible.
            Girls continue to practice hard every day and have been a huge help on the sidelines on Friday nights. Their halftime shows have been excellent! Be sure to come watch them cheer and do their pushups this Friday night for playoffs.

Cross Country
            Both the boys and girls cross country teams have fought hard all season long. The girls have posted a 3-3 record on the season, while the boys have posted a 2-4 record. Their next final dual meet of the season will take place, TODAY, Tuesday, October 25 at home. We will be honoring the Seniors so come by Pond Meadow Park and support these hardworking leaders!
            Since our last blog, the cross country captains have been named… Congrats to Paige Roche, Tyler Kelly, and Anand Panigraphy who were all named captains for the fall season. Your hard work, leadership, and success has been shown and honored.
            On Thursday, October 27th, from 2 pm to 6 pm, the CCL Championship Meet will take place at the Franklin Park Cross Country Course. To find out more details on how to get to the course, check out the Cross Country page on GOBishops. Good luck to all our runners that will be representing Archbishop Williams.
            Fun Fact: Despite injuries and sickness, 7 runners all achieved their best individual times in their past meet against two of the tougher opponents on the season!

Boys Soccer:
            Congrats as well to the Boys Soccer program that has also qualified for the State Tournament with a current record of 11-3-4! While their record is certainly outstanding, it is their “Goals for v. Goals against” statistic that is truly amazing. In 17 games, the boys have scored 54 goals… while only giving up 23! The Bishops have one game remaining in their regular season (Innovation Academy 10/29), then playoffs will begin with the boy’s locking at least one home playoff game.
            Senior captain Sean Keenan has broken the school career point record with 100 points and counting! Congratulations to Sean on this awesome feat.
                        Fun fact: During our Field-Goal kicking contest at our home football game last Friday night, goalie Samuel Hamer took home the top prize after successfully kicking a 35 yard kick through the uprights!

Volleyball
            Girls Volleyball stands at a record of 6-10 on the season, but their record hardly defines the type of season they have conquered. Despite starting the season 1-6, the girls’ have improved greatly as the year has gone on; posting a 5-4 record in their last 9 games. The girls had an outstanding win on Senior night against Norwell, winning all three sets (25-14, 26-24, 25-20)
            Sometimes a season can be determined on more than just a team’s record. On Saturday, October 15, Archbishop Williams and the volleyball program came together for the “Kate McCarthy Scholarship Game” against South Shore Christian Academy. In front of a “playoff atmosphere”, the volleyball team honored their forever teammate, Kate McCarthy. The team wore purple jerseys and donned KPM3 on their sleeves. Not only did the Bishops win the game on the court, but they also helped raise over $3,000 for the scholarship.
            It was not only an amazing day, but these types of moments are what make a whole season successful. Great job by Coach Lewis, the Volleyball girls, and parents/community who made it such a memorable day!

Golf:
            Add another one for the athletic program this fall season… After their win against Dedham on Monday, the boy’s golf team has qualified for the State Tournament! The boys now have a record of 9 wins and 7 losses, including an extremely impressive 7-2 record at their home course, Braintree Municipal. The team heads to Glenn Ellen on Tuesday for the DIII South Sectional MIAA Tournament.
            Fun Fact: Senior Captain RJ Wetterberg finished 5th (with a 78) at the CCL Championship at Gannon Golf Course in Lynn. Great work RJ!

Girls Soccer:
            Congrats to the Girl’s Soccer program for qualifying for the State Tournament with a record of 9-1-4 (only loss coming at the hands of Spellman). Another team battling injury throughout their season, the girls’ have showed a winning mentality and toughness that has helped them get to 9 wins on the season. With 4 games left to be played in the regular season, the chances of the team reaching double-digit wins are very high.
            Forwards Asiah Dingle and Chigozie Sumani have battled all season long as the team’s top point producers, and they currently find themselves at 19 and 18 points, respectfully, leading the team for the season. On the other side of the field, both goalies have produced outstanding numbers in net. (Kaylee Walsh = 1.01 G.A.A  & Abby McCulloch = 1.30 G.A.A) 
            With four regular season games to go, the girls soccer team will look to finish the year strong in their quest to land a home playoff game. As it stands right now, the team is 7-0-1 at home! Keep up the great work girls.
            Fun Fact: While Dingle and Sumani continue to post eye-popping point numbers, we cannot sleep on 8th grader Carly Akoury who is currently third on the team with 9 points!