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Four members of the Woodstock Academy Gold prep basketball team have been nominated by Gold prep coach Tony Bergeron to be considered as McDonald All-Americans.
Ronnie DeGray, Tre Mitchell, Preston Santos and Noah Fernandes are among the 400 boys’ basketball players in the country nominated for the award. “The McDonald’s All-American game is for the elite 24 or 25 kids in the country. While I’m sure we don’t have anyone with a chance to make that game, I am quite sure that we have a couple who will make the final 150 and a couple who deserve the nomination. When you are looking through the criteria, you’re looking for character, academics and, obviously, talent. Those four seniors all have good grades, are great kids and they’re all Division I basketball players,” Bergeron said. Santos (UMass) and Fernandes (Wichita State) have already committed to Division I schools.
Prep results
The Woodstock Academy Gold team did suffer its first loss of the season Jan. 26. Tre Mitchell scored 26 points and pulled down 13 rebounds but Woodstock Academy (26-1) fell to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, 80-77. The Centaurs Gold team heads to the National Prep School Invitational at Rhode Island College this weekend. The Centaurs take on Link Year out of Missouri at 7:45 p.m. Feb. 1 and will play DME Academy from Florida at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3. The Woodstock Academy Blue Prep basketball team also had only one game last week. The Centaurs traveled to Waterbury and downed the Post University JV team, 113-76. The win raised the Blue team’s record to 17-7. Ahmad Jeffries scored 18 points and Srdja Marinkovich added 14.
Girls’ Hockey
Eliza Dutson had two goals and an assist and Emma Ciquera added a goal and an assist for the Centaurs who brought home a 5-1 victory over Cranston West from Rhode Island Jan. 23.  “Eliza just played a great all-around game,” said co-head coach Jeff Boshka. “She not only scored two goals but also set up people well.” Sydney Haskins had two assists and Marie Gravier made 20 saves in net for Woodstock Academy (3-5). Ashleigh Angle and Brynn Miller also scored for the Centaurs.
“We executed and were playing the way we coach,” Boshka added. “We were moving with the puck, playing hard and starting to click and were really playing as a team.” The Centaurs followed that up with a tough outing against Winsor School in Boston where they fell, 7-0, Jan. 25.
Track Athletes Qualify
It’s called the Bacon Academy Last Chance Invitational.
That’s because it’s one of the last opportunities for athletes to qualify for the upcoming state championship meets.
Jan. 26, several Woodstock Academy athletes took advantage of the event, held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven, to either qualify to take part in the state meet or to better their qualifying status.
On the boys’ side, the 4x200-meter team of Kenneth Birlin, Trey Ayotte, Spencer Collins, Dylan Ponkala qualified for the Class M state championship meet with a finish of 1:44.9.
Birlin, a senior, went on to qualify in the 1000m, besting his personal record by three seconds in 2:49.3.
Danylo Ntamwmezi bettered his qualifying status with a personal-best 38-feet, 6-inch toss in the shotput.
Julia Theriaque led the girls when she tied for first in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet, 10-inches. She finished second overall on tiebreaker criteria.
The girl’s 4x200m relay team of Gillian Price, Ava Coutu, Daisy Li and Ivy Gelhaus qualified for the Class L state championship meet with a 1:58.77 finish.
The Last Chance Invitational is truly not the last chance to put together a qualifying performance for the state championship meet.
That will take place this weekend when the Eastern Connecticut Conference championship meets are held at the Coast Guard Academy in New London.
Marc Allard
Sports Information Director
The Woodstock Academy


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