The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – by Cam Beall and Griffin Auciello

Now that the first season of the school year has wrapped up, we can focus on the joy that accompanies winter sports every year. Hockey, basketball, and indoor track & field are just some of the winter sports offered at Memorial when the snow starts to fall. We can especially look forward to athletics this season because the winter sports usually prove to be the most successful and exciting of the year. Hockey and basketball naturally dominate the rankings.

The MMHS hockey team looks to repeat its success from 2013 when they took home the Division 1 Championship. They’ll have to leave it all on the ice, but they do have a chance at being contenders this year, much like previous years.

Boys basketball lost some key starters, such as Brandon Scott and Nick Philibert, to graduation, but the team has also improved over the offseason especially with the return of Craig Preston. Preston, now a Senior guard, left Memorial to play ball at a private school in New Jersey. Preston alongside Senior Jake Carrier will prove to be a deadly combination for Division 1 this year. Preston, some could say, will fill the hole that guard Paul Rodolf, Carrier’s right hand man, left when he decided to part ways with Memorial over the summer to play his Senior year at a private school as well.

Memorial’s indoor track team is also a group to keep an eye on. The team lost key Crusaders from last year including Uri-Juan Hall and Davin Cross, who was considered the fastest runner in the state. Cross and Hall made up half of the record breaking 4×1 relay that also proved to be one of the best in the state. The Seniors this year that are looked at to step up are Tyler Golles, a hurdle expert, Konner Burke, a jumping mastermind, and Anthony Angerami, a state caliber shot putter.

Hopefully The Crusaders will be able to kick off 2017 with a bang.  As the hockey team looks to regain supremacy atop the Division 1 standings, basketball hopes to redeem themselves after a disappointing final four loss last season, and last but definitely not least, the indoor track team finds out if they have what it takes to fill the shoes left behind by Memorial graduates. This winter will most certainly, be one to remember.

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