By Natalie Storie
It was a successful season for MPH Varsity fall sports, with several teams advancing to league sectionals. The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team advanced to the second round of sectionals, and the Girls’ Varsity Tennis team had five players earn sectional spots: 2 groups of doubles and one single. One of the doubles teams made it to State Qualifiers, and the one single did as well.
Caroline Mezzalingua (8th) and Amitees Fazeli (7th) earned sectional spots as a doubles team as well as Eden Hildebrant (10th) and Emma Gross (11th) as another team. In addition, Parmees Fazeli (10th) qualified for sectionals in singles. Parmees went on to the state qualifiers, accompanied by Doubles partners Caroline and Amitees.
“We tried really hard and there was a lot of teamwork. It was one of our best seasons,” said sophomore Eden Hildebrant. Eden has been playing tennis since seventh grade.
Parmees Fazeli has been playing since the age of six and has been playing with MPH since seventh grade. She commented on the rise in intensity at state qualifiers: “You can definitely feel the pressure in the room and the level of tennis is definitely a lot harder. I had to prepare myself two weeks ahead both physically and mentally. My first match began in the morning and took three and a half hours and I personally felt it was a good practice of mental stamina. I had to keep my head in the game for however long it took.” She ended up winning the match after three sets.
Boys’ Varsity Soccer made it to the second round of sectionals ending their season with a 12-5 record overall. In the second round of sectionals, they lost to Cincinnatus with less than 10 minutes left in the game. Senior Andrew Benincasa, who has been playing soccer at MPH since seventh grade said, “It was a great season and the team really worked well together. We had great chemistry.”
Girls’ Varsity Soccer ended the season with a record of 4 – 8 – 1. Although they did not qualify for sectionals, players had a positive experience. “I think we worked hard as a team and tried as hard as we could when we focused,” said freshman Kari Maxian. This was Kari’s first year on the Varsity team.
Finally, the Cross Country team had 10 meets, with eight runners qualifying for sectionals at the end of the season. Junior David Antonevich, who has been on the Cross Country team since eighth grade, said, “Although it isn’t the most known or popular sport we have, it is the most rewarding.” He feels that Cross Country is rewarding because of the great impact it has on runners’ fitness.
All of the sports teams this fall had great seasons. School spirit is high and we’re looking forward to winter sports!