The month of March brings with it a different rhythm as campus empties out for Spring Break, admission decisions are sent to prospective families, and faculty begin to gear up for Project Period. During Proctor’s two week Spring Break, many of Proctor’s athletic teams gather for spring training opportunities. Check out where five of these teams are spending their break!
Freeski and Snowboard Trip to Big Sky, Montana
Seven members of Proctor’s freeski and snowboard teams traveled to Big Sky, Montana with coaches Dan Egan, Colton Wright, and Kaella Ryan from March 5-12. This is the third year the team has traveled west during the first week of Spring Break, and this year’s trip did not disappoint! Wonderful snow conditions and a world-class training gym on site provided perfect training conditions for the athletes. Coaches commented, "The last few days have been nothing shy of epic. We have been fortunate enough to get significant snowfall here at Big Sky every night and on Wednesday, we dropped first tracks into the Big Couloir off the lone peak tram... and the snow was DEEP! This signature trail is 1,400 feet and exceeds a 50 degree pitch, with some spots as narrow as 15 - 20 ft. from the top creating a challenging decent that requires confidence in yourself and your fellow teammates. It was INCREDIBLE, and as coaches we are so proud of every individual that dropped into some of the biggest skiing in North America!"
At any given point in time, Proctor’s USSA/FIS athletes are racing around the country, and this March has been no different. The biggest trip this March has been to the Lutsen Resort Giant Slalom and Slalom races on Lake Superior from March 10-13. Stay tuned for final updates from the USSA/FIS program as the season concludes in the coming weeks!
Girls’ Lacrosse Training in Davenport, Florida
Sixteen members of the girls’ lacrosse program are joined by Head Coach Jill Jones Grotnes and assistants Kate Austin ‘01 and Caroline Murphy in Davenport, Florida for five days of pre-season training. Having a core group of girls present for this pre-season will prove crucial to the team’s success this spring. First year Head Coach Jill Jones Grotnes notes, “It’s been so good for our group of girls to get out on the fields together this week. Learning new drills, playing against some great competition and establishing the foundation for our season are so valuable for us!”
Boys’ Lacrosse Training in Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Proctor’s boys’ lacrosse program is also midway through their annual spring trip to Florida, this year training and playing exhibition games at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. With well over 28 players in attendance, the team has been able to engage in intense intrasquad drills as well as play against some great early-season competition. Head Coach Tucker Prudden notes, “Each year, our trip to Florida serves as an opportunity to knock off some of the rust and to set the tone for the upcoming season. We have a great group of boys out for the team this year and we are very excited about the season ahead!”
Baseball Training in Vero Beach, Florida
Thirteen members of Proctor’s baseball program are spending the week training and playing some exhibition games at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Florida. Warm weather, fine fields, and an opportunity to lay foundational relationships necessary to a successful team are all benefits to this pre-season trip. Head Coach Mark Tremblay notes, “The team is loving the warm weather and beautiful fields. The boys are working hard to get a jumpstart on the season and are definitely improving as the week goes on. Despite the rigid baseball schedule, there have been windows of time for relaxing by the beach and pool, and the boys are enjoying bonding with each other both on the field and off. We even had a chance to catch some MLB spring training action yesterday!"