It was a record winter for the Sandwich High School Blue Knights. The boys’ basketball team won the Atlantic Coast League championship and reached the state tournament. Both the boys’ and girls’ hockey teams skated into the postseason and the wrestling and swimming and diving teams made state tournament appearances. But eight individual student-athletes set the bar high in their sports and will leave their names carved into Blue Knight history.
It’s not often a junior breaks the 1,000-point mark in high school basketball. This winter SHS junior Joey Downes hit and surpassed that lofty mark. He is a two-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star, Cape Cod High School All-Star, team captain of the Blue Knights and played a major role in helping the Knights win the ACL championship for the first time in 19 years and return to state tournament play after a six-year absence.
Senior Maggie Layo shattered the school points scoring record this winter in ice hockey, reaching the 200 career-point total. She is a two-time team captain and two-time Southeastern Massachusetts Girls’ Hockey League All-Star and the Lady Knights’ all time points-scoring leader, with 212 points entering this weekend’s game. She will represent the Lady Knights in the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association's Shriners senior all-star game on Saturday, March 22, at the DCU Center in Worcester. This fall she plans to attend Endicott College and play field hockey.
A two-time team captain and three-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star, senior forward Jon Cassista reached the elite 100 career-point mark this winter. Cassista finished his high school career with 41 goals and 66 assists for 107 points. In the fall he plans to attend either Northeastern, UMass Amherst or Boston University.
One of the captains of the Lady Knight hockey team, senior Claire Gauthier holds the all-time Sandwich High School Lady Knights’ career goal scoring record with 88 goals in her four seasons, entering this weekend’s game. A Southeastern Massachusetts Girls’ Hockey League All-Star, she plans to attend either Virginia Tech or Penn State in the fall and play club hockey.
Sandwich senior Maggie Garrahan, who will be diving for Loyola University in the fall, broke the Sandwich High School 11-dive record at the South Sectionals this winter posting a score of 412.45. The previous record was set by Kenzie McCaffery (369.35) in 2010. Maggie is a member of the South Shore Diving Club, competed three times at the AAU Nationals, is a two-time Bay Colony Conference All-Star and was a captain for the Lady Knights this winter.
Sandwich High School sophomore Megan Forrester broke the Sandwich High School six-dive record at Middleborough on January 24, recording a score of 239.40 points. The previous record set by Erin Whoriskey (223.28) had stood since 1997. She set a new SHS record of 409 points in the 11-dive format on January 26h at Duxbury, but lost it to Garrahan at sectionals. She competed at the state championship level in diving this spring and was named to the Bay Colony Conference All-Star team.
Junior Brian Cundiff broke the Sandwich High School record in the 100-yard butterfly three times this season. He first broke the record in the season-opening Cape Cod Classic with a finishing time of 55.12 seconds. He then broke his own record at the South Sectional meet swimming the butterfly in a time of 54.87. Cundiff currently holds the SHS school record in the event with a time of 53.73 recorded at the state championships this winter. The previous record was 55.18 set by James Deverna in 2003. This season he was one of the team captains for the Blue Knights and a three-time Bay Colony Conference All-Star.
Sandwich High School junior Greg Zaw began wrestling two years ago. This winter the two-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star became the only Blue Knight to win an MIAA Division 3 State Championship in wrestling, which he did in the 120-pound weight class. One of the captains for the Blue Knights, he also won the Cape Cod Invitational Tournament in his weight class. In two seasons he has a record of 65-11. He holds a black belt in judo and is a nine-time AAU national champion.