Traditionally, the holiday break has been a busy and exciting time for St. Mark's teams. This December, two SM varsity squads—boys' varsity hockey and girls' varsity basketball—came away with championship titles in holiday tournament action.
Boys' varsity hockey defeated Worcester Academy, Vermont Academy, and Middlesex in the 48th annual Barber Tournament, earning their fifth Barber tourney title in eight years. In the championship game, the Lions won a thrilling 1-0 shutout victory.
The Barber Tournament has long-standing St. Mark's roots, as it was established in December of 1970 by St. Mark's and Middlesex. The tournament was named in memory of William Wyatt Barber, Jr., St. Mark's Class of 1928, who served on the St. Mark's faculty from 1932-1970, was Headmaster for 20 years (1948-1968), and was longtime head coach of SM varsity hockey (252 wins over 34 seasons, with five ISL titles to his credit). This is the eighth Barber Tournament championship for St. Mark's. The Lions also won in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Before that, they had not won since 1984. The St. Mark's boys' varsity hockey team is currently 6-2-1 on the season under fifth-year head coach Carl Corazzini (78-39-10 overall to date).
In the annual Pingree Holiday Tournament's final game, SM girls' varsity basketball edge out their hosts 31-30 to take home the championship trophy. It is the Lions' second Pingree tourney title in four years. Coach Lauren Ames' team is now 2-3.
In other holiday tournament action, St. Mark's girls' varsity hockey lost a pair of close, hard-fought 2-3 games to St. Paul's and Lawrence Academy in the annual Harrington tourney.