Woodstock athletes enjoy winning winter season

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Mon., Feb. 4, 2013
The Centaur gymnastics team remains undefeated this season. Photos by D. Coffey.
The Centaur gymnastics team remains undefeated this season. Photos by D. Coffey.

Sports teams at Woodstock Academy have been enjoying a tremendous winter season, according to the school's new athletic director, Aaron Patterson. The girls' basketball team is one win away from winning the league title, a first ever for the Centaurs. The boys' basketball team is one win away from winning its league title. With five games left, and senior point guard Chris Lowry set to come back from his injury next week, Patterson expects the team has a great shot. The gymnastics team is undefeated. It is headed to the ECC championships on Friday, Feb. 8. And wrestlers on the fledgling team having been proving their mettle with their performances this season.

The top three Woodstock wrestlers - Graysen Deluca, Jacob Bowen and Cody Maiorino - went to the wrestling finals in their weight class on Feb. 2. “They're having a great season,” said Patterson. “We have some experienced wrestlers and some not-so-experienced. That's typical of most high school wrestling teams. If we get them as freshmen and develop them over four years, they can be good wrestlers in a couple years - as long as they stay in good shape, and have a strong desire and work ethic.”

The indoor track team is having a good season, with lots of individuals competing at the state level. The hockey program is in its second year as a JV program, but Patterson hopes that it will make the jump to varsity sport next year.

Patterson gives the credit to his coaching staff and the athletes themselves. “The coaches take a well-rounded approach,” he said. “It's not only about winning games; it's about developing students as leaders. It's important that our young people are good students, give back to community, and show good sportsmanship. We really try to do more than just win games. As athletic director, that's what I'm most proud of. I just happened to walk in at a good time.”

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