Winter teams thinking big

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Winter teams thinking big

Junior Hailey Hudak speaks with senior teammate Alyssa Yuan during the first practice of girls basketball season Nov. 18.

Junior Hailey Hudak speaks with senior teammate Alyssa Yuan during the first practice of girls basketball season Nov. 18.

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Junior Hailey Hudak speaks with senior teammate Alyssa Yuan during the first practice of girls basketball season Nov. 18.

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Junior Hailey Hudak speaks with senior teammate Alyssa Yuan during the first practice of girls basketball season Nov. 18.

Matt Dunne, Connor Lynch, and John Zawislak

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As we moved later into November, the Winter sports teams of Spring-Ford Area High School began. Here is a preview of each team’s upcoming season…

Boys’ Basketball

Spring-Ford comes into this season with a revamped roster after last season’s run to the state playoffs.
The Rams will likely roll out a starting lineup that consists of seniors Tyler Scilingo, Tre Medearis, Pat Kovaleski, as well as juniors Nate Santiago and Zack Skrocki.
The Rams fell in the PAC semifinals last season, but they were able to run the table in district play to get to the state tournament. The Rams were given the worst draw possible, going up against Roman Catholic.
The Rams, as anticipated, lost a rough one to a team that had at least four-to-five future Division I players. The team will lean heavily on the sharpshooting guard Tyler Scilingo as they get started on November 23rd at Garnet Valley.

Girls’ Basketball

The girls basketball team plans on repeating the amazing season they had last year in which they reached the PIAA District 1 Semifinals and advanced to win a game in the state tournament.
The team will of course value the returning seniors Alyssa Yuan and Gabriella Alessandroni, but it will primarily rely on the junior class this season. Juniors Abbey Boyer, Emily Tiffin, and Hailey Hudak all will have crucial roles in the success of the team.
The main star of the team is once again junior phenomenon Lucy Olsen, who heavily contributed to last season’s undefeated (16-0) PAC conference matchup. The junior shooting guard has talent like none other, and she will look to propel the Rams to another PAC Championship this season.

Swimming

The Spring-Ford swimming team comes into this season with high expectations. Luke McKenna and Brendan Baganski look to lead the boys’ side. Baganski swims both the 50-and-100 Freestyle and has proven to be one of the top swimmers in the area in both events. McKenna swims both the 500 Freestyle and the 200 IM, and looks to close off his strong career in a big way.
Senior Emma Thomas and junior Kasey Linton will lead the Rams’ on the girls side. Linton will star in the 500 Freestyle and the 100 Freestyle, while Thomas competes with her in the 500 freestyle and 200 IM. It appears that this should be a strong season for the Rams, and it will all start in early December.

Winter Track

Spring-Ford has big things expected this season. Starting off with the boys, sprinter Jayden Winfield had a very strong season last year running a 7.01 in the 55 meter run and a 24.9 in the 200 meter run, and he’ll look to build on his strong winter season last year.
Next is John Zawislak, who missed all XC due to a stress fracture. Zawislak will look to get back into racing once again and build off his Winter season last year, where he was able to hit the state qualifying time in the mile with a time of 4:30.
For the girls, freshman sprinter Nene Mokonchu shocked everyone when she was able to become the fastest girls sprinter in the 200 meter, where she ran 27.9. Nene will look to improve on her 200 meter time and try to beat her personal best in the high jump as well. Also leading the girls team is Brooke Donoghue, who had a very strong season in the mile run where she was able to run a huge PR of 5:18, a state qualifying time. Donoghue hopes to be able to beat her PR’s in the mile and the 800-meter run in this upcoming Winter season.

Wrestling

The Boys’ wrestling team has unreal potential and tremendous hype around their upcoming season. The Rams look to build off of the great 21-6 record they finished with last season. The team is full of talent, led by seniors Louis Carbajal and Suphawit Boonpeng. However, the strength of the team lies in the junior class with wrestlers like Joey Milano, DJ Francis, and Xavier Cushman.
Not to mention, junior Columbia University commit Jack McGill adds to the immense depth the Rams have this year. Last season, the boys were able to win both the Abington Duals and Rock Yard Duals, as well as narrowly falling short in losing the District 1 AAA Final.
With the star-studded talents returning and only getting better, the Rams have a legitimate shot at the district title this year round.