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Jordan spent most of the 2014-15 season in a more difficult weight class.
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.

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Wrestler Jordan Payne '16 places 3rd at Class A meet

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Jordan Payne ’16 placed third in the Class A Wrestling Tournament on Feb. 14 at Williston Northampton School. He was the highest finisher for the Titans.

“Jordan was seeded second,” explained Coach Tim Poole, “but he ran into a kid early on in the tournament who ended up beating him. What's interesting is that the kid that he lost to took second in the tournament, and Jordan took third. Jordan told me after that match that ‘the one thing I want to do is wrestle that kid again.’ As fate would have it, in the New England tournament he faced that kid again and beat him 7-5.”

Jordan has had an interesting season. For the majority of the 2014-15 campaign, he wrestled in the weight class above him, at 126, opposed to his usual 120-pound class.

“Getting into the Class As this year was actually one of the few times this year that Jordan wrestled at his normal weight class,” said Coach Poole. “He did a great job.”

Although Jordan was fighting an uphill battle throughout the majority of this season, Coach Poole believes the experiences he learned played a key role in helping him place third in the Class A meet. Jordan may have had a difficult year as far as having to wrestle in a heavier weight class, but he persevered and learned from the experiences.

Coach Poole said, “His record does not show what he did this year.”

Jordan’s coaches were critical in helping him overcome these challenges.

“I worked a lot closer with my coaches this year,” said Jordan. “That’s been very helpful.”

Coach Poole is very happy with Jordan’s progression from his freshman year to now. He said, “What I'm looking for in Jordan is for him to continue to progress as well as he has. He wrestled a very good Class A tournament and New England tournament. I just want him to carry that into next year.”

By James Sabatino ’16

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.”

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