Teams are made up of a cast of characters. Some of the players draw all of the cheers and grab all of the attention. Others, though, do not see the field as much as others, and have their biggest contributions made to the collective in practice, when no one is watching.
James Marathas is one of those guys who shines brightest when no one is watching that closely. Off the ice, the senior on the FHS boys’ ice hockey team is one of the club’s biggest stars. In life in general, he very well could end up the biggest of all.
The senior, who also plays football and lacrosse at FHS, has a laundry list of awards in school. He’s an honor roll student who said that environmental science, psychology and English are his favorite subjects. He’s earned History Student of the Year, passed the Stamp Exam for French/English bilingual proficiency, is a student government rep and has served as an intern for the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce.
The son of James and Nancy Marathas said that his most-prized possession is his letterman jacket. “Good Will Hunting” is his favorite movie, and “Black Mirror” is his favorite TV show. He’s a fan of Mac Miller’s music.
How did you get involved with ice hockey? How much do you enjoy it?
I started playing hockey when I was 4 years old. Hockey has become something that I thoroughly enjoy because much like all of the other sports and clubs that I have joined, I have met some amazing people that I would have never met if it weren’t for these organizations.
The Clippers have had a good season so far, but the biggest games are to come. What will constitute a great year, to you, and what will it take for the team to make it happen?
A good season to me is a season where the entire team makes memories that will last longer and hold more weight than the score of any game. Sometimes wins constitute good memories, but overall the team and coaching staff do a good job at sanctioning time dedicated to having a good time, no matter the outcome of the season.
You had to work your way up to the varsity and earned your first varsity time as a senior. How rewarding was it to make the final cut and to be a part of the varsity all season?
Earning a spot on varsity was very rewarding. At the varsity level Falmouth hockey is very competitive and most players play year-round and or for elite teams. Considering I play football in the fall and lacrosse in the spring, along with trying to accelerate my academic career, my life hasn’t necessarily revolved around hockey, but being able to play at the varsity level is just a testament to me being well versed in multiple aspects.
Some games you are very involved, and others you don’t see much ice time. How do you stay engaged with the action and “in the game” when you’re not getting to play as much?
With a 22-man roster, every player is important. Every decision each player makes has an effect on the team. Whether or not you play in the game, the locker room is sacred, and if one person is doing something they shouldn’t be doing, the team can definitely feel it, and will address it before said player’s decisions impact others on the team. With that being said, everyone on the team knows that anything is possible and one game you could be on the fourth line and another you could be on the starting lineup. Most of the team knows that it is better to be prepared and ready to play, as opposed to being ill-prepared and regretting it once you make a mistake.
You also play lacrosse. What are you expectations, both personal and team-wise, for the upcoming season in lax?
The upcoming lacrosse season is definitely something I am looking forward to. Socially the team is a cumulation of players from the football and hockey teams, and since I am one of the only people who happen to play both, it is definitely exciting to be able to play with players in the spring that I have formed connections within both the fall and winter. Personally, I hope to have a positive impact on the team, encouraging myself and my fellow teammates to work hard and be the best possible version of ourselves that we can be on and off the field. In regards to the team as a whole, there are many strong players, some of whom are actually going on to play at the collegiate level, which leads me to believe we have a very strong chance at doing something great.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think a scouting report for me would say something along the lines of not necessarily being the best player on the team, but it would definitely say that I am someone who tries to unite the team and work to better everyone I am around.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
If I could replay one game, it would be the game where we played Barnstable in Hyannis. The atmosphere in the rink when Daren McDonald scored the overtime goal was definitely one of the most exhilarating hockey environments that I will ever be in.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
I would consider my first game against Nauset as the highlight of my athletic career so far, as it was one of the first games where I had ample playing time to explore my abilities on the ice.
Who is the best teammate you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best player I have ever played with would have to be Cam Rowell. He is not only adaptable to dominate in any sport he chooses, but he has the ability to maintain humility and consideration for others.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I’m not a very superstitious person, but a lot of my preparation for everything that I do can definitely be interpreted as superstition. I tend to lay out my clothes a day in advance and stay as organized as possible, keeping almost everything in the same places every day.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I have learned from sports would have to be that whatever you’re attempting to do can be achieved by time and grit; this holds true especially in a team setting. If everyone on the team is willing to take time out of their day and persevere to further progress toward achieving that goal, the goal will be achieved.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration is my mom. My mom has always been there for me and would do anything in her power to make sure that I am happy.
Is there anyone you would like to thank?
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family for supporting me and giving me all of the resources that I have needed to succeed academically and athletically. I would also like to thank everyone at the high school, teachers and guidance counselors for doing the same.
You were a part of a French immersion school before you came to Falmouth. How did you get involved in that, and what was it like to participate in? Have you had a chance to benefit from it in everyday life?
I got involved in the French immersion program in Milton, in 1st grade; my parents enrolled me in the program when it was in its early stages. All of my teachers were from France or French-speaking countries and made it so the classroom was completely immersed in French language and culture, so much so that if anyone spoke in the English language, there would be repercussions. The program was a privilege to be a part of; being able to learn a second language so early on was extremely beneficial in almost all aspects of life. Every day I get to exercise my French-speaking abilities through the French program at the high school and along with it being a “party trick,” I have gotten to acculturate myself and talk with people from France through the French exchange program through which I hosted a student from Lyon.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
As of right now, the most interesting place I have been had been the Bahamas, but in April I will live with that student [I hosted] in Lyon, France. In Lyon, I will be going to school and living daily life in France for a couple of weeks. France has always been a place I have been interested in, due to its high presence in the fashion industry as well as the artistic culture that continues to be there.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
As a senior in high school over the years, I have learned to value education and the opportunities that Falmouth has to offer. If I could go back to my freshman self, I would tell myself to focus on school and take advantage of the clubs and advanced classes that Falmouth has to offer.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
People would probably be surprised that I have a relatively extensive shoe collection.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I had the chance to be one person for a week, it would be Elon Musk. Musk is one of the people that I aspire to be and being able to understand what characteristics make him such a powerful figure in the business world would be extremely beneficial. I would probably take the connections that he has and attempt to start up a company that is beneficial for others.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect day would be waking up to see the sunrise, going to breakfast with my friends and then going somewhere I have never been before to experience something new and make new memories.
What are your post-high school plans?
I have hopes of attending Babson College in Wellesley for entrepreneurship with a concentration in environmental sustainability.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years, I hope to have multiple startup companies while traveling the world to better myself and those around me.