Athletes Recognized for a Successful Winter Sports Season

Awards celebrating the accomplishments of Belmont Hill School's winter sports teams were presented at the School Meeting held on Monday, March 6 in Hamilton Chapel. The following is a list of the awards presented.
Alpine Skiing Trophy Winners 
The Alpine Ski Coaches Trophy recognizes that individual who in the judgment of his coaches has displayed the greatest improvement.
Jack Theberge
The Tony Matt award is presented to that boy who has made the greatest contribution to the Belmont Hill alpine ski team.
Dan Schwartz

Basketball Trophy Winners
The Ex-Captains Basketball Trophy is presented to that boy who in the judgment of his coach made the greatest contribution to the season.
David Mitchell
The Carl H. Amon Jr. Basketball Trophy is presented in honor of the former President of the Belmont Hill Board of Trustees from 1964-1987, an enthusiastic supporter of Belmont Hill Basketball and father of three former varsity basketball players.  This award is given to that member of the varsity team whose unselfishness, sportsmanship and concern for team play have best exemplified the ideals of Belmont Hill athletics.
Jake Haase

Hockey Trophy Winners
Wyman S. Smart Jr. Hockey Trophy is awarded to that player who in the judgment of his coaches has made the greatest improvement this year.
Brendan Rocha and Zach Shpilner
Kenneth M. Martin Jr. Hockey Trophy, given by Mrs. Virginia Martin in memory of her husband.  Mr. Martin was a member of the first graduating class at Belmont Hill in 1927.  At Belmont Hill he earned 11 varsity letters and he captained the varsity hockey team three of his four years on the team.  This trophy is given to the player who in the judgment of his coaches is the most valuable player on the varsity team.
Sam Hesler and Christian O'Neill

Nordic Skiing Trophy Winners
The most improved award in Nordic skiing as judged by his coaches goes to:
James Eysenbach
The Nordic Ski Coaches’ Trophy honors that young man who has contributed the most to his sport.
Charles Donahue

Squash Trophy Winners
The most improved squash player trophy is given to the boy who has exhibited the greatest progress on and off the squash court.
Andrew Lee
The Squash Coaches’ Trophy is awarded to that player who has made the greatest contribution to the sport of squash this year.
James Bell

Wrestling Trophy Winners
The William “Bingo” Emerson wrestling trophy honors a 1960 Belmont Hill second-generation graduate who was killed in Vietnam.  While at Belmont Hill, he captained the wrestling team and won awards in both football and wrestling in his senior year.  This award is presented to the boy who in the opinion of his coaches has exhibited the greatest improvement in wrestling.
Hamza Shemsu, and Shane Rockett
The Gilbert S. Jordan Athletic Achievement Award in Wrestling
This bowl was donated by alumni to honor “Gibby” Jordan, a longtime wrestling coach and director of maintenance who retired in 1986.  It is presented to that boy who has made the greatest contribution to the Belmont Hill Wrestling program.
Phil Conigliaro and Will Ryan
The Henry B. Sawyer Awards were suggested by the school senate and approved by the athletic committee in 1987. These sportsmanship awards recognize Mr.  Sawyer’s 52 years of service to the school. These awards are presented seasonally by sport to “ the ideal sportsman whose emotions are controlled by a genuine love and respect for his fellow man as well as the game.
BASKETBALL –  John Sommers
HOCKEY - Michael Armstrong, Peter O'Conell
SQUASH –   Alex Kurtin
WRESTLING –   Warren Cross, Henry Griffin
Individual Honors
The following boys were named
2017 ISL All League and  All League Honorable Mention
All League Honorable Mention 
Sam Rohrer
All League
Dan Schwartz

All New England in Slalom
Jack Theberge
Dan Schwartz
All New England in Giant Slalom
Dan Schwartz

All League Honorable Mention 
Kevin Michael O'Boy

All League
Jovan Jones
David Mitchell
All League Honorable Mention 
Peter O'Connell
James Perullo
Robert Radochia
Brendan Rocha

All League
Samuel Hesler
Christian O'Neill
Michael Armstrong
Connor Hopkins
All New England
Christian O'Neill

All League
Jack Bell
James Bell
Alex Kurtin
JP Champa
All League Honorable Mention
Warren Cross
Ryan Williams
Henry Griffin
William Weldon
All League
Hamza Shemsu
Matthew Smith
Seth Israel
Phil Conigliaro
Colin Vallis
Luca Pontone
William Ryan
Michael Glauniger
Shane Rockett
All New England Honorable Mention
Seth Israel
Matt Smith
Colin Vallis
All New England
Phil Conigliaro
Luca Pontone
William Ryan
All American
Phil Conigliaro
Recognition of Other Winter Athletic Accomplishments
In Basketball
The 5th basketball team finished a very successful season with an overall record of 17 wins and 2 losses.

The 4th basketball team finished an outstanding season with an overall record of 19 wins and 1 loss.  They captured the Roxbury Latin Tournament with victories over Catholic Memorial, Nativity Prep & St. Sebastian’s. 
The varsity basketball team completed a very successful season finishing second in the ISL with a league record of 11 wins and 3 losses and an overall record of 16 wins and 8 losses. The team was awarded the ISL Team Sportsmanship Award, which is awarded to the team that, in the eyes of its opponents, best exemplifies the ideals of integrity, sportsmanship and fair play. Also in varsity basketball, On February 17th in a 63 - 37 win over St. Paul's, Jovan Jones scored his 1000th career point for Belmont Hill.  I ask him to come forward to receive a plaque commemorating this accomplishment.
In Nordic Skiing
The Nordic team had a successful season, despite a general lack of snow. The team competed each week in New Hampshire and Vermont against Lakes Region schools.
and placed 5th in the Lakes Region Championships. Seven Belmont Hill skiers placed in the top 30 of the 130 competitors in the Lakes Region including three in the top 20 -  Quinn McGaugh 20th, Ben Pradko 15th, and Charlie Donahue 14th.
At the Weston Sprints, 2 Belmont Hill skiers placed in the top 15 in eastern MA: they were Cam Hall and Quin McGaugh.
Three Belmont Hill skiers qualified to make the Massachusetts state team that competes regionally in mid-March. James Eysenbach and Aidan McGaugh qualified for the Mass under-16 team, making them within the top 20 skiers under 16 in the state. Charlie Donahue qualified for the Eastern High School MA State Team, making him among the top 24 high school skiers in Massachusetts.
In Alpine Skiing
The alpine ski team finished a successful season with an overall record of 39 wins and 8 losses, thereby finishing 3rd in the ISL.  They also finished 3rd at the Class A New England Championship held at Mt Sunapee. 
Also in alpine skiing, Dan Swartz was voted ISL MVP and Globe All Scholastic.  Congratulations Dan.
In Hockey
The 5th hockey team finished an outstanding season with a record of 16 wins  4 losses and 3 ties.
The 3rd hockey team finished a winning season with a record of 12 wins 8 losses and 2 ties. The team won both tournaments it played in first defeating Xaverian and St. Sebastian's to capture their early season Tournament and then beating Academie St. Louis and Hillside to win the season ending Freshman Tournament.
The varsity hockey team finished a very successful season with an overall record of 20 wins 7 losses and 4 ties.  The team finished 2nd in the ISL and qualified for the New England Tournament for the 12th consecutive year.
In Squash
The 3rd squash team completed an outstanding season with a record of 8 wins and 2 losses.  The team finished 2nd at the US Squash Middle School Nationals losing 3-2 in the finals to Shipley School. 
The JV squash team completed an undefeated season with a record of 11 wins and 0 losses.  The team finished 7th place at the US Squash nationals where they competed at the division III level versus high school varsity teams.
The varsity squash team completed an outstanding season with an overall dual match record of 17 wins and 1 loss.  They won the ISL Championship for the 8th consecutive year. They finished 4th at the New England Tournament and 3rd at the US Squash High School Nationals. This marked the 8th consecutive year that the team has made it to the semi finals at the Nationals. 

In Wrestling
The 3rd wrestling team finished a season that included its 7th Cardigan Mountain Tournament title in a row, and a 41 point victory at the Jr. New England Tournament at Fessenden.  At the Jr. New England tournament they came away with 6 champions:  Daniel Bitner, Kailen Richards, Brian Gallucci, Adam Figler, Holden Present, and Jason Wolf. Additionally, Adam Figler was named the most outstanding wrestler of Jr. New England Tournament. 
The varsity wrestling team completed a championship season with an overall dual meet record of 19 wins and 1  loss. During the season they took 1st Place at the Graves-Kelsey Wrestling Championship, and the won the ISL Dual meet championship by going a perfect 12-0 in league dual meets. The team finished 2nd at New England Championship at Hyde.  They followed that up with by finishing 16th out of 108 schools at the Prep Wrestling Nationals at Lehigh. 
Five Belmont Hill wrestlers, Macdony Charles, Myron Duarte, Hunter Present, Billy Weldon, and Mike Wade were champions at the JV New England Championships at Tabor.  For the varsity, five Belmont Hill Wrestlers, Seth Israel, Phil Conigliaro, Luca Pontone, Will Ryan and Mike Glauniger were 2017 Graves Kelsey Tournament Champions.  Phil Conigliaro was a 2017 New England Champion.  Phil also finished first at the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament, the first wrestler from Massachusetts to ever do so.  He finished the season by becoming only the second Belmont Hill wrestler to become a National Champion, thereby earning All American honors.  The only other wrestler to accomplish this was Jeff Ott, who is currently a senior at Harvard and this year became the first Belmont Hill wrestler to ever qualify for the NCAA Division 1 wrestling championship.
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