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Who will win the NBA Playoffs?

Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics on the right. Courtesy of Creative Commons.

Tyler Weisberg '22 and Huck Jamison '22

September 13, 2020

Chief Analyst Huck Jamison: The Miami Heat will be the team to win the 2020 NBA Championship. This isn’t based around the fact that 2020 has been a wild year as a whole, but rather that the Heat are the most versatile and adaptable team left in the NBA bubble. The team’s main flaw is the lack...

Groton Sports: What Has Changed?

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Tyler Weisberg '22, Sports Editor

September 13, 2020

Assistant Head for External Programs Megan Harlan’s email gave students some insight on how the sports program has changed this fall, and to find out more, we conducted an interview with the athletic department. Due to the complications of Covid-19, Groton School has adapted and altered its Fall Sports Act...

Athlete of the Issue: Aroon Sankoh

Aroon Sankoh '21 in the middle. Courtesy of Tyler Weisberg '22.

Michael Lu '24, Staff Writer

September 13, 2020

Aroon Sankoh ’21 started his varsity running career when he came to Groton in third form, moving up to the varsity squad by his third race. In the same year, he placed 20th in the Independent School League Cross Country Championships (ISLs). Now a captain, Aroon is a consistent varsity runner and has...

Non-Groton Sports: A No-Go

Compilation of news articles. Courtesy of Amy Ma '23.

Maya Gite '22, Features Assistant Editor

September 13, 2020

Non-Groton sports, also known as club sports, have been a popular fit into many Groton students’ athletic routines. In past years, student-athletes have joined additional teams in order to stay in shape, showcase their talents to college coaches, or simply continue to play the sport they love year-r...

Committed Fall Athletes

Wilson Thors in middle. Courtesy of Wilson Thors '21.

Christina Oelhafen '21, Features Editor

September 13, 2020

While most seniors will retire their sticks, helmets, and cleats at the end of this not so normal fall season, four will continue their high school sports careers to the collegiate level. This season, no games and masks will be required, but this will not stop Wilson Thors ’21, Robbie Long ’21, Grace...

The Uncertainty of Sports Leagues Returning

Courtesy of Hannah Wise '21

Tyler Weisberg '22, Sports Editor

May 31, 2020

Groton students are consumers of sports entertainment like millions of other people around the world. Due to the coronavirus, many sports leagues globally have either “shutdown,” “paused,” or “delayed” their seasons. This includes the National Basketball Association, Women’s National Basketball A...

Athlete of the Issue: Mary Collins

Courtesy of Mary Collins

Michelle Kim '23, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

Captain Mary Collins '20 is most recognizable by her gait as she saunters across the slick, shiny court. She stops at the free-throw line, eyeing the basket. All eyes watch her as she takes her final breath. With precise force, she launches the ball, which cleanly whooshes into the net. Cheers echo throu...

Finding the “Runner’s High” at the Hyannis Half-Marathon

Runners Olivia Dillon '21, Hannah Wise '21, Cornelia Potter '21, and Anna Copeland '20 after finishing the half-marathon.

Sophia Wu '21, Assistant Sports Editor

March 7, 2020

If you happened to wander along the river, you might have wondered what the group of 30-odd, colorfully clad runners were doing sloshing through snow while the sun threatened to set behind them. You might also have wondered what compelled them to venture to the Cape to run 13.1 miles while most Groto...

Groton Swim Smashes Through Expectations at Invitational

Charlie Weisberg '23

March 7, 2020

“There have only been a few times in my coaching career that I have been speechless. I’m proud to say today was one of those days. I’m so honored to be a coach to such amazing athletes. Today, you represented Groton Varsity Swimming at a whole new level,” said Coach Caley Zannoni in an email to...

Athlete of the Issue: Caroline Wilcox

Athlete of the Issue: Caroline Wilcox

Michelle Kim '23

March 7, 2020

As the ball zipped across the court, she lunged for a powerful hit with her racquet. A deafening silence emptied the room as her clean cross-court died in the back left corner, leaving her opponent with no time to reach the ball. Applause signified yet another victory for Groton. Caroline Wilcox '20...

Squash Wins Double National Championships

Champions! The varsity girls and boys squash teams after winning Nationals!

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld '21, Sports Editor

March 6, 2020

For Groton varsity squash, their weekend at High School Squash Nationals in Hartford, Connecticut proved a fruitful one: when both teams returned to campus on Sunday night, they were division three champions.  The girls started the tournament off strong, beating both Friends Central then Hopkins S...

Coach Evans: Revamping Basketball Defense

Varsity Basketball Assistant Coach Andrew Evans (far right) supervising a regular practice session. 

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2020

Head Coach Harold Francis appointed him as the team’s defensive coordinator. With that mandate, Coach Evans is working hard to improve the team’s defensive consistency, which, after reviewing game footage, he believes centers around players’ focus and concentration on the court. Coach Evans has b...

Opinion: Wait On A Pool

Jiacheng Kang '22, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

As the Groton Swim team expands each year, there is a growing sentiment among the swimmers that the current pool does not adequately accommodate the full team. Gaining official recognition as a varsity sport in 2014, the program has developed steadily since then. Just four years ago, the team was co...

Looking to Finish the Season Strong: Team Updates

Charlie Weisberg '23

February 12, 2020

Boys Varsity Basketball:    In the last month alone, Boys Varsity Basketball has won more games than in their entire 2018-2019 season.  “The boys had a very big win against BB&N recently. It was our first ISL win in a few years. We have excellent team chemistry and when the boys execu...

New Faces in the Sport Medicine Center

Sophia Wu '21, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2020

Samantha Wall and Charles “CJ” Harper joined the Groton Athletics Department this winter term to fill the vacancies left by Art Cheeks, our former Head Athletic Trainer and Cory Varell, our former Strength and Conditioning Coach. While students left campus for summer accustomed to seeing the...

Athlete of the Issue: Rachel McMenemy

Rachel driving to the basket for a layup, a skill she’s dubbed her specialty.

Christina Oelhafen '21, Assistant Features Editor

February 11, 2020

In Rachel McMenemy’s first season as a zebra, she led the Groton Girls Varsity Basketball team to the NEPSAC Class B finals and brought home the championship. As captain, Rachel continues to lead the team with confidence and passion on and off the court. She contributes her knowledge and skill every d...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Jiacheng Kang '22, Breaking News Reporter

December 20, 2019

  When Ronin Kaplan ’23 was eight years old, he lost his first game 11-0 against a future top-ten player in US Junior Squash, but his love of the game lured him back. At Bronxville Middle School, he played at the number one spot and led his school to finish second in a national tournament....

Athlete of the Issue: Luke Beckstein

Luke Beckstein ’20 out on the ice.

Christina Oelhafen '21, Assistant Features Editor

December 20, 2019

When Captain Luke Beckstein ’20 steps onto the ice, adrenaline runs through his veins and he relentlessly works to put the puck into the back of the net. Unsurprisingly, he’s been named captain for the 2019-2020 hockey season. In addition to leading the hockey team, Luke was also named captain for...

Spotlight on Jamie Lamoreaux

Jamie Lamoreaux coaching Groton Football.

Nathan Zhang '21, Assistant Digital Editor

October 13, 2019

Groton varsity football has recently been on a hot-streak, with big wins over St. George’s School, Middlesex School, and The Roxbury Latin School. Part of the success, of course, emerges from the hard work put in by all of the players, but another important part of success is the coaching. One coach in p...

Key Upcoming Games

Tyler Weisberg '22

October 13, 2019

Varsity Boys Cross Country Independent School League (ISL) Championships | November 1 | Away at St. Mark’s School Boys Cross Country is already looking ahead to its first championship meet at St. Mark’s School. “For ISLs, I think we have a great chance for a top 3 finish given the strengt...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Amelia Lee '22

October 13, 2019

Alicia Guo ’24 started playing volleyball two years ago, first on the Fay Volleyball team then with the club Smash Volleyball.  She is passionate about the sport because “the feeling of hitting the ball and killing the opponent is very rewarding.”  Head Volleyball coach Jennifer Wallace...

Status Update: Boys Varsity Soccer Field

Status Update: Boys Varsity Soccer Field

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor

October 13, 2019

The Boys Varsity Soccer field has been closed off all fall for repairs due to unforeseen complications with the new grass. Buildings & Grounds (B&G) is working hard to get the field back in play. Currently, the varsity team is practicing on the boys JV soccer field, thus changing the prac...

The Student Behind The Scenes: Andrej Klema

Jiacheng Kang '22

October 13, 2019

After a mentally taxing day of class, many of Groton’s students head to either sports practice or theater. However, Andrej Klema, a Fifth Former, files into the equipment room to assist Athletic Equipment Manager Jim Lockney with stringing racquets, issuing uniforms, and organizational management. ...

Athlete of the Issue: Jack Goodrich

Jack Goodrich '20 playing on St. Mark’s Day.

Christina Oelhafen '21, Assistant Features Editor

October 11, 2019

Jack Goodrich '20 has been an avid soccer player from a young age, and has contributed to the Varsity Boys Soccer team for the past three years. Last year, the team found success, making it all the way to the Independent School League (ISL) tournament. This year, Jack is leading the team both on and...

Admist Celebration, a Renewed Fight

Admist Celebration, a Renewed Fight

Zoe Colloredo-Mansfeld '21, Sports Editor

September 21, 2019

The final whistle blew and the stadium in Lyon, France erupted into cheers as the US Women’s National Team (WNT) claimed the World Cup Trophy for the fourth time. This past summer the women’s team captured the attention of the nation as millions of fans rallied behind not only its historic Worl...

Mikaela Shiffrin’s Record-Breaking Year

Leah Pothel '21

February 5, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin, a 23-year-old American alpine skier, had a tumultuous yet eventful 2018. This was the year she became recognized by the ski community as the most successful female slalom skier of all time. Hailing from Vail, Colorado with a father who competed for the Dartmouth College ski team, Mikaela...

E-Sports: The Rise of Competitive Fortnite

E-Sports: The Rise of Competitive Fortnite

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assitant Sports Editor

February 5, 2019

Since Fortnite’s initial release on July 25, 2017, it has become one of the most popular battle royale video games. Battle royale games are games with multiple combatants that fight each other until there is only one left standing. Even at Groton, it appears to be the most commonly played video game,...

Annual Student-Alumni Basketball Game

Johnny dribbling past Mr. Bannard

Shane Dennin '21 and Nate Salander '21

February 5, 2019

A group of alumni spanning five decades in age gathered in the Athletic Center on January 20th for a game of basketball. Though many of the graduates never played together in their time on Groton’s team, they all had one goal in mind: to beat this year’s boys varsity basketball team. The Student-Alumni...

Christian Pulisic: Soccer Star with Lucrative Deal

Evan Cheigh '22

February 5, 2019

A $73.1 million transfer fee. The largest sum of money ever paid to acquire an American soccer player. What player could possibly be worth this much? One answer: Christian Pulisic. Most U.S. men’s soccer fans are already familiar with the 20-year-old American player. Now that he’s making world...

Athlete of the Issue: Jonah Gold

Jonah ready to pass the puck.

Derek Hu '21

February 5, 2019

Ever since Jonah Gold ’19 arrived at Groton in fourth form as an avid hockey player, he has been a valuable asset to the boys varsity team. “Jonah has a great work ethic, this makes him a role model to the other teammates, always going to the gym and working out” commented his coach, Bill Riley....

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Lilly Gordon '21

December 18, 2018

Callie Messina '22 Calie, a returning player to the varsity basketball team, rounded out last year with an average of 7 points and 4 assists per game, and hopes to continue to up her stats in the upcoming season. As point guard for the team, Calie is at the center of the game and must distribute the...

Getting Team Gear

Getting Team Gear

Tyler Weisberg '22

December 18, 2018

From black lacrosse hoodies and squash Patagonias to red cross country uniforms, members of each sports team on campus are easily identifiable by their team gear. Behind their pristine gear and uniform, however, is a long process, one which the athletic department has worked on to improve and perfect. Each...

Getting Team Gear

Powers Trigg '20

December 18, 2018

After the death in the ring of a Wisconsin boxing standout named Charlie Mohr at the NCAA Championship, a coach glumly remarked, “College boxing is now finished.”  The NCAA had already put greater safeguards in place from padded headgear to softened gloves to canvas flooring.  Nonetheless, college...

Athlete of the Issue: Meghan Carney

Meghan during a game.

Leah Pothel '21 and Cornelia Potter '21

December 18, 2018

Meghan Carney '19 arrived at Groton in Fourth Form and has been a fixture on the girls varsity basketball team since the beginning, both on and off the court. “Meghan can hang with everyone and makes a battle out of it,” said Coach Mrs. Spring. “She has to be tough mentally because basketball can...

St. Mark’s Day Previews

Lilly Gordon '21

November 10, 2018

St. Mark’s Day marks the end of the regular season for most varsity athletes. Depending on the team, coaches used different strategies to prepare for the big day: some focused on increasing fitness while others use the time to improve technical work. Unfortunately, St. Mark’s does not have a volley...

Cross Country New England’s

Girls cross country after a race against BB&N.

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor

November 10, 2018

Since the boys junior varsity and varsity cross country teams came in fifth and sixth last year during the NEPSAC New England Championships, the team has gained and said farewell to some valuable runners. There were three consistent sub-eighteen-minute 5k runners last year, and two of them remain. Losin...

Jim’s Right Hand Woman, Brit Hyde

Brit and Jim at work.

Leah Pothel '21 and Cornelia Potter '21

November 10, 2018

For the past two years, Brit has been an extra pair of hands helping in the Athletic Center, serving as the Assistant to Athletic Equipment Director. This began back in fourth form when Brit had seriously injured herself during a soccer game, and her extensive surgeries to repair the damage on the top of...

Red Sox’s Historic Season Ends with World Series Title

MVP Steve Pearce.

Preston Bannard '01

November 10, 2018

The Red Sox topped the Dodgers this year four games to one in a World Series that was closer than some of the scores suggested. Coming into the series, there were several intriguing contrasts between the two franchises but also some striking similarities in the rosters. The World Series has never bee...

Athlete of the Issue: Leo McMahon

Leo during a cross country race at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Emily Li '22

November 10, 2018

“Wonderful team leader,” “Enthusiastic runner,” and “Leading with speed.” These are some words members of the boys varsity cross country team use to describe captain Leo McMahon ’19. Leo started his varsity running career when he came to Groton in fourth form, slowly working his way up...

Head of the Charles

Max Steinert '20, Assistant Sports Editor

October 19, 2018

There is a constant buzz around Groton’s rowers during spring crew season as they stride across campus in their uniforms or are seen erging their hearts out in the foyer. But in just a few weeks, two of Groton’s boats will have their first race months before regular crew season begins. Groton will...