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  • Basketball - Girls Varsity

    2019 - 2020

    Welcome to The Gunnery Girls Basketball Program.  The Gunnery has maintained a girls’ basketball program since becoming coed in 1978. We are a member of Class D within NEPSWBCA (based on the size of our female population).  Our program consists of a JV and Varsity team and can accommodate athletes at all levels. The program places an emphasis on skill development, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.  Our teams play competitive schedules with opponents including Canterbury, Miss Hall's, Cheshire, KLHT, Chase, Harvey, Stoneleigh-Burnham, Westover, and Millbrook. The Gunnery Varsity Girls Basketball team took its first trip to the Class D New England tournament in 2016 and are eager to get back!
    Our Philosophy
    At the Varsity level, a competitive schedule challenges the team to work together and push one another both in games and practices. Teamwork is at the core of the program and is emphasized both on and off the court. As a team we strive to improve both as individuals and as a team, working to build our success over the course of the season.  Hard work and respect for the game are at important parts of every moment we set foot on the court. The average week consists of four (100 minute) practices and two games. Players often live, eat, and go to class together on a daily basis. The team aspect is natural during the winter term, and these players demonstrate that both on and off the court.
    Contact Us
    Should you have any questions about the basketball program please feel free to contact us at The Gunnery.

    Head Coach: Amy Paulekas
    (860) 350-0128 -
    Assistant Coach: Jess Matthews
    860-350-0108 -

    About Our Coaches
    A native of Glastonbury, Connecticut, Amy Paulekas joined the Highlander staff in 2011. Amy began as an assistant coach for Gunnery Varsity Girls Basketball in 2012, taking over as head coach at the start of the 2016-17 season. A collegiate rower at Colby College, Amy participated in many sports throughout her high school athletic career including basketball, lacrosse, track, and field hockey. Amy has coached crew, lacrosse, and field hockey in addition to basketball in her time at The Gunnery.  When not on the court, Amy works as the Assistant Academic Dean and a mathematics teacher at The Gunnery.
    Growing up in Rochester, Vermont, Jess Matthews played basketball for her school and AAU teams from November until August. Jess joined the Highlander staff in 2016 as the assistant coach. In addition to playing soccer and basketball through high school, Jess has completed 2 marathons and is an avid fan of The Bar Method. When not on the court, Jess is the Dean of Students and teaches the Spirit of New England and ethics.    
    2018 Post-Season Award Winners
    Marley Berano '20 - NEPSWBCA All-Star
    2017 Post-Season Award Winners
    Colleen Worgan '19 - NEPSWBCA All-Star

    2016 Post-Season Award Winners
    Reilly Haskins '16 - NEPSWBCA All-Star
    Colleen Worgan '19 - NEPSWBCA All-Star
    2015 Post-Season Award Winners
    Virginia Dodenhoff '15 - NEPSWBCA All-Star

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The Gunnery

gps address: 22 Kirby Road, Washington, CT 06793
mail address: 99 Green Hill Road, Washington, CT 06793
tel: 860-868-7334
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Founded in 1850 by abolitionist, educator, and outdoorsman Frederick Gunn, The Gunnery is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12/post-graduate. Dedicated teacher-mentor-coaches challenge students to reach their full potential in a home-like setting where character and citizenship are valued as much as intellect and achievement. Individualized attention and high expectations help young learners develop not only the skills and confidence they will need in college, but also the moral compass and love of learning that will serve them well in life. The school attracts ambitious, academically curious students who will both shine as unique individuals and thrive as contributing members of a deeply connected community. By the time they graduate, Gunnery students have become well rounded, grounded young adults with a sharpened sense of who they are and who they want to become.