Preview of Winter Sports: What to Expect This Season

Anthony Malta and Jada Montgomery

As the outside temperature dips, a new season of sports at SPFHS arrives. The conclusion of soccer, football, cross country, field hockey and tennis brings basketball, wrestling, swimming, track and field and ice hockey.




The boy’s basketball team looks to improve upon their 8-7 record in last year’s shortened season. 


“Going into this year, we want to take everything we did well last year and build on it so we can win those close games and build on our winning culture here,” junior guard Matt Nervi said. “The game will be faster and more open up for us especially since all of us can handle the ball. We are also all just excited to have a more normal year than last year and be able to represent our town in front of fans who will hopefully come to support us at our games this year.” 


Losing 10 seniors, Raiders Boy’s Basketball is full of young talent and determination.


Senior Emily Friscia, a member of the girl’s basketball team, speaks on her personal successes and team accomplishments on the court. 


“My last normal season was sophomore year, and I had 190 points,” Friscia said. “My personal goal is probably around 12 points a game. I would like to beat 200 points for my career.”  


Along with personal goals, Friscia looks forward to a successful season. 


“I have very high expectations for my team this year,” Friscia said. “Last season, we won the Division. We hope to defend our title and get further in tournaments this season. We have four returning starters, so there is going to be a very similar vibe on the team which gives us a good chance.” 




LSU commit Lily Hughes spoke on goals for her last season as a Lady Raider and the overall goals for the varsity swim teams.


“My personal goal for this season is to build up the younger swimmers so they can take over after the current seniors graduate,” Hughes said. “The team’s goal for this year is to make the top three at the union county championship meet. This could be challenging but I have faith with the right mindset that we are more than capable of achieving this goal.”


Track and Field


State Champion Grace Kennedy spoke on her ambitions for the winter track season. 


“We are coming off of a really strong season, especially with our four by four,” Kennedy said. “I think a big goal we will have is just to, you know, keep that success going and find a third person for four by four and hopefully we could be successful with that this year too.”


Ice Hockey

For better insight on the varsity boys Ice Hockey team please read Joe Kaplan’s feature story on the varsity hockey team coming in the second print issue of The Fanscotian!