It is tournament time on the Island! Five varsity teams will compete in New England Prep School Athletics Conference post-season action this week.
After winning the final two games of the season against Salisbury and Hotchkiss, the boys varsity basketball team squeaked into the Class A NEPSAC Championship Tournament as the final seed. The boys will travel to No. 1 Phillips Exeter Academy on Wednesday, February 27, for a 5 p.m. matchup against the Big Red. When these two teams faced off earlier in the season, the Pelicans fell 54-69, so they are hoping for an upset win this time around. Information for a livestream link will be posted later in the week.
After clinching its seventh straight Founders League title, the girls varsity basketball team earned the third seed in the Class A NEPSAC Championship Tournament and will host Founders League rival Taft, the No. 6 seed, on Wednesday. The game will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Olcott Gymnasium. This will be the Pelicans' seventh straight appearance in the Class A tournament and their ninth appearance in the last 10 years. When Loomis and Taft faced off in Olcott earlier this season, the Pelicans came out on top in a close one, winning 58-54. Information for a livestream link will be posted later in the week.
Girls Ice Hockey
The girls varsity ice hockey team earned the eighth seed in the NEPSAC Division I Girls Ice Hockey Championships after posting a 14-5-4 record during the regular season. The Pelicans will take on top-seeded Williston Northampton at 3:15 p.m. in Williston's Lossone Rink. These two teams faced off less than two weeks ago, at Williston, where the Pelicans fell 2-4. Information for a livestream link will be posted later in the week.
Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving
After competing well in the Founders League Championship Meet last weekend, with the boys winning the league title and the girls placing fourth, the boys and girls swimming and diving teams look for more strong performances in the Division I New England Prep School Swimming and Diving Championships this week. The competition will begin with the diving event at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27 at Deerfield Academy. The swimming events will take place on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3, also at Deerfield. The hosts will livestream the swimming event on their athletics livestreaming page.
Boys and Girls Squash and Wrestling
Several other teams completed their post-seasons last weekend as well. The girls varsity squash team won the Class B New England Championships at the Pomfret School, and the boys varsity squash team placed fourth in Class B New England championships at St. George's. The wrestling team placed 18th in the Class A New England championships on Feb. 15 and 16, and sent one wrestler, sophomore Dominic Rossetti, to nationals at Lehigh University last weekend, where he advanced to the quarterfinals in his weight class. More details of the squash and wrestling events are forthcoming.
After an almost two-month hiatus, our equestrian team also will be competing in its regional tournament on Saturday, March 2, at the Mystic Valley Hunt Club in Ledyard, Connecticut. Last year the team came in fourth place and is looking to build upon last year's success, especially after graduating only a few riders.