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Sports Report for January 10, 2019
Posted 01/10/2019 01:00PM
 
VARSITY HOCKEY
 
Friday, January 4, Worcester Academy 0, Fenn School 4
A new chapter began in Fenn varsity hockey history, as Jeff LaPlante officially took over the head coaching duties this season from Derek Boonisar. LaPlante worked as an assistant to Boonisar for 11 years prior to taking the reins. Boonisar, who relinquished his coaching duties when he became Headmaster this past summer, served as Fenn’s head coach for the past 23 years. 

After an opening game win over Rivers School on Wednesday, December 5, Fenn celebrated a nice holiday break and then got back in action on Friday, January 4, when the team dropped the puck against Worcester Academy at Valley Sports Arena.

Andrew Pesce opened the scoring in the first period off a feed from Luke Swaim. 

In the second stanza, Swaim used the Worcester Academy defenseman as a screen and blasted a high shot into the net from the top of the left face-off circle for a 2-0 lead. 

The boys in blue-and-gold kept the pressure on the Worcester goalie, who proved formidable between the pipes. Fenn, with an 18-man roster, eventually wore down Worcester, playing with only 12 men. 

In the third, Conor McLean scored on the power play after a great pass from Teddy Stiga for a 3-0 Fenn lead. Pesce then picked up a rebound off a Conor MacLean shot and poked it home for the 4-0 final. 

Fenn goalies Andy Heinze and CJ Bailey shared the netminding duties to earn the shutout.

 

Wednesday, January 9, Dexter Southfield School 2, Fenn School 5

Conor MacLean was the man of the hour when Fenn hosted Dexter Southfield School on Wednesday, January 9. The Fenn co-captain scored four goals in the 5-2 victory.

“The first period was one of the best periods of hockey I’ve coached,” said Jeff LaPlante. “We rolled out four lines, and they played great in all facets of the game.”

Fenn scored three goals in the opening period. On the power play, Ben Cook and Kevin Bertocci displayed great passing before dishing it to MacLean, who drove it home. For his second of the night, MacLean scored off a Cook rebound. Bertocci then blasted a one-timer by the Dexter goalie after a nice pass from Teddy Stiga.  

Compared to the first, the second stanza was a slight letdown. A refreshed Dexter squad showed new spirit and did not back down. Fenn’s Andy Heinze came up big in goal when called upon, as Dexter poured on the offensive pressure. Fenn relinquished one goal in the period that cut its lead to 3-1. 

In the third, CJ Bailey replaced Heinze between the pipes and made some key stops. Offensively, the power play unit went to work again, with Bertocci and Andrew Pesce setting up MacLean, 4-0. The final goal for Fenn was a sweet saucer pass from Liam Mulcahy to MacLean, who had dashed behind the defense for a breakaway. MacLean put on a nifty move, deking the Dexter goalie for Fenn’s fifth and final goal.

With time running down on the clock, Dexter pulled the goalie for the extra attacker and scored, but that was as close as Fenn would let Dexter get. The final score was Fenn 5-2 over Dexter.

COMING UP:
Wednesday, January 16, Fenn School at Noble & Greenough
 
 
VARSITY BASKETBALL
 
Wednesday, January 9, Fenn School 56, Rivers School 49
 
Fenn’s varsity basketball team tipped off the season at Rivers School in Weston on Wednesday, January 9. 
 
Coach Peter Bradley’s boys held a slim 28-26 halftime lead, but gave themselves some breathing room in the second half en route to a 56–49 victory.  
"Fenn’s inside dominance was able to offset some very good outside shooting by Rivers," said coach Bradley. 
 
Oscar Patton pumped in 19 points to lead all Fenn scorers, while Fru Nkimbeng contributed 17. Michael Alpers added 13 points.
 
COMING UP:
Thursday, January 10
Fenn School hosts Fay School
 
Wednesday, January 16
Fenn School hosts Xaverian Brothers High School
 
 
JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL
 
Friday, January 4, Fenn School 35, Fay School 21
 
The JV basketball team started its season on Friday, January 4 with a win at Fay School in Southborough. Fenn took a very early lead and never let up, leading 25-5 at the half. Fenn demonstrated aggressive defense and forced key turnovers that turned into fast break points en route to the 35-21 win. 
 
“Though we've only had a handful of practices, the players showed some promising team chemistry,” said coach Freemon Romero. “Coach (Chris) Ryan and I are both excited about the potential these boys demonstrated against Fay.”
 
COMING UP:
Thursday, January 10
Fenn School hosts Fay School
 
Friday, January 11
Fenn School hosts Pike School
 
 
THIRDS BASKETBALL
 
COMING UP:
Friday, January 11
Fenn School (White) hosts Pike School
 
Monday, January 14
Fenn School (Blue) hosts Rashi School
 
Thursday, January 17
Fenn School (Gold) hosts Shore Country Day School
 
 
WRESTLING
 
COMING UP:
Thursday, January 10
Fenn School at Fessenden School
 
Monday, January 14
Fenn School hosts Beaver Country Day School and Park School

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