Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fall 2017 AWHS Athletics Blog

AWHS Fall Sports Blog

Welcome to the Fall Athletic season. We have just entered the second part of the season and our teams are doing well. Overall Fall record for all of our Varsity teams is 29-19-1, an impressive start to the season. All of our teams are in contention for post season play and a couple in the run for a CCL Championship. Our sub varsity teams continue to impress as well!

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.

Boys Soccer

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.

Cross Country

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!

Final Thoughts

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!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

20 Sep - Sports updates

20 September 2017 - Sports Updates

Girls soccer game vs. Spellman is postponed until tomorrow. Varsity will have film in Campus Ministry at 3PM. JV girls are off.

Golf vs. AP has been postponed until 10/10.

Football will head to the field immediately after school for practice prior to JV soccer game.

Freshman boys soccer practice is canceled for today.

Boys Soccer hosts Cardinal Spellman; 4PM JV and 6PM V

Volleyball will host Bishop Fenwick JV 4 and V at 5:15

Friday, August 11, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 Fall Season - Apparel

Our season starts on the 18th of August for Football and all others on the 24th of August. Please check www.gobishops.com for info on times and locations (each sport has its own tab).

Here is some info on our Apparel Web Store (Includes In school approved wear).

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Welcome to the 2017-18 Season. We have a new web store for our athletic wear. There will be a couple of dates that will be important to remember.

The Athletic Web Store will have two dates coming up for the season;

August 11 through midnight August 17th. You should use these dates if you are involved in a no cut sport or a fan looking for spirit wear. You can also purchase your school approved wear (Logo blank option available as well). Please note which items are permitted to be worn in school. The likely delivery date will be during the 2nd week of September. 

August 18th through Midnight August 30th. - These dates are for the athletes who will be making our sports teams (Tryouts end and teams will be complete by 28th of August, which gives you time to order if you are selected for the team). You can also place fanwear orders and school worn items as well. The likely delivery date will be during the 4th week of September. 

August 31st  and beyond - Late orders and shipping dates TBD.

Here is the link for the web page. Please note there are shipping costs on all orders below $250. 

Contact Mr. McClay (gmcclay@awhs.org) with Athletic Questions or Mr. Kinsherf (bkinsherf@awhs.org) for school apparel questions.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Track - Eastern MA D4 State Class Meet

The AWHS qualifiers at the Eastern MA Division 4 State Class Meet represented the school extremely well with 4 individuals and 1 relay team placing.  Congratulations to the following:

  • Anand Panigrahy - 2nd place in the Triple Jump (43'3")
  • Erica Silvia - 5th place in the Javelin (103'10")
  • Julia McRoberts - 6th place in the Shot Put (33'7.5")
  • Shannon Kelley - 7th place in the 800 Meters (2:23.34) - School Record
  • Boys 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team (45.86) - 6th place (William Hua, Brendan McClelland, Tim Riley, Anand Panigrahy)
Anand has qualified for the All-State Meet on Saturday, June 3 at Bridgewater State College (3 p.m.), as one of the 24 best Triple Jumpers in the State!  Van will be leaving school at 1 p.m., if anyone would like to join us and support Anand.

Other Personal Bests:
  • Ashley Tran - 400 Meters (63.44)
  • Kristen Burke - 400 Meters split (68.7)
  • Ariana Hay - 400 Meter split (67.9)
  • Alanna Kubik - 400 Meter split (67.4)
  • Vjiay Blair - 400 Meter split (59.7)
  • Tyler Kelly - 400 Meter split (56.8)
  • Hannah Kelley - 800 Meter split (2:33.8)
  • Girls 4 x 100 Meter Relay - (53.46) - Taylor Jackson, Erica Silvia, Ruth Labranche, Chigozie Sumani

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:


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.”


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.


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:
Julia McRoberts
Hannah Kelley
Ruth Labranche
Chigozie Sumani
Taylor Jackson
Ashley Tran

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

Coach Van Dorpe and Anand Panigrahy