Before spring athletics kick into full gear and as the weather rounds the bases to true spring temperatures, we hope to reminisce, recap, and recognize a successful winter athletics season, one which saw all 3 Varsity teams reach winning records for the first time since 2002.
RL Nation fans who attended Varsity Basketball games witnessed a reenergized team which carved its way to a turn-around season. Despite losing several leaders from the previous year’s group, the players dauntlessly carried onward to a 12-10 record and a 7-8 standing in the ISL. Invigorated by spectators and the zealous coaching of Mr. Teixeira and Mr. Spellman, the team battled valiantly in home and away contests.
The most notable of the Foxes' bouts brought victories against ISL rivals Nobles & Greenough and Buckingham, Browne & Nichols on a jam-packed Winter Family Weekend. The team's tenacious back court led by Sawyer Wellman (II) and Myles Davis (III) set the tempo for the team's rugged play, while Daniel Shlayen (I) and Tim McCarthy (I) provided offensive power and grit to help seal crucial games throughout the season. The latter pair earned first team all-ISL honors and now pass their captaincy onto the former duo to build on the ’16-’17 team’s successes.
In light of a new hockey rink, the first ever on Roxbury Latin's campus, Varsity Hockey finished its '16-'17 season with a 16-8 record and a 7-6 record in league play. Led by Coach Cataruzolo and his staff, the team brought forth steady performances on the ice from all levels. Standout players Max Alsarraf (Class I, All-League 1st Team), Joe Doherty (Class I, All-League Honorable Mention) Bryan McGrath (Class I, All-League 1st Team), Andrew Song (Class I, ISL All-League Honorable Mention), Mike Callahan (Class II, All-League 1st Team), Jimmy Duffy (Class II, All-League 1st Team), and Jack Luca (Class III, All-League Honorable Mention) all earned All-League accolades.
In an array of challenging games, the team worked doggedly and came up with well-earned victories against notable opponents. In addition to finishing with a 1-0-1 record against rival Brooks School and a 2-0 standing against one of last year’s NEPSAC Champions, St. Mark’s, the Foxes won key matches against Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, St. George’s, Pomfret, and Middlesex. The team’s performance in the regular season earned them an 8 seed in this year’s NEPSAC (Piatelli/Simmons Division) Tournament. Despite an 0-4 loss to number 1 seeded Gunnery, the team finished with its first tournament birth since the ’07-’08 season and looks ahead to a bright future at their new home.
Varsity Wrestling finished its year on a high note with various individual and team successes. Led by Coach Wildes and captains Darcelis Worrell (I), Adam Banks (I), and Chris Jimenez (I), the team finished the season with an 18-1 record and an undefeated 11-0 record in ISL meets. The squad wrestled dominantly against perennial rival Brooks School en route to a 54-27 victory.
In the annual Graves-Kelsey Wrestling Tournament, RL finished with a 3rd place ranking amongst a competitive field of prep school programs. 10 wrestlers placed in their appropriate weight class and 5 finished in 3rd place or higher including Doevy Estimphile (III) and Evan Kisselev (IV), who walked away with 1st place, Adam Banks (I) and Chris Jimenez (I) who each earned 2nd place accolades, and Darcelis Worrell who wrestled to a 3rd place finish. 11 Players went on to qualify for the New England Tournament where Doevy Estimphile (III) and Evan Kisselev (IV) finished in 3rd place and eventually qualified for the National Prep School Wrestling Tournament at Lehigh University.
While the winter is (almost) behind us, our spring teams look to continue the momentum that our fall and winter teams have left behind. Roll Foxes!