The Holderness athletic philosophy centers on graduating healthy kids and recognizing that what happens on the playing fields impacts learning in many ways. Certainly Holderness cares about competitive challenges and winning contests but there is something far greater about athletics -- striving to be your best, working together as a team, and emphasizing character development. In the service of developing good citizens, Athletic Director Rick Eccleston announced the Carry the Luggage initiative last year and he is doubling up on the initiative this year. Below is last year’s post describing the award and how it came about.
Summer days are long and leave us with plenty of time for adventuring. It’s been great fun watching news come in from all over the world and learning about the athletic accomplishments of our fellow Bulls. Here’s just a short list of the Bulls we know about.
It was a great winter for Holderness athletics; even now many snow sports athletes continue to compete in post-season events! In the regular season, both the boys' and girls' Nordic teams were victorious in the NEPSAC Championship race at Proctor, and the girls' varsity basketball team won the Class D NEPSAC Championship! We had a chance to recognize a few individual achievements of our winter athletes during our Winter Sports Assembly in March. Below are short write-ups on the student-athletes who were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments! Photos of individuals receiving their awards can be found in the Holderness Smugmug Gallery!
Snow sports athletes don’t always get the attention they deserve. Imagine training in the dead of winter, on the coldest and windiest days, often on the edges of darkness. They are a tough breed. They also travel a great deal, both for training and races; plane rides across the country are common and most weekend races involve missing classes and sleeping in hotels all over New England. On top of their rigorous academics, these athletes train long hard hours, get up early on weekends to compete, and relentlessly pursue ways to drop fractions of a second to pull ahead of their competitors.
Despite the rain, on February 11, hundreds of racers, fans, and volunteers gathered at Holderness School for the annual Cheri Walsh/Eastern Cup Race. From Lollipop kids to Master's racers, the competition was fierce but light-hearted. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out! Here's a highlight reel from the day: