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  • Fall athletics registration and tryout information

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 7/12/2018

    How to register to participate in athletics and fall tryout times for student-athletes at The Woodstock Academy


    The Woodstock Academy offers the convenience of online registration for our athletic programs through partner company, FamilyID (www.familyid.com).  FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, you enter your information once for multiple uses, multiple children and multiple programs.



    Before any student can participate in a sport or tryout for a team, the following requirements must be met:

    1. The FamilyID online registration must be completed by a parent or guardian only
    2. All student-athletes MUST turn in a copy of their most recent physical to the nurse’s office prior to the first day of practice. Physicals are good for 13 months from the date of the exam. Students with expired physicals will not be permitted to participate in practices or games until a new physical is turned in. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete and the parents to make sure a current physical is on file with the nurse’s office.
    3. Any additional medical information concerning your child’s health, medical concerns, injuries, medications and allergies should be reported to the Nurse and Athletic Trainer.
    4. Impact Testing (baseline concussion testing) must be completed
    5. Type in the following web address: https://www.impacttestonline.com/testing
    6. Enter the following customer code (not case sensitive): sgf2jc9uqn
    7. Select “Verify” (it looks like you may have made a mistake, by you just need to select “Launch Baseline Test”
    8. Follow on screen instructions to complete demographic information, symptom scores and testing modules



    LINK TO COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION:  https://www.familyid.com/sign_up  

    It will be helpful to have the following information handy to allow for accurate completion of your online registration.

    Doctor Information

    Health Insurance Information



    A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link https://www.familyid.com/sign_up and follow these steps:

    If you already have an account:

    Log in using your username (email address) and passcode. Then proceed to find program link. Search for Woodstock Academy and then follow registration details from there.

    If you do not already have an account:

    1. Sign Up for your secure FamilyID account by entering your family name, email address and password. You will receive an email with a link to confirm your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your spam or junk folders)
    2. Click on the link in your email confirmation.
    3. Go back to https://www.familyid.com/sign_up and log in using your username (email) and passcode. Then proceed to find program link. Search for Woodstock Academy and then follow registration details from there.



    If you need assistance, call Family ID at 888-800-5583 X1. Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly.



    (Dates & Times are Subject to Change – Please Check Website Prior to Tryouts for up to date info)


    Boys soccer

    Thurs., Aug. 23

    3-5 p.m. (arrive at 2 p.m.) at Bentley Athletic Complex grass fields

    Head coach: Paul Rearden


    Phone: 860-420-8331


    Girls soccer

    Thurs., Aug. 23

    3-5 p.m. (arrive at 2 p.m.) at South Campus Turf Field

    Head coach: Dennis Snelling


    Phone: 860-933-5538



    Mon., Aug. 13

    4 p.m. equipment; 6-8 p.m. practice at South Campus Turf field

    Head coach: Sean Saucier


    Phone: 860-329-9222



    Thurs., Aug. 23

    1 p.m. (report at noon) in South Campus gym

    Head coach: Dana Huber


    Phone: 860-207-1681


    Boys cross-country

    Thurs., Aug 23

    9-11 a.m. (report at 8:15 a.m.) at South Campus track

    Head coach: Peter Lusa


    Phone: 860-428-4364


    Girls cross-country

    Thurs., Aug 23

    9-11 a.m. (report at 8:15 a.m.) at South Campus track

    Head coach: Joe Banas


    Phone: 860-367-7546


    Field Hockey

    Thurs., Aug. 23

    8-10 a.m. (arrive at 7:15 a.m.) at Bentley Complex turf field

    Head coach: Lauren Gagnon


    Phone: 860-830-8336



    Thurs., Aug. 23

    9th Grade – 9–10:30 AM (Report 8:15 AM) at North Campus Gym                                         

    10th–12th Grades– 11 AM-1 PM & 3-4:30 PM (Report 10:15 a.m.) at North Campus gym

    Head coach: Adam Bottone


    Phone: 860-634-3149



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  • Senior Athletes Announce College Choices

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 6/15/2018


    Senior athletes


    Senior athletes (Left to right) Clara Siegmund, Kalianna Dingui, Olivia Perry, Mark Dumas, Madison Brennan, Casidhe Hoyt, Kennedy Davignon and Lindsey O'Dea announced their college destinations Thursday.

    Senior athletes announce college choices

    The Woodstock Academy honored seniors who are planning to continue their athletic careers in the colleges of their choice on Thursday.

    Eight senior student-athletes were honored in the North Campus dining common with seven of them continuing on to Division III schools.

    Casidhe Hoyt was the only athlete who signed a National Letter of Intent during the ceremony. Hoyt will attend American International College, a Division II school in Springfield, Mass. where she will continue her field hockey career.

    Hoyt finished with two assists and two defensive saves this past fall.

    A four-year varsity player in field hockey, Hoyt also participated in softball all four years.

    She hit .425 with 21 runs driven in for the Centaurs on the softball field this past spring.

    “I look forward to meeting people from all over the world. My mentor is from Australia,” Hoyt said of her upcoming college experience. “I’m also looking forward to traveling with the team.”

    Clara Siegmund will move on to play tennis for the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen in Providence in the fall.

    Siegmund was an All-Eastern Connecticut Conference 1st team girls tennis selection for the last two years and posted a 12-5 record this spring. She finished with three assists and six defensive saves for the Centaurs’ field hockey team this past fall.

    Lindsey O’Dea has decided to continue to participate in track and field when she attends Suffolk University in Boston.

    O’Dea qualified for the Class L state championship in the event.

    Madison Brennan was recently honored for scoring over 100 goals in her lacrosse career at The Academy. It was a sport she just took up in high school but has grown to love it and will continue to play at Worcester State University.

    Brennan helped the Centaurs to their best finish ever, a 14-5 mark, their first ECC Division II co-championship and their first appearance in the ECC tournament by scoring 55 goals this spring.

    Her strong defensive skills and athleticism also helped the Centaurs make it as far as the Class L quarterfinals this past basketball season.

    Olivia Perry will attend Castleton University in Castleton, VT. where she will continue her basketball career at the Division III level. Perry averaged 4.9 points per game with four 3-pointers for the Centaurs.

    Perry was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Putnam Rotary Club All-Star shootout in March.

    Kalianna Dingui will remain in state and play junior college basketball for the UConn-Avery Point Pointers in Groton.

    The senior averaged 3.8 points with seven 3-pointers this past season.

    Kennedy Davignon has decided to attend Emmanuel College in Boston where she will play soccer for the Saints.

    Davignon had three goals and seven assists for the Centaurs this past fall and was a team captain along with Olivia Perry and Makara Sorel.

    Davignon was also a sprinter for both the indoor and outdoor track programs.

    Davignon was also named the Oustanding Female Athlete of the Class of 2018 at The Academy.

    Mark Dumas plans to continue to pursue excellence in track and field at Regis College in Weston, Mass.

    Dumas was an ECC Division II All-Star after finishing first in the Division and third overall at the ECC championship in the shotput.

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  • Spring Sports Awards handed out on Tuesday

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 6/13/2018

    Spring Sports Awards handed out on Tuesday

    The spring athletic season ended Tuesday with the annual Spring Sports Awards Night at the Center for the Arts on South Campus.

    Over 300 student-athletes took part in spring athletics at the Academy this year and many of them were recognized for their achievements both on the field and in the classroom.

    A special sport award was handed out at the beginning of the awards presentation with the Class of 1971 William Bertrand Golf Award given to Linda St. Laurent and Justin Marcotte. The award is in honor of a golfer who strives to make the most of his or her abilities.

    Senior Madison Brennan received special recognition from coach Kathleen Johnson for scoring over 100 goals in her girls lacrosse career for the Centaurs.

    Sophomore baseball player Tommy Li was also recognized for his pitching a no-hitter in his first varsity start for the Centaurs.

    The girls golf team received the team grade point average award as it posted a collective 3.475, that was just 40-one hundredths of a point better than the girls tennis team at 3.435 with the girls outdoor track team coming in with the bronze at 3.414.

    The girls tennis team did get an award.

    It was named the best-dressed team of the night by the Assistant Head of the School for Enrollment, Amy Favreau.

    Other awards handed out on Spring Sports Awards Night included:


    Coach’s Award


    Varsity – Luke Mathewson and Cam Lotter

    Junior varsity – Nicolas Bessette

    Freshman – Kellen Horst


    Varsity- Julianna Nuttall and Naomi Rivard

    Junior varsity- Megan Preston

    Boys tennis:

    Varsity – Fabian Meiser and Luke Bourque

    Girls tennis:

    Varsity- Eleonora Chervenkova and Morgan Bassett

    Junior varsity – Madison Skellett

    Boys lacrosse:

    Varsity- Guerin Favreau and Ethan Holcomb

    Junior varsity – Jack Butler

    Girls lacrosse:

    Varsity – Emma Ciquera and Kathryn Mason

    Junior varsity – Haylee Renaud

    Boys outdoor track:

    Varsity- Connor Huda and Natanael Colon

    Junior varsity- Dan Ntamwemezi

    Girls outdoor track:

    Varsity- Eliza Dutson and Kennedy Davignon

    Junior varsity – Alina Michalski

    Unified track:

    Varsity – Emily Skellett

    Boys golf:

    Varsity – Robert Maheu and Jack Gelhaus

    Junior varsity- Aiden Anderson

    Girls golf:

    Varsity - Avery Jones and Maria Santucci

    Junior varsity – Ciara McKinnon

    Eastern Connecticut Conference Sportsmanship Awards:

    Baseball – Cameron Lotter

    Softball – Naomi Rivard

    Boys tennis – Fabian Meiser

    Girls tennis – Eleonora Chervenkova

    Boys lacrosse- Ethan Holcomb

    Girls lacrosse – Katie Mason

    Boys outdoor track – Adam Sanderson

    Girls outdoor track – Chelsea Wise

    Boys golf – Robert Maheu

    Girls golf – Avery Jones

    Eastern Connecticut Conference Scholar-Athlete Awards

    Baseball – Nick Niemiec

    Softball – Ciri Miller

    Boys tennis – Will Gajewski

    Girls tennis – Samantha Sheldon

    Boys lacrosse – Brendan Chapuis

    Girls lacrosse – McKenna Gagnon

    Boys outdoor track – Connor Huda

    Girls outdoor track – Hannah Matsas

    Boys golf – Owen Borski

    Girls golf- Katherine Harrington

    All-Star, All-State Awards

    Connecticut High School Coaches Association Class L softball All-State – Hannah Burgess

    Eastern Connecticut Conference baseball 1st team All-Star – Luke Mathewson

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls tennis 1st team All-Star – Clara Siegmund

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls tennis 1st team All-Star – Mackenzie Eaton

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls tennis 1st team All-Star – Codi Staveski

    Eastern Connecticut Conference boys tennis 1st team All-Star – Aidan Stewart

    Eastern Connecticut Conference boys tennis 1st team All-Star – Matt Tiffany

    Eastern Connecticut Conference boys tennis 1st team All-Star – David Fleck

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls lacrosse 1st team All-Star – Madison Brennan

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls golf 1st team All-Star – Caroline Eaton

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls golf 1st team All-Star – Kaily LaChappelle

    Eastern Connecticut Conference softball 1st team All-Star – Julianna Nuttall

    Eastern Connecticut Conference softball 1st team All-Star – Hannah Burgess

    Eastern Connecticut Conference boys track All-Star – Natanael Colon

    Eastern Connecticut Conference boys track All-Star – Mark Dumas

    Eastern Connecticut Conference baseball Honorable Mention – Eric Preston

    Eastern Connecticut Conference softball Honorable Mention – Casidhe Hoyt

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls lacrosse Honorable Mention – Bridget Horst

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls lacrosse Honorable Mention – Emma Ciquera

    Eastern Connecticut Conference boys golf Honorable Mention – Mason Stewart

    Eastern Connecticut Conference boys golf Honorable Mention – Jack Gelhaus

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls tennis Honorable Mention – Mari Ruggeri

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls tennis Honorable Mention – Hannah Darigan

    Eastern Connecticut Conference girls tennis Honorable Mention – Rachel Holden

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  • Woodstock Academy introduces new boys ice hockey coach

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 6/11/2018


    Kevin Bisson

    New Woodstock Academy boys ice hockey coach Kevin Bisson talks to the team at the Head of School's house on Monday as Associate Head of School Holly Singleton looks on.


    The Academy introduces new boys ice hockey coach


    The Woodstock Academy introduced its new boys hockey coach Monday.

    Kevin Bisson has been named the head coach of the Centaurs.

    Bisson is a former assistant men’s hockey coach at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass.

    He is a physical education teacher at the elementary school level in Central Massachusetts and will also serve in that capacity at The Academy.

    “The goal all along was to find a high school that would fit. This, finally, just came along and it was the right place at the right time. It gives me everything that I’m looking for. A program that is looking for someone to lead it and give it the right direction in a school that had a physical education opening. It was everything in one place. It has worked out tremendously and it certainly helps that the (Woodstock Academy) is an amazing school, ” Bisson said.

    Bisson takes over for Mike Starr who guided the program through its first five years in existence at the varsity level and led it to a state title in 2017.

    Bisson’s love for hockey began in high school.

    He played defense for St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass. and also for the Junior Bruins while in high school. In his senior year, St. John’s captured the Division I state championship in Massachusetts.

    He didn’t have to go far to find his next place to play as Assumption is just up the road from St. John’s.

    He was a captain for the Greyhounds and impressed the coaching staff so much that they made him one of them just a few years after graduation. He became the first assistant as well as defense and goalie coach in his three years at Assumption.

    But life got in the way.

    Bisson got married and now has three children, he didn’t want to miss them growing up as most collegiate coaches do.

    “It was extremely difficult,” Bisson said of his decision to leave the college ranks. “When I was coaching at Assumption, the hope and desire was that I would phase into becoming the head coach.”

    It’s a good thing he didn’t wait.

    Lance Brady hired him as an assistant and Brady is still the head coach of the Greyhounds.

    “It would have been me just hanging around. We worked great together. We’re friends and have known each other for a long time, so it was hard to leave, but it was made easier when I knew I was going to get a chance to coach my children,” Bisson said.

    Bisson is currently the owner and director of Wolf Den hockey, a spring and summer tournament team in Massachusetts. He also runs his own skill clinics and hockey camps and gives private lessons.

    He has also been the AAA director for the Worcester Crusaders and has since been elected the vice-president of AAA hockey for the Worcester Junior Railers.

    The Worcester Railers are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Islanders.

    That organization has nurtured the relationship with the youth programs and the Junior Railers bear the same name and wear the same uniforms.

    “There is no ownership or involvement (by the Railers) except the name connection. The kids identify with it and that makes it wonderful for them. The Worcester Junior Railers is 100 percent volunteer run, the president all the way down, no makes a single dollar and it’s completely non-profit,” Bisson said. “It means that people who are involved actually care.”

    Bisson takes over a Woodstock Academy program that is just one year removed from winning a Division III state championship.

    Unfortunately, the Centaurs suffered big graduation losses, were moved up to Division II and slipped to 8-13 this past season.

    The cupboard, however, is not bare.

    “There is definitely a lot to work with and to build off of right away,” Bisson said. “It’s just getting that winning mindset back, getting everything going the right way and have everybody buy back into my message and philosophy. I’m fully confident I will be able to achieve that.”

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  • Academy field hockey athletes learn from Olympians

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 6/11/2018

    Katie Bam camp


    Thirteen members of the Woodstock Academy field hockey team took part in a field hockey clinic and camp run by U.S. Olympian Katie O'Donnell Bam (fourth from left in 2nd row) and her husband, South African Olympian Marvin Bam (second row, far right) over the weekend at the South Campus turf field.


    Academy field hockey athletes learn from Olympians

    Trying to make the sport of field hockey just a little more fun.

    That’s what Katie O’Donnell Bam, a two-time U.S. Olympian and her husband, Marvin, a South African male Olympic field hockey player, try to do out on the road during the summer when they host their field hockey clinics.

    “We try to make the small, basic skills as fun as possible by relating them to silly things. The kids are laughing, having a good time, and not realizing they are doing the simple things, but they are all improving drastically. It’s really fun to see them grow doing what we consider to be easy things but they aren’t easy for everyone,” O’Donnell Bam said.

    The Katie O’Donnell Bam field hockey camp and clinic made a stop at The Woodstock Academy on recently.

    “The camp was tremendous,” Woodstock Academy field hockey coach Lauren Gagnon said. “I had a chance to talk to Katie and the whole K16 crew and told them what I was hoping to get out of the camp and areas where our kids are lacking or struggling and they really tailored it to our needs.”

    Gagnon said that included confidence issues.

    O’Donnell Bam had a remedy for that.

    She shared with the campers a story of one of her Olympic experiences when she whiffed on a shot at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

    “That really put our athletes at ease and really put it in perspective, that it’s fine to mess up, it’s the next move that matters,” Gagnon said. 

    Fourteen athletes took part in the six-hours of instruction on each of the two days, 13 of those are on the Centaurs field hockey team.

    “It was a lot of fun,” said junior Emma Strandson. “We learned a lot, worked really hard and picked up a lot of skills. They taught us how to use different speeds and different levels of energy to get away from defenders and manipulate our game.”

    O’Donnell Bam said she and her husband, both of whom are now assistant coaches at the University of Maryland, host about six clinics a summer with 20 or less at each camp.

    The smaller numbers are important, according to O’Donnell Bam, because it allows the camp counselors - which also included at Woodstock Jason Muldur, a field hockey pro in South Africa, and Kati Nearhouse, a friend of O’Donnell Bam – to establish personal rapport with the young players.

    “You do that and they listen to every little thing coming out of your mouth,” O’Donnell Bam said. “You crack jokes with them, nudge them on the field, and you’re playing with them on the field. It’s really nice to have that relationship. There are not many idols in the (field) hockey world. To be able to be able to say they know Katie Bam, that she high-fived me, that I beat her, is important.”

    O’Donnell Bam played for Maryland from 2007-10 and holds career records for goals (99), points (306) and assists (108).

    O’Donnell Bam competed in two Olympics, London in 2012 and Rio de Janeiro where the U.S. team finished just out of the medal hunt in fifth place.

    The two were completely different.

    In London, O’Donnell Bam took part in everything, including the opening and closing ceremonies.

    “The experience of going to the Olympics was phenomenal, London did a great job as a host city,” O’Donnell Bam said.

    But the U.S. team finished in last place.

    The U.S. changed its head coach for the 2016 Games and with that came a philosophical change.

    “I didn’t go to opening ceremonies because we had a game the next day. I didn’t go to any other events, didn’t take in much of the Olympic experience, but we played really well. I’m happy to be able to take that away, not the experience, but doing really well on the field.”

    The Americans placed fifth in Rio.

    It was to be O’Donnell Bam’s last Olympics.

    She is now settling into her job as a college assistant coach and into her new life which includes her husband and a new home.

    She is also trying to raise the level of recognition of the sport in the U.S., but for that to happen, success on the field is needed.

    “We need more coaches to teach the basic techniques at the high school age to make them better 10 years from now. It’s a long process to make improvements, but I’m willing to do the work to improve (field) hockey in the U.S. and I know some others are,” O’Donnell Bam said.

    It’s a sport where O’Donnell Bam feels there are opportunities out there “to do more things” and with the right coaching, a Division I or II offer is certainly possible.

    That is, unfortunately, not true for American males as the NCAA doesn’t offer field hockey.

    The only hope for advancement for a boy is to play in high school, if the state actually sponsors the sport (Connecticut does not) and then move on to the U.S. National team should a player be that gifted. The U.S. has not qualified for Olympic competition in men’s field hockey since 1996.

    “I would love to see, in my lifetime, it become an NCAA sport for men because it would also help the women’s side. I don’t know if that will ever happen with Title IX and most colleges need more female, not male, sports,” O’Donnell Bam said.

    Strandson said this past weekend’s camp will help the girls program at The Academy.

    “We have most of our girls here and we’re getting good playing time with high-level coaches. We’re all focused, all together, there are no nerves so it’s really good,” Strandson said. “They made it fun. They’re being funny, making jokes and making it understandable for kids our age. They’re not dumbing it down, just making it more inclusive and more fun.”


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  • Boys Golf: Season wrap up

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 6/7/2018


    championship golf

    The Centaurs boys golf team warming up prior to the CIAC Division II championship Tuesday at Fairview Farms Golf Club in Harwinton


    Boys golf: Season wrap up


    The boys golf season came to a close last Tuesday in Harwinton for the Woodstock Academy team.

    The Centaurs finished ninth as a team in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division II state championship at the Fairview Farms Golf Club with a 341 total.

    Avon won the team title with a 293.

    The Centaurs, actually, were happy to just to qualify after a very rough spring, spent, for the most part, inside the gym.

    Centaurs coach Rich Garceau was concerned about the lack of practice time, but the team gradually came together.

    It finished third in the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament and qualified as the ninth seed for the 20-team Division II championship.

    But the ninth-place finish was not what Garceau had expected after the team played a practice round on the Fairview Farms course.

    The Centaurs had traveled to Harwinton last Monday and had posted a 318.

    “Was I disappointed with the final outcome of a ninth-place finish? Yes.  However, I am never disappointed with the young men that golf for Woodstock Academy, because I know they worked hard this season and improved.  I know we left some shots out on the golf course that we all would like to have had back.  Could we have done better? Absolutely,” Garceau said.

    Jack Gelhaus, toting around the team’s special bag, finished tied for eighth with a six-over par, 78.

    It was the second consecutive top-10 finish for Gelhaus in the state tournament.

    A couple of years ago, Garceau and his players were talking during a team meeting about how fortunate they were to be able to play golf on a high school team with their friends and enjoy life doing so.

    “Every day we get complacent that our lives are easy and we can come to school and play golf and do all the other things we do with little to no fear because of others who are actively sacrificing their time and at times their lives for us to have those little pleasures in life,” Garceau said. “I wanted to do something to remind the golfers that someone is shouldering that burden for us so we can play a simple round of golf with friends after school.”

    That someone are those who serve in the U.S. Military.

    Garceau recalled that in 2006, staff sergeant Joe Phaneuf, a resident of Eastford, was killed in the line of duty overseas.

    Last year, the team honored his memory by purchasing a bag with a patriotic flair that was different than all the other Centaur bags.

    “I wanted to remind the young men who play golf for Woodstock Academy every day of the sacrifice that SSG Phaneuf and so many others made so we can play golf with friends after school.  We chose the idea of the bag which we carry on our shoulder to show how our veterans and their families shoulder so much of the burden of freedom for us.  As a team we took turns shouldering the bag across our field in support of Joe and all of our veterans,” Garceau said.

    Gelhaus carried that bag for the last event of the season.

    Junior Mason Stewart added an 83 while Eli Child shot a 90 and Owen Borski finished with a 92 in the 18-hole event.

    After losing Division II college recruit Dan Harrington and All-State performer Ryan Black to graduation and scoring a 190 in the season opening nine-hole event against Tourtellotte at the Raceway Golf Course, the team came a long way.

    “I was really happy to see that the guys were not happy with that score (against Tourtellotte) either, regardless of the win, and their determination and motivation went up and their scores went down.  Tying for second in (ECC) Division (II) and finishing third at the ECC tournament was very pleasing and adding a top-10 seeding in a very competitive state division was a credit to the boys grit and determination,” Garceau said.

    The Centaurs will lose Gelhaus and Child next season, but Garceau is optimistic.

    “Like last year when we lost a tremendous amount of talent only to have a more successful season this year, the boys that plan on returning seem very determined to do all the things to get better and make themselves a competitive team going forward,” Garceau said.

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  • Centaur athletes honored at annual Senior Sports Night

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 6/5/2018




    Kennedy Davignon accepts the trophy as Outstanding Female Athlete from athletic director Aaron Patterson at the Senior Sports Awards. 




    Jack Gelhaus accepts the trophy as Outstanding Male Athlete from athletic director Aaron Patterson at the Senior Sports Awards. 


    Athletes honored at Senior Sports Award Ceremony


    The Class of 2018 celebrated its athletic accomplishments on Sunday with the annual Senior Sports Awards ceremony.

    Jack Gelhaus and Kennedy Davignon left the Center for the Arts on South Campus with the biggest trophies as they were named the Outstanding Male and Female Senior Athletes respectively.

    Gelhaus was a member of both the varsity soccer and golf programs at The Academy.

    A four-year varsity starter in soccer, Gelhaus helped the team make the Eastern Connecticut Conference championship match in his sophomore season.

    He finished with 32 assists as a junior and had seven goals and 10 assists in his senior season for the Centaurs who qualified for both the Eastern Connecticut Conference and Class L state tournaments.

    Gelhaus played a large role in getting the Centaurs to an ECC quarterfinal this past fall where they were nipped by Lyman Memorial.

    He had a hand in all three Woodstock Academy goals in a win over Fitch in a play-in match.

    “What a performance,” Woodstock Academy coach Paul Rearden said of Gelhaus after the 3-2 win over the Falcons. “I’ve been coaching him since he was seven or eight (years-old) and that’s the best I’ve seen him play. He’s quality. On the dead balls, he’s pinpoint. He was the difference between us getting a win or not (in the play-in match).”

    Gelhaus was also a leader on the golf course where he placed third in the Eastern Connecticut Conference championship match with a 78 at the Quinnatisset Country Club.

    He was an All-ECC honorable mention choice in both his junior and senior seasons and finished in the top 10 at the Division II state championship tournament the last two seasons.

    On Tuesday, Gelhaus shot a 78 at the Fairview Farms Golf Club in Harwinton to tie for eighth.

    Jacopo Ambrosetti, Mark Dumas, Connor Huda and Kameron Janice were also nominated for the award.

    Davignon participated in girls soccer and both indoor and outdoor track.

    A four-year varsity performer in soccer, Davignon led the Centaurs to the team’s first-ever ECC tournament championship this past season.

    “It’s so exciting,” Davignon said following the 6-0 win over Plainfield in the championship match.. “It being such a great win, by six goals, it’s incredible.”

    Davignon was also a key ingredient in the team’s Division II regular season title last year.

    She also played in the Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Association Senior Bowl.

    Madison Brennan, Caroline Eaton, Casidhe Hoyt, Olivia Perry and Clara Siegmund were also nominated for the award.

    Davignon was also given the award for the Most Memorable Play of the year. It was her assist with a corner kick that found Ashleigh Angle who re-directed the ball into the net that lifted the Centaurs girls soccer team to a 3-2 overtime win over Norwich Free Academy in the first-ever home night game.

    Brennan received the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

    Brennan, who has recovered from a couple of bouts with concussions, helped the girls basketball team to the Division II ECC regular season crown and a 17-7 overall record. She followed up in the spring with 55 goals to lead the Centaurs girls lacrosse team to a 14-5 record; a share of the ECC Division II regular season crown; an ECC tournament berth and their first-ever Class M state tournament win.

    The Most Outstanding performance by a senior was had by Janice.

    The running back for the football team rushed for 529 yards and eight touchdowns in a 49-26 win over Quinebaug Valley. The 529-yard total was third best in state history and set the school’s single-game record for yards and touchdowns scored.

    Ciri Miller and Ian Sohan were given the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference scholar-athlete awards while Eden Law and Will Schad received the Connecticut High School Coaches Association scholar-athlete awards.

    The National Federation of State High Schools Association Award of Excellence went to Dumas and Eaton.  

    The Centaur Awards, significant of academic achievement, athletic participation, leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship, were given to Lindsey O’Dea and Sohan.

    The Evelyn and Arthur Weimann Award significant of the athlete who has done most for the athletic department over their four years at the school went to Makara Sorel.

    The Hannah Green Memorial Award was given to Olivia Perry for her sportsmanship, character, desire and determination.

    The Clifford Spelman boys tennis sportsmanship award went to Fabian Meiser for his dedication to the sport.

    The Alfred C. Warren Soccer Sportsmanship Award, given to a player who shows a true love for the game, understands the foundation of teamwork, respects the rules and brings honor to the school, went to Davignon and Ethan Werstler.

    Sorel and Clara Siegmund were awarded $1,000 scholarships by the Woodstock Academy Booster Club for their commitment to participating in sports at The Academy and their volunteerism at Booster Club functions.

    The Booster Club also named Dennis Snelling, The Academy’s girls soccer coach, as Coach of the Year. Joe Banas, who worked with cross-country and both the indoor and outdoor track programs, was named the Assistant Coach of the Year.

    The Unified Sports Awards were presented to Mya DeShaw and Samantha Gelinas.

    Centaur Nation Persons of the Year Awards were given to Charlene Perry, Bobbie-Jo Saucier and Chris Alves.

    Media instructor Eric Collelo was given the Centaur Nation Media Award for his contributions to promoting The Woodstock Academy athletic program.  

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  • Girls Golf: Season wrap up

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 6/5/2018

    Girls Golf: Season wrap up

    The girls golf team was close.

    But for the first time in four years, the Centaurs had to settle for second place in the Eastern Connecticut Conference tournament last Tuesday at the Quinnatisset Country Club in Thompson.

    The Centaurs finished with a 197 total, just five strokes behind the winner, Waterford.

    The Lancers total was the best by a team in the eight years of the tournament.

    “Waterford played great. It’s No. 1 (Caroline Petchark) is fantastic,” Centaurs senior Caroline Eaton said.

    Petchark won the individual title with a 38. It was just one stroke off the individual record set last season by The Academy’s Roxanne Garceau who shot a 37.

    It capped off the season for a young Centaurs team but also displayed promise for the future.

    Three of the five players who participated on the team were underclassmen including freshman Kailey LaChappelle who led the way with a nine-over-par, 45. It tied her for third place with Stonington’s Liz Crandall.

    It was the season-best in a match for LaChappelle and continued her progress.

    She had shot 45 in her last three practices prior to the ECC tournament and coach Earl Semmelrock has noted some good things happening in matches as well.

    “For the last six matches and the last half of the season, she just hasn’t made big numbers. She may not make a lot of pars, but nine bogeys on this course is 45,” Semmelrock said.

    LaChappelle went into the final hole which, for her, was the par-3, third hole at Quinnatisset, with a 40.

    The red tees take the water, for the most part, out of play, but LaChappelle struck her pitching wedge well.

    Maybe a bit too well.

    She put it over the green and into the water and had to settle for a double bogey.

    “I knew if I had made par, I would have had a 43. My goal was low 40’s,” LaChappelle said. “It was one bad shot and it went over.”

    LaChappelle had one par to offset the double bogey.

    She said the key to her success was her success off the tee.

    Eaton finished with a 50 as did Linda St. Laurent. Caitlin Cannon shot a 52 and Avery Jones a 54.

    Teams were only allowed to have five golfers compete so Katherine Harrington went out as an individual and finished with a 50 for the Centaurs.

    “I knew it would be close with (Waterford). We lost to them by two shots (at Quinnatisset) during the regular season and the way we have been practicing for the last week, I had a goal of 190. We didn’t quite get there,” Semmelrock said. “It’s easy to give up a few shots here and there. I will talk to the girls and debrief and they will all have five or six shots that they could have saved somewhere along the way. I’m sure they won’t be too upset with it. I’m really proud with how they played, we kept it under 200.”

    LaChappelle agreed.

    “There were a lot of lost strokes out there that could have been found by all of us, especially me,” LaChappelle said.

    Semmelrock is looking for big things from the young player.

    “She wants to take the game seriously. Her Dad and her play together all the time. She will have a membership this summer and a job at (Quinnatisset) so it wouldn’t surprise me if she comes back and is the next best player in the conference,” Semmelrock said.

    Overall, Semmelrock was happy with what the team accomplished this season. It finished with a 10-7 record and was second in the regular season, the Wildcat Invitational and the ECC tournament to Waterford.

    “I said it all year that we were trying for consistency with a group of girls that hasn’t had that much experience – that’s a hard thing to get. As long as they’re happy and they’re out there smiling,” Semmelrock said. “Ultimately our goal is to qualify for the state tournament someday. I think if this young group of kids gives us a little this summer and wants to get better, that’s achievable.”

    The team will only lose two golfers, Eaton and Cannon, to graduation.

    “Caitlin has been very consistent. She had a 52 (Tuesday) and her scores have all been between 50-55 the last three-quarters of the season which was good after a poor start. Caroline struggled a little in certain parts of her game but she was our leader and team captain and put a good effort out there and the kids looked up to her,” Semmelrock said.

    For Eaton, last Tuesday was a little bittersweet.

    It was her last scholastic match.

    She said her last time out, “wasn’t great,” but the 50 could have been worse. She struggled on the first hole and last holes and held her own in between.

    Eaton played golf at The Academy for three years after participating in track as a freshman. She grew to love the game with the help of her father who is an avid golfer.

    “I overthink now. When I first started, it was easier to just go for it. I’ve definitely gotten better,” Eaton said.

    As of now, she plans to attend UConn and will not be playing golf there.

    “I’m excited. High school is wrapping up, I’m ready for the next step, but I’m definitely going to miss sports at The Academy,” Eaton said.

    Eaton and LaChappelle were named Eastern Connecticut Conference All-Stars. Harrington was named the team’s scholar-athlete and Jones was chosen as the sportsmanship award recipient.

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  • Softball: Season wrap

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 6/5/2018

    Softball: Season wrap

    There was a point in the season that softball coach Jay Gerum was pretty confident about what he was seeing.

    The Centaurs strung together four wins in a row.

    “I actually thought we would get a few more wins than we did. We lost three or four games by a run and if a couple balls fall the right way, we would be in the double digits for wins,” Gerum said.

    Injuries and some tough opponents conspired against the Centaurs who fell one short of that number.

    They saw their season come to an end last Tuesday when East Lyme handed them a 6-1 loss in a Class L state tournament first-round game.

    The Academy finished with a 9-13 mark.

    The final game of the season was also a step in the right direction.

    The Centaurs had lost to East Lyme, 16-1, on May 5 in a game ended by the mercy rule after five innings.

    The Academy took the lead in the state tournament matchup early.

    Hannah Burgess led off the game with a single, stole second to help her reach 22 steals on the season, and scored when Casidhe Hoyt drove in her 21st run of the season with a single.

    It was to be the lone bright spot of the game for the Centaurs.

    Pitcher Hannah Wotton held down the Vikings down until the third when East Lyme tied the game.

    The Vikings put the game away when they put a big number on the board, five runs in the fifth, two on a single by Olivia Quagan.

    “We’ve had that a lot this year where we played six great innings against teams, but we have that one inning where things didn’t work,” Gerum said.

    The Centaurs could muster just five hits against East Lyme.

    Two of those were by Burgess who finished with a .551 batting average and was named an Eastern Connecticut Conference Division II first team All-Star.

    Catcher Julianna Nuttall joined Burgess on the first team as she finished with a .327 batting average and handled Woodstock’s young hurlers well.

    “We had a tough stretch of games that kind of overshadowed how great a season we had in the big picture. We played the toughest part of our schedule at the end. A lot of times, the season drags out. This one didn’t really drag out. We were all kind of disappointed that it was over because we were still having fun playing,” Gerum said.

    The Centaurs did lose two key players during that tough stretch.

    Maia Corrado, who wielded a potent bat in the middle of the Centaur lineup, missed much of the last half of the season with an ankle injury. Naomi Rivard, the inspirational leader on and off the field, was also sidelined with a shoulder problem for much of the middle of the season.

    But the Centaurs were young and there is a lot of promise on the horizon.

    The Academy will lose only four players next year.

    That includes the entire starting outfield of Rivard (.280 batting average); Ciri Miller (.282, 15 RBIs), Haley Armstrong (.404, 9 RBIs, 10 stolen bases) and third baseman Hoyt (.425 with five doubles and a home run).

    “It’s been a nice little situation in the outfield, we’ve been able to lean on them. So we will have a whole new outfield, but we’re bringing up some good players. It’s always tough to fill third base, it’s a tough position to play. One of the best players on the field has to be your third baseman especially in softball with the short game,” Gerum said. “We certainly will miss them.”

    But Gerum said he wouldn’t call next season a rebuilding year.

    Burgess and Nuttall will be back along with Hannah Chubbuck, Cami and Maia Corrado and Heather Converse, who hit .362 with 10 RBIs.

    Also back will be all three pitchers, Wotton and current freshmen Mackenzie Leveille and Megan Preston.

    “That’s huge,” Gerum said.

    The Woodstock Academy coach admits all three may not throw as hard as some others in the Eastern Connecticut Conference, but all can keep the Centaurs in games.

    “Hannah joined s summer ball program for a first time and, hopefully, will play another 30 games this summer. The two freshmen have always done that and are getting better and better. We’re in a really good position with our pitching,” Gerum said.

    The season may have just finished, but Gerum is excited to get things going again.

    “We know how good we can be next year. We believe we can be as good, if not better than this year. I’m excited for next year to come,” Gerum said.

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  • Season wrap: Girls lacrosse

    Posted by Marc Allard, Sports Information Director on 6/5/2018

    Centaurs fall in quarterfinals; see historic season come to a close

    It was a disappointing moment for the girls lacrosse team, but it was one of the few this season.

    The Centaurs left the field for a final time together last Thursday after a 14-7 loss to Guilford in a Class M quarterfinal match at the Bentley Athletic Complex.

    Some of the girls may have left with tears in their eyes, but also with fond memories of what had been a breakthrough season for the program.

    The list of accomplishments is long.

    The most wins in program history – 14.

    The first Eastern Connecticut Conference regular season title which the Centaurs shared with Stonington and Bacon Academy.

    The first ECC tournament appearance where the Centaurs lost in a hard-fought semifinal to Stonington, 9-7.

    Only the second state tournament appearance in program history and its first-ever victory, a 10-6 win over Mercy High School, last Tuesday.

    “It was the girls.” Woodstock Academy coach Kathleen Johnson said after the Centaurs win over Mercy. “We had practice (on Memorial Day), on our day off, working hard. They didn’t want to stop. It’s within them. We have girls who want to fight hard and Maddie (Brennan) did not want it to be her last game.”

    Brennan, the only senior on the team, played a pivotal role in the win over the Tigers.

    Up just 4-3 inside of five minutes to play in the first half, Emma Ciquera took a pass from Arielle Johnson and found the net with the second of her two goals in the game to give the Centaurs a 5-3 lead.

    Brennan took over in the final two minutes of the half.

    She scored with 1 minute, 17 seconds to play and then made what was the key play to the game.

    Mercy was awarded a shooting space foul against Centaur goalie Kileigh Gagnon. The freshman had to come out of the net and go behind the Mercy shooter, leaving the net open.

    The shot was missed from near point-blank range.

    The Centaurs got the rebound, passed it to Brennan, who ran nearly the length of the field and deposited it into the Tigers net.

    “I wanted to make sure we were ahead going into the half,” Brennan said. “That last goal was incredible for our team. We used that missed shot, took it and went to the goal.”

    Mercy came out of halftime and put a ball into the net just 1:23 into the second half.

    Regan Kasacek, who was switching with Ciquera between offense and defense, tallied just 2 ½ minutes later with her first goal of the season. Brennan then scored again to make it 9-4.

    “It was very important that we answered. If we didn’t, that momentum we had would not have kept going and it would have taken us down,” Brennan said.

    Brennan finished with four goals in the win.

    Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.

    That happened against the Indians on Thursday.

    The Centaurs jumped out on top early against Guilford, 3-2.

    Arielle Johnson scored two of those goals and assisted on the other by Brennan.

    “We were able to score on them, but we couldn’t get possession and when we couldn’t do that, our defense had to work very hard. Kudos to them, they had some great attackers and great shots,” Kathleen Johnson said.

    That possession was key.

    It has been a strength for the Centaurs all season, but Guilford’s height and skill on the face off proved to be problematic and Guilford advanced to the semifinals with the win.

    Brennan again led the way with four goals for the Centaurs.

    “She really came on strong at the end of the season and has been a great leader, obviously on the field, but also off the field. She got everyone one board. We had girls who wanted to play and wanted to win and that may not have been that way in the past,” Kathleen Johnson said.

    Brennan finished with 55 goals on the season to lead the team. Freshman Bridget Horst added 41 goals and 15 assists in her first and last season for the Centaurs. It will leave Arielle Johnson (36 goals, 20 assists), Ivy Gelhaus (23 goals, 7 assists) and Emma Redfield (19 goals, 5 assists) as the leading returning scorers.

    “This is going to lead to good things down the road. I’m excited to come back. We’re losing just the one senior and we’re losing Bridget, which is a tough loss. But I have a few girls playing club lacrosse who will be looking to improve their skills which is great,” Kathleen Johnson said.

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