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Clash of the Titans – Avon Old Farms vs. Deerfield Academy

Outside of the MIAA in Maryland, the Founders League boasts the most depth in the country. AOF and Deerfield are two perennial contenders for the league title. Take note of the names in the highlights as you will see them again and again in NCAA scoresheets in the seasons to come.

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Is Ultimate Frisbee really a sport?

PCU

By Bill Kirk bkirk@andovertownsman.com

There are no referees. No cheerleaders. And at the end of each game, the teams sing songs to each other.

This is certainly not your typical sport.

But it is Ultimate Frisbee.

Once derided as a game for hippies, Ultimate Frisbee has attracted growing interest from “nerds and geeks” who more than likely end up at elite colleges where they continue playing the sport they love.

– See more at: http://www.andovertownsman.com/local/x1912993373/The-spirit-for-Ultimate-Frisbee-soaring-as-a-team-sport#sthash.W8hX4tVL.dpuf

The article states that lots of good schools have Ultimate Frisbee, including Phillips Andover. Big Deal. No officials means it’s not a sport. Can you think of one sport without some kind of official to enforce the rules? Even golf has officials in tournaments. And if you say Quidditch, just get out.

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America’s Cup “Cupdate”

Those of you who have followed by articles from the beginning know that I’m definitely more of a power boater than a sailor. However, since I hostessed the Governor’s Cup last summer (more on that in the next few weeks), I have been obsessed with the America’s Cup.  This last Saturday, Balboa Yacht Club hosted an informational dinner presentation describing all of the recent updates for the regatta.  As a faithful member and A-Cup enthusiast, I obviously had to attend.

Since its start in 1851 at the World’s Fair in England, the America’s Cup Regatta has become sailing’s pinnacle event.  New York Yacht Club had held the trophy for 132 years, until 1983 when it was won by Australia.  Since then, the Cup has been won by a multitude of yacht clubs in different countries around the world, and the regatta has taken place in a countless number of locations.  This year, the regatta will be held in San Francisco, smack in the middle of the bay (practically unheard of in the world of large scale regattas).

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The amazing part of all of this is the fact that it will be so easy to watch.  Sure, St. Francis and Golden Gate Yacht Clubs will be amazing places to watch the regatta from, but the City of San Francisco is also currently in the midst of building an entire “America’s Cup Village” and “America’s Cup Park,” which are projected to bring in nearly $1 billion in revenue over the 4 month span of July-October.  The village will include a 9200-person stadium, which will be fantastic for the musical events that are expected to take place.  Imagine Dragons, Train, Jason Mraz… the talent is endless!

america's cup village

Not only will viewing in person be made possible, but this will also be the first time the Cup will ever be aired on a major news network!  NBC will be showing full coverage of the races, with amazing technology to make it easier to track the races.  If you’ve ever watched a football game on TV, you’ve seen the digital “1st Down Line.”  Well, sailing enthusiasts have discovered a way to use the same technology to track the routes of the competing boats, making it easier for everyone to understand the races.

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Another piece of exciting news–this year, the boats will change from AC45’s to AC72’s, which basically means they’ll be a whole lot bigger.  These catamarans (boats with 2 hulls) are able to foil (rise out of the water with fin-like stabilizers keeping control, as seen here) with ease and speed (Team Oracle USA reached 42-knots in February, approximately 48-mph, as seen here).  The boats have a massive 40-meter (130-foot) mast, controlled by an 11-person crew.  I have to say, Team Luna Rossa of Italy will be sailing the most aesthetically pleasing boat… I mean, they are sponsored by Prada.

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If my words haven’t converted you to an A-Cup lover, let these videos do the work.  I could literally watch America’s Cup videos for hours everyday, and still never get enough.  The following is a promo from last year to get everyone excited about the regatta.  Needless to say, it succeeds.

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5 Questions with Haymakers for Hope

I was recently put in touch with Andrew Myerson, Co-Founder of Haymakers for Hope, thanks to our friends at Streaker Sports! After getting in touch with Andrew, I had the pleasure of learning more about his charity organization.

1. How can prep schoolers around NYC and Boston get involved? 

There are a lot of different ways, but unfortunately fighting is reserved for men and women who are already out of college and in the work force. We are always looking for people to help us sell t-shirts around to help build awareness, and people who can help us spread the word about our organization. We always can use an extra set of hands on the night of the event as well.

2. Favorite moment while training/fighting in the ring?

Training is the toughest part, and the actual fight should be fun (should be). I would say win or lose the best moment is when that final bell rings because you get the most amazing sense of accomplishment. As Muhammad Ali said, “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

3. Where do you see Haymakers for Hope heading in 2013?

We’re going to do 3 shows in 2013. The timelines for our flagship Boston and NYC shows will be the same, and then we’re adding an all women’s show in October to benefit breast cancer month.

4. Favorite boxing movie?

Gotta be Rocky 4!

5. What are the most rewarding parts of involvement with Haymakers for Hope?

Outside of writing big checks to organizations like Dana Farber and Memorial Sloan Kettering, I would say being able to watch the development of each fighter over the four-month training program is really great to see. For a lot of fighters day one is the first time they’ve ever put on boxing gloves, so to see them go from learning to throw a punch, actually being able to get in the ring to fight in four months is a really amazing transformation.

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Greater Boston Prep School Commits — 2013

Here’s a list of 2013’s most recent private school commits via The Boston Herald.

FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS

Amherst: Brian O’Malley (St. Sebastian’s), Matthew Gustafson (Belmont Hill), Anthony Bongiorno (St. John’s Prep), Nick Widen (Middlesex)

Bates: James Fagan (St. John’s Prep), Nick LaSpada (Billerica/Taft)

Bentley: Sean Myers (Roxbury Latin)

Boston College: Mackay Lowrie (Roxbury Latin), Tevin Montgomery (Tabor)

Bowdoin: Harrison Carmichael (North Attleboro), Brian Mullin (St. Sebastian’s), Daniel Wanger (Belmont Hill), Dylan Mann (Masconomet)

Brown: Richard Jarvis (Belmont Hill), Matt Girard (Phillips Exeter), Jake Whalen (Phillips Exeter)

Bryant: Aaron Gilmer (Thayer), Matt Rega (BB&N), Brandon Owens (BC High), Hunter Taute (Xaverian)

Colby: Justin Lamere (Milton Academy), Duncan Sewall (Milton Academy), Chris Marano (St. Sebastian’s), Mike Roberts (BC High)

Columbia: Willie Peoples (BB&N)

Cornell: Nick Bland (Milton Academy), Adam Basri (Milton Academy)

Dartmouth: Lucas Bavaro (St. John’s Prep), Jonathan DiBiaso (Everett/Phillips Exeter)

Elon: Ikenna Nwokeji (Thayer)

Endicott: F.J. Murphy (St. John’s Prep)

Franklin and Marshall: Brian Wolpe (St. Sebastian’s), Brendan Daly (St. Sebastian’s)

Hamilton: Matt Snider (BB&N), Conor Powers (St. John’s Prep)

Harvard: Devon Robertson (Phillips Exeter)

Holy Cross: Mark McGuire (BC High)

John Carroll: Pat O’Hearne (BC High)

Maine: John Reddington (Xaverian/Loomis Chaffee)

Mass. Maritime: Skyler Evans (BC High)

Merrimack: Stephen Camarro (St. John’s Prep), Jaleel Johnson (BC High), Justin Mount (Westford Academy)

McGill: John Oda-Gallagher (Milton Academy)

Michigan: Maurice Hurst (Xaverian)

Middlebury: Will Fleming (St. George’s), Ryan Rizzo (Milton Academy), Nick Andonian (Middlesex)

Penn: Alex Moore (St. John’s Prep), Austin Kreinz (Portsmouth Abbey)

Penn State: D.J. Crook (Barnstable/Worcester Academy)

Princeton: Luke Catarius (BC High)

Rhodes: Petros Davos (Belmont Hill)

Sacred Heart: Tim Johnson (BC High), Korey Kajko (Lexington/Wilbraham and Monson)

Simon Fraser: Andreas Robinson (Phillips Exeter)

Stanford: Lucas Hinds (Dexter)

Stonehill: Colin Smith (Governor’s Academy)

Trinity: Darrien Myers (Lawrence Academy), Archi Jerome (Thayer), Ben Rosenblatt (BB&N)

Tufts: Connor Drinon (St. Paul’s), Tucker Mathers (St. John’s Prep), Jackson Bockhurst (BC High)

UMass: Tyshon Henderson (St. George’s), Peter Ngobidi (Catholic Memorial), Costa Toubekis (Dexter)

Union: Harry Kennedy (St. Sebastian’s)

Villanova: Lincoln Collins (BC High)

Virginia: Jack McDonald (BC High)

Wake Forest: Brendan O’Neil (BB&N)

Wesleyan: Ryan Welch (Cushing) * also playing baseball

Williams: Jon Linen (St. Paul’s)

COMMITMENTS IN OTHER SPORTS

BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY

Georgetown: Jonathan Green (St. John’s)

BOYS LACROSSE

UNC: Tate Jozokos (Governor’s Academy), Ryan Macri (Governor’s Academy)

BOYS SOCCER

Northeastern: Robert Schallmo (Thayer), Harrison Balder (Thayer)

SOFTBALL

Tufts: Carrie Copacino (BB&N)

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Hitting the Slopes

Number one on any skier’s Christmas list

Last weekend myself and some buddies piled into the car and made the trip up to Mount Snow in Vermont for some skiing. Definitely not our ideal location but skiing nonetheless. While there we ran into some bros and gals from St. Johnsbury Academy, one of Vermont’s oldest prep schools that has produced numerous senators and a president in Calvin Coolidge. When I asked how the skiing had been I received a strange look. Then it hit me and my buddies, not one of them had poles, they were all snowboarding.

I was in awe, I had always viewed skiing as the traditional winter sport epitomizing the prep-school lifestyle. If anyone remembers the Johnny Tsunami movie, skiing was only for the elite private school kids and snowboarders weren’t allowed on their side of the  mountain. What happened to the good old days? Maybe times are changing and snowboarding is becoming acceptable among the elite when it used to be just for mountain bums. I’m not sure what the answer is so I figured who better to ask but the preps yourselves.


Like I said Mount Snow is definitely NOT ideal for skiing, and maybe that’s where I went wrong so I wanted to hit you guys with what are going to be some gems this winter for New England skiing. Obviously besides the amazing slopes out west such as Vail Resort in Colorado, my personal favorite, the second best option is New England. My biggest hidden gem is Jay Peak in northeastern Vermont. Since being taken over by Forbes lister Bill Stenger, foreign investments totaling over 200 million dollars have poured in from Switzerland, Austria and Canada.

With all that money being poured into the resort the mountain is becoming a luxury to ski at and one of my new favorites. The same investment group has also bought nearby Burke Mountain and is transforming the small slopes into a hotbed for skiers. Although a four and half hour drive from Boston these mountains are guaranteed to have some of the freshest powder in New England and are a prime location for prep schoolers who want to hit the slopes over winter break.

From the family lodge,

Nantucketredman

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Sideline Swap

If you’re an athlete you love having apparel from you’re sport. Wether it’s a club team, college or at the professional level. Sideline Swap is the way to go. You can sell trade and buy things pertaining to your favorite sport. They even have stuff worn by pros and top college players. If you’re a lacrosse player like I am, this is heaven. They have helmets, heads, and uniforms worn by household names. Check out the website, sidelineswap.com, create your own locker where you can sell and trade. Give them a follow on twitter for some sweet promos as well(@SidelineSwap).

Founder Brendan Candon attended Chaminade in NY and played lax at Holy Cross as well.

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Prep School Game of the Week: Roxbury Latin vs. Brooks

For any New England preps who are around Boston tonight, you should add this game onto your list of to-dos tonight.

Roxbury Latin squares off against the Brooks School @ Catholic Memorial under the lights @ 7pm.

Roxbury Latin is the ISL favorite this season led by senior QB and BC commit, Mackay Lowrie.

Check out some film from previous seasons below.

Old school:

vs. New School

 

All info on attendance and such can be found on this Facebook event page.

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It’s time for some football, y’all!

Kickoff tonight with two of the preppiest schools in the SEC: Vanderbilt v. South Carolina. The Commodores vs. the Gamecocks. Can you feel it, deep down in your plums???

Vandy has the coach who said that he only hires assistant coaches with hot wives (because it shows that they can “recruit”) and Carolina has one of the greatest college coaches of all time in Steve Spurrier.

CAROLINA GAMECOCKS

VS.

VANDERBILT COMMODORES

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Mackay Lowrie of Roxbury Latin is our latest featured prep athlete

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If Mackay Lowrie’s highlight tape doesn’t get you pumped for Saturday prep school football games, I don’t know what will. I haven’t seen any QB in the ISL this good since Jordan Johnson of Brooks/BYU (QB/DB). The Boston College commit from Roxbury Latin led the ISL with 1500 yards passing. He was also 3rd in the ISL with 500 yards rushing. Also note, ISL football teams only play 8 games a season. We hope Lowrie helps RL find success this fall.  It’d be sweet to see him in a few years bringing BC back into the top 25!

Follow Mack on twitter @Mack_Lowrie7.

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