Varsity tennis enjoyed a successful season. Our record was 5-2. We won against Hamden Hall (twice), Hopkins, Choate and Country. We lost to Rumsey Hall and Renbrook. The level of competition was often impressive. Many individual games went to deuce, and several matches required tie-breakers!
Special kudos go to our lone seventh grader, Rufus McCleery, the varsity number-one seed all season. We also want to compliment his father, Matt, our number one fan, who did not miss a single match! We will miss the departing ninth and eighth grade players, especially Sam Lovejoy, Tommy Styron and Adin Jennings, who were part of our tennis program for three years. Fortunately, we have some returning players as well as many strong players on junior varsity who will no doubt make varsity next spring!
JV tennis had a competitive season and fought hard for a 2-6 record. The team had a split record against Christian Heritage with one win and one loss, and won against Rumsey Hall to close the season. We lost close matches to Chase Collegiate, Watkinson (twice), Ezra and Country. Many of these matches were very competitive and hinged on one match-up or tie-breaker. Even in the toughest matches, our team always remained composed and polite, and numerous coaches commended them for their etiquette.
Our JV squad included a diverse range of skills, from players with several years of experience to brand new players. The team came together into a cohesive and supportive group, and everyone was able to offer something special to the team. We look forward to seeing many of our players again next season, either on the JV or Varsity squads, and wish the best to the departing eighth graders!
The softball team had a great season. Our girls finished with a record of 6 - 3. This year’s team was comprised of one ninth grader (Fiona) and 16 sixth and seventh graders (Abigail, Amelia, Dani, Erin, Isabella, Jillian, Josie, Krishna, Lucy, Maddie, Maya, Miia, Sahana, Sophie, Taylor and Zoe). Each girl brought a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the team throughout the season.
Taking on the challenge of playing new positions was the main obstacle facing our team this season. The girls handled this challenge with great grace and flexibility as we began the season 3 - 0 (Chase, Choate and Mooreland Hill). Next, we fell in a hard fought battle with Kingswood-Oxford. After the loss the team bounced back well with another three-game winning streak (Chase, Mooreland and Hopkins). To end the season, we fell to a seasoned Rumsey team and in a thriller of a rematch with Hopkins. Each game, these girls gave it their all, represented their school with class and supported one another every moment of every game.
This team was a pleasure to coach. We thank Fiona for her 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.
This year's Foote baseball team finished with a successful 4-2 record, and worked extremely hard for all of their wins. The team was lead by three strong ninth graders; their hard work and dedication was infectious and brought a winning culture to the team. The players always came to practice with a ton of energy and worked hard. By the time practice was over and it was time to leave, they would beg for a few more minutes.
It was certainly no accident that they were able to end the year on a three-game winning streak. The best snapshot of the season came on the final game against a tough Rumsey team. Every player on the team was able to get on base and make big plays in the field. This win was a team win. From the sixth graders to ninth graders and everyone in between, everyone contributed. We couldn’t be more proud to coach this group of young men.
This year's boys lacrosse team had a mix of expirienced and new players. This group was ready to achieve and had big goals. Favorable weather allowed us to get outside right away, and the players were sponges for learning the way Foote plays. We faced a tough opponent in Renbrook in our first game. As the season went on, we became a team that plays at a higher level. Foote's talent and organization prevailed more often than not as we refocused. Strong leadership by our three captains (Austin Small, Colin Matthes-Theriault and Caleb Nyhart) and incredible dedication from young players guided the team to a 6-3 record. Momentum for 2018 is evident, as many of our young players found a love for this wonderful game. The future is bright!
The girls lacrosse team continued their growth this year, building upon both individual skills and team concepts. The team was led by four ninth graders and one eighth grader, who all provided strong leadership for their teammates. A large number of seventh graders brought their experience back to the team this year and a new crop of sixth graders also left their mark on the field. The team was especially proud of their wins over Hamden Hall and Hopkins, as well as their close loss to Rumsey Hall. These games were marked by both excellent team play and individual efforts. The team worked collaboratively and supported each other in many ways throughout the spring, consistently having fun.