Even with a disappointing record, boy’s varsity basketball is hard at work rebuilding their team after losing only four seniors from a very young team. The group worked hard all season, and the battle against St. Marks was no different. The game remained close throughout the first half, but in the second half, St. Marks’ talented players managed to break far ahead and win by a large margin. Though the outcome of many games this season had a similar scoreboard, the program remains on the upturn, after winning more games than last season and attacking the game with a new intensity.
Girls Basketball entered the St. Mark’s weekend having won more games this season than the past two seasons combined. The team, led by senior captains Breezy Thomas and ISL all-star Rachel Reed, is “a young team brimming with potential.” , according to power forward Monica Bousa ‘15.Going into the St. Mark’s game, the team has looked back at their season, which started off quite well with several wins, but was hindered by several powerhouse teams which were able to sneak past the Zebras. Similarly, St. Mark’s squeaked past the girls squad on its way to victory.
Boys squash dominated St. Marks, 6-1 earlier this year, which may be a better testament to this year’s team than their losing record. Stefano Viacava ‘16 said, “Despite losing more games than winning, our team has been working very hard this year. Our record doesn’t show how hard we’ve been working, but the daily practices and workouts do. We look forward to next season when we will have matured as players.” The boys traveled to Brooks to play in the New England championships, where they placed 11th in the A division. Captain Ryan Voon will be missed next year, but lots of young talent like number one player Anthony Chu ‘15 will be returning to lead Groton back to the top.
The girls squash team hosted the New England Championships here at Groton, ready to protect their house. Having already handily beaten St. Mark’s 7-0 earlier in the season, the team was eager to prove their talent. Though they came in 12th, the team continued to build upon their season against tough competition. Maddie Forbess ’16 says that throughout the season the team has grown closer, resulting in a better team environment and more fun on and off the courts. Next season the team will come back even better after losing only one senior.
The boys hockey team was out for revenge against the St. Mark’s Lions, trying to put their loss at Fenway behind them by winning on St. Mark’s Day. Kevin Maldonado ’14 describes the season: “[It] hasn’t been perfect–it’s been good but not perfect–and we are always striving for perfection. I will have only been here for two years by the time I graduate this spring but it will be two years that I’ll never forget.” The game was a challenge for the team, as St. Mark’s is a perennial hockey powerhouse, but the team fought, threatening to win the game until the final minutes. The St. Mark’s defense stayed strong though, winning the game 4-2. However, the Zebras have the last laugh, since they earned a spot in the NEPSAC tournament, while St. Marks was left outside looking in. The team won its first playoff game against Westminister by a score of 3-2, with PJ Johnson’14, Ace Cowans’15, and Mike Brown’16 scoring goals. As the boys prepare for their upcoming match against number-one seeded Dexter, Kevin Maldonado says, “We can’t lose. We won’t lose.”
This may be the hardest working hockey team to finish with only one win. The team fell victim to heartbreakingly close losses that may go down in the books as a loss, but were testaments to the wealth of talent on the team. St. Mark’s Day was no different for the team, as the squad suffered an agonizingly close defeat by the score of 1-0. However, with Dorrie Valarie-Barret ‘15 returning as a second year captain, and two young goalies protecting the net, next year could be a breakout season for this squad.