5 WMA athletes medal at Bay State Games
Even though the Summer Olympics weren't held in 2015, there were still opportunities for athletes to earn gold medals.
In mid-July, the Bay State Games hosted its annual sports tournament, calling upon athletes to represent the six different regions of Massachusetts in various competitions. Four Wilbraham & Monson Academy athletes went home with medals.
Val MacEachern '17, playing a defensive wing for the West team, won the gold medal in soccer, while Marissa Fabbo '17 took home the gold in softball. The tournaments were held at the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in Waltham.
Val said, "It was really great winning. We were originally in second place. It was a fight to the finish, and playing Northeast, a well put together team, was quite difficult. It was just an overall great experience."
After five games of pool play, the West faced the Northeast in the final, with Val and the West posting a 3-1 victory to win the gold medal.
"I would like to thank my coaches for putting me on the team," said Val. "I had a great time meeting all the girls and training for three weeks with them. Once the tournament came, I felt ready to play."
Marissa played every game at catcher for the West, which beat Central 7-3 in the gold medal contest after losing to the same squad 6-2 the previous game.
"I played with a bunch of girls I play travel ball with a few years ago. They're really good," Marissa said. "It was good to get back together with them. We really bonded as a team."
Marissa, who batted .333 for the tournament, said the West hadn't won the gold medal at Bay State Games in seven years.
Nick Kubacki '16, along with his West soccer team, won the silver medal after losing to Central 3-1 during the gold medal game.
The baseball tournament for the Bay State Games took place at Bentley University in Waltham. Outfielder Joey Mack '16 and catcher Tom Quinn '16 supported their West team in winning the bronze medal, with an overall record of 3-2.
By Mary Sparago '17