The Boston Globe's annual choices for all-scholastics winter sports include two well-known Arlington named as top coaches -- John Messuri and Kevin Cummings.
The former leads the Arlington High School boys' hockey team, the 2019-20 state co-champs. The boys closed out its season playing 20 straight games without a loss. The latter guides Spy Ponder wrestling, which completed its most successful dual-meet season in the team’s history.
Eight Arlington High wrestlers were named 2019-20 Middlesex League All-Stars, but one was chosen as a Globe all-scholastic.
Messuri’s Spy Ponders are the first public-school program to win a second Super 8 championship. The Arlington alum, who was Division 1A Coach of the Year in 2017, led Winchester to Division 1 state titles in 1998 and 2000.
Cummings, a two-time Globe Coach of the Year, led the Spy Ponders to the Division 2 Metro title and a 25-2 record. He also led Arlington to its second Middlesex Liberty title. Cummings is 345-159-4 in 24 years at Arlington.
3 Athletes of Year
The Globe listed three Athletes of the Year from Arlington. They are Ryan Davies, Anthony Messuri and Ava Wirtanen.
Davies finished his Ponders career as part of two Super 8 winners, including this year’s co-champs. The senior defenseman and captain is a Middlesex All-Star and four-year varsity hockey player. He also plays baseball.
Messuri, the coach's son, was part of a Super 8 championship team for the second time, after also winning the title as a freshman. The co-MVP of the Middlesex Liberty had 14 goals and 23 assists, and has committed to Northeastern.
Wirtanen, an Arlington Catholic sophomore, took the Division 2 state title for girls' indoor swimming for the 100 freestyle (52.19) and finished second in the 200 free (1:53.11). The sophomore was also the only double winner at the North sectionals, winning the 100 and 200 free.
Here are those at schools connected to Arlington whom The Globe chose as all-stars:
AHS: Ryan Davies, Brendan Jones, Anthony Messuri (MVP).
AC: Trevor Lally, Thomas Milne.
AHS: Maddie Krepelka, Shea O'Day, Gabby Russo.
AC: Mary Cate Flynn, Maggie Milne.
AC: Packey Bradley Clooney, Cam Garber, Ryan Sventson.
AHS: Miles Hess.
Minuteman: Keitho Alcy, Josh Kerble.
AHS: Ava Connolly, Claire Ewen
Minuteman: Annie Brosnan, Nandi Pierce.
AC: Sarita Chen.
Boys' indoor track
AC: Niko Ceppi, Sean Kay, Jamal Larsen, Justin Loughlin, Henry Sarris.
AHS: Myles Harrison.
Girls' indoor track
AHS: Naomi Alperin, Simone Harrison, Annika Hill, Maggie Sczupak.
Boys' indoor swimming
Minuteman: Jack Daskalakis.
Girls' indoor swimming
AC: Ava Wirtanen, Sophie Zenkin.
Minuteman: Alice Dalton.
This news listing was published Sunday, April 12, 2020.
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