Students are returning to classes this morning after an action-packed weekend. We were lucky to host over 60 alumni over the course of the weekend, in addition to many local guests and current parents that joined us for the 31st New Hampton School Basketball Invitational Tournament.
Alumni Winter Weekend is more than an opportunity to bring alumni back to campus to see how the school has changed and reconnect. We love when our alumni get to meet current students, old and new faculty members, and the greater Husky Nation comes together. Alumni spanned more than 40 years for NHS history from as far back as 1965 and as recent as 2011. In addition, familiar faces such as well-loved coach Mark Tilton and former faculty Lou Gnerre returned to enjoy the fun.
The weekend began on Friday night with the first round of tournament games, setting up the Huskies to play against longtime rival Tilton School Rams in Saturday night's championship game. Frederick Smith Gymnasium was packed as the Huskies took to the court. The Men’s Varsity A Basketball team trailed behind Tilton for most of the game, but pulled through in the final seconds to defeat Tilton 75-74. The Women's Varsity Basketball Team helped to rally the fans in the second half of the game and bring together the type of Husky sportsmanship we expect in all our athletes.
Senior Anthony Gaines '17 received the Andrew Sloan '97 MVP award for his leadership and skill throughout the game, especially in the second half where he led his teammates to the win by scoring the final points. The award was presented by alumni parent JD Sloan P’97 in honor of his late son Andrew.
Those in attendance celebrated the win with a reception for alumni, parents and faculty at Joe and Eileen Williams home following the game.
Sunday at Jacobson Arena brought out high alumni attendance. Immediately following last year's winter weekend, the beloved Merrill Lindsay Arena came down in order to begin construction of Jacobson. While this saddened many for their dear memories in Merrill, alumni were eager to return once again to test out the ice in Jacobson.
Alumni families came early to participate in an open skate at which spouses, friends, and children could also enjoy the arena. The alumni hockey games began at 10:00 am with a full team of Lady Huskies to challenge the Women's Varsity team, and two full teams of men who played against each other.
Jerry Brecker was the oldest alumnus to return and play, joining us from the class of 1963. The men’s teams were filled out with a strong group of alumni athletes from 1975, noteworthy representation from the nineties, a close-knit group of young alumni from 2011, as well as many years in between.
Mandy Cronin '98 traveled the farthest from Toronto, Ontario to participate in the weekend. Mandy will return to New Hampton School this summer to coach a hockey clinic for young women in Jacobson Arena.
Thank you to everyone who participated in a great weekend in Husky Nation, and many thanks to the alumni who traveled long distances to join us. It is always a pleasure to welcome back familiar faces and reconnect with our alumni. Be sure to view our great photos from the weekend on Flickr!
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