Wednesday, March 21, 2018

AWHS "Bye Bye Winter and Hello Spring" Sports Blog



*Before we get into the blog... Please check GOBishops for important information on Spring tryouts, Adidas store opening dates, and more*


"A Winter Full of Memories"

By: Seniors Liam Barnicle & Abby McCulloch

Girls Hockey

What a year it was for the Girl's Hockey program. The Lady Bishops finished the season with their best record in the history of the program at 16-5-2. The team stormed through the regular season, recording 9 games where they held their opponent scoreless... large in part to the great play in net from junior Allison Delmonte and the strong defense. On the the opposite side of the ice, the Lady Bishops were led by a three headed monster offensively with Hannah Bell, Mackenzie Heath, and Chelsea Taxter who combined to score an unbelievable 51 goals on the season. The strong regular season play led to the Lady Bishops landing a #3 seed in the Division 2 Girls Hockey MIAA Tournament. 

Excitement was brewing throughout the girls hockey program as they entered the tournament with a certain buzz they had never felt before. They drew a second round match up against a very good King Philip team (Had a bye round 1). Behind a loud and cheerful crowd, the Bishops struck early and often jumping out to a lead to start the game. K.P. battled back and made it a one goal game late in the 3rd period, but Delmonte did what she had done all year long and closed the door in net, despite KP putting a lot of pressure late. The Lady Bishops held on 3-2 and saw a date with Natick in the Quarterfinals. In the next round, the Lady Bishops again weathered the storm in Woburn to defeat Natick, 2-0. 

Next up.. State Semi-finals match up with #2 seeded Canton at the Warrior Arena. Winner heading to the Garden. After a scoreless first period, Canton snuck one in the back of the net to make it a 1-0 game. The Lady Bishops pushed and pushed, but struggled to find many opportunities offensively. The third period came and behind a large and loud crowd of Bishops fans, the girls started picking up some momentum. However, that momentum was halted by the goal keeper of Canton who shut the door on the Lady Bishops... game ended 1-0. While disappointment set in and a trip to the TD Garden was held short, the Lady Bishops had a season to remember!

(Pictured below: The Girls Hockey team receive the MIAA James F. Mulloy Sportsman award at the TD Garden)


Boys Hockey

The Boys Hockey program had another tough finish to their season, missing the tournament by one point. Similar to last season, the Bishops had to deliver significant results in the Buddy Ferreira tournament down in Falmouth. The tournament, featuring many of the top teams in the state, proved to be just a little too much for the boys hockey program as they came up just short once again after losing to a Super-8 contender, Hingham High School. 

Despite another tough finish to the season, the Bishops could look back on many positives that came from this past winter season. First and foremost, the Boy's Hockey team got a plethora of contributions from young players which does mean their future is still bright. They will lose some very good seniors, but will also return a majority of their team who will all be a year improved. The Bishops landed many outstanding wins throughout the season, including a 9-4 victory over Matignon. Their biggest win of the season may have came against CCL competitor, St. Mary's, who ended up making it to the Super 8. 

The difference of the season may have came from their 6 ties on the year. If those ties could have gone on the positive side, the Bishops would have landed a spot in the tournament. However, it certainly doesn't take away from the season that the boys hockey program had put together. As senior Brendan Foley stated, "I've had the time of my life playing for this school and the fans of AWHS. When you walk out that door, it's forever... you can never get that back." It's quotes like that, that define a program and we look forward to the Boys Hockey team contending again next season.

(Pictured below: Senior Nick Glass fires one past the goalie of King Philip during the 2017-2018 season. 



Swimming

It was another fantastic season for the swim team here at AWHS. The Bishops finished with a 7-2 record on the season, which is their second straight season with at least 7 wins. Throughout the season, the Bishops found themselves breaking many school records and competing at a very high level. Every meet they seemed to get better and better which brought us to a "cliffhanger" type of performance at the CCL's. The Bishops struck gold in three different races during the CCL's, but the effort placed the swimmers in 3rd place for a second straight season, but just 2 total points behind the 2nd place finisher. 

Before this year, the Bishops had never won an event in the competition. However, this year was different. Nicole Miller '21 cruised to victory, winning gold in the 100 Butterfly. Sam Rossini '21 struck gold in the 100 Freestyle, beating out 17 other swimmers and knocking off the school record in the process. The 200 Relay team of Nicole Miller, Liz Galicki '21, Teddy Rossini '20, and Sam Rossini also clinched gold in the competition. Many other school records were broken throughout the event, which goes to show the work and effort the swimmers put into this season.

6 different swimmers were invited to the MIAA South Sectionals at MIT, which shattered the number of invitations we had last season. Liz Galicki shined, finishing 14th overall in the 100 backstroke, which is an incredible feat given the fact that she is only a Freshman. It was an overall record-breaking season for the Bishops, who will return a ton of young talent next season.

(Pictured below: The Bishops prepare for a mid-season meet against Bishop Connolly. The Bishops swam to victory 94-71.)



Winter Cheerleading

The cheerleaders had another very successful winter season behind the leadership of coaches Ali Fareri and Al Grasso. The girls' practiced on a weekly basis, perfecting many routines ad could often be seen at many home basketball games, flipping their way through timeouts. The girls' had a long layover until the CCL competition, but remained confident that their effort in practice was going to carry over the the performance... and they were right. 

The girls' finished 2nd at the CCL's with an outstanding routine. This qualified them again for Regionals. Despite limited gym time and space, Cheer had another outstanding season, which featured a lot of newcomers and young talent. 

Senior, Julia Galvin, had this to say about the season: "Overall, I think this season was a success. Our main goal was to bring back the greatness of this program, and I think we took a great step in doing so. We worked hard all season long and got stronger each week. I am confident in the younger girls to keep it going for the next couple of years!"

(Pictured below: The Cheerleaders huddle up before their routine at the CCL's. The girls' finished 2nd)


Track & Field

What a winter season for the Track team here at AWHS! Both the Boys & Girls' track teams finished above .500 with a 4-3 record, but some can argue that the overall records don't do justice for just how successful this season was for the Bishops. Similar to the Swim team... many personal bests were achieved. Many school records were broken. A large number of members placed at the TCL Championship Meet. We had runners invited to the State Class Meet. We would be here all day if we counted the number of track and field athletes that contributed somehow to the success of the season. This is a testament of how hard the student-athletes worked all season, despite having to battle the weather on a daily basis.

While it would be tough to highlight every athlete who achieved a personal best (Check GOBishops as Coach Van Dorpe has highlighted a bunch of them), we did want to highlight some of the school records that were broken. In the final meet of the season, Senior Chigozie Sumani broke a school record, which was previously set by herself earlier in the season, in the 55 meter hurdles, where she finished 4th in the State Class Meet. In the same meet, both the boys & girls' 4 x 200 relays broke school records! The team of William Hua, Jared Kennedy, Sean McA'Nulty, and Vijay Blair finished in 1:38.28 and the team of Anna Romaine, Kristen Burke, Ashley Tran, and Chigozie Sumani finished in 1:54.71.

While it wasn't a school record, we must also give a shout-out to Julia McRoberts who finished with her 2nd straight undefeated season in the Shot Put, as well as, her 6th invitation to the State Class Meet (out of 7 seasons!). A big thanks has to be given to Coach Van Dorpe who once again put together another outstanding season.

(Pictured below: The seniors, with their posters, at the Reggie Lewis Center on Senior Day)



Boys Basketball

It was another tough season for the Boys Basketball team here at AWHS, as the Bishops finished with just 3 wins on the season. However, similar to last season which only managed 4 wins, there were many positives that came out of this season. The first positive that must be highlighted occurred before the season even got a start. The participation numbers were at an all-time high during tryouts, which is a testament of the job that Coach Dolan, Coach Bloomer, and Coach Curley are doing with the program. The second positive that came out of this season was how the Bishops battled in a lot of games this season. They took three tournament bound teams (Canton, Scituate, and Abington) to the final seconds in games that could have gone either way. Finally, the Bishops stayed motivated throughout tough times. As senior David Liddell said, "Although it was a tough season, it was very enjoyable. My teammates and the coaching staff gave me many memories that I will never forget."

So what's next for the Boys Basketball program? Despite only having 7 wins the past two seasons, the future remains very bright for the Bishops. The JV and Freshman teams combined with 13 wins on the season, including wins over Cardinal Spellman, St. Mary's, and Cathedral's sub-varsity teams. Also, we can not forget about the year that the Middle School basketball team had! The very young future of the program happened to win their league's championship, with an outstanding win over Cathedral in the final game. We are very excited to see what is going to come over the next year or two with the boys basketball program.

(Pictured below: The senior basketball players & cheerleaders on what was an amazing Senior night)


Girls Basketball

"Yeah, I'm going back to back!" Drake's rap song titled "Back to Back" could very well become the theme song of the Girl's Basketball program, as the girl's varsity team won another State Championship, defeating Hampshire Regional 77-42 in the final game at Springfield College. While this season, and especially the playoff run, may have seemed like a "breeze" for any outsider, the Lady Bishops put a season and a run together, that will be tough to duplicate. Throughout the season, the Lady Bishops battled injury and life difficulties that really battle-tested the program. At one point of the season, the varsity team had 8 girls dressed, and 5 that were injured, including senior captain Shannon Kelley, who broke her foot that ended her season. However, the girls took the challenge and ran away with it, as it made them closer and stronger. They knocked off Dedham, East Bridgewater, Norwell, Fontbonne, and Bishop Fenwick (3rd time in the season) in their playoff run, before defeating Hampshire.

Similar to last season's postseason run, the Lady Bishops got a significant amount of help from their bench... especially in moments when they needed them most. We could spend hours talking about different moments where a bench player contributed in some way. In the end, the depth and talent deemed to be too much for opponents. Kent State commit, Asiah Dingle, averaged well over 20 points per game in the playoffs. Erica Silvia, who did an sensational job stepping in for Kelley, lead the team by a large margin in charges taken. Jess Knight had a team high 22 points in the biggest game of the season. Monica Spain was all-around magnificent throughout the run. Bridgette O'Reilly hit key shots when they were needed the most. It was just an overall season to remember for the girls and the coaching staff.

Can the program keep their State Championship streak alive? It certainly won't be easy, losing 5 seniors (three who will be playing at the collegiate level), but the team will bring back boatloads of talent. Oh and the JV and Freshman teams combined for 22 wins and only 6 loses. Great season girls!

(Pictured below: The Girl's Varsity team, Coaching Staff, and President Duggan after their huge State Championship victory)


Look Back at an Amazing Winter Season:

















Saturday, March 17, 2018

Spring Sports Start Monday the 19th

Some AWHS Updates:

We will keep www.gobishops.com updated throughout the weekend.


Girls Basketball plays Hampshire today at 5:45 at Springfield College.

Girls Hockey will receive the James Mulloy Sportsmanship award at the TD Garden on Sunday at 5PM. Congrats to the girls on this awesome award!

We have a company coming in to clear the field and track on Sunday morning. We hope to start tryouts at the field:

Track - 2:45 Memorial Field
Girls Lacrosse - 3:45 Check in 4 PM tryouts start at Memorial Field
Boys Lacrosse - 5:00 Check in and 5:30 tryouts start at Memorial Field

Tennis - Will have a meeting (Location announced Monday morning) at school at 2:45 (they will be in the gym on Tuesday at 2:30)

Gym Schedule for Monday:
Baseball - Monday the 19th
2:30 7th and 8th grade in gym
3:40 9th and 10th grade in gym
4:50 11th and 12th grade in gym
6:00 ends.
Tryout times will be assigned after day 1. Will be in the gym and will start at 6 PM for planning purposes.

Softball - Monday the 19th
6:00 - 7th and 8th grade in gym
7:00 - 9th and 10th grade in gym
8:00 - 11th and 12th grade in gym
9:00 - ends.
Times for following days will be passed on Monday the 19th after the tryout. For planning purposes, Softball will start at 3:30.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Results from Mass State Track Championship

Some amazing performances characterized AWHS Winter Track Team's final meet of the season.  Here are the highlights:

Placers
Chigozie Sumani - 4th place in the 55 Meter Hurdles.  Chigozie lowered her school record both in the preliminaries and finals to 9.20.  With the top 3 finishers automatic qualifiers to the All-State Meet, Chigozie still has a chance to qualify for the All-States as an at-large performance.  We will know on Sunday when all the divisional meets are completed.

Julia McRoberts - 6th place (33'11") in the Shot Put with her personal best performance of the season.

School Records 
Both the boys (11th place) and girls (16th place) 4 x 200 relays broke the school's records:
            Boys (1:38.28) - Jared Kennedy, Vijay Blair, Sean McA'Nulty, William Hua
            Girls (1:54.71) - Anna Romaine, Kristen Burke, Ashley Tran, Chigozie Sumani 

Great Job to our track team!




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Archbishop Williams - State Class Meet Entries

Archbishop Williams

State Class Meet - Division V

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 4:30 p.m.

ORDER OF EVENTS

Field Events
4:30 p.m. Long Jump - Girls followed by Boys Blair
Shot Put - Girls followed by Boys McRoberts

Running Events - Girls followed by Boys
4:30 p.m. 55 Hurdles Trials and Finals Sumani, Mexil
55 Dash Trials and Finals Sumani

5 p.m. One Mile
5:30 p.m. 600 Meters Kelley, Kennedy
5:45 p.m. 1000 Meters Kelley
6 p.m. 300 Meters Tran, McA'nulty
6:15 p.m. 2 Mile
7:05 p.m. 4 x 200 Meter Relay Girls and Boys Teams
7:25 p.m. 4 x 800 Meter Relay
7:55 p.m. 4 x 400 Meter Relay Girls and Boys Teams

Girls' Relays: Kelley, Tran, Burke, Romaine, Sumani, Kubik, Miller

Boys' Relays: Hua, J. Kennedy, McA'Nulty, Blair, Mexil, Needel, G. Kennedy

*Time frame is approximate. The meet may move faster than the above schedule.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

AWHS Athletics Winter Blog #2

Winter Season in Full Swing


Written By:  Seniors Abby McCulloch & Liam Barnicle


Winter season has reached half-way point and teams are off to a fantastic start. As we approach the second half of the season, every Varsity team in the athletic program, except for one, has a record of .500 or better. The second half of the winter season should be a good one for all the teams. Abby & Liam sat down to take a look at each team!

*REMINDER: SPRING REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! *


SWIMMING:

The swim team continues to knock off teams in their path. After 5 meets, the Bishops find themselves at 4-1 on the season. After finishing the year 7-2 last season, Coach Lally and company find themselves on track to finish with a better record than last season, which was a record-breaking season in many ways. The only loss so far this season came against Bishop Fenwick, but that didn't stop the swimmers from bouncing right back with a huge CCL victory over St. Marys. In the latest victory, the swimmers won all but one event in the meet. 

The Rossini brothers continued their dominance on the season, winning every time they dove into the pool against Marys. Junior captain, Kelsey Harrington, got to the winner's circle in the 100 backstroke for the first time in her three year career. The Bishops will look to take on O'Bryant this Friday, at Randolph. Also, the Austin Prep meet has been rescheduled for January 29th! 

CHEERLEADING:

This season the cheerleading team will have competitions coming up in February. They’ve won CCL titles in the past and hope to add another one this winter season. A couple of days a week, the girls have been working extremely hard in practices to perfect their routines. They also have been great support at all of the boys' basketball games this winter.  The cheerleaders hope to have support at the competitions in February so we hope everyone comes out and supports the Cheer team!

BOYS BASKETBALL:

The boys basketball team is looking forward to improving their 2-7 record in the second half of the season. Despite having 7 losses, the Bishops have been in a lot of games including a 5 point loss to Canton, 9 point loss to Fenwick, and a 2 point loss to Pembroke. Senior captain Tom Veasey says, "Our team has had a slow start but have improved greatly since the beginning of the season. We’re looking to get a few big road victories to get back on track. We are all so excited for the rest of the season!” The Bishops continue to work hard every day in practice and will need all the help that they can get with Cardinal Spellman coming to town on Friday and a road date next week with St. Marys. 


James Dolan, another captain, is part of the captains council here at AWHS. When asked about the new class, Dolan had this to say: “captains council is a great way for all the leaders of each team to collaborate and talk about things we need to work on as a school and things we are doing well. Captains council allows us to listen to ideas of other students to help better our own teams.”


GIRLS BASKETBALL:

Girls basketball is off to another strong start in the first half of the season. Coming off a State Title is never easy, but the Lady Bishops find themselves at 9-1 in their first ten games. That is good enough to land them a top-5 ranking in the state of Massachusetts. Their only loss on the year came on the road in overtime against a very good Cathedral team. They avenged that loss this past weekend in New York against Kennedy Catholic, out of PA. “Girls Basketball has been having a great season so far and we are looking forward to improving after our loss to Cathedral. We are very excited for the rest of the season to come!” says senior captain Shannon Kelly. The girls are looking forward to another big game on the road against Spellman.


Along with showing leadership on the court, our winter captains participate in a captains council. Shannon Kelly says “Captains council is a good way to gather all the captains together to address how are teams are working and how we can each become better leaders by learning from one another.” 

BOYS HOCKEY:

The boys hockey team hopes to improved their record, which now stands at 3-3-5, as the season approaches the half way point. The Bishops still have their eyes set on their pre-season goal of making the playoffs. That goal became a whole lot more realistic after key wins against King Philip and St. Marys. The second half of the year is going to be huge for the Bishops on the ice. Their 5 ties could make-or-break if they can get into the playoffs and will need to turn those ties into wins in the second half of the Winter.

When asked on his thoughts of the season so far, Senior Captain Brendan Foley said "After a slow start I think the boys are ready to turn it around. Everyone's starting to gel together at the right time with a couple big games coming up. We'll always be the hardest working team in the building win or lose.” The Bishops will travel to Bishop Fenwick this Saturday night in a big CCL showdown.

GIRLS HOCKEY:


The 7-2 girls hockey team is off to a very promising start in the first half of the season. The girls are still chasing the required points to qualify for some post season play, and if they keep up this success, there will be no doubt they will not only see a playoff birth, but also a very high seed. Coming off a big wins against Arlington Catholic,Whitman Hanson, Mount St. Charles, and Weymouth, the Lady Bishops will hope to clinch the tournament soon. 

When asked about the season Senior Captain Hannah Bell said “We’ve had a few tough losses after battling Austin Prep and Dennis Yarmouth. We are improving each day, we seem to be back on track and itching to get a spot in the tournament. Its important to keep our spirits up and keep our focus on working hard every day.” The Lady Bishops will host Stoneham tomorrow night at the Zap. Get out and root on the girls as they look for win #8.


WINTER TRACK:

Winter track got back over .500 last night with a convincing win over Marian/Matignon, 94-33. That puts both the boys and girls 3-2 on the season. In the meet, the Bishops took 1st place in 13-out-of-16 events, including very strong performances in both the 4 x 400 and 4 x 200 relays. The team continues to achieve personal bests each event, and continues to compete at a very high level in both boys and girls events. Coach Van Dorpe had this to say after the Lowell Catholic meet, in which he saw his team dominate early and often; "It was great to see just how focused everyone was from start to finish. It certainly hasn't been easy to prepare for these meets because of the weather we face each day during the winter season, but I am very proud of both our male and female student-athletes who have done an outstanding job staying motivated. We are looking forward to a strong end of the season."

Feel free to go by GOBishops and check out the list of every one who is achieving personal bests on a weekly basis! Great work guys and girls!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

AWHS Winter Sports Blog #1

AWHS Winter Sports Blog #1


Written by: Seniors Abby McCulloch & Liam Barnicle

Boys Hockey

The boys’ hockey team looks to rebound from missing the tournament by one point last year. Although they lost some key players as they have moved on to college, young talent has come in looking to fill their role. The Bishops are looking to make a run this year under the guidance of the seniors and returners from last year. The team has improved and started to click in each scrimmage. Senior Ryan Brady had this to say about the season: “We have a really great group of kids this year, we have a lot of potential and looking to make playoffs and do some damage.” Junior Mark Blaney always weighed in on the season saying “Last year was very tough and seeing all of the seniors leave on that note, I don’t want to see that happen this year. The boys have been working hard and improving everyday. Looking to go deep this year and make a run.” The boys start their season away against the defending D2 State Champs Lowell Catholic on Saturday.

Girls Hockey

Girls hockey is already in full swing. The girls started their season with an 8-0 win over North Quincy on Saturday. The girls record is 2-0 and are off to a strong start. The team is looking to have a great season by putting in the work at practice. Senior Maggie Leonard recaps on last season, “Last year was very fun and exciting as we went 4-0 making it into tournament at the end of the season. With a sad loss in the first round we are determined to make it farther this year. I am confident in our team and I see us doing very well. I am excited to see the outcome and the accomplishments at the end of this season!” The girls have their next big game against Dennis/Yarmouth this Saturday at the Zap, come out and cheer them on!

Swimming

The swim team looks to match their 7-2 record last year. Although they lost a few seniors and vital members, they still have a lot of key underclassmen returning. They have just come off a record-breaking season and have the goal to break even more records this season. The swim team roster is extremely balanced and will look for contributions from swimmers ranging from seniors all the way down to 8th graders. Behind the leadership of junior captains Kelsey Akoury and Kelsey Harrington as well as senior captain Joe-Yee Yip, the Bishops will look to get win number one against East Boston on December 15th.

Cheerleading

Winter cheer for the girls has begun. They are showing great school spirit by cheering on our boys’ basketball team at home games.  Senior captain, Liv Riley, says "We're working hard it's gonna be a really competitive season and we hope to be really successful.” The girls are looking really well after their fall season, with new additions the team has depth. Come and cheer on with our cheerleaders at the home basketball games this season.

Girls Basketball

Girls basketball started off their regular season with a St. Mary’s win on Monday. As of yesterday, the girls record is 2-0, with the win over Bishop Feehan last night. As the girls prepare for the rest of their long season, they are looking strong. “Our season last year was very successful. We have been working hard since the very beginning. We are determined to win it all this year because we’ve won every odd year. Everyone has the same mindset to achieving that one goal which will guide us to the final game. Can’t wait to see what we accomplish this season!” says Senior captain Asiah Dingle. The girls are looking forward to the rest of the season and to continuing this strong start.

Boys Basketball


The boys’ basketball team is looking to have a successful season. The team has a lot of returners coming back this year. They are on the older side with mostly juniors and seniors on the team. They are improving in every game they have played despite the 0 and 3 start. I asked senior captain, James Dolan, on his thoughts for the season: “We are looking forward to improving from our tough year last year. The team has great chemistry on and off the court. Despite our winless start, we know that our work ethic in practice will turn into positive results shortly. It should be a very fun season.”


Winter Track

Winter track had their first meet of the season Tuesday. Despite the team’s loss in their first meet, they had plenty of positives to take away. As they continue to practice every day and put in their hard work, their season looks to be successful. “The new season has been challenging in the snow but it gives us a reason to work harder in practice. For the new members, they are still getting used to the routine and we trust them to get it done. We believe we will excel this year.” says senior Darnelle Stinford.