The Circle Voice

St. Mark’s Day Previews

Lilly Gordon '21

November 10, 2018


Filed under Fall, Sports

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

Cross Country New England’s

Tyler Weisberg '22, Assistant Sports Editor

November 10, 2018


Filed under Fall, Sports

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

Jim’s Right Hand Woman, Brit Hyde

Leah Pothel '21 and Cornelia Potter '21

November 10, 2018


Filed under Sports

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

Red Sox’s Historic Season Ends with World Series Title

Preston Bannard '01

November 10, 2018


Filed under News and Commentary, Sports

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

Athlete of the Issue: Leo McMahon

Emily Li '22

November 10, 2018


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Showcase, Sports

“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


Filed under Fall, Sports

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...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Alex Kogler '19, Sports Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under Fall, Sports

Wren Fortunoff While new to the Circle, Wren Fortunoff ’22 is by no means a stranger to the sport of cross-country. She ran in 7th and 8th grade at her old school and from the very start of girls varsity preseason has stood out as an exceptional runner at Groton. Thus far, she is placed first amongs...

Athlete of the Issue: Walker Davey

Athlete of the Issue: Walker Davey

Christina Oelhafen '21 and Margot Ferris '21

October 19, 2018


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

For the past four years, Walker Davey ’19 has been a steady presence on Groton’s fields, contributing to the increasingly competitive play of boys varsity soccer, which has a record of 6-3-0 so far this year. Throughout his two years as a captain, Walker’s positivity and consistent high energy...

Nike’s Ad Campaign with Colin Kaepernick

Nike’s Ad Campaign with Colin Kaepernick

Powers Trigg '20, Assistant Sports Editor

October 19, 2018


Filed under News and Commentary, Sports

Just over two years ago, professional football player Colin Kaepernick set the sports world abuzz. By choosing to sit, and later to kneel, during the playing of the national anthem before his games, he ignited a firestorm that would transcend professional sports. Recently, the controversy was thrust...

Serena Williams Controversy

Serena Williams Controversy

Cassidy Thibodeau '21, Leah Pothel '21, and Cornellia Potter '21

October 19, 2018


Filed under News and Commentary, Sports

The world watched in awe as the U.S Open final took place earlier this September. After having her first child less than a year before, Serena Williams returned to the Open, hungrier than ever to seize a hard, sought-after victory. Shaking off rust from the early rounds, Serena battled her way to the...

NBA Offseason & Free Agency—Summer Heats Up

NBA Offseason & Free Agency—Summer Heats Up

Bobby Meehan '19, Sports Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under News and Commentary, Sports

As soon as the NBA season came to a close in June, after the Golden State Warriors were yet again crowned champions, teams made moves to acquire the biggest free agent superstars on the market. This offseason was one like no other: LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers. During the final year of James’ contrac...

Athlete of the Issue: Freddie Tobeason

Athlete of the Issue: Freddie Tobeason

Powers Trigg '20, Assistant Sports Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Fall, Sports

As the late Vince Lombardi once put it, “the strength of the group is the strength of the leaders.” When it comes to the girls varsity field hockey team, leadership is especially crucial. The team brings back many key players along with new talent, and Coach Alison Hamlin has high expectations. B...

Boys Varsity Soccer Team Travels to Europe

Boys Varsity Soccer Team Travels to Europe

Max Steinert '20, Assistant Sports Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under Fall, Sports

At the close of summer, while other fall athletes prepared themselves for preseason, the boys varsity soccer team packed up their bags and embarked on a 13-day adventure to England and Ireland. The itinerary included sightseeing, bonding, and preparing themselves on the field for the upcoming season. ...

Mind the Gap: Facts and Figures Behind Gender Disparity in Sports

Mind the Gap: Facts and Figures Behind Gender Disparity in Sports

Alison Brown '19

September 13, 2018


Filed under News and Commentary, Sports

Despite efforts to level the playing field, discrepancies between the recognition and compensation of male and female athletes span the sports industry. This imbalance can be traced back to the early days of modern sport, when women were considered soft, weak, and ill-equipped to cope with the demands of phy...

Girls Making Gains: A Piloted Class

Girls Making Gains: A Piloted Class

Elizabeth Girian '20

June 2, 2018


Filed under News and Commentary, Sports

The weight room is supposed to be a comfortable, casual atmosphere, fit for working out before or after school. The daily scene in Groton’s weight room, however, may not be welcoming to all kinds of people. It usually involves loud rap music, sweat, and a big group of boys. The issue: girls are lar...

Athlete of the Issue: Nailah Pierce

Athlete of the Issue: Nailah Pierce

Ben Zaidel '20

June 2, 2018


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

“Trusty teammate.” “Fierce leader.” “Phenomenal athlete.” These are the words used by girls varsity crew team members to describe Nailah Pierce ’18. Nailah has been on the team since her first spring at Groton, and over the last four years she has managed to master the sport of rowing. In...

Boys Varsity Tennis Competes in New England Championship Finals

Boys Varsity Tennis Competes in New England Championship Finals

Max Steinert '20

June 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Spring

Two weekends ago, on the Groton tennis courts, the boys varsity tennis team concluded their outstanding season with the New England Championships. As the number-one seed and holders of a 14-0 undefeated record during the regular season, with wins over perennial superpowers such as Andover, Exeter, and D...

Sixth Formers Move On to College Athletics

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

Many high school athletes dream of competing at the collegiate level. Of the eight million students that play high school sports, fewer than five hundred thousand will have the chance to play in college. As the Sixth Form completes their time on the Circle, a small handful of Groton standouts are plannin...

Athlete of the Issue: Elechi Egwuekwe

Athlete of the Issue: Elechi Egwuekwe

Ben Zaidel '20

May 30, 2018


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

What makes an athlete truly exceptional? Sure, it comes down to your physical strength and reflexes, but the best athletes have a mastery of the intangibles: drive, determination, and grit. Elechi Egwuekwe ’18 is the perfect example of such an athlete. Finishing up her fourth year on the girls varsit...

Team Preview: Boys Varsity Baseball

Mark Herdiech '18

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Spring

Another long Groton winter is in the books, and it is time to put away the hockey skates and basketball sneakers to make room for baseball gloves and bats.   Boys varsity baseball is eagerly anticipating the start of a new season. However, they experienced quite a shake-up in the offseaso...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Max Steinert '20

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Spring

Spring sports are in full swing as lacrosse, crew, tennis, baseball, track, and many others finally hit the fields after a long and relentless winter. Although our teams are captained by juniors and seniors, there are many lower school athletes that hold crucial roles to their teams’ success. &...

New Coach Brings Experience, Energy to Girls Lacrosse

Bobby Meehan '19

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Spring

As the spring sports season commences, the girls varsity lacrosse team is experiencing a change in coaching staff. Rather than by former athletic intern Eileen Giles, the team will be coached by Annie Kandel, a new member of the Circle who accepted the job just months before the season. In addition ...

Athlete of the Issue: Tyler Forbes

May 30, 2018


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

Four years. Four varsity letters. Four seasons of dedication to a team. Tyler Forbes ’18 has spent his entire Groton career playing lacrosse. Praised by coaches and teammates, both young and old, Tyler is a well-respected leader and captain. What Tyler himself calls “being gritty” and what Coa...

Why Hockey Players Choose Groton

Why Hockey Players Choose Groton

Lilias Kim '19

March 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Winter

Groton’s boys varsity hockey team competes in the Eberhart division of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association. The season begins in the end of November, and stretches to the end of February, playing two to three games per week. Groton’s hockey team prides itself on strong teamwork and e...

Do Managers Deserve Half a Varsity Letter?

Do Managers Deserve Half a Varsity Letter?

Annabel Kocks '20

March 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Winter

Managing a varsity team has long been an alternative to athletics or drama for fifth and sixth formers seeking an afternoon activity. However, not playing in the games or matches sparks the question of whether managers ought to be considered part of the teams they manage – and whether they deserve th...

2018 Winter Olympics Preview

Nick Steinert '20

March 2, 2018


Filed under Sports, Winter

Finally, the wait is over. Beginning February 9, the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This tradition, idolized by spectators and competitors, happens once every four years, and the competition looks sharp for yet another year. Team USA will return with both veteran compet...

Athlete of the Issue: Alyna Baharozian

Athlete of the Issue: Alyna Baharozian

Ben Zaidel '20

March 2, 2018


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports, Winter

The day was February 27, 2016: St. Mark’s Day, one of the most important days for a Groton athlete. All Groton students who play sports pit themselves against St. Mark’s students in a battle that comes down to pure athletic prowess. The team was girls varsity basketball, and things weren’t looking go...

Team Preview: Boy’s Varsity Hockey

Team Preview: Boy’s Varsity Hockey

Cara Chang '20

January 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Winter

The challenge of any varsity team is to adapt as players graduate, encourage returning players to step up, and welcome new students onto the team. Boys varsity hockey graduated excellent players last year, but has also welcomed seven new faces onto the ice this year. Both coaches and captains have acknowledged ...

The Squash Ladder, Assessed

The Squash Ladder, Assessed

Mark Herdiech '18

January 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Winter

The success of a squash team relies just as much on the order in which its players are placed as it does on the skill of each player. Just as in tennis, the ranking of players (known internally as a ladder) determines who plays whom in interscholastic matches. In a typical squash match, there will be sev...

The Celtics’ Irish Luck

The Celtics’ Irish Luck

Bobby Meehan '19

January 19, 2018


Filed under Sports, Winter

Over the summer, the Boston Celtics were among the busiest teams in the NBA offseason, trading for 4-time All-Star and NBA champion point guard Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers and signing the All-Star Utah Jazz guard Gordon Hayward. They were among the best teams in the league on paper, but sti...

Athlete of the Issue: Noah Aaron

Athlete of the Issue: Noah Aaron

Ben Zaidel '20

January 18, 2018


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

If there’s anyone who’s had a lifelong bond with a sport, it is Noah Aaron ’18. Despite having come in fourth form, Noah makes his mark as an essential member of the football, basketball, and track and field teams. Noah’s presence has since transformed each team for the better, bringing energy...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Gus Vrattos '19

January 18, 2018


Filed under Sports, Winter

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,...

Bruised and Broken: Athletic Injues

Bruised and Broken: Athletic Injues

Eunice Cho '20

October 26, 2017


Filed under Fall, Sports

Consider this: so far this term, the athletic trainers have offered over 1,200 treatments for athletes, ranging from simple ice packs to full injury rehabilitation. In most winter and spring seasons, for reference, treatments average five to six hundred per term. Why the bump?   Every fall, ...

Your Fantasy Football Preview

Bobby Meehan

October 26, 2017


Filed under Fall, Sports

With football season in full swing, Americans around the world are glued to their cell phones, laptops, and TVs. Why? Fantasy football.   According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, approximately 33 million people play fantasy football each year. For those who are not familiar with t...

Head of the Charles 2017

Powers Trigg '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under Fall, Sports

Held on the penultimate weekend in October, the Head of the Charles is advertised as “the world’s largest two-day rowing event.” It serves as a grand test of endurance for more than 11,000 athletes participating in 55 different races. As spectators lined the Charles this fall, they saw not only co...

Athlete of the Issue: Paul Michaud

Athlete of the Issue: Paul Michaud

Ben Zaidel '19

October 26, 2017


Filed under Fall, Sports

16 minutes and 38 seconds. You can use this amount of time to read 5,000 words, or get through the bulk of a television show, or perhaps catch up on your Latin reading. Or, if you’re Paul Michaud, you can run five kilometers.   Paul had humble beginnings in the sport of running. It all start...

Athlete of the Issue: Greg Segal

Athlete of the Issue: Greg Segal

Mark Herdiech '18

September 11, 2017


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

A player with both talent and leadership is essential to the success of any team. Quarterback Greg Segal ‘18 is this sort of player, and Groton varsity football is lucky to have him at its helm. Hailing from Montreal, Greg joined the Circle last year as a new fifth former. He padded up for the first...

Groton’s Newest Varsity Sport: Voleyball

Cara Chang '20

September 11, 2017


Filed under Fall, Sports

After four years of growing popularity and widespread student support, volleyball has been bumped a notch up on Groton’s athletic roster, finally taking its place as a fall varsity sport. Starting this fall, volleyball will be ranked at the same level of intensity as our football, soccer, field hoc...

Athlete of the Issue: John Cecil

Hadley Callaway

June 2, 2017


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

John Cecil is seven feet tall, co-captain of the Boys Varsity Crew Team, and committed to row at the University of California, Berkeley. Yet when he first came to Groton, crew was nowhere in his mind. “My older brothers encouraged me to try it out,” said John. “I was actually planning on playin...

A Groton Sports Year-In-Review

Bobby Meehan

June 2, 2017


Filed under Sports, Spring

As the spring term comes to a close, so too does the Groton athletics calendar. The 2016-17 athletics season has seen many incredible plays, sending senior off with medals and memories. Below, we trace some of the best moments in Groton sports this year. In the fall, boys varsity soccer brought the...