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Courtesy of Ronan Doherty '21.

Athlete of the Issue: Ronan Doherty

Tyler Weisberg '22, Sports Editor February 8, 2021

  When Ronan Doherty first joined the hockey team as a young second former, the team record was 11-13. But during his fifth form year, the team’s record was a staggering 22-8. As a senior captain,...

Katherine Sapinski '21 (left) during a squash match, courtesy of Angela Wei '21

Athlete of the Issue: Katherine Sapinski

Tyler Weisberg '22, Sports Editor December 15, 2020

Walking off the court at the New England Interscholastic Squash Tournament, Katherine Sapinski ’21 had no idea that could be her last squash match for Groton. She had just gone undefeated at High School...

Selah Barrett '21, Courtesy of Selah Barrett

AOTI: Selah Barrett

Eleanor Taggart '24, Staff Writer November 3, 2020

Since she was a little kid, Selah Barrett ‘21 has loved soccer. Coming in as a new 5th former, she quickly found her spot as a strong contributor to the Girls Varsity Soccer team and is now deep into...

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

Athlete of the Issue: Aroon Sankoh

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...

Courtesy of Mary Collins

Athlete of the Issue: 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....

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...

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

Athlete of the Issue: Rachel McMenemy

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...

Luke Beckstein ’20 out on the ice.

Athlete of the Issue: Luke Beckstein

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...

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

Athlete of the Issue: Jack Goodrich

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...

Jonah ready to pass the puck.

Athlete of the Issue: Jonah Gold

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...

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

Athlete of the Issue: Leo McMahon

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...

Athlete of the Issue: Walker Davey

Athlete of the Issue: Walker Davey

Christina Oelhafen '21 and Margot Ferris '21 October 19, 2018

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...

Freddie on the turf field during preseason.

Athlete of the Issue: Freddie Tobeason

Powers Trigg '20, Assistant Sports Editor September 13, 2018

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...

Nailah on the boathouse dock.

Athlete of the Issue: Nailah Pierce

Ben Zaidel '20 June 2, 2018

“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...

Athlete of the Issue: Elechi Egwuekwe

Athlete of the Issue: Elechi Egwuekwe

Ben Zaidel '20 May 30, 2018

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...

Athlete of the Issue: Tyler Forbes

May 30, 2018

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...

Photo: Russ Carney

Athlete of the Issue: Alyna Baharozian

Ben Zaidel '20 March 2, 2018

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...

Athlete of the Issue: Noah Aaron

Athlete of the Issue: Noah Aaron

Ben Zaidel '20 January 18, 2018

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...

Athlete of the Issue: Greg Segal

Athlete of the Issue: Greg Segal

Mark Herdiech '18 September 11, 2017

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...

Athlete of the Issue: John Cecil

Hadley Callaway June 2, 2017

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....

Athlete of the Issue: Marcella Flibotte

Athlete of the Issue: Marcella Flibotte

Addie Newsome '18 May 11, 2017

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,...

Athlete of the Issue: Taggart Eymer

Athlete of the Issue: Taggart Eymer

Powers Trigg '20, Reporter April 19, 2017

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...

Athlete of the Issue: Kai Volcy

Athlete of the Issue: Kai Volcy

Benjamin Calmas '18 February 23, 2017

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...

Athlete of the Issue

Athlete of the Issue

Alexandra Kogler '19 January 27, 2017

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...

Santeri has been an impact player for Boys’ Varsity Hockey so far this season.

Santeri ‘18 plays with Finnish National Team

Layne McKeown ‘18, Reporter December 15, 2016

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’...

Athlete of the Issue: Will Norton

Athlete of the Issue: Will Norton

Westby Caspersen '17, Assistant Sports Editor December 15, 2016

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...

Athlete of the Issue: Rashawn Grant

Athlete of the Issue: Rashawn Grant

Aram Moosavi '17, Assistant Sports Editor October 21, 2016

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...

Athlete of the Issue: Maddie Ferucci

Athlete of the Issue: Maddie Ferucci

October 7, 2016

“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...

Alec Reiss

Athlete of the Issue: Alec Reiss ’17

Westby Casperson '17, Assistant Sports Editor September 13, 2016

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...

Mike on defense.

Athlete of the Issue: Mike Brown ’16

June 5, 2016

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...

Anna '16 squares off against Thayer Academy.

Athlete of the Issue: Anna Thorndike ’16

Delaney Tantillo '17, Assistant Sports Editor May 13, 2016

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...

Sammy makes the save in net.

Athlete of the Issue: Sammy Johnson ’16

Annie Colloredo-Mansfeld '18, Copy Editor February 9, 2016

Sammy Johnson ’16 is a tri-varsity athlete and has been playing sports for as long as she can remember. Her hockey career began at the age of eight, when she competed in the “Mighty Mights” league,...

Ward takes the pitch for Boys’ Soccer.

Athlete of the Issue: Ward Betts ’16

Feild Gomila '17, Columnist & Copy Editor October 31, 2015

Ward Betts ’16 has been a tri-varsity athlete since coming to Groton in Fourth Form; he plays defensive center-back for soccer in the fall, winger for hockey in the winter, and middle infield (batting...

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