Alumni enews - Athletics Fall 2014

Caitlin Fearon '03 Named Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach at Denison University

Back when she was at The Country School, Caitlin Fearon '03 was a standout athlete and leader. Now she is sharing her talents with a host of younger athletes at Denison University. Read more.

Landing His Dream Job

When he graduated from The Country School, baseball was Jordan Bohinc's passion. He went on to Westminster and then Clemson, heading out to LA after graduation to pursue work in the entertainment field and eventually landing a job at William Morris Endeavor. Jordan tells us he loved his work at William Morris, but he had always dreamed about working for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last winter, he learned he’d been hired to work in the Dodgers’ front office.

“I couldn't be more excited for the future, because I am one of the lucky few that has the chance to chase my dreams,” he said. Jordan also recalled that, back when he was at The Country School and playing on the TCS baseball team, he also played Little League in Old Lyme with two former Country School schoolmates – James Blair ’04 and Graeme Clements ’05. The team they played for? The Dodgers.

From the Sports Desk

Jake Gadon '08 has taken his interest in sports to a whole other level. A junior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Jake is an aspiring sports broadcast journalist. As part of his program, he's been hosting live sports shows and reporting from the field. Check out this video from a recent broadcast. This summer, Jake had internships at ESPN and WTNH TV.

Doing TCS Proud on the Soccer Field

It's shaping up to be another excellent soccer season for Country School athletes, who last year tallied an undefeated season for all teams. Likewise, our alumni are performing well. After a stellar freshman season, Jordan Glassman '09 is continuing to rack up points as a sophomore at Kenyon College, ranked #2 nationally. In a game against Capital University a few weeks ago, he scored a hat trick.

Will Steiner '09, who was named to an All American team during his senior year at Fairfield Prep, is playing in the goal for Villanova. After being named to the NESCAC All Academic team at Wesleyan last year, Isabel Clements '07 is studying abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where she has scored 18 goals and had 10 assists for the UCT women's team. Elizabeth Weathers '09 was a co-captain at perennial powerhouse Loomis Chaffee last year and is now playing at Bowdoin College.

At the high school level, Madie Leidt '12, continues to play in the goal for Taft School. Last year, during her sophomore season, she was named a NEPSAC All Star in the Boston Globe and elected team captain for her junior year (she has also been elected captains for ice hockey and softball - an almost-unheard-of feat). After being named the Williams School's team MVP and to the WWNEPSSA All-Star the All-SENE teams last year, Abby Smith '11 is having another strong season, racking up points on goals and assists for Williams. Luke Nguyen '11 is also having another great season at Choate, where he has scored multiple goals as a co-captain. Last year he was named All New England and twice named Athlete of the Week.

Other former Country School athletes playing high school soccer include Sarah Platt '14 at Choate and Honor Clements '12 at Exeter. Lizzy McGrady '14 has been a scoring machine at Miss Porter's, where she recently had a hat trick for the JV team in a game against Kent. Marja Van Mierlo '14 has also been scoring for Choate's JV, while Gaby Salgar '14 has been doing some great work in the goal for Westminster's JV.

Lauren Yue is Wesleyan Rookie of the Year

Lauren Yue '13 has started out strong this season, with five assists for the Wesleyan University women's field hockey team. Last year, as a freshman, she was named Rookie of the Year. She also plays lacrosse for Wesleyan. In high school at Loomis Chaffee, she was a three-sport varsity athlete, playing field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse.

Charlie Zane '12 Receives Basketball Accolades

As a sophomore at Hopkins last year, Charlie Zane '12 won athlete of the week honors after scoring 28 points in Hopkins' victory over Rye and 20 points in their win over Hamden Hall. In a related newspaper story, Rocco DeMaio, Hopkins basketball coach, said, "I knew Charlie would be one of our top scorers one day, but I didn't expect it to happen so soon."

Maria Boyle Rows Internationally

Congratulations to Maria Boyle '12, who rowed in Spain this summer with the 2015 U.S. Junior Worlds Development Team. When Maria returned from Spain, she rowed with the Blood Street Sculls, competing alongside former classmates Honor Clements and Remy Newton. One of the Blood Street coaches this summer was Alastair Clements '08, now rowing at Columbia.

MacKenzie Hawkes '11 Wins Women's Golf Championship

At the age of 17, MacKenzie Hawkes '11 won the Connecticut Women's Golf Association championship this summer. MacKenzie just started her senior year at Westminster. Read an article from the New Haven Register here.

Sporting New (and lucky?) Basketball Uniforms

Alumni who played on the boys' basketball team may have received a letter last summer asking for donations to help purchase new basketball uniforms. The letter came from Oliver Zane, an 8th Grader, who wrote that he wanted to give back to the school that had done so much for him.

More than a dozen families responded with donations, and so last season the boys' basketball team sported new Nike uniforms, and they may have brought some good luck. The team went undefeated for most of the season, ultimately logging a 6-and-2 record. Here's to many more great basketball seasons - in some flashy new jerseys. And many thanks to everyone who supported the effort to obtain new uniforms, with a particular shout out to Oliver!

Kerry Wallack '06 Named BankNewport Student-Athlete of the Week

Last winter marked another great basketball season for Kerry Wallack '06. Among other accolades, Kerry was named BankNewport Student-Athlete of the Week at the University of Rhode Island. Read more.

Joining Each Other at Nationals

Emily Yue '11, a student at Deerfield Academy, and Madie Leidt '12, a student at Taft, found themselves on the same mid-Fairfield Hockey Team this winter. After the conclusion of their high school seasons, they joined their club team and brought home a silver medal from nationals. In addition to her work in the goal for Deerfield, Emily plays for the Chinese National Team. Madie plays varsity soccer, hockey, and softball for Taft, and was named captain for all three teams for her junior year.

Still Playing Together - And Serving Others

We were pleased to stumble across this photo of three members of the Class of 2011. Eddie and Joey Staten and Chris Jackson, all now students at Pomfret, joined forces in a 3 v 3 basketball tournament as part of Relay for Life to support the American Cancer Society. We particularly love their choice of uniform for the tournament! Fun to see Eddie, Joey, and Chris all wearing "Country" again - and doing something to - in the words of the TCS mission statement - "serve their communities and the larger world."

More Sports and Service: Raising Funds for Cancer Research

Last winter, Peter Augusciak '07, then a junior at MIT, raised funds for the American Cancer Society by participating in Relay for Life. This was his third Relay for Life, an undertaking he performs in honor of his late father, Joe. Peter is majoring in materials science and engineering and is a member of the men's varsity lightweight rowing team at MIT.

Phillip Crampton Playing Basketball at Kenyon

Phillip Crampton ’10 is playing basketball at Kenyon College. Phillip, who graduated from Daniel Hand in June, was accepted early admission to Kenyon, where he joins other former Country School athletes (Jordan Glassman - soccer and Alex Rieger - tennis).

Lucy Chadderton '09 Rowing at University of Wisconsin

Congratulations to Lucy Chadderton '09, who was recruited to row with the University of Wisconsin women's crew team. The University of Wisconsin has a top women's rowing program, having sent teams to nine of the last 10 NCAA championships. Read more.

After a Great Career at Hand, Alex Rieger to Play Tennis at Kenyon

Alex Rieger '10 entered Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) this fall, joining the Class of 2018. He plans to major in Economics and is a member of Kenyon's nationally ranked tennis team. Alex was a two year co-captain of the Hand tennis team, which won both the Class L CT state tennis championships and the Southern Connecticut Conference titles in 2013 and 2014.

Leading the State in Goals

Henry Hunt '12 and Sloane Sweitzer '12, both attending Lyme Old Lyme High School, burned up the lacrosse fields across Connecticut last season, with each of them gaining a spot as the leading scorer in Connecticut. On the boys' side, Henry had 86 goals for Old Lyme, while Sloane had 115 for the girls.

A Silver at Nationals

Also at Lyme Old Lyme High School, Honor Clements '12 and the teammates on her varsity 4+ boat won the Connecticut State public schools championship and then a silver medal at scholastic nationals in Saratoga, NY. More here.

Daniel Hartsoe '05 and Ultimate Frisbee

Daniel Hartsoe competed with the UPenn Ultimate Frisbee team during his undergraduate years and while taking graduate courses at Penn last year. He continued to play club ultimate throughout the summer, while teaching at the Choate Summer School. This year, Daniel plans to be doing some substitute teaching at The Country School, news that may be particularly welcome to TCS athletes who played on The Country School's first-ever ultimate frisbee team last spring.

Alums and Teacher Meet Up in Triathlon

Nina Hastings '14 and Tara Maloney '13 caught up with their former English teacher, Teresa Sullivan, during the Madison triathlon in September. (Left to right in this photo, Tara's mother, Macdara MacColl, Tara, Teresa, and Nina). Macdara and Teresa both competed as individuals. They were joined in the swimming by Nina and Tara. Noah '11 and Caleb '14 Hastings also participated. The event was sponsored by Zanes Cycles (thank you, Zane family!).