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Three Milton Football Players Recognized as Scholar-Athletes

Three Milton Football Players Recognized as Scholar-Athletes

For the first time, three seniors on Milton’s varsity football team were named Scholar-Athletes by the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. Sam Jaffe ’22, Luke Thorbahn ’22, and Jackson Smith ’22 were recognized for excellence on and off the field.

“The award honors athletes who are not only great football players, but great students, and great kids,” said head coach Kevin MacDonald. “It’s also about the contributions they make to the school and the community at large.”

Documentary Filmmaker Byron Hurt Speaks To Milton Athletes

Documentary Filmmaker Byron Hurt Speaks To Milton Athletes

Many boys in our society are conditioned from a young age to be tough, to hide their emotions, and to avoid any appearance of behaving “like a girl,” documentary filmmaker and anti-sexist activist Byron Hurt told student-athletes recently. 

This mindset favors aggression, prevents boys from connecting with their emotions, and undervalues girls and women, sometimes leading to toxic masculinity and violence, said Hurt, who visited Milton athletes virtually as part of a series of speakers this fall who promote mental fitness.

“I grew up in a culture where you had to perform a certain kind of manhood and masculinity in order to be accepted by other guys and be seen as a ‘real man’” said Hurt. When boys and men feel like they can’t be vulnerable with their emotions, those emotions can be redirected in unhealthy ways: abuse, depression, violence, failed relationships, and out-of-control actions.

Fall Athletes Show What Commitment Is All About

Fall Athletes Show What Commitment Is All About

Milton athletes are working hard this fall season, practicing both remotely and on campus, despite the absence of regular team competition. As all fall teams began the season remotely, coaches had to think of creative ways to keep athletes moving and connected to each other.

Boys’ cross country coach Scott Bosworth said the team “approached this strange season with the same commitment and determination as in past seasons. We had active and engaging Zoom meetings where we talked about the challenges we face with the pandemic, motivational tools to get us through, and the need to stay together and be supportive of each other. We watched videos about Wilma Rudolph and Billy Mills, two athletes who overcame huge obstacles—physical, economic, racial, and substance abuse—to become Olympic gold medalists, and we had lively discussions afterward.” 

“The soccer season has been great thus far in spite of the different forms it has been taking,” said Boys’ soccer coach Chris Kane. “We have a large and passionate group of soccer players and we used the remote learning period to build connections across students across the various levels of our program.”  

Excellence On and Off the Field: Student-Athletes Honored

Excellence On and Off the Field: Student-Athletes Honored

The Athletics Department celebrated Milton’s athletes virtually during the annual M-Club Gala on Wednesday. Class I students were presented awards for their outstanding performance in athletics.

Caroline Guden, an outstanding athlete in field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse received the Priscilla Bailey Award. The award recognizes an athlete who “has been a most valuable asset to Milton Academy athletics and community, and who demonstrates exceptional individual skills and teamwork as well as sportsmanship.” Guden’s field hockey coach described her as “always giving 100 percent. She empowered her teammates. They could count on her to create a spark and make things happen.”

Football standout Kalel Mullings received the Robert Saltonstall Medal. Over Milton’s history, the Saltonstall has indicated “a distinguished record in all-around physical activity, with emphasis on leadership by example, conscientious training, good body mechanics, and observance of the code of the true sportsman.” In addition to his feats on the football field, Mullings excelled on the basketball court as a defender, and on the track and field team, where he was an impact member on medal-winning relay teams and running the 200M. His football coach said he was the most “kind, considerate, sincere, and friendly player who made it a point to know every player on the roster and made younger players feel important and valued.” 

Milton Football Players Recognized as Outstanding Scholar-Athletes

Milton Football Players Recognized as Outstanding Scholar-Athletes

Milton seniors Kalel Mullings and Mitchell Gosner were both recognized as outstanding scholar-athletes by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. 

The award honors senior football players who have excelled on the football field, in the classroom and within the school and community. The 45th-annual banquet, which was scheduled for May 17, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The recipients will receive a plaque and a commemorative program at a later date. 

“As football players, Mitch and Kalel enjoyed tremendous careers at Milton,” said Kevin MacDonald, head coach of varsity football.  “Both were named all-scholastic and all-state. Additionally, Kalel was a consensus first-team all-American. They were also outstanding leaders, consummate student-athletes, and beloved members of our team both in the estimation of their coaches and their peers.”  

Both will continue to play football this fall—Mullings at the University of Michigan and Gosner at Harvard University. 

Boys’ Varsity Squash Season Off to Great Start

Boys’ Varsity Squash Season Off to Great Start

The boys’ varsity squash team opened their season with a big win (7–0) against Phillips Exeter, setting the stage for a strong undefeated (5–0) winter season so far. “It was so exciting to start off with a bang with such a resounding victory,” says co-captain Andrew Willwerth ’20.

The top eight players on Milton are four seniors and four juniors, which brings some solid depth and leadership to the team.

“A lot of students have stepped up as leaders this year, more than ever in my four years on the team,” says co-captain Zac Ibrahim ‘20. “I don’t mean just the captains, but all the kids. There is an interest and passion from everyone to get better.”

Boys’ Varsity Hockey Wins the 2020 Tabor New Year’s Tournament

Boys’ Varsity Hockey Wins the 2020 Tabor New Year’s Tournament

Over the first weekend of 2020, boys’ varsity hockey took to the ice against strong opponents in Tabor Academy’s New Year’s Tournament. On the first day, they beat St. George’s 4–2 and then Winchendon 6–3, setting them up for the championship game against Pomfret.

In an exciting game, senior forward Tyler Crist shot Milton’s two goals against Pomfret—one shorthanded to start the scoring and one on the power play to make it 2–0. Pomfret scored with 1:20 to go in the third period but Milton held on for the win (2–1). Milton also saw some stellar goaltending by junior Chris Demers, who turned back 26 of 27 shots that he faced.

Milton is now 6–5–1 for the season. This is their second Tabor Tournament Championship in the last three years.

Boys’ Varsity Soccer: ISL Champs

Boys’ Varsity Soccer: ISL Champs

Boys’ varsity soccer had an exciting and standout season. The team was undefeated in the ISLs (12-0-3) clinching the ISL championship title in the game against Noble and Greenough, another undefeated ISL team that came into the match with a one-point advantage in the standings.

“Winning that game was the most incredible experience of my time here,” says David Walley ’20. “In those last five minutes of the game, we were tied and I felt it was going to be like other years, with us coming in second, every time.” But in the last minute of the game, Aidan Farwell ’21 scored the winning goal and the home crowd was exuberant.

The beginning of the season (overall record 13-2-3) started off a bit sluggish for the team.

We had high expectations at the beginning of the year,” says Noah Jackson ’20. “We thought winning would just come to us. But a couple of early losses opened our eyes. We had a team meeting about expectations versus reality. We changed our approach to focusing one game at a time and then went on to be undefeated in the next 15 games or so.”

Impressive Season for Varsity Football

Impressive Season for Varsity Football

Each week, their opponents get tougher, but the varsity football team continues to dominate on the field with an undefeated season (6-0). Last Saturday, it was 48-25 victory against Belmont Hill, a team that also came into the game undefeated. The home game in front of a Parents’ Weekend crowd showed the deep depth of Milton, led by team captains Kalel Mullings ‘20 and Jake Willcox ‘20.

An exciting win (20-14) in overtime against Governor’s Academy the previous weekend saw wide receiver and defense back Mitchell Gosner ‘20 blocking a field goal to tie up the game and then scoring the winning touchdown, catching a stellar throw from quarterback Jake.

Before that game, Head Coach Kevin MacDonald anticipated that it would be a challenging game. “We are a pretty well-rounded team. Usually a high school team will have at least one glaring weakness. But, we are playing other teams that are also well-rounded and loaded with talent.”

Kalel Mullings ’20 Selected for All-American Game

Kalel Mullings ’20 Selected for All-American Game

Milton’s varsity football linebacker and running back, Kalel Mullings (I), has been selected for the 2020 All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of athletes who have played in the all-star game. Surrounded by his coaches, teammates, family and friends, Kalel was presented with an honorary game jersey, commemorating his selection, during a ceremony in the FCC on Tuesday.

Kalel began his varsity football career as a 13-year-old freshman, playing against 18- and 19-year-olds in one of the top leagues in New England. He will attend and play at the University of Michigan next year.

“One would surmise that all this attention and notoriety would affect Kalel,” said Coach Kevin MacDonald. “However, he has never changed. He has continued to be the same kind, affable, humble and outgoing young man he has always been. Yes, Kalel is an outstanding football player with a bright future, but he is an even better young man who has left an indelible mark on our school.”

Field Hockey Season Off to Great Start

Field Hockey Season Off to Great Start

The varsity field hockey team is impressing fans early in the fall season with definitive wins (4-1) against strong teams. In one of its first games, against Phillips Exeter, the team scored in the first 30 seconds, dominating the entire game to win 5-1, which “set the tone for the season” according to co-captain Caroline Guden ’20.

Caroline, who plays midfield, and co-captain Charlotte Jordan ’20, who plays forward, say they are trying to lead the team by example, focusing on “instilling confidence in ourselves, knowing we are a good team and we can win.”

The Exeter win was followed by Milton’s first ISL win against Lawrence Academy and then a win against Thayer Academy this past Tuesday.

Ify Ofulue Dominates at ISLs and New Englands

Ify Ofulue Dominates at ISLs and New Englands

Undefeated and breaking records, Amanda “Ify” Ofulue (I) wrapped up an amazing track and field season by winning the New England Championships (NEPSTA D1) in both shot put (41’ 10’’) and discus (129’ 10’’). In both events, she broke Milton school records and she set a facility record (Loomis Chaffee) in discus. Ify was also an ISL Champion in shot put, setting an ISL Championship record and an ISL Champion in discus. She topped it all off with second place in javelin, scoring a total of 28 of Milton’s total 72 points, which placed the girls third overall in ISLs.

“In my opinion, she will be remembered as the greatest female throw athlete in Milton Academy’s history and in the ISL,” says Coach Steve Darling. “I don’t foresee her records being broken for a very long time, maybe ever. An athlete like Ify only comes around once in a lifetime. I’m just glad I was here to witness it.”

Boys’ Basketball Advances to Semifinals

Boys’ Basketball Advances to Semifinals

The boys’ varsity basketball team finished their impressive regular season (19-5) with a 65-50 win over rivals Noble and Greenough in front of packed bleachers in the ACC last Friday night. Seeded 5th in the NEPSAC Class A quarterfinals, the team traveled to Suffield Academy in Connecticut yesterday to pull off an exciting 62-54 win. The boys now advanced to the semifinals where they will play Phillips Exeter at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Exeter.

Mert Bayturk Dominates on the Mat

Mert Bayturk Dominates on the Mat

Mert Bayturk ‘19 won an astounding three heavyweight wrestling championships over the past three weekends—the Northern New England Championship, the ISL Championships and the New England Championship. After competing in the 220-pound weight class the past few years, Mert found his groove this year by competing against other heavyweights (285-pound weight class). This weekend, he heads off to the Prep Nationals at Lehigh University, where he will compete against other heavyweights from private schools from across the country.

Mert started wrestling the summer before his freshman year at Yaşar Doğu Spor Salonu, a wrestling club in Ankara, Turkey, where he spends the summers with his family. He says what he loves about the sport is that it’s “like a chess game, involving strength and technique.” Before his junior year, he sought outside opportunities to wrestle, establishing a connection with the well-known wrestling club, the Dungeon Training Center in Hanover, Massachusetts.

Girls’ Cross Country Team Is On Course

Girls’ Cross Country Team Is On Course

The girls’ cross country team is having a solid run this season. Starting off with a win against Lawrence Academy, the 28-member team are about even with their wins vs. losses. Ellie Mraz (III) is a standout this season, undefeated in all her races. Ellie says the highlight of her day is practicing after school with both the girls’ and boys’ teams.

“There is a great group of new freshman on both teams and it is amazing to see everyone get stronger as the weeks go by,” says Ellie. “The girls’ captains are doing a great job and bring so much fun and energy to the team. My personal goals for this year are to break the Milton XC girls course record of 19:36, to place in the top five in the ISL Championships, and to place in the top 12 in the New England Championships. I used to get extremely nervous before races, but this year I have made it my goal to stay calm and to just enjoy the sport. Running is challenging physically and also mentally.”

Milton Football Players Recognized as Outstanding Scholar-Athletes

Milton Football Players Recognized as Outstanding Scholar-Athletes

Milton seniors JJ Bussgang and Greg Livingston will be honored as top scholar-athletes at the 43rd awards dinner of the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame on May 3. The Scholar-Athlete award is one of the most prestigious in high school football. They were nominated for the award by Coach Kevin MacDonald.

“I was excited when I heard the news. Both academics and athletics are really important to me and I’m proud to be recognized for both of them,” says Greg, who will be attending Middlebury College this fall. He will play wide receiver on the football team. JJ, an offensive lineman, will be playing at another NESCAC school, Bowdoin College, where he hopes to study biology or biochemistry.

Boys’ Basketball: A Historic Season

Boys’ Basketball: A Historic Season

by Andrew D’Ambrosio ‘19, Sports Section Editor, The Milton Measure

Milton Boys’ Varsity Basketball shined in its NEPSAC playoff run, advancing all the way to the championship game where they ultimately fell in a nail biter to Choate Rosemary Hall. The Mustangs battled ferociously in all three of their postseason games. Coach Lamar Reddicks said, “we had great contributions from all our guys.”

In their first playoff contest against Phillips Exeter, Milton was able to pull away late, winning by a score of 76-62. Although the game was close at times, Milton kept their composure and always maintained the lead. Cormac Ryan (I) lead the charge for Milton on his senior night. He scored double digits along with playing stellar defense. In the closing minutes of the game, Dan Schlakman (II) rattled the rim with a monstrous slam. The crowd erupted after the play and the Stangs never looked back.

Premier Prep Teams Face Off During Holiday Break

Premier Prep Teams Face Off During Holiday Break

Every holiday season, the best teams in prep school hockey descend upon the rinks of Milton and Nobles for a chance to claim the coveted championship titles of the Flood-Marr Tournament and the Harrington Invitational Tournament. The annual Flood-Marr Holiday Hockey...
Two Milton Seniors Named Scholar-Athletes by National Football Foundation

Two Milton Seniors Named Scholar-Athletes by National Football Foundation

Mike Silva (I) and Allan Rappleyea (I) were recently named scholar-athletes by the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. They are among the 33 award recipients who were selected from over 200 schools and were honored at the 42nd annual scholar-athlete banquet in May. Both Mike and Allan will play football next year—Mike as a running back for Harvard University and Allan as an offensive tackle for Wake Forest University.

Sailing Team Caps Off Terrific Season With Third Place Finishes at Two National Events

Sailing Team Caps Off Terrific Season With Third Place Finishes at Two National Events

An epic sailing season ended on a high note when Milton placed third in the ISSA Baker Team Race Championship held in Norfolk, Virginia, this past weekend. The national race consisted of the top 12 teams from around the country. Milton qualified for the race after placing second at the New England team racing championship held at Bowdoin College.

The team also had great success in fleet racing—placing third in the New England championships and then placing third in the national ISSA Mallory Doublehanded Championship. The No. 1-ranked team also won the Massachusetts State High School Championship. These accomplishments capped off an undefeated regular season where the team went 20-0, losing only four races the entire season and winning every meet.

“Going undefeated was my proudest moments,” says Eli Burnes (I), one of the co-captains of the team. “We had to be very focused all season because every race counted.”

Fellow co-captain Ginny Alex (I) said their biggest meet win was against St. George’s School. “We have a deep and strong team, so when we went to St. George’s, we could send our girl sailors to compete in the NESSA Women’s Championship (Herreshoff Regatta), which was held at the same time.”

Milton’s Ski Teams Win NEPSACs Championships

Milton’s Ski Teams Win NEPSACs Championships

By David Shaw ’20

In a performance for the ages, both the boys’ and girls’ varsity ski teams emerged victorious in the Class B NEPSAC Alpine Skiing Championship held in mid-February on Okemo Mountain in Vermont. The last time a Milton team won NEPSACs was 2002, when both teams swept the championships.

The teams competed in the Slalom and Giant Slalom (GS) events. Team scores for each event are the sum of the three best skiers’ places from each team, and final team scores are the sum of team scores for Slalom and GS. The team with the lowest overall score wins. The girls’ varsity team finished with an impressive 18 points in both Slalom and GS and a total of 36 points overall, outpacing the Taft School, who placed second with 51 points. Last year, the Milton girls’ team also scored a total of 36 points, but still finished in second behind Taft, making this year’s first place triumph especially sweet.

Sports Talk With Journalist Bob Ryan

Sports Talk With Journalist Bob Ryan

Well-known sports journalist Bob Ryan made the case that sports play an important role in people’s lives whether they are athletes or fans. Along with other “leisure pursuits” such as books, movies and the arts, Mr. Ryan said sports “fill a gap.” He spoke to students this morning at the Athletic Assembly.

“Some people say sports are just entertainment,” said Mr. Ryan. “But sports are unscripted, which is what makes them different from just entertainment. When you go to a concert, you don’t want to be surprised; you want to hear the music you expect. With sports, there is a good chance for surprises.”

Milton Student-Athletes on Soccer’s World Stage

Milton Student-Athletes on Soccer’s World Stage

Two members of Milton’s boys’ varsity soccer team represented their respective home countries in the Caribbean Finals of the CONCACAF U17 World Cup Qualifying held in September in Trinidad. Brandon Jones ’18 played center back on the U17 Bermuda national team, and Jeremy Verley ’19 played midfield for the U17 Jamaica national team. Coincidentally, the two teams faced off in the first round of the tournament and Jamaica won the game.

“The tournament was the closest I’ve felt to playing on a professional soccer team,” says Brandon. “The whole process of training and playing games in front of a huge crowd was really exhilarating.”

Jeremy’s team, which he captained, made it to the semifinals after a draw with Haiti and a win against Trinidad. They lost to Cuba in the semifinals, but they beat Curaçao in the third place game, earning them a spot in the final rounds next spring.

Matt Tabor (II)  Throws Perfect Game Against Lawrence

Matt Tabor (II) Throws Perfect Game Against Lawrence

by Julia Lebovitz ‘17

An exciting season is underway for the boys’ varsity baseball team, with many close games. The most exciting accomplishment of the season occurred on April 30 against Lawrence Academy when Matt Tabor (II) pitched a perfect game, one of the most challenging and impressive achievements in sports. A perfect game is defined as a game in which no runner reaches first base.

“Pitching a perfect game is a once in a lifetime experience,” says Sam Murray (II).

In fact, Matt is the first pitcher Mr. Petherick has coached who threw a perfect game. Matt said that he did not have high expectations going into the game because Lawrence was undefeated. Instead, he “was focused on being the best I could be and going out to get a ‘W’.”

Boys’ Hockey Advances to New England Championships

Boys’ Hockey Advances to New England Championships

Milton’s boys’ hockey team beat #2 seeded Kimball Union Academy 3-1 on Saturday in the Elite Eight semi-finals to advance to the New England Prep Hockey Championship game against The Gunnery Highlanders on Sunday, March 6, at St. Anselm College. To advance to the semi-finals, the team beat Phillips Exeter 5-2 in the Elite Eight New England Quarterfinal Playoff game.

The boys’ hockey team capped off a remarkable season (19-5-2). Ranked in the top five of New England Prep Hockey all year, the team had an exciting home win against Noble and Greenough in their last game of the regular season (8-5). This win earned them a shared ISL championship title with Thayer Academy.

A Holiday Treat, Milton Skates Against Premier Prep Teams

A Holiday Treat, Milton Skates Against Premier Prep Teams

Every holiday season, the best teams in prep school hockey descend upon the rinks of Milton and Nobles for a chance to claim the coveted championship titles of the Flood-Marr Tournament and the Harrington Invitational Tournament. Now in its 51st year, the Flood-Marr...
Boys’ Soccer Finishes 22-0, Wins NEPSAC Championship

Boys’ Soccer Finishes 22-0, Wins NEPSAC Championship

The Milton Academy varsity boys’ soccer team capped a historic season with a thrilling 2-0 win over Northfield Mount-Hermon in the Class A New England finals. The spectacular championship contest pitted two teams of immense quality and admirable styles. Following a strong start that saw Milton gain the better of the initial possession, NMH slowly gained more and more of the ball through its tremendous work rate and excellent ball movement. Both teams probed the margins of the field looking for openings, but few were to be found as both backlines stood tall.

Varsity Football Upends Nobles to Earn Bowl Bid

Varsity Football Upends Nobles to Earn Bowl Bid

Milton’s varsity football team capped off the storied Milton-Nobles rivalry weekend with a 24–13 win, finishing the season with a record of 6–2. That success earned the team the number two spot in the Independent School League and a NEPSAC Bowl bid. Solid defense and an excellent ground game were key components in the Mustangs’ victory over the Bulldogs.

Boys’ Soccer, ISL Champs, Celebrate 15–0 Season, Move On To Semifinals

Boys’ Soccer, ISL Champs, Celebrate 15–0 Season, Move On To Semifinals

The boys’ varsity soccer team has had a perfect season. They are undefeated and earned the Independent School League Championship title. Their accomplishments are historic: They are the second team in ISL history to finish with a 15-0 record. Most important to Coach Chris Kane, however, is that this week the league bestowed on his team the ISL sportsmanship award. The New England championship playoffs are this week. The Mustangs are ranked number two in the nation for prep high schools. They beat Belmont Hill 4-0 in a quarterfinals round yesterday and move on to the semifinals this weekend.

The best way to understand why this team is so good is to go down to the field and watch. Their play is fluid and focused, the ball passing quickly between Milton’s players, rarely leaving their possession. As fast as their game appears, they are actually taking their time and keeping it simple, wearing their opponents out. Players on the field talk to each other, constantly, and teammates on the deep, talented bench encourage and support. A goal is cause for quick celebration, but then it’s back to focus, attention and steady play.

“The players know that consistency and focus are key elements to success, and they know not to take anything for granted,” says Coach Kane. “This year, the team’s talent, attention and investment have been phenomenal. It’s easy to lose focus over a long, 19-game season, through a 90-minute game, through six days together every week. They’ve done an incredible job of keeping that focus high, that intensity high, and that competitiveness high. They also bring that focus and attention to other areas, on and off campus.”

Milton Sailors are World Champions

Milton Sailors are World Champions

This summer, five members of Milton’s sailing team competed in the International Sailing Federation’s 2015 team racing world championships in Rutland, England. They won the gold medal in their division and took the final gold honors in youth racing—a huge achievement in an event considered to be the pinnacle of international, dinghy team racing.

The idea of competing in this big event percolated last spring when brothers Eli and Henry Burnes (II) started talking about it with teammates Ginny Alex (II), Peter Barron (II), and Charlie Hibben (III). The race requires Firefly dinghies, so the group practiced for several days at M.I.T.’s sailing center. M.I.T. is the only school in the U.S. that uses these two-sail boats in competition.

Athletes Honored at M-Club Dinner

Athletes Honored at M-Club Dinner

During the annual M-Club Dinner on Wednesday, Class I students were presented awards for their outstanding performance in athletics.

Football standout Robert Gilmore received the Robert Saltonstall Medal. Over Milton’s history, the Saltonstall has indicated “a distinguished record in all-around physical activity, with emphasis on leadership by example, conscientious training, good body mechanics, and observance of the code of the true sportsman.” In addition to his feats on the football field, Robert broke the School’s long-standing discus and shot put records in track and field.

Nicola Young, an outstanding athlete in soccer, basketball and track, received the Priscilla Bailey Award. The award recognizes a girl who “has been a most valuable asset to Milton Academy athletics and community, and who demonstrates exceptional individual skills and teamwork as well as sportsmanship.”

Swim Team Rewrites History This Past Winter

Swim Team Rewrites History This Past Winter

A look on the ACC wall before and after spring break would find new names and faster times after nearly half of the former swim team records. This winter, the boys’ and girls’ swim team broke ten of the 22 posted records.

Lilly Vivado (II) led the way, rewriting the record board in five individual events. In the 200 freestyle, Lilly broke the 2004 Milton record by over seven seconds and set a New England Prep School record of 1:49.53, touching out the previous record holder by 0.3 seconds. Lilly also won the 100 butterfly at the same meet; her time was more than four seconds faster than the 1995 record. Earlier in the season, Lilly broke the records for the 100 backstroke by nearly three seconds, the 200 individual medley record by over five seconds, and the 500 freestyle by over 23 seconds.

Reaching New Heights, Milton’s Mustangs are ISL Champs

Reaching New Heights, Milton’s Mustangs are ISL Champs

If breaking four school records so far this season wasn’t enough, the boys’ track and field athletes made sure to make their mark in Milton’s history books by winning the team’s first ISL Championship in 24 years. The Mustangs scored 100 total team points in this weekend’s ISL meet, pulling out a nail-biting win over tough ISL competition—including last year’s champion, Thayer. During the course of the day, 11 athletes on Milton’s squad accomplished at least one personal record. The team’s victory was decided in the final event, where Captain Bobby Gilmore (I) placed 2nd in the Discus.

“Before the final round of throws, Bobby completed the biggest pressure throw of his life,” said assistant coach Steve Darling. “After fouling his first two attempts in the prelims, his third throw landed at 120′ and allowed him to advance to the finals. Had Bobby fouled on his third attempt, he would not have made the finals and the team would have lost by one point. In the finals, Bobby landed a throw at 143′, securing 2nd place and the team victory.”

Seniors Bobby Gilmore and Jonnie Lawson Named Scholar-Athletes

Seniors Bobby Gilmore and Jonnie Lawson Named Scholar-Athletes

Milton seniors Bobby Gilmore and Jonnie Lawson will be honored as top scholar-athletes at the 40th awards dinner of the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame on May 3. The Scholar-Athlete award is one of the most prestigious in high school football.

“This is definitely a huge highlight of my time with Milton football and I was really excited when Coach Mac told me. And I was equally happy for Jonnie too,” says Bobby, who played offensive tackle and defensive end. Bobby’s athletic talent was recognized several times over the past year;he was named ISL All-Star, all New England, NEPSAC Lineman of the Year, All-State, Boston Globe All Scholastic and Boston Herald All-Star. He will attend and play football at Harvard University this fall.

Divers Make A Splash at New England Championship

Divers Make A Splash at New England Championship

Colby Parsons (I) and Sam Rochelle (II) wrapped up their excellent diving season by placing 3rd and 4th place respectively at the New England Diving Championships. There were 29 divers from New England Prep Schools, diving 11 dives each.

“We dove really well and it was something we could both be proud of,” says Colby. “Sam was so energized. This was his first New England’s and that translated into an exciting event for him.”

Girls’ Hockey Wins New Year’s Tournament

The varsity girls’ hockey team ruled the rink at the Phillips Exeter New Year’s Tourney, winning all four games in the weekend tournament to clinch the championship. It was their first tournament win in the past five years.

After winning games against Stanstead College (2-1) and Brooks School (5-4), the team beat Rice Academy 3-2 in a three-player shootout where goalie Hannah Congdon (III) stopped all three shots and Captain Katherine Flaherty (I) scored the lone Milton goal. During the game, Maria DiMartinis (III) scored both Milton goals and Hannah made 24 saves.

Mustangs Take to the Ice in Premier Prep Tournaments

Mustangs Take to the Ice in Premier Prep Tournaments

Every holiday season, the best talent in independent school hockey gathers on the rinks of Milton and Nobles for a chance to claim the coveted championship titles of the Flood-Marr Tournament and the Harrington Invitational Tournament. Celebrating its 50th year, the...

Squash Players Dominate in National Tournament

Squash players Ranim Mohamed (III) and Caroline Spahr (Grade 8) won their respective divisions (U17 and U15) at the Baltimore Junior Championship Tournament. This is one of the biggest events on the national squash calendar and both players beat a handful of players...
Volleyball Earns ISL Title in Record Season

Volleyball Earns ISL Title in Record Season

With chanting fans packing the ACC, the atmosphere was electric as the girls’ volleyball team faced off against Nobles and Greenough in the final game of their regular season. The Mustangs blocked and spiked their way to a thrilling 3–0 victory. With only two losses to ISL teams this season, this win clinched the league championship title and earned the team a spot in the New England playoffs.

“For that hour and a half, the girls were rock stars out there,” says Derek Palmore, varsity coach and Middle School faculty member. Last year the team finished strong, but this season surpassed all expectations.

“The girls sustained such high-level play this season,” says Coach Palmore. “As a team, they had incredible turn around and recovery time. So if we found ourselves down a few points or lost a match, the team did a great job moving forward quickly.”

Josie Wilson (I) Breaks Cross Country Course Record

Josie Wilson (I) Breaks Cross Country Course Record

On October 25, Josie Wilson (I) broke the five-year girls’ course record in cross country with a time of 19:36 at Cunningham Park, beating the old record by seven seconds. This is Josie’s first season with the team; she previously spent her fall season on the varsity...
Milton Football Celebrates Its 500th Win

Milton Football Celebrates Its 500th Win

On a day when New England fall weather unleashed its best and worst—brilliant sun, torrential downpours and a double rainbow—the varsity football team tore its way through the mud to a historic 500th win, in a victory over St. Paul’s School, 42–12.

Quarterback Mike Silva (III) rushed nine times for 172 yards and had two touchdowns. Running back Domenic Cozier (II) rushed 16 times for 222 yards and three touchdowns. Jude Simplice (I) tallied the sixth touchdown for the Mustangs.

Kicker Justin Yoon Selected for All-America Game

Kicker Justin Yoon Selected for All-America Game

Milton’s varsity football kicker, Justin Yoon (I), has been selected for the 2015 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game. Surrounded by his coaches, teammates, dorm brothers and friends, Justin was presented with an honorary game jersey,...

Milton Harriers win Martha’s Vineyard Invite

The Milton Academy boys’ cross country team began their 2014 season with an impressive win at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Invitational. This is the team’s fifth trip to the island to compete in the invitational, and it is their first...
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