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Coach Mannix will coach a team at the Mary Kline Classic in May.
Nate will compete at the national tournament in Houston with the Mizuno East 16U team.
Lauren won the vault at the Connecticut State Championship.
Goodluck Okonoboh '14, Taylor Fortin '14, Max Hoetzel '14, Curtis Cobb '15 and Marcel Pettway '15 earned postseason honors.

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Coach Mannix to lead basketball team at all-star game

Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys’ Basketball Coach Mike Mannix has been selected to coach one of the fastest growing basketball events in the country.

Coach Mannix will lead a team of all-stars at the Mary Kline Classic, which will be held May 31 at 6 p.m. at West Orange High School in New Jersey. The fourth-year event is named in honor of the mother of the showcase’s tournament director, Alex Kline.

“It is an honor to be chosen to coach at the Mary Kline Classic,” Coach Mannix said. “The game has grown into one of the most popular high school all-star games in the country in a short period of time.

“Alex Kline puts on a great event in remembrance of his mother and he has used the event as a way to raise money for cancer research. I look forward to participating in this year’s event and supporting its philanthropic cause for years to come.”

The event has remarkably raised $55,000 for cancer research in three years, including $27,000 last year. All proceeds go toward the National Brain Tumor Society and Brain Tumor Research at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

The one-day event hosts a dunk contest, senior game, and underclassmen game.

“This event is a way for high school basketball players to show that they play for a purpose and are not one dimensional,” Mr. Kline said. “The objective is for this community outreach to show how powerful the game of high school basketball has become in order to raise awareness, as well as funds, for cancer research.”


WMA's Nate Barone '16 to play at national volleyball tournament

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Nate Barone ’16 has been selected to play for the Mizuno East 16U team at the 35th annual USA Volleyball Boys’ Junior National Championships.

Nate will travel to Houston July 1-4 to compete against the best volleyball players in the country.

“It means a lot to me that they didn’t even need me to try out and they have the confidence in me to play on this team and play this level of ball,” said Nate, whose primary position is outside hitter. “I knew all the coaches and they knew me. They liked my effort and that I’m willing to put time into the sport to get better and learn.”

Nate has competed in matches and tournaments throughout the northeast, but this will be his first time traveling outside of the area.

“It’s exciting,” said Nate, an honor roll student at WMA. “We’re going to Texas to play. This will be a new experience for me: in Texas playing high-level ball. We’ll get to see and play against players who are going to play college ball. It will be a great experience to be around such great volleyball players who love the sport. Watching people play who have a real passion sparks something in me and makes me happy to be a part of the sport.

“I have a passion for the game. I love hitting. Scoring points for the team . . . it’s like scoring a goal in soccer but it happens 25 times a game. It’s a huge team sport and you bond with your team in a way that I haven’t with any other sport.”

Mizuno East is based in Bridgeport, Conn.

Lauren Poole '17 wins state title in gymnastics

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Lauren Poole ’17 won another state title this gymnastics season, but unlike other years, this championship came with a big reward.

After winning the vault in a field of 44 competitors at the Connecticut State Championship, Lauren was selected to compete at the regional competition for Team Connecticut.

“Working really hard in the gym paid off,” said Lauren, who competed in the Level 8 category. “Making regionals has been a goal of mine ever since I started competing so making it was quite an accomplishment.”

Lauren won the vault for the sixth time in seven years at the state meet, which was held this season March 23 at Hamden, Conn. The win on vault was particularly sweet because she successfully completed a new routine.

“It was amazing,” said Lauren, who also placed sixth in the all-around. “I worked really hard and it was the first time I performed that type of vault in a competition. I felt prepared because I did it a bunch of times in practice.

“I also thought I did pretty well at the all-around. I did a new connect on beam for the first time so being able to complete that was good.”

Along with her six titles on vault, she’s won the bars three times, all-around three times, and the floor exercise once at the state meet. She will compete the regional meet in Woburn April 27.


WMA lands 5 basketball players on All-NEPSAC team

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys’ Basketball team may have come up a notch short of its goal of winning a New England title, but the Titans sure didn’t come up short in regards to postseason honors.

Five players from WMA were selected to the All-NEPSAC Class AA team for the 2013-14 season.

“I’m proud of our guys and all their individual and team accomplishments,” WMA Coach Chris Sparks ’95 said. “To have five guys make All-NEPSAC is a testament to their hard work and dedication. Although we fell short of our goal this season, it’s nice to see the guys get rewarded.”

Goodluck Okonoboh ’14 was selected to the first team, while Taylor Fortin ’14 earned a spot on the second team. Max Hoetzel ’14 was named to the third team, while Curtis Cobb ’15 and Marcel Pettway ’15 were chosen for the honorable mention team.


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