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Saints Sweep Third Annual Gunnery Day to Close Out the Fall Season

Kelly Slonaker

Canterbury swept the third annual Gunnery Day competition on Saturday, November 9, with several shut-out wins. Girls’ Varsity Soccer beat Gunnery 4–0; Boys’ Varsity Soccer won 6–0; Boys’ JV Soccer triumphed 5–1; Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey won 2–1; and JV Field Hockey ended the game at 1–0. Varsity Football and Varsity Volleyball also had big wins on the day against Portsmouth Abbey and Millbrook, respectively. 
Though the tradition only began in the 2017-2018 academic year, Gunnery Day—and the competition for the Canterbury-Gunnery Cup—marks the height of a longstanding athletic rivalry between the schools. With the points added from the Gunnery Day events, Canterbury now leads 8–1 toward the Cup, which will be presented at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
The Day also marks the close of the regular season for all fall teams and the last fall athletic season for our Sixth Formers. With temperatures barely rising above freezing, the day certainly felt like the end of autumnal weather. Many families were in attendance to celebrate the senior games and parents helped organize a hospitality tent for all teams and spectators complete with food and warm beverages to power through the chill. Off-campus, the Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams both ended their season competing at the NEPSTA Division III Cross Country Championships at White Memorial Conservation Area, where three of our runners earned All-New England titles: Jack McCluskey ’20 finished 4th, Abby Omaña ’20 finished 11th, and Lorelai Lee Swanek ’21 finished 9th. For three of our teams, games will continue into the postseason: Girls’ Varsity Soccer and Varsity Field Hockey head to the Class C NEPSAC Tournament quarterfinals this week and Varsity Football will play in the Mark Conroy Bowl versus Middlesex School, MA at New Milford High School on Saturday, November 16.
For the week leading up to Gunnery Day’s events, the entire Canterbury community participated in spirited dress. Monday had students and faculty alike dressing as twins (and even some triplets and quadruplets); Tuesday was Form Color Day with each grade represented by their designated hue; Wednesday invoked feelings of warmer weather with Tropical Day; Throwback Thursday spanned decades of fashion; and Friday celebrated all-things-Canterbury with Saints Spirit Dress.

Friday night’s pep rally in Pigott Arena energized the whole School with skits and dances performed by the Sixth Form Council, varsity teams, and faculty. Following the pep rally, Sixth Formers, led by Head of School Rachel Stone, carried lighted torches up the road from Sheehan House to the lawn in front of South House. The path was lined with underformers and faculty, who cheered on the seniors as they made their way up the hill to light a colossal bonfire, ensuring a warm and memorable end to the season.


Spirit Week Photos

Pep Rally Photos

Gunnery Day Photos