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The Eagles Take Flight: Fall Sports Wrap-Up

Pete Lagrotteria '17, Contributor

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As has seemed to become anticipated at school, our fall varsity teams all performed at the highest level of competition. For the past several years our school has had five varsity teams active during the fall season all competing with teams within the Catholic Conference, and with other teams spanning across New England. Whether our classmates were quietly leaving last period to defeat SJP on the links, or battling Xaverian in front of the whole student body, members of our community wearing maroon and gold alike brought pride and spirit to our school during the fall athletic season.

The Franklin Park Heroes…Cross Country.
Once again our Cross-Country team dominated the Catholic Conference. No matter the

weather, the team continued to prepare for each meet as though it was their last. All thirteen seniors took leadership roles, making sure the team was ready to compete and continue where they left off after the 2015 season. After going undefeated during the bulk of their season, the team came out victorious in the Catholic Conference Championships. After taking five of the top ten spots and ten of the top fifteen spots the Eagles were deemed undisputed champions of the conference. Although many of the runners knew they had already qualified for the All-State Championship, the team left their all on the courses. As for the seniors, they should be proud of what they accomplished, and know they led their peers to another unbelievable season.

The Fan favorite…Football
As the sun set over UMass Boston the stands of McNeice Pavilion began to fill for the

first home football game. With Superfan shirts on their backs, students screamed for the boys in black all season, as the team sought a bid in the Super Bowl. After a strong start to the season with back to back victories, the football team was set in motion for a successful season. Although the team faced a difficult defeat against an always strong Xaverian, the boys finished with a 6-4 record. In the last game of their BCH careers, senior captains Pat Watson, TJ Rothmann, Connor Cady, and Jeff Wolfe played hard on Thanksgiving day. In a high scoring and exciting game, the Eagles came up short, but the team finished the year as a top four team in the state.

The Forgotten One…Golf
For a sport that often goes under the radar, our school’s golf team has historically been one of the top teams in the State. After a slow start, the team found their groove, eventually defeating Saint John’s Prep for the first time in more than four years. Towards the end of the season, conditions worsened and the team struggled to perform to their standard. On a cold frosty day in late October the team took second at the South Sectional Finals, losing to Xaverian. With hope in their hearts, the team advanced to the D1 State Final on Halloween at William J. Devine Golf Course, home of our JV team. After the players had finished and the mist had cleared, the Eagles took third. However, this tournament had two divisions: Team and Individual. Though Xaverian bested our team, Nathan Ingram ’19 refused to leave without a

trophy. In a four-way playoff, Nate took home the Individual title, becoming the first individual champion in BC High history. Yet again the Eagles found a way, and brought a championship home to Morrissey Boulevard.

The Fútbol team…Soccer
In September the varsity soccer team took the field for the first time against one of their

most challenging opponents, Brockton. Winning 3-2, the team was energized and set on a track for success. As the season progressed and the team faced more difficult competition they had to work harder for wins. Led by senior captains Manny Pestana, Tim Dardinski, Jack Egan, and Mike Ball, the team continued to fight hard and win games. When playoff season approached the team had developed a 10-8-1 record, and traveled to Quincy to play a strong team. In a double overtime thriller, the Eagles left victorious and were scheduled to play King Philip in the next round. Although the team’s season eventually ended in a 0-1 loss to a powerful King Philip team, they exemplified dedication and sportsmanship throughout the season.

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