Lady Bobcats End Successful Season in Finals

Finals
The Lady Bobcats met MacDuffie School in the NEPSAC Class C soccer finals on Sunday. After playing through a scoreless first half, MacDuffie took the lead and held onto it securing their championship win 2-0.

With this finals game, Brewster ended an impressive season 13-3-3. Since 2000, the Brewster Bobcats have won 13 Lakes Region titles, earned 16 bids to the NEPSAC Class C tournament, and won six NEPSAC championships.

Semifinals
Brewster 5-4 (PKs) over Berwick Academy
In a thriller, the Lady Bobcats prevailed over Berwick Academy to advance to the finals of the NEPSAC  Class C playoffs. The teams went into the second half tied at zero. Berwick was first on the board first followed by a Brewster goal (Maddie Flagg) with just two minutes left in regulation time. A 1-1 tie at the buzzer sent the girls into overtime and eventually to penalty kicks where the Bobcats came out one goal ahead to take the win.

Not long after the dramatic finish, the Lady Bobcats were headed south to Connecticut and the Loomis Chaffee School where the finals will take place on Sunday at 11 a.m. against #1 Class C seed MacDuffie School.

Quarterfinals

Brewster 5, Beaver Country Day 0
On a sunny but chilly Brown Field today the Lady Bobcats defeated Beaver Country Day School 5-0 in the quarterfinals of the NEPSAC Class C quarterfinals.

Goals scorers were junior Maddie Flagg (Newton, New Hampshire), sophomore Jordan Thompson (2) (Lee, New Hampshire), senior Rachel Hooker (Alton, New Hampshire), and senior Kaylyn Stoddard (Darlings Island, New Brunswick). Senior Brooke Rooney (Plaistow, New Hampshire) earned the shutout.

As the #2 seed in the tournament Brewster will host #3 Berwick in the semifinals on Saturday. Game time is 11 a.m. and the venue is the Brown Field turf.

Lady Bobcats Win Fifth Straight Title
Last week at the conclusion of their regular season play, the girls earned their fifth consecutive Lakes Region League title. The 4-1 win came on the road against Proctor Academy. The Lady Bobcats finished their season 11-3-2.

 

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On Ambling

For several weeks this fall I traveled much much on Brewster business, engaging in all sort of outreach to prospective and current families and alums. I thus found myself in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and farther afield in Chicago, Bermuda, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Even today I’ll drive back-and-forth to Boston prior to watching some Brewster games in the failing light of late fall.

I’m not a traveler – planes make me feel trapped and distant cities reveal my desire for green and trees and the vibration of this school. I get homesick for Brewster when I’m away.

Though not a traveler, I’m a walker or, more accurately, an ambler.

amble (v): walk at a slow or relaxed pace, especially for pleasure.

The last few days, I’ve done a bunch of ambling about on campus – delivering birthday cards, checking on the construction of the new dorm, walking to town for coffee with a colleague, getting up from my desk and all the work that it implies to stroll the halls in the hope that I’ll bump into kids.

Last night, tired of checking boxes in my to-do list, I walked through some dorms and then to the academic building, alight against the darkness.

I kept encountering great moments: Scott Domingoes helping Mia Ventola with math in Team Palmer’s area; Tom Scala, Kyle Rourke, Dexter Hanson, and Paul Ritchie “working” in the library, willing to let me sit down with them and banter; Eli Ettinger smiling as he prepared to sit and get his work done; TJ Palmer and Alicia Wingard talking shop; Raylene Davis sitting at her table quietly and heroically taking care of all of the things that clear the way for teachers and students to do what they do.

A week from tomorrow I get on a plane for a four-stop visit to Asia that will bring me back just prior to Thanksgiving. I’m sure it will be a productive trip. In the meantime, I’m going to capture every moment I can in situ – watching kids and adults do the real work of the school. Perhaps in so doing I’ll sleep a bit better on the flight.

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Finding Shelter in Wolfeboro

Today’s annual Cooper Series brought together three New Hampshire women to talk about homelessness in New Hampshire and its impact locally. Although such a topic is neither easy nor uplifting, the women were here to discuss good news – the opening of Hope House, a home that will provide short-term emergency housing and services to homeless families with children in the regional school district and a place where Brewster students have been encouraged to share their time.

First Dr. Cathy Kuhn, director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness and vice president of research and training at the homeless service provider Families in Transition (FIT), explained what homelessness looks like in New Hampshire. Nearly 5 percent of students (127 students) in the local school district are homeless. Stephanie Allain Savard, the chief operating officer of Families in Transition, talked about solutions around the state including the importance of addressing the issue of what brought a family to homelessness while also providing comprehensive support, such as transitional housing, health care, nutrition, transportation, and job training to help sustain long-term housing for families.

Maureen Beauregard, president and founder of FIT, was the final speaker and she shared the story of how Hope House came to be.  “When I think about Hope House I think about how it all started. And having been the first employee at FIT almost 26 years ago, I still find it absolutely mind boggling and so moving that there are people in our community, in our state that are willing to look up and out and think about others and that’s exactly how Hope House started.

“There was a group doing light hiking and one person said to the other ‘there are about 127 kids that are part of the Governor Wentworth School District who are homeless.’ And one of the  women said ‘what are you kidding me? there are homeless people in Wolfeboro?’ And that is what started this whole movement in Wolfeboro to create a shelter for the homeless in the Governor Wentworth School District. That group started it and honestly it’s mostly funded by individuals. A lot of the programs that we have been able to create at Families in Transition were done by Housing and Urban Development money, state money, you-name-it money but this is really about individuals saying there isn’t enough out there to get this done so we are going to step in and do something about it.”

In a follow-up Q&A, students asked questions about homelessness and Hope House, including the following: What is NIMBY? (not in my backyard); How can Brewster student’s be involved at Hope House? (by volunteering their time working on reading skills and homework with the children, being a big brother or sister of sorts, participate in a fundraising run); What’s the one thing you wish people understood about the families you serve? (the stigma, perception, and labeling: it’s a person experiencing homelessness, not a homeless person; they are people who have challenges that they need help with.

Beauregard encouraged the students to think beyond themselves. “You all will have the time, treasure, and talent to step up and be a part of something bigger than yourselves, your family, or your jobs. By volunteering or doing something over at Hope House I’m hopeful that you will take that and when you leave and you go to college and you are all done, I hope you think of those three words – that you use your time to help somebody other than yourself. Possibly your treasure, if you make enough money you can give some of it away. Your talent. We have a board of directors at FIT and we have some very talented attorneys who just helped us merge with another organization. So there are lots of opportunities for Brewster and Hope House to come together.”

Hope House is located on Lehner Street and renovation is expected to begin in December with the facility ready for families in late spring or early summer.

The Cooper Series began in 2014 to bring together thought leaders to inspire the Brewster community. It is named in honor of Dr. Michael E. Cooper, Brewster’s 11th head of school.

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