Coach's Corner for Pennfield
The Pennfield School’s Cross Country team hosted the first meet of the season yesterday afternoon and turned in impressive performances both individually and collectively. Twenty-six 4th & 5th graders ran first and it was apparent from the starting gun that the Panthers were well prepared for the task at hand. A Panther broke the tape first at 8:46 and was quickly followed by two more. The first Pennfield girl to cross the finish line cam it at 10:54. The team ran admirably for the Green & White in what was a fantastic race by all.
Just minutes after the dust settled from the first race one hundred and twenty harriers from seven schools toed the tape for the 6th-8th grade race. Once the initial rush had passed and the runners turned the first corner a lone sneaker was spotted just feet from the starting line. The shoe belonged to one of our runners, who ignored the discomfort of running with half of his footwear and finished 8th at 11:15. Our first girl to cross the finish line came in 10th at 11:19 to compliment a fantastic team effort. The Panthers run next at Friends Academy on Wednesday at 4 pm.
Successful Fortnight in Soccer
Over on the pitch, the Pennfield soccer teams had a busy two weeks with games all over southern New England. The coed squad fell three times in their three matches against Friends, Times2 and Wilbur & McMahon, but have shown tremendous resilience and indisputable improvement.
After dropping a tough 4-1 match against BVP the girls’ A team bounced back with tremendous efforts against Gordon and St. Michael’s, notching convincing 8-0 and 6-0 victories. The boys’ A team went 1-1-1 at the Battle of the Islands Tournament on Block Island and recently dropped two 4-3 heartbreakers to St. Michael’s and Barrington Christian Academy but remain confident going into their match at Rocky Hill next Thursday.
And finally, the boys’ and girls’ A squads joined forces for a rare coed A game against Wilbur & McMahon last Monday and narrowly edged our friends from Little Compton 3-2. Highlights included a spectacular, a beautiful through ball and, and the game winning strike in the waning moments of the second half. Our girls’ and boys’ team goalies split time between the pipes in what was a total team effort and an enjoyable afternoon of competitive soccer.