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A Unique Winter Sports Season
Courtney Callanan, Assistant Athletic Director

Challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic created fun new opportunities during Rectory's winter sports season. While restrictions altered the look and feel of the season, the new paradigm allowed students to try different activities, focus on foundational skills building, and take advantage of Rectory's indoor and outdoor facilities.

In a typical year, winter sports are known to be the longest sports season at Rectory but that proved to be different this year. The uncertainty of the global pandemic pushed us into online learning for the first few weeks of the winter term. To remain cautious and safe, day students and boarding students did not begin the regular winter sports season until the first week of February.

This winter we had to stay on campus leaving us with no access to the Pomfret Rink, Hale YMCA, or the Pomfret Squash courts. With this challenge in front of us, we adapted and created a new sports schedule to accommodate our students. We were able to offer boys and girls basketball, fitness, fencing, hockey, winter warriors, and a new ping-pong/pickleball option. With no games on our schedule, teams had to shift their focus from competitive play to skill building for the first two weeks of the season. Our basketball teams had the chance to build on the foundational skills that our players already possessed, our hockey team got to break in a new outdoor ice rink, and our wrestling room transformed into a competitive ping-pong/pickleball arena.

After the first few weeks, teams were able to practice contact drills which included scrimmaging. The hockey team took advantage of this and created Rectory’s first 3-on-3 hockey tournament. The atmosphere created at the outdoor rink made everyone feel like life was back to what it was before the pandemic. Students were cheering, the players were working hard, and it created an ever-lasting memory of what will hopefully be a new annual tradition here at Rectory.

As we complete our winter season, we can look back and see that despite a year with no competitions or traveling to games our students and staff still showed up at practice every day willing to learn, play, and improve their skills.

The Winter Athletic Awards were presented virtually on Wednesday, March 3. The following athletes were recognized for their sportsmanship, great attitudes, and athletic accomplishments:

Boys JV Basketball

●     Logan M. ‘21, Most Enthusiastic

Boys Varsity Basketball

●     Tyler M. '21, Most Enthusiastic

Girls Basketball

●     Michelle N. '22, Most Enthusiastic


●     Kate R. '22, Most Enthusiastic


●     Rena A. '22, Most Enthusiastic


●     Cal M. '22, Honorary Rink Manager

Ping Pong/Pickleball

●     Stephen H. '23, Most Enthusiastic

Winter Warriors

●     Zino E. '24, Most Enthusiastic

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