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Lower School Athletes to Watch

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Robbie Stankard

Robbie Stankard ‘21 is returning for his second year onto the varsity basketball team this year. This winter season, he will be playing center. Robbie has been playing basketball for as long as he can remember, starting to play in his town league in first grade. Outside of Groton, Robbie plays for the Boston Bobcats.  Robbie loves “the challenge that every game brings because not one game is the same.” He said, “Every game has a distinct feel and I find myself in different situations.” Robbie’s enthusiasm and devotion to the game are apparent on and off the court. He is excited to continue to develop his skills this season and represent Groton on the basketball team.

Elena Junkala

Elena Junkala ‘21 has quickly established herself as an important member of the varsity hockey team. A left winger, Elena has been playing hockey for 10 years. She previously played for the Assabet Valley hockey team. Elena has enjoyed her time on the Groton hockey team so far, scoring two out of three goals in the first game against Berwick. One of Elena’s favorite parts about hockey is “the satisfaction of making a crisp pass.” She also enjoys when hard work in practice pays off in the games.

Kat Sapinski

Kat Sapinski ‘21 will be taking on a lead role on the varsity squash team this winter. An experienced player, she will be joining the team towards the top of the ladder. Kat is an experienced player who is excited to make an impact on the team. Captain of the squash team Sarah Conner ‘18 said “It’s exciting to have such a talented new player join the team at the top of the ladder.” Dedicated in practice and to motivating her teammates, Katherine has been eagerly accepted into the team by veteran team members.

Ronan Doherty

Ronan Doherty ‘21 will be returning to the varsity hockey team this winter season. Ronan has been playing hockey since age three, and previously played for the Junior Rangers hockey team. Head coach William Riley said “Ronan is a tenacious competitor and has a high hockey IQ.  He sees the ice really well and is always working to improve his game.” Ronan has been developing his skills, and is ready to make his mark on the ice this season. Ronan says that there is nothing like skating out on the ice and playing hockey. He says that his goals for the season are “to have fun and to be the best possible player I can be.”

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