Athletes off to a Great Start

Dublin School opened the 2015 fall athletics season on a high note as all teams realized significant successes in the first competitions of the year.  

Boys’ Soccer went 3-0 as they found wins against River Valley Athletic League opponents Charlemont, Four Rivers, and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts. The boys looked sharp, although Coach McFall has confided that there is much work left to be done before the team reaches the level of play he knows they are capable of.  The early games have also afforded numerous athletes, including Dylan Savage ’16 and Wyatt Hodgkins ’19 the opportunity for their first tallies of the season.

Girls’ Soccer looked stellar in their first match against the Academy at Charlemont.  In the 4-0 win the Lady Wildcats dominated ball possession and pace of play and newcomers Stella Davis ’18 and Olivia O’Rourke ’19 exhibited the level of talent and determination the team needs to be contenders for the RVAL title. The team did get a reality check on Saturday when they faced the defending league champs, Stoneleigh-Burnham.  Dublin came out of the gate flat and found themselves behind 0-5 at the end of the first half.  Not to be deterred, the girls bounced back and went 1-0 in the second stanza and feel confident that their game and play will continue to improve moving forward.

The Cross Country team, nearly 40 runners strong, traveled to Berkshire Art and Technology for their first race of the season. The Boys and Girls both finished 3rd overall and will look to improve their times and places when they host the next race on Wednesday.  Casey Burgess ‘18 was the top Dublin Boys’ finisher coming in 5th overall.  He was followed by Calvin Bates ’17 in 10th and Will Campbell ’19 in 11th.  The Girls were led by Reilly Harrison ‘19 who finished 3rd, Lilly Bates ’19 in 4th, and Georgina Yang ’17 in 20th.

The Mt Bikers competed in their first Lakes Region Race held in Rutland, VT.  The course was in great condition and many on the team were racing for the first time.  Andrew Johnston ’16 and Sean Brown ’18 finished 3rd and 4th respectively in the C division while Sita Moses ’19 came in 4th for the Girls.  In the B division, Chris Brodie ’16 found his way to finish ahead of much of the pack in 6th place.

Silas Howe ’18 and Aidan Carter ’18 represented the Dublin School Sailing Team at the first regatta of the season in Portland, ME.  Among 18 schools competing, Dublin finished as well as 5th, putting them “in the hunt” as one of the stronger teams at the event.  As Coach Catlin suggests, “this stems from the high performance level they have been able to achieve together as a boat team in just a few days of practice since school began.”