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March 13th, 2013
The winter sports season will be formally wrapped up on this upcoming Friday, March 15th with our annual winter sports banquet. All student-athletes who participated in either basketball or swimming are invited to attend. An email was sent out to families communicating the particulars and what to sign up for as far as dinner is concerned. If you did not receive this email, please contact the A.D.
Next Monday, March 18th, the spring sports season begins! MRA will have a junior high and high school track team this season. The teams will practice at the Newport Middle High School track. We are very grateful for the generosity of the Newport school district, allowing our student-athletes to train at their track. Practices begin at 3:00pm each day after school, unless there is a track meet scheduled.
For there first time in MRA history, student-athletes are participating in a competitive sport all three seasons: fall, winter, and spring! This may not seem like a big deal, but it is a sign of our school's growth and developing athletic program. In addition to the increase in competitive sports offerings, there is also an athletic club that meets on Saturday afternoons. The club is open to all high school students. Students continue to practice physical fitness, but they also receive instruction from unique trainers, such as a self-defense instructor.
As we strive to give our students more opportunities for physical and spiritual development, we constantly remain cognizant of the ultimate purpose of athletics at MRA: to bring Christ to others while acquiring the virtuous habits that will enable student-athletes to become excellent human beings!
February 15th, 2013
As the winter sports season draws to a close, we are celebrating a year of many "firsts" for the athletic program at Mount Royal Academy.
1. Our first year of competition in the NHIAA
2. Our first year of boys/girls soccer and basketball in the high school
3. Our first year with four basketball teams: grade 5-8 boys/girls and JV boys/girls (high school)
4. Our first varsity sport: swimming
5. Our first state championship in the first year of competition in the NHIAA! Freshman swimmer Miriam Caveney was the fastest swimmer at the Division II championships on February 10th in the 50M freestyle event.
We are so thankful for the opportunities that God has provided for our student-athletes. It has been a year of tremendous sacrifice and perseverance, as our teams have struggled to be victorious against a higher level of competition. Nevertheless, real character growth and camaraderie has certainly uplifted the spirits and hearts of our student-athletes.
The surest sign of growth is the desire on behalf of student-athletes to praise God after a defeating loss.
The high school basketball season will formally come to an end this upcoming Saturday, February 16th. Please consider supporting our teams, as the girls begin at 4:30pm at St. Joseph's gymnasium, and the boys tip off at 6:00pm (same location).
Our junior high basketball teams are entering tournament time after the final round of regular season games this Saturday. The girls are ranked 3rd in DII of the Merrimack Basketball League, and the boys are currently in 9th place of DI. Both teams have a good shot at making a strong tournament run. The tournament games will be at MRA over winter break. Please check the website for game times.
Stay tuned for information regarding tournament results, the winter sports banquet, as well as the upcoming spring season.
January 19th, 2013
On December 17th, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the Italian National Olympic Committee. Below is a brief excerpt that truly captures the primary purpose of the athletics program at Mount Royal Academy:
...You athletes are not only required to compete and win. Every sporting activity, whether amateur or professional, requires integrity in competition, respect for one’s body, a sense of solidarity and unselfishness, and then joy, pleasure and celebration. All this presupposes a path of authentic human maturation, made up of self-denial, tenacity, patience and — above all — humility, which receives no applause but is the secret of victory.
Any sport that aims to be worthwhile for the one who practices it must always be at the service of the person. At stake therefore is not only respect for the rules, but the vision of the person, who does sports and simultaneously is in need of education, spirituality and transcendent values. Sports, in fact, are an instructive and cultural good, able to reveal man to himself and bring him closer to understanding his life’s profound worth.
The athlete who lives his/her practice fully becomes conscious of God’s plan for their life, learning to hear his voice in the long period of training. Thus, athletes learn to recognize him in the face of their teammates and in their opponents! The experience of sports can “contribute to answering the fundamental questions the new generations are asking about the meaning of life, its purpose and its goal” (John Paul II, Discourse to the Italian Sports Centre, 26 June 2004, n. 2), when it is lived in its fullness; it can teach human values and it encourages opening to the transcendent. Therefore I am thinking of you, dear athletes, as champion-witnesses, with a mission to accomplish: may you be good models to imitate for all who admire you. Yet, you too, dear directors, coaches and trainers — the various workers in sports — are called to be witnesses to a good humanity, co-workers with families and formative institutions for the education of the young, teachers of a sports routine that should be ever loyal and transparent. The pressure to obtain important results must never push anyone to take shortcuts, as in the case of doping. Let the same team spirit serve as a spur to avoid these dead-end streets, but also as a support for those who realize they have made a mistake, so that they may feel accepted and helped.
These are very providential words in light of the recent events receiving attention from the media. The essential goal of athletics at MRA is virtue formation, which is an extension of our mission to teach the whole person.
The winter sports season is in full swing. As a program, we have experienced unexpected joys and growing pains.
Our junior high girls team is currently in second place in the MBL. Girls basketball was absent from MRA for a few years, but now we have two teams thankfully; a junior high and high school girls team. The junior high girls are competing well and have shown much improvement since their inaugural season last year. They seem poised to make a run at the DII championship in the MBL.
The junior high boys teams is playing hard and showing a lot of improvement. There are several new players to the team this year, which is a good sign of things to come. The experienced players are certainly supporting the others. Although their record isn't where they would like it to be, the boys will certainly make a strong run in the playoffs. Last year they finished in second place out of 22 teams in the MBL, losing in the championship to Dunbarton.
The high school girls and boys teams are competing in the NHIAA at the sub-varisty level for the first time in school history. Both squads have a full schedule.
The girls team only has 4 players with basketball experience, but you wouldn't know that at this point in the season. Each game the girls go and out compete, selflessly giving it their all. Our coaches were humbled the other day when after a rather deflating loss the team captain's reminded them of the need to pray in thanksgiving for the opportunity to play and be together.
Our high school boys team has out-hussled and out-worked nearly every team they have played. The boys are in every single game, but have sadly been unable to taste victory yet. The team features a strong core of young players who are determined to improve and build a strong foundation for years to come.
Every basketball team is growing in virtue, as evidenced by their committment and strong sportsmanship.
Mount Royal will be represented by two freshman at the DII NHIAA Swimming Championships on February 9th. Two freshmen siblings - Miriam and Matthew Caveney - have qualified for the state finals. Matthew is performing in the top ten in every event that he has raced. Miriam is leading DII in the 50 freestyle, and currently sits in the top 5 in each of her events.
We appreciate all of the sacrifices and support given by the parents of these student-athletes.
Please continue to pray that we can use athletics as a way to evangelize and become better disciples of Christ!
December 5th, 2012
Good Afternoon Families,
It has been an action-packed start to the season for sure. I do want to inform all of you that family balance is a very important priority for us when we are scheduling athletic events and activities. I imagine that it doesn’t seem that way right now, with basketball in full swing and a Christmas pageant this upcoming Saturday, but it is the busiest time of the year traditionally. I do apologize for any inconvenience that we have caused your family. It is an extremely difficult challenge to always remain balanced in scheduling, however there are certain dynamics outside our control.
I also want to remind all of you that I am now updating the website regularly with athletic related news. Please check http://www.mountroyalacademy.com/ad-news weekly for more information. The schedule is also available at http://www.mountroyalacademy.com/athletics-at-mount-royal-academy in the right hand column. I do update the schedule on the website daily.
For the high school teams, I have added directions to South Royalton VT at http://www.mountroyalacademy.com/directions . We are still waiting for a couple of teams to get back to us. We hope to have games on December 19th.
For the junior high teams, the rumors are true to an extent. The Merrimack Basketball League is organizing another round of jamboree games in order to structure league divisions according to fairness and competition. The jamboree date is this upcoming Saturday, December 8th. The boys will not be participating the jamboree, as their site was too far away (Henniker) and too difficult to juggle with the pageant. The girl’s games will be played at Mount Royal Academy, beginning at 11:30pm and lasting until about 2:15pm. We consulted the coach, parents, and discerned that as long as it was local and within a reasonable time frame, families could manage. We are on hold until early next week, when the schedule for the remainder of the season will be drafted. There will be games on December 15th, and then games will resume after the Christmas break.
Please know that if a student-athlete can’t attend a practice or game for any family related issue, we support your decision. Family balance is an important issue too!
The practices have been filled in up to Christmas break. The policy for practices over Christmas break is that they are not mandatory, and coaches will communicate with teams to see if practice is feasible. Please make decisions that are in the best interest of the family, without any guilt.
If you have any questions, please give me a call at 603 553 0834.
Yours Truly In Christ,