Boys’ lacrosse controversy shows connection is crucial to great coaching

When the boys’ varsity lacrosse team took on the Montgomery Blair Blazers last April, the expectation was victory. Instead, the heavy underdog Blazers sent the Patriots back with a discouraging 9-6 defeat, the Patriots’ fourth in a row. More disheartening, players felt that victory should have been theirs, because regular starters were relegated to the bench in the crucial late-game minutes. The sobering defeat perhaps … Continue reading Boys’ lacrosse controversy shows connection is crucial to great coaching

Varsity Letter: Best and worst of being a high school athlete

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens may not have been a high school student athlete, but his iconic words ring true in the fields and courts of our school’s sports teams. Being a student-athlete here is certainly a memorable experience, but the dizzying highs and lows can make it quite a hectic ride. These are the awesome … Continue reading Varsity Letter: Best and worst of being a high school athlete

From the inside: Why trying your best is worth it

“What’s the point?” “I’m a second semester senior, give me a break.” “This isn’t even on the test. Why should I study it?” “She’s only checking it for completion, so I’m not going to try.” Chances are that you’ve heard some, or maybe even all, of the above phrases in high school thus far. Especially as we head into fourth quarter and seniors know all … Continue reading From the inside: Why trying your best is worth it

Varsity Letter: Dealing with nerves

Some things never go away. Take nerves, a sensation that every athlete knows and deals with regularly. After three years of running for the varsity cross country and track teams, I thought I would have grown impervious to pre-race nerves. I remember the half-hour car rides to my eighth grade track meets, when I wanted to sink into the car’s passenger seat Get Out-style, as … Continue reading Varsity Letter: Dealing with nerves