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Beach Bonfire Guide

While June 21st is the start of Summer by astrological measurement and the Augustan Calendar, us preps get off to an earlier start. Every Memorial Day Weekend, we break out our whites, seersucker, and pastel prints for the Summer. While we treat this weekend as the beginning of the warmest time of the year, the weather patterns don’t always favor our plans for leisure.

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This past weekend, I was lounging in Chatham with my friends from Pomfret, Groton, Phillips Andover, Westminster, and Nobles. Our most challenging decision involved choosing whether to day drink at Chatham Bars Inn or Wychmere We celebrated our final night in quintessential fashion. While I grilled out for the gals, my friend mixed up some cocktails for overconsumption in the parlor. He is an alumnus of the Harvard School of Mixology and did not disappoint. Following a few stiff rounds, us gents decided to head out and start a bonfire on the beach. What could be a better night cap to the final evening of the weekend?

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Upon collecting fuel for the fire and arriving at the beach, it began to rain. Time was of the essence, and we had limited resources. Naturally, I took charge.IMG_7323

Here is a list of instructions which may help you the next time you are tasked with starting a beach bonfire even if you have limited resources and subpar conditions.

Step 1: Acquire some industrial sized palettes. Preferably of the seafood market variety.

Step 2: Find a secluded beach area. Preferably private.

Step 3: Dig your fire pit.

Step 4: Line the base of your fire pit with sand, rocks, or wet seaweed to prevent your fire from increasing in surface area. You don’t want to burn your beach house unless of course you have a fat insurance policy you can leverage to buy a house with a better view.

Step 5: Collect small sticks, lint, dry seaweed, and newspaper for tinder (not the dating app).

Step 6: Separate tinder to increase surface area and airflow.

Step 7: Place tinder underneath a corner of the palettes.

Step 8: Add a splash of high proof alcohol (Don Julio works like a charm).

Step 9: Collect larger pieces of dry drift wood, logs, or whatever other fuel you can find (private property signs always make for phenomenal fuel).

Step 10: Spark, blow, and watch it grow.

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Other tips:

-Marshmellows roast best on embers, not flames

-Don’t use towels or blankets if it’s raining

-Remember to bring a stocked cooler, but don’t waste all of the Goose on a fire you can start with nautical resources

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NE prep school hockey represents in upcoming NHL draft

The New England Hockey Journal is a must-read for anyone following hockey in the Northeast. They always do a great job breaking down the local prospects moving up to the next level from prep school.

Here are some of the top prep prospects in New England, possibly joining The Show in a few years.

  • John Hayden–Brunswick School
  • Wiley Sherman–Hotchkiss
  • Ed Ellis–Phillips Andover
  • Ryan Segalla–Salisbury
  • Miles Wood–Nobles
  • Connor Light–Phillips Andover
  • Tyler Wood–Nobles

New England prep school hockey is some of the best HS hockey in the country, but there are not too many good quality videos online. First Scout does a ton of lax videos, but I found this one of PE hockey. Enjoy.

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Is Ultimate Frisbee really a sport?

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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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Oldest rivalry in prep school sports. Take that, Exeter.

It’s not enough that Andover soccer  just flat out dominated rival Exeter 9-0, but they are making it good off the field too. Thanks for Twines & Vines fan James McLeod for the submission. Keep ’em coming and good luck to PA in the NEPSAC tournament.

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And the celebrity prep school grad of the week is…

…Olivia Wilde of Phillips Academy Andover.

Olivia Wilde makes me wonder why we have not featured her until now. Looking at her IMDB trivia, I can summarize that she is a natural blond vegan who was ranked as #15 on the 2011 Maxim “Hot 100” list, is currently single and once won a pancake eating contest in Australia. My kind of girl.

You can catch Olivia Wilde in the next year in “Black Dog, Red Dog,” “Better Living Through Chemistry,” and “Drinking Buddies.”

Way to go, PA Andover!

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Prep school rivals square off in NHL Playoffs

Cory Schneider/Avon Old Farms

Jonathan Quick/Phillips Academy Andover

The Vancouver Canucks are the NHL’s most-hated franchise, and Roberto Luongo is the goalie that everyone loves to hate. The L.A. Kings have opened a 2-0 lead in their playoff series with the Canucks. Since Luongo can’t keep the puck out of the net, his backup Cory Schneider (Avon Old Farms) could get the call. If this happens, Schneider will face his former prep school rival, Jonathan Quick (Phillips Academy Andover).

Schneider and AOF lost to Quick in the NEPSAC finals during Schneider’s senior year. All of Canada is hoping for a repeat of that result. 

Yes, I am a bit biased against the Canucks because I am a supporter of the reigning Stanley Cup Champs!

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Spring Sports Are Just Around The Corner!

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Although southern prep school’s Spring seasons are mostly underway, the Mid-Atlantic and North East are just getting rolling. Lots of teams are headed south for preseason training this year. Look around Tampa for some prep school lax this week. Here’s a taste of prep school lacrosse in New England this Spring.

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Phillips Andover grad tallies his first goal for Crimson

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Will Walker (Phillips Andover ’11) has certainly made his mark for the 15th ranked Harvard Crimson lax team over the weekend. The freshman attackman scored his first goal in his first game. Harvard went on to defeat UVM 11-4. Will’s brother Jack (Phillips Andover ’09) also had a goal.

***Note: in the video it says Will is committed to Duke. During his senior year, Will de-committed and then committed to Harvard***

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Saluting our prep school Presidents on President’s Day

With everyone kicking back and enjoying a day off on President’s Day, I figured that we should recognize those men who graduated from some of our country’s finest prep schools.

Franklin Roosevelt on the Groton Football Team

First up to the plate is Franklin D. Roosevelt. I did some research, and it seems like FDR is the first true prep school grad to win the high office. His cousin Teddy Roosevelt was home schooled. FDR went to Groton, and as much as we sometimes hate on Groton, I have some friends there and you can’t deny its a great school. 

Check out FDR in his Groton JV football t-neck. Classic.

 

JFK is swag surfing

Following FDR was John F. Kennedy. We have already written about JFK being so prep. He went to Choate before it became Choate Rosemary Hall and then went to Harvard.  Just check out the photo above. JFK had so much coastal swag going on that it was ridiculous.

George H.W. Bush as a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts

The next President up was George H.W. Bush, who attended Phillips Andover, ’42. Bush was a legend at Andover, and went to Yale to play some baseball AFTER serving in the Navy in WWII. Despite his wealth and connections, Bush chose to serve his country before going on to college. He and his family are well liked in Kennebunkport.

George W. Bush at Andover

Last up is George W. Bush, who also attended Andover. Bush followed in his father’s footsteps in many ways, although he did not excel as an athlete as his father did. Like his father, “W” went to Yale and then got his MBA from Harvard. Even though he has solid east coast prep cred, W really has more cowboy swag than anything else.

So, in case you are keeping score, it’s Groton: 1, Choate: 1 and Andover: 2. If Mitt Romney becomes president, Belmont Hill gets 1/2 a point because Romney sent all his boys there.

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Prep Standouts Face-off at the annual Beanpot Hockey Tourney

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The annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament is probably Boston’s most iconic college sporting event. Involving Northeastern, Harvard, BC, and BU, the tournament features some of the best talent the country has to offer.

In the championship game tonight, dozens of prep school attendees fill the rosters of BC and BU. I’ll do my best to list off the schools, but forgive me if I missed any.

Nobles & Greenough, B.B.N., Thayer Academy, Belmont Hill, Roxbury Latin, Lawrence Academy, Tabor Academy, Avon Old Farms, Phillips Andover, South Kent, Salisbury School, Brewster Academy, Catholic Memorial, Marshall Prep, Northwood School, Westminster, and Choate Rosemary Hall.

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