Winter Sets in for WEHS Sports

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Image: courtesy Gavin Ryan

By Jasmitha Keesara

As the winter chill settles in, Williamsville East High School (WEHS) is set to ignite the spirit of competition with an exciting lineup of winter sports. From the thrilling basketball courts to the grace of the ice rink, our teams are ready to make waves, leaving a mark on the season.

For the basketball fans, anticipation is building for fast-paced action, three-pointers, and those unforgettable nail-biting moments. Senior Gwen O’Connell shares, “Will East Basketball isn’t just a team; we’re family. I’m looking forward to ending my basketball career with a great season and with my amazing girls.” Junior Aaron Weiss mentions, “ We are a young and exciting team with 11 returning varsity veterans. Our goal this year is to win the sectional championship in the AA-2 division and ECIC-2 league led by our captains Mason Evans and Alex Kwon.” The varsity boys and girls teams, guided by experienced coaches, are poised to bring their A-game to every match, promising to keep the entire school community on the edge of their seats.

Indoor track and field promise raw athleticism and determination. From breathtaking sprints to gravity-defying jumps, each competitor is aiming for personal records. With last year’s distance medley record setting an impressive record, the stage is set for a season filled with thrilling achievements. Senior and Captain Bella Ascone says, “ This season the team is looking forward to being super speedy at the upcoming meets. We are getting lots of quality training in, even though it’s super cold!”

Hockey enthusiasts, get ready for the swish of skates on ice and the rhythmic thud of hockey sticks. Senior Carmen Panaro, who plays left wing, shares, “Our team has a ton of depth, and I’m excited to see what we can do. Our goal is to win the section championship title this year, and we are willing to put in the hard work to get there.” Catch the boys’ teams at the Northtown Center and the girls’ district hockey team for an exciting season.

The varsity boys swim team will make waves at the East HS Pool, creating ripples of excitement. Meanwhile, in the wrestling arena at North HS Gym, the varsity wrestling team is prepared for some intense battles.  Our bowling teams are gearing up to craft memorable moments with the sound of crashing pins at Transit Lanes. These sports promise not only physical prowess, but also mental resilience and strategic finesse.

Adding pep to the season, our varsity and JV cheerleading squads are set to rally behind their teams, infusing infectious spirit into the atmosphere. Junior Julia Guglielmi says, “Our team is working very hard this season for the end goal of going to States!”

For our aspiring athletes, modified boys and girls basketball, modified wrestling, and modified swimming provide platforms to explore and nurture skills. These sports are not just about competition; they’re about growth, teamwork, and the joy of friendly matches.

As the winter sports season unfolds at WEHS, it’s about more than just wins and losses; it’s about the camaraderie built on the court, the ice, and the track. This season is an opportunity for students to push their limits, discover their potential, and create lasting memories with their teammates.

So, let the games begin! May the winter sports season at WEHS be a showcase of resilience, sportsmanship, and passion, defining the true spirit of high school athletics. Go Flames!