The St. Sebastian's basketball team earned two ISL victories last week by winning on the road at St. Mark's 74-57 and at home against Middlesex 87-37. The Arrows head into the final two weeks of the season with a 21-0 record and will next face a tough road opponent in Lawrence Academy on Wednesday (5:15 pm). The team will return home Saturday to host Governors Academy on senior day (1:00 pm).
The Arrows traveled to Belmont to take on the Hillies in a great ISL rivalry game. However, a subpar first period by Seb's put the team in a hole that was too insurmountable. Power play goals by Casey and Teddy Mutryn as well as Isaac Mitchell closed the gap in the second and third periods but the Arrows dropped this contest 6-4. On Friday, Seb's came out with a different approach and jumped to an early 3-0 lead against Lawrence Academy. Nolay Flynn scored a minute into the game on a breakaway, Ben Merrill scored on the power play from a great pass by Isaac Mitchell and Matt Cataldo scored shorthanded from a great individual effort from Teddy Mutryn. Brendan Keaveney and Casey Mutryn completed the scoring as Kam Carkner earned his first win as a varsity goalie. Arrows will travel to Tabor academy on Wednesday and then host Governor's Academy on Saturday.
St. Sebastian's squash had two matches against two very skilled and experienced squash programs last week. First, the Arrows traveled down the street to take on Nobles on Monday. Sophomores Ryan Pat and Liam Cunjak and freshman César Hernández came away with wins, but unfortunately, the other four players in the top seven seeds did not, and the Arrows fell 3-4. On Saturday, St. Sebastian's was again on the road, but this time to Belmont Hill. Though each Arrow competed with gusto, the team was ultimately outmatched and returned home without a victory. There are no matches this week, but the Arrows are looking forward to a rematch with Nobles the following Friday.
Last week, the arrows took on Philips Andover in their last match of the season. The match went back and forth and was a very strong showing from both teams. Philips Andover has a very strong squad this year, with several wrestlers projected to win NE's. The match was highlighted for the arrows with a critical win at 138 lbs. from 8th grader Carter Rich. Had he lost or been pinned, the Arrows would have lost the match. However, Richie pulled out an exciting 5-4 win. Next up, senior Michael Kalinichenko, stepped in for Eddie Ryan, and wrestled against Andover's captain at 144lbs. Chenko's goal for the team was to not get pinned by his opponent. He fought valiantly for 6 full minutes and accomplished his mission. Another giant morale boost for the Arrows. James Joyce and Landon Bailey sealed the deal, with James earning a quick first-period pin, and Landon taking a forfeit to win the match 42-35. This was the closest match the Arrows faced all year. The Arrows finish their dual meet season 16-2.
Then, on Saturday, the Arrows traveled to BB&N for the Graves Kelsey (ISL Championship) tournament. As a team, the arrows ended up taking 3rd in the ISL, their best finish ever, finishing just behind Roxbury Latin. The arrows had 12 place finishers, another Sebs record, including two at 6th place, two in 5th place, six in 3rd place, one in 2nd place, and one champion at 215lbs, Landon Bailey. Landon was also voted the OW, Outstanding Wrestler, of the tournament. Another Seb's first. It was a great day for the arrows and because of their success, they will bring twelve wrestlers to the NEPSAC championships next Friday and Saturday in Philips Andover.
Last week the boys skied two slalom races placing 7th and 8th as a team. Bobby Keller placed 10th and 14th overall and was our top finisher. A number of the skiers made their debut competing in slalom a mark of willingness and character given the lack of opportunity to train.