This week in sports: Gonk sending Wrestlers and Runners to All States (Updated)

by beth on February 19, 2019

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Above: Andrew Goddard earned a Gold for Wrestling at States. Now, he’ll head to the All State mats (image cropped from video tweeted by @ARHSW)

For the first time in 30 years, an Algonquin Wrestler claimed the State title. Andrew Goddard is the D2 State Champion. The Telegram writes that he’s the school’s first since 1989. 

ARHS Wrestiling state champsOverall, the team tied for 11th place. Goddard will compete at All States this weekend along with teammate Shea Garand who finished third. (The team tweeted a pic of Goddard with ’89 Champ Baird Lashley right.)

Also sending athletes to All States are the Indoor Track teams. Over the weekend, Matt Madamba finished 2nd in the 300 meter dash at States. Newly posted psych sheets show that he’ll be joined by Tess Reyes (who came in 4th in the mile at States) for the mile and 2-mile, Alex Lemieux for the High Jump, and Girls 4×200 Meter Relay runners. The Telegram covered Madamba’s and Reye’s reactions to their performance last week. You can read that story here.

ARHS Swimming and Diving also competed at States over the weekend. The athletic department tweeted:

Swim/Dive Teams set multiple school records and posted numerous personal best times at the MIAA State Swim/Dive Championships. Lizzie Meschisen 3rd in 1 meter diving event, Taylor Moore 16th in the 50 freestyle and 200 Freestyle Relay. Girls’ team finished 22nd out of 47 teams. . .

ARHS Boys Swim and Dive Team finished in 24th place out of 56 teams. Ray Cerro, 2 new school records (6th place 50 free and 3rd place 100 breaststroke. Ryan Murphy, Matt Beland and Ray Cerro joined by Will Saulnier placed 15th in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Great meet!

Originally, I posted hear that Algonquin Gymnasts scored 3rd place in the South Sectionals.   Reader alerted me that The scoring that I read on the MIAA website was actually the score is used for seeding!  Girls don’t compete in the sectionals until this Saturday.  That takes place at Algonquin.

Boys Basketball ended its winning regular season on a high note. The Telegram writes:

Teams always want to be playing their best basketball heading into the tournament.

With a seven-game winning streak and an emphatic 75-57 win over No. 5 St. John’s in their regular-season finale Friday night, it seems the second-ranked Tomahawks are doing just that. . .

[Algonquin coach Brian Doherty] said he feels his team is prepared for what lies ahead.

“We learned from the previous losses how to handle adverse situation and now, they’re coming together,” he said. “We’ve talked about it the entire season. We want to get the ball rolling as we get towards the tournament and they did it. They nailed it. They are right where they want to be and they are ready. Ready for the run.”

You can read more here and view the paper’s pics here.

Clearly the team is headed to Central sectionals. Brackets for Basketball and Ice Hockey won’t be posted until Friday. So, stay tuned for news on those tourneys.

In the meantime, Girls Basketball is playing in Westborough High’s invitational tournament today. After losing in Quarter Finals to Holy Name on Sunday, they’re playing a consolation match against Shephard Hill. That was scheduled to start at 2:00 pm today.

Now, here are the ARHS varsity games on tap for the week. 

(To find a complete schedule of Algonquin sports, including JV, freshmen, and unified match ups, click here. Follow these links for the Assabet sports schedule and the St. Mark’s sports schedule.)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

  • 2:00 pm –  ARHS Girls Basketball Tournament vs. Westborough High School @ Westborough High School

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

  • 2:00 pm – ARHS Girls Ice Hockey vs. Medway @ New England Sports Center

Friday, February 22, 2019

  • 1:30 pm – ARHS Boys Ice Hockey vs. North Middlesex Regional @ Wallace Civic Center at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg

Saturday, February 23, 2019

  • TBD – ARHS Wrestling All-State Wrestling Tournament @ St. John’s Prep School, Danvers
  • TBD – ARHS  gymnastics South Sectional  Tournament @  Algonquin 
  • 10:00 am – ARHS Boys Indoor Track All-State Championship Meet @ Reggie Lewis Track Center
  • 1:00 pm – ARHS Girls Indoor Track All-State Championship Meet @ Reggie Lewis Track Center

Have a photo of your favorite team in action to share? Email mysouthborough@gmail.com.

Updated (2/20/19 7:26 am):  I corrected the information on Algonquin gymnastics.

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