Winter Sports Recap

Taft winter sports experience wins and losses on and off the playing field.

Jaclyn Graham, Sports Editor

As we take a look back at this winter season, Taft’s teams had their fair share of accomplishments and set backs throughout the course of these past 5 months.

Starting it off with Girls Varsity basketball; they ended with 5-19 W/L and ending 8th in conference. This season they were coached by Brandon Lathan alongside captains Maddie Malarski and Kirsten Nicholson. Their graduating seniors include Maddie Malarski and Maddie Martinez

As for our Boys Varsity basketball, they ended with a 17-11 W/L and ending 2nd in conference. Their longest win streak this season was 7 games, the first of the streak being against Ridgewood (75-44) and last being Christ the King (80-75). They were coached by Andre Harris and their graduating seniors include David Biedron, Mick Dempsey, Zouhir Dahmaz, Tyler Centra, Gideon Adewole, and Adrian Pelszynski.

The Poms team takes home 2nd place after a much anticipated City Championship. This season they were coached by Jaquline Alunan and (assistant coach) Stephanie Wilcynzki along side captains Skyler Rife and Jaclyn Graham. Their seniors include Anna McDorman, Patryja Pilat, Samantha Moyer, Tracy Nyugen, and Mindy Pham.

Heading into their season with a new coach, the Cheer team takes home 3rd place. They were coached by Kaitlyn Iffert with captains Lauren Sundberg and Kamilia D. Their seniors include Lauren Sundberg, Kamilia Drewniak, Morgan Najam, Kennedy McGee, and Lily Pawlikowski.

Closing out strong we have Varsity Wrestling. A strong end of 18-11 W/L with 3 state qualifiers. Those being Kennedi Atkocaitis (6th place at state just as a freshman!), Kaila Del Toro, and Colin Roque. They were coached by Michael Difrisco, Thomas Angsten, and Brad Engel. Their seniors included Colin Roque, Ryan Porebski, Damian Pagan, Matthew Golaszewski, Patrick Diete, Antoni Turek, and Kaila Del Toro.

Coach Brad Engel reflected: “At the end of the day we got three state qualifiers, and a state placer, which is good. We had a lot of set backs because of COVID and injuries, we didn’t fill line up spots like we wanted to, but overall it was good.”

“Always be state good, not city good,” said Coach Engel. With this mindset for the upcoming season(s), our teams can only get better.