We’re obsessed with sports. So many fans, so many teams, so many opportunities to lose oneself in a quarter, a half, or a period. I’m not saying that it is a bad thing, and truth be told it might be one of the few distractions that can push the dire din of news off to the side. At least temporarily. One can only imagine that having the Washington Nationals in the World Series is a good thing for D.C. How could the first two games played in Houston and won by the Nationals not bring needed distraction and cheer to the beltway region? It’s just the nature of the beast.
Proctor’s girls’ varsity soccer team boasts a 6-3-2 record as they head into Wednesday afternoon’s home game versus a talented Berwick Academy squad. Under first-year head coach Kyle Connolly, the team is looking to continue their strong play, individual skill development, and teamwork as they enter the back half of the season. Building off a strong team culture forged by former Head Coach Karl Methven, Coach Connolly has the program headed in the right direction with a core of young players contributing to the team’s success and following the example set by experienced seniors.
Begun in the fall of 2014 by Ilyena Kozain '10, Proctor's crew team enters its fifth season on the water. With twenty students involved in the program, Proctor's boats are rowing as fast as ever. The cold waters of Lake Sunapee, the team's home training venue, and countless blisters are a price worth paying for the beautiful scenery, wildlife encounters, and endless supply of stories that emerge as the season unfolds.
Proctor’s Cross Country team is off to a fast start to the season, continuing the long history of successful runners on the Proctor campus. After graduating their top runners last spring, Head Coach Sarah Daney and her coaching staff are centering their philosophy around how to approach training intelligently and how to become stronger all-around athletes as they build a foundation of fitness around their group of young runners.
After a challenging 2018 season that saw Proctor’s Varsity Field Hockey team struggle to a 1-14 record, the 2019 version of the team sits with a 2-1-2 record as they enter the month of October. The squad is proving a long-term impacts of a foundation of hard work, determination, and positivity forged through the hardships 2018 season. With a goal of extending this season into mid-November, coaches Kate ‘01 and Trish Austin's ‘01 have their team laser focused being the best version of themselves each and every day.
Watching the teams on campus this fall, talking to coaches, hearing the bell ring on Maxwell Savage after victories are all reminders of all the contests that are happening most days during the week. It’s not just Wednesdays and Saturdays anymore. Mondays and Fridays are roped into schedules, and buses are always pulling into and leaving campus. Uniforms are handed out, cleats are knocked clean before entering buildings, the training room ice bags are everywhere.
The Proctor Boys’ Soccer team knew they would have to reload with talent after losing eleven seniors off of last year’s team, five of whom have gone on to play at the collegiate level. In addition to developing the in-game tactics and skills needed to compete in the highly competitive Lakes Region, Head Coach Ian Hamlet and Assistant Coach Peter Southworth know team chemistry lies at the core of this group's success. The team's goals remain the same for the 2019 campaign, win or lose: they want to play to the best of their ability and to focus one game at a time.
Over the past twenty years, the Northern New England Mountain Biking League has grown into the most comprehensive high school mountain biking league in the East with riders from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts represented in each week’s race. Proctor hosted for the first race of the season at the Proctor Ski Area on Wednesday, September 18 as more than 300 riders from over 23 schools in four states hit the trails.