Being a spring athlete at SPS, or anywhere in New England for that matter, means anxiously anticipating the slow turn from March to April; from snow to sunshine. Fortunately for the Big Red, that transition is well underway and the familiar sounds of cleats on turf, bat meeting ball, and oars breaking waves are back.
St. Paul’s School Athletic Director Dick Muther credits student-athletes at the School for having the toughness to make the most of the sometimes unpredictable spring conditions. “That’s just the type of kid we have,” he says. SPS also benefits from excellent indoor facilities, such as the brand-new rowing tank built inside the Athletic & Fitness Center, that allows spring teams to prepare for their outdoor seasons despite the lingering winter weather. “The new tank has allowed our crews to really get a sense of the water before actually getting out there,” says Muther, who also notes that the ice on Turkey Pond is continuing to break up. Crew is scheduled to have its first home race on Saturday, April 20.
All teams have kicked off their seasons, with several boasting multiple wins in the early parts of their schedule. Girls lacrosse is off to an excellent 6-0 start with double-digit goals scored in each game. Muther notes that this is a group to watch given the talented Sixth Form presence on their roster.
In his third year at the helm of SPS athletics and coming off of another successful winter season, Muther is excited about the relationships and rivalries that the Big Red is developing with different schools in the area. “We want to earn respect from our competition,” says Muther, “both through our play on the field and the way we carry ourselves.” He credits the commitment of the coaching staff in all seasons, along with the leadership from upper form student-athletes for fostering success during his time at the School.
One spring night game has been planned already, as boys lacrosse is slated to take on New Hampton at Bogle-Lechner Field on Friday, May 10 at 5:30 pm. “We’re looking forward to beautiful weather and seeing our students support one another all spring,” says Muther.