The baseball team enjoyed a successful season filled with much individual and team improvement. At the Athletic Recognition Ceremony, they were recognized as being the most improved team of the Spring Season. With 17 boys all ranging in grade, ability and experience, they proudly came together and made significant strides by the end of the season.
The team finished with 8 wins and 5 losses. Four eighth-grade students were instrumental in helping the younger players learn some big diamond skills. Best game of the year was our 6 -1 win against Dexter. Congratulations on a great season!
Girls lacrosse took to the field this spring with 22 players and great team spirit. We had an 11 game schedule, of which 7 games were on the road and only 4 were at home. Every attack player scored during the season, adding up to a cumulative total of almost 100 goals, and leading to wins in 4 games. Defensive players, many of whom were sixth-grade students just learning the game, made huge progress this spring, successfully shutting down the other team’s offense on several occasions.
The team was enthusiastically led by 8th grade captains, Katie and Dillon. Katie was the unrivaled high-scorer with an impressive 32 goals this season. The team was recognized as the most spirited team of the Spring season.
I asked the girls this year to send me their favorite moments of the season. I imagined that some of them might mention our winning season or our victory over our archrival Nobles. Instead every reply was about the pleasure of being with the team, making new friends, or holding lemonade in their mouth for an entire practice. Their favorite moments were playing with their partners for three years, talking with their coaches after a tough match, helping their teammates in practice, and making up a new team drill with Coach Molly. The bus trips together were a highlight; it seems we could have driven to the away matches, and then turned around and gone home without playing, just being with the team was enough.
Our eighth graders were a special group, both in matches and in team practice. We are sad to see them go. We will miss our team captains, Izzy and Ginny: one of the best doubles teams in our history both for their tennis and their grunting. We will miss very talented Pari with her laid back, relaxed personality, which was the exact opposite of her game – powerful, driven, truly amazing. Chloe, our ’thinker,’ came in with strategy, knowing what she wanted, what she needed to do to get it, a real fighter from first point of the match to last. We will miss Melissa, our backboard, who often stayed in challenge matches ending in losing or winning by points showing her determination. Off to high school tennis you all go and I hope to see you on the courts!!!
The boys lacrosse team made tremendous progress from where they were at the beginning of the season, right up to their last game against arch-rival Nobles. Although many of the teams they played were combined Grade 7 & 8 teams(and some more dominant in number with their 8th graders), our boys made great strides in their cohesion and commitment. The team had big improvements all around, from boys who have never played the game, to the boys who have been playing it for several years. As the boys grew to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, they came together as a team and improved their performance.
Team highlights include battling Roxbury Latin, having great match-ups in both singles and doubles, battling Fessenden where Jae and Wilder won their matches, and an having inter-squad scrimmage with the girls’ team.
Throughout the season, the players improved their conditioning and fitness, their offense-defense games, and their challenge matches. As coaches, we enjoyed the constant movement within the ladder, as the boys strove to work their way up. All players showed great improvement and competitiveness in practice and in games. We want to thank our eighth-grade players Cody, Leo, Brian, Ben, Seamus, Brendan, Kavi, Zac, and Zack.
We had a great season! We’ll miss the eighth graders and wish them the best of luck in the future.
Our season started with 12 players who ranged in skill from those who have played for many years to those who were throwing a softball for the very first time. As coaches, it was exciting to see them work toward becoming a cohesive unit to which everyone contributed, making our time together both fun and productive.
We managed to pull off an undefeated season. While we could emphasize a fantastic record, outstanding plays, and moments of tremendous growth — I would like to highlight the most which is how we came together as a team. Everyone was excited for one another, offered words of praise and encouragements and weren’t afraid to laugh and have fun with it.
I’d like to personally thank Sue Austin who was a tremendous help to the team and mentor to me. We would like to take a moment to thank our eighth-grade players for their leadership, and the whole team, for a great season.