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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

Wenyen Gabriel '16 offered hoop scholarship to Texas, Notre Dame

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Wenyen Gabriel ’16 is a hard worker inside the classroom and on the basketball court, and all that hard work is about to pay off.

Wenyen stole the show at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet in Georgia last week, so much so that he was the talk of the showcase.

After the tournament he was offered basketball scholarships from Texas and Notre Dame. The 6-foot, 11-inch forward has already been offered scholarships from Vanderbilt, Rice, Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, DePaul, Alabama, Xavier, Providence and Kansas State.

“Playing on a stage like that really excited me,” Wenyen said. “Having all those coaches watching you play is what every high school player wants. I’m just glad it turned out well and I’m looking forward to seeing them again this week in New York at the adidas All-American Camp.”

Click here to read the story on scout.com.

Wenyen Gabriel ranked #84 by ESPN

Much like his smile, the future is bright for Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Boys’ Basketball player Wenyen Gabriel ’16.

In the latest ESPN poll, Wenyen cracked the top 100 among the Class of 2016, landing in the #84 spot and #1 in his home state of New Hampshire.

“We are all very proud of Wenyen and everything he has accomplished in his first year at WMA,” Coach Mike Mannix said. “He is continuing to work hard during the summer and I am confident he will keep rising in the rankings. He is a special talent and a young man of high character. Next season, he will have the opportunity to play multiple positions on the floor and be one of our team leaders.”

Wenyen was a leader in the classroom as well, earning honor roll status in each trimester. His athletic and academic talents make the 6-foot-10-inch forward one of the prized recruits in the Class of 2016. He has already been offered scholarships to Boston College, Providence College, New Hampshire, St. Bonaventure, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, Kansas State, Maryland, Miami, Rice, Xavier, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, Vanderbilt and Virginia. Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton have also expressed interest.

Wenyen helped the Titans reach the semifinal round of the NEPSAC AA Conference tournament last season. He was named to the league’s honorable mention list.

 

Baseball enjoys another banner season 

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Baseball team came within three outs of accomplishing all of its goals for the season. The Titans didn’t reach their final goal, but the program has reached new heights.

WMA enjoyed one of its best seasons in years, winning the Cleary Division and a semifinal before falling in the Western New England Prep Baseball League championship.

“Before we left for Florida I had the guys write down some individual goals and some team goals,” Coach Jim Irzyk explained. “When I put that list together there were clearly three things the guys wanted to accomplish as a team: win the Cleary, which we did; next was to get to the championship, which we did; and next was to win the championship, which we didn’t, but we accomplished two of the three goals.”

WMA lost to the Salisbury School 4-3 in the final after beating the Canterbury School 15-1 in a semifinal.

“We felt we were a championship team so we were very confident going into the semifinal game that we would find a way to win that game, and we did easily,” Coach Irzyk said. “In the championship, we believed we could win. Our guys know now that our expectation is to get to the playoffs every year.”

The Titans bought into Irzyk’s philosophy of “compete, think, team.” From the first game in Florida in mid-March to the final in late-May, the team prepared and worked well as a unit. “We competed each game, each inning, each pitch,” Coach Irzyk said. “That was the mantra, and that’s what it took to win the Cleary Division. It was a great accomplishment.”

Leading the way toward that accomplishment was a great group of seniors. The Class of 2015 – Shawn Boston, Alex Caldwell, Anthony Garro, Zane Kagan, Roy Goodman, Go Mekeda, Jeff Park, Luke Pelletier and Danzel Williams – all brought something to the table for the Titans, whether it was great play at bat and in the field, or support from the bench.

“The senior class . . . they were close,” Coach Irzyk said. “They worked together in the off-season and on the weekends. They were determined to make their senior season the best. What I appreciated was they accepted their roles on the team. I appreciated that, and they bought into the team aspect. It was a determined group of seniors who led by example and who have set a high bar for the sophomores and juniors going forward.”

Five days after falling in the final, the team received some good news when it was announced at WMA’s Prize Day that it won the school’s sought after Trustees Cup, awarded annually to one team based on performance on the field, performance in the classroom and WMA citizenship.

“Winning the Trustees Cup was a complete surprise,” Coach Irzyk admitted. “We didn’t mention it as a team goal. I’m happy that it happened through the hard work on the field, in the classroom and how they presented themselves on campus. They were a team. The Trustees Cup takes into account a lot of different factors a team does during the season, and how they handle themselves on campus.”

Postseason awards included:

  • Team MVP: Shawn Boston ’15
  • Team Coaches Award: Roy Goodman ’15
  • Cleary Division co-MVP of the Year: Shawn Boston ’15
  • Cleary Division Pitcher of the Year: Steve Fleury ’16
  • First Team All-League: Jake Breton ’17, Anthony Garro ’15, Joey Mack ’16, Tom Quinn ’16
  • Second Team All-League: Alex Caldwell ’15, Roy Goodman ’15, Andrew Wood ’17
  • Underclassman All-Star Game: Jake Breton ’17, Jonathan Cotto &rs

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