With what Coach Hooper described as“excellent chemistry” and “strong senior leadership,” this year’s team developed a positive and supportive culture. The regular season concluded with one of the most memorable games in our program’s 20-year history, as we overcame a 10-point deficit with under three minutes to go to defeat Cate in front of a large Family Weekend crowd. It was an extraordinary moment that meant a lot to the players. We ended up losing in the semifinals to a tough Grace Brethren team by a score of 43-34, but that lone loss did little to dampen the joy and camaraderie that characterized this team.
Volleyball was a big draw on campus this fall, as three indoor teams (varsity, JV, and frosh) had strong seasons. The varsity team advanced to the second round of CIF playoffs and finished the season with eight wins and six losses. Not all of the volleyball action was confined to the indoors; the sand volleyball courts installed last year offered a very popular afternoon activity.
The late-season pairing of seniors Natalie Cheng and Ami Wallmark proved to be a dream team for Thacher tennis, as the pair harnessed confidence and talent to earn the top doubles ranking of the Tri-Valley League.
Trail Crew started off the year by creating an alternative route to the Observatory now that the main road has been paved and is thus unsafe for horses. The students labored with hand tools on many sunbaked afternoons to create a shortcut linking the Phelps trail to the Shagam trail. All accomplished with brains, brawn, and a batch of hand tools.
At the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky, Colin Kirkpatrick CdeP 2019 made a homestretch surge that helped the Pomona-Pitzer men’s cross country team claim its second-straight NCAA title, earning himself all-American honors in the process. In the final stage of the race, the Pomona sophomore moved himself from 29th place to 10th place to set an 8k team record (24:01.8 )
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