’s Athletes of the Week: Scavotto and Murray

There’s really no way around it – if your goaltender does not have a good day, then in all likelihood it won’t matter what the rest of the team does on offense. In the game of hockey, quality goaltending really is the cornerstone of everything else a team does.

Falmouth High's Madison Scavotto, one of the top goaltenders in the state, notched two key wins for the Clippers over the past week and is one of this week's Athletes of the Week. Sean Walsh/ Sports

Falmouth High’s Madison Scavotto, one of the top goaltenders in the state, notched two key wins for the Clippers over the past week and is one of this week’s Athletes of the Week.
Sean Walsh/ Sports

One of Capecod’com’s first Athletes of the Week this winter season was Falmouth High School senior captain and goalie Madison Scavotto. She has proven to be the common denominator for a vastly successful Clippers’ season and it’s a season that has not run its full course as of yet. In the do-or-die MIAA postseason, there is little if no margin for error. Thus, when Scavotto notched a shutout in the Division 2 South Sectionals preliminary round last week, with 16 saves, it was a real shot in the arm for the Southeast Massachusetts Girls Hockey League – Coastal Division Champions. When Scavotto backed up that performance with a 20-save effort against Archbishop Williams last weekend in the South Sectional First Round, the momentum was building. Now, The Clipper girls look forward to this Saturday’s South Sectional Quarterfinals slated for 3:00 pm against Winchester and when they arrive there, it will be with the first Cape Cod high school athlete to be twice named a Athlete of the Week: Madison Scavotto.

Joining Scavotto this week is another superlative student-athlete who needs little introduction on this sandy peninsula and pretty much, well, across the entire state. 2015 Massachusetts All-State Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Owen Murray has gone unbeaten this winter and he has racked up more hardware since December 1 than most athletes do in a lifetime. At 34-0, Murray heads today to try and become the first Barnstable High wrestler in school history to be crowned a New England Champion. Even if it does not happen for this college-bound star, it goes with little saying that he has more than earned his first Athlete of the Week honors. Quite simply put, the young man has no equal on the wrestling stage in his home state. He’s proven that. Now, it remains to be seen if that is so in six states. Our bet is on Murray.

— If you’d like to nominate a student-athlete for Athlete of the Week, please email sports editor Sean Walsh. His email is [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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