Award for Downey
Former Pentucket player Rachael Downey was recently awarded the Blue & Gold Award at the year-end dinner for athletes at Simmons College. The Simmons tennis team went undefeated in the regular season and the freshman had the highest doubles winning percentage on the team and had clinching wins in both the regular season and playoffs.
The Blue and Gold award is similar to the Bruins’ 7th player award and is given to someone who goes above and beyond expectations. She played with a hurt knee for much of the season.
Downey’s sister, Coli, is the No. 1 player as a sophomore for this year’s Pentucket team.
Mt. Washington bike races
As a reminder for those cyclists who like a grueling challenge, there are now three bike races up Mount Washington this summer.
The first is the third Northeast Delta Dental Mount Washington Road Race June 15. That’s followed by the eighth Newton’s Revenge July 6. The grand finale, which is also the original and largest of the races, is the 41st Mt. Washington Auto Road Hillclimb set for Aug. 17.
Former Phillips Academy runner Georgina Norton of North Reading, a senior at NYU, recently ran a 4:40 in the 1,500 to qualify for the ECAC championships in Springfield this week.
The younger sister of talented Harry Norton, Georgina recently was one of 19 undergraduates honored with the NYU Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Award.
Boardman to Hall
Phillips Academy girls basketball coach Lani (Boardman) Silversides, who was on maternity leave this year, has been named to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame and will be honored June 22 in Worcester.
A 2001 graduate of York (Maine) High School, she set school records in points (1,413), rebounds (1,111) and blocks (299) and was also an all-state goalie in soccer and a state hurdles champion. The 2001 Maine Female Athlete of the Year went on to have an outstanding basketball career at the University of Vermont. She was named team MVP as a senior.