Fall Sports at Conard High School
By: Bella Egress and Maddy Santangelo
Conard High School boasts a vibrant and dynamic sports program that plays an integral role in the lives of its students and the broader school community. Located in West Hartford, Conard High School is renowned for its commitment to fostering athletic excellence, teamwork, and sportsmanship among its student body. With a rich tradition of sporting achievement and the physical well-being of students, Conard is known for its athletic records and hard-working teams.
Girls Swim and Dive:
The Girls Swim and Dive are on a rapid winning streak with a record of 5-0. As their streak continues, the girls have a goal of winning the CCC title. This means that they have to beat Hall, Newington, and Southington. Individually, the swimmers are working on getting their best times and making state auto cuts.
The record for the Conard girl's volleyball team is 5-7 as of October 16th. So far this season, girl's volleyball has been working with a younger team, with only a couple of players having previous varsity experience. As they continue to progress toward the end of the season, their main focus is building team chemistry to better connect on the court and develop their younger players, with an eye on making the state tournament. However, the girls' volleyball team has suffered an injury to one of their starting outside hitters, changing the course of the season. The team has been very flexible with the variations in lineups each game, doing whatever they can to meet our goal of making states.
The record for Conard girls' field hockey is 8-1-3. From the start until the end of the season, the program has been working on team building and having strong relationships on the field. To do that, the girls have been progressing with communicating and talking on the field. Overall, this has made the season successful in the strive to support each other on and off the field.
The record for girls' soccer is currently 4-7. As the season is coming to a close, the girls' goals were to create a better environment where they could feel comfortable with each other and confident in themselves. Along with creating a place where they are surrounded by teammates who trust and believe in each other, as a whole, girls' soccer is working to be able to push each other on and off the field. This means that they have high expectations and know they can improve and work harder.
Girls and Boys Cross Country:
Conard’s cross-country program is currently 3–4. Starting this season, the girls' cross country team and boys' cross country team have been collaborating during practices. This has improved the practice environment and created a sense of community in the program. This connection has helped the team reach their goal of teamwork and a positive mentality while competing.
The record for football is currently 1–5. As the boys head into the final half of the season, their goal remains the same: to win as many games as possible. The football team has already battled a lot of adversity and is working together to succeed in the coming games. On Thursday, October 19th, they faced Simsbury at home, where they suffered a tough loss, as Simsbury was 0–5 going into the game. They are looking forward to playing Hall, Conard's biggest rival, away on Saturday, November 18th, at 1:30 p.m.
Boys soccer is 6-4-2 with four games remaining in the regular season. The team has already achieved one of its goals: making it into the state tournament. They are now attempting to achieve their biggest goal of the season: securing a home state game for the first time in six years. They are continuing to work hard to be prepared to make a deep run into the state championship, hopefully getting to the finals.
The boys' golf team is currently dominating the season with a record of 12-4-1. Going into the season, the team only expected to improve throughout the season due to the fact they lost five pivotal varsity players from the 2022 season. The boys' goals are to continue to play their best in every match and tournament.
Good luck to all of our teams in the remainder of their seasons, and we can’t wait to see what our winter season brings us!