Weekly Athletics Write-Up 2/17/14

Girls’ Varsity Basketball – 

The Girls’ Varsity Basketball team enjoyed another successful week. On Wednesday, February 12th, Beaver beat a tough Berwick team, 37-24. Berwick had beaten Beaver back in December. It was a great overall team victory. The team faces a strong ISL school in Lawrence Academy at home on Wednesday, February 19th.  Friday, February 21st will see the final regular season home game vs. Pingree.  

Boys’ Varsity Basketball – 

The Boys Varsity Basketball team went 2-0 this week to improve to 19-1. The team is undefeated in EIL League play. They finish the regular season this week with league games against Portsmouth Abbey on Wednesday and an away game on Friday vs Pingree.

Girls’ Ice Hockey – 

The Girls’ Varsity Ice Hockey team finished off their season with three big games this past week. On Monday they traveled to Pingree where they held off a strong team for a first half of the game. Maya Blair ’14 scored the team’s only goal in a much improved rematch of an earlier season game. On Wednesday, the team faced Newton Country Day for the second time this year. Although a strong team, the girls held their own. Kat Green ’17 and Sydney Brown ’17 each tallied a goal in the second period to break Newton’s shutout attempt. On Saturday the team traveled to Milton Academy to play their JV team. The girls wanted to finish the season on a high note and did so with a 6-1 victory. Molly Honan ’17 scored her first Hat trick of the season and Maya Blair, Olivia Brooks ’16, and Grace Bucking ’15 each scored to put the game out of reach.  Vida Bailey ’17 kept the team in the lead with only one goal being scored on her by a break away. The team is already looking forward to next season with a majority of the girls returning.

Wrestling – 

The Beaver Wrestling team found itself in the throes of post-season this past week. After a season of unrelenting training, senior captain Josh Berland ’14 finally got an opportunity to prove himself on a grander scale at the 2014 New England Prep School Athletic Council Championships at the Brooks School in North Andover, MA. Berland qualified as one of sixteen elite wrestlers within New England to battle for All-New England honors and potentially qualify for the upcoming Prep National Championships. The senior captain had his first match on Friday against a tough opponent from Lawrence Academy. With unwavering composure, Berland handily won by decision with a score of 6-0. This moved Josh into competition on Saturday, where he was paired against this year’s WNEISWA champion in his quarter finals match.  Again, showing experience beyond his years, Berland won a difficult battle by decision with a score of 10-7. Following this match, Josh moved into a semi-final match against a New England place winner last year from St. Paul’s School. While Josh wrestled with a great deal of intensity, he unfortunately came up short losing a hard fought major decision. As they say, wrestle backs are where champions are born; being a double elimination tournament, Berland knew it was now or never if he wanted to place in the top 3 at this top-notch tournament.  Wrestling with a chip on his shoulder, he won his next match against an unyielding opponent from Belmont Hill by a score of 3-2. This launched our senior captain into the consolation finals for 3rd place. Berland had a fire in his belly going into this match and was ready to claim his spot on the podium. During one of the most heart-wrenching moments of the season, Berland found himself in the midst of an aggressive take down, isolating all pressure to his knee, and unfortunately suffered a terrible injury. With the spirit of a warrior, Josh Berland proudly hobbled onto the podium and accepted his 4th place medal, thus earning him All-New England honors and qualifying him for the National Championships at Lehigh University this Friday and Saturday, 2/21 and 2/22.

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