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Boys Varsity A Basketball

Coach Seaward


Friday, February 15, 2019

Vs. Putnam Science Academy

Round 4 against the Mustangs of Putnam Science Academy and the Wolves stayed consistent with another victory. The Mustangs had this one marked on their calendar, not wanting to go 0-4 against the Wolves on the season. Rectory had other plans as they played a solid all-around game, taking home the victory and protecting the undefeated at home run.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Vs. PX1 Tournament

It was the Wolves first time at the PX1 Tournament, held in Worcester, MA. With a few teams unable to make it to the tournament, it was determined it would be just one game between Rectory and Main South to determine the victor. It was clear from the start that Rectory had a significant size advantage over Main South and came out with a demanding lead, scoring 18 points before the opponent could put any points on the board. Coming off the bench, Gabe F. had an incredible day, putting up nearly 20 points and 16 rebounds. The Wolves walked away with a lot of confidence going into their final two games of the season.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Vs. Hillside

It was Friday night with the entire school out to watch Rectory take on the Bulldogs of Hillside School. As the last home game of the season, Coach Roy started all of the 9th graders to celebrate their final winter season at Rectory. The game opened up with high intensity from both teams, with the Wolves having difficulty stopping a crafty, athletic guard on the Hillside squad. As Rectory caught on to Hillside's tactics, a strong defense is what allowed the Wolves to achieve fast-break layups on the other end. Also, 9th grader Caleb W. was able to knock down multiple 3's giving Rectory a nice cushion into the half.

In the locker room, Coach Roy let the team know, "This is it! For you 9th graders, it's the last time you wear that home jersey and get the chance to play in the gym!" This was the spark the Wolves needed to go out and leave it all on the floor in the second half. Two big scoring runs to start the second half put the Wolves in a position to put it in cruise control for the remaining time. As the final minutes came, the 9th graders that started the game, were on the court to end the game. Coming off the court, one by one, they were honored by their teammates and all the fans there to watch. A great ending to our final home game of the season! Congratulations to 9th graders: Gabe F., Caleb W., Samir M., Nathaniel Z., JohnMichael H., and Keyonte B.!


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vs. Belmont Hill

The final game for the Wolves as they traveled to Belmont Hill to take on an always scrappy, defensive-minded squad. Rectory was down a few players (Keyonte B., Flynt W., Nathaniel Z.) as they had to pull together to end this incredible season on a high note. In typical fashion, Belmont made it clear that they were going to make the defensive stand early on. Players Will L. and Keyonte B. allowed the Wolves to get some points up on the board, but Rectory was held to just 19 points in the first half, which was their lowest of the season. While they were up one, it was going to be a battle in the second half.

While Rectory was able to get up by a few points in the second half, Belmont always found a way to get themselves back in the game. A few missed attempts by Rectory brought the game to within a few points in the final minutes. This was when 9th grader Caleb W. decided he wasn't going to end his career at Rectory with a loss and hit a very difficult shot to put the Wolves up two! After a near miss by Belmont and strong rebound by Rectory, they were fouled immediately with only one second left on the clock. Will L. was able to knock down one free-throw but missed the second, and with an impossible full-court attempt the buzzer went off, and Rectory completed their season with a 20-1 record. Incredible, considering the injuries and ups and downs of the season. Congratulations Varsity-A Basketball!


Boys Varsity B Basketball

Coach Rodman


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Vs. Pomfret School

In a hard-fought game, the Pomfret School thirds defeated the Wolves 45-43. Pomfret is a big, physical team, and with our four biggest players all out due to injury, we knew we faced an uphill battle. To the team's credit, we came out on fire, jumping out to a double-digit lead at half time. The halftime talk focused on taking away the paint and forcing outside shots. We were successful to start the half, but the Griffins simply wore us down and started getting easy baskets. We did not keep our composure when Pomfret applied full-court pressure, and our lead evaporated, but we still had a chance at the buzzer. However, our 3-point attempt rimmed out. This was a tough loss; the boys played their hearts out, but simply could not match Pomfret's physical strength. Brodie Z. was the top scorer with 12 points, and Justin M. scored 9. Ryan C. was formidable while battling Pomfret's big men on the glass the entire game. The team will have its last home game on 2/12/19 against Worcester Academy.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Vs. Valley View

The Rectory School Varsity B Wolves made the trip to the wilds of North Brookfield and, in a hard-fought game, defeated Valley View 51-34. Trailing at half time, the team played a solid third quarter, taking a five-point lead. The Wolves came out in the fourth quarter and played the best eight minutes of the season. Our defense was crisp, and the offense was outstanding, making smart decisions on both passes and shots. It was great to see the team close out an opponent in a close game. Sam C. had his best game of the season, scoring 18 points, Bright S. scored 12 points, and Ryan C. added 10 points. We look to continue our winning ways when we play Bancroft on 2/19/19 at home.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Vs. Bancroft

In the final home game of the 2018-19 season, the Varsity B Wolves defeated the Bancroft Bulldogs 50-17. The defensive intensity was outstanding from the opening tip to the final whistle. Offensively, our shot selection and decision making were very questionable, at times. Brody Z. was the top scorer with 9 points, while Ryan C. and Sam C. chipped in with 8 points apiece. It was an excellent game to finish the home season, as all 12 players made solid contributions during the game. We will hit the road on 2/23/19 to take on Marianapolis in our final game of the season.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vs. Marianapolis

The Varsity B Wolves finished off their 2018-19 season with a valiant and hard-fought loss to Marianapolis. The final score of 52 -25 does not indicate how close the game was, as the team was within striking distance well into the third quarter. The coaching staff was very proud of the effort the team put forth, despite losing Bright S., the heart and soul of our team, to injury. The team never backed down or let up, and it truly was a great display of heart. To the 13 young men who dedicated themselves to the team this season, Coach Nagle and myself thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Our final record was 8 wins and 7 losses. VARSITY B!!!


Boys JV Basketball

Coach Finnegan


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Vs. Renbrook

The Rectory wolves were ready to go head to head against Renbrook School for their second to last game of the season. The boys, not having that much practice time due to snow delays and limited practice space, were excited and brought a lot of enthusiasm to the table. This game showcased the entire team and showed how much each player has improved over the course of the season. Shoutouts to Kyle C. and Antonio H. for great hustle and drive during the game. The wolves look forward to their last game of the season against Fay School. GO WOLVES!


Friday, February 2, 2019

Vs. Fay

The Rectory wolves were excited to end their season against Fay School. The team worked very hard over this season and exceeded their expectations. Huge shout out to Maxtin H. for not giving up during the game and playing aggressively. In the final minutes of the game, Coach Burgess put in those players that have been with JV for the past three years. This signified the hard work these players produced over their time on the team and how they will benefit on a varsity level basketball next year. Rectory walked away with a huge win! Overall, the boys had a successful season. GO WOLVES!


Girls Varsity Basketball

Coach Fogarty


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Vs. Putnam Science Academy

The Varsity girls team traveled to PSA Thursday, February 14th. The girls had some great moments throughout both halfs. They had some awesome offensive rebounds and were aggressive on both offence and defence. Overall great team effort by the Rectory Wolves.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Vs. Ethel Walker

The girls varsity team traveled to Ethel Walker on Saturday, February 16th. The girls fought hard during the first half of the game, but unfortunately got out worked during the second half. As a team, our focus for the rest of the season is to continue to work hard at practice and through all four quarters of our two final games ahead. The girls have just two games left of the season.


Girls JV Basketball

Coach Slocum


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Vs. Wilbraham & Monson Academy

The girls JV team hosted Wilbraham and Monson Academy on Wednesday, February 13. It was a tough game, as the opposing team was made up of bigger and more aggressive players. Our girls held their own throughout the course of the game, giving it their all despite our disadvantages. In the end, we were defeated, but special shoutout goes to Umu D. and Yuno Y. for playing great defense in spite of the fact that they were much smaller than their opponents. We look forward to our last game of the season on Wednesday, February 20.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Vs. Wheeler School

The girls JV team had a heartbreaker of a final game on Wednesday, February 20 against Wheeler. This was our second time facing this team, who we defeated in the first game we played against them. This time around, however, they brought a new player who was responsible for over 80% of their points, sinking multiple threes and foul shots. Our girls tried their best, and kept pace for the majority of the game; our efforts caused us to end up in overtime with a tied score. However, their "ace in the hole" player got off shot after shot, and we ended up losing by five points. Although this was a less than ideal end to our excellent season, we were once again proud of our girls' teamwork, determination, and grit. As usual, we had an impressive spread of points, with eight different girls scoring: Isabel D-B., Zoey D., Michelle N., Umu D., Aitana C., Julianne J., Mary-Aliya T., and Gina Z. Lucia S. played excellent defense, and was tough and aggressive under the basket, getting rebound after rebound. Hana I. was scrappy, coming up with more than one steal, and Jane Y. showed her progress on the court since the start of the season. Siera F. was tireless on defense, and Annabelle B. and Yuno Y. were essential players on offense, moving the ball around and driving to the basket. We are so proud of this group of young athletes and congratulate them on an awesome season!



Recreational Basketball

Coach Callanan

Rec basketball has come a long way over the course of the winter season. From the first day of practice until the last scrimmage we were able to see players improve individually and as a team. Whether it was shooting or dribbling you could see the confidence of players blossom. Transitioning from practice to half-court games to full court games their understanding of the game of basketball grew, and you could fully see that as you watched them play. With a team of players that skill set varied greatly players were able to help each other grow. It was a fun winter season, and we wish all the players luck in their spring seasons.


Squash

Coach Richards


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Vs. Eagle Hill

Win 4-3, 4-6 overall

Rectory headed up to Eagle Hill on a snowy Wednesday afternoon for our third and final match against them for the season. Having narrowly won both of the previous encounters, we were excitedly looking forward to the rematch. However, due to our long weekend, snow days, and academics, many of our players hadn't been on a court in over a week. We all knew that it was essential for us to shake off the rust and play sharp from the start.

In the first of three exhibition matches, Isabella W. took on an advanced racquet player. Not one to back away from a challenge, Isabella put 100% into each point, and her ability to stay alive deep into rallies frustrated her opponent. Johnny Z. filled in at #9 and used his stature to deny his opponent's lofted shots. Tenacious as ever, Shawn W. was never discouraged on the court and earned some scrappy points in a back and forth match. While we lost all three fixtures, all the athletes deserve recognition for their sportsmanship and attitude.

Brian L. returned to the top 7 to face off against a player with an outrageously fast serve. Despite his initial struggle, Brian took the first game 11-4. Eagle Hill came out firing in the next two rounds, winning 6-11 and 3-11 to take a 1-2 lead. Not wanting to fall, Brian played flawless squash on route to an 11-0 game four win. The decisive game five did not disappoint as the two traded points until the Eagle Hill player finished with a flurry to take the win. Falling behind 0-1 put pressure on Adam J. in the #6 spot to get us back on track. In a tough first game, Adam fell 10-12. Having taken down his Eagle Hill opponent twice before, Adam reverted to a more simplified game and strolled to a 3-1 win, including a dominant 11-2 game four. Alonso S. didn't take long to get going as he raced out to a 2-0 lead. In the final game, he played some of his most direct and effective squash. Impressively, he gave up only 8 points all match. #4 on the day, James J., was stunned by his hard-working opponent in game one.

Needing to clean up his play, James started to shoot aggressively and quickly posted a 3-1 comeback win. Clement W. embraced a tough challenge in the #3 spot. He dauntlessly took on his opponent with finesse and incredible dexterity that threw off the pace on the ball. Clement continued his good run of form with a handy 3-0 win. Co-captain Lauren E. played her first match in the #2 spot against the Eagle Hill #1, who is a fierce competitor. Lauren was unafraid of what he brought to the court and forced him to hit winners to take the match. While she may not have won as many points as she deserved, she played with pride and confidence all the way through. Leo L. took on the Eagle Hill #2 in the top match of the day as it was his opponent's final match for his school. In a back-and-forth duel, the two were only separated by 9 points across the day. From rallies that lasted dozens of shots to masterful kill shots, the match had everything. Eagle Hill walked away with a victory at #1, but Rectory emerged with an overall 4-3 win.

We headed out on the snowy road home with our final two matches in mind. We have worked hard for our results all season, and each player will be putting in their all for this final push.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Vs. Squash Busters of Providence

Win 6-1 (competitive), 15-2 (overall)

Rectory squash headed into the heart of Providence on Wednesday to take on SquashBusters. The hosts welcomed us to their one-year-old state of the art facility, which they share with Moses Brown. It was an afternoon of controlled chaos as players from both teams raced around the courts to allow all 18 matches to finish as efficiently as possible.

Paige G. represented Rectory in both our #18 and #17 spots. In her first match, she skillfully outfoxed her opponent with shots tucked to the side and difficult to read lob serves. Paige quickly took the match 3-0. Her next match was a lot more work. Her opponent forced Paige to work much harder for her points and concentrate on not making mistakes. Every game was neck-in-neck, and the match was decided by extra points in the fifth game. While Paige came up just short, she should be proud of her efforts across her matches. Isabella commanded the court with her ability to return shots from all over. This defensive strategy worked wonders and enabled her to earn a solid 3-0 win. Johnny's racquet skills were too much for the #15 Squashbuster. Unafraid to take volleys, Johnny took smart shots to win the day. Summer needed to adjust her game after the first round and added drop shots to her array. Doing this led to her conceding just 7 points in the next two games. Isabel took on a player who favored the front of the court. Realizing this quickly, she lofted winners to the back of the court to walk away with a nice win.

Shawn came in and played his best squash of the year at #12. By swinging with power across the ball, he made excellent use of all four corners in a match where he only lost 8 points in three games. Jojo needed to reshape her thinking in her #11 match. Her opponent employed a similar style, which made the match a bit of a toss-up. Sensing this, Jojo softened her strikes to finish her day with a win. Bart took no time in gaining the upper hand in his match. With well-placed serves, he easily swung his way to victory and lost only 9 points in his match. At #9, Brian L. needed to find his range in the first game but still managed an 11-8 win. His improvement was noted as he followed up with back-to-back 11-2 wins. Eric H. had to dig deep after losing his first game 10-12. Recognizing the strength of his own backhand, he proceeded to crush the ball deep to the corner and overturn the deficit for a 3-1 win.

In the opening match of the competitive field, Adam J. outworked a talented #7 from Squashbusters. His "never say never" attitude earned him many points that others may have given up on. James J. never looked uncomfortable in the #6 slot. Despite hitting a few tins in the first stanza, he realigned his shooting and commandingly took the next two games 11-2, 11-2. Our #5, Alonso S., played a gifted opponent whose movement made her dangerous from all over the court. While he sometimes was bested by her audacious drop shots, he never got down mentally and allowed his superior experience to win the day. Clement put on his best performance of the season at #4. Across his three games, he hardly put a foot wrong. This was evident in the fact that he won each game 11-1 while still maintaining respect towards his opponent.

The top three matches on the day were as even as we could have hoped for. Co-captain Lauren E. played in the #3 spot again and faced off against a tricky and daring opponent. After falling in the first two games 9-11, 8-11, Lauren adjusted her serve and began to take some risks. This paid off instantly in her first game back, which she won 11-5. In the final two games, Lauren dominated play and kept her shots attacking but not reckless. The Squashbuster had no retort to her dominance and eventual win as part of her 3-2 comeback victory. It was a great result for what ended up being her last appearance for Rectory Squash. Brianna L.'s opposite number was a hard-hitting, fast-playing individual. Intent on dominating the middle of the court, he forced Brianna to chase the ball in the first game. Before the second game got underway, Brianna identified her technique as superior and was determined to use simple play to pin him in the corner. This strategy worked wonders for the next two games, which she took 11-5, 11-7. The fourth game was an unpredictable dogfight. Both players traded kill shots and inch-perfect serves, which left it all square at 10-10. Having the momentum at that point, Brianna confidently swung her way to a key 12-10 victory to keep our undefeated season on track. Co-captain Leo L. held our top spot once again as he battled the top Squashbuster. Across the four games, both players won 39 points, a testament to how evenly matched the two were. The match required many lets and had at least a dozen rallies that were over 20 shots. The two were difficult to separate in any noticeable way. While Leo ended on the losing end, it was clear that each player appreciated the efforts of the other.

Rectory Squash returned to campus with only two practices before our final match of the season. It has been a phenomenal year so far, and no one is about to switch off until the final points have been played.


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vs. Kingswood Oxford School

Win, 5-2 (competitive), 9-3 (overall)

In Rectory Squash's final match of the season, we traveled to West Hartford to take on Kingswood-Oxford for the first time. We entered with an 8-0 record, and each player was nervous about taking such responsibility onto the court. Knowing that the result ultimately was irrelevant to a successful season, we took to the courts looking to play our technique-based style that has served us well so far.

Paige G. took hold of our #12 spot today against an evenly matched player. Controlling the middle of the court was going to be essential to getting a win on the board. Paige fought valiantly in a match where points came from winning shots rather than mistakes. While Paige ended up losing the match, her growth over the season is something that she should be extremely proud of. Our #11, Isabel H., struggled to figure out her opponent at the start. With the match, all tied 2-2, Isabel's fitness, and smart shooting rocketed her to an 11-2 win and 3-2 win overall. Both the #10 and #9 matches were neck-in-neck competitions. Summer J. struggled to keep her shots in play as her power carried the ball out of play. Realizing that it was her nerves getting to her, Summer took some deep breaths and claimed the final game of a 3-2 win with an 11-6 victory.

Similarly, Bart had trouble getting the ball above the tin at the start. Finding himself down 1-2, he needed to start playing mistake-free squash. Bart did just that, and his hard work paid off as part of an 11-9 game five win. Eric H. played his most commanding squash of the season in our final exhibition match. The poise he displayed constantly threw off his opponent and made his 3-0 win look easy.

Brian regained the #7 spot for his final Rectory Squash match. After narrowly winning the opening two game 11-8, he focused on knocking the ball to the back corners. This strategy worked wonders as he finished out the match conceding just 7 more points. Our #6, Adam J., has been critical to our success all season. Part of his incredible resurgence comes from his deft mental game. Adam cannot let his emotions impact his play. This was certainly on display during his 33-10 victory. After falling behind 0-7 in the opening part of the first game, James J. shifted his style to pin his opponent deep. Within five minutes, the 0-7 deficit had become an incredible 11-7 first game win. He followed this up with two games where he lost just 7 points and hit zero tins. Alonso S. found out the hard way that his opponent improves as the match continues. The shots that allowed Alonso to take a 2-0 lead dried up in the third game, which complicated his life. While it was difficult for him to shift his play, the minute changes gave him the slightest edge on the way to a 3-1 win. Our #3, Clement W., frustrated his opponent with classy finishes and surprising shots. His willingness to exhibit patience and hold his shots at the front of the court caused numerous headaches for the Kingswood player during the 3-0 win. Brianna L. lost a heart-breaker in the #2 spot. Despite hitting technically superb shots, her opponent managed to hit over a dozen winners from the back glass. These unexpected shots put her out of her comfort zone and forced an uneasy shift in strategy. While she was unable to take the win, she'll no doubt take the lessons forward with her. Leo L. suffered from some bad luck and some excellent squash from the Kingswood #1. He narrowly lost the opening two games 10-12, 10-12 before rebounding with an awesome 11-5 win. Determined to go out shooting, Leo fell just short of victory while playing the style he loves.

The team was ecstatic as we boarded the bus to head back to campus. Chants of "Undefeated" rang out as they all revealed in their hard work and success. It is always eye-opening to see players of an individual-based sport come together and share in their accomplishments. We are thrilled with every aspect of the season from the results to the attitude and demeanor of our players. They are as humble in victory as we could hope and have upheld everything that Rectory athletics could ask of them. We wish all of our 9th graders well in their future squash careers and look forward to our 8th graders stepping in to fill some very large shoes.



Swimming

Coach Bradley


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Vs. Kingswood Oxford School

Rectory swim team hosted at the Hale YMCA for the first time in the program history. We swam against Kingswood-Oxford's middle school team and won! It was a fun change to swim against swimmers our own size. Alana H. improved her 50-yard backstroke by 3 seconds while Lucia H. and Jesse H. both improved their 50-yard breaststroke. Allie R. also improved her 50-yard freestyle by 8 seconds. At the end of the race, we swam an unscored 8 x 50-yard freestyle relay. We used two lanes, so everyone on the team got to take part, it was a great finish to such a fun meet.


Varsity Hockey

Coach Smith


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Vs. Fenn School

The Wolves traveled to Concord, Massachusetts on Wednesday to faceoff against The Fenn School. A Fenn goal fifteen seconds after the opening puck drop made for an unfortunate start, but the Wolves refocused and matched Fenn shift for shift as the period progressed. A Thomas B. goal late in the first evened the score at one. The teams continued to battle with the scores leveled once again. Rectory got into penalty trouble midway through the second frame, and two Fenn powerplay goals signaled the Wolves undoing. After a scoreless final stanza, the game ended 3-1. In spite of the unfavorable result, the matchup was one Rectory's most complete performances of the year. The Wolves made a number of positive puck possession plays, competed for all thirty-six minutes, and paid attention to detail.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Vs. Fessenden

The Wolves were on the road again last Friday as they trekked to Newton, Massachusetts to take on the Fessenden Bears in a historic matchup between junior boarding school foes. Thomas B. continued his recent scoring tear when he opened the scoring midway through the first period. The early lead didn't last long. Fessenden scored soon after and the opening period ended knotted at one. Ryan S. put the Wolves back ahead early in the second frame, but the Bears fought back again to even the score. The second period ended with honors even, at two. The teams continued to trade chances in the third stanza, but neither was able to find the back of the net. The scoreless frame led to a 4v4 overtime, in which neither team could muster a goal. With nothing to separate the two squads, the game came down to a shootout. Ryan S. buried his first round attempt, and Gus A. was equal to all three of Fessenden's shots. Following Gus's final stop, the Wolves stormed the ice to celebrate their dramatic season finale victory.


JV Hockey

Coach Bryant


Thursday, February 13, 2019

Vs. Park School

Against Park School, our squad showed up to play a fun and engaging game against a solid opposing team. Although the conditions were far from ideal due to warm weather at the outdoor rink, we passed well, put three goals in the net, and learned how to keep our heads up more to find our teammates for better connections on the ice. Natalie played wonderfully in goal for us, stopping an estimated 20 or so shots. Among other improvements, our captains supported the team morale while our younger defensemen learned, how to defend in front of the goal. We are ready to move on to our next opponent, Fenn, on the 21st.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Vs. Fenn School

The JV Hockey team headed to Valley Sports Arena in Concord, MA to take on Fenn School for our final game. The opponent proved difficult to contend with. They scored a couple of goals right from the start, and we fell behind. But Angelo Billiard scored a gritty goal from close range to put the Wolves on the board. And although the final score was 7-1 in Fenn's favor, our team finished the season having given it's all on the ice. We learned, in the words of our school's founder, how to "lose without rancor." Our final team event will be a warm get-together at the Billiard's residence near campus. Thank you to all of those spectators and parents who came to watch us grow and develop over this 2019 season!


Wrestling

Coach Woodard


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Vs. Fessenden

We headed out early in the AM to get to weigh-ins on time. Our wrestlers were eager to get the meet underway as we headed to the mats to get warmed up. Addy won her weight bracket coming in first place. Livie fought bravely in two matches but was unable to score. William fought tremendously but was unable to outscore his opponents. Connor was also out scored by his opponents, but he fought valiantly. Cesar fought hard and secured himself third place for his bracket. Seamus wrestled with all of his might but was also unable to score enough points for the win. Calvert had his first three matches of the season and was able to bring home a second place medal for his effort! He was also recognized by the association for sportsmanship! There were 120 wrestlers who participated in over 220 matches that day! It was a test of endurance for our wrestlers. Whether victorious or not, we all fought bravely. It was a good way to end the season.


Fitness

Coach Ames


The Fitness group culminated their season with another assessment on the dreaded Assault bike, which translates into roughly two minutes of all-out physical exertion, leaving most speechless and clamoring for the floor at the end of their 20 calorie pedal. In this second assessment, I readied the group by asking, "Who would like to go first?" After two of my fourteen students volunteered, I was met with silence and had to formulate a list on my own. The anxiety on their faces was evident as the bike requires a mindset all too familiar to them. The Assault Bike is a test of mental toughness, a battle of wills between the goal and the mind, which tells one to stop. Students readied themselves in various ways, some rowing, others pacing the floor, too focused on doing much of anything. As each student readied themselves on the bike, their expression was both intense and anxious, as they knew all too well the physical demand and toll that results from giving every ounce of energy one has to give. With the completion of their test, each student pulled themselves off the bike, only to find refuge on the floor, too exhausted to provide insight or comment on their achievement. Nevertheless, each student outperformed their original test. The numbers below demonstrate their growth over the winter season:


Student Name First Time Second Time +- Time

Albert 1.15 1.05 -.10

Santi 1.15 .53 -.62

Henry 1.05 .51 -.54

Cory 1.08 1.10 +2.0

Bruce 1.20 1.08 -.12

Harrison xx 1.11

Emma 1.30 1.21 -.09

Ethan 1.31 1.04 -.27

Kingsley 1.09 .52 -.57

Franco 1.07 .31 -.76

Dolan xx 1.36

Jake xx 1.56

Sasha 1.45 .48 -.97


Sasha, Franco, and Santi produced the best time differentials. But in the end, as the numbers show, each student made impressive gains. I hope that each child's experience with fitness has given them a better understanding of fitness and that hard work and perseverance can pay off.

Thank you to each of my Fitness students; it was a pleasure being part of your life for ten weeks.