Abbot Academy - Circle Yearbook (Andover, MA)

 - Class of 1945

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Sports At long last a pathetic little snowflake ventured into the neighborhood of Miss Carpenter, and we all dashed to the ski- room, slapped a little wax on the old boards, and were out on " Suicide Slope " before that flake ever reached the ground . But we didn ' t have to wait long for some real snow, and when it came it really did. Th ere were afternoons when we had to shovel to the ski-room before we could get our skis, and there were also times when we would vainly try to do a stem turn with the snow around our waists. A Gar- goyle-Griffin competition was held on the hockey field, the most spectacular fea- tures of which were the potato race and the backward race. It was obvious that the yogi certainly had nothing on us at Abbot. Strive as they will they could never have equalled the peculiar positions that we attained that afternoon. It is odd how quickly one can completely entangle himself in skis and poles and snow, but how long it takes to get out. However, we finally found ourselves skiing over and across tufts of green grass, so we turned to gym and dance. We thought we were in condition, but Mary Taylor, Captain of the Gargoyles Phyllis Hardon, Captain of the Griffins [52]

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GRIFFIN HOCKEY TEAM Derby, Finney, Helhreg, M. Robbins, ronGoebcn, Paterson, Roirdon, Sweeney, IV. Thomas, Hardon, Chivers, C. Smith TENNIS TEAMS .V. Stone, Emery, Haserick, Luce, Milne, Selinger, Jones, Bernardin. Absent: Rodgers, Welles. GRIFFIN BASKETBALL TEAM Karelitz, Ball, Dorsel, Goddard Marsh, Spear, Jackson with pivoting to the left, and throwing to the right, underhand not overhand, left hand not right hand, and backwards not forwards, the ball was lucky if it landed within thirty yards of its intended destina- tion. But with a little practice and a few simple exercises, we soon became quite proficient at making baskets, and looking one way and throwing the other. This is a very tricky game and thrilling to watch. One would never realize the long hard hours of practice that have gone into per- fecting the ease and speed with which the plays were executed. Tennis this year featured quite a few up-and-coming stars. Our professionals practiced feverishly, perhaps too energeti- cally, for when Field Day came around, they seemed to be incapacitated, so the singles match was postponed. The excel- lent doubles matches, however, made up for that lack. The war has hit the tennis people hard in the guise of the Victory Ball. It looks like a tennis ball, feels like a baseball, and acts like a hunk of lead. However the champs did very well, even with this handicap.



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Holly Welles, Griffin Song Leader Mary Jane Kurth, School Song Leader Nancy Stone, Gargoyle Song Leader our aching. muscles soon told us otherwise. Many a groan was heard before we could again sit down in peace. But soon we were shinnying up the ropes and leaping grace- fully (?) in dance with the greatest of ease. The Spring Demonstration came all too soon, and the audience hardly recognized their Suzy doing all those impossible things. " Why my Suzy couldn ' t be doing that — but it certainly looks like her. " Baseball in the spring could have helped out the Dodgers with the experts it produced. Speed balls and curves and long home runs could be seen every after- noon. Many a sore finger and sore head were suffered before we could finally stand up to bat without quaking and in the field without dreaming. The tennis professionals once more took to the courts. Our track stars closely resembled the Olympics with their jumps, their runs, and their flying disci. We were all amazed to watch the latter sailing through the air with apparent disregard for the laws of gravity. Yes, this year we have had fun, and without knowing it we have contributed vitally to the great future of a strong, healthy nation living in a world of peace. [53]

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