Welcome to NYA Athletics!
Practices begin after March break!
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| Track & Field, Girls
Athletics are integral to our curriculum, inclusive, and every day.
The athletic program is an integral part of the North Yarmouth Academy experience. The philosophy of the program is grounded in the importance of physical fitness and developing character, cooperation, and teamwork through athletics. All students are required to participate in an after school commitment, either athletics or performing arts, throughout the year.
More times than we can count, boys and girls here have chosen to fill an athletic requirement by trying a new sport and have ended up finding a lifelong passion that led them to self-confidence and athletic success.
The “everybody plays” approach also turns out to be extraordinarily competitive. NYA students have garnered 77 individual State Champions and 84 state and regional team championships in the past 11 years, a record of which we are quite proud.
NYA competes in the Maine Principals Association (MPA) in every sport except ice hockey. The NYA boys and girls varsity ice hockey teams plays in the New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). NYA is on the ice with some of the strongest prep hockey teams throughout New England including Holderness School and The Governor’s Academy, along with skating against the best teams in Maine. The 30-game Prep schedule offers NYA student-athletes the opportunity to compete against some of the country’s best high school players and to be seen by college scouts and recruiters. The junior varsity program acts as a developmental team with a strong focus on skill development. The JV team competes against other prep JV and varsity B teams, as well as public school varsity and JV teams.
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Two of North Yarmouth Academy’s (NYA) own volleyball players have won gold at the New England Regional Volleyball Association (NERVA) Tournament in Hampton, NH. Elizabeth Sevigny ’19 (Portland) and Tessa Quattrucci ’18 (South Freeport) took first place with their BOOM 18-3 travel volleyball team. After giving up the first game of the final match by 2 points, the girls rallied back to take the second game. Although in a uniform other than NYA, Sevigny channeled her inner Coach Krainis, “I remember one of the first points at the beginning of the match. The ball flew to a deep corner. I managed to pop the ball up with one arm and my teammate bumped it over, and we won the point. That point reminded me of something [NYA varsity volleyball coach] Mrs. Krainis taught us last season – to never stop playing until the ball hit the ground and you heard the whistle blow.”
The girls dominated the tie breaker and took the gold. “When our team scored that last point to win the tournament, it was the best feeling in the world. It made all of the hard work, long hours, and endless drills worth it. We were on top of the world. I will never forget the feeling of accomplishment and love as the ball hit the ground on the other side of the net. It was the best feeling in the world,” says Quattrucci.
North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is happy to announce Wendy Polstein as the new head varsity field hockey coach. Polstein comes to NYA from Stearns High School in Millinocket, Maine, where she coached for eight years and was named Eastern Maine Field Hockey Coach of the Year. At Stearns, Coach Polstein took over a program that had never made the playoffs, and within three years, led the team to the state finals. During her tenure, she implemented a starter/feeder program in the junior high school to bolster interest in the program and confidence in the players.
“NYA has graciously offered me the opportunity to get back to coaching and working with young women who enjoy playing field hockey as much as I do. I’m very excited about the upcoming fall season and look forward to contributing to this fine program,” expressed Polstein. On March 24, the team met their new coach and first impressions were positive. Student-athlete Amber Rose ’19 (Falmouth) explained, “I am excited for Coach Polstein to lead the NYA field hockey team because of her passion and knowledge for the game. She will help us get to the skill level we want and need to be at in order to win a State Championship. I believe Coach Polstein is the perfect fit for our team.”
This is also somewhat of a homecoming for Polstein who played field hockey for Yarmouth High School. She then attended Syracuse University where she played on the university’s club team. She continues to stay involved in the sport as a player participating in a women’s league in Portland.
“During the past two decades, NYA has been fortunate to have some of the best field hockey coaches in the state of Maine working with our varsity program. Coach Polstein will continue this ongoing tradition. I was very impressed from the moment we first communicated. Those who have directly witnessed her coaching in the past greatly support NYA’s fortune at having her join our coaching staff. I’m really excited for our girls,” said NYA Athletic Director Jack Hardy.
North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school for toddlers to students in grade twelve. Since 1814, NYA has fostered integrity, character and intellect in its students. For more information, please contact NYA at 207-847-5423 or visit our website at nya.org.
The winter season is officially over for the NYA Panthers, but not all athletes are looking towards spring sports quite yet. Senior varsity girls ice hockey player, Keeley Bartolini ’16 and her U19 Tier II hockey team, the Maine Gladiators, won the state championship this past Sunday, February 28. The Gladiators bested the Portland Junior Pirates, the team Bartolini’s NYA teammate junior Gabby Linscott ‘17 skates for. The high level of competition by the Gladiators and the Pirates this season allowed the two teams to move on in tournament play. So this year, NYA will be represented at the New England Regionals by both NYA varsity girls hockey players and their respective U19 teams. Although they are now opponents and will be wearing different jerseys, they both are thinking black & orange. “It is an amazing opportunity to represent the state of Maine and NYA. Participating in an athletic event like this really gets Maine girls hockey and NYA known for the sport,” says Bartolini.
Linscott believes the eyes of the hockey community should turn more towards the girls on the ice. “It’s an honor to be able to participate in an event of this caliber. I think the level of play of both my and Keeley’s teams really attests to the increasing amount of talent present in Maine girl’s hockey. The sport is definitely on the rise in Maine, and I’m excited to see the new levels it reaches as the younger age group progresses.”
The New England Regionals will be held in Burlington Vermont on March 18-20, 2016.
North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) has a long and storied hockey tradition. From 1960 to the 2004-2005 season, the Panthers competed in the Class A division of the Maine Principals Association (MPA). After 45 years the school’s established hockey program entered the Prep League ranks by joining the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC), debatably the best high school hockey league in the country and a top college development league. NEPSAC players are heavily recruited by junior and NCAA coaches. This decision came with mixed reviews from the local hockey community. The biggest criticism was, “They will never be able to compete.”
Four years later in the 2008-2009 season, the Panthers disproved this theory by having a winning season and making a run in the NEPSAC Division II playoffs, only to fall short in the semi-finals. Since then, the critics have returned as the results have paled in comparison. Coaching staff turnover hurt recruiting and performance. NYA’s hockey spotlight faded as successes came few and far between. More »
Please come out tomorrow night, 2/12, to honor the Seniors of the NYA Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Hockey teams on Senior Night – 4:45pm @ Travis Roy Arena. Puck drop vs Brewster Academy at 5pm. See the following seniors (below) in their last home game as a NYA Panther hockey player.
Thank you for all of your hard work, dedication and leadership you have given to your team and school over the past 4 years. We wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors.
Junior Varsity Seniors (pictures not available)