The Bolles School Fall Sports 2019 Spectacular

Football

Simon Brackin ’20, linebacker and tight end, reflected on the many changes in leadership the football program has experienced. Brackin, who has played football since 7th grade said, “Routine is something that you would like to have in football.”

Under the leadership of Coach Toblin, the team’s routine has changed. Daily film screenings during Activities now happen once a week. Brackin detailed the team’s schedule, including days of heavy workouts but also walkthroughs before game day.

Brackin stated that Toblin’s routine has expanded the team’s repertoire. “Each head coach is so unique and with Coach Toblin especially, he’s a lot younger than Coach Rogers and Belger, and he just brings a new energy and a new thought process to the team that wasn’t there before.”

“Our offensive line has really, really developed from the beginning of the year at our first game until now, said Brackin. “We used to be kinda soft and not really wanting to attack the whole, but now, the offensive line is a bunch of monsters down there.” Brackin attributes this development to both hard work and good coaching.

Brackin’s overall impression of the football team’s season is one of resilience and recovery. “Obviously our team going 8 and 1 and being able to come back from adversary after losing that first game, which we probably shouldn’t have lost, but it was good for us.  It kinda reset us and led us down the right path.”

For several games, the Bulldogs weren’t favored to win. Brackin recounted several victories that fit this category, such as, “Beating Mainland who we were underdogs against.  And St. Augustine who we were underdogs against.”

His father’s role as quarterback at Georgia may have inspired Brackin’s own versatility on the field. “For me, personally, just probably playing both offense and defense and being able to make an impact on all aspects of the game,” Brackin said, “That’s something that I really pride myself in and love doing it.”

While football players thrive on routine, the best routine of all may be yet to come, when the current seniors have long graduated and look back on their glory days. “Hopefully, when we have our 25 year anniversary, or something like that, we see a few guys and say ‘Oh yeah, we brought our rings out. Remember that year? That was Coach Toblin’s first year.’

Girls’ Golf

The Bolles Girls Golf Team had a phenomenal season.  The team’s coaches, Coach Caruso and Coach Redding have trained the girls to be some of the best in the state. 

Girls Golf won all their tournaments, with only one exception. They dominated the District Championships, won the Regional Championships, and placed 8th overall at the State Championship Tournament. 

The team is filled with successful golfers, but a key competitor on the team is Chloe Schivanoe (‘20). 

Schivanoe has played Varsity Golf for Bolles since the 6th grade.  She has also balanced her academic and athletic schedule with club golf outside of school.  Schivanoe has many achievements, including but not limited to, “Florida Girls Champion, Florida Girls Match Champion, Florida Women’s Champion, West Virgina State Amatuer Champion, and World Champion.”

Schivanoe credits her successful career to her support system. ‘It’s just really awesome to have such a great support system behind me.  I have my coaches and the golf team and my individual coaches and my Dad.  They’ve all been really influential in my game and have helped me grow.”

Even though the Girls Golf Team is losing Schivanoe in the 2020 fall season, it still has a bright future ahead.  Shivanoe says to, “Watch out for Tori Mouton (‘22).  Because she’s fire.”

Boys’ Golf

Boys golf had a difficult season this year. The team lost two of their most experienced players, Cade Black and Andrew McLauchlan, one through graduation and one through transfer. Team captain Ober Theam ’20 said, “We’re okay, we’re having a rebuilding year.”
The team finished their season 3-8. Thomas Keaveny (Full disclosure: Keaveny is on the Bugle editorial staff) stated that the team faced a challenging match when they played Ponte Vedra High School on Pete Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass because the team was in new territory, not knowing the course very well.
Although the place was new, Keaveny said, the biggest challenge was the mental game of competing against state champions with our team being in a growth phase.
In order for the golf team to score well, Theam said, the team needs to “make a lot of birdies and pars, a minimum amount of bogies or no bogies, and then just avoid any other number besides eagles.” Keaveny said, “the basis of golf is that each hole comes with a certain amount of allowable strokes to get to the hole.” If a player goes beyond the amount of strokes, called par, then that is how points are accumulated.
Theam said, “On average, you play 9 holes. Lowest score wins and you usually shoot below 40. Between 34 and 40 and have a couple of those for a six-man team.”
Despite their challenging season, the future looks bright for boy’s golf, as the team is set to receive some new blood next year. Theam said that in the future, the team will look to “play well, putt well, and hit well.”