Athletics Highlights

Varsity Football Captures NEPSAC Wayne Sanborn Bowl

On a picture perfect day, the Varsity Football team beat Brunswick School 45-20 to capture the Wayne Sanborn Bowl on Saturday, November 19. Head Coach David Dykeman’s Cats did it in fine fashion unleashing an explosive offense coupled with a suffocating defense. Coby Tippett ’17 scored three times racking up 220 yards rushing. Tarik Black ’17 had two electrifying passes and catch touchdowns in his final game for the Academy. CJ Holmes ’17 carried the ball 20 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback CJ Lewis ’17 was 11-13 passing for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Griffin Burke ’17, Jeremy Imperati ’17, Ryan Whittelsey ’17, Zach Verdi ’17, Rob Hart ’17, Nick Cardello ’17, and Hunter Verdi ’17 shut down the explosive Brunswick offense. Joe Tacopina ’17 was outstanding all day with six extra points and a 30-yard field goal. The Academy closed the season with eight straight wins.

Elite Hockey Student-Athlete Chosen for Italian National Team

Stefano Del Piccolo ’17 represented his home country of Italy in the 18U Four Nations Hockey Tournament in St. Polten, Austria, November 3-5. During the three-day event, the Italian team competed against Hungary on November 3, followed by Slovenia on November 4, and finally Austria on November 5.

“This is a tremendous honor that I know he is extremely proud of, and everyone associated with the Cheshire Academy program shares in this pride with him,” said Head 18U Hockey Coach & Hockey Operations Manager Kevin Cunningham. “Stefano is a very talented player who combines high end offensive skills with a selflessness and determination to succeed, making him an impact player every time he laces up his skates.”

In addition, the 18U & 16U Elite Hockey Program at Cheshire Academy received a once in a lifetime experience on Wednesday, September 28, when its players had the opportunity to go up against the Chinese National Team in Stamford, Connecticut.

Varsity Volleyball Secures Class B Playoff Trip

In the quarterfinal round of the NEPSGVA Class B tournament, the Varsity Volleyball team fell to Suffield Academy by a score of 3-1 (25-14, 25-12, 20-25, and 25-15) on Wednesday, November 16. The Cats were led by co-captain Lexe Holmes ’18, who had 15 kills and one block, and Des Parker ’18, who had three aces, five kills, and seven blocks. Postgraduate Molly Fusarelli contributed four aces and 23 assists.

Elite Hockey All-Star Game Participants

Join us in congratulating members of the Elite Hockey Program who participated in the All-Star Game at Harvard College. A league record of 16 players from Cheshire Academy were selected for the game, including Cam Ellis ’18, Josh Waters ’19, Roope Partanen ’19, Tim Heinke ’20, Chris Adam ’18, Jerrett Overland ’19, Kei Yasuda ’19, Austin Withycombe ’18, Stefano Del Piccolo ’17, Henry Denne ’17, Danny Crossen ’17, Tyler English ’17, Grant Rodgers ’19, Kyle Anderson ’18, Guy Jung ’18, and Brayden Pawluk ’17.

National Signing Day

On Wednesday, November 9, the Academy had five student-athletes commit on National Signing Day to Division I universities to play baseball next spring.
“These five athletes are exemplar students and citizens at the Academy,” said Head Varsity Baseball Coach John Toffey. “A day like today is a result of countless hours of hard work, discipline, focus, and determination. The institutional support students receive at Cheshire Academy is unmatched. I’m very proud of these boys and know they will be well prepared for the challenges ahead.”

Commitments include: Jake Randolph (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill), Matt Mancino (Clemson University), Andrew Gorham (Tulane University), James Judenis (University of Hartford), and Chris Galland (Boston College).

This is the first of multiple signings that will happen throughout the winter and will be featured in the next issue.

Student-Athletes Receive League Honors

The following student-athletes received New England Prep School Athletics Council honors for the fall athletic season:


Varsity Football

Coby Tippett ’17 - Class A All New England Selections
CJ Holmes ’17 - Class A All New England Selections
Tarik Black ’17 - Class A All New England Selections
Jeremy Imperati ’17 - Class A All New England Selections


Varsity boys soccer

Ali Cindik ’17 - First player to earn Western New England Prep Large School First Team, New
England Prep School Soccer Association First Team, and New England Prep School Soccer Senior
Large School All-Star Game, and MVP in his senior year
Luca Mazzella ’19 - Western New England Prep Large School Honorable Mention
Osa Frederick '18 - New England Top 44 Junior All-Star Game


Varsity Girls Soccer

Carly Fischer ’17 - Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association All-Star, Senior Bowl
Miura Wiley ’17 - Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association All-Star, Senior Bowl
Olivia Betancourt ’18 - New England Prep School Soccer Association Junior All-Star Team (could not play due to concussion)


Varsity Field Hockey

Feize Turkmen ’18 - Western New England Girls Preparatory School Field Hockey Association All-Star Game
Lucey Savino ’19 - Western New England Girls Preparatory School Field Hockey Association All-Star Game
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