The Girls Varsity Cross Country team competed at the Festival of Champions on Saturday October 3rd. Heralded as the largest single sporting event in the state, the Festival hosts almost 70 teams across 6 races. The NYA girls did not have a complete team this weekend because of a conflict with the SATs but four girls made the trip to the competition.
Today’s featured hockey alumni is former Panther Jordan Haskell, who graduated from NYA in 2011. Jordan played five years of varsity hockey at NYA, including his 8th grade year. He also played varsity baseball, where he won a Western Maine Conference championship, and varsity soccer. After a three year junior hockey career split between the Fresno Monsters (NAHL) and Portland Junior Pirates (USPHL), Haskell committed to Hobart College last spring. The Freeport, ME native played in 17 games as a freshman during the 2014-2015 season, scoring a goal and five assists in his rookie campaign. We had the chance to catch up with Jordan recently to hear about his experience at NYA and his path to college hockey.
Q. What drew you to Hobart’s school and program?
JH. “When I was looking at different college hockey opportunities the coaches at Hobart were really accepting of my goals to play D1 hockey but they stuck with me and showed interest in me until the end. I visited the school and the coaches showed me around and it was exactly what I was looking for in a college campus and curriculum. I had heard of the education I could receive from here and just knew it would be a great fit for me to come and play right away and also get a great education.”
Q. How did NYA help prepare you for the NCAA level?
JH. “I think the thing I learned most from NYA was how to handle the commitment of a sport and maintain good grades. Coming in I was immediately prepared for the opportunity I had. Playing 3 sports at NYA taught me how to juggle my school work with my lifting schedule and practice time. NYA hockey was a great experience for me playing in the prep league made a huge difference in my play and helped me prepare myself for the next level. I love NYA and will always be proud to be an alumni there.”
Q. Do you have any advice for current NYA players that might have similar goals?
JH. I learned in juniors that it was more important to go to a place where you are wanted than to go somewhere that may be better but you might not get a chance to play.
Jordan and the Hobart Statesmen open their season up at Babson College on October 30th. He returns home to Maine on October 31st as Hobart takes on the University of New England, whose team features fellow NYA alumni Kyle Williams and Tom Gildersleeve.
North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is excited to announce that Amy McNally will coach varsity girls ice hockey this winter. McNally was previously the head girls ice hockey coach at Cheverus in Portland, ME.
McNally graduated in 2008 from the University of Southern Maine (USM), where she played varsity ice hockey and was co-captain of the lacrosse team. She received her JD from the University of Maine School of Law and currently practices law at the Holmes Legal Group, LLC, Wells, Maine. She also serves as the assistant girls lacrosse coach at USM. She coached the Casco Bay U19 girls travel ice hockey team from 2008 until 2012.
NYA Athletic Director Jack Hardy explained, “NYA Prep Hockey has some of the best skaters in the region participating in our program. We want to expand on this base, and Amy impressed the interview committee and me, with not only her resume and reputation, but her love and passion for the game. Kids love playing for her, and the NYA girls will be in very capable hands with Coach McNally leading us in competitions throughout New England. She wants to give back to the game, and we are fortunate that she is here doing it.”
North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving toddlers through 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.
North Yarmouth Academy (NYA) is excited to announce that Julia Sterling (Freeport) will coach varsity field hockey this fall. Sterling, who was inducted into NYA’s Edgar F. White ’38 Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012, has a long and successful history of coaching both field hockey and lacrosse at NYA and surrounding communities.
“I was the field hockey coach at NYA from 2003 to 2010 and won 2 state championship trophies during my tenure. The outgoing coach, Tracy Quimby, was my assistant at that time. She will be tough to replace, but I am very excited to be back on campus as the varsity coach once again,” said Sterling. Sterling also served as NYA varsity girls lacrosse coach from 1991 to 2004.
NYA Athletic Director Jack Hardy explained, “Over the years, I have been able to watch Julia from a distance as she worked her craft with the young ladies fortunate enough to have been coached by her. Her love for the game and her student athletes is always prevalent. It’s great to now be directly associated with this wonderful coach.”
North Yarmouth Academy is an independent, college preparatory, coeducational school serving 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.
Varsity Girls High School Tennis Match Result
Western Region Semi-Final
Result: #4 North Yarmouth Academy 5, #1 Hall-Dale High School 0
Location @ Hall-Dale High School
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
1st Singles: Lena Rich (NYA) over Clio Barr 6-2, 6-2
2nd Singles: Mina Stam (NYA) over Nicole Pelletier 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
3rd Singles: Mary Morrison (NYA) over Rio Yokokawa 6-0, 6-3
1st Doubles: Hannah Chapman & Corinne Poitras (NYA) over Autumn St. Pierre & Thea Sweet 6-4, 6-3
2nd Doubles: Livy Stam & Hannah Hungerford (NYA) over Addie Davis & Rose Warren 6-3, 6-2
The NYA girls now move forward to the Western Maine Finals being held at Bates College on Thursday – 4:00/4:15. We’ll know our opponent after other matches that are being played this Saturday.
~ Jack Hardy, Director of Athletics