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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, Showcase, 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...

Girls’ JV Tennis enjoys success in recent years

Girls’ JV Tennis enjoys success in recent years

Ben Calmas '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Sports, Spring

For the past decade, Girls’ JV Tennis has consistently finished each season with one of the best records of any team on campus. The team is undefeated in the ISL since 2015, and fell only to rival St. Mark’s in 2014. This season, they are off to an impressive start, winning their all of their six ...

Strength in numbers for Track and Field

Strength in numbers for Track and Field

Alex Kogler '19

May 11, 2017


Filed under Sports, Spring

This year, Track and Field has the second largest roster of any team on campus despite being the newest program. Established as an FSA in 2007 and recognized as a varsity sport in 2010, the team has witnessed a dramatic growth in participation in its ten years. With a current group consisting of 15 ...

Lower school athletes make immediate impact on varsity teams

Lower school athletes make immediate impact on varsity teams

Mark Herdiech '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Sports, Spring

Groton Varsity baseball is lucky to have so much young talent on this team this year. This season, Luke Beckstein ‘20 stepped right into a starting role at second base. He is a multidimensional player who is comfortable playing at any spot in the infield, and has developed great chemistry with fellow mid...

Athlete of the Issue: Marcella Flibotte

Athlete of the Issue: Marcella Flibotte

Addie Newsome '18

May 11, 2017


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

The Independent School League is known for its fierce athletic competition, and this standard remains especially high for lacrosse. Facing powerhouses such as Governors, St. Mark’s, and St. Paul’s, Groton Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse remains a competitive team in the league. The team owes their suc...

Beyond the Circle: Members of the Form of 2017 commited to college teams

Layne McKeown '18, Reporter

April 19, 2017


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Spring

MacGregor Beatty, Univeristy of Chicago, Tennis : MacGregor Beatty has played at the top of the Boys’ Varsity Tennis ladder since he was in Third Form. Next year, MacGregor will play tennis at the University of Chicago. A competitive program, UChicago is currently ranked fifth within the University Athlet...

Athlete of the Issue: Taggart Eymer

Athlete of the Issue: Taggart Eymer

Powers Trigg '20, Reporter

April 19, 2017


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary Manchester United manager, offered his take on what makes teams successful. “Attacking wins you games.  Defense wins you titles.” Taggart Eymer, a starting defender on the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team for the past four seasons, understands this sentiment as wel...

Varsity teams look towards St. Mark’s games

Varsity teams look towards St. Mark’s games

Westby Casperson '17 and Powers Trigg '20

February 23, 2017


Filed under Sports, Winter

Rivalries always loom large on the schedule. The stakes are high. Passions run deep. Tensions rest at the razor’s edge. As Jimmy Connors once said about his battles with John McEnroe, “There are no hugs and kisses.” With the earliest competition dating back to 1886, Groton vs. St. Mark’s ...

March Break Trips to Prepare Teams for Fast-Approaching Spring Season

March Break Trips to Prepare Teams for Fast-Approaching Spring Season

Addie Newsome '18

February 23, 2017


Filed under Sports, Winter

Each year during March break, teams take trips in preparation for the spring season. These trips provide opportunity for athletes to improve their game as well as develop strong team camaraderie. This year, Baseball, Boys’ Lacrosse, and Girls’ Lacrosse will all travel to warm destinations over the b...

Athlete of the Issue: Kai Volcy

Athlete of the Issue: Kai Volcy

Benjamin Calmas '18

February 23, 2017


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports, Winter

As a dual varsity athlete and captain, Kai Volcy is a dominant athletic force. After spending the fall season conditioning, Kai is in top shape during basketball and track seasons. As Kai has only been on the track team since her Fourth Form year, being elected to the position of captain for her Six...

New Intramural Basketball League adds excitement to winter term

New Intramural Basketball League adds excitement to winter term

Westby Casperson '17

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Winter

If you enter the Athletic Center and walk up the stairs to the gym on a Sunday or before week day basketball practices have commenced, you will often see balls flying around the court. Pick-up games of one on one, three vs. three, and even full court five on five are common in the winter. Without lawn ...

Athlete of the Issue

Athlete of the Issue

Alexandra Kogler '19

January 27, 2017


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

Terrence Wang ‘17 dominates the squash court. According to teammate Charlie Vrattos ‘18, Terrence “should be the artist of the issue…he’s an artist on the court.” Since his arrival in fourth form, Terrence has been one of Groton’s top squash players. After playing the number one position ...

Lower School athletes to watch

Lower School athletes to watch

Addie Newsome '18

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Winter

Nick Steinert '19 Caleb Coleman ‘20 Boys’ Varsity Basketball Third Former Caleb Coleman is a shooting guard on Boys’ Varsity Basketball. Inspired by his father who played basketball at Brandeis University, Caleb joined his middle school team. Last season, Caleb was the only Second Former to make the varsity team...

Boys’ basketball wins Middlesex tournament

Boys’ basketball wins Middlesex tournament

Aram Moosavi '17

January 27, 2017


Filed under Sports, Winter

Christmas came early for Coach Francis and the Boys’ Varsity Basketball team. Before the team went home for Christmas break, they participated in the annual Huckins-Rouse tournament held at Middlesex. The team was guided by the mantra established by Coach Francis at the beginning of season, which is “t...

During off season, Carrie ‘17 lifts more than books

During off season, Carrie ‘17 lifts more than books

Aram Moosavi '17, Assistant Sports Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under Sports, Winter

Athletically speaking, Carrie Moore ’17 is known around the Circle as a soccer player, but few know the second sport she partakes in: Olympic weightlifting. When asked how she started the sport, Carrie said: “I worked out at my gym pretty regularly in order to stay in shape for soccer and my traine...

Santeri ‘18 plays with Finnish National Team

Santeri ‘18 plays with Finnish National Team

Layne McKeown ‘18, Reporter

December 15, 2016


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

Wearing number 35, Santeri Hartikainen ‘18 currently represents his home country on the U18 Finnish National Hockey Team. Earlier this fall, he was invited to Detroit, Michigan to play in the Five Nations’ Tournament, a high skill level event that pulls teams from around the globe. From November...

Athlete of the Issue: Will Norton

Athlete of the Issue: Will Norton

Westby Caspersen '17, Assistant Sports Editor

December 15, 2016


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

This past cross country season started slowly for Will Norton, but he quickly picked up the pace and finished spectacularly. Will’s successful season was only the start of his athletic year, as he is currently playing for the varsity hockey team and will be a captain of the varsity crew team in the s...

Athlete of the Issue: Rashawn Grant

Athlete of the Issue: Rashawn Grant

Aram Moosavi '17, Assistant Sports Editor

October 21, 2016


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

Despite the influx of change that the football team has experienced this year—including the addition of new coaches and a new offensive system—one thing remained constant: co-captain and four-year team member Rashawn Grant ’17. Rashawn played football for the first time in second grade on a flag-football...

Preview of Parents Weekend games

Preview of Parents Weekend games

Westby Caspersen '17, Assistant Sports Editor

October 21, 2016


Filed under Fall, Sports

Boys’ Varsity Soccer vs. BB&N Boys’ Soccer has been off to a somewhat rough start this season with a 2-5-1 record (1-4 in the ISL); however, they are confident heading into their Parents Weekend home game against a BB&N team that has played its way to a 2-3-3 record (2-2-1 in the league.)...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Powers Trigg '20, Reporter

October 21, 2016


Filed under Fall, Sports

Max Strong ‘20 Boys’ Varsity Soccer As Jonathan Martin recently wrote in The Guardian, soccer is always changing: “It is progression is neither cyclical nor linear.” Even with the changing game, the importance of the midfield in the overall strategy of the game is unchallenged. As a result,...

Lucy Gund ‘19 skates to success

Lucy Gund ‘19 skates to success

Alexandra Kogler '19, Reporter

October 21, 2016


Filed under Fall, Sports

Many may know Lucy Gund ‘19 from watching videos of her ice skate, leaving all of us that are completely inflexible in awe of her ability to twirl and leap with such ease. Others may know her as a defender on the JV puck team or as an inquisitive student in the classroom. What many don’t know is...

Four Most Common Sports Injuries at Groton

Four Most Common Sports Injuries at Groton

Layne McKeown ‘18, Reporter

October 21, 2016


Filed under Fall, Sports

On the athletic field, intense competition means working and fighting hard. However, the consistent tough play brings our athletes to the training room in the AC. According to athletic trainers Art Cheeks and Christine Alarcon, here are the four most common injuries so far this fall season. St...

Football brings in outside coaches

Football brings in outside coaches

Aram Moosavi '17, Assistant Sports Editor

October 7, 2016


Filed under Fall, Sports

The Varsity Football team this year experienced a huge makeover in their coaching staff, bringing in three new outside coaches. With former head coach and history teacher, John Lyons, taking a sabbatical, the athletic department hired Jamie Lamoreaux as this season’s head coach. Formerly the head coach...

Athlete of the Issue: Maddie Ferucci

Athlete of the Issue: Maddie Ferucci

October 7, 2016


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Fall, Sports

“Playing field hockey at Groton has changed my life,” says Maddie Ferrucci ’17. Captain of the Varsity Field Hockey team, Maddie has committed the past five years to the sport. Her undeniable natural talent and passion for the game have led her to great success in the sport, thriving as a captain,...

Girls’ soccer: a winning tradition

Girls’ soccer: a winning tradition

Addie Newsome '18, Reporter

October 7, 2016


Filed under Fall, Sports

Girls’ Varsity Soccer is one of the most successful teams on campus. In 2014, the team took home the NEPSAC Class B championship.It was not an easy victory either, as they were placed into the playoffs as the fifth seed. The quarterfinal game was against Pomfret, the team seeded fourth. Groton was...

St. Paul’s to leave ISL, Tabor to join

St. Paul’s to leave ISL, Tabor to join

Westby Caspersen '17, Assistant Sports Editor

October 7, 2016


Filed under Fall, Sports

On April 11, 2016, St. Paul’s withdrew from the Independent School League, and on September 21, 2016, Tabor was accepted to fill the vacant slot. Groton has had a long history of rivalry and intense competitions with St. Paul’s, and this is by no means the end of the historic tradition of games,...

Fall Sports Preview

Fall Sports Preview

Layne McKeown ‘18, Reporter

September 13, 2016


Filed under Fall, Showcase, Sports

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY: The Girls’ Cross Country team certainly ended last season on a strong note, finishing fifth at the ISL Championships--a great improvement from their eighth place finish the year before. This fall, the team is expecting another successful season and hoping for more victories. ...

Athlete of the Issue: Alec Reiss ’17

Athlete of the Issue: Alec Reiss ’17

Westby Casperson '17, Assistant Sports Editor

September 13, 2016


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

While the Groton Boys’ Soccer team has undergone many changes in the past four years, there has been one constant: the high level of play and leadership that comes from Alec Reiss ‘17. A starter on the team since his Third Form year, Alec has always embodied what it means to be a successful athlet...

Grotonians in the Olympics

Grotonians in the Olympics

September 13, 2016


Filed under Sports

American athletes at the Olympics have included various Groton graduates. Alex Karwoski ‘08, Henry Nuzum ‘95, and Isabella Kinsolving Farrar ‘98 have competed for crew and sailing, even as recently as this past summer in Rio. Groton’s most recent Olympian Alex Karwoski ‘08 first began his rowing career...

Boys’ Crew To Compete at Henley

Boys’ Crew To Compete at Henley

June 5, 2016


Filed under Sports, Spring

If you’ve spoken to anyone on the boy’s crew team, then you’ve definitely heard about their extended season. One of the most popular regattas in the world, the Henley Royal Regatta pulls competitive rowers from around the world to race at an elite level, and this summer, Groton’s boy’s crew...

Athlete of the Issue: Mike Brown ’16

Athlete of the Issue: Mike Brown ’16

June 5, 2016


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

If you’ve spoken to anyone on the boy’s crew team, then you’ve definitely heard about their extended season. One of the most popular regattas in the world, the Henley Royal Regatta pulls competitive rowers from around the world to race at an elite level, and this summer, Groton’s boy’s crew...

Athlete of the Issue: Anna Thorndike ’16

Athlete of the Issue: Anna Thorndike ’16

Delaney Tantillo '17, Assistant Sports Editor

May 13, 2016


Filed under Athlete Of the Issue, Sports

Throughout the past four seasons, Anna Thorndike ‘16 has made a tremendous impact on the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team. Anna began playing lacrosse when she was eight years old, and her experience and talent have made her an asset to the team since she joined in third form. Anna has been a starting...

Deflategate: Goodell Up And Brady Down

Deflategate: Goodell Up And Brady Down

May 13, 2016


Filed under Fall, Sports

While Grotonians were on their Spring Long Weekend, the newest chapter of the Deflategate saga unfolded. For those who have not been following what has been dubbed “Deflategate,” in the 2015 AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots were accused...