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John Tierney '15 named US Lacrosse All-American

Wilbraham & Monson Academy's John Tierney '15 added something to his already impressive resume last week when he was named to the US Lacrosse All-American team.

"It's a big honor and I'm truly proud to be representing my team and the league," John said. "It will be something I will never forget."

John had an unforgettable career at WMA, where he helped turn a one-win team into a contender for the New England Division II title. He finished his brilliant four-year career with 194 goals and 176 assists.

"It's been incredible to be part of this turnaround," said John, who was also invited to play in the US Lacrosse All-American All-Star Game in Orlando this summer. "Going from one of the worst teams in New England to one of the best . . . this is something I will miss but I'm excited for my future at UMass. I want to win a couple national championships.

"It's an honor to represent my state, and it's going to be great to play for a great coach. I'm excited for what it will entail. The games should be great. We're hoping to beat North Carolina next year."

John, a three-time Brine All-American and four-time all-league player, has been invited to try out for the US U19 team this summer. He played on the Class of 2015 USA team last summer.

Colby Hamwey earns shutout; lax MVP

Goalie Colby Hamwey '15 and his Wilbraham & Monson Academy Boys' Lacrosse teammates received terrible news in mid-May when they learned there wasn't going to be a 2015 postseason due to a lack of schools willing to participate.

Colby's reaction to the last-second dilemma was to play a perfect game in his final performance on the WMA turf.

On Senior Day, Colby posted a shutout, leading the Titans to an 11-0 victory over Kingswood Oxford School May 13.

"That was my first high school shutout, and it was a great time to get it," said Colby, who served as a captain his senior season. "It was surreal. I'd been working toward it for a long time."

A day following his shutout, Colby was named MVP of the Boys' Lacrosse team at the Spring Athletic Awards Ceremony at the Alumni Memorial Chapel. It was the second year in a row Colby was named the team's Most Valuable Player.

"It's an honor," said Colby, who helped the team to an 8-5 record. "The defense helped me again this year. They made me look good. I want to thank all of them."

Colby was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year. He's a two-time All-Defensive team pick, and made the All-League Third team as a sophomore.

"Being able to coach Colby the last three seasons was a privilege," said Coach Mike MacDonald. "He came to practice every day and worked hard. He's the model lacrosse player we're looking for at WMA. We're proud of him and his hard work. In the classroom, he maintained a great grade point average and he got himself into a great school."

Colby will attend St. Lawrence University next season. He committed to play lacrosse at the Division III school in the fall.

Lauren Poole '17 sets shot put record

Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Lauren Poole '17 knows how to make the most out of a bad situation.

After being prohibited from running and jumping events on the WMA Track & Field team following a gymnastics injury, Lauren concentrated on improving in her throwing events.

The result, remarkably, was a school record, with Lauren smashing the previous shot put mark by more than two feet with a throw of 33 feet, three inches.

"I decided I was going to make the best of the situation and focus on throwing shot put," Lauren said. "It worked out."

Lauren's record came at a meet at Cheshire Academy May 9. She missed the first four meets of the 2015 season before throwing 26 feet in the two competitions prior to the Cheshire meet.

"I worked on technique, and I got into the weight room a few times," she said. "But mainly I worked on my form."

That extra work produced a new school mark, with Lauren easily breaking the mark of 30-9, which was set by Kaitlin Camilleri in 2008.

"It feels awesome," Lauren said. "I'm so happy. And I'm only a sophomore so I feel I can beat my PR."

Lauren concluded her season by finishing second with a throw of 30-4.5 at the New England Prep School Track Association Division III Championship May 16 at the Hyde School in Woodstock, Conn.

Softball earns spot in postseason

With the majority of its players returning from the 2014 tournament team, Wilbraham & Monson Academy Softball had everything in place to make another run at the league title in 2015.

Injuries to three starters early in the season, though, posed an unexpected challenge.

The Titans, however, were strong enough to overcome that challenge as the team qualified for the Western New England Prep School Girls' Softball Association Class B Tournament for the second year in row. Fourth-seeded WMA (10-5) will hit the road to take on top-ranked Ethel Walker May 16 at 2 p.m. in a semifinal.

"This was a more challenging year to make the playoffs," Coach Erik Kindblom said. "We've shown resiliency and the ability to handle difficult situations."

"I think we had a really good idea coming into the season that we were going to be competitive, but we started off with a lot of injuries," said pitcher Carly Venditti '16. "But we've really pulled together and we're headed to our peek right now and we're really going to bring it to Ethel Walker on Saturday."

The Academy started the season 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the league. The Titans, though, closed out the season on a seven-game winning streak, including five wins in the league, to clinch the fourth and final spot of the tournament.

"We started to get healthy again," Coach Kindblom explained. "It's been a team effort – not one or two defining players. We've had young players (Emelia Boyko '18 and Chloe Roux '19) step up to fill in for veteran players who became injured, and them playing to a level that exceeded my expectations."

WMA qualified for the postseason with a 7-2 win at Cheshire Academy Wednesday.

"We put a lot of pressure on them, and we were able to put pressure on them for seven innings and come out on top, and that last win got us into the playoffs," Coach Kindblom said.

The Academy beat Marianapolis Prep in a semifinal a year ago before falling to the Kingswood-Oxford School in the final.

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