BY JONATHAN CALIXTE
As another school year plods on at St Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill the school’s sports program heats up for collegiate athletes, nicknamed Spartans.
Last year (2016-17) was an exceptional one for athletics at STAC. The men’s basketball team made it all the way to the Division II final four where they fell short facing the College of Saint Rose, who ultimately won the D-II national championship. This basketball team only lost two starters from last year’s team; Chaz Watler and Aaron Cust. With a talented and experienced roster the squad is expected to go further this year than last. Their first game takes place Friday, Nov. 3 vs. Ferris St. at the Hall of Fame Classic in Evansville, Indiana.
Last year’s spring season saw the STAC baseball team have an outstanding seasons under the guidance of head coach Scott Muscat. STAC’s boys of summer finished the season with a with a 44-17 record. The team managed to win the East Regional tournament and finished third place in the Division II national tournament. The Spartans have long had a strong baseball program, but 2017 was no doubt a historic season for the coillege.
The Spartans Track and Field team also had an outstanding season last year, the men winning the conference championship for the first time since 2013. Runners on both the male and female teams broke numerous individual records last year.
Head athletic director Gerry Oswald and head trainer Lori Rahaim are doing a phenomenal job of keeping these athletes on task and mentally and physically fit. Each club is looking forward to their upcoming season’s hunger and anxious to win another watch or ring.