Tennis - Varsity
Avon Old Farms
Tradition: Varsity tennis has been a varsity sport at Avon Old Farms since the spring of 1953 and has established a strong winning tradition. Our overall mission is to produce a cohesive and competitive team each year that embodies the values of hard work, sportsmanship, teamwork, and respect for the game of tennis.
Participation: The varsity team will carry eight to ten players and the junior varsity will have twelve to fifteen players. There are fifteen dual matches scheduled each season and a post season tournament for qualifying teams and individual players.
Facilities: With the generosity of the Globe Foundation, the nine court tennis complex was dedicated in the spring of 2002. Since then, the facility has been home to the varsity and junior varsity teams and has also hosted a variety of summer tennis camps.
Competition: We participate in the Founders League and our opponents include Hotchkiss, Taft, Choate Rosemary, Kingswood, Pomfret, Salisbury, Westminster, Trinity Pawling, Cheshire, Kent, Suffield Academy, Canterbury, Williston, The Gunnery, and Loomis Chaffee.
Format: The match format is similar to collegiate tennis and commences with three doubles matches followed by six singles matches. The team winning the majority of the doubles matches earns one team point and each of the singles matches count for one team point. The team that secures four points wins the duel match. Players can play both doubles and singles.
Stand-outs: Varsity tennis players have gone on to play college tennis at Boston University, University of Michigan, Williams, Hobart William Smith College, Union College, University of Hawaii, The University of Iowa and many others colleges and universities.
Team Success: With several players hailing from Richmond Virginia, several teams in the 1960’s had outstanding seasons. The 1978 team went 10-2. During the period of 1992-1995 the team went 46 and 13 and more recently, from 2001 to 2005, the team had 66 wins against only 10 losses. The 2003 team was undefeated and co-Founders’ League Champion and several other teams have been ranked in the top eight in New England. In 2012 we went 10-6 and were invited to the New England Championships and in 2013 we were 13-3 and beat Hotchkiss 4-3, a team that went on to the finals of the New England Championship where they lost Andover 4-3.
The Avon difference: It is rare for a Prep School tennis program to have all the factors of wonderful facilities, assessable indoor facilities, a strong tradition, and very experienced and passionate coaching. There are several public indoor facilities within six miles of campus where serious tennis players can find excellent instruction and competition.
About Mr. Raposo
I grew up in Somerset, Massachusetts. That is where I really fell in love with music. In high school, I played in marching band, jazz ensemble, concert band, and orchestra. During my junior and senior years I performed with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. This experience solidified what it was I wanted to study when I went to college. Upon graduation, I attended the University of Hartford and then Yale University. Having made some connections here in Connecticut, I decided to settle in Hartford and begin my career. For the last 22 years I have been teaching band, orchestra, guitar, and music technology in the public schools. I have also maintained a varied performance schedule during this time as well. My performance outlets have ranged from orchestra to bluegrass. I currently live in Simsbury, CT with my wife, two children, and two dogs!
WHAT EXPERIENCE LED YOU TO AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
I received two Bachelors degrees from the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music. These degrees are in Tuba Performance and in Music Education. My Master of Music is also from the Hartt School in Instrumental Pedagogy. I have worked as a middle and high school music teacher for the past 22 years in Connecticut Public School Systems. My work experience has led me through Wethersfield, Avon, and Regional School District 12 in Washington, CT.
My volunteer work has revolved mainly around music and sports. I have volunteered with the Connecticut Music Educators Association as All State Band Chair, Middle School Judge Chair, and High School Regional Audition Host. In the sports world, I have volunteered as an assistant coach for soccer and baseball.
WHY DO YOU TEACH AT AVON OLD FARMS SCHOOL?
When creating art, we seek truth. We attempt to share a piece of who we are with our audience and band mates. The work and self discipline that is required assists us in finding out who we can become and what we can achieve. My goal has always been to help my students reach their potential as people and student musicians.