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  • Finley Stevens

Wapiti Hoops Riding High in ‘23

Winchendon sports are off to a firing start this winter. In particular, the boy's basketball NEPSAC and Power 5 teams.

Since the mid ’90s, The Winchendon School has been a hot spot for top level basketball. With 150+ division one alumni since 1994 and many more players going to D2, D3, and NAIA schools, you can’t skip over this small school. This year is no different, with success stories for players on the highest-level team, the NEPSAC squad. Before the season even started, Marquis Hamby ‘23 committed to Jefferson University and Evan Ashe ‘23 committed to Binghamton University.

Right at the start of the season, the team caught the attention of other teams and coaches with a super competitive game against Brimmer & May School which they lost by two but followed up with a win against a very good Bridgton Academy team. They have continued to show that they can hang with the top teams. One player that has asserted himself as one of the best players not only for Winch but also in all of NEPSAC is Belal El Shakery 23’. A 6’8” forward who is consistently one of the top scorers and rebounders in every game. Be on the lookout for where Belal ends up playing in college.

With the depth that the coaches have brought in this year our second team, the Power 5, has gotten off to an incredible start. Led by Zee McCown 23’ and brothers Nate and Ethan Robertson 24’ who all regularly put up double-digit point performances. They started the season with twelve straight wins and just lost their first game on January 18. In the most recent New England prep school rankings, Winchendon was one of two schools with two teams ranked in the top fifty: NEPSAC at 16th and Power 5 at 48th. Although it may not seem very significant, the Power 5 team is ranked higher than many schools' number one team.

Keep an eye on Winchendon basketball as both teams continue in their seasons and search for that desired spot in the NEPSAC playoffs. See you at the Rotenberg Gym!

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