Rivers Homecoming: A Weekend of Red Wing Spirit!

A beautiful fall weekend was the perfect backdrop to 2023’s annual Homecoming at Rivers. With athletic games and events spanning over Friday and Saturday afternoon into evening, and with several generations of Red Wings in attendance, it was a weekend full of Rivers spirit, good cheer, and warm apple cider.

Following the runup to Homecoming during Rivers Spirit week, Friday afternoon kicked off the excitement with friends and family coming out to cheer on the athletes. The Middle School soccer, field hockey, and flag football teams all competed. Later on, boys’ and girls’ varsity cross-country had races at Burchard Park. Girls’ cross-country defeated Nobles 24-31 for their second win of the season, while boys’ cross-country fell to Nobles 15-45.

To conclude the evening on Friday, varsity field hockey played under the lights at Davis Field before a crowd of spectators. Rivers and Brooks battled to a hard-fought 0-0 tie. Caroline Chung ’24 came through with the shutout in goal for the Red Wings.

The week’s enthusiastic Red Wing spirit carried through to Saturday’s events. All day, crowds of students, alumni, and members of the Rivers professional community (and many canine friends!) came together to cheer on teams on Baker, Davis, Waterman, and Nonesuch Fields and in Benson Gym. JV soccer, field hockey, and volleyball teams played in the early afternoon. 

By the pavilion at Baker and Davis fields, spectators enjoyed cider donuts provided by the Multicultural Parent Outreach Committee, a pop-up shop for all the Red Wings swag (and much-needed blankets for the chillier weather Saturday afternoon), hot cider, and snacks. The Bon Me food truck provided delicious food for the crowds, while the shaved ice from the Kona Ice truck was a popular spot despite the cooler temperatures. 

In the late afternoon, the pavilion was also the site of an alumni meet and greet with Head of School Ryan S. Dahlem, while boys' soccer played (and won!) their game against Brooks 8-1. 

Varsity volleyball took a win over Brooks to improve to a 6-1 record on the season. Girls’ soccer made a valiant effort but lost to Brooks 0-2.

Finally, as the sun set, the lights came on over Davis Field for the evening’s football game against Belmont Hill. Anya Carroll ’26 performed the national anthem to kick off the game. Although Rivers did not finish the night with a win (35-7 to Belmont Hill), the squad brought their best teamwork to the game to conclude the celebratory weekend, with all the support of the extended Rivers family.