“Athletics at Fenn teaches boys life skills. Boys learn about themselves, how to work hard, and how to strive for the good of the whole team.”

Bob Starensier
Director of Athletics
Chair of Student Life Department
At Fenn, the gym and the field are classrooms where boys learn important lessons. Only team sports are played, and students must strive with their teammates to reach a common goal. They push themselves athletically and work to be the best they can be in competitive sports in grades 4 through 9. They also develop good sportsmanship and learn how to handle both success and disappointment with grace.
In Fenn athletics, boys discover the personal joy of playing a sport. Sports are fun, offering boys opportunities to use their incredible physical energy. In fourth and fifth grade, boys are introduced to all school team sports and begin intramural competition. Starting in sixth grade they can choose the sport they want to play each season. Eighth and ninth grade students join interscholastic athletics, with every boy given the opportunity to play on the team he chooses.
All coaches are Fenn teachers. These men and women see both elementary school sports and middle school athletics as another arena in which boys develop character as well as skills and knowledge. The athletic program includes baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and wrestling. Individualized alternatives are also available. In addition, boys enjoy informal games during recess and after lunch.
Athletic News
Varsity Lax wins N.E. Junior School tourney

For the second time in three years, Fenn has captured the New England Junior School Lacrosse Tournament Championship. Hosted by Fay on May 17, Fenn opened the tourney with a 2-2 tie against Hillside, and rolled past Shore, 7-2. Things got a bit tougher against Indian Mountain, with Fenn needing a hero to score with only 15 seconds remaining on the clock. Conor Zachar answered the call to preserve a 2-2 tie.

In the next game, Fenn edged Fessenden, 3-2, and then easily beat Fay, 6-2 to earn the #1 seed. In the finals, Fenn faced off against Fessenden, a team which had defeated Fenn twice during the regular season. Fenn dashed out to an early 3-0 advantage and did not allow Fessenden possession of the ball until midway through the first half.

With Fenn clearly in control and Fessenden hoping to stop the momentum, Fessenden called a timeout to settle things down. On the ensuing face-off, Conor Zachar decisively won the draw and fed Zack Goorno for a backbreaking goal and a 4-0 Fenn lead. Fenn surrendered one goal to Fessenden in the second half, but Cormac Zachar responded for Fenn with a laser beam shot on net for a 5-1 Fenn final. Patrick Ryan was stellar in goal throughout the day.

While Fenn took home the Championship trophy, Cormac Zachar, who scored eight goals on the day, earned the MVP Offensive Player Award.

“We played tough, physical lacrosse and never gave up,” declared Coach Topher Bevis, who was assisted by Jeff Trotsky. The team posted a season record of 11-2-2.

Three time’s the charm: Fenn beats Fessenden to win Hockey Tourney

Each of the past two years, Fenn faced Fessenden in the finals at the fourth annual Fay Hockey Tournament—only to lose. That changed on Sunday, when Fenn defeated Fessenden 1-0 to win the tourney. “Having fallen short twice,” said Coach Derek Boonisar, “we were determined to win this one. The extra motivation helped.”

In the morning, during 20-minute games, Fenn beat Fessenden (2-1), with goals by Peter Blunt and Christian DiPietrantonio, and then lost in overtime to Fay (2-1); Mark Gallant scored for Fenn. When the team defeated Rectory 2-1, with Gallant scoring the game winner, they knew they were headed to the finals.

On the ice against Fessenden that afternoon, Garren LaPlante, team co-captain, scored on the very first shift. The tally was 1-0 in the first 15 seconds and “We played hard and made good decisions with the puck,” said Coach Boonisar. Victory was Fenn’s.

Ben Balter ’10 is a Force on the Course

Ben Balter ’10 of Wellesley participated in the prestigious 113th annual U.S. Amateur Golf Championship earlier this month, and though he did not advance to the match play round, he is on his way to an exciting future in the sport. A two-time FCWT (Future Collegians World Tour) All-American, Ben led his team at the Community School in Naples, Florida, to top-3 finishes at the state tournaments in 2011 and 2012. A four-time letter winner at the school, he is a three-time Naples News All Area High School golfer.

AJ Lucchese ’09 plays in All American Lacrosse Showcase

AJ Lucchese ’09, a standout lacrosse player while at Fenn, was selected to play in the 2013 All-American Lacrosse Showcase this month in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. AJ, who graduated this spring from Middlesex School, was chosen to participate in the event, which features 96 of the nation’s elite high school players. His selection was based on his performance in the Massachusetts All Star game, where he scored two goals and an assist for the Wounded Warriors team last month, driving his team to victory over Boston Strong, 13-12.

For Competitive Swimmers, Practice Makes Perfect

One is a fifth grader who loves playing baseball and watching video games. The other is an eighth grader who plays soccer and is headed to Deerfield Academy in the fall. What do they have in common? A passion for competitive swimming.

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Published: 10/18/2010