March 14, 2018 — From the hardwood to the mat, from the pool to the ice and snow, NMH’s winter sports season brought numerous team championships and individual accolades — not to mention tremendous excitement.
On the mountain, both the girls’ and boys’ alpine teams won New England and Mount Institute Ski League Championships. The boys’ team finished undefeated, with a record of 57–0 and their first New England championship in 20 years, while the girls’ team captured their sixth consecutive MISL championship. The dual MISL championships also represent the first time in decades that both teams took home the league crown in the same year. View photo galleries of boys' and girls' MISL grand slalom.
NMH wrestlers also continued to dominate and rack up championships. John Hayes ’18 (aka The Hayzenator), Brett (The Fighting Terrier) Rezendes ’18, Yaraslau Slavikouski ’19 (The Belorussian Basher), (Deer) Hunter Hockensmith ’20, and Aiden (The Bulldog) Hanning ’21 all won Class A championships in their respective weight classes, while Slavikouski and Rezendes were also crowned New England champions and All Americans. View photo gallery.
On the hardwood, the girls’ basketball team won its third straight 8 Schools Championship, and secured a top-four berth in the prestigious Class AA New England Championship tournament. See 2017–18 photo gallery.
Meanwhile, the drumbeat of national recognition and overall excellence continued for the boys’ basketball team, which finished the season with a 31–4 record, captured the New England Prep Class AAA Championship, and earned its sixth consecutive invite to the National Prep Championship tournament and its fourth trip to the final championship game. Nate (Long and Tall) Laszewski ’18 passed the 1,000-point milestone and also became NMH’s career leader in three-point shots. Both Chuck (The Hound) Hannah ’18 and Calvin (Klein) Whipple ’18 set a new NMH mark for career wins with 109. Hannah, Davis (Fenway) Franks ’18, and Kai (Don’t confuse me with my cousin Jonathan who captains the Chicago Blackhawks) Toews ’18 also received recognition as All Americans. View photo galleries: NEPSAC championship, NEPSAC semifinals, and National Prep championship.
On the ice, the boys’ hockey team experienced a renaissance, racking up an impressive record of 24–7–2 and earning the number-one seed in the New England Prep Hockey Large School Tournament. Anchored by All-NEPSAC East goaltender Eric Green ’18 (aka Greeny), the team achieved huge wins over perennial New England powerhouses such as Cushing Academy, Avon Old Farms, Loomis-Chaffee, Taft, and Belmont Hill. Second-year head coach Kevin Czepiel ’07 was rewarded with “coach of the year” honors from both the New England Hockey Journal and Neutral Zone Prep Hockey. View photo gallery.
Girls’ swimming went to the New England Championships, achieving the first top-eight individual finish since 2008, the first top-eight relay finish since 2013, and most team points since 2013. View photo gallery.
By Sam Keator
Post photo: Glenn Minshall