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Roy Goodman was selected to the Perfect Game Preseason Northeast High School Senior Honorable Mention Team.
The Titans beat Cushing to advance to the semifinal round.
The Titans landed their fourth league title in a row.
Gene placed third in the 8-20 age group in the Eastern Region.

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Goodman '15 named to elite preseason baseball team

Even though he hasn’t even played an official game yet, Roy Goodman’s baseball season is off to a great start at Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

Roy, a member of the Class of 2015, was selected to the Perfect Game Preseason Northeast High School Senior Honorable Mention Team in March.

“I was walking into my kitchen and my dad said I got Northeast Honorable Mention. I said, ‘Did I?’ It was weird,” Roy said.

“I was shocked. There are a lot of good players I’ve played against in the northeast. I didn’t think I’d be an honorable mention so I was pretty happy about that. But I’m ready to get the season started and get back into the playoffs.”

Roy helped the Titans win the Cleary Division and reach the semifinal round of the Western New England Prep Baseball League postseason in 2014. With the help of nine exhibition games in Florida in mid-March, Roy hopes the team will be in position to return to the playoffs for his senior season.

“We played really well in Florida,” explained Roy, a speedy outfielder who will attend and play baseball next season at Framingham State University. “We were down in three of the games and came back to win. We won on a walk-off. All of that will help us in the season.”

This March has been a memorable month for Roy, who was named MVP of the Boys’ Winter Track team at the Varsity Sports Awards Ceremony March 3.

“I was kind of surprised when I got MVP because it’s not my main sport,” Roy said. “I didn’t realize how well I was doing until Coach (Sean) McGrath ’07 and Coach (Tom) Iannacone said I could be a good track runner at the next level.”

Roy sure turned out to be a good track runner this season, working his way into being a top-level sprinter. He won a pair of 55-yard races before finishing fourth in the 55-meter dash at the historic Armory in New York City at an open meet.

Along with the bus rides for away meets, Roy said his fondest memory of the season was earning two wins in the 55 after placing second in the first two meets.

“Most of our meets were at Andover, and there was this one kid who beat me twice at the start of the season,” Roy said. “And then for the third meet I trained specifically to beat him and then I beat him twice. Beating him was a relief. Coach McGrath taught me some little things and that helped me. Without his help I would not have done as well as I did.”

 

Boys' Basketball wins AA quarterfinal

Of all of its games this season, the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys’ Basketball team let its mid-February matchup against Cushing Academy slip away.

The Titans got that game back yesterday. Playing with great energy and following its game plan for all 38 minutes, WMA grabbed the lead early and never let go as the #4 Titans defeated #5 Cushing 73-59 in a NEPSAC Class AA quarterfinal game on the road.

“Our guys were hungry to get a game back that we had lost just two weeks before,” said Coach Mike Mannix, whose team fell to Cushing 72-67 during the regular season. “I could see in their eyes that they knew they had a good opportunity, and our guys are always in the right mindset when it comes to preparing for a game.”

Derick Newton ’15 (23 points) and Curtis Cobb ’15 (22) led the Titans (19-11), who did an excellent job preventing Cushing from getting its transition game going. Wenyen Gabriel ’16 gave WMA a huge lift in the second half, scoring eight points in the opening minutes to thwart the host’s comeback bid.

The victory earned WMA a semifinal date at top-seeded Tilton Academy Saturday at 4 p.m. Calling this group the “best road team I’ve coached in 15 years,” Coach Mannix sees this matchup as another opportunity.

“We have a ton of confidence on the road, and that will help us mentally and physically to play,” Coach Mannix said.

The final will be held Sunday at Endicott College at 3 p.m.

Boys' Swimming wins WNEPSSA DII title

Another year, another banner for the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys’ Swimming team.

For the fourth year in a row, the Titans won a Western New England Prep School Swimming Association title, claiming the Division II championship for the 2014-15 season after their win at the Bud Erich Invitational Feb. 28 at the Hopkins School.

“It’s amazing to see how the team has grown and improved,” captain Andres Feng ’15 said. “We’ve worked so hard during the season.”

All that hard work was evident at the championship invitational as WMA avenged regular season losses to the Williston Northampton School and Canterbury School to win the title.

“It was spectacular,” captain Austin Fabbo ’15 described. “We won the Division III last year, but there was no Division III this year so we moved up to Division II. We had to beat two teams that beat us during the regular season in order to win the championship.”

WMA had nine top 10 finishes, which was impressive considering the meet included schools of all divisions. The 200 medley relay team of Austin, Bill Holloman ’15, Happy Chang ’18 and Tim Beloborodov ’16 was the team’s highest finisher, taking second and earning a medal.

Austin (200 freestyle) and Bill (100 breaststroke) both placed fourth, and Bill (200 individual medley) and Happy (100 breast) took fifth. Austin touched sixth in the 100 backstroke, and Happy was ninth in the 100 butterfly. The 200 free relay combo of Jake Howarth ’15, Tan Daloonpet ’15, Tim and Jack Wilson ’19 were fifth, and the 400 free relay team of Bill, Tan, Austin and Happy came in seventh.

 

Gene Kang '20 places 3rd at national archery event

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Gene Kang ’20 felt the pressure of competing at a national event.

In the end, though, Gene proved he could handle the pressure.

Competing against people nearly twice his age, Gene finished third in his age group in the Eastern Region at the 2015 Junior Olympic Archery Development National Indoor Championships at Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale Feb. 20-22.

“There was a lot of pressure and stress being at nationals, but I think I got through it during the three days I was there,” Gene said. “I hope to do it again next year.”

After a practice day, Gene shot a 410 (of 600) on the first day of competition before scoring a 379 on the final day. His age group included shooters ages 8-20.

Gene said he was “pleased with his performance” because he was “trying to break 400.” The national event not only included shooters from throughout the country, but from Nigeria, Australia, South Korea and Canada as well.

Gene had a busy, and successful, month of February. He won his age group at the New England Indoor Warm-up, took fifth in his age group at the New England Indoor Championship, and was the runner-up in his age group at the Connecticut State Indoor Championship prior to the national meet.

“I’m getting better,” Gene said. “I think I can do better next year and I think I can do better at nationals if I go.”

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