Why Do We Play Sports?
Sarah O'Neill

Monday night we commemorated the end of fall sports by honoring coaches, teams and athletes for their hard work, dedication and sportsmanship throughout the season. Coach Brisson (Athletic Director and Girls’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach) opened the ceremony with a speech that focused on answering one main question: “Why Do We Play Sports?”

“In athletics, it is easy to focus on what seems important in that moment. Did we win? Did I score a goal? Did we secure the Powder Keg? And when the answer is no to those questions, it is easy to forget why we even play sports to begin with…”

Powder Keg, the annual tradition that signifies the end of a season, took place this past Saturday against longtime rivals New Hampton School. Quick history lesson: Tilton School and New Hampton hold the third oldest prep school rivalry in New England, coming in behind Phillips Exeter vs. Phillips Andover and Groton vs. St. Mark’s. Powder Keg began as a football game in 1895, and has been an on-and-off staple ever since.

These days, our schools take turns hosting the event, which has evolved into all fall sport teams competing. This year, New Hampton School secured the Powder Keg on their home turf.

True to Coach Brisson’s sentiments, it is easy to view sports as all about wins and losses. In that regard, the outcome of Powder Keg 2018 could have had a large negative impact on our teams, players and coaches. But that didn’t happen, and it is abundantly clear that Tilton athletics has many reasons to be proud this season.

We have an impressive list of accolades to share, including a team whose season is not over as Girls’ Varsity Soccer moves on to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) playoffs this Wednesday (Nov 14), and a runner racing in the NEPSAC All-Star Cross Country Race. But the biggest achievement this season was the hard work and growth exemplified by every single RAM athlete. Every player left their heart and soul on their respective fields during each game. Saying that this season made us proud to be RAMS is an understatement.

So, why DO we play sports? Brisson said it best...

“Why not spend every afternoon with your friends who turn into family? Why not find out what you’re capable of by challenging your mental and physical toughness with never-ending practices and hard in-game situations?

Why not get a chance to experience the unbelievable feeling of winning of championship, or the unforgettable feeling of defeat? And WHY NOT pride yourself in becoming the best player, person and teammate every time you step onto the field, the ice, or of course, the courts?”

Thank you to all our families, fans, faculty, student-athletes and coaches for a fall season that made us all proud to be members of RAMNation. Bring it on, winter!

Fall 2018 Athletic Award Accolades

Girls Varsity Soccer

MVP: Cassie Nevers '19 (West Suffield, Connecticut)

MIP: Victoria Medina-Visceglio '21 (Forestdale, Massachusetts)

Coaches Award: Taylor Clark '20 (Contoocook, New Hampshire)

 NEPSAC All-Stars: Cassie Nevers '19 and Brenna Verran '20 (Yarmouth, Nova Scotia)

Lakes Region League All-Star: Madison Kirker '20 (Glen Allen, Virginia)

NEPSWSA Class of 2020 All-Star: Lia Villanueva '20 (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and Taylor Clark '20

Boston Globe Prep All-Star: Cassandra Nevers '19


Boys Varsity Soccer

MVP: Andrew Frost ‘19 (Casco, Maine)

MIP:  Nikolai Bofinger ‘19 (Concord, New Hampshire)

MIP: Carter Harvey ‘21 (Shelburne, Vermont)

Coaches Award: James Wills ‘19 (Alpharetta, Georgia)

WNEPSSA (Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association) All Stars:

Max Paganini ‘21 (Sanbornton, New Hampshire)

Calvin Moffroid ‘20 (Warren, Vermont)

WNEPSSA Select Team 1st Team:

Max Paganini ‘21

WNEPSSA Select Team Honorable Mention:

Roby Mudogo ‘19 (Johannesburg, South Africa)

NEPSSA (New England Prep School Soccer Association) Senior All Star:

Andrew Frost ‘19

Matthew Levesque ‘19 (Concord, New Hampshire)

Lakes Region All League:

Roby Mudogo ‘19


Boys JV Soccer

MVP: Surasak Bandasak ‘19 (Mueang, Thailand)

Players’ Player of the Year: Hiler Ruggles ‘22 (Tilton, New Hampshire)

MIP: Will Cutler ‘19 (Montclair, New Jersey)

Coaches Award: Alex Ritter ‘21 (Franklin, New Hampshire)


Girls Varsity Field Hockey

MVP: Kaitlin Bardellini ‘19 (Northfield, New Hampshire)

MIP: Trinity White ‘19 (Sandwich, Massachusetts

Coaches Award: Jackie Hill ‘19 (Franklin, New Hampshire)


Mountain Biking

Coaches Award: Hongyi “Charles” Zhou ‘19 (Shenzhen, China)


Boys Cross Country

MVR (Most Valuable Runner): Patrick Guinee ‘19 (Gloucester, Massachusetts)

Winner of the Lakes Region Championship race, 2nd place finisher in the NEPSAC Division IV race, running in the NEPSAC All-Star Cross Country Race on Saturday, Nov. 17th

Coaches Award: Casey Cormier ‘19 (Sanbornton, New Hampshire)


Girls Cross Country

MVR (Most Valuable Runner): Amanda Crowley ‘19 (South Yarmouth, Massachusetts)


Varsity Football

MVP: Nick Resendiz ‘20 (Andover, Massachusetts)

MIP: Tobias Patterson ‘22 (Concord, New Hampshire)

Coaches Award: Jack Yates ‘22 (Hudson, Massachusetts)


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