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Wayland's Schultz will oppose BC in bowl

By Marvin Pave
December 28, 2008
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When Vanderbilt University tackles Boston College on the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville on Wednesday afternoon, former Wayland High football captain Alex Schultz will be in uniform for the Commodores.

He made the Vanderbilt team as a walk-on, and while he hasn't seen varsity action, Schultz has contributed by playing safety on the scout team, preparing the regulars for their next opponent. He was named Defensive Scout of the Week after the Florida game last fall.

In his senior year at Vanderbilt, Schultz had transferred from Division 3 Hamilton College, where he lettered his freshman year.

His progress was hampered by an ankle injury that kept him off the field his sophomore season.

"I knew coming in that it would be a tough challenge to get into a game," he said, "but I'm still working hard and while I'm not really content I've been happy to contribute in practice and be with a great group of guys."

Schultz was named a Dual County League All-Star in football his senior year at Wayland High, where he also played lacrosse and was a high jumper.

Raeder helps college to unbeaten start
Needham's Doug Raeder is enjoying another impressive season with the undefeated (6-0) and nationally ranked men's hockey team at Middlebury College in Vermont. The senior goaltender is 4-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

Raeder, son of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltending coach Cap Raeder, was MVP of the PrimeLink Great Northern Shootout over Thanksgiving weekend, and played the second period in Middlebury's exhibition game against the USA under-18 team, turning away all 18 shots he faced. Raeder has a 35-7-1 career record at Middlebury with a 2.11 GAA and a .908 save percentage.

"Doug came into the program and had immediate impact as a freshman, leading the team to an NCAA championship" for the Division 3 program, said head coach Bill Beaney. "In a long list of great goalies we've had, he technically is probably the most sound, and most of all, he's a great teammate."

His teammates include freshman defenseman Tucker Donahoe of Canton, who played at St. Sebastian's in Needham. Playing in all six games, Donahoe contributed a goal and 2 assists.

Wellesley's Bates takes pentathlon
Former Wellesley High outdoor track and field MVP Brett Epler, a sophomore at Bates College, won the recent Bates Pentathlon competition with a score of 3,168 points - the fourth-best total in program history. His 55-meter time of 8.34 seconds and his overall score in the five-part event qualified Epler for the New England Division 3 and ECAC indoor championships.

"Brett has quickly become one of the cornerstones of our program," said Al Fereshetian, head coach of the Bates men's track and field team.

Captain of Wellesley High's cross-country, indoor and outdoor track teams, Epler was a member of the school-record 4x400-meter relay team and a Bay State Conference All-Star in the 300-meter indoor hurdles.

Marvin Pave can be reached at 508-820-4223 or marvin.pave@rcn.com

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