Tom Sipsey has stooped to subterfuge to get his Whittier Tech Wildcats to keep their eyes on the prize.
“He’s tried to tell us that we have to beat Shawsheen Tech and Greater Lowell to win the title, but we only have one league loss (with two games left) and Shawsheen is the closest team to us with four,” explained Wildcats senior Nathan Frongillo.
The coach and his Cats have to be doing something right. They will (or have) made it back-to-back CAC titles, and Sipsey points right at Frongillo as the main factor.
“The kid is just incredible,” said Sipsey. “Night in and night out, he’s our MVP. And that’s saying an awful lot. I mean, Justin Reyes is an incredible athlete, and look at the amazing four-year career Ryan Grant has had. And Andrew Wells is such a weapon shooting the basketball. But we just wouldn’t be here without Nathan, with everything he brings for us.”
Frongillo’s grit and toughness ooze winner, according to Sipsey and the numbers don’t lie.
In six varsity seasons (three in baseball and basketball), Frongillo is now 99-35 with three league championships and a North Sectional baseball crown.
As impressive as those numbers are, off the field and court he’s 8 for 8 in college acceptance from schools as divergent at St. Bonaventure, Lynchburg and New England College, while awaiting two more (Bridgewater and Westfield State) notices.
“That hasn’t hit me yet,” said Frongillo. “I still don’t wake up and see myself as a senior.”
Frongillo and the Cats probably haven’t recognized it, simply because there is work to do.
As good as Division 3 North might be, with unbeaten North Reading and powerhouse Danvers looking like the teams to beat, the Cats carry some dangerous firepower as well.