Football season is quickly approaching, and teams have began to prepare for the upcoming year. The AFC could be a very competitive conference, but which teams have enough talent to be playoff contenders? My cousin Michael Philipkosky and I broke it all down in this episode of his podcast, the Master Plan.
Due to bad weather taking place throughout most of the week, all of the MIAA’s Tennis Finals were moved to today. The girls played at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, and the boys played about a mile away at Shrewsbury High School.
12 teams across 3 divisions played in the finals, but only two schools had both a boys team and a girls team in the finals. Those schools? Algonquin, my high school, and Weston, my cousins’ high school.
Algonquin, a division 1 school, lost both finals. The boys team lost to Brookline 5 matches to 0. The girls team, led by freshman Olivia Almy among others, came into these finals undefeated but fell to Acton-Boxborough 4-1.
Weston, on the other hand, is in Division 3. They became the only high school in the state where both the boys team and the girls team won their respective divisions. Both my cousins played on these teams.
My cousin, freshman Lola Philipkosky and the Weston girls played first, taking on Lee High School, who traveled all the way from the Berkshires. In high school team tennis, 3 singles matches and 2 doubles matches are played. Twins Kayla and Jayme Leschly won Weston two of the singles matches before the 2nd set of Lola’s doubles match even began. Lola and her partner Livvy Lathrop had won the first set 6-2. Starting the 2nd set, Lola and Livvy knew if they could win their match over Lee freshmen Caroline Maloney and Rachel Wendling, Weston would clinch the MIAA Championship.
Livvy and Lola worked well together and won several short points with powerful deep returns. Their return game helped them break service games in both sets. The senior-freshman 1st doubles pair also served very well and held most of their service games which helped them win both sets 6-2, 6-2 and clinch the championship for Weston.
I spoke with Lola and Livvy shortly after their match:
Lee won the final singles match and the final doubles match, but it didn’t matter after Lola and Livvy had won to give Weston the 3 wins they needed to be crowned MIAA champions.
Shortly before the Weston girls were given their MIAA trophy, my cousin, sophomore Michael Philipkosky, and the Weston boys took on Hopedale in the MIAA finals for the second straight year. Last year, Michael did not get the opportunity to play in the finals. This year, however, he worked his way up and ended up playing 3rd singles for Weston in the state finals. All 5 matches were dominated by Weston, not losing a set. Michael’s match was the 2nd to finish. Michael watched the final three finish soon after and went to celebrate with his teammates. Check out some highlights of their celebration as well as my interview with him after he received his medal:
It was a big day for the Weston Wildcats, as both teams and both my cousins became MIAA tennis champions.