The WMS tennis team is unfortunately dealing with an unprecedented amount of cancelation matches and indoor practices due to weather this Spring. The good news is that we completed all three of our matches against an old, local rival: Indian Mountain School. The Blue Team competed in both an away and a home match, besting the IMS team each time.
The Silver Team traveled to IMS on one of our nicest spring days so far and tied their overall match 3-3. This was a massive accomplishment for a team where several players were competing for their very first time, not to mention IMS’s number one player for both doubles and singles was tall and very strong. The exciting match came down to our last double team’s final game. If they hadn’t won that game, we would have lost the entire match. I’m so grateful for their focus and determination to get through, nerves and all, to tie it up for us!
I can say that this season is marked by the positive attitudes and good sportsmanship of every single player – who have managed to keep moving forward and improving despite many hours practicing in the gym and cancelations. You have much to be proud of with this group of players who are working very hard and clearly enjoy being a part of the WMS tennis team.
Pictures from the 2018 tennis season. See them on Flickr.
MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018
Track Meet with The Sherman School
After two fast meets against some very competitive teams, it was a nice mental and physical break to head up to The Sherman School for a laid-back and friendly meet. The meet was held on Sherman’s equivalent to “Pat’s Track,” a winding half-mile track that encircles the campus. The meet started with the mile, usually we have two or three runners in this event, today the team found a spark of fire and courage and more than half the team lined up for the longest event in track! The girls event was won by Stella and the boys event was won by Edward. Next up, the 100 meter sprints. The rolling course had a super-fast and fun downhill finish. WMS came out on top in the boys and girls sprints with Edward taking the top step and Julia squeaking out the win by only 1/100th of a second! The shotput was the only field event contested today. Our polar bears showed their strength with soaring throws by Will and Piper to take the wins in the boys and girls events. The meet ended with the 4 x 200m co-ed relay. The relays all went great! We fielded four co-ed teams. The Sherman relay teams had strength and depth but our speedy veterans took the top spot to round out a fun meet. We are looking forward to hosting Sherman at home on the 21st. We hope you all can make it!
THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2018
Track Meet vs. Shepaug & Litchfield Middle School
Thursday’s meet was against Shepaug and Litchfield Middle Schools. In one week, our small squad has faced three of the most powerful running teams in Litchfield County. The addition of forty degrees was a welcome change from Monday’s weather. With one meet under our collective belts the team was more relaxed and ready to run fast. Our distance group was strong with wins and best times on the boys and girls side. The sprint relay teams are hitting their strides with flawless exchanges and speedy acceleration. The throwers and jumpers are getting a feel for their events and know what it takes to get to the next level. Our rapid-fire meet schedule continues with Sherman Middle School on Monday. Go Bears! See pictures from the Track & Field Meet at Shepaug on Flickr.
Track vs. Woodbury Middle School
The WMS Polar Bears opened the 2018 track season on a cold and windy Monday against the Woodbury Middle School. For some runners this was the first time ever stepping foot on a track, for others it was a chance to improve on best times from previous seasons. Our team, although young, (and full of “first meet jitters”) is deep in numbers and we were able to put runners in every event and field two or more relay teams. New runners established benchmarks and some veterans started off with lifetime best times. The busy race season has begun and warmer running weather awaits us.