Mens Winter Sports

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Luke Conrad- Chatham Basketball

Hockey Team

Chatham Cougars Ice Hockey

Chatham High School students have been eagerly awaiting the start of the winter sports season. With it quickly coming upon us, the Chronicle is happy to supply a preview of each of the Boys' varsity teams for this coming season!

Wrestling: To gain some insight on the wrestling team, The Chronicle interviewed sophomore and returning varsity team member, Michael Kellstrom: “The Wrestling team last year was a solid group of guys and we nearly tied the record for most dual meet wins. Unfortunately, due to lack of people in the higher weight classes we gave up a lot of forfeits leading us to lose a lot of matches. This year with a near full line up we hope to beat the record. Guys to watch out for this year are Dylan Mulcahy at 152 who looks to get his 100th win this year, Taylor Boehmer at 220, Manny Rodriguez at 113, and myself at HWT.”

Kellstrom also stressed the importance of students coming out and cheering the squad on this year.

Swimming: The CHS boys and girls swim teams are coming off fantastic 2012-2013 seasons and looking to continue the success this coming year. Cam Blazoski, a junior member of the Boys Swim team, with multiple varsity seasons under his belt says that "the team will greatly miss the presence of our four senior captains of last year". Cam adds that they are "expecting another winning season this year. However, our success in the pools is nothing when compared to the unity and camaraderie of our team. In a sport mainly decided by individual performance, we have a team that fights together and wins together. This is the reason we have such success and why we know that this year will be as good as the last. This year, expect more plaques to make their way to their rightful home - the walls of CHS.” This great bond amongst the team members is one of the great traditions of CHS Swim.

Fencing: The CHS fencing team is one of the newest sports here at CHS. With a huge turn out this year, the sport seems to have found a new home at the high school. To get a closer look at the team, The Chronicle spoke with JC Perrin, key member of the fencing team and essential to the sports' growth at our school: “In the last few years, particularly the 2012-13 season, we did extraordinarily well. While we've had several people on the team who are particularly talented, our success was really due to a well-rounded and generally talented team.

This year we have the potential to outperform every season thus far. We have a crop of young fencers who show a very high aptitude for the sport, as well as some returning juniors and seniors who are great fencers.”

Winter Track: The Winter Track team at Chatham High School is very competitive each year. With many runners returning from last season and from this year’s State Championship Cross Country team, they are looking to continue their recent success. Hockey: Chatham Hockey has become a fan favorite at the High School over the last few seasons. With an extraordinary run leading to a State Championship victory over Morristown, the team is going to be held to high standards this year.

With the leadership of Coach Gilberti, the Cougars have their eyes set on a repeat in States and seem to covet the Mennen Cup equally as much. Senior and State Champion Colby Collier claims that the Cougars are “a team that relies on our depth, and all four of our lines are a threat to score at any time. As long as we stick to our system, play with passion, and stay out of the penalty box, I believe Chatham will be a very tough team to beat.” Basketball: The Boys basketball team is looking to avenge their loss in the County Finals last season. With returning backcourt of Robert Raiola and Luke Conrad (each 3-year varsity players) the team seems to be in good hands. The team is also looking to see big output from first year varsity big men, Colin McKenna and James Van Wickler. The team seems to have formed great chemistry throughout the pre-season and scrimmages. When asked about this year's expectations, Senior Captain Luke Conrad said "I think we have a great chance to make it another very successful season and return to the top as Morris County champs. We have great size, good depth and a lot of players that will contribute to the success of the team. We've built great team chemistry throughout the summer and fall, and there isn't a team I'd rather go to battle with than this group of guys."