This week in sports: ARHS stars in the spotlight

Above: An ARHS diver was one of several Gonk athletes that snagged some well deserved attention this week from local media. (tweet of Metrowest Daily News article by @MetroWestSports)

Algonquin athletes kept high school sports journalists and photojournalists busy over the last week. Several stories focused on contributions of T-Hawks star athletes. Dramatic shots included athletes in the air, in the water, and on the TD Garden parquet.

More importantly, most of the stories shared Gonk triumphs. Here are highlights.

ARHS Swimming and Diving teams are undefeated this season. Southborough Wicked Local covered the team with special attention on diver Lizzie Meschisen:

The Algonquin girls and boys swimming and diving teams remained unbeaten on Thursday afternoon at Holy Cross’s Hart Center pool with a Mid-Wach league win over Shrewsbury, but the bigger story was provided by junior Lizzie Meschisen.

While the girls won 100-75 and the boys won 90-69 – both to remain at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the league – it was Meschisen – the Tomahawks’ only diver – who not only beat out two other girls from Shrewsbury to win the event, but she also set the school record with 303.60 points, shattering her own previous record of 275.55 which she first set when she was a freshman. (Click here for story and photos.)

Days later, when I read a headeline Lizzy from Algonquin’s “dazzling performance”, I assumed it was old news. Then, I saw the shot of a gymnast in motion.

T-Hawks Gymnastics is also still undefeated this winter. SWL’s story spotlighted freshman Lizzy Debroczy’s big wins and contributions to the team’s success:

In her first high school meet, Debroczy won two events, tied for first in another and won the all-around. She then followed that up by winning all four events and also the all-around before winning three events and the all-around in her team’s third meet before Satruday’s [sic] showdown.

Debroczy didn’t have her best meet score-wise, but she still put on quite the show. 

The story included the below tweet with photos from the mothership – Metrowest Daily News:

Click here for SWL’s full story and photos. Click here for the Telegram’s photo gallery from the Saturday meet.

The weekend was also a big one for the school’s basketball program. Girls and Boys played in Sunday’s Good Sport tournament at the TD Garden. The Girls lost out to Nashoba 47-63. But SWL reports that they still had a great time playing at the Garden.

The real high note for Gonk Basketball fans was the game that followed. The Boys beat Belmont 84-79. You can feel the excitement in the pics tweeted by Metrowest photographer Ruby Wallout:

SWL writes about player Alex Karaban’s big night – not just for his on court performance. He got a post-game thrill:

As Alex Karaban walked off the TD Garden parquet on Sunday, 2008 NBA Champion and current Celtics broadcaster Brian Scalabrine pulled him aside and told the Algonquin freshman that he likes what he sees.

“He thought that at the end of that play with one-second left on the shot clock, he thought that it was a great move to bump him a little and just go to the hoop,” said Karaban about what Scal told him postgame. “He thought it was smart and he said that he thought that I had a good game.”

It’s hard to disagree with the White Mamba after Karaban scored 31 points, including the big bucket towards the end of regulation with time expiring on the shot clock. The huge score gave the Tomahawks a five-point lead with just under three seconds remaining to seal a 84-79 victory over Belmont in the Good Sports Invitational held at the home of the Boston Celtics. (Click here for the story and photos.

The Telegram didn’t cover the action at the Garden. But they had someone rink-side the prior night to cover T-Hawks Boys Hockey. 

First, let’s look back at a follow up story SWL posted on the team’s Daily News Cup win last week. It focused on goalie Matt Bogdanski “bodacious in the net”: 

The outgoing Algonquin goaltender helped his team beat Hopkinton by the score of 2-1 in the finals of the 19th annual Daily News Cup on Saturday. The Tomahawks are now off to a perfect 6-0 start. . . 

Besides a game-winning goal from sophomore forward Henry Antino in the third period, the biggest play from the Tomahawks came in the second period from their junior netminder.

With Algonquin leading 1-0, Hopkinton junior Sean Walsh – operating from behind the Algonquin net – fed an open Tommy Hamblet out front. But Bogdanski made an acrobatic split and terrific glove save on a near point-blank shot from Hamblet to keep the Hillers off the board. (Click here for story and photos.)

Though still undefeated, that perfect record was broken later in the week. On Wednesday, they tied Wachusett and on Saturday night they faced Shrewsbury. The telegram reports of Saturday’s game:

If there were any doubt that Algonquin Regional and Shrewsbury remain fierce competitors in central Mass. hockey it was put to rest on Saturday night as the teams emerged from a 45-minute demonstration of hustle and tenacity with a 1-1 tie. (Click here for story and here for photo gallery.)

Girls Hockey didn’t get press. But they did get some love and attention from photographer Jeff Slovin this week for their Thursday night win:

Frankly, Slovin seemed to be everywhere this week – with pics from all the above mentioned games. Click here for his ARHS photo galleries.

Now, here’s a look at what’s on tap this week for ARHS varsity teams: 

(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, January 8, 2019

  • 3:30 pm – ARHS Girls Swimming/Diving vs. Bromfield @ Atkinson Pool
  • 3:30 pm – ARHS Boys Swimming/Diving vs. Bromfield @ Atkinson Pool
  • 7:00 pm – ARHS Girls Basketball vs. Leominster @ Leominster
  • 7:00 pm – ARHS Boys Basketball vs. Leominster @ Algonquin

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

  • 4:00 pm – ARHS Boys Ice Hockey vs. Wayland @ New England Sports Center
  • 4:00 pm – ARHS Girls Swimming/Diving vs. Advanced Math & Science Acad. Charter @ Holy Cross
  • 4:00 pm – ARHS Boys Swimming/Diving vs. Advanced Math & Science Acad. Charter @ Holy Cross
  • 6:30 pm – ARHS Wrestling vs. Leominster @ Leominster
  • 8:00 pm – ARHS Girls Ice Hockey vs. Framingham @ New England Sports Center

Thursday, January 10, 2019

  • 3:00 pm – ARHS Alpine Ski Race vs. TBA @ Ski Ward Ski Area (SL Race)
  • 5:00 pm – ARHS Girls Indoor Track vs. Leominster @ Wachusett Reg. High School
  • 5:00 pm – ARHS Boys Indoor Track vs. Leominster @ Wachusett Reg. High School
  • 6:30 pm – ARHS Gymnastics vs. Hudson Public Schools @ Algonquin
  • 7:00 pm – ARHS Wrestling vs. Ashland @ Algonquin

Friday, January 11, 2019

  • 5:00 pm – ARHS Girls Basketball vs. Westborough High School @ Algonquin
  • 7:00 pm – ARHS Boys Basketball vs. Westborough High School @ Algonquin

Saturday, January 12, 2019

  • 10:00 am – ARHS Wrestling vs. Framingham, Franklin, West Springfield @ Algonquin
  • 5:00 pm – ARHS Boys Ice Hockey vs. Westfield @ Amelia Ice Rink, Westfield, MA
  • 5:10 pm – ARHS Girls Ice Hockey vs. Shrewsbury High School @ New England Sports Center
  • 6:30 pm – ARHS Gymnastics vs. Ashland, Dover-Sherborn, Medfield @ Medfield

Sunday, January 13, 2019

  • 9:00 am – ARHS Girls Indoor Track Relays vs. TBA @ Reggie Lewis Track Center (relays)
  • 10:00 am – ARHS Boys Indoor Track Relaysvs. TBA @ Reggie Lewis Track Center (relays)
  • 5:00 pm – ARHS Girls Swimming/Diving vs. Westborough High School @ Borough’s YMCA
  • 5:00 pm – ARHS Boys Swimming/Diving vs. Westborough High School @ Borough’s YMCA

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