Spring Athletes and Coaches Honored at Reception
On May 14th, Chelsea Academy celebrated a long and difficult spring sports’ season. The evening began with the evocation of Arthur Clough’s poem, “Say not the Struggle nought Availeth”, which seemed quite apropos of the challenges we faced in our spring varsity sports. Our highest goal of seeking excellence through competition in the DAC and at the state level will always test our varsity teams. As always, we shall focus on the progress that we made, but also particularly on the process and the way we play, grow, and achieve success. Teams at both the varsity and middle school level faced challenges and did so with the usual Chelsea grit and grace.
The spring season did see some external success and recognition. The varsity girls’ soccer team traveled to Roanoke for two higher level games. The character of the team and players was quite evident during all aspects of the trip. The young women served as brilliant ambassadors of our school. The team also won its second consecutive DAC regular season championship and rose to 9th in the VISSAA D2 poll. Coach Harold Siegel was named coach of the year, and Gretchen S. earned the all-conference player of the year award for the second consecutive season. She was joined on the DAC first team by Agnes W. and Nia C. Janey O. earned second team honors as did David F. in tennis. The tennis program kept moving forward under the leadership of David, its senior players, and young Coach Sam Bratt. Under the guidance of the extremely dedicated and committed coach Chris Foeckler, the middle school girls’ soccer team won the VMSC conference tournament championship. The middle school boys’ tennis reached the final of the VMSC tournament (falling to RMA), while the middle school football team won its league championship at RMA.
Spring athletes and their families celebrated at a semi-formal and quite joyful event. Saying goodbye to the seniors, four young women in soccer and three young men in tennis, added a bittersweet touch to the evening. These graduating student athletes definitely “left the jersey in a better place”. As usual, our athletes showed appropriate dignity and emotion in accepting awards, honoring teammates, and thanking coaches. The evening culminated in an elegant dessert reception set up by Chelsea parents.