Winter Sports Update

Successes This Snowy Season
Sunday, February 21st, 2016
winter sport update 2016

Members of the Girls Swim Team celebrate a big win.

One of our most talked about sports this winter is the Boys Basketball team. They boys had been perfect until they fell to Linden, a powerful opponent. Although this was heartbreaking at the time, the team continues to strive for greatness. They record as of February 19th is 22-1, an incredible achievement. Chatham is also number 20 in the Top 20 teams in the state. Recently, the team became Conference Champions when they beat Morristown! Currently, the team is in the middle of the Morris County Tournament. They beat Jefferson in the First Round and Whippany Park, most recently in the Quarterfinals. They will be playing Hanover Park at CCM on Saturday, February 20th. The team has been relying on Senior Colin McKenna and Sophomore Jack Rooney to contribute points and make killer plays throughout the season. Cougar Nation has been amazing at games, so continue to support the Boys as they compete in the County tournament and later, as they compete in States.

The Girl’s Basketball Team has also had some stellar achievements this season. One of the most noteable accomplishments is that Senior and Captain Cassandra Falone, committed to St. Michael’s College, surpassed the 1000th point mark in her high school career. This was a riveting moment for a player who has brought so much to the team since freshman year. The team, as a whole, is currently 15-7 this season. Recently, they were defeated by West Morris Central in the Morris County Quarterfinals. The team showed promise beating Villa Walsh 71-40, but Central proved to be a tougher competitor than expected. Nevertheless, the Girls still have time to improve in their last 3 regular season games before the State tournament begins. Don’t forget to support the girls before their season comes to a close.

The state-renowned Girls Swim Team is having an outstanding season once again. They are the Number 2 team in the state right now and have kept their perfect record throughout this season. They finally achieved 100 consecutive wins when they won their 8th consecutive Morris County title in the end of January . This achievement was very special for the Seniors because many of them have been contributing to this record from the beginning. The addition of Hannah Womer, who moved to Chatham this year, and Senior Nina Barrett helped lead the team to victory. In the State Tournament, the girls won their 8th straight Sectional Championship over President’s Day break. They had to swim one of their rivals, Scotch Plains- Fanwood, a team they barely beat earlier in the season. The score was 88-82, a slightly larger gap than the last time they beat them, and again, it came down to the last event, the 400 free relay. The girls then took on winning the Public B State semifinals. Based on the score, 132-38, defeating Northern Highlands was an easy feat. They will now go on to compete in the team’s 6th straight State championship, swimming against Ocean City. If they win, this would be their 104th victory and it would be a state record. Congratulations to the girls on all they have achieved this season and good luck in the State Championship on Saturday!

The Boy’s Swim Team, who has always fallen in the shadows of the Girl’s team, finally claimed a successful title for themselves. Although they don’t have a perfect record, the boys have swam some great meets, earning them a 9-4 record. Their greatest accomplishment came when they beat Madison to win the sectional title February 12th. This was the 1st sectional title for the Boys team since 2005. Considering the score was 122-48, it was no surprise that the team won 9 out of the 11 events in the meet. It was a full team effort, but Seniors Dennis Sullivan and Ryan Ding and Freshman Ethan Ding played a large role in leading the team to victory. The boys took on Demarest in the Public C Group Semifinals and sadly lost 108-62. This loss also ends their season for the winter. Congratulations on everything they have accomplished!

One team that hasn’t been getting as much press this winter is the Hockey Team. After graduating so many good players, such as the Albanese brothers, Will Barnett, and Bryn Casey, it took a little while for the team to find its rhythm again. The team has relied on the returning varsity players, such as Ryan Barnett, Austin Pierce, and Mark McNally, to show many of the talented underclassmen what it takes to play at the Varsity level. As of right now, their record is 8-11-2. A high point in their season was actually one of the two ties. In their second encounter against rival Morristown Beard, the boys forced a tie 5-5, after previously losing 6-0. Sadly, they were eliminated in the first round of the Mennen Cup playoffs in a 2-0 loss to Randolph. However, they have a lot to look forward to being seated number 7 in the Public B State tournament which starts February 22.

The Bowling Team recently finished their season, ending with a record of 37-61. In the County Tournament, Senior and Co-Captain Ashley Smith earned Third highest score series (603) and individual game (224) in the Girl’s division. However, they lost to Jefferson, eliminating them from competition. They more recently came in 6th in the State Sectional competition. Senior and Co-Captain Emma Steiner was the top bowler, coming in with a score of 219. Other top bowlers include Smith, Peter DeMaria, Nick Paskalides, Rose Behre, and Hannah Kelly-Quigley. Despite their record, the team was consistently improving and had some great highlights throughout the season, leaving them feeling proud of what they have accomplished this season.

The Wrestling team has had a tough season with a current record of 7-17, but many individuals have been performing well. In the Morris County Championship, Seniors Alex Wilson, Jake Holman, Michael Kellstrom, and Chris Kinder all made it to the quarterfinals before being defeated. Since then, many of the others on the team have stepped up in order to prepare for the District 10 tournament. Of the Morris County wrestlers, Kellstrom earned the top seed for the 285 pound weight bracket, Holman is the 3rd seed in the 160 lbs bracket, and Wilson is the 4th seed in the 195 lb bracket. Other wrestlers to be competing in Districts will be Aedan Joel, Griffin Keenan, David Panos, Luke Ciccarelli, Dan Reynolds, Dylan Schaffer, and Andy Gomez. Districts will take place on February 19th. Good luck to everyone who is continuing to compete!

The Girl’s Winter Track team has had some notable performances so far this year. Although they were not able to capture a County or Sectional title as a team, many individuals have been earning medals and winning races. A big accomplishment for the underclassmen was when the Freshmen won the Frosh/Soph Championship. With help from Colleen Rauch, Leila Kirton, Julia Piness, and Lauren Mumby, the team was able to outscore the 2nd place team by 17 points. In the Morris County Championship Meet, there were many season bests and great performances. Specifically, Simone Kirton came in second place in the 55m Hurdles and Alexandra Frenzel came in 6th in the 600m. After Counties came States, where the team had many qualifiers for Groups. Kirton was the Sectional Champion for the 55m Hurdles and Rashida Haye came in 2nd in the 55m Hurdles and 4th in the High Jump with a new Personal Record. Frenzel had a personal record coming in 6th in the 800m and 4x400m team of Haye, Erin Tencic, Phoebe Nichols, and Noelle Bessette came in 5th place. These girls will be competing on Saturday, February 20th in hopes of making it to the Meet of Champions. Throughout the season, Simone Kirton broke the school record in the 55m Hurdles and the Shuttle Hurdles team of Simone Kirton, Leila Kirton, Haye, and Nichols broke the school record. Congratulations to all the girls on everything they have accomplished this season and good luck at Groups!

The Boy’s Winter Track team has also had many notable performances and has been finding more success than the Girls this season. When it came to winning a County title and regaining their Sectional title in a new group as a team, the boys were sadly not able to complete this feat. However, they have broken many school records by winning many races this season. Stephen Bondurich broke the school record for the 300m and the 400m, Nick Ferrone broke the school record for the 55m, and the 4x400m and the 4x200m relays have also shattered their school record. When it came to the Frosh/Soph Championship, the Sophomore boys were able to gain the title, beating the second place team by 11 points. Colin Logsdon, Avery Brown, Thomas Walsh, and many others led the team to victory. In their most recent meet at Monmouth University, anyone was allowed to run, so in the 3000m, Coach DeSantis came in first, beating sophomore Colin Logsdon. In the Morris County Championship, the team as whole came in 3rd place. Jason Alexis came in first place for high jump, Stephen Bondurich won the 300m and set the County Meet Record, and the 4x400m relay team of Vincent Avallone, Nick Ferrone, Avery Brown and Bondurich won and also set a County Meet record. Senior Will Kraemer can in 2nd for Pole Vault as well. In the Sectional Meet, Chatham put up a stellar performance, tying for second as a team. Bondurich won the 400m and the 4x400m team won their event. Ferrone came in 2nd for the 55m, and there were many others who moved onto groups. The Groups Meet will be February 20th. Good luck to all those who are competing.

As some sports are coming to a close, others are just in the thick of the truly competitive part of the season. No matter what, this has definitely been a successful season for all!