What a Winter! Quakers Find Postseason Success

MB student-athletes have performed at a consistently high level this year. Our winter teams sustained the record of success that has had every fall and winter team qualify for post-season competition. A whopping 52 MB winter athletes were honored with end of season awards! There were 32 All-Division selections, 13 All-Class selections and 7 All-State honors.

Here is a quick snapshot of the winter season:

With deep rosters that included a total of 58 players and competing against perennial prep school powerhouses throughout New England, Boys’ and Girls’ Squash had winning seasons (7-2, 7-4) and competed at the High School National Championships in Philadelphia. This year, the boys’ team enjoyed wins over perennial rivals Pomfret, Concord, and Portsmouth Abbey, while the girls’ team had good wins over Newton Country Day and Concord Academy.

Despite injuries to 8 key players during the season, the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team persevered. The team had thrilling victories and finished the season strong. The determination and grit that the team played with led to a playoff berth for the first time in 3 years.

There were many occasions when the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team came from behind to pull away with an improbable win. With a regular season record of 11-8, the team advanced to the playoffs and defeated Davies in an awesome quarterfinal game at home. The team’s run ended at Mt. Hope in the semifinal round. Both basketball teams benefit from a strong nucleus of younger players who are making major contributions.

Boys’ Hockey made it to postseason play and advanced to the Div. I semifinals! They had a signature regular season win over traditional R.I. powerhouse Mount Saint Charles, won the Burrillville holiday tournament (a first), and qualified for the playoffs, beating Burrillville in an unbelievably thrilling game 3 at Burrillville in overtime. They finished the season with a close loss to EG in the Division 1 State Semi-finals, the team’s first time there in 5 years. In addition, three MB players were named named to All-Division teams and one, senior Tyler R., was a Hobey Baker selection.

Boys’ Swimming had a stellar winter with an undefeated regular season (a first) and clinched the Division II Championship, the first in MB history! They were also nominated for the Division II Sportsmanship Award. We are all incredibly proud of our Boys’ Team as they brought tremendous energy and intention to each meet while striving for and then meeting their goals. Girls’ Swimming placed 6th overall in the Divisional Championship (with only 7 swimmers, which is remarkable), and were also nominated for the Stoyko Sportsmanship Award, the highest and most regarded sportsmanship award within the RIIL Swim League. Several swimmers saw statewide recognition as well: Jordan M. was named to 1st Team All-State, 2nd Team All-State, and 1st Team All Division; and Robert P., Altan C., Aaron S. and Kevin Y. all received All Division recognition, along with Sophie H., Sydney S., Madison R., and Coco M. from the Girls’ team.

What an incredible season for our Boys’ and Girls’ Indoor Track teams. A record 16 athletes qualified for the state meet. The Girls’ team placed 3rd overall in the state meet and two school records were broken (Casey L. in the long jump and the 4X400 relay team of Keilly Q., Kylie E., Hannah R. and Sophia G.). Speaking of Sophia, she continues her awe-inspiring career. She captured three individual state championships (600, 300, 1k) and a 4th championship in the relay, all in the span of about an hour. On top of that she set a U18 World Record in the 800m at BU this winter. Last but not least, six of our track athletes competed in the New England Championship this year: Gabe L. (High Jump), Casey L. (Long Jump), Kylie E. (4x800m, 600m), Eva M. (4x800m, Mile), Hannah R. (4x800m), and Dea C. (4x800m).

A recent addition to Girls’ Hockey is a co-op team that includes MB, Coventry, and Smithfield. MB is represented by Mia S., Quinn F., Ginger D. and Ava P. This team is truly a powerhouse in Division II hockey. Not only were they undefeated, but no team even came close to beating them this season. They played Mount Saint Charles to win the Division State Championship (a first championship appearance for Girls’ Hockey).

Congratulations to our winter teams! Please visit mbquakers.com for the spring game schedule.