The banner fall season set expectations high for the over 400 AHS athletes competing this winter and they didn’t disappoint. Three varsity teams won league championships for their sport, in a season marked by solid accomplishments and growth.
Boys Hockey captured the Middlesex League Liberty Division Championship, ending the season with a 15-6-2 record. The team beat Westford Academy in overtime to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where they lost to Braintree. The Girls Hockey team had a good finish at 14-5-2. In tournament play they beat Beverly before losing their Sweet Sixteen game.
Boys Basketball was the second winter team to win the Middlesex League Liberty Division Championship, ending the season at 13-8 before losing to Reading Memorial by one point in their tournament play game. It was a growth year for Girls Basketball and the team, with a new coach, finished at 1-19. The number of young players gaining experience this winter suggests that a strong season could be coming up in 2023-2024.
Finishing undefeated, Wrestling is the third team to win the Middlesex League Liberty Division Championship this winter. This is a title they have now captured for five straight years. The team came in second in their sectional meet and had several athletes compete in the state tournament and go on to All-State competition.
Both Boys and Girls Indoor Track had strong seasons and a number of athletes went on to sectionals and the All-State meet. One male athlete captured first in the division in high jump and went on to capture the All-State title. Track participation has been very strong all year, with 86 girls and 50 boys competing this winter.
Boys Swimming, a cooperative team with Watertown, came in second in the league and a number of swimmers went on to sectionals. Thirty-one athletes on the coed Alpine Skiing team had a strong year, competing both at Blue Hills and Ragged Mountain. The Gymnastics team, 23 girls strong, continues to grow and improve, capturing more wins than last winter
Several athletes across the teams were recognized for their achievements this winter, as follows.
The momentum generated so far this year is continuing into spring. Strong team performances have been evident throughout, and as of this writing the Boys and Girls Tennis and and Softball teams have qualified for tournament play beginning in the first week of June.Congratulations to all the AHS winter athletes and good luck to the spring competitors as the athletic program comes to a close for 2022-2023.