Champions Emerge From the 2014-2015 Winter Sports Season
By Aidan T.
The successful 2014-2015 winter sports season has come to a close and champions and finalists from a wide range of sports have made names for themselves in DHS sports history.
In wrestling, seniors Matt B. and Kyle A. as well as sophomore Carter L. qualified for states for the second year in a row. Kyle, wrestling in the 182 weight class and Matt, wrestling the heavy weight or 285 weight class, both took 3rd place at the Division 2 South sectionals. Carter, in the 113-weight class, was able to take the 1st place spot at sectionals. The three moved on to states where Carter took 5th, qualifying for All-states. For Carter, last years experience at states made him strive to reach even greater heights this year. “Getting to States last year let me have a taste of what the higher level of competition was like,” said Carter. “It made me want to get better and to be able to compete at that level, so I worked all off season in the hopes that I could advance further this year.”
For Matt and Kyle as seniors, this year was an important and sentimental time for both. “Toward the end of the season I really started to realize how much I would miss wrestling,” Matt said. “I wanted to do as best as I could to continue to wrestle.” Kyle’s motivation to continue wrestling was personal. “The biggest motivation for me was wanting to have a good ending to my last year in wrestling and wanting to go further in sectionals and states than my brother did.”
In Girls indoor track, senior Meredith W. took 3rd place in the two mile at the Division 4 State Finals, qualifying for the State Open. She went on to the State open and finished 12th in the same event. Meredith’s last year in Duxbury sports was her first year doing indoor track. Meredith said, “I had been on the Varsity Hockey team since freshman year but I wanted to do something different this year.” Meredith attributes her success during her first year in Indoor track to the help she received from her coach, Mr. Glennon. “Coach Glennon was helpful in terms of what to do for practice and how to race. He definitely helped me since I had never raced before.
For the second year in a row, sophomore Nat D., freshman Brad B. and juniors Kevin C. and Mike O. dominated Boys swimming and diving. After helping their team take first in the Patriot League Championships, Nat, Brad, Kevin and Mike placed 4th in the 200 relays at sectionals, qualifying for states. At states, the four beat out the rest of the competition in the same event taking 1st and becoming the state Champions. “It is the best feeling in the world to know you’re a state champ,” Brad said. “The best part was when we got to stand in front of the entire crowd at MIT and got announced as state champions.” For Kevin, the second time becoming state champion was an incredible experience. “Winning the 200 Free relay at States was an incredible experience. For Nat, Mike and me, it was the second year in a row, and it was really cool to share the experience with them.”
Duxbury’s Athletic Director, Mr. Holdgate, feels that this winter sports season has been a success. “This has been a great sports season,” Mr. Holdgate said. “I think it’s good to see teams like wrestling and swimming, that might not necessarily be as high profile as other sports, having very good seasons.” Mr. Holdgate anticipates a strong spring sports season saying, “It is known that when you play Duxbury, we are going to put a strong team out there, regardless of the sport. I have high hopes for the spring sports season.”