Islanders help Hendricken and Moses Brown
• Islander Tom Stacom recently wrapped up his second season playing basketball for Bishop Hendricken High School. Stacom is a sophomore and was a member of the JV team, which made it to the semifinals of the JV Division I playoffs. He also plays on the St. Mark CAL (Catholic Athletic League) team as well as an AAU club team based in Providence.
Playing on three basketball teams simultaneously may sound difficult for some, but Stacom's obvious love for the game made it more fun than anything. "It just kind of worked out," said Stacom. "On Sundays, I have CYO and then on regular school days I play basketball for Hendricken and then on Saturdays and before or after CYO I play AAU."
Stacom does not have a favorite team, but he knows that colleges will be following his work on his high school team. Although he is still playing on his AAU team, he was happy with his first year on JV at Hendricken. "I thought I really improved this season, it was a good growing season for me," he said.
Being able to play with his old Lawn School and CAL teammates on the weekends was a nice change of pace because this was the first season St. Mark had a high school CAL team.
• Moses Brown sophomore Read van der Wal chose an athletic alternative this winter and competed in polo. The six-member team practiced at Glen Farm in Portsmouth. They competed and practiced at indoor arenas, unlike traditional outdoor polo that people are familiar with. Van der Wal's team competed against other high schools with polo teams, many of which are affiliated with universities. They recently competed in the regional championships in Connecticut. In the fall, van der Wal competed in equestrian as another alternative sport and in the spring she will return to Moses Brown to play lacrosse. Last season, van der Wal was named the MVP on the JV lacrosse team as a freshman. Her younger brother, Billy van der Wal, is a freshman and has also been competing for Moses Brown in soccer, indoor track and lacrosse.