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Anthony was invited to try out for the Division I Rams as a preferred walk-on.
Steve struck out 15 of the 27 batters he faced.
Andrew earned the Coaches Award for Winter Track.

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Ally Stoll '15 sets Girls' Track record

After four years of trying, Alexandra “Ally” Stoll ’15 has her school record.

Ally etched her name into the Girls’ Track record books April 25 when she ran the fastest 110-meter high hurdle time in school history. In a home quad-meet, Ally ran a time of 16.35 seconds, smashing the mark set in 1999 by Jaimie Prashaw ’99.

“That was amazing to me,” Ally said. “For four years a goal of mine has been to set a record. That record has been here since 1999, and I think mine will be here a while. Leaving a legacy now as I graduate seems really great.”

When Ally finished, she wasn’t sure she had broken the record because her hurdling form was off for the race.

“I’ve been trying to beat it for two years,” she said. “I was running and thinking, ‘If I can sprint just as fast as I can . . . ’ My form went out the window. I must have hit every hurdle. My knee is still swollen. But it was worth it because I beat the record.

“When I finished I thought I was a little too sloppy. I told Mr. (Steve) Gray ’73 before the race I had to be faster than 16.89, and he showed me the watch when I finished and it was 16.35 and I was very happy.”

Along with the high hurdles, Ally has excelled at the pole vault and 300 low hurdles, scoring roughly 15 points/meet for the Titans.

Ally, who has worked on her hurdling with Coach Marissa Axtell, will attend and run track at Mount Holyoke College next season.

Anthony Garro '15 headed to URI Football

Colleges from throughout New England were recruiting Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Anthony Garro ’15 to play football.

When it came time to make a decision, though, the chance to play at home was too good to pass up.

Anthony, a resident of Westerly, R.I., will attend and try out for the football team as a preferred walk-on at the University of Rhode Island.

“Coming out of Westerly, a lot of students go to URI, but I don’t know of any recent grads that have played football there,” Anthony said. “To be offered the opportunity to play for a FCS program is something special. I have been lucky to have been surrounded by great coaches at Westerly and WMA that motivated me to play at the next level. The work I put in with my coaches, teammates, father and brother has all culminated, and it’s pretty cool to see how everything works out in the end.

“I’m going to be majoring in kinesiology, specializing more in athletic training, so even if the football route doesn’t go as planned I have the chance to work with the team from that aspect."

Anthony had offers from Division II Stonehill College and the University of New Haven, and was also recruited by Division III Bates College and Norwich Academy. He also considers playing baseball at Division III Eastern Connecticut State University and Roger Williams.

Anthony made his decision after attending the Preferred Walk-on Day at URI in March.

“The presentation by the coaches, tour of the facilities and overall day was just great,” he said. “They reviewed my film and talked to me about competing for a starting position as a punter.”

In his postgraduate season for the WMA Football team, Anthony averaged 44 yards/punt, led the team in interceptions and was the second-leading receiver in catches. He earned all-conference second team honors.

“The opportunity I’ve received at WMA is something I’m thankful for,” he said. “Coach (Jeff) Vartabedian is a fantastic guy. He helped me through the whole process. He made this URI thing happen.”

After a successful March trip to Historic Dodgertown in Florida with the WMA Baseball team, Anthony has helped the Titans get off to a 5-1 start, with clutch batting from the clean-up spot and his play at first base.

At Westerly High School, Anthony played football, basketball and baseball, earning First Team All-Division II South in football and baseball.

 

Steve Fleury '16 leads WMA to win over Williston

When Wilbraham & Monson Academy pitcher Steve Fleury ’16 is on, he’s tough to beat.

Against one of the Titans’ biggest rivals, Steve was on . . . again.

Steve, who beat Suffield Academy last week, fired a two-hitter and struck out 15 of the 27 batters he faced as WMA thumped host Williston Northampton School 13-0 April 23.

“It’s a big win. Williston is always a rivalry game,” said Steve, a hard-throwing right-hander. “We got out in front of them early and put up a lot of runs. The past two games we had 49 hits. It’s awesome and great to get that sort of run support.

“My fastball was locating well and my off-speed pitches were moving a lot with the wind blowing back.”

Steve withstood some challenging elements, with the cold, wind and a touch of snow making an appearance during the league game.

“Steve had a nasty curve ball today that froze many batters,” Coach Jim Irzyk said. “He hit his locations and was in command throughout the game.”

WMA (5-1) pounded out 22 hits, with the top four batters in the lineup combining for 13 hits. Shawn Boston ’15, who hit a game-ending grand slam the previous day in a win against Pomfret, and Anthony Garro ’15 were 4 for 5. Roy Goodman ’15, Jonathan Cotto ’17 and Jake Breton ’17 all had three hits.

 

Andrew Faulstich '15 wins fifth athletic award

This winter was a difficult one in regards to training for runners.

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Andrew Faulstich ’15, though, somehow made it work. After another strong athletic season, Andrew was named the Coaches Award winner for the Winter Track team.

“I was honored to receive the Coaches Award for winter track,” Andrew said. “It was a great way to end my final season on the team.”

And Andrew has seen that team get better and better over the past few years, with the Titans now at the point where they can compete against the top competition in the northeast.

“I’ve seen the program grow over the last three years,” explained Andrew. “It’s nice to see us turn from a team that used to get laughed at to a team that is a formidable opponent. It was nice to have the addition of Mr. (Tom) Iannacone as the distance coach. I got a lot better. And going to the Armory, it showed us what track life was like outside of Andover and put us up against tougher competition. It’s great Coach (Sean) McGrath (’07) was open to all of that.”

Andrew’s highlights for the season were running the mile in four minutes, 52 seconds, and placing second in the mile at a meet at the historic Armory in New York City in 4:55.

This was the fifth award won by Andrew, who also won the Coaches Award for Winter Track a year ago. He earned the Coaches Award for Cross Country in the fall and the XC MVP Award in 2013, as well as the MVP Award for Spring Track a year ago. Andrew will major in music and run cross country at the University of Rochester.

“I’m looking forward to running at the next level and pushing my skills that much further,” said Andrew, who set the WMA Cross Country course record in October.

 

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