Winter Sports Update and Upcoming Events
Winter Sports Update and Upcoming Events
Author Ted Fairfield
The sports this season have been nothing short of excellent. The Charter School of Wilmington’s athletic director Mr. Chris Eddy believes that Charter has achieved a high level of success despite several coaching changes and very difficult schedules. Here are the updates/highlights:
According to swim coach Michelle Northshield, the swim team has trained extremely hard to achieve its perfect record. On Saturday, February 4th, the swim team won the Blue Hen Conference Meet, along with divers Katherine Langseder and Felipe Rocha placing second and third, respectively.
Senior and Boy’s Swim Captain Dominic Teoli believes that this team has faced so much adversity and has overcome immense struggles to get to the point where it is today. “All of us came into the season with something still to prove. The girls: that they were still a dominant force. The boys: that last year wasn't a one time thing.” This “family” has come together to fulfill one goal: to win a State Championship. The fire in Dominic’s message shows the true perseverance and strength of the swim team.
Both teams are currently preparing for a dual-meet against rival Salesianum and States at the end of month, so go support them in their quest towards another state championship!
The boy’s basketball team has seen tremendous success this year. In the words of Coach Josh Robinson, “The boys basketball program as a whole has doubled its wins from last year with 5 games to go.” More important than the wins, though, Robinson believes that the most important lesson to learn from this season is to “never give up.” Even though this team faced a tough schedule, they never gave in.
The basketball season has completed ¾ of their season at this point. Mr. Eddy believes that the team has made a tremendous leap under the new leadership of Coach Robinson. They have already won more games than last year with several games left to go. The boys will have their senior game on February 21, against Tower Hill, so go out and support the team.
Girls’ Basketball Update:
Coach Eileen Voltz believes that this team “is made up of some amazing individuals who will go out into this world and do great things.” Mr. Eddy also agrees with this sentiment. The girls team has trained extremely hard to achieve their success this year, and will only see better days to come.
The girls honored 7 seniors at the B+ game on February 14. They still have two away games left in their impressive season, so cheer them on in their journey towards success.
Indoor Track Update:
As per usual, the Indoor Track team had an extremely successful year. The boys and girls just competed in the DIAA Championships on February 4. Eric Hendrixson’s 3rd place finish in the pole vault and Andrew Avila’s 3rd place finish in the 3200m (among many other top finishes) earned them tenth place in the meet. On the girl’s team, Asaana Shamlin’s 1st place finish in the high jump and Akua Temeng’s 3rd in the 55 meter dash helped the girls win 3rd place overall.
Senior runner Chris Avila believes that while this team saw impressive results, its work is nowhere near finished. “[The team] built a strong foundation that we will look to improve upon come outdoor.” With the implementation of a new workout regiment, Avila can see nothing but success in the future of Charter Track and Field.
There were many other impressive finishes at the State championships. If you want to see more results, visit the the link here.
The wrestling team has had tremendous success this year. With an 8-3 record, the boys will compete in the Blue Hen Conference Championship on February 17. Athletic Director Mr. Eddy believes that the coaches and players have seen great endurance and skill, and it’s proven through their results.
According to Eddy, “[The state championship] is always a great event where everyone has a great time.” If you want to, please go and support the boys in their quest for a state championships on February 17 at A.I. Dupont High School.
Many teams this winter have faced so much adversity: new coaches, tough schedules, and a difficult school schedule to go along with it. In times like this, though, Charter’s winter sports have heeded the timeless advice from the movie Rocky Balboa: “ It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Even when Charter athletics faces tough times, it continues to persevere and achieve the great success that it has earned.