Belmont High School's autumn athletic season was capped off with two of their brightest picking up end-of-the-season honors as freshman cross country standout Leah Brams and long-time swimming coach Ev Crosscup were named to the Boston Globe's Fall All-Scholastic teams in the Boston Sunday Globe, Dec. 9.
Brams, who set records on her home Clay Pit Pond course every time she raced, was one of three ninth graders named an Girls' Cross Country All-Scholastic. Brams went undefeated in the Middlesex League and won the league title before finishing second in the Division 2 Eastern Mass. championships and seventh in the state championships.
Crosscup (Ev is short for Everett, if you want to know) began coaching Belmont High's swimmers the same year his current seniors were born 18 years ago and this squad of mostly underclassmen has been one of his best, defeating state and league powerhouse Reading for the first time in 11 years and earning a Middlesex League co-championship while finishing third in the Division 2 state championships.
It's little surprise that six Belmont swimmers were honored along with their coach as Middlesex League all-stars including freshman, Jessie Blake-West, who finished third in the 100-yard butterfly in the state Division 2 championships. She is joined by Taylor Coutinho, Emily Quinn, Thea Kelsey, Maya Nagashima and Ana Pulak.
Belmont High student athletes were also named league all-stars. The girls' soccer team – that won the Division 2 North sectionals and played in the state semifinals for the second time in three years – saw three seniors named Middlesex League all-stars: goalie Maria Alice Meratas, defender Alexandra Cellucci and midfield/striker Julia Russo. Yet while one of the top four teams in Division 2, Belmont was not in the final Top 20 Globe rankings for Girls' Soccer despite and defeating two teams (Winchester and Wilmington in the sectional finals) on the list
Sam Kerans, Dan Martin and Chris Rizzo of the Boys' Soccer team that made the playoffs were named Middlesex League/Liberty division all-stars as were Cole Kelly and Andrew Lilly in boys' golf and Kendal Brown and Catherine Noone in field hockey.