The Circle Voice

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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 this year. Throughout his two years as a captain, Walker’s positivity and consistent high energy...

Athlete of the Issue: Freddie Tobeason

Freddie on the turf field during preseason.

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 brings back many key players along with new talent, and Coach Alison Hamlin has high expectations. B...

Athlete of the Issue: Nailah Pierce

Nailah on the boathouse dock.

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 first spring at Groton, and over the last four years she has managed to master the sport of rowing. In...

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 ’18 is the perfect example of such an athlete. Finishing up her fourth year on the girls varsit...

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 is a well-respected leader and captain. What Tyler himself calls “being gritty” and what Coa...

Athlete of the Issue: Alyna Baharozian

Photo: Russ Carney

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 down to pure athletic prowess. The team was girls varsity basketball, and things weren’t looking go...

Athlete of the Issue: Noah Aaron

Athlete of the Issue: Noah Aaron

Ben Zaidel '20

January 19, 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 and field teams. Noah’s presence has since transformed each team for the better, bringing energy...

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 from Montreal, Greg joined the Circle last year as a new fifth former. He padded up for the first...

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. “My older brothers encouraged me to try it out,” said John. “I was actually planning on playin...

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, Groton Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse remains a competitive team in the league. The team owes their suc...

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 on the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team for the past four seasons, understands this sentiment as wel...

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 on the track team since her Fourth Form year, being elected to the position of captain for her Six...

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 form, Terrence has been one of Groton’s top squash players. After playing the number one position ...

Santeri ‘18 plays with Finnish National Team

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

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’ 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

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

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...

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 talent and passion for the game have led her to great success in the sport, thriving as a captain,...

Athlete of the Issue: Alec Reiss ’17

Alec Reiss

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 the team since his Third Form year, Alec has always embodied what it means to be a successful athlet...

Athlete of the Issue: Mike Brown ’16

Mike on defense.

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 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

Anna '16 squares off against Thayer Academy.

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 talent have made her an asset to the team since she joined in third form. Anna has been a starting...

Athlete of the Issue: Sammy Johnson ’16

Sammy makes the save in net.

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, while she began competing in club lacrosse in sixth grade. Sammy has continued her strong involvement...

Athlete of the Issue: Ward Betts ’16

Ward takes the pitch for Boys’ Soccer.

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 leadoff) for baseball in the spring. In all three sports, Ward has seen his dedicated work ethic pay...