As the last leaves have fallen, the temperature starts to drops below freezing, and everybody’s jackets come out, there is but one thing on a lot of Cathedral Prep students minds, the start of winter sports season. This year’s winter sports will be yet another exciting season for the Ramblers with many top athletes in every sport returning to the stage.
Swimming & Diving
Coming off of their 13th straight District 10 title the swim team looks to continue their dominance in the pool. After many key losses from last years team like Daniel Bauman, Eli Chase, Reid Morrison, and Norman Stark the team is looking for an intense rebuilding year. With the help of top swimmers Rex Riley (senior), Alec Thomas (sophomore), David Rahner (senior), Pat Steele (senior), Tom Squeglia (senior), Tony Squeglia (junior), and Calvin Behm (sophomore) coach Mike Doyle is excited for a standout team from previous years. The team’s spirit also seem to be revived within the first week of practice with the return of Daniel Anthony (senior) after taking a year off, bringing a whole new level of excitement to practice according to swimmer David Rahner. The diving team is also very excited this upcoming year with new coach Francis Kloecker and an increase of interest in the sport improving from the mere one diver they had last year, which is up to four this year.
The basketball team is very excited in hopes for a big season after making it to the final four in last year’s state tournament, losing to power house Archbishop Carroll in a tough match up. Although losing many top players, the basketball team has many returning figures that we can expect major impact from for a hopeful state championship run similar to last year’s. We can look forward to seeing Carter Cross (senior), Jaryn Simpson (junior), Dajon Heidelberg (senior), Jose Casiano (senior), JT Bowen (senior), and Peter Jefferys (senior) to make some magic happen on the court. They will be filling the lead roles of Matt Colpoys, Joe Fustine, Antonio Frisina, and Charlie Fessler from last year’s team.
The wrestling team shows potential for a year to remember, only losing three starters from last year’s lineup, and gaining two top ten nationally ranked freshman. Placing second last year in the District 10 meet the wrestling team hopes to improve to first place with returning D10 winners Brady Sittinger (junior) and Mike Hughes (junior) and senior leaders Brandon Sauers, Phil Selker, Ta’Nauz Gregory, Mike Caugrove, Mike Stark, and Phil Sweny. We can expect a lot to come this season from the mats of Cathedral Prep’s very own wrestling team.
After last year’s phenomenal season the hockey team hopes to repeat their state championship win. The hockey team will have some bigger obstacles to overcome this year after being moved up from AA to AAA because of their dominance the last four years. This obstacle has proven true in their first portion of the season, as the team is currently 2-4-1, losing in very contested match ups. Senior captains Joe Sala, Joe Kelly, Jack Zaphiris, and Jack Becker look to fill the pivotal losses of last year’s team, Trevor Faulkner, Ben Eliason, Jack Kelly, and Hunter Emerson to turn the season around and make a state championship run once again.