Winter Athletes Represent Williston at Championships

As February draws to a close, a number of Williston athletes will be competing in conference and national championships, and the varsity hockey teams will play their last home games of the season.

Tony Alvarez ‘11

Two Williston wrestlers, Tony Alvarez ‘11 and Connor Adams ‘12, qualified for the National Prep Wrestling Championships taking place February 24-26 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. They are the first Williston wrestlers to qualify for the Nationals since 2008. Tony qualified by finishing 6th at the New England Championships in the 160-lb weight class last weekend. Coach Matt KaneLong says, “Tony is a two-year captain who struggled all last season with shoulder injuries, but honed his craft and has come back strong after off-season surgery. He lulls opponents into a sense of security and then pins them.”

Connor Adams ‘12

Connor qualified after successfully petitioning for entry after he was unable to compete in the 2011 NEPSAC Wrestling Championships held last week at Brooks School. Coach KaneLong says, “Connor has been our most-winning wrestler over the past 2 years.”

Other Williston teams competing in championships this weekend include the boys’ and girls’ squash teams competing in the New England Squash Tournament. The girls will be competing at Westminster and the boys at Brooks. Peter Gunn coaches the girls’ squash team and Stan Samuelson coaches the boys’.

A number of Williston swimmers will be competing in the Western New England championships at Hopkins.

Finally, the last girls’ ice hockey varsity home game is tonight at 5:00 at Lossone Rink against Winchendon. The last boys’ home game is tomorrow at 3:30 against Pomfret.