Ravens Roundup: January 2024

A compilation of athletics news and notes.

Boys’ Basketball

(Left: Senior captains Slade Crouse and Charlie Townsend.)

The boys' varsity basketball team returned in January with an 81-48 win against Berwick Academy. Charlie Townsend ’24 (C), who is closing in on 1,000 career points, led the Ravens with 36 points as the boys overcame a lackluster first half to win. It took a minute to solve Berwick’s zone, but many players contributed to the win once the team had their plan. Slade Crouse ’24 (C) had 13 points, numerous steals, and several rebounds to keep the team in the game. Max Osei-Assibey ’24 added 11, as did Angus Oliveira ’24, the unofficial player of the game. The team continued with a 72-48 win against Bancroft but fell to Buckingham Browne and Nichols 53-46. They won against Concord Academy 70-45 on January 17.

The JV Ravens look to improve their scoring this month and continue to develop as a team. After a successful first win of the season in December, the boys' JVB team has been working hard despite an early 2024 loss to Milton Academy.

Girls’ Basketball

(Above: Joy Zhu 25 shoots a basket in the winning JV game over Worcester Academy.)

The Ravens have not started 2024 as they wanted, with losses to Berwick, Wheeler and Dana Hall. The varsity team struggled to finish at the rim against Berwick but stuck together. Elle Martin ’26 led with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Lily Atwell ’24 played terrific defense against Wheeler, causing multiple turnovers. She worked tirelessly to secure double-digit rebounds. Despite a loss to Dana Hall on January 12, the Ravens played some of their best basketball of the season by defending, rebounding and playing team ball. Jenny Rivera ’26 erupted for 16 points, Elle Martin had nine points and four blocks, and Lily Atwell and Jessy Rivera ’26 had five points with an electric man-to-man defense all game. 

The girls’ JV basketball team entered the new year, winning 16-11 against Dana Hall and 45-7 against Worcester Academy.

Boys’ Ice Hockey

(Above: Matthew Burgner 25 assists in the win over Berwick in early January).

The varsity Ravens tied 3-3 with Pingree on January 17 and remain strong in the Holt Conference in league play. They started 2024 on January 5 with a 1-3 loss to Cushing Academy but rebounded the next day with a 5-3 win over Berwick. A 2-5 loss to Tabor Academy followed, with another rebound on January 13 resulting in a 9-0 win against Hebron Academy. The JV team rebounded from a 6-8 loss to St. George’s to win 5-3 against Nobles and Greenough School. 

 

Girls' Ice Hockey

(Right: Clara Corbin 26)

The girls’ varsity ice hockey team returned from break with a big 5-0 win over Berwick Academy on January 6. They followed two days later with a tie against St. George’s School and fell on January 10 to North Yarmouth Academy in a hard-fought 2-3 game. The girls’ JV team is going strong with an after-break return on January 6, a 10-5 win against Pomfret School, and an impressive 12-6 victory against St. George’s School. The team tied with Tabor Academy 6-6 on January 10.

 

Boys' Squash

(Left: Liam Caldwell 26 plays in the JV game against Tabor. Photo courtesy of Chris Milmoe.)

The boys’ varsity and JV squash teams lost in their 2024 openers against St. George’s. The JV team put up a great fight with several close matches against Tabor Academy on January 17. Highlights include wins by Alex Wang ’26 in three straight games and both Jonny Mammen ’24 and Ethan Kang ’26 in marathon matches that went the full five games. The varsity team defeated Concord Academy 6-1 on January 12. Number one ranked player Moises Gavilanes ’27 represented the Abbey and his home country of Ecuador at an International Squash event in Canada in December.

Girls’ Squash

2024 has been challenging for the girls’ varsity squash team as they compete against some very strong schools. Still, they have improved their games over results against the same tough teams last year. Mary Davidson ’24 did well in the number two slot on January 8, taking her match 3-1 against St. George’s. Charlotte West ’24 also played well at number three, taking her match 3-0. Playing against a very good Dana Hall team on January 10, Davidson dropped her first two games, 7-11 and 11-13, but came back to take the next three for the win, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5. The team lost to Dana Hall and Tabor Academy on January 10 and 13.

The girls' JV squash team improved their record to 6 wins against 1 loss as they dropped only one match in their win over Lincoln School, on January 17. All played very well.

Wrestling

(Above: Kyle Reinecke 24 spars in the winning game over Middlsex.)

The wrestling team has been on fire to start the year with a dual meet record of 13-2, including wins over Exeter, Middlesex and Brooks. The team is currently in first place in the EIL. Dino De Marzio ’26 and Sean Oh ’24 placed in the Tabor Holiday Tournament. Four female wrestlers competed well in the all-girls wrestling tournament held at Andover.