Celebrating our Athletes
As the Winter Sports Season ramps up, Pioneers celebrate a successful Fall Season.
The Eagle Hill School Pioneers celebrated a fantastic return to action this fall, as each program competed against other schools for the first time in almost two years. The boys soccer, girls soccer, cross country, volleyball, and rowing teams each enjoyed success this year, capping off their respective seasons with a year-end banquet to recognize the hard work from athletes and coaches.
The girls soccer program coached by EHS athletics facility manager Shane Francoeur put forth a tremendous effort this year, and despite their smaller team size, the team made up for it with their heart and passion in showing up to the field every day.
The boys soccer program coached by EHS assistant athletic director Ian Kelly overcame an 0-4 start to their year to win 3 out of their last 5 matches. After a thrilling victory against Hartsbrook School in the RVAL quarterfinals, the boys came up just short with a heart-breaking RVAL semifinal loss to CATS Academy Boston. Earning 1st team All-SENE was Tejas V., with Luca Z. and Rowan B. earning SENE 2nd team and honorable mention, respectively.
“The 2021 boys varsity soccer season was especially exciting because it was a return to playing games. Getting to play against high-quality opponents added to that excitement. The team played extremely well and was competitive in each game, with seniors playing a massive role in our efforts this season. It was great to see Tejas, Luca, and Rowan awarded with All-League SENE honors,” said Kelly.
The girls' volleyball program also improved throughout the season, with impressive victories against Deerfield Academy and Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Coached by long-time EHS faculty and staff members Kim Bonica and Ken Leyva, the team was known for their tremendous work ethic, team spirit, and grit in participating in many close contests.
The rowing and cross-country programs also displayed tremendous achievements from their athletes, with many recognized at their year-end banquets for their commitment and leadership in the school community.
The rowing team, known for its avid and loyal community of student-athletes and supporters, brought energy to every race. Bringing back an old yet important tradition team captains sported unique, flannel tops that have been passed down from old captains over the years. The team worked diligently together throughout the season and improved their skills from race to race.
The cross-country team boasted three top-10 finishers in the SENE All-League male’s division (Ryan F., Henry S., and Harrison S.) and three top-15 finishers in the SENE All-League female’s division (Samantha P., Sarah R., and Allegra L.)
The Pioneers now quickly turn their attention to the winter season, with tryouts beginning the week of November 15th for boys and girls basketball, wrestling, swimming, and squash programs.
“It’s a really exciting season to look forward to, as the buzz from the student-athletes is radiating throughout campus. They’ve missed out on so much over the last 18 months that it’s going to be fun to go out and play other schools this winter,” said Matt LaCoille, associate director of development and girls basketball coach.
EHS wrestling coach Ian Kelly added, “we are excited to have a good number of returning wrestlers that bring a great deal of experience to the mat. In addition, there several new team members will move directly into varsity sports and contribute to the team immediately. We look forward to competing at the EIL Tournament and sending wrestlers who qualify on to the New England Championships.
Here’s to another great season of cheering on the Pioneers!