From our largest baseball team in years to the grit and determination that turned deficits into hard-fought wins, Foote's sports teams showed dedication, teamwork and perseverance this spring. Read on for team-by-team highlights.
The 2019 softball team was comprised of 18 wonderful girls: three sixth graders (Helena, Ella and Dylan), five seventh graders (Beyla, Gabrielle, Sophia, Sophie and Grace), five eighth graders (Krishna, Lucy, Maya, Mia S. and Miia B.) and five ninth graders (Amelia, Jillian, Josie, Taylor and Zoe). Each brought a high level of energy and commitment to our team this season. Despite wet weather, we got in nine games. The team's final record was 8 wins (Choate, Mooreland Hill, Renbrook, Hamden Hall, Indian Mountain, Rumsey Hall and Hopkins x2) and 1 loss (Kingswood-Oxford). We are very proud of all of these girls for all of the hard work they put in this season. At every game and practice, they supported one another and represented our school with class. This team was a pleasure to coach. We thank all of our departing players for their years of dedication and leadership (28 years of Foote softball experience) and we look forward to the growth and development of our returning players to help Foote softball remain a strong program for many years to come. Finally, congratulations to this year's winners of the "Full Count Award": Josie and Grace!
Coach Brad & Coach Hackenburg
The girls’ lacrosse team finished another great year of competitive play, building upon the successes of previous years. Five ninth graders, most of who joined as sixth graders, anchored our team, leading with poise and passing along many important lessons to their younger teammates. A very strong group of seven Grade 8 students also returned to lead the team. Along with the seventh graders, these players brought strength, tenacity and enthusiasm to the field every day. Finally, the program welcomed a new batch of sixth graders who were fearless in learning the nuances of the game. The team was very proud of their wins against Williams and Pine Point and many hard-fought games were decided by a single goal or two. Every practice and game, the girls had fun, supported teammates and worked as a unit towards their common goal.
Coach Tricia & Coach Megan
When the baseball team came together for our preseason meeting, we had 21 student-athletes eager to learn and ready to work hard. With a wide range of talent and a mix of young and experienced players, the coaches decided to split the group into two squads. Older players stepped up to help the younger group learn and enhance their baseball skills. The B squad started off with a tough loss to Country Day School, but never dropped their heads and came to practice the next day determined to get better. After a couple of cancellations, the B team responded in their final game of the year, scoring 13 runs in a defeat to Rumsey Hall. The A team (a mix of seventh, eighth and ninth graders) had a very strong season, finishing with a 4-2 record and ending in dominating fashion. The boys started the year with a 3-0 victory over Hamden Hall and continued to roll with an 8-2 road win at Kingswood Oxford. Foote defeated cross-town rival Hopkins in a 10-6 comeback; the boys went down 5-1 before responding with a huge five-run inning to take the lead. The team suffered back-to-back losses to Rumsey and Fairfield Country Day. Our proudest coaching moment came after a loss to Fairfield, when the boys responded with a season-best performance the very next day in the season finale. It was a pleasure coaching this group of young men and we are beyond excited to see how they continue to develop as both young men and as baseball players.
Coach Joe, Coach Ethan & Coach Bobby
The 2019 boys' lacrosse season was another strong one. With an athletic group of ninth graders and outstanding leadership from our younger players, we struggled through challenges in weather to ultimately come out with a 5-3 record. The season opened with a loss to Hamden Hall while many new players were still learning the game; but a rematch later in the season, resulting in a 10-8 win, showed our improvement. The biggest factor of the season, however, is that we had Charlie and other teams didn’t. His leadership and skill was a cornerstone of our success this year. Congratulations to all our players on a great season! We wish our departing players the best of luck at their new schools and we look forward to the continued development of our returning players next season.
Coach Kiernan & Coach Ty
Varsity tennis has a very successful season, finishing 6-1-1. We lost to the always-formidable Rumsey Hall in our first match of the season. (I was happy to get that match out of the way, and I told our team, “Our season starts tomorrow.”) Indeed, we were victorious over every other school we played (Choate, Country, Hamden Hall twice, Hopkins and Kingswood Oxford) with the exception of Renbrook, against whom we tied. Our varsity team was talented, competitive, versatile (in that many players were capable of playing both doubles or singles) and displayed good sportsmanship. Special kudos to our three returning varsity players—Matthew D., David G. and Amy M.—who played first singles, first doubles, and second singles, respectively. Lacking any ninth graders, these three provided terrific leadership for the rest of the players. I would be remiss if I did not offer a special “shout out” to Amy; her only loss this season was against Rumsey. And her attitude was inspirational; instead of being bitter, she was happy and proud that she managed to win won game against her fierce opponent. Sadly most of our eighth graders will be moving on to secondary schools for ninth grade. Next year will no doubt be a rebuilding year. Fortunately, five gifted players (8th grader Anya M.) and four 7th graders (Elia, Portia, Shunji and Chandler) will hopefully return next spring and serve as great role models for our new varsity players.
The JV tennis team experienced a good season, winning 4 of their 7 matches. The team consisted of athletes with a wide range of experience, but everyone worked hard throughout, and each player improved in skill and confidence as the season went on. We won early in the season against Watkinson after a hard-fought tie break encounter in our final singles game. The doubles pairings also formed some good partnerships this season and helped us to overcome Christian Heritage in a narrow victory. Our toughest match of the season came against Rumsey Hall. Despite being up against a team full of experienced tennis players, we gave a good account of ourselves in both the singles and doubles games. The JV tennis award went to Lucy, who consistently produced strong performances, demonstrated a wonderful attitude and was an excellent role model for the team.