Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12, coed school in Westport, CT

Fall Sports Roundup: Dragons Rewrite Record Books

John Nash

The Fall 2021 Sports Season proved to be a return to normalcy for Greens Farms Academy athletics. By the time the dust settled, record books were rewritten, teams advanced further into the postseason than they had in a while, and dozens of student-athletes were honored with postseason accolades on both a league, state and regional level.

Here’s a look back at a fall sports season GFA won’t soon forget.

BOYS SOCCER

Coach Chris Mira entered his 15th season at the helm of the Dragons program, having lost 10 of 11 starters from the prior year.

GFA opened the season topping eventual New England champ St. Andrew’s of Rhode Island, 2-1, setting the stage for a 10-5-4 season that ended with a loss to Vermont Academy (0-0, 5-4 in sudden death penalty kicks) in the NEPSAC Class C semifinals.

It was the Dragons’ first trip to the semifinals since 2014.

Sophomore Harry Harmston and junior Oscar Edelman were named All-State players while Harmston (First Team), Edelman (Second Team) and Matvey Timashev (Honorable Mention) were honored by the Fairchester Athletic Association.

Additionally, all three were honored by NEPSSA, as well, as All-New England choices. Harmston was a first-team choice while Edelman and Timashev were honorable mentions.

GIRLS SOCCER

The GFA girls soccer team put together one of its best seasons in recent memory, going 17-4-2 and advancing to the New England Class C semifinals for the first time since 2012, where the Dragons lost to eventual champion Brewster Academy.

Sofia Atehortua arrived on campus and shattered the school record for most goals in a season, netting 36 in her freshman campaign as a Dragon.

Atehortua and Lauren Lior (20 goals) gave GFA a nice one-two offensive punch that allowed the Dragons to score almost 100 goals this season.

The Dragons' defense only gave up 21 goals in 23 games, good for a 0.91 goals-against average.

Two players—Atehortua and Shealeigh Crombie—were named All-State for their seasons.

GFA, which also advanced to the FAA semifinals, had three players named All-FAA first team with Atehortua, Crombie and Lauren Lior being honored. Lane Murphy received an Honorable Mention nod.

FIELD HOCKEY

After taking significant graduation losses from the prior year, the GFA field hockey team rebuilt and posted a 14-5 record that included the 2021 Class C WNEPSFHA championship, and a trip to the FAA semifinals and New England Class C quarterfinals.

Senior Autumn Bartush etched her name into the school’s athletic history by breaking a number of school records this season, including most goals in a career (61) and season (32), most career points (61 goals, 25 assists, 147 points), most points in a season (32‑10-74), and most hat tricks in a season (4) and career (8).

Bartush was a first-team All-FAA choice, while Analise Trani was All-FAA Second Team, and Lilly Hogan received an Honorable Mention nod.

CROSS COUNTRY

The GFA cross country program produced four All-New England runners this season, including two girls who posted top 10 finishes at this year’s Regional Championship meet.

Grace Horton was seventh in the New England Division 3 race while Georgia Palmgren was ninth in earn All-New England nods.

On the boys' side, Sam MacDonald and Brendan Howard finished 19th and 20th, respectively, to also receive the regional honor.

In the FAA championship races, all four earned All-FAA honors. Horton and Palmgren ran to First Team honors while MacDonald and Howard raced to Second Team accolades.

VOLLEYBALL

A young and rebuilding GFA volleyball squad finished above .500 this season, qualifying for both the FAA and New England Class C tournaments.

While the Dragons fell in the first rounds of both tournaments, the squad battled tough and gained valuable experience that will carry over to next year.

Lily Lind, a junior, was named All-FAA honorable mention.