The Hornets Nest for February 12th


Boys & Girls Ski Teams 

The regular season for the Alpine ski team finished up on Friday February 5th.   The inter scholastic meet will be held on Thursday February 11th at Ski Bradford in Haverhill.  The state tournament has been canceled due to the pandemic.  “It’s been a tough year for the team,” said coach Tim Wonson, “the team has fought really hard to get on the hill to practice and race as often as was allowed.  Even when they couldn’t make it to ski they would have zoom practices, led by senior Captains, Ryan Clark, Lilly Coote and Emma Wonson, a junior and Co-Captain on the team.  “The entire team showed patience ingenuity and resolve and Coach Lizzie and I are really proud of them.”   Even with those efforts the teams lost in both races against Masconomet and Andover.  The boys team also lost to North Andover and Haverhill.  That’s not to say there were not some individual highlights for both the boys and girls teams.  On January 28th Ryan Clark won the race against Masco and senior Eli Hammett took third.  Clark also won against Andover and Hammett took fourth.  Junior Emma Wonson skied well on the third and was able to capture a third place against Andover. The next night Lilly Coote took fourth against Andover and third place against Haverhill. Gracie Susko put together two of her best results breaking the top 10 with a seventh place finish followed by a sixth.  At the boys race on February 5th, Clark again skied well missing first place against North Andover by .3 one-hundredths of a second.  Against Haverhill the Captain skied well and took third.  “It’s been my first year Coaching,” said Coach Lizzie White, “it’s been quite a challenge with all the added rules and restrictions, never mind just how dedicated these racers have to be to come out and ski.  Long bus rides, lugging gear, no lodges to get ready in, no spectators allowed to cheer on their favorite racer, and that’s all before you actually race and ski racing in itself can be pretty scary.  I’m proud of these young athletes, they did all that and more with determination, patience, humor and sportsmanship. I’m looking forward to what amazing things the future holds for each of them and to skiing with them again soon and to skiing fast.” 


Girls Basketball 

The Manchester Essex Hornets lost a close one to Amesbury on the road last Thursday 38-46. After falling behind early in the first quarter, the Hornets battled back to take a 1 point lead in the third, but couldn’t hold on. Lily Athanas had a terrific game on both sides of the ball, scoring 10 and adding 6 assists, while limiting the impact of Amesbury’s leading scorer. GG Huet added 9 points and 5 steals, Calista Lai had 8 points and 6 rebounds, and Emma Fitzgerald had 5 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals. Bradlee Brooks, Madeline Lai, and Kendall Newton each added 2 in the effort. The Hornets drop to 3-5 on the season and will finish out the regular season this week with North Reading on Monday and Rockport on Tuesday. 


Boys & Girls Swim Team 

The boys swim team lost to North Reading on January 27th 84-55.  Aidan Cunningham won the 50 free and Sean Phelan won the 100 fly with Sam Rice taking first in the 100 breast stroke. The boys team record is 1-3. 

The girls team lost to North Reading 35-22.  The girls record is 0-4. 

The teams virtually swam against Hamilton Wenham on February 5th and prior to beginning the meet the Hornet senior swimmers and their parents were recognized.  The girls’ teams lost 43-22.  The boys’ team lost a close meet 61-58.  Senior Captains Sam Rice and Sean Phelan both won 2 events.  According to Coach Amy Boyden “if the meet had been in person there would have been a lot of close races.” 

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