Holderness School is proud to announce that 23 of its student-athletes committed to play competitive college athletics on Wednesday, November 8. These students represent some of the top athletic talent in New Hampshire and New England and are testaments to Holderness School’s culture of academic and athletic excellence. Congratulations to all!
The landscape surrounding Holderness School is ideal for winter mountaineering, with a wide range of terrain for beginners and advanced climbers alike. As the season changes, climbers encounter a variety of conditions, from rock to snow and ice.
Similar to the rock climbing team, the winter mountaineering team provides opportunities through which students can set and accomplish personal goals. In the winter we frequent the same venues—Rumney Rocks and Franconia Notch—climbing single and multi pitch ice. We also spend many afternoons in Crawford Notch State Park, renowned for its high concentration of world-class ice and alpine climbs. On longer days we try to get above the tree line into the alpine zone. Students learn skills critical to survival in the wilderness, including navigation, trip planning, and thriving and surviving in cold weather.
With the start of hockey season just a few short weeks away, and two of his student-athletes listed as “players to watch” by NHL Central Scouting 2023, Boys Varsity Hockey Head Coach Alan Thompson ’04 is cautiously optimistic about his team’s chances.
Congratulations to all the exceptional student-athletes and their coaches who made this spring sports season so memorable! The hard work, dedication, and passion displayed on the lacrosse field, the tennis court, the rock climbing crag or the skatepark, has represented Holderness School well.
Holderness School’s Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team just finished an historic, undefeated season in which they went 17-0, won the NEPSAC Lakes Region Championship, and had all three coaches named U.S. Lacrosse Coaches of the Year.
Taylor Dobyns ’16 thrives in high-pressure situations. Earlier this month, after finishing 2nd in North America in the Freeride World Qualifier, she qualified for the 2024 Freeride World Tour, where elite freeskiers and snowboarders travel the globe to compete on huge mountains and extreme terrain. And, later this spring, she will graduate from law school at the University of Denver. “I definitely get the exact same adrenaline rush having my heart in my throat before dropping into these huge big mountain comp lines and before getting up in court and giving a closing argument,” Taylor says. “My friends joke around that ‘Oh, of course you picked the only two professions – being a professional athlete or being a lawyer – where there’s a winner and a loser.’”