In Sports, The Nest on January 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm
Matt Pipczynski ’15
Hopkins Academy (3-2) went in focused and prepared to play Easthampton (2-3) on Monday. At one point in the game the Hawk’s led by 21 points. The final score was 55-47. Brett Morrison led the Hawk’s with 22 points and Alex Curran put up 13. Greg Pipczynski led the team on the glass with 10 rebounds.
In Editorials, Sports on May 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm
Kaitlin Richotte, another member of the Hawk’s Claw, (not to mention my best friend) makes a good point in her article “Cheerleaders are ATHLETES.” Being a three sport athlete, I know that sometimes hard work and dedication can be overlooked, which is very frustrating and demeaning. As a basketball player, I truly believe that the cheerleaders have a big effect on how well the team plays, and how involved the fans get. The louder and more involved the fans become, the harder the players work. Yes, cheerleaders can sometimes be a little loud and unnecessarily annoying, but without them, the gym atmosphere would be quiet and awkward. Read the rest of this entry »
In Editorials, Sports on December 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm
For the past four years I have had the great opportunity of being a part of the Varsity Cheerleading team at Hopkins Academy. For the past four years I have also been repeatedly told that Cheerleaders are not athletes, according to our school and the MIAA. I found this absolutely ridiculous. How is this not considered a sport? A “sport” according to dictionary.com is defined as “an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.” Weird, seems like cheerleading to me. We work our butts off each year to go out and do what we love, only to not get any respect in return, which is really frustrating. Yes, we are a form of entertainment for the basketball games, but there is so much more to us than that. We have practice every day just like the basketball players. It takes skill to do what we do and so many of us have talent that is completely unseen. Not everyone can go out on the floor, throw someone into the air, catch them, and then turn around and go dance. This sport isn’t a joke, and to many of us on the team, we are extremely dedicated and look forward to the season each and every year. Every single one of us on the team loves what we do. We love going to every game and cheering our basketball teams on. And each one of us considers each other an athlete, no matter what the rest of the school may think.