The 2021-2022 boys varsity basketball season at St. Paul’s School was one of marked progress—and one that shows promise for a bright future ahead. The team was led primarily by underclassmen, with Logan Carey ‘23 (17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals per game) and Anthony Troncellito ’24 (15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists per game) starring in the backcourt, while Matt Lamy ’23 and Savion Stroud ’23 provided shooting and staunch defense on the wings, and Sam Andreottola ’23 played a versatile, inside-out forward role. Luke Newhall ’24 added his relentless motor and toughness off the bench and Ryder Kurtz ’23 was reliable back-up big man. With Tola Olorode ’22 out for most of the season due to injury, Surya Vasireddy ‘22 was the lone senior to receive consistent minutes for the Big Red, and his contributions on the glass and in his vocal leadership ultimately earned him a starting role by the end of the season.
The combination of talent, tenacity, and teamwork helped win a lot of games this season—with SPS registering its first winning season in 11 years. With big victories over Tilton and KUA, the Big Red also earned an impressive 3rd
Place finish in the Lakes Region League, behind powerhouses Brewster and New Hampton. In NEPSAC Class A play, the Big Red earned 6 victories—including tight wins over traditional contenders Suffield and Andover—marking the most Class A wins in over a decade as well. Down the stretch, however, SPS was hampered by injuries and couldn’t finish the season with quite enough to make the playoffs.
It is not all about wins and losses, though, and the tremendous growth shown by St. Paul’s suggests there is a lot to be excited about in the coming years. This was a team that learned how to win close games together, learned how to stick together through adversity, learned to sacrifice individual accolades for the best of the team, and learned what it means to compete with the best teams in New England. And 9 of our 12 players return next year! If our group commits even more deeply to each other and to our program pillars of Grit, Gratitude, and Servant Leadership, the 2022-2023 season can be one for the record books!