Mid-Season Report on Spring Sports

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By Daniel Zajkowski ’21

Gunnery athletics teams are already one month into their short two-month season this spring. Many games, matches and races have occurred already, and lots of Gunnery teams have come out on top.

The Boys Varsity Lacrosse team has had a really strong start to the 2019 season with only one loss up to this point. Key upperclassmen are rising up to the occasion and helping the team to some crucial wins over the Williston Northampton School, Suffield Academy and Canterbury School. With a little less than a month left in the season, Boys Varsity Lacrosse looks to add onto their impressive record and clinch a spot in playoffs.

Boys Varsity Lacrosse in a huddle during a game. Photo courtesy of The Gunnery.

Girls Varsity Lacrosse have logged three impressive wins, defeating Westover School, King School and Storm King School. Six games remain in their season in this final month as they look to bounce back from a very close loss against Millbrook School. The team is looking ahead to their next few opponents and hopes to gain ground ground in their division.

Savannah Popick ’20 taking the draw during a game. Photo courtesy of The Gunnery.

Just like the boys’ lacrosse team, Boys Varsity Baseball has also been on a tear to the start of their campaign this season. An impressive record to start the season has them near the top of their division with only a couple of weeks left in the regular season. Garrett Coe ‘19, a University of Connecticut commit, has been extremely strong on the mound, throwing complete games over Millbrook and Canterbury. Key wins over Canterbury, Cheshire Academy and Millbrook have helped put the team in a position to make a run in the playoffs later this month.

Alex Diaz ’21 at bat in a baseball game. Photo courtesy of The Gunnery.

Girls Varsity Tennis is off to quite a strong start this year as well. A 3-2 record five matches in with some weather cancellations have the team in good shape for their five remaining regular season matches. Two wins over Canterbury and a win over Miss Hall’s School make up the three wins this spring. The five seniors on the team look to have a strong finish to the season in the coming weeks.

Boys Varsity Tennis has a win over Canterbury, which is helpful for the Gunnery-Canterbury cup. Seven matches remain in their season, and the team is aiming to pull in more wins before the end of the year.

Asa Baker ’19 during a tennis match. Photo courtesy of The Gunnery.

Girls Varsity Softball only has three games left in the season and are hoping for a couple of wins, especially against Canterbury to gain points for the Gunnery-Canterbury cup. They have one win up to this point and hope to finish the season on a strong note.

Ultimate Frisbee started the season with a couple of losses, but are looking to come back in games against the Hotchkiss School and Newtown High School to end the year. They have a large roster with many seniors, so they’re looking to capture some wins before the season ends in mid-May.

Both Boys Varsity Crew and Girls Varsity Crew had success at the 60th Founder’s Day Regatta, which is organized annually by our teams and held at home on Lake Waramaug. This was a big day for both teams, and many students and faculty volunteered to help as well as watch the races. Both teams are hoping to qualify for the NEIRA Championships in late May, and their results at Founder’s Day will hopefully help them get there.

Boys 1V at Founder’s Day. (l. to r.) Hutch Collins ’19, Nathan Quelle ’21, Drew Hyland ’19, Sean Christiansen ’21 and coxswain Juliette Gaggini ’20. Photo courtesy of The Gunnery.
Girls 1V at Founder’s Day. (l. to r.) Jayla Stack ’21, Aurora Aviles ’20, Ally Madow ’19, Hannah Richards ’20 and coxswain Sofia Trotta ’19. Photo courtesy of The Gunnery.

Varsity Golf has started the season at 6-3-1. They had an impressive start with wins against Hopkins School, Kingswood Oxford, Loomis Chaffee, Chase Collegiate and the Masters School. The team is looking toward the KIT Tournament at the end of the year, but multiple matches still remain against teams like Avon Old Farms and Salisbury School.

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