RUNNING TEAM: MAY 2
The running team had its second meet on a regular track against Woodbury Middle School. Our small team was competing against two local teams that proved to be challenging competitors. The team spirit was high, even though they were feeling nervous. The Polar Bears proved themselves in some tough races and placed in the top spots in several heats. Each runner gave each race their best effort and it showed. The mixture of distance and sprint runners help our team to achieve overall success. Our team continued to be strong supporters of each other and cheered for everyone throughout all of the races. We still have not received times, but we know that the kids had some quick times and even beat some of their previous times. Congrats to all!
In our first all-team match ups, the WMS tennis players took on Dutchess Day and the IMS varsity and jv teams. We unfortunately did not return to school victorious after these matches, but we are so proud of all of their effort. For some kids, these matches were their first time playing competitive tennis.
In every match our singles players played to win, despite the outcome. We saw deep ground strokes, lobs, great first serves and of course, mental toughness. Most importantly, we are seeing the singles players utilizing our “nine box” strategy, a concept we go over in our practices. We consider it a major accomplishment when we see kids trying new strategies in match play, where there is considerably more pressure than at practice.
Our doubles players continue to impress. Again, we have a team with varied experience levels, but when it comes to match play, this doesn’t matter. Everyone, despite their ability, steps on the court with focus and effort. Not to mention, we are recognized for having exceptional sportsmanship, a crucial characteristic to learn at this age.
Today we have a mixed varsity and jv squad playing at Chase. Next week we have our final two practices and our season ending match at Rumsey. Prepare to work hard – we want to end the season STRONG!
RUNNING TEAM: APRIL 28
Our runners traveled to Shepaug Middle School for a tri-meet against Shepaug and Wamogo. It was their first meet of the season and their first experience on a real track. Nerves and excitement levels were high as the first events were about to go off. Small in numbers compared to the local powerhouse teams, the Polar Bears were not to be underestimated. After only a few events and a few heat-winning performances, “It’s a Montessori Invasion!” was overheard coming from the crowd. The team proved to be very well-balanced, excelling in the sprints and the distance events The coaches were especially proud of the team spirit on display. Every runner had a loud cheering section from the first event to the last. We are still waiting on official times and places to be posted, but we already know that fast times and event winners will be on that list. Congrats.