Wellington JV Basketball Team Profile

Wellington JV Basketball Team Profile

Jake Cutia

The Wellington JV basketball team has had an up-and-down season thus far this year. It’s early in the season, and many games are left to be played, but right now Wellington looks good.

Wellington has a 5-2 record so far this season, but their record doesn’t show what the Wolverines are really about. Wellington suffered a heartbreaking loss to John I Leonard. Within the final 3 minutes, The Lancers overcame a huge ten point deficit to win the game. Wellington showed resilience and beat Glades Central in their next game. They dominated the game and won by double digits.

The future looks bright for many freshman players on Junior Varsity this year. Jay Medor is only a freshman and is the team Staring Point Guard. The rest of the starting lineup consists of two freshman and two sophomores. Kevin Gutman, Shooting Guard; Jonathan Joseph, Small Forward; Anthony Santarpia, Power Forward; and Jonathan Philistin, who plays Center.

Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Santarpia all played on the freshman basketball team last year. Kevin Gutman was playing for Wellington Landings with Jonathan Philistin, and Jay Medor was playing for Polo Park Middle School.

Howard McCray was a great player for the JV Basketball team last year. He was only a freshman and was a key role player coming off the bench for Wellington. “It felt great to play JV last year because I was one of the only freshman on the team and I got a lot of experience and practice time,” McCray said.

This is Anthony Santarpia’s second year playing basketball at Wellington High School. He didn’t play one year at Wellington Landings Middle School, and not because he didn’t want to, because he didn’t make the team. Now he is the team’s starting power forward.

“It hurts not to make the team in middle school, but it shows that hard work pays off because I made it in High School,” Santarpia said.

There is still more basketball left to be played this season for Wellington.

“So far I think the season is going well, but there is still room for improvement,” Jonathan Joseph, sophomore, basketball player said.

The rest of the season looks bright for the young Wolverines, and they haven’t even played half of their regular season games yet. If the Wolverines can continue their success, they can have another great season.