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Milton-Nobles Day: A Fierce and Competitive Rivalry

by Zane Bookbinder on Friday, June 9th, 2017

On Friday, May 26th and Tuesday, May 30th, Milton Academy and Nobles and Greenough School faced off in the tri-annual Milton-Nobles Day. Even though the spring rivalry day wasn’t as hyped as the fall rivalry day, Milton-Nobles Day usually exudes a special excitement, and even bad weather cannot get in the way. While the heavy rain cancelled a number of games, student support kept the games lively and exciting, despite the dreary conditions.

According to the Milton Academy website, the rivalry’s origin can be traced back to a 1886 football game, from which the competition escalated to encompass all sports. Now, in 2017 the rivalry becomes more competitive each season. In the past few years, according to Varsity Football and JV Baseball Coach, Kevin MacDonald, the atmosphere during Rivalry Day has been “electric.” Coach MacDonald believes that an entire season can be defined just by whether you win or lose on Milton-Nobles Day.

In a letter the Head of School Todd Bland wrote to the Nobles community 7 years ago, Mr. Bland expressed his belief that “rivalries like ours bring out the very best in our athletes and our communities.” He believes that “our expectations for ourselves and for our teams rise” and continued to thank the Nobles community “for bringing [the intensity] out in us, motivating us to achieve at our very highest level.”

This spring, the first few games of the day started off very well for the Stangs, with Ultimate Frisbee winning 15-8 and Girls Varsity Tennis winning 11-4. Boys Baseball also captured a 6-1 victory, with pro prospect Matt Tabor (I) pitching 7 innings and giving up a mere 3 hits and 1 run. Nobles then returned the favor in a competitive match up against the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team that ended in a 14-9 defeat for Milton. In the Girls’ JV lacrosse game, after starting off slowly and giving up a number of goals, the Stangs battled back and made the game competitive. Unfortunately, Nobles’s lead was too large for them to overcome.

Later in the day, the Boys Varsity Tennis Team lost 8-7 in an extremely close match. The match was tied 6-6, and all of Milton’s players were playing very well. Unfortunately the boys caught a few unlucky breaks and lost the match.

In another competitive battle, the Boys JV Lacrosse team lost 10-9. The game was tight all the way through and was tied 9-9 with just a few minutes left. However, Nobles was able to score a goal with very little time remaining, which ending up being the winning tally.

In a rescheduled game on Tuesday, the Varsity Softball team was beaten 12-0. According to Amy Hickey, the head coach of the team, the game was competitive until the 6th inning, when Nobles was able to create a big lead for themselves. Louise Goldenberg, an 8th grade pitcher for the Mustangs pitched very well against Nobles, but couldn’t quite lead Milton to a win.

For many seniors, these games were the last chance they will get to step onto a field or court wearing a Milton jersey, and so these games will remain fresh in their minds for a long time. This year, the seniors embraced their last Rivalry Day and left it all out on the field.

Milton athletes gave it their all. In the end–win, lose, or tie–Milton-Nobles Day remains an outstanding tradition for both schools, and it brings a fun (and fierce) atmosphere to both campuses. Congratulations to all departing seniors!

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Posted by Zane Bookbinder on Jun 9 2017. Filed under Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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