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Spring Sports Preview Part 2 [Updated]
Posted 04/04/2019 12:15PM
RUGBY

2018 record: 3-5 (lost in MIAA state semi-finals)
Head coach: Seelan Manickam (6th season; 54-24 record)
Team captains: Russell Rinklin ’19, Nick Masterson ’20
Other key returnees: Jack McDermott ’19, Billy Nardone ’19, Patrick, Fleming de Torres ’19, Will Moulton ’19, Anthony Fagan ’20 , Jim Schnieders ’20, and Cole Rinklin ’20
Promising newcomers: Sean Walsh ’19, Shae Smith ’19, Sam Smith ’19, Johnathon Bunnell ’21, Nick Barrett ’21
Opener: April 4 at home vs. Belmont High
Brief outlook: The Prep boasts a strong returning core with Masterson heading up the forwards and Rinklin leading the backs. Seniors Moulton and McDermott are back this year after injuries kept them sidelined, which will shore up the Prep's offensive attack in the scrum as Props. The backline looks to be mobile with the additions of Smith and Walsh. “Division 1 in the MIAA is loaded with talent this year, but with some key additions to our team we are excited and looking forward to taking a shot at a deep run in the postseason,” says Manickam.

SAILING

2019 record (as of April 3): 1-1 (loss to Marblehead, win over Portsmouth Abbey School, R.I.)
Coaching staff:
Jared Rodriguez ’09 (1st year)
Team captains: Evan Symes ’19, Will Davis ’19
Other key returnees: Jasper Westhoven ’19, Noah Hammett ’19, Jack Brown ’19, George Lockwood ’20, Wilson Kaznoski ’20, Tommy Fagen ’20, Danny Giunta ’20, Jack Dubow, ’21, Reo Korzinek ’21, Luke Plecinoga ’21
Promising newcomers: Kique Ruiz ’22, Michael Cuniff ’22, Charlie Maier ’22, Sawyer Barnard ’21
Brief outlook: With nine returning upperclassmen, the Prep’s sailing team owns the experience and determination to build and improve upon last season, which fell short of expectations. Fourth-year sailors Symes and Davis will lead the way. “The team hopes to find success early in the season, especially looking forward to the New England Qualifier, with the hope of qualifying to represent our district,” says Rodriguez.

ULTIMATE DISC

2018 Record: 13-0 (State Championship runner-up)
Head coach: Jeff Cann (12th season; two state championships, two second-place finishes)
Team captains: Zach Jaromin ’19, Gab Kautz ’19
Other key returnees: Justin McNiff ’19, Cole MacKinnon ’19
Promising newcomers: Jack Simmons ’20, Peyton Sullivan ’20
Opener: April 4 at Somerville High
Brief outlook: After losing in the state title game last year and graduating 12 seniors, this team is young and hungry. The Northfield Mount Hermon Invitational (April 13) against the top teams in Western Massachusetts should be a good early gauge of potential. The biggest mid-season test will take place in Portland, Maine (May 11-12) at a tournament that includes the top teams in New England. “This team has a simple goal,” says coach Cann. “To improve every game and every week so we can peak at the Ultimate State Championships and earn the program’s third state title.”

MOUNTAIN BIKING

2018 Summary: New England High School Cycling Association Champions
Head coach: Parker Heath (4th season)
Team captains: Luke Arsenault ’20, Stephanie Soper ’20 (Academy at Penguin Hall)
Promising newcomer: Sam Charrette ’25
Opener: April 20 at Cumberland, R.I.
Brief outlook: The Eagles are two-time defending NEHSCAC champions, but a third straight won’t be easy. There are more than 700 racers filling the rosters of 25 other teams looking to dethrone the Prep. The season finale will be June 8 at Greenfield, N.H. Champions are determined by cumulative team point totals from the spring’s six-race series.

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