The softball team had an amazing season. Our girls finished with a record of 9 - 1. This year’s team was driven by the leadership of our four ninth graders (Abby, Grace, Kiki and Evie) and the excitement of our sixth, seventh and eighth graders (Josie, Taylor, Zoe, Amelia, Sophie, Jillian, Noelia, Julia, Casey, Serena and Fiona).
The team came out to a blazing start. The girls’ golden gloves, quick bats and consistent pitching helped lead them to strong wins over Choate, Mooreland Hill (twice), Kingswood-Oxford, Renbrook, Chase Collegiate, Hopkins and Hamden Hall. Our ninth game of the season and second against our crosstown rivals, Hopkins, proved to be our most exciting. After going down 6 - 2 after the first four innings our girls showed great composure as they rallied to score 10 runs in the final three innings to earn the victory. The win was highlighted by pitcher Abby Cunningham’s catlike reflexes as she snared two well-hit line drives for the final two outs of the game. In our final game, our pursuit for perfection was stifled by a strong Rumsey Hall opponent.
This team was a pleasure to coach. We thank the players leaving our program for their years of dedication and leadership and we look forward to the growth and development of our returning players to help Foote softball remain a strong program for many years to come.
Despite some rain, wind and cold, we managed to get to the courts at Albertus Magnus on most days to play tennis. Tennis in the spring requires versatility, so we also ran frequently, had fitness days in the gym and even practiced yoga once. When the weather cooperated, we practiced our ground strokes, volleys and serves, but mostly we played singles and doubles.
Ours was a successful season. The varsity team’s record was 5-2- 2. We lost to Kingswood-Oxford and Renbrook. We tied Hopkins and Hamden Hall (once). We won against Hamden Hall, Chase, Rumsey, Choate and Country. The quality of our players and the level of competition were impressive. Many individual games went to deuce, and several matches required tie breakers! Special kudos go to David Metrick, the varsity number one seed all season. We will miss the departing ninth and eighth grade players, however, we are fortunate that Sam Lovejoy, Adin Jennings and Tommy Styron will return as ninth graders, and we have many strong players on junior varsity who will no doubt make varsity next spring!
The JV season was also a success with an overall record of 4 - 1 - 1. We lost and tied to Watkinson and won against Rumsey Hall, the Country School and Christian Heritage (twice). Some of these matches were closer than others. Several of the games went to long tie breakers. On the JV squad, we had students who brought strong skills and others who were playing tennis for the first time. We coalesced around the games and students supported each other soundly. We look forward to next spring!
This year’s baseball team was a very resilient group and always worked their hardest regardless of the situation. At times of adversity, we looked to our strong eighth and ninth grade leaders to pull us out and they often came through and steered us in the right direction. This was showcased during our thrilling game at Renbrook. It was a back-and-forth game, and we found ourselves losing with two innings left. Rather than looking to me, our young players followed the lead of our veterans and fought their way back into the game. Unfortunately we lost the game but something bigger happened: we became more team—we became a family. This year’s baseball team became very tight-knit and made every day at practice interesting, loose and fun. It has been a very enjoyable experience coaching this team. I look forward to the future with our young players, and wish the best of luck to those departing Foote.
The girls’ lacrosse season can be represented by an upward trajectory. The team was led by three ninth graders and five eighth graders. It was rounded out with two seventh graders and 11 sixth graders. The combination of experience and enthusiasm helped lead to many successful moments during the season. With wins over Hamden Hall and St. Martin Academy, the girls started and ended the season on a high note. Over the course of the season, almost every player scored a goal! The team worked collaboratively throughout the spring and consistently had fun!
The boys’ lacrosse team was a young and enthusiastic group who achieved success beyond expectations. From the beginning of the season to the last (hot!) game of the year versus undefeated Hopkins, this team came to work and learn. A teaching preseason was followed by a loss to a quality Renbrook team. Though many were playing their first-ever lacrosse game, they quickly learned the speed of the game and committed to playing that speed the rest of the way. The commitment paid dividends, as the Foote boys won four straight. This stretch was highlighted by a thrilling overtime victory against Kingswood-Oxford, a game in which Foote was down five goals with under six minutes to play. In the season finale, the boys found themselves on the heartbreak side of a thriller. After coming back from a six-goal deficit, having only 12 players and an 80-degree day left us out of gas against a formidable Hopkins team. A 13 -12 loss in OT did not discourage this team, as they know their foundation is strong. Special thanks to ninth-grade graduates Omid Azodi and Ryan Holler, and to eighth-grade graduates Tagan Farrell, Noah Lee and Kyle Shin. The future is bright!