Blair’s athletic teams are working hard to prepare for their games as Peddie Day approaches, and it shows in their successful seasons.
When asked about Cross Country this year, Coach Miller reported that they had “a solid season.” The 37 runners showed “marked improvement…virtually across-the-board.” The team has a 5-1 dual record, and, as Coach Miller put it, “some excellent clockings racing in invitational meets.” The Varsity seven averaged 18:17 over 5000 meters. He also remarked on the improvement of certain athletes, Alec Valle in particular. Miller said that Alec “led the charge in every meet, placing third at the Newark Invitational, eighth at the Canterbury Invitational, and first against Hill.” He ended the interview stating, “Undoubtedly, Blair runners will face a formidable squad on Peddie Day, though the Bucs are excited to compete against a high level team.”
Coach Farrell commented on the soccer season, saying, “So far our season has been brilliant.” The team has won 85% of their games, “only losing,” Farrell reported, “to strong soccer schools.” He was most impressed by the team’s style of play. “We like to keep the ball on the floor and move it around the field with a high tempo and exciting directness.” He also stated that all of their players, “from the goalkeeper to the forwards are involved in the build up play and are all on the same page when in possession.” The whole team is looking forward to Peddie Day. Farrell noted, “We are hoping that the game will be for the MAPL league title, which will add to the passion and excitement the fixture already has.”
Coach Saylor, of Blair football, said, “So far the 2017 season has been going extremely well.” The team has a 6:1 record. He said “the Blair football [team] will be prepared and excited to play the team from down south next week.”
The Varsity tennis team is doing very well this year, having just won MAPLs after six consecutive years of Lawrenceville wins. Coach Klein said of her players, “They are working hard in practice, always working on consistency and footwork. On top of that, we are working on team spirit, which will be most important on a big day like Peddie Day…I think we have enough talent and fire to dominate the match! GO Bucs!”
(Copyright 2017 June Dinias)