SHREWSBURY, Mass. – Now that the record book is closed on fall sports, Shrewsbury High School Athletic Director Jay Costa is looking to winter. “The energy’s high,” Costa said. “The excitement is high.”
Here is a look at Costa's predictions for the winter season:
Costa predicted that Shrewsbury’s girls’ basketball team would remain one of the “upper echelon in Central Mass.” He also expects a better year for boys’ basketball than last year, as the team has had time to mature and regroup. The boys finished last year with a 2-18 record. By contrast, the girls' record was 18-4.
Boys’ hockey could be very interesting this year, according to Costa. “They’re young, but they’re a very talented team,” he said. Meanwhile, the girls’ hockey co-op includes players from Wachusett, Westborough and St. Peter Marian. Two seventh-graders also are participating in the self-funded program. Shrewsbury has about 25 players this season. “Our numbers are the best they’ve ever been,” he said.
The gymnastics team is under new leadership with Coach Heather Fulginiti. “Numbers are low, but she feels that team could be pretty strong and a contender for a league championship,” Costa said.
Boys and girls track teams continue to grow, said Costa, and said he is looking forward to seeing how Dominique Hall will compete this year. Hall had an impressive season last year, winning indoor and outdoor 100- and 200-meter events in district and division competitions. She also excelled at the long jump and 55-meter dash.
“Our numbers are a little bit better this year,” Costa said. “I think they’re looking forward to a nice, big snowfall. Once they start rolling, I think you’ll see our team start to become pretty competitive.”
Costa said he expected the boys' and girls' swim team to remain a top contender in the Midland-Wachusett league. “Looking at what Coach (Courtney) Mulcahy has done with that team, the expectations are pretty high.”