Wednesday, February 6, Fay School 2, Fenn School 6
It’s high stakes. Every time Fenn and Fay faceoff on the ice, there is a little something extra on the line. Fenn beat the boys from Southborough in Fay’s own barn three weeks ago, marking Fay’s only blemish on the schedule. And on Wednesday, February 6, Fenn held an undefeated record at 8-0 as the two teams faced off. Yes, the stakes were sky high as the puck was dropped at center ice.
In the opening period at Valley Sports Arena, each team had power play opportunities, but neither team was able to capitalize. Fenn goalie Andrew Heinze and the Fay goalie both came up with key saves to keep the game scoreless.
Fenn rushed out of the gate in the second stanza. At the two-minute mark, captain Conor MacLean continued his scoring tear. MacLean put Fenn out front with his 17th of the season with assists from Andy Barton and Liam Mulcahy.
Later in the second, a Fay player was nabbed for crosschecking, giving Fenn yet another man advantage situation. Yet it was Fay that capitalized, converting a 2-on-1 play for the shorthanded tally to knot the game, 1-1.
Fenn responded, opening the floodgates with five unanswered goals. Eighth grader John Kielar banged home a rebound shot from Ted McKeown for a 2-1 lead. Liam Teto also picked up an assist on Kielar’s first goal of the season.
Fenn finally cashed in on the powerplay, Luke Swaim making it count with an assist to Barton, 3-1.
MacLean put on the ritz to increase Fenn’s lead to 4-1. He poke-checked the puck away from a Fay defender in the Fenn defensive zone, creating a 2-on-1 with Barton. MacLean held the puck, waiting for the defenseman to make a move, but he left him alone, and MacLean’s shot went over the goalie’s right shoulder.
A short time later, Barton and Teddy Stiga set up MacLean for his third goal of the night, his fifth hat trick of the season.
Fenn took a 6-1 lead on a shorthanded tally. MacLean iced the puck from deep in the zone, the puck bounced back off the end boards, and when the Fay goalie attempted to play it, the puck slid between the netminder’s pads. Barton hustled all the way down the ice and was there to poke it over the goal line. Barton finished with a goal and four assists in the game.
In the third period, Fay came out fast and earned a goal, but that would end the scoring, and the game finished 6-2, Fenn. Late in the game, Fenn’s penalty kill went to work and survived a 4-on-4 with the help of some spectacular saves by Heinze, who finished with 28 saves.
Fenn’s varsity record is 9-0 with five games remaining on the schedule.
Friday, February 8, Fenn School at Fessenden School
JUNIOR VARSITY HOCKEY
Thursday, January 31, Shady Hill School 3, Fenn School 1
Fenn’s JV hockey team got back in action on Thursday, January 31 as the blue-and-gold hosted a talented Shady Hill team. The JV team’s last game was two weeks ago, so Fenn had to shake off the rust in this one. Shady Hill got off to an early lead with a goal by Marcus Sappupo. Strong goaltending by Fenn 7th grader CJ Bailey and solid defensive play by Josh Weig, Luke Rainis, Oliver Erston, Kal Lonergan, and Jackson Masters kept Fenn in the game, but Shady Hill's repeated attacks with goals by Ned Kaneb and Will Rice ended up spelling defeat for Fenn. The blue-and-gold ended up on the short end of a 3-1 scoreboard.
Friday, February 1, Park School 1, Fenn School 7
A day later, Fenn JV returned to the ice determined to avenge the loss to Shady Hill. Facing Park School at Valley Sports Arena, Fenn winger Chris Mariani opened the scoring just three minutes after the opening puck drop. Fenn played good two-way hockey throughout the game, which lead to the blue-and-gold controlling much of the play. Other Fenn goal scorers were Oliver Erston, Josh Weig, Jamie Book, Jack Doherty, and Jackson Masters. CJ Bailey was strong between the pipes for Fenn, allowing only one goal as Fenn skated away with a 7-1 victory.
The JV team record is 1-1-1 at the midway point of the season.
Friday, February 8, Fenn School hosts Carroll School
Thursday, January 31, Carroll School 41, Fenn School 56
The varsity basketball team hosted Carroll School on Thursday, January 31. Fenn held on tightly to a two-point halftime lead (26-24) and rolled on to victory, 56-41. Fru Nkimbeng registered a game-high 12 points, while Michael Alpers and Oscar Patton each contributed 11. The win increased Fenn’s win-loss record to 6-2.
Saturday, February 2, Fenn School Basketball Tournament
The much-anticipated 39th Fenn School Basketball Tournament was held on Saturday, February 2.
In the semifinal game, Fenn tipped off against Lexington Christian Academy. Fenn cruised out of the locker room for this one, opening a wide 32-13 lead at the half. Nine different Fenn athletes scored in a well-balanced offensive attack, with Michael Alpers leading the charge with 12 points. Oscar Patton and Fru Nkimbeng each had ten points in the 60-38 victory.
The semifinal victory over LCA vaulted Fenn into the final against Fay. Fenn trailed 27-14 at the half and could not recover from the deficit. Fenn was defeated by Fay, 54-44, and took home the runner-up trophy, while Fay claimed the championship for the second straight year. Oscar Patton pumped in 16 points as Fenn’s leading scorer.
Wednesday, February 6, Fenn School 61, St. John’s Prep 68
The varsity team traveled to Danvers on Wednesday, February 6 for an exciting encounter with St. John’s Prep. Fenn fell behind by 17 points at the start of the fourth quarter, and things were looking pretty bleak. Yet the boys in blue-and-gold showed amazing resiliency, coming back to tie the game and sending it into overtime. But one OT session wasn’t enough. This one needed a double overtime to decide it. Despite the valiant comeback, Fenn fell on the short end of a 68-61 final. Oscar Patton was high man with 20 points, while AliJah Clark nabbed 14 and Fru Nkimbeng contributed 12.
Fenn’s record stands at 7-4 with five games remaining in the season.
Friday, February 8, Fenn School hosts Buckingham Browne & Nichols
JUNIOR VARSITY BASKETBALL
Wednesday, February 6, Fenn School n/a, Fessenden School n/a
Friday, February 8, Fenn School at Dexter School
Thursday, January 17, Shore Country Day School 13, Fenn School 11
The Thirds Gold squad got the season started on Thursday, January 17 against Shore Country Day School. This one was a close one all the way, and the final scoreboard showed the struggle as Fenn was edged, 13-11, by Shore. Despite the loss, coach Megan Macomber said her team played great defense and showed a lot of energy.
Wednesday, January 23, Park School 20, Fenn School 43
The Gold team rebounded quickly with a big win over Park School on Wednesday, January 23. Thirteen 3-pointers were nailed in this game, as Fenn cruised by Park, 43-20, for the Gold’s first win of the season.
Friday, January 25, Fenn School 30, Xaverian School 50
In the Gold’s first road game of the season, Fenn suffered a 50-30 loss at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood on Friday, January 25.
Wednesday, January 30, Fenn School 34, Belmont Day School 11
Gold evened its season record at 2-2 on Wednesday, January 30 when the team visited Belmont Day School. Fenn maintained a solid lead throughout the game, with Sam Dean leading the charge. Tucker Winstanley hit two 3-pointers in the 34-11 victory.
Wednesday, February 6, Park School 22, Fenn School 27
Fenn’s Gold team earned a 27-22 win over visiting Park School on Wednesday, February 6. Tucker Winstanley and Tom Murdough each hit a pair of three pointers to lead the way. Fenn Gold owns a 3-2 record.
Friday, February 8, Fenn School Gold hosts Fay School
Monday, January 14, Rashi School 40, Fenn School 30
The Thirds Blue team, coached by Jimmy Manyuru, opened the season with a 40-30 loss at home against Rashi School of Dedham on Monday, January 14.
Wednesday, January 16, Fenn School 24, Rivers School 25
Two days later, the Blue team tried to get back on track at Rivers School in Weston. This one was a close back-and-forth affair, but Rivers just slipped by Fenn, 25-24.
Wednesday, January 23, Fenn School 24, Carroll School 36
At Carroll School on Wednesday, January 23, Fenn lost a tough game, 36-24, in Lincoln.
Wednesday, January 30, Fenn School 7, Shore Country Day School 24
Fenn trekked to Shore Country Day School on Wednesday, January 30. Fenn fell behind, 11-4, at halftime and could not recover, losing the game by a 24-7 score. Andrew Blau was Fenn’s high scorer.
Friday, February 1, Fessenden School 38, Fenn School 24
With no time to rest, the Blue team hosted Fessenden School in a tough contest on Friday, February 1. Fenn relinquished an early lead and went on to lose to Fessy, 38-24.
Friday, February 15, Fenn School Blue hosts Buckingham Browne & Nichols
Thursday, January 31, Xaverian Brothers High School 22, Fenn School 44
After opening the season with a win over Pike School on Friday, January 11, the White team hit a three game slide with losses to Fessenden School (January 16), Carroll School (January 17), and Fay School (January 25).
On Thursday, January 31, the White team got back on track in a home contest against Xaverian Brothers High School. Fenn got off to a fast start and never looked back, holding a 24-6 lead at the half and rolling to a 44-22 victory. Jerry Engermann was the high scorer.
Wednesday, February 6, Fenn School 34, Carroll School 36
It was a different story in Waltham on Wednesday, February 6 when Fenn’s Thirds White team played Carroll School. This was a close contest from the start, and Carroll held a 21-17 halftime advantage. At the end of regulation, it was deadlocked at 32-32. In the extra session, Carroll took the lead and got by Fenn, 36-34, on the final scoreboard. Engermann again was high man for Fenn.
Thursday, February 14, Fenn School White hosts Rivers School
The wrestling team continues its schedule Wednesday, February 13 in a home meet with Fessenden School.
Wednesday, February 13, Fenn School hosts Fessenden School