The St. Sebastian's Varsity Baseball Team has been in a tough stretch, losing the past 3 ISL games. The team continues to battle and remains near the top of the ISL standings. The team is on the road next week playing at Belmoont Hill on Monday, at St. Mark’s on Wednesday, then at Brooks on Saturday.
The Arrows continued their late season hot streak this week with three victories. The team began with a decided 5-2 win over BB&N on the slick greens and sharp doglegs of Oakley Country Club. Two more victories were earned on Wednesday at Pine Brook in a tri-match against Governors (5-2) and Rivers (4-3). A masterful up-and-down by senior co-captain Jack Heeney for a birdie on the very last hole of the match clinched the victory against Rivers. One regular season match is left to play against Brooks, and the record now stands at 7-4-3. Next week, five of our players will head down to Newport Country Club for the ISL's 18-hole stroke play event, the Kingman Cup.
Last week the Arrows made two trips north, notching big victories over Lawrence and Govs. The team got off to a fast start against Lawrence, fueled by great face-off play by David Hahm and strong transition offense from the long poles and defensive midfielders. James Joyce won the Bear and Blazer award for his hard-nosed, physical play. And on Friday, the Arrows took down a powerhouse Governor’s team 16-8 behind three-goal performances from senior captains Charlie Hoffman and Matty Swirbalus and a five-point effort from freshman Tedy Frisoli. Sophomore goalie Chandler McClements won the Blear and Blazer award for all the big saves in the fourth quarter and for all his hard work during and after practice.
This past week the tennis team faced two competitive matches—an improved Middlesex team on Wednesday and last year’s New England Class C winner, Rivers. Hoping to go 2-0 for the week, the team had to settle for 1-1.The team played well against Middlesex, but eventually fell 3-4. All pro-sets in the doubles round were close. The first doubles team won 8-5, while the second team lost 6-8. With that split, it was up to the #3 team of Reid McInerney and Colby Nash. Down 3-6, these two battled back and brought the set to a deciding tie-break. Down early in this as well, McInerney and Nash turned the momentum, winning 8-6 in the tie-break. With a 1-0 lead in the match, Sebs only needed to take three of the singles matches for the win. In the end, though, we took just two: Timmy Weiss at #2 (6-1, 6-2) and Charely Bacon at #5 (7-5, 6-2). We had opportunities though. Johnny Hayes split sets at #1, but dropped the deciding super-tiebreak 6-10. And Reid McInerney at #4, overcoming a slow start, looked like he’d bring his match to super-tiebreak, but fell short in the second set 7-6, losing a close tiebreaker.Friday’s match against the Rivers School went better, though the final 6-1 score doesn’t reflect how close this match was. In the doubles round, Timmy Weiss and Charely Bacon controlled matters at #2, winning 8-1. The third doubles team loss (5-8) made for a déjà vu moment. Our first team was trailing for most of their match, but were able to bring their match to a deciding 7-point tiebreak, which they won 7-4. Although we took five of the singles matches, one of these went to a third set super-tiebreak. Johnny Hayes (#1) won this one 10-5. Reid McInerney also split sets (#4), and he won his super-tiebreak 10-6. The other winners: Timmy Weiss (#2), Yoyo Tian (#3), and Charley Bacon (#5).The team is 5-5 in league play with three matches this week.
Arrows ultimate had a busy week! It started off with a win at home against Belmont High School. Sebs got off to a fast start in the first half and never looked back on their way to a 11-5 victory. Senior Dhaniel Ramos and sophomore Cooper Bolton led the team is points thrown and points caught, respectively. Later in the week, the Arrows traveled down to Scituate hoping to avenge the only loss of the season so far. Sebs again started strong and got out to an 8-4 lead at halftime, but Scituate stormed back in the second half, tying the game at 14 and forcing a win-by-two overtime. However, the Arrows kept their composure and scored the next two points, en route to an exciting and gutsy 16-14 win. Ramos and Bolton again led the team in points thrown and points caught.
Over the weekend, the Arrows traveled to western Massachusetts to play in the New England Prep School Ultimate League (NEPSUL) Championship Tournament. In their first year at this tournament, the Arrows were selected to play in the top bracket, competing against some of the most talented prep school ultimate teams in New England. Although they battled in every game, the Arrows lost the first three pool play games against three very strong opponents: Hotchkiss School, Xavier High School, and Phillips Academy Andover. However, Sebs finished the day on a high note, defeating Choate Rosemary Hall by a score of 13-9. The Arrows finished 7th overall at the championship tournament.