Spring Break Sports Roundup
While some of our boys spent spring break exploring the history and culture of Europe, many saw their time off as an opportunity to improve their athletic skills, explore new places, and have fun with their coaches and fellow students.
Baseball in the Sunshine State
Sixteen Cardigan boys joined Mr. Lawson and Mr. Rivellini in Florida for a week of intense baseball training. They spent seven days in the Tampa Bay area, practicing up to six hours each day, and played four exhibition games. The group also saw the professionals in action when they attended a Major League training game with the Yankees taking on the Tampa Bay Rays. Mr. Lawson, who is in his sixth year organizing the trip, said “Everyone played a lot of baseball and got better during the week. We were very fortunate as the weather was fantastic, the facilities were beautiful, and everyone had a great time!” See the photo gallery
Lacrosse Gears Up in Delray
Thirty-two Cardigan lacrosse players travelled to Delray Beach, Florida for lacrosse training camp. Mr. and Mrs. Bayreuther, Mr. McGoldrick, Mr. Solms, and Mr. Franklin lead the trip that was offered to boys of all skill levels. For five days they practiced on fields and beaches, played three exhibition games against local high schools, and hosted a lacrosse clinic and a lunch for underprivileged youth. Nearby Cardigan parents, and even an alumnus, kindly volunteered their time to help set-up the fields, assist with coaching, and prepare meals for the boys. The boys found time to relax on the beach, swim in the hotel pool, and explore the trendy stores on Atlantic Avenue. “This was the most enjoyable trip we’ve ever had,” said Coach Bayreuther. “It was a great combination of training and vacation!” See the photo gallery
Hockey in Hyvinkää
The Varsity Hockey Team took their 18th trip to Finland for ten days of fun and fellowship. The trip was especially significant, as this year marks the 40th anniversary of Cardigan’s relationship with the Finnish people. Twenty-one boys traveled with Mr Frost, Mr. Turcotte, and Mr. Gordon, to the city of Hyvinkää located 30 miles from Helsinki, the country’s capital. Though the hockey season had already concluded, the boys spent plenty of time training on the ice and even played seven games against local hockey clubs. Plenty of fun and education was had off the ice as well, as the boys learned the sport of curling, visited a hockey museum, toured local schools, attended a professional hockey game, experienced the luxury of a Finnish sauna, and even attended the “Cardigan Disco,” a dance with local children in honor of their visit. Our group stayed with local families, which helped them fully experience the rich Finnish culture. Coach Frost said of the experience, “This is my fourth time on this trip, and I continue to be impressed with how our boys learn and participate in this culture.” See the photo gallery