A “frosty” preview: Thumpetty thump thump, here come winter sports

Will Dumke, Staff Writer

As the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, most athletes pack up their gear and head inside. For the winter season sports teams. This is the moment they have been waiting for. Even with some impressive seniors lost last year, most of the coaches have high hopes for their teams.

Boys’ Indoor Track: Running never stops at Staples, and as the temperature drops, the boys sprint into the winter season, led by Coach Laddie Lawrence. Even with the loss of exceptional runner Henry Wynne, Lawrence has high expectations for the team.

“We have enough talent coming back and some new guys who are going to help the team, and even though we graduated some very good guys, I still think we are going to be pretty good,” Lawrence said.

Boys’ Swimming: Even though the bitterness of winter is approaching, the boys’ swim team is getting ready to hit the pools and dive into the upcoming season. Led by Coach Frisk Driscoll, the boys’ swim team has the potential to be a consistently winning team this year.

“I think we are going to have a really good season this year. We have a lot of potential to do so. We have a strong senior class that’s veteran, and they can be great leaders for the younger groups,” Driscoll said. “I think we can have a chance to have a couple of school records fall. This can be one of the better seasons for Staples’ swimming of all time.”

Girls’ Ski Team: When the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, most athletes pack up their gear and head inside. The Staples’ ski team has been waiting all year. Led by captains Cecilia Kiker ’14, Ali Thomson ’14, and Caitlin Hartmann ’14, the girls’ ski team has potential to be one of the best teams in the state.

“My expectations are that the girls give 100 pecent, work hard and be willing to work together to give the team the best chance to win. We have a strong core of varsity skiers returning from last year,” Coach Tom Owen said.

“The girls’ team is really going to kick it up a couple of notches this year and buckle down for a season to remember.” Thomson added, “I can feel the gold at states coming this year. The season is going to be a blast.”

Boys’ Basketball: As winter nears, the anticipation for varsity boys’ basketball grows. Most of the players, like captains Andrew Felman ’14, Darryle Wiggins ’14 and David Katz ‘14, have been practicing long hours in the off-season. Even though the team has lost some impressive players from last year such as Peter Rankowitz ’13 and James Frusciante ’13, Coach Colin Devine still has high hopes for this year’s team.

“We hope that the hard work will continue into the regular season, and we can be a playoff basketball team,” Devine said.

Girls’ Indoor Track: Led by Coaches Jesse McCray and Carrie Moore, the girl’s indoor track team is ready to run straight to the start of the winter season. This year is supposed to be a very strong year with outstanding athletes such as Hanna Debalsi ’16.

“We should do pretty well,” Moore said. “We placed really high in FCIACS last year, and we did pretty well at States. We have a few exceptional athletes on the team and they should do very well individually but should also help push the team.”