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Members of the team visited the hospital for children in November.
The Titans will play eight games at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach.
Molly, who earned the team's Coaches Award this season, will play Division I college soccer.
The Titans earned their first win of the season after posting their highest score of 2014-15.

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Water Polo team visits Shriners Hospital

With strong swimmers like Austin Fabbo ’15, and twins Jack and Liam Kirwan ’15, Wilbraham & Monson Academy had a strong and enthusiastic Varsity Water Polo team.

The team’s real strength, however, was in its sensitive understanding and compassion for the athletically less able. With the thoughtful leadership of Lucy Abramian ’15, a three-year team member and a patient at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, she collaborated with the Water Polo team to raise money and collect can tabs.

Also, Joseph Mack ’16, a first-year member, spearheaded a successful effort to collect books, games and toys for the enjoyment of the young patients during their hospital stay. Then, members of the team devoted their time by personally delivering the gifts and visiting the hospital in November. The team’s caring generosity was greatly appreciated.

 

Baseball set for 2015 Florida trip

For the third year in a row, the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Baseball team will escape the New England winter weather and start its season in sunny Florida.

The 2015 Titans will play eight exhibition games and partake in eight practices during its March 11-16 stay at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach.

“The Florida trip gets us into game form,” said outfielder Roy Goodman ’15, who played in the previous two March trips to Florida. “It gets us on the field and gives everyone a chance to show what they can do, and gives the coaches an idea of what everyone can do. It gets us a step ahead of everyone else when the season comes around.”

WMA will play against teams from North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as a pair of games versus a club team from Ontario, Canada. Three of the eight games will be played under the lights. All of the games will be live streamed.

 

Molly Socha '15 inks NLI with Hartford

Molly Socha ’15 said her senior season on the Girls’ Soccer team at Wilbraham & Monson Academy was like a movie. There was definitely a sad scene late in the movie, but overall, it was a great movie.

“It was like a movie: we had a great regular season, then we won a quarterfinal in the playoffs in penalty kicks, and then we won our semifinal, and then we went to the final,” Molly explained. “Making it there was . . . I couldn’t ask for any better. Obviously it was sad to lose, but we were all crying because of our chemistry and leaving each other. I think that’s what everyone believed. I’ve never been on a team where the chemistry was so close. It was a family – a true family.”

On the field, the season didn’t end the way Molly and her teammates had wanted, with the Titans losing in the New England Class B final. Off the field, though, Molly’s season had a great ending, with Molly signing her National Letter of Intent to attend Division I University of Hartford.

“At first, I went and I didn’t know what to expect because it’s in Hartford,” Molly said. “But I loved the campus. It was beautiful. I really, really like the coach. I met the girls on the team and loved the atmosphere and felt I could fit in great.”

Molly was a great fit for the Titans during her four-year career. She received the team’s Coaches Award following her senior season, which she co-captained with Tori Bernardo ’15.

Coach Don Nicholson ’79 said, “Molly concludes a tremendous career at the Academy – four years of being a starter and being a tremendous contributor to the team, and culminating her senior season by being named a captain and leading the team to the New England final, and also a division championship along the way.”

Molly has known for nearly a year she was going to attend and play at Hartford. She verbally committed in June of 2014. She said the Academy has her prepared for the rigors of being a Division I student-athlete.

“WMA made a huge impact on me when it came to picking out colleges,” Molly said. “Soccer-wise, I wanted to play at the highest level I could. And, in an academic sense, I can achieve my grades at the highest level due to the AP and honors courses I’ve taken and to the pressure. I’ve built skills. WMA has influenced me picking a college, and has influenced me as a person since freshman year.”

Riflery beats Avon

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Riflery team bested Avon Old Farms 946-944 on Feb. 14. The team’s score of 946 (out of 1,000) was its high for the season.

This victory is significant because Avon Old Farms is one of the strongest teams in the league. This is the first time WMA has beaten Avon Old Farms in more than a decade. The team also defeated Xavier High School last year with the same score of 946, which was its first win last year, as well as its first win in more than a decade.

Not only was this win remarkable for the Titans because they were the underdogs approaching the match, but this was the team’s first win of the year, making them 1-4 as of Feb. 17.

The team’s top scores were 193 (out of 200) for Winner Le ’15, and 191 for Sally Qiu '16. Winner is new to the sport of riflery, and has quickly honed in his skills.

“I didn't know that Avon was a good team,” said Winner. “It felt even better when I found out we beat them.”

Although both Winner and Sally had commendable marks, scores from RJ Taylor ’15, Josh VanVoorhis ’16 and Jeb Brown ’15 of 189, 188 and 185 helped the team beat Avon Old Farms.

Coach John Lombard is proud of his team, and impressed with the team’s performance so far this year.

“I give a lot of credit to the students,” said Coach Lombard. “We have a lot of veterans who have been good mentors.”

Riflery will be participating in the Prep Gallery on Feb. 18.

By James Sabatino ’16

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