Malden Catholic will add multiple new teams to interscholastic athletics which includes girls ice hockey and both boys and girls rowing teams in 2020.
Malden Catholic High School currently enrolls 9th and 10th grade girls and offers 12 sports in the girls’ athletics program. “With interest and enrollment at MC at a high point and the first class of 11th grade girls in 2020, this is a great time to add girls ice hockey, making it our 13th available sport for female students,” stated William Raycraft, Malden Catholic Director of Athletics. “Malden Catholic has a long and very successful history of boys hockey and we take great pride in offering the best possible athletic opportunities to our student-athletes. Next year, our plan is to offer varsity programs for all MIAA girls sports,” Raycraft added.
Malden Catholic currently competes in the MIAA’s District H Independent Conference and will be seeking to complete its scheduling over the next several months. Malden Catholic currently offers 12 girls’ sports, including: cross country, fall cheerleading, soccer, volleyball, basketball, indoor track and field, winter cheerleading, swimming, lacrosse, softball, tennis and outdoor track and field. According to the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS) participation in girls ice hockey continues to grow and MC will add to the 642 other schools nationwide participating, which includes over 9600 students.
John Thornburg, Malden Catholic Headmaster, commented “This is a very exciting time at Malden Catholic. With hockey so deeply embedded in the Lancer legacy, we are thrilled to continue with our tradition of excellence in sports hockey with the girls' athletics program. We are committed to supporting our female athletes and providing them the opportunity to excel in this area.”
In addition, Malden Catholic Athletics Department has added club rowing to its spring sport lineup for both the boys’ and girls’ programs. This addition was made possible through a partnership with the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School and the Lancers plan to be out on the Mystic River in the coming months. “Mystic Valley currently has a strong rowing program and we are very fortunate to have them take us on as a partner,” Raycraft said. “Rowing is a popular sport that gives everyone an opportunity to compete and represent their school and it has a number of opportunities beyond high school.” Rowing has often been touted as “the ultimate team sport,” due to the timing and synchronization required of this physically demanding activity. Thornburg stated, “We have tremendous athletes in our student body and the addition of rowing will provide another tremendous opportunity for them to distinguish themselves.”
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