The Loomis Chaffee Athletics Department each week takes note of the big and small things student athletes do on and off the field, track, diamond, courts, and pool to be their best selves while embodying the ideals of the Athletics Department. This past week LC Athletic Director Bob Howe ’80 embodied true Pelican spirit and led by example, and so we honor him as this week's featured Pelican of the Week.
On Saturday the boys and girls track teams and boys varsity, JV, and III lacrosse teams returned home from their competitions to find that the dining hall already had closed for the evening and no dinner would be available. Instead of raising a fuss over something that had already happened, Bob took matters into his own hands. He tucked his tie into his dress shirt, grabbed a pair of tongs, and sprung into action, quite literally. Jumping over the counter of the SNUG snack bar, he began to deftly man the grill, flipping burgers, frying chicken fingers, and taking orders from hungry Pelican athletes all with his classic can-do Howe smile.
Taking a cue from the athletic director’s thoughtful lead, coach Kevin “Hendo” Henderson joined in and began to flip and serve alongside Bob to the delight of eager athletes. Thanks to Bob's enthusiasm and ingenuity, not only did every Pelican walk away fed and happy, but each one learned a valuable lesson about giving of oneself for the good of the community. And only Bob can make it look like so much fun in the process! Congratulations, Mr. Howe, and thank you for your true Pelican spirit!
Congratulations as well to our other Pelicans of the Week:
BOYS JV LACROSSE
Sophomore Ryan Wilde
Ryan scored five goals in the team’s close contest against a talented Salisbury squad on Saturday and then notched two against a feisty Kent team this week.
GIRLS VARSITY SOFTBALL
Junior Helena Murray
Helena has been a consistent outfielder for the softball team thus far; however, she has graciously stepped in as pitcher when needed. Although she's out of her comfort zone, Helena willingly takes on the tough task on the mound with absolutely no complaints. Not only has Helena been flexible and consistent on the field, but also she has been vocal and incredibly positive this season. She has taken on a leadership role and has been a great upperclassman for this young team.
BOYS VARSITY TENNIS
Sophomore Jeff Greenberg
Jeff continues to work hard on his game each week and does a great job playing No. 6 singles for the varsity as a sophomore. This week was particularly challenging, however, as he faced a difficult Berkshire opponent who tried hard to get under Jeff’s skin with his use of gamesmanship. Jeff kept his cool and continued to fight hard on the court as he faced his opponent.
BOYS JV GOLF
Junior Dave Montgomery
Dave struggled in his first two matches of the season and was put in reserves until there was a playoff for the last spot on the team for the Hotchkiss match. Dave took to the course on Friday and won his playoff hands down with a fine score of 43. He followed up that performance with a 41 at the Hotchkiss home course, earning him medalist honors.
GIRLS VARSITY GOLF
Sophomore Tory Peterson
Tory has made a huge leap this year and is making a great impact at the No. 3 spot. She is second on the team in match points and most recently carded a 44 in a match versus Williston and Ethel Walker. Tory's improvement has been a pleasant surprise, and the team looks for more good things to come from Tory.
GIRLS VARSITY LACROSSE
Senior Devin Markison and junior Danielle Marmer
Danielle and Devin had a great week on the field and helped Loomis with two big Founders League wins. They combined for a total of 17 goals, 4 assists, and 11 ground balls as Loomis beat both Taft and Hotchkiss. Devin is relentless at both ends of the field and runs the offense for the Pelicans. She has explosive speed, and although Taft and Hotchkiss worked hard to shut her down in the attacking end of the field, Devin simply worked harder. Danielle scored six goals against a gritty Taft team, including four in the second half. Formerly a defender, Danielle this year has played a significant role on the attack as well. She went 6 for 8 in shots on goal, an impressive statistic for a so-called “rookie” attacker.
JV GIRLS TENNIS
Sophomore Lauren Rubino
Lauren stepped up this week to play first singles. On Wednesday she had a very difficult match, but she pushed herself outside of her comfort zone to play more aggressively and won. On Saturday Lauren continued to embrace this new style of play and had another successful match. Her teammates have learned from watching her, many becoming encouraged to push themselves outside of their own comfort zones. Thank you, Lauren, for inspiring us all.
Junior Nick Miceli and senior Sam Bellock
The team won three times in as many tries last week, and Nick and Sam were key players in those games. Coming off two tough losses at Avon to end the previous week, Miceli gave the Pelicans just what they needed the next time out, an outstanding pitching performance to help down Westminster 7-1 on Monday, April 16. He struck out 8, walked only 1, and surrendered just 4 hits in 6 strong innings of work. Bellock was one of the offensive leaders in the game, going 2-3 with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Miceli was an offensive factor in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Choate, pacing the Pelican attack with a 2-4 day and key run scored. And on Saturday at Kent, Bellock was once again a leader at the plate with a 3-5 afternoon that included 2 runs scored and 2 RBI on the way to a 12-2 victory. Bellock was also a factor on defense with several fine catches in centerfield that helped keep the Lions in check.
BOYS III LACROSSE
Freshman Drew Voghel
Drew scored his first lacrosse goal of his career Saturday against a formidible Salisbury squad. Playing at the midfield position, Drew is quickly learning the basics of the game of lacrosse. With improved stick skills and a better sense of where he needs to be on the field, Drew gets better every day. During the past week Drew was nursing a sore hip but came to practice every day and sometimes just worked on his throwing and catching skills. This week the team is getting ready to face Kent on Saturday in hopes of earning the first team victory of the season.
GIRLS III LACROSSE
Freshman Maggie Liu
Maggie joined the girls III lacrosse team recently and has worked tirelessly to make up for lost time. She comes to practice each day eager to learn. She fights ferociously for loose balls and has sent fear into the hearts and minds of her teammates with her aggressive and tenacious play. She is a wonderful teammate and a terrific addition to the team, and as the season continues, Maggie will be a force to be reckoned with on defense for the Pelicans.
BOYS VARSITY LACROSSE
Senior Addison Wright
Addison was having an incredible game playing against a potent and athletic Salibury team when, unfortunately, he suffered an injury halfway through the game. He has been a quiet but strong leader on the defensive half of the field this season, and the coaches have been impressed with all of his positive efforts. He has been a true team player during his career as a vital member of the LC lacrosse program.
GIRLS VARSITY TRACK & FIELD
Seniors Chloe Alexander, Lindsay Gabow, Brianna Malanga, Meadeshia Mitchell, and Caroline Moran; sophomore Caitlin Farrell; and freshmen Kaitlin Adams, Greer Davis, Dania Houghton, and Denver Williams
Girls varsity track and field recognition goes to three groupings of athletes who, on an impressive day of athleticism, exceeded the coaches' expectations at Deerfield during Saturday’s Hunt Relays. In the low hurdles relay, Caroline, Chloe, and Greer broke the meet record that had stood since 2006 with a time of 25.7 seconds (converted from 25.94 fully-automatic timing (FAT)). In the 4 x 800-meter relay, Caitlin, Meadeshia, Brianna, and Lindsay broke the meet record that had stood since 2002 with a time of 10:10.56 FAT. And in the junior 4 x 200-meter relay, Greer, Kaitlin, Denver, and Dania broke the meet record established in 2009 and held by Loomis ever since. The new record is 1:58.69 FAT.