Winter Preview: Athletes to Watch


Gabrielle Daley, Features Editor

Calvin Curtis – Sophomore
Curtis has been wrestling since he was in fifth grade. In 2015, he placed 10th at the Virginia Beach Nationals Championship. His prior training paid off seeing that he made varsity as a freshman last year. He also was a Western Mass finalist, finishing second in the 126 lightweight group. Curtis also made States his first year of high school.

Shane Wilkinson – Senior
Wilkinson has been a hockey player since he was five-years-old. Throughout his life he has played for the Enfield Eagles and Whalers Hockey teams. He made varsity as a freshman and has been captain since his sophomore year. He’s on the road to score 100 points by the end of this season and has played in hockey tournaments over the summer, he’s looking forward to a successful senior year.

Taylor Camossi – Sophomore
Cheering seven days a week between All-Star Cheer practices and high school practices, Taylor Camossi is a sophomore cheerleader that will blow you away with skilled flips. Her competitive club All Star Team also won 2nd out of 37 in the nation in Tampa, Florida. In high school, she made varsity as a freshman, took 2nd at Western Mass with the team, and competed in the State Finals.

Jenna Melvin – Senior This senior was a varsity runner her first year on the track team as a sophomore. Last year, Melvin broke the 1000m record during the indoor season. She placed in the 1000m in Western Mass and then made States for the event. Last spring, she also broke the 800m record and the four by 800m relay school record and placed in the 800m at Western Mass. This track captain said, “I’m excited to watch my new and old teammates excel this year, get their personal records and lead the team.”

Emilia Longey – Junior
Longey received a varsity letter every track season of her high school career. As a sophomore, she broke the 100m Hurdle school record and 400m Hurdle record. During the last year’s outdoor season, she was Mass Live Athlete of the Week. Longey also placed in every event she ran in at Western Mass, making her “All Western Mass.” The athlete said, “My goals for this season is to grow as a runner, jump farther, and run faster.” Be sure to watch this outdoor track captain fly by you at track meets this winter.

Tasneem Kelly – Junior
Running year-round has prepared this cross country captain for her junior track season. Freshman year, this varsity runner and her teammates set the school record for the 4 by 1600m at the Steele Relays. The following year, they set the Distance Medley Relay record at the same championship. She is also the first female West Side pole vaulter. This top distance runner remarked, “I’m excited to get some PRs and some pizza.”

Richard Darkwa – Junior
Junior co-class-president Richard Darkwa broke the 55m Hurdle record his freshman year and continues breaking his own record relatively. He also has the Four by 200m Relay school record. Last year, Darkwa made second place for hurdles and his relay team also placed second at Western Mass. He made States his freshman and sophomore year and hopes to do so again. “I hope to keep working hard and hopefully that will get me 1st place in Western Mass and go all the way to the state level,” he said.

Gabe Medina – Junior
Medina finished second in Western Mass and tenth in States, made New Balance Regionals and broke the 5K school record as the top runner and captain for Cross Country team. He was also nominated as Mass Live Athlete of the Week this fall. Medina is sure to prove himself this track season as a distance runner. Last winter, he placed 9th in the indoor All-State 2 mile. He also won the outdoor track Western Mass 2 mile, and broke the school record in the event at Western/Central Mass.

Daesia Andrews – Junior
This junior has been playing basketball since she was five-years-old. Andrews made varsity her freshman year, and is now a junior captain. In addition to making varsity basketball, she also made varsity soccer as a freshman and is an accomplished track mid-distance runner. She’s on the track to score 1000 points for the basketball team by the end of her senior year, since she scored 522 points as of last winter. This star point guard is definitely a player you should look out for.

Nick Muche – Junior
Muche made varsity as a sophomore and ended up starting as point guard by mid-season. He scored 105 points last winter, and also had a 21 point game against Amherst that kept the team’s hope of staying in playoffs alive. He also plays year-round since he’s on an AAU basketball team called Dream Elite. For his club team, he has received multiple write-ups from Zero Gravity and New England Recruiting Reports. With all the practice he puts in, he’s on track for an unbelievable junior season.

Eric Eastham – Sophomore
Eric Eastham is the swim team, being the top swimmer as a freshman last year. He even has his own lane at practices now since no one can keep up with him anymore. He’s improved tremendously over the past year on his competitive USA team, PVAA, since working one on one with his coach, Corey Lomas, year-round. He placed 4th in the 200 Freestyle and 5th in 500 Freestyle at Western Mass last year; and then ranked in States. Eastham is looking forward to became a school record breaker this season.

Lindsay Kenney – Freshman
Lindsay Kenney has been swimming since she was 4-years-old, and has been on a USA team since she was eight. She swims year-round on her club team PVAA, and has improved extremely over the past spring and fall. Last year, she was a top swimmer for the girls high school team as an 8th grader. She made Western Mass and competed in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and two relays. This freshman is ready for an incredible season.