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Weekly Game Recap 1.30.2023

Weekly Game Recap 1.30.2023


The St. Sebastian's basketball team improved to 16-0 with victories over ISL opponents Nobles and Brooks.  Against Nobles Thursday, Trevor Mullin ’23 scored 33 points to become St. Sebastian’s all-time leading scorer with 1771 career points.  Mullin passed John Bean ’85 who totaled 1769 points and held the program’s record for 38 years.  Bean was in attendance for the game with fellow Arrows 1000 points scorers Kevin O’Malley ’74, Gene Clerkin ’77, Pat Hegarty ’89, Mike Smith ’96, Jason Spiegel ’96, and Daryl Green ’97.  The next day at Brooks, the team fell down by as many as 15 points in the first half but rallied with a strong final 16 minutes to win 62-53.  Jaylen Harrell '25 was tremendous leading the Arrows with 28 points.


On Friday night the Arrows hosted a vastly improved and difficult Thayer squad who had just handed Cushing Academy their first loss of the season. Isaac Mitchell opened the scoring on a rebound goal to take an early lead.  After Thayer responded, Ben Merrill struck on a power play goal to go ahead 2-1.  21 seconds later Ben Stavaridis scored his first goal of the season on a great 2 on 1 play by Brendan Keaveney.  Thayer closed the gap to one before Teddy Mutryn struck on a tic-tac-toe play from Casey Mutryn and Mitchell.  Thayer once again closed the gap to one but some solid defense and great saves by Pelle Russo sealed a 4-3 victory.

On Saturday at Nobles, the Arrows spotted the opponent a 3-1 lead only 6 minutes into the game.  Jack Harney scored the only Seb's goal on the power play. The team continued to battle and applied a tremendous amount of pressure.  Casey Mutryn scored on the power play on a great feed from Colin Gorman but a power play goal by Nobles increased the lead to 2.  Aidan Connors ripped a shot top corner to close the second period to give the Arrows a great opportunity to finish the comeback.  Unfortunately, regardless of the constant pressure and great opportunities Seb's could not get the equalizer.  Next up for the Arrows this week is Milton Academy and St. Mark's.


The squash team faced two teams last week: Fessenden and Groton. The Arrows matched up well against Fessenden, and there were some close matches. Ultimately, St. Seb's was victorious overall 7-5 with the top 7 seeds bringing in 5 wins. Over the weekend, the Arrows traveled to Groton and faced a skilled and disciplined Groton squash team. Although Sebs played well in individual games, the precision and consistency of the Groton players was too much, and the Arrows lost 0-7. 


During these past two weeks of the season, the wrestling team improved to a 14-2 record. First on the list, they traveled up to Brooks to wrestle a depleted and injured team. They took care of business and beat Brooks by a score of 60-21. An impressive win by Seamus McDonough with several smooth takedowns put Brooks out of contention. The following Wednesday, 1/25/23, Belmont Hill came to the Arrow's wrestling room and proved too much for the Arrows. Belmont Hill has been a perennial powerhouse for a while and beat St. Seb's 66-12. 

Looking to get back on track, this past Saturday, the wrestling team traveled down to Pomfret for a quad match with Pomfret, Trinity-Pawling, and Suffield. The Arrows dominated for most of the day and wrestled a tough Trinity-Pawling team first. Dylan Lipof finished his opponent in the 2nd period with a pin and James Joyce finished it for the Arrows with a well-fought skillful 9-4 win. Afterwards, the team refocused for a Suffield team with several strong opponents. The Arrows got a very strong showing from 8th grader, Nolan Wishart and a dominating performance by captain Landon Bailey. Bailey had four takedowns in the 1st period and controlled the match completely. The final score was 72-9. Finally, the arrows took on Pomfret, who sported a young but tough team. The best match of the day was with a 126lb wrestler, where Arrow, Eddie Zhang, took on the 5th ranked wrestler in New England. The match finished tied 3-3 so it would go to sudden-death overtime. Within the first 10 seconds, Eddie shot a double leg takedown and won the match 5-3. The rest of the match would follow that tone and the Arrows would finish off Pomfret 63-18. 


The Ski Team has handled setbacks extremely well this season. With weather allowing only for a few practices, and races getting changed and moved, the team continues to focus on their next competition. This February, the team looks for colder weather and more races.