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All Downhill From Here


All Downhill From Here

Twenty Central Catholic students have been carving up snow-covered mountainsides as members of Central Catholic's first-ever Varsity Alpine Ski Team.

Ski passing gate

Led by Coach Mr. Adam Westaway, the Alpine Ski Team (downhill skiing) races out of the Mass Bay Ski League at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford, MA. Coach Westaway, who is a seasoned skier himself, has two sons on the team, William Westaway '24 and Ethan Westaway '25

Coach passing out jerseys

"I have been skiing since I was 14 months old, and I spent my youth skiing and racing up at Sugarloaf (ME). I then took up coaching after college," said Coach Westaway.

Three skiers in lift

"I am very proud to be a part of the inaugural season for the Raider Alpine Ski Team. Ski racing has played a very large role in my life, and my family, and to be able to support the CCHS community, and my own kids, is very special to me."

Coach working with skiers

"Ski racing really is a family affair in our house. As for our student-athletes, they’re learning to push themselves, learn new skills, overcome challenges, encourage and support each other, and have fun together while doing all that."
 
The Alpine Ski Team has races scheduled on Tuesdays at Nashoba Valley Ski Area - both Slalom and Giant Slalom – and they compete with Acton-Boxborough, Belmont, Bromfield, Chelmsford, Groton Dunstable, Newton South, and Westford Academy each week. The team practices on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. 

Skiers holding up bibs

Lauren Deskin '24, in photo above on left and skiing in photo below, is an experienced skier (she started at 5!) doing what she loves on the new Alpine Ski Team.

"I love to ski, and I have been ski racing for multiple years now. It’s important for Central to have a ski team, because it’s different than the other sports we already have and it’s a good way for kids to try it out and see if skiing is what they like to do."

"I personally hope to improve out of this experience and to make ski racing a bigger thing. I know it’s the first year and everyone is just learning, but I’m excited to see what happens in the future."

Unloading the van
Skier holes up his ski bib

"We are excited to finally add Alpine Ski to our competitive athletics program with 30 varsity offerings, giving our students another opportunity to share their gifts and talents," said Mr. Zach Blaszak, Director of Athletics & Activities for CCHS.

Mr. Zachary Blaszak

 "The Alpine Ski program has been in development for a few years, but with the help of some motivated parents and members of the Mass Bay East Ski League, we were able to finally make it a reality this year."

"Coach Westaway is an experienced skier and coach, who has been influential in getting this program off the ground and we are excited to see where he will lead Alpine Ski in the future."

Photo Album: Alpine Ski Team

January 14, 2022 - Nashoba Valley Ski Area

 

About Raider Athletics

Girls basketball team in huddle at TD Garden

Raider Athletics represents a proud tradition of teamwork and excellence that enriches the Central Catholic experience for both participants and spectators.

We offer 30 Varsity Sports in competitions governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC), and the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA).

Our student-athletes bring home State, Sectional, and Conference Championships on a regular basis while representing the school community with pride.

Player with arms raised at Gillette Stadium


Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition
Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,300 students from over 60 cities and towns. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

For more information, please visit www.CentralCatholic.net, call 978-682-0260, or email website@centralcatholic.net.

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.



Raider Athletics

Raider Athletics represents a proud tradition of excellence that enriches the Central Catholic experience for both participants and spectators.


Our student-athletes bring home State, Sectional, and Conference Championships on a regular basis while representing the school community with pride.

Central Catholic offers twenty-seven (27) Varsity sports in competitions governed by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) as well as two (2) seasons of Cheerleading under the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association (MSSAA).

More than half of our student body, approximately 800 students, compete on at least one of these teams, an experience that fosters teamwork, dedication, sportsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence, lessons that carry over into all aspects of life.