RECAP: Winter Sports 2017

Winter Sports Recap

The Avon Old Farms winter sports season kicked off at the end of November following Thanksgiving Break, and it has been a very rewarding few months since then.

Winter is one of the busiest seasons at Avon, with 16 competitive teams, compared to only eight in the fall and 12 in the spring. Avon hosted a total of 115 home games, including some special nights like the annual Pink the Rink hockey game. In that time, our varsity teams fared well, with many season results favoring the Winged Beavers.

Varsity Results: Winter 2016 - 17

Varsity Hockey: Record: 19 – 6 - 3

Varsity Basketball: 15 - 8

Varsity Squash: 18 - 1

Varsity Wrestling: 9 - 16

Varsity Swimming: 3 - 5

Skiing: 0 - 4

Riflery: 0 - 4

Our squash team advanced to the 64th Annual New England Interscholastic Squash Boys' Class "A" Championships held February 24 – 26, 2017 at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH.

"These boys were a tight knit unit from day one," said head squash coach Josh Cardwell. "The upperclassmen had brought the fresh faces on the team up to speed on what would be required of them - both physically and mentally. This team, is the deepest that I've yet to coach at Avon Old Farms, and it showed in our results throughout the season."

This year, Avon placed third at the National High School team championships and for the fourth year in a row, was the highest placing boarding school program in the U.S. We capped off the regular season undefeated in the Founders League, retaining our title from the previous year - and then finished in second place in an agonizingly close finish at the season-ending Division "A" New England Championships. This was the school's highest placing to date, where we had more boys reach the final bracket of the main draw than any other team competing.

In basketball, our varsity squad made it into the NEPSAC Class "A" New England Championship. In the quarterfinal game on March 1, held on Cole Court, AOF beat Loomis Chaffee with a final score of 67 – 46. Avon advanced to the semifinal game on March 4, where they suffered a tough loss to Suffield Academy – the final score was 46 - 49.

The Winged Beavers hockey team also made it into the Large School Tournament this year. Avon took on Proctor Academy at Williston Northampton for the quarterfinal game, where they won 8 - 5. They advanced to the semifinals, also on March 4, where they defeated Brunswick School and went on to take the title on March 5 with a 8 - 1 win over Albany Academy.

In the pool, the varsity swimming & diving team also advanced to the NEPSAC Championship on March 4 where they placed second out of 11 teams.

We congratulate all our athletes on a strong season and look forward to the spring season as soon as they return from March break.