Photo: Belmont High’s Colin Galloway scores with his back to the basket during a scrimmage with Cambridge Rindge and Latin High at Wenner Field House.
It was appropriate that the first snowfall of the year would occur on the same week the Belmont High School Winter Sports season begins in earnest.
The biggest changes will be seen at the Coach Paul Lyons court at the Wenner Field House as both boys and girls hoops welcome new head coaches. Shantell Jeter takes the helm of Girls’ varsity while Darren Martinez – who is a BHS and Wellington physical ed teacher – will patrol the sidelines as the Boys’ varsity squad. The girls’ season opener is Tuesday, Dec. 13 vs Stoneham while the boys’ will open its account on Friday against Winchester at 5:15 p.m. with the girls’ taking the court at 7 p.m.
Over at the Skip, expectations are running high as the Boys’ Hockey team under Head Coach Tim Foley brings back the heart of the team that went to the state Division 1 quarterfinals. The team, led by 30-plus goal scorer Cam Fici and all-state defensive pairing of Peter Grace and Joe Gaziano, have been in every Top-10 preseason poll as they will battle in one the most competitive leagues in the country, the Middlesex Liberty with perennial powerhouses Arlington, Winchester, Reading and Woburn.
The winter season got underway on Monday, Dec. 12 with the Girls’ Hockey team traveled to Arlington to face the SpyPonders who last year as 18-1-1 and finished the season in the Division 1 state finals. Under the tutelage of Ken Murphy, the Marauders’ (6-10-3 in ‘21-‘22) keep the match tight led by last year’s all-star and team MVP senior co-captain Bridget Gray who stopped 29 of 30 shots as Belmont fell, 1-0.
Belmont Girls’ (and Boys’ Hockey will play their home openers on Wednesday, Dec. 14 against Stoneham. Both Marauder teams will return to the Skip on Saturday, Dec. 17 vs. Melrose.
Boys’ Swimming are in the Higginbottom on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 4:30 p.m. vs. Winchester and Friday, Dec. 16 vs. Watertown and Arlington. Girls’ and Boys’ indoor track will begin its campaign at Winchester on Thursday, Dec. 15 while Wrestling will host Melrose in the Little Gym at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.