AWHS Fall Sports Blog
Our winter sports registration is open until November 1st. Please head to www.gobishops.com for info on registrations. Please ensure you have a current physical on file with the nurse.
The apparel store will open for the winter season on 24 November and remain open until the 30th of November (the end of tryouts). Delivery should be just before Christmas. Please plan accordingly.
Special thanks to our interns, Abby McCulloch and Liam Barnicle.
One thing we may not teach here at AWHS is being able to read and see the future. However, senior Jack Crowley may have just done that. When interviewing Crowley after the St. Mary’s game, he said “The bounces didn’t go our way against St. Marys, but we are working hard in practice and hopefully things go up from here.” Things are certainly going the Bishops’ way. The team, after suffering a tough loss to St. Mary’s, has found themselves on a little bit of a winning streak (wins over North Quincy, Fenwick, and AC). In the recent win streak, the Bishops have managed to score 11 goals, while only giving up 1. Their record now stands at 6-4 on the season, with a CCL bout in line on Wednesday against Austin Prep. In the 6 wins this season, senior goalie Sam Hamer has been a brick wall in net, compiling 5 shutouts. While scoring and replacing two top offensive stars wasn’t going to come easy, the Bishops have now scored 20 goals in ten games, while only giving up 12.
On the sub-varsity level, Coach Hobbs and Coach Berman have been two outstanding additions to the boys’ soccer program. Coach Hobbs has led a JV team to an impressive 6-2-1 record, while the freshmen sit at 1-2-1. The freshmen look to even up their record today against South Middle.
Girls Varsity Soccer
The girls’ varsity program has had a dream start to the year, sitting at 8-0-1. Not many programs have the luxury to clinch a playoff berth this early in the year, but the Lady Bishops find themselves very close to that goal. Before their 0-0 tie last night to AC, the girls’ have cruised through the CCL, winning 5 straight over their league (Austin Prep, Arlington Catholic, Cardinal Spellman, St. Mary's and Bishop Fenwick). One of the strong points of their season has been the defense led by Mackenzie Heath and Monica Spain. We cannot forget about goalie Abby McCulloch who has played well in net (7 wins, 38 saves in 8 games). On the other end of the ball, Kent State commit, Asiah Dingle and senior Chigozie Sumani continue to form a dangerous duo on offense, having scored a combined 14 goals in 9 games. When asked about how the season has been so far, Sumani, forward for the Bishops, says “It has been successful and we've been hitting all the milestones we've intended to hit.”
The JV program stands at 4-6 on the season, behind Coach Curley and newly-hired Coach Killian. Despite being under .500 on the season, the girls’ have only lost 3 out of 6 of their games by 1 goal. They continuously find themselves competing hard in each contest.
After a tough loss to Middleboro, senior captain Tom Veasey said “We had a slow start, but we are working hard in practice and things are looking up from here.” The hard work they had been putting in paid off when the football team played North Quincy. Going into the fourth quarter the Bishops were down by a touchdown with 44 seconds left. It was a nail biter all the way to the end when senior running back Brendan O’Brien ran the ball in for a touchdown. The Bishops then went for two for the win, with sophomore quarterback Neil Sanders rolled out to his right and converted for two points that secured victory. Getting a win like that was very much needed for the Bishops. This past Saturday, that win rolled right into a match up against Austin Prep. Despite it being close for a quarter, the Bishops exploded in the second and ended up winning 55-6. In three out of four games this season, the boys’ have held opponents to under 15 points.
They head to Bishop Fenwick this Friday for a big CCL match up.
The future of the football program continues to roll with a 16-12 victory last Thursday against Austin Prep. They now find themselves at 3-1 and have scored 98 points in four games.
The Cheer program is under new reigns, as newly-hired head coach Ali Fareri and Al Grasso have been great additions to the program. The girls’ have been working hard at practice every day in the fall and will have their first competition November 2, 2017. Senior captain, Julia Galvin, tells us how practices have been with the team. “The seasons looking great, we have a real shot competitively and are working hard every day on and off the mat.”
Come support the girls on Friday nights, as they have done an amazing job on the sidelines cheering on our football team. They are even perfecting their push up after each score.
After dropping the first two matches, the Bishops battled back to a (5-3) record, including key wins over CCL opponents Cardinal Spellman, Bishop Fenwick, and Arlington Catholic. Among the highlights from the Spellman match was an even par score from senior captain Matt Menzel. Senior Brendan Foley, returning from illness also dropped 25 points in the 207-191 victory. When asked about his return he answered, “It’s been tough not being able to play with the boys the past few weeks, but I’m excited to be back on the course. We have seen a lot of positives from various golfers this season and we hope to get better and better each match” The golf team hopes to keep on winning and make the tournament. The Bishops have to get through a busy week of CCL opponents (AC, Spellman, and Matignon all this week).
Girls Varsity Volleyball
The varsity volleyball program has had a rather difficult start to their season (3-6 in their first 9 games), but has seen many positives come out within their difficult schedule. The girls’ have battled in almost every one of their matches and they continue to work extremely hard in practices. As a result, the Lady Bishops have won 2-out-of-their last 3 games. There still is plenty of time to come back from their early season loses and turn the season around. Senior captain, Caroline Hannon, recaps how the seasons been, “The season so far is going pretty well. We continue to do hard work in practice. Our record certainly does not indicate the hard-work we have been putting in every day and we know wins will come.” Next up for the girls… Norwell on Wednesday and Arlington Catholic at home on Friday night.
At the sub-varsity level, both Coach Kennedy and Coach Martini have done a great job developing the future of the program and competing in every one of their matches.
The boys and girls Cross Country teams have both had a competitive start to the season, despite battling with some crazy weather conditions (both heavy rains and heat). The boys have started the season 2-3 on the year, but are getting some serious contributions from Seniors all the way down to 7th graders. The girls have begun the season winning 3-out-of-their first 5 races. The Kelley twins had a great finish last week at the Kelley Invitational (fitting), finishing 13th and 21st respectively in the Jr.-Sr. 3 km race.
Coach Van Dorpe continues to do a great job with this group of athletes. “It isn’t easy running in some of the conditions that we had to deal with early on. Between the heat and the rain, the kids continue to do some amazing things. We have a great group of runners ranging from seniors to 7th graders, which makes it extra special to be competing at the level that we are.”
We would also like to note that as Coach Van Dorpe starts the Cross Country season he enters his 90th consecutive season here at AWHS. Coaching Cross Country, Winter Track and Spring Track and Field. Thank you Coach for your years of dedication to our programs and school!
Special thanks to Dr. V and Dr. Matthews who have had some fun running with the cross country team!
It has been a great start to the athletic year for AWHS. Continue to check in on our Twitter page (@goAWathletics), GOBishops, and more for any athletic information. Also continue to come out and support each Fall team. The support and volunteer work does NOT go unnoticed and we thank everyone for your help. GO BISHOPS!