By Matt Chandik
Everything has changed for Craig Conlin, and he’s perfectly fine with that. As a matter of fact, he’d prefer if you just assumed that his Episcopal Academy team will take a nosedive this year and let the Churchmen sneak up on teams.
It’s not easy to lose the manpower that the Churchmen lost to graduation, not with post presence Nick Alikakos (Hill School post-graduate) and outstanding guard Conner Delaney (Johns Hopkins) leading the charge. EA lost five seniors, all of which are playing a sport in college, and none bigger than the All Inter-Ac duo. Of course, that’s also from the first EA team to win the Inter-Ac for the first time in 11 years. Conlin is acutely aware of that, and he understands any trepidation toward the Churchmen this year.
“We have a lot to replace and I’m hoping that a lot of teams will overlook us and write us off,” Conlin said. “We’re going to win some and we’re going to lose some, but the standard that we’ll judge ourselves on is, ‘have we played as hard as we possibly can? Did we play smart? Did we play together and play for our brothers?’ That’s going to be a great barometer.”