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Courtesy of Olivia Dillon '21

The Phases of Winter Sports

Joon Yeong '23, Assistant Sports Editor March 9, 2021

As a school that stresses its academics along with athletics, the recent pandemic has led to a tough balancing between sports and health. First, there is the obvious concern regarding the spread of Covid-19...

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,...

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

Finding the “Runner’s High” at the Hyannis 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...

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,...

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

Squash Wins Double National Championships

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...

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

Coach Evans: Revamping Basketball Defense

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Johnny dribbling past Mr. Bannard

Annual Student-Alumni Basketball Game

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,...

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...

Photo: F. Lynch '19

Why Hockey Players Choose Groton

Lilias Kim '19 March 2, 2018

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,...

Photo: T. Weisberg '21

Do Managers Deserve Half a Varsity Letter?

Annabel Kocks '20 March 2, 2018

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...

2018 Winter Olympics Preview

Nick Steinert '20 March 2, 2018

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,...

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...

Team Preview: Boy's Varsity Hockey

Team Preview: Boy’s Varsity Hockey

Cara Chang '20 January 19, 2018

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,...

The Squash Ladder, Assessed

The Squash Ladder, Assessed

Mark Herdiech '18 January 19, 2018

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)...

The Celtics' Irish Luck

The Celtics’ Irish Luck

Bobby Meehan '19 January 19, 2018

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...

Lower School Athletes to Watch

Gus Vrattos '19 January 19, 2018

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...

Varsity Basketball prepares

Varsity teams look towards St. Mark’s games

Westby Casperson '17 and Powers Trigg '20 February 23, 2017

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...

Lax Preseason

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

Addie Newsome '18 February 23, 2017

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...

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...

New Intramural Basketball League adds excitement to winter term

New Intramural Basketball League adds excitement to winter term

Westby Casperson '17 January 27, 2017

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...

Lower School athletes to watch

Lower School athletes to watch

Addie Newsome '18 January 27, 2017

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...

Boys’ basketball wins Middlesex tournament

Boys’ basketball wins Middlesex tournament

Aram Moosavi '17 January 27, 2017

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....

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

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...

Stephen Curry and the Warriors have been heavily favored the win the NBA Championship all season.

Will Chef Curry Cook Again?

May 13, 2016

The NBA Playoffs have already brought great excitement in two seven-games series, overtime games, and astounding individual performances from players such as Isiah Thomas, Paul Millsap, and Draymond Green....

The current players and the alumni.


Westby Caspersen '17, Staff Writer February 9, 2016

The Alumni Basketball Game is a recent tradition at Groton, and is one of the season’s highlights for both current and former Boys’ Varsity Basketball players. While the game is played with some seriousness,...

Price is introduced as a member of the Red Sox.

The Price is Right: MLB Offseason

Arthur Jelin '16 and DJ Jelin '19 February 9, 2016

The MLB offseason period is usually a wild ride with lots of unexpected twists and turns, and so far this year it has been no disappointment. After a July 31 trade deadline left some teams wanting more,...

The panel and Mr. Cheeks.

Specialization in Failure

Hadley Callaway '17, Assistant News Editor February 9, 2016

The desire to compete at the collegiate level has pressured kids across the country into specializing in a single sport and taking supplements of questionable quality. This dangerous combination has serious...

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