Indoor Track and Field:
It was another spectacular season for Bethel Indoor Track and Field team! As the only winter sports team to go outside and brave the cold, track athletes have their work cut out for them. The team had its largest number of student athletes ever, with 81 people coming out for the team, with 33 of the athletes qualifying for the post-season. Thrower Abhishek Panigrahi ‘15 had another amazing season, coming in second place at SWCs and first place in the Class M State meet for shot put! He is continuing on to compete in state opens. There were two runners on the girls side who got an impressive three medals in the SWC meet, Alexandra Deluca ‘16 and Hannah Kelm ‘17.
The Wrestling team has had some extremely talented athletes this year. The team could be seen working hard day in and day out, whether in the wrestling room or out running stairs. All that work produced amazing results in the SWC Conference tournament, with Brendan MacIntyre ‘15 winning in the 182 lb weight class, Jared Wilsey ‘15 coming in second place in the 220 lb weight class, and Nick Cote ‘18 coming in fourth place in the 195 lb weight class.
The Boy’s Wildcat Basketball team has been having a strong season under a new coach and new leadership. The team has already made the States tournament, and has a good chance of going deep into the post-season with the current squad. Captains Joe Liquori ‘15, John Jerolimo ‘15, and Hayden Duffy ‘15 are just some of the leadership coming from the deep group of seniors playing this year. The maturity and experience of the older athletes mix well with the strong group of younger players, allowing for the team to perform well in front of Bethel’s loyal superfans.
The Lady Wildcats’ record does not really reflect the team’s strong season, due to the team’s very difficult schedule. Bethel had incredibly strong performances from veterans like Savannah Pipkin ‘15 and younger athletes like Annie Bedore ‘17, but it was not enough to make the post-season. The team looks to keep improving to remain competitive in the incredibly difficult SWC conference.
Swim & Dive
While the Bethel Swim and Dive team gets to practice inside, they still face the daunting task of swimming in the notoriously freezing WestConn pool. The team’s impressive discipline allows them to persevere through the cold to make the most out of every practice. The team needed to do their best in order to stay afloat in the competitive SWC conference. Matt Harkins ‘16, David Hayes ‘16, and Noah Curtis ‘16 are the team’s top three scorers and have led the Wildcats to their impressive season. This season is only the second time in the team’s history that they have had a winning season.
For Ice Hockey, Bethel has a combined team with Brookfield and Danbury, the BBD Ice Cats. The sole hockey player from Bethel is Luke Newman ‘17, who commented on how the team “has improved immensely since last year,” despite their tough schedule, which saw wins against rivals New Milford and Newtown. Newman also expressed his excitement for the team’s consistent improvement, commenting on how “the program is expected to grow in the coming year”.