The annual celebration of the school was a fun-filled event with athletic contests, food and more. Games featured middle school, JV and varsity teams all at home, giving the KO community a great chance to show off its Wyvern spirit.
This year Hewett Day had a Friday afternoon start with the varsity boys soccer team setting the tone with a convincing 5-0 victory over Marianapolis Prep. Ryan Goss ’18 and Jackson Wolff ’20 both scored a pair of goals for Kingswood Oxford and Nicholas Hamzavi ‘20 added a tally for the Wyverns.
“We started the game so great and quickly scoring two goals in first five minutes of the game,” said Kingswood Oxford boys soccer coach Hikmet Aslan. “The boys were ready to play and it was good to see us come out and get off to a fast start.”
Varsity field hockey also played on Friday evening and gave a great effort in a loss to a talented Westminster squad.
On Saturday there was action all over the KO campus as middle school, JV and varsity teams all played home games in front of enthusiastic crowds of parents, family, friends, alumni and fellow students.
"Hewett Day is a great tradition at Kingswood Oxford and was reat to see the campus alive with sports." Kingswood Oxford athletic director Debbie Fiske said. "The weather was great and all of our Wyvern teams went out and competed and brought the Wyvern spirit loud and proud."
Saturday tarted with a Middle School Sports Opening Ceremony on Outlook Field and middle school teams got their time in the spotlight.
Middle School boys soccer team improved to 7-0 with a 2-1 victory over Renbrook on Outlook field while the girls soccer team rolled to a 5-0 triumph over Renbrook on Trout Brook Fiel to raise its record to 5-1. The middle school field hockey team (7-0) remained unbeaten with a 5-1 victory over Renbrook on the turf and the Middle School boys and girls cross country teams ran against Renbrook and St. Timothy’s at the West Hartford Reservoir.
The KO JV boys soccer team defeated Marianapolis Prep, 3-1, on Center Field and the JV girls soccer squad battled Westminster to a 1-1 tie on Trout Brook Field.
The varsity girls soccer team made it an unbeaten Hewett Day for KO soccer with a 4-1 victory over Westminster. The Wyverns scored seconds into the game and held a 3-1 lead at the half. Emma Ouellette '18 and Jamie Scarpantonio '20 each scored a pair of goals for the Wyverns.
“It was nice to get a win on Hewett Day,” KO coach Tracy Deeter said. “We got off to a fast start and I liked the combination play after making a few changes up front.”
The varsity girls cross country team split its meet against Wilbraham & Monson and Suffield Academy, knocking off W&M 27-28 thanks in part to a fourth-place finish by Julia Lantner ‘22 (22:56). Kyle Zimmerman ’18 ran 20:08 to pace the boys cross country team in a 23-34 setback to Wilbraham & Monson.
In the final athletic contest of the day, the KO varsity football team lost to undefeated Hamden Hall, 49-30.
Other Hewett Day events included Joel Lorden's 90th birthday party. Lorden coached KO football in the early 60's through the fall of 1984 and a number of former players and students came back to honor coach before the Varsity Football game.
Jake Kulak ’18 and his band the Low Down performed a set on Saturday afternoon in front of Alumni Hall, adding some atmosphere to the senior green area and attacting a nice-sized crowd of fans waiting for the afternoon wave of games to begin.
“It was great to be involved with Hewett Day,” Kulak said. “We had a great time and enjoyed the experience.”
Just before the band's performance was a Hewett Day Ceremoony on the Hoffman Turf Field where the Middle School and Upper School teams were all intorduced. The teams combined to form a large KO on the field that was photographed by drone and the event served as a pep rally before a full afternoon slate of JV and varsity action.
"It was a fun way to bring the middle school and upper school teams together and build some KO spirit," Fiske said.
Kingswood Oxford School's annual Hewett Day is named for former Kingswood Headmaster Merritt Hewett. “Gramp Hewett" wanted to have a "Kingswood Day" marked on the calendar. So, he chose a Saturday in early October when home games would be played and intramural games took place between the youngsters of York and Lancaster in the morning and varsity soccer and football games in the afternoon. Parents and "Old Boys" were invited, many eating picnic lunches on campus. That tradition started in 1952. Hewett died in April of 1962 and that fall the name of the day was changed to Hewett Day to honor the former Headmaster that started the tradition.