With the Olympic Games and Groundhog Day upon us (and now that Punxsutawny Phil has forecast six more weeks of winter), what better time to dive into the Prep sports schedules in-progress?
TEAM RECORD: 28-4 (4-0 Catholic Conference)
TOP 3 PERFORMERS TO DATE: Ryan Garlitz ’18, 132 pounds (40-0); Zach Alexander ’18, 138 pounds (38-2), Achilles Gikas ’20, 145 pounds (37-6), Quinn Alexander ’20, 126 pounds (38-9)
BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE: 20th straight conference title (84 consecutive conference wins); 790 career wins for head coach Manny Costa.
TOTAL ROSTER NUMBER & TOTAL SENIORS COUNT: 26 wrestlers; four seniors.
HEAD COACH COSTA ON SEASON TO DATE: “This Season has been a huge success. We have defeated seven top-20 teams in Massachusetts as well as top 20 teams in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut. The team is young and has continued to learn and improve as the season has moved forward.”
POSTSEASON PROSPECTS: Goal is to place as many wrestlers as possible in postseason tournaments.
TEAM RECORD: 9-4
TOP 3 PERFORMERS TO DATE: Tommy O’Neil ’18 (19 points per game and 13 rebounds per game); Matt Relihan ’18 (16 ppg and 9 rpg); Nate Hobbs ’18 (16 ppg)
BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE: Winning Commonwealth Motors Christmas Tournament.
TOTAL ROSTER NUMBER & TOTAL SENIORS COUNT: 14 players; six seniors
HEAD COACH JOHN DULLEA ON SEASON TO DATE: “We have played a very difficult schedule with the hope that it will prepare us for the state tournament. The boys are working extremely hard to achieve their goals.”
POSTSEASON PROSPECTS: Goal is to compete for a Division 1 North sectional title
TEAM RECORD: 8-2
TOP 3 PERFORMERS TO DATE: Oliver Zmetrovich ’18 (200-meter individual medley); Wills D'Angelo ’18 (100-meter breaststroke); Max Scalley ’18 (Diving)
BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE: Catholic Conference Championships Meet team title; Catholic Conference dual meet regular-season champions (5-0 record)
BIGGEST UPCOMING TEST(s): Sectionals 2/10; States 2/17.
TOTAL ROSTER NUMBER & TOTAL SENIORS COUNT: 42 swimmers and divers; 10 seniors.
HEAD COACH ANTHONY PADVAISKAS COMMENT ON SEASON TO DATE: “We have a good group of kids who are really looking forward to the postseason. I am expecting many of the new freshman and sophomores to qualify for sectionals and states. Our goal is to send at least 15 athletes to sectionals. Entering the Catholic Conference Championship Meet, we’d qualified 13.
ALSO WORTH MENTIONING ... A big thank you to assistant swim coaches Thomas Gately, Heather Davis Karp and dive coach Heather O'Connell.
TEAM RECORD: 7-3-1
TOP 3 PERFORMERS TO DATE: Defenseman and captain Tim Usalis ’18 (four goals, 10 assists); defenseman Evan Beers ’18 (two goals, 10 assists); goaltender Cam Ludwig ’18 (2.07 goals-against average / .901 save percentage)
BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE: Defeating state’s top-ranked teams Malden Catholic (twice), BC High, Xaverian, Burlington and Hingham.
BIGGEST UPCOMING TEST(s): Catholic Memorial (Feb. 3, road game) and Austin Prep (Feb. 7).
TOTAL ROSTER NUMBER & TOTAL SENIORS COUNT: 26 skaters; 10 seniors.
HEAD COACH KRISTIAN HANSON ’94 ON SEASON TO DATE: “The remaining games include several top 10 teams, and that will prepare our team for the postseason. A spot in the prestigious Super 8 tournament is up for grabs, but our play down the stretch will be the deciding factor when it comes time for the selection process.”
POSTSEASON PROSPECTS: Super 8 Tournament.
ALSO WORTH MENTIONING ... According to the Boston Herald, the Prep varsity hockey team has played the most difficult schedule in the state to date.
TEAM RECORD: 11-3
TOP 3 PERFORMERS TO DATE: Wes Miles ’18 (Foil): 18-3; Garrett Greaves ’18 (Sabre): 21-8; Xavier Ghazaleh ’20 (Epee): 24-3
BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE: A transition to consistency for a young team that was up and down at the beginning of the season.
BIGGEST UPCOMING TEST(s): Rematch with Concord-Carlisle, which handed the Eagles a season-opening loss. The Prep will host States on February 11.
TOTAL ROSTER NUMBER & TOTAL SENIORS COUNT: 47 fencers; nine seniors
HEAD COACH JIM CARTER COMMENT ON SEASON TO DATE: “We're contenders once again this year, but there a couple of pretty strong teams in our way.”
TEAM RECORD: 6-0
TOP 3 PERFORMERS TO DATE: Tristan Shelgren ’18 (Distance), Ryan Piazza ’18 (Hurdles/Jumps), Andrew Coutu ’18 (Sprints/Middle Distance), Sean Majeski ’19 (Hurdles, Jumps), Jack Curtin ’19 (Hurdles, Jumps)
BIGGEST SUCCESS TO DATE: Catholic Conference Champions for the first time since 2012-13.
BIGGEST UPCOMING TEST(s): League championships, States, National Championships
TOTAL ROSTER NUMBER & TOTAL SENIORS COUNT: 65 on roster; 12 seniors.
HEAD COACH ZACH LANKOW ’07 COMMENT ON SEASON TO DATE: “It’s been an impressive season and it took a real team effort to win the conference this year. Everyone had a job to do each meet, and they executed. If someone faltered, the next guy stepped up.”
NOTEWORTHY RECORDS SET TO DATE: Tristan Shelgren ’18 is one of the top distance runners in the country. He broke the school record in the mile last year, and is aiming to lower it this year. Shelgren is just getting started this season because his cross country season extended into December thanks to his win at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships.
ALSO WORTH MENTIONING … An extremely talented freshman class that includes the best freshman long jumper in the state in Harry Portorreal (19-feet, nine inches); the best 600-meter freshman in the state in Harris Freemont-Smith (1:29.66); and three exceptional freshman distance runners in George Nikolakopoulos (2:50 in the 1000-meter run, 4:49 in the mile, 10:20 in the 2-mile), Noah Mooney (2:50, 4:57, 11:03) and Graham MacDonald (2:51, 4:57, 10:59).
TEAM RECORD: 10-0
TOP 3 PERFORMERS TO DATE: Drew Bruno ’18 (league leader and slalom specialist); Sebastian Fisichelli ’19; Evan Symes ’19
BIGGEST UPCOMING TEST(s): State Championships, March 6
TOTAL ROSTER NUMBER & TOTAL SENIORS COUNT: 31 on roster; nine seniors
HEAD COACH TIM BRODERICK ’05 COMMENT ON SEASON TO DATE: “We have a good group of student-athletes who are putting in a lot of effort and currently racing at a high level. We hope to carry it over to the state championships.”