After a strong fall sports season which included a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference soccer title, the Cavaliers shift to winter sports with five varsity teams competing: Basketball, Climbing, Squash, Wrestling, and Swimming.
Varsity Basketball will be competing in the WCAC, which is regularly recognized as one of the most competitive leagues in the country with multiple nationally ranked teams, loaded with Division I talents and future NBA Lottery picks. This will be a challenge for our team but they will fight to keep games competitive. Coach Sunny Hemphill returns to the bench to lead the Cavaliers in their first WCAC season. Hemphill recognizes the difficult road faced by the team in the WCAC but he is hopeful about the future and looks to build the program: “This will be a tough season but also a great opportunity for the guys to improve.” They open tonight at DeMatha, the Stags are currently ranked #6 in the country.
The Heights Climbing Team embarks on its third season in the Washington Area Interscholastic Climbing League (WAICL). Coach Eric Heil says: “The current team is our largest yet and we welcome several agile young crushers to our ranks. Led by senior captain Matthew Lingle, we hope to defend our title as reigning WAICL champions.”
Heights Squash is fielding its largest tryout roster yet, as enthusiasm for the sport has skyrocketed in recent years. Chase Interclub Varsity League (CIVL) success is the team’s focus as they battle Gonzaga, Landon, Whitman, and others. Newbie head coach, James Kolakowski ’03, takes the reins after a sixteen-year run by program founder and legend Mr. Dave Fornaciari. Coach Fornarciari said of his time as coach, “It was very rewarding to introduce guys to a sport that they can play for the rest of their lives.”
Varsity Wrestling is led by coaches Joe Breslin ’01 and Finn Mehigan ’13. They will participate in tri-meets with WCAC schools in addition to DC area tournaments. Breslin says of his guys “We have a small squad this year but we will compete fiercely.” They hope to build on recent successes. Two Heights alumni currently wrestle at the Division I level Dan Herman ’16 (Columbia University) and Reid Robilotto ’16 (Franklin & Marshall College).
Varsity Swimming will also be competing for a WCAC championship along with their regular WMPSSDL and Metro opponents. Head Coach Tom Royals says “we have some excellent swimmers this year in each grade and great depth which makes a big difference for winning meets.” After losing a close one to Landon to start the season, the team beat DeMatha for the second year in a row.