Greens Farms Academy sports roundup
Updated 7:14 pm, Monday, November 26, 2012
Below is a brief look at how the varsity squads at Greens Farms Academy shape up this winter.
The Dragons are bolstered by the return of 6-foot-9 center Sean Obi, an All-New England and two-time All-FAA honoree. Obi, who averaged 20 rebounds per game as a junior and has recorded 45 straight double-doubles, recently committed to Division-I Rice University.
Tremont Waters, who finished fifth on the team in minutes played as a seventh-grader last year, is also back, along with senior Van Barnett.
The Dragons will try to fill the void of 6-foot-7 Brien Comey, who is now playing for Division-III Kenyon College. Comey's minutes will be largely replaced by sophomore Zach Baines, who led the team in blocked shots as a freshman last year. The team has added 6-foot-4 junior Andrew Chase, a transfer from Weston High School, and senior Scott Deutsch, a junior varsity player last year.
The Dragons opener is scheduled for Dec. 3 against St. Luke's.
Girls basketball -- Coming off a rebuilding season, the Dragons are eager to make a climb back up the standings. The Dragons return six players from last year's squad, including senior captains Meighan Grady and Jessica Liu. Grady, a NEPSAC All-Star last season, was the team's leading scorer and one of its top rebounders. Liu was one of the team's top ball-handlers in the backcourt.
Junior Caroline Kruk and sophomores Lisa Johnson and Claire Comey also return to provide depth at the forward position. Sophomore Campbell Goldsmith and eighth-grader Alexa Kimball are expected to see time at point guard.
The Dragons will open their season on Wednesday against The Gunnery.
Boys squash -- The Dragons are returning 10 players from last year's team.
The returnees are senior captains Rashad Nimr and Spencer Hartig, junior captain Ryan Schendel, senior Reid Manning, and sophomores Scott Brown, Harry Berman, Griffin Garner, Rui Aguiar, Colton Manning and Alexander Williams.
The Dragons will open their season on Dec. 4 at The Brunswick School.
Girls squash -- The Dragons finished last season ranked No. 2 in New England's Division C and have a strong core coming back.
The Dragons return nine players, including seniors Leah Jennings, a captain, and Sam Marcus. Also back are juniors Olivia Taylor, Touria Carson, Kaitlin Ball, Rachel Cohen, and Arabella Crawford, and sophomores Charlotte Kreitler and Page Soper.
The team's season opener is on Thursday against Rye Country Day School.
Wrestling -- The Dragons will look to improve on a strong showing from last season's second-place finish in the FAA Tournament.
After graduating seven seniors from a team that had three Western New England place winners, the Dragons expect to have freshmen and sophomores fill a majority of the 14 weight classes.
The team will count on senior captain Brandon Velez, as he looks to have a breakout season in the 160-pound class. Returning Western New England place winners Riley Grady and Cristian Rivera will look to improve on their respective second- and fifth-place finishes.
The Dragons' first match will be the Canterbury Invitational on Dec. 1.