SWHS athletes, coaches and staff wrap up successful spring season
By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Mon., Jun. 20, 2011
"I’m really glad to have a first full season under my belt,” said South Windsor High School Athletic Director Christine Wanner at the end of the 2011 school year. Prior to taking on the role of AD, Wanner taught for nine years in the SWHS health and physical education department and was the curriculum coordinator for the department. The AD position had been in flux for two years.
One of Wanner’s goals was to improve communication among the staff and coaches. “It’s starting to pull everyone together as a team,” said Wanner. As an example, she noted that efforts are being better coordinated for the use of the fitness room, even over the summer months. “I have a fantastic group of coaches,” said Wanner, citing their commitment, thoughtfulness and passion for their teams.
Over the summer, Wanner will be organizing the pre-season and fall season schedules. She will also be able to catch up on a variety of projects, such as uniform purchases.
In noting some of the standouts of the spring season, Wanner commented that the rain made the season particularly challenging. “Working with Parks and Rec and the field crew was amazing,” she said. “It was a highlight because they made it so easy for me.” Still, Wanner said, scheduling the use of the fields, especially with practices and games cancelled due to the weather, was a difficult puzzle.
To continue bringing the staff and coaches together, Wanner is organizing a ropes course training week in August. She hopes the five-day training will both unify the staff and coaches, and prepare them for additional use of the course by P.E. classes and teams.
SWHS currently has two coaching positions open. For the fall sports, the football team is looking for an assistant coach. “A defensive coordinator is always helpful,” said Wanner. The baseball team also needs a varsity coach. For more information, contact Christine Wanner at 860-648-5000, ext. 3319 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I think we had a really successful season,” said Wanner, noting that both the boys’ volleyball and the boys’ lacrosse teams took the conference titles. It was the first time in the school’s history for the boys’ volleyball team to be the CCC-East champions.
In addition, the school had two athletes qualify to compete in the New England tournament: boys’ golf team member junior Clark Robinson and girls’ track and field team member senior Preethi Vaidyanathan. “That’s exciting to have athletes compete at that level,” said Wanner. The golf team finished third overall in the state.
Overall, the girls’ track and field team members made big strides for their team, with 14 athletes qualifying to compete in the state tournament. “We came through in the end,” said coach Clint Bowman. Kirstin Warner tied the school record for pole vaulting with a height of 9 feet, 6 inches. Preethi Vaidyanathan finished second place at the state open for high jump, with 5 feet, 4 inches. The boys’ team sent 12 athletes to the state tournament, with Sam Kaczmarek qualifying to compete at the state open.