From an afternoon of nine hard-fought athletic contests at CA on Saturday, October 20, Concord Academy emerged victorious, holding on to the Chandler Bowl for the third year in a row.
CA got off to a slow start as Pingree won the first three games of the day, which were played at the Moriarty Athletic Complex. But CA teams quickly rallied back with three subsequent consecutive wins. Boys varsity cross-country posted the first win of the day, with girls JV volleyball following suit soon after. The girls cross-country team’s victory by a razor-thin margin knotted the overall tally at 3–3, and all eyes turned back to the JV soccer games to be played back at Moriarty.
Boys JV soccer struck quickly with an early goal and cruised to a 4–0 victory. Girls JV soccer rallied back from a 0–1 halftime deficit to take a 2–1 lead in the second half. Pingree scored a late goal, resulting in a 2–2 tie as the final buzzer sounded. The action then switched back to main campus for the ninth game of the day. In front of a fired-up CA crowd, girls varsity volleyball was just barely edged out of a victory in an exciting and hotly contested five-game match.
After five hours of competition across nine games, the final tally on the day stood at four wins for each school and one tie. The Chandler Bowl tiebreaker rule dictates that the school defending the bowl retains it unless the opposing team wins it back outright. Thus the bowl will stay in Concord for another year! Special thanks from the Athletics Department to the many folks who supported this campus-wide event. It was a day full of great community spirit!
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CA’s boys varsity soccer team captures EIL and NEPSAC titles. This was the third NEPSAC championship title in the past four years for CA, following recent championship wins for girls squash and boys cross-country. The boys varsity soccer team has advanced to the NEPSAC tournament in five straight seasons, seven times in the last eight years. It won EIL titles in 2017 and 2019.
The boys varsity squash team enjoyed an outstanding season! The team posted an eight-game win streak in the thick of the regular season to finish 9-4 overall. As a result, the team was ranked 27th out of 40 programs in New England, its highest ranking in the past five years, and earned a No. 3 seed in the Class D NEPSAC tournament at Westminster School this past weekend. Winning two of its three matches, including the second win of the season over ISL foe St. Marks, boys squash proudly returned to campus from NEPSACs with a third-place trophy. The girls varsity squash program was young and rebuilding this winter. Highlights were winning three of four matches in early January and the experience of competing in the Class E tournament at Pomfret.
The boys varsity basketball team swept its four non-conference games this season but was able to pull out only one of many close league games. The girls varsity team stepped away from the league this year to rebuild. Highlights included an exciting come-from-behind victory over league foe Dana Hall on Senior Day and the significant improvement of many young players across the course of the season. The girls and boys JV basketball teams both worked hard and greatly improved throughout the winter as well!
A number of competitors received special distinction from the Eastern Independent League (EIL), New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC), and Central Massachusetts Ski League (CSML).
CA’s Alpine ski and wrestling teams enjoyed strong seasons once again!
The girls varsity Alpine ski team dominated the Central Mountain Ski League (CMSL) this winter by winning every race. As a result, the team gathered a league championship at the CMSL awards ceremony at Wachusett Mountain and will see a banner raised to the gym rafters in honor of its accomplishment. The girls went on to carry their regular-season momentum into the NEPSAC championships at Waterville Valley, where they earned an impressive second-place finish in Class B. In addition, Tory Adams ’23 won the program’s first-ever NEPSAC individual championship! The boys enjoyed a second-place finish in the CMSL and represented the program well with their efforts at NEPSAC.
CA’s coed varsity wrestling program continued to grow, with 24 athletes competing for the Green this winter! The grapplers posted an impressive 9-4 regular-season record. In the EIL championship meet at Portsmouth Abbey, CA secured a second-place finish, with five wrestlers finishing in the top two of their weight class. Four wrestlers went on to represent CA well at the NEPSAC championships in Hartford, Conn., this past weekend.