The week in sports: Celebrating Title IX’s 50th anniversary and the start of spring

Above: Algonquin Athletics celebrated the launch of spring sports last week. (image cropped from tweet by @ARHSAthletics)

Over the weekend, Principal Sean Bevan emailed the Algonquin community about last week’s big Hockey win that coincided with an important anniversary:

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX being passed into law. The groundbreaking change, which prohibits sex-based discrimination, impacted all aspects of our lives, including for our female athletes, who were finally provided equal access to the same resources of coaching, equipment, gym time, etc. as their male peers.

Last weekend, our tenth-seeded women’s ice hockey team (which includes athletes from several other towns) defeated Canton HS, winning the program’s first-ever state title, 2-1. They won their previous two win-or-go-home games in overtime as well.

In 1972, ARHS didn’t have a women’s ice hockey team. The only sports available to our young women at the time – it appears from the yearbook – were basketball, field hockey, tennis, track, and cheerleading. Today, we offer 16 different sports for our girls and 16 for our boys. And the impacts are considerable: girls that play sports report higher levels of confidence at all levels of adolescence and have higher GPA’s than peers that do not play sports.

More than just thrilling, the ice hockey team’s gritty, gutsy, joyful win last weekend was the culmination of a magical tournament run and of 50 years of progress for ARHS. Congrats to these young women for bringing home the first championship in the Titans era!

Last Monday was the opening day for the school’s Spring Sports. (Below are pics tweeted by @ARHS Athletics of Spring Opening Day.)

images of opening day tweeted by @ARHS Athletics images of opening day tweeted by @ARHS Athletics

By Friday, Algonquin varsity teams were already entering scrimmages. This week is mostly a continuation of pre-season games. The sole team that will be playing in a match that appears to count for the season is Girls Tennis on Friday.

Here are the ARHS varsity games on tap for the week. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

  • 3:00 pm – ARHS Boys Lacrosse Scrimmage vs. TBA @ St. Mark’s School
  • 5:00 pm – ARHS Girls Lacrosse Scrimmage vs. Hopkinton @ Hopkinton

Thursday, March 31, 2022

  • 3:45 pm – ARHS Baseball Scrimmage vs. Milford @ Milford Town Park
  • 4:30 pm – ARHS Boys Rugby Scrimmage vs. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional @ Lincoln-Sudbury Reg.

Friday, April 1, 2022

  • 4:00 pm – ARHS Girls Tennis vs. Advanced Math & Science Acad. Charter @ Algonquin

Saturday, April 2, 2022

  • 4:00 pm – ARHS Boys Lacrosse Scrimmage vs. Advanced Math & Science Acad. Charter @ Fore Kicks

(To check for changes or find a complete schedule of Algonquin sports, including JV, freshmen, and unified match ups, click here. Follow these links for the Assabet sports schedule and the St. Mark’s sports schedule.)

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