Fire Tower Sprints

Yesterday the U16 and U19 men had a tough interval workout up the backside of Stratton.

For this workout the boys were dropped off at the Appalachian Trail trailhead on Stratton-Arlington road and asked to do intervals of 1 minute of hard running followed by 2 minutes of fast hiking all the way to the Stratton fire tower. The trail is rough, with plenty of rocks, roots, planks, mud pits, and steep staircases to make the 3.8 miles to the summit a real challenge.

The boys were in especially good form on this day. Setting a blistering pace from the start, a lead pack of U16 boys, comprised of Alex Abdow, Bobby Stevenish, Owen Croce, Harrison Digangi, and Diego Holscher managed to maintain that pace up the entire mountain, dropping this poor (still sore) blogger in the process. Great work guys! And good going to the rest of the guys who all pushed themselves incredibly hard as well.


A few pictures:

Women’s Soccer Team Defeats GMVS

This past week the women’s soccer team defeated GMVS in the rain at home.  It was an exciting game with both teams fighting hard for the win.  SMS came out victorious in overtime, 3-2.

This next week they play at Springfield on Tuesday and host Putney on Thursday.  The ladies are currently ranked second in the state and playoff start in two weeks.  Keep up the great job team!


This past Tuesday a handful of SMS alpine skiers headed down with the nordic folks to the BBA cross country race. This particular race was a two lap 5K that brought the runners over varying terrain including some challenging hills. It was a great experience for the alpiners to compete in an event outside of their comfort zone. Congratulations to SMS nordic athletes Anna Lehmann and Will Haig who each ran fantastic races (Anna set a course record), finishing 1st and 2nd overall!

Thanks to everyone at BBA who helped to put on such a great event. The apple cider and cookies were great!

Here are a few pictures from the race:


Annual Parents Weekend Obstacle Course

Each year on parents weekend at SMS the entire school heads down to the obstacle course for a unique race that tests a combination of endurance, grit, strength, balance, and maybe more than anything else, a willingness to get dirty. For the race, the kids were divided into teams of four. Each member of the team was required to complete one lap around the obstacle course and another along the one mile running loop. The first team to have all four members complete both laps wins.

This year the kids were confronted with various new and modified obstacles including a raised rope climbing wall, an army crawl referred to as fern gully, and lengthened tire and balance beam sections.

This year the team of Harrison Digangi, Lillian Fisher, Stewart Olson, and Spencer Smith finished in first place with an impressive course record time of 46:03. In second place was the team of Henrick de Jounge, Hatcher Gutchess, Jenna Braun, and Michael Fischer who narrowly beat out the 3rd place finishers with a strong final run by Jenna Braun. Great going everyone!

Videos from the course:

And a few pictures: