IMAGE GALLERY: Championship Hunt is On
AHS wrestling team could win an outright league title for the first time in school history, AC boys hockey still skating for a CCL banner.
Another week is in the books for the 2010-2011 winter sports season, and many of the Arlington High School and Arlington Catholic teams were in action this past week for some exciting league match-ups and interesting non-league battles.
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In their only game of the week, the AHS girls’ hockey team welcomed Billerica for a premier Dual-County League (DCL) battle. The Spy Ponders kept their quest for a second consecutive DCL title alive with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Indians. Senior captain Kristin McKenzie led the Ponders with her two-goal performance Read the full recap here.
It’s been a rough season thus far for the AHS boys’ hockey squad, where wins have certainly been tough to come by. They’ve been playing some better hockey lately as they welcomed in Chelmsford High School for a home DCL game. In the second meeting of the season for the two league rivals, the Spy Ponders were looking to avenge an early season 5-0 drubbing at the hands of the Lions. AHS fell short in their drive for revenge, however, losing 2-1.
The Spy Ponders’ boys’ basketball team has been searching for some consistency all season long, and they looked to string together some wins this past week with two games on tap.
They traveled to Wakefield on Sunday, hoping to beat the Warriors for a second time this season. Wakefield had other ideas, however, snapping their own six-game losing streak and knocking off the Ponders by a score of 58-47. Tuesday, AHS was on the road again as they squared off against Lincoln-Sudbury, but once again were handed a disappointing loss, falling 68-52. AHS did get a strong game from Dave Shinn, however, who led the team in scoring with 18 points. The Ponders are now 3-8 on the season.
Following the lead of the boys’ team, the girls went 0-2 on the week as well. The Spy Ponders suffered a frustrating road loss to Burlington on Monday, falling 40-34, despite leading for most of the game. Then on Tuesday, they were at home to host Lincoln Sudbury, and were on the wrong end of a lopsided score, losing to the Warriors 57-23. Colleen Kane was the lone bright sport for AHS, leading her team with nine points.
The Arlington High School wrestling squad continues to be the story of the year for the Spy Ponders, as they beat Belmont High School on the road Wednesday night by a score of 49-20, stretching their record to an impressive 16-2. The Ponders will finish off their regular season Wednesday night against Weston. With a win for AHS and a loss by Wayland, the Spy Ponders could win the DCL title outright. If both teams win, then they will share the title. For more on the drive to the championship, check out our profile on the wrestling team here.
In what has been a bit of an up and down season so far for the AC girls team, the Lady Cougars are eyeing a strong second half push to earn a playoff birth and contend for the CCL title. They were on the road Monday to take on Reading Memorial High School, and played the Rockets to a 2-2 draw at the Burbank Arena. AC got goals from junior Natalie Flynn and senior co-captain Alyssa Sullivan. The tie brings their record to 4-5-2 on the season, as they currently sit on the brink of playoff contention.
The 11th ranked boys’ hockey team was on the road Tuesday afternoon for an inter-state battle with one of New Hampshire’s top teams, Bishop Guertin High School. The Cougars were able to skate away with a 3-1 win, thanks to a 28-save performance in goal from senior tri-captain John Busa. Star center Daniel Graham continued his impressive season scoring his 18th goal on the year and adding an assist in the Cougar victory.
The Arlington Catholic girls’ basketball team was in action twice this past week, and came away with two wins, both of which were by double-digit margins. On Monday they played host to East Boston, and throttled the visitors by a score of 48-18. They followed that up by disposing of Matignon 56-29.
The Cougars’ boys’ hoops team played host to top-ranked Cathedral High School on Wednesday night, looking to avenge an early season beating. They came close to pulling off quite the upset, but fell short in the end, losing by a final score of 79-70.