State of the winter season

Following the exciting Winter Sting, Hackley’s winter teams prepare for the rest of their season

By Bailey Griffen, Sports Editor

Throughout the winter season, Hackley has boasted strong performances across its eight varsity teams. With many impressive accomplishments thus far, the community looks forward to supporting teams as they approach some of the loftiest challenges of the season with championship tournaments, meets, and matches in the near future.

The results continued for the Basketball teams as the boys, led by Andrew Chung and Will Balentine, have an 8-6 winning record. Captains Meghan Cunningham and Kristen Bringsjord have worked on building a strong base as they have much young talent, including many freshman members. They have won two league games.

The Fencing team has also seen a successful season, and much hard work culminated in the ISFL Individual Championship on January 28 where Epee captain, Josh Zhang, become the individual boys Epee champion. With a strong and large leadership and eighth graders Ella Boodell, Max Bryant, and Alex Kirchgaessner, the team has much promise going into the ISFL team Championship meet when it will fence each team in the league.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Varsity Squash team has a strong roster, arguably one of the most talented in recent years. The boys have been undefeated this season and the girls have an 11-3 record. Both teams play eighth graders, Ryan Chen and Nina Mital respectively, in their line-up. The team is looking forward to High School Nationals on February 11 where the boys hope to get a DI seed.

The Swimming team has made quite a splash this season despite the loss of many key seniors last year. It also has a promising future with many younger members, including eighth grader Mary Rotenberg. The girls are currently 3-1 in the league, while the boys have an 4-0 record.

This year, the Winter Track team has had a strong run. While the distance team used early meets as a chance to work out, the sprinting and throwing teams have seen many successes. Notably, Onye Ohia-Enyia ran a school record in the 300 meter at the prestigious Molloy Stanner Games. Girls and boys have consistently had scorers in the top 5 in the 300 meters and 55 meter hurdles at Ivy League meets.

The Wrestling team makes up for its few members in dedication and skill. While the beginning of the season saw the team forfeit matches against schools they could have otherwise beaten, the Wrestling team has begun to exhibit its potential. They beat Salesian at the Winter Sting.