Thought I would revisit this topic in light of the tremendous SUCCESS of the winter athletic programs at the Academy. The silence on this board in that regard is remarkable, but not at all surprising. How very easy it was to deride and belittle the Academy and it’s athletics (and athletes by some of you!) when the football team was languishing through a difficult season. People jumping all over each other to question everything about the Academy from financial management to supposed emphasis on pitiful and unsuccessful athletic programs and facilities at the expense of science, arts etc. (A ridiculous assertion in the eyes of anyone who sees the academic success of Academy students).
Over the course of this winter season, the girls gymnastic team won their third straight CT state title, and finished 2nd in New England. The Cheerleaders won the ECC championship, Girls Basketball qualified for the State tournament for the first time since 2006, and the boys Bball team won the ECC Large school division championship for the first time in history and are currently enjoying a very good run in the State tournament, ranked #2 and playing in the semifinals later this week. I understand that to many all of this tremendous success is rather trivial, after all its all only silly games, but as for me, I salute the players, coaches and fans at/or the Academy on thier hard won victories and achievements – GO CENTAURS!
Wrap-up of the Boys Basketball season.
PS: They put down a new (used) floor for basketball in the gym. before everyone gets excited about where they got the money, it was raised by the Woodstock Foundation for the express purpose of replacing the existing floor. I believe $60k was raised in a very short time and no doubt that is going to drive quite a few of you folks crazy. I on the other hand think it’s terrific!