Welcome back Marblehead Winter sports

There’s a saying in my favorite television show, Game of Thrones, that a family, House Stark, uses as their motto. 

“Winter is coming.” 

Well, Winter is certainly coming to Marblehead. Maybe not in the sense of the harsh weather just yet, but I mean in terms of the fresh sports season that is about to begin. I had been following the Fall teams since they began practices in the late summer, and that season did not disappoint for Marblehead Athletics. 

But now, it’s time for the cold-weathered teams to take over the spotlight and we should be in for another great season of Marblehead High School sports. As much as I love summer, I have grown fonder and fonder of the winter season every year and the sports that come with it. 

Playing and watching basketball has always been one of my favorites. Although I only played when I was younger, any chance that I get I am always dribbling or shooting a basketball, so it’s only right that I am excited to see what the Magicians boys and girls basketball teams have in store for this season. 

Last year both teams finished with a very respectable 12-8 record and though both are losing a number of important players from seasons’ past, there is a plethora of talent on both teams. Let’s see if they can make a run in the tournament this season. 

What would winter be without ice hockey? Both of Marblehead’s girls and boys ice hockey teams skated into the tournament. The Lady Magicians finished the season at 31st in the power rankings and fought valiantly against No.2 seeded Arlington in the first round of the playoffs. The boys earned a 15 seed in the tournament and made it to the round of 16 where they eventually fell to Gloucester in a high scoring affair. 

To me, hockey is one of the most entertaining sports out there because of the pace of play, and the fact that I’m always on the edge of my seat knowing that anybody can score at any second. So Marblehead hockey, I can’t wait to see you at the rink. 

As a collegiate track runner, one of my favorite things is the indoor track season. To some, people are just running in circles and throwing and jumping over objects, but I find it fascinating that there are so many subdivisions under one umbrella where everyone is individually participating, yet all contributing to one team score. I can’t wait to see what each event holds in store for Marblehead’s athletes. 

It’s been years since I have been skiing, but every time I see a mountain full of snow, I’m itching to get back out there. I won’t lie that I know absolutely nothing when it comes to competitive skiing however, but that makes me all the more eager to catch the ski team at Marblehead do its thing.

That goes for wrestling, gymnastics, and swimming and diving as well. These sports take incredible strength, talent, and focus. Through these athletes and coaches. I hope to learn the ins and outs of each of these talents, because the beauty of sports is that there are so many different athletes with a wide array of skills, and each sport is exciting in its own way. 

So to all Marblehead Winter sports and athletes, it will be exciting to see what this season brings, and more importantly, it will be exciting to see what I learn from this season. 

And the best part? It all gets to happen indoors, where I won’t be freezing. 

  • Ryan Vermette is the Item's Marblehead reporter. He graduated from Springfield College in 2021 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications/Sports Journalism. While in school, he wrote multiple sports articles for the school newspaper, the Springfield Student, and joined Essex Media Group in August, 2022. Ryan is a college basketball fanatic and an avid Boston sports fan and in his free time, enjoys video games and Marvel movies.