Thank You, Coach Cantillon

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Joseph Cantillon, a former social studies teacher at WHS and current coach of the Winchester Cross Country and Track and Field teams. Cantillon, a Winchester High School graduate, returned to teach and coach in Winchester after attending Boston College. While Cantillon is a familiar figure to WHS athletes, this interview aims to delve into the mind of a humble coach to whom the Winchester running teams owe their comradery and history of success.

Cantillon began coaching at WHS in the fall of 1972, making this season his 46th consecutive year heading up our XC team. 46 years of anything is enough for most. Cantillon, however, wouldn’t have it any other way: “working with kids in a different area other than the classroom has always been enjoyable.


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Badminton: Winchester's Sport?

 


Recently, I had the privilege of conducting a survey of favorite sports within our beautiful town of Winchester, Massachusetts. I sent out a poll into the Winchester MA Residents Facebook Page, and I also asked the opinions of friends and family very near and dear to my heart. I had originally planned on simply displaying a pie chart, and I meant to abstain from any commentary on what I had believed would be a fairly standard result - Football wins by a long shot, baseball and basketball have a solid number of fans, soccer and hockey have roughly the same result, and a few individuals respond as “other” or “none.” However, the shocking results of this survey have convinced me of the necessity of some sort of commentary; this following passage will serve mostly as an outlet for me to express my deep surprise at some very interesting results.


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Gordon Hayward: Where does he land for the Celtics?


 

Gordon Hayward was an NBA All Star. He averaged 21 points in the 2016-17 season, and was a dynamic scorer and play maker. He has also been a huge question mark for the Celtics this season. When the Celtics signed Gordon Hayward in the summer of 2017, they expected to get an instant scoring threat who could play both on and off the ball. Instead, after Hayward’s gruesome injury, he just hasn’t looked like himself. This season, Hayward is averaging 10 points a game, less than half of what he averaged in his last complete season with the Jazz and his lowest average since his rookie year. He is struggling to score, and is currently shooting a mediocre 40% on all field goals and 32% on threes. It is common to see him drive to the basket and miss a reverse layup, or miss several open jump shots, and is almost a relief when he scores.

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Bruins Goalie Woes Create Problems


In hockey, the goalie is easily the most important person on the ice. They are crazy
enough to willingly get in front of rock hard pucks flying at up to 100 miles per hour
more than twenty-five times in any given game. They also must have the stamina to
stay on the ice for every second of a game and a flexibility that even the world’s
greatest gymnasts would gasp at. During the offseason, the Boston Bruins picked
up free-agent Jaroslav Halák from the New York Islanders, signing a two year,
5.5 million dollar contract. Halák was seen as a great depth piece to longtime starter, Tuukka Rask.


 


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