WHS Sports: Wrestlers Qualify for States, Track League Meet & Hoops

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A sign inside an atrium at Watertown High School displaying the current mascot – the Raiders.

The Watertown High School wrestling team continued its successful season by qualifying several athletes for the State Divisional Meet. 

Watertown had 12 wrestlers competing in the Div. 3 Central Section meet on Saturday at Ashland High School.

Van Athanasopoulos was the highest finisher for there Raiders. He went 3-1 and won the third-place match in the 145 pound competition. He will compete in the Div. 3 Meet at Wakefield High School on Friday and Saturday.

Sabir Hussain finished fourth in the 126 pound class after finishing 3-2 and Sammy Leitner went 2-2 at 132 pounds, also finishing fourth. Both qualified for the Divisional meet.

Nick Stanizzi, who went 3-2 at 113 pounds, and Parsa Medhati, 2-2 at 170 pounds, will both be alternates for the Divisional Meet after placing fifth at the Sectional Meet.

Indoor Track

The Watertown boys and girls indoor track teams competed in the Middlesex League meet this week.

The girls’ milers had the best performance, with junior Emily Koufos winning the event with a time of 5:10.17 and third place went to junior Elizabeth Powderly who finished in a time of 5:26.15.

The top performance for the boys came from the 4 x 200 relay, which took second place with a time of 1:38.05.

The girls 4 x 200 relay placed sixth with a time of 1:55.96, and the girls 4 x 4o0 relay placed 10th.

In the boys competition, senior Sam Carlton got 10th in the 600, senior Vasken Kebabjian placed 10th in the 300, senior James Piccirilli got 12th in the 1,000 and junior Gus Brouliard got 14th in the same event.

For the girls, junior Gabriella Cacia finished 12th in the 300 meter dash, sophomore Abigael Peterson get 12th in the high jump, junior Anya Gellerman took 13th in the 600 meters, and senior Stella Varnam got 14th in the 1,000 meters.

Some of the Watertown runners will compete in the Div. 4 meet, which will be held Thursday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.


WHS’s boys basketball team claimed two wins this weekend, while the girls split two games.

On Friday, center John Korte lead the Raiders to a 63-44 win at Wilmington. He had 26 points and 12 rebounds, for his 10th double-double of the season. The next night the Raiders returned home and beat Boston United 82-76.

The team is now 16-2, and closes out the regular season with two home games, Tuesday, Feb. 14 against Melrose at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 16 vs. Wakefield at 6 p.m.

The girls beat Wilmington Friday night in Watertown, 51-41. The team was lead by center Shannon Murphy’s 17 points and Hannah McMahon added 14. Saturday night, the Raiders hosted Belmont, but fell 40-22.

The girls are 13-3, and have three more games, all on the road – Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Melrose, Thursday at 6 p.m. at Wakefield and Wednesday, Feb. 22 at Boston Latin at 1 p.m.

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