The Academy at Penguin Hall Athletics teams had a strong Fall 2018 season. All four programs made great strides throughout the season, with each team improving their skills and ability to play well together. For the first time, we also had a student-athlete compete in cheerleading as part of a co-op with Hamilton-Wenham. Coaches and athletes from other schools frequently commented on how our student-athletes are both competitive and kind and that they bring a sense of humor and joy to their sport. They are excellent ambassadors for our school’s culture of kindness, displaying teamwork and sportsmanship on and off the field, court, and trail.
The soccer team had several dominant games, including two big wins over Malden Catholic. They also played an excellent game against Salem Academy, which was their best of the season. Since there were not a lot of subs, everyone had to dig deep and support each other. Carling Berglund ‘20, Elise Welch ‘20, and Bea Mendez ‘21 will serve as Team Captains next year.
Coach’s Award: Addie Martins ‘22
Most Improved: Grace Gardella ‘22
The Cross Country team continues to have runners who excel both on our home course and during away meets. During meets at APH, our runners finished in three of the top four spots. In September, Abby Picciano, ’19, traveled to Rhode Island to compete in the Ocean State Invitational cross country race. She was in a field of nearly 150 division 1 runners and finished 81st overall. Team Captains for next year are Sophie Chabot ‘20 and Bella Carroll ‘20.
Coach’s Award: Abby Picciano ‘19
Most Improved: Sophie Chabot ‘20
As the season progressed, both the Varsity and JV Volleyball teams continued to raise their level of play. They played very strong matches against tough opponents, especially during the end of the season. Notable wins for the Varsity team include defeating Salem Academy and Newburyport. JV also defeated Newburyport and pushed Landmark and Malden Catholic to three sets. Abby Bettencourt ‘20, Adriana Kotler ‘21, and Cat Sanders ‘20 were voted as Team Captains for next year.
Coach’s Award: Michelle Sohegian ‘19 (Varsity); Izzy Grenier ‘22 (JV)
Most Improved: Cat Sanders ‘20 (Varsity); Morgan Comito ‘21 (JV)
The entire team of both returning and new players significantly strengthened their skills over the course of the season. A tangible example of this is that by the end of the season, every single girl had improved her time during the weekly challenge of running two laps of the field. The team worked hard and also gained experience shooting on a goalie.
Coach’s Award: Caitlin Robinson ‘21
Most Improved: Caroline Healy ‘22
Through a co-op with Hamilton-Wenham, Norah Como ’21 competed as a member of the cheerleading team.
The team benefited greatly from her outstanding tumbling skills and solid support as a backer for stunts.
Nora also brought leadership and kindness to the team and they were the recipients of a Sportsmanship Award at a regional cheerleading competition.
Congratulations to all of our student-athletes, coaches, and families who support our teams!